NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2005 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2005
Issue No. 15


Touchdown on Titan--last month's riveting news that once more provided a tiny window to glimpse another alien world.  But how did that first view strike our imagination?  An orange-tinted landscape littered with rocky material.  And did you look closely at the pictures from Venus and Mars?  Bleak stretches of land covered with--you guess what--rocky material.  Forget scientific procrastination, forget reason!  Planets and moon where our probes have landed all revealed, on the surface, similar looking worlds.  Might it not suggest that the universe have commonality, that alien life perchance could be similar to ours?  Having said that, Venus is hellish with a temperature of over 700K, Mars is a vast desert with temperature of  200K and Titan is deep-frozen at 94K.  How can life be similar?  Let's turn back to Science Fiction.

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New SF books in February 2005

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers

Cecelia Dart-Thornton, THE IRON TREE

Tor trade paperback

Marvin Kaye, ed., THE DRAGON QUINTET

Orb trade paperback


Starscape hardcover


Tor SF mass market


Tor Fantasy mass market

David Farland, THE LAIR OF BONES
Andrew M. Greeley, ed., EMERALD MAGIC

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

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

STAR WARS: LABYRINTH OF EVIL by James Luceno (Science Fiction)
DRAGONSBLOOD by Todd McCaffrey (Fantasy)
THE MEQ by Steve Cash (Fantasy)
PANDORA'S STAR by Peter F. Hamilton (Science Fiction)
WOLF IN NIGHT by Tara K. Harper (Science Fiction)
THE DOPHINS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy)
ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy)
THE RENEGADES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy)

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

Against the Tide
by John Ringo

Moonstruck by Edward M. Lerner

Berserker Death by Fred Saberhagen

Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Far Futures by T. K. F. Weisskopf

This Scepter'd Isle by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis

Forge of the Titans
by Steve White

Penguin Putnam Home

You Bet Your Planet -
Martin H. Greenberg - Editor
Brittany A. Koren - Editor
Eleven masters of science fiction and fantasy envision the game shows of tomorrow in this all-new original anthology

Destroyer by C. J. Cherryh

C.J. Cherryh, one of the most prolific and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world, now delivers the seventh book in her Foreigner series and the first book in the new Foreigner trilogy-the epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey.

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 --   Barry B. Longyear 

Fiction Corner          


MATRICIDE by Lucy Sussex -- A dealer in antiquities is afraid she might have been cursed by two disgruntled customers.

FAMILIAR PATTERN By A. Bertram Chandler writing as George Whitley -- Humankind╣s first encounter with aliens leave a lot to be desired.

Movie Buzz

Warner Bros. has moved the release date of its horror remake "House of Wax" back a week to the week of May 6 weekend. "Wax" stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, and Paris Hilton.
In addition, 20th Century Fox's "Kingdom of Heaven," Disney's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," New Line's "Monster-in-Law" and MGM's "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood" will also be released in and around that date. Dimension has set Terry Gilliam film's "The Brothers Grimm" for July 29 release.
It was also announced that Bryan Singer's "Superman" is now looking at a June 30, 2006 release date. In addition, Wolfgang Petersen's "The Poseidon Adventure" remake has been set for release on May 5, 2006.

Con news

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) Anime Overdose.
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA; 1-415-4414000. Guests: Tara Strong, Debi Derryberry, Mari Ijiima, Gilles Poitras, PMBQ. Theme: Anime.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) Consonance 2005.
Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, 777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 1-408-321-9500. GoH: Terence Chua; TM: Blake Hodgetts; Interfilk: Adam Selzer; SGoH: Juanita Coulson. Theme: Filk.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: California, Northern) Potlatch 14.
Ramada Plaza Hotel, San Francisco, CA; 1-415-626-8000 or 1-888-298-2054. Book of Honor: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. Theme: Literary convention.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: Kentucky) ConCave 26.
The Hampton Inn, Horse Cave, KY. GoH: Greg & Dana Bridges. Theme: Relaxacon. Info: ConCave c/o Gary Robe, P. O. Box 3221, Kingsport, TN 37664; 1-423-239-3106; ccaveman@preferred.com.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: Massachusetts) Intercon E.
The Radisson Hotel and Suites, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, MA; 1-800-333-3333 or 1-978-256-0800. Theme: Interactive literature (LARP).

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) MarsCon 2005: Galactic Pirates and Mercenaries.
Airport Marriott Hotel, Bloomington, MN. Guests: Jeremy Bulloch, Richard Herd, Timothy Zahn, Stephanie Gannaway-Osborn, Luke Ski. Theme: SF&F.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: Mississippi) CoastCon XXVIII.
President Casino Broadwater Resort, 2110 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531; 800-843-7737. MGoH: Walter Koenig; GoH: Mark Worrell; AGoH: Carl Lundgren; FGoHs: William & Judy Johnson; GGoH: Dave Arneson. Theme: SF&F.

March 4-6, 2005 (United States: Wisconsin)  Congenial 2005.
Marriott Racine, 7111 W. Washington Ave., Racine, WI; 1-262-886-6100 or 1-800-228-9290. Theme: Relaxacon.

March 4-6, 2005 (United Kingdom: Northern Ireland) New Dates! MeCoN 8.
Senior Staff Common Room, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. GoHs: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

March 10-12, 2005 (France) International Conference on Science Fiction.
Nice, France. Guests: Margaret Atwood, Valerio Evangelisti, Serge Lehman, Michel Pagel, Xavier MaumÚjean. Theme: History in science fiction, science fiction in history.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: Connecticut) ConnCon.
Holiday Inn Select, 700 Main St., Stamford, CT; 1-203-358-8400. Theme: Gaming.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: Illinois)  ConSecration I.
Doubletree Hotel O'Hare Rosemont, Rosemont, IL; 1-800-756-5505 or 1-847-292-9100. GoH: Randall Ingermanson. Theme: SF&F.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: Michigan) Marmalade Dog 10 Gamefest 2005.
Bernhard Center, 1903 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. Theme: Gaming.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) Anime Detour.
Thunderbird Convention Center, Ramada Inn Arpt@Mall of America, Bloomington, MN; 1-952-854-3411 or 1-800-272-6232. Guests: Jonathan Klein, Travis Willingham, Dr. Marc Hairston, Kyle Hebert, Kristofer "Phade" McCormic, Monica Rial, Carrie Savage. Theme: Anime.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: New Jersey)  Ubercon V.
Crowne Plaza Meadowlands, Two Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ 07094; 1-201-348-6900. GoH: Keith R.A. DeCandido. Theme: Gaming/ Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: North Carolina) StellarCon 29.
Downtown Marriott, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 1-800-228-9290. GoH: Janny Wurts; AGoH: Don Maitz; GGoH: JD Wiker. Theme: SF/F/Gaming.

March 11-13, 2005 (United States: Rhode Island)  Procon 2005.
Smith-Buanano Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI. Theme: Gaming.

March 11-13, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) DECIKON: AKFT 10.
Fircroft Hotel, Bournemouth, England. Theme: Star Trek.  Info: 12 Greenfield Rd, London, N15 5EP; 0208 801 8867.

March 11-13, 2005 (United Kingdom: Wales) PortmeiriCon.
Portmeirion, Wales, UK. Theme: The Prisoner TV Show.

March 12-13, 2005 (Germany) Dort.Con 2005.
Fritz-Hen▀ler-Haus / Hotel Esplanade, Geschwister-Scholl-Stra▀e, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Alastair Reynolds. Theme: SF&F.

March 13, 2005 (United Kingdom: England)  Star Wars Day 9.
Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom. Guests: Nalini Krishan, Gerald Home, Michael Sheard, Ian Liston, Mike Carter, Oliver Ford Davies, Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore. Theme: Star Wars.

March 16-20, 2005 (United States: Florida) ICFA-26.
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1870 Griffin Rd, Dania, FL; 1-954-920-3300. GoH: Rudy Rucker; Guest Scholar: Damien Broderick; SGoH: John Kessel; Special Guest Poet: Albert Goldbarth; Permanent Guest: Brian Aldiss. Theme: Blurring the Boundaries: Transrealism and Other Movements.

March 17-20, 2005 (United States: Georgia) Fantasm 2005.
Holiday Inn Capitol Conference Center, 450 Capitol Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30312; 1-404-591-2000. AGoHs: TBA. Theme: Adults only convention.

March 17-20, 2005 (United States: New York) SIMCON XXVII.
University of Rochester's River Campus, Rochester, NY. Guests: Phil Brucato, Zach Bush, Mark Cenczyk, Ellen P. Kiley, James Kiley, Alia Ogron. Theme: Gaming.

March 17-20, 2005 (Italy) Italcon 31/DeepCon 6.
Hotel Ambassadors, Via of the Villini, 8 - Fiuggi Terme, Italy; 0775-51-43-51. Theme: SF&F/Star Trek.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: New Jersey)  Lunacon 2005.
Sheraton Meadowlands, Meadowlands, NJ; 10201-896-0500. GoH: Michael Swanwick; AGoH: Butch Honeck; FGoH: Skip Morris; CostumeGoHs: Pierre & Sandy Pettinger. Theme: SF&F.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: Ohio) Millennicon 19.
Blue Ash Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5901 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242; 1-513-793-4500. GoH: David Drake; FGoH: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: Tennessee)  Galacticon '05.
Comfort Inn, 6710 Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37412; 1-423-893-7979. GoH: S. M. Stirling; SGoHs: P.M. Griffin, Julia Morgan Scott. Theme: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Klingons.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: Texas)  ChimaeraCon 2005.
Trishway Banquet Hall, San Antonio, TX. Theme: Gaming.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: Virginia) Madicon 14.
College Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. AGoH: Rich Hilliard; GGoH: Brian Glass. Theme: SF&F.

March 18-20, 2005 (United States: Texas) REVELcon 16.
Houston, TX. Theme: Star Trek.

March 24-27, 2005 (United States: Washington) Norwescon 28.
DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA; 1-800-222-TREE. GoH: Michael Bishop; AGoH: John Howe; SciGoH: Suzette Haden Elgin; Pub: TOR Books featuring Tom Doherty; SGoH: Alan Dean Foster. Theme: The Language of Fantasy.

March 24-28 2005 (Australia: Western Australia) Swancon XXX.
The 30th Western Australian Science Fiction Writers' Festival and Convention. The Emerald Hotel, Perth, Australia. GoH: Charles de Lint; SGoHs: MaryAnn Harris, Grant Watson; FGoH: Anna Hepworth; FictionalGoH: Simono. Theme (limit 250): SF&F.

March 25-27, 2005 (United States: California, Southern) ConDor XII.
Mission Valley Marriott, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego, CA 92108; 1-619-692-3800. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Theme: SF&F.

March 25-27 2005 (United States: Idaho) Anime Oasis 4.
Boise Airport Holiday Inn, 3300 Vista Ave, Boise, ID; 1-208-344-8365. Guests: Michael Coleman, B! Machine, Voice Industrie. Theme: Anime.

March 25-27, 2005 (United States: Minnesota) Minicon Fortean.
Sheraton Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Terry Pratchett; AGoH: Fastner and Larson; FGoH: James Young. Theme: SF&F.

March 25-27, 2005 (United States: Oregon) Game Storm 7.
Doubletree Hotel Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. Theme: Gaming.

March 25-27, 2005 (United States: Texas)  KamiKazeCon.
Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX; hotel phone 1-713-654-1234 or 1-800-Go-Hyatt. Theme: Anime.

March 25-28, 2005 (New Zealand)  iCon.
26th New Zealand National Convention. West Plaza Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand. GoH: Orson Scott Card; FGoH: Bill Geradts. Theme: SF&F.

March 25-28, 2005 (United Kingdom: England) Paragon2/Eastercon.
56th British National Science Fiction Convention. Hanover International Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. GoHs: Richard Morgan, John & Eve Harvey, Ben Jeapes, Ken MacLeod, Robert Rankin. Theme: SF&F.

March 25-28, 2005 (United Kingdom: England)  Return of the Convention.
Thistle Hotel, Bristol, UK; 0870 333 9130. Guests: Alan Lee, John Howe. Theme: Lord of the Rings.

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

The physics of sand here on Earth is not as well understood as you might think.  Sand on Mars is even more of a mystery. So what?  The physics of sand is critical to such things as driving, digging and mining. NASA-supported scientists are working to understand Martian soil to prepare for the day when astronauts land on the red planet. --
Sands of Mars

Science & Technology: Nightglow in the Upper Atmosphere of Mars and Implications for Atmospheric Transport

A case study based on multipoint measurements by the Cluster mission reveals, for the first time, a direct observation of a 3D magnetic field topology at the magnetopause, resulting from magnetic reconnection at multiple sites. --  Science & Technology: Direct observation of 3D magnetic reconnection

The Hubble Space Telescope's latest image of the star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) reveals dramatic changes in the illumination of surrounding dusty cloud structures. The effect, called a light echo, has been unveiling never-before-seen dust patterns ever since the star suddenly brightened for several weeks in early 2002. --  Science & Technology: Light continues to echo three years after stellar outburst [heic0503]

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Not-So-Accurate Predictions

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the  best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?"
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of  Digital Equipment Corp.,  1977

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

The inner chaos didn't subside.

He tried to distract himself. He resumed activities he had relished before. But even the most extravagant virtual adventure seemed shallow, obviously artificial, predictable, unengaging.

He seemed to need people, even though he shied away from those close to him -- he was a moth fearing the candle flame, he thought, unable to bear the brightness of the emotions involved. So he accepted invitations he wouldn't otherwise have considered, talked to people he had never needed before.

Work helped, with its constant and routine demands for his attention, its relentless logic of meetings and schedules and resource allocation.

Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter


Last Word

"I really think we're alone as advanced beings. Maybe life is probable but we just happen to be the first. Even that makes us special. We could conceivably screw up things for everyone else, but even then it makes us special. We're the founders, the builders - which is a scary thought. We look for father figures in the sky, don't we? But if we're the father figures, we've got the responsibility."

Stephen Baxter, April 2002
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