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NEWSLETTER: MAY 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2003
Issue No. 44

Precursor
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
Credits
Precursor

Gustave Flaubert once wrote: "Do not read as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live." When we read science fiction we do live in the worlds that have been created. And we read as children do, to amuse (and scare) ourselves in the landscapes of exploration that have been laid out. And ambitously, we read for the purpose of instruction in the strange knowledge that we encounter. For science fiction is the "Other World" where we can breathe the alien air and live to our fullest imagination.


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...

Will summer ever arrive? We need some heat rays to battle the persistent snow! Yes, at SF General! 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: NPR : The DNA Revolution

AOL Research & Learn: Space: AOL News: End Nears For Orbiting Galileo Probe

AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century : NOVA Online/Hunt for Alien Worlds

AOL Research & Learn: Archaeology/Anthropology : National Geographic News: Archaeology & Paleontology

"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 May 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

GOING FOR INFINITY by Poul Anderson (Tor trade paperback)
SEEDS OF BETRAYAL by David B. Coe
THE WRAITHS OF WILL AND PLEASURE by Storm Constantine
THE DRAGON'S DOOM by Ed Greenwood
THE BLIND MIRROR by Christopher Pike
IN FIRE FORGED by Laura Resnick
THE SUMMER QUEEN by Joan Vinge (Tor trade paperback)
GENERAL PRACTICE by James White (Orb trade paperback)
THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling (Orb trade paperback)

Tor SF mass-market titles:

THE MIOCENE ARROW by Sean McMullen
ARCHFORM: BEAUTY by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

RULES OF ASCENSION by David B. Coe
REQUIEM FOR THE SUN by Elizabeth Haydon
RULERS OF THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove

Starscape titles:

THE BILLION DOLLAR BOY by Charles Sheffield

Del Rey Books

IMMORTALIS by R. A. SALVATORE
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA: PART I: IN THE SHADOW OF THE WARLOCK LORD by Terry Brooks
CHILDREN OF CTHULHU edited by John Pelan
THE HULK by Peter David
MAGE KNIGHT 2: DARK DEBTS by Doranna Durgin
MAGE KNIGHT 1: REBEL THUNDER by Bill McCay
TRANSCENDENCE by R. A. Salvatore
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: FORCE HERETIC II: REFUGEE by Sean Williams and Shane Dix

Baen Books

Hell's Fair by John Ringo
E. Godz by Robert Asprin and Esther Friesner
Future Imperfect by Keith Laumer edited by Eric Flint
The Creatures of Man by H.L. Myers edited by Eric Flint
Spirits White as Lightning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Marching through Peachtree by Harry Turtledove

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

From Ace: "The fake book saga continues, as yet another fake book is listed below. Next issue, another fake book! And after that, another! Adventure has a name, and it is "fake book!""

Water, by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson A new fantasy anthology from the award-winning authors!

The Light Ages, by Ian MacLeod An exciting "steampunk" adventure from this hot new author!

Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris The newest book in the award-winning Sookie Stackhouse vampire mystery series!

A Just Determination, by John G. Hemry The acclaimed author begins a new series about a military lawyer in space!

Plan B, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller The latest in the exciting space opera Liaden series!

Dream Park II: The Barsoom Project, by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes The sequel to the exciting virtual-reality adventure, in print once more!

The Lucky 13th: Until Relieved, by Rick Shelley One of the bestselling author's earliest military SF adventures, now back in print!

Are You There God? It's Me, Maru-GargoFlanx from Alpha Centauri 7, by Betty Smileo The inspiring SF self-help book that was unread by millions!

Daw Books

THE WAR OF THE FLOWERS by Tad Williams (hardcover)
LONG HOT SUMMONING by Tanya Huff
DAW 30th ANNIVERSARY SF ANTHOLOGY edited by Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert (first time in paperback)
DAW 30th ANNIVERSARY FANTASY ANTHOLOGY edited by Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert (first time in paperback)

Roc Books

THE FIREBRAND by Marion Zimmer Bradley (a trade paperback reissue of the classic novel)
BITTER WATERS by Wen Spencer
SONG OF THE BEAST by Carol Berg

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: Le Guin's World - Main

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

THE THIRD PART by Barry N. Malzberg -- A volcano erupts in rural Georgia, creating chaos and devastation.

TEMPERATURE DAYS ON HAWTHORNE STREET by Charles L. Grant -- A community that mysteriously starts getting everything they wish for.

Movie Buzz

The end is near and -- is it a love triangle? Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Learn more about The Hulk Universal Pictures - The Hulk

Con News

June 6-8, 2003 (United States: California, Southern)  2003: A Fan Odyssey.
The Four Points by Sheraton Culver City, 5990 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA; 1-310-641-7740; 1-310- (fax). Guests: Garett Maggart, Bruce A. Young, Chris Demetral, Elizabeth Gracen, Roberta Brown, Maureen Russell. Theme: Highlander.

June 6-8, 2003 (United States: Illinois) DucKon 12.
Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood, 4500 West Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712-1707; 1-847-677-1234, 1-800-333-3333. GoH: Tanya Huff; FGoH: Jim Rittenhouse. Theme: SF&F.

June 13-15, 2003 (United States: New Jersey)  Buffycon 1.
Holiday Inn, Saddlebrook, NJ. GoH: Robin Sachs. Theme: Buffy.

June 20-22, 2003 (United States: California, Northern)  Fanime 2002.
Santa Clara Westin & Convention Center, 5101 Great America Pkwy; Santa Clara, CA. Guests: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Steve Bennett. Theme: Anime.

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

Nowadays when humans travel to space it's just a visit. Astronauts stay for weeks or months, then return to Earth. One day, though, whole generations of humans will live there. Some green peas onboard the International Space Station are leading the way by example -- Space Station Science Picture of the Day: Green Generations

NASA has begun shaping Project Prometheus -- harnessing nuclear energy to usher in a new era of Solar System exploration -- Prometheus: Lighting NASA's Nuclear Fire

Not just a staple of science fiction, other universes are a direct implication of cosmological observations -- Scientific American: Parallel Universes

Sun-hardened, blow-up wings tested by students this weekend may someday carry a robotic glider through the skies of Mars -- Instant Glider: Just add Light

On 25 April 25 1953, James D. Watson and Francis H. Crick published an historic paper in Nature that would change the fate of modern science. They proposed that DNA, the molecule of complex life forms, had the shape of a double helix. Today, scientists from all areas are working together to answer the ultimate question: can life (in any shape or form) exist anywhere else in the Universe? -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

DNA Personal Ads

I've been single-stranded too long! Lonely ATGCATG would like to pair up with congenial TACGTAC.

Some dates have called me a promotor. Others have referred to me as a real operator. Personally, I think I'm just a cute piece of DNA who is still looking for that special transcription factor to help me unwind.

There must be a rational way to meet a date! I'm tired of hanging out in those molecular diversity bars, hoping to randomly bump into the right peptide. I want a molecule that will fit right into my active site and really turn me on. I'll send you my crystal structure if you send me yours!

Uninhibited virus seeks reason to make me shed my coat protein.

I don't always express myself on the surface, but I'm looking for a signal that you appreciate my complexity. Send me the right message that will penetrate my membranes, turn on my protein expression and release my potential energy.

The Hook in the Book

The wave-crests glinted through the window, the colossal rollers rising and falling in slow-motion. Watching the ocean like this one had the illusion--it was surely an illusion--that the Station was moving imperceptibly, as though teetering on an invisible base; then it would seem to recover its equilibrium, only to lean the opposite way with the same lazy movement. Thick foam, the color of blood, gathered in the troughs of the waves. For a fraction of a second, my throat tightened and I thought longingly of the Prometheus and its strict discipline; the memory of an existence which suddenly seemed a happy one, now gone forever.

SOLARIS
by Stanislaw Lem

Last Word

"The reason I stayed in the science fiction field is that you can go anywhere with it. You just cannot do that in historical fiction, or costume drama or western or whatever because the lines are drawn so tightly. In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities. The world around you - is it a good thing or a bad thing? Create a world in which these things do or do not exist, or in which they are extended in some way. Test reality against this fiction. The reader will recognize the world that you're talking about, even though it may be another one altogether."

Theodore Sturgeon
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