Sunday, July 13, 2008

News and Blog Updates: July 13, 2008

News Headlines:
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Are We Alone - Encore Presentation "When Machines Rule "
I'm In Charge
Every year, computing machines become more powerful, a fact that hasn't escaped the notice of anyone who occupies an office. Many experts now agree that within a few decades, your laptop will be smarter than you are. Not only that, but your computer will be in touch with its byte-busting brethren. When that happens, the machines will "wake up.
But what takes place next? Can we stop the machines from turning us into protoplasmic peons in a world in which they are the top intellectual dogs?
Seth and Molly go to the Singularity Summit in San Francisco, and talk to some far-sighted humans who are preparing for the next generation of brainiacs - and they won't be your offspring!
Guests:

  • Eliezer Yudkowsky - Research fellow and co-founder of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Everett Sherwood - Former research member at Motorola Labs
  • Brad Templeton - Board member, Foresight Nanotech Institute, and Chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Charles Harper - Senior Vice President, John Templeton Foundation
You can listen to this and other episodes at: http://radio.seti.org/ and be sure to check the Are We Alone Profile and Blog on MySpace.


News Worth Reposting:
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Next Steamcon Meeting! - Sunday July 27th at 3:00 - 4:45 P.M. at the Capitol Hill branch of the Public Library. 425 Harvard Ave. E. Seattle WA

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GUD Magazine - Special offer for NWSFS News Blog readers!
For the entire month of July, GUD Magazine ( http://www.gudmagazine.com/ ) will be offering 50% off for the PDF versions of Issues 0 and 1 for readers of the NWSFS Blogs. Go to: http://www.gudmagazine.com/subs/subscribe-nwsfs.php


Headlines From SF News Sites:
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Apex Book Company: Phase 3 of Global Domination is now in effect, SHORT FICTION: These Days, INTERVIEW: D.L. Snell, ATOMIC RUBBLE: Has Satan Gone Out of Style?, CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK JUNKIE: The Titanic Omar, EDITORIAL DISPOSITIONS: Meet the new ‘zine, same as the old ‘zine, Fearzone reviews Orgy of Souls, & Fran Friel reading “Gravy Pursuits”

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Clarkesworld Magazine and Wyrm Publishing: More on the Locus Poll and Awards Voting, Clarkesworld Magazine according to Gardner Dozois, & A piece of my past has become un-notable

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io9: When SF Literary Conferences Collide [Campbell Conference], Comic-Con Schedule Online [San Diego Comic-con], Aldrin Blames Lack of Interest in Space Program on Science Fiction [Blame It On Sci-Fi], 3GTV Is Hoping To Make You Miss Doctor Who A Little Less [Gallifreyan Alternatives], Seeker Robot Leads You To Steampunk Awesome [Steampunk Sculpture], Did Doctor Who Hit An All-Time High? You Decide! [Doctor Who], The Fembot Doll Kicked Ass in 1977! [Retro Futurism], Ask Samuel R. Delany Your Pressing Romance Questions! [Samuel R. Delany], & Behind Abe's Big Fish Eyes: io9 Talks To Hellboy II's Doug Jones [Hellboy 2]

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Locus Online: Feature Review: Gary Westfahl reviews Journey to the Center of the Earth, Awards News: Campbell and Sturgeon Runners-Up, Monitor: New Books: second week July, & Monitor: Other Magazines, early July

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Pantechnicon: Favreau finally signs for Iron Man 2

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RevolutionSF: Trailer Probe : Hellboy 2: The Commercials (Feature), Buzz Aldrin Blames Science Fiction (News), Win A Wii From Space Squid (And RevolutionSF) (Feature), Meet Dave (Review), & Hellboy 2 : The Golden Army (Review)

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Science Fiction Awards Watch: Proposed Hugo Rules Changes, IHG Award Nominees, & Locus on io9

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SciFi Scanner: Journey to the Center of the Earth Review - A Theme Park Ride That Wants to Be More, & Daily Scan: 07.11.08 - Alan Moore's Miracleman Hits the Stage in Australia, Leterrier to Direct Superman?

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SF Novelists: the year, On Beginnings and Planned Obsolescence, On the Importance of Having a Life, & Real People, Unreal Worlds–Are you Liable to Libel?

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SF Signal: Mind Meld Make Up - Matthew Wayne Selznick: Best Superhero Movie and TV Show (Plus special surprise), Books Received for July 2008, Week 2 (Pick Your Favorite Cover!), SF Tidbits for 7/13/08, Saturday YouTube: JediGym, SF Tidbits for 7/12/08, This Week's Free Tor Book: Soul by Tobsha Learner, Friday YouTube: Dr. Smith Insults Robot 133 Times, Tube Bits for 07/11/2008, SF Tidbits for 7/11/08, Free AudioBook: The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, MIND MELD: The Best Superhero Movie and TV Show, KGB Raffle, & SF Tidbits for 7/10/08

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SFScope: Most Popular Articles: 6-12 July 2008, Updates to Previously Published Articles (6-13 July 2008), Comments welcome!, Electric Velocipede #15-16 announcements, Nebula Weekend moving to Florida in 2010, Tor's weekly free e-book and wallpaper, Audible's Frontier's July Offerings, and a Free Audiobook, Orbit giving away a complete set of Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns, Arcana's Clockwork Girl becoming animated film, Kay Kenyon's The Entire and the Rose to be audio books, Matt Gagnon promoted to Managing Editor at BOOM!, SFWA Bulletin seeking new articles and columns, GIT needs back issues of the Weekly World News, & Campbell and Sturgeon Award winners announced

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StarShipSofa: StarShipSanatorium No1 mp3

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The Website at the End of the Universe: Don't let Eddie Murphy make any more science fiction movies, Sound a horn in every astral glen!, Star Trek does the Time Warp, Don't eat your shorts, & The last days of Dr. Wily


Selected Blog Updates:
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A. Lee Martinez - "Hellboy 2: The Golden Disappointment", "Cartoon-ish Network"

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Alethea Kontis - "Choose Your Own Adventure"

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Are We A Blog? - The Roar of the Aurora

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Bret Jordan - "BUSY, BUSY"

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Burrard Inlet Fan Fellowship - BIFFnews - Happy BIFFday

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Cynthia Leitich Smith - "Tantalize Paperback, Eternal Excerpt, Sanguini’s T-shirt Giveaway (New Designs)", "Cynsational News & Giveaways", "In Memory: Author Sue Alexander", & "YA Author Interview: Jennifer Bradbury on Shift"

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Dark Horse Comics - "Hellboy II: The Golden Army in Theaters Now!"

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David Louis Edelman - "Interview on Jon Armstrong’s “If You’re Just Joining Us” Podcast"

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Di Francis - "snippet saturday"

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Donna Barr: All Things Barr - An Insupportable Light

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Erica Spindler - "Tree Frogs and Lubbers"

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Fantagraphics Books - Now in stock: Our Gang Vol. 3 by Walt Kelly

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Fantasist Enterprises - "New Release: VEINS by Lawrence C. Connolly"

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Fran Friel - "From the Tube to the Crypt - Vid and Interview"

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Harry Shannon - "Harry Manfredini interview"

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Holly Cupala - "Turning the Page!"

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Horror Library Blog-O-Rama - "Slow vs. Fast: Zombie Politics - by Dan Naden", & "What is Success? By AJ Brown"

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JAMES AND DADDY - "Update 13th July 2008"

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Janet Lee Carey - "THE BEAST OF NOOR Good News!"

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Jeff Carlson - "Book Report - Mind Plague", "Podcast of 'Exit'"

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Jodi Lee - "Lachesis/LBF Books News - Darlene Oakley & Open House"

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John Scalzi's "Whatever" - (oh, okay, just one more thing), Gone Til Tuesday, Various and Sundry, 7/11/08, The Big Idea: Marie Brennan, & And They Called it Kitty Love

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Karina L. Fabian - "My Novel’s Journey: name game"

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kelleyeskridge.com - Horror stories, Bear bad, BRMC good, Scalzi’s excellent rant about Fox News, Ecstatic Streets, & Check out Reality Break

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Kevin J Anderson - "THE VIEW FROM ROSWELL"

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Lisa Mantchev - "Year’s Best SF - Honorable Mention"

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Louise Bohmer - Lachesis Publishing - "Happy Birthday!", "Pre-order September 28, 2008 -- Frozen Blood by Joel A. Sutherland". "All Imprints Closed to Submissions, Except In-house / Lach, LBF, SMP Open House / CM Edits Done", & "An Interview with our Editor, Darlene Oakley"

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Luna Books - "Review: Poison Study"

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Marianne De Pierres - "Conflux mini-con"

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Matthew Peterson - "Dropped my publisher, Sony Reader, Audiobook, NY "

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Maura Anderson - "Friday(ish) Flash - Spirit Messenger"

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Minnette Meador - Rose City Romance Golden Rose Contest

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Morpheus Tales - "Morpheus Tales 1 Feedback", & "Progress - Morpheus Tales 1 Out Now!"

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Nicola Griffith - "Friday music", & "sex and awards"

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Nicola Griffith: Ask Nicola - jedi gym, breathing bubbles, fainting, shame, and obviousness, & Friday music

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Paul Halpern - "Carbon-based Lifeforms enjoying Carbon-fiber Music", & "Biking to the Blobfest"

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Robin Hobb - "Robin Hobb’s new staff"

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Robert J Sawyer's Blog - ASCII art, John W. Campbell Memorial Award results, Free Science Fiction from Robert J. Sawyer, Readercon Programming 2008, More on ebooks, & Tor's free e-book program

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Rue Morgue Magazine - "THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW to screen at FanTasia and more!"

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Scott Nicholson - "from the ashes"

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Shroud Magazine - An army of undead squirrels is forming outside my home..."

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Spokane Comicon - "Spokane Comicon logo contest!"

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Steve Anderson Design - "Serenity / Firefly Poster Set 1"

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The Crotchety Old Fan - …That Buck Rogers Stuff, COF Review: Steven Sivell’s Cloud Cuckoo Land, & Locus Awards, Cory Doctorow and Commodore John Grimes

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Yasmine Galenorn - "Yasmine Guest Blogging Monday 7/14", "Keeter, 1990--2008", "A little more about Luna, and a Meme", & "Thank you from Yasmine and Samwise"

2 comments:

Fran Friel said...

Wow, you're simply the best! Thank you so much for posting my story yammerings and blog news.

Have a wonderful week!

With Gratitude,
Fran

NWSFS News said...

You are more than welcome! Thanks for leaving a comment. Cheers ~ Jim