|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: November 2008
Issue No. 57
Well, the first major holiday of the season has come and gone. Halloween was terrific fun, here. OUr benevolent hostess has shared pictures of the costumes made for and worn by her younglings, decorations have gone up and come down again. Pumpkins have been carved, their seeds are baked or saved for planting next year. The Nightmare Before Christmas has been re-released on DVD/Bluray as an anniversary edition... And we start getting ready for the next batch of holiday madness.
It's often fun to think about how holidays and celebrations might change in the future. There are traditional holidays, religious holidays, memorial holidays, political holidays, even "bankers" holidays. As we live longer lives, venture out to other worlds or change the world we live in, how might the meaning behind those holidays change. How significant will some celebrations be (birthdays, graduations, new jobs, new homes, retirement, etc.)
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New SF books for November 2008
ENDER IN EXILE - Orson Scott Card
THIRTEEN ORPHANS - Jane Lindskold
HALO: THE COLE PROJECT - Tobias Buckell
FOOL'S EXPERIMENTS - Edward M. Lerner
MAGIC'S DESIGN - Cat Adams
THE GODS RETURN - David Drake
ODD GIRL OUT - Timothy Zahn
WATERMIND - M. M. Buckner
THE LORD-PROTECTOR'S DAUGHTER - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE STARS, LIKE DUST - Isaac Asimov
DRAGONHEART-- Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern - Todd McCaffrey
BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS - Cartoon Network
TSUBASA 19 - Clamp
SCHOOL RUMBLE 11 - Jin Kobayashi
GANKUTSUOU 1 - Mahira Maeda, Yura Ariwara
YOKAIDEN 1 - Nina Matsumoto
NODAME CANTABILE 15 - Tomoko Ninomiya
TOTO! 3 - Yuko Osada
SUZUKA 10 - Kouji Seo
MUSHISHI 6 - Yuki Urushibara
YOZAKURA QUARTET 3 - Suzuhito Yasuda
CLAWS THAT CATCH - John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
SAINT ANTONY'S FIRE - Steve White
SEARCH FOR THE STAR STONES - Andre Norton
1634--THE BALTIC WAR - Eric Flint, David Weber
MILES, MUTANTS AND MICROBES - Lois McMaster Bujold
THE TROUBLE WITH ALIENS - Christopher Ancil, Eric Flint
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic “The Baroque Cycle” (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. His most recent novel is "Anathem" (released in early October, 2008).
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Conventions for November 2008:
2008.11.14-16 WINDYCON 35 Lombard, IL
2008.11.21-23 NEW ENGLAND EXPERIENCE Cambridge, ME
2008.11.21-23 ORYCON 30 Portland, OR
2008.11.28-30 LOSCON 35 LOS ANGELES, CA
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SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
Developing the Falcon 9: A new rocket in the making
STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: November 2, 2008
A makeshift rocket suspended more than 10 stories above the Texas prairie is progressing through a step-by-step series of ground tests to prove that SpaceX's new Falcon 9 rocket is ready for launch next year.
The 90-foot-long prototype rocket, called a run tank by SpaceX, simulates the mass and dimensions of the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage. The run tank arrived more than a year ago at the SpaceX engine test site in McGregor, Texas.
First Indian 'moon craft' goes into lunar orbit
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: November 7, 2008;
Updated Nov. 8 following orbit maneuver
Chandrayaan 1, India's first deep space mission, successfully entered lunar orbit early Saturday after a circuitous two-and-a-half week journey from a seaside launch pad to the moon.
The car-sized spacecraft fired its liquid-fueled engine for 817 seconds to place Chandrayaan 1 in an oval-shaped parking orbit around the moon with a high point of 4,662 miles and low point of 313 miles. That orbit will eventually be lowered to a circular path about 62 miles above the lunar surface.
The Bullet Cluster: Searching for primordial antimatter
CHANDRA X-RAY CENTER NEWS RELEASE
Posted: November 5, 2008
Scientists are on the hunt for evidence of antimatter -- matter's arch nemesis -- left over from the very early Universe. New results using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Compton Gamma Ray Observatory suggest the search may have just become even more difficult.
Antimatter is made up of elementary particles, each of which has the same mass as their corresponding matter counterparts -- protons, neutrons and electrons -- but the opposite charges and magnetic properties. When matter and antimatter particles collide, they annihilate each other and produce energy according to Einstein's famous equation, E=mc2.
Martian winter threatens to end Phoenix Lander's mission
- NASA: Onset of the Martian winter means Phoenix Mars Lander's days are numbered
- Solar-powered spacecraft has suspended operations due to low fuel
- With no sunlight reaching the solar panels during the winter, Phoenix will die
- The spacecraft landed May 25 and has conducted five months of research
Venezuela's first satellite launched from China
- Telecommunications satellite will let rural areas access educational, medical info
- Chinese rocket carrying satellite lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center
- Satellite reportedly designed to last 15 years
- Venezuela spent $241 million in five years to develop the Simon Bolivar Satellite
Living fossil found on New Zealand mainland
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- eggs from indigenous tuatara found at wildlife sanctuary in the capital, Wellington
- Reptile with lineage dating to dinosaur age found nesting on NZ mainland
- Tuatara present on offshore islands, but not seen on mainland for about 200 years
- Tuatara nearly extinct on 3 main islands by late 1700s with introduction of predators
Scientists hope to clone extinct species
- Japanese scientists produce clones of mice dead and frozen for 16 years
- Feat could lead researchers to resurrect long-extinct species, like mammoth
- Researchers used cells from mice that were frozen for 16 years at -20 Celsius
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A short break from gravity
Hook in the Book
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2048
It had been a good life.
Donald Halifax looked around the living room of the modest house he and his wife Sarah had shared for sixty years now, and that thought kept coming back to him. Oh, there had been ups and downs, and the downs had seemed excursions into the flames of hell at the time--the lingering death of his mother, Sarah's battle with breast cancer, the rough periods their marriage had gone through--but, on balance, when all was said and done, it had been a good life.
When all was said and done.
Don shook his head, but it wasn't in sorrow. He'd always been a realist, a pragmatist, and he knew there was nothing left now but summing up and looking back. At the age of eighty-seven, that's all anyone had.
Robert J. Sawyer
You might have noticed the Digital Papyrus is late this month. The O*W*C's self-proclaimed "super geek" has suffered a major case of thumble fingers the past few weeks. If it was tech, I broke it. If it was saved digitally, I did my very best to lose it. Just this past week, I threatened to run away and live in the park if I dropped just one more thing. Fortunately, I managed to get the tech back up and running, files recovered and artisan tools are found. No, I won't be living under the third bench in the southeast corner of the Los Alamitos Nature Walk this season.
November is NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month. The theory is that just getting the words on paper is primary; you can't edit it if it hasn't been written. Lots of participants have pledged to write 50,000 words between the 1st and 30th days of the month. I'm not a writer, but the discipline is intriguing. As an artist, I can apply the "picture=1000 words" principle and put out a couple illustrations a day. With luck, they might all be related in some way, perhaps I can tell a story, perhaps not, but that's my goal.
I'll let the writers do the hard stuff.
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