Science fiction and fantasy news library January 2010.

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Steampunk round-up
01/02/2010. A couple of steampunk pieces, including a video clip from Abney Park's latest album, Aether Shanty, and some steampunks performing at the Oxford exhibition.

Webb slinger
29/01/2010. Marc Webb is to direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man movie franchise, set to arrive in the cinemas summer 2012, SFcrowsnest has been told by Columbia Pictures and Marvel.

Legends of the Red Sun
29/01/2010. Julie Crisp, Senior Commissioning Editor at Tor UK at Pan Macmillan has concluded a second two-book world rights deal for UK fantasy author Mark Charan Newton, for an undisclosed five-figure sum. The agent was John Jarrold.

Dan Abnett: get well soon
29/01/2010. Due to author Dan Abnett’s health issues, the Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns will now be published in Jan 2011.

Aeon Award short fiction contest
29/01/2010. Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, tells us their fifth International Aeon Award short fiction contest is on the horizon. Grand prize is 1000 Euros and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place stories win 200 and 100 Euros respectively, alongside publication in Albedo One.

Altered Visions: The Art Of Vincent Chong
29/01/2010. Vincent Chong came onto the horror and fantasy scene several years ago with a sequence of artworks. Since then he has gone on to provide cover artwork for authors such as Stephen King. Now some of his artwork is collected in Altered Visions.

Birmingham Science Fiction Group hosts Jasper Fforde
29/01/2010. Jasper Fforde switched to writing from a career in the film industry and has been publishing his novels since 2001. His first book, The Eyre Affair, kicked off the Thursday Next series, which is still ongoing and include Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten (which was nominated by the British Fantasy Society for Best Novel in 2005) and First Among Sequels.

Episode 4 of BBC3's Being Human TV series
29/01/2010. Here are 2 new episode preview clips from Episode 4 of BBC3’s ‘Being Human’ series, which airs this Sunday at 9pm on BBC3.

Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return to Being Human
29/01/2010. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner are, we are told, set to return for a third series of BBC Three horror drama Being Human, as the supernatural friends trying to live normal lives despite their unusual afflictions.

Sherlock Holmes with added steampunk
28/01/2010. Guy Ritchie's recent Sherlock Holmes film has been accused by many as being steampunk. You think? The movie critics oddly missed the 'other' Sherlock Holmes film of the time - which has dinosaurs, steam droids, and evil monsters.

SciFi books go digital... Steve Job's iPad
27/01/2010. Video footage of the new iPad being unveiled by my old boss, Steve Jobs. We'll be seriously looking at getting SFcrowsnest onto the new iPad, and I understand that most of my fantasy novels will be available as e-books on the new iBookStore via HarperCollins too. Now you know why I was posting pad-a-lad-a-ding-dong yesterday!

Steven Spielberg to create new sci-fi TV series, Resistance Zero
22/01/2010. A tale of what's left of humanity fighting off alien invaders in the USA, Resistance Zero will have actor Noah Wyle appearing in the new science fiction series from DreamWorks, with Steven Spielberg producing. Resistance Zero will appear on TNT in an initial 10-episode run. Robert Rodat of Saving Private Ryan fame has been giving the job of lead writer for the series.

Reduced Shakespeare Company to do TV series Lost... five seasons in ten minutes?
22/01/2010. The Reduced Shakespeare Company theatre troupe have condensed five seasons into a fast-paced flight through the scifi story of the Oceanic plane crash survivors, aka Lost Reduced. The world premiere is to be held in London on Thursday 28th January 2010. The production will also be filmed for internet broadcast as well as on Sky cable.

Season of the Witch
20/01/2010. First big trailer for the fantasy/horror film Season of the Witch, in which Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play knights escorting a possible witch to trial for the crime of releasing the black plague.

Being Human episode 2
14/01/2010. Our chums at the Beeb have sent us over a clip from episode two of the new season of Being Human, and it would be rude not to play it!

BBC heads offworld with Outcasts
14/01/2010. The BBC is set to produce a new science fiction series called Outcasts with the same team that produced such spy-fi masterworks as Spooks and – the con is on – Hustle, not to mention time travelling cop series Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.

The Strange Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
13/01/2010. Get ready for some French film-style steampunk adventures in the The Strange Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Based on the Franco-Belgian comic-strip adventures of a female reporter. Here's a trailer for Luc Besson's new movie.

What is steampunk?
12/01/2010. Genre fans interviewed in an online video about what steampunk means to them.

First Men in the Moon trailer
12/01/2010. A trailer for this steampunkish remake of HG Wells' First Men in the Moon. Not to be confused with the BBC reboot which is also in the pipeline, the company behind it stresses.

Footage from the Steampunk Exhibition Ball
11/01/2010. Some Footage from the Steampunk Exhibition Ball - including three steampunk bands (Bakelite 78, Toy-box Trio, and Scarlet Room ), and a look at the exhibition hall.

Mistborn heading for the cinema
11/01/2010. Paloppa Pictures has taken an option on film rights to Brandon Sanderson Mistborn fantasy trilogy. Sanderson is a fantasy writer and the Mistborn series, published by Tor Books, is his most commercially successful series to date.

Future fantasy and science fiction novels for 2010
08/01/2010. Here's a list of some of the best fantasy and science fiction novels coming out in 2010. They include Secrets Of The Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt, The Ruling Sea by Robert V S Redick, City Of Ruin by Mark Newton, and The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas.

Kickass second trailer
08/01/2010. The fun - if rather superviolent - superheroes with no powers movie, Kickass, now has a second trailer up on the Nest. If this doesn't get you wanting to see the movie, then you are no fan of the genre!

A-Team - trailer for the reboot movie
08/01/2010. Well, it's kind of fantasy (that many bullets and nobody gets hurt?), plus, it's a slow news day, plus, who doesn't love it when a plan comes together? Yes, here's the first trailer for the rebooted A-Team movie.

Steam Monkey
06/01/2010. Do you remember that classic fantasy series on TV, Monkey (based on the Chinese legend of Monkey)? Here come's a video of the steampunk version of it... meet... yes, Steam Monkey!

Repo Men
03/01/2010. Trailer for the science fiction film Repo Men, with Jude Law as a repossession agent in a dark bio-engineered future - the twist? He's coming to rip out your custom gene-spliced replacement liver if you can't keep up payments.

How to Train Your Dragon - second trailer
03/01/2010. More from this animated fantasy film about a young viking lad who discovers that dragons aren't the evil enemy they've been painted out to be.

Season 5 of Doctor Who
03/01/2010. Now that David Tennant has bitten the dust as the Timelord, it's time to run the trailer of the new season of Who with the youthful Matt Smith in the Tardis.

Live action Space Battleship Yamato
03/01/2010. There's a big budget Japanese live action movie of Space Battleship Yamato coming your way for fans of the anime original. Looks good, doesn't it, in this trailer. Our Japanese is a little rusty, though.

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