NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: January 2002
Issue No. 28

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

When the new Millennium started we had high expectations that it would start a new age, that maybe this age would bring us closer to the stars. We celebrated as such and the science fiction Millennium Philcon World Convention was a huge success. Then we learnt something else, we learnt mass killers could strike in our midst without warning, and we learnt that we could turn things around. That we could pull ourselves out from the ashes of destruction and continue. That is what science fiction is about: galactic conflict, annihilation of planets, dispersion of people but we continue, in one form or another. Happy and Inventive 2002 everyone!

New SF books in January 2001

Tor Books

January 2002 hardcovers

KILN PEOPLE by David Brin
APPLESEED by John Clute
THE WAY OF LIGHT by Storm Constantine
DARK LIGHT by Ken MacLeod
NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET by Richard Matheson

January 2002 trade paperbacks

CROWN OF SILENCE by Storm Constantine
DREAMING DOWN-UNDER, ed. Jack Dann and Janeen Webb
FINAL PLANET by Andrew M. Greeley
NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET by Richard Matheson

January 2002 mass-market paperbacks

WINTER'S HEART by Robert Jordan
BORROWED TIDES by Paul Levinson
NIGHT OF MADNESS by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Del Rey Books

VITALS by Greg Bear
THE CHILDREN OF CTHULHU edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
QUEEN OF CAMELOT by Nancy McKenzie
MANIFOLD: SPACE by Stephen Baxter
THE SKIES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
THE SILMARILLION by J. R. R. Tolkien (Reissue)

Baen Books

The Excalibur Alternative by David Weber
Man-Kzin Wars IX by Larry Niven
The Spheres of Heaven by Charles Sheffield
Retief! by Keith Laumer
The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh

Daw Books

The Eyes of God by John Marco
Malachi's Moon by Billie Sue Mosiman
Sword & Sorceress XIX edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Patterns of Chaos Omnibus I (Radius of Doubt, Path of Fire) by Charles Ingrid

Roc Books

TECHNOGENESIS by Syne Mitchell
MechWarrior: THE DYING TIME by Thomas S. Gressman

Nesfa Press Upcoming Books (Scheduled for February 2002)

Dimensions of Sheckley, a collection of Robert Sheckley's short novels. Scheduled for February 2002
Expecting Beowulf a trade paperback collection of Expecting Someone Taller and Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Boskone 39 Featured Filker, Tom Holt.
Adventures in the Dream Trade by Boskone 39 GoH Neil Gaiman.
A hardcover edition of The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Warner Aspect

Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
Futures by Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Paul McAuley and Ian McDonald

Author's Corner

This month: David Brin's Official Web Site

Fiction Corner


LIFE ON EARTH by Pat Cadigan -- A couple of streetpeople believe that most everyone around them is dead and that there are mysterious beings called "skinners" that are out to harm humans.

HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE by Pamela Zoline -- A suburban mom contemplates murder and mayhem.

World Fantasy Award in the Best Short Fiction category -- THE POTTAWATOMIE GIANT-PAGE 1 by Andy Duncan.

Worlds Apart by Michael Bishop - Page 1 of 4

Movie Buzz

Sometime in 2002:

Indiana Jones IV: Apparently Spielberg and Lucas have approached Sixth Sense author/director M. Night Shyamalan to write the screenplay with a mid to late 2002 release planned.

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.

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.

The Mothman Prophecy - Set for Feb. 22, Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a Washington newspaper reporter that quits to investigate strange prophecies and sightings of winged creatures in a small WV town. The apperances are said to be the first signs of an alien invasion of Earth. Based on the 1975 book by John A. Keel.

After the Visitation - Based on a Russian novella, this James Wong/Glen Morgan pic concerns a small patch of UN-controlled land where UFO landed 20 years before.

Pluto Nash: An Eddie Murphy flick where he plays a lunar colonist with a past who attempts to stop an Earth-based corporation from taking control of the residents of the moon in 2087. Also stars Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Peter Boyle, Illeana Douglas, Pam Grier, and James Rebhorn. Directed by Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Young) and written by Neil Cuthbert (Mystery Men)

Con News

February 7-10, 2002 (United States: Illinois)
Capricon 22. The Sheraton Arlington Park, 3400 West Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1052. GGoH: James Ernest; AGoH: Kaja Foglio; FGoH: David Abzug; FunGoH: Dr. Demento -- Welcome

February 8-10, 2002 (United States: Maryland)
Farpoint. Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031 -- Home Page

February 8-10, 2002 (Canada: Ontario)
Ad Astra 2002. Colony Hotel, Toronto, ON. GoH: Guy Gavriel Kay; AGoH: Alan Lee -- Ad Astra Literary Society

February 15-18, 2002 (United States: California, Southern)
Gallifrey 2002. The Thirteenth Floor of Gallifrey One. Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Guests: Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Carole Ann Ford, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs. Theme: Doctor Who -- Outpost Gallifrey

February 15-17, 2002 (United States: Maryland)
Katsucon 8. The New Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Guests: Amy Howard, Lea Hernandez, Mark Rogers, Newton Ewell, Scott Fraizer, Shin Kurokawa. Theme: Anime -- Katsucon 8 - February 15-17, 2002 - Baltimore, MD

February 15-17, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
Boskone 39. Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA. GoH: Neil Gaiman; AGoH: Stephen Hickman; SGoH: Marv Wolfman; Featured Filker: Tom Holt. Theme: SF&F -- Boskone 39 -- February 15-17, 2002

February 15-18, 2002 (Australia: Victoria)
Costume-Con 20. Melbourne Convention Centre & Centra Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. Theme: Costumes -- welcome

February 21-23, 2002 (United States: Utah)
Life, The Universe and Everything XX. Wilkinson Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Theme: SF&F -- Life, the Universe, and Everything XX: the annual symposium of Science Fiction and Fantasy at Brigham Young University

February 22-24, 2002 (United States: California, Southern)
ConDor IX. DoubleTree Hotel Del Mar, San Diego, CA. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- Con-Dor Home Page

February 22-24, 2002 (United States: Missouri)
Con Petrol 13 Formerly Czarkon. Comfort Inn, 4200 S Noland Rd., Independence, MO 64055. GoHs: William & Joy Warren; WebGoH: Keith Stokes; FGoHs: Carol & Dennis Doms; SGoHs: Barb VanTilburg, Ross Hathaway. Theme: Dawn Patrol -- Con Patrol - the convention formerly known as Czarcon

February 22-24, 2002 (United States: Texas)
ConDFW. Radisson Hotel Dallas North at Richardson, 1981 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Guests: John Steakley Theme: SF&F -- ConDFW February 23-24, 2002

February 22-24, 2002 (United States: Virginia) New Dates
SheVaCon 9. Holiday Inn Hotel Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Rd Roanoke, VA 24014. GoH: AGoH: Daniel Horne; GoH: David Drake; MC: Rikk Jacobs. Theme: SF, Fantasy -- Welcome to She Va Con 9!

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

Scientists have discovered sugars in a meteorite, adding to the list of complex organic molecules that have been found inside space rocks -- Sweet Meteorites

In two year's time, the planet Mars will receive a Christmas present from planet Earth - a flotilla of spacecraft. Gifts from different nations, the spacecraft will share communications channels to solve a problem which will intensify as Mars exploration gathers pace: how to relay the data gathered by so many missions back to Earth -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

It's one thing to search for intelligent aliens, but it's another to actually talk to those we might find. -- The Ultimate Long Distance Call

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

On medical progress:
"We've made great medical progress in the last generation. What used to be merely an itch is now an allergy."

On maths:
"There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count and those who can't."

And on radioactivity:
"Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives."

The Hook in the Book

Each dawn, since the hollyjack had come to the cathedral bringing her strange dreams, the boy had started to think of waking as the opening of petals, or a form of budding. At this time the light was not green, it became green later, but he could never wait to wake, and in the same way that flowers opened to the sun, and leaves turned and unfurled , so he unfurled, so he opened. At first curled up on the inscribed marble floor, arms and legs gathered in for warmth during the night, now he began to straighten, then stretch, face to the open sky where the roof had been, mouth agape and damp with dew.

by Robert Holdstock

Last Word

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."

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