NEWSLETTER: MAY 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2005
Issue No. 18


A star is discovered so much like our own sun.  A photo has been taken of a planet.  Planet hunters, using  the eyes of  powerful telescopes, probe the deep desolation of space, hoping to catch a glimmer of an oasis, a planet like our own, breathing with life.   More powerful instruments are in the work to throw their scanning net wider and farther, for might there not be a sun, a comet or a rock sustaining improbable neighbours? Don't shake your head in haste.  A century ago we weren't able to even glimpse extrasolar planets.  Now we do, and the number is rising, more than 140 is the tally.   Who knows, it is there, behind the massive gas giant, beyond the brown dwarf:  elusive Earth.

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New SF books in May 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) 

THE RIVERS OF WAR by Eric Flint (Science Fiction)
THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
MOSTLY HARMLESS by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
TSUBASA 5 by CLAMP (Manga)
NODAME CANTABILE 1 by Tomoko Ninomiya (Manga)
GENSHIKEN 1 by Kio Shimoku (Manga)
WEREWOLF by Richard Corben (Graphic Novel)
DRACULA by Bram Stoker and Fernando Fernandez (Graphic Novel)

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

by David Drake
IMPERIUM by Keith Laumer and Eric Flint
MAD MAUDLIN by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
A PLAGUE OF DEMONS by Keith Laumer and Eric Flint

Penguin Putnam Home

SPECIES IMPERATIVE #1 by Julie E. Czernada
by Patricia A. McKillip
SANCTUARY by Mercedes Lackey

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 --    Jim Morrow's Home Page

Fiction Corner          


AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Elizabeth Bear --
A courier races through dangerous, radioactive territory to make a crucial delivery to Sacramento.

BLACK COUNTRY by Charles Beaumont  --
A great trumpeter tries to attain heights never before reached before he succumbs to the disease eating his life away.

Movie and TV Buzz

Not ONE but TWO Star Wars TV shows -- George Lucas appeared at Celebration III in Indianapolis and dropped a bombshell of sorts. Two TV series are in the works - a 3D animated half-hour show (report say it will be a remake of the Clone Wars animated shorts) and a live-action series set between Episodes III and IV, which will feature some characters we've seen (but not the main characters).

Who's Next?  -- Rapidly running out of regenerations, the Doctor better start figuring out how to get around it. The BBC has named the 10th actor to play Doctor Who as David Tennant, who was the odds-on favorite (I like the British bookmakers - you can bet on anything - I remember seeing a line on how many prison escape attempts would occur that day). Tennant is currently starring in Casanova, which was also written by current Who writer/exec Russell T. Davies

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe --  in theatres December 9, 2005

Con news

June 3-5, 2005 (United States: North Carolina) ConCarolinas 2005.
Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte, NC; 1-704-527-9650, 1-800-228-9290. GoH: Greg Keyes; MGoH: Shaun O'Rourke; MusicGoH: The Great Luke Ski. Theme: SCA, Gaming, Literary, and General Fandom topics.

June 3-5, 2005 (United States: Texas) A-Kon 16.
Adam's Mark Hotel and Convention Center, 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Guests: Kyle Hebert, Stephanie Nadolny. Theme: Anime.

June 3-5 2005 (United States: Washington) ConComCon 12.
Radisson, 17001 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188; 1-800-333-3333 or 1-206-244-6000. Theme: conrunning.

June 3-5, 2005 (Canada: Ontario) C-ACE 2005.
Best Western Victoria Park Suites Hotel, Ottawa, ON, Canada. GoH: Jo Walton; AGoH: Cara Mitten. Theme: Cartoon & illustration art/writing.

June 3-5, 2005 (Germany)  Jubicon.
50th Anniversary SFCD Con. Tagungshotel Mühltal, (near) Darmstadt, Germany. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

June 10-12, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) 2005: A Fan Odyssey.
The Four Points by Sheraton Culver City, 5990 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA; 1-310-641-7740; 1-310-645-7045 (fax). Guests: Mark Ryan, Bruce A. Young, Maureen Russell. Theme: Highlander.

June 10-12, 2005 (United States: Georgia) Sci-Fi Summer Con 2005.
Holiday Inn Atlanta-Roswell, 1075 Holcombe Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076; 1-770-992-9600. Guests: Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, Bob Burden, J. Alan Tripp, more. Theme: SF&F, Media, gaming, art.

June 10-12, 2005 (United States: Illinois) DucKon 14.
Naperville, Holiday Inn Select, 1801 Naper Blvd., Naperville, IL 60563; 1-800-HOLIDAY or 1-630-505-4900, 1-630-505-8239 (fax). GoH: Julie Czerneda; AGoH: Maria J. William; SciGoH: Dr. Geoffrey A. Landis; FilkGoHs: Mary Ellen Wessels & Ed Stauff; FGoH: Rich "RJ" Johnson. Theme: SF&F.

June 10-13, 2005 (Australia: Tasmania) Thylacon IV.
44th Australian National SF Convention. Wrest Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; 03 6225 7035. AuGoH: Marianne de Pierres; IntlGoH: Anne Bishop; FGoH: Mervyn Binns. Theme: SF&F.

June 17-19, 2005 (United States: New Jersey) AnimeNEXT.
Holiday Inn Meadowlands, 300 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, NJ 07094, 1-201-348-2000 or 1-800-222-2676. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

June 17-19, 2005 (United States: Tennessee) HyperiCon.
Days Inn Stadium, 211 North 1st St, Nashville TN 37213; hotel phone 1-615-254-1551. Guests: Hunter Cressall, Mary M. Buckner, Dr. Amy Sturgis, Kristi Brobeck, Bryan Smith, Melissa Gay, Todd Lyles. Theme: SF, gaming, horror, fantasy.

June 17-19, 2005 (United States: Virginia) Anime Mid-Atlantic 5.
Holiday Inn Select Koger Center, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA 23235; 1-804-379-3800. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

June 17-19, 2005 (Sweden) ConCeive/Swecon 2005.
The National Swedish SF Convention. Studentkåren, Götabergsgatan, Göteborg, Sweden. GoHs: Charlie Stross, Erik Granström.

June 23-26, 2005 (United States: Ohio)  Midwestcon 56.
Doubletree Guest Suites, 6300 East Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241; 1-513-489-3636. Theme: Relaxacon.

June 24-26, 2005 (United States: Maine) PortConMaine 2005.
Sheraton, South Portland, ME. Guests: Megan Campbell, Daniel Kevin Harrison, Jared Sorensen, Cat Dancer. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

June 24-26, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) The Black Road 2005.
Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; 1-800-362-2779 or 1-508-485-5900. Theme: Gaming.

June 24-26, 2005 (United States: Michigan) Weekend in Sherwood IX.
Holiday Inn Southgate Heritage Center, 17201 Northline Rd., Southgate, MI 48195; 1-734-283-4400. Guests: Jason Connery, Mark Ryan, Jeremy Bulloch. Theme: Robin of Sherwood.

June 24-26, 2005 (United States: New Jersey)  Contata '05.
15th Northeast Filk Convention. Crowne Plaza Secaucus Hotel, 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ 07094; 1-201-348-6900. GoHs: Carla Ubrich and Joe Giacoio; TM: Harold Fed; Listener Guest: Persis Thorndike; Interfilk Guest: Mara Eve Brener. Theme: Filking.

June 24-26 2005 (United States: Pennsylvania) Monster Bash Convention 2005.
Days Inn Conference Center, Butler, PA. Guests: Richard Gordon, Sara Karloff, Donnie Dunagan, Gwynne Gilford, Dolores Fuller, Bob Burns, Miss Shock, Susan Gordon, Ben Chapman, Cortlandt Hull, Dee Ankers-Denning, Forrest J Ackerman, Basil Gogos. Theme: Monster Movies.

June 24-26, 2005 (United States: Texas) ApolloCon 2005.
Hyatt Regency Houston Airport, Houston, TX. GoH: Robert J. Sawyer; AGoH: Victory; Guests: Bradley Denton, Lee Martindale, Martha Wells, Dusty Rainbolt. 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

An asteroid belt may have been found surrounding a star much like our own Sun, according to Dr. Charles Beichman of CIT. His team used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to make the discovery. --  A Star Like Our Own

Separate teams today announced the discoveries of three planets outside our solar system, including one that is more than three times farther away than the previous record holder. --  Newfound World Shatters Distance Record

Have you ever heard of moondust hay fever? It's no joke. When humans return to the Moon and travel to Mars, they'll have to be careful of what they inhale. --  Don't Breathe the Moondust

Phase variation in the X-ray emissions from three pulsars has been examined using the EPIC instrument on XMM-Newton. In a paper published this week in the Astrophysical Journal scientists reveal that analysis of spectra over the pulsar rotation period has enabled them to track hot spots on the surface of the neutron star.  --  ESA Science & Technology: Hot spots on neutron stars

Come and get it? Some researchers believe there's water on the Moon in reach of human explorers. --  Moon Water

J A short break from gravity  J

Who Engineered the Human Body?

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body.

One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints."

Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."

The last said, "Actually, it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

I was running laps in the local park when my mobile rang. I managed to drop my headphones around my neck and hook the headset over my ear without breaking stride. I was hoping it would be Julie, but it was Detective Inspector Pete Reid, T12's duty officer. He said, "I need you to make a pick-up."

"I'm not on call," I told him, and rang off.

I could just about stand up to Pete Reid, a dedicated alcoholic at the end of an undistinguished career. At least, I could do it over the mobile, which rang again almost at once, with the insistent warbling of a small and very hungry bird. I let it ring and put on my headphones (the extended reissue of Elvis Costello's Armed Forces) and kept running.

Sunday, early June. The sky hazy with heat as if bandaged in gauze, the sun burning through it like the business end of a welder's torch. According to the watch Julie had given me the previous Christmas, it was eighty-eight degrees. It felt hotter. People in various states of undress sprawled on browning grass like a horde of refugees from one of the European microwars. I was aware of the brief snags and thorns of their drowsy inattention as I ran past.

Paul McAuley


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