|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: December 2007
Issue No. 46
Conjecture. Exploration. Discovery. Dsiclosure. Reading science fiction and fantasy encompasses all four. The great "what if?" is presented as fact, if only to get us thinking about the possibilities. And there are so many possibilities. New worlds, old worlds rediscovered or subtly altered, parallel worlds, future worlds...
Whenever I pick up another book, I look forward to thinking in another way. I'm going to meet new friends, see new places, hear new theories. Or maybe learn what's been going on in the lives of some of my "old" friends.
Here's to our ever expanding libraries... Live long and prosper!
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New SF books for December 2007
SOLDIER OF SIDON - Gene Wolfe
THE SORCERERS' PLAGUE - David B. Coe
BORNE IN BLOOD - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
INFERNO - Ellen Datlow
See also: Orb Books
FINAL IMPACT - John Birmingham
FIRSTBORN - Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
STAR WARS(r) DARTH BANE RULE OF TWO - Drew Karpyshyn
DRAGON HARPER - Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey
HEROES: SAVING CHARLIE - Aury Wallington
STAR WARS(r) ALLEGIANCE - Timothy Zahn
NEGIMA! 16 - Ken Akamatsu
DRAGON EYE 3 - Kairi Fujiyama
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 3 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubukata
SISTER TIME - John Ringo, Julie Cochrane
ENDLESS BLUE - Wen Spencer
1634--THE RAM REBELLION (ARC) - Eric Flint
ALPHA - Catherine Asaro
THRAXAS AT WAR - Martin Scott
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
Outside the bookcover field, Ken has worked for nearly all of the large toy manufacturers. He has also done many album covers, including two paintings for KISS, for which he was rewarded with gold albums.
Over the years, Ken’s artwork has continued to have the unique ability to evoke the imagination to travel to faraway places and primal battlefields. You will see that same imaginative ability in both his pen and ink drawings and his full color paintings. His work quite literally explodes with energy and throbs with life. His paintings are done exclusively in oil and are relatively large in size. Most of the paintings average 30”X40”, and many are much larger. In fact, “Kingdom of the Knights” measures a fantastic 40”X60”! – Paraphrased from Ken Kelly’s Book “The Art of Ken Kelly” by Michael J. Friedlander – July, 1990
Movie & TV Buzz
2007.12.07 THE GOLDEN COMPASS<
2007.12.14 I AM LEGEND
2007.12.21 NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS
2007.12.21 SWEENEY TODD
2007.12.25 ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
2007.12.25 THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP
2007.12.28 THE ORPHANAGE
Don't forget the Other Worlds Cafe "Fiction" resources. Along with many stories and e-texts, we have two serialized books by Other Worlds Cafe regulars Ara (Shirley Ouw), and T-man (Bill Eisenberg).
Conventions for December 2007:
2007.12.02-09 SMOFCON Boston, MA
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
Spitzer telescope spies a stellar bubble blower
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: November 14, 2007
A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massive "bubbles." But instead of bubble gum, this youngster, called HH 46/47, is using powerful jets of gas to make bubbles in outer space.
Planets found forming in Pleiades star cluster
UCLA NEWS RELEASE
Posted: November 15, 2007
Rocky terrestrial planets, perhaps like Earth, Mars or Venus, appear to be forming or to have recently formed around a star in the Pleiades ("seven sisters") star cluster, the result of "monster collisions" of planets or planetary embryos.
German Earth-observing radar satellite launched
BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: November 1, 2007
The next building block in a fleet of German spy satellites designed to see through clouds and darkness was launched to space early Thursday from Russia's Arctic space base.
China's first moon expedition swoops into lunar orbit
BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: November 5, 2007
Braking into orbit with a pulse of thrust from an on-board engine, China's first deep space probe arrived in lunar orbit Monday to begin a one-year mission surveying the moon.
Shock as UK withdraws from Gemini Observatory
BY KEITH COOPER
Posted: November 16, 2007
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, STFC, shocked the UK's professional astronomy community on November 15 with their sudden decision to pull out of partnership with the two eight-metre Gemini Telescopes that make up the Gemini Observatory. "It would move us from the first division to the second division," in terms of astronomy research, according to Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson, President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).
Russia to build new space port
- New Russian rocket launch facility will put a manned mission in space by 2018
- The new facility, in the far eastern Amur region, will take a decade to complete
- Russia currently launches its manned missions from Kazakhstan
Climate change 'getting worse'
- Author of policy guide on global warming says climate change is getting worse
- The paper will be an "instant guide" to policymakers at a meeting next month
- It is to be released on Saturday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
A short break from gravity
- dotBoom is a web-based puppet show about dotBoom, a website development firm in Toronto, Ontario. dotBoom the show is all laughs and honey because the company isn't: that it's successful is in spite of the inept management team, not because of it. dotBoom is, for the most part, about the creative department, whose members are smart, talented, and want to go home.
- dotBoom is a foul-mouthed sitcom of the workplace type. Each episode is about 30 minutes long, and there are no commercials, because dotBoom hates advertisements.
- We are aware that we're in advertising. We hate ourselves, too.
- But dotBoom will love you, if you watch.
Hook in the Book
"Well, said Bentham Rudgetter carefully, "I couldn't get anything out of him. Yet."
"Not even the name of his source?" asked Stem-Fulcher.
"No." Rudgetter pursed his lips and shook his head slowly. "He just shuts down. But I don't think that'll be too hard to find out. After all, there aren't a huge number of people it can be.It's got to be someone in R&D. It's probably someone on the SM project... We may well know more when the inquisitors have interrogated him."
"So..." said Stem-Fulcher. "Here we are."
Perdido Street Station
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