NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2003
Issue No. 42

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 works of J.R.R. Tolkien may not be your cup of tea and you may even turn your nose up at all that hype and immense popularity of the two Lord of the Rings movies. It does deliver this message though--whether or not you are a staunch ally of Tolkien--that people are drawn to the power of his storytelling. An archer flexing his bow before the battle; the engineer poring over program codes to avert a planetary disaster; the mechanical construct gliding through space to pilot a crippled ship: these are all the ingredients of story evocation and they are the reason why we read science fiction: we board the vehicle of science to set out on a journey, but the story is the momentum that will drive us through the experience.

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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AOL Research & Learn: Science: AOL News: Pioneer Spacecraft Finally Falls Silent

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

AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century: NOVA | Battle of the X-Planes | Behind the Scenes | PBS

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in March 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

FOR LOVE AD GLORY by Poul Anderson
THE MOON'S SHADOW by Catherine Asaro
TRANSCENSION by Damien Broderick (Tor trade paperback)
COWBOY FENG'S SPACE BAR AND GRILLE by Steven Brust (Orb trade paperback)
SHADOWS BITE by Stephen Dedman (Tor trade paperback)
DORSAI SPIRIT by Gordon R. Dickson (Orb trade paperback)
DREAMER OF DUNE by Brian Herbert
CELTIKA by Robert Holdstock
THE BINDER'S ROAD by Terry McGarry
THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD by Patrick O'Leary (Tor trade paperback)
THE STANDING DEAD by Ricardo Pinto
THE RISEN EMPIRE by Scott Westerfeld

Tor SF mass-market titles:

PERMANENCE by Karl Schroeder

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

KUSHIEL'S CHOSEN by Jacqueline Carey
SHADOWSINGER by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
DRAGON SOCIETY by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Del Rey Books

SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS by Terry Brooks (Non Fiction/Memoir)
STAR WARS: TATOOINE GHOST by Troy Denning (Science Fiction)
ALTERED CARBON by Richard Morgan (Science Fiction)
X-MEN 2 by Chris Claremont (Science Fiction/Tie-in)
HALO: THE FLOOD by William C. Dietz (Science Fiction/Tie-in)
STORMRIDER by David Gemmel (Fantasy)
CARESS OF TWILIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton (Horror)
X-MEN by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith (Science Fiction/Tie-in)
THE LAYS OF BELERIAND by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy)
STEEL HELIX by Ann Tonsor Zeddies (Science Fiction)

Baen Books

Empire from the Ashes by David Weber
Conqueror by David Drake and S.M. Stirling
Here There Be Dragonnes by Mary Brown
Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton
The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan
The Isle Beyond Time L. Warren Douglas

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!""

Angelica, by Sharon Shinn The long-awaited newest book in the bestselling Samaria series!
The Goddess Worldweaver, by Douglas Niles The final novel in the exciting Seven Circles Trilogy!
Tripping The Light So Spastic, by Ernie Gorman The best book yet in the mostly awful Fantasy Gone Bad series!
Jenna Starborn, by Sharon Shinn The SF take on a literary classic, now in mass market paperback!
Picoverse, by Robert A. Metzger The mind-bending SF adventure, in paperback for the first time!
The Sword of the Land, by Noel-Anne Brennan An original fantasy epic from this exciting new author!
An Excess of Enchantment, by Craig Shaw Gardner Another funny fantasy, now back in print!
Heartlight, by T. A. Barron An exciting fantasy from the author of the Seven Songs of Merlin!

Daw Books

JOUST by Mercedes Lackey
THE GATES OF SLEEP (An Elemental Masters Novel) by Mercedes Lackey
HORRIBLE BEGINNINGS Edited by Steven H. Silver and Martin H. Greenberg

Roc Books

THE BASTARD KING by Dan Chernenko
SHADOW OF THE STORM by Kurt R.A. Giambastiani
PAPER MAGE by Leah R. Cutter
THE BEST OF DREAMS OF DECADENCE edited by Angela Kessler

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: Sarah Zettel

Fiction Corner


THE EMPIRE OF ICE CREAM by Jeffrey Ford -- A boy is afflicted with the condition known as synesthesia and instead of seeing a color, he tastes it, instead of smelling an odor he sees it.

CASABLANCA by Thomas M. Disch -- An American couple is stranded in Casablanca as the U.S. is hit by nuclear bombs.

Movie Buzz

In development and Rumored or Films in Limbo:

The 60 Billion Dollar Man update of the TV series
The A-Team based on the TV series
The Adventures of Sandee the Supermodel Based on the comic book, a possible vehicle for Mike Myers
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat: Writer-director Stephen Cornwell is adapting SF author Harry Harrison's series of books for director Jan De Bont at Fox.
Alien 5 Only rumor right now, though Sigourney Weaver is supposedly looking at scripts...possibly going to the alien?s home planet.
Alien Love Trilogy Three interwoven stories of love between humans and aliens starring Heather Graham, Courtney Cox and Kenneth Branagh.
Anne Rice?s The Mummy produced by James Cameron and possibly starring Antonio Banderas.
Avalon Japanese anime with additional dialogue written by Neil Gaiman. About a beautiful woman, Ash, who is the champion of a computer fantasy game who becomes lost in the game. May see a summer 2002 release.
Babylon 5 based on the series won?t be any sooner than 2006. May feature the Telepath war.
Catwoman starring Ashley Judd, this one will feature a new Catwoman character, Patience Price with a mythos that will tie into the Selina Kyle background somehow.
The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy
The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) is trying to remake the classic Don Knotts film about a man who worships fish and becomes one.
Megalopolis A Francis Ford Coppola production that?s a projection of New York in the near future. May be a late 2003/early 2004 release.
Swift: Ridley Scott will direct this supernatural thriller based on a pitch by writer Stephen Cornwell. It follows a young detective investigating a series of brutal murders who finds himself at the center of an escalating battle between supernatural forces of good and evil.

Con News

April 4-6, 2003 (United States: Nebraska) WillyCon V.
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. GoH: Wil McCarthy. Theme: Science of SF.

April 4-6, 2003 (United States: Washington) Sakura-Con.
Seattle Airport Hilton and Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188-4001; 1-206-244-4800; 1-800-HILTONS. Guest: Hiroki Havashi. Theme: Anime.

April 4-6, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) Odyssey Con 2003.
Radisson Inn, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI; 1-800-333-3333. GoHs: Harry Turtledove, Catherine Asaro; CartoonGoH: John Kovalic. Theme: SF&F.

April 5, 2003 (United States: Virginia) NOVAG GAMECON 18.
Westpark Hotel, 8401 WestPark Drive, Mclean, VA 22102-3602; 800-533-3301; Theme: Gaming.

April 11-13, 2003 (United States: New York) Eeriecon Five.
Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301; 1-716-284-8801. GoHs: Jack McDevitt, Lynn Flewelling; FGoHs: Lloyd & Yvonne Penney. Theme: SF&F.

April 12-13, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) Concinnity 3.
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI. Guests: TBA Theme: SF&F.

April 17-20, 2003 (United States: Georgia) Fantasm 2003.
Sheraton Colony Square, Atlanta, GA; 1-404-892-6000. Theme: Adults only convention.

April 17-20, 2003 (United States: Missouri) World Horror Convention 2003.
Hilton Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, MO; 1-816-891-8900 or 1-800 HILTONS. GoH: Graham Masterton; AGoH: Nick Smith; EGoH: Don D'Auria; MC: Laurell K. Hamilton; SGoH: Forrest J Ackerman. HWA Bram Stoker Awards presented. Theme: Horror.

April 17-20, 2003 (United States: Washington) Norwescon 26.
DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA; 1-800-222-TREE. GoH: Jane Yolen; AGoH: Jim Burns; SciGoH: Geoffrey Landis; SGoH: Michael Whelan; Pub: Del Rey. Theme: Dragons, Drakes, and Wyrms.

April 17-21, 2003 (Australia: Western Australia) Swancon 2003.
The 28th Western Australian Science Fiction Writers' Festival and Convention. The 42nd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. The Kings Perth Hotel, Perth, Australia; (08) 9325 6555, (08) 9221 1539 (fax). GoHs: Lynn Flewelling, Tony Shillitoe. Theme: SF&F.

April 18-21, 2003 (United States: Illinois) Costume-Con 21.
Doubletree Northshore, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077. Theme: Costumes.

April 18-20, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Anime Boston.
Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116-3912; 1-800-225-2008. Guests: Tiffany Grant, Jamie McGonnigal, Kirby Morrow, Miyu, John Barrett, Chris Beveridge, Tristen Citrine, Robert DeJesus, Lorraine Savage. Theme: Anime.

April 18-20, 2003 (United States: Minnesota) Minicon 38.
Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. GoH: Robert J. Sawyer & Carolyn Clink; FGoH: Sue Mason; MusicGoH: Steve Macdonald. Theme: SF&F.

April 18-21, 2003 (New Zealand) EmotiCon.
New Zealand National Convention. Hotel Ibis Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand; +64-9-529 9091, +64-9-529 9092 (fax). Guests: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Lois McMaster Bujold.

April 18-21, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Seacon 03/Eastercon.
54th British National Convention. Hanover International Hotel, Hinckley, UK. GoH: Chris Baker, Chris Evans, Mary Gentle. Theme: SF&F.

April 19-20, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Destiny.
The Northampton Moathouse, Northamptonshire, England, UK. Guests: Colin Baker, Anthony Ainley, Bonnie Langford, Nicholas Courtney, Gareth Thomas, Jacqueline Pearce, Mat Irvine, David Maloney, Paul Cornell. Theme: Dr. Who.

April 25-27, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) ConFurence 2003.
Hilton Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA; 1-818-843-6000. GoHs: Dark Natasha, Leslie Fish, Omaha Sternberg, Theresa Mather, Roy D. Pounds II, Ruben Avila, Joe Staton. Theme: Anthropomorphic Fandom.

April 25-27, 2003 (United States: New Jersey) JerseyDevilCon.
Woodbridge or Eatontown areas, NJ. SFGoH: Harry Harrison; HorrorGoH: Brian Lumley; MGoH: Bob Skir; FGoH: The Donewitz; LocalGoH: Bard & Vicki Borah Bloom; more TBA. Theme: SF&F.

April 25-27, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) Corflu 20.
Best Western InnTowner, Madison, WI; 1-800-258-8321. Theme: Fanzines.

April 26, 2003 (United States: Illinois) OPCON XIV.
Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302.

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

Who knows how many stars there are? -- ESA SCIENCE: Herschel

NASA spacecraft may have finally found the mysterious source of gullies on Mars: melting snow -- Snow Gullies on Mars

It is midnight on 1 January 2004 and you want to send a greeting on your mobile phone to a friend. Sorry, the line is too busy, try again later. If you think you are alone with this problem, you are wrong. Space agencies have had to work out ingenious solutions to prevent similar 'engaged, call later' tones from happening on Mars. For the first time, there will be seven spacecraft on the Red Planet at the same time. Will they all be able to 'phone home? -- ESA SCIENCE: Mars Express

Even in their spare time, astronauts onboard the ISS are discovering new and surprising things about nature -- Saturday Morning Science: Elastic Water on the ISS

By spinning people in a giant centrifuge for 22 hours at a time, a NASA researcher is learning more about the strange effects of artificial gravity on humans. -- The Pull of HyperGravity

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

A Frog's Future

Want to go into space?

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go and couldn?t return to Earth.

The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going. "A million dollars," he answered, "because I want to donate it to M.I.T."

The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question. He asked for $2 million. "I want to give a million to my family," he explained, "and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research."

The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer?s ear, "Three million dollars."

"Why so much more than the others?" asked the interviewer.

The lawyer replied, "If you give me $3 million, I?ll give you $1 million, I?ll keep $1 million, and we?ll send the engineer to Mars."

The Hook in the Book

"The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade
All hands! Stand by! Free falling!
And the lights below us fade,
Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps the race of Earthmen,
Out, far, and onward yet--

We pray for one last landing,
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth."

Robert A. Heinlein
Last Word

"There are people in life who are crushed by life and don't dream any more. Astronauts are not in that category. They're going to be able to absorb what happened and they're going to certainly, with even more resolve, get back up on their horses and carry on."

Marc Garneau
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