NEWSLETTER: JULY 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2005
Issue No. 20


For Science Fiction fans the months of August and September are memorable for one thing only: their annual gathering and celebration.  A celebration of literature and art that the imaginative and inventive minds of the genre have put into production.  Moreover, it is a regalement of fandom where fans uncloak and make a stand for what they believe in, and what they embrace.  Let the parties begin!

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New SF books in July 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) 

MAGIC STREET by Orson Scott Card (Fantasy)
THE LIGHT-YEARS BENEATH MY FEET by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
SETTLING ACCOUNTS: RETURN ENGAGEMENT by Harry Turtledove (Alternate History)
THE WALLFLOWER 4 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
NEGIMA VOL. 6 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
OTHELLO 4 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
A PERFECT DAY FOR LOVE LETTERS 1 by George Asakura (Manga)
THE SCROLLS OF THE ANCIENTS by Robert Newcomb (Fantasy)
THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)

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

Coming in November 2005

by David Weber
Honor Harrington SPECIAL OFFER from Baen WebScriptions

THE STARS AT WAR by David Weber and Steve White
NIGHT OF POWER by Spider Robinson
by Robert A. Heinlein
THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS by John Ringo and Linda Evans

Penguin Putnam Home

June 2005

MAMMOTH by John Varley
CENTURY RAIN by Alastair Reynolds
MECHWARRIOR: DARK AGE #16 by Loren L. Coleman
END IN FIRE by Syne Mitchell
A FLAME IN HALI by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
CIMMERIAN RAGE by Loren L. Coleman
BLOOD WOLVES by Loren L. Coleman
FLIGHTS Extreme Visions of Fantasy by Al Sarrantonio
BOOK OF YEARS Volume I by Peter Morwood
LORD BROCKTREE by Brian Jacques
SADAR'S KEEP by Midori Snyder
BELDAN'S FIRE by Midori Snyder
NEW MOON by Midori Snyder

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 --   The Jonathan Carroll Web Site

Fiction Corner          


HEAVY LIFTING by Suzy McKee Charnas --
A guilt-ridden young man feels responsible for his younger brother's death, and continues to pay for it until he encounters the ghost of a favorite aunt.

COME ON, WAGON by Zenna Henderson --
A man thinks he sees his nephew ordering around inanimate objects, a useful ability if real.

Movie and TV Buzz

Superman Returns

Plot Summary:
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 Homepage

Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston star in the upcoming SKY HIGH. The film which hits theaters on July 29th centers two married superheroes whose son is sent to an elite high school that is entrusted with the responsibility of molding today’s power-gifted students into tomorrow’s superheroes. The problem is their son has no superpowers of his own and, worst of all, instead of joining the ranks of the "Hero" class, he finds himself relegated to being a "Sidekick."

MIRRORMASK centers on a 15 year old girl in a family of circus entertainers, who often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and the teen is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother's major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. The film stars Gina Mckee, Jason Barry, and Stephanie Leonidas. Dave McKean directs from a script by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean. The movie hits theaters September 30th.

Con news


August 4-8, 2005 (United Kingdom: Scotland) Interaction/63rd World Science Fiction Convention.
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow Moat House & City Inn Hotels; Glasgow, Scotland, UK. GoHs: Greg Pickersgill, Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley, Lars-Olov Strandberg, Jane Yolen. Theme: SF&F.

And NASFIC in North America: 

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.

July 30-August 8, 2005 (Slovakia) Tatracon 2005.
Tatra Mountains, Slovakia. Theme: relaxacon.

August 5-7, 2005 (United States: Arizona) Hexacon 15.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281; 1-800-547-8705. Theme: Gaming.

August 5-7, 2005 (United States: Louisiana) Crescent City Con XX.
Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002: 1-504-888-9500, 1-800-277-7575. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F, Media, Gaming.

August 11-15, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Tolkien 2005.
Tolkien Society gathering. Aston University, Birmingham, England, UK. Theme: Tolkien. .

August 12-14, 2005 (United States: Kentucky) ConGlomeration 2005.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299; 1-502-491-4830 or 1-866-246-2021. AGoH: Mark Zug. Theme: SF&F.

August 12-14, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts)  CauldronCon.
Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA; 1-978-750-7969. Guests: John Rhys Davies, Royd Tolkien, Julie Caitlin Brown, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, more. Theme: For the Young Fans and Fans who are Young at Heart.

August 12-14, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Consternation.
New Hall, Cambridge, UK. GoHs: Allen Varney, Marcus L. Rowland. Theme: RPG.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Horrorfind Weekend 2005.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD; 1-410-785-7000. Guests: Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree, Doug Bradley, more TBA. Theme: SF&F/Media.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Otakon 2005.
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD; Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. Guests: Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Scott McNeil, Monica Rial. Theme: Anime.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) Diversicon 13.
Holiday Inn Select International Airport—Mall of America, 3 Appletree Aq., Bloomington, MN; 1-800-45-HOTELS or 1-952-854-9000. GoH: Sheree R. Thomas; SGoH: Minister Faust. Theme: Diversity in SF&F.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Texas) ArmadilloCon 27.
Austin Doubletree Hotel, Austin, TX. GoH: Charles Stross; EGoH: Jim Minz; FGoH: Laurie & Jim Mann. Theme: Literary SF&F.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Texas) Realms Con.
Ramada Inn Bayfront, 601 N. Water St., Corpus Christi, TX; 1-361-882-8100. Guests: Marina Sirtis, Bill Moseley, Erin Gray. Theme: Anime & Comics.

August 19-21, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) JVL-CON VII.
Ramada Inn, 3431 Milton Ave., Janesville, WI; 1-608-756-2341 or 1-800-433-778. Guests: Jack Donner, more TBA. Theme: SF&F.

August 19-21, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Ayacon Five.
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, UK. GoH: TBA. Theme: Anime & Manga.

August 25-28, 2005 (Belgium) Convention Transnationale d'Imaginaire Francophone.
32nd French SF Convention. Esneux-Tilff, Belgium. GoH: Peter Motte. Theme: French SF.

August 26-28, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) Conchord 19.
Southern California Filk Convention. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367; 1-818-887-4800. GoHs: TBA; FolkGoH: Joe Bethancourt; TM: Larry Niven.  Theme: Filk.

August 26-28, 2005 (United States: New Mexico) Bubonicon 36.
Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM; 1-800-227-1117. GoH: Stephen R. Donaldson; AGoH: Mark Ferrari; TM: Jack McDevitt. 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

SPACE.com -- Deep Impact Special Report

Researchers are reviving an old but wild idea to protect astronauts from space radiation --  NASA - A Force Field for Astronauts?

There's a rumor going around about Mars: It's racing toward Earth and soon to be as large ... as the full Moon? --  NASA - Beware the Mars Hoax

SPACE.com -- Mars Robots Continue Science Gathering Duties

J A short break from gravity  J

British Superior to Americans?

In a recent television show in the UK, actor and comedian John Cleese explained three reasons why the British are superior to Americans:

1. They speak English.

2. When they host a world championship they invite other countries.

3. Visitors to the head of state are only expected to go down on ONE knee.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

  In the time called winter the world smells like burning wood.  The world is both dark and light, full of love and fear.

  The fear.

  The windows are dark.  Painted black and nailed shut.  If they weren't, things from Outside might see us and get in.  We must never let the Thing from Outside see in. 

  The light is the fireplace.  It is red.  And the light is the electric lamp beside my bed, my mother's face, my father's arms.  There, too, is the warmth and the love. 

  The world is the house. 

SEA OF GLASS by Barry B. Longyear.


Last Word

"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars."

Stephen Hawking, interview with Daily Telegraph, 2001
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