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NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2007 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2007
Issue No. 42

Precursor

"And then just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-troo
And bring back an It-Kutch, a Preep, and a Proo,
A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too!"

"Gerald McGrew"
If I Ran the Zoo - 1950, Dr. Seuss

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New SF books for August 2007

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

THE AFTERMATH - Ben Bova
RADIO FREEFALL - Matthew Jarpe
SANDWORMS OF DUNE - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
SPACEMAN BLUES - Brian Francis Slattery

See also: Orb Books

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

STRAKEN - Terry Brooks
STAR WARS: LEGACY OF THE FORCE: INFERNO - Troy Denning
HITMAN: ENEMY WITHIN - William C. Dietz
THE CANDLE OF DISTANT EARTH - Alan Dean Foster

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

ES (ETERNAL SABBATH) 6 - Fuyumi Soro
GACHA GACHA: THE NEXT REVOLUTION 4 - Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
MAMOTTE! LOLLIPOP 3 - Michiyo Kikuta
MY HEAVENLY HOCKEY CLUB 2 - Ai Morinaga
NEGIMA! 15 - Ken Akamatsu
PRINCESS RESURRECTION 2 - Yasunore Mitsunaga
SUZUKA 5 - Kouji Seo
SHIKI TSUKAI 1 - Yana Tukanagi, To-ru Zekuu
SHUGO CHARA! 2 - Peach Pit

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

PYRAMID POWER - Eric Flint, Dave Freer
MILES, MUTANTS AND MICROBES - Lois McMaster Bujold
THE TROUBLE WITH HUMANS - Christopher Anvil
IN FURY BORN - David Weber
BLOOD OF THE HEROES - Steve White
THRAXAS AND THE DANCE OF DEATH - Martin Scott

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

The Audio Version of The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi. "'The Sagan Diary' is meant to be the thoughts of Jane Sagan, as she looks over her life after the events of The Ghost Brigades and prepares for the life which will be detailed in The Last Colony."... (Available in both low and high bandwidth downloads.)

Movie & TV Buzz

2007.08.03 - UNDERDOG
2007.08.10 - SKINWALKERS
2007.08.10 - STARDUST
2007.08.17 - THE 11TH HOUR
2007.08.17 - THE INVASION
2007.08.24 - RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR
2007.08.31 - HALLOWEEN


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

Con news

Conventions for August 2007:

2007.08.02-05    ARCHON 31 - the 9th NASFIC - Collinsville, IL.
2007.08.03-06    MYTHCON 38 - Berkeley, CA.
2007.08.17-18    CONCHORD - Woodland Hills, CA.
2007.08.21-21    2007 BEIJING SCIENCE FICTION LECTURESHIP - Beijing, China
2007.08.24-27    2007 INTERNATIONAL SF/FANTASY CONFERENCE IN CHENGDU - Sichuan, China
2007.08.30-09.03    NIPPON 2007 / WORLDCON 65 - Yokohama, Japan


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

Interstellar chemistry gets more complex with discovery

NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 26, 2007

Astronomers using data from the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have found the largest negatively-charged molecule yet seen in space. The discovery of the third negatively-charged molecule, called an anion, in less than a year and the size of the latest anion will force a drastic revision of theoretical models of interstellar chemistry, the astronomers say.
FULL STORY

Gases escaping from Jupiter's moon Io studied

BOSTON UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 25, 2007

Boston University (BU) researchers have published the first clear evidence of how gases from volcanoes on a tiny moon of Jupiter can lead to the largest visible gas cloud in the solar system.
FULL STORY

Planets with four parents?

SPITZER SCIENCE CENTER NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 24, 2007

How many stars does it take to "raise" a planet? In our own solar system, it took only one -- our Sun. However, new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that planets might sometimes form in systems with as many as four stars.
FULL STORY

New system will help space station crews breathe easier

NASA NEWS RELEASE
Posted: July 18, 2007

A new oxygen generation system tested between July 11 and 14 aboard the International Space Station will allow the orbiting laboratory's crew size to increase in 2009.
FULL STORY


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http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/news/blog/

A short break from gravity

Selected Works of Peter Callesen. These are rather fascinating. Not exactly SF. But it's amazing to me what can be accomplished using paper and scissors.

Hook in the Book

TWO

Listen:
  Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
  Billy has gone to sleep a senile widower and awakened on his wedding day. He has walked through a door in 1955 and come out another one in 1941. He has gone back through that door to find himself in 1963. He has seen his birth and death many times, he says, and pays random visits to all the events in between.
  He says.
  Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren't necessarily fun. He is is a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next.

Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five

Last Word

According to Wikipedia:

"In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, Seuss's publisher made up a list of 400 words he felt were important and asked Dr. Seuss to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine months later, Seuss, using 220 of the words given to him, completed The Cat in the Hat."
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