NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: December 2005
Issue No. 25


Newton's Three Laws of Motion could be applied to the dynamics of societies.  1. An established social structure tends to maintain itself unless acted upon by outside influences. 2. A social structure in flux tends to remain in flux unless acted upon by outside influences. 3. For every social change there is an equal and opposite reactive change.  However, it is quite doubtful that Newton himself thought of any of this.

(Contributed by T83BIRD)

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New SF books in December 2005

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) 

TRANSCENDENT by Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: DARK LORD by James Luceno (Science Fiction)
THE COMING OF CONAN by Robert E. Howard (Fantasy)
THE CONQUERING SWORD OF CONAN by Robert E. Howard (Fantasy)
A PERFECT DAY FOR LOVE LETTERS VOL. 2 by George Asakura (Manga)
STAR WARS: LABYRINTH OF EVIL by James Luceno (Science Fiction)
GACHA GACHA VOL. 2 by Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (Manga)
NODAME CANTABILE VOL. 3 by Tomoko Ninomiya (Manga)
STARFIST: A WORLD OF HURT by David Sherman and Daniel Cragg (Science Fiction)
TALES BEFORE TOLKIEN by Douglas Anderson (Fantasy)

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

Music to My Sorrow
by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Bridge of the Separator by Harry Turtledove
Conrad's Lady by Leo Frankowski
Catastrophes, Chaos and Convolutions by James P. Hogan
Emerald Sea by John Ringo
Demon's Gate by Steve White

Penguin Putnam Home

The Radioactive Redhead
by John Zakour, Lawrence Ganem
Coyote Frontier by Allen Steele
The Star Tablet by Jay Caselberg
Blood Avatar Mechwarrior: Dark Age #19 by Ilsa J. Bick
Valentine's Rising Book Four of The Vampire Earth by Eric Knight
Beyond Singularity by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

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 -- In Memoriam Robert Sheckley
You can sign his memorial guest book:   Memorial Obituaries

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.  We shall begin with:   O*W*C : Fiction : Stories : Encounter in Atlanta

Movie and TV Buzz

Walt Disney Pictures' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe exceeded expectations, opening to an impressive $67.1 million. Director Andrew Adamson's adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel marks the second-biggest opening ever for a film in December, surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($62 million) and trailing only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($72.6 million). It is also the 23rd best opening of all-time domestically and the third biggest debut of 2005 so far. The fantasy-adventure, budgeted at about $180 million, opened in 3,616 theaters and averaged $18,546 per location.

Groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor died at the age of 65 today, after a 19-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor on December 1, 1940 in Peori, Illinois, the multi-talented star was pronounced dead of a cardiac arrest at 7:58 a.m. at a hospital near his home

Paramount Pictures will debut the teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible III online at 12:01am Pacific Time on Monday, December 12 at Yahoo! Movies. A link to the trailer will also be available at the film's official website at that time. The teaser will be in theaters starting December 14 with King Kong.

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Special Agent Ethan Hunt for the third installment, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias). The action-thriller also stars Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Simon Pegg, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Monaghan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Maggie Q and Sasha Alexander.

"M:i:III" will be released on May 5, 2006.

Con news

February 9-12, 2006 (United States: Illinois) Capricon 26.
Sheraton Chicago Northwest, 3400 West Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Guests: Peter Beagle, Mary Crowell, Michael Longcor. Theme: University of Fandom.

February 10-12, 2006 (United Kingdom: England) Starfleet Ball 12.
Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. Guests: Michael Sheard, Richard Arnold. Theme: SF Media.

February 16-18, 2006 (United States: Utah)  Life, The Universe and Everything 24.
Wilkinson Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. GoHs: Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta. Theme: academic symposium.

February 17-19, 2006 (United States: California, Southern) Gallifrey 2006.
The Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, CA; rms: $109 sngl-quad. Guests: TBA. Theme: Seventeenth annual North American Doctor Who convention.

February 17-19, 2006 (United States: Massachusetts) Boskone 43.
Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA; 1-617-236-2000. GoH: Ken MacLeod; Official Artist: Donato Giancola; SGoH: Cory Doctorow; Featured Filker: Steve Macdonald. 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

NASAís Mars rover Opportunity has successfully moved its robotic arm for the first time in almost two weeks, prompting a series of discussions on the future use of the automatonís appendage, the missionís manager said Thursday. --  SPACE.com -- NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Moves Stalled Robotic Arm

Researchers are developing advanced computers that can think clearly even when they're bombarded by space radiation. --  NASA - Computer Brains in Space

An old Apollo experiment is telling researchers something new and surprising about the moon --  NASA - Moon Storms      

EXPANDING SUNSPOT:  In a span of only 24 hours, sunspot 826 has grown from a barely-visible speck into a Saturn-sized active region, and it is still growing. This large sunspot is crackling with low-level solar flares and may soon pose a threat for a major eruption.  Readers who own a safely-filtered solar telescope will want to monitor this sunspot; it is changing by the hour.  Or visit http://spaceweather.com to view up-to-date images and movies.

A new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view shows one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space --  ESA - Science - Home - Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflows

White dwarfs are important to theories of both stellar and cosmological evolution. New results published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society provide for the first time an accurate measurement of the weight of the nearest white dwarf, Sirius B, companion of the brightest star in the sky. It turns out that Sirius's companion, despite being smaller than the Earth, has a mass that is 98% that of our own Sun.  ESA Science & Technology: Astronomers use Hubble to 'weigh' Dog Star's companion [heic0516]

J A short break from gravity  J

Cats' Top Ten Favorite X-mas Songs

10. Up on the Mousetop
9. Have Yourself a Furry Little X-mas
8. Joy to the Curled
7. I Saw Mommy Hiss at Santa Claus
6. The First Meow
5. Oh, Come All Ye Fishful
4. Silent Mice
3. Fluffy, the Snowman
2. Jingle Balls
1. Wreck the Halls!

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~


Blackness over and about her. Drifting, dreamless, endless as the stars themselves, twining within her. It enfolded her, sharing itself with her, and she snuggled against it in the warm, windless void that was she. Beyond the comfort of her cocoon, the years drifted past, dimly perceived. Recognized, and yet not quite real. 

Deep, deep at the heart of her the fiery coal of purpose still glowed, but dimly, dimly. A once-fierce furnace, drowsing its way towards ultimate extinction. 

A tiny fragment of her being watched sleepily as the white-hot coal cooled into a dimmer, fading red, and under the thick, soft blankets of blackness, that fragment wondered if she would ever be called again

Book One:  The Empire's Wasp
David Weber

Last Word

"A time will come when science will transform [our bodies] by means which we cannot conjecture... And then, the earth being small, mankind will migrate into space, and will cross the airless Saharas which separate planet from planet, and sun from sun. The earth will become a Holy Land which will be visited by pilgrims from all quarters of the universe."

Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man, 1872
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