Friday, May 15, 2009

New Book About Space:1999 Released

Destination: Moonbase Alpha The Unauthorised and Unofficial Guide to Space:1999 is a newly-released book by Telos Publishing, a UK outfit, touting a "we-were-there" approach to remembering the landmark Anderson 1975-77 series, still beloved by a legion of fans (including this one!):

Destination: Moonbase Alpha is the most comprehensive book ever published on SPACE: 1999, including extensive cast lists and detailed reviews of all 48 episodes, as well as the Message from Moonbase Alpha short film. Destination: Moonbase Alpha tells the incredible story of the making of a science fiction classic, told by the actors, writers and production crew who created it.

Here's the page where you can find out more:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shout Out To Our First Follower

This humble blogmeister would like to thank our first blog follower, "Ysabet", for jumping on board!

Nifty! Thanks!

Everyone's welcome on board this bus, of course. Don't forget to check out the doings on the website, which I'm remodeling room by room.

PKD's Flow My Tears Next Story To Go To The Screen

It's being reported in various SF News outlets (best by SFFMedia) that another Philip K Dick story is set to go to the big screen; this time, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.

As the writer of the SFFMedia report quite rightly quipped, the story – concerning a celebrity who has to navigate the treacherous envrionment of a 21st Century police-state America after an attack which somehow results in all memory of him being wiped from seemingly everyone – has enough commentary on culture in it to pack several feature films. From Blade Runner to A Scanner Darkly, PKD's just-askew-of-reality stories seem to make compelling cinema.

Here's hoping they do this one right, too.

The SFM At Cascadia Con

To get a good idea of what you can see at an SFM appearance, just get a look at these photos snapped during the last CascadiaCon (you should be able to click them to enlarge):

A most impressive collection of Hugos, yes?

CascadiaCon gave Curator Ed a lot of space to display, and it all looked good:

I've seen a good deal of this up close, and it looks just as good as you might think. Seriously, whether or not you're an SF Con goer, a SMOF, a reader, if you've enjoyed the production of pros and fans over the last several decades, there's lovely stuff to see when Ed shows up.

We're keeping Curator Ed's appearance list up-to-date, and watch it ... he might be coming to a Con near you some day soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Keep Up With TSFM's Perambulations On Our Updated Schedule Page!

Just updated, the upcoming appearances by The SFM Crew at (hopefully) a con near you.

What will you see at a SFM table?

  • An Armload of Memorabilia
  • Ed
  • Friendly Fan contact
  • A chance to donate
  • A chance to acquaint yourself with the cause
  • Fun knowledgeable chat
  • A chance to give a "thumbs up"
  • The occasional raffle
  • A chance to buy a commemorative button
So, this is what we call a win-win-win-etc.

You really owe it to yourself to stop by and see what we're all doing in person!

Check out the paths of this perambulator!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Got Any "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books to Spare?

One of the goodies in our (so far) online museum is a "Game Room", which right now has a handful of things that Curator Ed is working on.

The most interesting of the ongoing projects right now is the adventure book concept. You may remember the self-directed adventure books from the 1970s and 1980s, when they were most popular. Being published under family names such as Choose Your Own Adventure or Race Against Time, these light tomes provided adventure that you could fit in your back pocket.

Each of them had some fantastic adventure scenario and were essentially a book full of scenes. At the end of each, you were given a list of possible choices and directed to flip to a page to see the results of your decision. Even though they were pitched for the kids' market, they're kind of hard to put down, even if you were an adult.

Curator Ed has adapted a couple of them for your online distractionary pleasure, and is working on more. But we need more!

If you have any of these collecting dust in your attic/trunk/whatever, and you'd like to spread the fun, consider donating them to us. If we recieve any duplicates, we will make them available to others who will want them.

Landmail contact information can be found at our Contact/Donation page.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Speculaltive Fiction Grant for Writers Over 50; Deadline 31 March

Sorry for being late to the party on this one, but we've just found out (via BoingBoing) that the Speculative Literature Foundation's application period for the SLF Older Writers Grant will be closing soon, on 31 March.

This is a one-time grant of $750 and, being a grant, you can spend that any way you wish. You have to be 50 years old or older, and you have to be trying to break into the business.

Time is short to apply, but the list of applications materials seems short and sweet, and anyone trying to work professionally doubtlessly either has these to hand or can work them up quickly.

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