NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2005
Issue No. 19


Mars rover Opportunity has done it again.  It has extracted itself from a potential trap of no return.  With these rovers running beyond expectations well into their second year, questions are being asked, questions of whether it would be a waste of money, effort, and life, sending humans to Mars when there are robotic explorers who could do the job just as well.  The answer is simple.  We are long overdue for another giant leap.  Physically standing on Martian ground looking up at a violet sky beats next to nothing.  Morever, "What's the use of looking at Mars through a telescope, sitting on panels, writing books, if it isn't to guarantee, not just the survival of mankind, but mankind surviving forever!" -- Ray Bradbury

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New SF books in June 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) 

STOLEN MAGIC by M.J. Putney (Fantasy)
THE GOD PARTICLE by Richard Cox (Fiction)
BRAN MAK MORN: THE LAST KING by Robert E. Howard (Fantasy)
ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card (Fantasy)
BATMAN BEGINS by Dennis O'Neil (Movie Tie-in)
STAR WARS: JEDI TRIAL by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (Science Fiction)
LOST AND FOUND by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
THE SALMON OF DOUBT by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)

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

by John Ringo
THE TIME OF TROUBLES I by Harry Turtledove
THIS ROUGH MAGIC by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
A LOGIC NAMED JOE by Murray Leinster

Penguin Putnam Home

GATEWAYS by Martin H. Greenberg
by Charles Stross
DRAGON PRINCE by Melanie Rawn
THE TOWER OF RAVENS (Book One of Rhiannon's Ride) by Kate Forsyth

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 --    Alexander Jablokov's Homepage

Fiction Corner          


THE BEING OF IT ALL by Carol Emshwiller --
A booming voice from on high admonishes a shy woman and her dog. Should they pay attention?

TRANSFORMER by Chad Oliver --
The town of Elm Point is reliant on the largesse of a teenager for its very existence.

Movie and TV Buzz

Lucas Eyes Oz Star For TV Wars?

George Lucas has reportedly checked on the availability of Australian actor Matthew Newton to see if he's free to appear in a proposed Star Wars television series, according to the Oz Sunday Herald Sun newspaper. Lucas first met Newton a few years ago when the actor (Queen of the Damned) tested for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, the newspaper reported.

Animator Quits Scanner?

The Austin Chronicle reported a rumor that the animator who was working with director Richard Linklater on the upcoming SF movie A Scanner Darkly has quit. Bob Sabiston created the rotoscoping animation process that Linklater used on his previous film, Waking Life, and was using the same method to animate sequences in Scanner, which stars Keanu Reeves and is based on a Philip K. Dick novel.

X-Men 3 Rumors Reported

Ain't It Cool News reported several rumors about the upcoming third X-Men movie, including the addition of three new mutants. The three new X-Men will be the blue-haired Beast, the Cajun Gambit and the winged mutant Angel, the site reported.

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.

July 1-4, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) Anime Expo 2005.
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, Coast Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Theme: Anime.

July 1-3, 2005 (United States: Indiana) InConJunction XXV.
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240; 1-317-846-2700. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

July 1-4, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts)  Gaylaxicon 2005.
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA; 1-888-421-1442. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold; AGoH; Phil Jimenez; FGoH: Star Trek: Hidden Frontier. Theme: Annual national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered & friends SF&F, horror, comics & gaming.

July 1-3, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) CONvergence 2005.
Sheraton South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55435; 1-952-835-7800. Guests: Len Wein, Dr. Jim Kakalios, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Marv Wolfman. Theme: SF&F.

July 1-4, 2005 (Canada: Alberta) Westercon 58/Due North.
Westin Calgary Hotel, 320 4th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada; 1-888-254-0637. GoH: S.M. Stirling; AGoH: Mark Ferrari; FGoH: Cliff Samuels & Eileen Capes; CanadianGoH: Dave Duncan. Theme: SF&F.

July 2-3, 2005 (Australia: South Australia)  Slayercon 2005.
Adelaide Convention Center, Adelaide, S.A, Australia. Guests: Amy Acker, Julie Benz, Clare Kramer, Iyari Limon, Mark Lutz and Camden Toy. Theme: Buffy & Angel.

July 7-10, 2005 (United States: Pennsylvania) Anthrocon 2005.
Wyndham Philadelphia Hotel at Franklin Plaza, 17th & Race Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19103; 1-215-448-2000. GoHs: TBA. Theme: Furry fandom.

July 8-10, 2005 (United States: Maryland) Shore Leave 27.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031; 1-410-785-7000. Guests: Alexis Cruz, Pat Tallman, Mark Goddard, Malichi Throne. Theme: Media SF & Science.

July 8-10, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) Readercon 16.
Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA; 1-781-229-6565. GoHs: Kate Wilhelm & Joe Haldeman; MemGoH: Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore. Theme: Literary.

July 9-10, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) New Dates! ConStruction 2005.
San Jose Hilton Hotel, 300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110; 1-408-287-2100. Theme: conrunning.

July 9, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) Star Struck: Out of this World!.
Scottish Rite Temple Auditorium, 6151 H St., Sacramento, CA Guests: William Wellman Jr, Paul Lawrence, The Kimberly Trip band, Trash Film Orgy, Mr. Lobo. Theme: Sci-Fi television.

July 13-17, 2005 (United States: New Jersey) Dexcon 8.
East Brunswick Hilton, East Brunswick, NJ 07094; 1-732-828-2000. Theme: Gaming.

July 14-17, 2005 (United States: Rhode Island) Necon 25.
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. GoHs: TBA. Theme: Writer's conference.

July 14-17, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) San Diego ComicCon International.
San Diego Convention Center, 111 Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA. Guests: Kevin J. Anderson, David B., June Foray, Tom Gill, Sid Jacobson, Bruce Jones, Batton Lash, Mike Mignola, Bill Plympton, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Frank Springer, John Totleben, Craig Thompson, James Warren. Theme: Comics.

July 15-17, 2005 (United States: Connecticut) ConnectiCon.
Hartford Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hartford, CT. Guests: Tim Buckley, Brian Clevinger, "Mookie" Terracciano, Scott Ramsoomair, Woody Hearn. Theme: Anime, Web Comics, Gaming, Video Gaming, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.

July 15-17, 2005 (United States: North Carolina) Trinoc*coN.
Durham Marriott, 201 Foster St., Durham, NC; 1-800-228-9290. GoH: Joe R. Lansdale; AGoH: Charles Keegan; CostumeGoH: Margo Anderson. Theme: SF&F lit, art, gaming.

July 15-18, 2005 (United States: Oklahoma) Conestoga 9.
Sheraton Tulsa, 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74146; 1-918-627-5000. GoH: George R.R. Martin; AGoH: Brad Foster; FGoH: Margene Bahm, Paula Helm Murray, and Jim Murray; TM: Brad Denton. Theme: SF&F Literary.

July 15-17, 2005 (United States: Pennsylvania) ConFluence 2005.
Four Points Sheraton, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh, PA 15275; 1-724-695-0002; 1-624-695-7262 (fax); rms: $79 sngl/dbl. GoH: Tamora Piercel; FilkGoH: Escape Key. Theme: Literary SF&F.

July 15-17, 2005 (Australia: Victoria) Continuum 3.
Hilton on the Park Hotel and Convention Centre, 198 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Australia. GoHs: Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Richard Harland, Robin Hobb; FGoH: James Allen. Theme: SF&F.

July 15-17, 2005 (Canada: Ontario) Toronto Trek 19.
Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON Canada M9W 1J3; 1-416-244-1711 or 1-800-222-TREE. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F Media.

July 16-17, 2005 (Japan) HAMACON2.
44th Japan National Science Fiction Convention. Yokohama, Japan. Theme: SF&F.

July 22-24, 2005 (United States: Florida) Earthbound: 2005.
Crowne Plaza at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa, FL; 1-813-623-6363. Guests: Sylvia Anderson, Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Zienia Merton. Theme: 30th Anniversary of Space: 1999.

July 22-24, 2005 (United States: Florida) VIDCON '05.
Crowne Plaza at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa, FL; 1-813-623-6363. Theme: fan fiction, movies, TV.

July 22-24, 2005 (United States: Missouri) ShowMeCon 3.
St. Louis Airport Hilton, 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO; 1-314-426-5500. GoH: Eric Flint; AGoH: Lucy Synk; MGoH: Michael Sheard; MC: Tom Meserole. Theme: SF&F.

July 29-31, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) Costume College 2005.
Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 1-818-997-7676, 1-800-350-1111. Theme: Costuming.

July 29-31, 2005 (United States: Illinois) Flashback Weekend.
Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL. Theme: Buffy/Angel.

July 29-31, 2005 (United States: Iowa) DemiCon 16.
Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA; 1-800-532-1466 or 515-243-1161. GoHs: Brad Linaweaver; AGoH: Mike Cole; FGoHs: Sheila Lenkman and Scott Corwin; TM Emeritus: Rusty Hevelin; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu; GhostGoH: Douglas Adams. Theme: SF&F.

July 29-August 1, 2005 (United States: Nevada) 9th Annual Gathering of the Gargoyles.
Palace Station Hotel and Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102; 1-702-367-2411. Guests: Greg Weisman, Keith David, Thom Adcox. Theme/Focus: Disney's Gargoyles.

July 29-31, 2005 (United States: Tennessee) LibertyCon 18.
Comfort Inn, 6710 Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37412; 1-423-893-7979. GoH: TBA; AGoH: TBA; SGoH: Tmothy Zahn; MC: Robert Lynn Aspirin. Theme: SF&F.

July 29-31, 2005 (Norway) Intercon 2005.
Norwegian National Science Fiction Convention. Oslo University, Blindern, Oslo, Norway. GoHs: Elizabeth Moon, John-Henri Holmberg, Tanith Lee. Theme: SF&F.

July 29-31, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Accio 2005.
University of Reading, Reading, England, UK. Guests: Steve Vander Ark, Elizabeth Kay. Theme: Harry Potter.

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

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

"We've got a working rover on Mars that cost $400 million to build and ... keep working," project manager Jim Erickson said. "I'd like to wear it out rather than lose it." -- Mars Rover Frees Itself From Sandy Dune

NASA plans to put a laser in orbit around the Moon to map its surface for future explorers. --  A Hitchiker's Guide to the Moon

Earth and Mars will have a breathtaking close encounter in October 2005. Can't wait? Don't. You can see the red planet now. --  Approaching Mars

When Cosmos 1 unfurls its 5-story reflective sails and begins orbiting our planet, it will stand as a truly remarkable feat in the history of exploration. Not only will it be celebrated as a stepping stone to deep space, but also as a milestone in the advancement of space exploration. --  Cosmos 1: The First Solar Sail

J A short break from gravity  J

A Short History of Medicine: "Doctor, I have an ear ache."

2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 A.D. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

"I said it would be simple," Lars Fuchs repeated. "I did not say it would be easy."

George Ambrose--Big George to everyone who knew him--scratched absently at his thick red beard as he gazed thoughtfully out through the window of Starpower 1's bridge toward the immense looming dark bulk of the asteroid Ceres.

"I di'n't come out here to get involved in daft schemes, Lars," he said. His voice was surprisingly high and sweet for such a shaggy mastodon of a man.

For a long moment the only sound in the compartment was the eternal hum of electrical equipment. Then Fuchs pushed between the two pilots' seats to drift toward Big George. Stopping himself with a touch of his hand against the metal overhead, he said in an urgent whisper, "We can do it. Given time and resources."

"It's fookin' insane," George muttered. But he kept staring out at the asteroid's rock-strewn, pockmarked surface.

Ben Bova


Last Word

"I've been finding the divisions between the science fiction community and the 'other' (mainstream literature). We in SF entrench ourselves. Sometimes that's good. It's wonderful to be in a group of people where we share language and culture, but sometimes it limits us. There are more people out there reading science fiction than is apparent from attending cons, and it's a much more diverse community than I thought."

Author Nalo Hopkinson, October 2001
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