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---- December 1999 Events ----

Planetfest at the Pasadena Center in Pasadena CA, December 3-5, 1999, celebrates the landing of the Mars Polar Lander. With Ray Bradbury, David Brin, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Kim Stanley Robinson, Gregory Benford, and various astronauts, TV stars, etc. Admission: see website.

''Vampire Dreams'' by Suzy McKee Charnas, presented by Mefisto Theatre Company, plays at Altered Stages, 212 W. 29th Street 2nd floor, December 1-6th, 8-13th, and 15-18th, at 8 p.m. (except the 5th and 12th, at 3 p.m.); reservations and info (212) 760-5940 or

---- December 1999 Books ----
  • Asaro, Catherine • The Veiled Web • (Bantam Spectra)
  • Barker, Clive • The Essential Clive Barker • (HarperCollins, 1st US, c, hc)
  • Benford, Gregory • The Martian Race • (Warner Aspect, hc)
  • Clarke, Arthur C. & Michael Kube-McDowell • The Trigger • (Bantam Spectra, 1st US, hc)
  • Dedman, Stephen • Foreign Bodies • (Tor, hc)
  • Haldeman, Joe • Forever Free • (Ace, 1st US, hc)
  • Hamilton, Edmond • The Vampire Master and Other Tales of Terror • (Haffner Press, c, hc)
  • Matthews, Susan R. • Avalanche Soldier • (Avon Eos)
  • McCaffrey, Anne • Pegasus in Space • (Transworld/Bantam UK, hc)
  • Moon, Elizabeth • Change of Command • (Baen, hc)


Dec 3: The End of the Affair -- d. Neil Jordan; st. Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea. Adaptation of a 1951 Graham Greene novel. website
Dec 3: Holy Smoke -- d. Jane Campion; wr. Jane & Anna Campion; st. Harvey Keitel, Kate Winslet. A de-programmer falls in love with the woman he's trying to save from an Indian cult. (Miramax)
Dec 3: Sweet and Lowdown -- d. Woody Allen; st. Sean Penn, Uma Thurmann. website
Dec 10: The Cider House Rules -- d. Lasse Hallstrom; st. Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander. Based on the John Irving novel.
Dec 10: The Cradle Will Rock -- d. Tim Robbins; st. Vanessa Redgrave, Bill Murray, Joan Cusack, Emily Watson.
Dec 10: The Green Mile -- d. Frank Darabont; st. Tom Hanks. Based on the novel by Stephen King. (Warner Bros.)
Dec 17: Bicentennial Man -- d. Chris Columbus; st. Robin Williams; music James Horner (with a Celine Dion song). Adaptation of the Isaac Asimov story, with Williams in a robot costume.
Dec 17: Magnolia -- d. Paul Thomas Anderson; st. William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Philip Baker Hall. The director's follow-up to Boogie Nights.
Dec 17: Stuart Little -- d. Rob Minkoff; st. Geena Davis. Based on the E.B. White book. (Sony) website
Dec 17: Topsy-Turvy -- d. Mike Leigh. Biopic about operatta composers Gilbert & Sullivan.
Dec 22: Man in the Moon -- d. Milos Forman; st. Jim Carrey. Biopic about comedian Andy Kaufman. website
Dec 22: Snow Falling on Cedars -- d. Scott Hicks; st. Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, James Cromwell. Based on the novel by David Guterson. website
Dec 25: Angela's Ashes -- d. Alan Parker; st. Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle; music John Williams. Based on the memoir by Frank McCourt.
Dec 25: Galaxy Quest -- d. Dean Parisot; st. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver. The cast of a '70s sci-fi TV series are contacted by an alien race needing their help.
Dec 25: The Talented Mr. Ripley -- d. Anthony Minghella; st. Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett. Based on the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith, about a man who kills his best friend and assumes his identity. website
Dec 29: The Third Miracle -- d. Agnieszka Holland; st. Ed Harris, Anne Heche. A Catholic priest seeks confirmation of reported miracles; based on a novel by Richard Vetere.

Forthcoming books are selected titles from the comprehensive listings updated every three months in Locus Magazine. This color indicates 1st editions published in the UK; This color indicates 1st US editions of books previously in the UK or elsewhere; others are 1st editions published in the US. Abbreviations indicate hc=hardcover, tp=trade paperback; c=collection, a=associational [non-genre], h=horror, nf=nonfiction. If not indicated hc or tp, the book is mass-market paperback or we're not sure. Schedules are tentative and subject to change -- particularly in later months.

Film listings are drawn from numerous sources, including Coming Attractions and Web Film Release Schedule. Colored dates indicate films of SF/F/H interest; a few other films of associational interest or that are otherwise noteworthy are also listed. Dates themselves are for scheduled first releases in major US cities, and are highly subject to change!. Dates last updated: Nov. 30th.

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