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NEWSLETTER: JULY 2008 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2008
Issue No. 53

Precursor

Free Hugo-Nominated eBooks
Filed under Free fiction.

A number of publishers have teamed up to offer free electronic copies of this year’s Best Novel nominees to Hugo Awards voters. The books involved are Brasyl by Ian McDonald, Rollback by Robert Sawyer and The Last Colony by John Scalzi. US residents will also get Halting State by Charles Stross. The ebooks do not contain any digital rights management software and come as RTF files.

Well--almost free. The details are on the page...

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New SF books for July 2008

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

SOMEWHERE IN TIME - Richard Matheson
2012 - Whitley Strieber
THE SONS OF HEAVEN - Kage Baker
DARK WARRIOR RISING - Ed Greenwood
THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA - Brenda Cooper
BONEHUNTERS - Steven Erikson
SANDWORMS OF DUNE - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
A BETRAYAL IN WINTER - Daniel Abraham
THE VALLEY-WESTSIDE WAR - Harry Turtledove
JHEGAALA - Steven Brust

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

BABYLON BABIES - Maurice G. Dantec
EXCEPTIONS TO REALITY STORIES - Alan Dean Foster
MASS EFFECT: ASCENSION - Drew Karpyshyn

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

DRAGON EYE 5 - Kairi Fujiuama
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION VOL. 7 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
KAGETORA 10 - Akira Segami
PASTEL 11 - Toshihiko Kobayashi
SCHOOL RUMBLE 10 - Jin Kobayashi
SHIKI TSUKAI 3 - Yuna Takanagi, To-Ru Zekuu
THE WALLFLOWER 16 - Tomoko Hayakawa
AIR GEAR 9 - Oh!Great
GENSHIKEN OFFICIAL BOOK - Kio Shimoku
ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES 1 - Akira Hiramoto
PARASYTE 4 - Hitoshi Iwaaki

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

SLANTED JACK - Mark L. Van Name
HELL HATH NO FURY - David Weber, Linda Evans
EXODUS - Steve White, Shirley Meier
PALADINS II--KNIGHT MOVES - Joel Rosenberg

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

AICN Gives Tribute To STAN WINSTON - A Giant In The World Of Filmmaking Is Gone!

"Stan Winston died on June 15, 2008, at his home in Malibu, California after suffering for seven years with multiple myeloma." [Wikipeddia] We remember him for his extensive career in "Physical Effects" in movies and television, including Edward Scissorhands, the Terminator, Jurassic Park and many, many others. He received Oscar nominations at least nine times (maybe more; the year's not over) winning in 1987, 1992 (two awards), and 1994. "When asked to name his favourite creation, Winston's response was surprising - it was a book he published in 2006, The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio, detailing his work." [guardian.co.uk]

"For over 30 years, Stan Winston and his team of artists and technicians have been creating characters, creatures and monsters for motion pictures and television." The official site for Stan Winston Studio. You can also visit the official Stan Winston site.

"Stan Winston, you will be missed."--Scott Sigler, AMC Monsterblog.

mahalo.com has a very thorough list of links for Stan Winston here.

Movie & TV Buzz

2008.07.02    HANCOCK
2008.07.11    HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
2008.07.11    JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D
2008.07.11    MEET DAVE
2008.07.18    THE DARK KNIGHT
2008.07.18    SPACE CHIMPS
2008.07.25    THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE


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

Con news

Conventions for July 2008:

2008.07.03-06    CONVERGENCE    Bloomington, MN
2008.07.03-06    WESTERCON 61    Las Vegas, NV
2008.07.04-06    INCONJUNCTION    Indianapolis, IN
2008.07.25-27    CONESTOGA 12    Tulsa, OK
2008.07.25-27    CONFLUENCE 2008    Pittsburgh, PA


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

NASA launches observatory with gamma ray vision

BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
Posted: June 11, 2008

A Delta 2 rocket roared to life and successfully boosted a $690 million space telescope into orbit today, the most sophisticated observatory ever built to study the tell-tale high energy gamma rays generated by the most violent explosions and processes in the known universe.
FULL STORY

A new type of comet dust mineral

BY DR EMILY BALDWIN
ASTRONOMY NOW
Posted: June 13, 2008

NASA researchers have found a new mineral in a material that likely originated from comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup, which orbits the Sun once every five years.
FULL STORY

From CNN Science and Space News

Newly found planets make case for 'crowded universe'

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • It's the first time three planets close to Earth's size are found orbiting a single star
  • Mass of the smallest of the planets is about four times the size of Earth
  • They are much too hot to support life
  • Astronomer: "Planets are out there. They're all over the place"
FULL STORY

Mars on the brain? Red Planet pioneers to face cosmic mind trip

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mars mission may cause unknown psychological stress for crew, experts say
  • Astronauts will have to cope with extreme isolation, confinement
  • Losing visual connection with Earth poses mental health risk
FULL STORY


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A short break from gravity

    I have a "fatal" addiction to papercrafts. Give me a printer, some heavy paper, scissors and tape or paste, and I'm ready to party. This is a free site for paper constructions: I've spent many happy minutes cluttering my very geeky desk with the results.

  • cubeecraft: free downloads for little constructions of desktop characters. The downloads are free, usually require only one sheet of paper to be printed, and new characters are added frequently. Characters include Kermit the Frog, Spaceghost, Indiana Jones--you get the idea ;-).

Hook in the Book

    Some say that it is Heaven's Mandate that we should have the stars, just as it was the will of Heaven that our armies should bring the squabbling lands of Greater Mongolia under one system of governance, a polity so civilized that a woman could ride naked from the western shores of Europe to the eastern edge of China without once being molested. I say that it is simply the case that we--call us Mongols, call us humans, it scarcely matters now--have always made the best of what we are given.

    Take the nexus in Gansu system, for instance. It was a medium-sized moon that had been hollowed out nearly all the way to its middle, leaving a shell barely a hundred li thick, with a small round kernel buttressed to the shell by ninety-nine golden spokes. Local traffic entered and departed the nexus via apertures at the northern and southern poles. Not that there was much local traffic to speak of: Gansu, with its miserly red sun--only just large enough to sustain fusion--and handful of desolate, volatile-poor, and radiation-lashed rocky worlds, was neither a financial nor military hub, nor a place that figured prominently in tourist itineraries. As was often the case, it was something of a puzzle why the wormlike khorkoi had built the nexus in such a miserable location to begin with.

The Six Directions of Space
Alastair Reynolds

Galactic Empires
Gardner Dozois

Last Word

Locus Awards Winners

Winners of this year's Locus Awards, voted by readers of Locus Magazine in the annual Locus Poll, were were announced this afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Seattle, at an event led by Master of Ceremonies Connie Willis.

'Nuff said...

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