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NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2002
Issue No. 29

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

In these times that we can call hardly normal, is science fiction still relevant? From the time of Homer's epic journeys, Mary Shelley's Prometheus, Jules Verne's fantastic voyages and Samuel Butler's Erewhon to now, when we hear so frequently that the world has changed, science fiction is more relevant than ever. It tells us to look to tomorrow. While we seem to have reached the limit of futuristic forecasting, alien speculation and scientific visions (is there any item of inspiration on NASA's agenda?), we still have science fiction as a telescope and a pool of undiscovered energy. May that telescope detect new suns, and that energy spin out planets and peoples to live out their history and drama under those suns.

New SF books in February 2002

Tor Books

February 2002 hardcovers

TRANSCENSION by Damien Broderick
CONAN AND THE SPIDER GOD by L. Sprague De Camp
BENEATH THE MOORS AND DARKER PLACES by Brian Lumley
SHADOWSINGER by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

February 2002 trade paperbacks

THE WOODEN SEA by Jonathan Carroll
SON OF THE SHADOWS by Juliet Marillier

February 2002 mass-market paperbacks

THE QUANTUM ROSE by Catherine Asaro
JUPITER by Ben Bova
LEOPARD IN EXILE by Rosemary Edghill
DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier
CONAN: SWORD OF SKELOS by Andrew Offutt
MINDQUAKE (COLLECTION) by Neal Shusterman
A WIZARD IN A FEUD by Christopher Stasheff

Del Rey Books

MANIFOLD: ORIGIN by Stephen Baxter
STAR WARS: THE APPROACHING STORM by Alan Dean Foster
COUNTING UP, COUNTING DOWN by Harry Turtledove
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DARK JOURNEY by Elaine Cunningham
DEMONTECH: ONSLAUGHT by David Sherman
UNFINISHED TALES by J.R.R. Tolkien (Reissue)

Baen Books

The Shiva Option by David Weber and Steve White
Warlock by Andre Norton
Changer of Worlds by David Weber
Time Traders II: The Defiant Agents and Key Out of Time by Andre Norton
Pandora's Legions by Christopher Anvil

Ace Books

The Black Chalice by Marie Jakober
Channeling Cleopatra by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
St. Patrick's Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz
Chronospace by Allen Steele (paperback)
Local Custom by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
The Heretic Kings by Paul Kearney
A Night in the Netherhells by Craig Shaw Gardner
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Daw Books

Sword-Sworn by Jennifer Roberson (hardcover)
Rituals by Ed Gorman
The Hidden Dragon (The Star Gods #1) by Irene Radford
Patterns of Chaos Omnibus #2 by Charles Ingrid (The Downfall Matrix, Soulfire)

Roc Books

THE PESHAWAR LANCERS by S.M. Stirling
TECHNOGENESIS by Syne Mitchell
SEASON OF SACRIFICE by Mindy L. Klasky
MechWarrior: THE DYING TIME by Thomas S. Gressman

Author's Corner

This month: Hal Clement

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

OVER YONDER by Lucius Shepard -- A hobo following the kidnapper of his dog, ends up on a living freight train that takes him to a new world and a new life.

AUTO-DA-FÉ by Roger Zelazny -- As the crowd cheers, a man faces a machine in a deathmatch.

Movie Buzz

Some time in Spring:

The Time Machine - Remake of HG Wells' classic starring Guy Pearce, Mark Addy, Jeremy Irons, and Yancey Arias.

ET: The Extraterrestrial: Enhanced - The new version of the classic Spielberg film will be re-released with added scenes, digitally remastered audio, and computer enhanced effects.

Equilibrium - fomerly Librium about a future society where emotions are forbidden and a drug is used to enforce the law. Stars Christopher Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs. Directed & written by Kurt Wimmer.

Clockstoppers - Jonathan Frakes' film about a group of kids who learn how to stop time. Stars Jesse Bradford, Miko Hughes, Michael Biehn, French Stewart, and Julia Sweeney. Written by David Weiss and J. David Stern (Rugrats in Paris).


Con News

March 1-3, 2002 (United States: California, Northern)
Consonance 2002. Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, 777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 1-408-321-9500. GoH: Tom Smith; TM: Jordin Kare; Interfilk: Sherman Dorn. Theme: Filk -- Consonance: The SF Bay Area's Filk Con

March 1-3, 2002 (United States: Minnesota)
MarsCon 2002. Hilton Mpls/St. Paul Airport Hotel, 3800 East 80th St., Bloomington, MN. Theme: SF&F -- MarsCon - A fan run science fiction convention for all ages!

March 8-10, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
Intercon B. The Radisson Hotel and Suites, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, MA; 1-978-256-0800. Theme: Interactive literature (LARP) -- Intercon B - Coming March 2002 to Chelmsford, MA!

March 8-10, 2002 (United States: Oregon)
Game Storm 2001. Doubletree Hotel Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. Theme: gaming -- http://www.pdxgames.com/

March 8-10, 2002 (United Kingdom: Northern Ireland)
MeCoN V. Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- "Mecon V"

March 15-17, 2002 (United States: Mississippi)
CoastCon XXV. Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd. & Gulf Beach Resort, Biloxi, MS; 1-800-323-9164. Guests: Dave Arneson, Lubov, Barbara Hambly. Theme: SF&F -- CoastCon

March 15-17, 2002 (United States: New York)
Lunacon 2002. Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY; 1-914-939-6300. GoH: Alan Dean Foster; AGoH: Jame Gurney; FGoHs: Val & Ron Ontell; SGoH: Peter F. Hamilton; TM: Roberta Rogow. Theme: SF&F -- Lunacon 2002 -- March 15-17, 2002

March 15-17, 2002 (United States: North Carolina)
StellarCon 26. Marriott-Downtown Greensboro, 304 N. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 1-336-379-8000 or 1-800-533-3944. Guests: Tim Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Aaron Allston, Charles Keegan, John Ringo. Theme: SF&F -- Stellarcon 26

March 15-17, 2002 (United States: Virginia)
Technicon 19. Best Western Red Lion Inn, 900 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060, 1-540-552-7770. GoHs: TBA. Theme: SF&F Gaming -- Technicon 19 - March 15-17, 2002

March 21-24, 2002 (United States: Oregon)
Left Coast Crime 12. DoubleTree Columbia River, Portland, OR. GoH: Laurie R. King, Steven Saylor; FGoH: Don Herron; PubGoH: Dennis McMillan; TM: G.M. Ford. Theme: Mystery -- Left Coast Crime Web Site

March 21-24, 2002 (United States: Texas)
AggieCon 33. Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Comfort Inn, 104 Texas Ave. South, College Station, TX 77840; 1-979-846-7333; La Quinta of College Station, 607 Texas Ave., College Station, TX 77840; 1-979-696-7777. Guests: Neil Gaiman, Jayme Blaschke, Lillian Stewart Carl, Bill Crider, Jonathan Lyons, Lee Martindale, Martha Wells Theme: SF&F -- AggieCon 33 -- March 21-24, 2002

March 22-24, 2002 (United States: Ohio)
Millennicon 16. Kings Island Resort & Conference Center, 5691 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH; 1-800-727-3050 or 1-513-398-0115. GoH: Maureen McHugh; FilkGoH: Tom Smith; Featured Artist: Ray Van Tilburg. Theme: SF&F -- MVFL MILLENNICON

March 22-24, 2002 (United States: Tennessee)
Galacticon 2002. Ramada Inn South, 6639 Capehart Ln., Chattanooga, TN; 1-423-894-6110. GoH: TBA. Theme: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Klingons -- Galacticon Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention aka KAG Spring Break

March 22-24, 2002 (United States: Tennessee)
MidSouthCon 20. Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat, Memphis, TN 39132-1803; 1-901-322-1130. GoH: C.J. Cherryh; AGoH: Tom Kidd; TM: Cullen Johnson. Theme: SF&F -- Midsouthcon

March 28-31, 2002 (United States: Washington)
Norwescon 25. DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA; 1-800-222-TREE. GoH: Jack Vance; AGoH: Brom; FGoH: Andrew I. Porter; CostumeGoH: Scott & Sheila Lenkman Corwin. Theme: In the land of the Emerald City -- Norwescon 25 - March 28 to March 31, 2002

March 28-April 1, 2002 (Australia: Western Australia)
Swancon 2002. The Kings Perth Hotel, Perth, Australia, FGoH: John McDouall, others TBA. Theme: SF&F -- Swancon 2002 - The 27th Annual West Australian Science Fiction Convention & Writers' Festival

March 29-31, 2002 (United States: Minnesota)
Minicon 37. Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Minneapolis MN. GoH: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly; FGoH: Arthur Hlavaty; AGoH: Rick Berry. Theme: SF&F -- Minicon

March 29-31 2002 (United States: Virginia)
Madicon 11. Taylor Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. GoH: Julie Czerneda; GGoH: David Honigsberg. Theme: SF&F -- Madicon 11 - March 29-31, 2002

March 29-April 1, 2002 (United Kingdom: Channel Islands)
Helicon 2/Eastercon. British National Convention. Hotel de France, St. Helier, Jersey, UK. Guests: Harry Turtledove, Brian Stableford, Peter Weston -- Helicon 2 - the 2002 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon)

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

Two hundred and fifty million years ago something unknown wiped out most life on our planet. Now scientists are finding buried clues to the mystery inside tiny capsules of cosmic gas --The Great Dying

Mars Odyssey Probe Settles into Science Orbit

Life on Mars? -- Some Mars Researchers See Life in Planet's Dunes

Dumb or dumber? -- Are We The Galaxy's Dumbest Civilization?

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Mole Theorum

There was a mama mole, a papa mole, and a baby mole. They lived in a hole outside of a farm house out in the country.The papa mole reached his head out of the hole and said, "Mmmmm, I smell sausage. The mama mole reached her head outside of the hole and said "Mmmmmm, I smell pancakes." The baby mole tried to reach his head outside the hole but couldn't because of the two bigger moles. The baby mole said, "The only thing I can smell is molasses."

The Hook in the Book

Enlightenment came to Patera Silk on the ball court; nothing could ever be the same after that. When he talked about it afterward, whispering to himself in the silent hours of the night as was his custom--and once when he told Maytera Marble who was also Maytera Rose--he said that it was as though someone who had always been behind him and standing (as it were) at both his shoulders had, after so many years of pregnant silence, begun to whisper into both his ears.

NIGHTSIDE
THE LONG SUN
by Gene Wolfe

Last Word

"Does the story tell me something worth knowing, that I had not known before, about the relationship between man and technology? Does it enlighten me on some area of science where I had been in the dark? Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? Does it suggest possibilities about the alternative possible future courses my world can take? Does it illuminate events and trends of today, by showing me where they may lead tomorrow? Does it give me a fresh and objective point of view on my own world and culture, perhaps by letting me see it through the eyes of a different kind of creature entirely, from a planet light-years away?

These qualities are not only among those which make science fiction good, they are what make it unique. Be it never so beautifully written, a story is not a good science fiction story unless it rates high in these aspects. The content of the story is as valid a criterion as the style."

Frederik Pohl
Introduction--SF:Contemporary Mythologies (New York, 1978)
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