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Small Beer Press announced audio rights to seven new and forthcoming titles acquired by Audible.com. by (Small Beer Press 23 July 2013 / ) - EASTHAMPTON, MA, July 23, 2013 -- Small Beer Press is delighted to announce that audio rights to seven new and forthcoming titles have been acquired by Audible.com.

The first release will be award winning North Carolina writer Nathan Ballingrud's debut collection, North American Lake Monsters: Stories. Also forthcoming within the next year are:

  • Alan DeNiro's second collection Tyrannia and Other Renditions
  • Benjamin Parzybok's 2014 novel Sherwood Nation
  • Peter Dickinson's mysteries Death of a Unicorn, The Poison Oracle, and A Summer in the Twenties
  • Sofia Samatar's recently published debut novel A Stranger in Olondria.
(Source: Small Beer Press) (more ...)

New Robert Rankin Novel goes to Telos by (Telos 19 July 2013 / ) - Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing have acquired world rights in a new fantasy novel by bestselling author Robert Rankin. The novel, entitled The Abominable Showman, will be published in 2014.

"We're absolutely delighted to welcome Robert Rankin to Telos Publishing," said Howe. "I have admired and been a fan of his work for many years, and we intend to bring Telos' commitment to quality and enthusiasm for good writing to bear, and to make the release of The Abominable Showman one of the most talked-about fantasy books of 2014."

(Source: Telos) (more ...)

Joshua Palmatier launched a new small press: Zombies Need Brains by (Zombies Need Brains 17 July 2013 / ) - Local author Joshua Palmatier (also published under the pseudonym Benjamin Tate) has just launched a new small press located here in Binghamton, NY, called Zombies Need Brains LLC.

Zombies Need Brains LLC will be a small press focusing on producing science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies, initially funded by Kickstarters. The intent is to produce two anthologies a year, then branch out into more anthologies and other stand-alone books once the press has gained its footing. He believes that the publishing industry has shifted with the advent of ebooks and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and that using such new resources will change the business model for small presses in general.

(Source: Zombies Need Brains)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series moves to Solaris by (Solaris 17 July 2013 / ) - Solaris is delighted to announce that award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan is bringing his critically-acclaimed and award-winning The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series of anthologies to the imprint.

Building on the extremely successful series of original anthologies that Strahan has commissioned in his Infinity and Fearsome Journeys titles for Solaris, Solaris has signed a two-book agreement for the world-renowned series, ensuring it has a long-term home. (Source: Solaris)

TELOS MOONRISE LAUNCHES WITH STEAMPUNK AND HORROR by (Telos 17 July 2013 / ) - Telos Publishing's new Digital and POD imprint, Telos Moonrise, launches this September with two new titles guaranteed to thrill, excite and horrify! David J Howe and Stephen James Walker, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing, have acquired world rights in a collection of Victorian-themed ghostly short horror stories, and in a trilogy of Steampunk novella-length adventures.

(Source: Telos) (more ...)

**BREAKING NEWS** New Discworld Novel Confirmed For 2013 by Hex (Terry Pratchett 07 July 2013 / ) -

Some fantastic news just in!

Yes, you read it correctly. There will be a brand new 'Discworld' novel with us before the year is out.

"RAISING STEAM" - the 40th book in the 'Discworld' series - will be arriving on 24 October 2013.

It's no secret that Terry has been writing the novel and he revealed the title earlier this year, but this is the first time we can officially confirm details of publication.

More details to follow very soon... but in the meantime, we can reveal the book will see the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

Please listen out for further announcements.

Harry Potter's Diagon Alley featured on Google's Street View by Community Team (CBC News.ca 06 July 2013 / ) -

Harry Potter fans can now stroll down Diagon Alley from the magical world of the Harry Potter books and movies thanks to Google Maps.

Google mapped out the Diagon Alley movie set at Warner Bros. Studios in London, England on its Street View program.

Visitors can see 360-degree views of the magical world frequented by author J.K. Rowling's creations Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.

James Cameron Sued By Artist Roger Dean Over 'Avatar' by BBC News Article (BBC News, Deadline Hollywood,IMDB.com 03 July 2013 / ) -

(Photo: 'Avatar' was nominated for nine Oscars, winning three technical awards Rights: Getty Images)

Hollywood director James Cameron has been sued by British artist Roger Dean for $50 million (£33 million) over claims he copied ideas for the 3D film 'Avatar'.

Mr. Dean, who designed album covers for the likes of prog-rock bands 'Yes' and 'Asia', filed a legal action at a court in New York last week.

He has accused Cameron of "wilful and deliberate copying, dissemination, and exploitation" of his original images.

Nine time Oscar-nominated 'Avatar' is the highest-grossing film of all time.

Since its release in 2009, the film, which used groundbreaking 3D technology, has made more than $2.8 billion internationally.

It won three of the Academy Awards for which it was nominated in 2010, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.

Set on the alien planet of Pandora, the computer generated landscapes include vast floating islands, jungle wildlife, and huge tree-dwellings.

In his legal action, Mr. Dean - described in the papers as "an international artist and designer, whose evocative and visionary images... created a new genre of work" - has claimed Cameron had "studied and referenced his art in preparation for the film".

The papers continued: "The similarities of each such work are substantial, continuing, and direct so as to rule out any accidental copying or similarity in scenes common to the genre."

Read A Lawyer’s Amazingly Detailed Analysis Of Bilbo’s Contract In 'The Hobbit' by James Daily (WIRED.com, Law and the Multiverse, Wikipedia 03 July 2013 / ) -

Editor's Note: James Daily, a lawyer and co-author of "The Law and Superheroes", typically focuses his legal critiques on the superhero world at the 'Law and the Multiverse' website he runs with fellow lawyer and co-author Ryan Davidson. Today, Daily takes a look a very important cultural document for Wired: The contract between Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves in "The Hobbit".

Ordinarily I don't discuss legal issues relating to fictional settings that are dramatically different from the real world in terms of their legal system. Thus, 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek', Tolkien's Middle Earth, etc. are usually off-limits because we can't meaningfully apply real-world law to them. But the contract featured in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' was just too good a topic to pass up, especially since you can buy a high-quality replica of it that is over 5 feet long unfolded.

First, it seems fairly clear (to me, anyway) that Tolkien wrote the Shire (where hobbits live) as a close analog to pastoral England, with its similar legal and political structures. For example, the Shire has a mayor and sheriffs, and there is a system of inheritance similar to the common law. The common law fundamentals of contract law have not changed significantly since the time that the Shire is meant to evoke, so it makes sense that the contract would be broadly similar to a modern contract (and likewise that we could apply modern contract law to it).

So, without further ado, let's get to it.

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