|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: April 2008
Issue No. 50
It's tax-time... Didn't I say that last year? Can't avoid 'em; have to pay 'em. It's always so much confusion and stress. Time to pick up a book and go to the park.
I tend to run away from home when I'm stressed out. Not very far, just to the library downstairs, actually. A quick trip to another world does wonders for the psyche. A waltz with fantasy can lighten the heart; a run-in with pirates or zombies puts a little energy in your steps; a good starship battle can put a new perspective on your troubles. Facing the "real" world is always a little easier after a good read.
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New SF books for April 2008
THE AFTERMATH - Ben Bova
BEYOND THE GAP - Harry Turtledove
BUTTON, BUTTON - Richard Matheson
THE DRAGON IN THE SEA - Frank Herbert
FOUL PLAY - Tori Carrington
HELLBENT & HEARTFIRST - Kassandra Sims
THE HOUSES OF TIME - Jamil Nasir
IN THE COURTS OF THE CRIMSON - S.M. Stirling
THE NEW DESTROYER: DEAD RECKONING - Warren Murphy, James Mullaney
THE SILVER SWORD - David Zindell
SO HELP ME GOD - Larry D. Thompson
THE STARS DOWN UNDER - Sandra McDonald
SWORD OF THE DECEIVER - Sarah Zettel
AN UNEXPECTED APPRENTICE - Jody Lynn Nye
VIEWPOINTS CRITICAL - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
See also: Orb Books
THE DEL REY BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY - Ellen Datlow
DEATH'S HEAD MAXIMUM OFFENSE - David Gunn
STARFIST: FIRESTORM - David Sherman, Dan Cragg
STAR WARS®: LEGACY OF THE FORCE SACRIFICE - Karen Traviss
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 1 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubukata
DRAGON EYE 4 - Kairi Fujiyama
PRINCESS RESURRECTION 3 - Yasunori Mitsunaga
SCHOOL RUMBLE 9 - Jin Kobayashi
THE WALLFLOWER 15 - Tomoko Hayakawa
KAGETORA 9 - Akira Segami
PASTEL 10 - Toshihiko Kobayashi
AIR GEAR 8 - Oh!Great
ALIVE 4 - Tadashi Hawashima
AVENTURA 2 - Shin Midorikawa
AND LESS THAN KIND - Mercedes Lackey, Roberta Gellis
CALIPHATE - Thomas Kratman
MOON FLOWER - James P. Hogan
UNTO THE BREACH - John Ringo
1635: THE CANNON LAW - Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis
HARALD - David Friedman
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
Science fiction author Arthur C Clarke dies aged 90
[2008.03.18] Science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died aged 90 in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, it was confirmed tonight.
Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30am after suffering breathing problems, his personal secretary Rohan De Silva said.
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke: wikipedia.
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.04.04 THE RUINS
2008.04.11 DARK MATTER
2008.04.11 PROM NIGHT
2008.04.18 EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED
2008.04.18 FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for April 2008:
2008.04.04-06 I-CON 27 Province, NY
2008.04.04-06 WILLYCON IX Wayne, NE
2008.04.04-08 ODYSSEY CON 2008 Madison, WI
2008.04.18-20 PENGUICON 6 Troy, MI
2008.04.24-27 NEBULA AWARDS WEEKEND Austin, TX
2008.04.25-27 RAVENCON Richmond, VA
2008.04.25-28 CORFLU Las Vegas, NV
2008.04.25-28 COSTUME-CON 26 San Jose, 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
Earth-like planets around Alpha Centauri?
BY EMILY BALDWIN
Posted: March 12, 2008
Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our Solar System, should harbour detectable Earth-like planets, according to a new study by astronomers at the University of Santa Cruz.
Atlas 5 rocket launches from California for first time
BY JUSTIN RAY
Posted: March 13, 2008
America's Atlas 5 rocket made its much-anticipated maiden mission from the West Coast early Thursday morning, piercing ground-hugging clouds and fog that blanketed the launch pad to send a secretive spy satellite into orbit.
Dextre now assembled
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
Posted: March 17, 2008
Spacewalkers Richard Linnehan and Robert Behnken have completed assembly of the Canadian Space Agency's Dextre maintenance robot. They fell behind schedule installing an equipment mounting platform on the robot, but they were able to make up lost time later by deferring work to remove a few thermal blanks.
Robot will be attached, begin duties today
- Space robot Dextre is fully functional after having tool belt, cameras installed
- Astronauts will attach robot to space lab using space station arm
- Astronaut had trouble securing an experiment to Europe's Columbus lab
- Crew is halfway done with their 16-day trip
Electronic gadgets latest sources of computer viruses
- iPods, digital picture frames, navigation systems have had virus problems
- Problems appear to come from lax quality control, not sabotage
- In most cases, Chinese factories are the source
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A short break from gravity
The Zombie Survival and Defense Wiki: The online wiki community for zombie theorists, survivalists, and fans to share their knowledge, survival plans, and "experiences." Prepare now or rue your disorganization later! At Condor XV, one of the panelists on "How to Survive the Coming Zombie War" was certain that "zombies can be your friends"--we're a little worried about that panelist.
Hook in the Book
"The first hint that Mr. Slippery had that his own True Name might be known--and, for that matter, known to the Great Enemy--came with the appearance of two black Lincolns humming up the long dirt driveway that stretched through the dripping pine forest down to Road 29. Roger Pollack was in his garden weeding, had been there nearly the whole morning, enjoying the barely perceptible drizzle and the overcast, and trying to find the initiative to go inside and do work that actually makes money. He looked up the moment the intruders turned,wheels squealing, into his driveway. Thirty seconds passed, and the cars came out of the third-generation forest to pull up beside and behind Pollack's Honda. Four heavy-set men and a hard-looking female piled out, started purposefully across his well-tended cabbage patch, crushing tender young plants with a disregard which told Roger that this was no social call."
Spring break gives us new excuses to pick up a few good books. Time to clean the closets? Now there's a little more space for that set of space sagas. Vacuuming the dust bunnies from under the beds discloses a little space for a box of fantasies.
Don't forget to start planning for those vacations you want to take in the summer. You've got to have a couple books along for the quiet time before breakfast, or just before you collapse onto the bed at night, let alone for the time you're being a passenger in the car.
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