|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: October 2009
Issue No. 68
Autumn. After weeks of 90+° temps we've got a break. For three days in a row, we've actually been wearing sweaters; we even threw another blanket on the bed. Being in southern California, we freeze to death when it gets below 60°, so I'm sure the rest of the country has noticed the fall weather patterns in a bigger way. Anyone remember autumn bonfires? or incinerators in their backyards? Maybe that's a rural thing. I remember canning tomatoes, applesauce, apricots, plums... just about everything, actually, at my grandma's. The kitchen would get kinda steamy, and the house smelled of sugar, spices, fruits and vegetables. We'd even cure olives and walnuts in the oven.
Back home, we'd rake leaves forever. And then we'd do it again the next day. We'd spend hours figuring out just what we wanted to be for halloween, and gather all the different parts of our costumes from the garage and the back of the closet and mom's chest of drawers. We'd make our goody sacks from doubled up brown paper grocery bags and poster paints. We would carve our pumpkins and put candles inside 'em. We'd bake the seeds with a little salt and spices. And whole blocks of kids would go Trick or Treating together. The end of our trek would bring us to one or another's house where we'd turn our bags over to our folks, take off our masks and have pumpkin bread with apple cider.
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New SF books for October 2009
THE GATHERING STORM - Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
SMALL MIRACLES - Edward M. Lerner
THE GOLDEN SHRINE - Harry Turtledove
IMAGER'S CHALLENGE - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
CANTICLE - Ken Scholes
CHAOSBOUND - David Farland
NEUROPATH - Scott Bakker
SERVANT OF A DARK GOD - John Brown
JUMPER CABLE - Piers Anthony
REBORN - F. Paul Wilson
INDIGO SPRINGS - Dellamonica, A.M.
BY THE MOUNTAIN BOUND - Elizabeth Bear
MAKERS - Cory Doctorow
CANDLE IN THE STORM - Morgan Howell
MY DEAD BODY - Charlie Huston
DRAGONHEART - Todd J. McCaffrey
ELRIC IN THE DREAM REALMS - Michael Moorcock
IN HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE - Naomi Novik
NO DOORS, NO WINDOWS - Joe Schreiber
IN GREAT WATERS - Kit Whitfield
AIR GEAR 14 - Oh!Great
BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS 3 - Cartoon Network
FAIRY TALE 8 - Hiro Mashima
KAMICHAMA KARIN CHU 6 - Koge-Donbo
MINIMA! 4 - Machiko Sakurai
NEGIMA! 24 - Ken Akamatsu
PAPILLON 4 - Miwa Ueda
TSUBASA 23 - Clamp
TSUBASA 24 - Clamp
xxxHOLIC 14 - Clamp
THE TULORIAD - John Ringo, Tom Kratman
DRAGON'S RING - Dave Freer
THE COMPLETE HAMMER'S SLAMMERS VOL 1 - David Drake
WORLDS OF WEBER - David Weber
STRIP MAULED - Esther Friesner (ed.)
BETWEEN PLANETS - Robert A. Heinlein
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Iain Banks "first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He has continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks).
He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation..."
Movie & TV Buzz
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for October 2009:
2009.10.01-04 SIRENS Vail, CO
2009.10.02-04 PURE SPECULATION Edmonton, Alberta
2009.10.02-04 SILICON 2009 San Jose, CA
2009.10.09-11 GAYLAXICON 2009 Minneapolis, MN
2009.10.10 COLUMBUS SCI-FI CONVENTION AND TOY SHOW Columbus, OH
2009.10.16-18 CAPCLAVE 2009 Rockville, MD
2009.10.16-18 IMAGICON 2 (SWECON 2009) Stockholm, Sweden
2009.10.17-18 F.A.C.T.S. 2009 Ghent, Belgium
2009.10.23-24 RISING STAR 18 Bluefield, WV
2009.10.23-25 GEEK.KON.09 Madison, WI
2009.10.23-25 STEAMCON Seattle, WA
2009.10.29-11.1 WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2009 San Jose, CA
2009.10.30-31 SFTERRACON 2009 Belgrade, Serbia
2009.10.30-11.1 ARMADACON 21 Plymouth, 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
SpaceX doubles down on inaugural Falcon 9 mission
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
SpaceX has announced the payload for the first Falcon 9 launch later this year will be a stripped-down version of the company's own Dragon capsule, a vehicle being developed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
In an update on the company's Web site, SpaceX said the demonstration launch would provide "valuable aerodynamic and performance data" for future Dragon test flights under the umbrella of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services and Commercial Resupply Services programs.
Water ice seen in fresh craters on Mars
DR EMILY BALDWIN & KEITH COOPER, ASTRONOMY NOW
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MRO, has revealed frozen water hidden just below the surface of the red planet in fresh impact craters located about half-way between the north pole and the equator.
Lunar prospecting: Probe ready to touch moon water
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
An enterprising robotic explorer will smash into the lunar frontier Friday in search of water ice hidden deep inside the darkest corners of the moon, spewing hundreds of thousands of pounds of dust high above the surface in a celestial event visible from Earth.
Just four minutes will decide the outcome of three years of preparations, four months of space travel, and a $79 million investment put into the bold mission.
Oldest human skeleton offers new clues to evolution
- Researchers have unveiled a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton of a hominid female
- The fossil, nicknamed Ardi, may be the oldest hominid skeleton ever found
- It replaces Lucy, a much-publicized skeleton that dates back about 3 million years
- Scientists: Ardi suggests humans and chimps evolved from a common ancestor
Bird-eating frog among 163 new species found in Mekong region
- Discoveries highlight extent of region's biodiversity, World Wildlife Fund says
- 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals, 1 bird species found
- WWF: Pace of development in region, climate change threaten species to extinction
- Since 1997, nearly 1,200 new species have been discovered in Greater Mekong
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A short break from gravity
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Hook in the Book
In the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise. She uses a mop handle for balance: the elevator stopped working some time ago and the back stairs are slick with damp, so if she slips and topples there won't be anyone to pick her up.
As the first heat hits, mist rises from among the swath of trees between her and the derelict city. The air smells faintly of burninng, a smell of caramel and tar and rancid barbecues, and the ashy but greasy smell of a grabage dump in the fire after it's been raining. The abandoned towers in the distance are like the coral of an ancient reef -- bleached and colourless, devoid of life.
There still is life, however. Birds chirp; sparrows, they must be. Their small voices are clear and shapr, nails on glass: there's no longer any sound of traffic to drown them out. Do they notice that quietness, the absence of motors? If so, are they happier? Toby has no idea. Unlike some of the other Gardeners -- the more wild-eyed or possibly overdosed ones -- she has never been under the illusion that she can converse with birds.
The Year of the Flood
3D has hit the theatres with a big splash this year. Coraline, UP, Harry Potter, Hannah Montana... Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are beingn re-released in 3D this week. In the mid-1950s, 3D was a short-lived fad. The glasses were uncomfortable, and prone to give you headaches. The 3D wasn't really that great, either. We now use a polarized version of those glasses. They're much more comfortable, and easier on the eyes. And the 3D effects are really spectacular. The movies made for 3D still tend to sport objects rushing toward the audience, but for the most part, they're much better than the 1950s versions.
It might be just another fad, but CES last year promised a lot of 3D entertainment components in the coming months. Okay, but when do I get my holodeck?
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