|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: April 2006
Issue No. 29
Remember the day when OMNI opened online chatrooms at AOL, ushering in a new era of online bustle and novelty? That was more than a decade ago. During that time kindred spirits, who might never have discovered one another, were transported through the modem to a new realm, where they found one another and formed discussion groups, companionships and even lasting relationships. During that time, we also lost sight of people. Of some we might never know what became of them. Of others, we are painfully aware where they have gone. It is like a world within a world, with its own times of fun and times of grief. A world that keeps evolving, of which the future is only certain when friendships are certain. The so-called real world is so much poorer without it.
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New SF books in April 2006
Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy
Daniel Abraham, A SHADOW IN SUMMER
Lawrence Watt-Evans, THE WIZARD LORD
Tor trade paperback
Andrewas Eschbach, THE CARPET MAKERS
Charles Vess, THE BOOK OF BALLADS
Tor mass market
C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, TOUCH OF EVIL
Carrie Bebris, SUSPENSE AND SENSIBILITY, OR, FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVISITED
Ben Bova, MERCURY
Robert Doherty, BODYGUARD OF LIES
David Drake, MASTER OF THE CAULDRON
Brian Lumley, NECROSCOPE: AVENGERS
Diana Marcellas, TWILIGHT RISING, SERPENT'S DREAM
Orb trade paperback
George Alec Effinger, A FIRE IN THE SUN
David G. Hartwell, ed., THE SCIENCE FICTION CENTURY, VOLUME ONE
Caroline Stevermer, A SCHOLAR OF MAGICS
Diane Sansevere-Dreher, EXPLORERS WHO GOT LOST
John Barnes, THE ARMIES OF MEMORY
David Drake, THE FORTRESS OF GLASS
David Keck, IN THE EYE OF HEAVEN
Brian Lumley, TARRA KHASH: HROSSAK!
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., CADMIAN'S CHOICE
Tor mass market
Lynn Abbey, THIEVES' WORLD: ENEMIES OF FORTUNE
Neal Asher, COWL
Ramsey Campbell, THE OVERNIGHT
Tori Carrington, SOFIE METROPOLIS
James F. David, FOOTPRINTS OF THUNDER
Jennifer Fallon, HARSHINI
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., ALECTOR'S CHOICE
Larry Niven & Brenda Cooper, BUILDING HARLEQUIN'S MOON
Elizabeth Vaughan, WARSWORN
Orb trade paperback
Robert A. Heinlein, GLORY ROAD
Andre Norton, FUR MAGIC
M. Jerry Weiss & Helen S. Weiss, DREAMS AND VISIONS
Jenna Solitaire, KEEPER OF THE WATERS
Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews
Del Rey Books Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy)
ENGAGING THE ENEMY by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)
THE SWORD OF STRAW by Amanda Hemingway (Fantasy)
EARTH ABIDES by George R. Stewart (Science Fiction)
PASTEL 2 by Toshihiko Kobayashi (Manga)
GHOST HUNT 3 by Shiho Inada (Manga)
THE WALLFLOWER 7 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
KAGETORA 1 by Akira Segami (Manga)
HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)
FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES by Andrew Fox (Horror)
DANTE'S EQUATION by Jane Jensen (Science Fiction)
Baen Books Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page
In Fury Born by David Weber
Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer
Harald by David Friedman
Against the Tide by John Ringo
The Two Moons by James P. Hogan
Grantville Gazette Volume VI by Eric Flint
Penguin Putnam Home
Red Lightning by John Varley
Migration: Species Imperative #2 by Julie Czerneda
Cusp by Robert A. Metzger
The Clone Republic by Steven Kent
Count Zero by William Gibson
Firebirds Rising - An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy by Sharyn November
Karavans #1 by Jennifer Roberson
The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman by David Colbert
Master of Wolves by Angela Knight
The Shining City by Kate Forsyth
Once Upon a Summer Day by Dennis L. McKiernan
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
This month -- remembering Robert Sheckley The Robert Sheckley official homepage
We will deviate from our routine and post here not the stories that were published in Sci Fiction but the stories appearing at the Other-Worlds-Cafe website, penned by our own members no less. O*W*C : Fiction : Stories : Teaching
Movie and TV Buzz
Triggering the war to end all wars - X-Men: The Last Stand
Peter Segal to Direct Shazam! - ComingSoon.net
Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore updated his blog, in which he gives feedback for the Season 2 finale, and gives hints towards what we can expect in Season 3. Moore on Galactica S3 - Crave Sci-Fi
CONCAROLINAS 2006 (Jun 2-4 '06)
Marriott Executive Park, Charlotte NC. GoHs: Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Media GoH: Tony Amendola. Special Music Guest: Boogey Knights. MC: Brian Holloway. Website: www.concarolinas.org
CONCLAVE 2006 (Jun 2-5 '06)
Allenby Park Motor Inn, Auckland, New Zealand. 27th New Zealand National SF Con. GoHs: Steve Jackson, Joan Vinge, Jim Frenkel. FGoH: Kevin MacLean. Website: http://conclave.sf.org.nz
COLONIACON 17 (Jun 3-4 '06)
Jugendpark, Sachsenbergstraße, Köln-Deutz (unterhalb der Zoobrücke), Germany. Website: www.coloniacon2006.de/
CONCOMCON 13 (Jun 2-4 '06)
Cascade Mountain Inn, Cle Elum WA. Conrunner's con. Topic: The sharing of information. Website: www.swoc.org/ccubed
CONFLUX 3: A CONVENTION OF FANTASTIC WORLDS (Jun 9-12 '06)
Rydges Lakeside Canberra / National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Honoured Virtual Guests: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Lloyd Alexander. Int'l. Editor GoH: Ellen Datlow. Australian GoH: Kate Forsyth. Int'l. Special Guests: Steve Jackson, Joan D. Vinge, Jim Frenkel, Dan Abnett. Special Guest: Sara Douglass. Invited Guest: Jackie French. Invited Comic Artist: Jason Paulos. Invited Manga Guest: Queenie Chan. Exhibiting Guest Artists: Nick Stathopoulos, Greg Bridges, Les Petersen. MC: Nick Stathopoulos. Website: www.conflux.org.au
DUCKON XV: BEWARE THE IDES OF DUCK (Jun 9-11 '06)
Naperville Holiday Inn Select, Naperville IL. GoH: Jo Walton. AGoH: Theresa Mather. Filk GoH: Jordin Kare. FGoH: Brendan Lonehawk. Klingon GoH: Keith R.A. DeCandido. Website: www.duckon.org
GAYLAXICON (Jun 16-18 '06)
Best Western Primrose Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Actor GoH: Ellen Muth. Author GoH: Nalo Hopkinson. Media GoH: Richard Arnold. Writer / Editor GoH: Michael Rowe. Website: http://gaylaxicon.gaylacticnetwork.org/2006
SFRA 2006 (Jun 22-24 '06)
Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains NY. 37th Annual Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association. GoH: Norman Spinrad. Featured Guests: Nancy Kress, Nalo Hopkinson, R. Garcia y Robertson, William Sleator. Distinguished Member Participant: Joan Slonczewski. Special Guest Artist: Michael Whelan.Website: www.sfra.org
APOLLOCON (Jun 23-25 '06)
Doubletree Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX. GoH: Peter S. Beagle. AGoH: Alain Viesca. FGoH: Tim Miller. Website: www.apollocon.org
C-ACE (Jun 23-25 '06)
Best Western Victoria Park Suites Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Author Guest: Julie E. Czerneda. Comics Guest: Mark Oakley. Art Guest: Melita Curphy. Website: www.c-ace.org
HYPERICON 2 (Jun 23-25 '06)
Days Inn Stadium, Nashville TN. GoH: Tim Powers. Special Guests: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brian Keene, Glen Cook, John Skipp. Guests: Mary M. Buckner, Julianne Lee, Deborah LeBlanc, Bryan Smith, James Newman, Elizabeth Donald, Dr. Amy Sturgis, Alethea Kontis, Hunter Cressall, Stephen and Suzie Lackey, Jason Sizemore, Todd Lyles, Melissa Gay. Website: www.hypericon.info/
LYCON 2 (Jun 23-25 '06)
Hause des CVJM (YMCA House), Lübeck, Northern Germany. 2006 German National SF Con. GoH: James P. Hogan. Websites: http://members.aol.com/lyconvent and http://members.aol.com/sfcl
12 June - 21 July 2006 • Odyssey Summer Writing Workshop, Southern New Hampshire University, USA
22-25 June 2006 • Midwestcon 55, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
25-30 June 2006 • International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, MA, USA -- includes sf discussions
26 June - 4 August 2006 • Clarion 2006 (workshop), East Lansing, MI, USA
Your favourite convention not listed here?? - go to O*W*C : Resources : Conventions : Convention Calendar for more!!
SPACE BABEL - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the Venusian south pole, from a distance of 206 452 kilometres, showing surprisingly clear structures and unexpected detail -- ESA Science & Technology: First Images from Venus Express
This month, Venus can guide you to a naked-eye planet that ancient astronomers inexplicably failed to notice.
-- NASA - Venus Meets a Planet Named George
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a disk of dusty debris surrounding a long-dead star. It is the kind of disk where planets are born, raising the possibility that second-generation planets can form around stars after they go supernova. -- NASA - Planets around Dead Stars
J A short break from gravity J
Adam and Eve Virus
Takes a couple of bytes out of your Apple computer.
You're in Dallas, but your luggage is in Singapore.
Everything in your computer goes Goofy.
Oprah Winfrey virus
Your 200MB hard drive suddenly shrinks to 80MB, and then slowly expands to 300MB.
Star Trek Virus
Invades your system in places where no virus has gone before.
Your whole computer goes down.
It makes your computer forget where it put your files.
It constantly does annoying things, but is too cute to get rid of.
Allows your hard drive to lose weight by eliminating the FAT table.
~~~ T he Hook in the Book ~~~
By the time they truck us to the staging area, which is the parking lot of some old church, the train has been burning for two days. It's one of new Korean maglevs that isn't supposed to derail ever, no matter what, but there it is in some DC suburb, burning like a son-of-a-bitch. Carrying some sort of fuel canisters; somebody says that it could burn for a week if the scientist-types don't figure out what to do. Which I guess they haven't, because the area is evacuated and glow-marked, and we jump off the truck a couple thousand feet away from the wreck. Other trucks are bringing in civvies, some of them crying.
"When the history of our galaxy is written, and for all any of us know it may already have been, if Earth gets mentioned at all it won't be because its inhabitants visited their own moon. That first step, like a newborn's cry, would be automatically assumed. What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out to other parts of the galaxy."
Astronaut Michael Collins, Liftoff, 1988
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