NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2001
Issue No. 24

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

Every year we celebrate in a grand way the achievements of the genre and choose from them the stories we acclaim. While it is not a measure of the best among the best, still it is a gauge of readership. And while authors maintain their own barometers of award-winning works still to come, we salute the writers and editors who won the award today:

Best Novel -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury; Scholastic/Levine)
Best Novella -- "The Ultimate Earth" by Jack Williamson (Analog Dec 2000)
Best Novelette -- "Millennium Babies" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's Jan 2000)
Best Short Story -- "Different Kinds of Darkness" by David Langford (F&SF Jan 2000)
Best Related Book -- Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling (Paper Tiger)
Best Dramatic Presentation -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Professional Editor -- Gardner Dozois
Best Professional Artist -- Bob Eggleton
Best Semiprozine -- Locus edited by Charles N. Brown
Best Fanzine -- File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Best Fan Writer -- Dave Langford
Best Fan Artist -- Teddy Harvia
John W. Campbell Award -- Kristine Smith (2nd year of eligibility)

New SF books in September 2001

Tor Books

September 2001 hardcovers

MOTHER OF KINGS by Poul Anderson
SWIM THE MOON by Paul Brandon
ASHLING by Isobelle Carmody
ANGELMASS by Timothy Zahn

September 2001 trade paperbacks

THE FURIES by Suzy McKee Charnas (Orb)
END OF AN ERA by Robert J. Sawyer
LEGENDS, ed. Robert Silverberg

September 2001 mass-market paperbacks

THE WILD ANGEL by Pat Murphy
MARROW by Robert Reed

Del Rey Books

SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH edited by Stephen Jones
THE SCIONS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks (Reissue)
THE DRUID OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks (Reissue)
THE ELF QUEEN OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks (Reissue)
THE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks (Reissue)

Baen Books

Bolo Strike by William H. Keith Jr. and Keith Laumer
Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein
Rats, Bats & Vats by Dave Freer and Eric Flint
Callahan's Lady by Spider Robinson

Ace Books

Stephen King's Danse Macabre by Stephen King
DeathDay by William C. Dietz
World Fall: Book Two of the Seven Circles Trilogy by Douglas Niles
Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques
Here Be Monsters by Christopher Stasheff
The Further Adventures of Xena: Warrior Princess edited by Martin Greenberg (Anthology)
Isaac Asimov's Halloween edited by Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams
Labyrinth of Night by Allen Steele (Reissue)
Tom Clancy's Net Force: Runaways created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, written by Diane Duane

Daw Books

THE PRINCE OF SHADOW by Curt Benjamin (hardcover)
PLUTONIUM BLONDE by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem
CREATURE FANTASTIC edited by Denise Little

Author's Corner

This month: Poul Anderson and his achievements: Neochronia

Fiction Corner


NEUTRINO DRAG by Paul Di Filippo -- The new guy in town joins the drag racing crowd in San Diego with a super car and a va va voom girlfriend.

THE MARKET IN ALIENS by Barry N. Malzberg -- Harry's bought an alien in auction--now what?

Movie Buzz

Preproduction, announced or rumored (you may never see these)

Ugly Little Boy - Isaac Asimov story with Demi Moore
Foundation - Asimov's epic sf series- 20th Century Fox has the rights
I, Robot - More Asimov- the book is a collection of short stories by the author. Fox to produce
Battlestar Galactica - picks up where TV series left off.
Jurassic Park 3 - Sam Neil signed on.
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat - Fox and Jan De Bont have completed a deal to forge the cult sci-fi novel series into a feature
Star Trek 10 - Story complete - Next Generation crew
Ender's game - based on the excellent novel by Orson Scott Card
End of Eternity, The - Another Asimov novel; Ridley Scott to direct
Fahrenheit 451 - A second version of Bradbury's novel starring Mel Gibson
Fantastic Four - superheros - 2001 release. Raja Gosnell to direct
Matrix 2 - a sequel was intended from the beginning
Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clark's classic novel to be directed by David Fincher (Alien3, Seven)
Tenth Victim, The - another movie version of Robert Sheckley's great short story
Time Machine - remake of the classic
Ghost Riders in the Sky - Jan De Bont directs this Sci-Fi Western
The Mothman Prophecies - Richard Gere investigates a possible alien invasion

Con News

October 5-7, 2001 (United States: Illinois)
Archon 25. Holiday Inn & Gateway Center, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234-6103 (St. Louis, MO area). AGoH: David Cherry; FGoHs: Genie Yaffe, Amy Verseman, David Verseman; GGoH: Steve Jackson; TM: George R.R. Martin. Theme: SF&F -- ARCHON 25 Home Page

October 5-7, 2001 (United States: New York)
Albacon 2001. Ramada Inn, Schenectady, NY. GoH: Larry Niven; AGoHs: Robert Eggleton & Marianne Plumridge; FGoHs: Ted & Bonnie Atwood. Theme: SF&F -- Albacon 2001 - Home Page

October 5-7, 2001 (United States: North Carolina) NEW DATES
Trinoc*coN 2001. Durham, NC. AGoH: Dru Blair. Theme: SF&F lit, art, gaming -- Trinoc-coN 2001 - The Premier Research Triangle Speculative Fiction Conference

October 5-7, 2001 (United States: Ohio)
Context XIV. Columbus, OH. Theme: SF&F -- Context 14 HTML index page

October 5-7, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
AnimeCon UK 2001. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, England. GoH: Gilles Poitras, Helen McCarthy. Theme: Anime -- AnimeCon UK 2001 :: Welcome!

October 12-14, 2001 (United States: Illinois)
Ditto 14/Fanhistoricon 11. Jumer's Chateau, 1601 Jumer Dr., Bloomington, IL 61702-0902. Theme: fandom, fanzines & fanhistory -- ditto 14

October 12-14, 2001 (United States: Michigan)
ConClave XXVI. Holiday Inn South, Lansing, MI. FGoHs: Chip & Janice Morningstar. Theme: SF&F -- ConClave XXVI- October 12-14, 2001

October 13-14, 2001 (Republic of Ireland)
Octocon 2001. The 12th National Irish Science Fiction Convention. Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. Guests: Anne McCaffrey, Kim Newman, Colin Smythe, John Higgins, Roger Gregg. Theme: SF&F -- Octocon: The National Irish Science Fiction Convention

October 19-21, 2001 (United States: Alabama)
Con*Stellation XX: Camelopardalis. Huntsville, AL. Info: constell@constellation.org -- Con*Stellation XX: Camelopardalis

October 19-21, 2001 (United States: Arizona)
ZonieCon. Best Western Executive Inn, 333 W. Drachman, Tucson, AZ 85705; 520-791-7551. Guests: Michael-Scot McMurray, Anthony Waters. Theme: Anthropomorphic Fandom -- ZonieCon '00

October 19-21, 2001 (United States: California, Northern)
SiliCon 2001. Bay Area, CA. GoH: Lillian Csernica; FGoH: Gerry Perkins; MGoH: Tim Dunigan; TM: Phil Yeh. Theme: SF&F -- SiliCon 2001... For the Fans!

October 19-21, 2001 (United States: Washington)
InCon 2001. Spokane Shilo Hotel, Spokane, WA. GoH: Jane Fancher; AGoH: Mark Ferrari. Theme: SF&F, Gaming -- InCon 2001 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

October 26-28, 2001 (United States: Ohio)
Ohio Valley Filk Fest XVII. The Wyndham Hotel, Dublin, OH. GoH: The Three Weird Sisters; ListenerGoH: Ed Jones; TM: Michael 'Moonwulf' Longcor; InterFilk Guest: TBA. Theme: Filking -- Ohio Valley Filk Fest XVII - Oct. 26-28, 2001

October 26-28, 2001 (United States: Wisconsin)
MAD CON 2001. Hawthorne Suites, 2110 Rimrock Rd., Madison, WI. GoHs: Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Peter David, Jim Frenkel, Brian Roe. Theme: Media -- MAD CON Science Fiction Convention

October 26-29, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
Cult TV 2001. The 8th Annual Cult TV Festival. The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, UK. Guests: TBA. Theme: Cult TV -- Cult TV

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

International Space Station Approaches Key Turning Point

Europe to identify underground water on Mars -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Safety on Mars: Spacesuits of the Future

The Strange Spires of Callisto

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

From "How To Be A Politically Correct Biologist" by Roger Lewin (in The American Biology Teacher)

Here is some of the stuff you need to know to survive as a biologist in the be-sensitive-or-else 90s.

Nonhuman Animal Speciesism
A prominent animal-rights activist has defined a "speciesist" as one who "allows the interests of his/her species to override the greater interests of members of other species." According to this definition, a human eating a fish is a speciesist. However, if this definition is true, then nonhuman animals should be held to the same standard. Thus, a bear eating a fish would also be a speciesist, as would a bear eating an animal rights activist.

The Hook in the Book

I'm Davy, who was king for a time. King of the Fools, and that calls for wisdom.
I learned my letters, or they called it learning them, at the school in Skoar, but actually I knew nothing of reading and writing until my time with the Ramblers, when Mam Laura Shaw lost patience with my ignorance and gave me the beginning of light. Being now twenty-eight and far advanced in heresy, and familiar with the fragments of Old-Time literature, I say to hell with the laws that forbid most Old-Time books or reserve them to the priests!

by Edgar Pangborn

Last Word

"Science fiction -- in its probing of the deep questions, in its abiding concern with moral issues, in its unrelenting quest to expose truth and speculate on consequences, even in its most mind-bending explorations of the quantum nature of the universe -- is, more than any other form of entertainment, absolutely about reality."

Robert J. Sawyer
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