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NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2001
Issue No. 17

Precursor
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
Credits
Precursor

NASA promised there will be a new star in the night sky. Equipped with 240 feet tip-to-tip solar wings, the International Space Station will orbit the Earth in a blaze of reflected sunlight. Critics say the ISS is but a small step, and a step taken much too late as contrasted by the achievements of SF authors who took the step in their vision decades ago. Still, looking up and being able to see that artificial star with the naked eye, the sight may fill people with a kind of longing, to see more than only that twinkle, to see the enormity that could be done. Perhaps, this would defocus our attention on Earthly feuds and propel focus spaceward, to see with the mind's eye the artificial stars in the sky that would spread beyond this one. Then it would seem that small steps are worth taking, but only in preparation of the next big leap.

New SF books in [date]

Tor Books

Hardcovers

The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke by Arthur C. Clarke

Falling Stars by Michael Flynn

Octagonal Raven by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Leopard in Exile by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill

Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott & Lisa Barnett

Return to the Whorl by Gene Wolfe

Trade Paperbacks

Lovelock by Orson Scott Card & Kathryn Kidd

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll (Orb)

Sea Dragon Heir by Storm Constantine

Mass-market Paperbacks

Genesis by Poul Anderson

Ascendant Sun by Catherine Asaro

The Kingless Land by Ed Greenwood

The Chosen by Ricardo Pinto

Earth Final Conflict: The First Protector by James White

Del Rey Books

MANIFOLD: SPACE by Stephen Baxter

COLONIZATION: AFTERSHOCKS by Harry Turtledove

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL: SHADOW HUNTER by Michael Reaves

THE SWORD IN THE STORM by David Gemmell

RIDERS OF LEVIATHAN by Toni Anzetti

Daw Books

RED MOON RISING by Billie Sue Mosiman

THE SAND WARS Vol II by Charles Ingrid

OCEANS OF MAGIC edited by Brian Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg

Baen Books

Time Traders II: The Defiant Agents and Key Out of Time by Andre Norton

1632 by Eric Flint

The Spheres of Heaven by Charles Sheffield

The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield

By Any Other Name by Spider Robinson

Author's Corner

This month: Charles Sheffield's Home Page

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

CUCUMBER GRAVY by Susan Palwick -- A crotchety loner in the desert finds a reason to live when aliens come calling

And the Classic: I HAVE NO MOUTH, AND I MUST SCREAM by Harlan Ellison -- The last five humans live the ultimate nightmare--trapped in a psychotic computer.

Movie Buzz

Futuristic thriller based on the short story from acclaimed sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick: -- Upcoming Films - Impostor (3/9/2001)

B5 - Maybe they will, maybe they won't -- BREAKING NEWS: J. Michael Straczynski emails EON about Boxleitner's BABYLON 5 comments


Con News

March 2-4, 2001 (California, Northern)
CONSONANCE 2001. San Jose Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. GoH: Urban Tapestry; TM: Mike Stein; Interfilk: Dave Weingart. Theme: Filk -- Consonance: The SF Bay Area's Filk Con

March 2-4, 2001 (Maryland)
JOHNCON '01. Johns Hopkins University Campus & Doubletree at the Colonade, 4 West University Pkwy, Baltimore MD 21218. Theme: Gaming -- JohnCon '01 HomePage

March 9-11, 2001 (Massachusetts)
NAME THAT CON 14: FORMALDECON. Ramada Inn at Six Flags, Interstate Highway 44 and Allenton Rd., PO Box 999, Eureka, MO 63025; 636-938-6661. GoH: James P. Hogan; AGoHs: Laura & Kelly Freas; FGoHs: Jim Murray, Paula Helm-Murray, Margene Bahm; TM: Mickey Zuckert Reichert. Theme: Formaldecon, The Preservation of Fandom -- Name That Con 14 - FormaldiCon The Preservation of FANDOM!

March 9-11, 2001 (Oregon)
GAME STORM 2001. Red Lion Hotel - Coliseum, 1225 N. Thunderbird Way, Portland, OR 97227-1822; 503-235-8311. Theme: gaming -- Game Storm 2001

March 16-18, 2001 (Mississippi)
COASTCON XXIV. Mississippi Coast Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531. Guests: Danny Strong, Larry Bagby, Nene Thomas. Theme: Buffy -- CoastCon (CoastCon XXIV DATE: March 16-18, 2001 )

March 16-18, 2001 (Nebraska)
WILLYCON 2001: A SPACE ODDITY. Wayne State College, Wayne, NE 68787. GoH: Julie Czerneda; AGoH: Frank Wu; FGoHs: Bryce & Karen Pfeiffer. Theme: SF&F -- WillyCon III

March 16-18, 2001 (North Carolina)
STELLARCON 25. Marriott-Downtown Greensboro, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401. GoH: Jim Baen. Theme: SF&F -- Stellarcon - The Oldest SF Con in the Carolinas

March 16-18, 2001 (Texas)
REVELCON 12. Houston, TX. Theme: Star Trek -- REVELcon Home Page

March 16-18, 2001 (Virginia)
TECHNICON 18. Best Western Red Lion Inn, 900 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060, 540-552-7770. GoH: Jeff Darlington; AGoHs: Tim Mullins, Daniel Trout. Theme: Gaming -- Technicon 18

March 16-18, 2001 (Washington)
LEPRACON 2001. Mickey O'Reilly's Inn, East Wenatchee, WA; 509-884-1474. GoH: Elizabeth Anne Scarborough; AGoH: TBA; FGoHs: David & Betty Bigelow; Dead GoH: Earnest Hemmingway. Theme: SF&F -- http://lepracon.penguinpowered.com/

March 16-18, 2001 (United Kingdom, England)
STARFURY 2001. Heathrow Park Hotel, London, England. GoHs: Jerry Doyle, Robert Leeshock, Lisa Howard, Von Flores, Richard Chevolleau, Elizabeth Gracen, Lani Tupu. Theme: SF Media -- STARFURY 2001

March 17-18, 2001 (United Kingdom, Scotland)
CONPULSION 2001. Teviot Row Union of Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Theme: Gaming -- Conpulsion 2001 : Welcome

March 21-25, 2001 (Florida)
22nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS. Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton, Dania FL. GoH: John Crowley; Guest Author: Patricia McKillip; Guest Scholar: Brooks Landon; Permanent Guest: Brian Aldiss; Guest Performer: Joshua Kane. Theme: Once and Future Odysseys -- IAFA Web

March 22-25, 2001 (Tennessee)
GALACTICON. Ramada Inn South, 6639 Capehart Ln., Chattanooga TN; 423-894-6110. GoH: Diana L. Paxson. Special Guests: David B. Coe, P.M. Griffin, Julia Morgan-Scott, Laura J. Underwood -- Galacticon Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention aka KAG Spring Break

March 22-25, 2001 (Texas)
AGGIECON 32. Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Comfort Inn, 104 Texas Ave. South, College Station, TX 77840; 979-846-7333. Guests: Aaron Allston, Jayme Blaschke, Bill Crider, P.N. Elrod, Ardath Mayhar, Paul Riddell, Charles de Lint, Martha Wells. Theme: SF&F -- AggieCon 2001 - March 22-25

March 23-25, 2001 (New York)
LUNACON 2001. Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY; 914-939-6300. GoH: Charles Sheffield; AGoH: Jody Lee; FGoH: John Hertz; SGoH: Nancy Kress -- Lunacon 2001 -- March 23-25, 2001

March 23-25, 2001 (Ohio)
MILLENNICON: THE LIFTOFF. Kings Island Resort and Conference Center, 5691 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH; 800-727-3050. GoH: Catherine Asaro; FGoH: Tom Smith; Featured Artist: Robert Daniels. Theme: SF&F -- MVFL MILLENNICON

March 23-25, 2001 (Tennessee)
MIDSOUTHCON 19, Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat, Memphis TN 39132-1803; 901-322-1130. GoH: Laurell K. Hamilton; AGoH: Alan Clark -- Midsouthcon 19

March 23-25 2001 (Virginia)
MADICON X. Harrisonburg, VA. Goh: Steven Gould; AGoH: Nene Thomas. Theme: SF&F -- Madicon 10

March 23-25, 2001 (Wisconsin)
CONGENIAL XI. Marriott Racine, 7111 W. Washington Ave., Racine, WI; 414-886-6100. Theme: Relaxacon -- Emperor Norton Presents: Congenial XI

March 30-April 1, 2001 (Massachusetts)
CORFLU 18. The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 617-262-1000; fax: 617-262-8739; 800-343-1177. Theme: Fanzines -- Corflu 18 Home Page

March 30-April 1, 2001 (New York)
I-CON 20. SUNY Stony Brook, Long Island, NY. GoHs: Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Harlan Ellison, Timothy Zahn. Theme: SF & Media -- I-Con 20, "The Northeast's Largest Convention of Science Fiction, Fact, and Fantasy"

March 30-April 1, 2001 (Wisconsin)
ODYSSEY CON 2001. Edgewater Hotel, 666 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703; 800-922-5512. GoHs: Jack Chalker, Vernor Vinge -- Odyssey Con 2001

March 30-April 1, 2001 (Canada, Ontario)
FILKONTARIO 11. Quality Hotel Toronto Airport, 6090 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, ON, Canada; 905-670-0050 or 800-387-0287. GoH: Bill & Brenda Sutton; Official Filk Waif: Steve Simmons; Interfilk: Erica Neely. Theme: Filk -- FilKONtario Main -- updated 00-09-30

March 31-April 1, 2001 (Michigan)
MARMALADE DOG 6 GAMEFEST 2001. Kalamazoo, MI. Guests: TBA. Theme: Gaming -- Western Michigan Gamers Guild

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

Tourists on the International Space Station? -- ISS Crew Works Feverishly; Shepherd OK with Tourist Tito

Green Mars -- Greening of the Red Planet

ESA's Mars Express taking shape -- ESA SCIENCE: Mars Express

The Top 10 Weirdest Things in Space: Weird and strange things in the universe

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Top Ten ways to know your roommate is a Borg
10. Their clothes are always black
9. The $50,000 phone bills
8. They spend 3 weeks in Florida and still look white
7. Your home entertainment center disappears, two days later they are wearing it
6. TV reception gets poor when they walk by
5. They spend more time reading newsgroups than you do
4. Whenever you talk to them the laser on the side of their head blinds you
3. An electronics store chain used them as a mascot
2. They assimilate all your food
1. Everything is irrelevant

The Hook in the Book

"And Shay Tal said: You think we live at the centre of the universe. I say we live in the centre of a farmyard. Our position is so obscure that you cannot realize how obscure. This I tell you all. Some disaster happened in the past, the long past. So complete was it that no one now can tell you what it was or how it came about. We know only that it brought darkness and cold of long duration. ... I'm going to propose a treasure hunt -- a quest, if you like. A quest in which every one of us can join. I want you to be aware of our fallen state, and to maintain constant alertness for evidence as to its nature. We have to piece together what has happened to reduce us to this chilly farmyard; then we can improve our lot, and see to it that the disaster does not befall us and our children again."

HELLICONIA SPRING by Brian Aldiss

Last Word

"An extraterrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth -- scrutinizing what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books -- might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it. What kind of society could we create if, instead, we drummed into them science and a sense of hope?"

Carl Sagan from his book THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD Science as a Candle in the Dark
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