Science fiction and fantasy news library November 2008.

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Battlestar Galactica peeks
27/11/2008. There's plenty of online trailers featuring sneak peeks of the new, and sadly last, series of Battlestar Galactica. Man, Earth looks kind of a mess, doesn't it?

Belfast dashes for science fiction
27/11/2008. Science fiction store the Forbidden Planet are running a competition with a chance to win a thousand pound shopping dash in the Belfast FPI store.

Zeno Agency sets up shop for sci-fi authors
27/11/2008. Literary agent John Richard Parker, formerly with MBA for thirty years, has combined forces with reviewer John Berlyne to set up a new literary agency for fantasy and science fiction authors. The Zeno Agency will specialise in various genres - e.g. literary and crime, but will have a particular focus on scifi.

BBC One to remake The Day Of The Triffids
27/11/2008. Originally written in 1951 by science fiction author John Wyndham, The Day Of The Triffids will be adapted by Patrick Harbinson (of ER, and Law and Order fame), who will reboot John Wyndham's scifi novel for television. The two part 90-minute drama will be produced by Power and hit our TV screens in 2009.

Peter F Hamilton, China Mieville and Neal Asher hit the iPhone
25/11/2008. Pan Macmillan are releasing Pan Macmillan' sci-fi titles on Lexcycle’s Stanza electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

Twilight gets a sequel: New Moon
23/11/2008. Summit Studio is moving forward with the production of New Moon, the follow-up to Twilight, their vampire love-story horror film. The movie will be based on the second novel in author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series also called, naturally enough, New Moon.

I'm not Lost
23/11/2008. The scifi TV series Lost gets a new online trailer to please the fans. The next series is returning to the US the end of January 2009, we understand.

23/11/2008. The new science fiction wovel Firstworld, by horror author Jemiah Jefferson is available from Underland Press. Yes you read right, it's a wovel, not a novel.

The Rise of the Iron Moon
23/11/2008. The Rise of the Iron Moon makes it onto the list of most anticipated fantasy novels over at the Fantasy Book Critic's web site.

One for the Fanboys: The Swap
22/11/2008. Do you admire the comic-book guy from The Simpsons? Then this is the movie for you. Columbia is set to please sci-fi fans with the tale of a hapless comic-book dealer's adventures. Columbia Pictures has lined up the writing team of Tim and Tom Mullen to adapt the novel The Swap by Antony Moore for the screen, hears from Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach (presidents of Columbia Pictures).

Astro Boy trailer
21/11/2008. A little teaser-ette for the animated sci-fi movie coming our way in 2009 from Imagi Animation Studios.

SCI FI taps Kevin Beardslee
21/11/2008. World of Warcraft's Kevin Beardslee signs up along with Peter 'Medium' Egan to join the SCI FI Channel in writing the pilot episode for their new interconnected TV show/game production.

The ice-cold glaciers of Mars
21/11/2008. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet.

2007 Chesley Awards Winners are announced
21/11/2008. The ASFA has reported the winners of the 2007 Chesley Awards for best science fiction, fantasy and horror art. Voting was, we are told, very close this year and several of the awards came down to decimal point differences in the final rankings. The Chesley Awards use a ranked ballot.

20/11/2008. Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures has closed a deal for the film rights to produce a movie based on the graphic novel Gearhead, which Hurd will produce. Gearhead was created by Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon and published by Arcana Comics. In Gearhead, a young woman teams up with a group of rebels to fight the corrupt superheroes who govern the United States. She must rise to the challenge of her destiny and become, yes, Gearhead.

Walter Jon Williams talks to space beings (true)
20/11/2008. Doctor Dolittle could talk to the animals, but science fiction author Walter Jon Williams talked to a being in outer space recently.

My Name is Bruce trailer
20/11/2008. Here's the amusing online trailer for My Name Is Bruce, a new horror movie, directed by and starring Bruce Campbell, and penned by Mark Verheiden. The film is a bit of a knowing nod to his Evil Dead series, with Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi's brother, starring in this film too.

X-Men drops the oldies
19/11/2008. Twentieth Century Fox wants its next X-Men movie, X-Men First Class, to feature a new much younger set of mutants. It's going all yoof, with Gossip Girl and Chuck creator Josh Schwartz set to write the film.

Race to Witch Mountain trailer
19/11/2008. Race to Witch Mountain is a reboot of the original 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain, with this new scifi movie due be released on March 13th 2009.

How to Live on Mars
19/11/2008. There's a new book coming out December 3rd 2008, called How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guide Book to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet. It's part non-fiction with real science content, and part survival guide in the How to Survive a Robot Uprising-style.

The Adamantine Palace
19/11/2008. Susan Howe, Rights Director at Orion, has sold US rights in three dragon fantasies by UK scifi novelist Stephen Deas to Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley Ace in a very good deal. The first book will be published in hardback in 2009.

In space, nobody can hear you Ping
19/11/2008. NASA has tested the first deep space communications network on their new interstellar internet. Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located about 20 million miles from Earth.

The Sweet Scent of Blood
19/11/2008. Susan Howe, Rights Director at Orion, has sold US rights in three urban fantasies by UK novelist Suzanne McLeod to Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley Ace in a good deal. The books will be published as mass-market paperback originals, with the first appearing late in 2009 or early in 2010.

Ender in Exile
19/11/2008. Here's a video interview with scifi writer Orson Scott Card talking about his sequel to Ender's Game, the new title called Ender in Exile.

The Noise Within
19/11/2008. John Jarrold has concluded a two-book deal for British SF writer Ian Whates with Christian Dunn of Solaris, the mainstream genre imprint of Games Workshop’s science fiction publishing division, BL Publishing. The first book, titled The Noise Within, is due for delivery in October 2009 and publication in 2010, with the sequel coming a year later. The deal is for UK and US rights.

Guillermo del Toro is a Champion
18/11/2008. United Artists has told SFcrowsnest that Christopher McQuarrie of The Usual Suspects, and Valkyrie fame is to write and produce the spy-fi actioner The Champions along with his mate Guillermo del Toro. Tom Cruise is to star in this scifi spy superhero film reboot.

FaceBook hijack over: science fiction fans fight off hackers on FaceBook
17/11/2008. After four days of being hijacked by FaceBook hackers, normal service is restored on the science fiction FaceBook group owned by author Stephen Hunt. Worryingly, FaceBook show not a clue that a deep-level hack of their service has even occurred.

Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History
17/11/2008. Science fiction has always been about visions as much as ideas, and a new illustrated book, Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History, surveys the landmarks of the sci-fi arts over the last 150 years. It is coming out January 2009.

Harry Potter VI trailer
17/11/2008. Here's the movie trailer for the next film-like outing of everyone's favourite boy wizard with specs. Some say Harry looks like a young Stephen Hunt, but that's just cruel.

The scifi vista from the Book View Cafe
17/11/2008. There's been a launch of a new web site for about twenty genre authors who are working cooperatively together to publish via the internet, called Book View Cafe. It has gone live with a new story by the queen of scifi, Ursula Le Guin, with her artwork as well, illustrating fiction by Vonda McIntyre.

It's here: Star Trek trailer
16/11/2008. The second trailer for the J. J. Abrams version Star Trek science fiction movie. Chris Pine takes the Kirk role at Starfleet Academy, with Heroes' Zachary Quinto as Spock, fighting time travelling Romulans who are messing about with history.

Sword and Sorceress XXIII
16/11/2008. Norilana Books is publishing Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXIII edited by Elisabeth Waters, the twenty-third volume of the fantasy anthology series featuring stories of fantasy women, warriors and power-wielders, who act to change their worlds with magic and sword.

Hubble catches a planet orbiting a star
16/11/2008. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis, or the Southern Fish.

FaceBook hijack of science fiction group
16/11/2008. In the first major hack of the new upgraded FaceBook system, The Magazine FaceBook group is hijacked by FaceBook spammers who steal it away from the group's real owners - SFcrowsnest - and use it to send out the usual trashy marketing rubbish to thousands of scifi fan members.

The Court of the Air: Under the bridge
14/11/2008. Stephen Hunt's first fantasy/scifi novel, The Court of the Air (US edition) gets a review from the Books under the Bridge blog. And yes, they liked it.

Second Watchmen trailer
14/11/2008. Reach for your popcorn, people. Here's the second trailer for the Watchmen movie - based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, and Dave Gibbons on art.

Sanctuary, Sanctuary
14/11/2008. The US SCIFI Channel has given the nod to production on a second season of Sanctuary, their new fantasy horror TV series, ordering 13 new hours. Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest crossed with Buffy, and you have the basic concept for this light but fun series.

Science fiction novel Brasyl in line for a prize
14/11/2008. Northern Ireland scifi writer Ian McDonald has been nominated for the £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing for his novel Brasyl which explores a range of alternative reality past, future and present Brazils.

Uber-science fiction fan Forrest J Ackerman update
14/11/2008. Forrest J Ackerman's close friend and caregiver, Joe Moe, has written into to give us an update on the world's greatest living scifi fan.

Bryony makes a zombie
14/11/2008. Bryony Makes A Zombie Movie tells the story of YouTube star Bryony Matthewman's attempts to pull together a user-generated zombie movie. Their efforts forms the basis of the half-hour documentary, which is due to screen in the UK on BBC Three at 11.45pm on Sunday 16th November 2008.

2012 trailer
14/11/2008. The first online trailer for 2012, Roland - Independence Day - Emmerich's upcoming post-apocalyptic science fiction movie for Columbia Pictures with a cast that numbers John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson among its stars.

Universal to work with Dark Horse
14/11/2008. Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment have just done a major deal to set-up a movie studio for all of Dark Horse's fantasy, superhero, horror and scifi comics-books going forward.

The Clan Corporate
14/11/2008. Scifi author Charles Stross will be signing copies of The Clan Corporate, his new book in the Merchant Princes series, at Waterstone’s West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh on Thursday 11th December 2008 at 6pm.

14/11/2008. Trailer for a road-movie set in 1998, featuring a group of geeks planning to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, for one of their number dying of cancer who wants to catch the movie before his death. William Shatner blames George Lucas for the death of the Trek franchise, and vows to help them in their quest!

Goodby, Mars Phoenix
14/11/2008. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As anticipated, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot's arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander's instruments.

14/11/2008. Pyr, a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, will publish Crossover: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel in the premium mass market paperback format. Premium mass market paperbacks are taller than the traditional premium mass market size, allowing for improved readability and cover image area.

SFSFC awards their SMOFCon scholarship
14/11/2008. San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions has awarded a scholarship of $500 to Heather Stern to attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Columbus OH this year over the weekend of December 5-7, 2008.

The Judging Eye
14/11/2008. Following his Prince of Nothing trilogy, fantasy and scifi author R. Scott Bakker returns to the world of Eärwa with The Judging Eye.

Forrest J Ackerman - dead or alive
07/11/2008. Locus is running a new story saying that science fiction and fantasy editor Forrest J Ackerman is dead - so did the British Fantasy Society, before posting a retraction saying that, no, he's still alive. Update: Alex Paige confirms Forrest is still thankfully with us.

Shine, Jetse, Shine
07/11/2008. Scifi publisher Solaris will be launching a new anthology from ex-Interzone editor Jetse De Vries. Shine is a science fiction collection of near-future and optimistic stories, where authors portray the possible roads to a better tomorrow.

King of the scifi thriller, Michael Crichton, dies of cancer
06/11/2008. The very talented master of the science fiction thriller, Michael Crichton, has now sadly passed away of cancer. Steven Spielberg and Stephen Hunt give their remembrances.

Tales from Obamalot
06/11/2008. Kennedy's administration was known as Camelot, and now the world's science fiction and fantasy fans have voted for their choice of name for Barack Obama's upcoming years of rule, choosing a name with echoes of the Kennedy age, Avalon.

05/11/2008. A new web-only science fiction TV series is hitting the internet, and it's name is Kirill. See episode one on

Vertigo Encyclopedia
05/11/2008. DK has given Forbidden Planet International five copies of the new Vertigo Encyclopedia to give away in a competition – it’s a nice hardback a-z reference of DC’s mature readers imprint, from Preacher to Sandman, Swamp Thing, Transmetropolitan and the one-offs and limited series like Pride of Baghdad, Industrial Gothic and the like.

David Talon and Philip Nero
05/11/2008. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin is interviewing authors David Talon (The Last Guardian of Mosh Chaltun) and Philip A. Nero (Twice Upon a Time).

Monsters vs. Aliens trailer
05/11/2008. First online trailer for Monsters versus Aliens, a new animated science fiction movie from DreamWorks.

Ender in Exile
05/11/2008. Sci-fi author Orson Scott Card is about to publish a new Ender novel, Ender in Exile.

Being Human returns
05/11/2008. The dark fantasy/horror TV series Being Human is coming back to BBC 3 for a whole six-part series.

05/11/2008. Here's the new trailer for Dollhouse, Buffy creator Joss Whedon's new scifi series on US television. It's kind of like the old Joe 90 TV series, but with more attractive secret agents and adult themes.

Preacher gets the movie treatment
04/11/2008. Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to the dark fantasy graphic novel Preacher to be adapted into a feature film directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Neal Moritz through his Original Films banner and Kickstart Productions' Jason Netter.

Angry Robot rampages on web
04/11/2008. The new British science fiction imprint Angry Robot has just opened the doors on its first web site. News of their first scifi novels and signed authors etc is promised soon.

A Matter of Loaf And Death
03/11/2008. Christmas 2008, and Wallace And Gromit fans will be treated to the odd fantasy pairing's latest adventure in the BBC One premiere of A Matter Of Loaf And Death.

Premonitions: Causes For Alarm
03/11/2008. Here comes a new magazine-anthology of science fiction, horror stories, and genre poetry, called Premonitions: Causes For Alarm. It's in A5 paperback format, with 57,000 words of writing.

Forbidden Planet remake on the cards again
01/11/2008. J. Michael Straczynski of the most excellent science fiction TV series Babylon 5 fame is set to remake Forbidden Planet for Warner Brothers with Joel Silver producing for Silver Pictures.

01/11/2008. Radio personality George Noory is coming back to the US SCIFI TV channel late night with five episodes of Unexplained With George Noory airing Sunday, November 16th 2008 through Thursday, November 20th 2008 at 11:00pm. Each half-hour episode will feature interviews with bods on topics such as reincarnation, witchcraft and alien abduction and the realm of the unknown.

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