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Stephen Hunt to appear at SFX Weekender
30/10/2009. SFX have an exciting announcement for fans of modern fantasy literature: Stephen Hunt - author of the Jackelian fantasy/scifi series - has confirmed he'll be joining SFX for a weekend in Camber Sands. And not just any old weekend, he's joining them for the British equivalent of Comic-Con, the SFX Weekender taking place 5th-6th February 2010.

JJ Abrams Star Trek deleted scene
29/10/2009. A first look at the new klingons in this deleted scene from the last Star Trek movie. Bad guy Nero is held on the klingon prison planet of Rura Penthe in the future before he escapes to take his revenge on the Federation in the past.

New AVATAR trailer
29/10/2009. A new trailer for the AVATAR scifi movie from James Cameron. The whole plot could have come from the Aliens universe, complete with aliens and suffering colonial aborigines for the corporation to abuse.

Being Human returns in 2010
29/10/2009. There’s a new series of BBC3’s supernatural drama-comedy series Being Human on the way to your TV set in the new year - three apparently twenty-something characters sharing a house in Bristol, trying to live a normal social life, despite being a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire respectively.

Mark Gatiss goes steampunk
28/10/2009. Mark Gatiss (League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) is to star in his own TV adaptation of HG Wells' scifi steampunk classic, The First Men In The Moon, alongside Rory Kinnear (Waking The Dead, Silent Witness), in a one-off 90-minute BBC Four drama.

Director's cut of Terminator Salvation
27/10/2009. Christian Bale of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight fame, and Sam Worthington (as seen in the new Avatar movie) are coming onto Blu-ray and DVD with Terminator Salvation at the end of November 2009 - yes, just in time for your Xmas present list. The Blu-ray edition of the film will include McG's Director's cut of the film with additional footage.

Avatar trailer
23/10/2009. Here's a trailer for the new Cameron scifi flick - Avatar. It looks fairly similar to the concept of Midworld, a novel by Alan Dean Foster, crossed with the firepower of the Aliens movie.

Season of the Witch
22/10/2009. Here's an elevator pitch for you - imagine a fantasy horror film set in Medieval Europe, make it a cross between Con Air meets the Name of the Rose, and then add two of the same actors from said films, Ron Perlman and Nicolas Cage. Make your own mind up. Here's the first trailer for you, from Season of the Witch.

Splice
21/10/2009. Here's a trailer for a new scifi horror flick called Splice - think The Fly combined with Gremlins, but as a product of genetic engineering to produce cute artificial pets. It's behind you, Mrs Scientist...

The old men of scifi
20/10/2009. Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society to host a 2009 thanksgiving weekend convention in honour of their 75th year. It was back in October 27, 1934 when the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society first opened its doors to fans of a new genre, scientific fiction, aka science fiction or Sci-Fi.

Disney soars in to create a steampunk movie out of Airman
20/10/2009. Disney is set to turn 'Airman', a fantasy steampunk tale from the pen of Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, into a movie. Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers studio is set to join forces with Disney in making the film. The book is a Victorian age Zorro/Count of Monte Cristo hybrid.

Join the Klingon Empire
18/10/2009. A recruiting video for the Klingon Empire courtesy of the new Star Trek MMOG. Yes, weak human Ha'DIbaH, today is a good day for you to die.

Paradox: The BBC's version of FlashForward?
17/10/2009. The new BBC 1 sci-fi mini-series Paradox stars actress Tamzin Outhwaite as Inspector Rebecca Flint, who has to work with space scientist Dr Christian King - aka Emun Elliott - when a series of rogue images are transmitted from space into his laboratory. The fragmented images appear to be of a terrible incident but they also suggest it is yet to happen - it's in the future. Their tag line is: If you could see the future, would you change it? Our tag line is: Just how similar to FlashForward will this one turn out to be? I guess we will have to wait and see.

The Demi-Monde
16/10/2009. Nicole Geismann of Goldmann Verlag, part of the Random House Group, has acquired German rights in the first two books of The Demi-Monde, a science fiction quartet by debut author Rod Rees, for a good five-figure sum in Euros.

Makers
16/10/2009. Cory Doctorow will be signing his newest novel Makers at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 29th October 2009 from 6–7pm. Perry and Lester invent things – like an entirely new economic system. Soon barefoot bankers are criss-crossing the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal start-ups.

Odyssey goes online
16/10/2009. The Odyssey Writing Workshop, a program for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is now offering writing classes online. Classes are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Vampire Apocalypse Fallout
16/10/2009. Derek Gunn's third Vampire Apocalypse book Fallout is now available. Fallout is Derek Gunn's latest book in is his Vampire Apocalypse series and it's available from Black Death Books in a trade paperback edition. In this military/post-apocalyptic series the Vampires rule.

LOL-Kzin
16/10/2009. Scifi author Larry Niven's Man-Kzin war series of novels (about humanity's war against a fierce two legged tiger race) brings us a surprising development. Not LOLcats, but LOL-Kzin!

Robert Carlyle interview
16/10/2009. Robert Carlyle is interviewed in our online video talking about the new StarGate Universe TV series. Also, we have David Blue (Ugly Betty) as slacker Eli Wallace, and Jamil Walker Smith (Hey Arnold!) as Master Sergeant Ronald Greer. In their recent episode 3, The Destiny is breaking at the seams and so is the morale of the ragtag survivors onboard. With the air supply dwindling, a team disembarks to a desert-like planet to find a mineral needed to scrub the ship's air of carbon monoxide. And they only have 12 hours to complete the mission.

World SF News Blog
16/10/2009. The World SF News Blog, began in February this year to offer news and links relating to the international SF field, has announced it is expanding into offering original content.

New Doctor Who: new logo
12/10/2009. The official Doctor Who website has featured a first look at the new Doctor Who logo, which will accompany Matt Smith's on-screen debut as The Doctor in spring 2010. The logo is the 11th to have been used on screen in the show's history.

The death of Death Ray
07/10/2009. Guy Haley over at Death Ray magazine has written to the Nest with some very sad news. Issue 21 of Death Ray magazine will be the last, as their parent Black Fish is to shut down the glossy sci-fi mag. Another damn casualty of the credit crunch. Sorry to hear it.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
04/10/2009. A lovely little animated fantasy steampunk adventure called The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello which looks like its characters could have leapt out of the pages of one of the novels by Stephen Hunt.

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