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The Week In Sci-Fi

Seven days of quality science fiction and fantasy action – and the UK debut of Painkiller Jane ...


  • Warning! Warning! Don’t go to work – it’s a bank holiday.
  • Patrick Ness’s latest Chaos Walking novel, Monsters Of Men , storms into bookshops.
  • The Prisoner remake escapes from its shackles to arrive on DVD.
  • SERIES PREMIERE! CBBC's epic new sci-fi gameshow Mission: 2110 launches at 5.50pm.
  • FlashForward continues on Five at 9pm.


  • It's Star Wars day , so, er, May the Fourth be with you. Ahem...
  • Celebrate with a bunch of SF TV, including Stargate Universe on Sky 1 at 8pm, T he Vampire Diaries on ITV2 at 9pm, Fringe on Sky1 at 10pm, and V on Syfy at 10pm.


  • Grab yourself a copy of the brand new, Terry Pratchett guest-edited SFX 196. It's on sale today.
  • Catch up with what the Winchesters are up to in Supernatural on Living at 9pm.


  • BBC Audiobooks releases Daleks: Mission To The Unknown , a reading of the first half of the novelisation of William Hartnell epic The Daleks’ Master Plan .
  • Tom Holt’s Blonde Bombshell , Jim Bob's Storage Stories and Trudi Canavan’s The Ambassador’s Mission (much better than the ambassador’s receptions, we believe) land in bookshops.
  • SEASON PREMIERE! Painkiller Jane gets its UK debut courtesy of Syfy at 10pm. We suggest you avoid it – it really is a stinker. Legend Of The Seeker is also on Syfy at 8pm.


  • A good night to stay in: Ashes To Ashes is on BBC One at 9pm, Lost is on Sky1 at 9pm and True Blood is on FX at 10pm.
  • Clarke Award winner China Miéville’s Kraken wakes in UK bookshops. There's an exclusive interview about the book in the new SFX .
  • Time for some slash fiction, as Freddy gets rebooted in A Nightmare On Elm Street , on the big screen from today. Hot Tub Time Machine is also out.
  • It’s all about Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse for three days at Echo 1 in Heathrow.


  • Doctor Who continues with "Vampires Of Venice" on BBC One at 6pm. Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC Three at 7pm, while The Prisoner is on ITV1 at 9pm.
  • A couple of signings at London's Forbidden Planet: former Carter: The Unstoppable Sex Machine frontman Jim Bob signs his new book, Storage Stories , while comic writer Peter Milligan is in town for his Greek Street . Coincidentally, there's an interview with Milligan in the new SFX.


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