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NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: November 2001
Issue No. 26

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

Is it time to leave the planet? Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson, author and astrophysicist J. Richard Gott, III and author Sid Goldstein all agree that it is time. Science fiction readers have for so long gazed up to the skies to see more than just moon landings, Mars probes and a space station. They want to see humans living on other worlds. Mr. Dyson wants to give dead planets a human touch, Mr. Gott thinks it is a simple matter of survival, while Goldstein is all for making money and saving the environment. For us readers, it is just seeing our dreams, and the science fiction stories we love, realized. Let us go.

"To our Southern California readers ...
The annual convention put on by LASFS, LosCon 28 (Welcome to the webpages of Loscon 28 ) , will be held at the Burbank Airport Hilton from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25. HOST EBK Astra (aka Gandalara) will be there. She's always on the look out for people to bounce around with. E-mail her if you'd like to meet face to face!"

New SF books in November 2001

Tor Books

November 2001 hardcovers

SPHERICAL HARMONIC by Catherine Asaro
THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS by John Barnes
THE OTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY by Avram Davidson
THE PILLARS OF CREATION by Terry Goodkind
PSYCHOHISTORICAL CRISIS by Donald L. Kingsbury
ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE by Pat Murphy
THE AMERICAN ZONE by L. Neil Smith
THE KING'S NAME by Jo Walton

November 2001 trade paperbacks

THE LAST HOT TIME by John M. Ford

November 2001 mass-market paperbacks

FAITH OF THE FALLEN by Terry Goodkind
MARS CROSSING by Geoffrey A. Landis
VENTUS by Karl Schroeder
A WIZARD IN THE WAY by Christopher Stasheff
WHEN THE KING COMES HOME by Carolyn Stevermer

Del Rey Books

STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: STAR BY STAR by Troy Denning
THE DRAGON QUEEN by Alice Borchardt
SILVER MOONS, BLACK STEEL by Tara Harper
THE REDEMPTION OF ALTHALUS by David and Leigh Eddings

Reissue:

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
THE TWO TOWERS
THE RETURN OF THE KING by J.R.R. Tolkien

Baen Books

Marching Through Peachtree by Harry Turtledove
Wiz Biz II: Cursed and Consulted by Rick Cook
Agent of Vega by James H. Schmitz
Sentry Peak Harry by Turtledove
Against the Odds by Elizabeth Moon

Ace Books

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century edited by Orson Scott Card
Dracula in London edited by P.N. Elrod
The Coming by Joe Haldeman
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (Reissue)
Starhawk: Planet America by Mack Maloney
Second Contact by J.D. Austin
The Fires of Coventry by Rick Shelley
Lunar Descent by Allen Steele

Daw Books

Defender by C.J. Cherryh
Child of Flame (Crown of Stars Vol. 4) by Kate Elliott
In Conquest Born (15th Anniversary Edition) by C.S. Friedman
A Constellation of Cats edited by Denise Little

Author Chats Schedule at the Other*Worlds*Cafe (keyword OWC) on Thurdays 10 PM ET

November 8 - Jintsu New Author
November 15 - BETH GWINN First Lady of SF Photography
November 29 - John Shanahan

Author's Corner

This month: Ben Bova Official site, sponsored by author.

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

THE DREAD AND FEAR OF KINGS by Richard Paul Russo -- A mad king plans to destroy everything in his path.

MEN WITHOUT BONES by Gerald Kersh -- A feverish science professor recounts horrors on a research trip to Central America.

Movie Buzz

Battlestar: Galactica - One of the two versions is expected to be released in 2001 - either the one former star Richard Hatch is working on, or the one creator Glen A. Larson is reportedly doing. Now slated for Christmas 2001.

The Time Machine - Remake of HG Wells' classic starring Guy Pearce, Mark Addy, Jeremy Irons, and Yancey Arias. Writen by John Logan (ST X, Gladiator). Due for release December 25.

Indiana Jones IV? Rumoured that Spielberg and Lucas have approached Sixth Sense author/director M. Night Shyamalan to write the screenplay.

Elfquest: Producer Marv Wolfman is looking for a late 2002 or early 2003 theatrical release for the long-anticipated film version of the Elfquest comic series by Wendy Pini. Wolfman co-wrote the film with Wendy. www.elfquest.com

Stargate SG-1: A sequel to the film Stargate is reportedly in the works and will be based on the cast and concepts from the Showtime series, Stargate SG-1, which was itself based on the original movie. Production may begin as early as October 2001 with a release expected sometime in 2002. No cast or crew have been confirmed yet


Con News

December 7-9, 2001 (United Kingdom: England)
SMOFcon 19. The Monkbar Hotel, Monkbar, York, YO31 7JA UK; 01904 638086. Theme: con running. Info: UK memb to: KIM Campbell, 69 Lincoln St., Leeman Rd., York YO2 4YP UK

December 28-30, 2001 (United States: Maryland)
EveCon 19. Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191; 800-325-3535; rms: $99 sngl-quad. Theme: SF&F -- EveCon, December 28th through 30, 2001

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

2001 Mars Odyssey Home Page

Space, the Next Business Frontier -- The Next Frontier

Black hole monster in a spin releases energy -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Compulsive computer relationships:

  • You wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning to go to the bathroom and stop to check your email on the way back to bed.
  • You turn off your computer and get an awful empty feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
  • You start using smileys :-) in your snail mail.
  • You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using a word processor.com
  • You can't correspond with your mother because she doesn't have a computer.
  • When your email box shows "no new messages", you feel really depressed.
  • You move into a new house and you decide to "Netscape" before you landscape.
  • In real life conversations, you don't laugh, you just say "LOL, LOL"
  • After reading this message, you immediately send it to a friend!

The Hook in the Book

Distance deceived the eye in the Lakht, that wide red land of the First Descended, where legend said the ships had come down. At high noon, with the sun reflecting off the plateau, the chimera of a city floated in the haze, appearing as a line of light just below the red, saw-toothed ridge of the Qarain, that upthrust that divided the Lakht from the Anlakht, the true land of death.

HAMMERFALL
by C.J. Cherryh

Last Word

"You who read, and I who write, are very much the same. The young person locked away in me has dared to write these stories for your pleasure. We meet on the common ground of an uncommon Age, and share out our gifts of dark and light, good dream and bad, simple joy and not so simple sorrow."

Ray Bradbury
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