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NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2007 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2007
Issue No. 40

Precursor

On May 19, 2007, we were regaled by a rarely seen phenomenon, the crescent moon paired with a brilliant star, Venus. Such a close conjunction of two celestial bodies had often been interpreted as an omen of biblical proportions. It had inspired the English poet, critic and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, to write "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". On the other hand, this sight has brought us, SF fans, closer to the realization of the stories in Science Fiction, and so closer to the stars.

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New SF books for June 2007

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

DARKNESS OF THE LIGHT - Peter David
THE EXECUTION CHANNEL - Ken MacLeod
MAINSPRING - Jay Lake
RAGAMUFFIN - Tobias S. Buckell
THE SFWA EUROPEAN HALL OF FAME - James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow
SHELTER - Susan Palwick
AN UNEXPECTED APPRENTICE - Jody Lynn Nye
WIDDERSHINS -Charles de Lint

See also: Orb Books

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

TRANSFORMERS - Alan Dean Foster

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

TSUBASA 13 - CLAMP
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION 3 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

ONE JUMP AHEAD - Mark L. Van Name
DEAD EASY - William Mark Simmons
THE SPIDER: ROBOT TITANS OF GOTHAM - Norvell W. Page
KILDAR - John Ringo
RESONANCE - Chris Dolley
RETIEF'S PEACE - Keith Laumer, William H. Keith Jr.

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

May 12, 2007: Burn, by James Patrick Kelly won the Nebula for Best Novella.
The Nebula Award is given yearly by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Movie & TV Buzz

06.01nbsp;   Mr. Brooks
06.01    Day Watch
06.15    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
06.15    Fido
06.22    1408
06.22    Black Sheep


NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER

Con news

Conventions for June 2007:

06.01    CONCAROLINAS 2007    Charlotte, NC.
06.01    CONSPIRACY II    Wellington, New Zealand
06.08    CONVERGENCE 2    Melbourne, Australia
06.29    ANIME EXPO    Long Beach, CA.


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

28 NEW EXOPLANETS FOUND
UC-Berkeley News Release
Posted: May 29, 2007
The world's largest and most prolific team of planet hunters announced Monday, May 28, the discovery of 28 new planets outside our solar system, increasing to 236 the total number of known exoplanets.
FULL STORY

From CNN Science and Space News

NASA focused on launch despite weird year
POSTED: 9:59 a.m. EDT, June 4, 2007
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- This has been a weird year for the U.S. space agency, more notable for contributing a story line for the TV series "Law & Order" than for spaceflight.

  • Astronaut's arrest, freak hail storm, train accident surprise problems for NASA
  • NASA plans to launch Atlantis at 7:38 p.m. ET June 8
  • Crew will deliver a new pair of solar arrays to the international space station
  • Hail storm damaged the fuel tank in February delaying its mid-March launch
FULL STORY


Bright and dark terrain on Titan's trailing hemisphere is revealed by Cassini's Imaging Science Subsystem in this mosaic of images taken during the T28 flyby in April 2007.
More

New Cassini research suggests that eddies, or giant rotating storms, are the 'engine' powering Saturn's jet stream winds.
More


And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/news/blog/

A short break from gravity

Primarily "techie", bLaugh is published online as The (un)Official Comic of the Blogosphere!. This the flickr page of the 1st 128 comics produced.

Hook in the Book

"Hello? Hello?

Yes, I see it works. Good.

I am Rarvik Hortvenzy, apprentice factor, speaking a warning to whomever finds my words.

Dusk comes now, for me the last. The sun has sunk beneath the western cliffs, staining the lands with blood, and now the twilight eats its way toward me inexorably. The stars come out, one by one, but the only star that matters burns night and day, day and night. It is always with me, the brightest thing in the sky but for the sun. It is the plague star."

TUF VOYAGING
George R.R. Martin

Last Word

"If you are reading this, and feel discouraged by an inability to communicate to others your own feelings about the importance of an active space development effort, comfort yourself with this thought. If you want to be on the leading edge of anything, you have by definition to be a couple of standard deviations away from most people. That makes you an odd-ball. The trick is to learn to accept it, then to like it--and keep on making lots of noise for what you believe in."

Charles Sheffield
Keynote Address
AAS Annual Meeting, 1978

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