NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2005
Issue No. 17


We have witnessed many passings these past few days, and not in the least the passing of our own.  We have lost some of our outstanding talents.  Science Fiction artists and authors; in their art and prose they depict, essentially, the life and death of worlds.  We, as a species, have not yet passed the mark of eons and are not, as our hypothetical descendants would be, so opportunely placed as to witness the passing of a world in real time.  Imagine the cosmic spectacle of a supernova, or the centuries-long recording of a bloatening sun.  And yet, such astronomic events have been recorded in Science Fiction.  Need one ask why we read it?

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There are many gateways in science fiction.  Gateways that lead to a new experience, unimaginable discoveries, and gateways opening on worlds of wonder.  Get ready, enter and enjoy. 

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New SF books in April 2005

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers
Robert J. Sawyer, MINDSCAN
Robert Charles Wilson, SPIN

Tor trade paperback
Juliet Marillier, FOXMASK

Orb trade paperback
Steven Brust & Megan Lindholm, THE GYPSY

Tor SF mass market

Tor Fantasy mass market
Elizabeth Haydon, ELEGY FOR A LOST STAR
Harry Turtledove, OUT OF THE DARKNESS

Starscape mass market

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

Del Rey Books  Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy) 

STAR WARS: EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH by Matt Stover (Science Fiction)
SUNSTORM by Arthur C. Clarke (Science Fiction)
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
OTHELLO 3 by Satomi Ikezawa (Manga)
THE WALLFLOWER 3 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
NEGIMA! VOLUME 5 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)

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

We Few
by David Weber and John Ringo
The Quantum Connection by Travis S. Taylor
Alternate General III by Harry Turtledove
Dark Companion by Andre Norton
The Return of Nathan Brazil by Jack L. Chalker
Crown of Slaves by David Weber and Eric Flint
The Creatures of Man by H.L. Myers and Eric Flint

Penguin Putnam Home

Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rush
Mechwarrior, Dark Age #15, Sword of Sedition by Loren L . Coleman
The Light Ages by Ian MacLeod
The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore
Outlaw Princess of Sherwood, A Tale of Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer
Murder at Five Finger Light by Jessie Arnold
Once Upon a Summer's Day by Dennis L. McKiernan
Stone of Farewell, Book Two of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams
Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff
Red Slippers (Mithgar) by Dennis L. McKiernan
The Last Light of the Sun (Book One of the Northland Series) by Guy Gavriel Kay

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 --   Andre Norton 1912-2005

Fiction Corner          


VANISHING ACT by E. Catherine Tobler --
A man who can make things vanish and a girl who misses her home meet at a traveling circus

A super kitten named Gummitch saves the day.

Movie Buzz

There is a Ninth Dr. Who (Christopher Eccleston) but ...

Ninth Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston has decided to quit the role, it was confirmed last night."The audience's response for the new Doctor Who has been incredible and I am really proud to be part of it and I hope viewers continue to enjoy the series," said Eccleston. Fears of typecasting, and the gruelling nature of the series' filming, have prompted his decision to leave the role. His last appearance as the Doctor will be in a sixty minute Christmas special. Billie Piper will be staying on as the Doctor's companion, however.Squarely in the frame for the role of Doctor number ten is David Tennant, currently starring in Russell T Davies' Casanova, and about to appear as Dr Briscoe in BBC Four's live broadcast of The Quatermass Experiment on Saturday. Talks are in progress with the actor, although a BBC spokesperson said that other names might still be put forward.Blimey - It's all go, isn't it?"

BBC - Doctor Who - The Series

Con news

May 5, 2005 (Sweden) BabCon XVI.
Gothenburg, Sweden. Theme: Babylon 5 and Earth.

May 5-8, 2005 (Germany) FedCon XIV.
Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany. Guests: Kevin Sorbo, Jolene Blalock, Brent Spiner, Dominic Keating, John de Lancie, James Darren, Gary Graham, Joseph M. Straczynski, Clare Kramer, Bobbi Sue Luther, Andrew Robinson, Stephen Furst, Richard Arnold; MC: Marc B. Lee. Theme: Star Trek & SF Media.

May 6-8, 2005 (United States: Arizona) LepreCon 31.
Carefree Resort, 37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree, AZ; 1-480-488-5300 or 1-888-488-9034. GoH: Kevin J. Anderson; AGoH: Dave Dorman; LocalAGoH: Sarah Clemens; SAGoH: Bear Burge; MusicGoH: Mitchell Burnside Clapp. Theme: SF&F convention with an emphasis on art.

May 6-8, 2005 (United States: Illinois) To Be CONtinued 4, The Musical.
Rosemont, IL. GoH: George R.R. Martin; MGoHs: Virginia Hey, Steven Austin; FilkGoH: Steve Macdonald; AGoH: Charles Urbach. Theme: SF&F.

May 6-8, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) United Fan Con East.
Marriott Hotel, Quincy MA. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F.

May 13-15, 2005 (United States: Illinois) Anime Central 2005.
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60005-1052; 1-847-696-1234. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

May 13-15, 2005 (United States: Michigan) Motor City Comic Con.
Novi Expo Center, 43700 Expo Center Dr., Novi, MI. Guests: TBA. Theme: Comics & SF media.

May 13-15, 2005 (United States: Washington) TolCon.
The Sea-Tac Radisson, Seattle, WA; 1-800-333-3333. Guests: TBA. Theme: Tolkien.

May 14-15, 2005 (France) Constellation 4 - Pegasus.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 351 avenue du bois de la pie, Paris, France; +33+ (0)1 48 17 12 34. Guests: Denise Crosby, Roger Nygard, Vaughn Armstrong, Claudia Christian, Tony Amendola, Richard Arnold, Von Flores. Theme: Media SF.

May 19-22, 2005 (United States: Illinois)  Concentric 4.
Ramada Hotel O'Hare, 6600 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018; 1-847-827-5131. Theme: Gaming.

May 20-22 2005 (United States: Alabama) Mobicon 8.
Airport Plaza Hotel, 600 S. Beltline Hwy., Mobile, AL 36608; 1-800-752-0398. AGoHs: Lee Seed, Albrecht; GGoH: Andrew Greenberg. Theme: SF, F & Gaming.

May 20-23, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) CaliFur 1.
Holiday Inn, Costa Mesa, 3131 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA; 1-800-221-7220. Theme: Furry.

May 20-22, 2005 (United States: Colorado) Opus: A Fantasy Arts Festival.
Sheraton Denver Southeast, Denver, CO. AGoH: Rowena; WGoH: Tracy Raye Hickman. Theme: Fantasy Arts.

May 20-22, 2005 (Lithuania)  Lituanicon 2005.
16th Lithuanian National convention. Kaunas, Lithuania. Them: SF&F.

May 21-22, 2005 (Canada: Alberta) Otafest.
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. Theme: Anime.

May 21-23, 2005 (Canada: Manitoba) Keycon 22.
Radisson Winnipeg Downtown, 288 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0B8 Canada; 1-204-956-0410. Guests: Steven Erikson, Lars deSouza, Chris Barsanti & Nancy Fetterman. Theme: SF&F.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: California, Northern)  BayCon 2005.
San Josť DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Josť, CA 95110; 408-453-4000. GoH: Jay Lake; AGoH: Frank Wu; FGoHs: Kevin Roche & Andy Trembley; TM: Christopher Garcia. Theme: SF&F.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: California, Northern)  Fanime 2005.
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA. CMR Housing Agency, 800-924-4232. Guests: Hiroyuki Yamaga, Steve Bennett IV. Theme: Anime.

May 27-29, 2005 (United States: Florida) OASIS 18.
Radisson Plaza Orlando, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801; 1-407-425-4455. GoH: Jane Lindskold; FilkGoH: Steve Macdonald; FGos: Judi Castro. Theme: SF&F.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: Maryland)  Balticon 39.
Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201; 1-410-752-1100, 1-800-WYNDHAM. GoHs: Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due; AGoH: Bob Eggleton; FilkGoH: Jordin Kare. 2004 Compton Crook Winner: E. E. Knight. Theme: SF&F.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: Michigan) MediaWest*Con 25.
Lansing, MI. Memb (membership limit 900, no memberships sold after 5/8/05). Theme: Media fandom.

May 27-29, 2005 (United States: Missouri)  ConQuesT 36.
Kansas City Airport Hilton I-29 & NW 112th St., Kansas City, MO; 1-816-891-8900. GoH: Joe Haldeman; FGoHs: Les and Jeannette Roth; AGoH: Theresa Mather; TM: George R.R. Martin. Theme: SF&F Literary.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: Montana)  MisCon 19.
Ruby's Inn and Convention Center, 4825 North Reserve, Missoula, MT 59808; 1-800-221-2057. GoH: Paul Lawrence; AGoH: Mike Conrad; MGoH: Dragon Dronet. Theme: "Attack of The B Movies!"

May 27-29, 2005 (United States: North Carolina) Animazement 2005.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703; 1-919-941-5050; rms: $87 sngl-quad. Guests: Yasuo Yamaguchi. Theme: Anime.

May 27-29, 2005 (United States: Ohio) Marcon 40.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: Larry Niven; EGoH: Steve Saffel; TM: Mike Resnick; AGoH: Larry Elmore; CostGoH: Animal X; FilkGoH: Tom Smith; FGoH: Howard Devore; GGoH: Steve Jackson; CGoH: John Kovalic; Featured Fan Group: First Fandom; SciGoH: Geoffrey Landis; GoHst: Roger Zelazny. Theme: Fannish Family Reunion.

May 27-29, 2005 (United States: Utah) CONduit XV: Dragons of CONduit.
Prime Hotel Salt Lake City Convention Center, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; 1-801-531-7500; 1-801-328-1289 (fax). GoH; Tim Powers; Featured Guest: L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Theme: SF&F.

May 27-30, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) WisCon 29.
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703; 1-800-356-8293, 1-608-257-6000. GoHs: Gwyneth Jones, Robin McKinley. Emphasis: feminist SF.

May 27-29, 2005 (Canada: Ontario)  Anime North.
Toronto Congress Center, 650 Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime. .

May 28-29, 2005 (Germany) Nordcon.
Hamburg House, Hamburg, Germany. Guests: TBA. Info: 2005@nordcon.de.

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

Why colonize the Moon before going to Mars? NASA scientists give their reasons. -- En Route to Mars, The Moon

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein stunned physicists with his out-of-this-world ideas. --  Was Einstein a Space Alien?

By measuring the shape of spacetime with exquisite precision, NASA's Gravity Probe B spacecraft aims to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity ... or provide the first evidence against it. --  Picking on Einstein

When astronauts return to the Moon in the years ahead, they might encounter electrified fountains, pale "auroras" of dust and other strange things. --  Moon Fountains

New images of Mars show fresh detail of steep and inexplicable slopes. --  The Strange Steep Slopes of Mars

J A short break from gravity  J

Handy Guide to Modern Science

1. If itís green or it wiggles, itís part of biology.
2. If it stinks, itís chemistry.
3. If it doesnít work, it belongs to physics.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

Stone froze in a cold sky. Around him, the glider's struts creaked and its cables sang. Hundreds of metres below his feet, the valley crawled. The Great Vale stretched fifty or so kilometres before him and the same distance behind him, its fields and towns, rivers and screes filling his sight. Through the imperfect glass discs of his goggles he couldn't quite see the mighty rockfalls at either end which had, thousands of years ago, isolated the valley, but he could just make out the distant gleam of the lake formed by Big River against the natural dam at the eastern end. The mid-morning sun glimmered on a series of meanders in the river's fat, lazy length along the valley's broad floor.

Ken MacLeod


Last Word

"Science fiction will never be accepted fully by the mainstream and it shouldn't be, because if it is, it's doing something wrong. In commercial fiction, most of what the books are doing is reinforcing your worldview. Science fiction has at its core the scientific process, which is in itself a religion. You have to make a leap of faith in believing that you can understand everything. That core assumption is what defines science fiction now, more than a lot of the space ships, time travel - things that we call the trappings. It is that approach to problem solving, that sense of being able to apply scientific methods and not coming out with the reassurance that everything is the way it has always been or that order will be reestablished. Science fiction can let anything loose on the world, and it's a completely different world by the end of it."

Editor and publisher Gordon Van Gelder, April 2004
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