NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2004
Issue No. 11


Part of science fiction's appeal is that it casts the light of reason into the dark corners of human fears.  There aren't *really* any ghosts, demons don't exist, and that thing at the foot of the bed is just a chest of drawers.  But SF really just gives a new face to our fears.  Who needs goblins when a slime-dripping alien lurks just beyond the turbolift doors?  This month, draw the curtains against the darkness outside, light a candle, and sit back with one of science fiction's darker gems.  They'll make you jump at shadows.

Happy Halloween from the O*W*C Team!

(Contributed by JNRChip)

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New SF books in October 2004

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers

Robert A. Heinlein, GLORY ROAD
Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory, TO LIGHT A CANDLE
Harry Turtledove, CURIOUS NOTIONS

Tor trade paperback

Kij Johnson, FUDOKI

Orb trade paperback

Jonathan Carroll, SLEEPING IN FLAME

Tor SF mass market

Catherine Asaro, SKYFALL
Harry Turtledove, GUNPOWDER EMPIRE

Tor Fantasy mass market

Orson Scott Card, THE CRYSTAL CITY
Sara Douglass, GODSí CONCUBINE

Starscape mass market

J. M. Barrie, PETER PAN

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

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

MARQUE AND REPRISAL by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)
NEGIMA!: Vol. 3 by Ken Akamatsu (Manga)
xxxHOLiC: Vol. 3 by CLAMP (Manga)
THE WALLFLOWER: Vol. 1 by Tomoko Hayakawa (Manga)
GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl (Science Fiction)
FLINX'S FOLLY by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction)
FOR LOVE OF MOTHER-NOT by Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction
DAUGHTER OF REGALS AND OTHER TALES by Stephen R. Donaldson (Fantasy)
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DARK TIDE I: ONSLAUGHT by Michael Stackpole (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DARK TIDE II: RUIN by Michael Stackpole (Science Fiction)
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: VECTOR PRIME by R. A. Salvatore (Science Fiction)
POWER THAT PRESERVES by Stephen R. Donaldson (Fantasy)
THE ILLEARTH WAR by Stephen R. Donaldson (Fantasy)
LORD FOUL'S BANE by Stephen R. Donaldson (Fantasy)

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

Cally's War
by John Ringo & Julie Cochrane

Disappearing Act by Margret Ball

Siege Perilous  by Nigel Bennett & P. N. Elrod

Berserker Man (Mega Book) by Fred Saberhagen

Legions of Space by Keith Laumer & Eric Flint

Mountain Magic  by Henry Kuttner, David Drake, Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

(Can you spot Ace's fake book?)

Powers of Detection, edited by Dana Stabenow
An anthology of supernatural detectives, featuring Sookie Stackhouse and others!

Incubus Dreams, by Laurell K. Hamilton
The latest Anita Blake adventure, from the bestselling author!

For Those Who Fell, by William C. Dietz
A new SF military adventure from the bestselling author!

Harry Potter vs. Spider-man, by Stan Lee & J.K. Rowling
A vicious fight to the death will finally determine which hero is the coolest!

Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher
A new epic fantasy series from the acclaimed author!

For More Than Glory, by William C. Dietz
The exciting military SF epic, now in paperback!

The Nimble Man, by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
A new supernatural adventure series from the acclaimed authors!

The Merlin Effect, by T.A. Barron
The classic fantasy adventure from the bestselling author!

Dracula in London, edited P.N. Elrod
An anthology of original Dracula stories from the genre's finest!

Daw Books

PHOENIX AND ASHES (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey
EXILE'S VALOR Mercedes Lackey (first time in paperback)
SOVEREIGN (Keys of Power #3) by Simon Brown
HAUNTED HOLIDAYS edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis

Roc Books

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 --   Greg Egan's Home Page  

Fiction Corner


THE WOLF-MAN OF ALCATRAZ by Howard Waldrop  --  Robert Howlin ó werewolf ó makes the best use of his time behind bars that he can.

ALLAMAGOOSA by Eric Frank Russell -- A spaceship in port readies itself for inspection, and the Captain discovers an item on their checklist that no one in the crew can identify.

Movie Buzz

Ryan Reynolds, who stars as possessed stepfather George Lutz in the upcoming haunted-house remake The Amityville Horror, told SCI FI Wire that the beard he sports for the role was not inspired by James Brolin's look in the original 1979 film.  Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

William Shatner recently spent time in Riverside, Iowa, filming what residents believed to be a low-budget SF film titled Invasion Iowa, but was, in fact, a new reality show for Spike TV, the Associated Press reported. "Everything in front of and behind the cameras was faked," Shatner said. "The only thing that was real is the love we have for Riverside." Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

MGM, which is in the process of being purchased by Sony, has put the development of a new installment of its most important franchise on hold, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio said it decided to delay the 21st Bond movie, originally scheduled for release Nov. 21, 2005, because it has not yet found a director. Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Bobbi Sue Luther, who plays a green Orion slave girl in an upcoming episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, told SCI FI Wire that she had fun bringing back an iconic alien species not seen since the original series.  Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Con news

November 5-7, 2004 (United States: Arizona)  TusCon 31.
InnSuites Hotel and Resort, 475 North Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701; 1-877-446-6589; 1-520-622-3000; 1-520-623-8922 (fax). FantasyGoH: Barbara Hambly; SFGoH: William K. Hartmann; FGoH: Carol De Priest; TM: Edward Bryant. Theme: SF, Fantasy & Horror.

November 5-7, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) United Fan Con XIV.
Springfield Marriott, Springfield, MA; 1-413-781-7111. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F.

November 5-7, 2004 (United States: Missouri) Contraception 15.
Quality Inn, I-70 & Noland Rd., Independence (Kansas City area), MO. GoH: Rachael Caine; AGoH: Tim Frayser; FGoH: David "Ralphi" Williams; TM: Cat Conrad. Theme: The Roaring 20's (Adults only). 
Info: ssatterfield@kc.rr.com

November 5-7, 2004 (United States: Oregon) OryCon 26.
Doubletree Hotel, Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. GoH: Jerry Oltion; AGoH: Mark Roland; EGoH: Jennifer Heddle. Theme: SF&F.

November 5-7, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Novacon 34.
Quality Hotel, Bentley, Walsall, UK. GoH: Ian Watson. Theme: SF&F.

November 5-7, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Wolf SG-8 - Equinox Equalibria.
Thistle London Heathrow, Bath Road, Longford, West Drayton UB7 0EQ, England; 020 8759 2400. Guests: Michael Shanks, Chris Judge, Teryl Rothery, Jacqueline Samuda. Theme: SF Media.

November 12-14, 2004 (United States: Illinois) WindyCon 31.
Radisson Hotel O'Hare, 6810 N. Mannheim, Rosemont, IL 60018; 1-847-297-8464. GoH: Robert Sawyer; AGoH: Jael; FGoH: Dermot Dobson; FilkGoHs: Barry & Sally Childs-Helton; TM: Christian Ready. Theme: SF&F.

November 12-14, 2004 (United States: Minnesota)  Fiddlerís Green.
The Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403; 1-612-332-6000 (reserve via convention). GoH: Neil Gaiman, more TBA Theme: Sandman.

November 12-14, 2004 (United States: North Carolina) MACE 2004.
Radisson High Point, 135 South Main St, High Point, NC; 1-336-889-8888. Theme: Gaming.

November 12-14, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Armadacon 16.
Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth, England, UK; 01752 224161. Guests: Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, Bernard Pearson. Theme: SF&F/Media.

November 13-14, 2004 (United States: Mississippi) CoastCon, Jr. XIII.
Gulf Beach Resort, 2428 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS. FGoH: Jason Fisher. Theme: SF&F.

November 13-14, 2004, 2003 (Canada: Quebec)  Con*Cept 2004.
Days Inn Midtown, 1005 Guy Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. AGoH: Joel Champetier; MGoH: Frederic Ouellet; SciGoH: Hugh S. Gregory. Theme: SF&F.

November 13-14, 2004 (Japan) CONTACT Japan 6.
Ishikawajima education center, Kanagawa, Japan. Theme: SF&F.

November 13-14, 2004 (Republic of Ireland) Phoenix Convention
(P-Con II). Ashling Hotel, Parkgate St., Dublin 8, Ireland. GoH: Juliet E McKenna; Guests: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Charlie Stross, Steve Westcott, James P Hogan. Theme: SF&F.

November 19-21, 2004 (United States: Illinois) Midwest FurFest 2004.
Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL; 1-800-233-1234. GoHs: Ursula Vernon, Jared Ledger. Theme: Furry.

November 19-21, 2004 (United States: Michigan) U-Con.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Theme: Gaming.

November 19-21, 2004 (Australia: Australia Capital)  Best of Both Worlds 23.
The Chifley On Northbourne, Canberra, Australia. Guests: Bruce Hopkins, David Weatherley, Brett Beattie, Jed Brophy, Stephen Ure, John Howe, Ben Wootten. Theme: Lord of the Rings.

November 20-21, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Wardrobe 2004.
Boundary Hotel, Walsall, UK. Theme: Costuming.

November 25-28, 2004 (United States: Minnesota)  Convention-X.
The Millennium Hotel, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Minneapolis, MN. GoHs: Dave Arneson, Mike Jittlov, Allison Crowe, Andrew J. Lucking N.D. Theme: SF Media.

November 26-28, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) Loscon 31.
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles, CA. GoH: Tim Powers; FGoHs: James Stanley & Kathryn Daugherty. Theme: F&SF

November 26-28, 2004 (United States: Illinois) ChamBanaCon 34.
Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams, Springfield, IL 62701; 1-800-HILTONS. FGoHs: Tom & Tara Baker. Theme: SF&F - Relaxacon.

November 26-28, 2004 (United States: Illinois) Chicago Tardis.
Radisson Hotel O'Hare, 6810 North Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL. Guests: TBA. Theme: Dr. Who.

November 26-28, 2004 (United States: Maryland) Darkover Grand Council 27.
Holiday Inn, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timomium, MD 21093. GoH: Tamora Pierce; SGoH: Katherine Kurtz; MusicGoH: Clam Chowder. Theme: SF&F.

November 26-28, 2004 (Belgium)  Distichon: Beneluxcon.
Alfa-Inn, Blankenberge, Belgium. GoH: Frank Roger; FGoH: Dirk Bontes.

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 Mars rovers emerged from a communications blackout period and the low point of winter today with new funding and big plans for the journey ahead  --  Mars Rovers' Mission Extends with New Goals, New Funding

Less than a year after North America was treated to a total lunar eclipse, another one will take place on the final Wednesday of this month
-- Coming Oct. 27: Total Lunar Eclipse

A microbe from the Dead Sea may hold the key to protecting astronauts from one of the greatest threats they would face during a mission to Mars: space radiation --  Secrets of a Salty Survivor

A new study of a large number of planetary nebulae has revealed that rings, such as those seen here around the Catís Eye Nebula, are much more common that thought so far and have been found in at least one third of all planetary nebulae. --  ESA - Science - Photo Release

Jupiter's moon Io is shooting tiny volcanic projectiles at passing spacecraft.  They scorch through space traveling 670,000 mph, and they can even reach Earth. --  Beware Io Dust

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The only black ambulance in the city stopped in the littered area at the rear of Police HQ. The siren, unsuccessfully repaired many times, sounded like a sobbing infant, one too tired or despairing to cry properly. The dark-cloaked figure of the Fury rolled out of the back and fell to the pavement. Without seeing if his unwelcome passenger had landed safely, the driver gunned the engine, and the ambulance whimpered off. "Nice to see you back, ma'am," the desk sergeant said from behind his bulletproof glass, scrolling a schematic smile across the LEDs of the overhead announcement board. The Fury peeled a flattened Coca Cola cup from her dark coat and dropped it on the floor. It was a hot day, the sunlight molten on the worn squares of the floor, but the Fury kept her ankle-length coat buttoned up to her neck. Only the ends of her thick fingernails stuck out of the over-long sleeves. Her hair was long and stiff with dried blood.

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