NEWS NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2010Digital Papyrus newsletter
"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: June 2010
Issue No. 74
What if the stories are real? What if, by reading them, we give them energy, substance,... life? What if they're real, and we write them because they slop over into our dreams until we simply have to give them voice?
When I read, I give myself to the story. I let my imagination run away into new worlds, peopled by new friends. I believe, at least so long as I keep reading.
My art is often inspired by what I am currently reading, My imagination takes off on new tangents, new "what ifs..." and sometimes great things happen. How many others in this world are inspired by their ability to suspend their disbelief long enough to delve into new worlds?
Fleet Street comic strip writer best known for his heroine Modesty Blaise
Steve Holland, guardian.co.uk Wednesday 5 May 2010
The first Modesty Blaise strip by O’Donnell, below, told of how the heroine was approached by British intelligence to help break an organisation known as La Machine
Peter O'Donnell, who has died aged 90, chronicled the adventures of his comic-strip heroine Modesty Blaise through more than 10,000 daily appearances in the London Evening Standard, as well as 11 novels and two short-story collections.
The character was inspired by an incident during O'Donnell's second world war service in northern Persia. Camped at a Royal Signal Corps observation post, he and his comrades spied a young girl, obviously a refugee, who eyed them warily but accepted some food. Before she left, O'Donnell gave her two tins of stew and showed her how to use a tin opener. "To this day, I can see in my mind's eye the smile she gave us and the sight of that upright little figure walking like a princess as she moved away from us on those brave, skinny legs," he recalled.
In 1962, O'Donnell was invited by Kennedy Aitken to create a new comic strip for the Daily Express. He was already working on the Daily Mirror's Garth, with its macho hero, and decided to create a female character who was as good at combat as any man, without losing her femininity. His mind went back 20 years to the anonymous urchin. She became the template from which Modesty grew.
Atlantis returns to Earth where it could stay forever
WILLIAM HARWOOD, STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE"
The shuttle Atlantis closed out its 32nd and final planned mission with a smooth Florida landing Wednesday, wrapping up a quarter century of service with a successful space station assembly mission. FULL STORY
Falcon 9 demo launch will test more than a new rocket
STEPHEN CLARK, SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Friday's launch of the first Falcon 9 rocket will not only be a shakedown of a brand new booster, it will test the fortitude of the space community at the dawn of an uncertain new chapter in human spaceflight.
SpaceX leaders say the outcome of Friday's test launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, increasingly the face of the growing commercial space movement, should not be a bellwether for NASA's plans to turn over human spaceflight to private companies. FULL STORY
Scientists in Russia launched an ambitious Mars spaceflight simulation Thursday – one that will lock six volunteers away for a record-setting 520 days to practice every step of a mission to the red planet without ever leaving Earth.
The Mars500 project, a joint experiment by Russia, the European Space Agency and China, began at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT) as the hatches to the mock Mars spaceship were shut at Russia's Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. Three Russians, two Europeans and one Chinese volunteer make up the experiment's six-man crew.
"Goodbye Sun, goodbye Earth, we are leaving for Mars!" wrote French engineer Romain Charles, one of ESA's two crewmembers in the simulation, in a mission diary on Wednesday. FULL STORY
High-Tech Space Planes Taking Shape in Italy, Russia
By Jeremy Hsu, SPACE.com Senior Writer
The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane may eventually get some company in low-Earth orbit as other countries such as Italy and Russia push forward with plans for their own reusable winged spaceships.
Italy's prototype space plane, named Pollux, successfully carried out high-speed maneuvers that slowed it down from a falling speed of Mach 1.2 during a test flight in April. More recently, Russia has begun considering whether to revive a Cold War era, air-launched mini-shuttle in response to the U.S. X-37B space plane debut. FULL STORY
China Sends Beidou Navigation Satellite to Orbit
By Stephen Clark, Spaceflight Now
China launched another satellite Wednesday toward an orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth, marking another step in building the country's own space navigation system.
The Beidou satellite launched at 1553 GMT (11:53 a.m. EDT) on a Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang space center in Sichuan province in southwestern China, where it was just before midnight. FULL STORY
The angelologists examined the body. It was intact, without decay, the skin as smooth and as white as parchment. The lifeless aquamarine eyes gazed heavenward. Pale curls fell against a high forehead and sculptured shoulders, forming a halo of golden hair. Even the robes--the cloth woven of a white shimmering metallic material that none of them could identify exactly--remained pristine, as if the creature had died in a hospital room in Paris and not a cavern deep below the earth.
Angelology Danielle Trussoni
"Here there be Dragons..."
"The Sky Is Falling!"
Armageddon, giant super volcanoes, a comet or an asteroid...
Zombie plagues, vampires, werewolves...
As many disasters as we can find in fiction, or in the "real" world, our reading reveals a thousand solutions or survivals. Whether to seek new knowledge, or inspiration, we read. We read fantasies, SF, mysteries, adventures, histories, in classic or new genres. But we do read. We inspire our families and friends to read as well. And when we can't read, we listen.
Whatever format your readings take, dead-tree, digital, audio...