|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: January 2009
Issue No. 59
I hope the new year finds you all healthy and happy and with good prospects for even better.
The holidays have taken their toll on us all; it's time to take a break in all the rushing about and hoopla. It's time to change the batteries in our fire alarms, and start gathering together all the papers we need for filing taxes in April. It's time to do maintenance on our tools, tecchnology, cars and houses. We're starting "spring cleaning" early this year; we started with Boxing Day and just kept at it.
Boxing Day is such a lovely tradition. We usually start with the pantry, bookshelves and closets. Over the course of the year preceding, we accumulate all sorts of "things" that will do for someone else better than we. There are extra sweaters, blankets, books and food staples in abundance we are glad to share with someone less able to acquire them than we are. I especially enjoy taking the boxes to our local centers for "gifting". It's a great way to start the year, and it helps others start the year better than they might have.
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New SF books for January 2009
BONES OF THE DRAGON -- Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA TRILOGY -- Peter David, Craig Shaw Gardner, Steven Harper
MAELSTROM -- Peter Watts
MIND OVER SHIP -- David Marusek
THE HORSEMEN'S GAMBIT [Blood of the Southlands: vol. 2 of 3] -- David B. Coe
WHIPPING STAR -- Frank Herbert
VICTORY CONDITIONS -- Elizabeth Moon
STAR WARS: CORUSCANT NIGHTS III: PATTERNS OF FORCE -- Michael Reaves
FAIRY TALE 5 -- Miro Mashima
HELL GIRL 5 -- Miyuki Eto
KAMICHAMA KARIN CHU 3 -- Koge-Donbo
PARASYTE 6 -- Hitoshi Iwaaki
PRINCESS RESURRECTION 5 -- Yasumori Mitsunaga
TSUBASA 20 -- Clamp
HONOR OF THE CLAN -- Johnn Ringo, Julie Cochrane
DAVID FALKYN--STAR TRADER -- Poul Anderson
THE GOD STALKER CHRONICLES -- P. C. Hodgell
A DESERT CALLED PEACE -- Tom Kratman
LUCY'S BLADE -- John Lambshead
RUSSIAN AMERIKA -- Stoney Compton
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
"The author of more than 115 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, Dr. Ben Bova has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age. President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, Dr. Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, "for fueling mankind's imagination regarding the wonders of outer space." His 2006 novel TITAN received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year..."
Movie & TV Buzz
2009.01.09 THE UNBORN
2009.01.23 UNDERWORLD 3: THE RISE OF THE LYCANS
2009.01.30 THE UNINVITED
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for January 2009:
2009.01.09-11 RUSTYCON 26 Seattle, WA
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go to O*W*C Resources Conventions Calendar for more!
SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
Astronomers find most distant water in the Universe
NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: December 17, 2008
Astronomers have found the most distant water yet seen in the Universe, in a galaxy more than 11 billion light-years from Earth. Previously, the most distant water had been seen in a galaxy less than 7 billion light-years from Earth.
Hubble finds carbon dioxide on an extrasolar planet
SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: December 14, 2008
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This is an important step along the trail of finding the chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life as we know it.
NASA looks for places to display retired space shuttles
- NASA gauges interest of museums and schools for properly housing shuttles
- Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour will be retired by 2010
- Discovery has been offered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- The privilege of showing off a shuttle won't be cheap -- about $42 million
Majel Roddenberry, Widow of 'Trek' Creator, Dies
By Robert Jablon, Associated Press
posted: 19 December 2008, 10:16 am ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Majel Barrett Roddenberry, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's widow who nurtured the legacy of the seminal science fiction TV series after his death, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry died of leukemia Thursday morning at her home in Bel-Air, said Sean Rossall, a family spokesman.
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A short break from gravity
This is a really, really funny steampunk video on YouTube: Komedi.
Hook in the Book
He looked around the Oval Office, gauging the reaction from his key advisers. Tom Maskill, his twitchy deputy chief of staff, was trying and failing to look nonplussed. Secretary of Defense Donald Martin sat back on an antique couch, his legs crossed. Donald was old- school Washington: tall, white, graying hair, tailored suit . . . looked like he was made of plantation money. Chief of Staff Vanessa Colburn sat on a striped chair. In appearance she was Donald’s polar opposite — female, black and young. Her nononsense poker face carried a cold stare that could freeze you where you stood. At the moment, that stare was fixed directly on one Murray Longworth, deputy director of the CIA.
Murray also had an old-school Washington look, but different from Donald’s. Murray’s suit looked expensive, too, but like its own er it seemed a bit rumpled and tired. Murray was past retirement age, slightly overweight, with a scowl permanently etched into his face. His was a familiar image among the dinosaurs of Washington, a look Vanessa had dubbed Cold War White Man. He was a CIA deputy director, but not the deputy director. Murray worked mostly behind the scenes.
If I never loaned out my books, or gave away many of them, we would definitely have to move--into a library, preferably. There's not a wall in the house that is not owned by a bookshelf.
As it is, I'm afraid I'll never really "cath up on my reading". Not only have I managed to create self-regenerating stacks of "next reads", new books are always coming out. Before I can stop myself, I've wandered into a library or bookstore, and I'm committed to reading four or five more...
There are two technological aids to this "sad" state of affairs. The first is the wealth of audio-format books available. Books on tape, or CD, or down-loaded from service like Audible.com are a real blessing for me when I'm knitting, coding, or driving. Sometimes my eyes are just too darn tired to focus on the printed page well enough to read easily.
The second is the availability of more than one format of e-reader. I have the Sony, and I know others who have the Kindle. Both allow you to order your books online and download them quickly. Both have the ability for the reader to change the size of the type, enable those weak eyes I just mentioned to see the words more easily.
This year, I plan on trying to make a little more headway on those "next reads" than I managed last year. All ready this year I've manage to read "Wicked", and "Son of a Witch" by Gregory Maguire, along with several short stories offerred up free at Tor books. It's a great bonus at the start of the new year.
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