|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: June 2000
Issue No. 9
In the beginning there was the Big Bang ... Or was it an end that stemmed from an ancient conflict, the final battle in the Twilight of Celestial Forces? We unconcernedly observe the spectacles on an astronomic level: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's collision with Jupiter; images of supernovae that the Chandra telescope captured, death of stars that presumably also meant the death of everything else in the star's vicinity. Breathtaking, impersonal. Pause and imagine on a molecular level civilizations and living beings caught in the drama of striking comets and exploding suns. It becomes personal; we connect. In the end there was the Big Bang, and from this began the worlds science fiction readers revel in - story-telling on a cosmic level.
Science Fictioneers please note: we have a lot of new folders in our message boards. Rather than follow the old links via favorite-places to your selected folders, follow this route: Keyword: Science Fiction and have a look-see what's new!
New SF books in June
Soldiers Live Glen Cook
Vanishing Acts ed. Ellen Datlow
Forests of the Heart Charles de Lint
Animist Eve Forward
Calculating God Robert J. Sawyer
The Jazz Melissa Scott
Chimera Will Shetterly
Tangled Up In Blue Joan D. Vinge
Violent Stars Phyllis Gotlieb
Dark Sister Graham Joyce
Escape From Kathmandu Kim Stanley Robinson (Orb)
Half Life Hal Clement
The Stars Asunder Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Rhapsody Elizabeh Haydon
The Stone War Madeleine Robins
Thief of Souls Neal Shusterman
Fortune's Stroke Eric Flint David Drake
Destiny's Shield Eric Flint David Drake
My Brother's Keeper Charles Sheffield
Tale of the Fox Harry Turtledove
Del Rey Books
DIRGE Alan Dean Foster
THE BEST OF LESTER DEL REY Lester del Rey
Penguin Putnam Books
STAR COLONIES edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfer
1999 Nebula Awards Winners
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents
Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life
Mary A. Turzillo, Mars is No Place for Children
Leslie What, The Cost of Doing Business
M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense
List of Hugo nominees at the original source - Chicon 2000: Hugo Nominees
Read the wonderful new stories at SCI FICTION, a new fiction area AT SCIFI.COM edited by Ellen Datlow - SCI FICTION Movie Buzz
UPDATE: Kevin Bacon is a government scientist who perfects an invisibility formula and tests it on himself - THE HOLLOW MAN is slated to be in theatres in July Mothership - Upcoming Films - The Hollow Man (7/28/2000)
Cinema adaptation of Terry Brooks books? - Brooks sells books to Fox
UPDATE: DUNE the Mini-series wrapped up in Prague and is slated to come to your homes in December 2000 - SCIFI.COM : Frank Herbert's Dune
Dan Simmons will guest at CONOLULU, the 53rd Westercon July 1-4, 2000, Sheraton Waikiki Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - CONOLULU, The 53rd Westercon, July 1 - 4, 2000
BabCon V in Goteborg, Sweden - July Babylon 5: Huvudmeny
Walter Koenig will guest stat at Nexus 2000, 7 -9 July, Jarvis International Hotel - Bristol UK - Welcome to Nexus SF Conventions - Bristol UK
New PacifiCon 2000, July 7-8-9, 2000, Los Angeles, California - New PacifiCon 2000
Join Claudia Christian, Denise Crosby and many others at SHORE LEAVE 22, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn - Baltimore, Maryland, July 7 - 9 Shore Leave 22 Home Page
CONvergence 2000 at the St. Paul Radisson, St. Paul, MN, July 2 -9 CONvergence 2000
Terry Pratchett will guest at Gateway Scifi Con, July 14-16, 2000, Saint Louis, Missouri, Henry VIII Inn & Lodge - Gateway SciFi Con
Join Mike Resnick who will be serving as Toastmaster at the Last Voyage of RiverCon, July 28 - 30, 2000, Executive West Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky - RiverCon Science Fiction Convention
Lois McMaster Bujold will be Guest of Honor at Diversicon 8, July 28-30, 2000 o Holiday Inn Express, 1010 W. Bandana Boulevard, Bandana Square, St. Paul, MN - Diversicon 8
ESE. European Smoffing Event. Darmstadt, Germany; Theme: Con running. Memb: ?7 until 5/24/99; more after. Info: (Cheques to) European Conventions, Fiona Anderson, 129 Colegrave Rd., Stratford, London E15 1EA, UK; German address: Ralf Grosser, Martinstra?e 52, 64285 Darmstadt, Germany; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space Babel - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
A look at space station concepts - Wheels in the Sky
Revealing the infrared 'face' of the Universe - ESA SCIENCE
A Pop Quiz for Einstein - Relativity Mission will test Einstein one more time
Galileo zoomed by the biggest moon in the Solar System - A Big Moon Close Up
Boiling Io ... The Secret Lives of Alien Volcanoes
Mars Rover or Orbiter in 2003? We'll Know in July - Planetary Society
Even MORE extrasolar planets?? - Planetary Society
"These things eat almost any kind of low-grade organic feedstocks. Corn stalks, grass clippings, seaweed, you name it. Then, inside their gut, the organic matter is processed by a carefully-orchestrated array of symbiotic bacteria into ... bug butter curds. Which the butter bugs regur -- return through their mouth and pack into special cells, in their hive, all ready for humans to harvest. The raw butter curds --" ... "Are perfectly edible at this point," Mark went on more loudly ... "Bug vomit," said Miles, working through the implication. "You fed me bug vomit."
A CIVIL CAMPAIGN by Lois McMaster Bujold The manhunt extended across more than one hundred light-years and eight centuries. It had always been a secret search, unacknowledged even among some of the participants. In the early years, it had simply been encrypted queries hidden in radio broadcasts. Decades and centuries passed. There were clues, interviews with The Man's fellow-travelers, pointers in a half-dozen contradictory directions: The Man was alone now and heading still farther away; The Man had died before the search ever began; The Man had a war fleet and was coming back upon them.
A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY by Vernon Vinge
"Delmore Schwartz* had half of it right: in dreams begin responsibilities. But it's no less true that in dreams begin irresponsibilities. The menu, in terms of our possibilities in both these respects, is well-nigh infinite.
Science fiction is that menu."
Thomas M. Disch from his book "THE DREAMS OUR STUFF IS MADE OF. How Science Fiction Conquered the World."
(*Delmore Schwartz - poet, who published his first collection, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities in 1938, the year that "Helen O'Loy" appeared. )
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