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NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: April 2002
Issue No. 31

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

We look at up at night and see the sweep of brilliant lights like cities in the sky and something within us, an old instinct, a hidden though, a secret wish is stirring. So the erstwhile migrants stood on their home shores, striving to picture in the mind a new hemisphere across a vast ocean, summoning the courage to face the unknown. "Whither to go?" "Should we go?" Hardship in their home countries caused the migrants to forego further questioning and embark on a hazardous voyage. While we would hope that problems on home earth would not be the cause of our departure to the stars, what is the justification of just going? To be there in person versus to be there via the telescope. To sample the alienness versus to sample it metaphorically in the mind. To reap the knowledge versus the speculation. To see with our own eyes life as we not know it. To grasp in our own hand that unearthly soil that was first sown in the worlds of science fiction.

New SF books in April 2002

Tor Books

April 2002 hardcovers

THE ROCK RATS by Ben Bova
KUSHIEL'S CHOSEN by Jacqueline Carey
A WORKING OF STARS by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
ONCE by James Herbert
BEAST MASTER SEQUEL #1: BEAST MASTER'S ARK by Andre Norton and Lynn McConchie
GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT #6: LEGACY by Glenn R. Sixbury
RULERS OF THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
THE GOLDEN AGE by John Wright
A SORCERER'S TREASON by Sarah Zettel

April 2002 trade paperbacks

THE PICKUP ARTIST by Terry Bisson
THE SFWA GRAND MASTERS: VOLUME 3, ed. Frederik Pohl
GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT #6: LEGACY by Glenn R. Sixbury
ALIEN EMERGENCIES by James White (Orb)

April 2002 mass-market paperbacks

DOOON MODE by Piers Anthony
ENCHANTER by Sara Douglass
GATHERING FLAME by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
THE LONG HUNT by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
STARS ASUNDER by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
CALLAHAN'S SECRET by Spider Robinson
THE ARMS OF HERCULES by Fred Saberhagen
SECOND CHANCES by Susan Shwartz
THROUGH THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove

Del Rey Books

A CARESS OF TWILIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton
STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES by R.A. Salvatore
THE ART OF STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES by Mark Cotta Vaz
STORMRIDER by David Gemmel
THE TOLKIEN READER by J.R.R. Tolkien
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: REBEL DREAM by Aaron Allston
BLADE OF TYSHALLE by Matthew Stover
STAR WARS: THE NEW ESSENTIAL GUIDE by Daniel Wallace

Baen Books

When the Devil Dances by John Ringo
The Tyrant by Eric Flint and David Drake
Gust Front by John Ringo
His Father's Son by Nigel Bennett and P. N. Elrod
Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

(Can you spot the bogus book?)
Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Children of Hope by David Feintuch
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
The Second Empire by Paul Kearney
Final Fantasy 2: The Box Office Within by Ernst Planck
Galveston by Sean Stewart
Medicine Show by Jody Lynn Nye
Dinotopia Lost by Alan Dean Foster
Spider-Man: Wanted: Dead or Alive by Craig Shaw Gardner

Daw Books

The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey
Otherland: Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams
Heritage and Exile (Omnibus of The Heritage of Hastur and Sharra's Exile) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Knight Fantastic edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers

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: Daughter of the Night: An Annotated Tanith Lee Bibliography

Visit the Author Message Boards in your AOL Community -- SF Authors

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

Movie Buzz

Sometimes they touch us, sometimes they inspire us, sometimes they just waste a couple of hours. Science fiction movies are a very different art form from books, and they deserve an objective look of their own. Let's examine the view of SF offered by the movie industry. Join HOST EBK Xerps in SF General for Sunday Scinema every Sunday 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET -- AOL Entertainment: SF Chat

Some time 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. Of course, they still have to work around all the schedules involved, though Spielberg has said it is a "definite"...and may feature his wife, Kate Capshaw who was also in Indy 2: The Temple of Doom.

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. www.elfquest.com

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. Production may begin as early as October 2001 with a release expected sometime in 2002. No cast or crew have been confirmed yet.


Con News

May 3-5, 2002 (United States: Iowa)
DemiCon the 13th. University Park Holiday Inn, 1800 50th St., Des Moines, IA; 1-515-223-1800. Guests: F. Paul Wilson, Alan M. Clark, Dennis Lynch, & Rusty Hevelin. Theme: Con of the Living Dead -- DemiCon the 13th

May 3-6, 2002 (United Kingdom: England)
Damn Fine Convention. Shepperton Moat House, Shepperton, Surrey (West London), England. Theme: Twin Peaks -- Damn Fine Convention

May 17-19, 2002 (United States: Arkansas)
Roc*Kon 2002. Holiday Inn Airport, Little Rock, AR. GoH: Jennifer Roberson; AGoH: Jeff Dee; TM: David Lee Anderson; SGoHs: Michael & Carole Curtis. Theme: SF&F -- www.rockon.org

May 17-19, 2002 (United States: Arizona)
LepreCon 28. Embassy Suites North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. GoH: Peter David; AGoH: Monte M. Moore; MusicGoHs: Jeff & Maya Katherine Bohnhoff. Theme: SF&F convention with an emphasis on art -- LepreCon 28

May 17-19, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts)
The Black Road 2001. Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; 1-800-362-2779. Theme: Gaming -- The Black Road

May 24-27, 2002 (United States: California, Northern)
BayCon 2001. San Jos? DoubleTree Hotel, San Jos?, CA. AGoH: Theresa Mather; FGoH: Christian McGuire; TM: Michael Siladi. Theme: SF&F -- BayCon 2002 - The Magic of Now

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Florida)
OASIS 15. Radisson Plaza Orlando, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801; 1-407-425-4455. GoH: Ben Bova; AGoH: Mike Conrad; FilkGoH: Michael Longcor; SGoHs: Barbara Delaplace, James P. Hogan. Theme: SF&F -- oasfis.org

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Georgia)
Vulkon Atlanta 2002. Atlanta Marriott Century Center; 2000 Century Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30345; 1-404-325-0000. Guests: James Doohan, Bruce Campbell, John Billingsley, Barry Morse. Theme: Media SF -- Vulkon Conventions

May 24-27, 2002 (United States: Maryland)
Balticon 36. Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201; 1-410-752-1100 or 1-800-WYNDHAM. GoHs: Phil & Kaja Foglio, Mark E. Rogers; FilkGoH: The Boogie Knights; FGoH: Dr. Yoji Kondo; CostumeGoH: Carol Salemi. Theme: SF&F -- Balticon 36

May 24-27, 2002 (United States: Michigan)
MediaWest*Con 22. Lansing, MI. Theme: Media fandom -- MediaWest*Con Hub Page

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Missouri)
ConQuesT 33 1/3. Kansas City Airport Hilton I-29 & NW 112th St., Kansas City, MO; 1-816-891-8900. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoHs: Kelly & Laura Freas; FGoH: Michael Walsh; TM: Patrick Nielsen Hayden; SGoH: Frank M. Robinson. Theme: SF&F Literary -- ConQuesT 33

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Montana)
MisCon 16. Doubletree Edgewater 100 Madison, Missoula, MT 59801; 1-406-728-3100 or 1-800-222-TREE. GoH: Heidi Hollis; MGoH: Don Pedro Colley; AGoH: Mark Ferrari. Theme: SF&F -- Missoula Science Fiction Convention

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: North Carolina)
Animazement 2002. Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703; 1-919-941-5050; rms: $87. Theme: Anime -- Animazement 2002

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Ohio)
Marcon 37. Hyatt Regency Hotel & Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: David Weber; AGoH: James Wappel; FilkGoH: Zander Nyrond; TM: Dr. Demento; FGoH: Kathy Hamilton; MGoH: Eugene Roddenbery Jr.; CostumeGoH: Fyberdyne Laboratories; SciGoH: Catherine Asaro; GamingGoH: Cheapass Games; EGoH: Stephen Pagel; Children Author GoH: Bruce Coville. Theme: SF&F -- www.marcon.org

May 24-26, 2002 (United States: Utah)
CONduit 12: CONduit of the Rings. Wyndham, Salt Lake City, UT. GoH: TBA Theme: SF&F -- Welcome to CONduit

May 24-27, 2002 (United States: Wisconsin)
WisCon 26. Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703. GoHs: Nalo Hopkinson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Emphasis: feminist SF -- WisCon: The Gathering of the Feminist Science Fiction Community

May 24-26, 2002 (Canada: Ontario)
Anime North. Regal Constellation Hotell, 90o Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON. Guests: Fred Ladd, Studio Ironcat, Ben Dunn, Keith Burgess. Theme: Anime -- Anime North 2002

May 31-June 3, 2002 (New Zealand)
CON With The Wind. 23rd National New Zealand Convention. West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield St., Wellington, New Zealand; (++NZ) 4 473 1440. Guests: Joe and Gay Haldeman, Dan Hennah, Lucy Sussex, Yvonne Harrison, Alan Robson. Theme: SF&F -- Con with the Wind home page

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

It's not often that you get to be around for the birth of a new kind of matter, but when you do, the excitement is tremendous -- A New Form of Matter

Test tubes of bacteria produce more antibiotics in space than they do on Earth. Researchers aren't sure why ... but they aim to find out -- Antibiotics in Space

ESA to test the smartest technique for detecting extrasolar planets from the ground -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Astronauts returning to Earth sometimes feel light-headed. It's been a problem since the earliest days of human space exploration, but now doctors may have a solution -- When Space Makes You Dizzy

A dog-sized dinosaur, the first human cyborg, monkey moves cursor by thinking? More here -- AOL Research & Learn: Science

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

When Newton saw an apple fall, he found ...
A mode of proving that the earth turnd round
In a most natural whirl, called gravitation;
And thus is the sole mortal who could grapple
Since Adam, with a fall or with an apple.

Byron

Do you need to house train your computer or that recalcitrant software program? Help is not far away -- AOL Help Community: Chats

The Hook in the Book

Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth. It has been night for a long time. The hovels that encrust the river's edge have grown like mushrooms around me in the dark. We rock. We pitch in a deep current.

Behind me the man the man tugs uneasily at his rudder and the barge corrects. Light lurches as the lantern swings. The man is afraid of me. I lean out from the prow of the small vessel across the darkly moving water.

PERDIDO STREET STATION
by China Mieville

Last Word

"What we get from science fiction---what keeps us reading it, in spite of our doubts and occasional disgust---is not different from the thing that makes mainstream stories rewarding, but only expressed differently. We live on a minute island of known things. Our undiminished wonder at the mystery which surrounds us is what makes us human. In science fiction we can approach that mystery, not in small, everyday symbols, but in bigger ones of space and time"

Damon Knight
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