- Kudos to Jacob French who just finished walking more than 3,000 miles (5,000 km) across Australia, raising more than $100,000 (£62,000) for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He started his walk in July 2011 — in a stormtrooper uniform — and wore out 7 pairs of shoes. Here’s an article with some great pictures of this modern-day hero.
- Giveaway: Sarah Sawyer is giving away on her blog a copy of Anne Elisabeth Stengl‘s fantasy Moonblood, Book 3 in The Tales of Goldstone Wood series. The deadline is April 25, 2012. (If you’d like more info on the series, I posted a review of Book 1, Heartless, here.)
- Disney is re-making the Sleeping Beauty movie, but this time from the villain’s point of view — Maleficent will be played by Angelina Jolie. The movie is set to open March 2014.
- If you’re a J.K. Rowling fan, you might have heard the news already, but in case you didn’t, here’s the scoop. Her new novel, a 480-page tome targeted at adult readers, is titled The Casual Vacancy and will hit shelves September 27, 2012.
- Would you be interested in adding a steampunk Game Boy to your collection of old gaming devices? Check out this one of a kind handheld. Maybe it will give you inspiration to make your own. (If you do, send me a pic. I wanna see!)
- Five high school kids are making a motion-controlled flight simulator based on Battlestar Galactica‘s Viper fighter. As of today, 351 backers have signed on through Kickstarter to back their project — the goal was to raise $2,500 and as of today, $10,706 has been pledged, with four more days to go before the funding opportunity closes. Congrats, guys!
- Giveaway: Tor is giving away copies of A.M. Dellamonica‘s Blue Magic and Indigo Springs. Deadline is May 4, 2012.
Mistborn, the movie. Aw, man, how cool would that be??! While it’s not a done deal, movie producers of the popular fiction series written by Brandon Sanderson are currently pitching the project to studios using the very, very cool trailer below. Check it out:
For more info on the Mistborn movie deal, check out this post on Brandon Sanderson’s blog.