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Locus Awards 2009

The Winners of the 2009 Locus Awards have been announced during a ceremony in Seattle, USA. The winners include Neal Stephenson for "Anathem" in the Science Fiction category , Ursula K Le Guin for "Lavinia" in the Fantasy category and Neil Gaiman for his Young Adult novel "The Graveyard Book".

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Revelation Space Series

Alistair Reynolds, the author of the hugely successful Revelation Space series, has signed a £1 million book deal with Gollancz for his next 10 novels.

Welsh born Alistair Reynolds began writing science fiction short stories while at college, and then later while he worked at the european space agency in...

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angry robot books

Angry Robot books are set to invade the publishing scene with their first release, Moxyland by Lauren Beukes, due to be published on the 1st July 2009.

A new imprint of HarperCollins, Angry Robot Books is dedicated to releasing the very best in modern adult science fiction and fantasy.

Clearly passionate about...

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David Gemmell Award Winner

Blood of Elves, a novel by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski has won the first ever David Gemmell Legend award at a prestigious ceremony held at the Magic Circle headquarters in London.

Blood of Elves is the first volume in the Witcher Saga, originally published in the authors native country of Poland in 1994 and...

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The Worlds first Cyborg is here, with a robot being controlled by cultured Rat neurons via bluetooth.

Created by those clever people at the University of Reading, the Rat neurons are placed on a multi-electrode array (MEA) to form the brain of Gordon the robot.

The brain itself is housed in a special temperature controlled unit which contains a nutrient rich medium and the brain signals are sent via bluetooth to a small...

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Warpdrive Spaceship

Those clever bods over at the Discovery Channel have asked a leading physicist to figure out what a real space ship with a warp drive would look like, and how it could (in theory) work.

Dr Richard Obousy has come up with a design that is scientifically accurate from current understanding of spacetime and superstring theory.

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British Fantasy Awards 2009

The Short-list for the 2009 British Fantasy Awards has been announced, with nominations including Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" which is being nominated for the the august derleth fantasy award and Tim Lebbon's "The Reach of Children" for best novella.

Also nominated are Stephen King for both the short fiction story "N" and...

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David Eddings passes away

It is with a very heavy heart that we report that the much loved, well respected and very talented author David Eddings has passed away on Monday 2nd June 2009, aged 77.

David was the author of the hugely popular Belgariad and Malloreon series, amongst others. In his later years it was made public that his...

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Outpost Gallifrey, the most popular (and one of the oldest) Doctor Who Fansite on the internet is set to close on 31st July 2009, along with the accompanying Doctor Who forum.

Outpost Gallifrey is legendary amongst Doctor Who supporters and has been going since 1996, making it one of the most ancient websites around. In that time it has had over 37 million visits.

Shaun Lyon, the owner of the website made the...

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