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NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2007 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2007
Issue No. 43

Precursor

Something about SF inspires us... Lovers of SF tend to love reading. We're voracious for learning. We strive for exploration of the new and the different. Have you noticed that "being geek" is becoming the new "chique"? Years ago, being a member of the SciFi Club was "being a nerd"; today we're being sought out as more knowledgable and forward thinking. SF has given us the opportunity to ask "what if..." and the opportunity to "reach for the stars", to bring about the "impossible" from what once was only dreamed of. Improbabilities are being shot down on a regular basis, and SF just might have been "the seed".


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New SF books for September 2007

Tor Books: Tor SF and Fantasy
Tor Releases

THE BABY MERCHANT - Kit Reed
DARK HARVEST - Norman Partridge

See also: Orb Books

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

HELFORT'S WAR BOOK 1: the Battle at the Moons of Hell - Graham Sharp Paul

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

DRAGON EYE 2 - Kari Fujiyama
GHOST HUNT 9 - Shiho Inada, Fuyumi Ono
KAGETORA 7 - Akira Segami
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 2 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubikata
PASTEL 8 - Toshihiko Kobayashi
SCHOOL RUMBLE 7 - Jin Kobayashi
THE WALLFLOWER 13 - Tomoko hayakawa
xxxHOLIC 10 - Clamp

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

VORPAL BLADE - John Ringo
A DESERT CALLED PEACE - Tom Kratman
WHEN THE PEOPLE FELL - Cordwainer Smith
MUSIC TO MY SORROW - Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
MAN-KZIN WARS XI - Hal Colebatch, Matthew Harrington (created by Larry Niven)
THE TWO WORLDS - James P. Hogan

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

PHILIP K. DICK (1928 - 1982) - "Here is a subtle but startling irony: in several of his best novels, Philip K. Dick - world-famous as a science-fiction writer and hence, by definition, a creator of futuristic worlds - set his narratives in the late twentieth century, an epoch we left behind with great pomp in the celebration of the New Millennium. And yet the novels, and the stories, and the essays of Dick seem as futuristic as ever, which is to say - as vitally relevant to our own time as only great literature can be."

VOICES FOR THE CURE - Robert J. Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Cory Doctorow, and others. A Speculative Fiction Anthology to Benefit the American Diabetes Association

Movie & TV Buzz

2007.09.07    IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
2007.09.14    DRAGON WARS
2007.09.19    THE LAST WINTER
2007.09.21    RESIDENT EVIL EXTINCTION
2007.09.28    I'LL BELIEVE YOU

Fiction Corner

Woohoo! The Fiction Corner is back! Other World's Cafe is proud to present works by our own members. Here are links to the first chapters of a couple new serials.

BLUE STAR, GLORY FAR - Shirley Ouw (Araius)
TALES OF NEW CANTERBURY - Bill Eisenberg (T83BIRD)

Con news

Conventions for September 2007:

2007.09.07-09    COPPERCON - Phoenix, AZ.
2007.09.21-23    EUROCON 2007 - Copenhagen, Denmark
2007.09.21-23    FOOLSCAP IX - Bellevue, WA.
2007.09.21-23    FANTASYCON 2007 - Nottingham, UK
2007.09.27-30    BOUCHERCON 2007 - Anchorage, AK.
2007.09.28-30    CONJECTURE 2007 - San Diego, CA.
2007.09.28-30    CONTEXT 20 - Columbus, OH.
2007.09.28-10.01    CONFLUX 4 - Canberra, Australia

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

Welcome home, shuttle Endeavour!

BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE"
Posted: August 21, 2007; Updated at 6 p.m.

Falling back to Earth, the shuttle Endeavour streaked across Central America and high above Cuba today before gliding up the length of the Florida peninsula to a sunny landing at the Kennedy Space Center to close out a dramatic two-week space station assembly mission. The ship's gouged heat shield appeared to come through re-entry in good shape with only slightly more damage than it started with, vindicating an earlier decision to forego a spacewalk repair job.
FULL STORY

Dark matter mystery deepens in 'train wreck'

CHANDRA X-RAY CENTER NEWS RELEASE
Posted: August 22, 2007

Astronomers have discovered a chaotic scene unlike any witnessed before in a cosmic "train wreck" between giant galaxy clusters. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical telescopes revealed a dark matter core that was mostly devoid of galaxies, which may pose problems for current theories of dark matter behavior.
FULL STORY

Largest extrasolar planet found around distant star

LOWELL OBSERVATORY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: August 6, 2007

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - An international team of astronomers with the Trans-atlantic Exoplanet Survey announce today the discovery of TrES-4, a new extrasolar planet in the constellation of Hercules. The new planet was identified by astronomers looking for transiting planets - that is, planets that pass in front of their home star - using a network of small automated telescopes in Arizona, California, and the Canary Islands. TrES-4 was discovered less than half a degree (about the size of the full Moon) from the team's third planet, TrES-3.
FULL STORY

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A short break from gravity

For Google, Not Even The Sky is Off Limits

August 23, 2007
By Gene Hirschel

As if the entire planet, down to embarrassing street photos, weren't enough, Google Earth has added a new feature allowing users to see all things sky. Let's hope none of the aliens are wearing thongs.
FULL STORY

Hook in the Book

    The rabbit hopped onto the unoccupied wicker chair and thence to the middle of the table, between the teacups and the condiments. It tipped its top hat first at Alfred Vaz and then at Günburk Braun and Keiko Mitsuri. "Have I got a deal for you!" it said. Altogether, it was an unremarkable example of its type.
    Alfred reached out and swiped his hand through the image, just to emphasize his own substance. "We're the ones with the deal."
    "Hmph." The rabbit plunked its ass down on the table and pulled a tiny tea service out from behind the salt and pepper. It poured itself a drop or two--enough to fill its cup--and took a sip. "I'm all ears." It wiggled two long ones to emphasize the point.

Rainbow's End
Vernor Vinge

Last Word

September brings us the beginning of a new school year. We're "back to school shopping" for book bags and book covers, pens and pencils, paper, notebooks, calculators, even laptops. Don't forget all the new clothes and shoes, bus passes, lunch passes, and maybe an mp3 player. And when school actually starts, parents have a gazillion forms to fill out (again!) for registration, health records, parental consent forms, insurance, and whatever disclaimers the school has decided are necessary this year. While we're packing our kids off for their first day, let's remember how exciting it is for them to go back to see their friends from last year and how scary it is to make new beginnings. Learning is an adventure we should encourage them to undertake. Our best example is to show them how much we still enjoy learning ourselves.

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