Archive for June, 2010

Trailer: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Teaser

The Harry Potter movie machine is winding down with the last two pics due this fall and next spring. Yes, you’ll have to wait several months between parts to see how it ends. Or you could read the book. Oh who am I kidding, you all ready know how it ends, you just want to see it on the big screen. But in 3D?

It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown, where you (yes, you!) get to play art critic and pick your favorite cover. Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best…and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

The winners of our giveaway of The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have been randomly picked, notified, and possibly rubbed in garlic. They are:

  • Fred C. from Carle Place, NY
  • Nadia B.. from Lincoln, NE
  • Shaun D.. from Gainesville, FL
  • Brad L.. from Louisville, KY
  • Todd L.. from Olathe, KS

Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

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Trailer: Space Battleship Yamato

If you saw and loved the anime classic Space Battleship Yamato (Starblazers in the US) you will probably salivate over this trailer for the live-action movie adaptation. Some of the CGI shots look awesome and I want to see this movie so very, very much. The trailer may be in Japanese, but the eye candy is pure awesome. The synopsis for those not in the know:

Set in 2220, the pic will depict the evacuation of 300 million people from Earth to avoid certain death from an expanding black hole. The Yamato, a space battleship, is leading the rescue fleet when it is attacked by an alien force.

[H/T Quiet Earth]

YouTube Video: AT-AT Afternoon

I saw this link over at Daring Fireball and felt that there was a time in my childhood where I would like an AT-AT from Kenner. Enjoy…

JP says: So cute and what a nice surprise at the end!

REVIEW SUMMARY: One of these stories is not like the other.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Two stories (set in the Warhammer 40K Horus Heresy timeline) about brother Imperial Primachs and their dealings with Imperial loyalty.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: World building expands my understanding of this universe; good vocal performance by Danny Webb; meaty subtext and exciting fight sequences in “Dark King”.

CONS: “Lightning Tower” is way too heavily weighted on world building at the expense of plot.

BOTTOM LINE: Good backgrounder for the Horus Heresy series of stories

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Tuesday Tune: Help Me By Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio is a punk rock band (according to Wikipedia) from Illinois, which explains why I’ve never heard of them. However, their single “Help Me” is incredibly catchy and the video for is pure steampunk goodness. You’ve got a supercharged steam-driven locomotive with a giant cowcatcher driven by a dastardly villain with a damsel in distress (Kat Von D) tied to said cowcatcher and a band of heroes with such cool devices as a monowheel, a jetpack and an airship. The graphics may be somewhat unimpressive but they certainly add to the comic book hero feeling of the story. I can’t stop listening/watching.

Enjoy!

Alien in the Land of Bejesus

Birth of an Alien Nation” is the pilot episode for a new series of Internet science fiction called Alien in the Land of Bejesus. Author of the series, Sue Lange, will be publishing the series in the fall at Book View Café, but in the meantime, she’s offering a free sneak peak at her personal blog, Singularity Watch. In the coming months, new episodes will be periodically posted at Singularity Watch, which covers the convergence of technology and culture and is the perfect venue for this new satire which pits a lone alien against its technological world of Bejesus. Short and sprinkled with humor, the episodes are perfect for a quick Internet read.

More of Sue Lange’s free Internet fiction can be found at Book View Café. Her print published work (Tritcheon Hash, 2003, Metropolis Ink, and We, Robots, 2007, Aqueduct Press), can be found at Amazon. Her ebooks are available in the Kindle, Smashwords, and Kobobooks stores.

SF Tidbits for 6/29/10


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Slow Blogging Ahead

Yay, Administrivia!

Just a heads-up…Blog posting may be light over the next couple of weeks while I am on vacation.

Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, Inception, looks to be one of the bigger events of the summer and now 10 lucky SF Signal reader’s will be able to see it before it opens! The screening is scheduled for July 13th at 7pm at a theater in New York (full details will be emailed to the winners) so if you live in/near NY or can get there, this contest is for you.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:

  1. Send an email to ‘contest at sfsignal dot com‘. (That’s us).
  2. In the subject line enter ‘Inception‘. Please include your full name and email address.
  3. Only people able to attend the screening in New York should enter as this does not include travel expenses, just the tickets. You must be able to be at the theater by 6:30pm.
  4. Only one entry per person allowed, but each winner will receive 2 tickets.
  5. The giveaway will end Wednesday, July 7th 2010 (8:00 PM U.S Central time). The winners will be selected at random, notified and announced shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

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TOC: ‘Hard Luck Diggings’ by Jack Vance

Subterranean Press has posted the Table of Contents for the upcoming collection Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance by Jack Vance, edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan. (Dust jacket by Tom Kidd):

  1. “Hard-Luck Diggings”” (1948)
  2. “The Temple of Han” (1951)
  3. “The Masquerade on Dicantropus” (1951)
  4. “Abercrombie Station” (1952)
  5. “Three-Legged Joe” (1953)
  6. “DP!” (1953)
  7. “Shape-Up” (1953)
  8. “Sjambak” (1953)
  9. “The Absent-Minded Professor” (1954)
  10. “When the Five Moons Rise” (1954)
  11. “The Devil on Salvation Bluff” (1955)
  12. “Where Hesperus Falls” (1956)
  13. “The Phantom Milkman” (1956)
  14. “Dodkin’s Job” (1959)


Books Received: June 28, 2010

In the interest of full disclosure, here’s the stuff we received this week.

Fun for you: Based on these covers, which title do you want to know more about?

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WINNERS: 2010 Locus Awards

Locus Online has posted the The 2010 Locus Awards winners which were announced at the annual Science Fiction Awards Weekend, held June 25-27, 2010 in Seattle, WA.


  • BEST SF NOVEL: Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • BEST FANTASY NOVEL: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
  • BEST FIRST NOVEL: The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK: Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
  • BEST NOVELLA: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
  • BEST NOVELETTE: “By Moonlight”, Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)
  • BEST SHORT STORY: “An Invocation of Incuriosity”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
  • BEST ANTHOLOGY: The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)
  • BEST COLLECTION: The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)
  • BEST NON-FICTION BOOK/ART BOOK: Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)
  • BEST ARTIST: Michael Whelan
  • BEST EDITOR: Ellen Datlow
  • BEST MAGAZINE: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • BEST BOOK PUBLISHER: Tor

Congratulations to all the winners!

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ApolloCon 2010

In space, no one can hear you blog, especially when your blog has been hacked, like we were yesterday morning.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get to it until later that night as I was attending ApolloCon and having lots of fun meeting up with some familiar faces including SF Signal Irregulars Karen Burnham and Scott Cupp; Lou Antonelli, author of Fantastic Texas; Bill Crider (mystery writer and proprietor of Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine); fantasy writer Stina Leicht; A. Lee Martinez, author of Divine Misfortune (everyone who follows him on Twitter gets a free Chrysler Cordoba!); and Locus reviewer and avid book collector Lawrence Person.

I also got to meet others for the first time, including authors Catherine Asaro (The Skolian Empire series) and D.B. Grady (Red Planet Noir).

And, true to my biblioholic ways, I “treated” myself to a book purchase in the dealers’ room: The John W. Campbell Letters, Volume 1, which promises to be a name-dropping orgy of sf goodness.

Sadly, I was only able to attend on Saturday — too bad, I always have fun at ApolloCon!

Free Fiction for 6/26/10

There are only a few days left to enter our giveaway for a free copy of The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan!

See the original post for the ridiculously easy details on how to enter.

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