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NASA discovers first Earth-size planets beyond our Solar System
20/12/2011. NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.

20/12/2011. John Wordsworth, Commissioning Editor at Headline, has concluded a pre-emptive three-book World rights deal for an epic fantasy series by UK author Richard Ford with the agent John Jarrold. The first volume is provisionally titled Steelhaven.

The Amazing Spider-Man
15/12/2011. Here's the latest suite of photos from the next Spidey reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Directed rather appropriately by Marc Webb!

Doctor Who named top TV show in US charts
13/12/2011. Series six of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series Doctor Who has pipped US home-grown favourites such as Dexter, The Walking Dead and Glee to become 2011’s most downloaded show (season) on iTunes in America.

Mrs Dickens' family Christmas
13/12/2011. As the nation prepares to celebrate the festive season, there’s one man whose name is synonymous with Christmas and whose prose depicted the season as a wonderful time for the family to get together and forget about their troubles.

Matt Smith interviewed in the wardrobe
13/12/2011. The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is Matt Smith’s second Christmas outing as the Doctor and this time he doesn’t have his trusted companions, ‘The Ponds’, by his side. However, it hasn’t stopped him relishing in another Christmassy adventure and here he reveals what Doctor Who has in store for festive viewers.

Claire Skinner interviewed: Dr Who Xmas 2011
13/12/2011. An interview with actress Claire Skinner (of Outnumbered fame), who plays Madge Arwell in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special. This is the seventh Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005.

Alexander Armstrong interviewed: Doctor Who Christmas 2011
13/12/2011. An interview with Alexander Armstrong who plays Reg Arwel in the Doctor Who Christmas Special. The story is set during World War II and is about a family of Blitz refugees, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, who have to relocate to Dorset, where they meet the Doctor.

BBC to launch new series of Doctor Who games
13/12/2011. The BBC has released the details of a new gaming development for the Doctor Who TV prog. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be the first of a series of Doctor Who console games developed by BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games.

Solaris buys Gaie Sebold's Hunter's Moon
13/12/2011. Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired Hunter’s Moon by Gaie Sebold, a sequel to Babylon Steel - the opening volume of a fantasy series to be published in January 2012.

Hero Of The Empire: steampunk from David Barnett
13/12/2011. Claire Eddy, Senior Editor at Tor Books in New York, has concluded a three-book World English Language rights deal for British author David Barnett, for a strong five-figure sum in US dollars. The agent was John Jarrold.

Kaleidoscope Man
05/11/2011. Simon Cox has a dream, to make an entertaining sci-fi feature film. His project entitled, Kaleidoscope Man, is a story about the survival of mankind when aliens come to earth.

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