Black Library Sabbat Worlds Anthology, London Sigining

Multi-author events. Offering a unique PRE-PUBLICATION release of the Black Library?s SABBAT WORLDS ANTHOLOGY, at 6pm on Thursday September 9th, Forbidden Planet 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London will be playing host to: –

? Dan Abnett
? Christian Dunn
? Nick Kyme
? Graham McNeill
? Sandy Mitchell
? Nik Vincent
? James Swallow

This is one of their trademark free-form signings ? no tables, no queues ? allowing our customers to meet and chat to their favourite authors in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It?s ideal for Black Library fans to come down with their friends and make an evening out of an event.

SABBAT WORLDS, featuring Dan Abnett?s GAUNT?S GHOSTS tells new stories of the bitter conflict across the Sabbat Worlds, the conflict that can only end in victory or annihilation. The innumerable forces of the Arch enemy attack without mercy, and planet after planet burns with the flames of war. Yet even amidst this nightmare, the Imperial Guard stand stoic against their foes. The Phantine Air Corps battle the enemies of mankind across burning skies, while the Gereon resistance tries to break the foothold of Chaos on their beleaguered world and the legendary Gaunt?s Ghosts fight in the most violent and bloody of warzones. This anthology opens the gateway to the Sabbat Worlds like never before!

Forbidden Planet, London is the largest store of its kind in the world. The biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comics have visited us for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.

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SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival April 2010

The 9th SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival?s programme is announced today with a stellar line-up, including over 40 features, 25 shorts and standout special events, live panel discussions and workshops. Under the banner of ?Life in 2050? SCI-FI-LONDON will take place from Wednesday 28th April to Monday 3rd May 2010 at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus with satellite events taking place at the Curzon Soho, The Royal College of Surgeons, BFI Southbank and Proud Central Gallery.

The festival opens on 28th April with genetic sci-fi horror SPLICE written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher), exec produced by Guillermo del Toro (Pan?s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and staring Adrien Brody (The Pianist, King Kong). This controversial film about DNA splicing won rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival so you don?t want to miss its London debut. Closing the festival on 3rd May is atmospheric space thriller from Switzerland, CARGO, helmed by first time feature directors Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter. A film lauded in early reviews as a sci-fi epic in the making, it will receive its UK premiere at the festival.

On opening night the festival will play host to the Arthur C Clarke Awards 2010, the annual event that awards a prize to the best science fiction novel of 2009. This year the winner will receive a cheque for ?2010. SCI-FI-LONDON will also announce the winner of their 48 Hour Film Challenge which took place in London from 10th-12th April and the winning film will be screened at the opening gala.

For the 2010 festival SCI-FI-LONDON boasts a further 12 UK premieres from exciting new Sci-Fi filmmakers across the globe. From the US comes black comedy DRONES, indie alien flick EARTHLING, Sci-Fi Rom-Com TIMER, Vincenzo Natali?s offbeat charmer NOTHING as well as the debut feature from Sandy Collora HUNTER PREY, who made the legendary fan film BATMAN: DEAD END. You can also catch a sneak peek of the Philip K. Dick adaptation RADIO FREE ALBERMUTH staring Alanis Morrisette before its official premiere in the States.
From Mexico there?s clone actioner DEPOSITARIOS and dystopian drama 2033, and from Hungary the surreal thriller ONE and TRANSMISSION – a meditation on a world where all technology has failed. Other features playing include Belgium mockumentary VAMPIRES, futuristic visions from Australia in ERASER CHILDREN and the concept of a ?virtual country? is explored in France?s 8th WONDERLAND.

The ?Focus on Poland? strand, supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, will celebrate classic Polish Sci-Fi. Films include the landmark TEST PILOTA PIRXA (1978), the Szulkin masterpiece GOLEM (1980) and a rare opportunity to see the dark sci-fi based on the Stanislaw Lem novel THE HOSPITAL OF TRANSFIGURATION (1979). The season will be introduced and discussed by novelist and designer Andrzej Klimowski.

On Friday 30th April Curzon Midnight Movies and SCI-FI-LONDON will present Sexed-Up Sci-Fi, a night of themed cocktails, live music and screening of the ultimate cult sci-fi, BARBARELLA at the Curzon Soho. The party will continue at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus on Saturday 1st May when Bollywood does sci-fi in LOVE STORY 2050 – an all-singing, all-dancing sci-fi musical extravaganza featuring special effects from Weta. Free Indian snacks will be provided in the intermission.

For the first time SCI-FI-LONDON will be hosting a unique art exhibit as part of the festival. LIFE IN 2050 is a contemporary art exhibition at Proud Central Gallery where SCI-FI-LONDON and graphic design studio Transmission has set the dial to 40 years from now and commissioned 22 exciting artists to each create thought provoking and original work. It launches on April 22nd

SCI-FI-LONDON has a strong tradition of spectacular All-Nighter events and 2010 is no exception! The Starcraft II All-Nighter (SCREAMERS/INDEPENDENCE DAY/THE ABYSS/STARSHIP TROOPERS) celebrates the release of Blizzard?s ?Starcraft II ? The Wings of Liberty? with movies full of mecha, monsters and macho dialogue and the Comedy All-Nighter (SALUTE OF THE JUGGER/ALIEN FACTOR/THE UNEARTHLY/FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS) brings together some of the worst films ever made with live comedy and entertainment from the best in London stand-up talent. The Japan Alive All-Nighter (TOKYO GORE SCHOOL/ KAMUI/TAJOMURI/CHANBARA STRIPTEASE) features four live-action treats to get your blood boiling and the ever popular Manga All-Nighter (REDLINE/BLEACH II/FATE/STAY NIGHT/MUSASHI) is guaranteed to be a sell-out. All events take place on Saturday 1st May and include complimentary refreshments and special giveaways on the night.

SCI-FI-LONDON will offer a number of FREE events at the festival including a screening of Spielberg?s MINORITY REPORT and children?s screening of the Doctor Who classic DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150AD. On May 1st The Royal College of Surgeon?s will host a free Film Treatment Workshop and BFI Southbank will encourage budding comic writers to create a ?Manga Mash-up?.

For the full festival programme visit

The SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival runs from Wednesday 28th April to Monday 3rd May 2010
Tickets can be booked online at or by telephone on: 0871 220 6000

Fan Festival UK Scifi James Bond Event

Fan Festival is proud to present their first collectors convention and signing event at the London Film Museum in County Hall.

The weekend of the 24th and 25th April 2010 will be packed with opportunities to meet some of your favourite actors and actresses from the movie industry. Stars of the British film industry will be on hand for signings among the collector?s tables and exhibition pieces on display.

Confirmed guests so far include*;

Richard Kiel ? His first singing in Central London
James Bond himself, George Lazenby, from On Her Majesty?s Secret Service.
Ray Harryhausen, the man who invented stop motion animation in film
Honor Blackman – Pussy Galore and Doctor Who
Burt Kwouk ? Cato Fong from The Pink Panther films
Jesper Christensen ? His first ever signing event
In total we shall be having the largest gathering of Bond actors and actresses under one roof.

The museum will be featuring a collection of artefacts as part of the weekend, and guests will be able to take a high speed ride down the Thames with London Rib Voyages**

The Art of Avatar! Concept artwork from the stunning 3D world of Pandora created for the film will be on display. Pieces will be taken from the new book ?The Art of Avatar? (Abrams Books Ltd) to celebrate the release of James Cameron?s history-making motion picture AVATAR on Blu-ray & DVD on April 26.

Original pieces on display will include Little Nellie, the armoured autogyro from You Only Live Twice, and Tony Stark?s first generation Iron Man suit that he uses to escape the dessert.

On the Saturday night, Sir Christopher Lee will be receiving a lifetime achievement award from Cinema Retro Magazine in a special Q&A session, hosted by writer and publisher Lee Pfeiffer, in the Debating Chamber at the heart of the building.

Collectors will also be able to purchase memorabilia from the various stalls around the museum over the 2 days.

*Guest appearances subject to change without notice

Hammer For Halloween

Hammer Glamour
Hammer Glamour

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a Hallowe?en HAMMER GLAMOUR event to celebrate the release of the Hammer Glamour book. Come and meet author Marcus Hearn with the gorgeous Caroline Munro and Vera Day the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 31st October 1 ? 2pm.

Over fifty years ago, with the release of The Curse of Frankenstein and Christopher Lee?s iconic performance in Dracula, Hammer ushered in a whole new era of horror, with blood and barely-restrained cleavage in glorious colour.
Authorised by Hammer and written by expert Hammer historian Marcus Hearn (The Hammer Story), this sumptuous hardback is bursting at the seams with rare and previously unpublished photographs, meticulously gathered from Hammer?s archive and private collections all around the globe. Also featuring many new interviews, this is a lavish, full-colour, all-encompassing celebration of Hammer?s female stars.

Marcus Hearn has worked with Hammer Film Productions since 1994, initially as the editor of its official magazine and latterly as a rights and archive consultant With Alan Barnes, he wrote The Hammer Story, the authorised history of the company. Caroline Munro appeared in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and the two Dr. Phibes movies and Vera Day in Quatermass II.

Gareth David-Lloyd Signing

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by Gareth David-Lloyd. He will be launching the exciting new web thriller GIRL NUMBER 9 at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Tuesday 27th October from 5:30 ? 6:30pm.

Girl Number 9, starring Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Joe Absolom (Personal Affairs, Eastenders) and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Doctor Who, Eastenders).

Torchwood/Doctor Who writer James Moran has created a 6 x 5 minute web thriller, with feature director Dan Turner

Vincent Boylan (Joe Absolom) has just been arrested, suspected of being behind the brutal murder of seven girls, but the team only have a limited time to get a confession out of him. If they cant make him talk, he could slip through their fingers. Detective Matheson (Gareth David-Lloyd), who led the investigation, is sent in to try and get some answers. But things soon take a horrifying turn for the worse, as Matheson and his boss Lyndon (Tracy-Ann Oberman) are about to find out all is not what it seems.

Girl Number 9 is premiering on 30th October at 9pm GMT, exclusively on


Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by top Hollywood director Sam Raimi ? plus Justin Long and Alison Lohman, the stars of his new movie ?Drag Me To Hell?. They will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Sunday 24th May from 4:00 ? 4:30pm.

One of Hollywood?s most creative, exciting and intelligent film-makers, Sam Raimi caught the attention of film fans with his savage, darkly humorous The Evil Dead in 1981. He?s gone on to direct Evil Dead II, Crimewave, Darkman and the third in the Evil Dead series, Army of Darkness, before moving on to the blockbusting, Spider-Man trilogy.

Celebrating Sam Raimi?s return to the horror genre, Drag Me To Hell has been hailed as a horror ?opus? ? a chilling, audacious and occasionally hilarious romp through a classic horror tale. It will be released in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday 27 May, 2009.

Justin Long?s movie credits include ?Die Hard 4.0? and ?He?s Just Not That Into You? and Alison Lohman has appeared in ?Beowulf? and ?Things We Lost In The Fire?.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO UK Signing Event (and many others)

(Forbidden Planet)

London Megastore: Thursday 21st May 6 ? 7pm

We?re delighted to be welcoming the author of the astonishing The Name of the Wind, a debut fantasy novel written with the cadence and fluidity of a master poet. Patrick is a rare visitor to the UK; this is his ONLY London event and it?s causing quite the sensation – we?ve already received multiple enthusiastic emails!

Southampton Megastore: Saturday 30th May 1 ? 2pm

Join the lovely ladies of Gollancz for a free-form holiday signing at the Southampton store ? we have Alex?s highly anticipated second novel Jasmyn three weeks in advance of its publication date plus Jaine?s Consorts of Heaven and Suzanne?s Sweet Scent of Blood.

London Megastore: Thursday 4th June 6 ? 7pm

Rapidly gaining a label as ?the best fantasy novel of 2009?, Nights of Villjamur is Mark?s debut ? taking us to a world of a dying sun and a coming ice age, richly populated with concept, plot and character. Come down and meet Mark ? and talk to him about the inspiration for this astonishing work!

London Megastore: Friday 5th June 6 ? 7pm

Best-selling fantasy author Joe will be treating us to a reading from, and a short Q&A about, his latest novel Best Served Cold. He solemnly promises no spoilers ? but plenty of his sharp, dark humour, and the razor-edged prose that have made him a master of the genre.

London Megastore: Saturday 6th June 1:30pm onwards

Needing no introduction, film director Guillermo del Toro will be signing his novel The Strain. Please be aware that this event is likely to be extremely busy and will go on for most of the afternoon.

Gerry Anderson Signing

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by cult icon Gerry Anderson. He will be signing two volumes of Century 21: Classic Comic Strips From The Worlds Of Gerry Anderson at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 18th April 1 ? 2pm

Gerry Anderson?s astonishing and ground-breaking career has spanned over 50 years and has created many iconic series including the world-famous Thunderbirds, Stingray, UFO, Space 1999 and Captain Scarlet ? all of which have since entered the hallowed halls of SF fandom nostalgia.

Launched in 1965, TV Century 21 (later known as TV 21) ties into these astounding science-fiction puppet series created by Gerry Anderson’s Century 21 Productions. In these great new collections of reprints, authorised and supervised by Gerry Anderson, Chris Bentley has assembled some of the most thrilling stories from TV21?s classic years including Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.

Massive Events Conventions

20th – 22nd February : Chevron 7.2 Stargate Convention – The Park Inn
Hotel, Bedford
27th Feb – 1st March : Eternal Twilight Convention – The Park Inn
Hotel, Northampton
13th – 15th March : The Hub 2 Torchwood Convention – The Park Inn
Hotel, Northampton
1st – 3rd May : Eclipse 3 Heroes Convention – The Park In Hotel,
13th 14th June Better Than Life Red Dwarf Convention ? The Park Inn Hotel, Bedford
7th – 9th August : Abrams Inc (J.J.Abrams Convention) – The Park Inn
Hotel, Northampton
17th- 19th October : Eternal Twilight 2 Convention – The Park Inn
Hotel, Northampton
30th Oct – 1st November : Hallowhedon Convention – The Thistle Hotel,
London Heathrow
6th – 8th November : Chevron 7.3 Stargate Convention, The Park Inn
Hotel, Northampton

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Collectormania Manchester 4 – Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2008

Collectormania Midlands 18th-19th April 2009

The MK Dons Stadium: Milton Keynes

29 – 30th August 2009


Spring Memorabilia Show
28-29 March 2009

Winter Memorabilia Show
21-22 November 2009

B40 1NT

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Another Chance to Meet Ray Harryhausen

If you missed out on the oppertunity to meet Ray Harryhausen last weekend , do not fear, he is back in london for a talk and signing thanks to Gower Streets Waterstones book store.

Academy Award winning Ray Harryhausen will celebrate a century of model animation at this evenings talk, having provided special effects and production for such film greats as ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’ and ‘Jason and the Argonauts’. King Kong was the first film to bring models to life in this way and became the inspiration for Harryhausen’s renowned and life long career.

The event takes place at Roberts Lecture Hall, UCL, Torrington Place WC1E 7JE (Opposite Gower Street Waterstone’s) on Thursday, 4 December 2008 at 7:00PM.
Tickets ?5, ?3 for students with valid I.D, available from the Gower Street Waterstone’s

Further details or tickets : 020 7636 1577 or email: