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NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2008 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2008
Issue No. 48

Precursor

    A leap year (or intercalary year) is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year. For example, February would have 29 days in a leap year instead of the usual 28. Seasons and astronomical events do not repeat at an exact number of full days, so a calendar which had the same number of days in each year would over time drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year which is not a leap year is called a common year.

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New SF books for January 2008

Tor Books: Tor SF and Fantasy

THE AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE - A. Lee Martinez
FALLING - Christopher Pike
GREASE MONKEY - Tim Eldred
IN A TIME OF TREASON - David Keck
JUMPER - Steven Gould
JUMPER: GRIFFIN'S STORY - Steven Gould
THE OUTBACK STARS - Sandra McDonald
PEOPLE OF THE NIGHTLAND - Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
THE PURPLE EMPEROR - Herbie Brennan
ROLLBACK - Robert J. Sawyer
SEEKERS OF THE CHALICE - Brian Cullen
THE SERPANT AND THE ROSE - Kathleen Bryan
SINGULARITY'S RING - Paul Melko
SOLAR HEAT - Susan Kearney
V: THE SECOND GENERATION - Kenneth Johnson
WAKING BRIGID - Francis Clark
THE WHITE TYGER - Paul Park

See also: Orb Books

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

KITCHEN PRINCESS 5 - Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Kobayashi
TSUBASA 16 - Clamp
ALIVE 3 - Tadashi Kawashima, Adachitoka
AIR GEAR 7 - Oh!Great
SHUGO CHARA! 3 - Peach-Pit
MINIMA! 1 - Machiko Sakurai
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 2 - Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada
MUSHISHI 3 - Yuki Urushibara
YOZAKURA QUARTET 1 - Suzuhito Yasuda

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

MANXOME FOE - John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
MILES IN LOVE - Lois McMaster Bujold
TRANSHUMAN - Mark Van Name, T.K.F. Weisskopf
SOME GOLDEN HARBOR - David Drake
BOUNDARY - Eric Flint
STRANGE RELATIONS - Philip Jose Farmer

See also:

Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author's/Artist's Corner

"Chris Reccardi is a 20 year veteran of TV and Film Animation and a successful fine artist in the exploding 'plurealism' fine art scene." His credits include (among others) The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, and Powerpuff Girls. He has also contributed conceptual art / design on "Rob Zombie's haunted world of El Superbeasto" and "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs".

Movie & TV Buzz

2008.02.14    JUMPER
2008.02.14    THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
2008.02.15    DIARY OF THE DEAD
2008.02.22    THE SIGNAL


NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER

Con news

Conventions for January 2008:

2008.02.01-03    SUPERCON - Rochester, NY
2008.02.15-17    GALLIFREY 2008 - Los Angeles, CA
2008.02.15-17    BOSKONE - Boston, MD
2008.02.15-17    FARPOINT - Hunt Valley, MD
2008.02.15-17    RADCON - Province, WA
2008.02.22-24    CON NOOGA - Chattanooga, TN
2008.02.22-24    SHEVACON 16 - Roanoke, VA
2008.02.29-03.02    POTLATCH - Seattle, WA
2008.02.29-03.02    CONDOR XV - San Diego, CA


Your favourite convention not listed here?
go to O*W*C Resources Conventions Calendar for more!

SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies

Top Stories listed today on Spaceflight Now

Moon Stuck
Space leaders work to replace lunar base with manned asteroid missions

PUBLISHED IN AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY
Posted: January 18, 2008
BY CRAIG COVAULT

Some of the most influential leaders of the space community are quietly working to offer the next U.S. president an alternative to President Bush's "vision for space exploration"--one that would delete a lunar base and move instead toward manned missions to asteroids along with a renewed emphasis on Earth environmental spacecraft.
FULL STORY:

Massive gas cloud speeding to collision with Milky Way

NRAO NEWS RELEASE
Posted: January 22, 2008

A giant cloud of hydrogen gas is speeding toward a collision with our Milky Way Galaxy, and when it hits -- in less than 40 million years -- it may set off a spectacular burst of stellar fireworks.
FULL STORY:

The violent lives of galaxies: Caught in dark matter web

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: January 20, 2008

Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to dissect one of the largest structures in the universe as part of a quest to understand the violent lives of galaxies. Hubble is providing indirect evidence of unseen dark matter tugging on galaxies in the crowded, rough-and-tumble environment of a massive supercluster of hundreds of galaxies.
FULL STORY:

Unusual supernovae may reveal black holes

UC-SANTA CRUZ NEWS RELEASE
Posted: January 29, 2008

A strange and violent fate awaits a white dwarf star that wanders too close to a moderately massive black hole. According to a new study, the black hole's gravitational pull on the white dwarf would cause tidal forces sufficient to disrupt the stellar remnant and reignite nuclear burning in it, giving rise to a supernova explosion with an unusual appearance. Observations of such supernovae could confirm the existence of intermediate-mass black holes, currently the subject of much debate among astronomers.
FULL STORY:

From CNN Science and Space News

U.S. stance on climate change shifting, conference delegates say

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Nations that produce most pollution meet to discuss ways to fight climate change
  • U.S. more flexible and open to discussion than in the past, some delegates say
  • French delegate says he hopes for more from U.S., but "it's a good start"
  • U.S. delegate says Bush administration has always cared about reducing emissions
FULL STORY:

Mars mission delayed 2 years

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Conflict of interest delays Mars Scout program, bumps cost by $40 million
  • "Serious" but unspecified conflict of interest in one of two mission proposals
  • NASA disbanded the board formed to pick the proposal
  • NASA has postponed the mission from 2011 to 2013
FULL STORY:

Iran fires rocket from space center

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Iran fires rocket designed to carry satellite from new space center
  • Launch came after President Ahmadinejad inaugurated center Monday
  • Ahmadinejad said Iran's first step in space technology taken wisely, precisely
FULL STORY:


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A short break from gravity

Check this one out! Ask Palpatine! Go ahead; "Just because I'm the Dark Lord of the Sith doesn't mean you can't get to know me."

Alternatiely... Would you rather be a creator? ZemiDotNet is a blog devoted to Legos. The link here is to a specific entry re: a geodesic dome.

Hook in the Book

"Lately, Julia had been working very long hours. Most nights she didn't get home until the children were asleep. Xymos Technology, the company she worked for, was trying to raise another round of venture capital--twenty million dollars--and there was a lot of pressure. Especially since Xymos was developing technology in what the company called "molecular manufacturing," but which most people called nanotechnology. Nano wasn't popular with the VCs--the venture capitalists--these days. Too many VCs had been burned in the last ten years with products that were supposedly just around the corner, but then never made it out of the lab. The VCs considered nano to be all promise, no products."

Prey
Michael Crichton

Last Word

    So, what have YOU planned on doing this "leap day"? As technical as the wikipedia discussion of leap year goes, I still like to consider the 29th day of February as an extra 24 hours to celebrate the life continues...
    2008.02.29 is on a Friday, this year. As luck would have it, I'll be heading to Condor XV that day. My "extra day" begins a long weekend with SF and FN book sellers and artists. The con theme, this year, is "Death and Beyond". Does that fit with my "celebration"? Could be,,,I generally believe opposites can define each other. In any case, I do plan on enjoying the weekend's panels, costumes and the art gallery. As always...

READ SF - A WISE CHOICE

This came in my e-mail recently. I thought it would be nice to pass along...
Hey, folks -
Shadow and I were talking this evening about ways to advertise our site and encourage new people to come into chat. Got any ideas? :)
Thanks,
Chip

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