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NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2009 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2009
Issue No. 64

Precursor

Phoenix Team Still At Work As Anniversary Approaches

May 20, 2009 -- It has been nearly one year since NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission successfully landed on the polar region of Mars on May 25, 2008, but the science team remains hard at work.

Principal investigator Peter Smith and a portion of the Phoenix team continues to work at the Science Operations Center in Tucson, Ariz., where the entire science team began their journey last summer. Three other laboratories remain active as Phoenix's Extended Mission Operations continue.
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New SF books for June 2009

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

EVE OF DESTRUCTION - S.J. Day
BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER - Cavid Weber
THE EDGE OF REASON - Melinda Snodgrass
NULL-A CONTINUUM - John C. Wright
HAWKSPAR - Holly Lisle
THE IMMORTAL PRINCE - Jennifer Fallon
JUGGLER OF WORLDS - Larry Niven, Ed Lerner
GENESIS - Ken Shufeldt

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy)

THE DRESDEN FILES: STORM FRONT: VOL. 1: THE GATHERING STORM - Jim Butcher
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA - Max Allan Collins
TRAITOR TO THE CROWN: THE DEMON REDCOAT - C.C. Finaly
DEATH'S HEAD MAXIMUM OFFENSE - David Gunn
GEARS OF WAR: JACINTO'S REMNANT - Karen Traviss

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

AMEFURASHI 1 - Atsushi Suzumi
FAUST 2 - Faust Editors
GOATS INFINITE TYPEWRITERS - Jonathan Rosenberg
NEGIMA!? NEO 2 - Ken Akamatsu
SAMURAI 7 VOLUME 2 - Mizutaka Suhou, Akira Kutosawa
SHIKI TSUKAI 5 - Yuna Takanagi, To-Ru Zekuu
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 6 - Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

OVERTHROWING HEAVEN - Mark L. Van Name
OF BERSERKERS, SWORDS AND VAMPIRES - Fred Saberhagen
RISE OF THE TERRAN EMPIRE - Poul Anderson
WITCH WAY TO THE MALL - Esther Friesner
ENDLESS BLUE - Wen Spencer
STAR FLIGHT - Andre Norton

See also:

Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author's/Artist's Corner

Awards pages:

Locus Awards finalists: the awards will be announced 2009.06.26-27 at the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.

Hugo Awards nominees: voting for the Hugos closes 2009.07.03 and the winners will be announced at the 6th World Science Fiction Convention [Anticipation] in Montreal, CA. You must be a member of the WSFS to vote.

Movie & TV Buzz

2009.06.02    RAZORTOOTH
2009.06.05    LAND OF THE LOST
2009.06.09    LEGEND OF THE BOG
2009.06.12    BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE
2009.06.12    DOGHOUSE
2009.06.12    IMAGINE THAT
2009.06.12    MOON
2009.06.19    DEAD SNOW
2009.06.23    GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
2009.06.24    TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
2009.06.26    SURVEILLANCE


NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER

Con news

Conventions for June 2009:

2009.06.05-07    SOONERCON 2009    Oklahoma City, OK
2009.06.11-13    STARFURY: T2    Heathrow, UK
2009.06.12-14    DUCKON 2009    Maperville, IL
2009.06.12-14    SCI FI SUMMER CON    Atlanta, GA
2009.06.25-29    MIDWESTCON 60    Sharonville, OH
2009.06.26-28    APOLLOCON 2009    Houston, TX


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

Top Stories listed today on Spaceflight Now

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to peer into history

BY CRAIG COVAULT
Posted: May 21, 2009

Factors of time and distance have obscured from view the winners and losers that remain across one of the great battlegrounds of the Cold War - the Moon.

Those interfering veils are about to be lifted by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), set for liftoff June 17 on the most ambitious lunar mission since Apollo 17 in 1972.
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Rejunvenated Hubble released from space shuttle

BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE"
Posted: May 19, 2009;

The repaired Hubble Space Telescope, boasting two new instruments, new gyros, fresh batteries, a new science computer, a refurbished star sensor and two instruments brought back to life by spacewalking astronauts, was released from the shuttle Atlantis today after a historic fifth and final orbital overhaul.
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From CNN Science and Space News

NASA honored for 'tweets' from Mars

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NASA wins Twitter's "Shorty" award for its Martian "tweets"
  • NASA delivered more than 600 updates during Mars Phoenix Lander mission
  • By mission's end, more than 38,000 people were following NASA's "tweet
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NASA's rovers mark five years on Red Planet

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NASA's Mars rovers are celebrating their fifth birthday on the Red Planet
  • Spirit and Opportunity have exceeded their expected life by 4 years, 9 months
  • Pair are still rolling around the planet's surface, conducting experiments
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From Space.com

Hubble Telescope Poised for Grand Cosmic Finale

By Andrea Thompson, Senior Writer
posted: 05 May 2009

Its exquisite images have graced the pages of astronomy books and calendars all over the world and provided astronomers with invaluable information on the mysteries of the universe.

Now, after 19 years orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth's surface, the Hubble Space Telescope is getting its fifth and final makeover, with a slate of new instruments and repairs scheduled that will restore and expand some of the iconic telescope's capabilities.
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Earth Speaks: New Project Collects Messages to the Cosmos

By Douglas Vakoch
SETI Institute
posted: 21 May 2009

For nearly fifty years, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has used radio telescopes to scan the heavens for signs of alien technology. But scientists still do not agree about whether we should reply to an extraterrestrial signal, and if we do, what we should say. To help answer these questions, the SETI Institute has launched Earth Speaks, a research project to collect messages online from people around the world.
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A short break from gravity

Yeah, I know... MORE Scott Sigler. Still, this si something of a lark. The Rookie was originally podcast by Scott in 2007, and is available in the original format at Podiobooks. The story is a mash-up of SF, football, gangsters, and social commentary. Scott is publishing The Rookie this fall in a limited edition hardbound book, edited for young adults (the language has been cleaned up a bit).

In the meantime, The Rookie is also being presented as an online comic at Addictive Comics. Enjoy!

Hook in the Book

The Gift Basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, Kentucky Branch

    A copy of The Guide for the Newly Undead
    SPF 500 sunblock
    Iron supplements
    The numbers of every vamp-friendly blood bank in the area
    A six pack of Faux Type O
    A bottle of Plasma-Protein
    Floss

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Molly Harper

Last Word

NASA Details Plans for Lunar Exploration Robotic Missions

05.21.09

NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about Earth's nearest neighbor. On Thursday, the agency outlined the upcoming missions of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS. The spacecraft will launch together June 17 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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As long as I can remember, we've talked about reaching the moon. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to watch the various launchings in the q950s. I remember making ice cream in the patio and looking at the moon while we listened to Walter Cronkite during the broadcast of the first moon landing. And I dream of the days we will finally get enthusiastic again about space exploration.

What do you do to encourage those around you to nurture the seeds for exploration beyond our earthly bounds? When we were children, every child yearned to be an astronaut. Science was not just for the brainy or the gifted. Math was not just for the smarties or the accountants. And SF was not just for the dreamers.

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