NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2003
Issue No. 43

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

Reading science fiction represents a quest: a quest for entertainment, for adventure, for sense of wonder and for a guiding light. If you take a broad look at the genre, science fiction is all about beating the odds and carrying on, no matter where the struggle is taking place, in the closed hierarchy of a generation starship, in worlds of epochal seasons, in face of overwhelming hostile forces and in the aftermath of armed conflict, the heroes and heroines of science fiction stand their ground. They epitomize our hidden aspirations: read on.

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 solve your conundrums in a cyberiety of ways -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...

Sometimes they touch us, sometimes they inspire us, sometimes they just waste a couple of hours. Science fiction movies are a very different art form from books, and they deserve an objective look of their own. Let's examine the view of SF offered by the movie industry. Join HOST EBK Xerps in SF General for Sunday Scinema every Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET -- AOL Research & Learn: Science Fiction Forum

AOL Research & Learn: Science: AOL News: NASA to Launch Major Space Telescope

AOL Research & Learn: Planet Earth: Journey to Planet Earth | PBS

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

AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century

Do you need to house train your computer or recant that recalcitrant software program? Help is not far away -- AOL Help Community: Chats

Missed a chat? How did they ever accomplish that ScifiKu? Squid songs, you say? What strange science have they discussed in This Month in Science? Check out our libraries -- Science Fiction Forum Libraries

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in April 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

WYRMS by Orson Scott Card (Orb trade paperback)
KUSHIEL'S AVATAR by Jacqueline Carey
THE EARTHBORN by Paul Collins
THE ALCHEMIST'S DOOR by Lisa Goldstein (Tor trade paperback)
EVENING'S EMPIRE by David Herter (Tor trade paperback)
THE SNARE by Katherine Kerr
MEMORY by Linda Nagata
DARK ARARAT by Brian Stableford (Tor trade paperback)
JAWS OF DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove

Tor SF mass-market titles:

DARK AS DAY by Charles Sheffield
THE GOLDEN AGE by John Wright

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

SANCTUARY by Lynn Abbey

Starscape titles:

PUTTING UP ROOTS by Charles Sheffield

randomhouse.com | FICTION & LITERATURE

Note the E-books they're offering.

Spectra SF & Fantasy

Baen Books

The Service of the Sword by David Weber
Kaspar's Box by Jack L. Chalker
Interstellar Patrol by Christopher Anvil edited by Eric Flint
The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin edited by Eric Flint
Exiles at the Wells of Soul by Jack L. Chalker
When the Devil Dances by John Ringo

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

(Can you spot the bogus book, or is there?) Cerulean Sins, by Laurell K. Hamilton. The eagerly awaited newest novel in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series!
Red Thunder, by John Varley. The acclaimed, award-winning author's long-awaited new SF novel!
13 Phantasms and Other Stories, by James P. Blaylock. A spell-binding new collection from the acclaimed author!
The King, by David Feintuch. The acclaimed fantasy from the bestselling author, now in paperback!
Pearls Before Twine, by Eric Strolland-Messiers LeBlank. The nonsensical flop from the despised author, finally back in print!
Hannibal's Children, by John Maddox Roberts. The gripping alternate timeline adventure, now in mass market paperback!
Signals: The Exploration Chronicles, Book 1, by Kevin D. Randle. First in an epic new science fiction series!
Dream Park, by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes. The book that Jurassic Park was almost certainly "inspired by," now back in print!
A Disagreement with Death, by Craig Shaw Gardner. This funny fantasy series continues its re-emergence back into print!

Daw Books

GUARDIAN OF THE PROMISE - Merlin's Descendants #4 by Irene Radford
MAGIC'S SILKEN SNARE - Silken Magic #1 by ElizaBeth Gilligan
HIDDEN IN SIGHT - Web Shifters #3 by Julie E. Czerneda
FUTURE WARS Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

Roc Books

NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2003 edited by Nancy Kress
ENEMIES by Lee Hogan
DRAGON MOON by Alan F. Troop

See also what HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy has to offer.

And--get a taste for E-Books! -- [Eggplant Literary Productions, Inc.] Home

Author's/Artist's Corner

This month: Alexei Panshin's The Abyss of Wonder

Fiction Corner


FOR KEEPS by J. R. Dunn -- As the US president is about to visit a space station, emotions run high, tempers flare, and the director of the station does his best to keep everything running smoothly.

NARROW VALLEY by R. A. Lafferty -- The Pawnee Clarence Big-Saddle takes unusual steps to protect his land from intruders.

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.

Read the latest news, spoilers, trailers, and so on, on RETURN OF THE KING -- Tolkien Online | Lord of the Rings Source

Con News

May 2-4, 2003 (United States: Iowa) -- DemiCon 14
Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA; 1-800-532-1466 or 515-243-1161. GoHs: Octavia E. Butler; AGoH: Lubov; FGoH: Lynda Sherman; TM: Rusty Hevelin. Theme: Contemplating the Future.

May 2-4, 2003 (Germany) -- FEDERATION CON XI - Der 11. Runenstein - Europe's Greatest Star Trek & SciFi Convention
Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany. Guests: Connor Trinneer, Linda Park, Terry Farrell, Marina Sirtis, Ethan Phillips, more. Theme: Star Trek.

May 9-11, 2003 (United States: Vermont) -- BC2003 - Home
Best Western, Burlington, Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT, 05403; 1-802-863-1125 or 1-800-371-1125. Guests: Shawnti Kanzelmeyer, Patrick Delahanty. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

May 16-18, 2003 (United States: Alabama) -- Mobile's Own Science Fiction, Fantasy, Anime, Comic, and Gaming Convention - MOBICON.org
Airport Plaza Hotel, 800 S. Beltline Hwy., Mobile, AL 36608; 1-800-752-0398. GoH: Sharon Green; AGoH: Lee Seed; MGoH: Pat Kilpatrick; GGoH: Andrew Greenberg. Theme: SF, F & Gaming.

May 16-18, 2003 (United States: Arizona) -- LepreCon, Inc. Home Page
Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. GoH: Charles de Lint; AGoH: Larry Elmore; LocalAGoH: Madame M; MusicGoHs: Karen Willson; MGoH: Richard Coyle. Theme: SF&F

May 16-18, 2003 (United States: Arkansas) -- Roc*Kon - Arkansas' Premier SF Convention
Little Rock, AR. GoH: Stephen R. Donaldson; Ringmistress: Selina Rosen. Theme: "Rocksi's 3-Ring Circus" theme.

May 16-18, 2003 (United States: Illinois) -- animecentral2003
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60005-1052; 1-847-696-1234. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

May 16-18, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) -- The Black Road
Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; 1-800-362-2779 or 1-508-485-5900. Theme: Gaming.

May 16-18, 2003 (Canada: Manitoba) -- Keycon Committee Contact Details
Radisson Winnipeg Downtown, Winnipeg, MB Canada. GoH: Robert Sawyer; AGoH: Jolly Blackburn; PoetGoH: Carolyn Clink. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-26, 2003 (United States: California, Northern) -- BayCon 2003 Index
San Jos? DoubleTree Hotel, San Jos?, CA. GoH: Greg Bear; AGoH: Mark Ferrari; FGoH: Janice Gelb; TM: Rachel Holmen. Theme: SF&F-- It's About Time!

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: Florida) -- Oasis
Radisson Plaza Orlando, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801; 1-407-425-4455. GoH: Robert J. Sawyer; FGoH: Ann Morris. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-26, 2003 (United States: Maryland) -- Balticon 37
Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201; 1-410-752-1100, 1-800-WYNDHAM. GoHs: Steve Miller, Sharon Lee; AGoH: Omar & Sheila Rayyan; FilkGoH: Steve MacDonald. 2002 Compton Crook Winner: Wen Spencer. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-26, 2003 (United States: Michigan) -- MediaWest*Con Hub Page
Lansing, MI. Theme: Media fandom.

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: Missouri) -- ConQuesT 34
Kansas City Airport Hilton I-29 & NW 112th St., Kansas City, MO; 1-816-891-8900. GoH: Elizabeth Moon; FGoH: Suzanne Carnival-Reece; TM: Ellen Datlow; AGoH: Vincent DiFate; SGoH: John Ringo. Theme: SF&F

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: Montana) -- Missoula Science Fiction Convention
Ruby's Inn and Convention Center, 4825 North Reserve, Missoula, MT 59808; 1-800-221-2057. GoHs: David Gerrold, Samuel R. Delany; MGoH: Jennifer Blanc; AGoH: Chuck Bordell. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: North Carolina) -- Animazement 2003
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703; 1-919-941-5050. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: Ohio) -- Columbus Main
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Columbus Convention Center, 350 North High St., Columbus, OH; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: J. Gregory Keyes; AGoH: Ruth Thompson; FilkGoH: Bill & Brenda Sutton; FGoH: Rob Stewart; CostumeGoH: Dragon Dronet; SciGoH: Mary Doria Russell; GGoH: Monte Cook; TM: Mark Evans. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-25, 2003 (United States: Utah) -- Welcome to CONduit
Wyndham, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; 1-801-531-7500. GoH: Harry Turtledove; others TBA. Theme: SF&F.

May 23-26, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) -- WisCon - The World's Only Feminist Science Fiction Convention
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703; 1-800-356-8293, 1-608-257-6000. GoHs: Carol Emshwiller, China Miéville. Emphasis: feminist SF.

May 30-June 1, 2003 (United States: North Carolina) -- ConCarolinas Main
Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte, NC; 1-704-527-9650, 1-800-228-9290. Theme: General SF.

May 30-June 1, 2003 (United States: Texas) -- A-Kon 14 May 30 - June 1, 2003 Hyatt D/FW
Hyatt DFW Airport: Hyatt Regency-DFW P.O. Box 619014, DFW Airport, TX 75261; 1-972-453-1234. GoHs: Nov. Takahashi, Duel Jewel. Theme: Anime.

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

NASA?s Space and Earth science enterprises are sowing the technological seeds for opening up new vistas on the universe and improving the understanding of the home planet -- Space News March 24, 2003

Astronomers have found further evidence for the existence of what you might call the Goldilocks category of black holes -- Scientific American: Evidence Mounts for Mysterious New Class of Black Holes

Prehistoric creatures left seemingly endless proof of their existence fossilized in age-old rocks -- Scientific American: Questioning the Oldest Signs of Life

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Computer Acronyms List

IBM: I Blame Microsoft
WINDOWS: Will Install Needless Data On Whole System
WIN: Whoppingly Immense NOP
UNIX: IfUHv2sk, UDntWnt2Kno
HCL: Hilarious Computer Logic
HP: Hot Pursuit
MAC: Most Absurd Computer
MICROSOFT: Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers
NEXT: Now EXchange for Trash
OS/2: Obsolete Soon, Too.
WARP: What A Rot Program
BASIC: Bill's Attempt to Seize Industry Control
CD-ROM: Consumer Device, Rendered Obsolete in Months
COBOL: Completely Obsolete Business Oriented Language
DOS: Defective Operating System
ISDN: It Still Does Nothing
PCMCIA: People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
PENTIUM: Produces Erroneous Numbers Through Incorrect Understanding of Mathematics
SCSI: System Can't See It
WWW: World Wide Wait

The Hook in the Book

The lone astronaut had fallen from the very edge of space, down through thousands of miles of gradually thickening atmosphere, a drop which had lasted more than a day. In the later stages of the descent his body had been acted on by wind forces which had carried him far to the west of the capital city. Perhaps through inexperience, perhaps from a desire to be free of the restraints of the fallbag, he had opened his parachute too soon. It had been deployed a good ten miles above the planetary surface, and as a result was being wafted even farther into the sparsely populated regions which lay beyond the White River.

by Bob Shaw

Last Word

Excerpts from a discussion with Freeman Dyson:

Bruce Murray , Planetary Society Chairman of the Board:
"I have one last point. We've been thinking about humans migrating, and adapting in some form, to other worlds in this solar system at least. There's an alternative possiblity: to stay here and send only sensors and surrogates elsewhere. I'm wondering, in the 30 to 40 years since you first began fantasizing about some of these things, how do you feel about this alternative vison?"

Freeman Dyson, Physicist:
"Well, I detest it. It's quite possible that if we decide to go that way, I will become a rebel and go off in my little spaceship and leave everybody else behind. So, I hope we'll all be rebels when the time comes."
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