NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2000 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: November 2000
Issue No. 14

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

Dragons roam through violet skies, spaceships talk and play piano within their chrome confines, treeships ply galaxies in silver droves. Be they gen-engineered, A.I.'d, or simply built by a higher technology, these vessels and creatures all have the shades of Earthian myth and legend. Science fiction does not only draw upon scientific presentiments but also on the deep wells of human storytelling, the Beowulfs, the Yggdrasils, the Gilgameshes. From one scoop of protons, one scoop of folklore, and a bowl of imagination, comes that piéce de résistance we so avidly consume: science fiction. This is a heritage we can justifiably be proud of. When an extrasolar race comes to read our history, they would learn of beauty, but also of ugliness. Who knows, maybe it would also reflect their own beauty, and their ugliness. Our myth, our history, warts, horrors and all, is ours. It has a place in science fiction.

New SF books in November

Tor Books


Ceres Storm David Herter

Winter's Heart Robert Jordan

Abandon in Place Jerry Oltion

The Arms of Hercules Fred Saberhagen

When the King Comes Home Caroline Stevermer

Night of Madness Lawrence Watt-Evans

Trade Paperbacks

The Marriage of Sticks Jonathan Carroll

Svaha Charles de Lint (Orb)

Foreign Bodies Stephen Dedman

The Arms of Hercules Fred Saberhagen

Epiphany of the Long Sun Gene Wolfe (Orb)

Mass-market Paperbacks

Dragon and Phoenix Joanne Bertin

The Silk Code Paul Levinson

A Wizard and a Warlord Christopher Stasheff

Bios Robert Charles Wilson

Daw Books

OWLKNIGHT (Darian's Tale Book Three) Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon


GUARDSMEN OF TOMORROW Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

Del Rey Books


THE MISTS OF AVALON Marion Zimmer Bradley



THE PRINCESS BRIDE William Goldman (Reissue)

Fiction Corner


THE FAR OASIS by Jeffrey Ford -- A criminal exiled on a distant planet in the far future works hard at recreating the comforts of home.

CORONA by Samuel R. Delany -- Two misfits find solace in their unlikely relationship.

Movie Buzz

From the Sci Fi Wire: "Apes To Start Shooting
Tim Burton's upcoming remake of the 1968 SF classic film Planet of the Apes will go before the cameras Nov. 6 in rural Ridgecrest, Calif., Variety reported. Fox, meanwhile, has bumped the film's release date to July 27, 2001, from July 4, the trade paper reported.Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter will star in the film, which has been described as a "re-imagining" of the original Charlton Heston film."

From Scifispace.com: Nothing hi-tech in upcoming GHOSTS OF MARS
"Director John Carpenter says his upcoming SF thriller Ghosts of Mars won't be a high-tech glitzy film. The main setting is a little outpost, a frontier type town on Mars that's near a mine (like Outland maybe?). There's no trace of a past civilization on Mars but mines uncover a trap similar to an Egyptian tomb where an unkillable evil is released when sealed doors are opened. The evil takes over members of the team on the planet turning the person into an ancient Martian warrior killing anyone it thinks is an invader. Rapper Ice Cube plays Desolation Williams, and outlaw, and Natasha Henstridge (Species) replaces Courtney Love as Melanie Ballard, a Martian cop after him. Jason Statham plays Jericho Butler, another cop, and Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner) plays science officer Darlene Whitlock."


Movies planned or in preproduction (movies you may never see):

Ugly Little Boy - Isaac Asimov story with Demi Moore
Foundation - Asimov's epic sf series- 20th Century Fox has the rights
I, Robot - More Asimov- the book is a collection of short stories by the author. Fox to produce
Spiderman - still being rewritten- Sam Raimi to direct' for Columbia Pictures
Battlefield Earth 2 - believe it or not- a possibility
Jurassic Park 3 - Sam Neil signed on.
Marvel Mania!! - other possible Marvel Superhero movies are: Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Daredevil and Prime
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat - Fox and Jan De Bont have completed a deal to forge the cult sci-fi novel series into a feature
Star Trek 10 - Story complete - Next Generation crew
Battlestar Galactica - based on the TV show (maybe IMAX)
Colony 12 - Penal colony on the moon
Death Race 3000 - Remake of Death Race 2000
Duke Nukem - Based on the video game
Echo- Fox 2000 has paid for the feature film rights to Dreamwave Prods' sci-fi comic book.
Ender's Game - based on the excellent novel by Orson Scott Card
End of Eternity, The - Another Asimov novel; Ridley Scott to direct

"Even though Frank Herbert's Dune isn't set to air on the SCI FI Channel for another six weeks, there's even more Frank Herbert in the pipeline" -- Dune Messiah Coming To TV

Con News

December 1-3, 2000 (Florida)
SMOFCON 18. Holiday Inn Oceanfront, 1300 N Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach FL 32931; 800-20-OASIS; rms $69. The original convention to assist science fiction conrunners. Theme: Thinking it through - SMOFcon 18

December 8-10, 2000 (Czech Republic)
DRACON 2000. Hotel Santon, Brno, Czech Republic. DRACON (needs Czech translator for this site)

December 27-31, 2000 (Israel)
ARMAGEDDONCON. Laromme Hotel, Jerusalem, and Armageddon, Israel. GoHs: Larry Niven, Joan Vinge and Paul McAuley, Jack Cohen. TM: Ian Watson. Theme: Armageddon - ArmageddonCon - The Con of the Apocalypse, Israel

December 29, 2000-January 1, 2001 (United Kingdom, Scotland)
HOGMANAYCON. Quality Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. GoHs: Spider &Jeanne Robinson; AGoH: Sydney Jordan; Science GoH: Archie Roy; FGoH: VinceDocherty; Spaceflight GoH: Oscar Schwigelhofer. Theme: SF&F -- Info: Hogmanaycon, c/o 26 Avonbank Rd., Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2PA, Scotland; 0141-569-1934; r.mckillop@sbics.co.uk.

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

Are we descendants of Mars? -- Mars Rock Cool Enough to Transport Life to Earth

Latest on NASA's Mars Campaign -- NASA Unveils Plans for 21st Century Mars Campaign

Latest on International Space Station -- International Space Station (ISS): Main Entrance: Current News: Maximov Publications

Adam never met Eve... - BBC News | SCI/TECH | Genetic 'Adam never met Eve'

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

What is the difference between a Quantum Theorist and a Beauty Therapist?
The Quantum Theorist uses Planck's Constant as a foundation, whereas the Beauty Therapist uses Max Factor.

Feline Physics:
Law of Cat Inertia: A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force - such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.

The Hook in the Book

They walked through the jagged brilliance of the morning, beneath the Bridge of Gods. Tall fronds, still wet with the night's rain, glistened at the sides of the trail. The tops of trees and the peaks of the distant mountains rippled beyond the rising vapors. The day was cloudless. The faint breezes of morning still bore a trace of the night's cold. The clicking and buzzing and chirping of the jungle accompanied the monks as they walked. The monastery from which they had departed was only partly visible above the upper reaches of the treetops; high in the air above it, a twisting line of smoke endorsed the heavens.

LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny

Last Word

"The science-fiction world must be (to put it quite plainly) a real world: that is, one in which no one is privileged from the start, in which no fate is predetermined, whether in favor of good or of evil. Since men are not angels, there is no need to ascribe angelic traits to the aliens; since men, though they kill flies, do not exactly travel to the ends of the earth to do so, similarly the aliens, even if they should regard us as flies, should not go out of their way to seek earthlings to swat."

Stanislaw Lem from his collection of essays MICROWORLDS
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