Review by Gayle Surrette
SFRevu *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: EM092010
Date: 01 September 2010
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Photo: The Not So Quiet Sun. Credit: NASA / Goddard / SDO AIA Team. Explanation: After a long solar minimum, the Sun is no longer so quiet. On August 1, this extreme ultraviolet snapshot of the Sun from the Solar Dynanimcs Observatory captured a complex burst of activity playing across the Sun's northern hemisphere. The false-color image shows the hot solar plasma at temperatures ranging from 1 to 2 million kelvins.
It's nearing midnight as I write this and we're going to go live with the September issue -- on time. Of course, I'll be adding a few items over the next two or three days. It's my reviews that are going to be late -- I was without a computer or access for nearly a week this past month. While calling tech support is never something I look forward to, they are there when you need them. After 8 hours of phone time with tech support -- my computer was resurrected and reported for duty (Does that make it a Zombie computer?).
Anyway, this month we have another genre essay from Mary Rose-Shaffer dealing with trying to define Steampunk. It seems to be a bit of a lot of subgenre tropes only with mechanicals and steam.
Our reviewers were a busy this past month and we've got an interesting mix of reviews from our US and UK reviewers. Our columnists turned in their usual amazing coverage of what's out there and available.
So, take your time and read through our September issue. Let us know what you think. What can we do better? What do you like? Check back often because throughout the month, we'll be adding news items as we receive them.
Read on for our usual announcements...
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