NEWSLETTER: MAY 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: May 2002
Issue No. 32

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

Before humans got into space, the animals got there first. Though Laika, the Russian dog, and Gordo, the American squirrel monkey, did not survive, others returned safely. Their animal heroism blazed the trail for the elite class of astronauts, cosmonauts and scientists. Now, the gates to Outer Space have been pried ajar for the public by two tourists. To add to the commercial flurry, U.S. Airways, in partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd., will take you on a suborbital space flight for 10,000,000 dividend miles. The road to the stars is paved with dollars. Wishfully, all this activity will one day open up the one gate that remains inaccessible for the people who were there in the beginning and are still here staunchly supporting space exploration, the science fiction writers and readers.

There are many gateways in science fiction. Gateways that lead to a new experience, unimaginable discoveries, and gateways opening on worlds of wonder. Get ready, enter and enjoy.

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Nebula Award Winners for 2001

Novel: Catherine Asaro, The Quantum Rose (Tor, Dec 2000) -- (Serialized version, Analog, Aug 1999, withdrawn by the author in favor of book version)

Novella: Jack Williamson, "The Ultimate Earth" -- (Analog, Dec 2000)

Novelette: Kelly Link, "Louise's Ghost" -- (Stranger Things Happen, Small Beer Press, July 2001)

Short Story: Severna Park, "The Cure for Everything" -- (Sci Fiction/SciFi.com, June 22, 2000)

Script: James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai, and Hui-Ling Wang, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics, Dec 2000) -- (From the book by Du Lu Wang)

Special Award
President's Award: Betty Ballantine

New SF books in May 2002

Tor Books


BONES OF THE MOON by Jonathan Carroll
STARMAN by Sara Douglass
MINDWORLDS by Phyllis Gotlieb
FIRE LOGIC by Laurie Marks
PERMANENCE by Karl Schroeder

Trade Paperbacks

FINN MAC COOL by Morgan Llywelyn
STARLIGHT 3 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Mass-market Paperbacks

DESTINY by Elizabeth Haydon
KNIGHT OR KNAVE by Sasha Miller and Andre Norton

Del Rey Books

AMMONITE by Nicola Griffith
PENULTIMATE HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Cover illustration by Peter Cross; KO editor
ASCENDANCE by R.A. Salvatore
STARFIST: KINGDOM'S SWORDS by David Sherman and Dan Cragg
SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, PEARL, SIR ORFEO Cover illustration by Mike Dringenberg; KYL editor

Baen Books

Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warmasters by David Weber, Eric Flint, David Drake
March Upcountry by David Weber and John Ringo
The Warslayer by Rosemary Edghill
The Lighter Side by Keith Laumer, edited by Eric Flint

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

(Can you spot the bogus book, or is there?)

Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Hannibal's Children by John Maddox Roberts
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin
Starhawk: The Fourth Empire by Mack Maloney
Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

Daw Books

DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction Anthology edited by Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert
Guardian of the Vision (Merlin's Descendants #3) by Irene Radford (first time in paperback)
The Age of Chaos by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Darkover Omnibus of Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!)

Roc Books

FALLEN HOST by Lyda Morehouse
DRAGONDOOM by Dennis L. McKiernan
THE DARKER SIDE by Generations of Horror, Edited by John Pelan

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: Joe Haldeman's Tangled Website

Fiction Corner


THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE by Robert Reed -- A simple call for the children of the world to save their pennies in order to bring the dream of travel to Mars a reality, goes awry.

THE GEEZENSTACKS by Fredric Brown -- A set of four wax dolls cause havoc in the family of the little girl who has received them as gifts.

Movie Buzz

View the trailer of Spider-Man Movie From Columbia Pictures

June 2002:

Cube 2: Hypercube - Sequel to Cube horror movie with 8 people trapped in a series of interconnected cubes. Now going straight to video, it stars Lindsey Connell, Neil Crone, Geraint Wyn Davies, and Matthew Ferguson.

Lilo & Stitch - Cell-animated Disney release about a girl that adopts a dog which she later discovers is actually an evil alien criminal who was being transported to an intergalactic prison when the ship crashed on Earth. Voices include Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Tia Carrere, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, and Ving Rhames.

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. Also stars Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Peter Stormare, Meryl Streep, Max Von Sydow, and Kathryn Morris.

Con News

June 1-3, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) plokta.con Release 2.0
Hilton International, Old Common Road, Black Dam, Basingstoke RG21 3PR, UK; (01256) 460460; ?29.50 pp per night twin/dbl, ?39.50 pp per night sngl. GoH: John Meaney. Theme: SF&F

June 7-9, 2002 (United States: Illinois) DucKon XI.
Hyatt Regency Woodfield, 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: Joan D. Vinge; MadSciGoH: J.D. "Illiad" Frazer; FilkGoHs: Dandilion Wine; FGoH: Alice bentley; FurryGoH: Dr. Samuel Conway; KlingonGoH: Suzan Mianoski. Theme: SF&F.

June 7-10, 2002 (Australia: Victoria) ConVergence.
41st Australian National Convention. Cato Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia. GoHs: Joe & Gay Haldeman, Sean Williams, Lucy Sussex, Race Mathews; TM: Jack Dann.

June 8-9, 2002 (Austria) AustriaCon V.
Raiffeisenhof, Graz, Austria. Theme: Perry Rhodan. Info: Bernd Hubich, postlagernd, Postamt Peter Tunnergasse 49, A-8029 Graz, Austria; 0043 (0) 699 10068.

June 14-16, 2002 (United States: Alabama) DeepSouthCon 40/FanHistoriCSon 12.
Huntsville Hilton, 401 Williams Ave. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801; 1-256-533-1400 or 1-800-HILTONGoH: Allen Steele; FGoHs: Nicki and Rich Lynch; AGoH:Vincent Di Fate; TM: Connie Willis. Theme: SF&F.

June 14-16, 2002 (United States: Georgia)Sci-Fi Summer Atlanta 2002.
DoubleTree Guest Suites, 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328; 1-770-668-0808. Guests: George Lowe, Lisa Getto, Gwen Knighton, Three Weird Sisters, Bobby Nash. Theme: SF Media/Comics.

June 14-16, 2002 (United States: Texas) ConSortium 2002.
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Hobby Airport Houston, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017; 1-713-943-7979. GoH: Timothy Zahn; AGoH: Larry Elmore; MC: Tony Elam. Theme: SF&F.

June 14-17, 2002 (Australia: Queensland) Relaxa.con.
Whitsunday Terraces Resort, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia. Theme: Relaxacon. Info: PO Box 640, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802 Australia.

June 14-17, 2002 (Sweden) CONFUSE 2002.
Swedish National Convention. Ryds Herrg?rd, Link?ping, Sweden. GoH: China Mi?ville, Gwyneth Jones. Theme: SF&F.

June 21-23, 2002 (United States: Missouri) Conjuration 2002.
Columbia Ramada Inn, Columbia, MO. GoH: David Weber; AGoH: Dee Dreslough; FGoHs: Mike & Karla Weaver; TM: Richard A. Knaak; MC: Keith Berdak; SGoHs: Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Fawcett. Theme: F&SF.

June 21-23, 2002 (United States: New Jersey) Contata 3.
12th Northeast Filk Convention. Ramada Limited, 2989 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ 07080; 1-908-753-8900; 1-908-769-4359 fax); $60 sngl; $65 dbl. GoH: Dandelion Wine; TM: Solomon Davidoff; Interfilk Guest: Andrew Eigel; Listener Guest: Steve Brinich.

June 21-23, 2002 (United States: Vermont) Bakuretsu Con.
Sheraton Inn, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington, VT; 1-800-677-6576; rms: $91-$96. GoH: TBA. Theme: Anime & Gaming.

June 22-23, 2002 (Germany) ColoniaCon 15.
K?ln, Germany. Guests: Uwe Anton, Werner K. Giesa, Ronald M. Hahn, Kai Meyer, Horst Pukallus, Jo Zybell.

June 27-30, 2002 (United States: Kentucky) Midwestcon 53.
Ramada Inn Florence, 7915 US 42, Florence, KY (Cincinnati area); 1-859-371-4700. Theme: Relaxacon.

June 28-30, 2002 (United States: Michigan) Contraption 2002.
Doubletree Hotel, Romulus, MI 48066. GoH: Lynn Flewelling; MusicGoH: Luke Sienkowski; AGoH: Tom Baksik. Theme: SF&F

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

The five brightest planets are converging in the western sky for an eye-popping show in May 2002 -- Planet Watchers Relax, it's only April

Mars Odyssey's Picture of the Day: Noctis Labyrinthus -- Mars Odyssey's Picture of the Day: Noctis Labyrinthus

Space Tourism -- Soyuz Docks as Shuttleworth and Crew Begin Week-Long Stay at Station

NASA will join the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy and 26 other organizations next week to promote Global Science and Technology Week -- NASA Global Science and Technology Week 2002

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night,
God said, "Let Newton be," and all was light. -- Alexander Pope
It did not last; the devil howling "Ho!
Let Einstein be!
" restored the status quo. -- Sir John Collings Squire

The Hook in the Book

The alien occupying O'Mara's sleeping compartment weighed roughly half a ton, possessed six short, thick appendages which served both as arms or legs and had a hide like a flexible armor plate. Coming as it did from Hudlar, a four-G world with an atmospheric pressure nearly seven times Earth normal, such ruggedness of physique was to be expected. But despite its enormous strength the being was helpless, O'Mara knew, because it was barely six months old, it had just seen its parents die in a construction accident, and its brain was sufficiently well developed for the sight to have frightened it badly.

by James White

Last Word

"It's been over thirty years since a friend in college introduced me to science fiction, and only a little less than that since another put me on the path to Faery. As these things go, I was a latecomer to both. And while the frenzy of the newly-converted long ago mellowed to comfortable enthusiasm not unlike a years-old, well-established domestic partnership, the reason I read SF&F happily remain the same.

I am, without apologies, an imagination junkie. I crave new ideas, the presentation of new concepts, and having my chocks knocked out from under me with a new slant on the conventional. Speculative fiction feeds that craving better than any other genre I know, with the happy side benefit of being just good storytelling.

It does something better, too. It often takes old ideas and concepts that have fallen out of societal fashion and reintroduces them to readers with enough imagination to appreciate them. I'm thinking here of ideas such as loyalty, honor, and courage, and the concepts like the hero. I've even heard it suggested that the reason people read science fiction and fantasy is because there are few heroes in real life."

Lee Martindale, Editor - Copywrite 2000 (Introduction to the anthology "Such a Pretty Face" Published by Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.)
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