NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2005
Issue No. 16


Is there a revolution brewing?  Ever since the advent of SpaceShipOne, there is the anticipation of sub-orbital tours and orbital resorts, Space Hotel 2010.  Is space entrepreneurship surreptitiously preparing for the next giant leap?  "It's them mad people who want to venture into space," the non-believers mock.  Maybe a tinge of madness is obligatory, mad enough to look beyond the solar system, mad and rousing enough to tow a large segment of the public into orbit with them.

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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 March 2005

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers

Terry McGarry, TRIAD

Tor trade paperback

Frank Frazetta with James Silke, RISE OF THE DEATH DEALER
Robert J. Sawyer, FOSSIL HUNTER

Orb trade paperback


Tor SF mass market

Andre Norton & Lynn McConchie, BEAST MASTER’S CIRCUS

Tor Fantasy mass market


Starscape mass market


Tor Teen mass market


Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

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

SUNSTORM by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
THE GREENSTONE GRAIL by Amanda Hemingway (Fantasy)
SHADOWS OVER BAKER STREET: New Tales of Terror! Edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan (Fantasy/Horror)
GUNDAM SEED VOL. 4 Art by Masatsugu Iwase, Original Story by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino (Graphic novel)
THE CESTUS DECEPTION by Steven Barnes (Science Fiction)
TIME'S EYE by Arthur C. Clarke (Science Fiction)
THE SWORDS OF NIGHT AND DAY by David Gemmell (Fantasy)
COUNTING UP, COUNTING DOWN by Harry Turtledove (Science Fiction)

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

Ill Met by Moonlight
by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis

The Prometheus Project by Steve White

Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity by Christopher Anvil

The Course of Empire by Eric Flint and K. D. Wentworth

Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War by Larry Niven and Hal Colebatch

E. Godz by Robert Asprin and Esther Friesner

Penguin Putnam Home

(February and March 2005)

You Bet Your Planet by Martin H. Greenberg, Brittany A. Koren [DAW]

Tales of the Thunderbolt
Book Three
Vampire Earth by Eric Knight [Roc]

Deathstalker Return by Simon R. Green [Roc]

McCade on the Run by William C. Dietz [Ace]

Deathstalker Coda by Simon R. Green [Roc]

Destroyer by C. J. Cherryh [DAW]

Mechwarrior: Dark Age #14 Target of Opportunity
Battletech  by Blaine Lee Pardoe [Roc]

The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh by C. J. Cherryh [DAW]

See also: 

Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers

Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Bantam Dell Publishing Group

And--get a taste for E-Books! --  [Eggplant Literary Productions, Inc.] Home

Author's/Artist's Corner 

This month --   In Memoriam Jack Chalker http://www.jackchalker.com/ 

Fiction Corner          


INVISIBLE by Steve Rasnic Tem --
A married couple is ignored by everyone around them, no matter what they do.

The last man and woman in the world (maybe) meet and get acquainted.

Movie Buzz

View The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Bonus Trailer --  Video on UGO.com

Con news

April 1-3, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts)  ConBust 2005.
Seelye Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. GoHs: Lynn Flewelling, Patricia Briggs, Jennie Breeden, and Tiffany Grant. Theme: SF&F.

April 1-3 2005 (United States: Tennessee) Midsouthcon 23.
Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 39132-1803; 1-901-322-1130. GoH: Esther M. Friesner; SciGoh: Gregory Benford; AGoH: Steve Hickman; GGoH: Games Workshop; MGoH: Brinke Stevens; CGoH: Steve Rude; TM: Michael Sheard; Persistent Guest: Cullen Johnson. Theme: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science, Gaming, Education.

April 1-3 2005 (United States: Tennessee) MTAC Go.
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 MetroCenter Blvd., Nashville, TN; 1-615-259-4343 or 1-866-866-8086. GoH: Lisa Furukawa Ray. Theme: Anime.

April 1-3, 2005 (United States: Virginia) Technicon 22.
Blacksburg, VA. GoHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, Pete Abrams. Theme: The Age of Chivalry.

April 1-3, 2005 (Canada: Ontario) FilKONtario 15.
Delta Hotel Toronto Airport West, 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON, Canada, L4W 2L2; 1-905-624-1144 or 1-800-737-3211. GoH: Steve Macdonald; Official Filk Waif: Judith Hayman; Interfilk: Carla Ulbrich. Theme: Filk.

April 2-3, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) Concinnity 5.
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Student life and Campus Center, 1025 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI. Guests: Arnold Blumberg. Theme: SF&F & Gaming.

April 7-10, 2005 (United States: New York) 2005 World Horror Convention.
The Park Central Hotel New York, 870 Seventh Av. at 56th St., New York, NY; 1-800-346-1359 or 1-212-247-8000. GoHs: Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Tom Piccirilli, Jack Ketchum, Mort Castle; AGoH: Allen Koszowski; EGoHs: Tom and Elizabeth Monteleone; MC: Stan Wiater; PoetGoH: Linda Addison; FilmGoH: Mick Garris. Theme: Horror.

April 8-10, 2005 (United States: Nebraska) WillyCon VII.
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. GoH: Julie E. Czerneda; AGoH: AB Word; FGoH: Rodney Ruff. Theme: SF&F.

April 8-10, 2005 (United States: New York) I-Con 24.
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. GoHs: Daniel Keyes, Connie Willis, Julius Schwartz; SciTechGoH: Corey S. Powell; MGoH: Bill Blair. Theme: SF & Media.

April 8-10, 2005 (United States: Tennessee) Xanadu 8/DeepSouthCon 43.
Holiday Inn Express, 920 Broadway, Nashville, TN; 1-615-244-0150. GoH: Mike Resnick; AGoH: Darryl Elliott; MC: Jack L. Chalker; FGoH: Tim "Uncle Timmy" Bolgeo. Theme: SF&F. Memb:

April 8-10, 2005 (United States: Washington) Sakura-Con.
Seattle Airport Hilton and Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188-4001; 1-206-244-4800; 1-800-HILTONS. Seattle Marriott Sea-Tac Airport, 3201 South 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188; 1-206-241-2000; 1-800-643-5479. Guest: TBA. Theme: Anime.

April 8-10, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) Odyssey Con V/FilmCon 4.5.
Radisson Inn, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI; 1-800-333-3333. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. Theme: SF&F.

April 8-10, 2005 (Canada: Ontario) Ad Astra 2005.
Days Hotel and Conference Centre, Airport East, 1677 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada. GoH: Nalo Hopkinson, Peter Watts; EGoH: Don Hutchison; FilkGoH: Tom Smith. Theme: F&SF.

April 14-17, 2005 (Ukraine) Portal-2005.
Kiev, Ukraine. Info: info@esfs.net.

April 15-17, 2005 (United States: Florida) JACON.
Sheraton World Resort, 10100 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32821; 1-407-352-1100 or 1-800-327-0363. Guest: George Lowe. Theme: Anime.

April 15-17, 2005 (United States: Illinois) CODCON X 2005.
Turner Conference Center (SRC 2800), College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. GoHs: TBA. Theme: Gaming.

April 15-17, 2005 (United States: Missouri) Konniption.
Ramada Inn, Columbia, MO. GoHs: Rachel Caine, R. Cat Conrad; FGoH: Steve Swope; TM: Selina Rosen. Theme: Bubbas of the Apocalypse.

April 15-17, 2005 (United States: South Carolina) RoundCon 2005.
Holiday Inn NE, 7510 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC; 1-803-736-3000. Theme: Gaming.

April 15-17, 2005 (Australia: Australia Capital) Best of Both Worlds 24.
Rydges Lakeside Hotel, London Circuit, Canberra, Australia. Guests: Alexis Cruz, David Winning. Theme: Stargate.

April 16-17, 2005 (United States: New York) UBCon 2005.
SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Theme: Gaming.

April 21-24, 2005 (United States: Texas) AggieCon 36.
Ramada Inn/Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

April 22-24, 2005 (United States: Michigan) Penguicon 3.0.
Detroit Sheraton Novi, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, MI; 1-248-349-4000. Guests: Cory Doctorow, Wil Wheaton, Kevin Siembieda, Nat Torkington. Theme: Science Fiction Convention meets Linux Expo.

April 22-24, 2005 (United States: New York) Eeriecon 7.
Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301; 1-716-284-8801. GoHs: Allen Steele, Steven Brust, Julie Czerneda. Theme: SF&F.

April 22-24, 2005 (Australia: Australia Capital) Conflux 2.
Rydges Lakeside, London Circuit, Canberra, Australia; 61 2 6247 6244; rms: A$140. GoH: Jennifer Fallon; Special Guests: Terry Dowling and Maxine McArthur. Theme: SF&F.

April 23-24, 2005 (Netherlands)  Elf Fantasy Fair.
Castle de Haar Kasteellaan 1, 3455 RR Haarzuilens, Netherlands. Guests: Andy Serkis, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell. Theme: Fantasy Fair.

April 29-May 1, 2005 (United States: Alabama) PersaCon IIKV.
Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 8716 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL 35758; 1-256-772-0701. Guests: Steve Bennet, Stephanie Chateau. Theme: Japanese Animation, Manga, Video Games.

April 29-May 1, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts)  Anime Boston.
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA; 1-800-325-3535. Guests: Greg Ayres, David Kaye, Dave Wittenberg. Theme: Anime.

April 29-May 2, 2005 (United States: Utah) Costume-Con 23.
Ogden Marriott, 247 24th St., Ogden, UT 84401; 1-801-627-1190 or 1-888-825-3163. Theme: Costumes.

April 29-May 1, 2005 (United States: Virginia) Malice Domestic XVII.
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA; 1-800-228-9290 or 1-703-920-3230. GoH: Joan Hess; GhostGoH: Ellis Peters; FGoH: Anne Reece; Lifetime Achievement: H.R.F. Keating; TM: Carole Nelson Douglas. Agatha Awards presented. Theme: Mystery.

April 29-May 1, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin) Cthulhu One.
Best Western Inn, on the Park Capitol Square, 22 South Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703; 1-800-279-8811. GoHs: S. T. Joshi, Robert M. Price. Theme: Cthulhu mythos.

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 initial step towards the creation of mass transit beyond our planet is the emerging public space travel market.
--  Space Colonization: The Quiet Revolution

Using ESA's XMM-Newton observatory and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, scientists have discovered the most distant massive structure known in the Universe. --  Science & Technology: Distant Galaxies Show a Young Universe

Saturn's moon Titan is wet, according to the ESA's Huygens probe, but Titan's "water" is not like Earth's. --  Rainbows on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered another world with blue skies: Saturn. --  Blue Skies on Saturn

When you hear the word "ultrasound" you probably think of pregnant moms and their babies. Add one more to that list: astronauts. --  Astronauts use Ultrasound, too

How do you go to the bathroom in space? Amusing one-minute videos from NASA answer some of the questions about space you were afraid to ask. --  Brain Bites

J A short break from gravity  J

Not-So-Accurate Predictions 2

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriouslyconsidered as a  means of communication. The device is inherentlyof no value to us."--Western Union internal memo, 1876

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."--Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment.The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."--Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesivesfor 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action andreaction and the need to have something better than a vacuumagainst which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledgeladled out daily in high schools."--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard'srevolutionary rocket work.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."--Bill Gates, 1981

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

An anguished, ghostly spectre trapped in Hell had summoned them to this remote place, and, worst of all, it was a collect call.

"All ships . . . any ships . . . Exchange registry . . . This is Research Vessel Wabaugh. Coordinates based on special map frontier zone one one four eight two stroke five. Coordinates are Rainbow Bridge. Send assistance fast. They’re all dead. They’re all in there with the demons and they’re all dead. Only one left. Can’t leave. Approach with extreme caution! Power adequate for maintenance only. Any Exchange registry. Approach with caution. Demons at Rainbow Bridge! Coordinates . . ."



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