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First translated Danish Scifi Anthology

First translated Danish Scifi Anthology

In Denmark there is a thriving market for science fiction short stories. Since 2007, The Science Fiction Cirklen (Danish science fiction association) has been publishing an annual anthology of original science fiction short stories written by Danish authors.

For the very first time a selection of these short stories have been translated into English and compiled into an anthology. These short stories vary in style with philosophical parables, time travel tales, space yarns, alternate history as well as stories which in different ways come close to the literary mainstream.

A nonecommercial venture, the aim is to demonstrate that science fiction is...

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written by Ant on Sunday 29th May 2011
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Exoplanet search heats up

Exoplanet search heats up

There has been a number of breakthroughs recently in both our search for habitable exoplanets and our understanding of how planets may populate the universe in general.

The nearby solar system Gliese which is only 20 or so light years away (in Galactic terms a next door neighbour) is again find itself under close scrutiny after a recent study by  the Cornell University have confirmed that Gliese 581d is the first confirmed "terrestial-mass" exoplanet within a habitable zone.

It is suggested that the planet is in theory a very good candidate to support life and could in theory have liquid water and a stable atmo...

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written by Ant on Friday 20th May 2011
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Locus Award Finalists 2011

The finalists for the 2011 Locus Awards have been announced and there looks to be quite a lineup for best science fiction novel with Iain M Banks, Lois McMaster Hujold, William Gibson, Ian McDonald and Connie Willis all nominated.

China Miéville, Guy Gavriel Kay and Charles Stross look to be favorites for the best fantasy novel award. The Winners will be announced at the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle between 24th and 26th June 2011. There will also be inductions to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame including Harlan Ellison, Gardner Dozois, Moebius, and Vincent Di Fate.

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written by Ant on Saturday 14th May 2011
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Open Source Civilisation Toolkit

Marcin Jakubowski is a Polish American and a self-made industrial designer who has come up with a revolutionary idea to create a "Global Village Construction Set", a set of tools t...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 10th May 2011
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The £15 computer

Most people who grew up in the 80's will remember the name David Braben, he was the co-developer who created the incredibly popular computer game Elite and has since created Fronti...

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written by Ant on Monday 9th May 2011
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Voices from the Past out Now

Voices from the Past out Now

Voices from the past is an Anthology containing 28 works of flash fiction (very short stories) written by some top names in science fiction and fantasy including Alasdair Reynold, George Mann, J Robert King, Jasper Fforde, Kaaron Warren, Lee Harris, Maurice Broaddus and Paul Cornell.

All the proceeds from the sale of this book are going straight to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and there really couldn't be any greater reason to pick up a copy.

All the authors have provided their work completely free of charge and there sounds like some really great stories, as soon as I get a chance to download and read on my Kindle I will post a review....

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written by Ant on Friday 6th May 2011
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Voting Open for the Gemmell Awards

David Gemmell Award Winner

This years shortlist for the David Gemmell award's have now been finalised and voting is open to all members of the public to vote for the Legend award for Best Fantasy, the Morningstar award for Best Newcomer and the Ravenheart award for best artwork.

Voting is as easy as visiting the David Gemmell awards website and then selecting the award from the menu.

The winners will be announced on the 17th June 2011 at the Magic Circle in London, the award ceremony is open to the public and tickets are only £20 each (worth it just to get a look inside the magic circle)

As a reminder the Shortlist is...

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written by Ant on Friday 6th May 2011
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Book of the Month May 2011

Book of the Month May 2011

Book of the month award this month goes to a novel that was originally published over 60 years ago. Sirius was written by Olaf Stapledon in 1944 and tells the tale of a dog with human level intelligence.

A very moving tale it really does deserve to be a part of anyones collection, it's part of the SF Masterworks list and published by Gollancz.

Olaf Stapledon was born in Britain two centuries ago in 1886 and become a philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction. His work inspired and influenced many other authors who have since become influential thems...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 4th May 2011