NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2006 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2006
Issue No. 26


Looking back, was 2005 a good year for space exploration?  The space shuttle went up once and was grounded again.  Astronauts only went so far as the space station.  Humankind still has a long way to go to Mars.  2005 was the year of the robotic explorers.  The Spirit and Opportunity rovers, the Huygens probe; they have achieved what we couldn't yet do: stand on the soil of an alien world.  If one thinks that 2005 was a tepid year for human exploration,  isn't it time that we start to take the initiative.  And by "we", I mean US, the science fiction writers and readers.  Our goal is still alive:  to go out there and we'd better do something about it that we deliver on our goal, go out there.

We're Web-enabled!  The O*W*C is proud to announce the launch of Web-based chat.  Beta-testing of the Web chatroom will begin this week, and eventually we plan to move off of AOL and host all chats on the
Web.  To visit the new chatroom, go to:

For news and information about Web chat, visit our forum at:

In the meantime, we are still having chats at these sites:

SF General 9 - 10:30 pm ET
    Other Worlds SF Chat
, every night, 10:30 pm - 12 am ET

New SF books in January 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) 

CHANGELINGS by Anne McCaffrey (Science Fiction)
SAVAGE MESSIAH by Robert Newcomb (Fantasy)
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Nick Webb (Biography)
ALREADY DEAD by Charlie Huston (Fiction)
THE GREENSTONE GRAIL by Amanda Hemingway (Fantasy)
GHOST HUNT 2 by Shiho Inada (Manga)
ACHA GACHA 2 by Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (Manga)
OTHELLO 6 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
WALLFLOWER 6 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
NEGIMA 8 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
ALREADY DEAD by Charlie Huston (Fiction)
PASTEL 1 by Toshihiko Kobayashi (Manga)
STAR WARS: DARK NEST III: THE SWARM WAR by Troy Denning (Science Fiction)
HOMEWARD BOUND by Harry Turtledove (Science Fiction)
LION OF MACEDON by David Gemmell (Fantasy)
POWERS THAT BE by Anne McCaffrey (Science Fiction)

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

Princess of Wands
by John Ringo
Blood of the Heroes by Steve White
Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn
The Wizard of Karres by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
Masters of Fantasy by Bill Fawcett
The Two-Space War by Dave Grossman and Leo Frankowski

Penguin Putnam Home

Cleopatra 7.2
by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds
The Musashi Flex by Steve Perry
The Warding of Willowmere by Alison Baird
Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin
Dragon Champion - Book One of the Age of Fire by Eric Knight
The Dragon Quartet by Marjorie B. Kellogg
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey, Various

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 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 : Joseph's Choice   

Movie and TV Buzz

Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.  Superman Returns - June 30, 2006

Con news

March 3-5, 2006 (United States: California, Northern)  Consonance 2005.
Bay Area, CA. GoH: Bill & Gretchen Roper; TM: Puzzlebox; Interfilk: Marty Coady Fabish; IntlGoH: Chris Conway. Theme: Filk.

March 3-5, 2006 (United States: Minnesota)  MarsCon 2006.
Holiday Inn Select, I494 & 34th Ave. Exit 1, Bloomington, MN 55425; 1-952-854-9000. Guests: Dean Haglund, Holly Lisle, Paul Lawrence. Theme: "Things That Go Bump In The Night".

March 15-19, 2006 (United States: Florida)  ICFA-27.
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1870 Griffin Rd, Dania, FL; 1-954-920-3300. GoH: Charles Vess; Guest Scholar: M. Thomas Inge; Special Guest Writer: Kathleen Ann Goonan; Permanent Guest: Brian Aldiss. Theme: Drawn by the Fantastic: Comics, Graphic Novels, Art, and Literature.

March 17-19, 2006 (United States: New Jersey)  Lunacon 2006.
Sheraton Meadowlands, Meadowlands, NJ; 1-201-896-0500. GoH: Jim Butcher; AGoH: David B. Mattingly; FGoH: Byron Connell; CostumeGoH: Lisa Ashton. 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

So you thought nothing ever happens on the moon? Think again. NASA scientists have observed a surprising and powerful explosion in the lunar Sea of Rains. --  NASA - An Explosion on the Moon

Astronauts have noticed something strange about shadows on the moon. --  NASA - Apollo Chronicles: Dark Shadows

Using ESA’s Integral observatory, an international team of researchers has been able to confirm the production of radioactive aluminium (Al 26) in massive stars and supernovae throughout our galaxy and determine the
rate of supernovae - one of its key parameters. --  ESA - Integral - Integral identifies supernova rate for Milky Way

Three of the most powerful hurricanes of 2005 were filled with mysterious lightning. --  NASA - Electric Hurricanes

J A short break from gravity  J

A doctor, a lawyer and a mathematician were discussing the relative merits of having a wife or a mistress.

The lawyer says, "For sure a mistress is better. If you have a wife and want a divorce, it causes all sorts of legal problems.

The doctor says, "It's better to have a wife because the sense of security lowers your stress and is good for your health.

The mathematician says, "You're both wrong. It's best to have both so that when the wife thinks you're with the mistress and the mistress thinks you're with your wife, you can do some mathematics.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

Oh, and sing of me, O Muse, poor born-again-against-his-will Hockenberry -- poor dead Thomas Hockenberry, Ph.D., Hockenbush to his friends, to friends long since turned to dust on a world long since left behind. Sing of my rage, yes, of my rage, O Muse, small and insignificant though that rage may be when measured against the anger of the immortal gods, or when compared to the wrath of the god-killer, Achilles.

On second thought, O Muse, sing of nothing to me. I know you. I have been bound and servant to you, O Muse, you incomparable bitch. And I do not trust you, O Muse. Not one little bit.

Dan Simmons

Last Word

"Life, for ever dying to be born afresh, for ever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars."

H. G. Wells, The Outline of History, 1920
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