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Contribute Your Knowledge to Fan History’s Science Fiction Section

Laura at Fan History contacted me to let me know that they are looking to develop expand their Science Fiction category.

Fan History is a fan run project which is dedicated to documenting the history of fandom (comics, movies, music and much more). Fan History aims both to increase interest in fandom and provide a comprehensive secondary source for academics. is a user editable mediawiki and they are looking for people…

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

  • Stargate Worlds was demo’d by GameSpy at Comic-Con International. It’s due to be released Q4 2008.
  • In The Making (and Remaking) of Bionic Commando 1up reports various tidbits on the latest incarnation of the classic 1987 arcade game.
  • Engage! Cryptic to obtained the license for Star Trek and has begun work on an Massive Multiplayer Online game. More details will be revealed at the…

Flash Gordon Movie Gets Writers

According to Filmstalker, two writers have been assigned to Sony’s new Flash Gordon movie.

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With a projected release date of 2010 and directed by Breck Eisner, Flash Gordon will be written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. There’s not a lot of solid information yet, but if reports are to believed then we’re going to get an adaptation that is much more faithful to the original sources than the…

Sony Ponies Up For Spider-Man 4

In Marvel’s August 5th conference call about their second quarter earnings they mentioned that Sony have already paid them an advance of $5 million on Spider-Man 4. So I think that ends whatever speculation might have been left about whether there would be another Spider-Man movie. That May 2011 date is looking more and more likely.
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Spider-Man 3 wasn’t terribly well received by fans and scored mediocre reviews with…

The Science Fiction Poetry Association 2008 Poetry Contest

The 2008 Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Contest is now open for entries. There’s no entry fee and a wide variety of prizes are available for entrants. The top three entries will be published on the website and you are allowed up to three entries.

The prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: $100 cash, SFPA Website Publication, Waterman pen and journal, A signed hardcover copy of The Journey to Kailash by Mike Allen,…

Padmé Star Wars Fan Movie

At the San Diego Comic-Con, the Star Wars spoof Padmé won the George Lucas Selects Award beating out forty other finalists.

The movie is a parody of Juno but using characters from Star Wars creating a wry mix of teen dialog and the Dark Side of the Force complete with Star Wars versions of Juno’s songs.

Produced by Jason Ginsburg, Robert Reeves and Kevin Walsh, the movie has been a fan favorite…

  • Fanlib closes today. Firefox News assess the situation in an article, On the Demise of Fanlib, and Why Fan-run Sites Are More Likely to Succeed
  • Genreville is a brand new blog run by Rose Fox, editor of Publishers Weekly’s SF/fantasy/horror and mass market reviews. The introductory post contains an interview with Ellen Datlow (previously of Omni, Omni Online, Event Horizon, and SCIFICTION – more recently, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction)
  • Whedon…

Win A Masters of Science Fiction DVD

A 2 disc set of the complete Masters of Science Fiction anthology series will be released on August 5th 2008. The set includes two never before seen episodes. I’m very pleased to be able to offer my loyal readers ten copies of this DVD courtesy of Big Honcho Media.

Masters of Science Fiction was originally broadcast on ABC in 2007. The series adapted short stories from some of the genre’s finest…

There are a lot of games out there. Gaming genres are based on game-play mechanics: First Person Shooter (FPS), Role-playing Game (RPG), Real-Time Strategy (RTS), Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO), etc. Yet in addition to this there are the standard traditional literary genres also found within games. You can find Massive Multiplayer Online Fantasy games, First Person Shooter Detective games, and many other variations. This column is intended for science fiction fans…

Iron Man DVD Release Date September 30th, 2008

It seems that the DVD release of Iron Man (starring Robert Downey Jr.) will be September 30th 2008. The movie will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

In addition to the movie itself, it looks as though the DVD will include a number of featurettes. The features are rumored to be:

  • I Am Iron Man
    How Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr. became associated with the movie
  • Heads-Up Display
    Looking at the…

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