|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: July 2009
Issue No. 65
From NASA - Space Station Marathon
"The International Space Station (ISS) is about to make a remarkable series of flybys over the United States. Beginning this 4th of July weekend, the station will appear once, twice, and sometimes three times a day for many days in a row. No matter where you live, you should have at least a few opportunities to see the biggest spaceship ever built.
The ISS has been under construction for nearly 11 years, and it has grown very large and very bright. The station is now more than 350 ft wide (wider than a football field), has 12,600 cubic feet of labs and living quarters, and on Earth would weigh about 670,000 lb. Sunlight illuminating the massive outpost makes it shine fifteen times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.
Sometimes it is even brighter than that. Sunlight glinting from the station's flat surfaces (mainly solar arrays) produce dazzling flares as much as six hundred times brighter than Sirius. For astronomers: On the scale of visual magnitudes, space station flares register -8"
Then, go out, raise your eyes to the nightsky, watch this remarkable man-made structure and feel part of the cosmos.
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New SF books for July 2009
NECROSCOPE: HARRY AND THE PIRATES - Brian Lumley
THE AFFINITY BRIDGE - George Mann
ZEDAYI RED - Caleb Fox
BY HERESIES DISTRESSED - David Weber
THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME, VOLUME TWO A - Ben Bova
A FIRE IN THE NORTH - David Bilsborough
THE GODS OF AMYRANTHA - Jennifer Fallon
HIGH BLOODS - John Farris
THE KINGDOM BEYOND THE WAVES - Stephen Hunt
THE PRICE OF SPRING - Daniel Abraham
THE STARS BLUE YONDER - Sandra McDonald
THE GYPSY MORPH - Terry Brooks
DEATH'S HEAD: DAY OF THE DAMNED - David Gunn
G.I. JOE VS. COBRA: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE - Pablo Hidalgo
GEARS OF WAR: JACINTO'S REMNANT - Karen Travies
THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART - Harry Turtledove
NEGIMA!23 - Ken Akamatsu
TSUBASA 22 - Clamp
PARASYTE 8 - Hitoshi Iwaaki
ALIVE 7 - Tadashi Kawashima
KAMICHAMA KARIN CHU 5 - Koge-Donbo
FAIRY TAIL 7 - Miro Mashima
AIR GEAR 13Oh!Great
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 7 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubukata
EYE OF THE STORM [ARC] - John Ringo
SEEKER'S BANE - Pat Hodgell
1634-THE BAVARIAN CRISIS - Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
FARMER IN THE SKY - Robert A. Heinlein
A SENSE OF INFINITY - Howard L. Myers
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Fiction Liberation Front Manifesto
By Lewis Shiner
It's hardly news that the Internet Revolution has toppled the traditional short story markets. If you look through the periodical racks at one of the big chain bookstores (what passes for a newsstand in most of the US these days), you'll be hard pressed to find a magazine devoted to fiction. It's been a slow decline since the heyday of the pulps, true, but the last few years have seen even the remaining SF and mystery digests falling back to a subscription model.
What we don't know is what comes next. Some magazines, like Subterranean, have moved online; many have just gone under. Even the idea of a magazine may cease to be relevant. The only thing that seems likely is that whatever future the short story has, the Internet will be involved in it. The thing that's least clear is how--or whether--artists will be compensated for their efforts.
There's been no living to be made from short stories in my lifetime. But short fiction endures because it provides a way of introducing writers to new readers, and because there are stories that need to be told at that length...
Movie & TV Buzz
2009.07.01 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
2009.07.10 BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE
2009.07.15 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
2009.07.31 ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
2009.07.31 THE COVE
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for July 2009:
2009.07.02-05 FIESTACON (WESTERCON 62) Tempe, AZ
2009.07.02-05 CONVERGENCE 2009 St. Paul, MN
2009.07.03-05 INCONJUNCTION Indianapolis, IN
2009.07.10 SPACE TREK Long Beach, CA
2009.07.10-12 POLARIS 23 Richmond Hill, Ontario
2009.07.10-12 SCREAMING TIKI CLEVELAND SUPERCON Cleveland, OH
2009.07.18-19 ANCIENT CITY CON III Jacksonville, FL
2009.07.24-26 CONFLUENCE 2009Moon Township, PA
2009.07.24-26 M.O.O.N. CON Sauk City, WI
2009.07.31-08.02 CONNECTICON Hartford, CT
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
Controllers bid farewell to long-lived Ulysses probe
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: June 29, 2009
The sun will set Tuesday on Ulysses, a robotic sentry that spent more than 18 years exploring unseen reaches of the sun for NASA and the European Space Agency.
Ground controllers will communicate with the nuclear-powered probe for the final time Tuesday, ending a $1.4 billion mission that operated more than three times longer than expected.
Stuck rover exposes fresh clues on Martian environment
BY DR EMILY BALDWIN, ASTRONOMY NOW
Posted: 26 June, 2009
NASAís plucky Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which is still stuck in a patch of soil, has been taking advantage of the situation to learn more about the planetís environmental history.
The sand trap, dubbed Troy, has been holding the rover hostage since April, with Spiritís rotating wheels digging more than hub deep into the sand. Engineers have prepared test escape maneuvers at NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory in order to help free the stranded rover. Not to be beaten by the situation, Spirit is studying the composition of the soil while it waits further instruction on how to leave the sandpit.
Finding from Cassini hints at ocean within Saturn moon
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: June 24, 2009
PASADENA, Calif. -- For the first time, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn's outermost ring. Detecting salty ice indicates that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which primarily replenishes the ring with material from discharging jets, could harbor a reservoir of liquid water -- perhaps an ocean -- beneath its surface.
Cassini discovered the water-ice jets in 2005 on Enceladus. These jets expel tiny ice grains and vapor, some of which escape the moon's gravity and form Saturn's outermost ring. Cassini's cosmic dust analyzer has examined the composition of those grains and found salt within them.
Space Spotlight: New impact craters on Mars
- Each week CNN showcases some of our favorite space-related photos
- European Space Agency meets with Chinese scientists to discuss satellites
- NASA spots new impact craters on Mars' surface
- Saturn's rings have ice crystals, suggesting one moon may have water reservoir
Why our 'amazing' science fiction future fizzled
- Visionaries have long predicted how inventions will alter the future
- Some miracle inventions never had impact desired by creators
- Why "Beam me up Scotty" is closer than people realize
- "Battlestar Galactica" writer: "The miracle" has to come from us, not machines
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A short break from gravity
Indie Squid Kid
"The continuing adventures of a hopelessly obsessed collector of squid paraphernalia, cephalopod ephemera and other tentacled miscellanea."
Hook in the Book
Chapter 1:// Execution
Matthew A. Sobol, PhD, cofounder and chief technology officer of CyberStorm Entertainment (HSTN--Nasdaq), died today at age 34 after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. A pioneer in the $40 billion computer game industry, Sobol was the architect of CyberStorm's bestselling online games Over the Rhine and The Gate. CyberStorm CEO Kenneth Kevault described Sobol as "a tireless innovator and a rare intellect."
....And it was in that cold, detached state that he realized: Matthew Sobol had died. That's what the news said. And then it all made sense to him. Sobol's game finally made sense. It was beautiful really.
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