NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2003
Issue No. 45

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

"Your Name Flies to Mars in June". 3,551,645 names are flying to Mars this June on the Mars Exploration Rovers. The names were encoded on a small DVD attached to the lander and the rovers will photograph and return to Earth an image of each DVD as they rest on Martian soil. These are the names of all Planetary Society members as of December 1, 2002. These members will land on Mars, if only in name. This is a small step, albeit not a giant step in terms of stellar exploration, an important step towards acknowledging the participation of the public, the fan, the reader and the space enthusiast in the space program. It is one of a series of steps that we, science fictioneers, have begun towards realizing the dream of going to the stars.

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

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in June 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

SATURN by Ben Bova
THE MARTIAN CHILD by David Gerrold (Tor trade paperback)
QUEEN CITY JAZZ by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Orb trade paperback)
TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES by David Hagberg, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Mostow, John Brancato & Michael Ferris (hardcover)
A STAINLESS STEEL TRIO by Harry Harrison (Tor trade paperback)
THE ELEMENTALS by Morgan Llywelyn (Tor trade paperback)
WOLFSKIN by Juliet Marillier
BERSERKER'S STAR by Fred Saberhagen

Tor SF mass-market titles:

SHADOW PUPPETS by Orson Scott Card

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

CONAN & THE SPIDER GOD by L. Sprague de Camp
CHILD OF THE PROPHECY by Juliet Marillier

Starscape titles:

THE FARSEEKERS by Isobelle Carmody

Del Rey Books

A MAN RIDES THROUGH by Stephen R. Donaldson
THE MIRROR OF HER DREAMS by Stephen R. Donaldson
THE DRAGON QUEEN by Alice Borchardt

Baen Books

The Anguished Dawn by James P. Hogan
Dead On My Feet by William Mark Simmons
Forge of the Titans by Steve White
The Adventures of Myhr by P.N. Elrod
Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Amazing Dr. Darwin by Charles Sheffield

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

From Ace: "A few weeks ago I received the following notice from the U.S. government: "We have been notified by concerned consumers that you have been publicizing nonexistent printed materials in your electronic promotions, specifically the newsletter classified as PLUG, available for free on the Penguin Group (USA), Inc. website. This constitutes consumer fraud, punishable by law." It goes on into a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo, basically saying that by putting a fake book in every month here at PLUG I've somehow screwed up the economy, peed all over everything good about capitalism, etc. All I can say is, these spam emails are getting harder and harder to spot. Has anyone else gotten this one?"

In The Forests Of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds
Beautiful Dangers by Terrance M. Kilraney
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Channeling Cleopatra by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Something From The Nightside by Simon R. Green
The Devil In The Dust by Chaz Brenchley
The Lucky 13th: Side Show by Rick Shelley

Daw Books

ZANDRU'S FORGE (The Clingfire Trilogy, Vol. 2) by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross (hardcover)
THE CURSE OF ARKADY (Magickers #2) by Emily Drake (first time in paperback)
CRAVEN MOON by Billie Sue Mosiman
WOMEN WRITING SF AS MEN edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg

Roc Books

MESSIAH NODE by Lyda Morehouse

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: Brian A. Hopkins, Author (SFWA, HWA)

Fiction Corner


THE MAN WHO COUNTS by William Barton -- In the future crimes are punished in novel, truly ugly ways in what is cynically called Blue Heaven.

WHEN I WAS MISS DOW by Sonya Dorman -- A male native of a world that humans are studying is assigned to work for a scientist--as a human female.

Movie Buzz

Lord of the Sings? -- TheOneRing.net? | Scrapbook | Media WAtch: Sun Covers LoTR Musical

Interview with Peter Jackson (spoilers!) -- Lord of the Rings Movies Information | TheOneRing.net? | News Archives

Bible according to Movie Gospel -- Terminator III: Anti-Genesis

Con News

July 3-6, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) Anime Expo 2003.
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, West Coast Anaheim, Anaheim, CA. Theme: Anime.

July 3-6, 2003 (United States: Washington) Westercon 56.
SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, SeaTac, Washington. GoH: Bruce Sterling; AGoH: Lisa Snellings; FGoH: Saul Jaffe; EGoH: Claire Eddy; SciGoH: Dr. Michio Kaku; TM: Connie Willis. Theme: SF&F.

July 4-6, 2003 (United States: Indiana) InConJunction 2003.
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240; 1-317-846-2700. GoH: Elizabeth Moon; AGoH: TBA; MGoH: TBA; GGoH: Peter Adkison; TM: Rob Pyatt. Theme: SF&F.

July 4-6, 2003 (United States: Minnesota) CONvergence 2003: Time Flies.
Radisson Hotel South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN, 55439-3145; 1-612-835-7800. Guests: Simon Jones, Andrew Probert, Phil Hester. Theme: SF&F.

July 11-13, 2003 (United States: Maryland) Shore Leave 25.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031; 1-410-785-7000. Guests: John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Andrea Thompson, Marc Singer. Theme: Media SF & Science.

July 11-13, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Readercon 15.
Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA; 1-781-229-6565. GoHs: Hal Clement, Rudy Rucker, Howard Waldrop; Memorial GoH: TBA. Theme: Literary.

July 11-13, 2003 (Canada: Ontario) Toronto Trek 17.
Regal Constellation Hotel, 900 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON Canada; 1-416-675-1500 or 1-800-268-4838. Guests: James Marsters, J. Caitlin Brown, Erin Gray, Gil Gerard. Theme: SF&F Media.

July 11-13, 2003 (United Kingdom: Wales) New Dates! ConStruction.
Hanover International Hotel & Club, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Theme: conrunning.

July 17-20, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) San Diego ComicCon International.
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Guests: Neil Gaiman, Stan Goldberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Sid Jacobson, Larry Lieber, Carla Speed McNeil, Terry Moore, Grant Morrison, Alex Ross, Julius Schwartz, George Woodbridge. Theme: Comics.

July 18-20, 2003 (United States: Colorado) XIV-KHAN.
Ramada Inn North, Colorado Springs, CO; 1-719-633-5541. Theme: SF & gaming.

July 18-20, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) ConCertino 2003.
The Thirteenth Northeast Filk Festival. Crown Plaza Hotel, Worcester, MA. GoHs: Jeff & Maya Bohnfoff; TM: Erica Neely; Listener GoH: Priscilla Olson; Choirmaster: Ed Stauff; WriterGoH: Ellen Kushner. Theme: filk.

July 18-20, 2003 (United States: Oklahoma) Conestoga 7.
Sheraton Tulsa, 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74146. GoH: David Brin; TM: Esther Friesner; FGoH: David Lee Anderson. Theme: SF&F Literary.

July 18-20, 2003 (United States: Pennsylvania) Anthrocon 2003.
The Adam's Mark Hotel, City & Monument Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131; 1-215-581-5000. GoH: Guy Gilchrist. Theme: Furry fandom.

July 19-20, 2003 (United States: Oregon) SpaceCon XV - "A Vacation With The Stars".
Radisson Hotel Portland, 1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232; 1-503-233-2401. Guests: Barry Morse, Zienia Merton. Theme: Space: 1999.

July 19-21, 2003 (Japan) T-con 2003.
42nd Japan National Science Fiction Convention. Shiobara-cho, Tochigi, Japan. Theme: SF&F.

July 25-27, 2003 (United States: Arizona) Hexacon 13.
Embassy Suites North, 2527 W Greenway, Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. Theme: Gaming.

July 25-27, 2003 (United States: Pennsylvania) ConFluence 15.
Four Points Sheraton, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh, PA 15275; 1-724-695-0002. GoH: Allen Steele; FilkGoH: Nancy Louise Freeman. Theme: Literary SF&F.

July 25-27, 2003 (United States: Tennessee) LibertyCon 16/DeepSouthCon 41.
Ramada Inn South, East Ridge, TN; 1-423-894-6110. GoH: S.M. Stirling; AGoH: Larry Elmore, Steve Hickman; SGoH: John Ringo. MC: Darryl Elliot. Theme: SF&F.

July 25-28, 2003 (United States: Tennessee) Mythcon XXXIV.
Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN. Scholar GoH: Dr. Dabney Hart; Author GoH: Sherwood Smith. Mythopoeic Awards presented. Theme: Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic Fiction.

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

The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project invites the world's public to get involved in the exploration of Mars! -- The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars Project

Testing of a privately financed spaceship has moved into the air -- a step toward cashing in on a $10 million purse for building passenger-carrying suborbital rocketry -- Private Spaceship Undergoes Sky-High Test

In the wake of the space shuttle Columbia accident, the search for the next generation of space transportation vehicle has taken on a greater sense of urgency and importance for NASA -- The Next Shuttle: Capsule or Spaceplane?

NASA-supported bioengineers are learning to make designer cells for dehydrated blood supplies and space-age medicines -- Artificial Cells

Comet-chasing mission Rosetta will now set its sights on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- ESA SCIENCE: Rosetta

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Sir Isaac Newton had a theory of how to get the best outcomes in a courtroom. He suggested to lawyers that they should drag their arguments into the late afternoon hours. The English judges of his day would never abandon their 4 o'clock tea time, and therefore would always bring down their hammer and enter a hasty, positive decision so they could retire to their chambers for a cup of Earl Grey.

This tactic used by the British lawyers is still recalled as Newton's Law of Gavel Tea.

The Hook in the Book

Having cast one manuscript into the seas of time, I now begin again. Surely it is absurd; but I am not--I will not be--so absurd myself as to suppose that this will ever find a reader, even in me. Let me describe then, to no one and nothing, just who I am and what it is that I have done to Urth. My true name is Severian. By my friends, of whom there were never very many, I was called Severian the Lame. By my soldiers, of whom I once commanded a great many, though never enough, Severian the Great. By my foes, who bred like flies, and like flies were spawned from the corpses that strewed my battlefields, Severian the Torturer. I was the last Autarch of our Commonwealth, and as such the only legitimate ruler of this world when we called it Urth.

by Gene Wolfe

Last Word

"The good people who agreed to publish this book asked me to say a few words about each story: where it came from, how it was written. In the trade, we call this the "Where do you get your crazy ideas?" syndrome. I always like Roger Zelazny's answer. He says that every night he leaves a bowl of milk and some crackers on the back stoop; in the morning, the milk and crackers are gone, but there's a stack of crazy ideas by the empty bowl."

From Joe Haldeman's introduction to "Counterpoint" in the collection Infinite Dreams
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