NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2005
Issue No. 22


Now that we have gone through the exhilaration and sleeplessness of WorldCon and NASFIC this year, we are appropriately depleted in pocketbook and spirit. Where does this leave us, spunky Science Fiction Fans? Everything seems to grind to halt. Winter is just round the corner, drab and gray. But...there is inevitably the next time for us old hands,and for the neophytes, there is L.A.con IV: the 64th World Science Fiction Convention. See you all there!

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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)

STRAKEN by Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
THE WORLD OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks and Teresa Patterson (Fantasy Guide)
TANEQUIL by Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
LOOKING FOR JAKE by China Mieville (Fantasy/Science Fiction)
GACHA GACHA 1 by Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (Manga)
GUNDAM SEED VOL. 5 by Masatsugu Iwase (Manga)
LOVE ROMA 1 by Minoru Toyoda (Manga)
THE MALLOREON VOL. 1 by David Eddings (Fantasy)
THE MALLOREON VOL. 2 by David Eddings (Fantasy)
MARQUE AND REPRISAL by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE by Harry Turtledove (Science Fiction)
THE HAWK ETERNAL by David Gemmell (Fantasy)

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

Old Soldiers
by David Weber
The Time of Troubles II by Harry Turtledove
Retief's Peace by Keith Laumer and William H. Keith Jr.
Masks of the Outcast by Andre Norton
Kren of the Mitchegal by Leo Frankowski and Dave Grossman
The Second Coming by John Dalmas
Grantville Gazette Volume V by Eric Flint

Coming in November 2005

by David Weber
Honor Harrington SPECIAL OFFER from Baen WebScriptions

Penguin Putnam Home

Dies the Fire
by S.M. Stirling (paperback)
The Protector's War by S.M. Stirling
War Surf by M.M. Buckner
Robots by Jack Dann
Grass For His Pillow - Episode One: Lord Fujiwara's Treasures by Lian Hearn
by Brian Jacques
The Sword of Angels by John Marco
Magic Tails by Martin H. Greenberg
Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman
Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green
The Gates of Bones (The Magickers #4) by Emily Drake
The Return of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert
Daughter of Ancients (Book Four of the Bridge of D'Arnath) by Carol Berg

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 -- Lankhmar - The Fritz Leiber Home Page

Fiction Corner


PARALLAX by Laird Barron --
A woman disappears, and her husband is harassed by a dogged detective who has a personal stake in the case.

TO BE CONTINUED... by Robert Silverberg -- An alien living in the US has finally been granted permission to reproduce, but is awfully unlucky in love.

Movie and TV Buzz

Alba is "Awake" - The Weinstein Co. and GreeneStreet Films have signed Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four, Sin City) and Hayden Christensen (Star Wars prequels) to star in psychological thriller Awake. But the real question is will she get naked or close to it like in this month's Into the Blue?

TV Guide's Ausiello has confirmed internet rumors that ER star Goran Visnjic is one of the contenders for the role of 007 in Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film which Sony is planning on releasing October 19, 2006.

Freed Dried Movies Dot Com has learned that Topher Grace of That 70s Show will play the immortal VENOM in Sam Raimi's third Spiderman adaptation. It was told a few months back that "someone" has snagged the rights to the character of Venom off of New Line Cinema and it was reported a few days ago that Grace had been "bulking up"- so we decided it was time to put the pressure on. So there you have it VENOM! Now as for the other two stars listed above we've been told that Thomas Haden Church will in fact play SANDMAN and that James Franco will play HOBGOBLIN and not the Green Goblin II (like in the comics).

Con news

September 30-October 2, 2005 (Germany) FilkCONtinental 2005.
Freusburg Youth Hostel, Freusburg, Germany. GoH: Urban Tapesty. Theme: Filk.

October 6-10, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) The Witching Hour.
Salem, MA. GoHs: Charles de Lint, Nancy Farmer, Tamora Pierce, Charles N. Brown. Theme: A Harry Potter Symposium.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: Alabama) Con†Stellation XXIV: Lepus.
Huntsville, AL. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) SiliCon 2004.
DoubleTree Inn, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110; 1-408-453-4000. GoH: TBA. Theme: Science Fiction Through The Ages.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) Conjecture 4.
DoubleTree Club, San Diego, CA. GoH: Jack McDevitt. Theme: SF&F.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Intercon XX Mid-Atlantic 2005.
Days Hotel - Timonium, 9615 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093. Guests: TBA. Theme: LARP.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: Michigan) ConClave 30.
Holiday Inn South - Convention Center, 6820 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911; 1-800-333-8123 or 1-517-694-8123. GoH: Wen Spencer; AGoH: Butch Honeck; SciGoH: Steve Collins; FGoH: Uncle Kage; MusicGoH: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) Arcana 35.
Holiday Inn Express, Bandana Square, St. Paul, MN. GoH: Stephen Jones. Theme: Dark Fantastic.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: New York) Albacon 2005.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, NY; 1-800-2-CROWNE or 1-518-462-6611. GoH: Terry Brooks; FGoHs: Byron & Tina Connell. Theme: SF&F.

October 7-9, 2005 (United States: Ohio) Context 18.
Holiday Inn on the Lane, 328 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH; 614-294-4848. GoH: Michael Swanwick; EGoH: Gordon Van Gelder; HorrorGoH: Gary Braunbeck; SGoH: Mike Resnick. Theme: Literary sf/fantasy.

October 7-9, 2005 (Canada: British Columbia) VCon 30.
Vancouver, BC Canada. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F & gaming.

October 8-9, 2005 (United States: North Carolina) Revoluticon.
Asheville, NC. Guests: Howard Tayler, Davey Beauchamp, Steve Willows. Theme: Gaming.

October 14-16, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Capclave 2005.
Hilton Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD. GoH: Howard Waldrop; FGoHs: Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden; Theme: SF&F.

October 14-16, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) CONsume!. aka Relaxacon 2005.
Holiday Inn Select, 3 Appletree Sq., Bloomington, MN 55424; 1-952-854-9000. PosthumousGoHs: Frank Kelly Freas, Andre Norton. Theme: Relaxacon.

October 14-16, 2005 (Australia: New South Wales) Whovention 7.
The Rydges Hotel North Sydney, 54 Maclaren Street, North Sydney, Australia; (02) 9922 1311. GoH: Louise Jameson. Theme: Dr. Who.

October 21-23, 2005 (United States: Colorado) MileHiCon 37.
Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 6363 E. Hampden, Denver, CO 80222; 1-303-758-7000. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: David Mattingly. Theme: SF, Fantasy, Horror.

October 21-23, 2005 (United States: Ohio) Ohio Valley Filk Fest 21.
The Wyndham Dublin Hotel, North Dublin, OH 43017; 1-614-764-2200. GoH: Frank Hayes; TM: Seanan McGuire; ListenerGoH: Terry Ellis; InterFilk Guest: TBA. Theme: Filk.

October 21-23, 2005 (United States: Vermont) Bakuretsu Con.
Best Western, Burlington, Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT, 05403; 1-802-863-1125 or 1-800-371-1125. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

October 21-23, 2005 (United States: Washington) ConiFur Northwest.
Sea-Tac Radisson Airport Hotel, Sea-Tac, WA. GoH: David Hopkins. Theme: Furry. Memb: TBA. Info: director@conifur.org.

October 21-23, 2005 (Canada: Quebec) Boréal 2005.
Hotel Days Inn Subway-Center, Montreal, QC, Canada. Special Guests: Joël Champetier, Patrick Senécal, Élisabeth Vonarburg. Theme: Francophone SF.

October 28-30, 2005 (United States: Florida) Necronomicon 2005.
Hyatt Regency Downtown, Tampa, FL. GoHs: Lloyd Kaufman, Peter David, Jessica Galbreth. Theme: SF, Fantasy, Horror.

October 28-30, 2005 (United States: Iowa) ICON 30.
Clarion Hotel, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA; 1-319-366-8671. GoH: Sarah Zettel; MGoH: Arlene Martel. Theme: SF&F.

October 28-30, 2005 (United States: Tennessee) HallowCon '05.
Comfort Inn Conference Center and Suites, 6710 Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN; 1-423-893-7979. GoHs: Michael Martinez, Julia Morgan Scott, Lawrence Barker, Karl Lepp, Edward Boudreaux, Tyra Mitchell, Andy Vetromile. Theme: Capt. Hook meets the Wolfman.

October 28-31, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Cult TV 2005.
The 12th Annual Cult TV Festival. Renaissance Solihull Hotel, Birmingham, England, UK. Guests: John Saxon, Kim Darby, Pamela Sue Martin, Tanya Roberts, Michael Sheard, Mitch Benn, Ronald Wolfe, Terry Adlam, Martin Bower, Ken Basford, Kenneth Rock. Theme: Cult TV.

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 reading this article, you might never look at trash bags the same way again. A new material called "RXF1" derived from the plastic of ordinary household trash bags could help protect astronauts from space radiation en route to Mars -- NASA - Plastic Spaceships

Humans are heading back to the Moon. Tennis, anyone? Tennis pro Andy Roddick ponders the physics of his game on other worlds -- NASA - Moon Tennis

Data from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft indicate that Saturn's majestic ring system has its own atmosphere - separate from that of the planet itself -- ESA - Science - Home - Saturn's rings have own atmosphere

Space Elevator Gets FAA Lift. The LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, announced September 9 that it has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use airspace to conduct preliminary tests of its high altitude robotic “lifters. SPACE.com -- Astronotes

J A short break from gravity J

A limerick about Edmund Halley

From the public, his discovery brought cheers.
From his wife, it drew nothing but torrents of tears.
"For you see," said Ms. Halley,
"He used to come daily;
Now he comes once every 70 years!"

~~~ T he Hook in the Book ~~~


Since the king was not, no unseemly rejoicing dared show in the faces of the men atop the castle gate. Merely, Ingrey thought, a furtive relief. Even that was extinguished as they watched Ingrey's troop of riders clatter under the gate's vaulting into the narrow courtyard. They recognized who he was--and, therefore, who must have sent him.

Ingrey's sweat grew clammy under his leather jerkin in the damp dullness of the autumn morning. The chill seemed cupped within the cobbled yard, funneled down by the whitewashed walls. The lightly armed courier bearing the news had raced from the prince's hunting seat here at Boar's Head Castle to the hallow king's hall at Easthome in just two days. Ingrey and his men, though more heavily equipped, had made the return journey in scarcely more time. As a castle groom scurried to take his horse's bridle, Ingrey swung down and straightened his scabbard, fingers lingering only briefly on the reassuring coolness of his sword hilt.

THE HALLOWED HUNT by Lois McMaster Bujold

Last Word

"In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle which it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York."

Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon, 1865
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