of the Woodwork 177. June 2011
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Taggart dropped by ITV - after 30 years
of "murder" in bonnie Scotland
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced
the top five finalists in each category of the 2011 Locus Awards.
So how much would you pay for the original Chitty
Chitty bang bang car? It's just gone up for sale.
FantasyCon 2011 is delighted to announce Joe
Abercrombie as Guest of Honour, we've all the details.
Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical has
performed well since reopening - figures show
Japanese scientists discover rogue 'Free-floating'
planets found with no star in sight
The marketshare of e-books falls after post-Xmas
high - has the bubble finally burst?
Lindsey Davis wins the final CWA Cartier Diamond
Sherlock wins two trophies at Bafta TV Awards
and Martin Freeman reveals some interesting news about "The
The 2010 Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday,
May 21. We have the winners for you.
Jeffery Deaver unveils his 21st Century James
Bond spy novel
The Daleks are to be given "a rest" from
battling Doctor Who.
Man jailed for six weeks over rare Harry
Potter book theft
Matt Smith has signed on to appear in a new
series of Doctor Who and a Doctor Who theme for 'immersive' theatre
show - wow!
Leicester City Council 'not ready' for zombie
attack : shock report!
Holy Kryptonite! Superman
returns – without his pants - and we've got the pictures
that prove it!
One for the Collective consciousness. Lordy,
this one's tough! But see what you can do for us!
Hardwicke dies aged 78, he famously played Dr Watson
to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes. Dana
Wynter dies aged 80, the actress best known as co-star
of the original 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. Terry
Jeeves, fan artist, writer and generally nice guy.
Joel Rosenberg, author of fantasy and SF (b.1954)
died on the evening of June 2,
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Silly Stuff: and any contributions welcomed.
Pirates of the Caribbean fun from the BBC. Anne Robinson and some
stunning news from Salman Rushdie (it's not even April 1st)
Latest new arrivals -
Interzone 234, David Nickles
"Eutopia" in a signed limited edition
of just 41! and six de-luxe limited editions from MHB Press, masterpieces
of erotic horror that include:- Graham Mastertons collection "Grease
Monkey", Guy N Smith's
"The Sucking Pit", Amarantha Knight's "Dracula
- The Darker Passions, Graham Masterton's "The
Sphinx", Gray Brander's "The
Howling" and Edward Lee's "The
Guardian asks the stars of modern SF to pick the best science
fiction and it's a fascinatiing list.
for the 2011 Prix Aurora Awards for Canadian SF & Fantasy.
The Crime Writers’ Associationthas
announced the shortlists for a number of this year’s Daggers
- the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and
sex and dinosaur necks - a fascinating feature from the BBC
announce the 2011 Chesley Award Finalists
another excellent feature on King Arthur and Camelot: Why the cultural
W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists have been announced.
The finalists for the 2011
Sturgeon Award have been announced.
SF review of the 12th June - Eric Brown is the reviewer
You can also join us on facebook to keep abreast of our news
almost 30 years on our screens, the police drama Taggart has been
axed by the ITV network, putting the future of one
of Scotand's favourite TV programmes in doubt. Ratings for the series
south of the border have been in steady decline but STV, who produce
Taggart, are trying to strike a deal with another broadcaster to
keep it going. BBC
story and video
Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists
in each category of the 2011 Locus Awards.
Winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend
in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2011. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame
Induction will also take place that weekend, inducting Harlan Ellison,
Gardner Dozois, Moebius, and Vincent Di Fate. Tickets are still
Science Fiction Novel
•Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
•Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
•Zero History, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
•The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Pyr; Gollancz)
•Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
•Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada; Roc)
•Kraken, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)
•Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
•The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
•The Sorcerer’s House, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
•The Loving Dead, Amelia Beamer (Night Shade)
•The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit
•Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
•The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor)
•How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles
Full list available at the Locus
Bang Bang, one of the most loved cars in the world, is going
up for auction in Los Angeles. The star of the 1968 family movie
was shipped to California from England to go under the hammer on
Sunday. The unique vehicle, which is still in working order, is
expected to fetch up to $2m (£1.2m). For the past four decades
it has been kept in Stratford-upon-Avon by owner Pierre Picton,
the man who looked after it on set. It has appeared at hundreds
of shows and charity road races, but has never been auctioned until
FantasyCon 2011 is delighted
to announce Joe Abercrombie as Guest of Honour.
Joe was born in Lancaster, England, on the last day of 1974. He
was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University,
then moved to London and spent ten years working as a freelance
TV editor, mostly on documentaries and live music, cutting concerts
for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. For much of this time he
was spending his late nights bent over the keyboard, working on
his take on epic fantasy.
THE BLADE ITSELF was published in 2006, and now has publishers
in more than 20 countries. Its sequels, BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and
LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS, followed in 2007 and 2008. BEST SERVED COLD,
a stand-alone book set in the same world, was published in June
2009, and a second stand-alone, THE HEROES, in January 2010, when
it made No. 3 on the SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller list.
FANTASYCON 2011 will
be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at
the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, the venue for the highly successful
2010 World Horror Convention.
troubled Spider-Man musical has performed well since reopening in
a reworked version after a three-week break, box office figures
have shown. According to data released on Monday, Spider-Man: Turn
Off the Dark has played at 95% capacity since reopening its doors
on Thursday. The latest version of the show will have its official
opening on 14 June. BBC
astronomers claim to have found free-floating "planets"
which do not seem to orbit a star. Writing in Nature, they say they
have found 10 Jupiter-sized objects which they could not connect
to any solar system. They also believe such objects could be as
common as stars are throughout the Milky Way. The objects revealed
themselves by bending the light of more distant stars, an effect
called "gravitational microlensing". Objects of large
enough mass can bend light, as Albert Einstein predicted. If a large
object passes in front of a more distant background star, it may
act as a lens, bending and distorting the light of that star so
that it may appear to brighten significantly. BBC
percentage of e-book purchases has dropped back from the high of
the post-Christmas period, falling to 2.5% of all
book purchases in volume over the four-week period to 20th March.
E-book purchases made up 2.5% of the total book market over the
four-week period to 20th March 2011, down from about 3% on the four
weeks to 20th February, but made up 5.4% of adult fiction (volume)
purchases. Also for the four weeks to 20th March, e-books made up
1.6% of total book purchases in value, and 3.8% of the value of
adult fiction purchases Bookseller
Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence
in crime writing, was presented to bestselling historical author
Lindsey Davis during a glittering champagne reception at the newly-reopened
Savoy Hotel, London. Davis is the creator of the well-loved ancient
Roman private eye Marcus Didius Falco, and widely recognised as
the godmother of the historical crime genre CWA
has taken two prizes at the Bafta TV Awards ceremony in London,
including best drama series. Martin Freeman, who plays Watson in
the latest screen version of the stories, was named best supporting
actor. Martin Freeman in an unguarded moment also revealed that
Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has landed a role in The Hobbit.
Freeman let the news slip backstage at the Bafta TV awards on Sunday,
where Sherlock picked up the prize for best drama series. Asked
about his role, Cumberbatch remained tight-lipped: "I can't
say at the moment, thank you very much." Freeman said later:
"I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn't realise to
what extent I was a big mouth, and I've just ruined everything.
I might not actually go back to a job - they might have just sacked
Award Winners Announced
The 2011 Nebula Award Winners are:
Winning Novel: Blackout/All Clear
by Connie Willis (Spectra)
Winning Novella: “The Lady Who
Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel
Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’10)
Winning Novelette: “That Leviathan
Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog 9/10)
Winning Short Story (tie): “Ponies”
by Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/17/10) and “How Interesting: A Tiny
Man” by Harlan Ellison (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
Ray Bradbury Award: Inception
Andre Norton Award: I Shall Wear Midnight
by Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
writer Jeffery Deaver, who unveiled his James Bond novel Carte Blanche
on Wednesday 25th May, has admitted that he gives
Ian Fleming's superspy a tough time in the 21st Century. At a launch
event planned with the precision of an MI6 operation, the American
author received the first copy of the book from a team of Royal
Marines who abseiled from the roof of London's St Pancras station.
Daleks are to be given "a rest" from battling Doctor Who,
writer Steven Moffat has told the Radio Times. Moffat, who is also
the BBC television show's executive producer, said: "They aren't
going to make an appearance for a while. We thought it was about
time to give them a rest." The Daleks were voted the scariest
villains in the history of Doctor Who in a poll of fans in 2007.
Moffat said they had been defeated by the Doctor "about 400
names and release dates of Peter Jackson's two forthcoming films
based on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit have been announced.
The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
and will be released in December next year. The Hobbit: There and
Back Again is scheduled to be out in December 2013. BBC
man has been jailed for six weeks after he admitted
stealing a limited first edition Harry Potter book from an art gallery.
Kevin McGirr, 40, had been charged with the theft of the rare copy
of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. The book, worth about
£6,000, went missing from the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock,
Oxfordshire, in October. There is no truth in the rumour that he
will spending his stir in Azkaban! BBC
Smith has signed on to appear in a new series of Doctor Who,
the BBC has confirmed. Fourteen new episodes of the sci-fi show,
written by executive producer Steven Moffat, have been commissioned.
However it is not yet known when the new episodes will be broadcast.
The corporation also confirmed there would be six more episodes
of the current series to be screened later this year and a 2011
Christmas special starring Smith is planned. BBC
Doctor Who fans are to be plunged into one of the
Time Lord's adventures in an "immersive" theatre show
created by the acclaimed company Punchdrunk. Punchdrunk are famous
for transforming entire buildings into mysterious locations which
audiences explore as the action unfolds around them. BBC
City Council 'not ready' for zombie attack : shock
A worried member of the public has forced Leicester City Council
to admit it is unprepared for a zombie invasion. The authority received
a Freedom of Information request which said provisions to deal with
an attack, often seen in horror films, were poor. The "concerned
citizen" said the possibility of such an event was one that
councils should be aware of. "We've had a few wacky ones before
but this one did make us laugh," said Lynn Wyeth, head of information
Kryptonite! Superman returns – without his pants
For more than 70 years he has flown to the world's rescue dressed
in a trademark red cape, blue suit and startling tight red trunks
worn outside his trousers. Superman, however, is about to lose his
pants. But fans will be reassured to know that the Man of Steel will
keep his red cape and blue bodysuit and, seeing as the pants were
always worn on the outside, his modesty should remain intact. Daily
the collective consciousness:-,
A friend recommended that I e-mail in regards to a book that I am
searching for from my childhood, can you help me? The cover had
a color picture in the middle with a border of thick black and white
stripes. The only character I distinctly remember is Cleopatra who
was a cat. The illustrations were beautiful, ornate and took up
the entire page. They were my favorite thing about the book. There
were little words in the book from what I remember. I hope this
is a good enough description. Thank you in advance!
-Meahgan (can you help? - e-mail us if you can) email@example.com
Well Paul Brazier got right on to it:
The woman who asked this question could have been less shy about
her age and told us when her childhood was.
However, the only cat in books I'm aware of called Cleopatra is
Mehitabel, who claims to have the soul of Cleopatra. Of course,
there have been so many editions of Don Marquis's classic books
it would be impossible to track a particular one down unless someone
else remembers the actual book (the description does sound familiar...)
but perhaps this might jog the lady's memory.
keep up the good work and take care. Paul
British actor Edward Hardwicke
who played Dr Watson in Granada TV's adaptation of Sherlock Holmes,
opposite Jeremy Brett and was also known for playing a character
based on real-life war hero Pat Reid in the BBC 1970s drama Colditz,
has died aged 78. Film appearnces included The Day of the Jackal
(1973), The Black Windmill (1974); Richard Loncraine's 1995 version
of Richard III and Shadowlands (1993) BBC
A coolly elegant dark-haired beauty Dana
Wynter had a spell as a Hollywood leading lady in
the 1950s, starring opposite Robert Taylor and Richard Todd in D-Day,
The Sixth of June, and Kenneth More in Sink the Bismark!, but her
best-remembered role is that of Becky Driscoll in Don Siegel's classic
sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
Author Joel Rosenberg,
57, died June 1, 2011 following respiratory problems that led to
a heart attack, brain damage, and organ failure. Rosenberg is best
known for his Guardians of the Flame fantasy series, but he wrote
nearly 30 books, including SF and mysteries. SFWA
Prolific fan artist Terry Jeeves
has passed away. Sheryl Birkhead received the news in an e-mail
from Terry’s daughter. A member of First Fandom and winner
of its Hall of Fame Award in 2010, Terry was active as an artist,
organizer, faned and fan writer. His art was popular and respected.
He contributed countless humorous line drawings to fanzines and
won the Rotsler Award in 2007. “The virtues of Terry’s
work,” Taral Wayne once wrote, “is its invariable good
humour, and the by and large pleasing nature of its construction.”
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The BBC in their infinite wisdom had this photo and caption about
Pirates of The Caribbean topping the US box office
Penelope Cruz (r)
joins Johnny Depp (l) in the fourth
Pirates of the Caribbean film
(Just in case you couldn't work out who was who!)
The Weakest Link: Anne
Robinson: 'In 2006, the Star Wars character voted the most annoying
film character ever was Jar Jar ... what ' Contestant: 'Gabor.'
The Weakest Link: Anne
Robinson: 'Which "T" is the wife of Oberon and Queen of
the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dreams?' Contestant 'Tinkerbell.'
says TV drama series have taken the place of novels. So according
to the Guardian
the Booker-prizewinning novelist plans to write sci-fi drama for
television, citing The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men as an inspiration.
I was going to start that piece by saying SF novelist but I couldn't
bring myself to do it - so what exactly are his qualifications?
Answers on a very small postcard.......
New arrivals for your delectation:-
EUTOPIA byDavid Nickle (ChiZine
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The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour,
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its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal—with
an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked
Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown
an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until
the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation—and
the barest thread of hope. At the edge of the utopian mill
town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s
noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient
known only as Mister Juke. Toronto author
David Nickle's debut novel, the followup to his brilliantly
wicked collection of horror stories Monstrous Affections,
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With new stories by Jason Sanford, Suzanne
Palmer, Lavie Tidhar, Will McIntosh, and Jon Ingold. Colour
art is by Richard Wagner, and Mark Pexton. Nick Lowe reviews
films, Tony Lee reviews DVDs and Blu-rays, and Jim Steel and
the team review books and interview Chung Kuo creator David
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Masterton - Grease Monkey. Over
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Fifteen of Graham's classic short stories (some previously uncollected)
in a brand new publication. Over 120,000 words from the world's
foremost exponent of erotic horror. Fifteen of Graham's classic
short stories (some previously uncollected) in a brand new publication
- Grease Monkey and other Tales of Erotic Horror. In this remarkable
new collection Graham Masterton doesn't just cross the line
- he jumps all over it with hob nailed boots on!
Contents - Epiphany,
Camelot, Picnic At Lac Du Sang, The Jajouka Scarab, The Secret
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ancient gypsy burial site deep within.
Lawson always knew she had Romany blood flowing through her
veins and when given a secret book by her dying Uncle can't
resist the urge to mix the ancient potions described inside.
In a matter of hours the virginal jenny is transformed into
a knife wielding nymphomaniac.
Entranced by the mysterious
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wood's owner to let the gypsy's set up camp on their holy
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written and imaginative, Amarantha Knight gives fresh impetus
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