NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2001
Issue No. 19

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

Professor Stephen Hawking in his lecture Life in the Universe: "What is the explanation of why we have not been visited? ... Maybe the probability of life spontaneously appearing is so low, that Earth is the only planet ... in the observable universe, in which it happened. Another possibility is that ... most of these (extra-terrestrial) forms of life did not evolve intelligence. A third possibility is that there is a reasonable probability for life to form, and to evolve to intelligent beings ... But at that point, the system becomes unstable, and the intelligent life destroys itself."

This conceives the thought-provoking premise that life as we know on this Earth is unique, that we, as self-enhanced humans, will set forth from this planet and spread throughout space, in a sense becoming the progenitors and Old Ones that are so cloaked in mystery in science fiction. While this sounds grandiose to our hubris, our humbler side reflects we have not quite acted as the responsible warden of this present sanctuary. As we blaze a trail throughout space, will we look back on a wake of pilfered planets, or in the best romanticized form of science fiction on a galactic chain of new civilizations? Is there a Bible, an Epiphany or Space Colonization for Dummies we can turn to for directives? The Halls of Science Fiction are filled with ever-changing testaments of the good and the bad, the tragic and the humorous paths of destinies we can take. Let's dust off this SF tome and see what it reveals.

New SF books in April 2001

Tor Books


Do0on Mode by Piers Anthony
The Pickup Artist by Terry Bisson
Issola by Steven Brust
Wizardborn by David Farland
Bouncing Off the Moon by David Gerrold
The Vacant Throne by Ed Greenwood
The SFWA Grand Masters, volume 3, ed. Frederik Pohl
Terraforming Earth by Jack Williamson

Trade paperbacks

The Little Country by Charles de Lint
The SFWA Grand Masters, volume 2, ed. Frederik Pohl

Mass-market Paperbacks

Muse of Art by Piers Anthony
Soldiers Live by Glen Cook
Earth Final Conflict: Requiem for Boone by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Lodestar by Michael Flynn
Jumping off the Planet by David Gerrold

Del Rey Books

THE SKIES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
BLADE OF TYSHALLE by Matthew Stover
STARFIST: HANGFIRE: BOOK VI by David Sherman and Dan Cragg
MORTALIS by R. A. Salvatore
DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey (Reprint)
DRAGONQUEST by Anne McCaffrey (Reprint)
THE WHITE DRAGON by Anne McCaffrey (Reprint)

Baen Books

Gust Front by John Ringo
His Father's Son by Nigel Bennett and P. N. Elrod
Forge of the Elders by L. Neil Smith
Empress of Light by James C. Glass
The Hub: Dangerous Territory by James H. Schmitz

Daw Books

OTHERLAND, Volume Four: Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams
GUARDIAN OF THE TRUST (Merlin's Descendants #2) by Irene Radford.
VILLIANS VICTORIOUS edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers

Author's Corner

This month: Lois McMaster Bujold -- The Bujold Nexus - The Lois McMaster Bujold Homepage

Fiction Corner

Congratulations to Linda Nagata, whose novella, "Goddesses," has made the final ballot for the 2001 Nebula Awards. Read "Goddesses" by Linda Nagata SCI FICTION - ORIGINALS


CAT IN THE BOX by A.R. Morlan -- A shaggy cat story about a cat that may or may not be there

BABY, YOU WERE GREAT by Kate Wilhelm -- Anne Beaumont's got a wonderful life -- and anyone hooked into her brain can live it with her.

Movie Buzz

Everything about Spiderman the Movie -- The Spiderman Movie - the unofficial page!

Paramount will swim to Atlantis -- Atlantis on the Sci Fi Channel

A&E will update THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula Leguin -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel


Battlestar Galactica is returning in 2002, and latest news indicates that Bryan Singer (X-Men / Usual Suspects Director) and Tom DeSanto (X-Men / Apt Pupil Producer/Writer) will reinvent an updated Battlestar Galactica television series for Studios USA. Read all about it in: Battlestar Galactica Fan Club

Con News

May 18-20, 2001 (United States: Illinois)
DucKon X. Lisle Hyatt Corporetum Hotel, 1400 Corporetum Dr., Lisle IL 60523; 630-852-1234. GoHs: Margaret Weis & Don Perrin; AGoH: Ray VanTilburg; FilkGoH: Barry Childs-Helton & Murray Porath; SciGoH: Bruce Schneier. Theme: SF&F -- DucKon X - Home Page

May 18-20, 2001 (United States: Massachusetts)
The Black Road 2001. Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; 800-362-2779. Theme: Gaming -- The Black Road

May 18-20, 2001 (United States: Texas)
Long Range Desert Convention. Balcones Springs Conference Center, 14425 East FM 1431, Marble Falls (outside Austin), TX. GoH: Gary Raymond. Theme: 60s Television -- THE LONG RANGE DESERT CONVENTION

May 18-20, 2001 (United States: Utah)
CONduit 11: A Space Oddity. Salt Lake Airport Hilton, 5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake International Center, Salt Lake City, UT 84116; 801-539-1515. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: TBA; SGoH: Three Weird Sisters. MGoH: James Rogers -- CONduit

May 18-20, 2001 (United States: Washington)
Anglicon 14. Radisson Hotel Seatac Airport, 17001 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188; 206-244-6000. GoH: Robert Trebor. Theme: British & International Media -- Anglicon XIV home page

May 18-20, 2001 (Canada: Manitoba)
Keycon 2001. Winnipeg, MB Canada. GoHs: Spider & Jeanne Robinson; AGoHs: Phil & Kaja Foglio; FGoHs: The Wild & Hairy Guys -- Keycon 18 - May 18-20, 2001 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 24-27, 2001 (United States: New York)
SFRA 2001. Schenectady Ramada Inn & Convention Center, Schenectady, NY. GoHs: C.J. Cherryh, David Weber, Jane Yolen; AGoH: Vincent Di Fate -- SFRA 2001 Conference

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: California, Northern)
BayCon 2001. San Jos? DoubleTree Hotel, San Jos?, CA. GoH: Rudy Rucker; AGoH: Bill Hartmann; FGoHs: James & Kathryn Daugherty; SGoH: Poppy Z. Brite -- 2001-baycon's odd-i-see

May 25-27, 2001 (United States: Florida)
OASIS 14. Radisson Plaza Orlando, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801; 407-425-4455. GoH: Jack McDevitt; AGoH: Jean Pierre Targete; Filk Guest: Tom Smith. Theme: SF&F -- oasfis.org

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
Balticon 35. Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201; 410-752-1100. GoH: Hal Clement; AGoH: Halla Fleischer; 1st Fandom GoH: Dave Kyle; Filk GoH: Frank Hayes; FGoH: Robert Sacks. Theme: SF&F -- Balticon 35

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: Michigan)
MediaWest*Con 2001: A Fan Odyssey. Lansing Holiday Inn South Convention Center, Lansing, MI. Theme: Media fandom -- MediaWest*Con 2001

May 25-27, 2001 (United States: Missouri)
ConQuesT 32. Park Place Hotel, I-435 & Front St., Kansas City, MO; 816-483-9900 or 800-821-8532. GoH: James Morrow; FGoH: Roger Tener; AGoH: Bill Hodgson; TM: Stephen Pagel. Theme: SF&F Literary -- ConQuesT 32

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: Nevada)
Con2001. Reno Hilton, 2500 East Second St., Reno, NV 89595; 775-789-2000 or 800-648-5080. GoH: Larry Elmore -- Welcome to Con2001!

May 25-27, 2001 (United States: North Carolina)
Animazement 2000. Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703; 919-941-5050. Guests: Yuu Watase, Akira Kamiya, Koichi Tsunoda, Scott Houle, Pamela Weidner. Theme: Anime -- Animazement 2001

May 25-27, 2001 (United States: Ohio)
Marcon 36. Hyatt Regency Hotel & Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; 800-233-1234. GoH: Robert Jordan; AGoH: Ellisa Mitchell; Prometheus GoH: James Hogan; Marcon Grand Master GoH: Pohl Anderson; FGoHs: Ray & Barb VanTilburg; MGoH: Gary Lockwood; TM: Dr. Demento. Theme: Intelligence -- Artificial or Otherwise? -- MARCON.org

May 25-27, 2001 (United States: Tennessee)
LibertyCon 15. Ramada Inn South, East Ridge, TN 37412; 423-894-6110. GoH: David Drake; AGoH: Larry Elmore; SGoH: Debbie Hughes; MC: Eric Flint. Theme: SF&F -- LibertyCon Homepage

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: Washington)
11th World Horror Convention 2001. Seattle Marriott Sea-Tac Airport, 3201 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188; 206-241-2000 or 800-228-9290. GoHs: Richard Laymon, Simon Clark; EGoH: Jessica Amanda Salmonson; PubGoHs: Barbara & Christopher Roden; AGoH: Charles Vess; TM: Jack Ketchum. HWA Bram Stoker Awards presented -- World Horror Convention 2001

May 25-28, 2001 (United States: Wisconsin)
WisCon 25. Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703; 800-356-8293 or 608-257-6000. GoHs: Nancy Kress, Elisabeth Vonarburg. Emphasis: feminist SF. James Tiptree Award Presented -- WisCon: The Gathering of the Feminist Science Fiction Community

May 25-28, 2001 (Canada: Alberta)
Costume-Con 19. Westin Hotel, Calgary, AB, Canada; 1-800-WESTIN-1. Theme: Costuming -- Welcome to Costume-Con 19!

May 25-27, 2001 (Canada: Ontario)
Anime North. Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, 901 Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON; 800-831-4004, 800-905-2811. Guests: Ben Dunn, Stephen R. Bennett IV, Doug Smith. Theme: Anime -- Anime North 2001

May 25-27, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Eclectic 21. Holiday Inn, Leicester, UK. Guests: Gareth Thomas, Jacqueline Pearce, Ed Bishop, Storm Constantine, Frank Maher. Memb: ?50 adults/?35 under 18. Theme: SF Media -- http://www.eclectic21.co.uk/

May 25-27, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Seccond. DeVere Hotel, Swindon, UK. GoH: Paul J. McAuley. Theme: SF&F -- http://www.seccon.org.uk/

May 26-27, 2001 (United States: Ohio)
Women of Star Trek Voyager. Renaissance Hotel, 24 Public Sq., Cleveland, OH; 800 HOTELS-1. Guests: Kate Mulgrew, Jennifer Lien, Roxann Dawson, Scarlett Pomers, Nancy Hower. Theme: Star Trek -- Make It So! Productions Inc.

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

April 1, 2001: The Great Moon Hoax -- Educational activities from NASA

Moon Fever -- Scientists Beg NASA To Reconsider Luna

Massive Infant Stars Rock their cradle -- ESA Hubble Information Centre

The latest on: VentureStar -- X-33 -- Single Stage to Orbit -- Reusable Space Plane -- RLV SSTO

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Fractured Physics

Q: What did the Nuclear Physicist have for lunch?
A: Fission Chips.

Q: What did the thermometer say to the graduated cylinder?
A: "You may have graduated but I've got many degrees"

I believe in the heat death of the Universe. I'm a Kelvinist.

A high school physics teacher had a summer job as a beach lifeguard. He noted that the best tanned babes flirted the most throughout the summer, though they never found steady boyfriends. He theorized that: A body in lotion trends to stray emotion.

The Hook in the Book

It was a sobering thought: to contemplate a whole world, with all its diverse environments and its swarming life-forms. And then to reflect that you were apparently the only one of those myriad forms who sweated -- or needed to.

Louis Nenda wiped his forehead with a fuzzy piece of cloth, and as a second thought mopped his bare chest and his dripping armpits. Although it wasn't yet noon in Genizee's forty-two-hour day, the temperature had to be around a hundred. Humid, hot, and horrible, like the inside of a steam boiler. Nenda looked up, seeking the disk of Genizee's orange-yellow sun. He couldn't see it. The annular singularities that shielded the planet were strong today. Louis saw nothing more than a swirl of colors, shifting in patterns that defeated the eye's attempt to track them.

CONVERGENCE by Charles Sheffield

Last Word

"There are many conceptions of science fiction. On the one hand, it may be regarded simply as entertainment, each story or novel having no possible connection with any other. On the other hand, it may be regarded, more loftily, as one way in which a civilization sees itself: though to regard all authors as holding identical intentions is most certainly an error. Our Western culture, which now affects most people on Earth, from African tribal chiefs to Korean violinists, contains many myths and beliefs -- including the perception that there are separate civilizations."

Brian Aldiss

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