NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2003
Issue No. 49

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

When hinges creak in doorless chambers and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls, whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight....Although humanity is slowly emerging from the long, dark night of superstition, there are few of us who don't relish a little scare now and then. There is plenty of science fiction with a spooky edge, from haunted spacestations to aliens who could definitely qualify as monsters. October is Haunted Chat Month in the O*W*C. Turn the lights down, light a candle, and listen to the wind howl outside. Did that shadow in the corner just move? Sweet Screams....


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.

Gateway to AOL Science Fiction Community

Visit the Author Message Boards in your AOL Community and find out what makes authors buzz -- SF Authors

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Ask HAL! HAL will tear to pieces the most twisted conundrum but...your homework is your own to solve -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...

The leaves are changing color; fall is breezing in. But there is still a hoard of refreshments at SF General (Charlie Dillo has been busy rain or shine)! Join us for an exciting night of Sunday Scinema at SF General! Join HOST RL Xerps in SF General for Sunday Scinema every Sunday 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. ET -- AOL Research & Learn: SciFi Chat Schedule

AOL Research & Learn: Science: Fear of Snakes, Spiders Rooted in Evolution, Study Finds

AOL Research & Learn: Space: AOL Research & Learn: Space News : Farewell to Galileo

AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century : Popular Science - Home

AOL Research & Learn: Archaeology/Anthropology : "Tomb Raider" Has Nothing on Real Archaeological Tech

"Help! My computer is eating my homework!" Take it to behaviour classes -- AOL Help Community: Chats

Check out our libraries -- Science Fiction Forum Libraries for a plethora of inspiring chats and author interviews. Find out about our punfests!

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in October 2003

Tor Books

Links to author interviews

Del Rey Books

SHADOWS OVER BAKER STREET edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan (Horror)
TRADING IN DANGER by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)
ON DRAGONWINGS by Anne McCaffrey (Science Fiction)
REMNANT POPULATION by Elizabeth Moon (Science Fiction)
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING by J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy)
THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy)
THE TWO TOWERS by J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy)
THE WITCH QUEEN by Jan Siegel (Fantasy)

Baen Books

The Far Side of the Stars by David Drake
Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Digital Knight by Ryk Spoor
Planets of Adventure by Murray Leinster
The Immortality Option by James P. Hogan

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Daw Books

EXILE'S VALOR by Mercedes Lackey (hardcover)
EXILE'S HONOR by Mercedes Lackey (first time in paperback)
INHERITANCE (Keys of Power, #1) by Simon Brown
THE REPENTANT edited by Brian Thompsen and Martin H. Greenberg

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: The Official Harry Harrison Website

Fiction Corner


GREETINGS by Terry Bisson -- In the near future, men over a certain age are chosen by lottery to commit suicide usually in suicide brigades. Two friends decide to die together -- privately.

CAUGHT IN THE ORGAN DRAFT by Chan Davis -- The young are drafted by the old to donate organs.

Movie Buzz

The Return of the King trailer is here! -- The Lord of the Rings

Con News

October 30-November 2, 2003 (United States: Washington, D.C.) World Fantasy Convention 2003.
Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001; 1-202-737-1234. GoHs: Brian Lumley, Jack Williamson; PubGoH: W. Paul Ganley; AGoH: Allen Koszowski; MC: Douglas E. Winter. Theme: Fantasy.

October 31-November 2, 2003 (United States: North Dakota) ValleyCon 28.
The Courtyard Marriott, Fargo, ND. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

November 8, 2003 (Canada: Quebec) Con*Cept 2003.
Days Inn Midtown, 1005 Guy Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 1-800-567-0880 or 1-514-938-4611. Guests: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter. Theme: SF&F.

November 14-16, 2003 (United States: New York) Astronomicon '03.
Sheraton Four Points, 120 Main St., Rochester, NY; 1-716-546-6400 or 1-800-325-3535. GoH: TBA; AGoH: Bob Eggleton; FGoHs: Dick & Leah Smith; FilkGoH: Roberta Rogow. Theme: SF&F.

November 14-16, 2003 (United States: Oregon) OryCon 25.
Doubletree Hotel, Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. Theme: SF&F.

Space Babel - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies

Sound waves 57 octaves lower than middle-C are rumbling away from a supermassive black hole in the Perseus cluster -- Black Hole Sound Waves

Saturn is fast becoming an eye-catching sight in the morning sky. Jupiter's not bad either -- Sick of Mars? Try Saturn ....

Antimatter sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and it is. But it's also very real. Antimatter is created and annihilated in stars every day. Here on Earth it's harnessed for medical brain scans -- The Reality of Antimatter

A team of European astronomers is using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to look back in time -- Science & Technology: Photo Release: Waiting for a supernova [heic0311]

SMART-1, Europe's first science spacecraft designed to orbit the Moon, has completed the first part of its journey by achieving its initial Earth orbit after a flawless launch during the night of 27/28 September -- Science & Technology: Press Release PR 60-2003

A surprising number of astronauts are also musicians--and they love to play in space -- Space Station Notes

The Hook in the Book

It was a pleasant and efficient airport, bright and shiny, in stark contrast to Miami's. Palm trees in pots, low ceilings with fluorescent panels, pastel colours. Vaguely Caribbean murals on the walls. Customs and Immigration were swift but thorough. They didn't seem to care much about who came in. Harold's suit, dirty and sweat-stained, didn't even rate a glance from the neatly uniformed policeman who waved him through with the rest of the passengers. And there he was, just like that, in Esmeralda, home of Huntworld.

by Robert Sheckley

Last Word

"Your first thought is that you are witnessing a disaster even more awful than Challenger: an on-the-pad explosion.

Then the Beast's two big brothers wake up--the giant solid rocket boosters--and Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Limbo all break loose together and start to argue. The sound is indescribable, just short of unbearable. So insensate is the rage of this new Beast that the world itself will not have it. No matter that something the size and weight of an apartment building is sitting on its back: it lifts from the ground on a raving column of its own fury and rises impossibly into the air, becomes a thick growing tower of white smoke, the 128-ton Shuttle stack balanced on top like a pingpong ball on the stream from a firehose. The bonds of Earth can be as surly as they like: the Beast is surlier, shrugs its terrible shoulders and slips them clean.

You realize that you are pounding your hands together and screaming "Go, baby, go!" like an idiot at the top of your lungs, and you gather that everyone around you is doing the same, but you can't hear any of it. Part of you wishes you had control of your hands so that you could take photos like you planned to, and another part is amused at the audacity of the notion that this event could possibly be squeezed through a pinhole and captured on a piece of celluloid smaller than a matchbook. Instead you watch in reverent terror as a utensil built by bald apes flings 97 tons of metal and plastic 2 million mi. With 5 men aboard.

For two million years it had been only a fantasy, a monkey dream. For the first fifteen years of my own life it had still been only a fantasy, something a teacher or a scientist might laugh at you for believing in. For the next quarter-century it had been a news story-one that seemed to bore most of my fellow citizens silly. But now it was reality-real reality; that is, the part experienced by me-and the two-million-year-old dream had really come true:


No, it could be delayed, but it could not be stopped. This was evolution in action, before my eyes. As surely as we had come down out of the trees, as surely as we had crawled up out of the tidal pools in the first place, we were going to do this thing.

To put it in Canadian: Let's do it, eh?"

Spider Robinson - From His Hugo Awards Toastmaster's Speech for Torcon3
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