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Science fiction and fantasy news library October 2007.

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DCV Chronicles
02/10/2007. Cinemax Picture to push ahead with their DCV Chronicles science fiction tv series. Aliens stranded on Earth are trying to influence and accelerate its development.

Babylon AD
02/10/2007. US scifi publisher Del Rey has acquired mass market rights for French SF author Maurice G. Dantec's Babylon Babies, which we will publish under the title Babylon A.D. to tie into the Fox motion picture of the same name.

String Ducky
02/10/2007. Any aspiring science fiction authors out there left f%$£ clueless about what String Theory really is and how to work it into your hard SF plots? Here's your chance to catch up with the String Ducky.

The Man from Earth
02/10/2007. An academic reveals he is a mutant immortal at his retirement party. The film the Man From Earth is getting a November 2007 DVD release date and made its theatrical premiere at the Hemet Theatre in California.

The Dark Knight
02/10/2007. Christian Bale has his second trip as the cape-wearing Bats, this time up against the Joker. A nice new trailer for the movie.

Beowulf
02/10/2007. Trailer for the fantasy movie version of the classic Beowulf legend. Looks like it's going to be completely stunning. And having Angelina Jolie as a goddess with only minimal clothing always helps.

Dragon Wars
02/10/2007. Asian live action fantasy-dragons-invade-America from a parallel reality movie. Here's the trailer. Yowser.

Iron Man
02/10/2007. New downloadable trailer of the Iron Man movie.

I am legend
02/10/2007. New trailer of the film I am legend. Will Smith stars in this movie directed by Francis 'Constantine' Lawrence. A remake of The Omega Man, Will is the only survivor of an bacterium pandemic out of Africa which leaves the survivors as vampires.

Open source droids
02/10/2007. To help jumpstart the development of future robots, a firm called Willow Garage is developing a standardised robotics platform so that we can all have an R2 unit in our homes.

NASA offers $2m prize
02/10/2007. During the X PRIZE Cup, NASA's Centennial Challenges Program will offer prizes totaling $2 million if competing teams successfully meet the requirements of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Girly Vader
02/10/2007. YouTube movie showing what happens when the Sith fall in love. Sweet.

SMOFCon Scholarships
02/10/2007. San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions has awarded scholarships of $500 each to Maurine Starkey and Eemeli Aro to help them attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Boston MA this year over the weekend of December 7-9, 2007.

BloodSpell
02/10/2007. BloodSpell, the punk fantasy series, spawns its own feature film.

Manga in the USA
02/10/2007. Wired magazine brings you a visual history of manga in America.

Iron Sky
02/10/2007. In 1945, the Nazis went to the Moon. In 2018, they are coming back.

The Mist
02/10/2007. Trailer for the new Stephen King horror movie.

Ad Astra Radio
02/10/2007. Ad Astra Radio, a talk radio network devoted to science fiction entertainment, premiered October 12th 2007 as a streaming audio source made available to online listeners and radio stations.

The Spider's Bride
02/10/2007. Debbie Gallagher's debut novel, The Spider's Bride, is coming from Prime US at the end of October 2007.

Robot gun goes crazy
02/10/2007. Really scary story in Wired. A robot gun malfunctions and kills nine soldiers. Shades of the ED model in Robocop, here.

Deployment Strategy
02/10/2007. The short science fiction thriller, Deployment Strategy, is now available on the film's official website and Amazon.com. Deployment Strategy won the Best Science Fiction award at this year's The Indie Gathering Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. Deployment Strategy is set 50 years into the future and explores how society and its government deal with existence and proliferation of artificial intelligence.

One for you viper pilots
02/10/2007. Sierra Online is just about to release its Battlestar Galactica space combat game based on the television series produced by the SCI FI Channel.

Star Wars the TV series
02/10/2007. Aint it cool news has some gossip on what the new Star Wars live action television series is going to contain.

Doctor Grordbort
02/10/2007. Weta and Dark Horse team up to bring you Doctor Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory.

30 Days of Night
02/10/2007. Trailer for a move about vampires attacking a remote town in Alaska where there's 30 days of night. Reach for the garlic.

SFWA, piracy, and serious literature
02/10/2007. Author Ursula K. Le Guin would like to correct some misapprehensions about Cory Doctorow's unauthorised posting of her short comic piece On Serious Literature on his boingboing.net site.

Nova Swing the trailer
02/10/2007. SF novel Nova Swing follows The Court of the Air's trailer-for-a-book concept with an online advert for Nova Swing.

Lost Colony
02/10/2007. American World Pictures has teamed up with SciFi Pictures to produce the film Lost Colony aka Wraiths of Roanoke based on the true story of the lost colony of Roanoke.

PS Publishing webs up
02/10/2007. British SFF imprint PS Publishing launch their new web store.

Earthlings
02/10/2007. SCI FI Channel is developing a new 90-minute pilot for TV called Earthlings.

Ghost Hunters International
02/10/2007. US cable outfit SCIFI has now given a series called Ghost Hunters International the go-ahead, following the adventures of a team of skeptical paranormal investigators as they travel across Europe, applying their principles of scientific debunking to some of the continent's most legendary haunted spots.

Terrible Secrets of the Crystal Skull
02/10/2007. An actor in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is silenced after violating his confidentiality agreement on the new Indy movie.

Give me Gandalf
02/10/2007. Ian McKellen has his eye on the Gandalf role again now that a Peter Jackson movie version of The Hobbit is creeping towards reality.

The Taint
02/10/2007. Christian Dunn, commissioning editor for Solaris, has concluded a deal with literary agent Dorothy Lumley for the world mass market rights to Brian Lumley’s Lovecraftian story collection, The Taint and Other Novellas: Best Mythos Tales Volume One.

The zombies can nay take it any more, captain
02/10/2007. SFX reports that British rom-zom-com comedy actor Simon Pegg has been cast as Scotty in the new Star Trek (academy) movie. Beam us up, can it be true?

Doctor Who visits Coronation Street
02/10/2007. Soap actress Sarah Lancashire, better known for roles in Coronation Street, Clocking Off and Rose & Maloney, is set to guest star in series four of Doctor Who, due to be seen on BBC One next year.

The Golden Compass
02/10/2007. New trailer for the fantasy flick based on the Dark Materials novels.

The Book of All Hours
02/10/2007. The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards were presented at Gaylaxicon in Atlanta, GA. The Book of All Hours by Hal Duncan got best novel.

Footsteps of a monster
02/10/2007. A British dinosaur hunter has come across what he says may be the world's first T.rex footprint. The metre-square print has been found in the arid badlands of North America, and has been lying there for 67 million years. For generations, finding a T.rex footprint has been seen by many as the Holy Grail of palaeontology.

Jules Verne comes to USA
02/10/2007. The inaugural US version of the French Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival festival to run December 5th-16th 2007 in Los Angeles with a Tribute to William Shatner, Spiderman creator Stan Lee, and NBC'S TV series Heroes live on stage.

Illusion On-Demand
02/10/2007. A genre video-on-demand channel dedicated to science fiction and fantasy has launched in the USA.

Remic speaks
02/10/2007. The Birmingham Science Fiction Group have this invited Solaris author Andy Remic to speak to them on Friday 12th October 2007.

FanLib gets Uglies
02/10/2007. Publisher Simon & Schuster and FanLib, and online fan creativity hub, have launched an Extras contest at ExtrasContest.FanLib.com. The contest celebrates Extras, the latest installment of novelist Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.

War Machine
02/10/2007. Andy Remic is in London to promote his new book, War Machine. He will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on: Saturday 10th November 2007 1-2pm.

Dalek saves human
02/10/2007. A remote controlled Dalek is being put up for auction for the Harrison Heart Foundation which researches into a life-threatening condition which afflicts infants.

Wall-e
02/10/2007. He's a robot and he's going to save the Earth from environmental megadeath. Come on in and meet Wall-e.

Cometh the Xenopath, cometh the man
02/10/2007. Science fiction agent to the stars John Jarrold has concluded a good five-figure deal with Christian Dunn of Solaris for UK and US rights in three novels by British SF writer Eric Brown, following the company’s publication of the author’s latest novel, Helix, earlier this year.

Fear Itself
02/10/2007. As part of a new two-year production deal with the Alberta and the city of Edmonton, Lionsgate will begin pre-production in December on its new horror-anthology TV series Fear Itself.

Eli Roth's halloween
02/10/2007. Horror movie director Eli Roth chats about his film Hostel II the Unrated Directors Cut, heading your way on DVD.

The Family Robinson gets podcasting
02/10/2007. Five episodes of the Spider on the Web podcast are available, free, at either SFF author Spider Robinson's website or the iTunes Store.

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