NEWSLETTER: MAY 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2004
Issue No. 6

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

Why do we read science fiction? Look around you and ask yourself: are the worlds in science fiction any worse than the one we are in? Yes, there are worlds unimaginably bleaker and worlds unimaginably more amazing, portrayed in vivid words and imagery that go beyond the scope of this world we exist in. And by reading we do so uplift our minds and imagination that we have to read on. Read on!

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 May 2004

Tor Books

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews

Del Rey Books

Baen Books

Wind Rider's Oath by David Weber
The Regiment: A Trilogy by John Dalmas
The Houses of the Kzinti by Jerry Pournelle, Dean Ing, S.M. Stirling
Between the Strokes of Night by Charles Sheffield
Hour of the Gremlins by Gordon R. Dickson and Ben Bova

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

SURVIVAL (Species Imperative #1) by Julie E. Czerneda (hardcover)
THE WAR OF THE FLOWERS by Tad Williams (first time in paperback)
BROKEN CRESCENT by S. Andrew Swann
FAERIE TALES edited by Mike Resnick

Roc Books

See also:

HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Two Eos authors have been nominated for the 2004 Hugo Award!

Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold - HarperCollins

Ilium, Dan Simmons - HarperCollins

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: Kent Brewster's Butt-Ugly Home Page.

Fiction Corner


ELVIS IN THE ATTIC by Catherine M. Morrison -- What can a kid do when he finds an Elvis in the attic and his mom wants to call the exterminator?

THE DANDELION GIRL by Robert F. Young -- A middle-aged man meets a young girl on a hill near his vacation house who claims she's from the far future.

Movie Buzz

Catwoman - July 23rd: Short file : Catwoman

I, Robot - July 10th Short file : I, Robot

Alien vs. Predator - August 13th: Short file : Alien Vs. Predator

Con News

June 3-6, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Mythic Journeys.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 265 Peachtree Street N E, Atlanta, GA; 1-800-233-1234 or 1-404-577-1234. Theme: Fantasy.

June 4-6, 2004 (United States: Illinois) Die Con 4.
Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL (St. Louis, MO area). Theme: Gaming.

June 4-6, 2004 (United States: Illinois) DucKon 13.
Ramada Plaza Chicago Northshore, 4500 West Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL; 847-677-1234. GoH: Eric Flint; AGoH: Butch Honeck; FilkGoH: Steve Macdonald; FGoH: Roxanne Meida King; SGoH: J.D. Frazer. Theme: SF&F.

June 4-6, 2004 (United States: North Carolina) ConCarolinas.
Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte, NC; 1-704-527-9650, 1-800-228-9290. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: Joe Corroney; SGoH: Dr. Sam "Uncle Kage" Conway. Theme: SCA, Gaming, Literary, and General Fandom topics.

June 4-6 2004 (United States: Oregon) ConComCon 11.
Columbia River Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR; 503-283-2111. Theme: conrunning.

June 4-6, 2004 (United States: Texas) A-Kon 15.
Adam's Mark Hotel and Convention Center 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. GoHs: Nov. Takahashi. Theme: Anime.

June 4-6, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) C-ACE 2004.
Chimo Hotel, 1199 Joseph Cyr St., Ottawa, ON K1J 7T4, Canada; 1-613-744-1060 or 1-800-387-9779. AGoH: Heather Bruton; CGoH: Jen Seng. Theme: Cartoon & illustration art/writing.

June 4-6, 2004 (Germany) Nordcon.
Hamburg House, Hamburg, Germany. Info: 2004@nordcon.de.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: Arkansas) Roc*Kon 2004.
Little Rock Convention Center, The Peabody Hotel of Little Rock, Little Rock, AR. GoH: Charlaine Harris; AGoH: Keith Berdak; TM: Bradley H. Sinor. Theme: SF&F.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) 2004: A Fan Odyssey.
The Four Points by Sheraton Culver City, 5990 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA; 1-310-641-7740; 1-310-645-7045. Guests: John Blakey, Nadia Cameron-Blakey, J. Hunter Ackerman, Carmen Argenziano, Greg Evigan, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Chris Demetral, Bruce A. Young, Maureen Russell. Theme: Highlander.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: Florida) DreamCon.
Adam's Mark Hotel, 225 Coast Line Dr., Jacksonville FL; 1-904-633-9095. Guests: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Peter David, Tananarive Due. Theme: Multigenre.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Sci-Fi Summer Con 2004.
Atlanta Crown Plaza Perimeter NW Hotel, 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30339; 1-770-955-1700. Guests: audre, Bob Burdan, John De Vito, Emerald Rose. Theme: SF&F, Media, gaming, art.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: Maryland) Conterpoint 2004.
14th Floating East Coast Filk Con. Woodfin Suite Hotel, 1380 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850; 1-800-237-8811 or 1-301-590-9880. GoH: Chris "Minstrel" Malme; Interfilk: Jordan Mann; TM: Bob Esty. Theme: Filk.

June 11-13, 2004 (United States: Washington) Black to the Future.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Seattle, WA. Guests: Octavia E. Butler, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, Sheree R. Thomas, Nisi Shawl. Theme: A Black Science Fiction Festival.

June 11-14, 2004 (Australia: Victoria) Continuum 2004.
Cato Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Theme: SF&F.

June 18-20, 2004 (United States: Maine) PortConMaine 2004.
Best Western: Merry Manor Inn, South Portland, ME; 1-207-774-6151. Guests: Nami, Daniel Kevin Harrison, Jessica McLaughlin, Jared A. Sorensen, Craig Enslin, Nate Frisoli, Jason Amerkanian, Jason Libby. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

June 18-20, 2004 (United States: New Jersey) AnimeNEXT.
Crowne Plaza Meadowlands, 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ 07094, 1-201-348-6900. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

June 18-20, 2004 (Sweden) ConFuse 2004.
Ryds Herrg?rd, Link?ping, Sweden. GoH: Justina Robson. Theme: SF&F. Info: ConFuse 2004 c/o Tommy Persson, Rydsv?gen 180A, SE-584 32, Link?ping, Sweden; confuse@lysator.liu.se.

June 19-20, 2004 (Germany) ColoniaCon 16.
K?ln, Germany. Guests: Uwe Anton, Klaus N. Frick, Werner K. Giesa, Ronald Hahn, Claudia Kern, Achim Mehnert, Horst Pukallus, Frank Rehfeld, Herman Ritter, Earl Warren. Info: raz@demondestroyer.de.

June 24-27, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) Escapade 2004.
Radisson Hotel Boston, Boston, MA. Theme: Farscape.

June 24-27, 2004 (United States: Ohio) Midwestcon 55.
Doubletree Guest Suites, 6300 East Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241; 1-513-489-3636; suites: $89. Theme: Relaxacon.

June 25-27, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) The Black Road 2004.
Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; 1-800-362-2779 or 1-508-485-5900. Theme: Gaming.

June 25-27, 2004 (United States: Missouri) Konniption.
Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Columbia, MO; 1-800-659-2220. GoHs: David Drake, Jim Butcher. Theme: 'Toons.

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

The Spirit rover set a personal best today for distance driving on Mars while its twin, Opportunity, got to within a two-days drive of the highly anticipated Endurance crater. -- Spirit Sets Personal Best, Opportunity Nears Next Mars Stop

The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. At its centre lies a superhot dying star smothered in a blanket of "hailstones". A new Hubble image reveals fresh detail in the wings of this "cosmic butterfly" -- ESA - Science - Photo Release

The Gravity Probe B spacecraft left Earth today to measure a subtle yet long-sought force of Nature: gravitomagnetism. -- In Search of Gravitomagnetism

The planet Venus, so bright it is often mistook for an alien spaceship, reaches maximum brilliancy this week. Through a small telescope or a good pair of binoculars, Venus looks like a beautiful crescent. -- UFO Planet

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Heavenly HMO

Three health care professionals find themselves at the Pearly Gates.

Saint Peter asks the first, "Why do you belong here?"

The first replies, "I was a great surgeon. I have saved countless lives." "Welcome," says Saint Peter, "We've been expecting you."

Saint Peter then asks the second, "Why do you belong here?"

The second answers, "I was a family practitioner. I treated young and old alike. I made them well again." "Welcome," says Saint Peter, "We've been expecting you."

Finally, Saint Peter asks the third, "Why do you belong here?"

The third says, "I ran an HMO. I helped pay for thousands to receive medical care." "Okay," replies Saint Peter, "But you can only stay a day and a half."

The Hook in the Book

Poke kept her eyes open all the time. The younger children were supposed to be on watch, too, and sometimes they could be quite observant, but they just didn't notice all the things they needed to notice, and that meant that Poke could only depend on herself to see danger. There was plenty of danger to watch for. The cops, for instance. They didn't show up often, but when they did, they seemed especially bent on clearing the streets of children. They would flail about them with their magnetic whips, landing cruel stinging blows on even the smallest children, haranguing them as vermin, thieves, pestilence, a plague on the fair city of Rotterdam. It was Poke's job to notice when a disturbance in the distance suggested that the cops might be running a sweep. Then she would give the alarm whistle and the little ones would rush to their hiding places till the danger was past.

by Orson Scott Card

Last Word

"Science fiction frequently tries to imagine what life would be like on a plane as far above us as we are above savagery; its setting is often of a kind that appears to us technologically miraculous. It is thus a mode of romance with a strong tendency to myth."

Northrop Frye
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