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NEWSLETTER: MAY 2008 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2008
Issue No. 51

Precursor

    I don't know why, but I always considered Stephen Hawking [b. 1942] to be much older than he is. He suffers from ALS, a progressive motor neurone disease.
    "I have had motor neurone disease for practically all my adult life. Yet it has not prevented me from having a very attractive family, and being successful in my work. This is thanks to the help I have received from Jane, my children, and a large number of other people and organisations. I have been lucky, that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope."
    Recently, Stephen Hawking was given the opportunity to experience weightlessness. He continues to research, lecture and write. Surely this vibrant thinker can be an inspiration to us all. Visit his official website to learn more.

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New SF books for May 2008

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

THE WOLFMAN - Nicholas Pekearo
THE WANDERER'S TALE - David Bilsborough
NULL-A CONTINUUM - John C. Wright
THE IMMORTAL PRINCE - Jennifer Fallon
THE EDGE OF REASON - Melinda Snodgrass
AVENGING FURY - John Farris
GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE (Audio CD) - Frank Herbert

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

COSMOS INCORPORATED - Maurice G. Dantec
THE INCREDIBLE HULK - Peter David
STAR WARS® LEGACY OF THE FORCE INVINCIBLE - Troy Denning
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - James Rollins

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

HELL GIRL 2 - Miyuki Eto
KITCHEN PRINCESS 6 - Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Kobayashi
NODAME CANTABILE 13 - Tomoko Ninomiya
PARASYTE 3 - Hitoshi Iwaaki
TSUBASA 17 - Clamp
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 3 - Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada
MAMOTTE! LOLLIPOP 6 - Michiyo Kikuta
MUSHISHI 4 - Yuki Urushibara
PSYCHO BUSTERS 3 - Akinari Nao, Yuya Aoli
SHUGO CHARA! 4 - Peach-Pit
YOZAKURA QUARTET 2 - Suzuhito Yasuda
MINIMA! 2 - Machiko Sakurai
MY HEAVENLY HOCKEY CLUB 5 - Ai Morinaga
THE REFORMED - Christopher Hart

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

TIME SPIKE - Eric Flint, Marilyn Kosmatka
THE TAU CETI AGENDA - Travis S. Taylor
FARMER IN THE SKY - Robert A. Heinlein
HELL'S GATE - David Weber, Linda Evans
DRAW ONE IN THE DARK - Sarah A. Hoyt
BLACKCOLLAR: THE JUDAS SOLUTION - Timothy Zahn

See also:

Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author's/Artist's Corner

David Brin:

"The latest issue of Baen's UNIVERSE MAGAZINE is online, containing two big items from yours truly -- Part Five of my comedic serial "The Ancient Ones"... plus a novella "The Smartest Mob." The latter is an excerpt from my novel in progress, another huge, lavish, near-future exploration, like EARTH. This one is the best portrayal of rapid, tech-empowered citizen action that you'll see, this side of Vernor Vinge! Subscribe to the best online magazine ever!"

Movie & TV Buzz

2008.05.03    IRONMAN
2008.05.09    THE FALL
2008.05.09    FRONTIER
2008.05.09    POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD
2008.05.16    THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
2008.05.22    INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
2008.05.30    THE STRANGERS


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

Con news

Conventions for May 2008:

2008.05.02-04    DEMICON    Des Moines, IA
2008.05.03-07    EUROCON/ROSCON    Moscow, Russia
2008.05.09-11    LEPRECON 34    Casa Grande, AZ
2008.05.10-11    EMERALD CITY COMICCON    Seattle, WA
2008.05.16-18    MOBICON    Mobile, AL
2008.05.16-18    THE 26TH J. LLOYD EATON CONFERENCE--CHRONICLING MARS    Riverside, CA
2008.05.16-19    KEYCON 25    Winnipeg, MB
2008.05.23-24    MARCON 43    Columbus, OH
2008.05.23-25    OASIS    Orlando, FL
2008.05.23-26    BALTICON 41    Hunt Valley, MD
2008.05.23-26    MISCON    Missoula, MT
2008.05.23-26    WISCON 32    Madison, WI


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

Mars radar sounding opens up a planet's third dimension

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 22, 2008

ESA's Mars Express radar sounder, MARSIS, has looked beneath the martian surface and opened up the third dimension for planetary exploration. The technique's success is prompting scientists to think of all the other places in the Solar System where they would like to use radar sounders.
FULL STORY

Solar flares set the Sun quaking, satellite shows

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 18, 2008

Data from the ESA/NASA spacecraft SOHO shows clearly that powerful starquakes ripple around the Sun in the wake of mighty solar flares that explode above its surface. The observations give solar physicists new insight into a long-running solar mystery and may even provide a way of studying other stars.
FULL STORY

Plan to identify watery Earth-like planets develops

PENN STATE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 25, 2008

Astronomers are looking to identify Earth-like watery worlds circling distant stars from a glint of light seen through an optical space telescope and a mathematical method developed by researchers at Penn State and the University of Hawaii.
FULL STORY

Plethora of interacting galaxies on Hubble's birthday

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 24, 2008

Astronomy textbooks typically present galaxies as staid, solitary, and majestic island worlds of glittering stars.

But galaxies have a wild side. They have flirtatious close encounters that sometimes end in grand mergers and overflowing "maternity wards" of new star birth as the colliding galaxies morph into wondrous new shapes.

From CNN Science and Space News

Water desalination becoming more realistic

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 97 percent of water is too salty for drinking or irrigation
  • Report: Better technology making it more realistic to use desalted seawater
  • But cost, impact on environment is a factor in use, National Research Council says
  • Analysis recommends coordination of federal research on desalination
FULL STORY

NASA goes low-tech to fix high-tech problem

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sound wave vibrations could be a fatal flaw for astronauts on Ares I rocket
  • It is one of many problems facing NASA's goals of returning to the moon
  • The biggest problem might be a lack of money
  • Former astronaut says moon mission by 2020 is "exceedingly unlikely"
FULL STORY

NASA extends Saturn mission

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cassini mission, touring Saturn and its moons, extended for two years
  • Unmanned probe beamed back 140,000 images since 2004
  • Cassini to circle Saturn 60 more times and fly by its largest moon, Titan
  • Extension costs $160 million; U.S. has invested $2.6 billion in mission
FULL STORY

Space-tourism race starts to heat up

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • California company to design new rocketship to carry tourists on suborbital flights
  • Xcor Aerospace says Lynx would be capable of making several flights a day
  • Billionaire Richard Branson also has plans for space tourism company
FULL STORY

From Space.com

Primitive Alien Life May Exist, Stephen Hawking Says

By Tariq Malik, Senior Editor
posted: 21 April 2008, 8:22 pm ET

Alien life may well exist in a primitive form somewhere in our corner of the galaxy, famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said Monday.

Given the size of the universe, it is unlikely that Earth is the only planet to develop some sort of life, Hawking told an audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He added that humanity must embrace space exploration, if only to ensure its long-term survival.
FULL STORY


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A short break from gravity

    Well, it's not so short a break. Seriously, this links to a rather detailed explanation of Tetrapod Zoology; the supposition that "intelligent dinosaurs" might have existed (or come very close to existing). The discourse is lengthy, but intriguing.
    There are further links, within the blog, to more articles along the same line. Illustrations are fairly realistic, and references given add a feel of reality to the discussion.
    Enjoy your visit to the edges of Dinotopia...

Hook in the Book

ONE SMALL STEP...

After a journey of unknown distance, unknown time, the next batch of seeds dropped from the atmosphere like microscopic snow, scattering wildly at the tiniest breath of wind. Wave after wave washed through the air. The most recent waves had been close to success, the closest yet, but still hadn't caused the critical mass needed to accomplish the task. Changes were made, new seeds released. It was only a matter of time until things were right.

Most of the seeds survived the feathery fall, but the real test was yet to come. Billions died at the touch of water or the kiss of cold temperatures. Others survived the landing, but found conditions unsuitable for growth. A scant few landed in the right place, but wind, or the brush of a hand, or perhaps even fate, swept them away.

A miniscule percentage, however, found conditions perfect for germination.

Infected
Scott Sigler

View Scott Sigler's video prom for this book here.

Last Word

"If the human race is to continue for another million years we will have to boldly go where no one has gone before,"

Stephen Hawking

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