|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: October 2008
Issue No. 56
>Buncha random news bits:
The O*W*C forums are back online. Post your brains out: http://other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/forum/
We've got a new host! HOST Hexer has his first co-host with Shadow this Friday.
All SF General and O*W*C chats will now be held in our Web chatroom at:
For news and information about Web chat, visit our site at:
New SF books for October 2008
THE PHOENIX GUARDS - Steven Brust
LIBERATION - Brian Francis Slattery
TWO TO THE FIFTH - Piers Anthony
THE JANUARY DANCER - Michael Flynn
THE HERO OF AGES - Brandon Sanderson
SUNBORN - Jeffrey A. Carver
V: THE ORIGINAL MINISERIES - Kenneth Johnson, A.C. Crispin
ALL THE WINDWRACKED STARS - Elizabeth Bear
AGENT TO THE STARS - John Scalzi
INUKAMI! VOL. 1 - Mamizu Arisawa
HAYATE X BLADE VOL. 1 - Shizuru Hayashiya
FIRSTBORN - Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
QUOFUM - Alan Dean Foster
STAR WARS® DARTH BANE RULE OF TWO - Drew Karpyshyn
STAR WARS® MILLENNIUM FALCON - James Lucerno
CAINE BLACK KNIFE - Matthew Stover
GEARS OF WAR ASPHO FIELDS - Karen Traviss
PASTEL 12 - Toshihiko Kobayashi
KITCHEN PRINCESS 8 - Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Kobayashi
PAPILLON 1 - Miwa Ueda
DRAGON EYE 6 - Kairi Fujiyama
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 5 - MasakiSegawa, Futaro Yamada
AIR GEAR 10 - Oh!Great
ALIVE 6 - Yadashi Kawashima
HELL GIRL 4 - Miyuki Eto
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 6 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubukata
MAO-CHAN 1 - Ken Akamatsu
PARASYTE 5 - Hitoshi Iwaaki
SLOW TRAIN TO ARCTURUS - Eric Flint, Dave Freer
GENTLEMAN TAKES A CHANCE - Sarah A. Hoyt
THE SERRANO CONNECTION - Elizabeth Moon
THE UNIVERSE TWISTER - Keith Laumer
VORPAL BLADE - John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
PYRAMID POWER - Eric Flint, Dave Freer
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Technically, this isn't truly the "author's" site. It is, however, the author's words, posted as a blog, 70 years after being scribed in his diaries.
The Orwell Prize, Britain’s pre-eminent prize for political writing, is publishing George Orwell’s diaries as a blog. From 9th August 2008, Orwell’s domestic and political diaries (from 9th August 1938 until October 1942) will be posted in real-time, exactly 70 years after the entries were written.
Orwell’s ‘domestic’ diaries begin on 9th August 1938/2008; his ‘political’ diaries (which are further categorised as ‘Morocco’, ‘Pre-war’ and ‘Wartime’) begin on 7th September 1938/2008.
The diaries are exactly as Orwell wrote them. Where there are original spelling errors, they are indicated by a ° following the offending word.
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.10.03 AN AMERICAN CAROL
2008.10.10 BODY OF LIES
2008.10.10 CITY OF EMBER
2008.10.17 MAX PAYNE
2008.10.24 FEAR OF THE DARK
2008.10.24 SAW V
2008.10.31 THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for October 2008:
2008.10.03-05 ARCHON 32 Collinsville, IL
2008.10.03-05 FENCON Addison, TX
2008.10.10-12 ALBACON Albany, NY
2008.10.17-19 CAPCLAVE Rockville, MD
2008.10.24-26 MILEHICON 40 Denver, CO
2008.10.31-11.02 WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION Calgary, AB, Canada
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
Unexpected mixing of solar system shown in comet dust
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 19, 2008
MADISON - Chemical clues from a comet's halo are challenging common views about the history and evolution of the solar system and showing it may be more mixed-up than previously thought.
A new analysis of dust from the comet Wild 2, collected in 2004 by NASA's Stardust mission, has revealed an oxygen isotope signature that suggests an unexpected mingling of rocky material between the center and edges of the solar system. Despite the comet's birth in the icy reaches of outer space beyond Pluto, tiny crystals collected from its halo appear to have been forged in the hotter interior, much closer to the sun.
Cosmic 'dark flow' detected across billions of light years
NASA-GSFC NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 23, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Using data from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), scientists have identified an unexpected motion in distant galaxy clusters. The cause, they suggest, is the gravitational attraction of matter that lies beyond the observable universe.
More results from Mars lander suggest liquid past
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil tests experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth.
A laser instrument designed to gather knowledge of how the atmosphere and surface interact on Mars, detected snow from clouds about 2.5 miles above the spacecraft's landing site. Data show the snow vaporizing before reaching the ground.
Shenzhou spacecraft lands safely after three-day flight
BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: September 28, 2008
Three astronauts strapped inside the Shenzhou 7 capsule plummeted through the atmosphere and parachuted to a pinpoint landing in northern China Sunday to complete a three-day mission that included the country's first spacewalk.
Phoenix lander spots falling snow on Mars
- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft discovers evidence of past water on Mars
- Soil experiments reveal two minerals known to be formed in liquid water
- Laser detects snow falling from clouds in the northern arctic plains
- Researchers believe the planet once was warmer and wetter than it is today
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 at 50: Lost in space?
- NASA, which opened its doors in 1958, is struggling with its identity and its future
- The NASA of the future is looking to retire its shuttle program in 2010
- Agency wants to build new spacecraft to return to the moon and someday go to Mars
- But a combination of pressures will make it difficult to ditch the shuttle program FULL STORY
SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 1 Rocket Into Orbit
By Tariq Malik, Senior Editor
posted: 28 September 2008, 8:49 pm ET
This story was updated at 11:53 p.m. EDT.
After three consecutive failures, a private spaceflight firm's Falcon 1 rocket successfully blasted into space late Sunday to become the first privately built liquid-fueled booster to reach orbit.
The two-stage Falcon 1 rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) lifted off at about 7:15 p.m. EDT (2315 GMT) from the U.S. Army's Ronald Reagan Ballistic Defense Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the about 2,500 miles (4,023 km) southwest of Hawaii. The successful space shot came less than a month after an engine timing error during stage separation doomed SpaceX's third Falcon 1 test.
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A short break from gravity
Again, my fascination with paper strikes. These short videos were produced by the same fellows who put mentos in coka cola. Clearly they've got a LOT of time on their hands. There's a few minutes of entertainment here, courtesy of 280,981 sticky notes.
Hook in the Book
"I'd been using my sphere as a stool. I traced counterclockwise circles on it with my fingertips and it shrank until I could palm it. My bolt had shifted while I'd been sitting. I pulled it up and yanked the pleats straight as I careered around tables, chairs, globes, and slow moving fraas. I passed under a stone arch into the Scriptoreum. The place smelled richly of ink. Maybe it was because an ancient fraa and his two fids were copying out books there. But I wondered how long it would take to stop smelling that way if no one ever used it at all; a lot of ink had been spent there, and the wet smell of it must be deep into everything."
WOW. "Times, they are a-changin'." As noted in the Precursor, our Chip is shaking things up a little on the O*W*C website. It looks like we're getting a little bit of a shake-up in the chatroom, as well. Exciting!
Most the kids in the neighborhood are back in school; traffic's heavier in the mornings and the days are a little quieter. #1 son and his wife are middle school teachers and the grandboy is in 1st grade this year. Family life is calming down just a little.
Then again... now I have no excuses to offer when my mom wants me to visit for a few days. She's planning on a trip to Spain at the end of the month, so I guess I better schedule that visit pretty soon. :)
Vacation has been taken; dental work is complete, nothing taxing on the schedule... Does this mean I finally have time to read? I surely hope so; I just got Neal Stephenson's new book "Anathem". It only weighs a few pounds - 890 pages without the glossary. And I have quite an assortment of other "next reads" accumulated over the past few months. I've done my best listening to as many books as possible over the past year, but sometimes the "dead trees" version is just a wee bit more satisfying an experience.
At any rate, the mental stimulation afforded by reading is worth ten times the effort. I grew up with my nose buried in books and raised my sons to be the same. Conversation is so much more lively when it takes place among readers. Imaginations are stimulated; learning is encouraged... and the possibilities are infinite!
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