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NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2001
Issue No. 25

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

A draft is circulating around NASA's corridors of planning. Plans come and go, but the title of this draft "Enhanced Strategy for the Development of Space Commerce" speaks volumes. Faced with the fact that the nation's security would take the lion share of the budget, it does seem that this is the way that NASA wants to go, and hopefully suits the action to the word. Commercialization of space is essential to the colonization of space. Moreover, active participation of members of the public in space exploration would keep space out of the hands of totalitarian propaganda. Faced with the atrocity of fanaticism we must not abandon our higher objective, that one day we shall grow and consummate the vision of science fiction writers.

NASA Spells Out its Space Commerce Agenda

New SF books in October 2001

Tor Books

October 2001hardcovers

CONAN THE REBEL by Poul Anderson
SWELL FOOP by Piers Anthony
THE PRECIPICE by Ben Bova
THE ONION GIRL by Charles de Lint
A PARADIGM OF EARTH by Candas Jane Dorsey
ENCHANTER by Sara Douglass
GHOST OF THE WHITE NIGHTS by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF VERNOR VINGE by Vernor Vinge
MAELSTROM by Peter Watts

October 2001 trade paperbacks

INTO THE GREEN by Charles de Lint (Orb)
THE FOUNTAINS OF YOUTH by Brian Stableford
THERE ARE DOORS by Gene Wolfe (Orb)

October 2001 mass-market paperbacks

THE DASTARD by Piers Anthony
ETERNITY'S END by Jeffrey A. Carver
THE TRUTHSAYER'S APPRENTICE by Deborah Christian
THE LESSER KINDRED by Elizabeth Kerner
TANGLED UP IN BLUE by Joan D. Vinge
CONAN: THE ROAD OF KINGS by Karl Edward Wagner

Del Rey Books

THE WORLD OF SHANNARA by Teresa Patterson with Terry Brooks
THE BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY STORIES OF THE 2OTH CENTURY edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg (AH)
STARS AND STRIPES IN PERIL by Harry Harrison
THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman
THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman (Reissue)
THE SUBTLE KNIFE by Philip Pullman (Reissue)
THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien (Reissue)

Baen Books

Pyramid Scheme by Dave Freer Eric Flint
Martian Knightlife by James P. Hogan
The Puppet Master by John Dalmas
A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo
The Legend That Was Earth by James P. Hogan

Ace Books

The Telling by Ursula K. LeGuin
Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton
Ill Met By Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt
The Mirror of Merlin by T.A. Barron
Lady Crymsyn by P.N. Elrod
Laws of the Blood #3: Companions by Susan Sizemore
The Buchanan Campaign by Rick Shelley
The Jericho Iteration by Allen Steele (Reissue)

Daw Books

Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
The Dragons of the Cuyahoga by S. Andrew Swann
The Lion Throne (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Omnibus Four) by Jennifer Roberson
Past Imperfect edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

News Flash!

The Other*Worlds*Cafe (keyword: OWC) will be starting author chats in October. The first author scheduled to appear is Harry Turtledover, prolific author of Alternate History novels: Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. - 12:00 midnight ET.

Forthcoming schedule:

Jintsu (Newbie Author's Chat) - October 11
Tippi N. Blevins - October 18
Patrick Welch - October 25

Author's Corner

This month: Nancy Kress's Home Page

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

AZTECHS by Lucius Shepard -- The dissatisfied young owner of a security service south of the US border finds more than he bargained for when hired by an emissary of a powerful corporation.

LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS by Bob Shaw -- A bickering couple come across a cottage in the woods and a man who sells "slow glass," a glass that provides a window into the past.

Movie Buzz

Dark Angel coming to the big screen?
James Cameron is reportedly considering a big-screen version of his creation, Dark Angel.

Episode II title announced; Obi-Wan isn't impressed.
George Lucas has announced the official title for Episode II as "Attack of the Clones", a reference to the Clone Wars, which will be featured in the plot. The film takes place 10 years after the events of Episode I. Anakin (Hayden Christensen) has grown into an accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), now a teacher rather than a student. They are assigned to protect Padme (Natalie Portman) whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. Ewan McGregor told reporters at the Hollywood Film Festival that he is not impressed with the title calling it "terrible."

Superman and Batman teaming up on film.
Warner Brothers is developing yet a separate Batman project - this one a team up with Superman. Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow) is working on a script that Wolfgang Petersen will direct. Another Superman film is also in the works from John Peters as are at least 2 proposed Batman films, one based on the animated series, Batman Beyond.

The One - Release date November 2, this one stars Jet Li and is directed by James Wong. The story is about a man from a parallel universe who finds that as he kills other versions of himself on other worlds, he becomes stronger.


Con News

November 1-4, 2001 (Canada: Quebec)
World Fantasy Convention 2001. Delta Centre-Ville, Montreal, QB Canada. GoHs: Fred Saberhagen, Joel Champetier; TM: Charles de Lint -- 2001 World Fantasy Convention - for writers, artists, publishers and fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror literature

November 1-4, 2001 (Spain)
Hispacon 'Salduba'. Spanish National SF&F convention. Zaragoza, Spain. Info: jochu@ctv.es or salduba1@mundofree.com or sagacomic@jazzfree.com -- Hispacon

November 3-4, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
2001 Wolf SG-3. Heathrow Park Hotel, London, England. Guests: Jay Acovone, Tony Amendola, Teryl Rothery, Don S Davis. Theme: SF Media -- Wolf Events

November 9-11, 2001 (United States: Arizona)
Tus-Con 28. InnSuites Hotel and Resort, 475 North Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701. GoH: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; AGoH: Newton Ewell; TM: Edward Bryant. Theme: SF, Fantasy & Horror -- Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), home of TusCon

November 9-11, 2001 (United States: Illinois)
WindyCon XXVIII. Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg IL. ISFiC Guest: David Brin -- WindyCon XXVIII

November 9-11, 2001 (United States: Massachusetts)
United Fan Con XI. Springfield Marriott, Springfield MA. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F -- UNITED FAN CON

November 9-11, 2001 (United States: Oregon)
OryCon 23. Doubletree Hotel, Columbia River, Portland, OR; 503-283-2111. GoHs: Melanie Rawn; EGoH: Laura Anne Gilman; AGoH: Real Musgrave. Theme: SF&F -- OryCon 23 Home Page

November 15-18, 2001 (United States: Texas)
ArmadilloCon 23. Hilton North, Austin, TX. GoH: J. Gregory Keyes; EGoH: Toni Weisskopf; AGoH: John Jude Palencar. Theme: SF&F -- ArmadilloCon: A Literary Science Fiction Convention

November 23-25, 2001 (United States: California, Southern)
Loscon 28. Burbank Airport Hilton, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA; 818-843-6000. GoH: Patricia C. Wrede; AGoH: Chris Butler; FGoH: Lynn Gold. Theme: F&SF -- Loscon - Los Angeles Area Science Fiction Convention

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

Atom Experiment Brings Teleportation a Step Closer

Planetary Society: Orion and the Solar System

ESA takes another step towards the search for Earth-like planets and gravitational waves -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' ('I found it!') but rather 'hmm....that's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov.

The Hook in the Book

Dawn was breaking on Earth, and it could seldom have been more beautiful. The eastern sky wore a gorgeous stippling of salmon-pink and light gray clouds, the perfume of opening blossoms scented an easterly breeze, and soft bird-song filled the air. Dougal MacDougal stared around him and hated every bit of it.

THE SPHERES OF HEAVEN
by Charles Sheffield

Last Word

"What is the province of religion? You look at the Bible and you can see great literature and poetry, morals and ethics; you can see the churches and synagogues as centers of community and family, teachers of values about charity and cherishing our fellows. But these are not scientific institutions. The Bible is not a scientific book, or not lately. The science in the Bible is mainly what the Jews during the Babylonian captivity got from the Babylonians 2,600 years ago. And that was the best science on the planet in 600 B.C., but we've learned a lot since. If, as fundamentalists do, you take the Bible as the literal word of God, dictated to a perfect stenographer with no room for metaphor or allegory, then you run into deep trouble because the Bible is demonstrably wrong in areas of science. But if you take it as the work of inspired humans, if you believe that there's room for allegory and metaphor as most of the mainstream Jewish, Protestant and Roman Catholic sects do, then there's no problem, there's no conflict. Science and religion each are in their own sphere, and they're in fact mutually supportive."

Carl Sagan
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