NEWSLETTER: JULY 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2004
Issue No. 8


Remember the pictures fifty years ago expressing our loftiest hopes:  a permanent space station, a moonbase, explorers roaming the outer planets?  Fifty years to the end of the twentieth century seemed more than enough time to accomplish all those.  Time has flown by and our hopes are still fiction.  In 2004 we have a space station in orbit, but it is a skeletal spectre of what was first envisioned. What are we contemplating for the next fifty years, now that our expectations are less hopeful and more bleak.  A space elevator is being contemplated and a Mars landing.  It's time to give hope a vacation and let action take the driver's seat.   Let's do it.

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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 July 2004

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Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

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

IRON COUNCIL by China Mieville
LOST AND FOUND by Alan Dean Foster
STAR WARS: MEDSTAR 1: BATTLE SURGEONS by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
THE SCAR by China Mieville
THE OATHBOUND WIZARD by Christopher Stasheff

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

Emerald Sea
by John Ringo
Masters of Fantasy
by Bill Fawcett
by Harry Turtledove
The Witches of Karres
by James H. Schmitz
The Service of the Sword
by David Weber
Visions of Liberty
by Martin Harry Greenberg and Mark Tier

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

THE WILDING by C.S. Friedman (hardcover)
WILD MAGIC (Fool's Gold, Book 3) by Jude Fisher (first time in paperback)
TO GRASP THE STARS by Jennifer Wingert
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE BIG BAD CITY edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers

Roc Books

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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 --  Jerry Pournelle  CHAOS MANOR IN PERSPECTIVE

Fiction Corner          


Gardner Dozois, George RR Martin and Daniel Abraham -- An angry, unsuccessful laborer on another planet comes across another alien race hidden within a mountain rich with valuable ore. He wakes up and is forced by the aliens to hunt down another human.

SLOW TUESDAY NIGHT by R.A. Lafferty -- Experience a day in the life of a speeded up city in which fortunes are made and lost several times a night.

Movie Buzz

Catwoman (July 23) -- Catwoman

Thunderbirds (July 30) --  Thunderbirds

Alien vs. Predator (Aug 13) --  Alien Vs. Predator

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Con news

August 5-8, 2004 (Bulgaria) Bulgacon 2004/Eurocon 2004.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. GoH: Sergey Lukyanenko. Memb: Free.

August 6-8, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) Conchord 18.
Southern California Filk Convention. Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367; 1-818-887-4800. GoHs: TBA.  Theme: Filk.

August 6-8, 2004 (United States: Kentucky)
ConGlomeration 2004.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299; 1-502-491-4830 or 1-866-246-2021. GoH: Michael Williams; AGoH: Tom Kidd; FilkGoH: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F.

August 6-8, 2004 (United States: Louisiana) Crescent City Con XIX.
Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002: 1-504-888-9500, 1-800-277-7575. Guests: Bret Funk, Darlene Bolesny, Robert Asprin. Theme: SF&F, Media, Gaming.

August 6-8, 2004 (Canada: Alberta) Con-Version 21.
Calgary Westin Hotel, 320 4th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2P 2S6 Canada; 1-888-254-0637. Guests: George R.R. Martin, Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Theme: SF&F.

August 6-8, 2004 (Canada: Quebec)
8th Gathering of the Gargoyles.
Delta Centre-Ville, 777 University St., Montréal, QB Canada H3C 3Z7; 1-514-879-1370 or 1-800-268-1133. Guests: Greg Weisman, Thom Adcox-Hernandez. Theme/Focus: Disney's Gargoyles.

August 13-15 2004 (United States: Idaho) 
Red Lion Boise Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Ave., Bosie, ID; 1-208-344-7691. Guests: Howard Tayler, Reed Hawker. Theme: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Anime/Gaming/Horror/Comics.

August 13-15, 2004 (United States: Maryland)
Horrorfind Weekend 2004.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD; 1-410-785-7000. Guests: Chris Golden, Tim Lebbon, Michael Slade, Jack Ketchum, Doug Clegg, George Romero, Kane Hodder, Barbara Crampton, Scott Reiniger, Sid Haig, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace Stone. Theme: SF&F/Media.

August 13-15, 2004 (United States: Minnesota)
Diversicon 12.
Days Inn Airport—Mall of America, 1901 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN; 1-952-854-8400. GoH: S.P. Somtow; SGoH: Mark Rich. Theme: Diversity in SF&F.

August 13-15, 2004 (United States: Texas) 
ArmadilloCon 26.
Hilton North, Austin, TX; 1-512-451-5757. GoH: Sharon Shinn; FGoH: Chaz "Hazel" Boston Baden; TM: K.D. Wentworth; EGoH: Stan Schmidt; AGoH: Charles Vess; SGoH: TBA. Theme: Literary SF&F.

August 19-22, 2004 (Poland) 
Polcon 2004.
Polish National Convention. University of Zielona Gora, Poland. GoH: Jacek Dukaj; EGoH: Runa Agency. Theme: SF&F.

August 20-22, 2004 (Germany)
Palatine, Germany. GoHs: Rainer Erler, Marcus Hammerschmitt, Leigh Kennedy, Christopher Priest; AGoH: Franz H. Miklis. Theme: SF&F. Info:

August 20-22, 2004 (Sweden) 
Swecon 2004.
The National Swedish SF Convention. Årsta Folkets Hus, Stockholm, Sweden. GoHs: M. John Harrison, Tim Russ, Jeffrey Combs.

August 20-22, 2004 (United Kingdom: England)
Oadby, Leicester, UK. GoH: Monica Rial. Theme: Anime.

August 20-23, 2004 (United Kingdom: England)
Discworld Convention 2004.
The Hanover International Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Theme: Discworld.

August 21-22, 2004 (Japan)
G-con 2004.
43rd Japan National Science Fiction Convention. The Nagara River International Meeting Assembly Hall, Japan. Theme: SF&F. Memb:

August 26-29, 2004 (Germany)
Eurofurence X.
Jugendherberge Biggesee, Auf dem Mühlenberg, 57462 Olpe, Germany. GoH: Timothy Albee. Theme: Furry.

August 27-29, 2004 (United States: New Mexico)
  Bubonicon 36.
Wyndham Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoH: David Mattingly; TM: Gardner Dozois. Theme: SF&F.

August 27-29, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Robin of Sherwood Legend 2004.
Swindon Hilton, Swindon, England. Guest: Phil Rose. Theme: Robin of Sherwood.

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

Space Elevator: Momentum Building

Using data from the ESA/NASA SOHO observatory, scientists have produced the first three-dimensional (3D) views of massive solar eruptions, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). When directed at Earth, CMEs can disrupt radio communications, satellite links and power systems. This new result is critical for a complete understanding of these dramatic phenomena --  ESA - Science - Science News Release

Picture this: an astronaut on Mars sends a rover out to investigate a risky-looking crater. Slip-sliding down the crater wall, the rover sends signals back to the Mars Base where the astronaut, wearing VR goggles and
gloves, feels like she herself is on the slope. Sounds like science fiction?  Technology blossoming in NASA laboratories could make it happen --  What ever happened to ... Virtual Reality?

It's only a first look, and the images are blurry, but scientists are delighted: an instrument onboard Cassini has peered through Titan's dense clouds to see what lies beneath --  Titan's Surface Revealed

J A short break from gravity  J

Foment of Ferment
By Wm. Shakespipette

They would heva bleached hereafter.
There would have been a time for such a growth.
E. coli and E. coli and E. coli
swirls in his petty flask from day to day
to the last sample of recorded density
And all our protocols have lighted fools
the way to frothy death.  Out, out brief culture!
Life's but a tepid incubator, a poor plater
that dabs and streaks his colony upon the stage
and then is grown no more; it is a thesis
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
signifying nothing.
Thou comest to mouth pipette; thy inoculum quickly.

~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~

Had the Icefalcon still been living among the Talking Stars People, the penalty for not recognizing the old man he encountered in the clearing by the four elm trees would have been the removal of his eyes, tongue, liver, heart, and brain, in that order. His head would have been cut off, and, the Talking Stars People being a thrifty folk, his hair taken for bowstrings, his skin for ritual leather, and his bones for tools and arrowheads. If it was a bad winter, they would have eaten his flesh, too, so it was just as well that his misdeed occurred in the middle of spring.

The Icefalcon considered all this logical and justified: the laws of his ancestors were not the reason that he no longer lived among the Talking Stars People.

All the horror that followed could have been avoided had he minded his own business, as was his wont. Sometimes he felt that he had spent entirely too much time living among civilized people.

Copyright ©1997 by Barbara Hambly. All Rights Reserved.



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