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Fabrizio's Return
30/09/2007. The Sunburst Award for the best Canadian science fiction has announced that the winner of their 2007 award is Fabrizio's Return by Mark Frutkin.

Paul Kearney joins JJLA
30/09/2007. The latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency is fantasy writer, Paul Kearney.

Booking Indiana
29/09/2007. Del Rey Books has announced today that it will publish tie-in books based on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which will premiere May 22nd 2008.

Buy these stamps, you will
29/09/2007. Yoda gets his own stamps courtesy of the US Postal Service.

A new Dawn
28/09/2007. NASA's Dawn spacecraft begins its 1.7 billion mile journey through the inner solar system to study a pair of asteroids.

Honor At All Costs
27/09/2007. David Weber, writer of military science fiction, has a new Honor Harrington. novel coming out, At All Costs, October 2007: paperback. Of course, the USA still can't spell Honor correctly (it should be Honour). :@)

The Gilded Griffin
26/09/2007. Former MD of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Matthew Hileman, is setting up a new online fantasy art company, The Gilded Griffin. The Gilded Griffin will focus exclusively on imaginative artwork from both contemporary artists and those from past centuries.

Death’s Head
25/09/2007. Comicbook author Simon Furman is to promote his book, Death’s Head Volume 2. He will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on: Thursday 25th October 2007 6-7pm.

Subterranean to publish e-books through Baen
24/09/2007. US scifi publisher Baen Books has concluded a deal to release electronic versions of select Subterranean Press titles.

Et Tu, Doctor Who?
23/09/2007. The Doctor and his new companion Donna are set to travel back in time to the Roman Empire for the fourth series of Doctor Who, the drama which will transmit on BBC One in spring 2008.

Spider-Man the musical
22/09/2007. Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono and The Edge are to collaborate on a Broadway musical for the web-slinger.

US TV geeks up
21/09/2007. US television shows such as The Big Bang Theory, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Bionic Woman now comprise 20 percent of the US tv networks' prime-time programming for the 2007-08 season. They join returning shows like Heroes, Chuck and Battlestar Galactica. Yep, it's a sci-fi world.

Ent it grand
20/09/2007. Tolkien fans will shortly be able to subscribe to a public appeal to finance a Tim Tolkien-made sculpture of one of the Ent tree-beings, celebrating the author and his Birmingham roots. From October 1st 2007, courtesy of EBay, fans will be able to bid for a metal leaf with a personalised dedication.

British Fantasy Awards 07
19/09/2007. The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners of the 2007 British Fantasy Awards. The presentations were made at Fantasycon 2007 in the UK citiy of Nottingham on 23rd September 2007.

Neil Gaiman in conversation
18/09/2007. Fantasy author and comic book guru Neil Gaiman will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Guardian Literary Editor at London's Criterion Theatre on the 2nd October 2007.

Spy-fi update
17/09/2007. British spy drama Spooks returns to BBC One this autumn 2007 in a new format. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, Adam, Harry and the team are immersed in their most intricate operations to date.

The caves of Mars
16/09/2007. NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano. The find is fueling interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the Red Planet.

Trek meets Frasier
16/09/2007. Star Trek Voyager re-done with the cast of US comedy series Frasier. No, really.

The lakes of Mars
15/09/2007. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history. Features examined with the orbiter's advanced instruments include material deposited in two gullies within the past eight years, polar ice layers formed in the recent geologic past, and signs of water released by large impacts when Mars was older.

Heroes: Saving Charlie
14/09/2007. US sci-fi publisher Del Rey is to publish a novel based on the tv series Heroes. Heroes: Saving Charlie, by Aury Wallington, will be based on the characters Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) and Charlie (Jayma Mays).

Harry Harrison - caught blogging
14/09/2007. Over the past couple of weeks Paul Tomlinson has been working with SF author Harry Harrison to set up a blog where they can post news about upcoming appearances, new publications and other projects, and anything else they can think of.

Monsters vs. Aliens update
13/09/2007. The new Monsters vs. Aliens movie from DreamWorks is to invade cinemas a little earlier than expected.

Phoo Action
12/09/2007. British actress Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood) will team up with America's Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator) and Eddie Shin (ER) in Phoo Action, a kung-fu superhero drama based on comic characters created by Jamie 'Tank Girl' Hewlett.

Kevin Smith's boring life
11/09/2007. Filmmaker Kevin 'Dogma' Smith is to sign My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary Of Kevin Smith at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR Tuesday 16th October 2007 5-6pm.

Robert Jordan dies
11/09/2007. A family member has confirmed that fantasy author Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series of books, has lost his battle with cancer.

Hail the Defuser
10/09/2007. Stan Lee crowns US copper Jarrett Crippin as America's newest superhero.

Del Rey Manga
10/09/2007. US imprint Del Rey Manga has a new haircut, a mani-pedi, and a wardrobe refresher-in other words, it's a total makeover of their web site.

Google goes to the moon
09/09/2007. The X PRIZE Foundation and Google have launched the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a new $30 million prize purse. The Google Lunar X PRIZE aims to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration.

PS Publishing gets busy
09/09/2007. We've just been sent the various science fiction, fantasy and other genre books upcoming from the British publisher PS.

Spanish science fiction for 2007
08/09/2007. The Xatafi Cultural Association have announced the winners of the Xatafi-Cyberdark Fantastic Literature Award 2007 (the main Spanish sci-fi awards), for the best works of fantastic literature published the last year.

SFX tells it like it is
08/09/2007. Glossy UK scifi magazine SFX tells it how it is when they look at the strange fuel that keeps the Brit's fantasy authors on the road when it comes to delivering their next manuscript to the publisher's doorstep.

Respect to the genre
07/09/2007. The UK's Telegraph newspaper extends some respect to the genre, including an interview with fantasy author Stephen Hunt talking about The Court of the Air alongside all the other (yeah, cough) Man Booker nominees.

Pia Guerra to sign Y: The Last Man - Motherland
06/09/2007. Pia Guerra will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR Thursday 4th October 2007, 6-7pm.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
05/09/2007. The new Indiana Jones movies is given its official name, and yes, it's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Neil Gaiman - teacher
05/09/2007. The Clarion Foundation has announced the faculty for their 2008 Clarion Writers Workshop, which is to include authors Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Neil Gaiman with Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman team teaching the final two weeks.

Master Chief gets waxed up
04/09/2007. Sci-fi marine Master Chief from the Xbox 360's Halo game is the first video game character to be enshrined in Madame Tussauds. The life-sized figure of Halo's Master Chief was revealed to the world by bass player Pete Wentz of lad band Fall Out Boy at an official unveiling ceremony this Saturday.

Return of the Slitheen
04/09/2007. Yikes, the enemies of The Doctor are out for revenge in The Sarah Jane Adventures - the new CBBC drama from the makers of Doctor Who.

Terry Brooks British tour
03/09/2007. Here's the full line-up of times and places for the UK tour of fantasy novellist Terry Brooks, as supplied by George over at Orbit Books.

Tennant returns to Tardis
02/09/2007. Doctor Who gets its fifth series in 2010 - crikes, now that's what we can time travel.

The Elves Of Cintra
01/09/2007. Terry Brooks will be signing his new book, The Elves Of Cintra at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Monday 17th September 2007 1-2pm.

Hugo awards for 2007
01/09/2007. The results of the 2007 Hugo awards are in, coming direct from Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention, in Japan. Vernor Vinge gets best novel for Rainbows End, while Harper Collins' Naomi Novik wins the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

The Simpsons, Star Wars-style
01/09/2007. Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed the Simpsons with Star Wars? Wonder no longer with this cartoon!

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