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Winners of the 2009 Locus Awards

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".

The Locus awards are an annual competition voted for by the readers of the magazine and was established in the early 1970's to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. Since that time the Locus Awards have grown and have often drawn many more voters than the Hugo Awards themselves.

Unlike any other Award, the Locus Awards explicitly honor publishers of winn...

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written by Ant on Monday 29th June 2009
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Alistair Reynolds signs £1 million book deal

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 Holland.

Hi debut novel, Revalation Space was published in 2000 and was met with critical (ans commercial) success. Part of this success is due to his strong grasp of physics and astronomy and his ability to use current science theory to its best in his novels, lending a strong sense of authenticity to his epic space operas.

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written by Ant on Wednesday 24th June 2009
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Angry Robots Invade!

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 science fiction and fantasy, the aim is to deliver novels that have energy, intelligence and a damn good story.

Novels will be released in a variety of formats including physical paperbacks, limited editions, ebooks and audio, published world-wide.

Prepare for the invasion...

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written by Ant on Monday 22nd June 2009
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Blood of Elves wins first ever David Gemmell Legend award

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 won the Janusz A. Zajdel Award for best novel in the same year. It was then published in the Czech Republic in 1995, Russia in 1996, Spain in 2003 and Lithuania in 2006.

It wasn't translated into English and published in the UK until 2008 but quickly became a best seller.

The shortlist held a very respectible line up including Joe A...

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written by Ant on Monday 22nd June 2009
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The Worlds first Cyborg

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 ro...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 17th June 2009
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How a Warpdrive Spaceship would really look

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.

The physics behind the model are very complicated and completely theoretical, we still do not have sufficient knowledge of Dark Energy in order for this to be a reality, nor do we have any idea of how to harness sufficient energy that would be required.

It is hoped that sometime in the not too distant future, mankind will begin to understand t...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 16th June 2009
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Short-list for the British Fantasy Awards 2009

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 also Best Collection with "Just After Sunset" and Doctor Who producer / writer Russell T Davies for his non fiction book "Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale".

finally, Doctor Who has been nominated for best television (we hope it wins), the winners will be revealed at FantasyCon 2009 which is being help at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham betwee...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 10th June 2009
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David Eddings passes away

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 wife Leigh Eddings was a co-author for most of his novels and her name was included on all Davids later works.

Leigh Eddings passed away on the 28th February 2007, after a series of strokes, aged 69. It is known that David missed her terribly and his work since never really flowed.

David was a giant figure in the fantasy book scene a...

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written by Ant on Thursday 4th June 2009
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Outpost Gallifrey to close

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 announcement on the site yesterday, which you can see here: Outpost Gallifrey.

Please note that he has also re-assured fans that this announcement will not in any way effect the Gallifrey One conventions, the next installment is still scheduled to occur on the 21st February 2010 in Los Angeles, from the 1st...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 3rd June 2009