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NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2001
Issue No. 21

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

The world has known its first space tourist. And as things go for novelty, along with it come the praise, the criticism and the question: why can't we do it too? Space isn't just open for everyone. There is the training involved, the science degree, the political conniving, and--the couple of million dollars to spare. Is the concept of the ordinary space traveller, the commoner in the street, armed with nothing but an aching wish to go, really a novelty? This concept is as old as the starships that first began to appear in science fiction. In Jules Verne's FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON the travellers were two old war veterans and a Frenchman calling himself a perfert ignoramus who wanted to go to the moon simply to see for himself. In Olaf Stapledon's STARMAKER, it was just a man sitting on the heather who embarked on a journey from star to star. For now, space travel is confined to the astronauts, the cosmonauts, the scientists, the money makers and the few chosen. But let's not forget the"amateurs", the readers, the writers, the fans: the foundation of science fiction, hence the pivot of any space exploration.

The Nebula Award 2000 Winners:

Novel: Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio
Novella: Linda Nagata, "Goddesses"
Novelette: Walter Jon Williams, "Daddy's World"
Short Story: Terry Bisson, "macs"
Script: Robert Gordon, David Howard, Galaxy Quest

Special Awards & Honors
Grand Master: Philip Josť Farmer
Bradbury Award: Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison
Author Emeritus: Robert Sheckley

New SF books in June 2001

Tor Books

(May 2001)

Hardcovers

THE RING OF FIVE DRAGONS by Eric Lustbader
COSMONAUT KEEP by Ken MacLeod
SON OF THE SHADOWS by Juliet Marillier
DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
THE OUTPOST by Mike Resnick
THE WANDERER by Cherry Wilder

Trade Paperbacks

THE MIOCENE ARROW by Sean McMullen
IN GREEN'S JUNGLES by Gene Wolfe

Mass-market Paperbacks

THE GUTBUCKET QUEST by Piers Anthony & Ron Leming
VENUS by Ben Bova
ANIMIST by Eve Forward
MAGI'I OF CYADOR by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

(June 2001)

Hardcovers

KUSHIEL'S DART by Jacqueline Carey
THE MERLIN OF THE OAK WOOD by Ann Chamberlin
THE STORM OF HEAVEN by Thomas Harlan
50 IN 50 by Harry Harrison
THE SECRET OF LIFE by Paul J. McAuley
THE SHADOW SORCERESS by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
KNIGHT OR KNAVE by Andre Norton & Sasha Miller

Trade Paperbacks

THE FORGE OF GOD by Greg Bear
IN THE UPPER ROOM AND OTHER LIKELY STORIES by Terry Bisson
WIZARD'S FIRST RULE by Terry Goodkind
CHIMAERA by Will Shetterly
MEET ME AT INFINITY by James Tiptree, Jr. (Orb)
BEGINNING OPERATIONS by James White (Orb)

Mass-market Paperbacks

FIRST CONTRACT by Greg Costikyan
THE GATE OF FIRE by Thomas Harlan
SATURN'S RACE by Larry Niven & Steven Barnes
TO THE KING A DAUGHTER by Andre Norton & Sasha Miller

Del Rey Books

REUNION: A PIP AND FLINX NOVEL by Alan Dean Foster
STAR WARS: CLOAK OF DECEPTION by James Luceno
THE HOBBIT: The Graphic Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; adapted by Charles Dixon with Sean Deming
PROSPERO'S CHILDREN by Jan Siegel
DIRGE: BOOK TWO OF THE FOUNDING OF THE COMMONWEALTH by Alan Dean Foster
EMPIRE OF UNREASON by J.Gregory Keyes
THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Reissue)
THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien (Reissue)

Baen Books

Foreign Legions by David Drake
Melchior's Fire by Jack L. Chalker
Lt. Leary Commanding by David Drake
Sidhe-Devil by Aaron Allston
A Feral Darkness by Doranna Durgin

Daw Books

THE MAGICKERS by Emily Drake
BRIGHTLY BURNING by Mercedes Lackey
IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS by Julie E. Czerneda
LEGACY OF THE WOLF (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Omnibus Two) by Jennifer Roberson

Author's Corner

This month: Greg Bear -- Greg Bear: The Official Site

Fiction Corner

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 4 of 4)

THE HAT TRICK by Fredric Brown -- Two doubledating couples while away their time during a thunderstorm.

Movie Buzz

FINAL FANTASY : THE SPIRITS WITHIN -- The film is set on Earth in 2065. A female scientist must help her fellow man fend off invading aliens that have already killed most of the world's population. Stars Alec Baldwin, James Woods, and Donal Sutherland.

JASON X-The Movie -- Takes place on a space station after Old Earth has been contaminated and abandoned for centuries. A group of students returning to study the planet find 2 frozen bodies - a young blond woman and a large man wearing a strange mask ...

Update on Lords of the Rings -- TheOneRing.net| Lord of the Rings Movie News and Rumors


Con News

July 5-8, 2001 (United States: Oregon)
Westercon 54. Jantzen Beach & Columbia River DoubleTree Hotels, Portland. GoH: Tim Powers; AGoH: Frank Lurz; FGoH: Mike Glyer; FilkGoHs: Golden Bough. Theme: SF&F -- Portland in 2001--Westercon 54

July 6-8, 2001 (United States: Minnesota)
CONvergence 2001. Radisson Hotel South 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. Guests: Harry & Jay Knowles, Michael Sheard, Crist Ballas. Theme: SF&F -- CONvergence 2001

July 6-8, 2001 (United States: Missouri)
Gateway 3. Airport Hilton, 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO. Guests: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Jack Stauffer, Marjorie Monaghan, Timothy Zahn, J.R. Daniels, Brett Bass, Jon 'Mr. Wonderful' Stadter. Theme: SF&F literary & media -- Gateway SciFi Con

July 6-8, 2001 (United States: Virginia)
Castlecon 14. Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Rd., Herndon, VA 20171. Theme: SF&F -- CastleCon

July 6-8, 2001 (Czech Republic)
Parcon:A Communication Odyssey. Czech & Slovak national convention. Czech Republic. Theme: SF&F -- Info: londo@babylon5.cz.

July 6-8, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Nexus 2001. Jarvis International Hotel, Bristol, England. Guest: Sylvestor McCoy, Richard Arnold, John Freeman. Theme: Media SF -- Nexus SF Conventions - Bristol, UK

July 13-15, 2001 (United States: Colorado)
KHAN. Ramada Inn North, Colorado Springs, CO. GoH: Michael 'Moonwulf' Longcor. AGoH: Jerry Monks. Theme: Relaxacon -- Info: Penny Tegen, 2926 Valarie Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80917-3832; 719-597-5259.

July 13-15, 2001 (United States: Indiana)
InConJunction 2001. Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240. GoH: Joel Rosenberg; AGoH: Stephen Hickman; MGoH: Richard Hatch; SciGoH: Catherine Asaro; RobotGoH: Xavier; TM: Steve Jackson -- InConJunction

July 13-15, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
Shore Leave 23. Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Guests: Nichelle Nichols, Bruce Boxleitner, William Campbell, Kirk Borne, Loretta McKibben, Al Schultz, Ray Villard. Theme: Star Trek & Science -- Shore Leave 23 Home Page

July 13-15, 2001 (United States: Massachusetts)
Readercon 13. Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA. GoHs: Michael Swanwick, David G. Hartwell; Memorial GoH: Cliffard D. Simak. Theme: Literary -- Readercon

July 14-15, 2001 (Finland)
Finncon-Baltcon 2001. University of Jyv?skyl?, Main Building, Jyv?skyl?, Finland. GoHs: Richard Stallman, Stelarc, Johanna Sinisalo -- finncon.org

July 14-16, 2001 (United Kingdom: Scotland)
Continuum. The 11th Scottish Star Trek Convention. Glasgow Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland. Guests: Nicole deBoer, Richard Arnold, Michael Sheard. Theme: Star Trek -- Welcome To The Online Presence of Continuum 2001

July 19-22, 2001 (United States: Rhode Island)
Necon 21. Roger Williams Univ., Bristol, RI. GoHs: Tom Powers, Christopher Golden; AGoH: Nicholas Jainschigg; TM: Roman Ranieri; Legend: Craig Shaw Gardner -- Info: Necon 21, 67 Birchland Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860; 401-726-2003; bbooth@providence.edu.

July 20-22, 2001 (United States: Pennsylvania)
ConFluence 13. Four Points Sheraton, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh, PA 15275. GoH: David G. Hartwell. Theme: Literary SF&F -- Confluence 2001

July 20-22, 2001 (Canada: Ontario)
Toronto Trek 15. Regal Constellation Hotel, 900 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON Canada. Guests: Andreas Katsulas, more TBA. Theme: SF&F -- Toronto Trek 15 -

July 20-22, 2001 (Australia: New South Wales)
BOBW XII Earth: Final Conflict. Southern Cross Hotel, 111 Goulburn St., Sydney, NSW Australia. Guests: Leni Parker, Anita La Silva, Richard Chevolleau, Eugene Roddenberry Jr. Theme: Earth: Final Conflict -- Best Of Both Worlds Conventions

July 27-29, 2001 (United States: Arizona) NEW DATES
Hexacon 11. Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, 7601 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Theme: Gaming
-- Info: Hexacon 11, PO Box 62613, Phoenix, AZ 85082-2613; 602-973-2341; the_lop@casfs.org.

July 27-29, 2001 (United States: Florida)
SpaceCon:2001. Radisson Hotel Tampa at Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa, FL. Guests: Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate. Theme: Space:1999 -- Space:1999 Main Mission:2001 Tampa

July 27-29, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
DemiCon X. Four Points Sheraton, Aberdeen, MD. Theme: Gaming -- Info: DemiCon, 110 N. Tollgate Road; 410-638-2400; harfordadventure@hotmail.com

July 27-29, 2001 (United States: Oklahoma)
Conestoga 2001. Sheraton Tulsa, Hwy 169 at E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK 74146. GoH: Joe Haldeman; AGoH: Kelley Vandiver; TM: Tim Powers; FGoH: Mike & Karla Weaver. Theme: SF&F -- Conestoga 2001 - Tulsa's oldest fan-run science fiction convention

July 27-29, 2001 (United States: Pennsylvania)
Anthrocon 2001. The Adam's Mark Hotel, City & Monument Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131;. GoH: Bill Holbrook, Dan DeCarlo. Theme: Furry fandom -- Anthrocon 2001 - Main

July 28-29 2001 (United States: Ohio)
Farscape Scapercon. Marriott North, Cincinatti, OH. Guests: TBA. Theme: Farscape. las/kohlmyer@centurytel.net.

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

Unmasking the Face on Mars -- NASA Captures New Images of the Face on Mars

Artificial intelligence to teach robots -- Brainy 'Bots

Visit the Mars Network- Gateway to the Mars Frontier

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

"If it's green or wriggles, it's biology.
If it stinks, it's chemistry.
If it doesn't work, it's physics..."

The Hook in the Book

How many days had he been tossed by the waves, feverish surely, bound to a plank, prone during the hours of light to avoid the blinding sun, his neck stiff, strained unnaturally so as not to imbibe the water, his lips burnt by the brine? His letters offer no answer to this question: though they suggest an eternity, the time cannot have been more than two days, for otherwise he would never have survived the lash of Phoebus (of which he so poetically complains), he, a sickly youth, as he describes himself, a creature condemned by a natural defect to live only at night.

THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE by Umberto Eco

Last Word

"... there is a tradition of reader response to science fiction--printed and considered response--that is comparatively old. It is older than the discovery of Game Theory, older than the knowledge of viral bacteriophages, older than the decipherment of the dance code of the honey bee. It is based on science fiction readers wanting to communicate with other readers about what they are reading now; and it manifests itself in hundreds of fanzines (amateur magazines about science fiction), hundreds of science fiction conventions each year, probably thousands of local science fiction clubs--and more hundreds of fanzines!
... have a good read.

Samuel R. Delaney
New York, 1978
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