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Doing the dinosaur thing
29/01/2009. Sci-fi TV series Primeval is back for its third season in the UK with lots of dinosaurs-falling-through-time-holes action, as well as a monster from the future that looks distinctly like a Gremlin from the movie of the same name. Gosh, we're old if we can remember Gremlins I, II and III.

BookViewCafe night at the NYRSF
29/01/2009. has been invited to participate in New York Review of Science Fiction's monthly reading series. On Tuesday February 3rd 2009, BVC members will be reading at the NYRSF's new meeting place, 12 Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport in New York City. BVC members that are scheduled to be on hand include Laura Anne Gilman, Susan Wright, and Sue Lange.

Odyssey Writing Workshop goes blogging
29/01/2009. The Odyssey Writing Workshop is launching a blog for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Weekly posts will aim to provide insights into the writing process and the sci-fi publishing industry.

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait scoops Australia's main science fiction award
28/01/2009. Hades Publications has told the Nest that the KA Bedfordís science fiction novel Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait has won Australiaís Aurealis Award, the main award for sci-fi novels down Oz-way.

Viz is taking sci-fi Japanese style
28/01/2009. US publisher VIZ Media is launching a new science fiction novel imprint called Haikasoru, which aims to publish contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences. This is the first time an imprint with a dedicated focus on Japanese scifi has launched in the USA.

El Zombo to be El movie
28/01/2009. Dark Horse comicbook El Zombo Fantasma is making the leap to the cinema screen with a movie deal. The tale follows the mysterious murder of the world's most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries.

From Bond to TinTin
27/01/2009. Principal photography on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn movie has started. The little quiffy reporter is being brought to life by both Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and has Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell starring in the film. There's pirates too. Shiver my fantasy timbers.

27/01/2009. Timecrimes is a new Spanish science fiction film written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo (it was a selected feature back at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival). Timescrimes is shortly to be remade in the English language, with David Cronenberg mooted as a potential director.

Doctor Who goes bionic
26/01/2009. Michelle Ryan, aka the Bionic Woman, and funny man Lee Evans will be appearing in the first Doctor Who special of 2009.The BBC has told SFcrowsnest that Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans will guest star in the forthcoming BBC One Doctor Who Easter special which began filming this week in Wales.

The best fantasy and scifi of 2008
26/01/2009. Robert Thompson, better known as the Fantasy Book Critic, has turned his eyes to the best fantasy and scifi novels of 2008, along with some games and comics too.

Alien Trespass
23/01/2009. A new science fiction movie from director/producer RW Goodwin of the The X-Files fame, and a homage to the science fiction movies of the 1950s. Set in 1957, Alien Trespass chronicles a fiery object from outer space that crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth. Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous sci-fi creature, the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet.

Tomorrow's Memories
23/01/2009. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin is featuring authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail - Yesterday's Dreams - and Misty Massey - the writer of Mad Kestrel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
23/01/2009. A new British sci-fi movie, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, featuring the star of the TV comedy IT Crowd, Chris O'Dowd. It's about a sci-fi geek, Ray, who has a well-known obsession with time travel, so when Cassie, a woman who claims to be from the future approaches him, he naturally suspects a prank.

Le Stephen Hunt
22/01/2009. For those of you that like to balance your science fiction and fantasy novels on the cafe table-tops of Paris as you watch the world go by and get abused by rude waiters, then here is an interview with SFF novelist Stephen Hunt in French. Oui, it's true.

The Victorious Mongoose concealable ray pistol
22/01/2009. One for the collectors of steampunk weapons. A Derringer-esque raygun contraption embedded in a decadent presentation case.

David Gemmell Legend Award for best Fantasy novel
19/01/2009. Some good news for the David Gemmell Legend Award for best Fantasy novel... the award has hit the big time with an article in the Guardian newspaper.

Gary Gianni adaptation of Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
19/01/2009. Sci-fi publisher Flesk Publications is publishing a graphic novelisation of Jules, father of steampunk, Vernes' Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by the illustrator and writer Gary Gianni. Featuring an introduction by science fiction author Ray Bradbury, the oversized, hardbound volume also includes the text of The Sea Raiders, a short story by H.G. Wells, accompanied by ten illustrations created by Gianni.

Xena becomes an Angel of Death
17/01/2009. Angel of Death is the new live-action series for, Sony Pictures's online video network, which stars Zoe Bell (Tarantino's Death Proof), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Vail Bloom (The Young and the Restless), and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), among others. Angel of Death reunites Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, and ZoŽ Bell Ė who all worked together on Xena Warrior Princess. Bell was Lawless's stunt-double on the fantasy series. The series is created and written by comic book author Ed Brubaker who has worked on Captain America, Criminal, and Daredevil.

The scifi audiobooks must flow
16/01/2009. Macmillan Audio has created a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the Dune sci-fi audiobooks, to coincide with the upcoming publication of Chapterhouse Dune, the final audio installment of Frank Herbertís original far future science fiction series.

The flatulance of Mars
16/01/2009. File this one under possibly sci-fi. A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active.

StarGate Universe cast grows
16/01/2009. The SCI-FI Channel has told the Nest that Justin Louis, David Blue, Brian J. Smith and Jamil Walker Smith is to join the cast of the upcoming television series Stargate Universe. The four will enlist alongside Robert Carlyle (aka Doctor Nicholas Rush) in the new series. Production is set to start in Vancouver in February 2009, hoping for an Autumn 2009 premiere.

Vikings meet aliens: new Outlander trailer
16/01/2009. There's a new trailer just gone up for the science fiction film Outlander. Aliens meet vikings on ancient Earth, what a movie.

Planet 51 trailer
16/01/2009. Trailer for an animated science fiction comedy about an alien planet that bases its society on diddly 1950s US culture, complete with lawns, happy families and BBQs... then modern Earth people land and muck everything up.

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait does the double
15/01/2009. Canadian publisher EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, has told us that Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, by Australian author K. A. Bedford, has been short listed for the Aurealis award (Australia's main award for science fiction literature) and the P. K. Dick Award in the US.

Scifi author Jeff VanderMeer goes into a hyper-frenzy
15/01/2009. Only a handful of writings have survived to be considered true classics of great thought: tomes that have provoked discussion, revolution and changed the world Ė and madcap scifi author Jeff VanderMeer has just decided to read them all.

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves a top five sci-fi novel
14/01/2009. Some news close to home, Stephen Hunt's second fantasy novel, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, was recently named one of the best five scifi and fantasy novels of 2008, alongside the likes of The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan and House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.

Patrick McGoohan finally escapes the village
14/01/2009. Patrick McGoohan, who starred in the classic spy-fi TV show The Prisoner, has passed away at 80. A great big white bouncing ball is said to have carried him away from the hospital.

Alan Moore's Century
13/01/2009. One for the steampunk fans. Alan Moore and The Forbidden Planet's Padraig O Mealoid have been talking about a follow-up interview ahead of the first part of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, coming out this spring.

10/01/2009. Timothy Travaglini, the editor over at GP Putnam's, writes in to tell us that their YA fantasy novel Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish is now a Best Young Adult Novel finalist for the 2008 Aurealis Awards, and a Fantasy & Science Fiction Finalist for the 2008 Cybil Awards.

Classic sci-fi artist Edd Cartier dies
10/01/2009. Mark R. Leeper reports that the Golden Age science fiction artist Edd Cartier has sadly passed away.

Trailer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li
09/01/2009. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is the second live action movie based on the Street Fighter series of games. It follows the street fighter Chun-Li, who will be portrayed by Smallville's star actress Kristin - Babe - Kreuk.

EverQuest collector's edition volume
09/01/2009. Sony Online Entertainment held a private event at the US Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the cover art being used for an upcoming sci-fi/fantasy book that recounts how massively multiplayer online game EverQuest became a global phenomenon. The art for EverQuest: The 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition, created by artist Donato Giancola, shows elf princess Firiona Vie leading a band of adventurers into battle against an evil wizard and his enormous dragon ally in the Swamp of No Hope.

Twilight II sees Taylor Lautner return
08/01/2009. Taylor Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob Black in the Twilight movie sequel, New Moon.

08/01/2009. Comedy fantasy author Robert Rankin will be signing his novel Necrophenia at the Forbidden Planet Birmingham Superstore on Friday 16th January 2009 from 1-2pm and at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 17th January 2009 1pm-2pm.

Killer space weather
07/01/2009. A NASA-funded study has found how extreme solar eruptions could have severe consequences for the future of life on Earth - with communications, power grids and other technologies on the planet zapped beyond repair. It isn't sci-fi and it should worry you.

Will you enter the horror dimension?
07/01/2009. The horror film has long played a leading role in the evolution of 3-D cinema. The visceral nature of the genre and the formatís immersive effects go together like, well, slashers and scream queens. In fact, the first big hit of the Golden Age of 3-D was the classic chiller House of Wax (1953), starring Vincent Price. Audiences were captivated by the filmís stereoscopic visuals and Priceís performance in a role that would make him virtually synonymous with the genre.

Orbit going cheap
06/01/2009. US science fiction publisher Orbit is currently offering an e-book for sale each month for $1.00. The scheme will include The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, Empress by Karen Miller, as well as Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks.

Wolverine and the X-Men toon
06/01/2009. Wolverine and the X-Men is a new animated series based on Marvel's mutant super hero team.

SCI-FI Wire goes it alone
06/01/2009. SCI FI Channel's is to spin off its daily entertainment news service into a new stand alone site.

Lost Season Five
06/01/2009. This January, Sky1 is screening LOST's fifth and penultimate season in the UK. It goes even more sci-fi with enough time travelling twists to give Doctor Who a headache.

Matt The Eleventh
05/01/2009News comment by GF Willmetts. The BBC announced on Saturday 03 January 2009 that the eleventh lead actor in 'Doctor Who' is to be twenty-six year-old Matt Smith. The way things are going, the thirteenth regeneration won't have been born yet as the Doctor becomes increasingly younger.

Shambling Towards Hiroshima
05/01/2009. There's now an online video for James Morrow's new scifi novel Shambling Towards Hiroshima.

The Situation
05/01/2009. Jeff VanderMeer's novelette The Situation, from PS Publishing, is now up as a free Adobe PDF file download from Wired.comís GeekDad site.

Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who
03/01/2009. The BBC has told SFcrowsnest that Matt Smith has been cast in the role of the Doctor in the BBC scifi series Doctor Who.

A science fiction calendar
02/01/2009. The Website at the End of the Universe is offering its annual science fiction calendar to sci-fi fans as a free PDF download.

Aeon Award for 2009
02/01/2009. The new contest for this year's Aeon Award begins January 1st 2009 and ends November 30th 2009. The contest is aimed at promoting new writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres - horror, science fiction, fantasy, and anything in-between.

Lesbian Vampire Killers
02/01/2009. Online trailer for a new British comedy horror movie, with the same duo who played Gavin and Smithy from the very amusing UK TV series Gavin and Stacey.

All change at Ticonderoga Online
02/01/2009. Web-based scifi magazine Ticonderoga Online has changed its name to Ticon4.

Elastic Press closing its doors
02/01/2009. Sci-fi and fantasy small press Elastic Press will be closing to future publications with immediate effect. Their final publication was the Subtle Edens anthology, published on 1st November 2008, and during the course of 2009 they'll slowly be running down the company with the focus on attending conventions to sell their remaining stock.

Arise, Sir Terry
02/01/2009. Fantasy author Terry Pratchett joins the somewhat small ranks of speculative fantasy authors who have been knighted (aka AC Clarke RIP).

Next Doctor Who to be revealed on BBC One Saturday 3rd Jan 2009
02/01/2009. The BBC has told that it will reveal the identity of the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who Confidential to be aired on BBC One tomorrow, Saturday 3rd January 2009, at 5.35pm.

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