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Saturn Award Nominations - Superman Leaps To Top Of The Heap by (The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films 22 February 2007 / ) - The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films has announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual Saturn Awards. Leading the pack is Bryan Singer's homage to the superhero mythos Superman Returns with 10 nominations. Garnering 6 nominations each, are X-Men: The Last Stand and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, which received its nod in the restored category of Best International Film. Following closely behind are an eclectic mix: Casino Royale, Mission Impossible III, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Stranger Than Fiction, receiving 5 nominations each.

Edward M. Lerner LOC Talk / Niven Ringworld Prequel Collaboration / Creative Destruction Update by (Edward M. Lerner 22 February 2007 / ) - Presentation at the Library of Congress

I'll be speaking at noon Friday, March 30th at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. My talk, co-sponsored by the library's Technology, Science & Business Division and the staff's Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum, will address "Computer Science in SF: It's Not an Exact Science." Library patrons are welcome. There will be a book signing after the presentation.

=== Collaborations with Larry Niven

I'm pleased to announce two new novels in the pipeline, done in collaboration with New York Times best-seller Larry Niven. Both novels are prequels to Larry's multiple-award-winning SF classic, Ringworld. Our publisher is Tor Books.

FLEET OF WORLDS is scheduled (in hardback) for September 2007. JUGGLER OF WORLDS will likely be a 2008 release. Details as publication gets closer .... Creative Destruction by Edward, M. Lerner update

The stories in this 2006 collection are all computer-themed -- which makes this next item so satisfyingly apropos. For several weeks running, CREATIVE DESTRUCTION has been *the* top-rated science-fiction selection (of more than 4,000) at premier eBook store www.fictionwise.com.

Judges for the World Fantasy Awards Announced by ( 21 February 2007 / ) - Here's the 2007 judging panel for the World Fantasy Awards, covering the 2006 awards year. Also includes mailing address for sending eligible material.

New Podcast Novel from Award-Nominated Author Tee Morris by ( 21 February 2007 / ) - Tee Morris challenged both publishing and audiobook conventions in January 2005 by giving away his fantasy novel, Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, as a podcast. Done as a serial, each chapter of the novel was made available to mp3 players everywhere. The co-author of Podcasting for Dummies officially returns to the podcast fiction arena with Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword, now playing at TeeMorris.com and Podiobooks.com.

Wil Wheaton ST:TNG Blog by (TV Squad 20 February 2007 / ) - (Here's the lead in to Will's entry on "Hide and Q", which aired November 23, 1987 he manages to not spoil it, though it's dissected with a tricorder in the main article, but sets up the good bits nicely.)

Synopsis: The Enterprise receives a distress call from a colony on Quadra Sigma III, which is just a few planets before eMac Sigma III. There's been an accident, and they need urgent medical attention. The colonists are in luck (as are Trekkies who have had their fill of "Pain! So much pain!") because the Enterprise has just dropped off Counselor Troi at Starbase G-6, putting them close enough to Sigma III to speed on over and save the 500 or so trapped miners. (Ah, trapped miners on a far off colony . . . it's one of the classic Sci-Fi cliches.)

The Enterprise kicks it up to Warp 9.1, but quickly runs into a familiar and no-longer-mysterious giant CGI net that the ship can't pass. Faster than you can say, "Hey, that's the ILM-designed thing Q used in 'Encounter at Farpoint!'" Data says, "Captain! It's that ILM-designed thing Q used in 'Encounter at Farpoint!'" They put on the brakes, and in a blinding flash of light, Q appears on the Bridge, and tells Picard that he's decided that humans are not just a bunch of **********, and as a reward, he's giving them a really swell gift.

Picard tells Q that it's very sweet of him to offer, but they're on their way to save those trapped miners on Quadra Sigma III, where there are also radioactive mutants, a sentient brain in a jar, a computer that's become self-aware and turned on its creator, beings of pure energy, and a call that's coming from inside the house, so maybe they could just talk about this some other time.

Robert J. Sawyer honored by Toronto Public Library by ( 20 February 2007 / ) - Science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has just received the TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES READING AWARD. Established in 2001, this is one of Canada's top book-related honours.

The award, which includes a cash prize of $2,500 and a crystal sculpture, was presented in front of a sold-out audience of 640 at the second annual Book Lover's Ball, a gala, $350-a-plate black-tie event held at Toronto's Liberty Grand on Thursday, February 15, 2007.

Elizabeth Moon on Tour for Command Decision by ( 11 February 2007 / ) - Elizabeth Moon is on Tour for her new book Command Decision.

She'll be visiting the following cities:

  • Portland, OR - Wednesday, February 28, 2007
    Powell's Books (Beaverton), Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd -- 7:00 PM
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

  • Salt Lake City, UT -- Thursday, March 1, 2007
    Barnes & Novel, 1104 East 2100 -- 7:00 PM,
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

  • Berkeley, CA -- Friday, March 2, 2007
    The Other Change of Hobbit, 2020 Shattuck Ave -- 6:00 PM,
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

  • San Francisco, CA -- Saturday, March 3, 2007 Boderlands, 866 Valencia St. -- 3:00 PM
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

  • San Diego, CA -- Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Mysterious Calaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. -- 2:00PM
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

  • Austin, TX -- Saturday, March 17, 2007
    BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. -- 3:00 PM
    Reading, Discussion, Signing

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Campaign Launched to get Walter Koenig a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. by ( 09 February 2007 / ) - Did you know that Walter Koenig–Star Trek's "Chekov" – is the only one of the original cast still without a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

We are trying to correct this and I am writing to you to enlist your help. Walter has been nominated, and the money has been raised (by waltersstar.com): but he needs the votes of the Walk of Fame Committee to finally put his star in its rightful place. The committee votes in their June 2007 meeting, so we have to act now!

We have launched a world-wide letter writing campaign for fans to persuade the committee to vote for Walter's star. On Walter's official site we have posted information on his qualifications, who to write to, and advice for effective letters. If you can do ANYTHING to spread the word among fans and urge them to write, it would be MOST appreciated. We have banners available on the site which can be included on websites, and ad’s and flyers for convention programs, newsletters and the like. (at www.walterkoenigsite.com/waltersstar.html) We will also be happy to mail you flyers to pass out and we will exchange banners or links with anyone helping us–just let us know!

Please help! Star Trek inspired millions and our Russian navigator was an important part of Star Trek’s dream of a better future: it’s time he was recognized with the rest of the bridge crew!

Feel free to contact me with any questions, help, suggestions or inspirations!

Patty Wright
website administrator
Walter Koenig Site (Source: )

Del Rey Internet Newsletter : February 2007 by (Del Rey 08 February 2007 / ) - FEBRUARY 2007 Table of Contents

• Dear Readers
• News
• In Depth with Timothy Zahn
• Newcomb giveaway
• New Releases
• Coming Soon

DEL REY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Del Rey will be attending New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center.
Authors who will be in attendance: Timothy Zahn (Star Wars®: Allegiance), China Miéville (Un Lun Dun), Joe Schreiber (Chasing the Dead) and Drew Bowling (The Tower of Shadows).
Stop by the Del Rey booth (Booth # 458 and 459) for a schedule of author panels and events.
We will also have available free galleys, candy treats, and other giveaways!
PIERS ANTHONY NEWS

Piers Anthony's SPLIT INFINITY, the first novel of the Apprentice Adept series, will be adapted as a full-length anime. The Japanese studio is as yet unnamed.

Nancy Jane Moore publishes flash fiction in Behind the Wainscot by ( 06 February 2007 / ) - Nancy Jane Moore has a short-short story up on Behind the Wainscot.

The story is called "Alert". It is constructed from the occasional email alerts I receive from the DC government letting me know about weather, traffic, and security emergencies. I did tinker with them a bit.

Online charity auction of new Guy Gavriel Kay novel amasses final bid of over $500 by ( 06 February 2007 / ) - Toronto – February 05, 2007 To celebrate the launch of Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay’s much anticipated new novel, Penguin Group (Canada) announced earlier this month that the first book off the press, autographed by the author, was up for bids on Ebay.com. Signed and verified by the publisher, it included a product identification slip and letter from the printing press identifying the book as the first copy printed in Canada. The auction wrapped up at a whopping CDN $571.91 (US $485.00), submitted by Neil Negandhi of Toronto. (more ...)

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