NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2006 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2006
Issue No. 28


If every event creates all its alternatives, there might need to be an infinity of universes to contain all the alternatives, or maybe the alternatives themselves sort of *snowball" and become infinite in number themselves.  It would be interesting to know if all alternatives or some exist for a finite period or forever in one, more, or all universes. Also, it might be that copies and/or other versions of this paragraph are being written in one or more other alternities by one or more persons.  Ah, but we are in this alternity, so we tell ourselves. However, it might be possible to slide suddenly into another ...


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New SF books in March 2006

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

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

JUDAS UNCHAINED by Peter F. Hamilton (Science Fiction)
GACHA GACHA 3 by Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (Manga)
SCHOOL RUMBLE 1 by Jin Kobayashi (Manga)
SUGAR SUGAR RUNE 2 by Moyoco Anno (Manga)
OTHELLO 7 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
NEGIMA 9 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
SUNSTORM by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
ALTERED CARBON by Richard K. Morgan (Science Fiction)

Baen Books  Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page 

by John Ringo
Boundary by Eric Flint and Ryk Spoor
Grantville Gazette Volume II by Eric Flint
Cally's War by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane
Turn the Other Chick by Esther Friesner

Penguin Putnam Home

Hell in a Handbasket
by Tom Tomorrow
Novel Ideas - Science Fiction by Brian Thomsen
Flights: Extreme Visions Fantasy, Vol II by Al Sarrantonio
My Life on Mars
by Alicia Metcalf Miller
Daughter of the Desert by Noel Anne Brennan

See also: 

Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers

Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Bantam Dell Publishing Group

Author's/Artist's Corner 

This month --  Ian McDonald  Ian McDonald Information Page

Fiction Corner

We will deviate from our routine and post here not the stories that were published in Sci Fiction but the stories appearing at the Other-Worlds-Cafe website, penned by our own members no less.   O*W*C : Fiction : Stories : Friend and Foe Alike

Movie and TV Buzz

"Jurassic Park IV is coming to life" --  More on Jurassic Park 4 and Indy 4 - ComingSoon.net

Con news

Nebula Awards Weekend 2006
(May 4-7 '06)
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ. TM: Connie Willis. More guests TBA. Info: SFWA, Box 877, Chestertown MD 21620;  (480) 423-0649; email: nebulas2006@gmail.com; website: http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2006

(May 5-7 '06)
Embassy Suites Phoenix North, Phoenix AZ. Art-oriented SF & Fantasy con. AGoH: Alan M. Clark. Writer GoH: John Vornholt. Special Media Guest: Bill Blair. Local AGoH: Gilead. Music Guest: Bill Laubenheimer. website:www.leprecon.org/lep32/

(May 26-29 '06)
Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore MD. GoH: Neil Gaiman. AGoH: Lisa Snellings-Clark. Musical GoH: Lorraine a' Malena. Special GoH: Gene Wolfe. 2005 Compton Crook Award Winner: Tamara Siler Jones.  website: www.balticon.org

MISCON 20 (May 26-29 '06)
Ruby's Inn & Convention Center, Missoula MN. GoH: Jerry Oltion. AGoH: Frank Wu. Special Media Guest: Dragon Dronet.  website: www.miscon.org

CONDUIT 16: WIZARDS OF CONDUIT (26/05/2006-28/05/2006)
General interest sf&f convention
Guests of Honor: Bob Eggleton, Sam Longoria, others TBA
Other Guests: L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Willis

Marcon 41 (6/05/2006-28/05/2006)
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio U.S.A PH 614-463-1234
Guests of Honour:
Artist: Jody Lee
Author: George R. R. Martin


5-7 May 2006 • Corflu 23, Toronto, Canada
5-7 May 2006 • Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention, Rosemont, IL, USA
12-14 May 2006 • To Be CONtinued, IL, USA
11-14 May 2006 • World Horror Convention, San Francisco, CA, USA
19-21 May 2006 • Keycon 23, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
20-21 May 2006 • Otafest (anime), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
26-28 May 2006 • Oasis 19, Orlando, FL, USA

May 26-29, 2006 (United States: Iowa) Costume-Con 24.
Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA. Theme: Costumes.

Your favourite convention not listed here?? - go to  O*W*C : Resources : Conventions : Convention Calendar
for more!!

SPACE BABEL - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies

After seven months of interplanetary spaceflight, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) successfully reached the red planet Friday to take an in-depth look at the dusty world. --  SPACE.com -- Red Planet Arrival: NASA's MRO Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

NASA - Solar Minimum has Arrived

Excitement grows around the progress of ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft as the distance to its destination gets shorter, in the week which sees the anniversary of another historical Venus mission. --  ESA - Venus Express - And now… straight to Venus!

Backyard astronomers, grab your telescopes. Jupiter is growing a new red spot. --  NASA - Jupiter's New Red Spot

Twenty years ago, in the night between 13 and 14 March 1986, ESA’s Giotto spacecraft encountered Comet Halley. It was ESA’s first deep space mission, and part of an ambitious international effort to solve the riddles surrounding this mysterious object. --  ESA - Science - Home - Giotto’s brief encounter

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of liquid water reservoirs that erupt in Yellowstone-like geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. --  NASA - Radical! Liquid Water on Enceladus

J A short break from gravity  J

One day the zoo-keeper noticed that the orang-utan was reading two books - the Bible and Darwin's The Origin of Species.
In surprise he asked the ape, "Why are you reading both those books"
"Well," said the orang-utang, "I just wanted to know if I was my brother's keeper or my keeper's brother."

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

A sprinkling of new snow had fallen overnight on the western slopes of the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, and Security Prefect Jamus Galway found himself squinting against the reflected early-morning sunlight as he walked down the transport's entry ramp. It had taken five months of slow and painstaking investigation, but at last the search was about to come to an end.


A young man was waiting for him at the bottom of the ramp, and even through slitted eyelids Galway could see the other's face go suddenly rigid as the prefect's escort appeared in the shuttle's hatchway behind him. It was the same reaction he'd encountered nearly everywhere he'd gone in the past five months, from the back streets of central Europe to the elite governmental centers of New Geneva. Even here on Earth, after thirty years of Ryqril rule over what had once been the proudly independent Terran Democratic Empire, the vast majority of TDE citizens had never seen a Ryq up close and personal.

Timothy Zahn

Last Word

"A new space race has begun, and most Americans are not even aware of it. This race is not [about] political prestige or military power. This new race involves the whole human species in a contest against time. All of the people of the Earth are in a desperate race against disaster... To save the Earth we must look beyond it, to interplanetary space. To present the collapse of civilization and the end of the world as we know it, we must understand that our planet does not exist in isolation."

Ben Bova, The High Road, 1981
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