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NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2010 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2010
Issue No. 78

Precursor

We're coming up on a couple of big months for SF/Fantasy conventions. The fans are getting restless...

The Hugo Awards took place at AussieCon early in September. Following the authors and attendees on Twitter was a fun way to keep up with events for those of us who couldn't travel to Australia for the event. There are Flickr accounts with plenty of photos, and the bloggers had a lively time recapping it all when they returned. Costumes, panels, ephemera, art galleries and books!

All SF General and O*W*C chats will now be held in our Web chatroom at:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/chatroom/index.php
For news and information about Web chat, visit our site at:
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New SF books for October 2009

Tor Books: Tor/Forge SF and Fantasy

FATAL ERROR - F. Paul Wilson
BETRAYER OF WORLDS - Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
ROGUE ISLAND - Bruce DeSilva
HALO: THE FLOOD - William C. Dietz
THE ECOLITAN OPERATION - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE HALF-MADE WORLD - Felix Gilman
PASSION PLAY - Beth Bernobich
MAKERS - Cory Doctorow

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

1635: THE EASTERN FRONT - Eric Flint
MYTH INTERPRETATIONS - Robert Asprin
THE POWER OF ILLUSION - Christopher Anvil
MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA - Larry Correia
FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES - [Tekno Books] Esther M. Friesner
OF BERSERKERS, SWORDS AND VAMPIRES - Fred Saberhagen

See also:

Del Rey [has completely revised their site - browse the Suvudu blog pages for more info.]
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author's/Artist's Corner

2010 Hugo Awards Ceremony from Kevin Standlee on Vimeo.

The 2010 Hugo Awards Ceremony held on September 5, 2010 at Aussiecon 4, the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia. The Hugo Award is the highest honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy literature, and is awarded annually by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention. For more information about the Hugo Awards, see the official web site at www.TheHugoAwards.org.

Movie & TV Buzz

2010.10.01

2010.10.08 2010.10.15 2010.10.22 2010.10.29


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

Con news

Conventions for October 2009:

2010.10.01-03    ARCHON    St. Louis, MO
2010.10.01-03    CON*CEPT 2010    Montreal, QC, Canada
2010.10.01-03    VCON 35    Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010.10.01-03    WHEDON FEST    Toronto, ON, Canada
2010.10.08-10    ALBACON    Albany, NY
2010.10.09    SLAG-C-CON 2010    Chesterfield, IN
2010.10.09    10TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS SCI-FI CONVENTION     Columbus, GA
2010.20.15-17    ARCANA    St. Paul, MN
2010.10.15-17    CON-VERSION 26    Ca;gary, AB, Canada
2010.10.15-17    HOLLYWOOD XPO    Hollywood, CA
2010.10.16    RAPTOR CON    Phenix City, AL
2010.10.22-23    RISING STAR    Bluefield, WV
2010.10.27-31    BRAM STOKER DRACULA HALLOWEEN HORROR FESTIVAL    Dublin, Ireland
2010.10.28-31    WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 36 - 2010     Columbus, OH
2010.10.29-31    HAICON    Halifax, NS, Canada
2010.10.28-11.01    OKLACON    Watonga, OK


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

Shuttle Discovery rolls out for its final space mission

William Harwood, CBS News "Space Place"

Space shuttle Discovery on launch pad for last time
Photc Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight Now

The shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a mobile launch platform carried by an Apollo-era crawler transporter, was hauled to the launch pad overnight Monday for work to ready the ship for blastoff Nov. 1 on its 39th and final flight.

The 3.2-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch complex 39A began at 7:23 p.m. EDT and was completed at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday when the mobile launch platform was reported "hard down" on its support pedestals at the oceanside pad. With good weather expected, a protective gantry will be left parked away from the vehicle to give Kennedy Space Center workers a chance to visit the pad and enjoy an unobstructed view of NASA's most experienced orbiter.
FULL STORY

Space surveillance project successfully blasts off

JUSTIN RAY, SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Leaving behind the earthly limitations imposed on reconnoitering space, a telescope-laden sleuth was launched Saturday night to survey the dangers of orbital debris and monitor nefarious threats against vital national security satellites.

The Space Based Space Surveillance mission streaked into a sun-synchronous orbit 336 miles above the planet following a successful boost provided by the Minotaur 4 rocket.
FULL STORY

NASA moon orbiter begins two-year science mission

STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW

As NASA shifts its focus away from moon as the next destination for human space travelers, the agency's lunar orbiter has completed a long-planned transition from an exploration to a scientific mission.

Command of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was handed over Thursday from NASA's exploration division to the science directorate, completing a yearlong mission devoted to scouting potential landing sites for future manned and robotic visits.
FULL STORY

From Space.com

Air Force Launches Satellite to Track Space Junk Around Earth

Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer

The U.S. Air Force lit up the night sky above California Saturday (Sept. 25) with the launch a new satellite sentinel to keep tabs on other spacecraft and the growing problem of space junk around Earth.

The Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, called SBSS, will monitor the orbital environment as part of the U.S. military's evolving Space Surveillance Network.
FULL STORY

Microbes With the Right Stuff? Synthetic Life Could Make Mars Trips Easier

Clara Moskowitz, Astrobiology Magazine

When packing for a manned mission to Mars or the moon, the best thing to bring may not be food or fuel, but specially designed organisms that can create those things for you.

Scientists are researching the possibility of engineering synthetic organisms that would use the resources available in the solar system to create the supplies astronauts would need to survive on another planet.
FULL STORY


And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/news/blog/

A short break from gravity

Seen on Twitter: @19moons: Finished my Atlantean Squid piece for the 20k Leagues show in MA! See more pics here http://is.gd/fuNyA #steampunk http://yfrog.com/jcxahgj

The facebook images referred to an exhibit opening in November: - Nemo's Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery
at the 20,000 Leagues Exhibit at Patriot Place in Foxboro Massachusetts.

Hook in the Book

PART PNE

    It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but out own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone. We have broken the laws. The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so. May we be forgiven.

Anthem, by Ayn Rand

Last Word

Always the books! it's time to catch up on the reading I've been setting aside for other pursuits. As the season turns (it's 100° this afternoon) and the sun sets earlier, curling up with a good book is always so inviting.

It's time to explore new worlds and meet new friends.

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