NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2003
Issue No. 40

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

2002 is behind us and we have crossed the threshold into 2003. What is the future holding? There will be ups and downs. There will be achievements and disappointments. But for us, Sciencefictioneers, there is one thing to hope for: that the source of science fiction will never dry up. That there will be new authors, new books and more books. That the established authors are still writing. That Science Fiction is alive and will continue. Happy New Year everyone!

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 delve into the depths of knowledge to solve your puzzles, but not do your homework -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in January 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

CONAN THE REBEL by Poul Anderson (Tor trade paperback)
THE WAY OF LIGHT by Storm Constantine (Tor trade paperback)
JUBILEE by Jack Dann
FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM by Charles de Lint (Orb trade paperback)
HADES' DAUGHTER by Sara Douglass
ENGINE CITY by Ken MacLeod
CHILD OF THE PROPHECY by Juliet Marillier (Tor trade paperback)
DUEL: TERROR STORIES by RICHARD MATHESON by Richard Matheson (hardcover)
DUEL: TERROR STORIES by RICHARD MATHESON by Richard Matheson (simultaneous Tor trade paperback)

Tor SF mass-market titles:

KILN PEOPLE by David Brin
DARK LIGHT by Ken MacLeod

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

MOTHER OF KINGS by Poul Anderson
STARMAN by Sara Douglass

Del Rey Books

Baen Books

MARCH TO THE STARS by David Weber and John Ringo
GIVE ME LIBERTY by Martin Harry Greenberg and Mark Tier
MELCHIOR'S FIRE by Jack L. Chalker

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!""

Idoru, by William Gibson The acclaimed SF novel from the masterful author, now in trade paperback!
The Other Wind, by Ursula K. Le Guin The newest adventure in Earthsea, now in trade paperback!
Cold Streets, by P.N. Elrod The latest mystery in the Vampire Files series!
All Tomorrow's Parties, by William Gibson Gibson's latest SF epic, now in mass market!
Orphans of Earth, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix The second book in the hot new SF series from the bestselling authors!
Spec Ops Squad: Sucker Punch, by Rick Shelley The last novel from the bestselling military SF writer!
Dragon Blood, by Patricia Briggs The newest romantic fantasy from this rising star!
Ships from the West, by Paul Kearney The long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy series!
The Machiavelli Interface, by Steve Perry Another classic SF adventure, now back in print!

Daw Books

Holder of Lightning by S. L. Farrell (hardcover)
The Eyes of God by John Marco (first time in paperback)
Between Darkness and Light by Lisanne Norman
Wondrous Beginnings edited by Steven H. Silver and Martin H. Greenberg

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 Corner

This month: www.jackchalker.com/

Fiction Corner


JURY SERVICE by Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow -- A young man dragooned into a surreal universal jury duty that decides the safety of strange new techhnologies. Read the conclusion of this new four-part novella.

MORE SPINNED AGAINST... by John Wyndham -- A man's hobby creates an intriguing diversion for his wife.

Movie Buzz

June 2003:
Universal Pictures - The Hulk

July 2003:
Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines

Con News

February 6-9, 2003 (United States: Illinois) Capricon XXIII.
The Sheraton Arlington Park, 3400 West Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1052. GoH: Tim Powers; AGoH: Amy K. Brown; FGoH: Bill Roper. Theme: Gods vs. Monsters.

February 7-9, 2003 (United States: Texas) OwlCon XXII.
Houston Marriott Medical Center, 6580 Fannin, Houston, TX. Theme: Gaming.

February 7-9, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Quinze Filk Festival.
15th British Filk Convention. Holiday Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. GoHs: Teri Wachowiak (US), Simon Fairbourn (UK). Theme: Filk.

February 7-9, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Starfleet Ball.
The Carrington House Hotel, Knyverton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. Theme: SF Media.

February 12-15, 2003 (United States: Utah) Life, The Universe and Everything XXI.
Wilkinson Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Guests: Patricia C. Wrede, Dr. Michael R. Collings. Theme: Symposium on SF&F. Memb: Free.

February 13-16, 2003 (Russia) RosCon 2003.
Moscow, Russia. Theme: SF&F.

February 14-17, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) Gallifrey One: Episode XIV
The Faction Paradox. Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Guests: Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy. Theme: Doctor Who.

February 14-16, 2003 (United States: Iowa) Gamicon Mu.
Sheraton 4-Points, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. GoH: Jolly Blackburn. Theme: Gaming.

February 14-16, 2003 (United States: Maryland) Farpoint.
Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Guests: TBA.

February 14-16, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Boskone 40.
Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA. GoH: David Brin; Official Artist: Jim Burns; SGoH: Charles N. Brown; Featured Filker: Clam Chowder. Theme: SF&F.

February 14-16, 2003 (United States: Virginia) Katsucon 9.
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA. Guests: Robert DeJesus, Newton Ewell, Steve Bennett, Studio Ironcat. Theme: Anime.

February 14-16, 2003 (United States: Washington) RadCon 3C.
West Coast Hotel, 2525 N. 20th, Pasco, WA. Guests: NeNe Thomas, Rich Schleifer Theme: It's a Con World after all.

February 21-23, 2003 (United States: California, Northern) Potlatch 12.
Ramada Plaza Hotel International, San Francisco, CA. Book of Honor: The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith. Theme: Literary convention.

February 21-23, 2003 (United States: Missouri) Visioncon 2003.
The Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804. Guests: Eugene Roddenberry, Matt Cashel, Fredd Gorham, more. Theme: SF&F.

February 21-23, 2003 (United States: Texas) ConDFW II.
Radisson Hotel Dallas North at Richardson, 1981 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Theme: SF&F.

February 21-23, 2003 (United States: Virginia) Shevacon.
Holiday Inn Hotel Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Rd Roanoke, VA 24014; 1-540-744-4400. GoH: Hal Clement; AGoH: Daniel Trout; MC: Rikk Jacobs. Theme: SF, Fantasy.

February 21-23, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Redemption '03.
Ashford International Hotel, Ashford, Kent, England. GoHs: Chris Boucher, more TBA. Theme: Blake's 7/Babylon 5.

February 22, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Picocon 20.
Student's Union, Beit Quad, Imperial College, London, UK. GoH: Dr. Jack Cohen, Gwyneth Jones. Theme: Student SF.

February 28-March 2, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) ConDor X.
DoubleTree Hotel Del Mar, 11915 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F. .

February 28-March 2, 2003 (United States: California, Southern) Left Coast Crime 13.
Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena, CA. GoH: Robert Crais; FGoH: Sue Feder; TM: TBA. Theme: Mystery.

February 28-March 2, 2003 (United States: Maryland) JohnCon 2003.
Johns Hopkins University Campus, Baltimore, MD 21218. Theme: Gaming.

February 28-March 2, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Intercon C.
The Radisson Hotel and Suites, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, MA; 1-978-256-0800. Theme: Interactive literature (LARP). .

February 28-March 2, 2003 (United States: Minnesota) MarsCon 2003.
Holiday Inn Select, I-494 & 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Julie Caitlin Brown, Lev Mailer, John Garner, David Mendez, The Nick Atoms. Theme: SF&F.

February 28 - March 2, 2003 (United States: New York) NonCon.
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY. GoH: TBA. Theme: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, and Anime.

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

Here's something to ponder over your next cup of joe: the physics of a humble bag of coffee grounds still holds surprises for scientists -- Mysterious Coffee

Educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan will visit the International Space Station in 2003 -- A Teacher in Space

Imagine you are an astronomer with instant, fingertip access to all existing observations of a given object and the opportunity to sift through them at will. In just a few moments, you can have information on all kinds about objects out of catalogues all over the world, including observations taken at different times -- ESA Hubble Information Centre

Researchers hunting for new and profitable fragrances will soon send a pair of flowers into Earth orbit -- Space Scents

A thousand years from now NASA's Deep Space 1 probe could make some archeologist very happy -- Deep Space 1 one thousand years from now

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Abraham's Computer

One fine evening, Abraham the patriarch (you remember him) was busy in his tent loading Windows-95 on his PC when Isaac, his son, comes home.

Isaac takes one look and exclaims, "Hey, Pop! What you're doing won't work. For Windows-95 you need at least a fast 486, at least 60 megabytes free on your hard drive, and lots more memory than you have here."

Abraham replies, "Isaac, Isaac my son. I'm an old man and not in much of a hurry so my 386 will be just fine. I've got plenty of space on my hard drive. And, you shouldn't worry about the memory. I'm sure G-d will provide the RAM."

The Hook in the Book

"When he got back to the Restless Rest, the hollowed-out asteroid that was his home, he sent a radio message on the frequency noted in the glyphs. Someone would come to claim the pod, if the Farrs thought it was valuable enough. Bailey put the pod in his storeroom and forgot about it. That was the beginning of the adventure, though Bailey didn't know it at the time."

There And Back Again,
by Pat Murphy

Last Word

"The sole ultimate factor in human decisions is physical force. This we must learn, however repugnant the idea may seem, if we are to protect ourselves and our institutions. Reliance on anything else is fallacious and ruinous. Dangerous beyond description are the voices sometimes heard today, decrying the continuance of armament after the close of the present hostilities."

H.P. Lovecraft
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