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Lensmen Sequels Now Available

Lensman Book CoverRed Jacket Press is pleased to announce new editions of three fully-authorized sequels to E.E. “Doc” Smith’s LENSMEN series: The Dragon Lensman, Lensman From Rigel and Z-Lensman, written by David A. Kyle.

Originally published in paperback by Bantam Books in the early 1980s and long since out of print, each book is a complete and unabridged reprint of the original novel, and features new cover art and interior illustrations by Hugo Award-winning artist Ron Miller, and a new introduction by the Author. These new editions are now available direct from the publisher.

Link (via Slacker’s Sci-Fi Source)

Posted in Books & Authors, News September 19th, 2006 by Chip
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World’s First Female Space Tourist Blasts Off

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket left the Russian base in Kazakhstan Monday at 0408 GMT carrying a Soyuz TMA-9 capsule and its three passengers: Iranian-born US citizen and millionaire tourist Anousheh Ansari, NASA’s Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin.

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Posted in News, Space September 18th, 2006 by Chip
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Cephalo(i)Pod

Cephalopod Costume for iPodFlickr user queenrobot made this wonderful squid costume for her iPod. And that’s not the half of it: Neatorama, where I found this picture, themselves found it at…:::drum rolll:::..Squid Blog, a wonderfully narrow-niched and hitherto-entirely-unsuspected blog about, well, squid. (I’m not sure why it should have been unsuspected; considering some of the stuff you find on the Internet, a blog entirely devoted to squid seems downright prosaic.)

Posted in Ephemera, Squid September 15th, 2006 by Chip
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Google Books Promotes Banned Books for Banned Books Week

Google Book Search and the American Library Association have teamed up to offer searchable indices and library links to banned books, in celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept 23-30). Included in the catalog are 1984, Brave New World, Invisible Man, Cats Cradle, and many other titles.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Books & Authors, News September 14th, 2006 by Chip
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Podcast of Doctorow’s “0wnz0red”

Part one of writer Cory Doctorow’s story about “trusted computing, geek culture, and getting root on your body” has been posted for your listening pleasure. The link below goes to his BoingBoing post on the story, along with links to the podcasts themselves.

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Posted in Books & Authors, Computers & Internet September 12th, 2006 by Chip
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Earthlike Planets May be Common

Earthlike planets covered with deep oceans that could harbor life may be found in as many as a third of solar systems discovered outside of our own, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

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Posted in News, Science September 11th, 2006 by Chip
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New Hugo Award for 2007

The World Science Fiction Society business meetings conducted at LACon IV passed two WSFS constitutional amendments related to the Hugo Awards.

The Best Editor Hugo Award has now been split into two categories: Best Editor Short Form and Best Editor Long Form. The short form award is for editors of magazines, anthologies and collections. The long form award is for editors of novel length works. The new awards will be first presented at the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in 2007.

The second amendment asks WorldCon committees to request that artists, nominated for the Best Artist Hugo Award, cite at least three works that were first published in the year for which the award is being selected. This was the first passage of the amendment and it will only go into effect if it passed a second time at the 2007 convention.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom September 10th, 2006 by Gandalara
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“Chip Art” Wine Bottles

Clos de la Tech BottleThe Clos de la Tech winery offers bottles of wine with “chip art” embedded in the label.

We have always liked the practice of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which puts a new piece of modern art on its bottle each year. We decided to put “chip art” on our bottle–in the case of the 2000, two real silicon memory chips with 107 million transistors on them embedded in sealing wax. Each year, we honor Cypress Semiconductor’s most successful chip that way.

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in Ephemera September 8th, 2006 by Chip
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Boldly going… nowhere!

Burn the land and boil the sea, but you can’t bring the sky to James T. In this amusing little nugget in the Daily Mail, William Shatner reveals he turned down an offer by Richard Branson to reach the final frontier aboard Virgin Galactic.

His reason: Shatner is scared by the prospect of space travel. Yes, the man who’s fought vampire clouds, space hippies, and Adrian Zmed admits he wouldn’t travel into orbit without some assurance of a safe return. Guess all those episodes of Boston Legal have started to rub off!

The Mail piece notes another far less fortunate Captain has decided to take her chances in the shuttle.

Posted in News September 7th, 2006 by Mystik
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Volunteer to be a Mars Explorer

Mars Society MemberThe Mars Society is looking for a few good men (and women) to spend four months holed up in an artificial igloo or tromping around the Canadian Arctic in bulky faux spacesuits.

This won’t be an extended vacation, or a reality-TV plotline. For rocket scientist Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society, next year’s exercise on Devon Island will be an experiment in the exploration process – a test that could help smooth the path to Mars.

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in News, Science September 7th, 2006 by Chip
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