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Free Nekropolis Short Story!

Free Nekropolis Short Story!

In the run up to the launch of the next episode in the most excellent Nekropolis tale - Mean Streets (which is out next week) those ever so Angry Robots have allowed us mere mortals a free short story set in the same universe.

Titled "The Midnight Watch", the short story is set after the events in Nekropolis and features the irrepressible undead detective Matt Richter along with his squeeze Devona.

You can read the whole story here: The Midnight Watch.

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written by Ant on Friday 26th February 2010
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New Doctor Who Series Details

It has been revealed that the first episode in the new series of Doctor Who which features the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) will be a full 60 minutes long and has been called "The Eleventh Hour".

In news of the series, the Doctor and his new companion (Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan) will explore 16th century Venice, France around 1890 and best of all a far future UK, now floating in outer space. The Daleks are set to make a return and there is a "silent menace" that follows the Doctor and Amy everywhere they go (series long story arc maybe?).

The Weeping Angels are also returning, first seen in the rather excellent episode "blink" which has earned Steve Moffat the 2008 BAFTA craft and BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Writer and which itself won the Hugo Award for B...

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written by Ant on Monday 15th February 2010
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New Lord of the Rings Fan Film

A new Fan made Lord of the Rings film has been released on the internet and is already causing quite a stir among fans, with over 500 000 views on you tube. Created on a budget of just £25 000, Born of Hope is set long before the events in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and tells the story of Aragorns parents, Arathorn and Gilraen and the birth of Aragorn himself.

The brain child of Kate Madison, who even put her whole savings into the costs, Born of Hope is an incredible creation on a miniscule budget, with a large cast, intricate costumes and special effects and even a computer generated Hill Troll.

In another first the film even borrows some Orcs from the first Lord of the Rings Fan made film, the rather excellent ...

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written by Ant on Friday 12th February 2010
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We are all Aliens

We are all Aliens...

The theory that we are all aliens from outer space has been once again thrust into the media spotlight by the british Scientist Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University. He claims that the evidence that life started outside our solar system is quite "overwhelming".

The first seeds of life are thought to have been deposited on earth 3800 million years ago from outer space by an asteroid or comet. These microbes were then thought to have "multiplied and seeded" to eventually form human life (and politicians).

His paper showing this evidence is published in Cambridge University's International Journal of Astrobiology. He has been quoted as saying:

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written by Ant on Monday 8th February 2010
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A New approach to telling stories

A New approach to telling stories

Harper Collins new Imprint Angry Robot Books is moving from strength to strength and really pushing the boundries with new ideas and intelligent fiction.

Not content with this, they have found a approach of telling a story that will allow adult and child to both enjoy the same novel. Kaaron Warren is the author of the soon to be released novel Walking the Tree, and she had an idea while writing that it would be great if her son and herself could enjoy the same book at the same time and so she wrote a 20000 word novella called Morace's Story, a child's point of view of Walking the Tree.

In Kaaron's words:...

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written by Ant on Thursday 4th February 2010
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Amazon bows to publisher pressure

Amazon bows to publisher pressure

Last week Amazon was forced to remove thousands of e-books from it's US site after one of the 6 biggest book publishers in the world, Macmillan announced that they wanted the ebook prices to be significantly raised from the current standard of $9.99

This week Amazon has caved into the pressure from Macmillan and has now re-instated the ebooks at these inflated prices, between $12.99 and $14.99 for most hardback releases. According to this new agreement the publisher will be able to set the final retail price between the $12.99 and $14.99 figure. In addition the revenue share has been changed to a 70:30 share in favour of the publishers.

This is a comp...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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2009 BSFA Award shortlist

2009 BSFA Award shortlist

The shortlist for the 2009 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced and include Ursula Le Guin for new novel Lavinia and Adam Roberts for the acclaimed novel "Yellow Blue Tibia" which according to Kim Stanley Robinson, should have won the Booker Prize.

Adam Roberts debut novel, Salt was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award and then again in 2007 with Gradisil. Ursula Le Guin is no stranger to awards having managed so far 5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, a National Book Award the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters not to mention hundreds of nominations.

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written by Ant on Monday 1st February 2010