Science fiction and fantasy news library December 2006.

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Go, Sarah Jane, go
30/12/2006. The BBC's Sarah Jane Adventures TV series - yes, yet another Dr Who spinoff - now gets its own web site.

Xmas Estronomicon
30/12/2006. The Christmas Edition of the Estronomicon eZine is now available.

The Secret War
30/12/2006. MFW Curran's debut novel The Secret War is a work of historical fantasy, ranging from the battlefields of Napoleonic Europe to the secret catacombs of nineteenth century Rome. A story of love and war, friendship and family, brotherhood and honour, it is a tale of two best friends who find themselves burdened with the task of saving mankind.

Odyssey SF workshop announces its program for next year
29/12/2006. The program is held every summer on Saint Anselm College's campus in Manchester, NH, USA. The six-week sci-fi writing workshop combines an intensive learning and writing experience with feedback on student manuscripts.

Clarion finds a home
29/12/2006. The Clarion Foundation has announced that the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop,a program for aspiring sf writers, has a new home at the University of California, San Diego, beginning with its 40th anniversary workshop, June 25 through August 3, 2007.

28/12/2006. Australian imprint Coeur de Lion publishing has announced the publication of their new SF novel by Terry Dowling, Rynemonn.

Is good, yah
28/12/2006. Swedish SF writer, A.R.Yngve recently started to experiment with podcasting, and here is a new video podcast where he reads his published short A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Valhalla.

Maggie Noach passes away
27/12/2006. Stephen Hunt blogs a short remembrance of UK-based SFF agent to the authors Maggie Noach who has reportedly passed away.

Torchwood bumped across to BBC 2
27/12/2006. BBC Three's Torchwood is back for a second series but this time it will premiere on BBC Two as confirmed by Jane Tranter, Controller of BBC Fiction, and BBC Two Controller Roly Keating.

Zoran Zivkovic goes east
26/12/2006. Zoran Zivkovic, big in Eastern Europe. The John Jarrold Literary Agency takes author Zivkovic to Poland, Russian and other exotic places.

My science fiction life
26/12/2006. The BBC have just introduced a new science fiction web site called My Science Fiction Life as an accompanyment to their SF Brittania series. You need to create an account to log-in, though. Boo hiss.

The Dresden Files
25/12/2006. The Dresden Files, SCI FI Channel's new 12-episode supernatural detective series starring Paul Blackthorne, has begun production in Toronto for a January 07 premiere.

25/12/2006. James Nesbitt stars in a new conspiracy thriller as writer Steven Moffat gives a classic tale of scientific misadventure a modern twist for BBC one.

Life On Mars
24/12/2006. The odd but good 1970s time travel detective thing returns to the BBC for a second season.

3rd season of Who
23/12/2006. David Tennant returns to his role as The Doctor and meets his brand-new companion in the third series of Russell T Davies's Doctor Who.

Firefly remade as online game
22/12/2006. Science fiction TV series Firefly may be dead, but at least you can play the game now.

Fantasy art is in
22/12/2006. Aio Publishing Company's book design for its hardcover edition of World Fantasy Award-winning Zoran Zivkovic's mosaic novel Seven Touches of Music took top honors in its category at the 55th Annual Chicago Book Clinic Book and Media Show on November 9th 2006.

Science Fiction author Rebecca Moesta named as judge
21/12/2006. Rebecca Moesta has been named as a writing judge for the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest.

Voyager acquires GRRM SF morality tale
20/12/2006. In a new acquisition, Voyager Publishing Director, Jane Johnson has bought THE SHADOW TWIN: by George RR Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham from Ralph Vicinanza.

The seas of Mars
20/12/2006. NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years.

Jim Baen's Universe looks into Future
20/12/2006. Jim Baen's Universe, the online SF&F magazine from Baen Books, has teamed with the podcast, The Future And You, hosted by the Hard SF author and futurist, Stephen Euin Cobb.

SciFi literary agent sent down
19/12/2006. Bad-egg science fiction agent pleads guilty to fifteen counts of mail fraud, one count of fraud in connection with an access device, and one count of bankruptcy fraud.

Hogging fantasy
19/12/2006. The Hogfather TV series now has a web site. Terry Pratchett chortles and counts his money.

NASA unveils moon base
18/12/2006. NASA has unveiled the initial elements of the Global Exploration Strategy and a proposed U.S. lunar architecture, two critical tools for achieving the nation's vision of returning humans to the moon.

This bold adventure
17/12/2006. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Friday called the exploration of space the boldest human adventure yet conceived and emphasised the importance of international collaboration in journeys to the moon, Mars and other destinations in the solar system.

The Secret World Chronicle
16/12/2006. Authors Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey have a new superhero-ish podcast story thing going on online.

Tin Man miniseries to begin production
15/12/2006. SCIFI Channel has re-teamed with RHI Entertainment, Legend of Earthsea, for a sci-fi re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz.

HBO to bring the Preacher to the small screen
15/12/2006. The TV network is developing a 1-hour series based on the 1990s Vertigo comics series, Preacher.

Starship Troopers 3
15/12/2006. The third installment of the Starship Troopers gets greenlighted, apparently.

Hollywood chews on the brains of science fiction
14/12/2006. It took six years for Darren Aronofsky to get his mystic science-fiction film The Fountain to the big screen, says Wired magazine, but just five days for it to sink bigtime at the box office.

Winston Churchill the SF nerd
13/12/2006. Winston Churchill was a science fiction fan who took the lines for a few of his famous speeches from HG Wells, says new research.

Steph Swainston online
12/12/2006. The fantasy author of The Year Of Our War, No Present Like Time and The Modern World sets up her own web site.

The Contemplation of science fiction
11/12/2006. The national UK science fiction con for 2007 is setting up again. As you may be aware, the Convoy 2007 committee have had to cancel their original national convention and are in the process of refunding memberships to all members. But here's some good news, a replacement convention is on its way.

Kellie Strom
10/12/2006. Kenny, one of the bookstore's Forbidden Planet's founders, has posted an interview with Irish-Danish illustrator Kellie Strom.

Dracula on the BEEB
09/12/2006. Bram Stoker's classic chiller, Dracula, comes to BBC One in a new re-working for the festive season, featuring Hustle star Marc Warren as the Count with bite.

Torchwood - Captain Jack Harkness
08/12/2006. This is episode 12 of 13. Investigating reports of ghostly music, Jack and Toshiko find themselves stranded in a packed dance hall - in 1941.

07/12/2006. Marc Warren stars as the maleficent Count Dracula in the BEEB's new re-working of Bram Stoker's classic chiller.

Doctor Who Christmas Special - The Runaway Bride
06/12/2006. Comedy actress Catherine Tate and Sarah Parish star alongside David Tennant in a special Christmas edition of the time-travelling adventure.

Torchwood - Combat
05/12/2006. Episode 11 of 13. Savage aliens are being kidnapped from the streets of Cardiff and the Torchwood team is determined to find out why, as Russell T Davies's Dr Who spin-off drama continues.

Ruby In The Smoke
04/12/2006. Steampunk fans fill your boots, in the BBC's new Victorian detective TV movie. Billie Piper and Julie Walters star in this adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel.

The Sarah Jane Adventures
03/12/2006. Elisabeth Sladen - Doctor Who's former sidekick - is back as Sarah Jane Smith in a brand-new, children's drama, created by Russell T Davies and from the makers of Doctor Who. The Sarah Jane Adventures ensures that children never look at fizzy drinks in the same way again.

Torchwood - End Of Days
02/12/2006. The rift has been opened and time is splintering all over the world in the final episode of Russell T Davies's Dr Who spin-off series.

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