NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2005
Issue No. 23


Autumn is here.  Shadows grow longer, candles flicker, and hinges creak in doorless chambers.  It's time, according to your inclination, to either huddle close to the fire with an horrific tale of alien invasions or nuclear winters...or to defy the dead landscape outside with SF's core certainty that man will triumph, grow, and advance. 
Either way, you can join us nightly in the Café to explore your favorite SF niche.

(Contributed by JNRChip)

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New SF books in September 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) 

WOKEN FURIES by Richard K. Morgan (Science Fiction)
TROY: LORD OF THE SILVER BOW by David Gemmell (Fantasy)
THE NARROWS by Alexander Irvine (Fantasy)
GHOST HUNT 1 by Shiho Inada (Manga)
SUGAR SUGAR RUNE 1 by Moyoco Anno (Manga)
OTHELLO 5 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
NEGIMA VOL. 7 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
THE WALLFLOWER 5 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
STAR WARS: LABYRINTH OF EVIL by James Luceno (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: DARK NEST II THE UNSEEN QUEEN by Troy Denning (Science Fiction)
SLIDING SCALES by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)

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

by John Ringo
Man-Kzin Wars XI by Larry Niven, Hal Colebatch and Matthew Harrington
Jhraxas and the Dance of Death by Martin Scott
The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber
Ring of Fire by Eric Flint
Dead On My Feet by William Mark Simmons

Coming in November 2005

by David Weber
Honor Harrington SPECIAL OFFER from Baen WebScriptions

Penguin Putnam Home

by William C. Dietz
Mechwarrior: Dark Age #18: Fortress Republic by Loren L. Coleman
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, Christopher Priest, Andy Sawyer, Patrick Parrinder
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells, China Mieville, Steven McLean, Patrick Parrinder
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
The Priest of the Blood by Douglas Clegg
King's Blood by Judith Tarr
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
When True Night Falls by C.S. Friedman
Rite of Conquest by Judith Tarr
All Hell Breaking Looseby Martin H. Greenberg
The Dwarves of Whiskey Land by S. Andrew Swann

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 --  John Ringo  Fleet Strike

Fiction Corner          


THE SERIAL MURDERS, Part 1 by Kim Newman -- 
Someone is actually killing the caricatured celebrities on a popular soap opera who die on the show. Who dunnit?

THE WATER SCULPTOR by George Zebrowski -- Two men living off-planet observe their dying planet Earth and react to it in different ways.

Movie and TV Buzz

Universal Pictures has picked up the film rights to author Jason Lethcoe's TALES FROM THE WISHWORKS FACTORY. The fantasy centers on an orphan on Earth who wishes for unlimited wishes on his birthday, he unknowingly becomes a player in an struggle between the Wishworks Factory, a place in a magical realm that processes all of Earth's wishes, and its evil rival, the Curseworks Factory.

From the creative minds of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean and the Jim Henson Company comes: 
Sony Pictures - MirrorMask

The DaVinci Code in theatres May 19, 2006.

Con news

November 3-6, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) World Fantasy Convention 2005.
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703; 1-800-356-8293 or 1-608-257-6000. GoHs: Graham Joyce, Robert Weinberg, Terri Windling; AGoH: Kinuko Y. Craft; TM: Peter Straub; SGoH: Arkham House. World Fantasy Awards presented. Theme: Fantasy.

November 4-6, 2005 (United States: Oregon) New Dates! OryCon 27.
Marriott Downtown, 1401 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201. GoHs: Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson; SGoHs: Rebecca Moesta, Anina Bennett; AGoH: Paul Guinan. Theme: SF&F.

November 11-13, 2005 (United States: Alabama) NovaconUSA.
Holiday Inn Research Park, 5903 University Dr., Huntsville, AL 35806; 1-256-830-0600; rms: $79. Guests: TBA. Theme: Gaming.

November 11-13, 2005 (United States: Illinois) WindyCon 32.
Wyndham Hotel O'Hare, 6810 N. Mannheim, Rosemont, IL 60018; 1-847-297-8464. GoH: Harry Turtledove; AGoH: Bill Holbrook; FGoH: Jim Rittenhouse; MGoHs: Erin Gray & Gil Gerard; TM: Esther Friesner. Theme: SF&F.

November 11-13, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) United Fan Con XV.
Springfield Marriott, Springfield, MA; 1-413-781-7111. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F.

November 11-13, 2005 (United States: New York) Astronomicon '05.
Clarion Riverside Hotel, 120 Main St., Rochester, New York 14604; 1-585-546-6400 or 1-888-596-6400. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson; AGoH: Bob Eggleton; EGoH: Robert Weinberg; FilkGoH: Roberta Rogow; AnimeGoH: Steve Bennett; FGoH: Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss. Theme: SF&F.

November 11-13, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Armadacon 17.
Novotel Plymouth, Plymouth, England, UK. Guests: Steven Moffat, Richard Bonehill (Sunday only). Theme: SF&F/Media.

November 11-13, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Novacon 35.
Quality Hotel, Bentley, Walsall, UK. GoH: Alastair Reynolds. Theme: SF&F.

November 18-20, 2005 (United States: Arizona) TusCon 32.
InnSuites Hotel and Resort, 475 North Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701; 1-877-446-6589; 1-520-622-3000; 1-520-623-8922 (fax). GoH: David Brin; FGoH: Bill Winski; TM: Edward Bryant. Theme: SF, Fantasy & Horror.

November 18-20, 2005 (United States: Illinois)  Midwest FurFest 2005.
Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL; 1-800-233-1234. GoHs: Kenket, Gene Breshears, Tincrash. Theme: Furry.

November 25-27, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) Loscon 32.
LAX Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; 1-310-641-5700; rms: $89 sngl-quad. GoH: Steven Brust; AGoH: Rowena Morrill; FGoH: Bruce Farr. Theme: F&SF

November 25-27, 2005 (United States: Illinois) ChamBanaCon 35.
Hilton Springfield, 700 East Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701; 1-800-HILTONS; 1-217-789-1530. GoH: Timothy Zahn. Theme: SF&F - Relaxacon.

November 25-27, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Darkover Grand Council 28.
Holiday Inn, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timomium, MD 21093; 1-410-252-7373; rms $85. Guests: C. S. Friedman, Tamora Pierce, Diana Paxson, Katherine Kurtz, James MacDonald, Scott MacMillian, Debra Doyle, and more. Theme: SF&F.

December 2-4, 2005 (United States: Oregon) SMOFcon 23.
Portland, OR. Theme: conrunning.

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

Strange, but true: Solar flares can be good for astronauts --  NASA - Who's Afraid of a Solar Flare?

A thousand years ago, Mayan civilization collapsed. Today, a Space Age "situation room" in Panama is helping modern Central Americans avoid mistakes that doomed the Maya. --  NASA - Serving Earth

NASA expects to fly 19 space shuttle missions between 2006 and the orbiter fleet’s planned retirement in 2010, completing by then a six-person International Space Station that would include most but not all of the hardware being built by the U.S. space agency’s international partners.
--  Revised NASA Shuttle Plan Includes Most Station Hardware

J A short break from gravity  J

The Bar.

It was Halloween and three vampires went into a saloon and walked up to the bar.

"What will you have?" the bartender asked.
"I'll have a glass of blood," the first replied.
"I'll have a glass of blood, too, please," said the second.
"I'll have a glass of plasma," said the third.
"OK, let me get this straight," the bartender said. "That'll be two bloods and a blood light?"

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

Georges Leon held his, little boy's hand too tightly and stared up from under his hatbrim at the unnaturally dark noon sky.

He knew that out over the desert, visible to any motorists along the lonelier stretches of Boulder Highway, the rain would be twisting in tall, tagged funnels under the clouds; already some flooding had probably crept across the two lanes of Highway 91, islanding the Flamingo Hotel outside town. And on the other side of the earth, under his feet, was the full moon.

The Moon and the Fool, he thought desperately. Not good but I can't stop now.

Last Call by Tim Powers

Last Word

"There are three reasons why, quite apart from scientific considerations, mankind needs to travel in space. The first reason is garbage disposal; we need to transfer industrial processes into space so that the earth may remain a green and pleasant place for our grandchildren to live in. The second reason is to escape material impoverishment: the resources of this planet are finite, and we shall not forego forever the abundance of solar energy and minerals and living space that are spread out all around us. The third reason is our spiritual need for an open frontier."

Freeman Dyson, Disturbing the Universe, 1979
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