NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2006 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2006
Issue No. 27


While the original Uncertainty Principle referred only to measurements at the subatomic level, it brings to mind some interesting questions in other areas.  If you can be certain of just one thing at a time, but not two things or even all things at once, of what can you be certain you are sure, and when?  And even if you are certain you are sure, are you positive you can be as certain next time, or will the answer (if there is one) be negative? If I were sure I knew the answer to this, I wouldn't be writing about it; I'd be using the answer to make money.


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New SF books in February 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) 

THE OUTBOUND FLIGHT PROJECT by Timothy Zahn (Science Fiction)
STARFIST: FLASHFIRE by David Sherman and Daniel Cragg (Science Fiction)
THE BOOK OF SKULLS by Robert Silverberg (Science Fiction)
NODAME CANTABILE 4 by Tomoko Ninomiya (Manga)
TSUBASA 8 by CLAMP (Manga)
LOVE ROMA 2 by Toyoda Minoru (Manga)
GURU GURU PON-CHAN 3 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
GENSHIKEN 4 by Kio Shimoku (Manga)
THE VAMPIRE'S SEDUCTION by Raven Hart (Horror)
THE LABYRINTH KEY by Howard V. Hendrix (Science Fiction)

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

The Dance of Time
by Erc Flint and David Drake
Thraxas at War by Martin Scott
Empire From the Ashes by David Weber
Strange Relations by Philip Jose Farmer
Time Patrol by Poul Anderson

Penguin Putnam Home

Geodesica: Descent
by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
Shadowrun #2: Poison Agendas by Stephen Kenson
Rebel Ice: A Stardoc Novel by S.L. Viehl
The Myriad: Tour of the Merrimack #1 by R.M. Meluch
Wolfstar (Tour of the Merrimack #2) by R.M. Meluch
Futureshocks - Stories by Kevin J. Anderson & Others
Wartorn #2 by Robert Asprin and Eric Del Carlo
Age of Conan: Ghost of the Wall by Jeff Mariotte
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Clive Woodall
A Host of Dragons by Alan F. Troop
The Skewed Throne by Joshua Palmatier
Dragon Quartet, Volume II by Marjorie B. Kellogg
Heir of Stone (The Cloudmages #3) by S.L. Farrell
Traitor to the Blood by Barb and J.C. Hendee

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 --  Jody Lynn Nye Home 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 : Time of Horror   

Movie and TV Buzz

V FOR VENDETTA, the film is set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain. It centers on V a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. The movie lands in theaters on March 17th.

X-Men: The Last Stand continues to charge through post production, as various effect houses work on over 1000 FX shots for the film which releases this May worldwide and is the final film in the trilogy (note: this specific trilogy).

Con news

April 13-16, 2006 (United States: Georgia) Frolicon.
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30344; 1-404-768-6660. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

April 13-16, 2006 (United States: Washington)  Norwescon 29.
DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA; 1-800-222-TREE, 1-206-246-8600. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold; AGoH: Donato Giancola; TM: Robert J. Sawyer; Pub: DAW Books represented by Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert. Theme: Journeys, Adventures, and Quests of Fantastic Fiction .

April 13-16, 2006 (Ukraine) Eurocon 2006/Portal-2006.
Kiev, Ukraine. Info: info@esfs.net.

April 14-17, 2006 (United Kingdom: Scotland) Concussion/Eastercon.
57th British National Science Fiction Convention. Moat House Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. GoHs: M. John Harrison, Brian Froud, Elizabeth Hand, Justina Robson, Ian Sorensen. Theme: SF&F.

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

On 14 January 2005, ESAís Huygens probe reached the upper layer of Titanís atmosphere and landed on the surface after a parachute descent 2 hours and 28 minutes later.  ESA - Cassini-Huygens - The Huygens landing: one year on

The ski report is out of this world: clear skies, no wind and deep powder. We're talking about the moon -- NASA - Apollo Chronicles: Jack Skis the Moon

Long after the last Apollo astronaut left the moon, a mystery lingers: Why does moondust smell like gunpowder? In this installment of Apollo Chronicles, astronauts describe the surprising smell and taste of moondust, which they experienced first-hand inside their lunar landers. The dust gave one astronaut a case of hay fever. What does it all mean? To find out, read the FULL STORY: --  NASA - Apollo Chronicles: The Smell of Moondust

MUST-SEE VIDEO: On Jan. 15th when the Stardust capsule ripped through Earth's atmosphere en route to a parachute landing in Utah, no one had a better view than scientists onboard NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory, and they recorded a spectacular video. In addition to the man-made fireball (Stardust) there are at least two natural meteors in the video. See them all at http://spaceweather.com --  SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

SUITSAT IS SILENT: Space is cold--apparently too cold for SuitSat's batteries. The Earth-orbiting spacesuit stopped transmitting shortly after it was thrown overboard from the International Space Station on Feb. 3rd. Probable cause: lack of power.   SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

J A short break from gravity  J

If Microsoft Bought McDonalds

Super Size 'upgrades' would be mandatory, if customers wanted to actually use the food to its fullest potential.

We'd all have to buy new cars to use the McMicrosoft Drive-Thru.

Upon hearing about a new burger about to be launched by Netscape King, McMicrosoft would 'preannounce' *their* new burger, even though its secret sauce is still in alpha.

They'd steal recipes from Apple's employee cafeteria!

Once a customer eats McMicrosoft food, trying to remove all traces of it from the digestive tract proves impossible.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

"The work is, you understand, somewhat unusual," said Mr. Gordon. "And confidential. I trust you can keep a secret?"

"Normally," said Manse Everard. "Depends on what the secret is, of course."

Mr. Gordon smiled. It was a curious smile, a closed curve of his lips which was not quite like any Everard had seen before. He spoke easy colloquial General American, and wore an undistinguished business suit, but there was a foreignness over him which was more than dark complexion, beardless cheeks, and the incongruity of Mongolian eyes above a thin Caucasian nose. It was hard to place.

Poul Anderson

Last Word

"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars."

Stephen Hawking, interview with Daily Telegraph, 2001
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