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Angry Robots first signing as an independent

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Angry Robot Books, formally an imprint of Harper Collins have signed their first new author since going independent.

Justin Gustainis has joined the robot horde with his range of urban fantasy novels to be published in spring 2011.

Angry Robot had this to say:

We are delighted to announce our latest signing, bringing a stunning series of books set in the harassed police department of a city full of vampires and werewolves.

Angry Robot has signed urban fantasy author Justin Gustainis for a new series set in Scranton, Philadelphia, in a world where supernatural beings are part of everyday life. Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scra...

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written by Ant on Friday 25th June 2010
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Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter Join forces

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One of my very favorite authors of all time and also one of the most popular authors ever with more than 55 million novels sold, Sir Terry Pratchett is teaming up with one of my most respected authors of all time, hard scifi writer Stephen Baxter - creator of Space, Evolution, flux and Arc (to name a few) - to create a science fiction story called "The Long Earth".

The Long Earth is a story of a chain of parallel worlds lying side by side in a higher space of possibilities, each differing in some way from its neighbours, creating an infinite landscape of infinite possibilities. And you can just step from one world to the next.

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written by Ant on Thursday 17th June 2010
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Will Our Prime Minister uncover the truth about Aliens?

Will Our Prime Minister uncover the truth about Aliens?

Back in January 2009, David Cameron was speaking at one of his Cameron Direct meetings where he answered the public's questions, and the question was raised about aliens visiting the earth while he held a meeting at Tynemouth on Tyneside.

A member of the audience asked:

"In July last year the respected scientist and astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon, spoke on a British radio station.

He said the American government had had contact with extra terrestrials on multiple occasions and that these were ongoing.

He spoke about the Roswell event in 1947 where wreckage...

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written by Ant on Thursday 17th June 2010
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Nasa warns of mass devastation in 2013

Nasa warns of mass devastation in 2013

Nasa has warned that some parts of the world (including the UK) could face mass power blackouts, loss of communication, air travel and severe distruption to electrical items in 2013 as they predict a massive rise in solar flares when the sun awakes from it's (relative) slumber in a once in a lifetime occurrence.

Unless precautions are taken the UK could be left without emergency services, security and any form of basic health care with damage to everything from emergency systems, hospital equipment, banking systems and air traffic control devices, through to "everyday" items such as computers, Televisions, iPods and Sat Navs.

Due to ou...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 16th June 2010
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More evidence for past life on Mars

Carbonate Mineral Rocks

Huge Seas covered Mars

New evidence has recently been revealed that strengthens the theory that life once existed on the red planet. Earlier this week it was reported by NASA that the Mars Exploration Robot "Spirit" has found martian rocks rich in carbonate minerals, which suggests there was much more water in Mars past than previously thought.

The original find was way back in 2005 but dust had stopped one of the instruments from functioning and so they have had to calibrate to remove the effect of dust. While small amounts of carbonate minerals have been found on the Red Planet previously this is the first time the mineral has been disc...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 8th June 2010
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Evidence grows for Life on Titan

Evidence grows for Life on Titan

The Evidence of life on Titan (the largest of Saturns moons) has grown recently thanks to the Cassini spacecraft. Titan is a very different place than Earth, in size it's about 50% bigger than Earth's moon and is the second biggest moon in the solar system (Jupiter's moon Ganymede being the largest).

It is a rocky place, the only known natural satellite that has a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth that is known to have clear stable bodies of liquid on the surface.

As Titan's surface temperature is a very chilly ?179 °C (?290 °F) these liquid lakes are not water but methane and ethane with an atmosphere compo...

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written by Ant on Sunday 6th June 2010
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Sony Predicts ebooks to outsell Print within 5 years

Sony Predicts ebooks to outsell Print within 5 years

Sony has predicted that sales of e-books will overtake those of printed books within the next 5 years. This was announced by the President of Sony's "digital reading division" - Steve Haber who has gone on to say:

"Three years ago, I said within ten years but I realised that was wrong - it's within five"

Haber claims that the online e-book market is moving in the same way that the music market did when that became digitised. It is a claim that sounds quite plausible, with the release of first the e-readers, then the smarter smart phones like the Iphone and Google's Android based phones and then the net-books and n...

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written by Ant on Friday 4th June 2010
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Astronauts begin mission to Mars simulation

This week marks the beginning of a very important event in the 21st century space race as 6 volunteers start a simulated voyage to Mars.

These 6 mock astronauts will live for 520 days in a vacuum sealed mock spaceship which has been built in a warehouse in one of Moscow's suburbs. While not as glamorous as the real thing, this is non the less a very important step in the eventual human mission to the red planet.

Organised by the European Space Agency and Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems the researchers hope that the experiment will offer insights into just how a real mission would function and how the Astronauts would cope physically, emotionally and psychologically.

These volunteers will be monitored 24 hours a day while they split their time up worki...

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written by Ant on Friday 4th June 2010