Science fiction and fantasy news library February 2008.

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New Iron Man trailer
29/02/2008. He's made of Iron - well, at least, some serious nano-tech self-healing clever-metal battle armour scifi schtick - but I guess Marvel Comics didn't think Nano-tech self-healing clever-metal battle armour scifi schtick Man sounded so cool?

Starship Troopers III Marauders
28/02/2008. Here's a very nice trailer for the third movie outing for the Starship Troopers movie franchise - done in their usual cheesy fascist TV advert style. Still no power armour, though, and this science fiction movie is going direct to the DVD bins. Pity.

Rough-riding the moon
28/02/2008. In a car commercial, it would sound odd: active suspension, six-wheel drive with independent steering for each wheel, no doors, no windows, no seats and the only color available is gold. But NASA's latest concept vehicle is meant to go way off-road, as in 240,000 miles from the nearest pavement, and drive on the moon. NASA is working to send astronauts to the moon by 2020 to set up a lunar outpost, where they will do scientific research and prepare for journeys to more distant destinations.

2008 Delta Film Awards
24/02/2008. Into creating your own science fiction, fantasy or horror movies? Then sci-fi fans, start your engines. Entries are now been invited for the 2008 Delta Film Award, presented to the best amateur movie screened at the 19th Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester, UK, 17th-19th October 2008.

Bring me the head of that damn time lord
24/02/2008. Weta have now revealed their range of Doctor Who statues. The initial series features six ¼ scaled helmets, from both the Classic and New Series of Doctor Who. From the Classic Doctor Who series comes a Cyberman Leader Helmet, from the episode Earthshock, and Lord President Borusa Head-dress from Arc of Infinity. Peter Davison plays the Doctor in both episodes, while from the Patrick Troughton episode Seeds of Death comes an Ice Warrior Helmet. Sontaran Officer Linx Helme’ rounds out the classic series selection from the episode entitled The Time Warrior, starring Jon Pertwee.

The BSFA grows up
24/02/2008. This year it is British Science Fiction Association’s 50th birthday, and they're putting the candles on their cake and running some fancy events to celebrate. Hey, let's party like it's err, 1999.

Nominations open for World Fantasy awards
24/02/2008. The nomination form for the 2008 World Fantasy awards is now on-line. This year’s World Fantasy con will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the weekend of October 30th to November 2nd, 2008.

The Accord
24/02/2008. British scifi publisher Solaris have signed up Keith Brooke for a new science fiction thriller, The Accord.

BSFA short story competition
24/02/2008. Fancy winning £500? Well, to celebrate fifty years of the BSFA’s involvement in British science fiction, they are running a 50th Anniversary Short Story Competition. Judges will be SFF authors Justina Robson, Stephen Baxter and that new(ish)-boy of space opera, Alistair Reynolds.

Line War
24/02/2008. Neal Asher will be signing his new sci-fi novel, Line War, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 5th April 2008 1-2pm.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull teaser
15/02/2008. The first trailer for the UFO-tastic Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie is on now. I hope you were all cheering this in the cinemas when it was shown!

The Hypernova Gambit
14/02/2008. The latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency is journalist Saxon Bullock. He has just completed his first novel – an epic sci-fi novel entitled The Hypernova Gambit. Hmmm. Sounds interesting.

Ghost in the Machine
14/02/2008. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z Martin (Chronicles of the Necromancer: The Summoner, The Blood King et al), has reported a partial 2008 guest line up.

Andy Sawyer to visit Birmingham Science Fiction Group
14/02/2008. In 1993 the Science Fiction Foundation Library found a home in Liverpool, UK. On the 14th March 2008 the notorious Andy Sawyer is attending the BSFG to give an update on what's happened since and explain why old paperbacks, lurid magazines, Hugo awards, fanzines and scribbled bits of paper are an essential part of a library of science fiction.

Last Argument Of Kings
14/02/2008. Fantasy author Joe Abercrombie will be touting his new book, Last Argument Of Kings, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 20th March 6-7pm 2008.

New Line sued by Tolkien Trust and HarperCollins
12/02/2008. The Tolkien Trust have filed a legal action against New Line Cinema for what the trust claims is New Line's failure to pay a gross profit participation in the three films based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trustees of the estate of JRR Tolkien and HarperCollins Publishers - also the publishers of fantasy author Stephen Hunt and The Court of the Air - are co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Sounds like the trust are looking to hand New Line their arse on a plate.

The Paintings of J. Allen St. John - Grand Master of Fantasy - by Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock
12/02/2008. Here comes US publisher Vanguard's second volume devoted to the work of J. Allen St. John. This tome concentrates on the artist's color fantasy, science-fiction and adventure paintings for novels and pulp-magazines for the likes of authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack Williamson, Robert E Howard.

Clone Wars
12/02/2008. The next Star Wars franchise is going to be animated. Take a sneak peak at the new look of the Clone Wars cartoon series from George Lucas here. The graphics they use all look very PC game trailer-ish in our humble CGI opinion.

Steven Spielberg gets gong at VES awards
11/02/2008. The 2008 VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Society's sixth annual gala in Hollywood. The event attracted a horde of visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television, commercial and video game industries. During the evening, filmmaker Steven Spielberg received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the art and science of visual effects. Then they spoiled it all for millions of SFF fans by calling him a techno-geek. He's a sci-fi geek, dudes!

Ellen Datlow Poe's it up
08/02/2008. British science fiction publisher Solaris has bought two new books, an Edgar Allen Poe anthology from Ellen Datlow, and a second Quincey Morris horror novel by Justin Gustainis.

The Blood King
08/02/2008. The Blood King by Gail Z Martin, the fantasy sequel to The Summoner, was released February 1st 2008. Both books are part of The Chronicles Of The Necromancer fantasy adventure series published by Solaris Books and distributed in the US and Canada by Simon & Schuster.

The return of the Moon
07/02/2008. Science fiction Elizabeth Moon, whose Vatta’s War series concludes this month with her hardcover Victory Conditions, has been signed to write three further books for US scifi publisher Del Rey.

Stargate Atlantis reaches its fifth - and possibly last - season
06/02/2008. Stargate Atlantis is beginning production this month on its fifth season. The new 20-episode season will include the 100th episode outing for the Atlantis gate team.

Doctor Who and Sarah Jane heading state-side
06/02/2008. The US SCIFI Channel has acquired the fourth season of Doctor Who and its spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures from the BBC. Both series are due to show on the SCIFI's cable channel some time in April 2008.

New Iron Man spot
05/02/2008. The latest online trailer for everyone's favourite tin-covered Marvel superhero - aka the Iron Man - aka Tony Stark.

Expensive but not impossible
05/02/2008. Bloglet: Wired magazine looks at 10 Sci-Fi technologies we could build If they weren't so damn expensive. Android army, anyone?

05/02/2008. A new trailer for Wall-E, the cute little last robot on Earth movie from Pixar-Disney. Now everyone say, ahhhh...

05/02/2008. Solaris has purchased the first six books in Simon R. Green’s Nightside series for UK publication. The Nightside is Simon R. Green’s series set in a seedy, supernatural shadow version of contemporary London.

Fantasy author Robert Redick goes down a storm state-side
05/02/2008. Susan Howe, Rights Director at Orion, has sold US rights in a debut fantasy trilogy by US author Robert V S Redick to Random House’s Del Rey imprint in New York for a substantial six-figure sum in US dollars after a hard-fought auction negotiated by Editor-in-Chief Betsy Mitchell.

The Happening
05/02/2008. An online trailer for the horror movie The Happening from Shyamalan. One more for the 'everyone goes postal and starts killing each other' film genre.

05/02/2008. Author Lia Scott Price is currently in post-production on a movie about Demonic Possession. Entitled Lia Scott Price's Nightmares, the fictional documentary-type film will be released by DarkAngel Distributors( this year, featuring music by William Verkler.

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