Trailer: Daybreakers

Post-apocalyptic vampires. Right on.

Daybreakers opens on January 8th, 2010.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT 1/5: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

Today begins a 5-part excerpt of Lavie Tidhar‘s upcoming steampunk novel, The Bookman.

What’s it about?

A masked terrorist has brought London to its knees – there are bombs inside books, and nobody knows which ones. On the day of the launch of the first expedition to Mars, by giant cannon, he outdoes himself with an audacious attack. For young poet Orphan, trapped in the screaming audience, it seems his destiny is entwined with that of the shadowy terrorist, but how? Like a steam-powered take on V for Vendetta, rich with satire and slashed through with automatons, giant lizards, pirates, airships and wild adventure, The Bookman is the first of a series.

Read on to see Part 1…

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Jabba the Hutt Unmasked!

Here’s a digital restoration showing actor Declan Mulholland as Jabba the Hutt.

[via Distracted by Star Wars]

Books Received: November 30, 2009

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books and stuff we received this past week.

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RIP: Robert Holdstock (1948-2009)

Sad news…

Ansible reports that Robert Holdstock has died at age 61:

Robert Holdstock (1948-2009) died at 4am in the morning of Sunday 29 November, having been in intensive care since his collapse with E. coli infection on the 18th . He was only 61 and will be much missed. All sympathy to Sarah and the rest of the family.

Holdstock was perhaps best known for his Mythago Wood cycle, for which he won the World Fantasy Award in 1985.

See also:

[via Adam Roberts and James Nicoll]

Sunday Cinema: Destroy All Planets (1968)

Oh noes! Aliens try to take over the world by seizing control of Gamera’s brain!

Pass the popcorn, please…

[via The Classic Science Fiction Channel]

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6 Reasons to Visit the Website of French Artist Manchu

Mark at Walker of Worlds spotted some way-cool covers for the French release of Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga. The artist is Manchu and a quick visit to the website reveals tons of equally cool science fiction artwork.

The site (which is in French) is organized as a standard blog, so there is no convenient gallery page. A google image search of the site reveals some (but not all) of the tasty eye candy, so use these handy links to see more: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Alice: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

The SyFy Channel is airing a re-imagined version of Alice in Wonderland called Alice, premiering Sunday December 6th.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek:

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SF Tidbits for 11/28/09

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Evil vs. Benson the Dog

Happy Black Friday.

[via Poe TV]

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‘7th Son: Descent’ by J.C. Hutchins, Serialized (Part 6)

Welcome to the sixth serialized installment of J.C. Hutchins’ human cloning thriller 7th Son: Descent. If this is your first exposure to our free serialization of 7th Son, you can easily catch up by experiencing part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. You can also dive in right away, right here…

THE STORY SO FAR: John, Kilroy2.0, Father Thomas and four other unwitting human clones have been assembled by the U.S. government to track their villainous progenitor, a psychopath responsible for the murder of the president. His plans of terror are just beginning.

In the last episode, the clones continued to decipher John Alpha’s Morse code clue. Meanwhile at a military base in the Russian wilderness, a former CIA agent named Doug Devlin reminisces about his past — and his current alliance with Alpha. A much larger conspiracy is unveiled.

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Barry N. Malzberg’s 15 Favorite Issues of Astounding

An excellent find by Paul Di Filippo, it’s an excerpt from the DVD John W. Campbell’s Golden Age of Science Fiction and features science fiction author/editor Barry N. Malzberg talking about his favorite issues of Astounding magazine.

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MIND MELD: The Pros and Cons of eBooks

We asked this week’s panelists:

Q: Do you read eBooks? If not, why not? If so, what are the pros and cons of eBook reading? What device(s) do you use?

Read on to see their responses…

Rachel Swirsky
Rachel Swirsky‘s short fiction has appeared in, Subterranean Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, and a number of other magazines and anthologies. She also edits the audio fantasy magazine, PodCastle.

I don’t read e-books. As a writer, I do a lot of reading on screen. I compose my own stories; I workshop my colleagues’ stories; I research online; I conduct my correspondence online; I hold virtual office hours online; I waste time reading online blogs. Being an editor for a magazine that accepts e-submissions makes the situation worse. Consequently, one of the things I’m looking for in a novel, anthology, or collection that I’m reading for pleasure is its non-electronic, paper form. I want to be able to sit down with a traditional book.

If I were neither a writer nor an editor, I think I’d be an ideal candidate for e-book reading. I like gadgets and I like reading. If onscreen fiction reading weren’t such an integral part of my work, I’d be better able to appreciate it for recreation.

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TRAILER: Zombies And Cigarettes

Here’s a foreign trailer for Zombies and Cigarettes, which screened at the 2009 NYC Horror Film Fest, decribed thusly:

Xavi just wanted to invite his loved Carol to an ice cream, but he found himself involved in a zombie invasion.

SF Tidbits for 11/25/09