|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: December 2008
Issue No. 58
The "holy tech terror month" is over; thank you tech gods, very much. The aren't very many things left for me to break. I even managed to survive visiting family on Thanksgiving without breaking the dishes, or putting my feet in my mouth. Came home stuffed, too!
And now we prepare for the end of the year. How many things we planned on doing this year haven't been completed? There was this language course, and painting the bedroom or planting a vegetable garden. There's still a pair of socks half-knit in the basket over there... I'm not big on resolutions, but sometimes I wonder if that's really a good thing? It helps to have goals.
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 December 2008
BUSTED FLUSH - George R.R. Martin
PEOPLE OF THE WEEPING EYE - W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
STEWARD OF SONG - Adam Stemple
CURSED - Jamie Lee Hansen
THE ANCIENT - R.A. Salvatore
V: THE SECOND GENERATION - Kenneth Johnson
FATHOM - Cherie Priest
GHOSTLIGHT - Marion Zimmer Bradley
THE BREATH OF GOD - Harry Turtledove
DEEP AS THE MARROW - F. Paul Wilson
IMPLANT - F. Paul Wilson
STAR WARS: LEGACY OF THE FORCE: INVINCIBLE - Troy Denning
GETTING TO KNOW YOU STORIES - David Marusek
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: WILD SPACE - Karen Miller
THE COMPLETE STAR WARS® ENCYCLOPEDIA - Stephen J. Sansweet, Pable Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, Daniel Wallace
STARFIST: WINGS OF HELL - David Sherman, Dan Cragg
STAR WARS: LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR - Matthew Stover
1635--THE DREESON INCIDENT - Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
WAR GAMES - Christopher Anvil
THE VORKOSIGAN COMPANION - Lillian Stewart Carl, John Helfers
SISTER TIME - John Ringo, Julie Cochrane
DEAD EASY - Wm. Mark Simmons
FUTURE WEAPONS OF WAR - Joe Haldeman
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hatrack River- -the Official website of Orson Scott Card
"Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts."
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.12.12 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
2008.12.19 THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
2008.12.25 BEDTIME STORIES
2008.12.25 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
2008.12.25 THE SPIRIT
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
No Conventions for December 2008
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
Hubble resolves mystery of lone starburst galaxy
BY DR EMILY BALDWIN
Posted: 21 November, 2008
Astronomers have solved the mystery as to why a small, nearby, isolated galaxy is pumping out new stars faster than any galaxy in our local neighborhood. It turns out it is actually further away than astronomers first thought.
The discovery happened by accident while Alessandra Aloisi and colleagues from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and the European Space Agency were using Hubble to search galaxy NGC 1569 for red giant stars. Red giants can be used to estimate a galaxy's age since they are reliable ‘standard candles’ for measuring distance because they all shine at the same brightness.
Planet family photographed around normal star
BY DR EMILY BALDWIN
Posted: 14 November, 2008
Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope and W.M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea have obtained the first images of a multi-planet system around a normal star.
"We finally have an actual image of an entire system. This is a milestone in the search and characterisation of planetary systems around stars," says Bruce Macintosh of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
NASA spacecraft detects buried glaciers on Mars
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: November 23, 2008
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet.
Scientists analyzed data from the spacecraft's ground-penetrating radar and report in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Science that buried glaciers extend for dozens of miles from edges of mountains or cliffs. A layer of rocky debris blanketing the ice may have preserved the underground glaciers as remnants from an ice sheet that covered middle latitudes during a past ice age. This discovery is similar to massive ice glaciers that have been detected under rocky coverings in Antarctica.
By Emily Baldwin
Posted: November 13, 2008
Richard Garriott, a significant figure in the video game industry, recently established himself as a self-funded space tourist, spending ten days onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in October. Astronomy Now’s Website Editor Emily Baldwin spoke to Garriott about the highs and lows of his space station experiences, and his thoughts on the future of space tourism.
New rifts form on Antarctic ice shelf
- Scientists have identified new rifts on an Antarctic ice shelf
- The Wilkins Ice Shelf is connected to two Antarctic islands
- Scientists first spotted rifts in the ice shelf in late February
Astronomers find hints of water on Saturn moon
- Astronomers are studying the plumes of gas and dust shooting off a Saturn moon
- The plumes show strong hints of liquid water, a key building block of life
- Their research adds to the growing push to explore further the moon Enceladus
- Enceladus is one of the solar system's most compelling places for potential life
And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
A short break from gravity
State Assembly of Minovia Cay
June 23, 1987
Dear Loyal Citizen
"Your background in the physical sciences has more than qualified you to participate in Minovia's space program. Given that we are already nearly half a century behind the rest of the world in space exploration it makes sense that we start it immediately. We have hand-selected you from our island population of 15,000 citizens to take part in this patriotic manner..."
Hedgehog Launch: a flash game
Hook in the Book
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subj: When Andrew Returns Home
Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin,
You understand that during the recent attempt by the Warsaw Pact to take over the International Fleet, our sole concern at EducAdmin was the safety of the children. Now we are finally able to begin working out the logistics of sending the children home.
We assure you that Andrew will be provided with continuous surveillance and an active bodyguard throughout his transfer from the I.F. to American government control. We are still negotiating the degree to which the I.F. will continue to provide protection after the transfer.
Ender in Exile
Orson Scott Card
Goals. My subtle plan for "NaNoWriMo didn't go off very well. I managed a sketch a day, but not complete images. It didn't help that the 'puters were down for half the month. I'm still pleased with the results, and there's a lot of good work in the making.
I have another goal. The Digital Papyrus is overdue for some changes. More and more, it's looking like a list of lists to me. There's nothing wrong with a list of books and movies to look forward to in the coming weeks, but I'd like to see some reviews of what came out in the preceding month as well. I'm officially soliciting a little help from our readers. Please, if you have anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, contact chip or myself, or any of the chatroom hosts (who will forward the information along). If you'd like to write an article or a review, we'd be glad to see your submissions.
In the meantime...
To receive this newsletter by mail, use our Subscription Form.