NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2001
Issue No. 16

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

Home comes the ploughman, home from the oxen and the furrowed field;
By the fire the hunter gathers with his old hound and his dented shield;
Before the gathering the minstrel sings of BEOWULF and his epic deeds.
England, in the year M, the year 1000, awaits with dread events dire and treacherous,
The coming of the villains of change, Lucifer's return, the Arabic numerals and the abacus.

Home zooms the modern person, home from the keyboard and the manic crunch;
By the glow of monitors she gathers with her keyboard (again) and her leftover brunch;
Before the couch potato the newsman drones of shootings, bombs and a Madonna.
The world, in the year 2000, is awash with dotcom intrigue and computer bugs on the rampage,
"The stars our destination!" bugles our person as she impatiently surfs the latest techno-rage.


New SF books in January

Tor Books


Jupiter by Ben Bova
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Dreaming Down-Under, eds. Jack Dann & Janeen Webb
Enemy Glory by Karen Michalson
Not Quite Scaramouche by Joel Rosenberg

Trade paperbacks

The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
Strange Travelers by Gene Wolfe (Orb)

Mass-market paperbacks

The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke & Steven Baxter
Blind Waves by Steven Gould
Darksong Rising by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Ariadne's Web by Fred Saberhagen

Del Rey Books

SILENT GONDOLIERS by William Goldman (F)

Baen Books

BEYOND WORLD'S END by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
THE SACRED POOL by L. Warren Douglas
THE FIRE ROSE by Mercedes Lackey
OLD GUARD by Keith Laumer
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans

Author's Corner ** New **

We will feature here monthly the website of our favourite authors.


Fiction Corner


CHIP CROCKETT'S CHRISTMAS CAROL by Elizabeth Hand -- An anguished father of an autistic son is haunted by the memory of a beloved children's tv host's special Christmas Carol from the 60s. (Part four of four)

THE HOUSE THE BLAKENEYS BUILT by Avram Davidson -- Four stranded space travelers are warmly greeting by an extended family of colonists.

The Baen Free Library -- Press Releases - Baen Books

Movie Buzz

A Sound of Thunder -- Release Date: TBD
Cast: Pierce Brosnan. Director: Renny Harlin
Writer(s): Thomas Dean DonnellyJoshua Oppenheimer. Distributor: Franchise Pictures
A rough, tough hunter goes back in time to hunt dinosaurs. When he makes one misstep, he changes history forever. Based on the story by Ray Bradbury.

Berserkers -- Release Date: TBD
Cast: TBA. Director: Alex Proyas (in negotiations)
Writer(s): Jesse Alexander. Distributor: New Line Cinemas
This is a big screen version of Fred Saberhagen's classic novel and short story series about alien killing machines that destroy their creators, then set their sights on we, not-so-helpless earthlings.

Spider-Man -- Release Date: TBD
Cast: Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker/Spider-ManWillem Dafoe - The Green GoblinKirsten Dunst - Mary JaneJames Franco - Harry OsbornRandy Poffo - Bone Saw McGrawTed Raimi - Dr. Curtis Conners. Director: Sam Raimi
Writer(s): David KoeppScott Rosenberg. Distributor: Columbia Pictures
The long awaited big screen version of the comic book character.

For news on Science Fiction TV -- Ambit's Science Fiction TV Program Listings

Con News

February 2 -4, 2001
SHEVACON 9. Wyndham Roanoke Airport, 2801 Hershberger Rd., Roanoke VA -- Welcome to She Va Con 9!

February 2-4, 2001 (United Kingdom, England)
CONTHIRTEENA. Albany Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4DJ; 0-1323-722788. UK GoHs: Tim & Annie Walker; Overseas GoHs: Barry & Sally Childs-Helton. Theme/Focus: Filk. -- Grand Fleet Operations

February 8-11, 2001 (Illinois)
CAPRICON 21. The Sheraton Arlington Park; GoH: Allen Steele; FGoH: Geri Sullivan -- 2001 Tellurian Exposition

February 9-11, 2001 (New York)
ASTRONOMICON '01. Four Points Sheraton, 120 Main St., Rochester, NY. GoH: Steven Barnes; FGoH: Dennette "The Wiz" Harrod; GGoH: Michael Pondsmith; CGoH: Dwayne McDuffie -- Astronomicon

February 16-18, 2001 (Massachusetts)
BOSKONE 38. Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA. GoH: George R.R. Martin; AGoH: Charles Vess; SGoH: Jack Cohen; Filker Guest: Juanita Coulson -- Boskone 38 -- February 16-18, 2001

February 16-18, 2001 (Missouri)
VISIONCON 2K+1. The Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804. Guests: Erin Grey, Jason Carter, J.H. Williams III, Peter Woodward, Tina "Nene" Thomas, Larry Hama, more. Theme: SF&F -- Visioncon 2001 Welcome

February 16-18, 2001 (Virginia)
KATSUCON 7. Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202. Guests: Amy Howard, Lea Hernandez, Mark Rogers, Newton Ewell, Scott Fraizer, Shin Kurokawa. Theme: Anime -- Katsucon 007 - February 16-18 of 2001

February 16-18, 2001 (Washington)
RADCON 3A. Pasco Double Tree Hotel, Pasco WA. SciGoH: Steven D. Howe. Theme: SF&F -- RadCon 3A

February 23-25, 2001 (California, Northern)
POTLATCH 10. Ramada Plaza Hotel International, San Francisco, CA. Theme: Literary convention -- Potlatch 10

February 23-25, 2001 (California, Southern)
GALLIFREY 2001. Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406. GoHs: Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson, Bonnie Langford; Guests: Richard Biggs, Marjorie Monaghan, Marjean Holden, Iona Morris, Mark Altman, Mojo, Bjo Trimble, more. Theme: Doctor Who -- Outpost Gallifrey

February 23-25, 2001 (Canada, Ontario)
AD ASTRA 2001. Holiday Inn, 1100 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto, ON Canada. GoH: Connie Willis; EGoH: David G. Hartwell; MGoH: Rick Green; TM: Robert J. Sawyer -- Ad Astra Literary Society Home Page

February 23-25, 2001 (United Kingdom, England)
REDEMPTION. Ashford International Hotel, Ashford, Kent, England. GoHs: Gareth Thomas, Ron Thornton, Michael Sheard, Andy Lane, David Walsh -- Redemption '01 - UK Blakes7/Babylon 5 Convention Feb 23-25 2001 - Index

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

Happy New Year from Jupiter! -- ESA SCIENCE

Tom Hanks on 2001: The Odyssey and the Ecstasy

"Consider it a stretch of the imagination or the ultimate high-wire act." -- Space Elevator: Next Stop, Low Earth Orbit

Top 10 Space Science Stories of 2000 -- Water on Mars - Number One Space Science Story of 2000

Beagle 2 landing site selected -- ESA SCIENCE

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

When Newton saw an apple fall, he found ...
a mode of proving that the earth turn'd round
in a most natural whirl, called gravitation;
and thus is the sole mortal who could grapple
since Adam, with a fall or with an apple
-- Byron

The Hook in the Book

"As Time and Space come bending back to shape this starspecked scene,
The tranquil tears of tragic joy still spread their silver sheen;
Along the Grand Canal still soar the fragile Towers of Truth;
Their fairy grace defends this place of Beauty, calm and couth.

"Bone-tired the race that raised the Towers, forgotten are their lores;
Long gone the gods who shed the tears that lap these crystal shores.
Slow beats the time-worn heart of Mars beneath this icy sky;
The thin air whispers voicelessly that all who live must die---

"Yet still the lacy Spires of Truth sing Beauty's Madrigal
And she herself will ever dwell along the Grand Canal!"

THE GREEN HILLS OF EARTH by Robert A. Heinlein

Last Word

"Seventy years earlier, in the twelfth chapter of his brilliant novel The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells's Martians had destroyed Shepperton with their heat ray. This year [1965], man had obtained his first close-up of Mars, via Mariner 4. As I watched our astronauts making their way over the lunar surface toward the ominously looming bulk of the Sentinel, while Stanley directed them through the radios in their space suits, I remembered that within five years, at the most, men would really be walking on the Moon.

"Fiction and fact were indeed becoming hard to disentangle. I hope that in 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley and I have added to the confusion, but in a constructive and responsible fashion. For what we are trying to create is a realistic myth--and we may well have to wait until the year 2001 itself to see how successful we have been."

Arthur C. Clarke in his essay "Son of Dr. Strangelove"
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