Connie Willis returns with ‘Blackout’

NOTE TO READERS: Today we’re introducing a new occasional contributor on Nerdvana. Lee Whiteside has been writing about science fiction and fantasy in various forms online since before the WWW existed. His website, sftv.org, keeps track of genre TV shows. He also is quite involved with organized fandom, having chaired CopperCons (16 & 23), LepreCons […]

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Books are flying off Amazon’s virtual shelves …

… but not in a good way. The Associated Press reports that books published by Macmillan have been removed from Amazon.com’s physical book catalog, as well as the e-tailer’s digital book inventory. The root of the reversal is a dispute over e-book prices. Amazon charges $9.99 for new best-sellers in e-book format for its Kindle […]

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Astronomer writes research report as a ‘Doctor Who’ story

An astronomer has taken her research on a major cosmic phenomenon and written it up as a short story starring the characters of Doctor Who. Megan Argo observed a powerful jet of energy resulting from an exploding star in a distant galaxy. Her research will appear in the Jan. 28 edition of the journal Nature […]

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Syfy adds some magic to Friday nights with ‘Merlin’

The second season of the U.K. fantasy import Merlin will appear on Syfy’s Friday lineup starting in April, alongside the second half-season of Stargate Universe. NBC aired Merlin’s first season last summer on Sunday nights. To catch new viewers up, Syfy will show the first season’s 13 episodes in a special marathon on Sunday, March […]

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Trailer makes ‘The Losers’ looks like a winner

I’ve been watching the production of The Losers for a while now with a healthy dose of skepticism. The adaptation of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock seemed like it could easily end up as just another Hollywood action movie full of explosions and not much else. I would be very […]

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RPG giant ditches ‘Star Wars,’ re-launches ‘Gamma World’

Out with the old, in with the … old? This weekend, Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro subsidiary that produces the Magic: The Gathering card game and the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, is playing host to the annual D&D Experience, an event chock-full of seminars, signings and, of course, gaming. Then there are the […]

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