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NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2000
Issue No. 11

Precursor
New Books
Fiction Corner
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
The Hook in the Book
Last Word
Credits
Precursor

The Universe, say some scientists, is "just one of those things that happen from time to time." Quantum physics suggests that the fabric of reality has bubbles, which pop into existence from time to time, only to blink out again. Each quantum bubble may be an entire universe, and the one that we occupy might be snuggled up against uncountable others like soap suds in some unfathomably large kitchen sink. Will we ever know for sure how our universe began, and how it will end? Much of science fiction is based on the search for such knowledge. Open a book, and journey to the time when the universe was forming...or go forward, to the end of everything.

By JNRChip

New SF books in August

Tor Books

Hardcovers

The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody

The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent Gordon R. Dickson

Faith of the Fallen Terry Goodkind

The Sky Road Ken MacLeod

The Miocene Arrow Sean McMullen

The Wild Angel Pat Murphy

Brain Plague Joan Slonczewski

The Perseids and Other Stories Robert Charles Wilson

In Green's Jungles Gene Wolfe

Trade Paperbacks

The Conqueror's Child Suzy McKee Charnas

Timegods' World L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 1 ed. Frederik Pohl

Mass-market Paperbacks

Servant of the Dragon David Drake

The Cassini Division Ken MacLeod

Double Contact James White

Del Rey Books

COLLAPSIUM Wil McCarthy (SF)

THE GREAT WAR: BREAKTHROUGHS Harry Turtledove (Alt. History)

STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: AGENTS OF CHAOS I: HERO'S TRIAL James Luceno (SF)

BASTION OF DARKNESS R. A. Salvatore (F)

STARFIST: TECHNOKILL David Sherman and Dan Cragg (SF)

Fiction Corner

Featured this month: Winter Quarters by Howard Waldrop and Casey Agonistes by Richard McKenna and SCI FICTION

Movie Buzz

Bruce Boxleitner: "Make space profitable" Bruce Boxleitner and the Space Race

"It could be the story of the space program, with Clint Eastwood standing in for all of us." Space Cowboys and Peter Pan

STAR WARS, Episode Two: Jimmy Smits is also going to the Old Republic -- as Bail Organa. Lucasfilm Confirms Smits

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The looting of LORD OF THE RINGS The Lord is Being Looted

FLESH AND BLOOD 'VOYAGER' set for telefilm


Con News

ConChord 14 Filk Convention, September 22-24, 2000, Van Nuys Airtel Plaza - ConChord 14

Trinoc-coN, September 29 through October 1, 2000 at the Durham Marriott in Durham, NC - Trinoc-coN 2000 - The Premier Research Triangle Speculative Fiction Conference

Archon 24, September 29 - October 1, 2000, Collinsville, Illinois (St. Louis, Missouri area - ARCHON 24 The Con at the End of the Century

And - reminder for CHICON 2000 - August 31 - September 4, 2000 - Chicago, Illinois
Chicon 2000: the 58th World Science Fiction Convention

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

Scientists eager to begin using the International Space Station as research laboratory - Looking Forward to the International Space Station

It is a dusty cosmos ... The Stuff Between The Stars

Rover to join Beagle on Mars - ESA SCIENCE

More on Beagle 2 - Beagle 2 : the British led exploration of Mars

The Hook in the Book

"Trotting towards them were a dozen of the most bizarre creatures Harry had ever seen. They had the bodies, hind legs and tails of horses, but the front legs, wings and heads of what seemed to be giant eagles, with cruel, steel-coloured beaks and large, brilliantly orange eyes. The talons on their front legs were half a foot long and deadly-looking. Each of the beasts had a thick leather collar around its neck, which was attached to a long chain, and the ends of all of these were held in the vast hands of Hagrid, who came jogging into the paddock behind the creatures.
...
'Hippogriffs!' Hagrid roared happily, ..."

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling

"Somewhere, other eyes than ours watch the stars. Let there be no doubt about that. Were it not so, we would confess there is little point to our existence, other than to eat, drink, and procreate. We have come to life on the shore of an infinite sea. Whatever power has designed this arrangement surely intended that we not be alone, that we set out to map its currents and its deeps, explore its islands, and ultimately embrace whatever other sailors we encounter.

Unfortunately, the islands are farther apart that we could have imagined. Many of us suggest we should simply give up and stay home. Be content under our own warm suns. Hang around on the beach. But I would suggest to you that if we take that course, we will lose that part of us which is most worth preserving: the drive to push into the unknown. If we are true to ourselves, the day will surely come when we lift wine in the company of brothers and sisters born beneath strange stars."

"....in a speech by "Emily Brandywine"

INFINITY BEACH by Jack McDevitt
(Contributed by Gandalara)

Last Word

"The community built by speculative fiction is a particularly important one, because it includes, as audience and storytellers, many of the people who are most open to change and most accepting of strangeness. They are the visionaries, the cutting edge of society, the people who in their hearts are explorers and pioneeres -- and they draw some of their visions and receive some of their experiences from the work we offer them."

Orson Scott Card
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