NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2004
Issue No. 7

New Books
Author's Corner
Fiction Corner
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
A Short Break From Gravity
The Hook in the Book
Last Word

In space no one can hear you scream. But at the first pulse beat, at the first moment of cosmic hatching, when the Egg of Time Banged out a universe, there was a scream, a primal scream. Let's not say that the sense of wonder has gone out of space, what with science catching up and realizing by leaps and bounds the wildest dreams of Science Fiction writers. Let's not say mega-ideas has withered away in Science Fiction. We just have to kick our imagination engines into higher gear, oil our dream machines and soar off on wider, farther paths of exploration to discover new vistas of Ringworlds, of Cities in Flight, of looming Treeships.

Listen more closely then to the noise of space: Primal Scream: The Infant Universe Speaks

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 June 2004

Tor Books

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews

Del Rey Books

Baen Books

The Hero by John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson
Guardians of the Flame: Legacy by Joel Rosenberg
Grimmer than Hell by David Drake
Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton
Cosmic Tales: Adventures in the Sol System by T.K.F. Weisskopf

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Watch out Ace's occasional fake. You can usually tell which ones by if they sound real or not.

In the Forests of Serre, by Patricia A. McKillip.
The highly acclaimed fantasy novel, now in trade paperback

Robot Dreams, by Isaac Asimov.
A collection of the SF Master's famous robot stories!

Absolution Gape, by Alastair Reynolds.
The next epic installment in this hard SF adventure series!

Redemption Ark, by Alastair Reynolds
The next installment in the acclaimed hard SF epic, now in mass market!

A Fistful of Sky, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The acclaimed new novel from this spectacularly well-reviewed author!

The Warlock's Last Ride, by Christopher Stasheff
The long-awaited finale to the Warlock saga!

The Fleet: Total War, edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett
The next book in our Fleet re-issue program!

He's a Cold-Hearted Snake, by Paula Abdul & Ernie McDonald
Finally, a novelization of everyone's favorite song and video from the 80s!

The Warlock in Spite of Himself, by Christopher Stasheff
The first book in the Warlock saga, now back in print!

Daw Books

Roc Books

See also:

HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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: Nalo Hopkinson Nalo

Fiction Corner


THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER by James Patrick Kelly -- The last man on Earth lives with a coterie of "biops" who try to keep him happy -- and alive.

PAUL'S TREEHOUSE by Gene Wolfe -- A brief, chilling tale about the breakdown of civilization and the young boy's coping mechanism.

Movie Buzz

UPN has decided to renew Star Trek: Enterprise for a fourth season, the SaveEnterprise.com fan campaign reported today. -- TrekToday - Fan Campaign Claims 'Enterprise' Is Renewed

WB Light On SF&F Fare -- Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Potter Stars Predict Fates -- Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Episode III Title Revealed? The British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported a rumor that the upcoming third and last Star Wars prequel will be called Episode III?Birth of the Empire. Citing anonymous "insiders," the tabloid added that the movie will climax with a lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) while surfing on lava. A Hollywood source told the tabloid, "Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on platforms on the lava. They control these like surfboards."The source added, ?There's going to be a big announcement soon. They've tried lots of titles, but the most popular is Birth of the Empire." The movie is in post-production, with an eye to a May 2005 release.

SCI FI Brings Back Farscape -- Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Con News

July 2-5, 2004 (United States: Arizona) Westercon 57/ConKopelli.
Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ; 1-623-935-3811. GoH: C.J. Cherryh; AGoH: David Cherry; FGoH: John Hertz; MusicGoH: Heather Alexander. Theme: SF&F.

July 2-5, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) Anime Expo 2004.
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, Coast Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Theme: Anime.

July 2-4, 2004 (United States: Indiana) InConJunction 2004.
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240. GoH: Eric Flint; MGoH: David Winning; FilkGoH: Barry & Sally Childs-Helton; TM: Dr. James O. Farlow. Theme: SF&F.

July 2-4, 2004 (United States: Minnesota) CONvergence 2004: Out of the Shadows. Radisson Hotel South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN, 55439-3145.Guests: Larry Niven, David Gerrold, Vin Truitner, Denise Garner. Theme: SF&F.

July 2-4, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) Toronto Trek 18.
Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON Canada M9W 1J3. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F Media. .

July 2-4, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Nexus: Rebellion.
Ramada Plaza, Bristol, England. Guest: Peter Jurasik, Paul Darrow, Robert Llewellyn. Theme: Media SF.

July 2-11, 2004 (Czech Republic) Festival Fantazie.
Chotebor, Czech Republic.

July 9-11, 2004 (United States: Maryland) Shore Leave 26.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031; 1-410-785-7000. Guests: Cirroc Lofton, Thom Christopher, Brian Thompson. Theme: Media SF & Science.

July 8-11, 2004 (United States: Pennsylvania) Anthrocon 2004.
The Adam's Mark Hotel, City & Monument Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131; 1-215-581-5000. GoHs: Michel Gagné, Stan Sakai. Theme: Furry fandom.

July 10-11, 2004 (Finland) Finncon 2004.
Finnish National Science Fiction Convention. University of Jyväskylä, Finland. GoHs: Robin Hobb, Gwyneth Jones, yoshitoshi ABe, John Clute; FGoH: Toni Jerrman. Theme: SF&F. Memb: Free.

July 10, 2004 (Australia: Australia Capital) Best of Both Worlds 22.
The Chifley On Northbourne, Canberra, Australia. Guests: Craig Parker, Mark Ferguson, Joel Tobeck. Theme: Lord of the Rings.

July 14-18, 2004 (United States: New Jersey) Dexcon 7.
East Brunswick Hilton, East Brunswick, NJ 07094; 1-732-828-2000. Theme: Gaming.

July 15-18, 2004 (United States: Rhode Island) Necon 24.
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. GoHs: Simon Clark, Tom Piccirrilli, Tamara Thorne; EGoH: Don D'Auria; AGoH: Glenn Chadbourne; TM: Gordon Linzner; Legend: Douglas E. Winter. Theme: Writer's conference.

July 16-18, 2004 (United States: Connecticut) ConnectiCon.
University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. Guests: Peter Mayhew, Jamie McGonnigal, Steve Bennett III, Pete Abrams, Tim Buckley, Ian Jones Quartey. Theme: Anime, Comics, Fantasy, Games, Horror, Sci-Fi and more.

July 16-18, 2004 (United States: Oklahoma) Conestoga 8.
Sheraton Tulsa, 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74146; 1-918-627-5000. GoH: Eric Flint; AGoH: Darrell K. Sweet; FGoH: Curtis & Marilyn Berry; TM: Walter Jon Williams. Theme: SF&F Literary.

July 16-18, 2004 (Estonia) Estcon/Baltcon 2004.
7th Estonian National SF Convention. Ojaäärse resort, near Rakvere, Estonia. Theme: SF&F.

July 22-25, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) San Diego ComicCon International.
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Guests: Kevin J. Anderson, David B., June Foray, Tom Gill, Sid Jacobson, Bruce Jones, Batton Lash, Mike Mignola, Bill Plympton, Eduardo Risso, Mike Royer, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Frank Springer, John Totleben, Craig Thompson, James Warren. Theme: Comics.

July 23-25, 2004 (United States: North Carolina) Trinoc*coN 2004.
Durham Marriott, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC; 1-800-228-9290; rms: $82 sngl-quad. CGoH: Erin Lindsey; GGoH: Sam Lewis; WGoH: Steve Miller & Sharon Lee; AGoH: Jael. Theme: SF&F lit, art, gaming.

July 23-25, 2004 (United States: Pennsylvania) ConFluence 2004.
Four Points Sheraton, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh, PA 15275; 1-724-695-0002; 1-624-695-7262 (fax). GoH: Michael Kandel; Featured Musical Performer: Chris Conway. Theme: Literary SF&F.

July 23-25, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) LibertyCon 17.
Holiday Inn Cleveland-I-75-North Exit 25, 2400 Executive Park Dr., Cleveland, TN; 1-800-359-4827. GoH: Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle; AGoH: Steve Hickman; MC: David M. Weber. Theme: SF&F.

July 29-August 1, 2004 (United States: Arizona) Hexacon 14.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281; 1-800-547-8705; rms: $85 sngl-quad. Theme: Gaming.

July 30-August 1, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) Costume College 2004.
Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 1-818-997-7676, 1-800-350-1111. Theme: Costuming.

July 30-August 1, 2004 (United States: Maryland) Otakon 2004.
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD; Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

July 30-August 2, 2004 (United States: Michigan) Mythcon XXXV.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Scholar GoH: Charles A. Huttar; Author GoH: Neil Gaiman. Mythopoeic Awards presented. Theme: Bridges to Other Worlds: Thirty-five Years of Mythopoeic Scholarship.

July 30-August 1, 2004 (United States: Missouri) ShowMeCon 2.
St. Louis Airport Hilton, 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO; 1-314-426-5500. GoH: Mercedes Lackey; AGoH: Larry Dixon; SGoH: Steven Silver; TM: Jim Murray. Theme: SF&F.

July 30-August 2, 2004 (United States: Oklahoma) 2004 International Space Development Conference.
Clarion Meridian Hotel & Convention Center, 737 S. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73108; 1-405-942-8511. Theme: Settling the Space Frontier.

July 30-August 1, 2004 (Canada: Manitoba) Ai-Kon 2004.
Sheraton Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Guests: TBA 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

NASA-supported researchers are working to develop a fuel cell that can extract electricity from human waste. -- Waste Not

Using electric fields, NASA-supported researchers are learning to herd microbes for the benefit of astronauts and Homeland Security. -- Electric Border Collies

A privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle -- Private Spacecraft's Inaugural Launch Set for June 21

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

The English mathematician John Wallis (1616-1703) was a friend of Isaac Newton.
According to his diary, Newton once bragged to Wallis about his little dog Diamond.
"My dog Diamond knows some mathematics. Today he proved two theorems before lunch."
"Your dog must be a genius," said Wallis.
"Oh I wouldn't go that far," replied Newton. "The first theorem had an error and the second had a pathological exception."

The Hook in the Book

It's hard to stay cordial while fighting for your life, even when your life doesn't amount to much.
     Even when you're just a lump of clay.

     Some kind of missile -- a stone I guess -- smacked the brick wall inches away, splattering my face with stinging grit. There wasn't any shelter to cower behind, except an overstuffed trash can. I grabbed the lid and swung it around.
     Just in time. Another slug walloped the lid, denting plastic instead of my chest.
     Someone had me nailed.
     Moments ago, the alley had seemed a good place to hide and catch my breath. But now its chill darkness betrayed me instead. Even a ditto gives off some body heat. Beta and his gang don't carry guns into this part of town -- they wouldn't dare -- but their slingshots come equipped with infrared sights.

     I had to flee the betraying darkness. So while the shooter reloaded, I raised my makeshift shield and dashed for the bright lights of Odeon District.

by David Brin

Last Word

"In broad terms, science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science. It's what scientists would do if they could - if they had enough grant money, enough time, and enough brains to do the wonderful things they would like to do. So they read science fiction. It's a vicarious thrill. Most of the movers and shakers in the science world today started off reading science fiction as kids."

Author Greg Bear, February 2000
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