NEWSLETTER: JULY 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: July 2002
Issue No. 34

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

Unless a stroke of serendipity propels us to the stars, none of us will make it there in our lifetime. Having said that, there were those among us who made it, as far back as in the 17th century when Francis Bacon wrote "New Atlantis " in 1629 and Cyrano de Bergerac in 1657 wrote "Selenarchia: The Government of the World in the Moon". At the advent of the 20th century we were poised to take the stars. We landed on other worlds, we met extraterrestrials, and we engaged in galactic conflict--by reading and writing. And by keeping the dream alive for generations to come. Science fiction is the ship that propelled us starward and brought the galaxy closer to our doorstep.

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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Ask HAL! HAL will answer your questions but not do your homework -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...

It's summer, and Science Fiction is in the air! What movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer? MIB II? SIGNS? Join us for another exciting night of Sunday Scinema at SF General! 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

AOL Research & Learn: Science

Good news for coffee lovers: Space, the final frontier, is the color of a latte. -- AOL News: Scientists Say Space Not Blue, But Beige

Jupiter-like planet discovered and...a second sibling -- AOL Research & Learn: Space

"Beam me up, Scotty." -- AOL News: Teleportation Breakthrough in Australia

Before you take a hatchet to your computer, help is not far away -- AOL Help Community: Chats

Who won our trivia contest? How many worlds did we destroy and rebuild? What strange science have they discussed in This Month in Science? Check out our libraries -- Science Fiction Forum Libraries

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in July 2002

Tor Books


SHADOW PUPPETS by Orson Scott Card
THE DARK LORD by Thomas Harlan
A SCATTERING OF JADES by Alexander Irvine
WOLF'S HEAD, WOLF'S HEART by Jane Lindskold
ARCHFORM: BEAUTY by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
ARGONAUT by Stanley Schmidt
ALASTOR by Jack Vance

Trade Paperbacks

CHILDREN OF THE MIND by Orson Scott Card

Mass-market Paperbacks

HOPE'S END by Stephen Chambers
THE STORM OF HEAVEN by Thomas Harlan
THE RING OF FIVE DRAGONS by Eric Van. Lustbader
OCTAGONAL RAVEN by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
LIMIT OF VISION by Linda Nagata

Del Rey Books

REGINA'S SONG by David Eddings
BOOK OF LOST TALES 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE SCAR by China Mieville

Baen Books

Playing the Piper by David Drake
Alternate General II by Harry Turtledove
Lord Darcy by Randall Garrrett
Cold Steel by Keith Laumer
The Veil of Years by L. Warren Douglas

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

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

Outlaw Sword by J. Ardian Lee
Son of the Sword! Chindi by Jack McDevitt
Spec Ops Squad: Deep Strike by Rick Shelley
Myth-ing Persons/Little Myth Marker by Robert Asprin
Circle at Center by Douglas Niles
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss
Future Sports edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
The Fires of Merlin by T. A. Barron
Unidentified by Matthew Costello

Daw Books

Sorcery Rising by Jude Fisher (hardcover)
The Fall of Neskaya (The Clingfire Trilogy, #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross (first time in paperback)
The Burning Heart of Night by Ivan Cat
Familiars edited by Denise Little

Roc Books

Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson
The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Once Upon A Winter's Night by Dennis L. McKiernan

See also:

HarperCollins.com: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Welcome to Time Warner Bookmark/Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Bantam Dell Publishing Group

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

Author's Corner

This month: Tad Williams

Fiction Corner


IN GREEN'S DOMINION by Dale Bailey -- An elderly former professor begins to dream about other roads she might have taken.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

CLERICAL ERROR by Mark Clifton -- A noted psychiatrist initiates a daring plan to aid not just a patient but his entire profession.

Movie Buzz

August 2002:

The Adventures of Pluto Nash - An Eddie Murphy flick where he plays a lunar colonist with a past who attempts to stop an Earth-based corporation from taking control of the residents of the moon in 2087. Also stars Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Peter Boyle, Illeana Douglas, Pam Grier, and James Rebhorn. Directed by Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Young) and written by Neil Cuthbert (Mystery Men). Changed from an April 2001 release to August 16.

Arac Attack - Yet another giant spider flick in the works, this one starring David Arquette & Kari Wuhrer with the beasties caused by a toxic waste spill near a small town in Nevada. Now set for a August 30 release and may be renamed Eight Legged Freaks.

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams - sequel of course again directed by Robert Rodriguez. Stars Daryl Sabara, Alexa Vega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Cheech Marin, and Danny Trejo. Release for August 7.

Beastmaster, Tracker cancelled It's official: Both the syndicated Beastmaster (which has run for 3 seasons) and Tracker (starring Adrian Paul in it's first season) have been cancelled. Lion's Gate, producers of Tracker, aren't considering it totally out, however, as they are currently shopping the show to networks. Beastmaster is definitely ending the series with the final episode featuring Dar being reunited with his family at last.

Con News

August 29-September 2, 2002 (United States: California, Northern) ConJose/60th World Science Fiction Convention.
San Jos? Convention Center, Fairmont Hotel (main hotel), San Jos?, CA. GoH: Vernor Vinge; AGoH: David Cherry; FGoHs: Bjo & John Trimble; Imaginary GoH: Ferdinand Feghoot; TM: Tad Williams. Theme: SF&F.

The Other*Worlds*Cafe has hosts going, so if you want to see some friendly faces, email OWC Helio and find out about the O*W*C get-together!

August 1-4, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) San Diego ComicCon International.
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Guests: Howard Chaykin, Max Allan Collins, Peter David, Dave Dorman, Devin Grayson, Los Bros Hernandez, Bob Lubbers, Jason Lutes. Theme: Comics.

August 2-4, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Conchord 16.
Southern California Filk Convention. Van Nuys Airtel Plaza, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 1-818-997-7676, 1-800-2AIRTEL. TM: Nancy Freeman; GoHs: Urban Tapestry; Interfilk Guest: Erwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss. Theme: Filk.

August 2-4, 2002 (United States: Colorado) XIII-KHAN.
Ramada Inn North, Colorado Springs, CO. GoH: Sarah Hoyt; AGoH: Aaron Bilodeau. Theme: SF & gaming.

August 2-4, 2002 (United States: Illinois) Flashback Weekend.
Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL; 1-773-693-4444. Guests: Bruce Campbell, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Richard Kiel, Raymond Benson, Ben Chapman, Tom Sullivan, Felissa Rose, Debbie Rochon. Theme: Horror & SF.

August 2-4, 2002 (United States: Minnesota) Diversicon 10.
Holiday Inn Express, St. Paul, MN. GoHs: Tananarive Due, Stevn Barnes; Posthumous GoH: Alfred Bester. Theme: Diversity in SF&F.

August 4, 2002 (United States: Ohio) Cleveland Colossal Convention.
Holiday Inn Select, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongesville, OH. Theme: trade show. .

August 9-11, 2002 (United States: Louisiana) Crescent City Con XVII.
Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002: 1-504-888-9500, 1-800-277-7575. MGoHs: Virginia Hey; GoH: Sharon Green, George Alec Effinger; SciGoH: Dr. Jack Stocker. Theme: SF&F, Media, Gaming.

August 9-11, 2002 (United States: Tennessee) Middle Tennessee Anime Convention Pi.
Nashville Clarion Airport Hotel, 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, TN 37217; 1-888-881-ROOM. GoH: Monica Rial. Theme: Anime.

August 9-11, 2002 (Canada: Alberta) Con-Version 19/CanVention 22.
The Metropolitan Centre, 333 4th Ave SW, Calgary, AB, Canada. GoH: George RR Martin; CdnGoH: James Alan Gardner; TM: Robert Sawyer; SciGoH: Geoffrey A. Landis; AGoH: Lar deSouza. Theme: SF&F.

August 9-11, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Contexxt: Unicon 2002/HarmUni.
Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, UK. GoH: Keith Brooke, Ben Jeapes. HarmUni GoH: Alexa Klettner.

August 16-18, 2002 (United States: Florida) Florida Con-Quest. Ramada Amtel Harborside, 2500 Edwards Dr., Fort Myers, FL; 1-941-337-0300, 1-800-833-1620. Theme: Star Trek Gaming.

August 16-18, 2002 (United States: Indiana) Conglomeration.
Holiday Inn Lakeview, 505 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, IN 47129; 1-812-283-4411; 1-800-544-7075. GoH: David Drake; TM: Andy Offutt. Theme: SF&F.

August 16-18, 2002 (United States: Texas) ArmadilloCon 23.
Omni Southpark, Austin, TX. GoH: Martha Wells; FGoHs: Kurt Baty & Scott Bobo; TM: Joe R. Lansdale; SGoH: Robin Hobb. Theme: SF&F.

August 16-18, 2002 (Canada: Ontario) CACE 2002.
Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 350 Dalhousie St., Ottawa, ON, Canada; 1-613-241-1000. Guests: Shawntee Howard, Scott Ruggels, Amy Pronovost, Anya Schwartz. Theme: anthromorphic.

August 16-19, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) 2002 - A Discworld Odyssey.
The Hanover International Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK. GoH: Terry Pratchett. Theme: Discworld.

August 23-25, 2002 (United States: Maryland) A Horrorfind Weekend.
BWI Airport Marriott, Baltimore MD. Guests: Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Ray Garton, John Pelan, Brian Keene, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Karen Taylor, more. Theme: SF&F/Media.

August 23-25, 2002 (United States: New Mexico) Bubonicon 34.
Howard Johnson East, 15 Hotel Cir NE, Albuquerque, NM; 1-505-296-4852, 1-800-877-4852. GoH: Esther Friesner; AGoH: Joe Tucciarone; TM: Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Theme: Literary relaxacon.

August 29-September 1, 2002 (Belgium) 29th French National SF Con http://users.skynet.be/jlf/sf/convsf.html.
Li?ge, Belgium. Theme: SF&F. Memb: EU45 until 4/30/02; EU55 at the door. Info: Alain le Bussy, rue du Cimeti?re, 21, 4130 Esneux, Belgium.

August 30-September 1, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) ECOF 2002.
Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA; 1-818-883-6110. Guests: TBA. Theme: Burroughs Bibliophiles literary society convention.

August 30-September 2, 2002 (United States: Georgia) Dragon*Con 2002.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta & Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. Guests: Tracy Hickman, Josepha Sherman, Timothy Zahn, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Margaret Weis, Don Perrin, Jordan Weisman, Julius Schwartz, more. Theme: SF&F.

August 30-September 2, 2002 (United States: Tennessee) Mephit FurMeet.
Holiday Inn Select Memphis Airport, Memphis, TN. Theme: Furry.

August 30-September 2, 2002 (United States: Virginia) TCEP9.
Tad & Craig's Excellent Party. Dulles Airport Days Inn, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20170; 1-703-471-6700. Theme: Relaxacon/Gaming.

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

A device just delivered to the ISS will add something important to space station research: the human touch -- Astronaut Fingers

As scientists demand more from space missions travelling to other worlds and beyond, traditional rocket technologies are beginning to show shortcomings. In response, ESA are helping to develop a new type of rocket engine, known as solar-electric propulsion, or more commonly, an ion engine, that can mark a whole new era of space exploration -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Some fluids have a mysterious property: one moment they're thick, the next they're thin. Physicists aim to find out why with the aid of an experiment in space -- A Shear Mystery

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

This atom says to his friend, "I'm really upset, I've just lost an electron."
His friend says to him, "Are you sure?"
"Yeah," he replies. "I'm Positive."

If electricity comes from electrons,
does that mean that morality comes from morons?

The Hook in the Book

As they continued up the walkway, Jani noted that people stepped aside for them. They glanced first at Lucien, then at her, their eyes questioning. Who are you, Lady? A Family member on an early morning shopping spree with her officer boyfriend? A colonial diplomat out for a stroll with her bodyguard? She knew she cut an imposing figure in her black trousers and almost matched him in height, her short black hair and brown skin serving as dark contrast to his brilliant blondness and paling summer tan. That's who I am--the soldier's shadow. Not the real thing--please don't make that mistake.

by Kristine Smith

Last Word

"Look again at that dot. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. "

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
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