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China Miéville wins World Fantasy Award

This years winners of the World Fantasy Award have just been announced and the winner of the best novel goes to China Miéville for his incredible novel "The City & The City". The novel has already won the 2010 Hugo Award (tied with Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl), the 2010 British Science Fiction Award, the 2010 Arthur C Clarke Award and this years John W Campbell Award.

The seminal authors Sir Terry Pratchett, Brian Lumley and Peter Straub all receive lifetime achievement awards.

List of Winners by Category:

Best Novel: The City & The City - China Miéville

Best Novelella: Sea-Hearts - Margo Lanagan

Best Short Story: The Pelican Bar - Kare...

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written by Ant on Sunday 31st October 2010
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Test to see if the Universe is a Hologram

Experiment test if the Universe is a Hologram

Way back in January 2009, we reported on a theory that the Universe is just a hologram, which explained that for the last seven years German scientists had been conducting an experiment (called the GEO600) to look for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes.

What they found instead was inexplicable noise plaguing their giant detector, after a huge amount of time and effort trying to figure out what this noise was a physicist at the Fermilab parti...

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written by Ant on Thursday 28th October 2010
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Time Traveller caught on film in 1928?

An Irish independant film maker has gone public with what he says could be a time traveller appearing in extra footage from the DVD of the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film "The Circus".

The scene can be found in the extra's menu of the DVD and features a "woman" walking along and appearing to talk into an object she is holding up to her ear, the size and shape of a modern mobile phone. Don't forget this is footage filmed in 1928, before anyone even thought about mobile communication devices in this way.

The "woman" in the film appears more like a man in drag, the way he/she walks and is clearly talking to something in her/his hand. Now back in 1928, australians were testing two way portable radios but these were very big bulky objects and her hands would have to have been the ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 27th October 2010
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Happy Birthday! SFBook is 11 years old!

Happy Birthday! SFBook is 11 years old!

Happy Birthday to us Happy Birthday to us Happy Birthday SFBook, Happy Birthday to us. As you may have just guessed SFBook is 11 years old!, which in internet terms is positively ancient and only a year younger than the colossus Google.

Over the last 11 years SFBook has strived to offer the best reviews in the science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction and even horror genres and I hope that this will continue for at least another 11 years.

We've recently undergone a bit of an overhaul and have merged 2 sites into one, as you can imagine this is quite an undertaking - especially as it's had to have been done by hand. Since the end of August t...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 26th October 2010
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SFBooks Top 5 Reads for Halloween

Here at SFBook we are very careful about the horror books we read, you won't find many on the site and there isn't even a seperate section for the genre (yet). We do however know when a good horror book comes along, as the festival of Samhain draws near what better way to celebrate than a really good book, or 5.

So here for your viewing pleasure is the non horror readers guide to the best horror novels for halloween:

The Top 5:

1. Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon.

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written by Ant on Friday 22nd October 2010
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Have scientists found an alien city?

Have scientists found an alien city?

A huge alien planet 44 light years from earth in the constellation Andromeda is baffling scientist with a very strange "hot spot" on it's side.

The planet in question, known as "Upsilon Andromedae b" (catchy eh!) is a large gas giant like our own Jupiter and is "tidally locked" meaning that it doesn't spin as orbits it's star, one side remains facing the fierce glare at all times. You would therefore expect the hotest part of the planet to this side, but it isn't...

A "spot" on the other side of the planet is much hotter and no one has any good idea why, unless perhaps it's the heat signature of an Alien City?

You can see an in d...

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written by Ant on Thursday 21st October 2010
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The Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

Some very clever people by the name of Cary Huang and Michael Huang have created a model showing the scale of the whole universe, from the "Quantum foam" of Einstein's space-time theory - the length of 1 plank, or the smallest possible length in the Universe, right up to the estimated size of the Universe itself.

It's quite a sobering experience and does put things into perspective, check it out: The Scale of the Universe.

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written by Ant on Saturday 16th October 2010
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Peter Hamilton special guest at MCM Expo

Peter Hamilton special guest at MCM Expo

One of Britain's finest science fiction authors, kind enough to be interviewed on sfbook twice, Peter F Hamilton will be appearing as a special guest at this years MCM Expo (London's Comic con) which runs from the 29th to the 31st of October at the Royal Victoria Dock in London.

Peter Hamilton will be hosting a panel to discuss his work and answer audience questions, he will also be signing books for his fans. Hamilton's latest novel, The Evolutionary Void, concludes the highly-acclaimed Void Trilogy that has unfolded in the top 10 bestselling ...

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written by Ant on Monday 11th October 2010
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A book reviewers review of the Kindle

A book reviewers review of the Kindle

SFBook has finally got it's hands on an e-reader, more specifically the new version of Amazon's Kindle and as this is a review site I thought it a good idea to offer a review.

Firstly I confess that although I work in the IT sector, I am somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to books. I love the whole tactile and multi-sensory experience that you get when you read a physical book. In addition I collect books themselves and have become quite attached to my modest but ever expanding collection. I do however also see the advantage to the e-readers, especially as a book reviewer.

Not only is it quicker and easier for a publisher or author to send...

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written by Ant on Sunday 10th October 2010
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UFO closes airport in China

Will Our Prime Minister uncover the truth about Aliens?

For the third rime this year alone, a UFO has forced Baotou airport in China to close in order to prevent any aeroplanes crashing into the object. Three flights from Shanghai and Beijing were forced to circle the airport until the UFO dissapeared while two other flights were diverted to other airports.

This marks the eighth reported UFO sighting in China since the end of June, although two of those sightings are expected to have been military tests.

This comes a week after the press conference in Washington DC, USA where seven former military officers told reporters that Aliens had been disabling the US Nuclear missile silos. They ...

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written by Ant on Thursday 7th October 2010