|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: November 2009
Issue No. 69
Where is Progress? I don't see it in the TV specials, on the newscasts, in the blogs or the podcasts. It hasn't made the Journals or even the popular magazines. Has it fallen off some lab assistant's desk into the circular file? It must be somewhere. I may not always see it, but it is always there.
There, in a host of intricate equations on a workboard, sliding quietly into place as a technician places a test tube into a centrifuge, taking form as a graphic designer rotates a computer model on screen, or in a myriad of other ways and places. Do not mourn progress. It is much too soon for that. Let it do its thing. Let it progress, and it will startle you in manners you might never have imagined. Let the endless possibilities and what if's fill your mind with joy and wonder. Let it be, and you too will *become.*
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New SF books for November 2009
DESTROYER OF WORLDS - Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION - Orson Scott Card, Jake Black
WINGS OF CREATION - Brenda Cooper
AN EVIL GUEST - Gene Wolfe
BURN ME DEADLY - Alex Bledsoe
THE HOUSE OF THE STAG - Kage Baker
A YOUNG MAN WITHOUT MAGIC - Lawrence Watt-Evans
HALO: EVOLUTIONS - [various authors]
METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY - Raymond Benson
THE DEVIL'S ALPHABET - Daryl Gregory
THE INFERNAL CITY: AN ELDER SCROLLS NOVEL - Greg Keyes
HELFORTS WAR BOOK 3: THE BATTLE OF DEVASTATION REEF - Graham Sharp Paul
ALIVE 8 - Tadashi Kawashima
AMEFURASHI 2 - Atsushi Suzumi
BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS: DAN AND DRAGO - Cartoon Network
HELL GIRL 6 - Miyuki Eto
MOYASIMON 1 - Masayuki Ishikawa
NIGHT HEAD GENESIS 1 - George Iida
PRINCESS RESURRECTION 7 - Yasunori Mitsunaga
SAYONARA, ZETSUBOU-SENSEI 4 - Koji Kumeta
SHIKI TSUKAI 6 - To-Ru Zekuu
THE YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS 7 - Masaki Sagawa, Futaro Yamada
YOKAI DOCTOR 3 - Yuki Sato
TORCH OF FREEDOM - David Weber, Eric Flint
EXODUS--THE ARK - Paul Chafe
THE COBRA TRILOGY - Timothy Zahn
CARNIFEX - Tom Kratman
THE TAU CETI AGENDA - Travis S. Taylor
LAUGH LINES - Ben Bova
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
WARREN ELLIS is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE, PLANETARY, and TRANSMETROPOLITAN, and the author of “underground classic” CROOKED LITTLE VEIN."
One of his truly interesting online comics is FreakAngels, offered 6 pages at a time on a weekly basis. The first two volumes have been issued in dead tree format (the third volume is due out soon); All the previous episodes are available online starting here.
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NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for November 2009:
2009.11.06-08 ASTRONOMICON Rochester, NY
2009.11.13-15 THE NEW ENGLAND FAN EXPERIENCE Boston, MA
2009.11.13-15 TUSCON 36 Tuscon, AZ
2009.11.20-22 PHILCON 2009 Cherry Hill, NJ
2009.11.20-22 A2F Fayettesville, AR
2009.11.21-22 BOSTON SUPER MEGAFEST Boston, MA
2009.11.27-28 KEOKON 2009 Keokuk,IA
2009.11.27-29 LOSCON 36 El Segundo, CA
2009.11.27-29 STARBASE INDY Indianapolis, IN
2009.11.27-29 CHICAGO TARDIS 2009 Lombard, IL
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
Space markets post strong growth, defy economic crisis
BY CRAIG COVAULT, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Markets for commercial communications satellites, Earth observation spacecraft and their launchers, all remarkably unaffected by the global economic crisis, continue to soar toward yearly double digit growth, generating billions in annual revenues.
Assessments by global market analysis firms are in close agreement about growth across 2008-2009, and for an upbeat picture to continue into 2010 and beyond. Companies out with new forecasts include Northern Sky Research, Euroconsult, Futron and Forecast International.
"No recession here," headlines a major Northern Sky Research assessment of commercial satellite supply and demand.
History-making Japanese space mission ends in flames
BY STEPHEN CLARK,SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Packed with garbage from the International Space Station, the first HTV cargo freighter met a fiery demise over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, punctuating an historic chapter in the Japanese space program.
The 33-foot-long cylindrical spaceship barreled into the upper atmosphere around 2126 GMT (4:26 p.m. EST) over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of New Zealand, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The H-2 Transfer Vehicle fired its engines three times Sunday to slow its speed by 199 mph, just enough to drop its orbit into the atmosphere and fall from space.
The final engine firing lasted eight minutes and wrapped up at 2101 GMT (4:01 p.m. EST) as the spacecraft flew near the southern half of Japan.
Ground teams struggle to save Mars orbiter from itself
BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Although engineers are still weeks from uplinking new command logic to eliminate an unlikely, but potentially fatal, scenario jeopardizing the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the mission's project manager said Friday he is confident the $720 mission will resume soon.
After four science-halting computer resets this year, officials in charge of MRO decided to keep the probe in safe mode until they could ensure the glitches would not threaten the mission.
Engineers are pursuing two paths of analysis to reach a solution to the reset problem.
Can scientists make a space elevator?
- Researchers say elevator to space could be real within our lifetimes
- NASA-backed contest offers $2 million for advances in building space elevator
- Elevator could lead to space tourism, wind turbines, cheaper rocket launches
- Space elevator idea was explored by Arthur C. Clarke in 1979's "The Fountains of Paradise"
NASA: There is water in lunar soil
- NASA says there are small amounts of water in lunar soil
- Many scientists thought there was no water on the moon
- The discovery could expedite NASA's plans to create lunar settlements
- About 32 ounces of water could be created from a ton of lunar soil, NASA says
Scientists discover massive ring around Saturn
- Newly discovered ring is so large it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it
- Ring is made up of ice and dust particles that are so far apart it's hard to see
- Ring material may come from comet, meteor collisions with moon Phoebe
32 planets discovered outside solar system
- "Exoplanets" found with device that detects the wobbles the planets impart on stars
- Device has discovered 75 of the planets, out of about 400 known exoplanets
- Team tells of more exoplanets; more study needed before formal announcement
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A short break from gravity
"How Everything Goes to Hell During a Zombie Apocalypse" I just don't have anything else I can say. This is actually so close to so many recent scripts for movies, books, or comics... [Warning -- NSFW]
Hook in the Book
Leviticus Blue took his funding, returned to his house in Seattle, and began to build the remarkable machine in his basement. Piece by piece he assembled his contraption out of sight of his fellow townsmen, and night by night the sounds of mysterious tools and instruments startled the neighbors. But eventually, and well before the six-month deadline, the inventor declared his masterpiece "complete".
What happened next remains a subject of much debate.
It might have been only an accident, after all--a terrible malfunction of equipment running amuck. It may have been nothing more than confusion, or bad timing, or improper calculations. Or then again, it might have been a calculated move after all, plotted to bring down a city's core with unprecedented violence and mercenary greed.
What motivated Dr. Blue may never be known.
Do not write 'fini' or '30' to what it does, for every ending is itself a new beginning. Let the bear climb its mountains, and with it enjoy the vistas you behold.
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