Five Fascinating Facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

155 years ago today, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born! Celebrated by finding out more about the man!

Interesting Literature

In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (he was born on 22 May 1859 – fans of The Smiths may be interested to learn that this was exactly 100 years to the day before Morrissey’s birth), we’re here with five of our favourite fascinating facts about the man who gave us Sherlock Holmes.

1. Conan Doyle took to a bit of sleuthing of his own in an attempt to solve the Jack the Ripper case. In 1894, six years after the notorious Whitechapel murders by the unidentified criminal identified as ‘Jack the Ripper’, Doyle was asked by an American journalist how Sherlock Holmes would have gone about tracking down the Ripper. Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police. Whilst acknowledging that the letter could have been a hoax, Doyle nevertheless worked on the basis that it was…

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Goodies

No spoilers here!

First off is the release online of one track from the next Dragons film soundtrack. Called ‘Where No One Goes’, the track is by Sigur Rós front man Jónsi. He is the man who did the Sticks and Stones track from the first film. Listen to ‘Where No One Goes’ on SoundCloud by going to Relativity Music Group’s page. Want to listen to Sticks and Stones and watch the official music video? Watch and listen here:

As well as the music from How To Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks have released a maze game to play. Have a go by heading to The Dragon’s Maze. It has three levels of difficulty so get as simple or as tricky as you like!

How To Train your Dragon 2 is due out in the UK on July 4th. Find out more about the film and watch the trailer by visiting the Cineworld website.

Frank Skinner to Star in Doctor Who

BBC News are reporting that Frank Skinner has been given a role in the next series of Doctor Who.

What role he will play is unclear however the episode he is going to be in is known to be penned by Jamie Mathieson, a writer from another BBC series, Being Human. Steven Moffat, the show’s Executive Producer, has said that the comedian has been asking him for a role ever since he took over.

Moffat has said: “It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He’s been volunteering to be ‘third monster on the left’ as long as I’ve been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson’s sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank’s famous wit and charm. Hopefully he’ll get out of my garden now.”

Skinner is currently on tour with his stand-up show Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit. An excited Skinner, when talking about his role in the series, said: “I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I’ve got a Tardis ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and – when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites.”

Series eight will air in Autumn with new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and other confirmed stars, Samuel Anderson, Ben Miller and Keeley Hawes. Find out more by visiting the BBC News website.

The Flash Extended Trailer

Yesterday I posted the first look trailer for DC Comic’s new show, The Flash, which is only a minute long. Today, I was going through my Google+ stream and discovered the 5 minutes extended trailer for the series!

The trailer introduces the main character Barry Allen and features his origins story as well as offering insight to how the series is going to look and feel like. If you love Oliver Queen and Arrow, he also features in the trailer, talking to Barry about his new abilities.

Have a look at the trailer here:

To me from my first viewing, it has similar feel and look to the Arrow series but also appears to promise to be somewhat lighter in tone but what do you think? Has DC got another hit on its hands? What are you hoping for the new series? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

The Flash First Look Trailer and Arrow Interview

DC Comics have released a first look trailer to advertise their new Flash series. Due to be shown on CW, along with Arrow, the trailer shows The Flash racing to catch an arrow that the Arrow has fired. Take a look at it here:

DC has also posted an interview with Arrow star, Stephen Amell, to celebrate the season finale of series 2 Arrow and the fact that it has been picked up for a third series. Check it out at DC Comics’s website. The company also seems to be determined to take control of television with the announcement of Batman prequel TV series, Gotham. Head on over to this blog post to watch the trailer and to find out more.

Dragon Sanctuary Clip

Dreamworks has posted a new clip for the next How To Train Your Dragon film on YouTube!

In the video featuring Valka, Hiccup’s mum, and Cloudjumper, a new type of dragon, Hiccup discovers the Dragon Sanctuary she has lived in for 20 years. Explore it as well here:

Science Fiction Turned into Fact

Fascinating information here. First that China has opened it’s doors to the Sci-Fi genre but also how the genre has predicted many things , long before they actually happened.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Readers of my blog may have noticed my love of science fiction.  I loved reading as a child, even if I could not explain the thrill I felt when reading Jules Verne’s or HG Wells’ works.

I recently felt vindicated in my love of the genre, when I read the following comment by Neil Gaiman on The Guardian:

“I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?

It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the…

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