NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2000
Issue No. 5

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

Ponder of the Month

We are in an age where computers have become necessary components of households, lives have been prolonged by advances in medicine, and we are able to gaze farther into the universe than anyone has gazed before. We could go farther and faster still. Still, there are those who think humankind has gone fast and far enough, that it's time to pause and reflect, and even to go backwards, back to fundamentalism and natural purism, and probably to book burning. When you hold an SF book in your hands, just pause and reflect that despite Chernobyl, the thinning ozone layer, global warming and other dire predictions, the age you are in gives you free rein to enjoy all the rich variety of science fiction - all the Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous.

New SF books in February

The Ancient Enemy [Penguin/Roc, US] Christopher Rowley

Ash 2: Carthage Ascendant [Avon Eos, US] Mary Gentle

Colonization #2 [Ballantine Del Rey, US] Harry Turtledove

Genesis [Tor, US] Poul Anderson

Oceanspace [Ace, US] Allen Steele

Ports of Call #2 [Tor, US] Jack Vance

Reckless Sleep [Orion/Gollancz, UK] Roger Levy

Ring of Destiny [Daw, US] Jane Fancher

Sarantine Mosaic #2 [HarperPrism, US] Guy Gavriel Kay

Stranger [HarperPrism, US] Michelle Slung

The Chosen [Tor, US] Ricardo Pinto

A Wizard in Elfland [Tor, US] Christopher Stasheff

More in Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase

Can a sunken submarine and a Nazi war code determine the future of the Internet? A.M. Dellamonica reviewed CRYPTONOMICON

Movie Buzz

Leonardo DiCaprio as Darth Vader? The TITANIC star said he would be interested in playing the role, but that no decision was made.

STAR TREK Forever? Three new concepts are being tested for Star Trek: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Star Trek: Alpha Squad.

Matt Keeslar (Scream 3) has joined the cast of The SCI FI Channel's original miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel Dune. Keeslar will play Feyd, the nemesis to hero Paul Atreides, played by newcomer Alec Newman.

For a plethora of other news: Science Fiction News of the Week

Learn more about SEVEN DAYS, the second season time travel series on UPN - SEVEN DAYS - Eon Magazine

Con News

The 2000 Hugo nomination form is now online - Chicon 2000: Hugo Awards

February 18 - 20, Toronto, Ontario - Canada's Premier Science Fiction Literary Convention with Writer Guests of Honour Charles de Lint and Nancy Kress, and Editor Guest of Honour Scott Edelman - Ad Astra Convention

February 18, 19 and 20 Visioncon 2000 Home Page A Science Fiction and Fantasy convention dedicated to promoting and celebrating these genres in all their various forms in the southwest Missouri area.

February 18-20, 2000, High Point, Carolina StellarCon - The Oldest SF Con in The Carolinas

February 25 - 27, 2000 - A small, friendly con focused on the literature and art of Science Fiction and Fantasy. GOH is James Morrow. Among the distinguished guest are Hal Clement, Paul Levinson, John Radzilowicz, Jo Walton, and Sarah Zettel. Mars, Pennsylvania Confluence 2000

March 11 and 12, 2000 - Salt Lake City's biggest celebrity signing event Fan Fest 2000 - Horror, Science Fiction, Classic TV

Friday, March 31, 2000 - Sunday, April 2, 2000 5Con - The Most Awesome Convention Ever!

March 24 - 26, 2000 CoastCon, Inc. CoastCon XXIII March 24-26 2000

March 24 - 26, 2000, Rye Brook, New York Lunacon 2000

March 24 - 26, 2000, Blacksburg, Virginia Technicon 17

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

How could we plug a hole 30 million times more massive than our Sun? Do we want to? Astronomers find a cool black hole in Andromeda

2003 landing date on Mars for ESA's BEAGLE 2. The prospective landing sites are within the Chryse and Tritonis Lacus regions. Marsexpres - Beagle 2

Hubble can see again! The Hubble Space Telescope Reopens for Business

The Hook in the Book

After the Gallery were the Grav-rooms, to which one might climb by means of a stairway smelling of fresh-cut lumber. At the top, one might select the grav one wished -- Moon-weight, Mars-weight. Merc-weight -- and ride back to the floor of the Hall on a diminishing cushion of air, elevator-like, knowing for a moment the feeling of weight personal carried on the chosen world impersonal. The platform drops down, the landing is muffled . . . Like falling into hay, like falling into a feather bed.

THE DREAM MASTER by Roger Zelazny

Reality fails as art because it is badly scripted; but Heimdall Communications used time delay to juggle and select from the views downloading from FarTrip. Sometimes, in the video style of the "Naughty Oughts," the screen juggled views from the ship and all three crew-member helmets all at once, in a kaleidoscopic variety of magnifications, overlays, and montages that Mariesa found hard to follow.

ROGUE STAR by Michael Flynn

Last Word(s)

"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it. One should earn one's living by work of which one is sure one is capable. Only when we do not have to be accountable to anybody can we find joy in scientific endeavor."

"Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do -- but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it."

"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perennially rejuvenated illusions."

Albert Einstein
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