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The winners of our giveaway for Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Tom M.
  • Gordon B.
  • Jim V.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!
Thanks to everyone who entered.


There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway of by , but hurry, time is running out!

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Open Road Media is releasing Simon R. Green’s short story collect, Tales of the Hidden World on July 8th. To help celebrate, we have 3 copies of the book to giveaway! Here’s a bit about the book:

Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. In this wide-ranging collection, the New York Times–bestselling urban fantasist opens doors into hidden places: strange realms bordering our own mundane existence and prowled by creatures of fancy and nightmare. Here are the strange, frequently deadly—and sometimes even dead—things that lurk in garbage-strewn city alleyways and grimy subway stations after midnight, visible only to the most perceptive human or inhuman eye.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:


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A big batch of trailers for you in this installment, so strap on the popcorn feed bag and lower your awning. It’s time to feast on trailers!
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E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is one of the largest gaming and entertainment oriented conferences around. The 2014 E3 happened this week and there were many, many games announced or more information released to a hungry gaming public. Let’s take a look at some of the games, and their trailers, that I found interesting.

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The original Halo took the FPS console world by storm in November of 2001. Since then it’s spawned numerous sequels and generated hundreds of millions of dollars. But through it all, I still think the original theme music from the first game is the best. Here is the original in all its orchestral and choral glory.

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More exciting trailers for your entertainment. Read to see how much each trailer spoils!

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Two big films released new trailers this week and we have an interesting looking film for you as well as a TV show. Mount your double-wide on blocks and check out this installment of the Trailer Park!
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TRAILER: Wayward Pines

FOX recently dropped this trailer for Wayward Pines, an “event series” they are scheduling for Spring 2015. But what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:

Based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending 10-episode thriller starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. Every step closer to the truth makes him question if he will ever get out of Wayward Pines alive. The all-star cast also includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo, Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis.

Take a look:

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Several trailers for interesting things have copped up over the past couple of weeks. Let’s take a look at them!
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The Simpsons Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki

I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a very long time, over a decade at least. But this clip, where the animators pay homage to legendary Japanese animator/director Hayao Miyazaki makes me want to watch tonight’s entire episode, at the very least. There are so many references to Miyazaki films that the 1:24 running time seems to just fly by. Well done!

If by some chance you haven’t seen any of Miyazaki’s films, good grief stop reading and go get Spirited Away to start with. You won’t be disappointed!


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MIND MELD: Our Favorite SF/F/H Consumed In 2013

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It’s 2014 and that means it’s time to look back at all the SF/F/H available in 2013. Our panelists were asked this question:

Q: What was the best SF/F/H you “consumed” in 2013?

Consumed being anything read/watched/heard during 2013, but not necessarily new in 2013. Here’s what they said…
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/28/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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GAME TRAILER: Neil Gaiman’s Wayward Manor

Neil Gaiman is a lot things: author, TV writer and all-around hoopy frood. Now he can add video game designer to his resume. Neil, along with development house The Odd Gentleman are working on a new video game called Wayward Manor. But what’s it about? This:

The game’s story stretches hundreds of years, following a ghost trying to figure out why he was killed and by whom. In the process, the clueless phantom tries to scare away every new squatter that has taken up residence in his 1920s home.

A new trailer for the game has just arrived, take a gander at the teaser!

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/13/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/30/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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MIND MELD: Up And Coming Authors of The Last 5 Years

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This week’s question was inspired by the upcoming anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, which features stories from “up and coming” authors beginning in the year 2000. We modified the question slightly and asked our panelists this question:

Q: Who do you believe are the “up and coming” authors of the past 5 years readers may not be aware of? What stories by these authors should readers consume?

Here’s what they said…



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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/17/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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I recently re-watched the anime film Akira and, in wandering the web reading about the movie, I ran across this little tidbit: the music videos for the songs “Midnight City” and “Reunion” by band M83 are homages to the movie.

ORLY?

I had seen “Midnight City” before and I really should have seen the connection as a group of psychic children are being used to further the ends of the powers that be. The music is cool and the videos are interesting to watch. There are seem decent special effects here which would have been almost impossible to produce just a few short years ago.
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MIND MELD: Recent SF/F That Deserves More Attention

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It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new SF/F that’s produced each year. To help broaden everyone’s horizons, we asked our panelists this question:

Q: What SF/F that you have read/seen/heard/played in 2013 do you think is deserving of more attention?

Here’s what they said…

Jessica Strider
Jessica Strider has worked at a major chain bookstore in Toronto for 10 years. Her in store SF/F newsletter, the Sci-Fi Fan Letter, eventually evolved into a blog where most Tuesdays she posts book reviews and on Fridays she alternates between author interviews, themed reading lists, New Author Spotlights and more. Other days she posts interesting SFF related stuff.

I’ve decided to keep my answers to only things that came out this year, which makes for a fairly small list as all of the movies I’ve seen and a few of the books (notably Will McIntosh’s Love Minus Eighty and Ofir Touche Gafla’s The World of the End) have received a decent amount of attention. So here’s the stuff from 2013 that I’ve read/seen so far that I think could use more recognition.
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