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Celebrated and award-winning fantasy author Graham Joyce will be visiting the The Birmingham Science Fiction Group in June.

Graham has won the British Fantasy Society Best Novel award for Dark Sister (1993), Requiem (1996), The Tooth Fairy (1997) and Indigo (2000).

He has also authored 15 other novels and three collections of short stories.

Born in a mining village near Coventry and educated in Bedworth, Graham went on to graduate with a Masters in modern English and American literature from Leicester.

He has lived and worked on the Greek Islands of Lesbos and Crete, and has travelled the Middle East.

He now teaches writing at Nottingham Trent University, as well as continuing to write.

Graham will be giving an insight into his work on June 8 at the Briar Rose Hotel on Bennett's Hill, Birmingham;.

It's only five minutes' walk from New Street Station and handy for all bus routes. The meeting opens its doors at 7:30pm.

The group itself has many members of all ages, and between them the membership has an enormous wealth of knowledge of literary SF, as well as films, television, etc.

If you're a newbie, just let them know when you turn up and they'll be happy to introduce you to the group and make you feel welcome.

If you'd like a copy of the monthly newsletter e-mail bhamsfgroup@yahoo.co.uk

And have a look at their website here.

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You've watched the show, you've read the books.

Now you get to BE your heroes (and villains).

Yes, Game Of Thrones is coming to an xbox 360, PS3 or PC near you.

A new RPG out in June features two NEW stories from the Song Of Ice And Fire universe created by fantasy writer George R R Martin.

We're promised spectacular and tactical battles, loads of secondary quests and many of the locations and characters from the books.

That's right, the fate of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Throne will be in your hands.

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Coming up Sunday, two of our favourite shows in a Sky 1 mash-up.

NCIS: Los Angeles federal agents Callen and Sam join forces with the Five-0 to track down a suspect threatening to release a deadly virus in a two-parter showing back to back.

But Chris O'Donnell and Scott Caan have admitted that the crossover felt "strange" to film.

The double-header starts with NCIS characters Callen (O'Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) heading to Hawaii to stop a bioterrorism attack.

Hawaii Five-O action men Danny (Caan) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) then work with the team in LA over the following episode.

"Daniel and Scott fit right in here," O'Donnell told TV Guide. "But it was funny for me seeing unfamiliar faces in our room.

"And for us, it was strange to go to Hawaii and be playing the same characters, but the crew was completely different. It's kind of Bizarro world."

Caan, meanwhile, says that he was initially uncertain about how the NCIS writers would cope with his character.

"There are parts of doing this that are weird," he confessed. "There are writers on our show who have written 40-something episodes, so they know my thing or Daniel's thing.

"And then we' told the NCIS: LA writers: 'Here, you give it a shot'.

"You can be sceptical about that. But I think it worked out really well.

"And when you're working with the same people over and over again, it is fun to work with new people - and having them be LL Cool J and Chris just makes it better."

Good news is that both shows have been renewed for another season.

The crossover action starts at 9pm on Sunday with Hawaii Five-0 then continues at 10pm with NCIS: Los Angeles. Click next page to see the US trailer.

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Carry On legend Leslie Phillips will be just one of the very special guests meeting fans and signing at Memorabilia Birmingham on 31 March - 1 April.

Joining Leslie at the NEC show will be Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films); Tim McInnerny (Blackadder, Notting Hill); Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Game of Thrones); Simon Bamford (Hellraiser); James Hampton (Teen Wolf) and much-loved actor and presenter Nicholas Parsons.

Memorabilia will also see the return of Oscar-nominated British actor Ron Moody, best known for his portrayal of the villainous but lovable Fagin in Lionel Bart's stage and film musical Oliver!, and Mark Lester, who played the lead role of Oliver Twist.

Other stars of stage and screen coming to the show include Burt Kwouk (Pink Panther); Val Lehman (Prisoner: Cell Block H); Brian Croucher (Blake's 7, EastEnders) Terry Molloy (Doctor Who); Brigit Forsyth (Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? ); George Innes (Master & Commander, The Italian Job); Tony Osoba (Porridge); Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones); '70s cheeky chappie Robin Askwith; scream queens Yvonne Monlaur; Yvonne Romain and Madeline Smith, and Leslie Bricusse, the composer who penned the lyrics to James Bond's 'Goldfinger'.

In addition, top models Holly Maguire; Linsey Dawn McKenzie; Monica Harris and Penthouse Pet Kyla Cole will add a touch of glamour to the Birmingham show.

Meanwhile, sports guests attending Memorabilia include boxing great Riddick Bowe; snooker legend Steve Davis; Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler; Man. United skippers Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce; Chelsea captain Dennis Wise; Aston Villa forward Peter McParland; Arsenal striker Alan Smith and Scotland stalwart Bobby Moncur.

For a full list of Memorabilia special guests, including details of when they'll be signing at the show, please visit www.memorabilia.co.uk/birmingham/guests

Memorabilia Birmingham visitors will also gain entry to its brand new sister show, the MCM Birmingham Comic Con, FREE OF CHARGE.

To buy tickets to Memorabilia Birmingham and the MCM Birmingham Comic Con, visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

For more about Memorabilia and the MCM Birmingham Comic Con, visit: http://www.birminghamcomiccon.com/ and http://www.memorabilia.co.uk/

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Brilliant news for UK anime fans as two top anime voice artists are announced as special guests for the MCM Birmingham Comic Con.

Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke, best known for voicing Ed. and Al. Elric in hit anime Fullmetal Alchemist, have both been confirmed for the 31 March-1 April show.

As well as playing Ed. Elric, the multi-talented Vic Mignogna has appeared in host of major anime series, from Broly in the Dragon Ball Z films to Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach to Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club. Other shows featuring Vic include Vampire Knight; Soul Eater; Naruto Shippuden; Hetalia: Axis Powers; Full Metal Panic! and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

Aaron Dismuke has been a voice actor since he was nine, taking on roles such as Hiro Sohma in Fruits Basket; Ouri Kagami in Corpse Princess and Leon Elliot in Black Cat. Other anime that Aaron has appeared in include Trinity Blood; Ouran High School Host Club; Big Windup! and YuYu Hakusho.

Aaron and Vic will be meeting fans at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con on the weekend of 31 March - 1 April.

The brand new Birmingham Comic Con will run alongside the long-established Memorabilia show at the NEC - there's no need to choose between them, though, as ticket holders for either event will have access to the other show free of charge!


To buy tickets to the MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/


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Universal Studios have announced on their Facebook page that the legendary Jaws ride is to close.

I for one am GUTTED! I was only on it three months ago and it was as great as I remember. A sad day, here's the statement:

Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know... JAWS! and the Amity area will o

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fficially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience we're planning for you.

We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it's a VERY important part of our history. So, we've got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it's hard to say goodbye, but we can't express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we're going to be bringing you.

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One of the quirkiest things I have seen in ages. Really loved this.

Sit back and enjoy!

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Five of the cast from epic HBO show GAME OF THRONES are to be special guests at this month's Winter Memorabilia Show at NEC Birmingham... and they're bringing the hit fantasy series' iconic Iron Throne along with them!

FINN JONES, ROXANNE McKEE, JAMES COSMO, MILTOS YEROLEMOU and SPENCER WILDING will be meeting fans and signing autographs on both days of the 19-20 November Memorabilia show, the UK's biggest and best collectors' event.

JAMES COSMO (Braveheart, Highlander) plays Jeor Mormont, the 997th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and the estranged father of Ser Jorah.

ROXANNE McKEE (Hollyoaks) plays Doreah, a handmaid and companion of Daenerys Targaryen who schools the young princess in the art of love.

Attending Memorabilia on Sat, 19 Nov. only, FINN JONES plays the handsome Ser Loras Tyrell, a champion jouster known as the 'Knight of Flowers'.

MILTOS YEROLEMOU plays Syrio Forel, former First Sword of the Sealord of Braavos, who trains Arya Stark in the 'Water Dancing' style of fighting.

SPENCER WILDING, who plays one of the ancient and deadly White Walkers, has appeared in numerous films from The Green Lantern to Harry Potter.

The Winter Memorabilia Show will also play host to special guests from shows such as DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD, BABYLON 5, LIFE ON MARS, THE KING'S SPEECH, RETURN OF THE SAINT and classic comedy ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES.

For new special guest announcements and to find out which days the stars will be attending Memorabilia, please visit www.memorabilia.co.uk/birmingham/guests

With Steven Spielberg and the director of Paranormal Activity on board this definitely has potential.

Looks a little bit Lost in places, and to me looks like it would be betteras a film than a series?

See what you think...

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