NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2005
Issue No. 21


2005 Hugo Award Winners

Best Novel: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Best Novella: "The Concrete Jungle" by Charles Stross
Best Novelette: "The Faery Handbag" by Kelly Link
Best Short Story: "Travels with My Cats" by Mike Resnick
Best Related Book: The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction,  Edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Incredibles, Written & Directed by Brad Bird
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: "33" - Battlestar Galactica Written by Ronald D. Moore and Directed by Michael Rymer.
Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow
Best Professional Artist: Jim Burns
Best Semiprozine: Ansible Edited by David Langford
Best Fanzine: Plokta Edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott
Best Fan Writer: David Langford
Best Fan Artist: Sue Mason
Best Web Site: SciFiction (www.scifi.com/scifiction) Edited by Ellen Datlow. Craig Engler, general manager John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo Award): Elizabeth Bear
Special Interaction Committee Award (not a Hugo Award): David Pringle

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New SF books in August 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) 

SETTLING ACCOUNTS by Harry Turtledove (Alternate History)
IRON COUNCIL by China Mieville (Science Fiction)
GENSHIKEN 2 by Kio Shimoku (Manga)
NODAME CANTABILE 2 by Tomoko Ninomiya (Manga)
JARKA RUUS by Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey (Science Fiction)
GURU GURU PON-CHAN 1 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
EDGAR ALLEN POE by Richard Corben (Graphic novel)
A MATTER OF TIME by Juan Gimenez (Graphic novel)
TSUBASA 6 by CLAMP (Manga)
STAR WARS: DARK NEST I: JOINER KING by Troy Denning (Science Fiction)
STARFIST FORCE RECON BOOK 1: BACKSHOT by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (Science Fiction)

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

Watch on the Rhine
by John Ringo and Tom Kratman
Bedlam's Edge by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson
Wind Rider's Oath by David Weber
1634: The Galilio Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
A State of Disobedience by Tom Kratman

Coming in November 2005

by David Weber
Honor Harrington SPECIAL OFFER from Baen WebScriptions

Penguin Putnam Home

July/August 2005

Bio Rescue by S.L. Viehl
Afterburn by S.L. Viehl
The Dog From Hell (Star Risk #4) by Chris Bunch
Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)
Fitzpatrick's War
by Theodore Judson
Mechwarrior:  Dark Age #17 by Randall N. Bills
Accelerando by Charles Stross
The Star Stroll
Nylon Angel -
Introduces a startling new femme fatale and all-around bad girl
Worlds that Weren't
A Brother's Price
- A science fiction love story from the author of the Ukiah Oregon novels

See also: 

Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers

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Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Bantam Dell Publishing Group

Author's/Artist's Corner 

This month --    Kathleen Ann Goonan

Fiction Corner          


ABIMAGIQUE, PART 2 by Lucius Shepard --
Only love, passion, and trust will save the world from certain annihilation.

A LIFE IN THE DAY OF . . . by Frank M. Robinson -- A birdseye view of the 60s, with free love, free dope, political talk was cheap, and keeping up with fads impossible.

Movie and TV Buzz

Extra TV show is offering a sneak peek preview of clips from the upcoming HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE --  ExtraTV.com

Superman Homepage is offering a rare photo of SUPERMAN RETURNS' Brandon Routh, in his Superman costume, holding up a car from the August 10th filming in Martin Place (Sydney).
--  Superman Homepage

Universal Pictures has made a preemptive deal for $600,000 against $1 million for David Loucka's supernatural thriller DREAM HOUSE. The story centers on a man who moves his family into what appears to be the ideal residence in the country, but ominous things are going on there. Daniel Bobker and THE SKELETON KEY's Ehren Kruger will produce. Stokely Chaffin will be executive produce.

Con news

September 1-4, 2005 (United States: Illinois) Bouchercon 2005.
36th Annual World Mystery Convention. Sheraton Chicago, 301 East North Water St., Chicago, IL, 1-312-464-1000 or 1-877-242-2558. GoHs: Dennis Lehane, Marcia & Bill Pronzini; TM: TBA. FGoH: Beth Fedyn. Theme: Mystery.

September 1-5, 2005 (United States: Washington) Cascadia Con/2005 NASFiC.
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Seattle WA; 1-206-244-4800. GoH: Fred Saberhagen; AGoH: Liz Danforth; EGoH; Toni Weisskopf; FGoH: Kevin Standlee; SciGoH: Marc Abrahams; AnimeGoH: Hiroaki Inoue. Theme: SF&F.

September 2-5, 2005 (United States: Georgia) Dragon*Con 2005.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

Septemeber 2-5, 2005 (United States: Tennessee) Mephit FurMeet 8.
Holiday Inn Select Memphis Airport, Memphis, TN. GoH: John 'The Gneech' Robey. Theme: Furry.

September 2-5, 2005 (United States: Virginia) Tad & Craig's Excellent Party 12.
Tad & Craig's Excellent Party. Dulles Days Hotel, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20170; 1-703-471-6700. Theme: Relaxacon/Gaming.

September 2-4, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) New Dates! Dreamworker.
Novote, Bristol, England. Guests: Steven Sears. Theme: SF Media.

September 3-5, 2005 (United States: Oregon) Kumoricon 2004.
Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland-Lloyd Center, Portland, O. Theme: Anime.

September 9-11, 2005 (United States: Arizona) CopperCon 25.
Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. GoHs: Greg Keyes, Robert J. Sawyer; MusicGoH: Michelle Dockrey; GhostGoH: G. Harry Stine. Theme: Literary SF&F.

September 9-11, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Reunion 3.
The Holiday Inn, Leicester City, UK. Guests: Armin Shimmerman, Celeste Yarnall, Michael Sheard, Richard Arnold. Theme: SF Media.

September 16-18, 2005 (United States: Missouri) Midwest Construction IV.
Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO; 1-816-931-4400. Theme: conrunning.

September 16-18, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Oxonmoot 2005.
Tolkien Society gathering. St Peter's College, Oxford, UK. Theme: Tolkien.

September 23-25, 2005 (United States: Georgia) Anime Weekend Atlanta 11.
Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339; 1-770-953-4500. Guests: Robert and Emily DeJesus, Matt Greenfield, Vic Mignogna, David Williams. Theme: Anime & Manga.

September 23-25, 2005 (United States: Texas) FenCon 2005.
Dallas, TX. GoH: S.M. Stirling; FGoH: Randy Farran; FilkGoH: Leslie Fish; TM: David Gerrold. Theme: Literary SF & Filk.

September 23-25, 2005 (United States: Washington) Foolscap VII.
Bellevue Sheraton, 100-112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004; 1-425-455-3330. GoH: Harlan Ellison. Theme: Science fiction and fantasy on paper.

September 29-October 2, 2005 (United States: Illinois) Archon 29.
Holiday Inn & Gateway Center, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234-6103 (St. Louis, MO area); 1-800-551-5133. GoHs: Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett; AGoH: Stephen Hickman; FGoH: Keith Stokes; SGoH: Toni Weisskopf & Hank Reinhardt; TM: K.D. Wentworth; Masq MC: Vic Milán. Theme: SF&F.

September 30-October 3 2005 (Australia: South Australia) ConClave I.
Holiday Inn On Hindley, 65 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Guests: Jack Dann, Ian Irvine, Fiona McIntosh, Karen Miller, Tony Shillitoe, Sean Williams. Theme: SF&F.

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

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

Astronauts on the Moon and Mars may have to cope with an uncommon amount of static electricity. --  NASA - Crackling Planets

The next big thing is small: Nanotechnology could lead to radical improvements in space exploration. --  NASA - The Next Giant Leap

Thanks to measurements by ESA's Cluster mission, a team of European scientists have identified 'micro'-vortices in Earth's magnetosphere. --  ESA - Science - Home - From 'macro' to 'micro' " turbulence seen by Cluster

A seven-month flight to Mars began this morning for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It will inspect the red planet in fine detail and assist future landers --  NASA - NASA's Multipurpose Mars Mission Successfully Launched

This might be surprising, but stowaways often hitch a ride on NASA spacecraft. No matter how hard scientists and technicians try to keep them off, some microscopic bacteria always find a way to climb aboard --  NASA - Hitchhikers in Space

J A short break from gravity  J

The Difference Between MD's and PhD's

4 MDs and 4 PhDs are going to a meeting by train. The 4 MDs each have their own ticket, but the 4 PhDs (who have little money, of course) have 1 ticket among them.

The MDs ask the PhDs (in a caring manner), "How are you going to manage with just one ticket between the ten of you?" "Just watch," reply the PhDs.

They all get on the train and the 4 MDs take their seats and hand their tickets to the conductor. But the PhDs all pile into a bathroom, and when the conductor comes by, a single arm reaches out and gives him the ticket.

The MDs, feeling enlightened, decide to try the same thing on the way home, so they purchase just one ticket among ten of them. The PhDs buy no ticket at all.

"How are you going to get home?" ask the MDs.

"Just watch." the PhDs reply.

When they get on the train, all the MDs pile into a bathroom. 3 of PhDs get into another bathroom. The fourth PhD then knocks on the MDs' bathroom door and says "Ticket please."

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

Kip could never remember a time when he couldn't hear the Voice in his head. He could talk to it any time he wanted by thinking in a special way, and the Voice would always answer. It didn't matter when he called, or where he was. Kip was the only one in the whole world who could hear the Voice, and it had always said he should never tell anyone he could hear it.

For a long time Kip thought other people had their own Voice, but of course they didn't. He couldn't remember just when he had thought that out. He could never ask, of course, but grownups didn't act like they had Voices. They forgot things. Of course Kip forgot things too, but the Voice never forgot anything.

STARSWARM by Jerry Pournelle

Last Word

"The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!"

Larry Niven, quoted by Arthur Clarke in interview at space.com, 2001
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