|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: November 2004
Issue No. 12
Here we are, earthbound, gazing upwards and striving to grasp what lies beyond the blue and the clouds, asking that question time and again: when do we reach the stars? With delays and bureaucratic procrastination the "when" is not even a twinkle in the eye of the future. It is a stark reminder that space exploration is a long-term and frustratingly long-drawn project. You are committed, or you aren't. Those who are take the stride of initiative, of getting their own project off the ground. SpaceShipOne has marked the first path. It won't take us to the stars today, but it is to be hoped that such individual strides are going to build up a momentum, to the ultimate jumpstart and lift-off, to soar beyond our Sun.
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New SF books in November 2004
Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy
John Barnes, GAUDEAMUS
Jacqueline Carey, BANEWREAKER
David Drake, MASTER OF THE CAULDRON
Jennifer Fallon, TREASON KEEP
Steven Gould, REFLEX
Matt Hughes, BLACK BRILLION
Jane Lindskold, WOLF CAPTURED
Jean Rabe, THE FINEST CREATION
Charles Stross, THE FAMILY TRADE
Gene Wolfe, THE WIZARD
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, DARK OF THE SUN
Tor trade paperback
David G. Hartwell, ed., CHRISTMAS STARS
Tor Teen hardcover
Oison McGann, THE GODS AND THEIR MACHINES
Tor SF mass market
Ty Drago, PHOBOS
Robert J. Sawyer, HYBRIDS
Tor Fantasy mass market
Jennifer Fallon, MEDALON
Terry Goodkind, DEBT OF BONES
Lawrence Watt-Evans, DRAGON VENOM
Starscape mass market
Jane Yolen, THE MAGIC THREE OF SOLATIA
Tor Teen mass market
Emma Bull, WAR FOR THE OAKS
Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews
Del Rey Books Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy)
STAR WARS: JEDI TRIAL by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (Science Fiction)
SLIDING SCALES by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: THE NEW ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY: REISSUED EDITION by W. Haden Blackman (Science Fiction)
THE ART OF HALO Art by Bungie Studios, text by Eric S. Trautmann (Science Fiction)
TSUBASA volume 3 by CLAMP (Manga)
LEGENDS II: SHADOWS, GODS, AND DEMONS edited by Robert Silverberg (Anthology / Fantasy)
LEGENDS II: DRAGON, SWORD, AND KING edited by Robert Silverberg (Anthology / Fantasy)
THE TAR-AIYM KRANG by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO: HARD CONTACT by Karen Traviss (Science Fiction)
ORPHAN STAR by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
Baen Books Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page
The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber
Turn the Other Chick by Esther Friesner
Guardians of the Flame: To Home and Ehvenor by Joel Rosenberg
There Will be Dragons by John Ringo
Grantville Gazette Volume I by Eric Flint
Grantville Gazette Volume III by Eric Flint
Penguin Putnam Home
SHADOWMARCH (Volume 1) by Tad Williams
THE DEVIL'S ARMOR by John Marco (first time in paperback)
HOSTILE TAKEOVER by S. Andrew Swann (omnibus of Profiteer, Partisan, and Revolutionary)
MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S SWORD AND SORCERESS XXI edited by Diana L. Paxson
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
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This month -- A Tribute to Clark Ashton Smith
HULA VILLE by James P. Blaylock -- A man who experienced an angelic visitation as a child yearns for magic the rest of his life.
BAGATELLE by John Varley -- Anna-Louise Bach, a bomb squad in the future that is assigned to defuse a suitcase bomb-that is "inhabited" by its creator.
See the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode III The Revenge of the Sith The Star Wars Experience
December 3-5, 2004 (United States: Connecticut) AnonyCon 2004.
Holiday Inn Select, Stamford, CT; 1-203-358-8400 or 1-800-408-7640. Theme: Gaming.
December 3-5, 2004 (United States: Washington, D.C.) SMOFcon 22.
Wyndham Washington, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC. Theme: conrunning.
December 10-12, 2004 (United States: Pennsylvania) Philcon 2004.
Center City Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA; 1-215-625-2900. GoH: Brian W. Aldiss; AGoH: Joe DeVito; SGoHs: Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Jolly R. Blackburn & Brian Jelke, Tom Purdom. Theme: SF&F.
December 11-12, 2004 (Germany) German City Con.
Hotel Pyramide, Fuerth, Nuremberg, Germany; rms: €89 sngl, €101.50 dbl. Guests: Amanda Tapping, Peter DeLuise, Colin Cunningham, Clif Simon. Theme: Stargate SG-1.
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SPACE BABEL - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
As NASA's Mars rovers keep rolling past all expectations of their useful lives, scientists have a happy mystery: For some reason one of the vehicles has actually gained power recently. -- Mars Rover Get Mystery Power Boost
Tiny sensors, shaped like tumbleweed and small enough to fit inside a blood vessel, might one day ride to space inside astronauts' bodies, warning the space travelers when radiation is damaging their cells -- Tumbleweeds in the Bloodstream
Years after exposure to space radiation, many astronauts' vision becomes clouded by cataracts. Understanding why may shed light on cataracts suffered by elderly people here on Earth. -- Blinding Flashes
It seems that mere stealth technology is not enough; the United States Air Force wants to get from here to there without even traversing the space in between. Are they looking for a Star Trek(TM) transporter? -- U.S. Air Force Takes a Look at Teleportation
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Cost of Health Care
A man goes to consult a famous specialist about his medical problem.
"How much do I owe you?"
"My fee is fifty ruples," replies the physician. "Fifty ruples? That's impossible."
"In your case," the doctor replies, "I suppose I could adjust my fee to thirty ruples."
"Thirty ruples for one visit? Ridiculous."
"Well, then, could you afford twenty ruples?"
"Who has so much money?"
"Look," replies the doctor, growing irritated, "Just give me five ruples and be gone."
"I can give you two ruples." says the man. "Take it or leave it."
"I don't understand you," says the doctor."Why did you come to the most expensive doctor in Warsaw?"
"Listen, Doctor," says the patient. "When it comes to my health, nothing is too expensive."
~~~ T he Hook in the Book ~~~
The word had come on yesterday's news that the Hope project had been tabled, and the stock market had reacted with a shock that might well run the length and width of space, although analysts called it a procedural delay. The good news was a tiny piece following, with biographical clip provided from Science Bureau files, that an obscure chemist on Fargone had been afforded Special status: that bill, at least, had gone through. And the Council had wrapped up in a marathon session that had extended on into the small hours: more ripples in the interstellar stock market, which loathed uncertainties more than it disliked sudden reverses of policy. The news bureaus of every polity in Union had held a joint broadcast of commentary and analysis, preempting scheduled morning broadcasts, senior legislative reporters doing their best to offer interpretations, frustrated in the refusal of even opposition Councillors to grant interviews.
by C.J. Cherryh
"Many years ago, in one of those conversations that arise in the late hours of fannish excess, in some battered Boskone motel room or other, I wondered aloud to a friend of mine how a glass of Manishevitz would look to a bacterium. Would the sugar content, bacterium heaven, compensate for the alcohol, bacterium hell? How would a bacterial food critic describe it?
My friend said, "Like a steak covered in shit, I guess."
Which neatly describes, I think, the current place of SF in the discourse of literary respectability."
Author Robert Charles Wilson, Ad Astra 2004
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