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Renovation Increases Attending Membership Rates by ( 30 July 2010 / ) - Renovation - The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
RCFI, PO Box 13278, Portland, OR 97213-0278

Reno Ė On October 1, 2010, the following membership rate changes for Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, will go into effect:

Full adult attending membership rates will increase from $160 to $180.

Converting a supporting membership to an attending membership will be $130.

Family rates will be $460.

Friend of the Reno Bid Conversion from supporting to attending will be $90.

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Lose yourself in other worlds. Do good in this one. by ( 30 July 2010 / ) - Author Mark L. Van Name donates 100% of his proceeds from the hardback edition of his new novel, Children No More, to help save children in war.

Baen Books writer Mark Van Name is donating 100% of his proceeds from the hardcover sales of his new novel, Children No More, to charity Falling Whistles to help rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers in the Congo. The book's official release date is August 3, and it should be available for pre-order at your favorite bookseller. (Source: ) (more ...)

Brandon Sanderson's THE WAY OF KINGS Book Tour by ( 26 July 2010 / ) - Brandon Sanderson's WoK tour dates are confirmed (full schedule below). Stay tuned for the Towers of Midnight tour announcement and more Tor.com goodness! (more ...)

Rich Lynch, Editor of Mimosa, has put a number of his editorials and essays online by ( 26 July 2010 / ) - From the website: This collection will be a multiple-issue project. Iíve been a writer for several decades, and I have way too many articles for a one-off publication. For now Iíve selected seven, which will give you an indication of some of my interest Ė sports, music, travel, fan history, and family. There is no real theme, but Iíll provide some context as we go along. (Source: )

Robocop Ran DOS by Patrick Miller, PC World (PC World 16 July 2010 / ) -

Stupid Movie Tech Moments

Virtually no sci-fi or action flick these days is complete without a computer scene showing a few screens of mysterious scrolling text and a 3D wire-frame model. But where does this vaguely tech-looking stuff come from? Well, more often than not, it comes from a Website, app, or startup screen from the real world at the time the movie was made. Read on for some of the most unexpected tech cameos in movies.

Book View Cafe Announces Winner of Extrodinary Steampunk Photo Contest by ( 16 July 2010 / ) - Christa Newman has won first place in the BVC Extraordinary Steampunk Photo Contest for her photo of a leather apron-clad steampunk diva. Ms. Newman will be given a copy of BVC's THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY: Tales of the Steam Age, Vol. I as well as Vol. II when it is published in December.

Second place goes to Randolph Fritz for his photo of two stempunk characters in masquerade. Readers' choice goes to Randolph Fritz as well for his steamy cityscape photo. Photos by Travis Lilley and Patricia Rogers won honourable mentions.

Selected contest entries may be used in Volume II of THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY.
Congratulations to our winners!

James P. Hogan: 1941-2010 by ( 16 July 2010 / ) - From his webpage: James P. Hogan died suddenly on July 12, 2010. He was alone at his home in Ireland at the time.

The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sheryl, and his six children.

Latest James Bond Film Axed by Tribute.ca Article (Tribute.ca 12 July 2010 / ) - The latest James Bond film, which was due to be released in 2012, has been axed due to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's cash problems - the historical studio is in debt to the tune of $3.7 billion. The film was to star Daniel Craig, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Peter Morgan. A statement from Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We do not know when development will resume and cannot comment further at this stage." The previous James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, earned $586 million at the worldwide box office.

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