News for May 2009


Trailer for new Guillermo del Toro Novel

The Strain is a trilogy of Vampire books written by the very talented writer and director of films including Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo del Toro and popular thriller author Chuck Hogan.

The story follows a prolific strain of virus infecting New York that turns people into bloodthirsty Vampires.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months--the world.

You can see the trailer for the first novel in the series here...


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written by Ant on Saturday 30th May 2009

The Stainless Steel Rat returns!

The Stainless Steel Rat

Harry Harrison has completed the first draft of a brand new Stainless Steel Rat adventure. Reports so far suggest that the Russian version will be the first one realeased with a date planned for december 2009.

There is as of yet no mention of a UK release date..

One of my personal favorite science fiction books, the stainless steel rat follows the exploits of "slippery" Jim deGritz, the galaxies greatest thief. The last Stainless Steel Rat novel "The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus" was first released over 10 years ago and SRR fans are in eager anticipitations of this new novel.


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written by Ant on Monday 25th May 2009

Amazon announces new Kindle DX

Kindle DX

Amazon has announced a new version of its Kindle reader, called the Kindle DX, which features a 250% bigger size and a built in PDF reader.

Primarily aimed at newspaper readers, the new version follows amazons backward policy of increasing prices, with the DX retail price £87 higher than the already increased price of the Kindle 2.

Amazons Chief Executive said at the launch:

"You never have to pan, you never have to zoom, you never have to scroll. You just read"

The news has been received with mixed feelings, with some excited about the bigger screen and improved features while others are concerned about the lack of colo...

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written by Ant on Thursday 7th May 2009

Ian R Macleod wins 2009 Arthur C Clarke award

Song of time

Ian R Macleod is this years winner of the coveted Arthur C Clarke award, with his 5th book, Song of Time. The news was announced at the Apollo West End theatre as part of the start of the Sci-fi London film festival.

Ian R Macleod faced very tough competition from long established authors including Alastair Reynolds and Paul McAuley.

The winning novel, Song of Time is a near future novel regarding the way memory shapes our lives, told through the recollections of an old and dying violinist as she recounts her life story.

The Arthur C Clarke award is the UK's most prestigious award for Science Fiction and has been running annually since 1987 and for the last few ...

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written by Ant on Friday 1st May 2009