|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: August 2008
Issue No. 54
OH (on twitter): "headdesk, headdesk, headdesk...bahrraaAinnzz!"
As I write this, I'm rapidly approaching that "zombie" state induced by an overfull schedule, too much excitement, too little sleep and no coffee. In this state I am somehow a little convinced that a recent Condor attendee was right when he considered that "zombies can be our friends". Well...maybe not.
However, many of our chatroom visitors are familiar with this state of mind. Our nightly chats start at 10:30 pm. eastern - by the time we close for the night, our east coast friends are reeeally finished!
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New SF books for August 2008
ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW -- Orson Scott Card, Edmund R. Schubert
MARS LIFE -- Ben Bova
ZOE'S TALE -- John Scalzi
THE DARKER MASK -- Gary Phillips, Christopher Chambers
SLY MONGOOSE -- Tobias S. Buckell
ILL MET IN THE ARENA -- Dave Duncan
BOOGIEPOP AT DAWN -- Kouhei Kadono
PIRATE SUN -- Karl Schroeder
FLEET OF WORLDS -- Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
CITY AT THE END OF TIME -- Greg Bear
THE LAST THEOREM -- Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
STAR WARS: THE DARK LORD TRILOGY
Labyrinth of Evil, Revenge of the Sith, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader -- James Luceno, Matthew Stober
THE AGE OF THE CONGLOMERATES -- Thomas Nevins
HELFORT'S WAR--BOOK 2: THE BATTLE OF THE HAMMER WORLDS -- Graham Sharp Paul
STAR WARS: CORUSCANT NIGHTS II--STREET OF SHADOWS -- Michael Reeves
HEROES: SAVING CHARLIE -- Aury Wallington
STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED -- Sean Williams
HELL GIRL 3 -- Miyuki Eto
KITCHEN PRINCESS 7 -- Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Kobayashi
TSUBASA 18 -- Clamp
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 4 -- Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada
KASUMI 1 -- Surt Lim
MAMOTTE! LOLLIPOP 7 -- Michiyo Kikuta
MUSHISHI 5 -- Yuki Urushibara
PRINCESS RESURRECTION 4 -- Yasunori Mitsunaga
THE LAST CENTURION - John Ringo
EXILE AND GLORY -- Jerry Pournelle
BETWEEN PLANETS -- Robert A. Heinlein
OTHER TIMES THAN PEACE -- David Drake
WE THE UNDERPEOPLE -- Hank Davis
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
I've got a great "two-for-one" combo this month. I've been reading the graphic series "The Walking Dead", and decided to bring you the websites of the author, Robert Kirkman, and the illustrator, Tony Moore.
Kirkmania is the home of Robert Kirkman's blog, bibliography, message boards and even a store. Clearly, it's a work in progress, as some of the pages lead to "in progress" or "coming soon". Ah well, nobody's perfect.
Tony Moore: Illustration is much farther along in produciton. There's a blog, a gallery, a message board and a store. I'd like to see more in his bio, but it stars out wonderfully: "My name is Tony Moore. I'm a small-town guy from Kentucky, raised by a pack of wild televisions. I've been a fan of comics since before I could read, and have seldom in my life dreamed of becoming anything other than a comicbook illustrator."
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.08.01 THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
2008.08.15 STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
2008.08.15 FLY ME TO THE MOON
2008.08.22 DEATH RACE
2008.08.29 BABYLON, A.D.
BONUS for the Zombie edition!: Xomba.com and ToxicShock.tv present the "Top 10" Zombie movies and a George Roemro interview.
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for August 2008:
2008.08.01-03 DIVERSICON 16 Bloomington, MN
2008.08.06-10 DENVENTION 3 Denver, CO
2008.08.15-17 ARMADILLOCON 30 Austin, TX
2008.08.21-24 GATECON Vancouver, Canada
2008.08.22-24 BUBONICON 40 Albuquerque, NM
2008.08.29-31 COPPERCON 28 Phoenix. AZ
2008.08.29-09.01 DRAGON-CON Atlanta, GA
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
Phoenix confirms water as mission gets extended
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 31, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Laboratory tests aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample. The lander's robotic arm delivered the sample Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced by the heating of samples. scoop.
"We have water," said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, lead scientist for the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA. "We've seen evidence for this water ice before in observations by the Mars Odyssey orbiter and in disappearing chunks observed by Phoenix last month, but this is the first time Martian water has been touched and tasted."
With enticing results so far and the spacecraft in good shape, NASA also announced operational funding for the mission will extend through Sept. 30. The original prime mission of three months ends in late August. The mission extension adds five weeks to the 90 days of the prime mission.
NASA confirms liquid lake on Saturn's moon Titan
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 30, 2008
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observed on Saturn's moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons, and have positively identified the presence of ethane. This makes Titan the only body in our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface.
The first stars
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 31, 2008
The universe began with the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago. Very soon after that event, the first stars formed. Today, those stars are dead and gone leaving little evidence of their size and composition behind. Now, a new computer simulation now offers the most detailed picture yet of how these first stars came into existence. These findings will be published by the journal Science on Friday, 1 August.
Will pond scum become the new oil?
- Easily grown algae can be made into fuel to run diesel vehicles
- Challenges stand in the way of any large-scale manufacture
- Algae holds promise in efforts to break U.S. reliance on foreign oil
Are we heading for a human-powered future?
- A Hong Kong gym and London dance club are part powered by human power
- Italian inventor Lucien Gambarota says human power is simple to use
- The concept could be taken to busy places like train stations or into homes
- There are some questions about the economic sense of human power
And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
A short break from gravity
Mur Lafferty presents: The Takeover
"Welcome to Zombinc!
We are a staffing service that allows you to employ zombies - those single-minded, hard working individuals - instead of shiftless human workers. Zombies can work tirelessly around the clock, they retain the talents of their former lives, and if injured or unable to work because of decomposition, we can give you a new one at no extra cost or liability!"
"The Takeover is an audio blog describing Zombincís merger with a local web company. Be sure to take a listen to find out what goes on in a day-to-day office environment with zombies, humans, and a mad scientist. Why does a web design company need a mad scientist? Well, why not?"
Hook in the Book
"Reanimate yourself for success with advice on life, love, and work from the undead!
Zombies aren't afraid of life, so why should you be? Start living your life the undead way: through The Zen of Zombie!
- Be adaptable - zombies make the best of a situation.
- Count your blessings - a brain in the hand is worth two behind the hastily improvised zombie barricades.
- W.W.Z.D? (What Would Zombies Do?)
- Slow down! Another delicious brain is just around the corner.
- Speak only when necessary - when zombies talk, people listen.
- Zombies don't negotiate - neither should you.
- Plus a ninety-day guide to complete zombification!"
The Zen of Zombie
Better Living Through the Undead
Clearly, the zombies are "moving in."
While I'm not ready for "a promotion", I'm keeping my eyes open on this new development.
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