|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: June 2006
Issue No. 31
Lots of things have been written about strings. Some people tie strings around a finger to remind them of whatever they want to be reminded of. Others speak about a "tug on their heartstrings." Some theoretical physicists talk about cosmic strings and superstrings which vibrate in an almost living universe. If those vibrations produced a universal sound, and we could hear it, what would we hear? Pop? Jazz? Rock? Classic? Country? Or something we can not now even imagine. I find myself wondering if I might hear a grand version of a Mozart string quartet or even Beethoven's Ninth. It would be just as great to hear Dave Brubeck or Miles Davis, John Williams, Judy Garland, or Johnny Cash -- or anything by anyone you might like. If any of this were true, it might be that the Universe has been holding a grand concert for anyone who can listen and even "stringing" us all along all along. A great way to be strung out.
Contributed by T83BIRD
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New SF books in June 2006
Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy
Ramsey Campbell, SECRET STORY
Storm Constantine, THE GHOSTS OF BLOOD AND INNOCENCE
Tim Eldred, GREASE MONKEY
Mick Farren, CONFLAGRATION
Brian Lumley, NECROSCOPE: THE TOUCH
Andre Norton & Lyn McConchie, BEAST MASTER'S QUEST
Kit Reed, THE BABY MERCHANT
David Zindell, THE LIGHTSTONE
Tor trade paperback
Cory Doctorow, SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN
Juliet Marillier, THE DARK MIRROR
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., THE HAMMER OF DARKNESS
Tor mass market
Walter H. Hunt, THE DARK CRUSADE
Jane Lindskold, CHILD OF A RAINLESS YEAR
Constance O'Day-Flannery, BEST LAID PLANS
Madeleine E. Robins, PETTY TREASON
Brandon Sanderson, ELANTRIS
F. Paul Wilson, CRISSCROSS
John C. Wright, MISTS OF EVERNESS
Orb trade paperback
Robert Sheckley, MINDSWAP
Timothy Zahn, DRAGON AND HERDSMAN
Timothy Zahn, DRAGON AND SLAVE
Jenna Solitaire, KEEPER OF THE FLAMES
Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews
Del Rey Books Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy)
Baen Books Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page
Blackcollar: The Judas Solution by Timothy Zahn
From Dream to Dream by Arlene Golds
The Cobra Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
The World Turned Upside by David Drake, Jim Baen and Eric Flint
Rogue Berserker by Fred Saberhagen
Penguin Putnam Home
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
Fall of Knight by Peter David
Valentine's Exile - Book 5 of the Vampire Earth by Eric Knight
The last Mortal Man - Book One of the Deathless by Syne Mitchell
Mechwarrior: Dark Age #20 - Trial by Chaos by J. Steven York
Old Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff
The Valdemar Companion by John Helferts, Denise Little
Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff
Children of Magic by Martin H. Greenberg, Kerrie Hughes
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
This month -- SABERHAGEN'S WORLDS of SF and FANTASY
We will deviate from our routine and post here not the stories that were published in Sci Fiction but the stories appearing at the Other-Worlds-Cafe website, penned by our own members no less. O*W*C : Fiction : Stories : Teaching
Movie and TV Buzz
Spider-Man 3 resumed filming resumed in New York after the rain on Saturday and 'mike' sent in this report with new pics: Spider-Man Hype! - The latest Spider-Man news and rumors
Superman Returns on June 28, 2006 -- Superman Returns - ComingSoon.net Film Database
Ioan Gruffudd on Fantastic Four 2 -- Exclusive: Gruffudd on Fantastic Four 2 - ComingSoon.net
L.A.CON IV / WORLDCON 64 (Aug 23-27 '06)
Hilton Anaheim / Anaheim Marriott / Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA. GoH: Connie Willis. AGoH: James Gurney. FGoH: Howard DeVore. Special Guest: Frankie Thomas. website: www.laconiv.org
PULPCON 35 (August 3-6, 2006) Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio, Guests of Honor are William Tenn and Ernest Chiriacka. 100 tables of pulps and related ephemera, panels, banquet at local restaurant, and two nights of auctions. Pulpcon, PO Box 90424, Dayton, Oh 45490-0424 or www.pulpcon.org.
CONTINUUM 4: RETRORAMA: the future was then (Aug 4-6, '06).
The Victoria Hotel, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. GoHs: Margo Lanagan, Charles Stross, Shaun Tan. Fan GoH: Bruce Gillespie. Info: Continuum 4, Box 603, Melbourne, VIC 3001; email: email@example.com website: www.continuum.org.au
MECON 9 (Aug 4-6 '06)
Queen's Elms Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Guests: Ian McDonald, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Hal Duncan, Paul J. Holden, Ken MacLeod, Leah Moore, John Reppion. Info: MeCon 9, 115 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SP, Northern Ireland; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://community.livejournal.com/mecon_news/10624.html#cutid1
MYTHCON XXXVII (Aug 4-7 '06)
University of Oklahoma, Norman OK. Theme: The Map and the Territory: Maps and Landscapes in Fantasy. GoHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, Amy H. Sturgis. Info: Burning Hill Farm, Inc., c/o Janet B. Croft, 17550 E. Cedar Ln., Norman OK 73026; (405) 325-1918; email: email@example.com; website: www.mythsoc.org/mythcon37.html
(Aug 11-13 '06)
Doubletree Hotel, Austin TX. GoH: Julie Czerneda. Editor GoH: Diana Gill. FGoH: Grant Kruger. TM: Esther Friesner. Special Guest: James P. Hogan. Info: ArmadilloCon 28, Box 27277, Austin TX 78755; (512) 477-6259; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.armadillocon.org
CONGLOMERATION 2006 (Aug 11-13 '06)
Louisville KY. GoH: Harry Turtledove. AGoHs: Omar & Shelia Rayyan. Returning Guests: Steve & Sue Francis. Info: ConGlomeration, Attn: Registration, Box 32095 Louisville, KY 40232-209; email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.conglomeration.org
HORRORFIND WEEKEND (Aug 11-13 '06)
Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley MD. Guests: Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Brian Lumley, John Skipp, Michael Laimo, Edward Holsclaw, Doug Bradley, Denise Crosby, more. Info: Horrorfind.com, 9722 Groffs Mill Dr. #109, Owings Mills MD 21117; (443) 465 0645; email: email@example.com; website: www.horrorfindweekend.com
BUBONICON 38 (Aug 18-20 '06)
Wyndham Airport Hotel, Albuquerque NM. GoH: Ben Bova. TMs: Catherine Cogswell, David Mattingly. Guest Artist: Kathleen Lowe. Info: NMSF Conference, Box 37257, Albuquerque NM 87176; Craig Chrissinger, (505) 266-8905; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://bubonicon.home.att.net
DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2006 (Aug 18-21 '06)
Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Guests: Stephen Briggs, Bernard Pearson, Trevor Truran, Colin Smythe, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, David Langford, Lionel Fanthorpe, more TBA. Info: Discworld Convention 2006, Box 102, Royston, Herts, SG8 7ZJ, UK; +44 (0)7092 394940; email: email@example.com; website: www.dwcon.org
FINNCON 2006 (Aug 18-20 '06)
Paasitorni Conference Centre, Helsinki, Finland. Guests: Jeff VanderMeer, Justina Robson, Risto Isom?ki. Memb: Free. Info: website: www.finncon.org
BELLAING 2006 (Aug 24-27 '06)
33rd French National SF Con. Bellaing, France. Info: ? l'ordre de ''L'association d'aide aux auteurs'', 34 rue Jean Jaur?s, 59135 Bellaing, France; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; website: http://33eme-convention-sf.monsite.wanadoo.fr
JVL-CON VIII (Aug 25-27 '06)
Ramada Inn, Janesville WI. Guests: Stacy Keach, Peter Jason, T.W. Miller, more TBA. Info: JVL-CON VIII, 1316 Monterey Ln., Janesville WI. 53545; (608) 290-7025; website: www.si-fi-nut.com/jvl-con.html
Your favourite convention not listed here?? - go to O*W*C : Resources : Conventions : Convention Calendar for more!!
SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express, show Pavonis Mons, the central volcano of the three 'shield' volcanoes that comprise Tharsis Montes. ESA - Space Science - Home - Lava tubes on Pavonis Mons
The two biggest storms in the solar system are about to go bump in the night, in plain view of backyard telescopes. NASA - Huge Storms Converge
A tiny asteroid corkscrewing around Earth for the past seven years is about to leave the neighborhood. NASA - Corkscrew Asteroids
A little droid is roaming the corridors of the International Space Station, and more are on the way. NASA - Droids on the ISS
Earth's ozone layer appears to be on the road to recovery, but the reasons why aren't fully understood. NASA - Good News and a Puzzle
A 22-year veteran of prospecting and mining on Earth has some no-nonsense advice for lunar explorers. NASA - Hard-nosed Advice to Lunar Prospectors
J A short break from gravity J
How to Identify a TRUE Chemist
Isaac Asimov said that if you want to find a chemist, ask him/her to discuss the following words:
As he so eloquently put it, "If he starts talking about furry animals and organized labor, keep walking."
~~~ T he Hook in the Book ~~~
Hoofbeats echoed so close that Marie-Josephe feared to look back; she urged Zachi on. Chartres, the lightest of the three men, grasped the hem of Marie-Josephe's habit and nearly unseated her, but she tightened her right leg around the saddle-crook and shouted for Zachi to run, to flee.
Zachi ran, joyous and sure-footed, skimming over the path, outdistancing the larger horses. The hoofbeats and snorts fell behind. The laughter of the pursuers turned to irritation, then to anger. Marie-Josephe leaned as close to Zachi's neck as the sidesaddle allowed.
Zachi outdistanced the horses, the riders, the clamor of the hunt. Marie-Josephe rode alone. She sat back; Zachi slowed her headlong run. The mare cantered, then trotted, then walked, along the main branch of a tangle of manicured trails, flicking her ears as Marie-Josephe spoke.
"No horse can outdistance you," Marie-Josephe said. "No horse can even keep up with you. You are magnificent, and when I must return you, I'll grieve, but I could never afford to keep you as Count Lucien can--as you deserve."
As if she had summoned him by speaking his name, Count Lucien appeared from a side trail.
"If you continue this habit of speaking to animals, Mlle de la Croix," Count Lucien said, "you'll earn a reputation you won't enjoy."
THE MOON AND THE SUN
(A novel about why we, today, believe sea monsters never existed, when they probably did and possibly still do; and about what it means to be human.)
"In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle which it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York."
Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon, 1865
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