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NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2006 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2006
Issue No. 35

Precursor

Behind the light-filled foyer of science fiction's reception area lie the shadowy corridors of the genre's Gothic past. Nearly every variety of supernatural creature has stalked the pages of science fiction since the birth of the genre. How does SF rationalize its fascination with the metaphysical? Doesn't the "science" automatically preclude the intrusion of the supernatural? This month, look up some SF that includes gods and monsters, and settle in for spookiness.

Contributed by Chip

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New SF books in October 2006

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers

Piers Anthony, STORK NAKED
Peter David, SATITTARIUS IS BLEEDING
Kate Elliott, SPIRIT GATE
Michael Flynn, EIFELHEIM
Juliet Marillier, BLADE OF FORTRIU
Melanie Rawn, SPELLBINDER
Karl Schroeder, SUN OF SUNS
Peter Watts, BLINDSIGHT
Gene Wolfe, SOLDIER OF SIDON

Tor trade paperback

Brian Lumley, KHAI OF KHEM
Cherie Priest, WING TO THE KINGDOM
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, STATES OF GRACE

Tor mass market

Piers Anthony, PET PEEVE
Piers Anthony, ROC AND A HARD PLACE
Jenna Black, WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT
Sara Douglass, BEYOND THE HANGING WALL
James Herbert, NOBODY TRUE
James Herbert, OTHERS
Ken MacLeod, LEARNING THE WORLD
Adam Stemple, SINGER OF SOULS
Timothy Zahn, NIGHT TRAIN TO RIGEL

Orb trade paperback

David G. Hartwell, THE SCIENCE FICTION CENTURY, VOLUME TWO

Starscape

George R.R. Martin, THE ICE DRAGON

Tor Teen

Christopher Pike, THE YANTI
Jenna Solitaire, KEEPER OF THE EARTH


Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews



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

STAR WARS: DARTH BANE by Drew Karpyshyn (Science Fiction)
WITCHERY: A GHOSTS OF ALBION NOVEL by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden (Fantasy)
RED PLANET by Robert A. Heinlein (Science Fiction)
MR. TWILIGHT by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (Fantasy)

MANGA RELEASES 

PASTEL 4 by Toshihiko Kobayashi (Manga)
KAGETORA 3 by Akira Segami (Manga)
Q-KO-CHAN 2 by Ueda Hajime (Manga)
THE WALLFLOWER 9 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
GHOST HUNT 5 by Shiho Inada (Manga)


Baen Books   Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page 

1635: The Cannon Law by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
Thraxas Under Siege by Martin Scott
Transgalactic by A.E. Van Vogt, Eric Flint and David Drake
Mission to Minerva by James P. Hogan
Disappearing Act by Margaret Ball


See also: 

Science Fiction- Penguin Group(USA)

Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers

   
Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Bantam Dell Publishing Group




Author's/Artist's Corner  

This month --  Greg Egan's Home Page

NOTICE:  For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER and MOVIE and TV BUZZ.



Con news

SMOFCON 24 (Dec 1-3 '06)
Hotel Phillips, Kansas City MO. Convention runners con. Info: www.smofcon.org


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

Countdowns will ring through the air. Rocket engines will spark to life and roar. Prototype spaceships will fly and vie for cash prizes. --  SPACE.com -- Wirefly X Prize Cup: Rocketry Takes Center Stage

"We will never make it to the stars on handouts.  We need to take responsibility for the financing of our own dreams." -- SPACE.com -- Ad Astra: Taking Spaceflight Into Our Own Hands

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates that are orbiting a variety of distant stars. In accomplishing this, Hubble looked farther into our Milky Way galaxy than has ever successfully been done before in searching for extrasolar planets. --  ESA - Space Science - Hubble finds 16 candidate extrasolar planets far across our Galaxy

HUBBLE OBSERVATIONS CONFIRM THAT PLANETS FORM FROM DISKS AROUND STARS [HEIC0613]
By combining numerous Hubble observations taken over a 3-year period with ground based observations, a team of astronomers led by G. Fritz Benedict and Barbara E. McArthur has deduced the inclination of the nearest exoplanet's orbit around its parent star Epsilon Eridani and found it to be aligned with the star's debris disk. --  ESA Science & Technology: Hubble observations confirm that planets form from disks around stars [heic0613]

New Hubble images have provided a dramatic glimpse of a large massive galaxy under assembly as smaller galaxies merge. This provides the best demonstration so far that large massive galaxies form by merging smaller ones. --  ESA - Space Science - Flies in a spider's web: galaxy caught in the making



J

A short break from gravity   J

 
Why are sunsets red?

Sunsets are red because violets are blue and poets have to have something to say to you. No, actually, sunsets are red because by the time the sun is on the earth's horizon it has burned all the way down to the wick the way a candle does and is about the expire.

No, really, why are sunsets red?

Sunsets are red because by the time the sun is on the horizon, all of the blue light has already scattered and been absorbed by the atmosphere and all that is left is the red and yellow light which has longer wavelengths and shelf life than blue does.

No, I really want to know why are sunsets red.

Actually, General Electric has bought the intellectual rights to all of the sunsets for the rest of this century. Soon they are planning on placing a gigantic billboard next to each evening's sunset acknowledging that they are indeed the sunset's corporate sponsor and thanking each and every one of us for using General Electric products. "This sunset brought to you by General Electric. GE, we bring good things to light."

So, I take it you're not going to tell me why are sunsets red.

Nope.



~~~ Hook in the Book  ~~~



The sun was setting. A last crimson glory filled the land and lay like a crown of blood on the snow sprinkled peaks. The three men who watched the death of the day breathed deep the fragrance of the early wind which stole up out of the distant forests, and then turned to a task more material. One of the men was cooking venison over a small fire and this man touching a finger to the smoking viand, tasted with the air of a connoisseur.

"All ready, Kull ? Gor-na ? let us eat."


KULL
EXILE OF ATLANTIS
by
Robert E. Howard




Last Word


"In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again.  They really do it.  It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful.  But it happens every day.  I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." 

Carl Sagan, 1987
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