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NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2000
Issue No. 13

Precursor
New Books
Fiction Corner
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
A Short Break From Gravity
The Hook in the Book
Last Word
Credits
Precursor

2001 is looming; in fact it's only three months away and contrary to A.C. Clarke's visionary novel, we don't have a moonbase, we haven't found one monolithic proof of advanced alien races dwelling beyond the boundaries of our Solar System. Yet, we have read about the Old Ones, the Builders, the Progenitors, the Protectors, enigmatic beings, who are silent in the limited range of our hearing, who bring the mysteries of the Universe closer to our doorstep and take us on a journey that will pass from generation to generation. There *is* something out there. There are dramas being played out on worlds too distant for us to even comprehend the patterns of their civilizations. Yet, open a science fiction book and the pages will take you there, and you will find them, the Old Ones, the Builders, the Progenitors, the Protectors, and they will take you on the greatest adventure yet again. Here we are not alone.

New SF books in October

Tor Books

Hardcovers

The Dastard Piers Anthony

The King's Peace Jo Walton

Trade Paperbacks

Accidental Creatures Anne Harris

King Rat China Mieville

A Door Into Ocean Joan Slonczewski (Orb)

Mass-market Paperbacks

Xone of Contention Piers Anthony

The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus Harry Harrison

There and Back Again Pat Murphy

In Legend Born Laura Resnick

Earth Final Conflict: The Arrival Fred Saberhagen

Del Rey Books

A KISS OF SHADOWS Laurell K. Hamilton

STARS AND STRIPES IN PERIL Harry Harrison

HELL ON EARTH Michael Reaves

GUIDE TO THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE 3rd Edition Bill Slavicsek

HERO IN THE SHADOWS David Gemmell

STAR WARS:THE NEW JEDI ORDER AGENTS OF CHAOS II: JEDI ECLIPSE James Luceno

THE GOLDEN COMPASS Philip Pullman

THE SUBTLE KNIFE Philip Pullman

Daw Books

CHILD OF FLAME Crown of Stars, Volume Four KATE ELLIOTT

PRECURSOR CJ CHERRYH

Review of Thomas M. Disch's THE DREAM OUR STUFF IS MADE OF: How Science Fiction Conquered the World - Reviews - book - The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

WETLANDS PRESERVE by Nancy Kress - A research lab studying wetlands in New York is confronted by an enigmatic life form.

DESCENDING by Thomas M. Disch - A cautionary tale about being unemployed and broke in the big city.

Movie Buzz

Revisiting GALAXY QUEST at the Hugos - ConQuest: Galaxy Quest Creators Talk Hugo

MIR by James Cameron? - Hollywood director James Cameron is considering a trip to Mir

Make way for R. Daneel Olivaw, Data! - Sci Fi Wire -- Asimov's CAVES set for screen

Preview of the movie A.I. - Upcomingmovies.com: A.I.

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Survivor on Mir - NBC Website Becomes a Reality(TV)

Doyle works to revive B5 - Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel


Con News

November 10-12, 2000 (Arizona)
TUS-CON 27. GoH: Catherine Wells; AGoH: Liz Danforth; FGoHs: Stephanie Bannon, Craig Dryer; TM: Edward Bryant - Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), home of TusCon

November 10-12, 2000 (Florida)
TROPICON 19/Fanhistoricon 10. Clarion Hotel, 4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood FL 33019-3010; GoH: Vernor Vinge; AGoH: David Cherry; FanHistoricon Speaker: Dave Langford; Guests: Hal Clement, Mike Resnick, Kathleen Ann Goonan - TROPICON

November 10-12, 2000 (Illinois)
WINDYCON 0027. Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg IL; GoH: Terry Brooks; AGoH: Lubov; EGoHs: Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden; FGoHs: Sally Kobee & Larry Smith; TM: Phyllis Eisenstein; Special Guests: Barry B. Longyear, Christian Ready, Laurell K. Hamilton - Windycon XXVII

November 10-12, 2000 (Massachusetts)
UNITED FAN CON. Springfield Marriott, Springfield MA. Guests: Ethan Phillps, others TBA - United Fan Con - New England's Premier (Fan-Run) Media SF Convention

November 10-12, 2000 (United Kingdom, England)
NOVACON 30. The Britannia Hotel, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Christopher Priest; SGoH: Rog Peyton; AGoH: David A Hardy - Novacon 30

November 17-19, 2000 (Louisiana)
EXOTICON. Radisson Hotel, New Orleans LA. GoHs: James P. Hogan, Paul T. Riddell; Media GoH: Claudia Christian; AGoH: Larry Elmore; Gaming GoH: Dave Arneson - ExotiCon.

November 17-19, 2000 (Oregon)
ORYCON 22. Doubletree Hotel Portland, Columbian River Portland OR. GoHs: Kara Dalkey, John Barnes; EGoH: Gordon Van Gelder; Science GoH: Robert Forward; AGoH: Gail Butler - OryCon 22

November 17-19, 2000 (Pennsylvania)
PHILCON 2000. Adam's Mark Hotel, City Ave. & Monument Rd., Philadelphia PA. GoH: Vernor Vinge; AGoH: Bob Walters; SGoH: Poul Anderson - Philcon 2000

November 17-19, 2000 (The Netherlands)
CONTREATY/BENELUXCON 24. Best Western Grand Hotel de L'empereur, Maastricht, the Netherlands. . GoHs: Jaap Boekestein, Christopher Priest - Welcome to ConTreaty

November 24-26, 2000 (Maryland)
DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIII. Holiday Inn, Timonium MD. GoHs: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood; SGoH: Katherine Kurtz; Musical GoH: Clam Chowder - Darkover Grand Council Meeting XXIII

November 24-26, 2000 (Tennessee)
CONCAT 12. Hyatt Regency, Knoxville TN. GoH: Charles de Lint; AGoH: Charles Vess - ConCat 12

November 24-26, 2000 (Texas)
UNCOMMONCON. Hyatt Regency, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Theme: SF/F & gaming con. Guests: TBA - UncommonCon: The Shocking Truth!

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

A machine that defies gravity? - Weighty Implications: NASA Funds Controversial Gravity Shield

ISS ready for business - International Space Station (ISS): Main Entrance: Current News

The search for dark matter - Scientific American: News In Brief: Where's the Dark Matter?

"... it is getting tougher as the marketing machines gear up for the latest and greatest technomarvel, the wireless Web." - Scientific American: Feature Article: The Wireless Web: October 2000

Milky Way's central black hole located - PhysicsWeb - News Stories

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Rene Descartes: It had sufficient reason to believe it was dreaming anyway.

The Hook in the Book

You asked me to define MIDAX again -- Mostly Isolated/Defined Autonomous Central Self -- and Christ in his blue loincloth said, "That's good. That's very good. You have a fifty percent split; that's the best yet. When we can isolate your Central Self at eighty you'll get the instruction to locate one of the access channels between the Hinterland and the MIDAX Deep. You'll go in after Greenface, then, but you'll be on your own. So keep writing, keep practicing control."

ANCIENT ECHOES by Robert Holdstock

Last Word

"Science fiction now enjoys the respect of the world. Its deserved recognition is based primarily on the incredible accuracy of its scientific prophecy. But the content of science fiction today, as in the past, has always been a much richer mixture than technical predictions. My definition of the genre gives some idea of its scope: "Science fiction is a branch of fantasy identifiable by the fact that it eases the 'willing suspension of disbelief' on the part of its readers by utilizing an atmosphere of scientific credibility for its imaginative speculations in physical science, space, time, social science, and philosophy.""

Sam Moskowitz from his book STRANGE HORIZONS - The Spectrum of Science Fiction
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