Science fiction and fantasy news library September 2009.

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The Phantom returns
30/09/2009. First trailer for the SyFy re-boot of The Phantom. This new superhero beast doesn't look half bad if the trailer is anything to go by. We had to laugh when the kid rejects the bright purple lycra costume (he later reappears in a Batman-like kelvar body armoured version of the classic Phantom suit).

The Wars of Vis
30/09/2009. Norilana Books has inked a seven-book agreement with British novelist Tanith Lee to reprint two of her fantasy trilogies, The Birthgrave Trilogy and The Wars of Vis sequence, plus one original sequel.

Kings of Morning
29/09/2009. Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of British sci-fi publisher Solaris Books since the imprint's acquisition from Games Workshop by Rebellion earlier this month, has acquired two new novels by SFF author Paul Kearney, set on the same world as his last novel from Solaris, The Ten Thousand.

Little Brother grows up
29/09/2009. The Sunburst Award for the best sci-fi novel in Canada have told the Nest that that the winner of their 2009 adult award is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson and the winner of its 2009 young adult award is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

Online chat with Christopher Paolini and Terry Brooks
29/09/2009. On Wednesday October 14, 2009 (7.00pm-8.00pm EDT) fantasy fans can join a live online chat on with authors Terry Brooks and Christopher Paolini. The authors will discuss the worlds of fantasy, film, and literature and take questions from fans.

Stan Helsing
29/09/2009. Leslie Nielsen of Airplane and The Naked Gun fame, co-stars in this horror spoof written and directed by one of the guys who brought you Scary Movie.

Primeval resurrected
29/09/2009. The world believed that Primeval was as dead as a dodo after the credit crunch killed the time travelling dinosaur-hunting TV series, but no, ITV has told SFcrowsnest that Primeval will now return for two new series from 2011, in a deal between ITV, UKTV and Impossible Pictures (and the help of BBC America).

28/09/2009. Philip José Farmer sadly died earlier this year, so he never got to see this trailer for the TV series based on his science fiction Riverworld series, which is a pity. People die and wake up on a massive river world, sharing the planet with people from throughout history. Is it heaven? Is it hell? Is it an alien virtual reality experiment? Looks very good indeed.

The Garbage Man
28/09/2009. Joseph D’Lacey, author of the ecological horror novels Meat, as well as The Garbage Man, has become the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency. He won the British Fantasy Society’s Best Newcomer Award at the British Fantasy Convention earlier this month.

The Book of Eli: Kicking the mutie
26/09/2009. A new expanded trailer for the post-world war III movie, The Book of Eli. Denzel Washington strolls through the wreckage of the US like that monk from Kung Fu, carrying a holy book and kicking around Gary Oldman's warlord of the ruins character.

Ashes To Ashes - the end draws near
25/09/2009. Time travel, gentlemen, please. It's time to get your shoulder pads out of storage, start crimping your hair and get into the Eighties mood for the very last time. The BBC One sci-fi time travel drama, Ashes To Ashes, is back as filming begins on their final series.

23/09/2009. A trailer for Boilerplate, the first mechanical man, the first mechanical soldier. Sadly posted missing in action during world war one. That big metal dude looks like he could have leapt straight out of the pages of a Stephen Hunt novel and the Steamman Free State. Boilerplate, we salute you.

Highlander: there can be only one more
23/09/2009. Director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz get together with the two Iron Man writers Marcum and Holloway to prove that actually, there there can be only one (more). Yep. Highlander is coming back to the big screens for a reboot. In 2008 Summit purchased the rights to remake the movie from Davis Panzer Productions, Inc.

Battlestar Galactica The Second Coming
22/09/2009. Trailer for Richard Hatch/Apollo's Battlestar Galactica reboot, called Battlestar Galactica The Second Coming. In the end it was never made, but heck, the return of evil Baltar - that would have been something to see.

Kingdom Beyond the Waves: On foreign tides
20/09/2009. The German and Spanish cover art is in for Stephen Hunt's second fantasy novel set in his Jackelian world. The Spanish art is an interesting twist on the fab UK covers by HarperCollins (as well designed as you'd expect from the same crew that do the Tolkien novels). The German art is a great Verne-ish submarine. But hey, they invented the u-boat, right?

The Demi-Monde
19/09/2009. Nick Johnston of UK publisher Quercus has paid a significant advance for a new four-book science fiction series by UK novelist Rod Rees. The pre-emptive deal, with agent John Jarrold, is for World Rights.

Japanese science fiction rising in the US
19/09/2009. US publisher VIZ Media has announced the release on September 15th 2009 of Zoo and Usurper Of The Sun, their latest two books to be published by their Haikasoru imprint. Haikasoru is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.

The Holy Machine
19/09/2009. Nicolas Cheetham has paid a good five-figure sum for two novels by UK science fiction writer Chris Beckett, for the Corvus imprint of Grove Atlantic. The deal was concluded with agent John Jarrold.

Guillermo del Toro creates Double Dare You
19/09/2009. Walt Disney Studios, working with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (of Pan's Labyrinth fame, as well as the upcoming movie of The Hobbit), is launching a new production label called Disney Double Dare You, to create new animated fantasy and science fiction films. All films will be produced under the guidance of del Toro. The first project in development for the new label is called Trollhunters, an original sword and sorcery tale which he will produce.

Top ten paranormal artefacts from fantasy and scifi movies
19/09/2009. As we all know the key to a cracking adventure or fantasy movie is the presence of a mysterious artefact that holds the key to all manner of magical powers, and will quite possibly signal the apocalypse if in the wrong hands. Warehouse 13, which is running on the SCI FI Channel, gives the world’s most mysterious artefacts a home. The show is about two government agents (think Mulder and Scully with more laughs) who are assigned to the mysterious Warehouse 13 and must track down the world’s most dangerous artefacts. So now seems like a great time to give a rundown of the movies’ top ten paranormal artefacts.

An Occupation of Angels
19/09/2009. Apex Publishing, the publisher behind such titles as The Apex Book Of World SF and the Stoker Award-nominated Mama's Boy collection, has announced the acquisition of Lavie Tidhar's An Occupation Of Angels, a short novel blending dark fantasy and religious mythology.

Questioning Peter F Hamilton
19/09/2009. British SF author Peter F Hamilton will be taking part in a video interview with his publisher, just before paperback publication of The Temporal Void.

Vampire Apocalypse
19/09/2009. US publisher New Baby Productions has reported that a graphic novel adaptation of Derek Gunn's Vampire Apocalypse novel series is in the works.

Curse of the Shamra
19/09/2009. Science fiction and fantasy author Barry Hoffman is donating the first 10,000 copies of his latest book Curse of the Shamra to schools and other educational institutions in the US in an effort to advance literacy among the underprivileged.

Reynolds at the Birmingham Science Fiction Group
19/09/2009. Alastair Reynolds will be visiting the Birmingham Science Fiction Group to talk about his works. This will take place on Friday 9th October 2009 at 8pm at the Old Joint Stock pub theatre on Temple Row in Birmingham (due to the refurbishment of the Briar Rose hotel, they will be holding the meeting at the Old Joint Stock theatre pub instead).

The Prisoner All Nighter
19/09/2009. To mark the Blu-Ray release of The Prisoner, the first 125 customers who pre-order the Blu-Ray edition from the Network web site will receive a pair of tickets to The Prisoner All Nighter, an all night extravaganza taking place at the UK's Prince Charles Cinema in Central London on Saturday 26th September 2009 starting at 8.30pm, where every episode of The Prisoner will be screened in High Definition.

19/09/2009. Forbidden Planet will be hosting a signing by science fiction author Iain Banks. He will be signing his new novel Transition at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 3rd October 2009 from 1 - 2pm.

Wheel of Time news
19/09/2009. The Wheel of Time series is oft requested on the Kindle, and they are finally becoming available to fans as e-books. Beginning on October 27th 2009, Macmillan will release one e-book per month, beginning with The Eye of the World.

19/09/2009. Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Darren Shan (The Saga of Darren Shan) and Ian McDonald (Brasyl, Desolation Road) are among the scifi creators who will be attending the first WexWorlds Festival, in Ireland's Wexford town from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November 2009.

19/09/2009. The two books in Stephen Goldin's Mindsaga science fiction series, MindFlight and MindSearch, have just been reissued by small press publisher Midnight Showcase Fiction.

Trailer for War of the Worlds: Goliath
19/09/2009. War of the Worlds: Goliath have just uploaded their first trailer for the film. It's a two minute piece that introduces their characters, their world and the scale of the movie.

Peace declared in Middle Earth
08/09/2009. New Line Cinema, the Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins have, we are told, settled the legal battle over the rights to the Lord of the Rings movies. Way now clear for the new Hobbit film to be made by Peter Jackson. Little furry-footed people everywhere celebrate.

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