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Science Fiction may be closer to reality than you think

Dr Michio Kaku

The BBC have reported that many of the science fiction ideas including invisibility cloaks, teleportation and even time travel may be closer to reality that you might think.

The news story follows a recently published book by the renowned theoretical physicist Dr Michio Kaku, who is the co-founder of string field theory (often referred to as the theory of everything).

Dr Kaku has been quite shocked to discover that many of the ideas behind science fiction are actually pretty close to becoming science fact. In the past some science fiction writers like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were also considered ...

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written by Ant on Friday 28th August 2009
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Attack of the Clockwork Vampires

The clockwork vampires are invading!, the new novel "Kell's Legend, written by Andy Remic and shortly to be published by Angry Robot Books features clockwork vampires invading the land of Falanor.

A small group of heroes set off to warn the king, Kell the ancient hero, his granddaughter Nienna and her friend Katrina. They are joined with Saark, the ex champion of the King, brought into disgrace after an affair with the queen.

Andy Remic looks set to pick up the epic fantasy battle throne from the late David Gemmell. The novel is set to be unleashed on the 1st September (UK/Australia) and you can see a specially made promotional video featuring the Legend that is Andy Remic in the mean time (excellent music by "th3 m1ss1ng").

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written by Ant on Friday 28th August 2009
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Clash of the Digital Titans

Google Books

The online giant Amazon is joining forces with digital Titans Microsoft and Yahoo to sign up to the Open Book Alliance in a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create the world's biggest virtual library.

The Open Book Alliance opposes a recent legal settlement worth $125 million between book publishers and Google which compensates copyright holders whose works appear in the Google book search service. This deal is already being investigated by anti-trust regulators with some believing the deal breaches the US anti-trust act.

The Open Book Alliance is being led by the Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to bu...

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written by Ant on Monday 24th August 2009
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Rough Guide to the (Hitchhikers) Guide to the Galaxy

Rough Guide to the (Hitchhikers) Guide to the Galaxy

To mark the 30th Aniversary and the release of the sixth novel in the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy trilogy, the Rough Guide are launching the "Rough Guide to the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy".

With over 16 million novels sold so far, with the journey from Radio to book to TV series to Film, The Hitchhikers Guide is a worldwide phenomenon that is set to go supernova with the release of the sixth novel And another thing which is being written by the very successful author Eoin Colfer.

The Guide to the Guide promises to be the ulimate guide to Douglas...

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written by Ant on Friday 21st August 2009
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Doctor Who e-books available free on BBC website

Doctor Who

The BBC have released a few of the classic Doctor Who novels for free as e-books on the BBC website. Many of these novels are quite rare and even feature brand new original artwork and extensive additional notes written by the original authors.

Novels available at the moment include Human Nature written by Paul Cornell and featuring the Seventh Doctor., The Well Mannered War written by Gareth Roberts and featuring the Fourth Doctor and ...

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written by Ant on Thursday 20th August 2009
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Zombies could wipe us all out!

Zombies could wipe us all out!

According to new scientific research, an attack of Zombies could wipe out civilisation unless dealt with aggressively and fast.

These conclusions are the result of a mathematical excercise carried out by researchers at the University's of Ottawa and Carleton and shows that in many respects a Zombie outbreak would resemble a lethal rapidly spreading infection.

Unless the outbreak was met with frequent counter-attacks of increasing force, humanity would be quickly overwhelmed.

Even more worrying is the researchers chose the classic slow shuffling Zombies as opponents as in "Dawn of the Dead" rather than the fast moving moder...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 19th August 2009
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World fantasy award nominations 2009

Google Books

The Nominations for the World Fantasy Awards 2009 have been announced, with authors including Neil Gaiman (for both the Graveyard book and the novella "Odd and the Frost Giants"), Kage Baker for "House of the Stag", Jeffrey Ford for "The Shadow Year" and Daryl Gregory for "Pandemonium".

The winners will be announced during the World Fantasy Convention 2009, held in San Jose (USA) between 29th October and 1st November.

The nominations in full: Nomination for best Novel The House of the Stag Kage Baker The Shadow Year Jeffrey Ford The Gr...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 18th August 2009
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Terry Pratchett campaigning for the right to choose to die

Terry Pratchet

Terry Pratchett, one of the most successful authors on the planet, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in December 2007 has made an emotional plea for the right to choose to die when his quality of life deteriorates to the point that he can no longer carry on.

Terry Pratchett spoke out after the House of Lords made a controversial judgment in the case of a woman with multiple sclerosis who was trying to find out if her husband would face prosecution should he help her travel to a clinic in Zurich to die. He has rejected the idea that allowing assisted suicide would mean legalizing euthanasia.

Terry said, "I intend, before the endg...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 11th August 2009
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The most successful Sci-fi series of all time?... Doctor Who

Doctor Who

The Guinness book of records has recently honored the Doctor Who series by proclaiming it the most successful sci-fi series of all time.

The award was based on many factors including broadcast ratings, DVD sales, book sales, itunes traffic, and even estimated illegal downloads. Russell T Davies accepted the honor on behalf of the original Doctor Who creator Verity Lambert saying:

"I can hear Comic-Con war breaking out there"

Guinness editor in Chief Craig Glenday commented:

"It is too good a show to have just one record"

Doctor Who also holds the record for the longest ru...

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written by Ant on Monday 3rd August 2009