NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2000
Issue No. 12

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

Trumpets blare, a ship's engines light up the long night of space, and another stellar mission roars off to worlds unknown. It is crewed by intrepid humans, inscrutable aliens, and a lot of females in gratuitous stainless steel bikinis. Such adventures are hard to come by these days. Science fiction has matured as a genre and, like many young adults, is eager to put behind it all the trappings of childhood. No more are the simple tales of exploration and wonder, superseded as they've been by more thoughtful tales and a more measured outlook. SF is a far more respectable genre than it was 30 years ago. But have we lost something along the way? Wouldn't you like to hear those engines roar one more time?

By JNRChip

New SF books in September

Tor Books


Rebel Sutra Shariann Lewitt

Scion of Cyador L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

To the King a Daughter Andre Norton & Sasha Miller

A Wizard in the Way Christopher Stasheff

Trade Paperbacks

The Best from F&SF: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Eds. Ed Ferman and Gordon Van Gelder

Tales of the Dying Earth Jack Vance (Orb)

On Blue's Waters Gene Wolfe

Mass-market Paperbacks

Operation Luna Poul Anderson

Brotherhood of the Wolf David Farland

The Stars Compel Michaela Roessner

Greenhouse Summer Norman Spinrad

Daw Books

OTHERLAND, Volume Three: Mountain of Black Glass Tad Williams (first time in paperback)


FAR FRONTIERS Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

Del Rey Books


Fiction Corner

The latest spell-binding stories at SCI FICTION

FROM THE FILES OF THE TIME RANGERS by Richard Bowes - Two cops are found murdered in similar circumstances of another group of murders several years before.

TO BELL THE CAT by Joan D. Vinge - A criminal of the future endures a cruel and unusual punishment.

Movie Buzz

See the preview of: Dungeons and Dragons:The Movie - Starring Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, and Justin Whalin!

The Crow: Salvation: The latest in the Crow series of films based on the comic book series by James O'Barr. Exact release date has not yet been set.

Bedazzled: Brendan Frazer plays a man who makes a deal with the devil (Elizabeth Hurley) then tries to get out of it in this horror/comedy. Exact release date not set yet.

Digimon: Space Digital Monster: The other Japanese card-game series coming to the big screen. Release date October 6.

Blair Witch Project 2: The sequel set to be released October 27 in time for Halloween.


Mulgrave wants VOYAGER to die? Read about it and other TV news in: News about Science fiction, fantasy and horror television shows is here at Scifispace.com

Con News

World Fantasy Convention, October 26-29, 2000, Corpus Christi, TX - Upcoming 2000 World Fantasy Convention Home Page

"Bow puny Earthlings! You have been conquered by . . ." Albacon 2000 - October 6-8, 2000, Ramada Inn, 450 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY - Albacon 2000

ValleyCon 25 , October 6 - 8, 2000 At the Quality Inn and Suites and at the Fargo Civic Center - ValleyCon XXV

Gaylaxicon, Arlington Hilton & Towers, Arlington, VA, October 6 - 9, 2000 - Gaylaxicon 2000 Is Coming!

Brush up your German and join Guests of Honor Dan Simmons and George R.R. Martin at Elstercon 2000, 6 - 8 October, 2000, Leipzig, Germany - Elstercon 2000 - Von kommenden Schrecken

October 13-15, 2000 (Alabama) - CON*STELLATION XIX:VIRGO - Con*Stellation XIX: Virgo

October 13-15, 2000 (Iowa), CON 25. Ramada Westfield, Coralville, IA, GoH: Harry Turtledove -ICON 25 Homepage

October 13-15, 2000 (Canada, Quebec), CON*CEPT/BOREAL 2000. Days Inn, Metro-Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. GoH: Charles de Lint

October 13-15, 2000 (Sweden), GHOESTACON 2. Upsala, Sweden - Upsala ScienceFiction

October 20-22, 2000 (Colorado), MILEHICON 32. Sheraton Hotel, Lakewood CO; GoHs: Ben Bova, C. Dean Andersson, Spider & Jeanne Robinson - MileHiCon 32

October 20-22, 2000 (Florida), NECRONOMICON 2000. Radisson Inn - Sabal Park, Tampa FL. GoHs: James P. Hogan, Lynn Abbey - Necronomicon 2000

October 20-22, 2000 (Michigan), CONCLAVE XXV. Holiday Inn South, Lansing MI. GoH: David Weber- Conclave Home

October 21-22, 2000 (Republic of Ireland), O2K:OCTOCON 2000. Royal Dublin Hotel, O'Connell St., Dublin 1, Ireland - Octocon: The National Irish Science Fiction Convention

October 26-31, 2000 (Germany) HANSECON. Lubeck, Germany. Info: Heinrich R. Arenz, Burgstrasse 33, 60316, Frankfurt, Germany; hra.hanse@freenet.de

October 27-29, 2000 (Ohio)
VULKON. Holiday Inn, Strongville OH. Guests: Andreas Katsulas, Max Grodenchik, Cecily Adams, Aron Eisenberg, Chase Masterson, Julie Caitlyn Brown, Lolita Fatjo - Vulkon

October 27-29, 2000 (United Kingdom, England)
BATS 2000. Radisson Edwardian, Heathrow, London, UK - Bats 2000 Halloween Convention

October 28-29, 2000 (Wisconsin)
JVL-CON 2000. Best Western, 3920 Milton Ave., Janesville WI - Rays Hobbies Page 3

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

Ham radios in space? - Ham Radios in Space

And ... there are brown dwarfs too - Counting Brown Dwarfs

Divining on Mars - Lesson plans and educational activities from NASA

Unveiling the nature of a dusty galaxy - ESA Hubble Information Centre

The Hook in the Book

My backside is adorned with rocket nozzles.
Bigger than worlds, and more ancient, my engines are as chilled and quiet as this ancient universe of ours.
Hello, I said.
Without a voice.
Brother machine, hello.
My friend continued on its way, and for a little while, I was alone again. Which was when I first sensed just how deep my loneliness had grown.

MARROW by Robert Reed

Last Word

". . . I don't mean that the community of SF is breaking up, or should break up. I hope it doesn't; I think it won't; I don't see why it should. The essential lunacy that unites us will continue to unite us. . . If we meet now and in the future, we writers and readers of SF, to give each other prizes and see each other's faces and renew old feuds and discuss new books and hold our celebration, it will be in entire freedom --because we choose to do so--because, to put it simply, we like each other."

Ursula K. Le Guin
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