Science fiction and fantasy news library October 2008.

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05/11/2008. Survivors is a new six-part BBC One science fiction drama series starring Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper, Phillip Rhys, Nikki Amuka–Bird and Freema Agyeman. The drama is Adrian Hodges's (aka Ruby In The Smoke, Shadow In The North, Charles II and Primeval) latest work, remaking the 1970s Terry Nation sci-fi classic. SFcrowsnest looks at this work of post-plague TV fiction and interviews the actors, including Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman.

Night Shade Books chums up with Baen
31/10/2008. Night Shade Books has joined Subterranean Press and E-Reads as one of the lines of electronic books being distributed by US military science fiction-focused publisher Baen.

David Tennant says bye-bye to his role as Doctor Who
30/10/2008. David Tennant has told SFcrowsnest that he will be departing BBC One's science fiction TV series Doctor Who after he has completed the filming of four special episodes which will be screened between 2009 and early in 2010.

The Exorcist named as world's most scary movie
30/10/2008. Don't watch the film The Exorcist unless you want to wake up screaming at night, reports a new survey. The classic horror flick about demonic possession was the top pick in a survey for movies that are so haunting that they will chase you screaming into your dreams.

By heck, it's wet on Mars
29/10/2008. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen a new category of minerals spread across large regions of Mars. This discovery suggests that liquid water remained on the planet's surface a billion years later than scientists believed, and it played an important role in shaping the planet's surface and possibly hosting life.

Sneak look at Legend of the Seeker
28/10/2008. US-based fantasy fans can get a first look of the dire-seeming fantasy series Legend of the Seeker before its November 1st 2008 premiere weekend. Disney-ABC is offering a preview of the TV series as a free download, available on the iTunes Store. The download, entitled Legend of the Seeker: A First Look, will allow fans to view the first 30-minutes of the rubbish upcoming two-hour television series executive-produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (aka Hercules and Xena).

Christmas Spirits
28/10/2008. A night of ghost stories for Christmas coming your way in the UK. There will be readings from fantasy and horror author Mark Chadbourn, horror author Marie O’Regan and event organiser Alex Davis.

Planet of the Apes chronology
28/10/2008. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes science fiction film franchise, Hasslein Books is to publish a book called Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology, authored by Rich Handley.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer
27/10/2008. We're all in a muggle here - as the first big trailer for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie has just gone online. Does anybody still care?

New Doctor Who series to preview on Children in Need
25/10/2008. This year's BBC Children in Need charity TV show on BBC One will feature a sneak peek at the forthcoming 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special. This new footage is an exclusive for the Doctor's next adventure.

La Corte Del Aire
25/10/2008. Hey amigo, if you've been waiting for the Spanish language edition of the fantasy scifi epic that is Stephen Hunt's The Court of the Air, wait no more, it's here.

The Gabble
25/10/2008. Neal Asher will be signing copies of his new collection, The Gabble and other stories, in the UK this November.

Wanted (really)
25/10/2008. Joe at the Forbidden Planet International writes in to tell us that there's going to be a video interview with comics scribe Mark Millar this coming Monday (27th) October 2008 between 1 and 2pm online, while readers can go to the site right now and post their own questions to be put to him. He created Wanted, of course.

Trailer for Underworld Rise of the Lycans
24/10/2008. There's a new trailer for the dark horror fantasy movie Underworld Rise of the Lycans.

Ghost Hunters: College Edition
24/10/2008. Some news for fans of the paranormal TV series Ghost Hunters, our chums at the US SCI-FI Channel have greenlit the pilot for a spin-off series called Ghost Hunters College Edition. It's coming out from Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television. Ghost Hunters College Edition features a group of college students, led by spook investigators, who search for the paranormal in haunted hotspots across the US and globally.

Bruce Coville interviewed
24/10/2008. Andrew Boatti over at writes in to tell us about an interview with science fiction author Bruce Coville that they have just published.

Trailer for Lost's 5th season
24/10/2008. A trailer for Lost's fifth season. The bods that escaped from the island - the Oceanic Five - have to return to save the ones stuck behind from being terminated by some James Bond-ish baddies to keep the island's secrets, well, secret.

Hannu Rajaniemi goes down a storm in Germany
24/10/2008. Following Simon Spanton’s World Rights pre-empt for three books from new scifi novelist Hannu Rajaniemi earlier in October – on the basis of reading one chapter – German rights for all three science fiction novels were also pre-empted for a good five-figure sum in Euros at the Frankfurt Book Fair, by Carsten Polzin of Piper Verlag.

Time travel for the World Fantasy Convention
24/10/2008. The World Fantasy con for 2009 is having to shift its dates around by a week, due to the hotel mucking things up.

Thomas M. Disch wake
24/10/2008. Friends and family of deceased fantasy/SFF author Thomas M. Disch gathered in remembrance Saturday at the New York City apartment of writer Alice Turner.

Hollow Earth
24/10/2008. Trailer for an interesting-looking new science fiction movie set in a future where humanity barely survives on the Earth's war-devastated surface, ruled by a genetically manipulated super-race they created called the Ghen, who dominate from their underground bunker cities.

Steve Aylett signs up with the JJLA
24/10/2008. British writer Steve Aylett is the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency. Steve Aylett is a satirical science fiction and slipstream author of several odd books.

A Taste of Tenderloin
24/10/2008. Apex Publications are putting together eight tales of the dark side of San Francisco's 'Loin sector in this collection by horror writer Gene O'Neill. Several of the short stories included have appeared in magazines such as Cemetery Dance Magazine, Dark Wisdom, and the anthologies Unnatural Selection, Horror Beyond II, and The Grand Struggle. His tale Balance was a Stoker Award Finalist.

The art of Stargate Universe
24/10/2008. There's some concept art for the new starship-based Stargate science fiction TV series up on the US SCIFI Channel web site.

Clone alone?
18/10/2008. To a massed audience of military and secret service hierarchy in a bunker buried deep below a Tesco Metro, brilliant scientist Dr Victor Blenkinsop unveils the result of his life's work: the first human clone. Clone, BBC Three's new fish-out-of-water science fiction comedy, revolves around the education of an innocent who is experiencing the world for the first time, and stars Jonathan Pryce, Mark Gatiss and Stuart McLoughlin.

The Wizard of Macatawa
18/10/2008. The Washington Science Fiction Association has reported the winner of the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction: The Wizard of Macatawa by Tom Doyle published in issue 11 of Paradox magazine. The Wizard of Macatawa tells the story of how the life of a young girl intersects with that of L. Frank Baum.

Brad's Odyssey
17/10/2008. Brad Pitt is set to make a sweeping new science fiction movie for Warner based on the classical Greek text The Iliad. Dude. Spoilers follow...

Let the right one in
17/10/2008. Some vampire movie antics in this trailer for an interesting looking new horror movie.

The Secrets of Ceres cometh
17/10/2008. Scifi comic-book creators John Freeman and Mike Nicoll will be including The Secrets of Ceres in the latest issue of British SF comics magazine Spaceship Away.

The end is near for Battlestar Galactica
17/10/2008. On Friday January 16th 2009, the SCI-FI Channel's drama series Battlestar Galactica will return with the remaining episodes of its fourth and last season. The ten-week run will end with the series finale on March 20th 2008. Jeepers! Spoilers follow...

Jane Badler to star in the Resistance
17/10/2008. The female villain from V is star in new science fiction TV series Resistance, as the alien-fighter's mom. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the original television mini-series V, which was also about an alien invasion, although not a secret one in that case. In both V mini-series and the television series, Badler played the role of Diana, leader of the invading alien force.

Fantasy gets funny with Krod Mandoon
15/10/2008. Filming has begun on Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire, a new sci-fi/fantasy comedy TV series starring Sean Maguire (of Meet The Spartans, Dangerfield, and EastEnders fame) and Matt Lucas (aka Little Britain), on location in Hungary for transmission spring 2009 on BBC Two.

Icons OF Horror 3: Hammer Films
15/10/2008. Sony is set to release Icons OF Horror 3: Hammer Films on DVD with four horror movies carried over two discs... The Gorgon, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, and Scream of Fear.

Rise of the Gargoyle
10/10/2008. SCIFI Channel and RHI Entertainment - the bods behind Tin Man - are getting together to make six new science fiction television movies. They include a War of the Worlds-style adventure set in the wild west (one for the steampunk fans), and what sounds a lot like Black Hawk Down crossed with Tremors. There's also a couple of fantasy flicks in the can, Rise of the Gargoyle, and Hellhounds.

Farscape's Nicholas Hope to star in new scifi series
10/10/2008. Andrew Dillon, executive producer of That’s-A-Wrap Productions, has told the Nest that Australian movie star Nicholas Hope has agreed to take a central role in the company’s action-adventure science fiction film and follow-on television series, Resistance.

Fast Ships, Black Sails
10/10/2008. Jeff VanderMeer has sent us lubbers at SFcrowsnest word of a new anthology from Night Shade Books. In shades of the pirate super-genre from the upcoming Watchman film, the book features a bounty of fantasy and scifi piratical antics from the likes of Garth Nix, Kage Baker, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Howard Waldrop, Conrad Williams, Michael Moorcock, Steve Aylett, Eric Flint, Rachel Swirsky, and Dave Freer.

Futurama movies to show on Sky1
08/10/2008. Futurama, the sci-fi animation from the creator behind The Simpsons, makes a television return on Sunday 26th October 2008 at 7.30pm on Sky1.

After Judgment
08/10/2008. After Judgment is a new scifi web series about a group of post-apocalyptic survivors searching for an elusive entry into paradise, and will premiere on October 8th, 2008. After Judgment re-imagines a doomsday event and gives a glimpse into Earth's own potentially grim future.

Estronomicon is back
07/10/2008. The Estronomicon fantasy , horror and science fiction eZine is now back in PDF production after a break due to recent health issues.

Ashes To Ashes is back again
07/10/2008. The Quattro's running and fashion sense has been binned as filming begins on the second series of BBC One's odd scifi time travelling police drama Ashes To Ashes.

Steam Powered
07/10/2008. Apparently there's going to be a steampunk convention in the US San Francisco Bay Area at the end of October 2008.

Gollancz to Hannu Rajaniemi: you're hired
06/10/2008. John Jarrold has concluded a three-book World Rights deal for Scottish-based Finnish science fiction writer Hannu Rajaniemi. Hannu’s debut novel (presently untitled) plus two further books were pre-empted by Simon Spanton of Gollancz for a high five-figure sum, on the basis of one chapter.

Bitterwood and Splinter
02/10/2008. Fantasy and science fiction authors James Maxey and Adam Roberts are to appear on the Ghost in the Machine podcast.

Jo Fletcher in Brum
02/10/2008. Jo Fletcher, scifi editor with Gollancz, will be coming to speak to the Birmingham SF Group next week on the 10th October 2008.

Kung Fu Panda II
02/10/2008. DreamWorks has said that Pandamonium will reign in 2011 when the sequel to Kung Fu Panda is expected to return to cinemas on June 3rd 2011.

Space Captain Smith
02/10/2008. UK scifi author Toby Frost of Space Captain Smith fame has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Another Way To Die
02/10/2008. The music video from Alicia Keys and Jack White for the new Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. No bad, but not one of the best theme tunes for a Bond film.

Craig Miller joins the Resistance
01/10/2008. Andrew Dillon tells us he's signed US writer Craig Miller to pen the script for his company’s science fiction action-adventure feature and television series, Resistance.

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