Friday, 25 November 2011

Anne McCaffrey dies

Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Pern and Crystal Singer series of books has died at the age of 85.

It is a constant source of amazement to us that the Pern books haven't yet been made into a big budget movie series. What's not to like? There's intrigue, adventure, romance and bloody big dragons.

We read the books way back when and they are truly magical, and epic series that remains light and breezy and entertaining without ever straying into the pomposity that other large fantasy series can be known to.

McCaffrey was a pioneer in the field of fantasy being a female author, but her style wasn't aimed at either gender and appealed to both.

The universe of fantasy was made greater by her presence and is diminished by her loss.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Doctor Who stole my award

Whilst it's usually the misfits ASBO offenders that are doing all the stealing, it has been reported that they had an award stolen out from under them at the Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards. The prize they should have received was handed to Doctor Who instead.

Apparently there was a 'human error in data entry'. That's a hell of typo from 'Misfits' to 'Doctor Who'. Perhaps it was just a fan making their own judgement call. If so then the 'steps have been taken to ensure thatit cannot happen again' means that someone got sacked for liking Doctor Who over Misfits.

The whole story is reported on the BBC News website.