NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 1999 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: November 1999
Issue No. 2

Ponder of the Month
New Books
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
The Hook in the Book
Last Word

Ponder of the Month

When the eye of Chandra scoured the galaxy, it came upon incredible images of supernovae remnants: a flaming cosmic wheel; a bright patch in the dark sky of space. For those of us who want to keep the flame of science fiction alive, think of the awe and inspiration it would give us if we could bridge tens of thousands of light-years with a thought and watch a star spew out its last fiery breath. If only the discovery of life in the cosmos could be as brilliant and as easily captured by a space telescope as the discovery of a sun's ending.

New SF books in November

The Fifth Elephant [Transworld/Doubleday UK] Terry Pratchett

Armageddons [Ace, US] Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

The Borderlands of Science [Baen, US] Charles Sheffield

Donor [St. Martin's, US] Charles Wilson

Earl Aubec [White Wolf, US] Michael Moorcock

Echoes in Time [Tor, US] Sherwood Smith and Andre Norton

Precursor [Daw, US] C. J. Cherryh

The Sea is Full of Stars [Ballantine Del Rey, US] Jack L. Chalker

Starfire [Bantam Spectra, US] Charles L. Sheffield

The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus [Tor, US] Harry Harrison

The Wild Swan [Penguin/Roc, US] Mercedes Lackey

Wind in the Stone [Avon Eos, US] Andre Norton

Wisdom of the Fox [Baen, US] Harry Turtledove

Movie and TV Buzz

There are plans to put BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on the really, really big screen. According to SFX Magazine, the series creator Glen Larson is considering a 50-minute IMAX movie for GALACTICA. Imagine that - space opera and space battles for the length of a TV episode, but on a screen so big you may sit right inside all the action!

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Coinciding with the filming of the movie, Houghton Mifflin is publishing a one-time-only hardcover "millennium edition" of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The saga is being presented in a boxed set of seven hardcover volumes, one for each of its six parts plus a seventh volume containing the appendices. One of the most beloved stories of the 20th century, THE LORD OF THE RINGS has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide in 25 different languages.

And that from a book that a critic once labelled as "long-winded balderdash!"

More in eon magazine

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Remember actress Persis Khambata, who played the bald, Deltan navigator Lt. Ilia in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, even before Jean Luc Picard made it to the bridge in his best baldness? Sadly, Khambata died of a massive heart attack on Tuesday, August 19 at the age of 49. Did she join "Vger" in the here after?

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Time frame for "PERN the TV Series":

  • Digital preproduction - April 1998-November 1998
  • Final dragon design - November 1999
  • Preproduction, miniature builds etc. - October 1999
  • Casting - November 1999
  • Production Shooting - February 2000
  • Fall 2000 on your TV screens.

    Sneak preview: Pern

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    From: Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

    "The SCI FI Channel has given the green light to a six-hour Dune miniseries being developed by ABC Pictures. The project is being executive produced by Richard Rubinstein (The Stand, The Langoliers) from a script by John Harrison.

    Casting for Dune is underway now and is expected to be completed by the end of September. The series will be shooting on location in Prague and Tunisia later this year and will likely air on SCI FI in the second half of 2001"

    Con News

    "It's the end of the world as we know it ... but we feel fine!"

    Join the best end of the world theme at LOSCON XXVI 26 - 28 November at the Hilton Burbank Airport.

    Guest of Honor: Connie Willis
    Artist Guest of Honor: Alex Ross
    Fan Guest of Honor: Joe Siclari
    Special Guest Appearance: J. Michael Straczynski

    One of the special events is to fold one thousand cranes and then send them to the Sadako Monument in Hiroshima. Mark your calendars and, if you plan to be there, fold a crane or two!

    Loscon XXVI - November 26-28, 1999

    And ... there is also WindyCon XXVI! Windycon XXVI
    When: November 12-14, 1999
    Where: Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL

    Author GoH: Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith
    Artist GoH: Steven Vincent Johnson
    Editor GoH: Ellen Datlow
    Science GoH: Mitchell Burnside-Clapp
    Fan GoH: Chaz Boston Baden
    Toastmaster: Barry B. Longyear
    ISFiC Guests: Christian Ready
    Peter David
    Special Guest: David Lee Anderson
    Special Filk Guest: T.J Burnside-Clapp
    A Special Appearance by: David Brin

    And other guests: Pat Beese, Bob Blackwood, Algis J. Budrys, Darlene Coltraine, Glen Cook, Juanita Coulson, Alex Eisenstein, Phyllis Eisenstein, Todd Cameron Hamilton, Betty Ann Hull, Leigh Kimmel, Kathleen Massie-Ferch, R.M. Meluch, Frederik Pohl, Jennie Roller, Gene Wolfe, Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, Frieda Murray

    The latest of NASA

    Galileo has a date - learn all about it!

    Galileo has a hot date with Jupiter's volcanic moon Io
    IoFlyby.com -- Science news and images from Galileo's Io encounters

    The Hook in the Book

    "Pervading the atmosphere of Helliconia were viruses which, through long processes of adaptation, were harmless to the natives. At least they were harmless throughout most of the Great Year. But to anyone from Earth, those unfilterable viruses formed a barrier like the sword of the angel, who - in an ancient Earth myth - guarded the entrance to the Garden of Eden."

    HELLICONIA SUMMER by Brian W. Aldiss

    Last Word

    "I know you don't want fame, power, the big best seller, fortune - and therefore I know that you must want to or even need to write SF. One SF writer said to me one day, "I'd write it even if they paid nothing." Vanity to see your name in print? No, just an awareness that this is a chosen field, and chosen by him; he is not being forced to live out the ambitions of his thwarted parents and their aspirations that their son"amounts to something," as for example, by becoming a doctor or a lawyer - all those good, classy, well paying professions."

    Philip K. Dick on "Who Is an SF Writer?" (1974)
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