Sci-Fi Film Festival
If you happened to notice some human-sized rubber aliens on the Underground today, don't panic! It wasn't Red Ken's cronies from City Hall out to threaten electors. It was merely a promotion for Sci-Fi London, the UK's only dedicated sci-fi and fantasy film festival, which opened today and continues until 4 May. Animation fans watch out for Dragon Hunters. And note the release date of Iron Man: 2 May; you'll find a review on the festival website (title link). Among its many gizmos, the festival again hosts the Arthur C Clarke Awards for best sci-fi novel. The finalists are:
The Red Men: Matthew de Abaitua, Snow Books
The H-Bomb Girl: Stephen Baxter, Faber & Faber
The Carhullan Army: Sarah Hall, Faber & Faber
The Raw Shark Texts: Steven Hall, Canongate
The Execution Channel: Ken MacLeod, Orbit
Black Man: Richard Morgan, Gollancz.
May the force be with you.