Science fiction and fantasy news library March 2009.

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New Iron Man trailer
08/03/2010. Boy oh boy, the new Iron Man flick is looking better all the time. And don't you just love the proper first appearance of SHIELD digging after Tony Stark's marvellous mechanical toy-box?

Sarah Jane is back
08/03/2010. There is going to be two new series of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, which will see the investigative journalist and her gang of youthful sidekicks continue to annoy health & safety by being thrown into alien danger's way.

Rivers of London
07/03/2010. Betsy Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief at Del Rey has concluded a deal for US rights for the first three titles in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, after an auction conducted by John Berlyne and John Parker at the Zeno Literary Agency. The first two books will be published in Spring 2011.

First look: The Goon
27/03/2009. Fantasy horror comic The Goon is one of the comic-to-movies that is currently making the jump from graphic novel to the big screen, and lucky old SFcrowsnest, we have some of the first stills from the animated film.

Are these the droids you're looking for?
27/03/2009. Manion's Auction House reports a Sci-Fi collectibles auction for Star Wars, Star Trek, Godzilla, Ultraman and X-Men gear, said auction to close on the 26th April 2009.

Ashes To Ashes II: time travel 1970s style
26/03/2009. The first series of sci-fi cop show Ashes To Ashes saw DI Alex Drake - aka Keeley Hawes - time travel with a bang in 1981. Series two kicks off in 1982 where leg warmers are cool, fluorescent is the colour of choice, Thatcher is in her element and bullish DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is back, policing the streets in his politically incorrect and loud-mouthed style.

Your chance to star as an alien on Doctor Who
25/03/2009. Not normally known for its science fiction output, BBC One's Tonight's The Night TV programme will be running a competition for a viewer to take part in a Doctor Who scene and work with the Doctor Who production team.

Titmouse hits the Heavy Metal
25/03/2009. Titmouse Games is partnering up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator and publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine, Kevin Eastman, to create sci-fi games based on the publication's illustrated fantasy tales.

New Moon running with the wolves
24/03/2009. Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman are to star as members of the Wolf Pack in the horror flick The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Third Trek trailer
24/03/2009. The unkindly dubbed Star Trek Academy movie has a new trailer out. Here it is for your viewing edification.

Interview a trois
24/03/2009. Beiramar Emmanuel, the editor-in-chief and grand fromage of the aptly URL'd French fantasy site, has written in to let the Nest know that he has some new author interviews published in English over on their online magazine. Greg Bear, Karen Miller, and Peter V Brett are the fantasy and sci-fi names in Le frame.

Delta Film Award 2009
23/03/2009. Steve Green writes in to tell us that submissions are now being solicited for the 2009 Delta Film Award, presented to the best amateur sci-fi movie screened at the 20th Festival of Fantastic Films at Manchester, UK, 16-18 October 2009.

2009 Hugo nominees announced
23/03/2009. The Hugo Awards and John Campbell Award ballot has been announced. The Awards for the best science fiction novel will be presented at the 67th Worldcon, Anticipation, August 6th-10th 2009 at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal, Québec.

Being Human
23/03/2009. BBC Three has commissioned a one-hour special documentary on the horror-fi TV series Being Human to run in the UK on Saturday 28th March at 9.15pm.

Harlan Ellison sues over Star Trek
23/03/2009. Writer of the teleplay for the original Star Trek episode, City on the Edge of Forever, Harlan Ellison has sued Paramount for allegedly failing to account to or pay Ellison for the merchandising and publishing of the teleplay, from inception to date.

JF Lewis and Juliet McKenna
23/03/2009. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin, is hosting authors JF Lewis (Staked, Revamped) and Juliet McKenna (Irons in the Fire).

Escape Velocity
23/03/2009. After a delay through the latter half of 2008, Adventure Books of Seattle have reported the release of Issue 4 of Escape Velocity, the magazine of scifi and fact, a glossy print-on-demand produced 100+ pages science fiction magazine.

23/03/2009. Chris writes in to tell us that his science fiction novel, Resonance - published by Baen in 2005 - is now available for free download. There are five e-book formats to choose from and all are DRM lite.

Lionsgate gets hungry
23/03/2009. Movie studio Lionsgate has bought the film rights of Suzanne Collins' scifi YA novel, The Hunger Games.

Aurora nominees are in for 2009
23/03/2009. Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, has reported the Prix Aurora nominees for 2009. The Auroras recognise Canadian science fiction and fantasy artwork, writing, and fan activities.

David Hardy guests at Birmingham Science Fiction Group
23/03/2009. July 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing. To commemorate this Dave has produced a new presentation called 'Faces of the Moon'. It covers all aspects of the Moon, with an accent on art: Art/Science, Fact/Fiction, Past, Present and Future.

Is Anybody Out There
23/03/2009. Marty Halpern writes in to tell us that he and o-editor Nick Gevers have sold Fermi Paradox-themed original anthology, Is Anybody Out There?

The Riverworld flows
23/03/2009. SyFy and RHI are to make three new fantasy and science fiction movies. The four-hour movies will be Riverworld, The Phantom and Alice - with casting underway for each. Riverworld and The Phantom will both serve as pilots for potential TV series.

Jonathan Maberry and Christina Barber pod it up
23/03/2009. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin is hosting author and paranormal expert Jonathan Maberry and dark fiction author Christina Barber.

Shortlist is out for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009
18/03/2009. Ian R. MacLeod, Paul McAuley, Alastair Reynolds, Neal Stephenson, Sherri S. Tepper and Mark Wernham are the six SF authors shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009, the main UK prize for science fiction literature.

Goodbye Lady SciFi
16/03/2009. The SCIFI Channel is rebranding as Syfy - both on air and on-line - as of July 7th 2009, The Nest are told by Dave Howe, El Presidente at SCIFI.

Mandvi goes on an Airbender
14/03/2009. Actors Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub and Cliff Curtis have just joined the cast of M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender sci-fi movie for Parmount. The science fiction film is due to begin shooting mid-March 2009.

Fanning those vampire flames
10/03/2009. Dakota Fanning is set to play the role of Jane in the next vampire-love-movie-thang, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Fanning will star opposite Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in the film directed by Chris Weitz.

Watchmen: Mark's take
09/03/2009. After years of its fans waiting, Alan Moore's mammoth graphic novel Watchmen has come to the screen. This is a film of violence, sex, breaking glass, and spattering blood - dark both literally and figuratively. Zach Snyder (director of 300) gives us a more-than-ample 163 minutes in this gaudy, ugly world. If, says Mark with a little sadness in his voice, you are looking for a highly digitally enhanced, noisy, explosion, hot-grease-in-the-face, fighting, meat-cleaver sort of film with plenty of people being thrown through plate glass windows in slow motion this could be one of the biggees of the year for you.

Alien life? Here we come...
09/03/2009. NASA's Kepler mission has now launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II. Kepler is designed to find the first Earth-size planets orbiting stars at distances where water could pool on the planet's surface. Liquid water is believed to be essential for the formation of life.

Angry Robot launches web-site and reports first four scifi novels
09/03/2009. Indy scifi book imprint Angry Robot is launching in the UK in July 2009, and in the US and the rest of the world from September 2009. Its authors are two new writers and two established, from the USA, Fiji and South Africa.

Orson Scott Card goes YA steampunk
06/03/2009. Orson Scott Card, the sci-fi author behind Enders Game, is to publish a new series for younger readers with Simon Pulse, aka Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Anica Rissi from Simon Pulse acquired World English rights to the first three books in this as-yet-untitled Young Adult series through Barbara Bova at The Barbara Bova Literary Agency. In the same vein as authors like Stephen Hunt, his new works will be combining elements of steampunk and fantasy.

Star Trek trailer
06/03/2009. Photon topedoes away, dude. If this online trailer doesn't convince you to see the new Star Trek movie, nothing will.

Fantasycon 2009
06/03/2009. The British Fantasy Society is holding its annual convention, Fantasycon 2009, in Nottingham, UK, over the weekend 18th-20th September. The 2009 convention's Guests of Honour are Jasper Fforde, Brian Clemens and Gail Z Martin. The Master of Ceremonies is Ian Watson. The convention's highlights include guest interviews, panel discussion and the British Fantasy Awards Banquet.

It's going to be Pandorum out there
06/03/2009. Pandorum is a new sci-fi movie with a touch of the film Alien about it. Here's the online trailer for you to make your own mind up.

Aeon Award winner announced
06/03/2009. SF author Ian Watson (and Grand Judge of the Aeon Award) has made his decision on the winners of the 2008 Aeon Award short fiction contest for scifi. It was notable that of the top 40, some 18 were by female authors. Who says spec fic is dominated by men! 1000 Euros go to Colin Henchley.

Craig Hinton gets an anthology
06/03/2009. Following the tragic death of Doctor Who author Craig Hinton on 3rd December 2006, a number of his friends and fans have got together to compile a fiction anthology dedicated to his memory.

Raymond E. Feist drinks some tea with a Mad God
06/03/2009. US fantasy author Raymond E. Feist will be coming over to the UK to celebrate the publication of his new novel, Wrath of a Mad God.

DFC comic up for sale
06/03/2009. Our chums on the FP blog have just heard via Andrew Wildman that the DFC comic which launched last year by David Fickling is being put up for sale by Random House.

Elder Sign
06/03/2009. One for the HP Lovercraft fans among you. Joseph Nanni has written in to let us know that there is now a follow-up to his comedy horror short Casting Call of Cthulhu, called Elder Sign, for you to watch.

Apex sci-fi
06/03/2009. Jason Sizemore writes in to tell the Nest that the March 2009 issue of scifi magazine Apex has been posted.

Swallow Me Whole
06/03/2009. Our friends on the FP blog have just heard from Chris Staros, publisher at the very fine indy comics mob Top Shelf (who will be publishing Moore and O'Neill's new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series this year) that one of their graphic novels, Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell, is short-listed for the LA Times Book Prize.

Suvudu First Book Library goes live
06/03/2009. US publisher Random House has unveiled the first five titles in their Suvudu First Book Library. Designed to introduce new readers to science fiction and fantasy series, the Suvudu Free First Book Library allows readers to access free digital copies of the first book in each series. The program is launching with access to His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt.

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