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NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2008 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2008
Issue No. 47

Precursor

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

All SF General and O*W*C chats will now be held in our Web chatroom at:
http://www.other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/chatroom/index.php
For news and information about Web chat, visit our site at:
http://other-worlds-cafe.com/chats/

New SF books for January 2008

Tor Books: Tor SF and Fantasy

BETRAYED - Jamie Leigh Hansen
BONE WALKER - Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
THE BOOK OF LOVE - Andrew M. Greeley, Mary G. Durkin
DRAGON MAGE - Andre Norton, Jean Rabe
THE DRAGONS OF BABEL - Michael Swanwick
FIREBIRD - Mercedes Lackey
LORD OF THE SILENT KINGDOM - Glen Cook
OFF ARMAGEDDON REEF - David Weber
PEBBLE IN THE SKY - Isaac Asimov
RETURN TO QUAG KEEP - Andre Norton, Jean Rabe
THE SUMMONING GOD - Kathleen O'Neal Gear, Michael Gear
THUNDER OF TIME - James F. David
VENUS ENVY - Shannon McKelden
THE VISITANT - Kathleen O'Neal Geat, Michael Gear
WEAVERS OF WAR - David B. Coe
WOLF'S BLOOD - Jane Lindskold

See also: Orb Books

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

UN LUN DUN - China Mieville
COMMAND DECISION - Elizabeth Moon

Del Rey Books: Del Rey Books (MANGA Releases)

SHIKI TSUKAI 2 - Yuna Takanagi, To-Ru Zekuu
THE WALLFLOWER 14 - Tomoko Hayakawa
PASTEL 9 - Toshihiko Kobayashi
SCHOOL RUMBLE 8 - Jin Kobayashi
KAGETORA 8 - Akira Segami

Baen Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books

RING OF FIRE II - Eric Flint
THE RUBY DICE - Catherine Asaro
OATH OF FEALTY - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
EARTH BLOOD AND OTHER STORIES - Eric Flint
EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON - John Ringo
MOONSINGER - Andre Norton

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

Theresa Mather
I first saw this artist's work at Condor last March. Her work is irresistable; I bought a beautiful piece titled "Muad d'Ib". It's a gerbil with transparent wings, painted on a slice of agate that looks something like petrified wood.
Theresa was the artist GoH at LOScon 34, this past November.

Movie & TV Buzz

2008.01.04    ONE MISSED CALL
2008.01.11     IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE
2008.01.18    CLOVERFIELD
2008.01.25    UNTRACEABLE


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

Con news

Conventions for January 2008:

2008.01.04-06    ANIMELA    BURBANK, CA
2008.01.18-20    CONFUSION    Detroit, MI
2008.01.18-20    GHENGISCON    Perth, Australia
2008.01.18-20    RUSTYCON    Seattle, WA
2008.01.25-27    COSINE    Colorado Springs, CO
2008.01.25-27    VERICON    Cambridge, 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

Top Stories listed today on Spaceflight Now

Space rock could hit Mars

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NEWS RELEASE
Posted: December 24, 2007

An asteroid discovered by The University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey has a one-in-75 chance of hitting Mars Jan. 30, scientists tracking it say.
FULL STORY

Return to Europa: A closer look is possible

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS NEWS RELEASE
Posted: December 24, 2007

Jupiter's moon Europa is just as far away as ever, but new research is bringing scientists closer to being able to explore its tantalizing ice-covered ocean and determine its potential for harboring life.
FULL STORY

From CNN Science and Space News

World's biggest telescope to hunt for exoplanets

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Largest optical telescope will use almost 1,000 mirrors to hunt for exoplanets
  • The parabolic primary mirror is an array of 984 hexagonal panels
  • Each panel is weighs 330 pounds, is 4.8 feet in diameter and two inches thick
  • FULL STORY

For New Orleans, the sky's no limit

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NASA to build part of next-generation spaceship in Crescent City
  • Michoud plant formerly built fuel tanks for shuttles
  • New product bound for moon, perhaps for Mars
  • Inclusion in plan is boon for hurricane-ravaged city's economy
  • FULL STORY

Experts: Melting sea ice threatens walruses, seals, bears

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Disappearing sea ice in a "death spiral," one scientist says
  • Walruses, seals, polar bears depend on the ice for survival
  • Ice melt affects walruses' food sources; forces them to spend more time on land
  • Government may soon list polar bears as "threatened" because of ice loss
  • FULL STORY

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

Looking for Group
I dunno where I heard of this first, but it's a fun online fantasy comic, apparently inspired by RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons.

Hook in the Book

    The story would have been a lot different if Matt's supervisor had been watching him when the machine first went away.
    The older man was hunched over his oscilloscope screen, staring into the green pool of light like a tweedy and corpulent bird of prey, fiddling with two knobs, intent on a throbbing bright oval that wiggled around, eluding his control. Matt Fuller could have been in another room, another state.
    Sleet rattled on dark windows. Matt put down his screwdriver and pushed the RESET button on the new calibrator, a shoe-box-sized machine.
    The machine disappeared.

The Accidental Time Machine
Joe Haldeman

Last Word

    Everyone looks at New Year's Day for "resolutions". I never make any, 'cause I'm just not disciplined enough to keep 'em. But I do spend the day "counting my blessings" and looking forward to the promises of the new year. Somehow, it all turns out in the end; there are always a year's worth of blessings to be counted...
    I hope you, also, have a year's worth of blessings to be counted and to look forward to. Now that the holiday season has finally settled down, at the very least, you can take a deep breath and relax for a day before you head back to whatever your routine is.
    Isn't every year just the same? It will be a good year for chatting in the Other Worlds Cafe, for seeing a movie or two, and for picking up a couple new books. ;-)

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