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BBC4 has announced that 2004 will see the airing of three new series in the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy sequence. The first two series formed the basis for the original novel and its sequel, The Restaurant at the end of the Universe. The new series will be adaptations of Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and Mostly Harmless. Life will be produced in six fits with the remaining series of 4 fits each. Actors Simon Jones, Susan Sheridan, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, and Stephen Moore will reprise their roles from the original shows with William Franklyn replacing the late Peter Jones as "The Book." The first of the new series will be broadcast beginning February 17 at 6:30, the fourth and fifth series will begin on September 14.
China Ends Year with Bang
Actor Les Tremayne (b.1913) died on December 19 of an heart attack in Los Angeles. Tremayne provided voices for numerous cartoons, including "Jonny Quest," "The Phantom Tollbooth," and "Smurfs." He also appeared in numerous television shows and films. On "Shazam," he played Billy Batson's mentor and he also appeared in the films "Angry Red Planet" and "The Slime People."
Dutch fan Simon van Dongen died of an heart attack on December 22. He suffered from heart and kidney problems for several years. In addition to being an active Usenet poster, Mr. van Dongen was a filker who occasionally traveled to the United States for conventions.
Actor Alan Bates (b.1934) died on December 27 in London following a long battle with cancer. Bates never acted in a strictly science fiction or fantasy role, however genre fans may have known him for his portrayal of Rudi von Sternberg in the 1975 film adaptation of George MacDonald Frasier's Royal Flash, or his role as the title character in Le Roi de coeur (1966), as a World War I soldier who finds himself surrounded by the inmates of an insane asylum and beginning to question where real sanity lies.
The deadline for converting a pre-supporting membership to an attending membership at the lowest possible rates for LA Con IV, the 2006 Worldcon, is January 1, 2004. Pricing information is available at the LA Con website. Pre-supporters who voted at Torcon should contact the LA Con registrar to find out how much they owe. The basic conversion is $60, but it may be decreased based on the number of Space Cadet badges a person has.
Naked Man at Uncle Hugo's
Terry Pratchett's American publisher, HarperCollins, has announced a $500 prize to be given at Noreascon 4, the 2004 Worldcon in Boston, for the best masquerade entry based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Information about entering the masquerade can be found at http://www.noreascon.org/masquerade/. All masquerade entrants must be members of Noreascon 4.
J.G. Ballard Refuses Honour
Les Freres Corbusier experimental theatre troupe has produced "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant," which will run through January 4 at the John Houseman Theater in New York. The musical is performed almost entirely by children between the ages of 8 and 12 and covers L. Ron Hubbard's life, including his period as a science fiction author.
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Quarter Billion Worldwide for Return
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third film in the popular series based on the novels of J.K. Rowling, will be released in both regular format and IMAX on June 4, 2004. Unlike "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which was shown on IMAX screens but not converted, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" will be converted to IMAX for presentation.
Science Fiction Tax Discussed
Death of VHS
The Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced on December 18. Below are the categories which include items of genre interest.
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In 2003, Baen Books shipped 5,000 books to the US Navy, including packages to every surface ship and submarine in the fleet. In addition to the traditional bound books, the packages shipped by Baen include CD-Roms which include the full texts of numerous additional works. The company plans to ship 10,000 volumes in 2004.
One Film to Rule Them All
First Supersonic Private Rocket
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nominees
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Animated Feature
Best Family Film (live action)
Twenty-five films have been added to the National Film Registry by the (American) National Film Preservation Board. Films of genre interest added in 2003 include the Hugo Award-winning "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Tin Toy" (1988), "One Froggy Evening" (1956), "Princess Nicotine" (1909), and "Tarzan and His Mate" (1934). The Registry was developed in 1989 and contains films from as early as 1893 and as recent as 1991.
Julius Schwartz, known for his role as an SF agent and his work on the Superman comics, has been hospitalized for pneumonia. Schwartz and his friend Mort Weisinger are credited with publishing the first true fanzine, the Time Traveller, in 1932, as well as founding the first SF literary agency in 1934.
New Arm of Milky Way
World's Largest Book Published
The annual UPC Science Fiction Award was presented to Catalan author Jordi Font-Agusti for his novel Traficants de llegendes. The UPC award is presented by the Technical University of Catalonia and has been presented since 1991. The winner receives a prize of 6,000EUR.
Nominations for the westbound TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) race from Europe to North America are now open. People interested in running need to have 3 European and 2 North American nominations, a platform of no more than 100 words, and a bond of £10 sent to Tobes Valois no later than 28 February 2004. The winner will travel from Europe to Boston for Noreascon 4.
Shooting for the Moon
Six New Prehistoric Mammals
Oldest Verifiable Male Found
Stephen King was hospitalized on November 23 for pneumonia and also underwent a thoracotomy to remove fluid from his lung. Mr. King was initially diagnosed with pneumonia before his trip to New York to receive the National Book Award medal, but his condition worsened upon his return to Maine, spreading to both lungs. He is recuperating and expected to make a full recovery.
Not Space Junk
David Truesdale, longtime force behind Tangent and Tangent Online, has announced the appointment of Chris Markwyn as Managing editor of Tangent Online, effective immediately. All magazines and anthologies for review should be sent to Mr. Markwyn at 313 Kedzie St. Apt. 3, Madison, WI 53704. Mr. Truesdale will continue as publisher and fill other assorted posts.
Battlefield Top Turkey
Albert Nozaki (b.1912) died of complications from pneumonia on November 16 in Los Angeles. Mr. Nozaki worked in Hollywood as a film art director in the 40s and 50s, whose genre credits included the television movie "Destination Space," "The War of the Worlds" and "When Worlds Collide." Nozaki, who was blind for much of his later life, also was the art director for Cecil B. DeMille on "The Ten Commandments."
Steven H Silver is a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings (DAW Books, January, February and March, 2003). In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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