Science fiction and fantasy news library June 2009.

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Torchwood goes global
08/06/2010. The BBC’s Doctor Who spinoff series, Torchwood, is coming back, and they’ve gone global, baby. Both in real life, with backing from Starz Entertainment - the US media giant better known to scifi fans as the creators of the new blood, sand and totty TV series, Spartacus - as well as with their plot.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal is Going TV!
07/07/2009. Production on the TV sersion of Terry Pratchett's fantasy novel Going Postal has now started. Terry Pratchett's 33rd discworld book, shooting for Going Postal is happening in Ankh-Morphork - aka Budapest, Hungary.

26/06/2009. Trailer for an interesting concept for a horror movie - in Daybreakers, most of humanity have become immortal vampires, and it's the few human outcasts that are hunted down and farmed for blood. Trouble is, there's too many vamps and not enough human sheep to feed them. What's to do?

Forget life on Mars: how about life on Saturn's moon Enceladus?
25/06/2009. For the first time, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn's outermost ring. Detecting salty ice indicates that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which primarily replenishes the ring with material from discharging jets, could harbor a reservoir of liquid water -- perhaps an ocean -- beneath its surface.

The Last Airbender bends some airtime
23/06/2009. M. Night Shyamalan's live action fantasy-scifi movie The Last Airbender gets its first trailer. This is the one that was based on the cartoon Avatar, which was unusually imaginative for a toon.

Fantasy gets Polish
21/06/2009. It's not only Polish builders that are doing well in the UK - now, so are Polish writers! The first annual David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel has been won by Andrzej Sapkowski for his novel Blood of Elves (published in the UK by Gollancz). The Award was accepted on Sapkowski’s behalf by his UK editor, Jo Fletcher. Well done, Andrzej.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
21/06/2009. An online trailer for the film G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Much maligned in advance by the netarati, this film might just be a suprise hit with the kids. Well, it has some cool-looking power armour suits anyway.

Cold Souls
21/06/2009. Online trailer for a movie where the actor Paul Giamatti, plays an actor called Paul Giamatti, who pays a high-tech outfit to remove his soul and put it in cryogenic suspension - but then it gets stolen by soul traffickers and bought by Russian criminals. It might be genius, it might be arse of the highest order.

2012: Goodbye USA
19/06/2009. The USA gets well and truly wiped out in this new disaster movie from the chap that gave us Independence Day. Watch the trailer here. Looks to be based on the Mayan predictions for a cyclic catastrophe every few millenia - possibly a reversal of the magnetic field combined with passing through a regular comet storm?

Zombieland trailer
19/06/2009. Trailer for the film Zombieland. Woody from Cheers gets his rocks off killing zombies in the usual zombie-over-run USA scenario. A bit of senseless violence. Excellent.

The Dragon Keeper
19/06/2009. Fantasy author Robin Hobb will be signing her latest novel The Dragon Keeper at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 11th July 2009 from 1 - 2pm.

17/06/2009. Trailer for Ron - Battlestar Galactica reboot - Moore's new TV pilot Virtuality - a vision of mankind's first ten year mission to another star (supposedly to save the Earth somehow). It turns out NASA selects the cast of Beverley Hills 90210 to save us, kits them out with some rather backward-looking VR games, then sends the self-involved little shits off to whine every light year of the way.

The legacy of Asteroids
17/06/2009. I remember as a kid the allure and the mystique of walking into a games arcade. The smell of stale tobacco, the clinking of ten pence pieces, the air of victory, and the desperate groans that signalled the harsh reality of two words; ‘Game Over’.

Parallel dimensions
17/06/2009. You are invited to Parallel Dimensions, a fantasy and science fiction event in Wirral, Cheshire (UK). Adele Cosgrove-Bray, Rob Haines, Adrienne Odasso, David Tallerman, CL Holland, Hazel Dixon and David Clements share the common bond of having had scifi work featured in anthologies by Hadley Rille Books.

Back to the Futurama
11/06/2009. 20th Century Fox Television has signed up Simpsons guru Matt Groening for the return of his animated comedy science fiction series Futurama. The SFF toon is coming back for 26 new half-hour episodes - six years after the last series was canned.

James Lovegrove and Mark Chadbourn hit London
11/06/2009. Fantasy and horror authors Lovegrove and Mark Chadbourn will be signing their novels The Age of Ra and Lord of Silence at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 9th July 2009 6 - 7pm.

11/06/2009. Fantasy author Brian Ruckley points us in the direction of Rockfish, a very nice cartoon short about a planet miner and his alien pet-like assistant.

iPhone goes Steampulping
09/06/2009. Steampulp Publishing has released an electronic pulp fiction magazine created exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Steampunk Tales 1 contains original fiction with their first issue containing ten short stories - aka between 4,300 and 11,000 words.

One Giant Leap
09/06/2009. To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing on 20th July 1969, BFI Southbank in London is collaborating with the UK's Science Museum in hosting a season of documentaries, feature films, television and artworks focusing on the dream and reality of space travel, the Cold War space race, and the American space programme of the 1960s and 1970s.

09/06/2009. The Forbidden Planet have just posted up a new interview by Matt Badham (a regular Judge Dredd Megazine contributor), talking to 2000AD stalwart John Higgins, taking in Dredd and his other 2000AD artwork as well as his own new creator-owned series Razorjack, which has just been collected and printed by Com.X.

Peter Jackson goes to the fans for District 9
09/06/2009. Movie god District Peter Jackson is going to bat for his new science fiction movie District 9, as he tells the Nest he'll be going to this year's Comic-Con. His District 9 panel will be held in the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H on Friday July 24th 2009. Jackson will be on the panel with the film's director, Neill Blomkamp, and leading mans, Sharlto Copley. District 9 will heading to UK and US cinemas on August 14th 2009.

Babel Clash - not Babelfish
04/06/2009. We've just spotted the existence of a new sci-fi blog over at Borders, tipped off by the always-useful Swivet blog from US science fiction agent to the stars Colleen Lindsay. Borders new baby is called Babel Clash. There are only a couple of posters at the moment, but that'll probably grow over time, as Babel Clash have got some fairly organised plans for guest contributors.

David Eddings passes away
03/06/2009. Fantasy author David Eddings has sadly passed away, aged 77, last night. Best-selling and popular are often epithets that are applied to authors on writers' press releases, but in David's case, it was well deserved. His commercial success, says fantasy author Stephen Hunt, paved the way for a whole generation of doorstopper sized fantasy series.

Teaser trailer for the Prisoner re-boot
03/06/2009. The first trailer for the reboot movie of The Prisoner TV series. Looks like a lot more sand than I recall from life in the village!

Stephen Hunt's Secrets of the Fire Sea
03/06/2009. Well, what do you know, fantasy scifi author Stephen Hunt has just told us that the new title for his fourth fantasy novel in the Jackelian series from HarperCollins now has an official title, and its name is... Secrets of the Fire Sea.

Surrogates movie review
01/06/2009. Bruce Willis plays a cop in a future where most humans choose to experience life in full-touch simulation through androids that look exactly like them - the ultimate couch potato land. First trailer for an interesting-looking high concept scifi thriller.

Cover roughs from Secrets of the Fire Sea
01/06/2009. The cover illustration rough for Stephen Hunt's fourth fantasy novel set in his Jackelian world, tentatively entitled The Secrets of the Fire Sea (that title might change, btw), has now been released.

Thirteen Years Later
01/06/2009. Simon Taylor of Transworld Publishers in London has concluded a World Rights deal with John Jarrold, for a third historical vampire novel by UK author Jasper Kent. This follows on the publication of Kent’s debut, Twelve, set in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, earlier this year.

01/06/2009. Trailer for a new film about Astronaut Sam Bell a lonely lunar miner working alongside his computer, GERTY, catapulting fuel back to a far future Earth that badly needs it. Then he starts going mad. Oh dear.

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