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Terry Pratchett to be knighted

terry pratchett

Terry Pratchett is amongst entertainment figures to be knighted for his services to literature in the new years honours list. Sir Terry is quoted as saying:

"There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job."

And also went on to say:

"I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted."

Sir Terry is one of the most successful and most popular Authors in Britain, having sold in excess of 55 million books to date. Last year he was diagnosed as having ear...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 31st December 2008
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Majel Barrett passes away

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett Roddenberry has sadly passed away on the 18th december 2008 aged 76. she had just finished recording her voice for the new forthcoming Star Trek movie (due 2009) and is thought to have died in her sleep.

She will be forever remembered as the voice of Star Fleet computers in the Star Trek series (and movies), and also for her appearances in the star trek shows including The pilot "The Cage" as the first officer and as Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation.

Majel became the wife of the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry in 1969 and continued to provide support for her husbands vision long after his death and was widely regarde...

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written by Ant on Friday 19th December 2008
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Beedle the Bard fastest selling book of 2008

Beedle the Bard, the novel that was featured in the Harry Potter series and has been written by JK Rowling, has become the fastest selling book of 2008, selling an incredible two copies a second around the world. Since its launch just two weeks ago (4th December 2008) the novel has sold 2.6 million copies and has raised £4.2 million for the Children's High Level Group charity which has been founded by JK Rowling to help vunerable children in eastern europe.

JK Rowling said of the incredible success:

"I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised,". "All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years ."

The ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 17th December 2008
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Waterstones feels the Credit Crunch

Waterstones

Waterstone's feels the Credit Crunch as like for like sales drop 3.1% in the 26 weeks up to the end of October. However since October they are reporting a marked decline in sales as the credit crunch bites and consumer confidence drops. This is reported by HMV who are the owners of the Waterstone's chain of book stores (who also previously bought Ottakers too). Waterstone's operating losses have increased from ?8.9 million to ?9.3 million. HMV said the book market as a whole dropped 5% during the period and had been hit hard by poor performance in the non-fiction category. Traditionally this category is very strong in the run up to Christmas due to the Celebrity books that ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 17th December 2008
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Forrest J Ackerman passes away

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing away of Sci Fi's number one fan, Forrest J Ackerman, writer, actor, editor and Science Fiction Fan. Forrest died on the 4th December 2008 after battling a long illness, at the age of 92. He was an avid collector of science fiction material and coined the phrase "Sci Fi". Forrest was a key figure in Science fiction fandom and culture. He led a very full and rich career dedicated to science fiction including contributing to the first Science Fiction Fanzines, attending the first ever Science Fiction convention and wearing the first ever "Futuristicostume" and sparked fan costuming (yes it was his fault). He was friends with many of the greatest Science Fiction writers and is credited with finding Ray Bradbury. ...

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written by Ant on Monday 8th December 2008
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2012, The year of the apocalypse?

Planet X, Nibiru

After looking at the 2012 trailer again, I decided to look into more detail the predictions that surround this story. The first information I came across was regarding something called Nibiru, which I must admit I have heard about. It turns out Nibiru is the name of the planet found last year which was called "Planet X" by scientists.

The theory goes that Nibiru is actually on the outer reaches of a nearby solar system but is on an eliptical orbit that carries the planet into our solar system every 3600 years (give or take). Th...

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written by Ant on Friday 5th December 2008