NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2004 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2004
Issue No. 3

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

We are back--on Mars. At the same time we are also commemorating those we have lost, reminding us that space exploration is a hazardous venture and victory is tinged with a sense of sadness, sobering (and strengthening) us with the forethought that it will never be easy, that the spectre of disaster is always near. Not easy to get man back on the moon, not easy to land humans on Mars, not easy to convince a broad spectrum of the public that space is the future. But if we wanted it to be easy, there would be no sense of victory, no sense of vindication and no conviction to achieve the next astronomical feat.

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 February 2004

Tor Books

Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books
Links to author interviews


Tor hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

SAGAS OF CONAN by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter (Tor trade paperback)
MAPS IN A MIRROR by Orson Scott Card (Orb trade paperback)
NEW SPRING by Robert Jordan
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME by Richard Matheson (Tor trade paperback)
BERSERKER PRIME by Fred Saberhagen
FACTORING HUMANITY by Robert J. Sawyer (Orb trade paperback)
WHICH WAY TO THE FUTURE? by Stanley Schmidt (Tor trade paperback)
THE KNIGHT by Gene Wolfe

Tor SF mass-market titles:

ENGINE CITY by Ken MacLeod

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

CELTIKA by Robert Holdstock
THE BINDER'S ROAD by Terry McGarry
ATLANTIS ENDGAME by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith

Starscape titles:

THE HUNT BEGINS by Robert Jordan

Tor Teen titles:

WHITE JENNA by Jane Yolen


Tor hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

JUBILEE by Jack Dann (Tor trade paperback)
GODS' CONCUBINE by Sara Douglass
EMERALD MAGIC by Andrew M. Greeley
HOUSE OF REEDS by Thomas Harlan
THE IRON GRAIL by Robert Holdstock
WHITE DEVILS by Paul McAuley
WOLFSKIN by Juliet Marillier (Tor trade paperback)
BEAST MASTER'S CIRCUS by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie

Tor SF mass-market titles:

FOR LOVE AND GLORY by Poul Anderson

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

DRUM INTO SILENCE by Jo Clayton and Kevin Andrew Murphy
USURPER'S CROWN by Sarah Zettel

Starscape titles:


Del Rey Books

SEDUCED by MOONLIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton (Fantasy)
STAR WARS: SURVIVOR'S QUEST by Timothy Zahn (Science Fiction)
SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS by Terry Brooks (Writer's Guide / Memoir)
DRUIDS by Morgan Llywelyn (Fantasy)
EVOLUTION by Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)

Baen Books

This Scepter'd Isle by Mercedes Lackey & Roberta Gellis
The Two-Space War by Dave Grossman & Leo Frankowski
The Rackham Files by Dean Ing
The Warmasters by David Weber, Eric Flint & David Drake
Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett
Conrad's Time Machine by Leo Frankowski

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

THE GATHERING STORM (Crown of Stars #5) by Kate Elliott (first time in paperback)
THE DOOMSDAY BRUNETTE by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem
THE MAGIC SHOP edited by Denise Little 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: Mythic Island: Fiction by Linda Nagata

Fiction Corner


SCOUT'S HONOR by Terry Bisson -- A reclusive researcher discovers what may be the journal of a time traveler in prehistoric times -- or is it just a hoax?

THE STARE by John Wyndham -- A New Yorker is intimidated by a man who stares at her on the subway.

Movie Buzz

'Earthsea' Gets Green Light

SCI FI Channel announced that it has given a green light to the original miniseries Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, which is set to begin production in New Zealand this spring.

Adapted from Le Guin's popular book series, the four-hour Earthsea miniseries is written by Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon), with Robert Halmi Sr. (Dreamkeeper, Merlin), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill) and Kevin Brown (Roswell) executive producing. Earthsea is slated to debut on SCIFI in December.

The new Indiana Jones movie is scheduled for release in July 2005.

Minear To Adapt Moon

Genre TV producer Tim Minear (Angel, Wonderfalls) told SCI FI Wire that he has been hired to write a screenplay adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's 1966 SF novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The novel deals with a 2076 rebellion on a former penal colony on the moon and has been read as an allegory about libertarianism and its costs.

Cast Set For Hitchhiker

Martin Freeman (The Office), Zooey Deschanel and Mos Def top the cast of Spyglass Entertainment/Walt Disney Pictures' feature version of Douglas Adams' beloved SF satire The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Variety reported. Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith (aka Hammer & Tongs) will direct the movie, which starts shooting April 19 in London, the trade paper reported. Adams, who adapted his own book prior to his death in 2001, will have a posthumous producing credit, the trade paper reported.

(A squidful of thanks to Gandalara for these movie updates!)

Con News

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: California, Northern) WWW.CONSONANCE.ORG
Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, 777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 1-408-321-9500. GoH: Dandelion Wine; TM: Steve Savitzky; Interfilk: Franklin Gunkelmann. Theme: Filk.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Florida) MegaCon Convention .
Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Dr., Orlando, FL. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7800 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819; 1-407-355-0550 or 1-866-864-8627. Theme: Comic/Gaming.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Maryland) JohnCon 2004 :: Carpe Pixie .
Johns Hopkins University Campus, Baltimore, MD 21218. Theme: Gaming.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Minnesota) MarsCon 2004 Home Page
Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport Hilton, Bloomington, MN; 1-952-854-2100 or 1-800-637-7453. ActorGoH: Richard Biggs; MGoH: Dr. Demento; AuthorGoH: John M. Ford; FGoH: Baron David E Romm; MusicGoH: Luke Ski; AGoH: Davina. Theme: SF&F.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Oregon) Game Storm 6 Home.
Doubletree Hotel Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. GoH: Michael Stackpole. Theme: Gaming.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Washington) RingCon
Hilton, Seattle Airport, 17620 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188-4001; 1-206-244-4800 or 1-800-HILTONS. Guests: Barbara Hambly, Robin Hobbs. Theme: LotR.

March 5-7, 2004 (United States: Wisconsin) Congenial 2004
Marriott Racine, 7111 W. Washington Ave., Racine, WI; 1-262-886-6100 or 1-800-228-9290; rms: $77 sngl/dbl. Theme: Relaxacon.

March 5-7, 2004 (United Kingdom: Northern Ireland) MeCon Convention.
Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. GoHs: Ian McDonald, Paul Holden, Robert Rankin. Theme: SF&F.

March 7, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) star wars day 8
Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom. Guests: Dave Prowse, Michael Sheard, Mike Edmonds, Warwick Davies. Theme: Star Wars.

March 11-13, 2004 (United States: Utah) Life, LTUE Science Fiction and Fantasy Symposium
Wilkinson Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. AGoH: Ruth Thompson; MGoH: Sam Longoria; PoetGoH: Michael R. Collings; WGoH: Dave Wolverton. Theme: Symposium on SF&F.

March 11-14, 2004 (Italy) Italcon 30/Deep Space One: Home
Hotel Ambassadors, Via of the Villini, 8 - Fiuggi Terme, Italy; 0775-51-43-51. Theme: SF&F/Star Trek.

March 12-14, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) Intercon D
The Radisson Hotel and Suites, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, MA; 1-800-333-3333 or 1-978-256-0800. Theme: Interactive literature (LARP).

March 12-14, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Mount Olympus
Ramada Plaza Hotel, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, England. Guests: Wally Green, Ian Edgington, Mike Collins, Keith R.A. DeCandido. Theme: SF&F.

March 13-14, 2004 (Australia: Australia Capital) Best Of Both Worlds Conventions
Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra City ACT Australia; +61 2 6247 6244. Guests: Dominic Monaghan, David Weatherley, JÝrn Benzon. Theme: Lord of the Rings.

March 13-14, 2004 (United Kingdom: Scotland) Conpulsion 2004 .
Teviot Row Union of Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Theme: Gaming.

March 14, 2004 (United Kingdom: England) Doctor Who and Invasion IV. Welcome to the 10th Planet Online
Barking, UK. Guests: Sylvester McCoy, Peter Purves, Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward, David Gooderson. Theme: Doctor Who.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Connecticut) ConnCon
Holiday Inn Select, 700 Main St., Stamford, CT; 1-203-358-8400. Theme: Gaming.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Idaho) Anime Oasis 3
Boise Airport Holiday Inn, 3300 Vista Ave, Boise, ID; 1-208-344-8365. Guests: Michael Coleman, B! Machine, NDP Comcis. Theme: Anime.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Missouri) CloverCon 2004 Home .
Comfort Inn, Westport, St. Louis, MO 63141. Guests: Eugene Roddenberry, Bob Bergen. Theme: SF&F.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Nevada) Corflu 21: Blackjack. Corflu: Home Page
Plaza Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Theme: Fanzines.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: New York) Lunacon 2004 ó March 19-21, 2004
Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY; 1-914-939-6300. GoH: Storm Constantine; AGoH: Michael Whelan; FGoH: Lucy Schmeidler; Webtoonist: Pete Abrams; CostumeGoHs: Ricky & Karen Dick. Theme: SF&F.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: North Carolina) Stellarcon.
The Radisson, 135 S. Main St., High Point, NC; 1-800-333-3333. GoH: Fred Saberhagen; AGoH: Rowena; Guests: Aaron Allston, John Ringo, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn. Theme: General SF.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Ohio) Millennicon 18 http://www.millennicon.org/ .
Best Western Springdale Hotel & Conference Center, 11911 Sheraton Lane, Springdale, OH; 1-513-671-6600; $65 sngl-quad. GoH: Harry Turtledove; FGoH: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) Galacticon Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention.
Comfort Inn, 6710 Ringgold Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412; 1-423-893-7979. GoH: TBA. Theme: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Klingons.

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Texas) REVELcon 15 REVELcon .
Houston, TX. Theme: Star Trek. .

March 19-21, 2004 (United States: Virginia) Technicon 21 - Invasion
Best Western Red Lion Inn, 900 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060; 1-540-552-7770. AGoH: Heather Bruton. Theme: SF&F Gaming.

March 20-21 2004 (United States: Illinois) CULT TV EXPO DG Promotions: Cult TV Expo .
Ramada Plaza O'Hare, 6600 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL; -847-827-5131 or 1-800-2RAMADA. Guests: Richard Hatch, Laurette Spang, Anne Lockhart, Sarah Rush. Theme: Battlestar Galactica.

March 24-28, 2004 (United States: Florida) 25th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts http://www.iafa.org/ .
Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton, Dania, FL; 800-426-8578; or 954-920-3300. GoH: Dažna Chaviano; SGoH: Elizabeth Hand; Guest Scholar: Marcial Souto; Permanent Guest: Brian Aldiss. Theme: Here There Be Dragons: The Global Fantastic.

March 25-28, 2004 (United States: New York) SIMCON Games Convention
University of Rochester's River Campus, Rochester, NY. Theme: Gaming.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Ohio) Cleveland Colossal Convention 2
Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131; 1-216-524-8050. Guests: Michael Coleman, Amy Tipton, Sean McKeever, Eddy Newell Theme: comics.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Massachusetts) United Fan Con .
Marriott Hotel, Quincy MA. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Minnesota) Anime Detour .
Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 East 79th St., Bloomington, MN; 1-888-236-2427; rms: $85 sngl-quad. Guests: Kyle Hebert, Monica Rial, Marc Hairston, Kristofer "Phade" McCormic. Theme: Anime.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Nebraska) WillyCon
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. GoH: Eric Flint; AGoH: Mark Pennington; FGoH: John Debnam. Theme: SF&F.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: New York) I-CON 23.
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. GoHs: Daniel Keyes, Connie Willis, Julius Schwartz; SciTechGoH: Corey S. Powell; MGoH: Bill Blair. Theme: SF & Media.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Tennessee) MidSouthCon.
Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 39132-1803; 1-901-322-1130. GoH: David Brin; AGoH: Todd Lockwood; GGoH: David Williams; FGoH: Cullen Johnson; TM: Michael Sheard. Theme: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science, Gaming, Education.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Texas) AggieCon 35 .
Ramada Inn/Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. GoH: Todd McCaffrey. Theme: SF&F.

March 26-28, 2004 (United States: Virginia) Madicon 13.
Taylor Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Theme: SF&F.

March 26-28, 2004 (Canada: Ontario) FilKONtario 14
Delta Hotel Toronto Airport West, 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON L4W 2L2 Canada; 1-905-624-1144 or 1-800-737-3211. GoH: Michael "Moonwulf" Longcor; Official Filk Waif: Kathleen Sloan; Interfilk: Blind Lemming Chiffon. Theme: Filk.

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

When NASA's Stardust spacecraft flew by Comet Wild 2 earlier this month, the probe saw something that surprised astronomers -- Stardust Surprise

Every day, people around the world tune in weather forecasts to plan their days ahead. Soon ESA will be delivering the same service for Mars, thanks to an ingenious experiment on board Mars Express -- ESA - Mars Express - ESA's Martian weather report

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Beware of Dog

Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying; DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG! posted on the glass door. Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the cash register.

He asked the store manager, "Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"

"Yep, that's him," he replied.

The stranger couldn't help but be amused. "That certainly doesn't look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?"

"Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him."

The Hook in the Book

It was no longer a coast; there was no longer any sea. Only the faint lines of what had been a cliff, stretching north and south for endless miles. A line of gray ash. The same gray ash and cinders that lay behind him; the same gray ash that stretched before him. Fine silt, knee-deep, that swirled up at every motion and choked him. Cinders that scudded in dense mighty clouds when the mad winds blew. Cinders that were churned to viscous mud when the frequent rains fell.

by Alfred Bester

Last Word

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