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Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 2010

The winner of the Arthur C Clarke award for 2010 is... China Miéville for his book "The City & the City", breaking a record by becoming the first ever author to win the award 3 times!, having won the 2001 award for "Perdido Street Station" and the 2005 award for "Iron Council".

Miéville fought off some really strong competition, including heavyweights Kim Stanley Robinson for the rather special Galileo's Dream, Iain Banks for Transition and Neal Asher for Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.

Chair of Judges Paul Billinger said,

"It was particularly difficult for judges to pick a winner this year, China eventually won because of the intricacy of the book and the way the whole of the concept expands from the initial pr...

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written by Ant on Friday 30th April 2010
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The Short Scifi film Hollywood is fighting over

Commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch was originally planning on making his directorial debut with the ridley scott "Alien" prequel however as this fell through he took part in electronic giant Phillips' short-film experiment, which allowed five filmmakers to make their own movie using the same piece of dialogue.

Rinsch's short movie is called "The Gift" and is a futuristic story set in Moscow and seemlessly combines robotic and human elements with a Bournes style chase sequence and police who bear a remarkable resemblence to those found in half-life 2 (even down to the noises they make with their masks on)

This short film is quite simply breaktaking and I for one would pay good money to see a feature film made from this.

When the short film was rele...

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written by Ant on Friday 30th April 2010
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Are Universes contained within Black Holes?

Are Universes contained within Black Holes?

According to Nikodem Poplawski - physicist at the Indiana University in the US, our universe may actually sit inside a black hole that is in itself part of a larger universe. According to this new, quite outlandish and crazy sounding theory which has been published in the journal "Physics Letters B", a black hole is actually a tunnel between other universes and all the black holes in our universe could be doorways to alternative realities.

Poplawski's new mathamatical...

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written by Ant on Friday 23rd April 2010
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2010 Hugo Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2010 Hugo awards have been announced at Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. The convention itself will take place between the 2nd and 6th of September 2010 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Guests of honour include Kim Stanley Robinson, the award winning artist Shaun Tan and dedicated fan Robin Johnson. Programs will include discussion panels, lectures, science demonstrations, readings, autographs and films.

Aussiecon 4 is so called as it's the 4th Worldcon to be held in Melbourne - Australia.

The full list of nominees are:

Best Novel Boneshaker - ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 7th April 2010
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Shortlist announced for the David Gemmell Awards

David Gemmell Award Winner

The shortlist for the 2010 David Gemmell awards have been announced over the Easter period and there are some interesting choices - with Brandon Sanderson being nominated twice (for Warbreaker and The Gathering Storm), along with Pierre Pevel (for best fantasy novel and Best newcomer).

The complete shortlists can be found below:

The Legend Award (Best Fantasy novel)

Brandon Sanderson - Warbreaker Pierre Pevel - The Cardinal's Blades ...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 6th April 2010
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Soul Stealers Film

Soul Stealers is the sequel to the 5 star winning novel Kell's Legend, written by Andy Remic and featuring a quote from our humble site on the cover.

Due out on the 29th April 2010, Andy Remic has created a short film to wet the appetite...

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written by Ant on Friday 2nd April 2010