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NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: August 2001
Issue No. 23

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

Increasingly we see in the news about discoveries of planets around distant suns. And with it comes the implied hope that these planets might be habitable. This is not so much about discovering life, though this in itself would be phenomenal, but discovering a world suitable for life. Imagine today if there were such a serendipity of encountering, not a moon, not a Mars, not even an Earth, but a planet, alien, of its own kind, but liveable. What it would do to the present-day infrastructure of politics and government can only be speculated. As science fiction has so speculated, with all the inherent consequences, that there might be one day that we are poised to set foot on another world under a strange sun, and start an extrasolar civilization.

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 August 2001

Tor Books

August 2001 hardcovers

HOPE'S END by Stephen Chambers
IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND byMichael F. Flynn
DESTINY by Elizabeth Haydon
THROUGH WOLF'S EYES by Jane Lindskold
THE STAR FRACTION by Ken MacLeod
ILLUMINATION by Terry McGarry
THE ROVER by Mel Odom
THE FREE LUNCH by Spider Robinson
GOD OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE by Fred Saberhagen
SECOND CHANCES by Susan Shwartz
THE CHRONOLITHS by Robert Charles Wilson

August 2001 trade paperbacks

PRETERNATURAL TOO: GYRE by Margaret Wander Bonnano
FORESTS OF THE HEART by Charles de Lint
THE VOID CAPTAIN'S TALE by Norman Spinrad (Orb)
SISTER EMILY'S LIGHTSHIP AND OTHER STORIES by Jane Yolen

August 2001 mass-market paperbacks

PROPHECY by Elizabeth Haydon
MAD MERLIN by J. Robert King
THE SKY ROAD by Ken MacLeod
TIME TRAVELLERS STRICTLY CASH by Spider Robinson

Del Rey Books

THE DRAGON CHARMER by Jan Siegel
AMERICAN EMPIRE: BLOOD AND IRON by Harry Turtledove
THE STAR WARS GALACTIC PHRASE BOOK & TRAVEL GUIDE by Ben Burtt
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: EDGE OF VICTORY: REBIRTH by J. Gregory Keyes
WIT'CH WAR by James Clemens

Baen Books

March to the Sea by David Weber and John Ringo
Star Soldiers by Andre Norton
Thrice Bound by Roberta Gellis
Time Traders by Andre Norton
Ranks of Bronze by David Drake

Ace Books

Empty Cities of the Full Moon by Howard Hendrix
The House in the High Wood by Jeffrey E. Barlough
Spec Ops Squad: Holding the Line by Rick Shelley
The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley
The Chronicles of the Unbinding, Volume One: Hazard's Price by Robert S. Stone
Brother John by Rutledge Etheridge
Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

Daw Books

THE BEASTS OF BARAKAI by Mickey Zucker Reichert
THE GOLDEN SWORD by Fiona Patton
CHILDREN OF THE LION (CHRONICLES OF THE CHEYSULI, OMNIBUS THREE) by Jennifer Roberson
THE MUTANT FILES edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers

Author's Corner

This month: Brian W. Aldiss -- THE OFFICIAL BRIAN W. ALDISS WEB SITE

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

STANDING IN HIS LIGHT by Kage Baker -- A stranger visits the studio of a struggling artist in order to give him an odd device that enables him to create a series of paintings to order for a rich patron.

LINE TO TOMORROW by Henry Kuttner -- Gerald Fletcher is getting strange phone calls and has become an eavesdropper against his will.

Movie Buzz

Ghost of Mars to be released August 17. John Carpenter's latest has something nasty being released in a mining colony on Mars with Natasha Henstridge as the intergalactic cop chasing it.

September 2001:
The Imposter - Based on Philip K. Dick's novel, stars Gay Sinise as a scientist in the future working on the ultimate weapon to destroy aliens Earth is at war with. When he is suspected of being an alien, the film becomes a sort of Fugitive story. Release date was October 6, 2000, but is now set for early fall, probably September.

The Replicant - (straight to video September 18). Jean-Claude Van Damme in a film about a genetic clone of a serial killer created to help catch the killer.


Con News

September 7-9, 2001 (United States: Arizona)
CopperCon 21. Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, 7601 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. GoH: Julian May; AGoH: Mark Roland; Music GoH: Heather Alexander. Theme: SF&F -- CopperCon Home Page

September 13-16, 2001 (Poland)
Polcon 2001. Polish National Convention. Katowice, Poland. GoH: Robert Silverberg, Marek S Huberath, Dorota Malinowska, Andrzej 'Bilbo' Kowalski. Theme: SF&F -- Slaski Klub Fantastyki

September 14-16, 2001 (Slovakia)
Istrocon 2000. Bratislava, Slovakia. GoH: Neil Gaiman -- ISTROCON 2001

September 21-23 2001 (United States: Georgia)
Anime Weekend Atlanta. Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Rd., College Park, GA 30337. Guests: Jessica Calvello, Helen McCarthy, Jonathan Clements. Theme: Anime & Manga -- Anime Weekend Atlanta

September 21-23, 2001 (United States: North Dakota)
ValleyCon XXVI. Quality Inn & Suites, 301 3rd Ave. North, Fargo, ND 58012; rms: $55 sngl-quint. MGoH: J.G. Hertzler; AGoH: Scott Rosema, Lady Anita Burbeck-Gould. Theme: SF&F and Media --
ValleyCon XXVI

September 22-23, 2001 (United Kingdom: Scotland)
Hypotheticon. Glasgow, Scotland. Info: Hypotheticon 2001, 25 Ravenscraig Ave., Paisley, PA2 9QL, UK. secretary@hypotheticon2001.co.uk.

September 28-30, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
Capclave 2001. Sheraton College Park Hotel, 409 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD; 301-937-4422. GoH: Gardner Dozois; Ghost of Honor: Joe Mayhew. Theme: SF&F Short Stories -- CAPCLAVE 2001

September 28-30, 2001 (United States: Minnesota)
ARCANA 31. Holiday Inn Express-Bandana Square, St. Paul, MN. GoH: Robert M. Price; SGoH: Eleanor Arnason. Theme: Dark Fantastic -- Arcana: A Convention of the Dark Fantastic

September 28-30, 2001 (United States: Washington)
Foolscap III. Southcenter Best Western, Tukwila, WA. GoH: TBA; AGoHs: Phil & Kaja Foglio. Theme: SF&F -- foolscap - Home Page

September 28-30, 2001 (Germany)
FilkCONtinental 2001. Youth Hostel, Freusburg, Germany. GoH: Puzzlebox. Theme: Filk. Info: katy@filk.de -- FilkCONtinental

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

Taming a New Frontier: Settlers Wanted -- Far from being a post-Apollo "been there, done that" world, the Moon, Earth's celestial neighbor is now attracting entrepreneurs, architects, scientists and lawyers, along with tourism planners - all resolute in returning ?but this time to stay.

Scientists Say Mars Viking Mission Found Life -- There is new life in old data?and it's likely Martian life.

Space Seeds Return to Earth -- The far-out pods could hold the key to long-term habitation of space.

ESA Hubble Information Centre -- Surfing in Sagittarius - not for the faint-hearted!

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

"Neurotics build dream castles, psychotics live in them and psychiatrists collect the rent."

The Hook in the Book

All the American historical stereofilms he had ever seen gabbled in Alex's mind as he assessed their costumes. They wore--let's see, start at the top and work down and try to keep your reason in the process--ten-gallon hats with brims wider than their own shoulders, tremendous red bandannas, checked shirts of riotous hues, Levis, enormously flaring chaps, and high-heeled boots with outsize spurs. Two sagging cartridge belts on each plump waist supported heavy Colt six-shooters which almost dragged on the ground.

THE SOUND & THE FURRY: THE COMPLETE HOKA STORIES
by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson

Last Word

"Too few people, it seems to me, have chosen the sf form as a means of harnessing and directing their impatience, sense of injustice, political frustrations and general indignation at the greed, folly, violence and unconscious (or conscious) misuse of power displayed everywhere today. Brian Aldiss once said that sf could never claim to be a mature form until as many women as men read it. I would agree, and add that the form overall (as opposed to many individual exceptions) will have come into its own when as many good women writers find it suitable for their needs."

Michael Moorcock
In his foreword to SCIENCE FICTION, THE 100 BEST NOVELS (1985)
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