|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: July 2003
Issue No. 46
There is that red orb in the sky that has spun more stories than say the second planet closer to the Sun. How many of us have wished that we could just be transported with a mere thought to that orb like John Carter in Barsoom. Wells however discerned a threat in the red glare of the planet. ". . . minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes." And so, Mars has painted different images of itself on the canvas of our imagination. Alternating between a world of hostile intention and a world of Martian princesses, we have arrived to one focus point in our journey: a Mars landing in our lifetime. There will be a rendezvous of robotic explorers in 2004. How far or how close our goal would be at that time remains to be seen. And meanwhile the red orb shines with undiminished allure in the sky, daring us to come.
There are many gateways in science fiction. Gateways that lead to a new experience, unimaginable discoveries, and gateways opening on worlds of wonder. Get ready, enter and enjoy.
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Ask HAL! HAL will tear to pieces the most twisted conundrum but...your homework is your own to solve -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...
Summer is just round the corner. There is a hoard of refreshments at SF General (Charlie Dillo has been busy)! Join us for an exciting night of Sunday Scinema at SF General! Join HOST EBK Xerps in SF General for Sunday Scinema every Sunday 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET -- AOL Research & Learn: SciFi Chat Schedule
AOL Research & Learn: Science: CNN.com - Soyuz reserved for private trip to space station - Jun. 18, 2003
AOL Research & Learn: Space: AOL News: End Nears For Orbiting Galileo Probe
AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century : Science & Technology | PBS
AOL Research & Learn: Archaeology/Anthropology : Ancient Assyrian Treasures Found Intact in Baghdad
"Help! My computer is eating my homework!" Take it to behaviour classes -- AOL Help Community: Chats
Check out our libraries -- Science Fiction Forum Libraries for a plethora of inspiring chats and author interviews. Find out about our punfests!
Gateway to Other Worlds
New SF books in July 2003
Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:
WHITE APPLES by Jonathan Carroll (Tor trade paperback)
STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang (Orb trade paperback)
BEYOND THE HANGING WALL by Sara Douglass
NAKED EMPIRE by Terry Goodkind
HARRY KEOGH: THE NECROSCOPE AND OTHER HEROES by Brian Lumley
HUNTERS OF THE DARK SEA by Mel Odom
CALLAHAN'S CON by Spider Robinson
SPACELAND by Rudy Rucker (Tor trade paperback)
THE OMEGA EXPEDITION by Brian Stableford (Tor trade paperback)
CONAN OF VENARIUM by Harry Turtledove
BLIND LAKE by Robert Charles Wilson
Tor SF mass-market titles:
CHARISMA by Steven Barnes
A WORKING OF STARS by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:
A SCATTERING OF JADES by Alexander Irvine
LEGACIES by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
BEAST MASTER'S ARK by Andre Norton and Lynn McConchie
STARSWARM by Jerry Pournelle
Del Rey Books
THE RAVEN WARRIOR by Alice Borchardt (Fantasy)
THE GATES OF DAWN by Robert Newcomb (Fantasy)
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA: PART III: THE SECRET OF THE SWORD by Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES by Andrew Fox (Horror)
THE STEERSWOMAN'S ROAD by Rosemary Kirstein (Science Fiction)
DRAGONSTAR by Barbara Hambly (Fantasy)
AMERICAN EMPIRE: THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD by Harry Turtledove (Alternate History)
STAR WARS: NEW JEDI ORDER: REUNION by Sean Williams and Shane Dix (Science Fiction)
The War With Earth by Leo Frankowski and Dave Grossman
Young Miles (Omnibus) by Lois McMaster Bujold
1633 by David Weber and Eric Flint
Man-Kzin Wars IX by Larry Niven
Wiz Biz II: Cursed and Consulted by Rick Cook
Penguin Putnam Home
Sword of King James, by J. Ardian Lee -- The newest romantic historical adventure from this exciting author!
One Knight Only, by Peter David -- The sequel to the acclaimed Knight Life, from the bestselling author!
Knight Life, by Peter David -- The acclaimed and hilarious novel, now revised and in mass market again!
Outlaw Sword, by J. Ardian Lee -- The exciting and romantic historical adventure, now in mass market!
Larger Than Life, by Mini-Me -- The long-awaited autobiography from the miniature cloned evil henchman!
The Gathering Dark, by Christopher Golden -- A new novel in the Shadow Saga, an epic battle between vampires!
Tower Of The King's Daughter, by Chaz Brenchley -- The second book in the acclaimed Outremer series!
The Lucky 13th: Jump Pay, by Rick Shelley -- The next book in our reissue program for these classic military SF series!
WILD MAGIC (Fool's Gold, Book 2) by Jude Fisher (hardcover)
THE DRAGON GUARD (Magickers #3) by Emily Drake (hardcover)
SORCERY RISING (Fool's Gold, Book 1) by Jude Fisher (first time in paperback
THE RIVEN SHIELD (The Sun Sword, Vol 5) by Michelle West
SPACE, INC. edited by Julie E. Czerneda
LIVE WITHOUT A NET edited by Lou Anders
EXTREMES by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
DRAGON MOON by Alan F. Troop
DRINKING MIDNIGHT WINE by Simon R. Green?Now in Paperback!
HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pre-order Ilium, Dan Simmons - HarperCollins
Dan Simmons, author of the award-winning Hyperion Cantos (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Fall of Endymion), returns to epic science fiction with Ilium, an awe-inspiring novel that reconstructs the events in Homer's classic The Iliad. Imagine the Trojan War taking place on a terraformed Mars, with gods that are really highly advanced post-humans. Add to that a variety of races of sentient biomechanical organisms living in the outskirts of the solar system, a reincarnated professor from the 21st century working as an observer for the gods, handheld time-travel devices, and Little Green Men, and what do you have? One word: Hugo!
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This month: Author Robert J. Sawyer: Nebula Award Winning Science Fiction Writer
JAILWISE by Lucius Shepard -- A criminal is chosen to go to a mysterious prison called Diamond Bar, where little is what it appears to be.
A FULL MEMBER OF THE CLUB by Bob Shaw -- A lovesick man will do anything to win back the love of his girlfriend
Sometime in 2004:
Harry Potter 3
The Invincibles - A Pixar animated film said to be planned for a Holiday 2004 release about a family of super heroes. Director is Brad Bird (The Iron Giant)
Iron Man - Possibly for a Summer release, this is a live action film based on the Marvel comic. One of those that has been rumored for some time with both Nicolas Cage & Tom Cruise reportedly interested in starring.
Tomb Raider 2 - Again stars Angelina Jolie with Djimon Hounson (Gladiator) joining her as a Masai warrior who helps Lara Croft on another dangerous mission.
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August 28-September 1, 2003 (Canada: Ontario) Torcon 3/61st World Science Fiction Convention. Several O*W*C hosts and members will be attending TorCon III. If you're planning to attend, contact HOST RL Astra for meeting times! Don't miss our dinner!
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Royal York Hotel, Crown Plaza Hotel, Renaissance Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoHs: George R.R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer; TM: Spider Robinson; Ghost of Honor: Robert Bloch. Theme: SF&F.
Join us at TorCon III (WorldCon), August 28-September 1, 2003!
August 1-3, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) Conchord 17.
Southern California Filk Convention. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367; 1-818-887-4800. GoHs: TBA. Theme: Filk.
August 1-3, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) Costume College 2003.
Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 1-818-997-7676, 1-800-350-1111. Theme: Costuming.
August 1-3, 2003 (United States: North Carolina) Trinoc*coN 2003.
Durham Marriott, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC; 1-800-228-9290; rms: $89 sngl-quad. GGoH: Bruce Baugh. Theme: SF&F lit, art, gaming.
August 1-3, 2003 (Finland) Finncon X.
Finnish National Science Fiction Convention; Eurocon 2003. University of Turku, Turku, Finland. GoHs: Michael Swanwick, Steve Sansweet, Boris Hurtta. Memb: Free.
August 8-10, 2003 (United States: Kentucky) ConGlomeration 2003.
Hurstbourne Hotel, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299; 1-502-491-4830 or 1-866-246-2021. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F.
August 8-10, 2003 (United States: Minnesota) Diversicon 11.
Days Inn Airport—Mall of America, 1901 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN. GoH: Melissa Scott; SGoH: Martha A. Hood; Posthumous GoH: Douglas Adams. Theme: Diversity in SF&F.
August 8-10, 2003 (United States: Texas) ArmadilloCon 25.
Hilton North, Austin, TX; 1-512-451-5757. GoH: Kage Baker; FGoH: Willie Siros; TM: Aaron Allston; EGoH: Anne Groell; AGoH: John Picacio; SGoH: Vernor Vinge. Theme: Literary SF&F.
August 15-17, 2003 (United States: New Jersey) Clavecon III.
Best Western The Mansion Hotel, 295 South Ave., Fanwood, NJ 07023; 1-800-688-1110. FGoH: TBA. Emphasis: The Films of Alan Smithee. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 15-17, 2003 (Sweden) Swecon 2003.
The National Swedish SF Convention. ?ngstr?mlaboratoriet, Polacksbacken, Uppsala, Sweden. GoHs: Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod; FGoH: P. C. J?rgensen.
August 22-24, 2003 (United States: New Mexico) Bubonicon 35.
Albuquerque, NM. GoH: TBA; TM: Melinda M. Snodgrass. Theme: Literary relaxacon.
August 22-24, 2003 (United States: New York) Shoujocon 2002.
Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY; 1-914-939-6300. Theme: Girl's and women's manga and anime.
August 29-September 1, 2003 (United States: Georgia) Dragon*Con 2003.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.
Space Babel - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
Where is Spirit now? -- Mars Exploration Rover Mission: The Mission
SPACE.com -- Mars Rover Special Report
The physics underlying common everyday foams is poorly understood. An experiment scheduled to fly on the International Space Station will help fill in the gaps -- The Strange Physics of Foam
Using the superior sensitivity of ESA's X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, a team of European astronomers has made the first direct measurement of a neutron star's magnetic field -- SciTech Website: XMM-Newton makes the first measurement of a dead star's magnetism
Just two weeks after the flawless launch of Mars Express on its way towards the Red Planet, ESA and the European-Russian company Starsem reinforced their relationship with the signature of the Venus Express launch services agreement -- SciTech Website: Fifteen days after the launch of Mars Express, Europe has reaffirmed its trust in Soyuz: next stop Venus in ..
| ||A Short Break From Gravity || |
Angry Lab Coworkers A few years ago the Duke University student newspaper, The Chronicle, published an article on undergraduates working in scientific research. One such student, employed in biomedical research as I recall, was quoted as saying, "In my job, I work with rats." This provoked a letter to the editor signed by all his coworkers in the lab and protesting that "we are NOT rats, and even the one of us who is doesn't like to be reminded of it!"
The whole universe lies before us--a billion galaxies frozen in flight, an explosion whose radial billowing is checked, but only apparently, by the transient nature of life itself.
Let us continue watching as the focus narrows.
Now we see a single galaxy, beautiful but unremarkable, a conglomerate of a billion burning orbs. The star fields flow outwards. Now we observe a single sun; now a planet; a continent; a sunlit hillside. A creature moves on that hillside--slowly, painfully, without grace.
He is a member of his planet's dominant species, but immature and sickly. Name: Denny Hargate. Age: twelve years. Illness: multiple peripheral neuritis. Prognosis: not good.
Is this, we may ask, a random sampling? What reason could there be for singling out this small and insignificant being whose world-line is destined to be so pitifully brief?
What reason indeed?
We must decide for ourselves . . .
THE CERES SOLUTION
by Bob Shaw
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
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