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Out of the Woodwork 157. October 2009
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In this newsletter:

Troy Kennedy Martin dies - writer of the superb "Edge of Darkness" and also John Hart - the other "Lone Ranger"
Edgar Allen Poe's funeral after 160 years!
Robert A Heinlein award winners 2009. Success for Joe Haldeman and John Varley
Kenneth Williams - star of Carry on Screaming - our first horror film - has a blue plaque!
J K Rowling denied US honour - accused of encouraging "witchcraft"
Dan Brown's latest thriller - breaks all records
"On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers to be "Pirates of the Caribbean 4"
District 9 - offending Nigerians, causes a furore in Nigeria
Orlando Bloom - named as UN goodwill ambassador
Hilary Mantel - historical novel wins Man-Booker Prize
British Fantasy Award winners 2009 - presented on 19th September
Banned Books - a list of books most likely to be asked to be banned!
Watch out there's a plagiarist about - but using Stephen King - surely an idiot?
5th Annual Doctor Who Day - 31st October, Lancashire
Sunburst Awards: The Sunburst Award is presented annually to a Canadian writer who has published a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection during the previous calendar year
One for the collective consciousness - another teaser to test the grey matter
Primeval - resurrected after being cut by ITV.
Amazon's Kindle:- slammed by Princeton students
Dinosaur eggs - hundreds found in India
Richard Corben - Spectrum Grand Master
Dr Who's Tardis console makeover - Blue Peter competition.
Amazon launches Kindle in the UK - aiming for the Christmas market. If there is a Christmas market - postal strikes!
Department of Smug Self Satisfaction - a smug look at kind comments from our customers around the world

OotW Blinks:
Richard Curtis - on writing Doctor Who on the BBC
Terry Pratchett - on how he wants to die - BBC
Ian Rankin's been working on a graphic novel. Independent
Terry Pratchett for Unseen Academicals - Daily Telegraph
C J Sansom - talks to the BBC - radio interview
Audrey Niffenegger talks to The Independent about her latest novel
The Twilight Zone - 50th Anniversary marked by the New York Time
Eoin Colfer - on writing the 6th Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book - BBC
Octavia Butler's papers go to Huntington Library - LA Times
SF Review round up - Daily Telegraph
Crime reviews - Daily Mail
Historical fiction - Daily Mail

Troy Kennedy Martin influential writer who penned the fantastic thriller "Edge of Darkness" died on 15th September - Indepedent Obituary

John Hart: Destined to go down in history as television's "other" Lone Ranger, playing the masked man riding his trusty white horse Silver for 52 episodes - died 20th September. Independent obituary

Edgar Allen Poe's funeral. After 160 years, the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe is finally to be honoured with a decent funeral service. As part of events marking the anniversary, and 200 years since his birth, Baltimore, where Poe died and is buried, will host a double celebration. BBC story

2009 Heinlein Awards:- Joe Haldeman and John Varley are the winners of the Robert A. Heinlein Award for 2009. The award is for "outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space." Winners are selected by a committee of science fiction authors chaired by Robert Heinlein's friend Dr. Yoji Kondo. Members of the committee were originally selected by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein. The award prize consists of a wall plaque certificate, large sterling silver medallion, and lapel pin, each featuring the likeness of Robert Heinlein as rendered by Arlin Robbins. Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband. The Robert A. Heinlein Award is supported by independent donations from the public

Kenneth Williams honour. The late actor and comedian Kenneth Williams has been honoured with a blue plaque at the central London site of his father's barber shop. BBC story

JK Rowling denied top US honour . Harry Potter author JK Rowling missed out on a top honour because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft", it has been claimed. Matt Latimer, former speech writer for President George W Bush, said that some members of his administration believed her books promoted sorcery. As a result, she was never presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. BBC story

Dan Brown's follow-up to the Da Vinci Code has sold more copies in its first 36 hours of UK release than any other adult hardback novel, say publishers. The Lost Symbol, which went on sale on Tuesday 15th September, sold more than 300,000 copies in the UK. This compares with the previous best-selling adult hardback, Thomas Harris' Hannibal, which sold 298,000 copies when it was published in 1999. Full BBC story

Tim Powers "On Stranger Tides" to be the fourth "Pirate of the Caribbean" movie.

Disney has finally announced the fourth installment of "Pirates Of The Caribbean." Film number-four will be titled "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and it will be released in the summer of 2011. The company made the announcement with Johnny Depp at the D23 Expo. Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow, sailed onstage in a pirate ship. He staggered around the stage before hugging Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook, who told the audience of 5,000 fans about the next instalment.

"On Stranger Tides" is a fantasy book that won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1988 and was also nominated for The World Fantasy award. In the book, originally published in 1988, the main character is also named Jack (Shandy) who tries to find the Fountain of Youth which was rumored title of the fourth installment. LA Times

District 9 offends Nigerians. Nigeria's government is asking cinemas to stop showing a science fiction film, District Nine, that it says denigrates the country's image. Information Minister Dora Akunyili told the BBC's Network Africa programme that she had asked the makers of the film, Sony, for an apology. She says the film portrays Nigerians as cannibals, criminals and prostitutes.

The Malawian actor, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, plays a gang leader with the nickname of Obasanjo, also the surname of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. It's a story, you know," he said. "It's not like Nigerians do eat aliens. Aliens don't even exist in the first place." BBC

Orlando Bloom to be UN goodwill ambassador: British actor Orlando Bloom is to be a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's organisation Unicef. Unicef said the star of Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean would work to help poor children and raise awareness of the organisation. BBC story

Hilary Mantel's historical novel wins Man-Booker Prize.

Author Hilary Mantel has been named 2009 Man Booker Prize winner for her historical novel Wolf Hall. Mantel, 57, beat five other shortlisted authors, including Sarah Waters and JM Coetzee, with her book based on Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell. Judges praised the "extraordinary story-telling" of Mantel. See acceptance speech - BBC

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2009 are: BFS

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)

Memoirs of a Master Forger, by William Heaney, aka Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

Best Novella

The Reach of Children, by Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)

Best Short Fiction

Do You See, by Sarah Pinborough, from Myth-Understandings, ed. by Ian Whates (Newcon Press)

Best Collection

Bull Running for Girls, by Allyson Bird (Screaming Dreams)

Best Anthology

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, ed. Stephen Jones (Constable & Robinson

The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award

Elastic Press, run by Andrew Hook

Best Non-Fiction

Basil Copper: A Life in Books, by Basil Copper, ed. Stephen Jones (PS Publishing)

Best Magazine/Periodical

Postscripts, ed. Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers (PS Publishing)

Best Artist

Vincent Chong

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

Locke and Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Best Televison

Doctor Who, head writer Russell T. Davies (BBC Wales)

Best Film

The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers)

The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer

Joseph D'Lacey, for Meat (Bloody Books)

The Karl Edward Wagner Award (the Special Award)

Hayao Miyazaki

Banning Books: Authors, artists and musicians are due to gather at a library in San Francisco to protest against the banning of books in schools and libraries in the US. The event, part of the 27th annual Banned Books Week, has been organised by the American Library Association. Since 2001 bans on 3,736 books and other materials have been requested. Full BBC Story

The ones that are most likely to be asked to be banned:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper

SFWA report ridiculous plagairism: If you are going to indulge then Stephen King, surely, is not the best writer to start with? SFWA

A few days ago Shock Totem received a story called “Baboulas” by an author calling himself Richard Ridyard. John Boden, Assistant Editor of Shock Totem, read the story and immediately cried foul.

“This is plagiarism,” he said. “This is Stephen King’s ‘The Boogeyman’ from his Night Shift collection. Even the title is the same!” ‘Baboulas’ is the Greek word for ‘Boogeyman.’

'Companions' Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling
Eric Potts (Aliens of London), Adrian Mills (Kinda)
and other guests to be announced
(all guests appear subject to work commitments)
Saturday 31st October 2009
10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Darwen Cricket Club, Darwen, nr. Blackburn, Lancashire
Adults £25 Concessions (child, senior citizen, student, etc) £15
Family ticket: £65 (2 adults, 2 concessions - a £15 saving)

Contact: Graham Groom, DWACC, 23 Meadow Street, Darwen, Lancs. BB3 2QL

Sunburst Awards: The 2009 Sunburst Award winners have been announced:


The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson (Random House Canada)
Night Child, Jes Battis (Ace)
The Alchemist’s Code, Dave Duncan (Ace)
Things Go Flying, Shari Lapeña (Brindle & Glass)
Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)

Young Adult:

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada)
Dingo, Charles de Lint (Viking)
Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural, Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press)
Night Runner, Max Turner (HarperTrophy)

One for the collective consciousness:-

There was a story in an anthology, years ago, about 2 blokes landin on a planet that was all needle-like mountains but they found one with a sort of giant warehouse around the top full of stuff like a filler that started filling up the whole place and a universal drink that turned out to be a univ. drinker etc etc!! ring any bells?

SF drama series Primeval has been resurrected for two new series by ITV just three months after it was announced it had been axed. Original stars including Andrew Lee Potts, Jason Fleming and Hannah Spearritt will return to the show. BBC Story

Amazon's Kindle panned by students. A group of 50 students were given Amazon's large-screen DX ebook reader, containing their course notes for the term, as part of an effort to conserve paper, promote environmental stability, and see how well the technology worked within an educational environment. But just two weeks in to the project, many students have criticised the device, with one calling it "a poor excuse of an academic tool". While they acknowledged some of the benefits of the new technology, many said it was difficult to use. Daily Telegraph story

Dinosaur eggs found in India. Geologists in southern India say they have found hundreds of dinosaur egg clusters which could be about 65 million years old. It was a chance find discovered when a team of scientists were locating a place to excavate an ancient riverbed in the state of Tamil Nadu. As they dug deeper they saw layers of what looked like fossilised eggs.The photos and samples were then sent to various universities who confirmed that they were dinosaur eggs.Each egg is the size of a football - about 13 to 23cm in diameter, lying buried in sandy nests. BBC Story

The Directors of Spectrum are pleased to announce that Richard Corben is the recipient of the 2009 Grand Master Award.

"He is everything we're talking about when describing what makes a Grand Master," says Mark Chiarello, art director for DC Comics and Spectrum Advisory Board member. "Brilliant, an individual, astoundingly influential, a master of fantasy, horror, science fiction and comedic art, whose career has lasted longer and is more fruitful than anyone else I've ever seen. Richard is one of the five or six true geniuses in comics history."

Doctor Who to get remake of Tardis consol - thanks to Blue Peter: CBBC show Blue Peter has launched a competition to design a new Tardis console that will appear in the next series of Doctor Who. Children aged between six and 12 are invited to create the new control panel which operates the time machine. For the purposes of the plot, designs for the hexagonal console must incorporate household objects. BBC

Amazon launches Kindle in the UK: Amazon will release an international version of its popular Kindle e-book reader, pitting the company against a growing number of competitors for the Christmas season. However, British customers will have to order the international Kindle from Amazon.com, the American online store, and pay import duty of about £26 on the $279 (£175) device. Times

Department of Smug Self Satisfaction:-

a) my book arrived Sat, 9/18. it is an absolutely beautiful book. 5***** !!!!!! thank you, Rusty Martin

b) Thank you for an excellent fast service. Book was very well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. Very pleased indeed. Christina

c) very good ebayer super fast delivery cheers nick

d) Quickly dispatched, very carefully packed. The paperback is the 1st printing as promised, and the description ("near fine") is accurate. I'm very pleased with this purchase. Herr Frank Munique

e) A jewel! Thank you! JUAN L. FUSTE MARTINEZ

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