NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2004
Issue No. 5

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

Science fiction fans do more than just read books. They gather nightly and discuss issues that are close to their heart: space exploration. Let it not be said that science fiction chatrooms indulge in frivolous chat for here is one profound observation made by a chatter:

"Our space program has attention deficit disorder. Go to the Moon. Lose interest. Build the Hubble. Lose interest. Build the shuttle. Get scared and lose interest. Build the space station. Lose interest. Now we're going to Mars. Space program needs to be given a time out, sent to the corner and think about its actions."

We should give credit to the achievements that NASA has made: we have two working rovers on Mars right now. But should we allow them to "lose interest" once more? Not now, not again. And here is where we, as fans, come in: we can write, we can yell, we can make it work and dare to realize our fondest dreams.

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 April 2004

Tor Books

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews

Tor hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

THE SKINNER by Neal Asher
SETHRA LAVODE by Steven Brust
MEDALON by Jennifer Fallon
THE DRAGON QUINTET edited by Marvin Kaye
WELLSPRING OF CHAOS by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
A SCHOLAR OF MAGICS by Caroline Stevermer
MIDNIGHT MASS by F. Paul Wilson

Tor SF mass-market titles:

CROSSFIRE by Nancy Kress
SANTIAGO by Mike Resnick

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

DRAGON OF DESPAIR by Jane Lindskold

Starscape titles:


Del Rey Books

THE LABYRINTH KEY by Howard Hendrix
THE NEW LOVECRAFT CIRCLE edited by Robert M. Price
THE BRIAR KING by Greg Keyes
AMERICAN GOTHIC by Michael Romkey

Baen Books

1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
The Second Coming by John Dalmas
Gods and Androids by Andre Norton
March to the Stars by David Weber and John Ringo
Resurgence by Charles Sheffield
Advance and Retreat by Harry Turtledove

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

GUARDIAN OF THE PROMISE (Merlin's Descendants #4) by Irene Radford
THE SILKEN SHROUD (Silken Magic #2) by Elizabeth Gilligan
CONQUEROR FANTASTIC edited by Pamela Sargent 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: Roger MacBride Allen

Fiction Corner


THE BAUM PLAN FOR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE by John Kessel -- An ex-con and his former partner-in-crime unexpectedly enter a world of wonders during their next heist.

THE LITTLE LAMB by Fredric Brown -- An artist's wife/muse disappears.

Movie Buzz

Earthsea (Premieres December 2004)
Based on the classic literary series by acclaimed author Ursula K. LeGuin, the SCI FI Original miniseries Earthsea follows the tale of a reckless youth destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power to reunite a kingdom.

Five Days to Midnight (Premieres June 7, 2004)
College physics professor J.T. Neumeyer (Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton) finds a mysterious briefcase containing a police file filled with details of a gruesome murder ? his own. The file, complete with photos of his bullet-strewn corpse and a list of suspects, indicates the shooting will take place in five days. Though skeptical at first, when events begin to mirror those in the report, J.T. realizes the file is real and that his time is quickly running out. He has only days to solve the mystery of his own murder ? and hopefully change the course of the future. Nicole de Boer (The Dead Zone) and Randy Quaid (Independence Day) co-star in this new SCI FI Original miniseries.

Con News

May 1-3 2004 (United Kingdom: England) plokta.con Release 3.0.
Chequers Hotel, Newbury, UK. GoH: Charles Stross. Theme: SF&F

May 7-9, 2004 (United States: Arizona) LepreCon 30.
Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ; 602-943-8200 or 800-423-4126. GoH: David Drake; AGoH: Donato Giancola; LocalAGoH: Sylvana Anderson-Gish; SAGoH: John Eaves; MusicGoH: Mara Brener. Theme: SF&F convention with an emphasis on art

May 7-9, 2004 (Lithuania) Lituanicon XV.
Lithuanian Technical Library (Lietuvos Technikos Biblioteka), Sv. Ignoto str. 6, Vilnius, Lithuania. Memb: TBA. Info: gedber@takas.lt.

May 13-16, 2004 (France) Imaginales. Épinal, France.
Guests: Didier Graffet, Robin Hobb, Juan Miguel Aguilera, Brian Aldiss, Pierre Pelot, Jean-Michel Truong. Theme: SF&F. Info: Festival Imaginales 2003, cell événementiel, Town hall, B.P. 25, 88026 Épinal cedex, FRance; 03 29 29 15 07

May 14-16, 2004 (United States: Colorado) Opus: A Fantasy Arts Festival.
Denver Marriott Southeast, 6363 Hampden Ave., Denver, CO 80222; 1-303-758-7000 or 1-800-228-9290. Guests: Theresa Mather, Monte Moore, Anthony Little, Michael Georges, Peri Charlifu, Jim Humble, Robert Asprin, Steven Brust, Carol Berg, Christie Golden, David Lee Summers, Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta. Theme: Fantasy Arts

May 14-16, 2004 (United States: Illinois) Anime Central 2004.
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60005-1052; 1-847-696-1234; rms: $119 sngl-quad. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime

May 14-16, 2004 (United States: Illinois) Flashback Weekend.
Holiday Inn O'Hare International, 5440 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL; 1-847-671-6350 or 1-800-465-4329. Theme: Buffy/Angel. .

May 14-16, 2004 (United States: Michigan) Motor City Comic Con.
Novi Expo Center, 43700 Expo Center Dr., Novi, MI. Guests: Kate Jackson, Greg Horn, Peter David, Mike Kaluta, Jim Shooter, Margot Kidder. Theme: Comics & SF media

May 14-16, 2004 (United States: Washington) TolCon.
Seatac Marriott, 3201 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA; 1-800-314-0925; rms: $84. Guests: David Salo, Jasmine Watson, Luke Ski, Dorian Mirth, Forgotten Celts; MGoH:TBA. Theme: Tolkien.

May 15-16, 2004 (Canada: Alberta) Otafest.
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. Theme: Anime

May 21-23, 2004 (United States: Alabama) Mobicon 7.
Airport Plaza Hotel, 800 S. Beltline Hwy., Mobile, AL 36608; 1-800-752-0398; rms: $64. AGoHs: Lee Seed, Albrecht; GGoH: Andrew Greenberg. Theme: SF, F & Gaming

May 21-23, 2004 (United States: Florida) JACON.
UCF Student Union, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Guests: Brett Weaver, Douglas Smith, Samantha Harte, George Lowe. Theme: Anime

May 21-23, 2004 (Canada: Manitoba) Keycon 21.
Radisson Winnipeg Downtown, Winnipeg, MB Canada. GoH: Dave Duncan; AGoH: Donna Stevenson; GGoH: James Ernest. Theme: SF&F

May 21-23, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) Anime North.
Toronto Congress Center, 650 Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON. Guests: Frank Miller, Midorikawa Hikaru. Theme: Anime.

May 21-23, 2004 (Germany) FedCon XII.
Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany. Guests: Virginia Hey, Connor Trinneer, Anthony Montgomery, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, more. Theme: Star Trek.

May 28-31, 2004 (United States: California, Northern) BayCon 2004.
San José DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San José, CA 95110; 408-453-4000. GoH: Michael Swanwick; AGoH: Jael; FGoH: Elayne Pelz; TM: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

May 28-31, 2004 (United States: California, Northern) Fanime 2004.
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA. Guests: Watanabe Hajime. Theme: Anime.

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: Florida) OASIS 17.
Radisson Plaza Orlando, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801; 1-407-425-4455; rms: $69 sngl-quad. GoH: Allen Steele; AGoH: H. Ed Cox; FilkGoH: Michael Longcor; SGoHs: Jack McDevitt, Rebecca Schumacher. Theme: SF&F

May 28-31, 2004 (United States: Maryland) Balticon 38.
Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201; 1-410-752-1100, 1-800-WYNDHAM; rms: $120 sngl-quad; GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold; AGoH: Dave Seeley; MusicGoH: Heather Alexander. 2003 Compton Crook Winner: Patricia Bray. Theme: SF&F

May 28-31, 2004 (United States: Michigan) MediaWest*Con 24.
Lansing, MI. Theme: Media fandom. Checks to: MediaWest*Con

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: Missouri) ConQuesT 35.
Kansas City Airport Hilton I-29 & NW 112th St., Kansas City, MO; 1-816-891-8900. GoH: Jennifer Roberson; FGoH: Steve Francis & Sue Francis; AGoH: Jody Lee. Theme: SF&F Literary.

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: Montana) MisCon 18.
Ruby's Inn and Convention Center, 4825 North Reserve, Missoula, MT 59808; 1-800-221-2057. GoHs: C.J. Cherryh; AGoH: Ellisa Mitchell. Theme: SF&F.

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: North Carolina) Animazement 2004.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703; 1-919-941-5050 Guests: Yasuo Yamaguchi. Theme: Anime.

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: Ohio) Marcon 39.
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Columbus Convention Center, 350 North High St., Columbus, OH; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: Laurell K. Hamilton; GodzillaGoH: Bob Eggleton; EGoH: Ellen Datlow; FilkGoH: Dr Jane Robinson & Cynthia McQuillin; FGoH: Bjo & John Trimble; CostumeGoH: Julie Zetterberg; SciGoH: Hugh S. Gregory. Theme: SF&F.

May 28-30 2004 (United States: Utah) CONduit XIV: Reloaded.
Wyndham, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; 1-801-531-7500; 1-801-328-1289 (fax) Guests: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dave Wolverton. Theme: SF&F.

May 28-30, 2004 (United States: Virginia) Anime Mid-Atlantic 4.
Holiday Inn Select Koger Center, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA 23235; 1-804-379-3800. Guests: Monica Rial, Greg Ayres, Amy Howard Wilson, Doug Smith, Robert V. Aldrich. Theme: Anime.

May 28-31, 2004 (United States: Wisconsin) WisCon 28.
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703; 1-800-356-8293, 1-608-257-6000. GoHs: Patricia McKillip, Eleanor Arnason. Emphasis: feminist SF

May 29-30, 2004 (France) Constellation 3 - Phénix.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Paris, France. Guests: Eugene W. Roddenberry, Andrew Robinson, Virginia Hey, Robert Leeshock, Von Flores. Theme: Media SF.

May 29-30, 2004 (United Kingdom: Scotland) ConVivial.
The Quality Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. Theme: Victorian SF

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 NASA/ESA Ulysses spacecraft is perilously cold as it begins a newly extended mission to study the sun -- The Continuing Adventures of Ulysses

A physics experiment on the drawing board for the International Space Station could help find the grand unifying "Theory of Everything." -- Evicting Einstein

This announcement is to invite the community to participate in a Call for Themes for Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 to assist in developing the future plans of the Cosmic Vision programme of the ESA Directorate of Science. The European Space Agency's Science Programme Committee (SPC), the body that oversees the Agency's mandatory science activities has indicated that it is time to look further into the future. In November 2003, the SPC agreed a plan for space science, Cosmic Vision, for the years 2004-2014. Now the community is asked to help in developing the Cosmic Vision plan for the ESA Science Programme for the decade 2015-2025. -- Science & Technology: Cosmic Vision 2015-2025<BR>What are the themes for space science?

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious planet-like body in the distant reaches of the solar system. -- Mysterious Sedna

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Capitalism vs. Communism

A school in Moscow, 1978.

Teacher: "Ivan, describe capitalism."
Little Ivan: "Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man."
Teacher: "Very good, Ivan. Now, describe communism."
Little Ivan: "Communism is the other way around."

The Hook in the Book

We were drunk with happiness in those early years. Everybody was, especially the young people. These were the first years of the Rediscovery of Man, when the Instrumentality dug deep in the treasury, reconstructing the old cultures, the old languages, and even the old troubles. The nightmare of perfection had taken our forefathers to the edge of suicide. Now under the leadership of the Lord Jestocost and the Lady Alice More, the ancient civilizations were rising like great land masses out of the sea of the past.

by Cordwainer Smith

Last Word

"Space is actually paying for itself in the communication and weather satellites. The money we have put into space has been returned many, many times over in the unmanned application satellites. Similarly, explorations of deeper space will eventually pay for themselves, too."

Arthur C. Clarke
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