NEWSLETTER: MAY 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2001
Issue No. 20

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

Whenever a technological breakthrough is announced, you hear so often of the phrase that "science fiction has become science fact". The fact is that scientific breakthroughs have become so frequent in the modern world that for the first time science fiction is in danger of being left behind. Moreover, the more "factual" science has become, the more laws there are to refute those wondrous devices, such as Leguin's ansible among other things, that have become the icons of science fiction. Has fact taken the wonders out of the genre? Take one look at the sky when the night is bright an imagine, no matter the improbabilities, that are worlds around each pinprick and that there are people on those worlds to make stories, and naturally there are ways to reach those people even by way of a wish. Often, it takes serendipity to discover something new and perhaps the way to new wonders is taking serendipitous excursions into the Unknown which is and will always be the spirit of SF.

New SF books in May 2001

Del Rey Books

HELL ON EARTH by Michael Reaves
THE BEST MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Harry Turtledove and Martin Greenberg, editors
MIDNIGHT FALCON by David Gemmell

Baen Books

March Upcountry by David Weber and John Ringo
The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint
Starmind by Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson
Quincey Morris by P. N. Elrod
Soldiers by John Dalmas

Ace Books

The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
Chronospace by Allen Steele
Interlopers by Alan Dean Foster
Oceanspace by Allen Steele
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Isaac Asimov's Father's Day edited by Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams
Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
Tom Clancy's Net Force: Cold Case created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, written by Bill McCay

Daw Books

GUARDIAN OF THE VISION (Merlin's Descendants #4) by Irene Radford
SEA OF SORROWS (Sun Sword, #4) by Michelle West
SWORD AND SORCERESS XVIII edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Roc Books

(April 2001)

THE MEEK by Scott Mackay
THE LAST STAR AT DAWN Book Three of the Lightbringer Trilogy by Oliver Johnson
BattleTech: FLASHPOINT by Loren L. Coleman

(May 2001)

THE FORBIDDEN LAND Book Four of The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth
OUT OF AVALON An Anthology of Old Magic and New Myths edited by Jennifer Roberson

Author's Corner

This month: Orson Scott Card - Hatrack River - The Official Web Site of Orson Scott Card

Fiction Corner

Congratulations to Linda Nagata, whose novella, "Goddesses," won the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella.

This month in SCI FICTION:

NEW LIGHT ON THE DRAKE EQUATION by Ian R. MacLeod -- A man who has allowed the future to pass him by continues to wait and listen for evidence of extraterrestrial life. (Part 1 of 4)

BY THE FALLS by Harry Harrison -- A reporter meets the expert on The Falls -- a man who has been living and studying this powerful and mysterious waterfall for over forty years.

Movie Buzz

The new B5 telemovie: Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers | Welcome to B5LR.com

Tim Burton's 'revisualization' of the classic film stars Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Roth. Set for release July 27. 3/5/01 -- Rule The Planet

The 'prequel' to Lost World will debut July 4. Sam Neill and William H. Macy star in the film set between the original and Lost World -- Jurassic Park

Con News

June 1-3, 2001 (United States: Alabama)
Mobicon IV. Ramada Inn on the Bay, Mobile, AL -- MOBICON IV

June 1-3, 2001 (United States: Montana) NEW DATES
Miscon 15. Doubletree Edgewater 100 Madison, Missoula, MT 59801 GoHs: Julie Caitlin Brown, Jesse Marcl Jr., Bill Yellow Robe, Robin Walker -- Missoula Science Fiction Convention

June 1-3, 2001 (United States: Texas)
Project: A-Kon 2001. Sheraton Park Central, N. Dallas, TX; GoH: Nov. Takahashi. Theme: Anime -- Project: A-Kon XII June 1-3, 2001 Dallas, TX @ The Westin and Sheraton Park Central

June 1-3, 2001 (United States: Washington)
ConComCon 8. Best Western Summit Inn, Snoqualmie, WA. Theme: con-running --

June 8-10, 2001 (United States: California, Southern)
AgamemCon V. Hilton Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Guests: Claudia Christian, Tracy Scoggins. Theme: SF Film & TV -- AgamemCon - Home Page - Site Updated 3/20/2001

June 8-11, 2001 (Australia: Victoria)
Multiverse 4. Edmund Barton Centre, 488 South Road Moorabbin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; 03 9209 5959. Guests: Anthony Daniels, Virginia Hey, John Cook. Theme: SF Media -- Multiverse - Science Fiction Group (Home)

June 15-17, 2001 (United States: Missouri)
Conjuration 2001. Columbia Inn Best Western, Columbia, MO. GoH: Jody Lynn Nye; AGoH: TBA; FGoHs: Chris & Laurie 'The Klingers' Felknor; MC: Keith Berdak. Theme: F&SF -- Conjuration

June 15-17, 2001 (United States: New Hampshire)
Mikkakan 2001. Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. GoH: Tristan MacAvery. Theme: Anime -- Mikkakan - New England's Anime Convention

June 15-17, 2001 (United States: New Jersey)
Clavecon II. Best Western The Mansion Hotel. 295 South Avenue Fanwood, NJ 07023; 800-688-1110. FGoH: Archibald BonHomme. Emphasis: Legal Aspects of SF. Memb: $20; $10 supporting. Info: Clavecon, PO Box 10734, New Brunswick, NJ 08906; clavecon@hotmail.com.

June 15-17, 2001 (Sweden)
Fantastika 2001/Swecon. Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. GoHs: Robin Hobb, Karolina Bj?llerstedt Mickos, Bj?rn Tore Sund -- Fantastika 2001

June 15-17, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Cavalcade. Whitby Spa Pavillion, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. Theme: Costuming -- www.yorkmpd.demon.co.uk/

June 21-24, 2001 (United States: Kentucky)
Midwestcon 52. Ramada Inn Florence, Florence, KY (Cincinnati area). Theme: Relaxacon -- Midwestcon: *The* Relaxacon

June 22-25 2001 (United States: California, Southern)
5th Gathering of the Gargoyles. Sheraton Universal, 333 Universal Terrace Pkwy, Universal City, California 91608; 818-980-1212; Guests: Marina Sirtis, Thom Adcox, Brigitte Bako, more. Theme/Focus: Disney's Gargoyles -- The 5th Annual Gathering of the Gargoyles - June 22-25, 2001, Los Angeles, California

June 22-24, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
Conterpoint Four. 11th Floating East Coast Filk Con. Woodfin Suite Hotel, 1380 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850. GoH: Michael Longcor; Interfilk: Freddie Brown; TM: H. Paul Shuch. Theme: Filk -- Conterpoint Four

June 28-July 1, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
2001: A Celebration of British SF. St. George's Hotel, Liverpool, England. Guests: Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, John Clute, Gwyneth Jones, Nicola Griffith, Ken MacLeod. Theme: British Science Fiction -- The Science Fiction Foundation: Home Page

June 29-July 1,2001 (United States: Georgia)
Lunarevolution. Savannah Marriott, Savannah, GA. Theme: Media -- LUNAREVOLUTION Exposition June 29-July 1, 2001 Savannah, Georgia

June 29-July 1, 2001 (United States: Nebraska)
Concussion. Downtown Holiday Inn, Lincoln, NE. Theme: Gaming, SF&F -- LFSF / Concussion

June 29-July 1, 2001 (United States: Texas)
ConSortium. Hobby Airport Radisson, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017. GoH: David Weber; GGoH: Michael Stackpole; FGoHs: Margaret Fincannon & Clif Davis; MC: Tony Elam. Theme: SF&F -- ConSortium 2001

June 30-July 1, 2001 (United States: New York)
Northeast Supercon. West Hempstead, NY. Guests: Gary Lockwood, Mark Goddard, Richard Hatch, Jack Stauffer, Karen Westerfield. Theme: Media -- Northeast Supercon: The best science-fiction convention on the east coast

June 30-July 1, 2001 (United States: Texas)
The Borg Collective. Adam's Mark Hotel, Dallas, TX; 800-444-2326. Guests: Jeri Ryan, Alice Krige, Jonathan Del Arco, Manu Intiraymi, Brannon Braga. Theme: Star Trek -- Make It So! Productions Inc.

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

Learn about Fred on the ISS - The Phantom Torso

Planck is an ESA mission which aims to find out how the Universe began ... ESA SCIENCE

Keep a watch for comet C/2001 A2 -- C/2001 A2 (LINEAR)

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile


  1. H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.
  2. To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.
  3. When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
  4. Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is water and gin.
  5. A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
  6. Liter: A nest of young puppies.
  7. Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.
  8. Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.
  9. Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
  10. Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.
  11. The pistol of the flower is its only protection against insects.
  12. A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
  13. To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.
  14. For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower that the heart until the heart stops.
  15. For head colds: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.
  16. Germinate: To become a naturalized German.
  17. The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
  18. Blood flows down one leg and up the other.

The Hook in the Book

The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below. A thunderstorm was brewing to the north. Bruise-black clouds silhouetted a forest of giant gymnosperms while stratocumulus towered nine kilometers high in a violent sky. Lightning rippled along the horizon. Closer to the ship, occasional vague, reptilian shapes would blunder into the interdiction field, cry out, and then crash away through indigo mists. The Consul concentrated on a difficult section of the Prelude and ignored the approach of storm and nightfall.

HYPERION by Dan Simmons

Last Word

"Science fiction, of course, is not the only purveyor of myth in our culture; other genres of popular fiction also serve this function in various ways, and science fiction's own sister genre of fantasy is perhaps the clearest direct descendant of primitive myth among all narrative genres. But what science fiction does that is uniquely suited to a technological society is to explore the mythical aspects of reason itself, specifically of scientific reasoning. Science, on might well argue, is the real myth of our culture, and science fiction is merely the codification and expression of beliefs in that myth. Science fiction writers are the sorcerers and divines who interpret and order those culturally acceped beliefs that in our society so ofen revolve around science and the scientific method."

Gary K. Wolfe from his book THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN The Iconography of Science Fiction
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