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NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: March 2002
Issue No. 30

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

Computers have revolutionised society. Most of us know that at some level, but few have really stopped to think about it. Try to imagine getting through the day without using a computer. Not only no internet, no e-mail, no chatting with distant friends...but also no satellite service for your TV or cell phone, no ATMs, and probably no lights...your local power grid is computerized. Some science fiction presents us with the aftermath of a huge EMP, the loss of all computers. It's rarely pretty. Since you're reading this in front of a computer, now's the time to pat its little monitor and tell it how much you appreciate it. After all, what would you do without it?

HOST EBK Chip

New SF books in March 2002

Tor Books

March 2002 hardcovers

RULES OF ASCENSION by David B. Coe
LEAPING TO THE STARS by David Gerrold
A DRAGON'S ASCENSION by Ed Greenwood
THE CONSCIOUSNESS PLAGUE by Paul Levinson
CHILD OF THE PROPHECY by Juliet Marillier
DARK AS DAY by Charles Sheffield
DARK ARARAT by Brian Stableford

March 2002 trade paperbacks

LION OF IRELAND by Morgan Llywelyn
FARSCAPE: THE ILLUSTRATED COMPANION by Paul Simpson and David Hughes
CHILD OF FORTUNE by Norman Spinrad (Orb)
RETURN TO THE WHORL by Gene Wolfe

March 2002 mass-market paperbacks

KUSHIEL'S DART by Jacqueline Carey
PRICE OF THE STARS by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
FALLING STARS by Michael Flynn
THE VACANT THRONE by Ed Greenwood
MINDSTORM (COLLECTION) by Neal Shusterman
THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX by Brian Stableford

Del Rey Books

DIUTURNITY'S DAWN: Book Three of the Founding of the Commonwealth by Alan Dean Foster
DEMONS by John Shirley
BEHIND THE MASK OF SPIDER-MAN by Mark Cotta Vaz
A KISS OF SHADOWS by Laurell K. Hamilton
RAVENHEART by David Gemmell
COLONIZATION: AFTERSHOCKS by Harry Turtledove
REUNION by Alan Dean Foster
SPIDER-MAN by Peter David

Baen Books

The Shadow of the Lion by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
Forward the Mage by Eric Flint and Richard Roach
The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint
Code of the Lifemaker by James P. Hogan
Odyssey Keith Laumer edited by Eric Flint

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Picoverse by Robert A. Metzger
Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings by J.K. Tolkein
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
Stark's Crusade by John G. Hemry
Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
The Iron Wars by Paul Kearney
Taylor's Ark by Jody Lynn Nye
The Scorpion King by Max Allan Collins

Daw Books

The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey (first time in paperback)
The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff
Oceans of Space edited by Brian Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg

See also what HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy has to offer.

And--get a taste for E-Books! -- Eggplant Literary Productions, Inc.

Author's Corner

This month: Welcome to the Official L. Sprague de Camp Website

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

IN FOR A PENNY OR THE MAN WHO BELIEVED IN HIMSELF James P. Blaylock -- A dark fairy tale about a man whose one, tiny dishonest act escalates into a tale of destruction and greed.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS by William F. Nolan -- Things are not quite right one sunny day in California.

Movie Buzz

Childhood's End finally coming to the screen? The classic novel by Arthur C. Clarke has been rumored to be in the works as a film for many years...now it looks like it might actually make it. Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) is in final talks to direct the film for Universal/Beacon Pictures.

Minority Report - Steven Spielbergs next film set for a June 28th release. Stars Tom Cruise as a cop in Washington DC around 2080 who is being hunted for a murder he hasnt committed yet as a report by technology-aided psychics lists him as a murderer.


Con News

April 5-7, 2002 (United States: Nebraska)
WillyCon 2002. Super 8 Motel, 610 Tomar Dr., Wayne, NE; 1-402-375-4898. GoH: James P. Hogan; AGoH: Terese Nielsen; FGoH: Paul Clites. Theme: Science of SF -- WillyCon

April 5-7, 2002 (United States: New Jersey)
JerseyDevilCon. Raritan Center Sheraton, Edison, NJ; 1-732-225-8300. SFCoH: Jerry Pournelle; FantasyGoH: Terry Pratchett; HorrorGoH: Charles L. Grant; ComicsGoH: Michael Kaluta; Filk Roberta Rogow; LocalGoH: Jael; FGoHs: The Patient Creatures. Theme: SF&F -- www.jerseydevilcon.com

April 5-6, 2002 (United States: Tennessee)
Omnicon. Roaden University Center, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F -- Omnicon 2002 - Cookeville Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention!

April 5-7, 2002 (Canada: Ontario)
FilkOntario 12. Four Points Sheraton Toronto Airport, 5444 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, ON, Canada. GoH: Joey Shoji; Official Filk Waif: Dave Weingart; Interfilk: Anke Teschke; SGoH: Tanya Huff. Theme: Filk -- FilKONtario Main

April 11-14, 2002 (United States: Illinois)
World Horror Convention 2002. Radisson O'Hare Hotel. GoHs: Gene Wolfe, Niel Gaiman; EGoH: Melissa Singer; PoetryGoH: Jp Fletcher; TM: Gahan Wilson. HWA Bram Stoker Awards presented. Theme: Horror -- World Horror 2002

April 12-14, 2002 (United States: Wisconsin)
Odyssey Con 2002. Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton, Madison, WI 53703;1-800-356-9293. GoHs: Timothy Zahn, David B. Coe, Gary Gygax Theme: SF&F -- Odyssey Con

April 13-14, 2002 (Germany)
Dort.Con 2002. Fritz-Hen?ler-Haus, Geschwister-Scholl-Stra?e 33-37, Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Norman Spinrad, Andreas Eschbach. Theme: SF&F -- Info: Michael Ehrt, Eichenwald 6, D-58579 Schalksm?hle, Germany; 0049 (0)2351/95 24 22; Dort.Con@erco.com.

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: Illinois)
Anime Central. Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60005-1052; 1-847-696-1234; rms: $129 sngl-quad. Theme: Anime -- animecentral2002

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
OURCON XI. Campus Center Hotel, Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, MA; 1-413-549-6000. Theme: Convocation in Darkness/Gaming -- Game Hobbyists' League

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: New York)
Eeriecon Four. Days Inn at the Falls, Niagara Falls, NY. GoHs: Octavia Butler, Darrell Schweitzer; AGoH: Heather Bruton. Theme: SF&F -- EerieCon Four

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: New York)
I-Con 22. Holiday Inn Ronkonkoma, 3845 Veteran's Memorial Hwy (Rte 454), Ronkonkoma, NY 11779; 1-800-422-9510, 1-631-585-9500. Theme: SF & Media -- I-CON 21 - The Northeast's Largest Convention of Science Fiction, Fact and Fantasy

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: Tennessee)
KublaKhan 30. Days Inn Airport/Opryland Area, Briley Parkway #1 InternationalPlaza, Nashville, TN 37217; 1-615-361-7666; 1-615-399-0283 fax). GoH: Fred Pohl; AGoH: Ron Miller; MC: Andrew J. Offutt. Theme: SF&F

April 19-21, 2002 (United States: Wisconsin)
Congenial XII. Marriott Racine, 7111 W. Washington Ave., Racine, WI; 1-414-886-6100. Theme: Relaxacon -- Emperor Norton Presents: Congenial XII - Home Page

April 26-28, 2002 (United States: California, Northern)
Fanime 2001. Santa Clara Westin & Convention Center. Guests: Mari Iijima, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai. Theme: Anime -- FanimeCon 2002

April 26-28, 2002 (United States: California, Southern)
ConFurence 2002: Furry Noir. Hilton Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA; 1-818-843-6000. GoH: Eric Garcia, Roz Gibson, Ed Luena. Theme: Anthropomorphic Fandom -- The ConFurence Group homepage

April 26-28, 2002 (United States: Washington)
Sakura Con. Seattle Airport Hilton and Conference Center. Guests: TBA. Theme:Anime -- Anime Convention - Sakura Con 2002

April 26-28, 2002 (Croatia)
SFerakon 2002. Zagreb, Croatia. GoHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, Mary Gentle. Theme: SF&F -- Sferakonov dom - SFerakon Home Page

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

Astronomers have learned that the center of our Milky Way galaxy harbors a long-sought black hole. But the finding has raised even more questions than before. A Mystery in the Galactic Center

ESA scientist discovers a way to shortlist stars that might have planets -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Using a space-age device called a bioreactor, researchers have grown patches of tissue that beat and respond much like a human heart does -- Patches for a Broken Heart

Former U.S. Senator, and veteran Mercury and Space Shuttle astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. has agreed to serve on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) -- John Glenn to Serve on NASA Advisory Council

Let the Odyssey begin! -- Odyssey Unveils A 'New Mars'

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Redneck Computer Glossary

"Hard drive" -- Trying to climb a steep, muddy hill with 3 flat tires and pulling a trailer load of fertilizer.
"Keyboard" -- Place to hang your truck keys.
"Window" -- Place in the truck to hang your guns.
"Floppy" -- When you run out of Polygrip.
"Modem" -- How you got rid of your dandelions.
"ROM" -- Delicious when you mix it with coca cola.
"Byte" -- First word in a kiss-off phrase.
"Reboot" -- What you do when the first pair gets covered with barnyard stuff.
"Network" -- Activity meant to provide bait for your trout line.
"Mouse" -- Fuzzy, soft thing you stuff in your beer bottle in order to get a free case.
"LAN" -- To borrow as in, "Hey Delbert! LAN me yore truck."
"Cursor" -- What some guys do when they are mad at their wife and/or girlfriend.
"bit" -- A wager as in, "I bit you can't spit that watermelon seed across the porch long ways."
"digital control" -- What yore fingers do on the TV remote.
"packet" -- What you do to a suitcase or Wal-Mart bag before a trip.

The Hook in the Book

I wandered down the long, gradual slope to the River Tethys, past the dock where an incredible assortment of river craft disgorged their passengers. The Tethys was the only webwide river, flowing past its permanent farcaster portals through sections of more than two hundred worlds and moons, and the folk who lived along its banks were some of the wealthiest of the Hegemony. The vehicles on the river showed this: great, crenelated cruisers, canvas-laden barks, and five-tiered barges, many showing signs of being equipped with levitation gear, elaborate houseboats, obviously fitted with their own farcasters; small, motile isles imported from the oceans of Maui-Covenant; sporty pre-Hegira speedboats and submersibles; an assortment of hand-carved nautical EMVs from Renaissance Vector; and a few contemporary go-everywhere yachts, their outlines hidden by the seamless reflective ovoid surfaces of containment fields.

THE FALL OF HYPERION
by Dan Simmons

Last Word

"Therefore, no matter how the world makes out in the next few centuries, a large class of readers at least will not be too surprised at anything. They will have been through it all before in fictional form, and will not be too paralyzed with astonishment to try to cope with contingencies as they arise."

L. Sprague De Camp
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