Category: News

HBO Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide

HBO has opened up a great interactive Viewer’s Guide for their new series “Game of Thrones.”

For those that have not read the books, it will be a great tool to learn what House each character belongs to, where the heck you are in Westeros, and why does that guy have a squid on his armor (not, literally… just a representation. Come on people.)?

Family trees, an interactive map, some history, and very well put together — go take a look.

Website News: Podcast Announcement

SpecFicMedia.com plans on launching several podcasts over the next few months, and we’re just about ready for the first of these to begin.

SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones Podcast.

Join P.G. Holyfield (author of Murder at Avedon Hill and SFM Founder), Nuchtchas (Host of Nutty Bites Podcast), Chooch (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host, and bassist of Ditched By Kate) and Vivid Muse (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host), Girls’ Rules Podcast Host) as we discuss the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

While we’ll be focusing on the television series, we’ll also spend time on most of the other forms of media tied to the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, including (of course) the novels, the RPG and board games, and anything else we can sink our respective direwolf-loving teeth into.

Movie News – Paramount Gives up on Dune

From Deadline New York:

Paramount has turned loose the giant worm, and everything else that was part of the seminal Frank Herbert science fiction novel series Dune. The studio\\™s four-year attempt to make a movie out of the franchise has fallen by the wayside. Paramount and the rights holders came to a parting of the ways as the rights lapsed. \\Paramount\\™s option has expired and we couldn\\™t reach an agreement,\\ said Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights to what is considered the biggest-selling science fiction book ever. \\I\\™m going to look at my options, and whether I wind up taking the script we developed in turnaround, or start over, I\\™m not sure yet.\\

For more on the story, visit the article at Deadline New York’s website.

Movie News – The Hobbit begins filming

From The middleEarthnews website:

Today is the day Tolkien fans! At the crack of New Zealand\\™s dawn, where it is already March 21st, cameras will begin rolling on \\˜The Hobbit\\™ films\\”provided everything is still on schedule. Over the last month we\\™ve watched with fingers crossed as the shooting date was pushed back from February of 2011 to March 2011 to accommodate for Sir Peter Jackson\\™s surgery and recovery. Meanwhile shooting locations where chosen and the cast began their rigorous training with horseback riding, weaponry and the all-important dwarf camp. …

Please visit middleEarthnews for more from this story.

 

Author News – George R. R. Martin

Earlier today George R. R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, posted this nugget on the Fantasy Faction website forums:

The end is in sight, at long long last, and we’re close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in your favorite bookstore on:

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.

A Dance With Dragons, the long-awaited fifth book in the fantasy series, was made available for pre-order on Amazon.com just a couple of hours later.

News – 2010 Nebula Nominees

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards.

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of  SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banqueton Saturday evening, May 21, 2011 in the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.. Other awards to be presented are the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Solstice Award for outstanding contribution to the field.

Please visit the SFWA website for the list of Nominees! – http://www.sfwa.org/2011/02/2010-nebula-nominees/

Website News – The SFM YouTube Channel

I’ve opened up a YouTube Channel for SpecFicMedia.com – http://www.youtube.com/user/SpecFicMedia – while there will be more videos on the website, and more of a chance for audience participation, YouTube is a primary means of letting people know we’re here. It needs some work, but at least it’s at the point where people can subscribe and learn about us. Go forth and spread the word!

In case you didn’t know, our twitter feed is at @specficmedia. And coming soon… the SpecFicMedia.com Page on Facebook.