NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2001
Issue No. 18

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

As of March 1, 2001 HOST EBK Muse will retire from Science Fiction General and Other*Worlds*Cafe. She will still be around in her alter ego. Meanwhile, we wish her the very best for the future and thank her for all the dedication and hard work she has done to keep our two forums alive and active. May the Muse always be with us! Precursor

It was not too long ago that, when you mentioned to the average person on the street that tonight you are joining a group of people, separated by mountains and seas but congregating nonetheless in a chatroom "out of this world", to discuss things of import without leaving your home or cranking up astronomical telephone bills, they would probably think you're ripe to be behung with tin cans and strings. Even now, for many people the idea of online chatrooms is still too mind-boggling to grasp. But don't let us, cybersavvies, smirk at these slow starters. What still escapes reason is a group of people, separated by lightyears, yet able to congregate in a chatroom through some futuristic device. Here is where science fiction lends us the idea of ansible and subspace communication, and of course universal translators. Might there be an evening when one mind-boggling moment the online host announced: "Thing (of Altair IV) has entered the room."

New SF books in March

Tor Books


Crown of Silence by Storm Constantine
The Wayfarer Redemption: Battleaxe by Sara Douglass
Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson
Limit of Vision by Linda Nagata
The Cassandra Complex by Brian Stableford
Through the Darkness by Harry Turtledove

Trade Paperbacks

Dreamside by Graham Joyce
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber (Orb)
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Mass-market Paperbacks

The Gates of Hades by John Betancourt
Eagle-Sage by David B. Coe
The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod
Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski
Darkness Descending by Harry Turtledove

Del Rey Books

THE WOLF KING by Alice Borchardt
PAVANE by Keith Roberts (Trade Paperback)
PEGASUS IN SPACE by Anne McCaffrey (Paperback)

Ace Books

The Complete Paratime by H. Beam Piper
Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Evergence: A Dark Imbalance by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
The Changeling Saga: The Magic Dead by Peter Garrison
The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs
The Sardonyx Net by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

Daw Books

THE SERPENT'S SHADOW by Mercedes Lackey (hardcover)
SHAPECHANGER'S SONG (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Omnibus One) by Jennifer Roberson
HISTORICAL HAUNTINGS edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg

Roc Books

THE YEAR THE CLOUD FELL By Kurt R.A. Giambastiani
TAMSIN By Peter S. Beagle

Baen Books

Changer of Worlds by David Weber
Ashes of Victory by David Weber
Flag in Exile by David Weber
License Invoked by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye
Stars over Stars by K. D. Wentworth

Author's Corner

This month: David Brin -- http://www.kithrup.com/brin/

Fiction Corner


SILENT HER by Barry B. Longyear -- Part three of a novella about religious extremism in the far future where women have lost their voices--both figuratively and literally.

THE MINDWORM by C. M. Kornbluth -- A mutant lives off other peoples' emotions-at great cost to them

Movie Buzz

After the death of Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg dusted off the work the late 2001 director had done on this years-in-the-rumor-mill movie and penned his own script about a boy robot -- Upcoming Films - A.I. (6/29/2001)

David Duchovny and Julianne Moore in Evolution (7/13/2001) When an alien organism falls to earth and evolves in a way as to threaten life as we know it (such as it is) a motly group of New Mexico residents must save the planet.

A new hope for Dragonriders of Pern? -- Sci Fi Wire -- Moore Confirms Pern Pitch

Fox Mulder's fate is sealed? -- Sci Fi Wire --X-Files Picks up Mulder Arc

Con News

April 6-8, 2001 (Michigan)
CONTRAPTION 2001. Detroit, MI. GoHs: Catlin Kiernan & Poppy Z. Brite; SGoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- ConTraption Why.

April 6-8, 2001 (New Jersey)
JERSEYDEVILCON. Holiday Inn, 4701 Stelton Rd. at rte. 287, South Plainfield, NJ 07080; 980-753-5500. GoH: David Drake; HorrorGoH: F. Paul Wilson; CGoH: Ron Goulart; SciGoH: Lee M. Silver; Filk GoH: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F -- Jerseydevilcon

April 12-15, 2001 (Georgia)
FANTASM. Crowne Plaza, I-285 & Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta GA; 770-955-1700. Adults only convention -- Fantasm 2K-The Convention your mother warned you about!

April 12-15, 2001 (Washington)
NORWESCON 24. DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA; 800-222-TREE. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoH: Bob Eggleton; FGoH: Charles N. Brown. Theme: A Sense of Wonder -- Norwescon 24

April 12-16, 2001 (Australia, Western Australia)
SWANCON 26. Australian National Convention. Rydges Hotel, 815 Hay St, Perth 6000; 08-9263-1800 GoHs: Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman; FGoH: Sue Ackermann. Theme: SF&F -- Swancon 2001: Masquerade

April 13-15, 2001 (Minnesota)
MINICON 36. Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Minneapolis MN; rms: $76. GoH: Ken MacLeod; FGoH: Jo Walton; Musician GoH: Leslie Fish -- Minicon

April 13-15, 2001 (New Zealand)
ODYSSEY CON. Hotel Grand Chancellor, Corner Kirkbride and Ascot Roads, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand. Guests: Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Lyn McConchie -- OdysseyCon

April 13-16, 2001 (United Kingdom, England)
PARAGON/EASTERCON 2001. British National Convention. Hanover International Hotel, A5 Watling St., Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, LE10 3JA. GoHs: Michael Scott Rohan, Stephen Baxter, Lisanne Norman, Mark Plummer, Claire Brialey. Theme: SF&F -- Paragon - Eastercon 2001

April 19-22, 2001 (California, Southern)
CONFURENCE 12: AT THE MOVIES. Hilton Burbank Airport, Burbank, CA. Theme: Funny animals in SF. GoH: Jymn Magon; AGoH: Monika Livingston -- confurence.net and polarden.org selection

April 20-22, 2001 (New York)
EERIECON THREE. Days Inn Riverview, Niagara Falls, NY. GoHs: Samuel R. Delany, Robert J. Sawyer; Poetry GoH: Carolyn Clink -- Buffalo Fantasy League

April 20-22, 2001 (Tennessee)
KUBLAKHAN 30. Days Inn Airport/Opryland Area, Briley Parkway #1 International Plaza, Nashville TN 37217; 615-361-7666. GoH: Rick Shelley; TM: Andrew J. Offutt; Andy FemFan: Jody Offutt -- kubla khan 29

April 27-29, 2001 (Washington)
SAKURA CON. Everett Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 101 128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208; 800-256-8137. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime -- Anime Convention - Sakura Con

April 28-29, 2001 (Florida)
KLINGON KON. Adam's Mark Hotel, 225 Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, FL; 800-444-2326. Guests: Michael Dorn, Tony Todd, Robert O'Reilly, Rosana DeSoto, J.G. Hertzler, Barbara March, Gwyneth Walsh, Todd Bryant, Spice Williams, Mary Kay Adams. Theme: Klingon -- Make It So! Productions Inc.

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

NEAR Shoemaker carry on -- The NEAR Mission is not Over Yet

Fiery Venus is a wonderful planet to look at, but you wouldn't want to live there! -- Blazing Venus

Mass Extinction & Rise of Dinosaurs Tied to Cosmic Collision

Astrobiology Special Report: The Search for Life Beyond Earth

And -- let there be light -- Racing to Compute at the Speed of Light

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Overheard at Tech Support:

Tech Support: "All right...now double-click on the File Manager icon."
Customer: "That's why I hate this Windows -- because of the icons -- I'm a Protestant, and I don't believe in icons."
Tech Support: "Well, that's just an industry term sir. I don't believe it was meant to --"
Customer: "I don't care about any 'Industry Terms'. I don't believe in icons."
Tech Support: "Well...why don't you click on the 'little picture' of a file cabinet...is 'little picture' OK?"
Customer: [click]

The Hook in the Book

While waiting for the connection to be made, Thornton glanced upwards in a reflex action which aimed his gaze in roughly the same direction as he had been pointing his telescope. And there, glittering like a blue diamond, was his special star, as clearly visible as if the upper part of his house, with its beams and rafters and tiles, consisted of nothing more substantial than shadows. As long as he wore the magniluct glasses, the new star could be clearly seen -- shining through solid matter with undiminished brilliance.


Last Word

"Of what use is science fiction? I have already said that it is not prophecy, that most of it is not very good from a literary standpoint ... and now let me add that much of it is not even very entertaining in my opinion. Good heavens! Does it have any virtue? Yes. It is the most alive, the most important, the most useful, and the most comprehensive fiction being published today.
On behalf of all my science fiction colleagues I have not intention of being modest about this. The speculative novel is both more important and more difficult than the so-called mainstream novel. Speculative fiction has been expected to stand, hat in hand, a barely recognized illegitimate cousin of the "respectable" forms of literature. I claim for speculative fiction the prior place, the head of the table, even if I have to step on some tender feelings to seat it there. "

Robert A. Heinlein
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