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NEWSLETTER: JULY 2006 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2006
Issue No. 32

Precursor

This poem, inspired by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, was sent to the Planetary Society Report by Stuart Atkinson of the Eddington Astronomical Society and published in the Report's May/June 2006 issue: 

The Spirit of Exploration

I am tired. So tired.
Scratching, biting dried-blood dust
Coats and smothers me,
Eating at me, into me,
Planting itches I can never
scratch.

I am lame.  Where once
I used to dash across this
ruddy, rocky land
I can now only crawl; limping
like a dusty crone
From weathered stone to
weathered stone.

Once I scaled a mountain:
High above this boulder-
cluttered land stood I,
A martian Queen, triumphant!
But now the hills laugh cruelly
As I drag my useless wheel.
Exhausted. 

Half a thousand frozen sols
Ago I knew no fear!
Laughing, I scorned the
shrunken sun,
Mocking its meagre, half-hearted heat;
Now I long for its waning warmth
As dervish dust devils dance giddily past,
Mocking me, scorning my crawling quest
For that same Sun's precious touch
My blood is ice, I feel it crack
As I haul myself onwards ...
onwards ...

But if I die here, they will find me
One day, after travelling from the Evening Star
Warm arms will surround me,
wrap around me,
Lift me out of my rusted,
dusty grave
And brush me clean once more.

One day I'll stand behind walls of glass,
Warm again, clean again;
Honoured and worshipped by
wide-eyed martian Children
not yet born on the day I died.
Their Columbus.

Stuart Atkinson,
Kendal, England

L.A.CON IV / WORLDCON 64 (Aug 23-27 '06)
Hilton Anaheim / Anaheim Marriott / Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA. GoH: Connie Willis. AGoH: James Gurney. FGoH: Howard DeVore. Special Guest: Frankie Thomas. website: www.laconiv.org




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New SF books in July 2006

Tor Books Tor SF and Fantasy

Tor hardcovers
Terry Goodkind, PHANTOM
David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, THE SPACE OPERA RENAISSANCE
Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory, WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
Brandon Sanderson, MISTBORN

Tor trade paperback
Brian Lumley & Stanley Wiater, THE BRIAN LUMLEY COMPANION
Lara Parker, DARK SHADOWS

Tor mass market
Jacqueline Carey, GODSLAYER
Jeffrey Carver, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
David B. Coe, BONDS OF VENGEANCE
David B. Coe, RULES OF ASCENSION
Kathleen O'Neal Gear, IT SLEEPS IN ME
Susan Kearney, THE QUEST
A. Lee Martinez, GIL'S ALL FRIGHT DINER
Paul Park, A PRINCESS OF ROUMANIA
Karl Schroeder, LADY OF MAZES

Orb trade paperback
George Alec Effinger, THE EXILE KISS

Starscape
Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple, PAY THE PIPER
Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple, TROLL BRIDGE

Tor Teen
William Sleator, FINGERS


Sample chapters from recent and forthcoming books

Links to author interviews



Del Rey Books  Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy) 

THE BLOOD KNIGHT by Greg Keyes
DRAGON'S FIRE by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
CANDLE OF DISTANT EARTH by Alan Dean Foster
STAR WARS: NEW ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DROIDS by Daniel Wallace
MAGIC STREET by Orson Scott Card
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF DARTH VADER by James Luceno
DRAGONSBLOOD by Todd McCaffrey
STOLEN MAGIC by M.J. Putney


Baen Books   Science Fiction & Fantasy from Baen Books - Home Page 

Jim Baen 1943-2006 -  Jim Baen

Choosers of the Slain
by John Ringo
Destiny's Forge: A Man-Kzin by Paul Chafe
Freedom by Martin Harry Greenberg and Mark Tier
Kicking the Sacred Cow by James P. Hogan
Siege Perilous by Nigel Bennett and P.N. Elrod
Grantville Gazette Volume VIII by Eric Flint


Penguin Putnam Home


Code Noir
by Marianne de Pierres
Shadowrun #5: Aftershock by John Rabe and John Helfers
Glasshouse by Charles Stross
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell
The Tainted by Glenda Larke
Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy by Denise Little
Sword of Angels by John Marco
The Blood Books, Volume I by Tanya Huff
African Myths of Origin by Stephen Belcher
The Virtu by Sarah Monette
Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Myth-Ing Persons by Robert Asprin
The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan


See also: 


Science Fiction and Fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers


          
Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Bantam Dell Publishing Group




Author's/Artist's Corner  

This month --    Jane Yolen Official Web Site 


Fiction Corner           

Sci-Fiction at Scifi.com closed its doors in November, 2005.  We will continue to post links to stories as they appear at our website www.other-worlds-cafe.com:   The House on the Borderland


Movie and TV Buzz

James Cameron's  SCIFI.COM | Dark Angel

M. Night Shyamalan to direct a Harry Potter movie?   A Good Night for Harry Potter? - ComingSoon.net

Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in Regency Enterprises' Jumper, says The Hollywood Reporter.  Based on the Steven Gould novel, Jumper follows a kid from a broken home who discovers that he has the ability to teleport.   Samuel L. Jackson in Liman's Jumper - ComingSoon.net

Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected and they'll be able to take from you what they don't have anymore - life. Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Christina Milian ("Love Don't Cost A Thing") and Ian Somerhalder ("Lost") star in "Pulse," a bone-chilling thriller hitting theatres on July 14th.



Con news

L.A.CON IV / WORLDCON 64 (Aug 23-27 '06)

Hilton Anaheim / Anaheim Marriott / Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA. GoH: Connie Willis. AGoH: James Gurney. FGoH: Howard DeVore. Special Guest: Frankie Thomas. website : www.laconiv.org


CopperCon 26 (Sept 1-4 '06)
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe AZ. GoHs: Marc Zicree, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood. AGoH: Sarah Clemens. Music GoH: Seanan McGuire.  website: www.coppercon.org

DRAGONCON (Sept 1-4 '06)
Atlanta Marriott Marquis / Hyatt Regency Atlanta / Atlanta Hilton, Atlanta GA. Guests: Charles and, Timothy Bradstreet, Denise Crosby, Peter David, Phil Foglio, Stephen Furst, Eva Hopkins, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Joseph Michael Linsner, Erin Moran, Ted Naifeh, George Perez, Eric Powell, William 'Bill' Stout, Anson Williams, Marv Wolfman.  website: www.dragoncon.org

OXONMOOT (Sept 15-17 '06) Oxford, England. Tolkien Society event. Info: website: www.tolkiensociety.org/oxon

FANTASYCON 2006
(Sept 22-24 '06)
Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, UK. Annual convention of the British Fantasy Society. Guests: Neil Gaiman, Juliet E. McKenna, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E. Feist, Clive Barker. MC: David J. Howe. Info: Fantasycon, c/o Beech House, Chapel Lane, Moulton, Cheshire, CW9 8PQ, UK; website: www.fantasycon.org.uk

FENCON III
(Sept 22-24 '06)
Holiday Inn Select ? North Dallas, Dallas TX. GoH: Alan Dean Foster. AGoH: Darrell K. Sweet.
Music GoH: Heather Alexander. FGoH: Judith Ward. TM: Jim Butcher. Special Guest: Lawrence Watt-Evans.  website: www.fencon.org

FOOLSCAP VIII (Sept 22-24 '06)
Bellevue Sheraton, Bellevue WA. GoHs: C.J. Cherryh, Kage Baker.  website: www.foolscapcon.org

RIMCON VICTORIA (Sept 22-24 '06)
Holiday Inn, Victoria, BC, Canada. GoHs: Spider & Jeanne Robinson. AGoH: Grant Gould. Guest: Dave Duncan.  website: www.rimconvictoria.org

ARCANA 36
(Sep 29-Oct 1 '06) Holiday Inn Express, Bandana Square, St. Paul MN. GoH: David G. Hartwell.  website: http://pages.prodigy.net/rekal

THE FIFTH CONJECTURE: FANTASTIC WOMEN
(Sep 29-Oct 1 '06)
Red Lion Hanalei Hotel, San Diego CA. GoH: Holly Lisle.   website: www.conjecture.org


Your favourite convention not listed here?? - go to  O*W*C : Resources : Conventions : Convention Calendar for more!!



SPACE BABEL - The latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies

This video was compiled with a sequence of images taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 during a full lunar orbit, when the spacecraft was flying over the west 'side' of the Moon --  ESA - Space Science - Home - Lunar West Side Story - the SMART-1 Movie


ESA's Venus Express data undoubtedly confirm for the first time the presence of a huge 'double-eye' atmospheric vortex at the planet's south pole. This striking result comes from analysis of the data gathered by the spacecraft during the first orbit around the planet. --  ESA - Space Science - Home - Double vortex at Venus South Pole unveiled!

Thanks to data from ESA's XMM-Newton satellite, a team of scientists taking a closer look at an object discovered over 25 years ago have found that it is like none other known in our galaxy. --  ESA - Space Science - Home - Supernova leaves behind mysterious object




J A short break from gravity  J
 

History of the Voices in Your Head


2000 BC - These voices are the gods and the spirits of humans. You are blessed. 0 AD - These voices are of God, you are His son. 400-1200 AD - These are the voices of the Devil, you are Cursed you must die. 1350-1500 AD - These are voices of the Saints, liberate us. 1600-1750 AD (esp. US) - These are voices of the Devil and of witches. You are a witch. You must burn. 1800-1990's AD - These voices are your SuperEgo, your Ego, and your Id. You are insane. You must be locked up. 2000 AD - These voices are the gods and the spirits of humans. You are blessed.




~~~ T he Hook in the Book  ~~~


This is my story, the Story of Oar. It is a wonderful story. I was in another story once, but it was not so wonderful, as I died in the end. That was very most sad indeed. But it turns out I am not such a one as stays dead forever, especially when I only fell eighty floors to the pavement. I am made of sterner stuff than that.

Actually, I am made of glass: clear, see-through glass. I am therefore extremely beautiful...more beautiful than you, but you should not feel bad about that, because you cannot help being opaque. People who are not beautiful -- or strong and clever and wise, as I also am -- should take comfort from being ugly and boring, because you will never be Called By Fate to undertake Difficult Adventures. Fate does not invite ugly boring people to save the world; and if you do try to save the world (without being beautiful, strong, clever, or wise), you will soon die pointlessly and how much adventure is there in that?


ASCENDING
by James Alan Gardner





Last Word

"In time, [a Martian] colony would grow to the point of being self- sustaining. When this stage was reached, humanity would have a precious insurance policy against catastrophe at home. During the next millennium there is a significant chance that civilization on Earth will be destroyed by an asteroid, a killer plague or a global war. A Martian colony could keep the flame of civilization and culture alive until Earth could be reverse- colonized from Mars."

Paul Davies, The New York Times, 2004
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