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Nominees in for this years Nebula Awards

Nebula Awards 2008 The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that the nominees for this years Nebula Awards have been finalised. The Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles between the 24-26th April. The Awards have been given annually since 1965 for the best novel, novella, novelette and short story. The have also been two awards added, best script in 2000 and outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy (The Andre Norton Award) in 2006.

The Favorites for winning best novel, in our opinion have to be between Making Money, by Terry Pratchett, or Brasyl by Ian McDonald., you can see a full list of all nominations below:

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written by Ant on Friday 27th February 2009
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Doctor Who wins FX Award

Doctor Who

Doctor Who has scooped an special effects award (FX award) from the 7th annual VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards for "Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial" in the episode "Silence in the Library".

The VES announced the winners in a black tie event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, USA. The Annual Event recognises outstanding visual effects over a dozen categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

The VES Exectutive Director, Eric Roth was quoted as saying:

"This year's recipients exemplify true excellence in the field of visual and special effects,"...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 24th February 2009
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Companion for Second Doctor Who Special

Lindsay Duncan

The Companion for the Second Doctor Who Special has been announced as the tony award winning actress Lindsay Duncan. Lindsay is also a noted screen actress and won her award for her role in the Noel Coward play Private Lives.

Lindsay has also provided the voice for the protocol droid TC-14 in The Phantom Menace, and has been cast in Tim Burtons upcoming adaption of Alice in Wonderland. Lindsay has said after hearing the news:

"I'm thrilled to be involved in Doctor Who. I've never done anything like this before."

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written by Ant on Saturday 21st February 2009
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New Phillip K Dick novel published by widow

Philip K Dick

Philip K Dicks widow, Tessa Dick has re-worked the final novel the legendary science fiction writer was working on when he passed away in 1982.

The novel, titled "The Owl in Daylight" has been a labour of love for Tessa and she has described this self-publication as a tribute to Philip. She went on to say that her version of the novel is an attempt to express the spirit of Philip's proposed book. The actual details about the book are sketchy at best, although a letter was sent to his editor and agent.

The letter detailed plans to have a great scientist design a computer system and then get trapped in its virtual reality. The computer itself would be so advanced that...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 18th February 2009
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Alien life may be all around us

Alien life may be all around us

Alien life may exist all around us according to a physicist at Arizona State University. Talking at a major science conference in chicago, Professor Paul Davies explained that there could very well be "shadow lifeforms" existing all around us, just that no one has ever bothered to look.

He also advised that it is quite likely that "shadow life" exists in deep sea hydrothermal vents or toxic (to us) arsenic lakes. These forms of life would be totally unlike life as we know it.

The subject of the science conference, by a group called the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was to discuss the possibility that life may have evolved on earth...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 18th February 2009
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New Viral Websites for 2012 and Terminator

 Viral Websites

New Viral Websites have appeared for the upcoming films 2012 and Terminator Salvation.

The Institute for Human Continuity (IHC) has been created to ensure the survival of the human race beyond 2012. It claims there is a 94% probability that cataclysmic forces will decimate the planet in 2012. The website includes news about latest developments, the initiatives of the IHC and a chance to enter the Lottery in an attempt to be on of the few lucky ones with a chance at survival.

Skynet Reasearch is a research organisation dedicated to create the latest in Robot Technology. ...

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written by Ant on Sunday 15th February 2009
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Terry Pratchett blames mercury fillings for his Alzheimer's

Terry Pratchet Terry Pratchett has raised the issue of using mercury in tooth fillings by blaming the cause of his early onset Alzheimer's condition on this practice and has described the use of mercury as "Toxic Waste".

He has been quoted as saying:

"Having something like mercury in your mouth seemed to me to be a really bad idea and I got rid of the stuff."

The Dental amalgam fillings, which are in millions of mouths in the UK, (over 3 million added last year) contain 50% mercury and campaigners including doctors have linked these fillings to MS, chronic fatigue syndrome and gut problems. There is at ...

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written by Ant on Sunday 15th February 2009
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Watchmen 8-bit Arcade Game

Watchmen video game With the release date of the Watchman film getting ever closer (9th March 2009), a fantastically nostalgic 8-bit arcade game has been created, completely free to play in your browser over at Minute Men Arcade.

Growing up in the 80's I must admit to feeling quite a bit of nostalgia playing this, reminding me of those Arcade classics like Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Renegade and Streets of Rage etc. Any fan of Watchmen or 80's games should really pay a visit.

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written by Ant on Thursday 12th February 2009
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Amazon unveils new Kindle E-book Reader

As predicted at the end of January this year, Amazon has unveiled a new Kindle e-book reader featuring a slimmer less clunky design, more storage space and quicker operation. That's the good news, the bad news is not only is it the same price ($359) but there are still no confirmed plans to release the reader in the UK (or anywhere other than the USA for that matter).

Amazon really have improved the look and feel of the Kindle and along with more storage space, the battery life has been improved too. While the Kindle is a very small part of Amazons ever expanding business, they are predicted to have sold over half a million units in 2008 and it was sold out over Christmas.

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written by Ant on Wednesday 11th February 2009
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JK Rowling Knighted in France

JK Rowling

JK Rowling, the best selling author of the Harry Potter series, has been Knighted in France. The title of Knight of the Legion of Honour was bestowed by the French president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysée presidential palace. Sarkozy told Rowling:

You've helped give young people back the taste for reading and writing

He then went on to thank her for encouraging children to understand reading is a source of pleasure, not a punishment.

JK Rowling, speaking in French, assured the ceremony that when she picked a name for her arch villain, Lord Voldemort, she had not landed upon a French-s...

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written by Ant on Sunday 8th February 2009
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Heroes are outlawed! New Watchman Viral

Heroes are outlawed!, as the fever of the upcoming film approaches critical mass, a new Watchman viral video has been released which shows the Keene act of 1977 which outlaws any costumed adventurers and vigilantes.

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written by Ant on Thursday 5th February 2009
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Intelligent Civilisations are out there...

According to Edinburgh scientist Duncan Forgan, current research suggests that there could be anything between 361 and 38 000 Intelligent Alien Civilisations in our galaxy.This has been partly based on the recent discoveries of more than 330 exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) which includes a clearly "earth mass" planet found orbiting a sun like star Gliese 876.

This has led to the belief that exoplanets are much more commonplace than anyone has previously considered.

Even if the reality is at the higher end of the scale however, it is very unlikely that contact could be established with these alien worlds. Regarding possible alien contact, Duncan said:

"If alien life forms do exist, we may not necessarily be able to make contact with them, and we ...

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written by Ant on Thursday 5th February 2009
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The Hunt for Gollum gets release date!

The Hunt for Gollum, the fan made film created especially for Lord Of The Rings fans has finally got a release date of the 3rd May 2009, premiered at the SCI FI London festival and also online simultaneously at the website Daily Motion.

The film is shaping up to become a milestone in fan made productions, not just with the simultaneous release but also, more importantly the quality of its production, effects and acting.

The story takes place before the Fellowship of the Rings and follows Aragorn's search for the creature Gollum.

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written by Ant on Tuesday 3rd February 2009