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Paramount gets Marvel-ous
30/09/2008. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have stitched up a deal for Paramount to distribute Marvel's next five self-produced movies globally. The films include Iron Man 2 and 3, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, and The Avengers.

The snows of Mars
30/09/2008. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil tests experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.

SCIFI Channel to show new Stargate movies in US
30/09/2008. The SCIFI Channel has stumped up the folding green stuff for the two new Stargate movies, Stargate The Ark of Truth, and Stargate Continuum, for a US television premiere due to air in Spring 2009.

Time Hunter makes audio jump
24/09/2008. Telos Publishing's Time Hunter series have been picked up by Fantom Films, and the first two stories, The Cabinet of Light and The Winning Side, are due to be released November 2008.

Resistance
24/09/2008. Thatís-A-Wrap Productions has signed on a raft of personnel in Australia for its upcoming science fiction alien invasion film and TV project, Resistance.

Astro Boy the movie to hit US
23/09/2008. Summit is to release the Astro Boy movie in North America in October 2009. Produced by Imagi Studios, the animated sci-fi motion picture will release on 3,000 US cinema screens. Astro Boy's cast features Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role.

Warehouse 13 comes out of storage
20/09/2008. The US SCI-FI cable TV channel has given the go-ahead to production of a new science fiction drama series, Warehouse 13, ordering 11 hours of episodes, if you include their already-in-the-can 2 hour pilot. Basically, it's the mutant lovechild of the X-Files, Indiana Jones and Men in Black.

How to create a space monster
20/09/2008. With the launch of their sci-fi/horror series, The Deadbooks, PantherRun has taken one part movie, one part book, one part radio, and tossed it into the blender. What pours out is a hyper-serialization of his Deadbooks novels.

Hear the buzz of The Green Hornet
20/09/2008. Stephen Chow, of the excellent Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7, and Shaolin Soccer movies fame, is set to direct Seth Rogen and star opposite him as Kato in Columbia Pictures' new Green Hornet film. Set for release late June 2010, you can expect a blend of Batman and Enter the Dragon, as the superhero genre collides with the current king of kung fu.

Nalo Hopkinson scores a second Sunburst award for best scifi in Canada
19/09/2008. What's the best works of science fiction in Canada this year? Well, the Sunburst Award winner of their first young-adult award is Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx, while The New Moon's Arms has brought Nalo Hopkinson her second award... she also won the Sunburst Award in 2003.

Another Way To Die
19/09/2008. The theme tune for the Quantum Of Solace has been released. It's a bit rappy for our tastes. We suspect the film will be way better.

Bo And The Spirit World
19/09/2008. The BBC are to make a new fantasy drama series, Bo And The Spirit World, which will be set in a mythical fantasy realm and will draw inspiration from ancient Chinese myths and legends. Nothing at all like the Damon Albarn-created Monkey animations the BBC ran for the Olympics, then. No, nothing like that at all.

Eoin Colfer to pen new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel
18/09/2008. Publisher Hyperion will publish the next book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's sci-fi series. Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl children series, will extend the Hitchhikers series, originally written by Douglas Adams who passed away in 2001. The new book, And Another Thing, will be published in October 2009. It's a brave and dangerous move as the Hitchhikers series was very wedded to 1970s/1980s sensibilities and looks about as relevant to science fiction today as a Ben Elton stand-up gig ranting that Maggie Thatcher stinks.

Bram Stokerís Buffy
18/09/2008. Philip Glenister of Life on Mars fame is coming back to the small screen in a new fantasy/horror drama series. It is meant to be a spin on Bram Stokerís Dracula set in modern-day London, but it sounds more like Bram Stokerís 'Buffy' to us.

Lou Anders and Alethea Kontis
17/09/2008. Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin (Chronicles of the Necromancer: The Summoner, The Blood King), will be talking with author/editor Lou Anders and Alethea Kontis in September 2008.

Watching The Watchmen
17/09/2008. Comic artist Dave Gibbons will be signing Watching The Watchmen at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 16th October 2008 6-7pm.

Write here, Write now
16/09/2008. We've just been sent the UK touring schedule for the fantasy authors in the Bohemian SFF commune that is the Write Fantastic. Catch our chums at GamesFest and NewCon, among other places.

SilverFin
16/09/2008. Charlie Higson and Kev Walker will be signing SilverFin: The Graphic Novel at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 9th October 2008 6-7pm.

The Day The Earth Stood Still II
16/09/2008. Extended trailer for the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still movie. Aliens never look more deadly then when they're played by that bloke from Bill and Ted.

Ian Whates joins the JJLA
16/09/2008. The latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency is UK science fiction author and editor Ian Whates.

Quantum of Solace trailer II
12/09/2008. Ah, Mr Bond's second online trailer for the Quantum of Solace. Come on in, we've been expecting you.

Comics International monkeying around
12/09/2008. In latest issue of comics industry trade paper, Comics International, writer Karl Kesel, artist Ramon Bachs and editor Steve Wacker talk to CI about making monkeys out of superheroes in Marvel Ape while an Apes in Comics feature provides the lowdown on four colour primates.

Doctor Who Story Book 2009
12/09/2008. A signing for the Doctor Who Story Book 2009 by contributors Gareth Roberts, Keith Temple, James Moran, Clayton Hickman, Gary Russell, and Jonathan Morris, will take place at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 4th October 2008 between 1-2pm.

Ted Raimi to appear in Legend of the Seeker
12/09/2008. Production on the 22-episodes is currently underway in New Zealand. The one-hour series is very loosely based on Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series of novels.

Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award
12/09/2008. Several books published by EDGE have been nominated for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award for outstanding speculative fiction work dealing with race, ethnicity, and culture.

Vadim Perelman to reboot Poltergeist for MGM
06/09/2008. Metro Goldwyn-Mayer has signed Vadim Perelman - aka House of Sand and Fog - to direct the reboot of horror classic Poltergeist. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are writing the new Poltergeist movie script for the studio.

Sky1 gets a Fringe
06/09/2008. October 2008, UK cable channel Sky1 will be showing the J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's new TV baby, Fringe - they're the gang behind the upcoming Star Trek feature, Lost and Alias. Starring newcomer Anna Torv of Mistresses fame, Josh Jackson - Dawsonís Creek, Bobby, John Noble - Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King, and Lance Reddick - Lost, The Wire, Fringe will be pushing into X-File territory.

The Rise of the Iron Moon
06/09/2008. Publisher HarperCollins Voyager has just released details of the third novel in Stephen Hunt's much anticipated Jackelian world sequence of novels... and it's called the The Rise of the Iron Moon.

Meet an Angry Robot
05/09/2008. HarperCollins has reported it will be setting up a new SF imprint, Angry Robot, to publish science fiction, using - we suspect - the same high-genre, dual UK/US launch model so successfully pioneered by Games Workshop's scifi books arm, Solaris.

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