Saturday, 24 June 2017

HELL ON EARTH is here

Imagine a London full of evil and malice and monstrous injustice. Now stop watching the news, and read THIS instead.  My new book HELL ON EARTH is a science fiction novel set in a fantasy universe with cops.
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Five Monsters That Explore Gender, Sexuality, and Race

When I say “monster,” what do you think about? Frankenstein’s monster? Dracula? The creature from the Black Lagoon? Maybe even Cookie Monster… When we hear that word, we tend to think of monsters from movies or television shows (even when they began as literary characters), and most of the
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Sherlock Team Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to Adapt Dracula for TV

Variety reports that with the world’s greatest detective in the rear view mirror, Sherlock team Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are set to adapt another icon of Victorian literature with a new TV series based on Dracula.
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Indigenous picture books offering windows into worlds

In this series, we’ll discuss whether progress is being made on Indigenous education, looking at various areas including policy, scholarships, school leadership, literacy and much more. In a town by the sea that lies in the homeland of the Yawuru people, there sits a small publisher.
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Big Trouble in Little China's Loudmouth Hero Makes One Last Stand in New Comic Series Old Man Jack


What might a senior citizen version of Big Trouble in Little China’s truck-driving, sandwich-chomping, day-saving (kinda) hero Jack Burton look like? A new comic from Boom Studios, appropriately titled Old Man Jack (with a wink to Old Man Logan), aims to find out.
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Friday, 16 June 2017

The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries

In the madness of late spring at San Marco Square in Venice, amid the hordes pouring in from land and sea, hard by the hissing espresso machines and sizzling panini presses of overpriced cafes, I found the still point of the turning world.
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Horror in Translation: 8 Chilling Reads From Around the World

Readers can find plenty of horror fiction on bookstore shelves here in America, but what about horror fiction around the world? What kinds of stories do, for example, Japanese horror/speculative fiction writers gravitate toward when trying to terrify their readers? What differentiates Austrian horr
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Physicists Find Another Gravitational Wave to Suggest Einstein Was Right


Artist's conception of two black holes merging, similar to the ones detected by LIGO.Three billion years ago, two black holes collided to form a larger one. In the process, they produced a massive wave rolling through the fabric of spacetime at the speed of light.
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Aurora Australis: Riddles, Promises, and Threads

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!
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Amazon Now Has Every Issue of Omni, the Scifi 'Magazine of the Future'


Omni Magazine, one of the most iconic science fiction publications in history, is back. Jerrick Media has released the entire 200-issue archive on Amazon, with select proceeds going to help the Museum of Science Fiction.
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Your Summer Winter of Reading Begins With This Epic List of June's New Scifi and Fantasy Books


It’s June! The days are longer shorter, the nights are warmer colder, and the amount of new science fiction and fantasy books that will soon be available is truly mind-blowing. Read on to find out about more than 30 great new titles, coming out over the next 30 days!
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NASA Can't Wait To Plunge Itself Straight Into The Sun


Today, NASA reminded the world it will soon be performing the ultimate act of wish fulfillment on behalf of all humanity: in summer 2018, the space agency plans to launch a probe right into the Sun’s atmosphere.
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Friday, 26 May 2017

State Library Victoria – Meet some of the team behind Australia’s oldest public Library


This week we’re celebrating our wonderful team as part of the Australian Library and Information Association‘s Library and Information Week. From librarians and technicians to photographers and conservators, we have more than 300 staff who work to run Australia’s oldest public Library.
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Alien Only Ever Needed One Sequel 


No one argues that Alien and Aliens are the best films in the Alien franchise. It’s an objective, undisputed fact. After that, though, nothing is certain—is Alien 3 a good movie? How bad is Resurrection? Do the Alien vs. Predator movies count? Did you like Prometheus? The debates go on and on.
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The Witcher Saga is Coming to Netflix!

Netflix is developing and producing a new English-language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, that has entranced legions of fans worldwide.
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal Prequel Series!

A beloved classic from the ’80s marks its return as Netflix has announced they will be the home for The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance! You can check out a teaser for the brand-new series in the player below.
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Judge Dredd Headed to TV

That DREDD sequel fans have been pining for may be dead but the franchise is ready to move forth with a new iteration: TV.
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How The Leftovers Chose 5 Iconic Melbourne Locations for Kevin and Nora’s Australian Adventures


If episode four of The Leftovers has a main theme — setting aside A-Ha’s “Take on Me” and Kevin and Nora’s disintegration — it’s Melbourne, Australia, the New York to Sydney’s Los Angeles.
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Announcing the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist


Earlier today, Serendip announced the nominees for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award, an annual prize presented to “the best science fiction novel […] whose UK first edition was published in the previous calendar year.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Neil Marshall to Direct Hellboy Reboot Starring David Harbour!

When word came down from director Guillermo del Toro that a third Hellboy movie wasn’t happening, fans were dejected; however, the character’s creator Mike Mignola teased that the news didn’t mean another project wasn’t in the works.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

When the Hell Will We Find Planet Nine?


The hunt for Planet 9—a hypothetical, Neptune-sized object beyond Pluto—has stirred the scientific community since last year year, when a pair of Caltech astronomers argued in favor of the idea.
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Let's Break Down All Five of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 End-Credits Scenes


The Guardians have a lot of surprises in store in Vol. 2. All Images: DisneyMarvel movies are known for their teasing mid- and post-credits scenes, but with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, they up the ante with five of them after the conclusion of the movie.
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Live Out Your Astronaut Dreams With Lego's Meter-Tall NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket


To this day, the Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful rocket NASA has ever blasted into space, which is perfectly reflected in Lego’s new Apollo Saturn V model.
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Watch the British Library Digitize One of the World's Largest Books


The 1660 Klencke Atlas is taller than most people, and now its rare maps are easily accessible online. The 1660 Klencke Atlas is among the world’s biggest books, measuring nearly six feet by seven and a half feet when open.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Wild thing: How the writer Ray Howgego unearthed tales of derring-do adventuring

Ranulph Fiennes can get lost. Ray Howgego, whose 'Encyclopedia of Exploration' is the longest book by an English-language writer, prefers his subject's less-charted territories. Emily Dugan meets him on home ground.
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

All of Your Favorite SFF and Comics Adaptations in the Works

Thanks to major properties like Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we’ve entered a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television.
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J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis bonded over their mutual hatred of Walt Disney, private letters reveal


J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were close frenemies when they were both still alive and kicking, operating within the same dusty Oxford literature circles and bantering over lofty subjects like theology, personal faith and their own fantastical writing.
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

In Praise of Night of the Lepus

As laughable and as silly the film seems, Night of the Lepus – that eco-horror cult favorite about giant killer rabbits terrorizing a small south western town – does something rather profound and thought provoking from the get-go.
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Netflix Orders Modern Reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House, perhaps the most-written-about of Shirley Jackson’s longform horror works, will become a 10-episode series on Netflix.
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

New World Fantasy Award Design Has Been Revealed!

Behold the design for the World Fantasy Award, created by sculptor and artist Vincent Villafranca! The competition to create the new statue has been a long time running, and now we can gaze upon its beauty. For many decades, the World Fantasy Award was a bust of fantasy author H.
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards! The Aurealis Awards program book, containing the judging panels’ reports, can be downloaded here.
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Labyrinth Spinoff in the Works from Don’t Breathe Director

Last we heard, TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Company had closed a deal on a Labyrinth remake—not a reboot—to be written by Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman.
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Library and Information Week


The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community.
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2017 Ditmar Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Australian National Science Fiction Convention (or NatCon) has released the preliminary ballot for the 2017 Ditmar Awards. Fans and members of Australian NatCon nominated professional and fan works published in 2016, with the ballot compiled by an elected subcommittee.
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Shane Abbess is Back with THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE [Trailer]

Shane Abbess is back with a pulpy new space opera called The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1. Rochefort loved the film out of Fantastic Fest last year and the first trailer looks like a ton of fun. You got to hand it to Abbess. He knows how to make a great looking product on a low budget.
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Check Out the Nommo Awards 2017 Nominees!

The African Speculative Fiction Society holds the Nommo Awards to celebrate the year’s greatest speculative fiction written by African authors.
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NBC Just Ordered a Primetime Show About Advances in Science and Technology


The Awesome Show will be hosted by Chris Hardwick. Image: Jordin Althaus/AMCSometimes it feels like every new television show fits into a specific, well-explored genre. But not The Awesome Show.
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Sleeping Beauties: Stephen King and Owen King’s Novel to Become Series

The rights to the upcoming Stephen King and Owen King novel Sleeping Beauties were recently acquired by Anonymous Content, according to Deadline. Now we’ve learned that the novel is being developed for TV.
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Friday, 7 April 2017

Mike Mignola Is Returning to Comics With an All New Vampire Tale


Image: Dark Horse. Art by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart.Last year, comics legend Mike Mignola announced that he’d be taking a break from the world of comics after the poignant end to his work on Hellboy in Hell.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Marvel’s New Warriors Coming to Freeform, Starring Squirrel Girl!

After snapping up Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger series, the Freeform channel is now preparing to create a Marvel-flavored half-hour comedy in the form of Marvel’s New Warriors. Which means that the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will finally burst onto our live-action screens.
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Nominees for the 2017 Hugo Awards Are the Future of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Earlier this week, a VIP at Marvel comics earned the ire of about 82 percent of the internet when he tried to blame the publisher’s flagging sales on a recent strategy to push comics with “diverse” heroes, claiming readers just aren’t interested in buying those kinds of books.
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'Marvel's The Defenders' Announces Netflix Premiere Date

You won’t have to wait much longer to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist join forces, Marvelites! As teased in the video above, “Marvel’s The Defenders” will debut only on Netflix August 18! But that’s not the only thing hidden in the video.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Lotus Blue Is a Worthy Mashup of Mad Max and Blade Runner

In the far future desert world of Lotus Blue, 17-year-old Star must contend with crazed A.I. war machines, killer sand storms, mysterious strangers from hidden cities, and secrets from her own past that lead her on an unexpected journey.
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Aurora Australis: Mixing Genres and Outrunning Robots

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! There’s been a cyclone off the Queensland coast causing floods on the east coast. Daylight savings is about to end in the eastern states.
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Monday, 3 April 2017

Feast Your Eyes on All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming Out in April


Feast your eyes on this huge list of April releases, and maybe consider dabbling in weird science to grow an extra pair of peepers. There are tons of amazing new scifi and fantasy books on the way, including a dystopian tale from Cory Doctorow and a very highly anticipated Star Wars novel.
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Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves


The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 years, in 2012, and gravitational waves, which were theorized 100 years ago, in 2016. This year, they’re slated to take a picture of a black hole.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Will Remind You What Joy Feels Like

These days, I find it absurdly easy to slip into despair. (Don’t worry, this post is going to be fun, I promise.) It’s all too common to turn on the news or look at Twitter and then spend the rest of the day staring into the abyss, suffering from a kind of horrified paralysis.
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Is This the Comic That Birthed Modern Sci-Fi?

Paris, 1944: Night had fallen on the suburb of Saint-Mandé and death was waiting in the skies. Powerless to affect — or even truly comprehend — the clash of titans that was the Second World War, two young boys hid underground, reveling in the drama.
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