NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2004
Issue No. 4

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

The end of the universe is not what our science fiction heroes and heroines would envision, not with the flames of action, not with theatrical drama, but with the slow and epochal drifting apart of galaxies and planets and atoms. Until only Dark Energy would be left, with the ever-fading pinpricks in the distance testimonies of a once teeming space. This is based on the hypothesis "that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing pace, and that something unknown is vacuuming everything outward." It presents a very bleak scenario 30 billion years in the making. Thirty billion of hypothetical time frames for our imagination to run rampant with tricks and devices to forestall doom. Thirty billion words to portray an epic to counter the collapse of gravity in the universe. Science predicts the end; science fiction cheats the end to begin again in another form

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 March 2004

Tor Books

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews


Tor hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

I'LL BE WATCHING YOU by Charles de Lint (Orb trade paperback)
ELEGY FOR A LOST STAR by Elizabeth Haydon
MISTRESS OF THE PEARL by Eric Van Lustbader
GLASS DRAGONS by Sean McMullen
EARTH LOGIC by Laurie J. Marks
OUT OF THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove

Tor SF mass-market titles:

THE MOON'S SHADOW by Catherine Asaro
BERSERKER'S STAR by Fred Saberhagen

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

KUSHIEL'S AVATAR by Jacqueline Carey
FIRE LOGIC by Laurie J. Marks
JAWS OF DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove

Starscape titles:

DRAGON AND THIEF by Timothy Zahn

Tor Teen titles:


Del Rey Books

PANDORA'S STAR by Peter F. Hamilton (Science Fiction)
BROKEN ANGELS by Richard Morgan (Science Fiction)
WHITE WOLF by David Gemmell (Fantasy)
IMMORTALIS by R. A. Salvatore (Fantasy)
THE PUNISHER by D. A. Stern (Movie Tie-in)

Baen Books

The Road to Damascus by John Ringo and Linda Evans
Kren of the Mitchegai by Leo Frankowski and Dave Grossman
The City and the Ship by Anne McCaffrey and S. M. Stirling
Seas of Venus by David Drake
Eternal Frontier by James H. Schmitz
Alternate Generals II by Harry Turtledove

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

ALTAN (Joust, Book Two) by Mercedes Lackey (hardcover)
JOUST by Mercedes Lackey (first time in paperback)
FIRE AND SWORD (Keys of Power #2) by Simon Brown
SPACE STATIONS edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers

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: Judith Tarr's Brand-New Shiny Home Page

Fiction Corner


FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE by Sean Klein -- Five American singers are recruited by President Joseph McCarthy in the fifties to spy on Cuba, where something strange is brewing.

BALLENGER'S PEOPLE by Kris Neville -- A man whose life is controlled by a completely democratic vote of each of his internal systems is thrown out of whack by an overdue bill.

Movie Buzz

Sony Pictures - Kingdom Hospital --Kingdom Hospital, based on the Danish mini-series The Kingdom from Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville), weaves a dark, terrifying tale threaded with stunning visual effects, macabre mysticism and twisted humor. Modern medicine is interpreted through the wildly original perspective of horror master Stephen King in this surreal tale of a haunted hospital. The story also draws heavily from King?s own near-death experience in 1999 when he was nearly killed by an out-of-control motorist. Debuts March 3 on ABC.

Underworld 2 gets go ahead -- The sequel to last year's Underworld is a go and is scheduled to start in the fall. The vampire/werewolf war will continue with Kate Beckinsale as Selene definitely returning with the film to be again directed by her husband Len Wiseman. Danny McBride is writing the script and Scott Speedman is expected to return as the werewolf.

Great news for Browncoats! Check out the Movies, Coming Soon page of the Universal Pictures website and you'll see "Serenity" officially listed! No details given yet, but it confirms the rumors of the film based on Firefly getting a green light at last! Joss Whedon has a script and all of the original cast are expected to return. Release date will most likely be sometime in 2005.

Con News

April 2-5, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Costume-Con 22.
Holiday Inn Select, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030Theme: Costumes.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) ConBust II.
Seelye Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. GoH: Patricia C. Wrede. Theme: SF&F.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: Michigan) Marmalade Dog 9 Gamefest 2004.
Bernhard Center, 1903 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. Theme: Gaming.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: Mississippi) CoastCon XXVII.
Gulf Beach Resort, 2428 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS; 228-385-5555 or 800-323-9164 AGoH: Albrecht; FGoHs: Frank & Sally Jerome. Theme: SF&F.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: New York) UBCon XV.
Buffalo, NY. Theme: Gaming. Info: 308 Student Union, Univesity At Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) MTAC 4.01beta.
Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport, 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, TN. GoH: Monica Rial. Theme: Anime.

April 2-4, 2004 (United States: Wisconsin) Odyssey Con 2004.
Radisson Inn, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI. GoHs: Joe Haldeman, David Weber, Eric Larson. Theme: SF&F.

April 2-4, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) Ad Astra 2004.
Crown Plaza Don Valley Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoHs: C.J. Cherryh, Robert Charles Wilson; EGoH: Patrick Nielsen Hayden; MediaGoH: Mark Asquith; FGoH: Gord Rose. Theme: F&SF.

April 8-11, 2004 (United States: Arizona) World Horror Convention 2004.
Embassy Suites Phoenix North Hotel, 2577 E. Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ. GoH: Douglas Clegg; AGoH: Caniglia; EGoH: Stephen Jones; TM: David Morrell; MGoH: Dee Snider. HWA Bram Stoker Awards presented. Theme: Horror.

April 8-11, 2004 (United States: California, Southern) Gaylaxicon 2004.
Red Lion Hanalei Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. GoH: David Gerrold; AGoH: Joe Phillips. Theme: Annual national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered & friends SF&F, horror, comics & gaming.

April 8-11, 2004 (United States: Georgia) Fantasm 2004.
Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 418 Armour Dr., Atlanta, GA 30324. AGoHs: Michael Manning, Andy Lee, Lyn Gaza, Mark Jackson, Mike Weaver. Theme: Adults only convention.

April 8-11, 2004 (United States: Washington) Norwescon 27.
DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA. GoH: Mike Resnick; AGoH: Don Dixon; SciGoH: Ben Bova; SGoH: Joe Haldeman; Pub: Baen Books. Theme: Putting the Science in Science Fiction.

April 8-12, 2004 (Australia: Western Australia) Swancon 2004: Chronopolis.
The 29th Western Australian Science Fiction Writers' Festival and Convention. Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Mill St., Perth, Australia. GoH: TBA; FGoH: Emma Hawkes. Theme: SF&F.

April 9-11, 2004 (United States: Illinois) To Be CONtinued 3, Flamingoes in Time.
Radisson O'Hare, 6810 North Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. GoH: Harry Harrison; EGoH: James Wilson; MGoH: Peter David; SGoH: Jeffrey Willerth, Chase Masterson, Max Grodenchik, Luke Ski. Theme: SF&F.

April 9-11, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) Anime Boston.
Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116-3912. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

April 9-11, 2004 (United States: Minnesota) Minicon 39.
Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. GoH: Walter Jon Williams; EGoH: Sharyn November; FGoH: Deb Geisler. Theme: SF&F.

April 9-12, 2004 (New Zealand) ConTour.
25th New Zealand National Convention. Princes Gate Hotel, PO Box 112, Rotorua, New Zealand; (+64 -7)3481179; rms: NZ$130. Guests: Harry Turtledove, Laura Frankos. Theme: SF&F.

April 9-12, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Concourse/Eastercon.
55th British National Science Fiction Convention. Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK. Guests: Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Danny Flynn, Sue Mason, Christopher Priest, Philip Pullman. Theme: SF&F.

April 15-18, 2004 (Ukraine) KIEVCON 2004.
Kiev, Ukraine. Info: info@esfs.net.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: Illinois) CODCON IX.
Turner Conference Center (SRC 2800), College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. GoHs: Gary Gygax, Chris Clark, Kenneth Hite. Theme: Gaming.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) OurCon 13.
Campus Center Hotel, Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, MA; 1-413-549-6000. Theme: Gaming.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: Michigan) Penguicon 2.0.
Detroit Sheraton Novi, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, MI. Guests: Neil Gaiman, Jeff Bates, Steve Jackson, Wil Wheaton, Jon "Maddog" Hall. Theme: Science Fiction Convention meets Linux Expo.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: New York) Eeriecon 6.
Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. SFGoH: Larry Niven; FantasyGoH: Anne Bishop; HorrorGoH: Brian Lumley. Theme: SF&F.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: South Carolina) RoundCon.
Holiday Inn NE, 7510 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC; 1-803-736-3000; rms $65. Theme: Gaming.

April 16-18, 2004 (United States: Texas) ChimaeraCon 3.
Crossroads Convention Center, 4552 Fredricksberg Rd., San Antonio, TX. Theme: Gaming.

April 17-18, 2004 (United States: Wisconsin) Concinnity 3.
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Student life and Campus Center, 1025 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI. Guests: Brian Neubauer, Dr. Charles Tritt, Eric Larson, Nicholas Seidler, Kyym Kimpel. Theme: SF&F & Gaming.

April 23-25, 2004 (United States: North Dakota) ValleyCon 29.
Fargo, ND. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

April 23-25, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) Xanadu 7.
Nashville, TN. FGoH: Bill Payne; AGoH: Darryl Elliot; MC: Dr. Gangrene. Theme: SF&F.

April 23-25, 2004 (United States: Vermont) Bakuretsu Con.
Best Western, Burlington, Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT, 05403. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

April 23-25, 2004 (United States: Washington) Sakura-Con.
Seattle Airport Hilton and Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188-4001. Seattle Marriott Sea-Tac Airport, 3201 South 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188; 1-206-241-2000; 1-800-643-5479; rms: $99 sngl-quad. Guest: Akitaroh Daichi. Theme: Anime.

April 23-26, 2004 (Australia: Australia Capital) Conflux.
The 43nd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. Rydges Lakeside, London Circuit, Canberra, Australia. GoHs: Greg Benford, Sean McMullen; SGoH: Harry Turtledove; FGoH: Karen Herkes. Theme: SF&F.

April 24-25, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) Canadian Conrunners Conference One.
Clarion Quinte Hotel, Belleville, ON, Canada. Theme: conrunning.

April 24-25 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Blake's 7: Star One.
The Moat House Hotel, Bedford, UK. Guests: Michael Keating, Glynis Barber, Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, Gareth Thomas, Lynda Bellingham, Stephen Greif, David Jackson, Janet Lees Price, David Jackson, Glyn Owen. Theme: Blake's Seven.

April 26, 2004 (Australia: Queensland) Brisbane Stargate Convention.
Chifley at Lennons Hotel, Queen St Mall, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. GoH: Corin Nemec. Theme: Stargate.

April 30-May 2, 2004 (United States: Alabama) Persacon.
Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 8716 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL 35758; 1-256-772-0701. Guests: Michael Coleman, Steve Bennett, Jan Scott-Frazier, Stephanie Chateau. Theme: Japanese Animation, Manga, Video Games.

April 30-May 2, 2004 (United States: California, Northern) WonderCon.
Moscone Center & The Argent Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Guests: Sergio Aragones, Kyle Baker, Darwyn Cooke, Adam Hughes, Bill Morrison, Steve Niles, Greg Rucka, Jen Van Meter. Theme: Comics.

April 30-May 2, 2004 (United States: Iowa) DemiCon XV.
Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA. GoHs: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly; AGoH: Frank Kelly Freas; FGoH: Rusty Hevelin; TM: Tadao Tomomatsu. Theme: SF&F.

April 30-May 2, 2004 (United States: Virginia) Malice Domestic XVI.
Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA. GoH: Dorothy Cannell; GhostGoH: Erle Stanley Gardner; FGoH: Linda Pletzke; Lifetime Achievement: Marian Babson; TM: Jan Burke. Agatha Awards presented. Theme: Mystery.

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

You won't find the following playlist on any radio station. Only a Martian would mix ABBA with R. Kelly, Beyoncé with Gene Autry, and the Rolling Stones with Rodgers and Hammerstein.Or someone pretending to be a Martian. --Mars Rocks! Eclectic Music Moves Rover Mission

Space radiation between Earth and Mars poses a hazard to astronauts. How dangerous is it out there? NASA scientists are working to find out.-- Can People go to Mars?

NASA-supported researchers have discovered a weird new phase of matter called fermionic condensates. -- A New Form of Matter

Recent Hubble Space Telescope images of distant exploding stars add further confirmation to the permanence of a mysterious, repulsive force called dark energy that appears to dominate the universe. -- Universe Has At Least 30 Billion Years Left

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

What is "pi"?

Mathematician: Pi is the ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Engineer: Pi is about 22/7.

Computer Programmer: Pi is 3.141592653589 in double precision.

Nutritionist: You one track math-minded fellows, Pie is a healthy and delicious dessert!

The Hook in the Book

My old man taught me two things: "Mind own business" and "Always cut cards." Politics never tempted me. But on Monday 13 May 2075 I was in computer room of Lunar Authority Complex, visiting with computer boss Mike while other machines whispered among themselves. Mike was not official name; I had nicknamed him for Mycroft Holmes, in a story written by Dr. Watson before he founded IBM. This story character would just sit and think--and that's what Mike did. Mike was a fair dinkum thinkum, sharpest computer you'll ever meet.

by Robert A. Heinlein

Last Word

"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again.
They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."

Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address
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