Jetse de Vries Shines On

Jetse de Vries, who was part of the Interzone editorial team from March 2004 until September 2008, has been very busy promoting near-future, optimistic SF all on his own initiative. Firstly there’s the Shine anthology itself, dedicated to positive SF to counteract all the doom-mongering that de Vries finds far too prevalent in contemporary SF, whether due to fashion, zeitgeist, irony, despair, or laziness. Originally taken on board by Games Workshop’s Solaris imprint, the Shine anthology will now come out in Spring 2010 under the aegis of Rebellion who have bought Solaris from GW.

Perhaps it’s a little ironic that Rebellion’s other, more established imprint, Abaddon, boasts a banner line of

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Bequest From Book Dealer Secures Rare Book For Science Fiction Foundation

A bequest from one of British science fiction’s most respected book dealers has secured a rare and important work for the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, one of the world’s most important research collections of science fiction and related literatures.

The Collection, owned by the Science Fiction Foundation and administered by the University of Liverpool Library’s Special Collections and Archives division, recently obtained a rare copy of Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905), the best-known work by British writer Edwin L. Arnold (1857-1935). This book was purchased with the help of a bequest to the Science Fiction Foundation from Ken Slater, who until his death in 2008 ran the book and magazine service Fantast/Medway.
An interplanetary romance in which the hero travels to Mars to rescue a princess and engage in swashbuckling adventures, Lieut. Gullivar Jones sold poorly on its initial publication. Since 1964, however, it has grown in reputation since the parallels between it and the best-selling

Alien artifacts or space junk? Get a piece of the auction.

As reported by the BBC, self-proclaimed meteorite chaser Robert Elliott is auctioning 171 piecee of space artefatcs.

As well as buying and selling, Rob has spent many years hunting for meteorites in the hot deserts, mainland Europe, and also much closer to home in the British Isles. Two notable British meteorites stand out from his successful meteorite hunting finds: the Glenrothes meteorite (lot 70), which he found in Fife in 1998, and the particularly rare Hambleton meteorite (lots 122 & 123) discovered in North Yorrkshire in 2005. These remain the only meteorites that have ever found by chance in the United Kingdom.

Other items of note include: Wold Cottage (lot 32), a witnessed fall in Yorkshire in 1795 which became a major piece in gaining acceptance that stones do sometimes fall from the sky; the