NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2007 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2007
Issue No. 38


Spring has (officially) sprung! And, yet, many of us are still in the midst of winter cold weather. The winter season seemed to start early this year and just a week or two ago snow storms raged thru the east and north regions. Temperatures are nothing like the seasonal norms. Many of us observed “the groundhog lied”. The great debate rages on; are we truly victims of global warming

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New SF books for May 2007

Tor Books: Tor SF and Fantasy
Tor Releases (Tor has recently updated their entire site for 2007)

ARMIES OF MEMORY: John Barnes - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: April 2007
ANTAGONIST: Gordon R. Dickson & David W. Wixon - Hardcover
Published: March 2007
CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY: Alexa Hunt - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: March 2007
THE CYLONS’ SECRET: Battlestar Galactica 2 Battlestar Galactica Volume 2: Craig Shaw Gardner - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: March 2007
THE DARK MIRROR Book One of the Bridei Chronicles Bridei Chronicles (Volume 1 of 3): Juliet Marillier - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: March 2007
BEYOBD THE GAP: Harry Turtledove -Hardcover
Published: February 2007
CHILDREN OF CHAOS: Dave Duncan - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: February 2007
CRUSADER Book Six of 'The Wayfarer Redemption' Wayfarer Redemption (Volume 6 of 6): Sara Douglass - Mass Market Paperbound
Published: February 2007
Puvlished: February 2007

See also: Orb Books

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

HARM: Brian W. Aldiss - Hardcover
STAR WARS(r) Legacy of the Force Betrayal: Aaron Allston - Paperback
STAR WARS(r) The Prequel Trilogy: Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore and Matthew Woodring Stover - Trade Paperback
STARSTRIKE: Task Force Mars: Douglas Niles - Paperback
TRANSFORMERS: Alan Dean Foster - Paperback
DEATH’S HEAD: David Gunn - Hardcover
MASS EFFECT: Revelation: Drew Karpyshyn - Paperback
WOKEN FURIES: Richard K. Morgan - Trade Paperback
STAR WARS(r) Legacy of the Force Sacrifice: Karen Traviss - Hardcover

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

GENSHIKEN 8 by Kio Shimoku
GHOST HUNT 7 by Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono
GUNDAM SEED DESTINY 3 by Masatsugu Iwase
KAGETORA 5 by Akira Segamio
KUROGANE 4 by Kei Toume
PASTEL 6 by Toshihiko Kobayashi
SCHOOL RUMBLE 5 by Jin Kobayashi
SHUGO CHARA! 1 by Peach-Pit
THE WALLFLOWER 11 by Tomoko Hayakawa

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

YELLOW EYES: John Ringo, Tom Kratman
THE WEAPON: Michael Z. Williamson

See also:

Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author's/Artist's Corner

Cory Doctorow does “a bunch of things: I’m an activist, a writer, a blogger, a public speaker, and a technology person.” He’s recently published an anthology: “OVERCLOCKED: Stories of the Future Present”. Lots of great information on his website: http://www.craphound.com/.

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

Con news

Conventions for April 2007:

04-05-2007    Norwescon 30
    SeaTac, WA
04-06-2007    CONTEMPLATION
    Chester, UK
04-06-2007    MiniCon 42
    Bloomington, MN
04-13-2007    Odyssey Con VII
    Madison, WI
04-13-2007    WillyCon IV
    Waybe, NE
04-20-2007    EerieCon
    Buagara Falls, NY
04-20-2007    RAVENCON CONVENTION 2007
    Richmond, VA

Your favourite convention not listed here?
go to O*W*C Resources Conventions Calendar for more!

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

Top Stories listed today on Spaceflight Now

A dead star seen snacking on shredded asteroid

Posted: April 1, 2007
For the last two years, astronomers have suspected that a nearby white dwarf star was "snacking" on a shredded asteroid. Now, an analysis of chemical "crumbs" in the star's atmosphere has confirmed this suspicion. "This is a really fascinating system, that could offer clues to what our solar system may look like in approximately five billion years when our Sun becomes a white dwarf," a scientist says.

Planets found thriving around stellar twins

Posted: March 31, 2007
The double sunset that Luke Skywalker gazed upon in the film "Star Wars" might not be a fantasy. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed that planetary systems are at least as abundant in twin-star systems as they are in those, like our own, with only one star. Sunsets on some of those worlds would resemble the ones on Luke Skywalker's planet, Tatooine, where two fiery balls dip below the horizon one by one.

From CNN Science and Space News

'Star Trek' actor's ashes heading to space this month

POSTED: 12:45 p.m. EDT, April 2, 2007

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A short break from gravity

overheard in the O*W*C chatroom one night:

once upon a midnight dreary...
while i pondered funk and bleary...
punk being "oh so cheery"

Once, when I woke up in the morning, the image staring back at me from the mirror was a member of the opposite sex. Me, but of the opposite sex.
I was still the same sex, but the image in the mirror wasn't.
i felt i could reach out and actually take my "image" by the hand as i reached toward the mirror,
the figure in the mirror actually reached through and as i stepped toward my image in the mirror, it drew me right through it!
As we stood facing each other, my opposite gave me a little wave goodbye, then jumped back through the mirror.
“does that leave me on the wrong side of the mirror,” i wondered?
“What is wrong side and what is right?" a voice asked behind me.
i jumped nearly a foot in the air, and spun about to ask “who said that?”
I looked into the mirror. A woman stared back at me. I about jumped out of my skin, how did she get in there? She’s mimeing my every move. Wait a minute; she's me. I grabbed the phone.
“meline what the heck did you give me? I'm having transvestite fantasys The potion was supposed to show my true love”
a man's voice answered “whoa, wait a minute...” and then the connection broke “hell,” i thought, “i'm going to have to get over there, and QUICK!
but how?”... finally looking about me. the room bore no resemblance to the room i had left. i could barely discern what might be a door to the left of the mirror i had been drawn through"
So, the main character starts searching thru the drawers in the dresser and find that they are full of sex toys - vibrators, dildos, whips, leather bras, etc. "Boy, am I gonna have fun!!"
While, on the other side of the mirror, the female characters finds many different assasination weapon, as well many passports, disguises and the plan to kill a high government official

you take it from there...

Hook in the Book

The Assiti would be exterminated, eighty-five million years later, by the Fta Tei. Ironically, the Fta Tei were a collateral branch of one of the human races multitude of descendant species. Their motive, however, was not revenge. The Fta Tei knew nothing of their origins on a distant planet once called Earth, much less a minor disaster which had occurred there. The Fta Tei exterminated the Assiti simply because, after many stern warnings, they persisted in practicing their dangerous and irresponsible art.

Eric Flint

Last Word

Looking out my window, just now, I’m seeing a gray, overcast day. It’s early, yet. In California, we’ve had a very dry year, and we’re expecting a long “fire” season. Still, “April showers bring May flowers”. I know it’s cliche, but lately, even the weather just doesn’t seem to match the mood. It’s going to be warm this afternoon, and clear skies. Reminds me there’s always something new to be learned, even if “There’s always a boom”

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