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NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2010 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2010
Issue No. 74

Precursor

What if...?

What if the stories are real? What if, by reading them, we give them energy, substance,... life? What if they're real, and we write them because they slop over into our dreams until we simply have to give them voice?

When I read, I give myself to the story. I let my imagination run away into new worlds, peopled by new friends. I believe, at least so long as I keep reading.

My art is often inspired by what I am currently reading, My imagination takes off on new tangents, new "what ifs..." and sometimes great things happen. How many others in this world are inspired by their ability to suspend their disbelief long enough to delve into new worlds?

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New SF books for June 2009

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

THE OMEGA POINT - Whitley Strieber
THE ANVIL OF THE WORLD - Kage Baker
THE DOUBLE HUMAN - James O'Neal
HYTOZOIC - Rudy Rucker
WICKED CITY: THE OTHER SIDE - Hideyuki Kikuchi
HEAVY METAL PULP: THE BLOODSTAINED MAN - Christopher Rowley
BLOOD SONG - Cat Adams
THE DARK DESIGN - Philip Jose Farmer
METATROPOLIS - John Scalzi
THE PALACE OF IMPOSSIBLE DREANS - Jennifer Fallon
THE DAME - R.A. Salvatore

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

FLINX TRANSCENDANT - Alan Dean Foster
TRANSFORMERS: EXODUS, THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR FOR CYBERTRON - Alex Irvine
KRAKEN - China Mieville
ZAREGOTO 2, BOOK 2, THE KUBISHIME ROMATICIST - Nisiosin
THE WAR THAT CAME EARLY: HITLER'S WAR - Harry Turtledove

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER 1 - Nickleodeon
FAIRY TALE 11 - Hiro Mashima
THE LAST AIRBENDER - Dave Roman, Allison Wilgus
MOYASIMON 2 - Masayuki Ishikawa
NINJA GIRLS 3 - Hosana Tanaka
SAMURAI DEEPER KYO 37/38 - Akimine Kamijyo

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

THRESHOLD - Erik Flint, Ryk E. Spoor
MOUSE AND DRAGON - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
THE DRAGON VARIATION - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
EYE OF THE STORM - John Ringo
OVERTHROWING HEAVEN - Mark L. Van Name
THE GAME OF STARS AND COMETS - Andre Norton

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

Peter O'Donnell obituary

Fleet Street comic strip writer best known for his heroine Modesty Blaise

Steve Holland, guardian.co.uk
Wednesday 5 May 2010

The first Modesty Blaise strip by O’Donnell, below, told of how the heroine was approached by British intelligence to help break an organisation known as La Machine

Modesty Blaise #1

Peter O'Donnell, who has died aged 90, chronicled the adventures of his comic-strip heroine Modesty Blaise through more than 10,000 daily appearances in the London Evening Standard, as well as 11 novels and two short-story collections.

The character was inspired by an incident during O'Donnell's second world war service in northern Persia. Camped at a Royal Signal Corps observation post, he and his comrades spied a young girl, obviously a refugee, who eyed them warily but accepted some food. Before she left, O'Donnell gave her two tins of stew and showed her how to use a tin opener. "To this day, I can see in my mind's eye the smile she gave us and the sight of that upright little figure walking like a princess as she moved away from us on those brave, skinny legs," he recalled.

In 1962, O'Donnell was invited by Kennedy Aitken to create a new comic strip for the Daily Express. He was already working on the Daily Mirror's Garth, with its macho hero, and decided to create a female character who was as good at combat as any man, without losing her femininity. His mind went back 20 years to the anonymous urchin. She became the template from which Modesty grew.

For more information, visit also:
    Modesty Blaise, Ltd.
    The Modesty Blaise Book Covers

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

Con news

Conventions for June 2009:

2010.06.04-06    CONCAROLINAS 2010 / DEEP SOUTH CON 48    Charlotte, NC
2010.06.11-13    SCI FI SUMMER CON ATLANTA    Atlanta, GA
2010.06.18-20    FLORIDA SUPERCON    Miami, FL
2010.06.18-20    DUCKON 19 PLAN B    Naperville, IL
2010.06.25-26    TREK FEST XXVI    Riverside, VA
2010.06.25-27    APOLLOCON 2010    Houston, TX
2010.06.25-27    CYPHAN    Wheeling, IL
2010.06.25-27    CONTERPOINT 2010 / NEFILK 20    Rockville, MD
2010.06.26    FANTASCI 2010    Chesapeake, 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

Atlantis returns to Earth where it could stay forever

WILLIAM HARWOOD, STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE"

The shuttle Atlantis closed out its 32nd and final planned mission with a smooth Florida landing Wednesday, wrapping up a quarter century of service with a successful space station assembly mission.
FULL STORY

Falcon 9 demo launch will test more than a new rocket

STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Friday's launch of the first Falcon 9 rocket will not only be a shakedown of a brand new booster, it will test the fortitude of the space community at the dawn of an uncertain new chapter in human spaceflight.

SpaceX leaders say the outcome of Friday's test launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, increasingly the face of the growing commercial space movement, should not be a bellwether for NASA's plans to turn over human spaceflight to private companies.
FULL STORY

From Space.com

Record 520-Day Mock Mars Mission Begins in Russia

Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor

Scientists in Russia launched an ambitious Mars spaceflight simulation Thursday – one that will lock six volunteers away for a record-setting 520 days to practice every step of a mission to the red planet without ever leaving Earth.

The Mars500 project, a joint experiment by Russia, the European Space Agency and China, began at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT) as the hatches to the mock Mars spaceship were shut at Russia's Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. Three Russians, two Europeans and one Chinese volunteer make up the experiment's six-man crew.

"Goodbye Sun, goodbye Earth, we are leaving for Mars!" wrote French engineer Romain Charles, one of ESA's two crewmembers in the simulation, in a mission diary on Wednesday.
FULL STORY

High-Tech Space Planes Taking Shape in Italy, Russia

By Jeremy Hsu, SPACE.com Senior Writer

The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane may eventually get some company in low-Earth orbit as other countries such as Italy and Russia push forward with plans for their own reusable winged spaceships.

Italy's prototype space plane, named Pollux, successfully carried out high-speed maneuvers that slowed it down from a falling speed of Mach 1.2 during a test flight in April. More recently, Russia has begun considering whether to revive a Cold War era, air-launched mini-shuttle in response to the U.S. X-37B space plane debut.
FULL STORY

China Sends Beidou Navigation Satellite to Orbit

By Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now

China launched another satellite Wednesday toward an orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth, marking another step in building the country's own space navigation system.

The Beidou satellite launched at 1553 GMT (11:53 a.m. EDT) on a Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang space center in Sichuan province in southwestern China, where it was just before midnight.
FULL STORY


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A short break from gravity

How about a little nostalgic visit to an old favorite. Infocom's Zork text adventures are available for download here.

Hook in the Book

Devil's Throat Cavern, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Winter 1943

The angelologists examined the body. It was intact, without decay, the skin as smooth and as white as parchment. The lifeless aquamarine eyes gazed heavenward. Pale curls fell against a high forehead and sculptured shoulders, forming a halo of golden hair. Even the robes--the cloth woven of a white shimmering metallic material that none of them could identify exactly--remained pristine, as if the creature had died in a hospital room in Paris and not a cavern deep below the earth.

Angelology
Danielle Trussoni

Last Word

"Here there be Dragons..."

"The Sky Is Falling!"

Armageddon, giant super volcanoes, a comet or an asteroid...

Zombie plagues, vampires, werewolves...

As many disasters as we can find in fiction, or in the "real" world, our reading reveals a thousand solutions or survivals. Whether to seek new knowledge, or inspiration, we read. We read fantasies, SF, mysteries, adventures, histories, in classic or new genres. But we do read. We inspire our families and friends to read as well. And when we can't read, we listen.

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