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War Of The Worlds Woking Trailer 2007

war of the worlds trailer movie 2007 filmWoking, Early 2007. Byebye

War Of The Worlds In Woking 2007 Trailer, set in Woking, as it should be. Back the roots of the original H.G. Wells story.

Richard K. has done a splendid job of rendering Woking to dust in a digital attack from ’scrutinising lifeforms’. From smart sound effects, to ‘heart rendering’ (read: hilarious) explosions of landmarks in and around Woking.

The voiceover and music, which I believe are from Jeff Wayne’s Musical War Of The Worlds, is absolutely perfect.

Even though it’s only two and a half minutes long, it packs a real punch. The tension actually builts as the invaders come closer to Earth. The digital effects fit in well, and I love the bit where … ah, but that’d be telling. Just watch it!

I bet some people wish they’d digitally blown up some of the dives though, those places are frequented by aliens already.

BTW, Thanks to all the people who emailed me on this, it must be just about everyone I know, especially Paul cos he got the first email across.

Now, I’m off the play it just one more time…

See images of the actual War Of The Worlds Martian Sculpture which is in Woking.

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Star Trek : What does NCC-1701 serial number stand for?

startrek uss enterprise image original ncc 1701Q) Can you tell me what the serial numbers on the Starship Enterprise stand for? Many thanks.

A) It doesn’t stand for anything.

The Star Trek Encyclopedia states:

“NCC doesn’t stand for anything. It was devised by Matt Jefferies, art director of the first Star Trek series. Jefferies, who is a pilot, based NCC on 20th century aircraft registration codes. In such 20th century usage, an “N” first letter refers to an aircraft registered in the USA. A “C” second letter refers to a civil aircraft.

Jefferies added a second “C”, just because he thought it looked better. Think of it as being like the arbitrary three-letter code that’s part of automobile license plate numbers in many states.”

Great Scifi For Trekkers!

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Flames Of Herakleitos : Bob Lock : Swansea : Arts Council Of England : Neil Davies

Bob Lock has informed us of his debut dark/SF/F novel Flames Of Herakleitos which is being published in March.

There will be a book launch in The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea at 7pm on 23rd March.

Steve Upham who runs Screaming Dreams and the ezine Estronomicon has decided to go into publishing and this book and Neil Davies’ The Midnight Hour are his first two.

He also has signed up quite a number of well-known names for a couple of anthologies that are due out later in the year. Some of them are:
Rhys Hughes
Gary McMahon
Steve Redwood
Paul Kane
Steve Lockley
Paul Evans
John L Probert and many more.

Bob also mentions he’s been fortunate enough to have had Flames top the best seller’s chart in the SF genre on the Youwriteon site (which is sponsored by The Arts Council of England) for nearly all of 2006/7.

It has been read by the SF author Neal Asher who enjoyed it and allowed Bob to use a quote of his for back-of-book-blurb.

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Dr Who Scifi Easter Eggs

The Day Easter Suddenly Went Scifi

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the most obvious and unfunny jokes which I’m going to use on this. There’s no eggcuse really.

This is a really cool and eggsellent idea: Why settle for boring old Cadbury’s East Eggs, when you can get
Doctor Who Easter Eggs!!! As well as the Easter Eggs, there’s also Easter Egg cupholders!!!!


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GUD: Greatest Uncommon Denominator: Issue 0 Promo

gud magazine greatest uncommon denominator cover weird naked man tongue chestGUD Magazine (Greatest Uncommon Denominator) Issue 0 Promo : Spring 2007

Printed: $10 (2 for $18)
PDF: $3.50

According to the blurb at the beginning of the book, the team behind GUD Magazine consist of Mike Coombes, Sal Coraccio, Kaolin Fire (Instigator), Sue Miller (All editors), Julia Bernd (Copy Editor), Sue Miller (Layout) and their accompanying website by Kaolin Fire.

GUD Magazine describes itself as publication which contains literary and genre fiction, poetry, essays, and art and features authors and artists from around the world. GUD Magazine pays semi-pro rates for content and pays royalties on the profits of the sales of the magazine, effectively making the contributors shareholders for that issue. That is a neat idea, as the shareholders would, of course, do their utmost to promote the issue to increase the fruits of their labour.

It is available for purchase in print and electronic (PDF) format. It is published twice yearly, although they expect to go to four issues a year in our second year of publication. The initial print run for Issue 0 was 200 copies, and they are investigating distributorship for the magazine within the US and abroad. They expect the circulation to grow as word gets out.

So, what does this new publication look like? Well, it certainly isn’t like any pulp publication I’ve seen before. It’s roughly the same size as Asimov’s and Fantasy And Science Fiction - more of a paperback size than magazine size. It consists of 196 pages and is bound solidly, with a tight spine like a book. The paper is good quality, it looks like its been selected for its readability, especially in sunlight; it’s a lower contrast pulp (i.e. not completely white) making it much easier on the eyes. And it works.

The cover is somewhat mysterious and a little weird. You can see it above - basically it’s digital art - something to look at for a bit, then to turn the page. I’m not really a fan of this kind of art (unless it jumps out and throttles my senses), but there again it sure does look weird, and this is, I believe, how GUD Magazine is being marketted - just that little different from usual.

It seemed a shame, but I had to actually turn the nicely bound book’s cover, bend it slightly out of shape, and…
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