Science fiction and fantasy news library May 2009.

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Spielberg's The Secret of the Unicorn
29/05/2009. Paramount and Sony Pictures have told the Nest that their 3-D motion capture feature movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn to be produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy will be released on December 23rd 2011.

Number Six, aka Tricia Helfer, to star in Warehouse 13
29/05/2009. SCIFI's new adventure series Warehouse 13 will feature first season guest appearances including Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan and Mark Sheppard; Gossip Girl's James Naughton; Roger Rees of Cheers; Eureka's Joe Morton, Erica erra and Niall Matter; Stargate Atlantis' Joe Flanigan and Ivan Sergei from Crossing Jordan.

New Doctor Who gets a new assistant (just as young)
29/05/2009. The BBC has told SFcrowsnest that the companion for the next series of Doctor Who is to be actress Karen Gillan. She first appeared in Who in the Soothsayer episode in Ancient Rome when she was rescued from the fires of Pompeii.

Double Dragon flies down to scoop up Necromancer
28/05/2009. The Chronicles of the Necromancer series by fantasy author Gail Martin has sold e-book rights to Double Dragon Press for the first four books in the series. Her series includes The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven and Dark Lady's Chosen.

Torchwood comes to London
28/05/2009. The British Fantasy Society and BBC Books will be hosting a Torchwood event at The George pub on London's Fleet Street on the 3rd July 2009.

28/05/2009. A signed copy of RealmShift, a dark fantasy thriller by Alan Baxter, is being offered as the prize in a competition.

Battlestar Galactica the concert?
28/05/2009. Battlestar Galactica and Caprica composer Bear McCreary will have a busy summer, with the release of two soundtrack recordings and concert performances. On June 13th 2009 the music from Battlestar Galactica will kick-off the 2009 Grand Performances Series at California Plaza. Three days later, on June 16th 2009, La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for Caprica.

2009 Mythopoeic Award finalists announced
28/05/2009. The short-list for this year's Mythopoeic Fantasy Award is in, and both Ursula K. Le Guin and Gene Wolfe have made the cut, as has Terry Pratchett with Nation. Cool beans.

David Tennant goes sweet on Sarah Jane
27/05/2009. David Tennant's Doctor Who swan-song gets longer and longer, as news reaches the Nest that Tennant is to make a guest appearance in the Doctor Who kiddie spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, with a starring role across two episodes.

Camelot rides again
26/05/2009. Merlin returns to BBC One in autumn 2009 for its second season – with guest stars joining the regular cast such as Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Office), who is guest-staring in the opening episode as the creepy Cedric, who is determined to muscle in on Merlin's position as Arthur's right-hand-man – much to Merlin's frustration.

It's an online trailer, my dear Watson
25/05/2009. Steampunk fans rejoice - the first trailer is online for the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film with two of my favourite boys - Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I'd get divorced for either of them... right, girls.

Knight Rider III
25/05/2009. In the Nest's 3rd Knight Rider clip, Mike Traceur (Jason Breuning) gets KITT involved in a street race with a local hardman, and some of KITT's new enhanced capabilities are put to the test. Got to get me one of those on the UK government's scrappage scheme.

Asteroids giveth, and asteroids taketh away
25/05/2009. A mega asteroid bombardment four billion years ago may not have sterilised the early Earth as completely as previously thought. In fact, the asteroids, some the size of Kansas, provided a boost for early life. Go figure, ELE fans.

Aliens speak with forked tongue - V trailer
25/05/2009. ABC's reboot of V has its first trailer. Beware of aliens, human, they speak with forked tongue - and will eat your pet hamster tout suite.

So, you want me to write for you free, scifi %$$£$%%?
25/05/2009. Author of long sci-fi standing, Harlan Ellison, chats about his view on writers continually being knocked-up to contribute science fiction freebies. It ain't polite, but by the gods, it is true!

The Tel Aviv Dossier
25/05/2009. ChiZine Publications tells the Nest that they are to release their post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, The Tel Aviv Dossier, in trade paperback on July 1st 2009. Written by Lavie Tidhar and Nir Yaniv, The Tel Aviv Dossier documents the destruction of the city of Tel Aviv and the life that carries on in its ruins.

Kevin J. Anderson, Jean Marie Ward and KL Nappier on Ghost in the Machine
25/05/2009. The Ghost in the Machine podcast will be interviewing SFF writers Kevin J. Anderson (The Edge of the World), Jean Marie Ward (With Nine You Get Vanyr), and K.L. Nappier (Full Wolf Moon, Bitten).

Bob Blackham guests at Birmingham Science Fiction Group
25/05/2009. Robert Blackham is a fan of J.R.R.Tolkien's works with a focus on the life of Tolkien and the influences it had on Tolkien's works of fiction. Bob's own published works looks at the known and likely influences of the places Tolkien lived on works such as The Lord of the Rings.

How to Train Your Dragon
25/05/2009. DreamWorks Animation, the Nest is told, is in the early development stages on a live arena show based on its 2010 movie, How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation is collaborating with the Australia-based Global Creatures, a firm specialising in live theatrical productions employing animatronic technology, to do the arena show.

New trailer for Harry Potter The Half-Blood Prince
25/05/2009. Does anyone else feel the Harry Potter movie franchise has kind of missed the fantasy gold-rush, now that all the kids are into emotional teen vampire lurv-stuff? Well, the new trailer looks okay, nevertheless.

We'll be back (maybe) says Fox insider about Terminator cancellation
19/05/2009. Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles has just taken a plasma bolt through the chest as Fox bigwigs reported the show's death during a telephone press conference from New York. But one Fox insider reckons that despite the poor odds, it may be yet be back.

Drag Me To Hell, Mr Rami
18/05/2009. Sam Raimi - plus actors Justin Long and Alison Lohman, the stars of his new movie Drag Me To Hell, will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Sunday 24th May 2009 from 4-4.30pm.

Star Trek: best enjoyed in space
18/05/2009. NASA astronaut's Michael Barratt will, SFcrowsnest is told, now have have the opportunity to watch the new Star Trek film aboard the International Space Station. Now that's a hard core Trekkie.

Blood: The Last Vampire
18/05/2009. Sony Pictures tells the Nest that they have picked up rights for Blood: The Last Vampire. Blood: The Last Vampire should hit US cinemas summer 2009.

Shhhh - Universal has a Secret
15/05/2009. Dark Horse is getting together with Universal Pictures to produce horror movie The Secret, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name. The Secret tells of a group of high-school seniors who play a foolish prank, only to see it backfire when one of their number vanishes without a trace.

Zoran Zivkovic is going Dutch
15/05/2009. John Jarrold has sold Dutch-language rights in Serbian science fiction author Zoran Zivkovic's novel The Last Book to Rienk Tychon of The Flying Dutchman, part of Dutch Media.

The Thief-Taker's Apprentice
15/05/2009. John Jarrold has concluded a three-book World Rights deal with Simon Spanton of Gollancz, for a YA fantasy series by novelist Stephen Deas, for a good, five-figure sum in pounds sterling. Deas' debut novel, a dragon fantasy entitled The Adamantine Palace, was published by Gollancz in March 2009 to plaudits and a fast reprint. There are two forthcoming sequels.

Nights Of Villjamur
15/05/2009. Margaret Halton, Rights Director at Pan Macmillan, has sold US rights in two fantasy novels by UK novelist Mark Charan Newton to Chris Schluep for a good five-figure sum in US dollars.

The Road
15/05/2009. First trailer for the film version of The Road. God, this was a grim scifi book, and the movie looks to be just as bleak - the end of humanity, cannibals, and murdering your next door neighbour over a can of baked beans. Makes Mad Max look like a Mel Brooks musical.

Trailer for Gamer
11/05/2009. Trailer for an interesting new science fiction movie which might have had an elevator pitch that sounded something like: It's a sci-fi flick crossing Running Man with Dollhouse and Deathrace.

Terminator: Salvation - supersize my trailer
11/05/2009. Ah, they tease us so little now that the Terminator: Salvation flick is nearly upon us. This latest online trailer must be at least five minutes long. Launching against the fab new Trek movie in the cinemas, though. Ouch.

Paul McAuley: from science fiction author to tutor
11/05/2009. Science fiction author Paul McAuley is teaching a four night course in sf/fantasy writing out at Kingston University next week - with Steve Jones as a one night guest.

2009 Eagle Awards: they're back, baby
11/05/2009. There has been a lot of Internet buzz about the 2009 Eagle Awards, following new Eagle Awards organiser Cassandra Conroy announcing that there wouldn't be an award ceremony at the 2009 Bristol Comic Expo in May 2009. Many were of the opinion that the Eagles were either on hiatus or even gone forever, and Internet rumours were strife. Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards

Terry Pratchett's Nation up for the Sidewise
11/05/2009. Well, knock me Sidewise, the 2008 Sidewise Awards will be presented at Anticipation, the 67th world science fictiom convention, to be held in Montreal, Canada from August 6th-10th 2009. The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to laud the best parallel reality-based fiction. Terry Pratchett's Nation is up for the Sidewise, as is Half a Crown by Jo Walton.

Knight Rider returns
11/05/2009. There’s now a new Knight Rider series featurette featuring cast interview footage, and it even comes with a David Hasselhoff interview clip.

Forbidden Planet blogs into the big time
11/05/2009. Joe Gordon, the blogger for the science fiction store Forbidden Planet International, has made it into Cision's 50 UK blogs list (the only comics/sci-fi blog to do so). Well done, Joe, much deserved.

One for the scifi film-makers among you
07/05/2009. Science fiction filmmakers have been asked to submit their work for the second edition of the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival which will take place from November the 3rd-8th 2009 in Bruges Belgium.

Classics Illustrated comics hit by Diamond Comic Distributors decision
07/05/2009. Diamond Comic Distributors have told Jack Lake Productions - the publisher of Classics Illustrated comics - that due to "new operating guidelines and benchmarks," Diamond are dropping solicitation and distribution of the full Classics Illustrated series.

Kirins: The Spell of No'an
07/05/2009. James Priest writes in to tell us that the first book of his fantasy trilogy, Kirins: The Spell of No'an, is ready as a free audio book.

Edge Hill Prize shortlist is in
06/05/2009. Science fiction author Chris Beckett made it onto the list with The Turing Test by Elastic Press. The shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, launched by Edge Hill University three years ago, is the only competition in the UK for the best short story collection by a single author. The prize is co-sponsored by Blackwell.

Nights of Villjamur
02/05/2009. Mark Charan Newton will be signing his science fiction novel Nights of Villjamur at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 4th June 6–7pm.

District 9
02/05/2009. Trailer for Peter Jackson's new scifi movie. On the run aliens are forced to live in African slums stroke resettlement camps, until a United Nations official is enhanced by their biotechnology and starts to see things from their side. Something original(ish) from Hollywood. Not based on a comic or a re-make or a sequel? Can it be true?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
02/05/2009. A new trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. So good it's bad and so bad it's good. You go, Joe.

Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen
02/05/2009. The first trailer for Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen. Ah, films based on toys, you gotta love them. Okay. I was making that bit up.

How Mercury got broken
01/05/2009. A NASA spacecraft gliding over the surface of Mercury has revealed that the planet's atmosphere, the interaction of its surrounding magnetic field with the solar wind, and its geological past display greater levels of activity than scientists first suspected. The probe also discovered a previously unknown large impact basin about 430 miles in diameter -- equal to the distance between Washington and Boston.

Objects of Worship
01/05/2009. Indie scifi publisher ChiZine Publications has released a collection of twelve short stories by Montreal writer and editor Claude Lalumière titled Objects of Worship.

The 86ers
01/05/2009. Rogue Trooper takes to the air (well, to space, actually), in the latest graphic novel from 2000AD, the pen of Gordon Rennie, and the brush of Paul J. Holden. War rages across the galaxy in an ever bloody conflict between the Southers & the Norts. Enlist with fighter pilot Rafaelle - aka Rafe - Blue and the 86th Air Support Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the 86ers, stationed in the Acoma System.

Recon 2023
01/05/2009. Sci-fi action movie Recon 2023: The Gauda Prime Conspiracy will have its world premiere at the Sci-Fi London Festival in London on May 2nd, 2009.

Knight Rider takes to the road again
01/05/2009. KITT - aka the Knight Industries Two Thousand, is back in a sequel to the iconic ‘80s original. Knight Rider returns to the UK SciFi Channel on Tuesday 12th May 2009 at 8pm in a two-hour feature-length movie, and follows weekly every Tuesday. The Hoff is out and Val Kilmer is in.

UK Steampunk Convivial
01/05/2009. The first UK Steampunk Convivial (that's a con to you and me), is due to take place at The Asylum in Lincoln this September 2009.

01/05/2009. Some say that 2009 is the year of the Vampire, with Guillermo del Toro and Justin Cronin releasing trilogies, as well as shows like True Blood and films like Twilight keeping the Vampire myth alive. And in October, the first Stoker Family approved sequel novel is released - Dracula: The Un-Dead, by Bram Stoker’s Great-Grand Nephew Dacre Stoker and Dracula historian Ian Holt.

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