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News Roundup 3/28/2009

You’ve only got until the last of the month to exercise your vote and nominate your favorite online story (which includes Fantasy Magazine stories) for the Million Writers Award! There’s some stories from our pages up there, but maybe you want to add your overlooked favorite while there’s still time?

Lavie Tidhar, whose Elsbeth Rose has appeared in our pages, passes along the word to check out The World SF News Blog at http://worldsf.livejournal.com!

Cartoon Network‘s recently announced upcoming animated series include Ben 10: Evolutions; Sym-Bionic Titan; Generator Rex; and Scooby-Doo—Mystery, Inc. Returning animated series include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chowder, the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Secret Saturdays, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Wizards of the Coast has revealed the name for its October 249-card set for Magic: The Gathering. Zendikar (Deadly Perils, Priceless Treasures) will appear October 2nd, with pre-release events planned for September 26-27, and launch parties on October 2-4.

The latest from the Escapist: Final Fantasy XIII has unveiled its battle system. UK artists worry that the Coroners and Justice Bill will make it illegal to own movies like Watchmen. Here are the top ten most profitable MMORGs. Blizzard is asking its players to help them create the ultimate theme park (hurry, the contest ends March 30th!.

The Libertarian Futurist Society announced the finalists for the 2008 Prometheus Awards. Best Novel: Matter, Iain Banks (Orbit); Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor); The January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor); Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross (Ace); Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Roc); and Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor). Hall of Fame: Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold; Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury; “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling; The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien; The Once and Future King, T.H. White; and The Golden Age, John C. Wright. The winners will be announced at Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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