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NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2009 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2009
Issue No. 61/62

Precursor

Ooops, late again--many profuse apologies.

I really can't think of any one reason why the Papyrus is late again; stuff happens! I've started and nearly completed the newsletter half a dozen times since February, maybe THIS time I won't lose the files.

In the meantime... High speed internet is a boon to the modern environment. Web browsers are such useful tools. I particularly love the tab functionality available in most of the modern versions. I usually save items I think might be of interest to readers of the Digital Papyrus in one many-tabbed window of Safari. This month I have a link to an article about Philip José Farmer, a link to Flurb and a movie about 1950's SF movies. I have a link to a fun wiki-[future]history, and a CNN article regarding the possibility of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy.

Those tabs are essential to my work-flow. Instead of 15 open instances of a browser, I can have one window with multiple tabs. Safari and Firefox have the ability to bookmark a set of tabs as a group; right click the folder and you can open all the tabs again and pick up where you left off. Today's browsers have the ability to recover the last session if the browser shuts down unexpectedly. This is a boon when you haven't the time to save all those shortcuts to the desktop.

Modern browsers also have extensions. When I'm working on a PC, my preference is to use Firefox. The most useful add-on for me is Foxmarks/Xmarks. It allows me to sync my bookmarks on whichever 'puter I'm working with. The next "biggie" for me is IEtab. This one gives me the ability to view a page as though I were using Internet Explorer--essential for some sites that just won't work right in any other browser.

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New SF books for March/April 2009

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

HALO: CONTACT HARVEST - Joseph Staten
THE UNINCORPORATED MAN - Dani Kollen, Eytan Kollin
NIGHT'S ROSE - Annaliese Evans
THE COURT OF THE AIR - Stephen Hunt
THE MYSTERY OF GRACE - Charles de Lint
IMAGER - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE BEST OF GENE WOLFE - Gene Wolfe
BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZON - Frederik Pohl
DRAGON MAGE - Andre Norton, Jean Rabe
SHADOW GATE - Kate Elliott
THE VALLEY-WESTSIDE WAR - Harry Turtledove
INFERNO - Ellen Datlow
THE SAM GUNN OMNIBUS - Ben Bova
FIRE RAISER - Melanie Rawn

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

STAR WARS: FATE OF THE JEDI: OUTCAST - Aaron Allston
BUYOUT - Alexander Irvine
STAR WARS: MILLENIUM FALCON - James Luceno
GHOST OF THE WELL OF SOULS - Jack L. Chalker
RESISTANCE: THE GATHERING STORM - William C. Dietz
INK: THE BOOK OF ALL HOURS - Hal Duncan
PARALLELITIES - Alan Dean Foster
TRANSFORMERS: THE VEILED THREAT - Alan Dean Foster
WOLF'S BANE - Tara K. Harper
RED PLANET - Robert Heinlein
WEB WARRIORS: MEMORIES END - James Luceno
BLOOM - Wil McCarthy
FLATLANDER - Larry Niven
KIRINYAGA - Mike Resnick
DARK ANGEL: THE EYES ONLY DOSSIER - D. A. Stern

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

MAO-CHAN 2 - Ken Akamatsu
NEGIMA! 21 - Ken Akamatsu
NEGIMA? NEO 1 - Ken Akamatsu
xxxHOLIC 13 - Clamp
DRAGON EYE 7 - Kairi Fujiyama
KASUMI 2 - Surt Lim
GANKUTSUOU 2 - Mahiro Maeda, Yura Ariwara
SAMURAI 7 VOLUME 1 - Mizutaka Suhou, Akira Kurosawa

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

STORM FROM THE SHADOWS - David Weber
BELISARIUS II--STORM AT NOONTIDE - Eric Flint, David Drake
THE ROLLING STONES - Robert A. Heinlein
DUAINFEY - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
BETTER TO BEG FORGIVENESS - Michael Z. Williamson
ONE DAY ON MARS - Travis S. Taylor
LONGEYE - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
CONTACT WITH CHAOS - Michael Z. Williamson
THE GAME OF STARS AND COMETS - Andre Norton
WHEN THE TIDE RISES - David Drake
TRANSHUMAN - Mark Van Name, T. K. F. Weisskopf
THE RUBY DICE - Catherine Asaro

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

March/April 15th: A message from Bette Farmer:

Dear friends of Phil,
My family and I were overwhelmed with the number of cards and flowers that poured in following Phil's passing.

It was a great comfort to me reading all those heartfelt messages, many from people we did not personally know but whose lives were touched in some way by Phil.

Unfortunately, as much as I would like to, I am not able to reply individually to everyone and sincerely hope that this message will reach all of you. To everyone who sent a card, flowers or just a good thought, thank you.

With best wishes to you all and your families.

Mrs. Bette Farmer

Phillip José Farmer [offical website]

Read more in an article by TERRY BIBO, of the Journal Star
Posted Feb 25

PEORIA — Long after he became an internationally recognized science fiction writer, the usually elusive Philip Jose Farmer lent his fame to a favorite project: Peoria’s public libraries.
FULL STORY

Movie & TV Buzz

2009.03.06    WATCHMEN
2009.03.13    RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
2009.03.20    KNOWING
2009.03.27    MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
2009.03.08    DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION
2009.04.21    THE BURROWERS (direct to DVD)
2009.04.22    EARTH


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

Con news

Conventions for March/April 2009:

2009.03.27-29    THE LEAP BACK 2009    Los Angeles, CA
2009.04.10-13    EASTERCON    BRADFORD, UK


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

From CNN Science and Space News

Galaxy may be full of 'Earths,' alien life

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Astronomer: There may be 100 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way
  • If any of them have liquid water, they are likely to have some type of life, he says
  • Analysis: Thousands of intelligent civilizations may have emerged in the Milky Way
  • NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets in our corner of the galaxy

  • FULL STORY


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    http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/news/blog/

    A short break from gravity

    Here's a link to a delightful wiki-history from another time:

    International Association of Time Travelers: Members' Forum
    Subforum: Europe – Twentieth Century – Second World War

    Hook in the Book

    Not exactly "in the book" here, this time. I ran across this trailer for a documentary about SF movies.

    "The 1950's was an idealistic time in American History, filled with hope, opportunity, and wonder. It was also, "The Atomic Age" where new technology promised to both save humanity as well as put it in jeopardy. All of these factors gave birth to one of the most prolific genres in film history, 1950's Science Fiction Cinema."

    Monsters from the ID

    Last Word

    Hmmm...I guess I got a little "techie" up there.

    I spend entirely too much time in front of a computer. Can anyone be surprised? There's news, social networking, general information, books and magazines online. Not that I don't kill a major deciduous forest every week or so, I can download or stream movies, music...

    One great example is "Flurb: A Webzine of Astonishing Tales", a digital SF magazine. I haven't quite figured out Flurb's publishing schedule, but I'm always delighted when Boing, Boing writes that a new edition is available.

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