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Fantastic Doctor Who Music Videos

Browsing through You Tube (Something I never usually do ) I found some Fantastic Doctor Who Music Videos, the best one of the lot has got to be Crucify your love, to me it sounds great (a bit like Creed). Have a look and let me know what you think.

Crucify Your Love

All Ten Doctors in three Minutes

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written by Ant on Friday 28th November 2008
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Book Sellers worried over Google's Plans

Google

The recent deal with American book publishers for Google's Book search (which we reported about here Google Agrees Copyright Deal) is causing some concern for European Book Sellers, with many fearing it could effectively drive them out of business.

Publishers and Authors are widely supportive of the plan which may be introduced in Europe but Booksellers fear that a monopoly will be created driving out booksellers, there is also the concern over the influence that Google may have over out of print and print on demand books.

Tim Godfray who is the chief executive of the UK Booksellers Association said

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written by Ant on Thursday 27th November 2008
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Will Ebook Readers threaten the traditional book?

With the fairly recent launch of Amazons Kindle and the imminent arival of Sony's Third Generation PRS-700, there are some big players backing the e-book market so is time to be concerned about the future of the traditional book format?

There are quite a number of e-book readers on the market today, but the big two that stand out have to be Sony's and Amazon's.

Sony PRS 700

Lets start with Sony's offering, the new Sony PRS-700, which is due for launch soon will be a 6 inch touch screen...

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written by Ant on Thursday 27th November 2008
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New Video Interview with Terry Pratchett

We have a new video Interview with Terry Pratchett, posted recently on You Tube and also available on the official website.

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written by Ant on Saturday 22nd November 2008
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Ian McDonald nominated for Warwick Prize

Brasyl

Science Fiction author Ian McDonald has been nominated for the Warwick Prize for his novel Brasyl.

The Warwick Prize is an biennial international cross-disciplinary award open to literature in any genre or form in the English language. An author winning this award stands to get £50 000 prize money.

Ian McDonald who won the 2008 British Science Fiction Association, began writing at the tender age of 9 years old and sold his first story at 22.

His novel Brasyl is actually three stories about three different Brazil's, 19th century, contemporary and futuristic. This novel has been widely regarded as Ian's finest to date.

Ian is amongst a list of 20 other authors inc...

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written by Ant on Sunday 16th November 2008
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BBC Originally Nervous About Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Documents made public for the first time show the BBC were very nervous about releasing Doctor Who or a Sci Fi show into a mainstream audience.

Concerns were raised that bringing a science fiction drama to the BBC would not be an automatic winner and was considered too an obscure subject with a too small set and limited budget.

The documents also show that the producers were originally planning to remove the Tardis and have the doctor traveling in an invisible machine (using light "resistant" paint). The then head of drama for the BBC, Sidney Newman insisted that an invisible machine would not work and that the Doctor's vehicle should be a visual symbol of the series. The...

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written by Ant on Sunday 16th November 2008
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New Red Dwarf TV Episodes

Red Dwarf

You heard right, we are going to get four brand new episodes of the hit TV series Red Dwarf on the TV Channel Dave.

These are to celebrate the 21st birthday of red dwarf and filming begins in January 2009 with two episodes being created with the same look and feel as the original series.

Doug Naylor is masterminding the special episodes and the Whole cast is reuniting for the show, so thats Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister) and Danny John-Jules (Cat). Not sure if that includes Kochanski or not? but the last series, red dwarf eight was first shown in 1999 and reached 8 million viewers.

The Details of the four episodes so f...

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written by Ant on Friday 14th November 2008
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The Millenium Falcon Flies Again

One of the greatest space ships ever, the millenium falcon from Star Wars has been rebuilt by those clever toy makers Hasbro, and for the first time in ages (and I mean years) it actually looks like a good quality build. It really does remind me of those star wars toys made to such a good standard in the 80's, (I used to have most of the set including the ewok village and the star destroyer...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 12th November 2008
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Michael Crichton passes away

Michael Crichton, the celebrated author of "Jurassic Park", has lost his battle with Cancer and sadly passed away on Wednesday 4th November 2008, aged 66.

Michael achieved the most fame for his book "Jurassic Park", which was turned into a block busting movie by Steven Spielberg. Michael had however previous success with books turned to movies, like "West World", "Congo" and "Sphere" and his very first novel "The Andromeda Strain" which was released in 1969 while Michael was still a Medical Student at Harvard Medical School (he later received an MD from Harvard and a Post Doctorate from Salk Institute for medical studies).

Amongst Michaels other successes was the hit TV series "ER" ...

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written by Ant on Monday 10th November 2008
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New Middle Earth Fan made Film

The hunt for gollum

A new film by fans of the lord of the rings films has been made, called The Hunt for Gollum.

The new film is an entirely non profit venture, starring produced and directed by fans of JRR Tolkiens works. Chris Bouchard is the director (and the brainchild) behind this very limited budget venture (less than ?3000) but has been produced to the highest standard possible through sheer dedication and love of anything middle earth related.

The story concerns Aragorn's (then known as Strider) search for Gollum, set before the Fellowship of the Ring and is a part of Tolkiens story that has not been "fleshed out" on screen before. Chris has previously made a ...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 4th November 2008