NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2000
Issue No. 7

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


We read science fiction for the grand feats it offers us, the visions, the wonder, and the bold achievements on a galactic scale. Should the reading always be this serious? And as I was pondering about the grave issues of SF, a chime disturbed the peace of my roaming habitat and this Fool entered juggling her colored cubes with one hand and handing me this book with her other. And while worlds collided outside my door and tribble brew was percolating on a slow fire, I refreshed my spirit with galactic gargle blaster and engrossed myself in the impossible stories of forbidden AI and dolphin love. Life is good; anything is possible on April 1.

New SF books in April

Tor Books

Preternatural Too: Gyre Margaret Wander Bonnano

Venus Ben Bova

Eagle-Sage David B. Coe

The Big Time Fritz Leiber

Magi'i of Cyador L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2 ed. Frederik Pohl

Darkness Descending Harry Turtledove

Baen Books

Telzey Amberdon James H. Schmitz

The Compleat McAndrew Charles Sheffield

The Reformer S.M. Stirling and David Drake

Pegasus in Space [Del Rey] Anne McCaffrey

Movie Buzz

Dragonriders going nowhere? It appears the much awaited TV series of DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN has stalled - Pern in trouble?

Meanwhile, DUNE the six-hour miniseries is still scheduled for the fall - Frank Herbert's Dune

A new Trek movie? New Trek Film based on TNG

The X-man cometh - X-MEN::The Movie

Con News

"Y2K. Compliance is futile. This one goes to eleven." Demicon XI, May 5 - 7, Des Moines, Iowa - DemiCon

Join Snarky at Marscon 2000, May 12 - 14, 2000 - MarsCon - A fan run science fiction convention for all ages!

Book your ticket to Germany and join the starship ENTERPRISE crew for -- Federation Con 8! May 19 - 21, 2000 - Fed Con - The Convention Company

BayCon 2000 "Yesterday's Tomorrows", May 26 - 29 - BayCon 2000

Wear your best costumes at CostumeCon 18, aka CostumeCon 2000 (May 26-29, in Hartford Connecticut) homepage

Celebrate The Year of the Dragon at Marcon, May 26 - 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio, Marcon

Join Elizabeth Moon May 26 -28 in Orlando for Oasis 13, the 13th Annual Science Fiction Convention of the Orlando Area Science Fiction Society - oasis13

Join GOH Charles de Lint and Jeanne Gomoll at WisCon, May 26 - 29 at the Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison, Wisconsin - WisCon: The Gathering of the Feminist Science Fiction Community

Join Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Melanie Tem, J. Michael Straczynski, Ellen Datlow, Dan Simmons and others at at World Horror Con 2000 WHC 2000

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Art Show in the Southwest! May 19-21, 2000
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Scottsdale, AZ LepreCon, Inc. Home Page

DEEPSOUTHCON 38/SON OF BEACHCON. Jekyll Inn, Jekyll Island, GA; 800-736-1046, 912-635-2531; rms: $79-$139. FGoH: P.L. Caruthers-Montgomery & Larry Montgomery; AGoH: Ron Walotsky; TM: Jack Haldeman; SGoH: Jack McDevitt. Memb: $25 until 4/30/00; $35 at the door. Send Memb to: (Checks payable to DeepSouthCon 38) Steve Francis, 5503 Matterhorn Dr., Louisville, KY 40216-1326; Info: Son of beachCon (DSC 38), PO Box 1271, Brunswick, GA 31521-1271

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

Apparently there are black holes lurking and leading double lives in galaxies. Learn more about them - Black Hole Hide and Seek

Gamma bursts NEARer than you think. Asteroid-orbiting NEAR helps track down a cosmic explosion

And ... NEAR renamed NASA's asteroid-orbiting spacecraft renamed NEAR Shoemaker

Is water a gift from the stars? Find out about the origin of water in space. ESA Water Science

On April 6, 2000, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon will put on a delightful after-dinner sky show. Planets for Dessert

The Hook in the Book

His combat drop shuttle crouched still and silent in the repairs docking bay -- malevolent, to Miles's jaundiced eye. Its metal and fibreplas surface was scarred, pitted and burned. It had seemed such a proud, gleaming, efficient vessel when it was new. Perhaps it had undergone psychotic personality change from its traumas. It had been new such a short few months ago...

BROTHERS IN ARMS by Lois McMaster Bujold

One of the extraordinary things about life is the sort of places it's prepared to put up with living. Anywhere it can get some kind of a grip, whether it's the intoxicating seas of Santraginus V, where the fish never seem to care whatever the heck kind of direction they swim in, the fire storms of Frastra, where, they say, life begins at 40,000 degrees, or just burrowing around in the lower intestine of a rat for the sheer unadulterated hell of it, life will always find a way of hanging on in somewhere.

MOSTLY HARMLESS (The Fifth Book in the Increasingly Inaccurately Named Hitchhickers Trilogy) by Douglas Adams

Last Word

"Five hundred years from now the space lanes will be fairly well cluttered with debris --garbage, containers, bottles, nonedible plastics--all jettisoned by spaceships and floating in nowhere. Space, unlike the ocean, has no convenient bottom to which garbage can sink. Somewhere around A.D. 2460 the final miracle may take place. Exposed to cosmic rays and undiluted sunlight and proton bombardment, seeds and stems, leaves and fruit stones may mutate and begin to grow in the vacuum.

Can you imagine the spaceways slowly filling with spreading fields of new species of flowers, fruits, vegetables and grains; living in vacuum like orchids living on air; thriving in the light of the distant sun, feeding, perhaps, on the stray electrons, protons and stardust that pervade every inch of the universe? Can you see spaceships on long journeys stopping alongside these fields to replenish supplies like adventuring Vikings? Can you conceive of the taste of these new foods of the future, and the strange new ways they may be cooked in space? Beyond this, the imagination can't go."

Alfred Bester from his essay "Gourmet Dining in Outer Space"
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