Outlander on SBS

The science fantasy tv series ‘Outlander’ is to be broadcast on SBS starting this Thursday night (20 October) at 9.30pm.

Based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows the adventures of a woman who finds herself transported from the late 1940s to 1743 in Scotland.

The series was filmed on location in Scotland with a lot of attention to detailed costuming and good acting.

Definitely worth a watch

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Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20

Shakespeare and Science Fiction

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.

One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.

Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.

Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know

Hugo Awards Winners Announced

The 2013 Hugo (World Science Fiction) Awards and the John Campbell Award have been announced.

The awards were announced and presented at Lonestar 3, the World SF Convention, in Texas and broadcast online. A full list of the winners can be found on Lonestar’s website.

Some of the winners are:

Best Novel – Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella – “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) – The Avengers,
Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) – Game of Thrones episode “Blackwater”.
Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)