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NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2010 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2010
Issue No. 71

Precursor

Anglophone science fiction has a long history of stories of contact between non-human civilizations and ourselves. Anglophone science fiction has perhaps a smaller but quite significant trove of novels and stories written from the points of view, even the first person points of view, of non-human sapients who differ from us not merely in biology or technological level or cultural assumptions, but style of consciousness itself.

We’ve got the literary tools. We’ve developed them over nearly a century. Anglophone science fiction writers fear not to tackle alien beings, civilizations, and consciousnesses from other planets.

But what about the ones on this one?

Asimov's: On Books
by Norman Spinrad

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New SF books for March 2009

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

SPELLWRIGHT - Blake Charlton
THE INTRIGUE AT HIGHBURY - Carrie Bebris
THE POINT MAN - Steven Englehart
WARRIORS - George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
SECRET OF THE DRAGON - Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
TRAITORS' GATE - Kate Elliott
EX-KOP - Warren Hammond
BY HERESIES DISTRESSED - David Weber
SOLDIER OF SIDON - Gene Wolfe
THE MAN WHOSE TEETH WERE ALL EXACTLY ALIKE - Philip K. Dick
THE MYSTERY OF GRACE - Charles De Lint
MORTAL COILS - Eric Nylund
SHADOWS IN THE CAVE - Caleb Fox
DOMINION - Fred Saberhagen
SERPENT MOON - C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp

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

THE WARDED MAN - Peter V. Brett
THE TEMPORAL VOID - Peter F. Hamilton
OATH OF FEALTY - Elizabeth Moon

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

FAIRY TALE 10 - Hiro Mashima
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION 11 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
XXXHOLIC 15 - Clamp
BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE - Eric Flint, K.D. Wentworth
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SECRET - Travis S. Taylor
BOUND IN BLOOD - P.C. Hodgell
THE GREEN HILLS OF EARTH and THE MENACE FROM EARTH - Robert A. Heinlein
CALIPHATE - Thomas Kratman
FLEDGLING - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
DAVID FALKYN--STAR TRADER - Poul Anderson

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

Dan Hillier

I ran across this site, recently. Fantasy images, looking like old fashioned engravings. Beautiful.

Movie & TV Buzz

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

Con news

Conventions for March 2009:

2010.03.03-05    DARK WOODS CON    Pikeville, KY
2010.03.05-07    STELLARCON 34    High Point, NC
2010.03.05-07    MARSCON 2010Bloomington, MN
2010.03.05-07    STARGATE 2010    Sydney-Melbourne, Australia
2010.03.19-21    LUNACON    Rye Brook, NY
2010.03.26-28    PAX EAST 2010    Boston, MA
2010.03.26-28    ICON 29 2010    Siny Stony Brook, NY
2010.03.27-28    XANADU LAS VEGAS    Las Vegas, NV
2010.03.27    GALACTICON 2010    Virginia Beach, VA


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

Top Stories listed today on Spaceflight Now

Obama's NASA facelift faces tough fight in Congress

BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: January 28, 2010

Although specifics of President Obama's NASA budget won't be released until Monday, a bipartisan group of legislators representing key space centers vows to fight to preserve the agency's besieged moon program.

In its fiscal year 2011 budget request, the White House reportedly plans to scrub the Constellation moon program and put up $6 billion over the next five years to help along private companies as they develop spacecraft to take humans to low Earth orbit.
FULL STORY

ULA to serve military, science in 2010 launch schedule

BY STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: January 19, 2010

United Launch Alliance plans 10 launches this year with Atlas and Delta rockets to dispatch payloads to space for science, Earth observation, navigation, communications and military reconnaissance missions.

Seven of the launches will blast off from Cape Canaveral and three missions are slated to originate from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a ULA spokesperson said.
FULL STORY

Three Martian meteorites triple evidence for Mars life

BY CRAIG COVAULT, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: January 9, 2010

The team that found evidence of Martian life in a meteorite that landed in Antarctica believes that during 2010, by using advanced instrumentation on now three Martian meteorites, it will be able to definitively prove whether such features are truly fossils of alien life on the Red Planet.

This new information goes well beyond the updated findings released by NASA in November 2009 about signatures for magnetic type bacteria.
FULL STORY

Top Stories listed today on Space.com

Obama's Science Advisor Grilled by Lawmakers on NASA Plan

By Amy Klamper, Space News

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama's 2011 NASA budget request was greeted by skeptical and at times angry House appropriators during a hearing Feb. 24 in which at least one member vowed to obstruct the White House plan to scrap NASA's Moon-bound Constellation program.

White House science adviser John Holdren was called to testify before the House Appropriations commerce, justice, science subcommittee on Obama's $147 billion research and development budget request for 2011, but spent the bulk of the two-hour hearing answering tough questions about NASA's proposal to abandon a five-year-old plan to replace the aging space shuttle in favor of developing a commercial crew transportation system capable of ferrying astronauts to the international space station.
FULL STORY

Is NASA's New Space Plan Really That Radical?

By Clara Moskowitz, [Senior Writer] Space.com

President Barack Obama's new plan for NASA has been met with some anger and confusion in the weeks since its announcement, drawing sharp objections from critics who view it as a radical vision change for the space agency that would upset the world leadership of the United States in space.

But similar shifts have occurred throughout NASA's more than 50-year history, and some space experts counter that this new plan — which would use commercial spacecraft to fly astronauts in space instead of government spacecraft — is no more radical than those previous changes.
FULL STORY

SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies

From CNN Science and Space News

China to launch second lunar probe

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • China's first probe, Chang-e-1, hit the moon in a controlled crash in March
  • China's third nation after United States and Russia to put a person in orbit
FULL STORY

Branson opens doors to spaceship

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson unveils spacecraft
  • Media and prospective space-ride tourists get a peek at SpaceShipTwo
  • Virgin Galactic has deposits from 300 people toward $200,000 tickets
  • Branson says the first flight into space will launch in 2011 in New Mexico
FULL STORY

'Not your grandfather's moon anymore'

By Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NASA's latest missions indicate the moon has changes occurring by the day and week
  • Space agency says the missions are rewriting lunar science text books
  • Discovery of water in lunar crater could boost efforts for future astronaut visits
  • Lunar orbiter is taking pictures of leftover material from Apollo landing sites
FULL STORY


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A short break from gravity

UC Davis student pushes new math unit: 'Hella'

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Austin Sendek, a UC Davis physics student, has started a petition to establish a new, scientifically accepted prefix, "hella," to be used in front of units of weight, distance or computer storage, much as "milli," "kilo," "mega" and "giga" are now used.

His petition already has hella signatures.

"Hella" is a Northern California term that is a slangy synonym for "really" or "a lot of."
FULL STORY

'Hella' petition on Facebook

Hook in the Book

"No! I don't want the mangosteen." Anderson Lake leans forward, pointing. "I want that one, there. Kaw pollamai nee khap. The one with the red skin and the green hairs."

  The peasant woman smiles, showing teeth blackened from chewing betel nut, and points to a pyramid of fruits stacked beside her. "Un nee chai mai kha?"

  "Right. Those. Khap." Anderson nods and makes himself smile. "What are they called?"

  "Ngaw." She pronounces the word carefully for his foreign ear, and hands across a sample.

The Windup Girl
Paolo Bacigalupi

Last Word

As readers and listeners, it’s a disservice to limit ourselves to already established tastes and comfort zones. It is better to take chances and try to understand why artists, writers, and editors made the decisions they made. The venue of recommendation doesn’t matter, whether it be website, magazine, or friend—it is the willingness to explore and push our personal boundaries that is important.

Asimov's Guest Editorial: B-Side Mentality
by Brian Bieniowski

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