|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: September 2008
Issue No. 55
Boy! That was a short summer! 'Most all of the kids are back in school, and even the last minute school supplies have been purchased.
September is when I start planning for the holiday season. Will we be decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hannukah? Will we be doing any entertaining or travelling? What kind of shopping should I do? Do I have enough supplies in the craft room for decorations and/or gifts?
This year, since I cancelled most of my summer plans, I'm starting September with a short vacation. I'm marvelling at the way technology and medical science has changed over the past few years.
Not too very long ago, we didn't have the internet to help us keep in touch with one another. Today, I think I might have serious problems without it. Until very recently, I had only vaguely heard of insulin pump therapy. Today, I'm using a very sophisticated insulin pump to help manage my blood glucose levels. Amazing!
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New SF books for September 2008
THE GHOST QUARTET - ed. Marvin Kaye
INFERNO - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
TOO MANY CURSES - A. Lee Martinez
JUGGLER OF WORLDS - Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
TOLL THE HOUNDS - Steven Erikson
THE WYRMLING HORDE - David Farland
THE PHOENIX ENDANGERED - Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
PAUL OF DUNE - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
THE HOUSE OF THE STAG - Kage Baker
GHOST WARRIOR - Clair Robson
AN EVIL GUEST - Gene Wolfe
THE WAY TO BRIGHT STAR - Dee Brown
A DANGEROUS CLIMATE - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FALLEN - Claire Delacroix
EX-KOP - Warren Hammond
MUTANT CHRONICLES - Matt Forbeck
PATRIMONY: A PIP AND FLINX ADVENTURE - Alan Dean Foster
DRAGON HARPER - Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey
FAIRY TAIL 4 - Hiro Mashima
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION VOL. 8 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
KAGETORA 11 - Akira Segami
KAMICHAMA KARIN CHU 2 - Koge-Donbo
SUGAR SUGAR RUNE 8 - Moyoko Anno
DUAINFEY - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
BELISARIUS I THUNDER AT DAWN - Eric Flint, David Drake
THE VAN RIJN METHOD - Poul Anderson
YELLOW EYES - John Ringo, Tom Kratman
THE LONG TWILIGHT - Keith Laumer
THRAXAS UNDER SIEGE - Martin Scott
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Julian Beever's Pavement Drawings
Julian Beever has made pavement drawings for over ten years. He has worked all over the world. The pavement drawings have included both renderings of old masters plus a wealth of original inventive pieces of work.
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.09.19 GHOST TOWN
In chat Monday nite, I learned one of our new members (Ambrosia) has a book available: Gulliver's Children.
This looks like a SF/Romance crossover - hmmm...
Conventions for September 2008:
2008.09.26-28 CONJECTURE 2008 San Diego, CA
2008.09.26-28 CONTEXT 21 Columbia, OH
2008.09.26-28 FOOLSCAP X Redmond, WA
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
Clash of clusters provides new dark matter clue
BY DR EMILY BALDWIN, ASTRONOMY NOW
Posted: August 28, 2008
A dramatic collision between galaxy clusters captured by the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes provides striking evidence for the existence of dark matter as it separates from ordinary matter.
MACSJ0025 formed after an enormously energetic collision between two large galaxy clusters, each one thousand million million times the mass of our Sun, crashing together at millions of kilometres per hour. After the smash, the stars and hot gas in the two clusters slowed down, but the dark matter component sailed right through, allowing astronomers to study the behaviour of the different components.
Phoenix mission conducting extended activities on Mars
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: August 30, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, having completed its 90-day primary mission, is continuing its science collection activities. Science and engineering teams are looking forward to at least another month of Martian exploration.
Earth’s leaky atmosphere
BY DR EMILY BALDWIN, ASTRONOMY NOW
Posted: August 29, 2008
ESA’s formation-flying Cluster satellites have discovered the physical mechanism that is driving the constant leak of oxygen out of Earth’s atmosphere and into space: the Earth’s own magnetic field.
Electrically charged oxygen atoms, known as ions, have been known to be accelerating from the Earth’s upper atmosphere and out into space for several decades, just as it has been known that the solar wind can connect to the magnetic field of the Earth over the poles, opening up an escape route for the oxygen ions. Measurements taken by satellites during the 1980s and 1990s showed that the escaping ions were traveling faster the higher they were observed, implying that something was causing them to accelerate, but just what the culprit was remained an unsolved mystery, until now.
4,500-year-old ice shelf breaks away
- 4,500-year-old Markham Ice Shelf in Canada separated in early August
- Nineteen-square-mile shelf is now adrift in the Arctic Ocean
- Summer's ice shelf loss equivalent to three times the area of Manhattan
- Ecosystems that depend on ice shelves are on brink of extinction, scientists say
Moon mission delayed until 2009
- NASA delays the launch of an unmanned spacecraft to the moon
- Delayed craft is first step in NASA's program to send astronauts to the moon
- NASA agrees to swap with Air Force, which will fly a prototype space drone
- Delay will cost space agency up to $7 million a month
NASA: Space shuttle replacement won't fly until 2014
- Cost concerns are at the root of the delay, says program manager
- Orion is sometimes called "Apollo on steroids"
- Unlike the space shuttle, Orion is a capsule that will parachute to a landing
- The new goal of a September 2014 launch is a year later than NASA had planned
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A short break from gravity
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Hook in the Book
April 18, 1985--Into a world already wound tight with the desparate tensions of the Cold War comes Dr. William Donner with a startling declaration: superhumans exist, they demand autonomy, and he has the reality-bending power to enforce their status. The traditional balance of power is thrown askew by the addition of not one super-powered human, but six thousand.
Before the Donner Declaration, high school sophomore Nate Charters was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism should have made him something special, but his differences and low self-esteem have long since marked him as a target for the jocks and popular kids.
Now, just as his unique nature brings him the attention of a self-assured older girl, Nate must find his place in the world. Why is he the way he is? What really happened to his long dead father? Why is his biggest rival suddenly interested in a private meeting? Is he part of a remarkable, powerful new minority... or just a misfit among misfits?
Nate must discover the answers to these questions quickly, because those in power know more about him than he could ever imagine. And they're closing in...
Brave Men Run
A Novel of the Sovereign Era
Matthew Wayne Selznick
In July of 1999, my mother-in-law died of a pre-leukemic anemia. Medical science has changed so much in just a few years, there is now a treatment that would probably have saved her life. There are research teams in Canada that claim to have found a way to cure diabetes. More than a few of us in Other Worlds Cafe will benefit from this research some day. I'm hoping it comes soon.
We use the internet for entertainment, shopping, paying bills, doing research, keeping in touch with family and friends. Our cars have built in navigators, computer managed engines, built-in diagnostics. There are refrigerators that keep track of what's inside and help the house manager to write the grocery list. Kitchen computers help write menus and suggest recipes based on what's currently in the pantry.
Disneyland in California has recently opened the Dreamhouse. It's something of a sequel to the Monsanto Home of the Future exhibit from the 1960's. That house was a prefab concept house, and focused on plastics and fiber innovations. The new Dreamhouse is fully equipped with all the "latest and greatest" electronic gizmos and gadgets. What I found most intriguing is that it's all commercially available in the "here and now". Granted it would be an expensive proposition, but I didn't see one item in the exhibit that cannot be bought commercially, today.
I used to read SF simply for the imaginary and "what-if?" stories. Now I read some of those classics and see the seeds of what is. The other night someone made note that 1984 was a futuristic SF distopia when it was written. Today, it's called "alternate history". What are we reading today that will hold up to the test of time as well? Stuff we're taking for granted now was all a dream just 30 years ago. How much farther can we go?
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