NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2003
Issue No. 48

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 2003 Hugo Award Winners

Best Novel
Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer (Analog 1-4/02; Tor)

Best Novella
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

Best Novelette
"Slow Life" by Michael Swanwick (Analog 12/02)

Best Short Story
"Falling Onto Mars" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Analog 7-8/02)

Best Related Book
Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary (Between the Lines)

Best Short Form Dramatic Presentation
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Conversations With Dead People" (20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Inc.) Directed by Nick Marck; Teleplay by Jane Espenson & Drew Goddard

Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line Cinema) Directed by Peter Jackson; Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens,Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson; based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien

Best Professional Editor
Gardner Dozois

Best Professional Artist
Bob Eggleton

Best Semiprozine
Locus Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, and Kirsten Gong-Wong, eds.

Best Fanzine
Mimosa Rich and Nicki Lynch, eds.

Best Fan Writer
Dave Langford

Best Fan Artist
Sue Mason

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (sponsored by Dell Magazines)
Wen Spencer

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New SF books in September 2003

Tor Books

Tor SF & fantasy award winners

Del Rey Books

THE HERITAGE OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
THE LOST STEERSMAN by Rosemary Kirsten (Science Fiction)
THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH BOXED SET (Vol. 1-5) by J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy)

Baen Books

Crown of Slaves by David Weber and Eric Flint
The Course of Empire by Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth
Thraxas by Martin Scott
The Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Quest for the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker
The Shadow of the Lion by Mercedes Lackey, David Flint and David Freer
The Tyrant by Eric Flint and David Drake

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

Carlucci, by Richard Paul Russo. The acclaimed author's Carlucci novels, collected for the first time!
Come Armageddon, by Anne Perry. The award-winning and bestselling author's follow-up to Tathea!
Triss, by Brian Jacques. The newest adventures in the bestselling Redwall series, now in paperback!
Starhawk: Battle at Zero Point, by Mack Maloney. The next adventures in the exciting Starhawk series!
Grand Felonies for Dummies, by Rodney Henderson. Finally, you'll be able commit major crimes with ease!
The Wrong Reflection, by Gillian Bradshaw. An exciting science fiction thriller from this acclaimed author!
Feast of the King's Shadow, by Chaz Brenchley. The next volume in the well-reviewed epic fantasy series!
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin. A new edition of the classic science fiction epic!
The Albino Knife, by Steve Perry. The next classic Steve Perry adventure, now back in print!
Star War: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Shadow, by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. The first three Young Jedi Knights adventures, now collected in one volume!

Daw Books

GATES OF HEAVEN by Curt Benjamin (hardcover)
THE PRINCE OF DREAMS by Curt Benjamin (first time in paperback)
AT THE EDGE OF SPACE by C.J. Cherryh (omnibus of Brothers of Earth, Hunter of Worlds)
THE SORCERER'S ACADEMY edited by Denise Little

Roc Books


BLADE DANCER, S.L. Viehl (hardcover debut!)
THE SCOUNDREL WORLDS: Star Risk, Ltd. #2, Chris Bunch
DEATH MASKS: Book Five of The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
MechWarrior: Dark Age: TRUTH AND SHADOWS, Martin Delrio


WAY OF THE WOLF: Book One of Vampire Earth, E.E. Knight
RULED BRITANNIA, Harry Turtledove (mass market reprint)
WORLDS THAT WEREN'T, Laura Anne Gilman, editor (trade paperback reprint)

Special Reminder: Send us your questions for S.L. Viehl to roc@penguinputnam.com and we'll include them in a future interview with the author!

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: Science Fiction Author Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books N.Y.

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.

IT WALKS IN BEAUTY by Chan Davis -- In a society that could be ours, the genders are totally divided into men, women and its. (Editors Note: This is the first publication of the author's preferred version of his story.)

Movie Buzz

Universal has acquired the rights to Firefly from Fox and is set to a feature film. Production is set to start in the first quarter of 2004, and will be creator Joss Whedon's directorial debut.

It appears that Lorraine Heggessey, the current controller at BBC1, wants to bring Doctor Who back.

Nick Pollotta writes "Unfortunately, due to a snafu at the printers, the Fantasy/Humor novel, "That Darn Squid God" will not be released until October 2003. Sorry for the delay.
Nick Pollotta, www.NickPollotta.com
John Betancourt, www.WildsidePress.com

"(That Darn Squid God) Rewrites literary history, remodels London worse than the Blitz, and convinces that it is wise never to deny the supremacy of British womanhood! What more can you ask?" ANALOG

The upcoming theatrical re-release of 1979's Alien will include a never-before-seen scene, which will apparently show the ultimate fate of the Nostromo crewmembers. According to Ridley Scott, the scene was originally removed to improve the pacing of the movie...

Con News

October 2-5, 2003 (United States: Illinois) Archon 27.
Holiday Inn & Gateway Center, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234-6103 (St. Louis, MO area); 1-800-551-5133. GoH: Michael Stackpole; AGoH: Butch Honeck; FGoHs: Jim Murray, Paula Helm Murray, and Margene Bahm; GGoH: Majestic Twelve Games; MGoHs: Andreas Katsulas, Julie Caitlin Brown; CostumeGoH: Kenneth Hall; TM: Dana Eilers; Masq MC: Vic Milán. Theme: SF&F.

October 3-5, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) ConJecture 2003.
DoubleTree Club, San Diego, CA. GoH: Robert Charles Wilson. Theme: SF&F.

October 10-12, 2003 (United States: Iowa) ICON 28.
Clarion Hotel, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA; 1-319-366-8671. GoH: David Drake; AGoH: TBA; FGoH: Gregg Parmentier; TM: Rusty Hevelin. Theme: SF&F.

October 10-12, 2003 (United States: New York) Albacon 2003.
Ramada Inn, Schenectady, NY; 1-518-70-7151. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold; AGoH: Allen Koszowski; FGoH: Oz Fontecchio; FilkGoH: Leslie Fish. Theme: SF&F.

October 10-12, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) FantasyCon 2003.
Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford, UK. British Fantasy Awards. Guests: Storm Constantine, Freda Warrington, Andrew Collins.

October 17-19, 2003 (United States: Michigan) ConClave 28.
Holiday Inn South - Convention Center, 6820 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911; 1-800-333-8123 or 1-517-694-8123. GoHs: Michael Kube-McDowell, Jody Lynn Nye; AGoH: Michael Arcana; FGoH: Bill & Brenda Sutton. Theme: SF&F.

October 17-19, 2003 (United States: Washington) InCon 2003.
Spokane Valley Doubletree, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Veradale, WA 99037; 1-509-924-9000; rms: $79 sngl-quad. GoH: Elizabeth Moon; AGoH: Leslie D'Allesandro Hawes; MGoH: Dragon Dronet. Theme: SF&F, Gaming.

October 24-26, 2003 (United States: Ohio) Ohio Valley Filk Fest 19.
The Wyndham Dublin Hotel, North Dublin, OH 43017; 1-614-764-2200; rms: $85 sngl-quad. GoH: Bill Roper; TM: Margaret Middleton; ListenerGoH: Kerry Gilley; InterFilk Guest: TBA. Theme: Filk.

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; rms: $149 sngl/dbl; $174 trpl/quad. 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.

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

The south polar ice cap of Mars is receding, revealing frosty mountains, rifts and curious dark spots. -- Mars is Melting

High above Earth where seismic waves never reach, satellites may be able to detect earthquakes--before they strike. -- Anticipating Earthquakes

Later this year, astronomers plan to use NASA's powerful Chandra x-ray telescope to look at something new: our own planet. --
X-rays from Earth

Astronomers once thought they understood how the Sun worked. A large ball of gas, generating energy by nuclear fusion, it also created a magnetic field enclosing Earth and the other planets in a gigantic magnetic bubble. -- ESA - Science - Space sensations - Flip a Sun's pole for more dust

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

A NASA-supported scientist is learning how to use carbon dioxide--the main gas in Mars' atmosphere--to harvest rocket fuel and water from the red planet. -- Harvesting Mars

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Evolution -- The Monkey's Viewpoint

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things as they're said to be.

Said one to the others, "Now listen you two,
There's a certain rumor that can't be true.

That man descended from our noble race.
The very idea! It's a dire disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved his baby and ruined her life.

And you've never known a mother monk,
To leave her baby with others to bunk,

Or pass them on from one to the other,
Till they hardly know who is their mother.

And another thing you'll never see
A monk build a fence around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks a taste.
Why, if I put a fence around this tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.

Here's another thing a monk won't do,
Go out at night and get on a stew.
Or use a gun or club or knife,
To take some other Monkey's life.

Yes! Man descended, the ornery cuss,
But, brother, he didn't descend from US!

The Hook in the Book

The moon spun. The woman watched. Twenty-one facets had been published at the moon's equator. Her function was to arm it. She was Mother Hitton, the Weapons mistress of Old North Australia.

She was a ruddy-faced, cheerful blonde of indeterminate age. Her eyes were blue, her bosom heavy, her arms strong. She looked like a mother, but the only child she had ever had died many generations ago. Now she acted as mother to a planet, not to a person; the Norstrilians slept well because they knew she was watching. The weapons slept their long, sick sleep.

by Cordwainer Smith

Last Word

"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power."

David Brin
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