NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2000
Issue No. 4

Ponder of the Month
New Books
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
The Hook in the Book
Last Word

Ponder of the Month

Here we are on Day One of 2000. We have fullfilled some of our dreams. We have landed on the moon; man-made satellites orbit the Earth; the first tracks of robotic explorers are imprinted on the sands of Mars. Most of our dreams are still a long way out of reach. Unless there is an unforeseen miraculous upsurge of scientific advancement, we won't see a manned spaceflight making the journey to Jupiter in 2001. We had our share of triumphs and jubilations, and a good share of failures and disappointments. It seemed that in space exploration every step of success is dogged by the shadow of defeat. The ultimate defeat is giving up on the dream. Here is where we, SF enthusiasts, come to the fore; that by writing science fiction (a certain number of us) and reading science fiction (the greater number of us), we contribute a part, however small, toward fullfilling the dream of going to the stars.

New SF books in January

Partners in Necessity: A Liaden Adventure [Meisha Merlin Publishing, Incorporated] Sharon Lee,Steve Miller

Dragonfly: An Epic Adventure of Survival in out Space [HarperCollins] Bryan Burrough

Inversions [Pocket Books] Iain M. Banks

The Quiet Invasion [Warner Books] Sarah Zettel

Science Fiction Theater [Quadrillion Media LLC] Gregory Benford, David Brin, Paul Levinson, Marc S. Zicree

Lord of Emperors, Vol. 2 [HarperCollins] Guy Gavriel Kay

The Dancers of Arun [Ace Books] Elizabeth A. Lynn

Denizens of the Dreaming [White Wolf] Christopher Howard, Todd McDivitt, Jackie Cassada

Count Brass [White Wolf] Michael Moorcock, Walter Simonson (Illustrator)

"Passion isn't enough." Nalo Hopkinson reviews DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES - Science Fiction Book Reviews

Not a book, not words, but the Music of Babylon 5 - Episodic Babylon 5 CDs

Movie Buzz

Battlefield Earth, based on the SF novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard, hits theatres on May 12, 2000 - Sci Fi Wire -- Battlefield Earth
Download the movie trailer here - Eon Mag Battlefield Trailer

"Carry on writing, Scotty?" James Doohan is apparently authoring a science fiction trilogy. James Doohan

LORD OF THE RINGS movie update: Visit the official site and find out how New Zealand is going to be transformed into Middle Earth - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
View the first images of the movie. Read about the spoilers too! - The One Ring - Tolkien Online

Con News

January 7-9, 2000 (Georgia)
GAFILK 2000. Ramada Inn Atlanta Airport South, 1551 Phoenix Blvd., College Park, GA; 770-996-4321, 800-2-RAMADA; rms: $69. GoH: Margaret Middleton; TM: Walt Baric; Interfilk: TBA. Theme: filk. Memb: $25 until 11/30/99; $40 after. Info: GAFilk, 2175 Lenox Rd., #B-5, Atlanta, GA 30324; 404-321-2112; xwinger@cwix.com.

January 7-9, 2000 (Washington)
RUSTYCON 2000. Everett Holiday Inn, Everett, WA. GoH: Michael Stackpole; AGoH: Bear Brown; FGoH: Jon Gustafson. Theme: Memb: $40 until 12/1/98; $50 at the door. Info: Rustycon 2000, PO Box 84291, Seattle, WA 98124-5591; rustycon@mail.rdwarf.com.

January 14-16, 2000 (Florida)
JONESCON 2000. Gainesville, FL. Theme: Gaming. Info: Jonescon VI, 1432 NE 19th Place, Gainesville, FL 32609; 352-372-1904; Jonescon@afn.org.

January 14-16, 2000 (Massachusetts)
ARISIA '00. Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA; 800-225-2008. GoH: Jane Yolen; AGoH: Tom Kidd; FGoH: Sharon Sbarsky. Memb: $30 until 11/15/99; more after. Theme: SF&F. Info: ARISIA, Inc., Bldg. 600. Suite 322, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139; info@arisia.org.

January 14-16, 2000 (Tennessee)
CHATTACON XXV. Clarion Hotel, River Plaza, Chattanooga, TN; 423-756-5150. GoHs: Tara Harper, Melissa Scott; AGoH: Nicholas Jainschigg; Local GoH: Kenneth Waters; TM: Charles Grant. Theme: SF&F. Memb: $30 until 1/1/00; $35 at the door. Info: Chattacon XXV, PO Box 23908, Chattanooga, TN 37422-3908; 770-578-8461; chattacon.info@mindspring.com.

January 21-23, 2000 (Michigan)
CONFUSION 19100. Van Dyke Park Suites Hotel, 31800 Van Dyke Ave., Warren, MI; 810-939-2860. GoH: Maureen F. McHugh; AGoH: Frank Hayes; FGoH: Dennis Tabaczewski; TM: Erik Kauppi. Theme: SF&F. Memb: $25 until 10/1/99; $30 at the door; $5 supporting. Info: ConFusion, PO Box 8284, Ann Arbor, MI 48107; 313-487-8743; confusion@stilyagi.org.

January 27-30, 2000 (Illinois)
CAPRICON XX. Arlington Park Hilton, 3400 W. Euclind Ave., Arlington Park, IL 60005; 847-394-2000; rms: $69. GoH: Larry Niven; SciGoH: Chris Luchini; FGoH: Joseph Stockman. Theme: F&SF. Memb: $30 until 11/30/99; $50 at the door. Info: Capricon, PO Box 60085, Chicago, IL 60660; info@capricon.org.

January 28-30, 2000 (Minnesota)
SUPERCON VII. Rochester, MN. Theme: Relazacon. Memb: $25 until 12/1/99. Info: SuperCon, PO Box 14355, Dinkytown Station, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0355; supercon@iname.com.

The Millennium Starfleet Ball (the sixth annual running of the Ball!) is a three day Sci-fi convention, 11th - 13th February 2000 at The Moat House Hotel, Bournemouth, UK, featuring Star Trek and all your other science fiction favourites. The Starfleet Ball Homepage

200 something more days to go until Chicon 2000. Check here for the latest - Chicon 2000: the 58th World Science Fiction Convention

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

Care to know how busy Santa has been delivering presents throughout the Solar System? Visit the planets along Santa's route - Interplanetary Christmas: an exclusive interview with Santa

The force of sunlight is keeping part of our solar system dust free - at least free from a particular type of dust. It's a dusty universe out there ... ESA Science

The Hook in the Book

She was born a thing and as such would be condemned if she failed to pass the encephalograph test required of all newborn babies. There was always the possibility that though the limbs were twisted, the mind was not, that though the ears would hear only dimly, the eyes see vaguely, the mind behind them was receptive and alert.

by Anne McCaffrey
(contributed by Pagadan)

Last Word

"A few million years ago there were no humans. Who will be here a few million years hence? In all the 4.6-billion-year history of our planet, nothing much ever left it. But now, tiny unmanned exploratory spacecraft from Earth are moving, glistening and elegant, through the solar system. We have made a preliminary reconnaissance of twenty worlds, among them all the planets visible to the naked eye, all those wandering nocturnal lights that stirred our ancestors toward understanding and ecstasy. If we survive, our time will be famous for two reasons: that at this dangerous moment of technological adolescence we managed to avoid self-destruction; and because this is the epoch in which we began our journey to the stars."

Carl Sagan
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