|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: May 2009
Issue No. 63
[In March, 2009] Battlestar Galactica came to an end. Whatever your personal sentiments towards this series, whether you religiously watched every episode or spurned it like the hateful remake of the original, this is science fiction told from the best perspective, the human perspective of the characters, be they human or cylon. In a broad sense, science fiction is more than the sum of human emotions, but what is a space voyage without the tribulations of the voyagers? What is a new world without the conflict, the unrest and the social upheavals? A space ship can pilot itself and think for its own but without the elements of doubt, fear, struggle and sense of victory, it would take us no farther than the armchair we settle in to begin another journey.
"We will inherit the stars" - www.sfemespiral.com
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New SF books for May 2009
SLAN HUNTER - A.E. Van Vogt, Kevin J. Anderson
BRING DOWN THE SUN - Judith Tarr
THE HUMAN DISGUISE - James O'Neal
HYLOZOIC - Rudy Rucker
DIVISIONS - Ken MacLeod
G.I. jOE: ABOVE & BEYOND - Max Allan Collins
TRAITER TO THE CROWN: A SPELL FOR THE REVOLUTION - C.C. Finlay
FLINX TRANSCENDANT--A PIP AND FLINX ADVENTURE - Alan Dean Foster
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN - Alan Dean Foster
ICE SONG - Kirsten Imani Kasai
THE CITY & THE CITY - China Mieville
VICTORY OF EAGLES - Naomi Novik
MOONBURN - Alisa Sheckley
NEGIMA! 22 - Ken Akamatsu
TSUBASA 21 - Clamp
PRINCESS RESURECTION 6 - Yasunori Mitsunaga
PSYCHO BUSTERS 5 - Akinari Nao, Yuya Aoki
YOKAI DOCTOR 1 - Yuki Sato
MUSHISHI 7 - Yuki Urushibara
IN THE STORMY RED SKY - David Drake
DIAMOND STAR - Cathereine Asaro
FIRES OF FREEDOM - Jerry Pournelle
SLANTED JACK - Nark L. Van Name
GENESIS - Paul Chafe
TO OUTLIVE ETERNITY - Poul Anderson
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
ASIFA -- Hollywood Animation Archive.
Just surfing the web, one day, and I happened across this lovely round-up of "Our Dreams of the Future". The summary at the end was a little disheartening, but the page is definitely worth a viewing.
"If these are our collective visions of the future, I sincerely hope that our dreams never come true. Perhaps we should consider dreaming a higher quality of dream. Let's bring back the futurism we were cheated out of and start building a future that's worth inhabiting."
Movie & TV Buzz
2009.05.01 BATTLE FOR TERRA
2009.05.01 THE SKEPTIC
2009.05.01 X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
2009.05.08 STAR TREK
2009.05.12 PLAGUE TOWN
2009.05.12 THE GRUDGE 3
2009.05.21 TERMINATOR SALVATION
2009.05.22 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
2009.05.26 THE DEVIL'S TOMB
2009.05.29 DRAG ME TO HELL
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for May 2009:
2009.05.15-17 MOBICON XII Mobile, AL
2009.05.22-24 CONDUIT XIX Salt Lake City, UT
2009.05.22-24 MARCON 44 Columbus, OH
2009.05.22-24 TIMEGATE Atlanta, GA
2009.05.22-25 BALTICON 43 BALTIMORE, MD
2009.05.22-25 BAYCON 2009 Santa Clara, CA
2009.05.22-25 MISCON 23 Missoula, MT
2009.05.22-25 PLAY ON CON Birmingham, AL
2009.05.22-25 WISCON 33 Madison, WI
2009.05.29-30 THE WRATH OF CON Pnama City Beach, FL
2009.05.29-31 CONCAROLINAS Charlotte, NC
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
MESSENGER reveals a very dynamic planet Mercury
NASA NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 30, 2009
WASHINGTON -- A NASA spacecraft gliding over the surface of Mercury has revealed that the planet's atmosphere, the interaction of its surrounding magnetic field with the solar wind, and its geological past display greater levels of activity than scientists first suspected. The probe also discovered a previously unknown large impact basin about 430 miles in diameter -- equal to the distance between Washington and Boston.
Rogue black holes may roam the Milky Way
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS NEWS RELEASE
Posted: May 3, 2009
It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi movie: rogue black holes roaming our galaxy, threatening to swallow anything that gets too close. In fact, new calculations by Ryan O'Leary and Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) suggest that hundreds of massive black holes, left over from the galaxy-building days of the early universe, may wander the Milky Way.
Cosmic time machine set for launch into space Thursday [05.14]
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: May 13, 2009
Europe is planning to launch a sharp-eyed observatory Thursday to give humans their furthest look back in time to see the cosmic fingerprint of the Big Bang.
The 600 million euro, or $820 million, mission will sharpen cosmologists' understanding of how the early universe transformed from a ball of dense hot gas to the formation of complex structures like galaxies and stars.
Astronomers take virtual plunge into black hole
- Simulation shows what an "infaller" might see inside a supermassive black hole
- Many think you would be engulfed in darkness, but that is a common misconception
- Tidal force would concentrate the view of universe into a thin band around your waist
- Scientists: Three eyes would be needed to judge distances inside a black hole
Big Bang machine detectors will be 'even more perfect'
- The Large Hadron Collider will have its next proton beam run in September
- Scientists have used the yearlong delay to repair the collider and improve detectors
- CMS uses about 100,000 computers worldwide, connected in a network
- Experts hope to find the Higgs boson, sometimes called the "God particle"
Shuttle blasts off for final Hubble fix
- Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Monday [05.11] on final visit to the Hubble Space Telescope
- It's been seven years since NASA's last Hubble servicing mission in 2002
- Astronauts will complete five grueling space walks some 350 miles up in space
- In its 19 years in orbit, the Hubble has changed our understanding of the universe
And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
A short break from gravity
The new Star Trek movie was just released. There are many, many discussions, mash-ups and such on the web. Here's a cute one:
Death Star Destroys Enterprise
Hook in the Book
"When Greatgrandmistress Alice Meynell brought her son to Invercombe, she fully believed she was taking him to die there. Not that she had given up hope--hope was something she still clung to resolutely--but through the years of Ralph's illness she had discovered shades of meaning within simple words which, previously, she had scarcely known to exist."
HOUSE OF STORMS
Ian R. MacLeod
With the onset of spring in the northern hemisphere, the convention season has begun. Artists, writers, and fans converge together to debate the pros and cons of theories and events in science news, books and movies (old and new). The conventions range from one or two days to whole weeks and are attended by a few hundred to thousands. Whether you're a fan of SF or fantasy, there's a convention for you - furries, SF, fantasy, role-playing & games, comics, Star Trek, Dr. Who... The list is long.
The cons are a great pllace for meet-ups of old friends and a great venue to mix and meet with artists, writers, and performers. Every convention centers on a basic theme, but they all include panels with a wide range of topics. Each convention has author signings, a gallery of art (fan and professional work), a vendors' room and a masquerade. If you haven't gone to a convention before, this summer might be a nice time to try one out.
In any case, you'll certainly find time to read ;-).
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