Science fiction and fantasy news library December 2007.

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Star Trek auction mystery
30/12/2007. Christie's auction house is getting sued after a furious fan claims he was sold a dud Star Trek item which the actor who played android Data, Brent Spiner, later allegedly uncovered as false.

J Lawrence (Larry) Cassingham dies
29/12/2007. Cassingham was the technical advisor on various scifi TV shows from the sixties and fifties such as the Atomic Kid and Magnetic Monster.

The Velvet Glove
29/12/2007. There's a new episode of the downloadable Time Traveler Show which features SFF author Harry Harrison's The Velvet Glove.

Knight Rider
28/12/2007. A short teaser trailer for the Knight Rider remake. And will sir be requiring cheese with that?

Richard Branson: King of the Muppets?
24/12/2007. The honourees for the 2007 Jim Henson Honours were announced by the Jim Henson Company. The 2007 Jim Henson honourees include Richard Branson, British Entrepreneur, for conquering space, and Neil Gaiman, fantasy writer, for, umm, writing some fantasy.

23/12/2007. Sounds like a British 1950s comedian? Nope, a little more than a half-hour with this one ... it's a trailer for a new superhero comedy movie where Will Smith plays a vagrant down-and-out Superman-type being.

23/12/2007. Trailer for an animated movie based on Neil Gaimen's Coraline. One for the kids.

Hellboy II
21/12/2007. The next online trailer for the movie Hellboy II the Golden Army. The big red demon thing that works for the US secret service returns to kick demonic butt again. Looks fun.

The Signal
21/12/2007. Trailer for the film The Signal. Looks like a horror/scifi affair with a signal from a TV set creating monsters in the US. Like the film says in it's blurb, no one escapes The Signal.

Dark Charismatic
21/12/2007. The latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency is UK fantasy and horror novelist Rod Rees. His novel Dark Charismatic is set in the London of 1878, this is a reworking of the Jekyll & Hyde story, told through the eyes of Henry Jekyll’s cold, aloof and religious wife, Margaret.

Torchwood season II
20/12/2007. A new trailer for the second series of the Dr Who TV spin-off, Torchwood, hits the virtual streets.

The Tomorrow People run out of future
19/12/2007. Season six of the Tomorrow People audio dramas has had to be cancelled by British audio publisher Big Finish. This was due to ongoing license negotiations. Seasons one to five will remain available at a discounted rate until 7th January 2008 at which point the entire series will be permanently removed from sale. Tomorrow People was one of the classic UK sci-fi TV series from the 1970s.

Happy-slapping the Earth
19/12/2007. The incredible amount of forest devastation at Tunguska a century ago in Siberia may have been caused by an asteroid only a fraction as large as previously published estimates, suggests a new supercomputer simulation from the Sandia National Laboratories.

Snogger Who
19/12/2007. The Doctor gets up close and personal with his Christmas companion, Astrid Peth, in the Doctor Who 2007 Christmas special, Voyage Of The Damned, on BBC One. Well, it's Kylie. I'd snog her, and I'm a girl. Who needs Dr Who SlashFic when you've got Russell T Davies on the job?

Double Hobbit movies to be made by PJ
18/12/2007. Peter Jackson, MGM and New Line Cinema told the Nest that they are now to produce two films, The Hobbit and a sequel to The Hobbit (doh). New Line will distribute in North America and MGM will distribute internationally. Jackson and New Line told SFcrowsnest that they have settled their legal battle over the money from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

New Wall-E trailer
18/12/2007. There's a new trailer for Pixar's animated movie about the last robot left on an ecologically ravaged Earth. Ah, sweet.

Cometh the Death Star
18/12/2007. A powerful jet from a super massive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy, according to new findings from NASA observatories. This never-before witnessed galactic violence may have a profound effect on planets in the jet's path and trigger a burst of star formation in its destructive wake.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
18/12/2007. The second trailer for the next movie in the Narnia Trilogy. It might be Xmas humbug, but this one is strictly just for the kids.

10,000 BC
18/12/2007. Trailer for a silly fantasy movie about the life and times of an ace mammoth hunter. The Flintstones was more accurate than this nonsense. Where's Raquel Welsh when you need her?

Dante 01
18/12/2007. Nice-looking trailer for a new French science fiction movie. Mais nous ne parlons pas français. Pitié. Let's hope the DVD comes with subtitles. given a photon torpedo through the heart
17/12/2007. The web site - once one of the most visited scifi sites in the world (when Trek was still running) is being closed down now there's no active TV franchise to support it's existence.

Batman II
17/12/2007. The latest trailer for the new Batman movie with the return of the Joker. Why so glum? Ya-ha-ha.

Monsters in clover
15/12/2007. A new trailer for the movie Cloverfield from that bloke wot did Lost. Aliens invade New York and cause trouble, with the movie being shot Blair Witch style from people's mobile phones and camcorders.

14/12/2007. Airlie Lawson and Tara Hiatt, Rights Directors at HarperCollins in London, have confirmed a major two-book deal with Claire Eddy of Tor Books in New York, to publish The Court Of The Air by Stephen Hunt, and his follow-up fantasy novel, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves.

Bengal Station
13/12/2007. UK scifi publisher Solaris have bought three Bengal Station novels from science fiction author Eric Brown. Necropath, Xenopath and Cosmopath feature Jeff Vaughan, a telepath employed by the spaceport on Bengal Station, a vast twenty-level city-port that dominates the ocean between India and Burma.

12/12/2007. Details of a new fantasy movie called Penelope. Set in the modern day, the tale of Penelope (Christina Ricci) did not start well, her beauty transformed by an evil spell. To the world outside the news was big, a poor little girl, with the nose of a pig. How to break the curse? Well a handsome prince has to be made to propose.

Alethea is Hungry
12/12/2007. Alethea Eason's debut young-adult science fiction novel, Hungry, has been published by HarperCollins under its US Eos imprint.

Aliens vs. Predator Requiem megatrailer
11/12/2007. More than a trailer, this is the first actual five minutes of the new movie Aliens vs. Predator Requiem. Lots of action on board a crashing predator starship and a SOS being sent out. The bad news is that they're all heading for Earth.

Lost: Fourth Season
11/12/2007. Online trailer for the new season of the TV series Lost. Just what the heck is going on out there on that island?

Terry Pratchett suffering from Alzheimers
11/12/2007. Bestselling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, creator of the intelligent and greatly humanitarian Discworld series of novels, has sadly been diagnosed with a variant of the disease Alzheimers.
11/12/2007. Science fiction agent to the stars John Jarrold has sold world rights in three supernatural thrillers by Suzanne MacLeod, a debut novelist, to Jo Fletcher at British publisher Gollancz for a decent five-figure sum in UK pounds.

Wenger is the new emperor of Dr Who
11/12/2007. BBC Wales has said that Piers Wenger is to take over the reins as Executive Producer for Doctor Who's fifth series when Julie Gardner leaves that role in January 2009.

Tolkien for the wealthy
11/12/2007. The Children of Hurin collector’s edition has just been launched, signed and numbered by both Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee. There are only 500 available, priced at £350 each.

Whip crack away
11/12/2007. USA today reveals what the new Indiana Jones movie is going to contain. The basic plot of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is Indy going up against Stalin's agents in the 1950s to get an ancient crystal skull made by an advanced technology - either Atlantis or alien.

Wheel of Time to be finished by author Brandon Sanderson
11/12/2007. US science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books has said that scifi novelist Brandon Sanderson has been chosen to finish the final novel in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series. Jordan died September 16th 2007 after a battle with the blood disease amyloidosis. As RJ wrote himself, The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time?

Speed Racer
10/12/2007. He's going to be the best... if they don't destroy him first. New trailer for the Speed Racer flick, courtesy of the Wachowski - a la Matrix - brothers. Looks fun and colorful, if a little light.

10/12/2007. Trailer for a forthcoming fantasy movie that revolves around a father's ability to read a book and allow the people in it to cross into the real world. There's one book he really shouldn't have read. Gulp.

All change at Orbit
09/12/2007. Lots of changes going on over at British science fiction imprint Orbit and the Little, Brown Book Group.

Fancy a finger?
09/12/2007. Director Tim Burton is bringing Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller to the big screen with Johnny Depp as the eponymous Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in Sweeney Todd.

Odyssey Writing Workshop 2008
08/12/2007. The 2006 workshop for budding science fiction writers will be held from June 9th to July 18th at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. This year, Odyssey is hosting Nancy Kress as the writer-in-residence. Author of twenty-three books, including science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, short story collections, young adult novels, and three excellent books on writing fiction, she has won three Nebulas and a Hugo for her short fiction and the John W. Campbell Award for her novel Probability Space.

Shrek The Halls
07/12/2007. The BBC brings Shrek to the small screen in his first Christmas special for BBC One. BBC One will host the UK premiere of the Shrek The Halls on Christmas Eve 2007. What's it about? Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It's Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. He isn't exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can.

Blue War
07/12/2007. In March 2008, Solaris will be releasing the new Punktown novel from Jeffrey Thomas. Blue War is a science fiction thriller set on a colony world in another dimension, with blue jungles and exotic cultures. Private investigator Jeremy Stake is brought in by military leaders to investigate cloned human remains found in an otherwise empty city, and it leads him into a plot that could re-ignite an old war between two alien races.

Gusts of the solar wind
06/12/2007. Images from NASA-funded telescopes aboard a Japanese satellite have shed new light about the sun's magnetic field and the origins of solar wind, which disrupts power grids, satellites and communications on Earth.

The mouse that roared
06/12/2007. The tiny Isle of Man rushes to reach the moon in a mad bid to claim the Lunar X-Prize. But does the scientist in charge of the project look like Peter Sellers?

Tor makes the manga move
05/12/2007. US science fiction publisher Tor Books is getting together with manga house Seven Seas to form a new manga imprint.

Wanted (but later)
05/12/2007. Universal Pictures has moved the release date of its fantasy-action-thriller Wanted from spring to summer. The film will now be released on Friday, June 27th 2008, rather than its former release date of March 28th 2008.

Prince Caspian
05/12/2007. There's a new trailer for the second movie in the Narnia series, Prince Caspian.

Jane's dragon is grinning
04/12/2007. Weta Productions’ debut television series, Jane and the Dragon, has been nominated for The Best Animated Television Production at the 35th Annual Annie Awards.

Who - the heck
04/12/2007. Trevor Baxendale, Simon Guerrier and James Swallow. will be signing their new Doctor Who books at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2 H 8JR, on Saturday 12th January 2008, 1-2pm.

The Red Wolf Conspiracy
04/12/2007. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V S Redick, the debut novel by a client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency, has been confirmed as Waterstone’s Fantasy and SF Book of the Month for February 2008, when it is being published by Gollancz.

The Last Enemy
03/12/2007. Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Carlyle head an cast in a near-future scifi thriller - shades of V for Vendetta - about a man whose search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into an international conspiracy - and a passionate love affair.

Ashes To Ashes
03/12/2007. Gene Hunt is back, bigger and brasher than ever before in the are they-aren't they cop time traveling TV series - but he's no longer the self-styled Sheriff of Manchester.

Death Star support
03/12/2007. Ever wanted to know what life in the Death Star's IT department is like? Muse no more, SFcrowsnest readers, muse no more.

03/12/2007. A NASA satellite has captured the first images of a collision between a comet and a solar hurricane.

Apparitions on the BBC
02/12/2007. Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, George Gently) heads the cast of a two-part supernatural thriller about an exorcist battling demons in what he discovers to be the beginning of the End of Days - the final battle of good against evil.

Big girls with big guns in Sister Time
02/12/2007. The sequel to John Ringo's sci-fi novel Cally's War features the return of Michelle O'Neal, the first human-Sohon mentat. Sister Time (Baen Books-December 2007) is about life, love and covert operations amongst the universe's ultimate dysfunctional family.

Torchwood relegated
02/12/2007. Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off by writer Russell T Davies, is due back on the UK's small screen mid-January 2008, this time relegated to BBC Two.

Extraordinary Engines
02/12/2007. Airships, automatons and aether ... Extraordinary Engines is a new anthology of original stories featuring a range of Steampunk-inspired stories by authors including Daniel Abraham, Kage Baker, Stephen Baxter, Beth Bernobich, Eric Brown, Keith Brooke, Paul Di Filippo, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Jay Lake, Margo Lanagan, James Lovegrove, Ian R. MacLeod, Michael Moorcock, James Morrow, Kim Newman, Robert Reed, Chris Roberson, Adam Roberts, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Jeff VanderMeer and Marly Youman.

Xmas Ansible
01/12/2007. The Christmas issue of British science fiction zine Ansible has just landed in our email tray. Harlan Ellison is angry. Plus ça change, Mr Langford. Also, the SFWA attempts to commit public suicide.

Xmas issue of Clarkesworld
01/12/2007. The December issue of Clarkesworld looks good. SFF author Steven Erikson is
interviewed by Jeff VanderMeer.

Sarah Connor Chronicles
01/12/2007. New trailer for the Terminator TV series - aka the Sarah Connor Chronicles.

The Night Sessions
01/12/2007. Science fiction author Ken MacCleod is working on his new novel, The Night Sessions, set in a future Scotland.

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