NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: June 2002
Issue No. 33

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

Science and technology have given us a vast array of riches--our developed societies are healthier, better-fed, and longer-lived than any in history. But that cornucopia occasionally looks like a Pandora's Box; unlike any previous society, we're faced with the ethics of cloning, the dangers of genetically-modified foods, and an arsenal that would scare Ares. Are we on the brink of Frankensteinian creation? Or are these issues simply the normal growing pains of humanity's Next Step?


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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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 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET -- AOL Entertainment: SF Chat

Evidence of Earliest Life Disputed -- AOL Research & Learn: Science

How did the Universe begin? Has anyone been kidnapped by aliens? -- AOL Research & Learn: Space

More about the 21st century -- AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in June 2002

Tor Books


SANCTUARY by Lynn Abbey
CHARISMA by Steven Barnes
THE HARD SF RENAISSANCE by Kathryn Cramer and David Hartwell
CONAN THE LIBERATOR by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter
DORSAI SPIRIT by Gordon R. Dickson
EVENING'S EMPIRE by David Herter
ELVENBORN by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton
SPACELAND by Rudy Rucker
HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer

Trade Paperbacks

THE WOLF HUNT by Gillian Bradshaw
DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
THE OUTPOST by Mike Resnick

Mass-market Paperbacks

THROUGH WOLF'S EYES by Jane Lindskold
SON OF THE SHADOWS by Juliet Marillier
ENEMY GLORY by Karen Michalson
SANTIAGO by Mike Resnick
THE CHRONOLITHS by Robert Charles Wilson

Del Rey Books

DRAGONSTAR by Barbara Hambly
MEN IN BLACK II by Esther Friesner
FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

Baen Books

The Amazing Dr. Darwin by Charles Sheffield
The Short Victorious War by David Weber
Changespell Legacy by Doranna Durgin
The Sacred Pool by L. Warren Douglas

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

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

Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip
Knight Life by Peter David
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Myth Directions/Hit or Myth by Robert Asprin
Deryni Tales edited by Katherine Kurtz
First Truth by Dawn Cook
Gen 13: Version 2.0 by Sholly Fisch
The Seven Songs of Merlin by T. A. Barron

Daw Books

The Curse of Arkady (The Magickers #2) by Emily Drake (hardcover)
The Magickers by Emily Drake (first time in paperback)
To Trade the Stars by Julie E. Czerneda
Mars Probes edited by Peter Crowther

Roc Books

Tainted Trail by Wen Spencer
The Glasswrights' Journeyman by Mindy L. Klasky
Battletech: Operation Audacity by Blaine Lee Pardoe

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: David Gerrold's United We Stand

Fiction Corner


THE CURE FOR EVERYTHING by Severna Park -- Read Severna Park's Nebula Award-winning story "The Cure for Everything" about a woman working to relocate indigenous tribes in Brazil before they're wiped out by progress.

THEY BITE by Anthony Boucher -- Hugh Tallant came to the California desert with secret plans and dreams of power. Instead he encountered crazy stories of a haunted oasis.

Movie Buzz

Summer 2002:

Axis - Computer animated feature about a girl (Kirsten Dunst) who leaves her village to figure out why a giant tree called Axis that rises 100 miles from the surface is dying. Also stars the voice of Richard Harris, Anjelica Huston, Keith David, Michael McShane, and Greg Proops.

Gemini Man - A genetics company decides their corporate hitman is too old for the business, so they send out a clone of him that's 20 years younger to kill the original.

July 2002:

Men in Black 2 - see special section for a July 4 release.

The Powerpuff Girls - Yes they are making a movie based on the popular Cartoon Network show of the same name. A traditional cell-animated feature film. Set for release July 3.

Reign of Fire - Stars Christian Bale as the leader of a small clan of survivors battling fire-breathing dragons who have destroyed most of the Earth's population. Rob Bowman (X-Files) will direct for Disney's Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman (X-Files), written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg (Halloween H20). Set for July 12 release.

Con News

July 1-7, 2002 (Czech Republic) Eurocon 2002. Prague and Chotebor, Czech Republic. Guests: George R.R. Martin, Kir Buly?ov, Jerry Pournelle; Robert Asprin, J. Moressyho.

July 4-7, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Anime Expo 2002. Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA 92802, 1-714-778-6600; Long Beach Hyatt Hotel, 200 South Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802, 1-562-491-1234. Theme: Anime.

July 4-7, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Conagerie/Westercon 55. Los Angeles Airport Wyndham Hotel, Los Angeles Airport, CA. GoH: Harry Turtledove; AGoH: Ross Chamberlain; EGoH: Beth Meacham; FGoH: Robert Lichtman. Theme: SF&F.

July 5-7, 2002 (United States: Indiana) InConJunction 2002. Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240; 1-317-846-2700. GoH: Larry Bond; AGoH: Slawek Wojtowicz, MD; MGoH: Richard Hatch; Musical Guest: Musica Subterranea; TM & Paleontologist: Dr. James Farlow. Theme: SF&F.

July 5-7, 2002 (United States: Minnesota) CONvergence 2002. Radisson Hotel South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN, 55439-3145; 1-612-835-7800. Guests: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Mark Altman, Robert Meyer Burnett, Nene Thomas. Theme: SF&F.

July 5-6, 2002 (United States: Utah) Endercon. Utah Valley State College, Orem UT. Guests: Orson Scott Card, Janis Ian. Theme: Ender's Game.

July 5-7, 2002 (United States: Virginia) Castlecon 15. Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191; 1-888-625-5144; 1-800-325-3535. Theme: SF&F.

July 5-7, 2002 (Canada: Ontario) Toronto Trek 16. Regal Constellation Hotel, 900 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON Canada; 1-416-675-1500 or 1-800-268-4838. Guests: Amber Benson, Virginia Hey, Tee Morris; TM: Larry Stewart. Theme: SF&F.

July 5-7, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Nexus 2002. Jarvis International Hotel, Bristol, England. Guest: TBA. Theme: Media SF.

July 12-14, 2002 (United States: Maryland) Shore Leave 24. Hunt Valley Marriott, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031; 1-410-785-7000. Theme: Media SF & Science.

July 12-14, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts) Readercon 14. Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA; 1-781-229-6565. GoHs: Octavia E. Butler, Gwyneth Jones; Memorial GoH: John Brunner. Theme: Literary.

July 12-14, 2002 (United States: Pennsylvania) Anthrocon 2002. The Adam's Mark Hotel, City & Monument Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131; 1-215-581-5000. GoH: Lisanne Norman, Heather Bruton. Theme: Furry fandom.

July 12-14, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Chariots of War, Final Chapter. Heathrow Park Hotel, London, UK. GoHs: Hudson Leick, Melinda Clarke, Claire Stansfield, Tim Omundsen. Theme: Xena.

July 13-14, 2002 (Japan) U-CON (need Japanese language pack). 41st Japan National Science Fiction Convention. Gyokusen, Tamatsukuri 53, Tamayu Township, Shimane Pref., Japan; 0852-62-0021. Theme: SF&F.

July 18-21, 2002 (United States: Rhode Island) Necon 22. Roger Williams Univ., Bristol, RI. GoHs: Douglas Clegg, Christopher Golden, Graham Joyce; AGoH: Richard Sardinha; TM: P.D. Cacek; Legend: TBA. theme: Writer's conference.

July 19-21, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Costume College 2002. Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 1-818-997-7676, 1-800-350-1111. Theme: Costuming.

July 19-21, 2002 (United States: New Jersey) Shoujocon 2002. Brunswick Hilton & Towers, East Brunswick, NJ; 1-732-828-2000, 1-800-HILTONS. Theme: Girl's and women's manga and anime.

July 19-21, 2002 (United States: Oklahoma) Conestoga 6. Sheraton Tulsa, Hwy 169 at E. 41st St., Tulsa, OK 74146; 1-918-627-5000. GoH: Elizabeth Moon; AGoH: Artist GoH: Nene Thomas; TM: Lee Martindale; FGoHs: Lori Wolf & A.T. Campbell III. Theme: SF&F.

July 26-28, 2002 (United States: Arizona) Hexacon 12. Embassy Suites North, 2527 W Greenway, Phoenix, AZ; 1-602-375-1777. Theme: Gaming.

July 26-29, 2002 (United States: Colorado) Mythcon XXXIII. Boulder, CO. Scholar GoH: Alexei Kondratiev; Author GoH: Connie Willis. Mythopoeic Awards presented. Theme: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy.

July 26-28, 2002 (United States: Maryland) Otakon 2002. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. Guests: TBA. Theme: Anime.

July 26-28, 2002 (United States: Pennsylvania) ConFluence 14. Four Points Sheraton, One Industry Ln., Pittsburgh, PA 15275; 1-724-695-0002. GoH: Hal Clement. Theme: Literary SF&F.

July 26-28, 2002 (United States: Tennessee) LibertyCon 16. Chattanooga, TN. GoH: S.M. Stirling. AGoH: Larry Elmore. Very Special Guest: John Ringo. MC: Darryl Elliot. Theme: SF&F.

July 26-29, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) NCC-2002. Radisson Edwardian- Heathrow, London, UK. Guests: Marc Alaimo, Casey Biggs, Mark Shepherd, Barbara March, Gwynyth Walsh. Theme: SF/Star Trek.

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

Scientists hope that an unusual experiment slated for launch on the space shuttle this summer will reveal how plants know up from down -- Sowing Seeds in a Magnetic Field

Earth scientists love it when astronauts gaze through the space station's extraordinary Destiny Lab window -- Earthgazing, NASA-style

Instruments on board NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft have revealed more underground ice on the Red Planet than scientists expected -- Found it! Ice on Mars

Scientific American: News In Brief: Scientists Discover a New Amino Acid : May 29, 2002

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Mary Had A Little Lamb DNA

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was slightly grey.
It didn't have a father,
Just some borrowed DNA.

It sort of had a mother,
Though the ovum was on loan.
It was not so much a lambkin
As a little lamby clone.

And soon it had a fellow clone,
And soon it had some more.
It made the children laugh and sing,
The teachers found it droll;
There were too many lamby clones
For Mary to control.

No other could control the sheep
Since their programs didn't vary,
So the scientists resolved it all
By simply cloning Mary.

But now they feel quite sheepish,
Those scientists unwary.
One problem solved, but what to do
With Mary, Mary, Mary?

The Hook in the Book

We had not made landfall in more than fourteen years. One disastrous choice of a star after another. The captain viewed this string of failures as absurdly bad luck; the bishop, as divine intervention. Either way, I saw it as prelude to the captain's downfall, which would almost certainly mean my own downfall as well.

When we detected a transmission from the world that would later be called Antioch, I sensed opportunity. But opportunity for whom? The captain, or his enemies? It was impossible to say. The captain's position was tenuous at best, and everything was uncertain aboard the Argonos.

by Richard Paul Russo

Last Word

"My father was a man of many words. As he gave me a definition for my homework, his pauses and intonations enhanced his well-chosen words. He spoke authoritatively; he made brilliant points. And by their numbers, textures, nuances, his words conveyed an inner message: trust words. In words, there is meaning. Words create meaning, show patterns, evoke emotions. Trust words to take you to the innermost heart of life. He spoke well; he wrote well. I have postcards with strange stamps, letters written on hotel stationery from Miami to Tokyo, Sydney to Rome. His distinctive hand was tidy. He remained with fountain pens even after the blotty ball-point became ubiquitous. The fountain pens themselves ranged in colors, textures, and size; and the inks he used were russet, blue, green, black, red, the ink drying into shades. Shades of ink, shades of meaning, shadows and bold points: my father loved them all."

Rosana Hart on her father, Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (Cordwainer Smith)
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