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JK Rowling accused of plagiarizing again

JK Rowling has yet again been accused of plagiarizing Harry Potter. The English author and her publisher are being sued for 500 million pounds for allegedly copying Harry Potter from Adrian Jacob's 'Willy the Wizard'. Jacob's book is about a boy discovering his magical powers and was published in 1987, ten year before the JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book. Jacob's book was also rejected by Rowling's present publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing. He got his book published by a smaller company under the title "The Adventures Of Willy The ... more

Leaked Draft Delays final Twilight

Stephanie Meyer, author of the young-adult Twilight series of books, has put the fifth and final book on hold after a partial draft was leaked to the internet. Twilight tells the love story of a human teenager named Bella and her vampire lover, Edward. Meyer is holding back the final installment in protest of the leak. The draft - which was incomplete - was given to a few trusted people and Meyer does not believe their was malicious intent with the distribution. No word on when she will get back to finishing the final book or if it will ... more

Wheel of Time Calendar Released

Tor Books is proud to announce that ROBERT JORDAN'S WHEEL OF TIME� 2009 CALENDAR is now on sale. Last spring, Robert Jordan announced a competition on his blog ( where artists would have the opportunity to submit original artwork based on the Wheel of Time� for inclusion in a 2009 calendar. He wrote, �I know there is some really professional quality work because I have seen it. Style doesn�t matter in this. Manga, ... more

Final Harry Potter Book Gets a Title

The much debated final book of the Harry Potter saga finally has a title. Author JK Rowlings has officially announed it will be...
(drumroll here) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
So my first question was, what the heck are "Hallows"????
According to the American Heritage Dictionary:
1. To make or set apart as holy.
2. To respect or honor greatly; revere.
So I still have no idea what this might refer to. They've never been mentioned in any other Harry Potter book, so all we can do is wait and ... more

PR: Battlefield Earth celebrates 20th Year

The 20th anniversary of one of the best-selling science fiction stories of all time--L. Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth"--will be celebrated with a special 20th anniversary hardcover edition, marking the novel's two decades as a world-wide bestseller. The book premiered in stores across the country in December. For more information, visit more

Andre Norton passes

Science Fiction Grand Master Andre Norton died in her home in Tennessee on March 17 of cogestive heart failure. She was 93. The former Alice Mary Norton (who changed her name legally in 1934 to Andre) wrote more than 130 books in many genres. Her Witch World series included more than 30 novels. She will be cremated with a copy of her first and last novels. Norton, a former Florida resident I met years ago, was the first woman to be a recognized Grand Master by the SFWA. Her final complete novel, "Three Hands for Scorpio", will be ... more

Sixth Potter book now finished

Author J.K. Rowling has completed the 6th Harry Potter adventure, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She stated on her website that she's very happy with it and can't wait for everyone to read it. The book is due to hit stores July 16, 2005. more

Major Potter character to die

Author J.K Rowling has confirmed a rumor that at least one of the major characters of the famous series will not survive the next book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. No word on which character will die, but Rowling previously said Potter himself will be in all seven books, though his fate at the end of book 7, which Rowling has said will be the final in the series, is uncertain. Prince will be the 6th outing and is set for release some time next year. more

Del Rey to publish more Albion

Del Rey Books has signed Amber Benson and Christopher Golden to co-author a series of original novels based upon their wildly popular BBCi animated online drama GHOSTS OF ALBION. Set in nineteenth-century London, GHOSTS OF ALBION revolves around William and Tamara Swift, siblings who must use their family legacy of supernatural powers to protect England from an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the world. To this end, they enlist the help of the mystical ... more

The Crow: The Story Behind the Film

Titan Books is releasing The Crow: The Story Behind the Film on January 23. The book by Bridget Baiss includes not just the making of the film, but the story of the tragic death of it's star, Brandon Lee, during production. The Crow is the ultimate cult movie, with a dedicated worldwide following, and two sequels, plus a fourth currently in production. Now, ten years after the original films release, the full story of this seemingly cursed ... more

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