Science fiction and fantasy news library May 2007.

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27/05/2007. Outcasts - a new science fiction series from Kudos Film and Television and Ben Richards (aka Spooks, Party Animals) - is in development by BBC Wales for BBC One.

Raymond E. Feist goes for HarperCollins
27/05/2007. HarperCollins have acquired world rights for six new fantasy novels by author Raymond E. Feist.

Heroes season 1
26/05/2007. TV superhero series comes to DVD for those that haven't seen it on cable. It's a seven-disc set featuring the 73-minute premiere episode. Available on DVD and HD DVD August 28th, 2007 from Universal.

Tourniquet: Tales from the Renegade City
26/05/2007. The Debut Novel from Dark Fantasy Author, Kim Lakin-Smith Future Nottingham has earned its tag as the UK’s gun capital. Origin, the greatest rock band of the century, buy off local government and revamp and remarket Nottingham as a goth-noir paradise called Renegade City.

Black Tide
26/05/2007. Black Tide, a new zombie novella from Del Stone Jr is now available from Telos Publishing. The book was picked up for publication by Telos even as the author was completing a film deal on it, and the film script based on the novella, called Shallows, is currently under consideration at Hollywood's biggest property-acquisition agency.

Robert Rodriguez takes on Barbarella
25/05/2007. Dino and Martha De Laurentiis are to to produce a new motion picture version of the iconic 1960s science fiction classic for Universal Pictures.

2000AD writer Spurrier gives away the shop
25/05/2007. Yesterday in the Guardian, John Crace criticised the publishing industry'sinability to embrace the internet and said that the industry that 'was once the springboard for radicalism is in danger of dying of conservatism.'

Stardust competition
24/05/2007. The Forbidden Planet have just sorted out a competition where they will be having a screening of the movie Stardust followed by a 30 minute Q&A with SFF author Neil Gaiman.

The Reef
23/05/2007. John Jarrold has sold limited-edition rights in The Reef, a debut novel by Mark Charan Newton, to Chris Teague at Welsh publisher Pendragon Press. Mark has worked in bookselling, and is now an editor with a major publishing company.

BBC does fairy tales
23/05/2007. Bernard Hill, Paul Nicholls, Mathew Horne and Sarah Smart star in Billy Goat, the first of four comedy dramas brought to life by contemporary writers, as part of a modern anthology of fairy tales for BBC One. The boss is a troll. Nice.

The Golden Compass
22/05/2007. The movie version of the first of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials books gets a new trailer download.

Jericho canned
21/05/2007. Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, comments on the surprise cancellation of post-world war 3 survivor drama Jericho.

Mars takes a bath
20/05/2007. A patch of Martian soil analyzed by NASA's rover Spirit is so rich in silica that it may provide some of the strongest evidence yet that ancient Mars was much wetter than it is now. The processes that could have produced such a concentrated deposit of silica require the presence of water.

Novacon 37 update
20/05/2007. Novacon is the UK's longest-established regional science fiction convention, held every autumn since 1971. It's built around a single-stream programme mixing both literary items and more informal events, with deliberate emphasis on social contact between sf fans and genre professionals.

FantasyCon 2007 update
20/05/2007. The British Fantasy Society will be holding their annual Convention, FantasyCon, on 21st-23rd September 2007 at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham. Confirmed guests to date are Terry Brooks and Michael Marshall Smith and Stephen Jones and they have 100 guests already registered, including many genre authors and fans.

Odd Thomas
19/05/2007. Del Rey Manga is to publish an original graphic novel starring Odd Thomas, a character created by Dean Koontz. The fry cook from Pico Mundo, California has appeared in three novels: Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, and Brother Odd, which was one of Koontz's fastest-selling hardcovers.

British writer wins first Jim Baen Memorial short story contest
19/05/2007. Jim Baen's Universe Magazine and National Space Society team to select new space-based Science Fiction short stories in memory of James Patrick Baen, accomplished speculative fiction editor, who died in 2006.

Robert Holdstock - it's snow joke
18/05/2007. On the 8th June 2007 top author Robert Holdstock is visiting the Birmingham SF Group to talk about what he has been up to recently. He first visited the group in February but when the snow kept away all but three devoted fans, he vowed to return.

Superman Returns scoops Saturn Awards (why?)
18/05/2007. As the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films celebrates their 35th anniversary this year, Superman Returns led the winners with five awards in film and Heroes took the top honors for television with three awards.

Blue War
17/05/2007. Blue War, the second Solaris novel from author Jeffrey Thomas, is a SF thriller starring shape-changing future detective Jeremy Stake.

Black Magic Woman
17/05/2007. BL Publishing's SOLARIS imprint to publish Justin Gustainis's novel Black Magic Woman.

Mark Millar's civil war
16/05/2007. He will be at the new Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 9th June 2007, 1- 2pm.

Star Wars has roots in ancient mythology
16/05/2007. The Star Wars films, especially the original trilogy, clearly reflect many of the deathless themes of ancient Greek and Roman mythology, says Carl Rubino, a Hamilton College classics professor. May 25th 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars.

Lucasfilm announce Star Wars fan movie finalists
15/05/2007. George Lucas' choice to be revealed on May 27 2007 at his Star Wars Celebration in LA.

Under the Hammer
14/05/2007. John de Mol backs purchase of Hammer Horror movie Group.

What's the dark matter?
14/05/2007. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that formed long ago during a titanic collision between two galaxy clusters. Dark matter makes up most of the universe's material. Ordinary matter, which makes up stars and planets, comprises only a small percent of the universe's matter. The ring's discovery is among the strongest evidence yet that dark matter exists.

Hell world
13/05/2007. Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have learned what the weather is like on two distant, exotic worlds. One team of astronomers used the infrared telescope to map temperature variations over the surface of a giant, gas planet HD 189733b, revealing it likely is whipped by roaring winds. Another team determined that gas planet HD 149026b is the hottest yet discovered.

SF South America style
12/05/2007. Tony Thorne (the old-timer Medway SF fan with the MBE, not that famous other one who sometimes works for the BBC, and writes about vampires and slang) says his short story TESTING TIME, illustrated and translated into Spanish, is featured in the latest issue (number 172) of the long running Argentinian magazine, AXXON.

Farmerphile issue 8 hits the streets
12/05/2007. Farmerphile is a quarterly magazine completely dedicated to works by and about Philip Josť Farmer. It features the unpublished novel Up from the Bottomless Pit, a SFF suspense-thriller about the ultimate disaster in the oil industry, serialised over the first ten issues.

11/05/2007. The format of genre science fictiontitle Hub Magazine is changing, with the magazine moving to an electronic-only format from issue 3.

Black Man
10/05/2007. Forbidden Planet is hosting a signing by Richard Morgan to promote his new novel Black Man. He will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 17th May 2007, 6- 7pm.

Iron Man the movie
09/05/2007. There's a new downloadable trailer for Iron Man the Movie online to download. Go Tony Stark.

Liv Tyler goes green
08/05/2007. Liv Tyler will join the cast of the next big screen adaptation of The Incredible Hulk comic book. Tyler has signed on to play Betty Ross, the longtime love interest of Dr. Bruce Banner aka The Hulk. She joins Edward Norton who has already been cast in the title role.

Ian Watson comes to Brum
07/05/2007. Ian Watson will be talking to the Birmingham SF Group about 'Artificial Intelligence and Storytelling' on Friday 11th May at 7.45-8pm.

May Karl Meyer be with you
06/05/2007. Forbidden Planet to host Star Wars event - Thursday 12th July 2007. Megastore is to be the European location for the upcoming Gentle Giant World Tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars.

Clarke Awards 2007 official announcement of winner
05/05/2007. Tah da, Nova Swing by M. John Harrison and published by Gollancz was the winner of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award, one of the UK's main prizes for science fiction literature.

Aeon Award update
04/05/2007. News on the SFF stories shortlisted so far by our chums over at

Jason of Star Command
03/05/2007. The complete series of Jason of Star Command will be available on DVD from May 8th 2007.

Clarke award winner 2007
02/05/2007. News just in from Stephen Hunt who was at the awards ceremony - it's Harrison's Nova Swing. Go science fiction noir.

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