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Apex Publications’ Annual Halloween Short Story Contest

Apex Publication’s Annual Halloween Short Fiction Contest has been titled “Election Horror” in honor of the upcoming elections. This year’s contest will be guest judged by Jay Lake.

The contest is very simple. Write a flash fiction story (that’s under 1000 words) using the theme of “Election Horror” and submit your story online to Apex Digest by midnight on October 1th, 2008.

The prizes for the competition are as follows:

  • First—Publication (10 cents…

Mobile Trek

Author Douglas Rea dropped me an email to let me know about his novel Mobile Trek which is currently available in e-book form. The pitch goes something like this:

For anyone who ever had to phone a “call centre”, or worked in a call centre, and thought they were connected to some spacecraft in the distant future. USS Cellforce 1 is an intergalactic mobile phone call centre, in which Captain Pilchard…

Twilight Release Date Moves to November 21st 2008

In a move that’s a direct result of the recent shifting of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Summer 2009, Summit Entertainment have announced that their movie Twilight has moved up its North American release date to Friday 21st November 2008.

Harry Potter’s move had left a huge opening in the fall release calendar which Summit hope to take advantage of by getting Twilight into more theaters prior to…

News about science fiction on the Internet.

  • Fanzines beget blogs by Robert Ebert
  • TTA Press launches Transmissions From Beyond podcast site
  • Fruitless Recursion is a news website that publishes criticism of science fiction criticism
  • Castle Television Series new website launched. Castle is a drama based on a famous mystery novelist, Nick Castle (Nathan Fillion) who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes.
  • There You Have It, 10 Years Of SyFy Portal. SyFy Portal celebrates 10 years online.
  • SF…

Harry Potter 6 Movie Pushed Back to July 17th, 2009

In a surprising move, Warner Bros. have announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will open on July 17th, 2009, not November 11th, 2008 as previously planned.

Warner’s explanation for this move is that the Summer slot is an ideal for making this a “family tent pole release”. The second reason appears to be the fallout from last years writer’s strike which has delayed many movie scripts. They went on…

News for science fiction fans who like video games of all sorts.

  • Warren Ellis discloses that he wrote Dead Space story
  • PAX coming to East Coast in 2010!
  • Top 5 Best Aliens in Video Games
  • Star Trek online game ready to engage
  • Star Trek Online Gameplay Trailer
  • 2 new StarCraft 2 gameplay videos - Protoss & Zerg
  • Disney Leading Hollywood to the Videogame Grail
  • Video games can’t be blamed for humanity’s problems

Upcoming games? Videogames meta-discussion? News about the…

Coming From EOS Books In September 2008

EOS Books, the science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint of Harper Collins has the following books set for publication during the month of September:

Every Which Way But Dead

Kim Harrison 9/2/2008
There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

The Servants

Michael Marshall…

News about science fiction on the Internet.

  • Transcriptase launches as an archive for ex-Helix writer’s stories.
  • Web Fiction Guide is a new online resource to keep track of online fiction: e-zines and blooks (blogged novels).
  • Fan History’s science fiction section needs your help. Fan History is a fan run project dedicated to documenting the history of fandom. Laura Hale, site admin, is asking for more people in the science fiction community to help develop it.
  • Will…

Still Time To Win a Free Copy of the Masters of Science Fiction DVD

Just a short post to remind everyone that there’s still time to win a free copy of the Masters of Science Fiction DVD set.

Follow the link for instructions on how to enter. I’m giving away ten copies and the competition runs until the end of August. Don’t miss out!

SpaceWesterns.com Announces Senryu Contest Winners

Since N. E. Lilly hasn’t posted this, I thought I’d do an extra weekend update to let you all know that over at SpaceWesterns.com he has announced the winners of the Space Western Senryu Contest.

For those who don’t know (like me until I read about it), a Senryu is apparently a darkly humorous haiku that deals with human nature. In this case they had to had elements of both science…

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