NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2004
Issue No. 9


Noreascon Four/62nd World Science Fiction Convention.
September 2-6, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts)

Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA; Sheraton Boston. GoHs: Terry Pratchett, William Tenn; FGoHs: Jack Speer, Peter Weston. Theme: SF&F.

The time that science fiction fans from across the world assemble and strut their stuff will occur with traditional feverish momentum, less than a month from now!  Although none of our hosts will attend this year (reality and all that getting in the way), we anticipate there will be a mighty roar coming from Boston, the roar of  Science Fiction Fans partying to the fullest capacity in their annual celebration. 

<> <>  <> <>  <> <>

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. 

Join our science fiction chats at AOL!
Books Sci-Fi & Fantasy Chats

SF General
,  9 - 10:30 pm ET
Due to a shortage of hosts SF General will be unmanned on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but let this temporary measure not discourage you; folk come in anyway and Bring Their Own Topic!

    Other Worlds SF Chat , every night, 10:30 pm - 12 am ET

New SF books in August 2004

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews

Tor hardcovers
Kevin Anderson & Brian Herbert, DUNE: THE BATTLE OF CORRIN
Andy Duncan & F. Brett Cox, eds., CROSSROADS
Mick Farren, KINDLING
Elizabeth Haydon, ELEGY FOR A LOST STAR
Nancy Kress, CRUCIBLE
Juliet Marillier, FOXMASK

Tor trade paperback
Hal Clement, NOISE

Orb trade paperback
Steven Brust, AGYAR

Tor SF mass market
Kevin Anderson & Brian Herbert, DUNE: THE MACHINE CRUSADE
Walter Hunt, THE DARK PATH
Scott Westerfeld, THE RISEN EMPIRE

Tor Fantasy mass market
Juliet Marillier, WOLFSKIN

Starscape mass market

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

The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein
Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon

Baen Books  Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page 
The Wizard of Karres
by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
Sunrise Alley
by Catherine Asaro
The Stars at War (Mega Book)
by David Weber and Steve White
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
by Robert A. Heinlein
Hell's Faire
by John Ringo
Kaspar's Box
by  Jack L. Chalker

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

(Can you spot Ace's fake book?)

Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton -- The first Anita Blake novel, with a sharp new trade paperback package!
Changing Planes, by Ursula K. Le Guin -- A collection of short stories by this award-winning SF master!
Strange Cargo, by Jeffrey E. Barlough -- A new fantasy mystery from this highly acclaimed author!
E! Will Put Anything on the Air These Days, by Michael Hansburg, Ph.D. -- A fascinating and in-depth critical look at a cable network in turmoil!
Guardian, by Joe Haldeman -- The newest novel from this acclaimed SF author!
Myth Alliances, by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye -- The newest book in this hilarious funny fantasy series!
Raven's Shadow, by Patricia Briggs -- A new romantic fantasy from this acclaimed author!
Neurolink, by M.M. Buckner -- A stunning new cyberpunk adventure from this acclaimed new author!
Golden Globe, by John Varley -- A re-issue of this classic novel by this acclaimed SF author!
Xombies, by Walter Greatshell -- A terrifying horror novel by this new author!

Daw Books

A FLAME IN HALI (Clingfire #3) by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross (hardcover)
FITZPATRICK'S WAR by Theodore Judson (hardcover)
FIRST RIDER'S CALL by Kristen Britain (first time in paperback)
THE DRAGON CIRCLE (Star Gods #2) by Irene Radford
REVISIONS edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel

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 --   Glen Cook : The Fan Page 

Fiction Corner          


Alex Irvine -- A colony of refugees from Earth become infected by a delusion that threatens their survival.

AMONG THE DEAD by Edward Bryant -- The last three people on earth live, and barely survive in a mausoleum.

Movie Buzz

Australian actor Julian McMahon (TV's Nip/Tuck) will play the villainous Dr. Doom in Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four movie, Variety reported. Tim Story directs the film adaptation of the Marvel Comics franchise, which goes into production this month in Vancouver, B.C., for a July 1, 2005, release --  Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Law Flies With Paltrow In Sky Jude Law, star of the upcoming SF movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, told SCI FI Wire that he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow found themselves at ease as a result of having worked together previously in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley --  Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Con news

September 3-6, 2004 (United States: California, Northern) SiliCon 2004.
DoubleTree Inn, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.  GoH: Tim Powers; AGoH: Frank Lurz; FGoH: Sara Bruce; TM: Dann Lopez. Theme: SF&F.

September 3-6, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Dragon*Con 2004.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. Guests: Harlan Ellison, Anthony Michael Hall, Storm Constanine, Denny O'Neil, Carmine Infantino, William Stout, Peter Jurasik, Alice Krige, Joseph Michael Linser. Theme: SF&F.

September 3-6, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) Mephit FurMeet 8.
Holiday Inn Select Memphis Airport, Memphis, TNGoH: Rog Minotaur. Theme: Furry.

September 3-6, 2004 (United States: Virginia) Tad & Craig’s Excellent Party 11.
Tad & Craig's Excellent Party. Dulles Days Hotel, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20170; 1-703-471-6700. Theme: Relaxacon/Gaming.

September 4-6, 2004 (United States: Oregon)
Kumoricon 2004.
Portland Marriott Downtown, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR; 1-503-226-7600; rms: $89. Theme: SF&F.

September 4, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Infinity 2004.
Towngate Theatre, Basildon, Essex, UK. Guests: Anthony Ainley, Angela Bruce, Adele Silva. Theme: Doctor Who.

September 10-12, 2004 (United States: Arizona) 
CopperCon 24.
Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-177. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: Todd Lockwood; LocalGoH: Catherine Wells; MusicGoH: Leslie Fish. Theme: Literary SF&F.

September 17-19, 2004 (United States: Iowa) AnimeIowa 2004.
Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, 1-515-243-1161, 1-800-243-1161. Guests: Kia Asamiya, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial. Theme: Anime. .

September 17-19, 2004 (United States: Ohio) Midwest Construction III.
Columbus Northwest Drury Suites, Columbus, OH; 1-800-325-0720. Theme: conrunning.

September 17-19, 2004 (United States: Washington) Foolscap VI.
Bellevue Hilton, 100-112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004; 1-425-455-3330. GoH: George R.R. Martin, Raven Mimura. Theme: Science fiction and fantasy on paper.

September 17-19, 2004 (Germany) Elstercon 2004.
Haus des buches, Leipzig, Germany. Guests: Orson Scott Card, Tim Powers, John Clute, Brian Lumley, Kai Meyer, Michael Nagula, Leo Lukas, Frank W. Haubold, Angel und Karlheinz Steinmüller. Theme: Stadt, wohin?

September 17-19, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Amanda Tapping: a weekend with her fans.
Edwardian Radisson, Bath Road, Heathrow, London, UK. GoH: Amanda Tapping. Theme: Amanda Tapping.

September 17-19, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Oxonmoot 2004.
Tolkien Society gathering. St Hilda's College, Oxford, UK. Theme: Tolkien.

September 24-26, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Anime Weekend Atlanta 10.
Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339; 1-770-953-4500, 1-800-468-3571. Theme: Anime & Manga.

September 24-26, 2004 (United States: Texas) FenCon 2004.
Holiday Inn Select North Dallas, 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX; 972-243-3363. GoH: Larry Niven; FGoH: Jim Murray; FilkGoH: Michael Longcor; TM: Elizabeth Moon. Theme: Literary SF & Filk. .

September 24-26, 2004 (United States: Washington)
ConiFur Northwest.
The Sheraton Tacoma, Tacoma, WA; 1-800-325-3535. AGoH: Chad Krueger; WGoH: Edd Vick. Theme: Furry.

September 24-26, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) FantasyCon 2004.
Quality Hotel, Walsall, UK.  British Fantasy Awards. Theme: Fantasy. GoHs: Muriel Gray, Robert Holdstock.

September 30-October 3, 2004 (United States: Illinois)
Archon 28.
Holiday Inn & Gateway Center, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234-6103 (St. Louis, MO area); 1-800-551-5133. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: Vincent Di Fate; FGoH: Mike Glyer; GGoH: Shane Hensley; CostumeGoH: Jacqueline Ward; TM: Ben Bova; Masq MC: Vic Milán. Theme: SF&F.

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

Check for the latest updates and pictures from the two Exploration Rovers on Mars --   Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Home

Those twin robots hard at work on Mars have transmitted teasing views that reinforce the prospect that microbial life may exist on the red planet
--  Life on Mars Likely, Scientist Claims

A cutting-edge Apollo 11 science experiment is still running today, 35 years after astronauts left it behind in the Sea of Tranquility --  The Most Important Thing Armstrong Left on the Moon

Using ESA’s Integral and XMM-Newton observatories, an international team of astronomers has found more evidence that massive black holes are surrounded by a doughnut-shaped gas cloud, called a torus --  ESA - Science - Science News Release

At the outer limits of our solar system, a solar shock wave is about to overtake NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft --  Voyager 1: Prepare for Action

One day, astronauts could zip across the solar system in spinning spaceships.  How will their brains adapt to life onboard a twirling home where strange "Coriolis forces" rule?  The answer might surprise you --  Spinning Brains

J A short break from gravity  J

#In the beginning was the computer. And God said
:Let there be light!
#You have not signed on
#Enter user password.
#Password Incorrect. Try again!
#Password Incorrect. Try again!
#And God signed on 1201 a.m., Sunday, March 1.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

The rider left the great sprawl of tents that marked the nomad army just as the sun set.  Dusk washed his scarlet shirt gray, and with only the gibbous moon to light him, he soon faded into the dark of night, the susurration of his horse's passage through the high grass marking his progress.  Near midnight, he came to another, smaller camp, and here he changed horses and went on.   By dawn, he was within sight of the low range of hills where lay the farthest outposts of the khaja, the settled people.

One hand's span after sunrise, he rode through a village.  Fields spread out around the huts.  Green shoots wet with dew sparkled in the soft light of morning.  The khaja stopped in their tasks and stared at him, a lone jaran warrior armed with a saber and a lance, passing through their midst as if their presence was beneath his notice.  None spoke, or moved against him.

by Kate Elliott



Last Word

"Stories where the author has known very little, but run a computer program that tells him how to construct a planet, and looked up specific things about rocketry and so on, really suck. If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction. You can write like Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison as much as you want."

Author Frederick Pohl, October 2000
Read SF
Join our science fiction chats!

Chat Schedule

To receive this newsletter by mail, use our Subscription Form.

Contact Us  |  Search  |  FAQ  |  TOS  |  Disclaimer