|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: August 2009
Issue No. 66
We, as a race, have for centuries imagined and speculated how man will reach the moon, by cannon, by rocket, by some other spectacular means and forty years ago man finally landed on the moon. Then after the last lunar visitor Apollo 17 left its final imprint in the moondust, there was silence and lofty ideals of establishing moonbase and colonies faded in memory. Now after forty years those ideals have been rekindled and hopefully now not forgotten any longer. We have to keep in mind that the moon is a springboard to Mars, to the far reaches of the solar system, to deep space. The moon is there, is waiting for us to take another giant leap. Make it so.
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New SF books for August 2009
THE WINDS OF DUNE - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
EVE: THE EMPYREAN AGE - Tony Gonzales
PAUL OF DUNE - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
ELFLAND - Freda Warrington
LAND OF THE DEAD - Thomas Harlan
EIFELHEIM - Michael Flynn
BY THE SWORD: A REPAIRMAN JACK NOVEL - F. Paul Wilson
WATERMIND - M.M. Buckner
BEOWULF'S CHILDREN - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
CITY AT THE END OF TIME - Greg Bear
MERCY THOMPSON HOMECOMING - Patricia Briggs
A PRINCESS OF LANDOVER - Terry Brooks
THE WORLD OF SHANNARA - Terry Brooks, Teresa Patterson
THE LAST THEOREM - Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
QUOFUM - Alan Dean Foster
HITLER'S WAR - Harry Turtledove
GANKUTSUOU 3 - Mahuro Maeda, Yura Ariwara
GHOST HUNT 10 - Shiho Inada, Fuyumi Ono
NINJA GIRLS 1 - Hosana Tanaka
THE SECRET SATURDAYS 1 - Cartoon Network
YOKAI DOCTOR 2 - Yuki Sato
X-MEN 1 - Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman
GRANTVILLE GAZETTE VOLUME V - Eric Flint
BELLSARIUS III--THE FLAMES OF SUNSET - Eric Flint, David Drake
THE BOOK OF SWORDS - Hank Reinhardt
THE PUPPET MASTERS - Robert A. Heinlein
AND LESS THAN KIND - Mercedes Lackey, Roberta Gellis
MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL - Larry Correia
THE SPIDER--CITY OF DOOM - [Argosy Communications]
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Ben Bova For more than a decade Ben Bova has been creating novels about the human race's expansion through the solar system.
From the Moon to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Asteroid Belt, his novels show the adventure and excitement of our advance across the space frontier.
The author of more than 100 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."
Movie & TV Buzz
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for August 2009:
2009.08.01 WASFEN CON 3 Wausau, WI
2009.08.06-10 ANTICIPATION Montreal, Quebec
2009.08.14-16 CONTINUUM 5 Melbourne VI, Australia
2009.08.21-23 CON-VERSION25 Calgary, Alberta
2009.08.21-23 4PI-CON Pioneer Valley, MA
2009.08.22-23 OZTREK 09 Melbourne - Sydney, Australia
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
To the Moon with Apollo astronauts: A high adventure
BY CRAIG COVAULT, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
The 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 provides an opportunity for me to describe how I covered Apollo and air some "back room" stories not only about the crew of Apollo 11, but also other lunar mission astronauts and top lunar program managers.
Along the way I have met or interviewed all 12 of the astronauts who set foot on the Moon and most who also made it into lunar orbit. Some have become lifelong friends others a tremendous help at critical times.
Commercial launch of SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket a success
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
A Malaysian satellite rode a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit Monday night, marking the first time the privately-developed booster has successfully launched an operational spacecraft.
The 70-foot-tall rocket was making its fifth flight. Three of its four previous launches failed, dooming two small military satellites.
Chandra observatory marks a decade of X-ray astronomy
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Astronomers celebrated the 10th birthday of the Chandra X-ray Observatory on Thursday, a decade after the shuttle Columbia sent the hefty telescope to a looping orbit high above Earth.
The third of four NASA Great Observatories, Chandra gave researchers their most detailed look into the high-energy universe. Scientists have used the observatory to study targets ranging from comets to black holes.
Hubble reawakens, snaps image of Jupiter scar
- Revamped Hubble telescope captured image of Jupiter's mysterious new scar
- Scar was created when comet or asteroid plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere
- Image was taken by Hubble's new camera, which is still being calibrated
- Hubble is not expected to resume full operations until late summer
Moon or Mars? 'Next giant leap' sparks debate
- NASA plans to return astronauts to the moon by 2020, build outpost by 2025
- Constellation Program's new fleet of space vehicles will replace the space shuttles
- Critics say NASA should skip the moon and set its sights directly on Mars
- Independent panel is reviewing plans and looking at "potential alternatives"
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A short break from gravity
40 years! I grew up watching the space program. I remember getting up in the middle of the night to see the launches on TV. And we celebrated the landing on the moon with an ice cream party. While Walter Cronkite did the narration on the TV just inside the patio/porch door, we made ice cream and gazed at the moon as though we could see the landing, ourselves. We cheered and waved at the moon when the landing occurred, as though the astronauts could hear us and wave back.
This site is really well created celebration of that 40 years past landing.
We Choose the Moon, an interactive re-creation of the first mission to the moon, 40 years after Apollo 11 made JFK's dream a reality. The site is divided into 11 stages containing animation, archival photos, video and mission audio that bring Apolo 11 to life.
Hook in the Book
Poisons, pumped down here at enormous pressure, had oozed deep into the water table. The seamy stone was warped and twisted. All around her, toxin miners scuttled like crabs.
The toxin miners pried the poisoned rock apart, slurped up toxins with busy hoses, then deftly reassembled the stifling walls in a jigsaw mess of glue. In their exoskeletons and filter suits, the miners looked like construction cranes wrapped in trash bags.
The miners were used to their work and superbly good at it. They measured their progress in meters per day. They were subterranean brick-layers. Cracking blocks and stacking blocks: that was their very being.
"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
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