Reading & Writing

A small victory on the writing front – pounded out 383 words this morning on a short story.
Yay!

On the reading front here is what I have been engrossed in lately:

Finished Fearful Symmetries by Thomas Moneteleone. Superb collection of short stories and his intros to the genesis of each story are just as entertaining. Arranged chronologically you can see the growth in his writing skills through the book.

Up next, a horror anthology – Taverns of the Dead edited by Kealan Patrick Burke. Featuring stories by: Peter Straub, David Morrell, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Charles L. Grant, Jack Cady, Tim Lebbon, Steve Rasnic Tem, Chet Williamson, Thomas F. Monteleone, Charles de Lint, P.D. Cacek, Melanie Tem, Thomas Ligotti, Norman Partridge, Gary A. Braunbeck, Peter Crowther, Roberta Lannes, Christopher Fowler, Yvonne Navarro, C. Bruce Hunter, Chaz Brenchley, Tom Piccirilli, Jeff VanderMeer, Edward Lee, Nicholas Royle, and Terry Lamsley.

With an introduction by F. Paul Wilson and a foreword by Kealan Patrick Burke. Should be a great read. An impressive line up of talent.

Also reading in spurts The Complete Works of Stephen King by Rocky Woods. It is a little dry but there are interesting nuggets of King info sprinkled throughout that I was not previously aware of, that make it worth reading.

2006 Hugo Winners

Three cheers for Robert Charles Wilson. Spin is a great book! RCW has the ability to create ordinary people and have them cope with extraordinary events. I highly recommend this and all his other books.

Great to see Serenity win the Hugo for long form presentation though my vote would have been for Batman
Begins. Dr Who beat out BattleStar Galatica in the short form – bit of a surprise there.

Taken from Locus Online

Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners of the 2006 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced at a ceremony this evening at L.A. Con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, California.

NOVEL
# Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

NOVELLA
# “Inside Job”, Connie Willis (Asimov’s Jan 2005)

NOVELETTE
# “Two Hearts”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF Oct/Nov 2005)

SHORT STORY
# “Tk’tk’tk”, David D. Levine (Asimov’s Mar 2005)

RELATED BOOK
# Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: LONG FORM
# Serenity (Universal Pictures/Mutant Enemy, Inc.; Written & Directed by Joss Whedon)

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: SHORT FORM
# Doctor Who: “The Empty Child” & “The Doctor Dances” (BBC Wales/BBC1; Directed by James Hawes; Written by Steven Moffat)

PROFESSIONAL EDITOR
# David G. Hartwell

PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
# Donato Giancola

SEMIPROZINE
# Locus, Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong & Liza Groen Trombi, eds.

FANZINE
# Plokta, Alison Scott, Steve Davies & Mike Scott, eds.

FAN WRITER
# Dave Langford

FAN ARTIST
# Frank Wu

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo]

# John Scalzi

In addition to the awards listed above, Special Committee Awards were presented to Betty Ballantine and to Harlan Ellison. The Big Heart Award was presented to Forrest J Ackerman, and will heretofore be renamed the Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award. The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award was given to Joe Hensley. Takayuki Tatsumi presented the previously announced winners of the Japanese Seiun Awards, Greg Egan’s novel Diaspora and Ken MacLeod’s story “The Human Front”.
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Forbidden Planet – Restored Edition!

Forgive my excitement and the length of this post but this announcement rocks!

One of the seminal SF pictures from the 50’s, this along with The Day The Earth Stood Still were two of my favourite movies as a kid – along with Jason and the Argonauts.

There are two configurations – a two disc set and a tin box set which includes many extras plus a Robby the Robot figure! This will be so mine.

This link has a picture of the Ultimate Set

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99364918452037&item_id=1192401&searchID=250710

Here is an Amazon link, no picture though:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HEWEEY/sr=1-3/qid=1155330648/ref=sr_1_3/104-6480441-9247150?redirect=true&ie=UTF8&s=dvd

Here is the Warner PR piece:

The Quintessential 1950s Sci-Fi Movie …

FORBIDDEN PLANET

50TH ANNIVERSARY 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION and ULTIMATE COLLECTORS EDITION

From Warner Home Video November 14

Newly Restored and Remastered Film, in Widescreen and
Dolby Digital® 5.1, Has Six Hours of Bonus Features Including
Two Follow-Up Robby the Robot Films, Lost Footage, Additional Scenes, Three New Documentaries and More

Ultimate Collectors Edition in Unique Metal Alloy Collector’s Case

Contains Collectible Robby The Robot Action Figure,

Reproduction Lobby Cards Portfolio and Mail-In Movie Poster Offer

Burbank, CA (July 21, 2006) – Forbidden Planet, considered by many the most influential science fiction film ever made until the Star Wars era, goes into DVD orbit November 14 when Warner Home Video releases Forbidden Planet 50th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition and Forbidden Planet Ultimate Collectors Edition. The film, in a new widescreen version, has been digitally transferred from fully restored new film and audio elements. The remarkable electronic soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.® The 2 Disc Special Edition will be available at $26.99 SRP; the Ultimate Collector’s Edition for $59.92 SRP.

A pioneering work whose ideas and style influenced countless cinematic space voyages that followed — Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost in Space, 2001: A Space Odyssey, among others — Forbidden Planet is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Earl Holliman and Richard Anderson. It also marks the motion picture debut of Robby the Robot. Fred McLeod Wilcox directed the Cyril Hume screenplay.

More than four hours of special features in the 2-Disc Special Edition include commentary, additional scenes, two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot plus three documentaries. Also of special note is the lost footage, which features preliminary takes of various special effects including the space ship and interior and exteriors. Very few people knew of the existence of footage, which, since the ‘50s, had bounced around to various stock houses and vaults, simply marked as “The Saucer Footage.” Star Wars special effects artist Dennis Muran, who had learned of the footage in the ‘70s, brought it to the attention of WHV which finally tracked it down in New York City.

The Ultimate Collectors Edition keepsake case includes the 2-Disc Special Edition as well as a collectible Robby the Robot replica with moveable limbs, Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy reproduction lobby cards portfolio, as well as a Forbidden Planet original theatrical poster mail-in offer.

Synopsis

Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew set out to investigate the

disappearance of a colony of scientists on the planet Altair-4. After landing, they discover only two survivors, Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his exquisite daughter Altaira (Anne Francis).

The Morbiuses live a surprisingly prosperous lifestyle, attended to by Robby the Robot, a super-butler who performs many amazing feats. But lurking in the background is an invisible force — which may or may not have been responsible for the disappearances of those scientists – and about which only Morbius knows the truth. But Morbius is not about to share his secret (or his daughter!) with anyone else.

DVD Special Features:

· Additional scenes

· Lost footage

· Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series

· Two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot:
o 1958 MGM feature film The Invisible Boy
o The Thin Man MGM TV series episode Robot Client
· Three documentaries:
o TCM original Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us
o All-new Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (featuring new appearances by Leslie Neilsen, Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Warren Stevens and more)
o Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon
· New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements

· Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

· Science-fiction movie trailer gallery

· Languages: English & Français

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

Forbidden Planet 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition

Street Date: November 14, 2006

$26.99 SRP

Running Time: 98 minutes

Rated G

Forbidden Planet Ultimate Collector’s Edition

$59.92 SRP

Woohoo!