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Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Talk' started by Tom, May 7, 2008.

  1. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    Campbell Conference Offers Teachers a Lesson on Science Fiction
    [SIZE=-1]Kansas City infoZine, MO - 1 hour ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Why science fiction should be taught, how to teach it, how to get a course approved and what resources are available to teachers and librarians.
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    Ray Bradbury will talk about 'Chronicling Mars' at UCR science ...
    [SIZE=-1]Press-Enterprise, CA - May 5, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]By PAT O'BRIEN Ray Bradbury will share his vision of the future at "Chronicling Mars," the 2008 Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UC Riverside May 16-18 ...
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    Science Fiction Podcast StarShipSofa Changes Name; Requests ...
    [SIZE=-1]PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria - May 5, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]North East, UK (PRWEB) May 5, 2008 -- StarshipSofa Podcast has changed its name to StarShipSofa: Science Fiction Audio Magazine.
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    NBC Universal to relaunch UK Sci-Fi portal
    [SIZE=-1]New Media Age, UK - 2 hours ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]NBC Universal has revealed plans to relaunch Scifi.co.uk, its UK-based science fiction portal. The new site - which will go live on Wednesday - is the first ...
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  2. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    I didn't realise the site was down! (scifi.co.uk) First thing I see when I get there is the London scifi exhibition just ended, lol!
     
  3. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    Out of this world robot exhibit at Science Fiction Museum
    [SIZE=-1]HeraldNet - 12 hours ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]"Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels," opened a week ago at the Science Fiction Museum of Experience Music Project in Seattle.
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    From lit to light sabers
    [SIZE=-1]Baltimore Sun - May 22, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]In its 42nd year, Balticon, taking place this weekend in Hunt Valley, will feature award-winning science-fiction author Connie Willis.

    [/SIZE]Eaton Contest Winners Announced
    [SIZE=-1]UC Riverside - May 22, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Graduate students from UCR and UCI win the first short-story contest sponsored by the Eaton Science Fiction Conference. RIVERSIDE, Calif.

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    [SIZE=-1]io9 - May 19, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]I love when clueless humans tell me to my face that women don't like science fiction. Usually they tell me this at a science fiction convention, after we have talked about scifi for an hour and I have said that I edit a science fiction blog.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Sci-Fi Channel isn't just about sci-fi, says Sci-Fi Channel [SIZE=-1]TV Squad[/SIZE][/SIZE]
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    'Star Wars' exhibit comes to Science Museum, but is it science?
    [SIZE=-1]MinnPost.com - 5 hours ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]"Star Wars" portrays a lot of the trappings of science, but it's more of a fantasy story than science fiction, let alone real science, said James Kakalios, a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and author of the book "The Physics of ...

    [/SIZE]Independent Author Offers Free Science Fiction Audio Books
    [SIZE=-1]PR Web (press release) - May 19, 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Mike Luoma offers his Science Fiction novels as free downloadable MP3s. "Vatican Ambassador" just completed at Podiobooks.[/SIZE]
     
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    Independent Author Offers Free Science Fiction Audio Books

    Mike Luoma offers his Science Fiction novels as free downloadable MP3s. "Vatican Ambassador" just completed at Podiobooks.com! More at Glowinthedarkradio.com
    Burlington, VT (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- Science Fiction author Mike Luoma is offering the audio book editions of his books "Vatican Assassin" and "Vatican Ambassador" as free MP3 downloads through ITunes and the Audio Book site Podiobooks.com. Luoma is a Vermont radio personality and a science fiction and comic book writer. "It seemed natural for me to record the audio book version of my writing," Luoma says. He put his radio skills to work recording himself reading the chapters of his books aloud. Luoma has just completed the second book, "Vatican Ambassador". The final episode is now available.
    Why offer free audio books? It's a way for an independent writer to promote his work. "I'm a self-publisher," Luoma explains. "So everything for me is DIY. I released 'Vatican Assassin' at the end of 2005, and the sequel 'Vatican Ambassador' last year. I started a podcast where I was putting out chapters of 'Vatican Assassin' and some other things, the Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast. Then I heard about Podiobooks. I approached them about hosting my books, and they picked them up. I began putting out the chapters of 'Vatican Assassin' last September, and I've just finished recording the final chapter of 'Vatican Ambassador'," Luoma says with some pride. "It's a way for me as a writer to get closer to my readers, along with my website glowinthedarkradio.com, twitter, myspace.com and stuff like that."
    "Vatican Assassin" and "Vatican Ambassador" tells the story of an antihero, Bernard Campion, aka "BC", who kills people for the Pope in the year 2109. A war between the Muslim world and the West has spilled beyond borders, beyond even planetary boundaries. The United Trade Zone and The New catholic Church (small "c" intentional) control Earth. The Universal Islamic Nation holds Mars, and those who don't fit either side's plans have ended up on the Moon. BC's story begins as he works to assassinate the head of Lunar Prime, the Moon's independent free state. "BC is a character who can't help but be conflicted," Luoma says. "He's killing people for a church that says you shouldn't kill! Even the ecumenical 'New catholic Church' of the future is pretty clear on that. The interesting thing is what happens to BC as he tries to live past his contradictions and become a better human being."
    Listening to Luoma narrate the audio book gives the reader and listener a more intimate experience. "Reading the chapters out loud lets me give the reader, the listener, really, some idea of what I was hearing in my head as I wrote the story," Luoma says. "I like coming up with a different 'voice' for each character. It's the spoken equivalent of what you try to do as a writer when you're creating the story."
    Luoma is putting the finishing touches on the third and final book in the trilogy, "Vatican Abdicator". "If all goes according to plan, 'Vatican Abdicator' will be out in June, and the audio book podcast will begin at the same time," Luoma says. Luoma's books are available through Amazon.com, Lulu.com and other online bookstores, and locally in Vermont.
    Luoma's free audio books are available through ITunes and from Podiobooks.com, which offers Free serialized audio books. From the Podiobooks.com site: "The term podiobooks was coined by Evo Terra to describe serialized audio books which are made available in podcast format. Listeners to Podiobooks.com can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from the site. Some listeners keep the audio files on their computers, some transfer the book to CD, but most transfer the file on to their mp3 player so they can listen no matter where they are."
     
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    MANGA DAIMOKUROKU INTRODUCES 18 THOUSAND MANGA TITLES AT eBOOK JAPAN
    [SIZE=-1]Active Anime (press release) - 4 hours ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]eBookJapan launches an enormous manga catalog online called Manga Daimokuroku, that comes with distinct search features, and hundreds of montly titles updates.

    [/SIZE]Microsoft's Live Search burns book digitization project
    [SIZE=-1]CNET News.com - 1 hour ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Microsoft's Live Search Team is ending its book search efforts, according to a blog post Friday. Its Live Search Books and Live Search Academic sites will be discontinued next week, and books and academic publishings will show up in regular search ...[/SIZE]
     
  6. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Have you seen the SFCrowsnest widget for their SF news on FB? Check my profile and you'll find it down near the bottom right I think.
     

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