Feature articles from Issue 225. August 2012.
The Dark Knight Rises (Mark's take)
01/08/2012. Batman is pulled out of his self-imposed retirement to face two villains. Bane is a big bull of a man in a really ugly mask. The other is Catwoman, particularly attractive in her skin-tight suit. The film has more action, more special effects, and more mystical philosophy than The Dark Knight, but less intelligence.
The Dark Knight Rises (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. As a filmmaker, how does one follow up on continuing the excitable exploits of the Batman film franchise and expect to top what is perhaps the greatest superhero film of all time in the spectacular The Dark Knight? Well if you are the highly heralded Christopher Nolan then you will instinctively find a way. Hence, the explosive and dynamic The Dark Knight Rises is certainly not a bad way to start.
Ted (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. It was a matter of time before subversive writer Seth MacFarlane took his brand of off-kilter, twisted imagination to the big screen after years of treating television audiences to his brash long-running prime time Family Guy cartoon. In Ted, MacFarlane’s (who incidentally provides the voice for the cuddly-looking, caustic titular toy) off-colour joke is clear: take a seemingly innocuous childhood icon—the teddy bear—and turn him into a flippant playboy at will.
The Amazing Spider-Man (Frank's take)
01/08/2012. America’s favourite web-slinging wonder is back for some exciting summertime action in the heralded rebooted film franchise of Stan Lee’s celebrated comic book wall crawler. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel’s web-headed hero marches to the same beat of adventure, angst and adulation but there is a sense of freshness and purpose that is also distinctive from its animated predecessors.
The David Gemmel Legend Awards for Fantasy 2012
01/08/2012. Friday 15th June 2012 saw many of the illuminati of the fantasy community gathered at the headquarters of the Magic Circle in London for the fourth year of the presentation of the Gemmell Awards. Publishers, writers, artists, critics and other hangers on arrived, not only to find out who the winners were but to honour the man in whose memory they are awarded.
Anti-Gravity: The Ups and Downs and its problems
01/08/2012. where he stands by: GF Willmetts. To understand anti-gravity, one has to understand what gravity is in the first place and that is tricky. In its most broadest sense, gravity is the attraction of two bodies to each other. If you leap in the air, you will fall back to Earth.
Is science fiction an obsession?
01/08/2012. To outsiders, people look at our interest in Science Fiction as an obsession, mostly because it takes up so much of our lives, yet no one accuses sports fans as being equally or even more obsessive with their hobby. Then again, with wall-to-wall sports on television and people dressing in team colours just means a larger number, not that they’re any better.
Book, Comic, Magazine & Film Reviews from Issue 225. August 2012.
Amazing Stories coming back soon
27/06/2012. Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine, will begin its return to regular publication this July 1st 2012 with Volume 0, Number 1, the Relaunch Prelaunch issue.
Sunburst Award Society announces shortlists for 12th annual prize
24/06/2012. The Sunburst Award Society have announced the short-lists for this year's awards. The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
Gardens of Stone
23/06/2012. Australian author Mark Barnes’s debut fantasy novel and two sequels have been acquired by 47North, Amazon Publishing’s Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror imprint, in a deal by John Jarrold, to editor David Pomerico. The first novel, titled Garden of Stones, will be published in spring 2013, with the first sequel following six months later.
Italian deal for Mark Charan Newton.
12/06/2012. Jon Mitchell, Senior rights Manager at Macmillan, has sold Italian rights to Nights Of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton to Gargoyle, who recently acquired rights to publish Joe Abercrombie and others.
Film Option Deal For Adam Nevill's Horror Novel Apartment 16
08/06/2012. Matt and Ray Marshall of Blind Monkey Pictures, the horror offshoot of UK production company Festival Film and TV, have optioned Adam Nevill’s horror novel Apartment 16, which was successfully published in the U.K. in 2010 by Pan Macmillan.
Ray Bradbury RIP.
06/06/2012. Ray Bradbury has died today in LA (aged 91) – he was an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery writer who will be best remembered for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, as well as the series of SF stories collected as The Martian Chronicles, and his novel The Illustrated Man.
Hellraiser's Clive Barker to rewrite Zombies vs. Gladiators for Amazon Studios
05/06/2012. Hellraiser creator and horror writer Clive Barker will rewrite the action horror project, Zombies vs. Gladiators, for Amazon Studios. Based in ancient Rome, the Zombies vs. Gladiators story opens as a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the world’s first zombies.
Two-Book Teen Ghost Deal With S&S For Curtis Jobling
26/05/2012. Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in London, has acquired world rights in two teenage ghost novels by Curtis Jobling. The first novel, titled HAUNT, will be published in 2013, with the sequel following in 2014. The agent was John Jarrold.
STRIP magazine to be delayed
23/05/2012. Print Media Productions has reluctantly decided to delay its planned news stand launch of STRIP from June until September 2012.
Second Eric Brown Weird Space Novel To Abaddon
20/05/2012. Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Abaddon Books, has acquired SATAN’S REACH, a second Weird Space SF novel by Eric Brown. This follows on from Eric’s soon-to-be-published THE DEVIL’S NEBULA. The novel will be delivered in 2013.
The Legend of Spacelord Mo Fo
14/05/2012. Ironclad Imagineers has announced the return to the comics world of Australian comics artist Glenn Lumsden. Glenn's work on Marvel's The Phantom, DC's Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Cyclone Comics', The Southern Squadron and Dark Nebula paved the way for a generation of aspiring Aussie comic artists to come.
Batman: Earth One
12/05/2012. This summer will see the release of Batman: Earth One, an original graphic novel that re-imagines bats as a flawed and fallible young man fumbling his way through feelings of isolation by pinning them on a quest for vengeance. This Batman is no protector of innocents; he's an angry vigilante with little interest in heroics, and with a lot to learn about the city's mean streets.
Pax Britannia: Time's Arrow.
02/05/2012. The caper is afoot, but where it leads only you decide. The new novel from Abaddon, Pax Britannia: Time’s Arrow, is coming. In a publishing experiment, readers themselves get to decide on the fate of our hero Ulysses and where the Time’s Arrow story will take them.
Stanley Schmidt Wins 2012 Robert A. Heinlein Award
01/05/2012. Science Fiction editor and author Stanley Schmidt is the 2012 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.
The Apex Book of World SF 2
28/04/2012. Readers who preorder The Apex Book of World SF 2 will get extra fiction and nonfiction, as well as a chance to read the book four months before it goes on sale through major retailers.
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