|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: June 2008
Issue No. 52
A pun (or paronomasia) is a phrase that deliberately exploits confusion between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect...By definition, puns must be deliberate; an involuntary substitution of similar words is called a malapropism.
Puns are a form of word play, and occur in all languages.
Have you noticed how many "devout" punsters we have in the Other Worlds Cafe? I have a deep admiration for these quick thinking masters of the language. While most puns elicit a "groan", and often deserve the reaction, you've got to admire the ability to think of these wordplays on the fly. Many of them are quite subtle, and it takes an above average mind to recognize the humor. I'm truly in awe of the associations made in such a rapid fire manner as we have often seen in the chatroom.
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New SF books for June 2008
THE COURT OF THE AIR - Stephen Hunt
ESCAPEMENT - Jay Lake
A FIRE IN THE NORTH - David Bilsborough
MISTBORN - Brandon Sanderson
THE WELL OF ASCENSION - Brandon Sanderson
THE GOOD FAIRIES OF NEW YORK - Martin Millar
AXIS - Robert Charles Wilson
THE BOOK OF SUMMER - James F. David
RAGAMUFFIN - Tobias S. Buckell
BONESLICER: THE QUEST FOR THE TRILOGY - Mel Odom
IN TWILIGHT'S SHADOW - Patti O'Shea
THE BOOKS OF THE SOUTH: TALES OF THE BLACK COMPANY - Glen Cook
THE EXECUTION CHANNEL - Ken MacLeod
THE SUMMER PALACE - Lawrence Watt-Evans
HAWKSPAR - Holly Lisle
THE ESSENTIAL BATMAN ENCYCLOPEDIA - Robert Greenberger
THIRTEEN - Richard K. Morgan
STAR WARS® JEDI TWILIGHT CORUSCANT NIGHTS I - Michael Reaves
NEGIMA 18 - Ken Akamatsu
SUZUKA 8 - Kouji Seo
ALIVE 5 - Tadashi Kawashima
FAIRY TALE 3 - Hiro Mashima
IN ODD WE TRUST - Dean Koontz
KAMICHAMA KARIN CHU 1 - Koge-Donbo
LE CHEVALIER D'EON 5 - Kiriko Yumeji, Tou Ubukata
NODAME CANTABILE 14 - Tomoku Ninomiya
PUMPKIN SCISSORS 3 - Ryotaro Iwanaga
XXXHOLIC 12 - Clamp
GRANTVILLE GAZETTE III - Eric Flint
GRANTVILLE GAZETTE VOLUME IV - Eric Flint
VERY BAD CHOICES - Spider Robinson
THE SPIDER--CITY OF DOOM - Norvell W. Page
A DEEPER BLUE - John Ringo
ONE JUMP AHEAD - Mark L. Van Name
THE BEST OF JIM BAEN'S UNIVERSE - Eric Flint (ed.)
Science Fiction - Penguin Group(USA)
Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Random House, Inc: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Robert Asprin (1946-2008)
"On May 22, 2008, Bob passed away quietly in his home in New Orleans, LA. He had been in good spirits and working on several new projects, and was set to be the Guest of Honor at a major science fiction convention that very weekend.
He is survived by his mother, his sister, his daughter and his son, and his cat, Princess, not to mention countless friends and fans and numerous legendary fictional characters."
He will be greatly missed.
Movie & TV Buzz
2008.06.06 KUNG FU PANDA
2008.06.06 MOTHER OF TEARS
2008.06.13 THE HAPPENING
2008.06.13 THE INCREDIBLE HULK
2008.06.20 GET SMART
NOTICE: For the time being we will be discontinuing FICTION CORNER
Conventions for June 2008:
2008.06.13-15 CONCOMCON 15 Snoqualmie Pass, WA
2008.06.13-15 DUCKON 17 Naperville, IL
2008.06.13-15 FEDCON USA Dallas, TX
2008.06.20-22 FOURTH STREET FANTASY CONVENTION Bloomington, MN
2008.06.24-27 SFRA CONFERENCE 2008.06.24-27
2008.06.27-29 WRITERS' WEEKEND cancelled
2008.06.27-07.06 FESTIVAL FANTAZIE [GENERAL] Chotebor, Czech Republic
2008.06.28-29 CONRUNNER 2008 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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
Yellowstone-like hot spring deposits found by Mars rover
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Posted: May 22, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Deposits of nearly pure silica discovered by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in Gusev Crater formed when volcanic steam or hot water (or maybe both) percolated through the ground. Such deposits are found around hydrothermal vents like those in Yellowstone National Park. That's the conclusion of planetary scientists working with data collected by the rover's Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES), a mineral-scouting instrument developed at Arizona State University.
Hubble finds missing matter, probes intergalactic web
SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: May 20, 2008
Although the universe contains billions of galaxies, only a small amount of its matter is locked up in these behemoths. Most of the universe's matter that was created during and just after the Big Bang must be found elsewhere.
A pipsqueak star unleashes monster flare
NASA-GSFC NEWS RELEASE
Posted: May 20, 2008
GREENBELT, Md. - On April 25, NASA's Swift satellite picked up the brightest flare ever seen from a normal star other than our Sun. The flare, an explosive release of energy from a star, packed the power of thousands of solar flares. It would have been visible to the naked eye if the star had been easily observable in the night sky at the time.
NASA preps for '7 minutes of terror' on Mars
- Mars Phoenix Lander team will be biting their nails Sunday during the landing
- It will take just 7 minutes to enter atmosphere, slam on brakes and touch down
- If the landing is successful, the researchers will quickly begin science operations
- Whether Phoenix will find evidence of life on Mars is impossible to predict
Who owns the moon? It's 'complicated,' say experts
- 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty says no government can claim the moon
- 1979 U.N. Moon Agreement says lunar resources "common heritage of mankind"
- Experts say treaties outdated, should be renegotiated
- Companies and countries, including the U.S. and Russia, planning lunar trips
The Mars Lander's To-Do List
You're not very likely to find a penguin on Mars — or a seal or a puffin or a polar bear either. But that doesn't mean there aren't interesting things going on in the planet's polar regions. Life requires water, after all, and water — at least in the form of ice — is found in abundance at the poles. That's why the Mars Phoenix lander is en route to pay a call there, with a first ever touchdown in the Martian Arctic set for this Sunday at 7:53 p.m. (EDT).
Earth may once have had three moons
GEORGIA, USA: In its youth our Moon may have once been bracketed by two asteroidal companions, says a new study. From Earth, these tiny moons – up to 100 km wide – would have appeared as two extremely bright stars.
The mathematical modelling study, detailed in the journal Icarus, predicts that the moonlets could have existed for hundreds of millions of years in gravitationally stable zones of equilibrium know as Lagrange points. These are where the gravitational pull of the Earth and Moon is cancelled out, allowing objects (such as research probes) to remain in a long-term stationary orbit.
And, of course, don't forget to check out our very own Blog:
A short break from gravity
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres.
We now have a podcast!
Hook in the Book
It was early June, which in Michigan meant one could almost count on summer being here to stay. The state was notorous for its "Indian winters," which lingered forever. When the snows melted, it was all mud. When the mud finally dried, it was summer...maybe. One could never be sure when the warmth would come for good, if ever. Something about that thought resonated deeply with a young man whose life should be just beginning, but who had no idea where it would, or should, go.
Griffin McCandles, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan--by the skin of his teeth--was about to attempt something unthinkable, unimaginable, frightening. That is to say, he was out to get a job in the real world.
#1 son and his wife are 7th grade teachers. He teaches math and science; she teaches English and history. They've got the basics covered, I think. The grandboy just turned 6 last month. He's in kindergarted. His reading recognition was just evaluated; he's reading at a 1st grade - 7th month level. We all read with him; his daddy started reading to him before he was born. Currently his favorite books are about dinosaurs and dragons, but he'll read anything and everything!
It is so important to encourage reading. Reading is how we learn school stuff, and it stimulates thought and imagination. The spoken word is a form of direct communication that is greatly enhanced when one is a reader. I am so delighted with my grandboy; he makes me want to do the "happy dance". I am supremely proud of my son and his wife--they READ! And they have encouraged a love of books and reading in their child.
So...even though school is out for a couple months, don't forget there are books out there just waiting for you to open their covers...
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