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Fri, May 20th, 2011
Awards Round Up: Locus, Christopher, Independent Publisher Awards
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are five contenders in the Fantasy novel category for the 2011 Locus Awards presented by the  Locus Science Fiction Foundation: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay Kraken, by China Miéville Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross The Sorcerer’s House, by Gene Wolfe Winners in fifteen categories, including science […]


Wed, May 18th, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Posted by: Keir Graff

My new year’s resolution was to read more widely, even wildly; I asked REaD ALERT subscribers what I should read and received many strong suggestions. From these suggestions I created a short list. Given my reviewing duties at Booklist, I was sure it had to be a short list, and I was right; it wasn’t until my […]


Tue, May 17th, 2011
Writers of the Future Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Most of the awards we post here on Likely Stories are for book-length works of fiction and nonfiction—and most of the winners are not first-time authors. But there are some contests for beginners, too. The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest is designed to give an early-career boost to aspiring sf authors […]


Mon, April 18th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Repo Men
Posted by: David Pitt

Well, I finally had a chance to see Repo Men, the movie based on Eric Garcia’s novel The Repossession Mambo. I talked about the book here, calling it “a gritty near-future thriller with comic overtones [and] a Blade Runnerish feel to it,” and the movie is exactly the same. The performances by Jude Law, Forest […]


Fri, March 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Timeline
Posted by: David Pitt

In Michael Crichton’s Timeline (1999), a trio of graduate students travel back in time to medieval France to bring back their professor, who’s stranded in the year 1357. It’s not Crichton’s best novel — he has to work uncharacteristically hard to sell the scientific premise of the story — but it’s exciting, well written, and, as usual, […]


Thu, February 17th, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Stand
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this article at The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic plague novel The Stand is coming to a movie theater near you. The Stand, which was more than 800 pages long in its original incarnation, and more than 1000 in its 1990 “complete and uncut” reissue, is one of King’s best novels. Rich […]


Fri, February 4th, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Walking Dead
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally had a chance to catch the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC. Engineered by three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont, the series is based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. The Walking Dead, if you’re not familiar with it, follows Kentucky deputy sheriff Rick Grimes […]


Tue, January 11th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Riverworld
Posted by: David Pitt

So I caught a rerun of the SyFy Channel’s 2010 adaptation — true fans of the novel might use the word “desecration” — of the first two Riverworld novels by Philip Jose Farmer. To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971) and The Fabulous Riverboat (also ’71) are set in the same world, but they’re not especially […]


Tue, January 4th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Firestarter
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at Cinema Blend, there’s going to be a remake of the 1984 Drew Barrymore movie Firestarter. Firestarter is a fair-to-middlin’ (mostly middlin’) adaptation of one of my favorite early Stephen King novels. The book, published in 1980, concerns a young girl who can set fires just by thinking about it. It’s […]


Sat, November 27th, 2010
Reading the Screen: World War Z
Posted by: David Pitt

Unless you’ve been dead the last few months, you probably know that Max Brooks’ rather brilliant novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) is being made into a movie. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, and the unfairly maligned Quantum of Solace), the movie stars Brad Pitt […]





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