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All the New Scifi and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read This Fall

The weeks between September and mid-November are a bountiful time for book releases, with new works from Alan Moore, Connie Willis, Christopher …

James Purefoy cast in Netflix's version of ALTERED CARBON

Netflix has announced casting news for <b>Altered Carbon</b>, its cyberpunk TV series based on the <b>Takeshi Kovacs</b> novels by Richard Morgan.<br>Joining Joel …

Here are the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards

Once again, slated works were largely outvoted<p>This year’s World Science Fiction convention, MidAmeriCon II, is currently being held in Kansas City, Missouri. And during tonight’s Hugo Awards ceremony, voters largely rejected the slated works that had been placed on the ballot.<p>The Hugo Award is one …

Surprise revival in UK printed book sales, with ebooks dipping

Ink on paper is a better product, at least for now, and it's showing at British tills. Sky UK's Lucy Cotter reports the first better year for print …

Terry Pratchett's WEE FREE MEN optioned for film

Narrativia, the production company set up to bring Terry Pratchett's works to the screen, has announced that it is partnering with the Jim Henson …

eStories launches an alternative source for audiobooks

After ditching the major labels to go pure indie in 2014, digital music store eMusic and its new parent company TriPlay are now ready to take on Amazon and Audible's audiobook dominance. Today, TriPlay launched their eStories competitor with 80,000 titles and memberships starting at $11.95 per …

Science says works of fiction follow one of six plot types

You'll never be able to read every story out there, but there's a good chance you've already read every story type.<p>Researchers at the Computational Story Lab at Burlington's University of Vermont data-mined through 1,700 popular fiction stories and determined that they all follow one of six …

Neil Gaiman is rewriting Norse mythology in new book

Norse Mythology is about to get big<p>Finding references to Norse mythology in Neil Gaiman’s works such as <i>American Gods, Sandman,</i> and <i>Odd and the Frost Giants</i> is a common occurrence. The award winning fantasy author has long been fascinated by North Germanic story traditions, and in a new book titled</i> …

Game of Thrones Showrunners Confirm There Are Only 15 Episodes Left, Max

The rumors have swirled for a while now. Various people who have worked on the show have dropped hints. But now David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, <i>Game of</i> …

Read a new J.K. Rowling short story set in a North American wizarding school

The film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> doesn't hit theaters for months, but in the meantime, Rowling is working on a new short story series called <i>Magic in North America</i>, which is exactly what it sounds like. Today, the second installment in that series is …

Scott Lynch unveils THORN OF EMBERLAIN map

Scott Lynch has unveiled his sketch map for the forthcoming <i>Thorn of Emberlain</i>. This map shows the Kingdom of the Seven Marrows where the book will …

You May Soon Binge Books Just Like You Binge Netflix

After each cliffhanger death and betrayal in <i>Game of Thrones</i>, viewers must wait seven days until the next episode delivers resolution. As agonizing as …

Trailer for Neil Gaiman's LIKELY STORIES

Starting on 26 May, Sky Arts will be broadcasting a four-part TV series based on short stories by Neil Gaiman under the title <b>Likely Stories</b>.<br>The …

Goodreads will now alert you when your favorite ebooks are on sale

Bookish social network Goodreads has unveiled a new service to sell users discounted ebooks. Goodreads Deals is an opt-in feature that analyzes user data (looking at individuals' favorite reads, authors, etc), before emailing out relevant ebooks when they go on sale. "If one of the authors you …

Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN confirmed for September release

Gollancz have confirmed that they will be releasing Scott Lynch's <i>The Thorn of Emberlain</i>, the fourth volume of <b>The Gentleman Bastard</b> series, on 22 …

So, are the Targaryens immune to fire?

This is a question that has come up regularly in the twenty years since <i>A Game of Thrones</i> was first published but even moreso since the advent of the …

Amazon Is Opening More Physical Bookstores

Remember when news leaked that Amazon was planning to open a lot more brick-and-mortar stores? Amazon’s PR team got pretty angry about those reports …

Nebula Award swept by record number of women writers

The Nebula Awards -- voted on by members of the Science Fiction Writers of America to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy -- were …

Here Are the Winners of the 2015 Stoker Awards

The Nebulas weren’t the only major awards handed out last night. In Las Vegas, the Horror Writer’s Association awarded their own major award, The …

E-book sales in the UK decline for the first time

There's something to be said about a printed book. It's easy to read outdoors, you can lend it to a friend and, unlike a top-end Kindle, it doesn't spell disaster if you lose it. E-readers have their place, but today The Publishers Association (PA) has confirmed that Brits still love holding paper …

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ALTERED CARBON TV series gets lead actor and director

Netflix have made some announcements about their forthcoming 10-episode TV series based on Richard Morgan's seminal cyberpunk novel <i>Altered …

Read another new chapter from George R. R. Martin's The Winds of Winter

George R. R. Martin continues to take his sweet time with the sixth book in the <i>Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, but there are some hints that <i>The</i> <i>Winds of Winter</i> may finally be coming. The author posted a new sample chapter of the book to his blog yesterday, replacing one he uploaded last year, following …

Congratulations to the Finalists of the 2016 Locus Awards!

The finalists for the 2016 Locus Awards have been announced! <br>SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL• <b>The Water Knife</b>, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK)• <b><br>Ancillary …

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The Wheel of Time Is Going to Be a TV Series After All

After last year’s fight over the TV rights to Robert Jordan’s <i>Wheel of Time</i>, Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal has said that the legal situation is …

10 startup funding rounds in Asia last week

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for our regular recap of funding rounds from last week. Familiar names include Thailand’s Wongnai and Korea’s Send …

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Neil Gaiman to write GOOD OMENS TV series

Neil Gaiman has confirmed that he will be scripting a six-episode mini-series based on his 1990 collaboration with Terry Pratchett, <i>Good Omens</i>.<br>Gaiman …

Bobbie Draper cast on THE EXPANSE

Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who in gestalt form are known as James S.A. Corey, have confirmed that the fan-favourite character of Bobbie Draper has …

Mark Lawrence sells his millionth novel

British fantasy author Mark Lawrence has confirmed that his book sales have now passed one million copies sold.<br>He also receives some interesting …

FINALISTS: 2016 Aurora Awards

The finalists for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015 have been announced! <br>Best English Novel• <b>Cursed: Black</b> …

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