NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2003
Issue No. 47

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

August 28-September 1, 2003 (Canada: Ontario) Torcon 3/61st World Science Fiction Convention.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Royal York Hotel, Crown Plaza Hotel, Renaissance Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada. GoHs: George R.R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer; TM: Spider Robinson; Ghost of Honor: Robert Bloch. Theme: SF&F.

Join us at TorCon III (WorldCon), August 28-September 1, 2003!

Several O*W*C hosts and members will be attending TorCon III. If you're planning to attend, contact HOST RL Astra for meeting times! Don't miss our dinner!

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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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...

Summer is just round the corner. There is a hoard of refreshments at SF General (Charlie Dillo has been busy)! Join us for an exciting night of Sunday Scinema at SF General! Join HOST EBK 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: AOL News: Beyond the Shuttle

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AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century : AOL Research & Learn: Aliens

AOL Research & Learn: Archaeology/Anthropology : Ancient Assyrian Treasures Found Intact in Baghdad

"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 August 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

GRIDLINKED by Neal Asher
SCARED STIFF by Ramsey campbell (Tor trade paperback)
GATHERING THE BONES by Ramsey Campbell, Jack Dann and Dennis Etchison
HART'S HOPE by Orson Scott Card (Orb trade paperback)
DREAMS UNDERFOOT by Charles de Lint (Orb trade paperback)
SPIRITS IN THE WIRES by Charles de Lint
THE CONSCIOUSNESS PLAGUE by Paul Levinson (Tor trade paperback)
THE PIXEL EYE by Paul Levinson
DARKNESSES by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
ARGONAUT by Stanley Schmidt (Tor trade paperback)

Tor SF mass-market titles:

MANTA'S GIFT by Timothy Zahn

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

THE DARK LORD by Thomas Harlan
WOLF'S HEAD, WOLF'S HEART by Jane Lindskold

Starscape titles:


Del Rey Books

AMERICAN EMPIRE: THE VICTORIOUS OPPOSITION by Harry Turtledove (Alternate History)
DANTE'S EQUATION by Jane Jensen (Science Fiction)
HAVE SPACE SUIT, WILL TRAVEL by Robert Heinlein (Science Fiction)
THE INTEGRAL TREES by Larry Niven (Science Fiction)
BABYLON 5: TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS by Kathryn M. Drennan (Science Fiction)
PERDIDO STREET STATION by China Mieville (Fantasy)
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DESTINY'S WAY by Walter Jon Williams (Science Fiction)

Baen Books

Mad Maudlin by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War by Larry Niven and Hal Colebatch
The Shiva Option by David Weber and Steve White
Miles, Mystery and Mayhem (Omnibus) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Forward the Mage by Eric Flint and Richard Roach
Warlock by Andre Norton

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

The Shape-Changer's Wife, by Sharon Shinn. The acclaimed novel, now available in trade for the first time!
Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross. The first novel from this acclaimed, exciting new SF author!
Something M.Y.T.H. Inc., by Robert Asprin. The eagerly awaited newest Myth novel!
The Digital Dead, by Bruce Balfour. The new SF adventure from this up-and-coming writer!
I Dare, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The final exciting adventure in the Liaden SF space epic!
A Dark Way to Glory, by Chaz Brenchley. Third in the acclaimed Outremer series!
The Telling, by Ursula K. LeGuin. The SF master's newest work, now in mass market!
HypnoQuest, by Dr. Erasmus Taglione. You will read this book! You will love this book! It's even better than Cats!
The 97th Step, by Steve Perry. Continuing our reissue program of the classic Steve Perry novels!

Daw Books

FIRST RIDER'S CALL by Kristen Britain (hardcover)
STARS: Original Stories based on the Songs of Janis Ian edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick (Hardcover)
THE LOST DRAGONS OF BARAKHAI by Mickey Zucker Reichert (first time in paperback)
SWORD & SORCERESS XX edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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: George R. R. Martin, GOH at Torcon3

Fiction Corner


DAUGHTER OF THE MONKEY GOD by M.K. Hobson -- An embittered young woman works in a Sri Lanken Solace factory processing and soothing the bad memories of the rich.

WHAT NOW, LITTLE MAN? by Mark Clifton -- A new elementary school teacher is faced with a difficult decision when her class is threatened.

Movie Buzz

October 2003:
Rendezvous with Rama - Morgan Freeman will star in the film version of the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. The giant alien ship Rama is discovered in 2130 with a team of astronauts sent to investigate it and its course for the sun. Directed by David Fincher (Alien 3) with a script by Scott Brick & Bruce McKenna.

November 2003:
Matrix 3: The third of the The Matrix trilogy starring Keanu Reeves. Filmed concurrently with Matrix 2, The Matrix Reloaded. See our special section. May be called Revolutions.

December 2003:
Return of the King - The third Lord of the Rings film. Get a beautiful version of the book for $15 off here!

Con News

September 5-7, 2003 (United States: Arizona) CopperCon 23.
Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoH: David Mattingly; MusicGoH: Larry Warner. Theme: SF&F.

September 12-14, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) JVL-CON V.
Ramada Inn, 3431 Milton Ave., Janesville WI; 1-608-756-2341 or 1-800-433-7787. Guests: TBA. Theme: "War of the Worlds".

September 19-21, 2003 (United States: Michigan) Midwest Construction 2.
Ann Arbor, MI. Theme: conrunning.

September 19-21, 2003 (United States: Washington) Foolscap V.
Hilton Bellevue, 100 - 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA; 1-425-455-3330. GoHs: Sergio Aragones, Greg Bear. Theme: Flat stuff and funny hats (books, art, comics).

September 19-21, 2003 (United States: Washington, D.C.) Capclave 2003.
Hotel TBA, Washington, DC. GoH: William Tenn. Theme: SF&F.

September 26-28, 2003 (United States: Indiana) To Be CONtinued 2.
Radisson Hotel, 800 East 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410; 1-800-333-3333. Guests: Larry Niven, Corbin Keep, Eugene Roddenberry Jr., Rockne S. O'Bannon, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter. Theme: SF&F.

September 26-28, 2003 (United States: Minnesota) ARCANA 33.
Twin Cities, MN. GoH: Gahan Wilson. Theme: Dark Fantastic.

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

Some 13 billion years ago in a distant cluster of stars, a planet formed. Remarkably it's still there, according to astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Ancient Planet -http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/10jul_psrplanet.htm

Leave it to California to come up with creatures that could be from Mars. Leave it to scientists to make them green. -- New Life Form Found in Mars-Like Conditions

A new kind of glass pane containing liquid crystal droplets can guide and manipulate beams of light. NASA-supported researchers are exploring the physics of these panes, which might have applications ranging from improving the Internet to discovering new planets. -- Guiding Light - http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/25jul_colloids.htm

Science fiction movie fans know that, if you want to travel short distances from your home planet, you would use a sublight 'ion drive'. However, is such an ion drive science fiction, or science fact? -- ESA - Science - Exploring space - Ion drives: Science fiction or science fact?

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

(If they had computers back then... )

Mr. Jefferson: Gentlemen, the summer grows hot, and it is essential that we complete this Declaration of Independence.

Mr. Franklin: Wait a minute, Thomas. I have to reboot here.

Mr. Jefferson: That's all right, Ben. We'll go on without you. Has everyone had a chance to look at the draft I posted yesterday?

Mr. Sherman: Not yet, Thomas, I've been having Notes replication problems.

Mr. Adams: Here, Roger, I brought a hard copy.

Mr. Sherman: Thanks... saaaaay, nice font.

Mr. Adams: Do you like it? I downloaded it off Colonies Online just last week.

Mr. Jefferson: Gentlemen! There is work to be done. I fear our document will soon leak out.

Mr. Livingston: Too late, Thomas. There's already a bootleg circulating. I saw it posted on alt.georgeIII.sucks last night.

Mr. Franklin: @#$$%^$# General Protection Fault!

Mr. Adams: Ben, you might try upgrading to Windows 75. It solved that problem for me.

Mr. Sherman: Thomas, the part here about the Acts of Pretended Legislation; have you considered using bullets to air out the text?

Mr. Jefferson: I can fix that easily enough. Drat! I've spilled candle wax on my keyboard again.

Mr. Adams: You know, Thomas, that wouldn't happen if you'd buy an active-matrix screen.

Mr. Franklin: Hard-disk failure?!? Aw, criminy!!

Mr. Livingston: Are you sure it's "unalienable rights"? My spell checker recommends "unassailable".

Mr. Jefferson: Can we stick to the substance of the document, please? Shoot. Low battery. Anyone got a spare power cable?

Mr. Sherman: What have you got, a Toshiba? No, mine isn't compatible.

Mr. Franklin: Hello, PCs Philadelphia? What does it mean when the floppy drive buzzes? OK, I'll hold.....

Mr. Livingston: The "In Congress" part here at the top; have you thought about blowing that up really big and maybe centering it in 72 point Helvetica?

Mr. Jefferson: Not a bad idea. Aw, nuts! Word macro virus! I can't save the file.

Mr. Franklin: That's all right, Thomas. We can manage. Here, borrow my quill pen....

The Hook in the Book

How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails.
A singleton star, reddish and dim. A ragtag of asteroids, and a single planet, more like a moon. In this era the star hung near the galactic plane, just beyond the Beyond. The structures on the surface were gone from normal view, pulverized into regolith across a span of aeons. The treasure was far underground, beneath a network of passages, in a single room filled with black. Information at the quantum density, undamaged. Maybe five billion years had passed since the archive was lost to the nets.

by Vernor Vinge

Last Word

"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."

Carl Sagan
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