NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2001 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: December 2001
Issue No. 27

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

We marked our footprint on the moon and abandoned it in lunar oblivion. Meanwhile, a new allure is shining in our mind's eye, a red carbuncle pulsating with Barsoomian images. How committed are we to go beyond than just setting our footprint in the dust of Mars? Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles dealt with Martian music and culture that was a different stranger world than what we so far know, so little, about the planet we glimpse in our skies. In the end Bradbury's Chronicles tell us to do what really matters, to look at our reflection in the water of a Martian future. This is the reality we are facing now: we should tell ourselves our objective for going to Mars is to write a whole new chapter, a Martian history, our chronicle we shall begin to write when the first pioneers engrave their presence on the Red Planet and call it home.

New SF books in December 2001

Del Rey Books

WIT'CH GATE by James Clemens
OCTOBER COUNTRY by Ray Bradbury Reissue

Baen Books

Spirits White as Lightning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Miles, Mystery and Mayhem by Lois McMaster Bujold
Beyond World's End by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
The Independent Command by James Doohan and S. M. Stirling
Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein

Ace Books

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century edited by Orson Scott Card
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Divine Intervention by Ken Wharton
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (A new edition of the classic story, to tie in with the upcoming movie)
Frontier Earth: Searcher by Bruce Boxleitner
The Chronicles of the Unbinding, Volume 2: Dark Waters by Robert S. Stone
Return to Camerein by Rick Shelley
A Malady of Magicks by Craig Shaw Gardner

Daw Books The Valdemar Companion edited by John Helfers and Denise Little (hardcover)
Downbelow Station (20th Anniversary Edition) by C.J. Cherryh
Of Darkness, Light and Fire by Tanya Huff (omnibus edition of Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light, and The Fire's Stone)
Silicon Dreams edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff

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

December 6 - Ken Wharton
December 13 - New Author
December 20 - Dream Realm Awards

Author's Corner

This month: Welcome to C.J. Cherryh's Worlds

Fiction Corner


STRUWWELPETER by Glen Hirshberg -- A group of friends are led by the most daring of them to the apparently isolated house of a nasty old man who has a bell in his front yard that he claims can raise the dead.

DANCE OF THE DEAD by Richard Matheson -- After WWIII the hottest ticket is to watch the dead dance.

Movie Buzz

Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones -- Star Wars - Information about the upcoming film @Scifispace.com

The Time Machine -- The Time Machine Official Site

Con News

January 11-13, 2002 (United States: Georgia)
GAFilk 2002. Clarion Hotel - Airport, 3601 N. Desert Dr., East Point, GA 30344. GoH: Echo's Children; TM: Randy & Diane Walker; Interfilk: Mike & Marsha Diggs. Theme: Filk -- Home Page

January 11-13-2002 (United States: Virginia)
MarsCon 2002. Ramada Inn, 500 Merrimac Rd., Historic Williamsburg, VA. Theme: SF, Fantasy, Gaming -- http://www.marscon.net/

January 11-13, 2002 (United States: Washington)
Rustycon 19. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 112th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, WA 98004. GoH: David Gerrold; AGoH: Ellisa Mitchell; FGoH: Ann Prather. Theme: SF&F -- Rustycon 2002

January 18-20, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
Arisia '02. Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, 64 Arlington St., Boston, MA. GoH: Katherine Kurtz; AGoH: Tristan Alexander; FGoH: Eugene Heller. Theme: SF&F -- Arisia, Incorporated

January 18-20, 2002 (United States: Michigan)
ConFusion 2002. Van Dyke Park Suite Hotel, 31800 Van Dyke Ave., Warren, MI 48093. GoH: George R.R. Martin; AGoH: Pete Abrams; SciGoH: Guy Consolmagno; FGoH: Heather Alexander; TM: Sharon Myers Shaw. Theme: SF&F -- Astronomical ConFusion 2002

January 18-20, 2002 (United States: Tennessee)
Chattacon XXVII. Clarion Hotel, Chattanooga TN. GoH: Melanie Rawn; AGoH: Robert Daniels; SGoH: Jack McDevitt; TM: Charles L. Grant; Regional Artist Guest: Robert Gerskin. Theme: SF&F -- Chattanooga Science Fiction Convention, Inc.

January 24-27, 2002 (United States: California, Northern)
Further Confusion. San Mateo Marriott, 1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402. GoH: TBA. Theme: furry fandom -- Further Confusion 2002

January 25-27, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
Vericon. Harvard University, Cambridge MA. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- Welcome to VeriCon

January 25-27, 2002 (United States: Minnesota)
SuperCon IX. Best Western Fifth Avenue, 20 NW Fifth Ave., Rochester, MN 55901. Theme: Relaxacon -- SuperCon

January 25-27, 2002 (United States: New York) New Dates!
Genericon XV. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Theme: SF&F -- Genericon XV

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

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected the atmosphere of a planet circling a distant Sun-like star -- Alien Atmospheres

The moon needs a leonine shield -- Explosions on the Moon

Astronomy helps advanced medical diagnosis techniques -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Pluto Mission Design Chosen; Must Be Ready For 2006 Launch

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Physics Puns:

Q: What did the Nuclear Physicist have for lunch?
A: Fission Chips.

I believe in the heat death of the Universe.
I'm a Kelvinist.

My sibling was asking me about the orbits of planets and the amount of area swept in any given time. I had to ask him, "Am I my brother's Kepler?"

Two atoms were walking down the street. One turns to the other and says, "Oh, no! I think I'm an ion!"
The other responds, "Are you sure?!?"
"Yes, I'm positive!"

Ivan Ivanovich, great russian Scientist does an experiment. He wants to know how fast a thermometer falls down. He takes a thermometer and a light, a candle light. He drops both from the 3rd floor and recognizes that they are reaching the ground at the same time. Ivan Ivanovich, great russian scientific writes in his book: A theomometer falls with the speed of light.

The Hook in the Book

After surging round the bastion of Linien Rock, the waves met at different angles on the beach, bursting up with redoubled vigour so as to swirl about the feet of a golden throne which was being lowered to the sand by four phagors. Into the flood were dipped the ten roseate toes of the Queen of Borlien. The dehorned ancipitals stood motionless. With nothing more than the flick of an ear, they allowed the milky flood to boil about their feet, greatly though they feared water. Although they had carried their royal load half a mile from the Gravabagalinien palace, they showed no fatigue. Although the heat was intense, they showed no sign of discomfort. Nor did they display interest as the Queen walked naked from her throne to the sea.

by Brian W. Aldiss

Last Word

"In this school they no doubt tell you that the difference between myth and history is that history concerns past events and myths events that never were... But the real difference is that events that make up history are over and done with, while myth continues."

Gene Wolfe
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