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British Fantasy award winners 2009

British Fantasy awards 2009

The biggest and best British fantasy convention, FantasyCon was held over the weekend, courtesy of the British Fantasy Society. During the convention, the British Fantasy Awards 2009 were celebrated. The Winners include the legendary Doctor Who series for Best Television and Vincent Chong for Best Artist (The Talented artist who created the cover for the excellent Nekropolis).

You can see a full list of all the winners just below:

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)

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written by Ant on Tuesday 22nd September 2009
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Is Star Wars Science Fiction?

Is Star Wars Science Fiction?

There are quite a few articles around the net that are trying to debunk the idea that >Star Wars is actually Science Fiction, with some claiming it's actually fantasy instead. On the surface Star Wars would seem to define Science Fiction very well, it has space ships, lasers, aliens, faster than light travel and even a planet killer in the shape of the Death Star.

Look again though and you can see all the hallmarks of standard High Fantasy fare, the fact the story is set a long time ago is the first and most obvious, surely Science Fiction should be set in the future?, well no not really. Is Arthur C Clarkes 2001 novel and film no longer science fiction ...

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written by Ant on Friday 11th September 2009
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New Storm Glass trailer

Storm Glass is the first novel in a new series by the acclaimed fantasy author Maria V. Snyder.

With her unique magical abilities, Opal Cowen has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's Magic Academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry.

Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal find herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst.

Following Maria V. Snyder's popular and critically-acclaimed Study series, Storm Glass is the first in her new and much anticipated Glass trilogy.

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written by Ant on Wednesday 9th September 2009
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Read the first chapter of The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm is the 12th novel in the much acclaimed Wheel of Time series by the Late author of fantasy, Robert Jordan. The series is being completed by Brandon Sanderson and will include 3 novels, The Gathering Storm, Shifting Winds and Tarmon' Gaidon (TBC).

The whole first chapter of The Gathering Storm, now set for release on the 27th October 2009 is being made available exclusively at Tor.com by the Kind permission of Tor Books. This excerpt will remain on the site till the end of October. An audio version of the first chapter is also available at the same place.

In other Wheel of Time news, th...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 9th September 2009
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Sequel to Beautiful Dead on its way

Beautiful Dead Arizona

The sequel to Beautiful Dead, a young Adult novel about life, dead and the limbo in-between (the beautiful dead of the title) is on it's way soon. Beautiful Dead: Arizona continues the story of Ellerton High as Darina mourns the death of her boyfriend Phoenix.

At the height of her grief, when the apparitions of those who are meant to be dead and the sound of beating wings echo in her head Pheonix appears to her and tells her that he is one of the Beautiful Dead - souls in limbo returning to earth to right the wrongs of their deaths. Beautiful and sub-human, they all bear a "death mark" - a tattoo of angel's wings on the place they were mortally wounded.

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written by Ant on Tuesday 1st September 2009