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NEWSLETTER: JULY 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2001
Issue No. 22

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

In a recent "awareness" seminar, the editor learnt about "comfort zones". Presumably these zones appear like auras around your physique designed to trigger off alarm bells whenever someone tread upon your toes, depending on how long and sensitive your toes are. Invariably, the editor fell to imagining the comfort zones of outerworlders. Impossible panaromas of cultural shock pervade the prosaic minds in the boardroom. Challenged with the teachings of science fiction, the power we purport to exert, the borders we put up around ourselves, suddenly look hackneyed and paltry. The real awareness has yet to be encountered, out there, in a universe of abstract customs and ethics, of incomprehensible values of respect and civility, in totally unthinkable scenarios where the slightest impropriety could plunge worlds into war.

Think you might want to go to the Philadelphia World Con 2001?
Look at the entire website for lots more information: http://www.milphil.org/
The Other*Worlds*Cafe has hosts going, so if you want to see some friendly faces,
email HOST EBK Astra and find out about an O*W*C get-together!

August 30-September 3, 2001 (United States: Pennsylvania)
The Millennium Philcon/59th World Science Fiction Convention. The Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. GoH: Greg Bear; AGoH: Stephen Youll; EGoH: Gardner Dozois; FGoH: George Scithers; TM: Esther Friesner
The Millennium Philcon - World Science Fiction Convention

New SF books in July 2001

Tor Books

July 2001 hardcovers

HOW PRECIOUS WAS THAT WHILE by Piers Anthony
ISSOLA by Steven Brust
DERVISH IS DIGITAL by Pat Cadigan
PROBABILITY SUN by Nancy Kress
STARLIGHT 3, ed. by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
A WIZARD IN A FEUD by Christopher Stasheff
TERRAFORMING EARTH by Jack Williamson

July 2001 trade paperbacks

WAR FOR THE OAKS by Emma Bull (Orb)
THE FOLK OF THE FRINGE by Orson Scott Card (Orb)
THE DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE by Brenda Clough
VANISHING ACTS, ed. by Ellen Datlow
ARSLAN by M. J. Engh (Orb)
EMPIRE AND ECOLITAN by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE JAZZ by Melissa Scott
THE PERSEIDS AND OTHER STORIES by Robert Charles Wilson

July 2001 mass-market paperbacks

THE SECRET OF SPRING by Piers Anthony & Jo Ann Taeusch
THE FARSEEKERS by Isobelle Carmody
REBEL SUTRA by Shariann Lewitt
CALCULATING GOD by Robert J. Sawyer

Del Rey Books

RAVENHEART by David Gemmell (F)
CHILDHOOD'S END by Arthur C. Clarke (Impact)
THE SHADOWS OF GOD by J. Gregory Keyes (AH)
GREAT WAR:BREAKTHROUGHS by Harry Turtledove (AH)
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: BALANCE POINT by Kathy Tyers (SF)
BABYLON 5: THE PASSING OF THE TECHNO-MAGES: SUMMONING LIGHT by Jeanne Cavelos (SF)

Baen Books

The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint and David Drake
Fortune's Stroke by Eric Flint and David Drake
The Veil of Years by L. Warren Douglas
Telempath by Spider Robinson
Balshazzar's Serpent by Jack L. Chalker

Daw Books

THE FALL OF NESKAYA (A Novel of Darkover) by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross (hardcover)
FLIGHTLESS FALCON by Mickey Zucker Reichert (first time in paperback)
ASSASSIN FANTASTIC edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Alexander Potter

Roc Books

ALIEN TASTE by Wen Spencer
THE GLASSWRIGHTS' PROGRESS by Mindy L. Klasky
ONCE UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT by Dennis L. McKiernan

Author's Corner

This month: Cordwainer Smith -- Paul Linebarger, aka Cordwainer Smith

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

DISCREET PHENOMENA by Dave Hutchinson -- Strange things happen in the town of Seldon, where cars drive without engines and crop circles abound.

OMB TAPPER by James Blish -- The Cold War of the 1950's fuels the development of technology to plumb the brain's depths

Movie Buzz

Planet of the Apes -- Rule The Planet

Jurassic Park III -- Universal Studios

FINAL FANTASY : THE SPIRITS WITHIN


Con News

August 3-6, 2001 (United States: California, Northern)
Mythcon 32. Clark Kerr Campus, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Scholar GoH: David Llewellyn Dodds; Author GoH: Peter S. Beagle. Mythopoeic Awards presented -- 2001 Mythopoeic Conference

August 3-5, 2001 (United States: Minnesota)
Diversicon 9. Twin Cities, MN. Theme: SF&F -- SF Minnesota

August 4, 2001 (United States: Illinois)
Tucker Tribute. Ramada Inn, 1219 Holiday Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704. Guests: Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Fern Tucker. Theme: Honoring the lives of Wilson and Fern Tucker -- Wilson and Fern Tucker Tribute

August 10-12, 2001 (United States: California, Southern)
Conchord 15. Southern California Filk Convention. Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Theme: Filk -- ConChord

August 10-12, 2001 (United States: Indiana)
Conglomeration 2001. Holiday Inn Lakeview, Clarksville, IN. GoH: Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell; FGoHs: Steve & Sue Francis. Theme: SF&F -- ConGlomeration Louisville's Newest Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Multimedia Convention

August 10-12, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
Otakon 2001. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. Guests: Scott Frazier, Gilles Poitras, Adam Warren. Theme: Anime -- OTAKON (TM) 2001

August 10-12, 2001 (Canada: Alberta)
Con-Version 18. The Metropolitan Centre, 333 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB Canada. GoH: David Drake; AGoH: Jean-Pierre Normand; SciGoH: Dr. Bill Brooks; SGoH. Theme: SF&F -- Welcome to Con-Version XVIII

August 17-19, 2001 (United States: Rhode Island)
NecronomiCon 5. Marriott Hotel, Providence, RI; 401-272-2400. GoH: TBA. Theme: Lovecraft/Cthulhu -- NecronomiCon

August 17-19, 2001 (Canada: Ontario)
CAN-CON 2001. Chimo Hotel, 1199 Joseph Cyr Street, Ottawa, ON Canada. GoH: Robert J. Sawyer; PoetGoH: Carolyn Clink; AGoH: Larry Stewart; SGoH: David G. Hartwell; Guests: Julie E. Czerneda, Terence M. Green, Alison Sinclair. Theme: SF&F -- CAN?CON 2001


August 24-26, 2001 (United States: Idaho)
MosCon XXIII. University Inn, Moscow, ID. GoH: Jack L. Chalker; AGoH: Betsy Mott; FGoH: Tam & Shelly Gordy; SciGoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- MosCon XXIII Homepage

August 24-26, 2001 (United States: New Mexico)
Bubonicon 33. Howard Johnson East, Albuquerque, NM. GoH: Sarah Zettel; AGoH: Lee Seed; TM: S.M. Stirling. Theme: SF&F -- Bubonicon 33 Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention

August 24-26, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Eboracon MMI/Unicon 2001/HarmUni. Langwith College, The University of York, UK. Guests: Douglas Hill, Stan Nicholls, Ann Gaye, Peter Morwood, Diane Duane. HarmUni GoHs: Juliane Honisch, Kerstin Dr?ge -- EBORACON MMI (Unicon 2001)

August 24-27, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
NCC-2001. Jarvis Piccadilly, Manchester, UK. Guests: Marc Alaimo, Casey Biggs, Jeff Combs, Barbara March. Theme: SF/Star Trek -- NCC-2001

August 25-26, 2001 (United Kingdom: Northern Ireland)
Cybercon 2001. Hilton Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Guests: Ian McDonald, Paul Darrow, Jeremy Bulloch, Nicholas Courteny, Michael Sheard, Claudia Christian, First Frontier. Theme: Media --
Cybercon 2001

August 31-September 3, 2001 (United States: Georgia)
Dragon*Con 2001. Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. GoH: Harlan Ellison; MC: Anthony Daniels -- Dragon*Con: America's Largest SF and Popular Arts Convention

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

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what seem to be strange planet-sized objects wandering loose -- Wandering Mystery Planets?

The same mystery from ESA's point of view -- ESA Hubble Information Centre

An astronaut who exits a spacecraft without a spacesuit will die very quickly because there is no air to breathe. However, although space is often regarded as an airless vacuum, it is by no means empty. Spacecraft such as Cluster are built to detect and study the sparse 'soup' of electrified plasma - mostly electrons and protons - that populates near-Earth space. To read more about this go to: ESA SCIENCE

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Do you know what the cat said to Schr?dinger when it jumped out of the box?
"Damn you! Now I have only eight left"

The Hook in the Book

Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert. Never before had Brother Francis actually seen a pilgrim with girded loins, but that this one was the bona fide article he was convinced as soon as he had recovered from the spine-chilling effect of the pilgrim's advent on the far horizon, as a wiggling iota of black caught in a shimmering haze of heat.

A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Last Word

"(SF) Fandom, however indiscriminate it might appear to an outsider, is incompatible with simple reading for consumption. SF fans go beyond the simple entertainment motive by turning their favoured reading into something between a cult and a field of knowledge.
... The true SF fan, however, is distinguished by his breadth of reading in the genre rather than by his passionate allegiance to any particular author or text.
...The desire (at least) to recognize literary quality was shown by the institution in 1953 of the Hugo Award, granted to the best novel of the year as decided by fans at the World Science Fiction Convention. ... Fandom maintains a "folk memory", based in part upon repetitive and accumulative reading, and manifesting itself through a system of personal recommendation and exchange which is quite separate from the publicity and distribution techniques of the commercial market."

Patrick Parrinder
Science Fiction, Its Criticism and Teaching
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