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Jasper Kent goes state-side
29/10/2009. Helen Edwards, Rights Director at Transworld UK, has sold US rights in two historical vampire novels by UK novelist Jasper Kent for a good five-figure sum in US dollars.

Freema Agyeman to star in Survivors
30/05/2008. Dr Who's Freema Agyeman is to star as a teacher in Survivors by Adrian Hodges, a re-imagining of the 1970s BBC drama series based on Terry Nation's novel about a hyper-plague wiping out 99.5% of humanity. Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Nikki Amuka–Bird and Paterson Joseph will also star in the new TV series, Adrian Hodges’s action adventure drama remake for BBC One.

Stargate Atlantis Season 5
30/05/2008. The fifth season of Stargate Atlantis is due to premiere July 11th 2008 over on the US SciFi Channel. A new enemy race is promised, along with their 100th episode. Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson both get walk-ons.

Eureka Season Three
30/05/2008. The third season of quirky US TV series Eureka is due to premiere state-side on July 29th 2008. A small town with large secrets, Eureka is a community of geniuses assembled by the US government to conduct top-secret research. What they've unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen … and does.

Old red-eyes is back
30/05/2008. The new-model Cylon centurion from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica is coming at you as a full size replica. And if you don't like that, you can have the old classic tin can droid too. The bad news, they're pushing $8k in price. Ouch. That hurts as much as a cylon sword in the gut.

The future of Futurama
29/05/2008. Here's the new trailer for the second direct-to-DVD Futurama movie.

Disney gets a new Kingdom
28/05/2008. Walt Disney Studios sets up a graphic novel arm. Kingdom Comics are to hire various graphic novelists and artists in the genre who will collaborate on their upcoming projects.

Alternate Worlds
28/05/2008. Forthcoming appearances by members of The Write Fantastic, a collective of British fantasy authors, in the UK.

Here's The Hobbit
26/05/2008. Alan Lee is back for the set design of The Hobbit, as is Ian McKellen, returning as Gandalf the Grey; while Guillermo del Toro wants his dragon to be something new and groundbreaking. Read the full interview with Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro and their plans for the two new Tolkien movies.

Dear John (Connor)
26/05/2008. John Connor will be pushed to the brink in the new Terminator Salvation movie, with the tenacious Christian Bale as humanity's last hope. Yep, the new Terminator film's web site is up and live.

The Phoenix has landed
26/05/2008. NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars on Sunday to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm. And, dare we say it, life.

Intergalactic travel agents
24/05/2008. The intergalactic travel agents of Reno Convention Fandom, Inc. have reported their cheeky bid to host the 69th World Science Fiction Convention in 2011 (August 17th-21st) in Reno, Nevada.

Incredible Hulk trailer
24/05/2008. New fight scene released from the latest Incredible Hulk movie reboot. Watch the online trailer here. Opps, somebody made him angry.

Baen Books get spaced
23/05/2008. US science fiction publisher Baen Books will make its Webscriptions e-books free to the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, says Baen Books Publisher, Toni Weisskopf.

Eat me!
23/05/2008. Here comes ZombieCon 2008, the first UK convention celebrating the Zombie genre.

David Walton nabs 2nd Jim Baen Memorial short sci-fi story prize
23/05/2008. David Walton of Pennsylvania has won the 2nd annual Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest with his sci-fi story Letting Go.

Fleming heck, it's the centenary celebration for 007 Daddy, Ian
23/05/2008. Ian Fleming, the writer who created James Bond, was born 100 years ago on May 28th 1908. A year-long program of spy-fi fun is underway to celebrate his life and the impact that Bond has had around the world. Ah, the centenary, come on in ... we've been expecting you.

Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award 2008
23/05/2008. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has told SFcrowsnest that the 2008 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award winner is Mark L. Van Name for his novel One Jump Ahead published by Baen Books.

No Phule he: Robert Asprin passes away
23/05/2008. Yesterday on Thursday May 22nd 2008, US fantasy author Robert Asprin died.

The Serpent Bride
22/05/2008. US imprint Eos is giving away fantasy author Sara Douglass's first book in her DarkGlass Mountain series as a free e-book.

Batman: Gotham Knight
22/05/2008. Trailer for a new animated Batman series with more than a hint of anime about it.

Toll The Hounds
22/05/2008. Science fiction writer Steven Erikson will be signing Toll The Hounds at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 5th July 1-2pm 2008.

Swords, kilts and immortals
22/05/2008. Word has reached us that a re-imagined film based on the 1986 sci-fi thriller Highlander is on the cards. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway will pen the screenplay expanding on the original film's core mythology of battling immortals, hunting each other down for the shocking prize.

Indy is back and he's still kicking arse
21/05/2008. Mind-reading archaeological relics locked inside a magnetically-shrouded coffin with the words Roswell, New Mexico on the side? What's not to like, says this movie review of Indiana Jones' latest adventure.

Having Flash-backs
21/05/2008. Flash Gordon is coming to the big movie screen again, this despite the really bad new TV series. Slap on the Queen CD!

Pandorum
21/05/2008. The producers of the Resident Evil trilogy are bringing you a new science fiction thriller called Pandorum. Actors Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster are the names in the frame.

The somewhat shy Eric Brown
20/05/2008. Reclusive scifi author Eric Brown will be visiting the UK's Birmingham SF Group on Friday 13th June 2008. He will be talking about how he started in science fiction and about his latest novel, Kethani.

A scifi application for FaceBook
20/05/2008. Spotting a gaping gap in the market, we've been whipping the coding team here into a fearful frenzy to produce FaceBook's first science fiction and fantasy application. Now it's here and live, and sci-fi fans everywhere on the internet are popping open the bubbly to celebrate.

Doctor Who turning to the dark side
20/05/2008. Science fiction screen writer Steven Moffat is to replace Russell T Davies as lead writer and executive producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who. Moffat's just finished work on Spielberg's Tintin script, too. Lucky lad. After the current series, Doctor Who will return in 2009 with four specials, and the full-length fifth series is currently scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One in Spring 2010.

Fringe (first online trailer)
19/05/2008. JJ Abrams, not content with making the new Star Trek movie, is well underway with his TV series, Fringe, a fantasy-horror-scifi affair, with a touch of the X-Files/Bionic Woman/Alias about it. At least, it has a female FBI agent trying to track down a rogue Frankenstein-like chappie, leaving enhanced humans and mutants in his wake (as well as airplane loads of dead passengers killed in his mad experiments). See the clips here.

Casting Call of Cthulhu
19/05/2008. What would a casting session for a film based on the work of H.P. Lovercraft look like? The director suffers through a strange cluster of actors with monstrous features, think Monty Python meets Doctor Who, before an actual old one shows up. Funny. Watch this short movie online here.

Prince Caspian review
19/05/2008. Here's a review of the new CS Lewis movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which is quite kind to the second film.

Dollhouse trailer
16/05/2008. Trailer for the upcoming Joss Whedon science fiction thriller movie Dollhouse, about memory/personality-wiped human beings being uploaded with knowledge then sent out as spies, assassins and the like. Think Joe 90, but extreme! Looks interesting.

The Eagle flies for 2008
16/05/2008. A highlight of the Bristol International Comic Expo, the Eagle Awards results for best comics and graphic novels for 2007 were announced at a presentation and dinner held in the UK at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol on Saturday, May 10th 2008. Alan Moore did well, as did Hellboy: Darkness Calls.

City of Ember trailer
16/05/2008. Trailer for a new SFF film. A group of friends living in the underground city of Ember have to work out why humanity now lives underground, what's above them, and why it might be a good idea to escape the city before the power fails. Think Logans Run crossed with Mad Max.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
16/05/2008. First online trailer for the new Mummy flick. The Mummy movies leap from Egypt over to China for the next chapter in the fantasy horror series. Brendan Fraser is back as adventurer Rick O'Connell to battle the zombie Qin Emperor - aka Jet Li. He's a handsome geezer (Brendan, not Jet).

Peter Jackson wants you
15/05/2008. Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro would like you SFcrowsnest fans to join the pair on a live internet chat about their movie for Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Your vids on the Watchmen
15/05/2008. Would be sci-fi producers, get your videocams out now. In shades of the RoboCop film, Zack Snyder is offering home movie-making fans the chance to create Veidt Enterprises TV commercials that could end up in Warner's Watchmen feature film scheduled to be released in theaters on March 6th 2009. This is some seminal comicbook fantasy-SF parallel reality action from Alan Moore, and we'll buy that for a Dollar!

The interview beyond the waves
12/05/2008. The Fantasy Book Critic interviews fantasy author Stephen Hunt about his latest work, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, and his Jackelian world.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
12/05/2008. The first trailer for the new movie for the FBI's alien-hating arm. Come on Mulder, what's with all the hate crimes against ET?

Orbit bulks up for a sci-fi smackdown
12/05/2008. Following its US launch in 2007, science fiction publisher Orbit has reported its intention to expand both lists. In the US, Orbit is going to double the size of the list over the next three years, taking its output of sci-fi novels to 70-80 titles per year by 2011. In the UK it will increase the size of the list by approximately 10 per cent each year over the next three years.

Make your own timelord
12/05/2008. The official Who website has launched a new tool to allow users to create their own Doctor Who trailer. Trailer Maker will offer users the chance to mix video clips, images, sound effects and music tracks together, to create their own Doctor Who footage.

UKSFBN slips into cyrogenic storage
12/05/2008. The very nice UK SF Book News web site has sadly been put into hibernation and won't be updated for the foreseeable future according to its founder, Darren Turpin.

Iron Sky
12/05/2008. Danger, Will Robinson. The space nazis are coming. Watch the trailer for this lo-fi budget SFF movie, Iron Sky. Looks like a lot of fun.

Prince Caspian trailer
12/05/2008. Another online trailer for the next kiddie Narnia movie.

I, Zombie
12/05/2008. Al Ewing will be signing his new book, I, Zombie at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 12th June 6-7pm 2008.

The Ghost Whisperer
12/05/2008. SCI-I Channel has secured cable rights to CBS's TV fantasy/horror series, Ghost Whisperer. SCI FI will launch the series in the fall of 2009.

2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame
12/05/2008. EMP|SFM will hold its 2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Those being honored this year are Betty and Ian Ballantine (Literature Category), William Gibson (Literature Category), Richard M. Powers (Art Category), and Rod Serling (Film, Television and Media Category.)

Studio Space
12/05/2008. SFF comic-book titans Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Duncan Fegredo and Sean Philips will be signing Studio Space at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 7th June 2008 1-2pm.

Bond is back
12/05/2008. Publisher Doubleday is to publish a new James Bond novel, Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks.

Delta Film Award
12/05/2008. Budding successors to Romero, Cameron and Jackson should note that entries are now been sought for the 2008 Delta Film Award, presented to the best amateur movie shown at Manchester's 19th Festival of Fantastic Films (17th-19th October 2008).

Emily Gee is in the house
12/05/2008. Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin, will be welcoming fantasy authors Emily Gee (Thief With No Shadow) and Justin Gustainis (Black Magic Woman).

The Black Man commeth: Richard Morgan wins this year's Clarke award
01/05/2008. Science fiction author Richard Morgan has won this year's Arthur C Clarke award for best SF novel, with his title Black Man. He basically dedicated his acceptance speech to his mom, who sadly passed away while he was writing the book, causing it to be delivered a year late. In the US, this novel was released as Thirteen.

The Incredible Hulk trailer
01/05/2008. New online trailer for the latest comic-to-movie excursion of the big mean green one. You really don't want to make him angry.

The Linx effect: Sontaran Officer Linx, that is
01/05/2008. The first in a series of six helmets from Doctor Who, made by Weta, has just hit the streets (this is a 500 run limited ed.) The Sontaran Officer Linx Helmet weighs in at just under a kilo (2.2 lbs) and is made from cast metal. It measures 170mm x 100mm x 100mm ... and was created by Weta model maker and Doctor Who fan, David Tremont. Their range of helmets will also include an Ice Warrior helmet, and Industrial Welding Mask, a Sycorax helmet, a Cyberman helmet and a Lord President Borusa Head-dress.

Get Betrayed for free
01/05/2008. Have you ever wondered what happened to Han, Luke and Leia after the events of Return of the Jedi? Well, scifi fans, now you can download a free PDF copy of Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. You can even do it without George - "You're sued!" - Lucas coming after you.

Ian MacLeod turns Brummie
01/05/2008. On Friday 9th May 2008 the Birmingham Science Fiction Group is hosting genre author Ian MacLeod, to chat to them about what he's been up to recently.

Tribute to SF author Arthur C Clarke
01/05/2008. There's a special tribute show to Arthur C. Clarke on the Time Traveler Show podcast, The centerpiece is the story, The Hammer of God by Clarke and read by Scott Brick with Gabrielle de Cuir.

Audible Frontiers
01/05/2008. The Audible Frontiers imprint is launching with 25 audio books, including ten Hugo winners from various science fiction & fantasy authors.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award 2008: winner announced
01/05/2008. Black Man by Richard Morgan and published by Gollancz is the winner of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award, the UK's premier prize for science fiction literature.

There can be only one?
01/05/2008. Highlander is to be revisited in series of new movies by the same writers that brought you Iron Man.

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