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TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:57:30 am »
Thanks Joshua, keep an eye on this thread at TTA and register your interest there to prompt Andy.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: March 03, 2009, 06:57:55 pm »
Black Static was named after a story by Paul Meloy which appeared in its predecessor magazine The Third Alternative.
You can read an interview with Paul on the Fix.

TV and Film / Re: Lost in Austen
« on: March 03, 2009, 06:53:06 pm »
Jane seems to be flavour of the decade see

Elton John's Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends.

Will Clark is set to direct "Pride and Predator," which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about.

Jane Austen fleshed out with zombies? Aaagh! Help!

A US publisher is releasing a new bone-crunching comedy version of Pride and Prejudice in which Elizabeth must face off the dubious social manners of the ravenous undead...

plus John Kessel’s “Pride and Prometheus” mixed Austen and Shelley in the January 2008 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and is up for a 2009 Nebula

General Discussion / Re: LX2009
« on: March 03, 2009, 06:35:11 pm »
I'll be there and Jetse de Vries said he had booked his flight.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:00:04 pm »
11 February, weather permitting.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: February 04, 2009, 02:49:21 pm »
In Black Static 9 BAFTA winning scriptwriter Stephen Volk contributes to the short fiction content with “Fear”. Stephen is famed as the screenwriter of the 1992 Halloween hoax documentary ‘Ghostwatch’ and supernatural and paranormal thriller ‘Afterlife’. He also scripted Ken Russell’s 1986 film ‘Gothic’ and 1990’s The Guardian. His short story collection, Dark Corners, was published by Gray Friar Press in 2006.

Stephen is also a Black Static regular as a columnist so he makes two appearances in this next issue. David Gentry's cover also shows the horrors likely to lurk in brown paper envelopes.


TTA Press / Podcast Fiction
« on: January 22, 2009, 08:06:10 pm »
"We all have our dark side".
Andrew Humphrey reads a 15 minute excerpt from his debut novel, Alison, from TTA Press.

Read by the author. Originally published by TTA in February 2008.

You can still buy this from the TTA shop at �9.99 and as an E book from Fictionwise.

All the podcast (MP3) stories on Transmissions From Beyond are free to download. They include SF, Crime, Fantasy and Horror.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: January 14, 2009, 02:43:58 pm »
The first seven issues of Black Static are available as E books from Fictionwise now and you'll also find TTA Press's first E novel on the same site. It is a first novel by TTAs short story discovery Andrew Humphrey. This is the horror novel 'Alison' which shows "we all have our dark side" and it costs $5.99 (�4.10 today) as an E book.

Of course, if you don't use an E reader, you can still buy the print version direct from TTA press for £9.99 including UK postage. Similarly for Black Static the print versions are still available but there are 8 of them and number 9 is due soon. Its easy to subscribe.

TTA Press / Black Static
« on: December 18, 2008, 12:15:54 pm »
The printer sent us many more copies of Black Static 8 than we needed, so we?ve decided to offer a FREE COPY to every new subscriber between now and the publication in February of issue 9 or until we run out of issue 8, whichever comes first.

To take advantage of this offer CLICK HERE to enter the shop. Follow the simple instructions, and make sure you write BS8 Offer in the Shopper?s Reference field. That bit?s very important, without it you won?t receive the extra free copy.

The offer applies to all subscriptions to Black Static: both six-issue and twelve-issue subscriptions and both dual subscription offers with Interzone.

The shop can accept any credit/debit card and paypal.

And have a good Christmas and New Year or whichever other seasonal celebration suits you, whatever your reaction to this offer.

I probably should say this offer does not apply to Fictionwise E Book subscriptions

Also you can freely download stories from Black Static from Transmissions From Beyond, the TTA Press Podcast if you want to try before you buy

TV and Film / Re: Lost in Austen
« on: September 28, 2008, 02:01:22 pm »
I gave up midway through episode 2.  It just wasn't working for me.
My wife enjoyed it and kept watching.

General Discussion / Re: The trouble with reading...
« on: August 04, 2008, 06:01:54 pm »
Why read when you can listen, and in this case it's free.  (Assuming you have the connection and the equipment)

Transmissions from Beyond - The TTA Press Podcast is now live and stories from TTA press magazines are being podcast from the site at no charge.  The idea is that you enjoy them so much you subscribe.

TTA publish 3 magazines; Interzone, (SF &F) Black Static (Horror) and Crimewave so as the number of stories on the site builds up you'll find some from each genre. 304

General Discussion / Re: The trouble with reading...
« on: July 29, 2008, 03:16:04 pm »
Pete Bullock, Interzone's and Black Static's highly efficient Electronics Editions Editor, often uses a text to audio conversion programme to listen to fiction while he is working. He buys books and magazines from Fictionwise so he has the text files and converts them to MP3 files using TextAloud.

Pete says this allows him to ?read? a lot more than he would otherwise be able to, without cutting into any of his normal free time, since he also listens to them while working. 
Pete tells me TextAloud does take a little time to convert the text to an mp3 file suitable for your mp3 player, but that's a very small fraction of the time it would take to read the same.  The voices sound better than the old computerized text to speech voices, but they are still a long way from a real speaker.  Pete?s wife says she can't listen to the voices because they lack inflection and are too "monotone" for her.  There is a choice of voices, though they are all fairly flat - with no emotional colour, but they do the job for Pete. There are samples on the Nextup website.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2008 - Nominees
« on: July 28, 2008, 12:31:33 am »
Thanks, that worked except I entered 'FantasyCon 2008' in the membership number field.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2008 - Nominees
« on: July 27, 2008, 07:31:37 pm »
So how do F'con members vote as I can only find a page asking for my BFS membership number?

British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2008 - Nominees
« on: July 27, 2008, 12:16:04 pm »
Can a non BFS member vote if they are a Fantasycon member?

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