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remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde,
and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers,
GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle
store on Tuesday, October 4th, and customers who had bought it received
a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from Amazon advising them that
“the version you received had Missing Content that have (sic)
The manner in which this correction was applied has upset customers
such as Cynthia Ewer, who was 400 pages into the over-1,000-page
novel, or cdale77 who was 500 pages in. They were not upset at obvious
typos in the book that they found so much as they were put out by
Amazon’s high-handed notification that told them there had
been “Missing Content” but gave them no idea exactly
what or where that “Missing Content” was. (Even Amazon’s
phone support people couldn’t say.) Also, the replacement
wiped out any highlights, bookmarks, and notes made in the previous
version, as well as the place-keeping bookmark noting the furthest
One reader produced text copies of both the old and new versions
(undoubtedly having to crack DRM illegally to do so) and ran them
through the diff comparison tool to find out what had been changed,
and it turned out that the changes were not major: a few missing
words here and there had been corrected, the spelling of the cover
artist’s name had been fixed—and in one case, a new
typo was introduced! Teleread
for the British Fantasy Society. Following the controversy
over his possible conflict of interest regarding some winners of
the British Fantasy Awards, David Howe has resigned his position
as Chairman of the British Fantasy Society.
Statements from both BFS President Ramsey Campbell and now-acting
BFS Chairman Graham Joyce followed the resignation. Campbell’s
statement exonerates Howe of any wrongdoing.
Following the recent public allegations made regarding this year’s
British Fantasy Awards, The British Fantasy Society Committee would
like to state for the record that it is our firm belief that no
corruption or wrongdoing took place during the administration of
the British Fantasy Awards, and that in this respect all awards
should still stand as presented. We confirm that the summation of
the votes cast was performed electronically and once the results
were checked they were confirmed and verified by another member
of the committee. BFS
The Crime Writers’
Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s
prestigious Ellis Peters Historical Award.
The six books on the shortlist are:
Rory Clements Prince
Sam Eastland The Red Coffin
Gordon Ferris The Hanging Shed
Andrew Martin The Somme Stations
RN Morris The Cleansing Flames
Imogen Robertson Island of Bones
CWA chair Peter James said: “Historical fiction remains as
popular as ever and has seen the creation of some of crime writing’s
most enduring characters. This year’s books continue that
self-styled superhero known as Phoenix Jones has
been unmasked in a Seattle court as he waits to see if he is charged
with a pepper spray attack. Police say Phoenix Jones - real name
Benjamin Fodor - attacked four people who had left a Seattle nightclub.
The 23-year-old, who leads the Rain City Superhero Movement, said
he was trying to break up a fight. The clubgoers insisted to police
they were not fighting. As the court hearing ended, he tore off
a dress shirt to reveal his black and yellow superhero costume.
Pursued - a crime novel written in 1935 by Horatio Hornblower creator
CS Forester that was thought lost - is to be published
for the first time. It was lost after the English author decided not
to publish it so he could concentrate on a follow-up to the first
Hornblower novel, The Happy Return. But a copy of the text surfaced
at an auction in London in 2003 when it was bought by enthusiasts.
BBC story Family
Guy star Seth Green is working on an animated sitcom based on the
Star Wars saga, according to the head of licensing
at Lucasfilm. Howard Roffman said the series would premiere "within
the next two years" but refused to be drawn on details. Taboo-busting
animation Family Guy has already created three one-off specials based
on the first Star Wars trilogy. Roffman added that inspiration had
also been drawn from French And Saunders' spoof of The Phantom Menace.
unseen sketches and paintings by The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien are
to be published for the first time. The artworks,
which were not used when the novel was published in 1937, were recently
discovered in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It includes ink sketches
and paintings. Next year marks The Hobbit's 75th anniversary. Director
Peter Jackson is making a two-part movie adaptation, the first part
of which is due out in 2012. BBC
Crime Writer's Association have announced that thier Debut Dagger
competition is now open
The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published
commercially. The first prize is £700 plus two tickets to
the CWA Awards. Most winners and many shortlisted authors go on
to achieve publication.
Contestants have 13 weeks (until 21 January) to submit the first
3000 words of their crime novel. More information, including comprehensive
advice and guidance, on the Debut Dagger pages of this website.
Stoker bore a startling resemblance to one of his most famous characters,
Jonathan Harker, the troubled solicitor at the centre
of the 1897 horror novel Dracula, according to previously unseen
notebooks belonging to the author. British publisher Biteback will
launch The Lost Journals of Bram Stoker next year. The notebooks
detail Stoker's time in Dublin in 1871 and 1881, and were recently
rediscovered in the attic of one of the writer's great-grandsons.
leading crime writers are competing for the honour of having a new
morgue at Dundee University named after them. Crime
fiction fans can vote for their favourite author online - with each
vote contributing £1 to the appeal. Dundee University has
committed £1m to the project, but another £1m needs
to be raised. The new morgue will adopt a "revolutionary"
way of embalming - called the Thiel method - which keeps bodies
flexible for longer. This gives medics and researchers a more realistic
way of testing techniques and practising procedures, as well as
developing new equipment and approaches. Authors taking part in
the "Million for a Morgue" campaign are: Tess Gerritsen,
Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey
Deaver, Jeff Lindsay, Stuart MacBride, Peter James and Val McDermid.
World Fantasy Awards winners were announced at this year’s
World Fantasy Convention, held October 27-30, in
San Diego CA. (Lifetime Achievement winners are announced in advance
of the event).
Best Novel •Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
•Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)•The
Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
•The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
•Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper
•Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)
Best Novella •“The Maiden Flight of
McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New
•Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
•The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)•The Thief of Broken
Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine Publications)•“The Mystery
Knight”, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)•“The Lady
Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window”,
Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)
Best Short Fiction •“Fossil-Figures”,
Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
•“Beautiful Men” , Christopher Fowler (Visitants:
Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
•“Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What
I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
•“Ponies”, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 11/17/10)
•“Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us”, Mercurio D.
Rivera (Black Static 8-9/10)
Best Anthology •My Mother She Killed Me, My
Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
•The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
•Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
•Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio,
eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
•Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi,
•Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders,
Best Collection •What I Didn’t See and
Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
•The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan
•Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
•Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
•The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)
Best Artist •Kinuko Y. Craft
•Richard A. Kirk
Special Award, Professional •Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
•John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
•Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
•Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
•Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine
Special Award, Non-Professional •Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth
•Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister,
for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention
•Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five
•Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
•Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog
The World Fantasy Awards Lifetime Achievement Winners for 2011 are
Peter S. Beagle and
The awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated
outstanding service to the fantasy field.
examines 'tractor beams' for sample gathering:-
US space agency Nasa has funded a study of "tractor beams"
to gather samples for analysis in future missions. The $100,000
(£63,000) award will be used to examine three laser-based
approaches to do what has until now been the stuff of science fiction.
Several tractor-beam ideas have been published in the scientific
literature but none has yet been put to use. Nasa scientist Paul
Stysley says the approach could "enhance science goals and
reduce mission risk". "Though a mainstay in science fiction,
and Star Trek in particular, laser-based trapping isn't fanciful
or beyond current technological know-how," said Dr Stysley
of Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, whose group was awarded the
picture book about pirate cats has won the Roald
Dahl Funny Prize, which honours humorous books for children. Cats
Ahoy!, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Jim Field, was
named funniest book for children aged six and under. Liz Pichon's
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates also won the prize in the seven
to 14 age category. Both winners were presented with a £2,500
cash prize at a London ceremony.
at the BFS seem to be reaching a head. Acting chair
Graham Joyce has announced an Extraordinary General Meeting of the
British Fantasy Society to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December
9, 2011 at the Mug House near London Bridge. The meeting will consider
a proposal to reorganize the BFS Awards and will elect new officers
to the BFS Committee. BFS
Andy Mulligan has won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his
novel Return To Ribblestrop, set in a dilapidated
boarding school. The book is the second in a planned trilogy, and
finds the school invaded by a truck load of circus animals. Judges
said the story had "just the right combination of warmth, originality
and, above all, hilarity to give it the edge". Mulligan describes
his setting as "a magical place" but dismisses any comparisons
to JK Rowling's Harry Potter. "Any elf would be stamped on and
barbecued very quickly," he says.
Who 'to be made into Hollywood feature film' Cult
BBC TV show Doctor Who is set to be made into a Hollywood movie,
a leading director has said. David Yates, who directed the last
four Harry Potter films, told Variety magazine he is working on
developing a feature film with the BBC. He said the film would take
a fresh approach to the show, which first appeared on TV in 1963.
Yates said it would take "two to three years to get it right"
as the show needs "quite a radical transformation". BBC
Ken Russell's controversial 1971 film The Devils
is to be officially made available on DVD for the first time, it
has been announced. The film, which contains sexual content and
religious imagery, will be released in March by the British Film
Institute's (BFI) video publishing arm. Starring Oliver Reed and
Vanessa Redgrave, the movie was cut before it could be given an
adult 'X' rating. Film critic Mark Kermode has called it Russell's
"most incendiary work". BBC
say they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth's
most extraordinary mountains. The Gamburtsevs are
the size of the European Alps and yet they are totally buried beneath
the Antarctic ice. Their discovery in the 1950s was a major surprise.
Most people had assumed the rock bed deep within the continent would
be flat and featureless.
It is a story that starts just over a billion years
ago, long before complex life had formed on the planet, when the
then continents were drifting together to create a giant landmass
known as Rodinia. The resulting collision pushed up the mountains,
and also produced an underlying thick, dense "root" that
sat down in the crust. Over the course of hundreds of millions of
years, the peaks would have gradually eroded away. Only the cold
root would have been preserved. Then, about 250-100 million years
ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, the crust started to pull
apart in a series of rifting events close to the old root. This
rifting warmed and rejuvenated the root, giving it the buoyancy
needed to lift the land upwards once more to re-establish the mountains.
Further uplift still was achieved as deep valleys were later cut
by rivers and by glaciers. And it would have been those glaciers
that also wrote the final chapter some 35 million years ago, when
they spread out and merged to form the East Antarctic Ice Sheet,
entombing the Gamburtsevs in the process.
the collective consciousness:- still struggling with this one
Here's the old one:-
Looking for a book ?70's I am looking for a science fiction book
I read years ago, and would love to read again. But I have forgotten
its author and title. It is a story about a space journey using
gates that are tarot like symbols that only the 'navigator' can
decipher in order to pass through them. I think they find a lost
book which has symbols that will lead back to an ancient 'lost'/mythological
planet...Earth? Do you know the name and author of the book, or
whom I could contact to help me. Thankyou. Jerry Haworth. - email
us if you can help
Richard Gordon, film
producer: born London 31 December 1925; died New York 1 November
2011. Exploitation cinema of the 1950s was infested by vampires,
voodoo practitioners, ancient tribes revivified by their sacred
territories being violated, and weird monsters caused by nuclear
accidents or mad scientists meddling with nature. It was a producer's
genre, as they insisted on low budgets, tight schedules and enough
(or promises of enough) violence and nudity without unduly upsetting
the censors. Meanwhile they devised bizarre, eye-catching marketing
campaigns. Some of the most notable of these films were produced
by Richard Gordon.
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Here's one for the SF/Horror/Thriller
Crossover genre (if there is one) : apparently Tom
Cruise has been cast as the hero in a film of one of the Jack Reacher
books - playing a man described as 6'5" & heavily-built.
It's a poor effort, & I'm sure one of your readers can do better,
but will the character be renamed "Jack Cantreachathing"?
Independent crossword 2nd Nov.
Authors agent receiving a manuscript on time. (4,6)
Mongrels "Shaun of the Dead"
Good luck to anyone and everyone raising money for
Children in Need this Friday!
New arrivals for your delectation:-
WE ARE FOR THE DARK
by Robert Aickman & Elizabeth Jane Howard (Tartarus Press)
limited edition of 350 copies.
We Are for the Dark is a remarkable collection,
and one that can be said to have kick-started the ‘Aickmanesque’
short story. Credit for the genesis of this sub-genre of the
ghost story should be given jointly to Robert Aickman and his
collaborator in We Are for the Dark, Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Contributing three tales each, the authors were not identified
with their own stories when the book was first published in
1951.We Are for the Dark contains six
stories: ‘The Trains’, ‘The View’ and
‘The Insuffi-cient Answer’ are by Robert Aickman,
while ‘Three Miles Up’, ‘Left Luggage’
and ‘Perfect Love’ are by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
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and price click on the image
IT KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE
by Gary McMahon (Grayfriar Press) signed limited edition of
The modern world is a place ripe with
fears. The city, the suburbs, and even the fringes of the countryside:
all present opportunities for unease. The way people act when
they are together, or when they are alone; the beats, the pauses,
and the words we use to communicate reveal a primal darkness
at the heart of the modern human experience.And
whatever this darkness is, it knows where you live . . .In
these fifteen tales, acclaimed horror author Gary McMahon casts
a light into the shadowy corners of contemporary life, and brings
those fears to the page. For
order information and price click on the image
William F Nolan: A Miscellany
(Cycatrix Press) signed limited edition of 250.
Edited and designed by Jason V Brock.
Only 250 copies. Features a rare, uncollected short story titled
"Strippers Have To Die", and essay on Golden Age comics
and superheroes titled "The Men in the Trick Suits"(both
published only once in the 1960s and never reprinted), and a
select fiction bibliography of Nolan's publications.
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and price click on the image
VULTURES OF THE VOID: LEGACY
by Phil Harbottle (Cosmon Press) signed.
An earlier, very much shorter version
of this book was published as VULTURES OF THE VOID in 1992 by
Borgo Press. Now the compiler and editor of those books, Philip
Harbottle, here presents the result of his further and ongoing
researches into British science fiction publishing history.
This greatly expanded version includes entirely new coverage
of the generic hardcover titles that briefly and paradoxically
flourished alongside the indigenous British paperbacks of the
early 1950s, spearheaded by an influx of outstanding American
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