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NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2008 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2008
Issue No. 49

Precursor

    For once, I'm putting the newsletter together a week ahead of schedule; today is 2008.02.20. Tonight there will be a total lunar eclipse. Of course, it's raining, and will be for the next few days. That's not going to stop me dashing out the door many times between 5:30pm and 9:00pm pst in the attempt to see it. It's last chance in the United States until 2010...

    Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake...but I've finally discovered TED.com. TED = technology, entertainment,design. By their own description: "Ideas worth spreading...Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers." It's a great site for exploration, and a lot of the videos presented there are quite thought provoking.

All SF General and O*W*C chats will now be held in our Web chatroom at:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/chatroom/index.php
For news and information about Web chat, visit our site at:
http://other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/

New SF books for March 2008

Tor Books: Tor SF and Fantasy

THE ANCIENT - R.A. Salvatore
ANTAGONIST - Gordon R. Dickson, David W. Wixon
BLINDSIGHT - Peter Watts
CHECKMATE - Karna Small Bodwin
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEVIL - Jeff Rovin
ELOM - William H. Drinkard
THE ELYSIUM COMMISSION - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE GOLDEN ROSE - Kathleen Bryan
MAD KESTREL - Misty Massey
THE MAGIC CUP - Andrew M. Greeley
MOTHER OF LIES - Dave Duncan
REAPER'S GATE - Steven Erikson
SPACE VULTURE - Gary K. Wolf, John J. Myers
SPIDER STAR - Mike Brotherton
STEWARD OF SONG - Adam Stemple
TIMELESS MOON - C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp
TITANS OF CHAOS - John C. Wright

See also: Orb Books

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy)

IRON MAN - Peter David
STARSTRIKE: OPERATION ORION - Douglas Niles
THE DREAMING VOID - Peter F. Hamilton
DELUGE [Book Three of the Twins of Petaybee] - Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

NEGIMA! 17 - Ken Akamatsu
PUMPKIN SCISSORS 2 - Ryotaro Iwanaga
xxxHOLIC 11 - Clamp
MAMOTTE! LOLLIPOP 5 - Michiyo Kikuta
MY HEAVENLY HOCKEY CLUB 4 - Al Morinaga
PSYCHO BUSTERS 2 - Akinari Nao, Yuya Aoki
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION VOL. 6 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
NODAME CANTABILE 12 - Tomko Ninomiya
SUZUKA 7 - Kouji Seo
FAIRY TAIL 1 - Hiro Mashima
FAIRY TAIL 2 - Hiro Mashima

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

WHEN THE TIDE RISES - David Drake
THE DRAGON DONE IT - Eric Flint, Mike Resnick
CROSSTIME - Andre Norton
VON NEUMANN'S WAR - John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
BY SLANDEROUS TONGUES - Mercedes Lackey, Roberta Gellis
ECHOES OF AN ALIEN SKY--ARC - James P. Hogan

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

Chaos Manor Musings

"I've long run my main site, www.jerrypournelle.com, on the Public Radio model. That is, I occasionally remind readers that subscribing is a sincere form of flattery, and likely to keep me writing and posting emails and my replies on topics of interest. I also send out gentle reminders to those subscribers who've let their subscription lapse.

Getting started, I'm going to put all of the new columns on this site in the Open Archives. In a short while, I'll start putting new columns in the subscribers-only area. Access to that is going to be user/password access controlled. I'll change those on a regular basis, and send out the new credentials via email to current subscribers."

Jerry Pournelle

    This is Jerry Pournelle's blog site. It is updated on a nearly daily basis, and discusses current writing, technology, opinions and reviews.

Movie & TV Buzz

2008.03.07    10,000 BC
2008.03.07    CJ7
2008.03.14    DOOMSDAY
2008.03.14    HORTON HEARS A WHO
2008.03.21    SHUTTER
2008.03.28    SUPERHERO MOVIE

Fiction Corner

Don't forget to visit the Other Worlds Cafe "Fiction Corner" to see works by our own Shirley Ouw and Bill Eisenberg.


Con news

Conventions for March 2008:

2008.02.29-03.02    CONDOR XV    San Diego, CA
2008.03.13-16    ANIME OASIS NANA    Boise, ID
2008.03.14-16    OMEGACON    Birmingham, AL
2008.03.14-16    STELLARCON 32 / DEEPSOUTHCON46    High Point, NC
2008.03.19-23    IAFA    Orlando, FL
2008.03.20-23    NORWESCON 31    Seattle, WA
2008.03.20-24    SWANCON 2008    Northbridge, Australia
2008.03.21-23    MINICON 43    Bloomington, MN
2008.03.21-24    ORBITAL 2008    London, UK
2008.03.27-30    WORLD HORROR CONVENTION    Salt Lake City, UT
2008.03.28-30    GAMESTORM 10    Vancouver, WA
2008.03.28-30    AD ASTRA 2008    Toronto, Ontario
2008.03.28-30    SAKURA-CON 2008    Seattle, WA
2008.03.29-30    P-CON V    Dublin, Ireland


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

Debris from destroyed spy satellite falling back to Earth

BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: February 21, 2008

A missile fired from a Navy cruiser struck a wayward U.S. spy satellite late Wednesday, likely obliterating its load of toxic propellant that could have posed a threat to people on Earth, senior military officials said.
FULL STORY:

Saturn has a 'giant sponge'

NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: February 6, 2008

One of Saturn's rings does housecleaning, soaking up material gushing from the fountains on Saturn's tiny ice moon Enceladus, according to new observations from the Cassini spacecraft.
FULL STORY:

From CNN Science and Space News

Messenger probe shows off side of Mercury never seen before

Story Highlights

  • NASA's Messenger probe takes 1,213 photos of planet closest to sun
  • Images show tiny planet is more colorful than Earth's moon, had volcanic activity
  • Scientist: Spidery shape "unlike anything we've seen anywhere in the solar system"
  • $446 million Messenger will fly by planet twice more, then settle into orbit in 2011
FULL STORY:

Arizona to become 'Persian Gulf' of solar energy

Story Highlights

  • Abengoa Solar will operate the $1 billion plant
  • The solar plant would be able to power 70,000 homes
  • Arizona governor: No reason we can't be "Persian Gulf of solar energy"
  • Regulators requiring 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025
FULL STORY:

Finally, CNN has a Science Technology blog. It covers a very wide range of topics, and varies in interest level from day-to-day. You can find it here: SciTechBlog


And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/news/blog/

A short break from gravity

"Portal: The Flash Version includes over 40 challenging, portals thinking levels, which features almost every feature the real game does, in 2d - energy balls, cubes, turrets and even the famous crusher from the trailer. The game also includes a console to mess around with after finishing the game, or just being frustrated by thinking with portals." I've been hearing a lot about Portal around the web and on podcasts. It is clearly a recent top favorite of many gamers. For the "thinkers" among us, Portal offers a fun variation on "thinking out of the box".

Portal is included in "the Orange Box", a game which also includes Team Fortress® 2 and Half-Life® 2: Episode Two. The Orange Box will be available for the PC, as well as the Xbox® 360 and Playstation® 3 console systems. This version is a flash game you can play on any computer with the flash player installed (if you participate in the Other Worlds Cafe chats, you have flash installed). It's free! While the graphics are not as extravagant as the boxed version, the game play is similar. It is a challenging strategy puzzle - not a shooter.

Hook in the Book

Prologue

    "...Consider the true picture. Think of myriads of tiny bubbles, very sparsely scattered, rising through a vast black sea. We rule some of the bubbles. Of the waters we know nothing..."

--from a speech delivered by Dr. Anthony Horvath st the Blaine Institute, A.D. 3029.

The Mote in God's Eye
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

Last Word

    sigh... I missed the eclipse; the local weather really wasn't cooperative. After running downstairs and outside every ten to fifteen minutes for three hours, I managed one 2-second glimpes of the edge of the moon after it was all over. It was broadcast on u-stream, which also proved how hard it is to keep a celestial object in the frame for camera purposes. I did find a link on Spaceflight Now for pictures of the eclipse posted the next day.

    Recently, I've noticed that I try to construct a sort of timeline while I read. Where does this book fit with what I've read before? Does it fit any other author's timeline? How much time is transpiring during the course of this book? It's an interesting xcercise, and I'm tempted to start putting it down on paper (or on the web). Timelines that don't match up could be attributed to alternate universes, perhaps. This would allow for the crossovers of fantasy and SF and "real", I think. Does anyone else do this?

    Don't forget the Other Worlds Cafe has it's own message board. For those of you who can't make it to the nightly chats, this is quite an opportunity to carry on a lively conversation anyway.

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