NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: September 2002
Issue No. 36

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

The Hugo Award Winners

Best Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
Best Novella: "Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge (The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge, Tor)
Best Novelette: "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang (Starlight 3, Tor)
Best Short Story: "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick (Asimov's 10-11/01)
Best Related Book: The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz (Paper Tiger)
Best Dramatic Presentation: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema/The Saul Zaentz Company/WingNut Films)
Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow (SciFiction)
Best Pro Artist: Michael Whelan
Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown
Best Fanzine: Ansible, edited by Dave Langford
Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia
Best Web Site: Locus Online, Mark R. Kelly editor/webmaster
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2000 or 2001: Jo Walton

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 delve into the depths of knowledge to solve your puzzles, but not do your homework -- Ask Hal Questions & Answers...

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AOL Research & Learn: 21st Century: 2001, A Space Odyssey

AOL Research & Learn: Archaeology/Anthropology: Secrets of the Dead . Search for the First Human | PBS

Disobedient computer? Maybe it, and you, need therapy -- AOL Help Community: Chats

Who won our trivia contest? How many worlds did we destroy and rebuild? How many starships did we crash? How many squidlings did we throw? What strange experiments did we do 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 September 2002

Tor Books

Del Rey Books

DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey
BRUTE FORCE by Dean Wesley Smith

Baen Books

Conrad's Time Machine by Leo Frankowski
The Prince by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling
Miles Errant (Omnibus) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Eternal Frontier by James H. Schmitz
Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein
Foreign Legions by David Drake

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

August 2002:

Empty Cities of the Full Moon by Howard V. Hendrix
The King by David Feintuch
Myth-ion Improbable by Robert Asprin
First Landing by Robert Zubrin
Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
The Fleet edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett
The Mirror of Merlin by T. A. Barron

September 2002:

Tathea by Anne Perry
EarthRise by William C. Dietz
DeathDay! Taggerung by Brian Jacques
M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link/Myth-Nomers and Impervections by Robert Asprin
The Forge of Mars by Bruce Balfour
The Fleet: Counterattack edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett

Daw Books

The Prince of Dreams by Curt Benjamin (hardcover)
The Prince of Shadow by Curt Benjamin (first time in paperback)
Jaran by Kate Elliott (10th anniversary edition)
Once Upon a Galaxy edited by Wil McCarthy

Roc Books

October Dreams edited by Richard Chizmar and David Morrish
Eternity Row: A StarDoc Novel by S.L. Viehl
Summer Knight: Book Four of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Battletech: Engame by Loren L. Coleman

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/Artist's Corner

This month: Vernor Vinge home page and Vernor Vinge - Bibliography Summary

Fiction Corner


A FLOCK OF BIRDS by James Van Pelt -- A survivor of a biological plague passes his time counting birds, his only human companion a deranged woman.

THE WOMEN MEN DON'T SEE by James Tiptree, Jr. -- Two women and two men are stranded in the jungle after a plane crash. What happens next is most unexpected.

Movie Buzz

Shatner to host FrightNights
William Shatner seems to be popping up as host all over the place! First Iron Chef, then on MTV for countdowns, and the latest is Full Moon Fright Night to air Saturdays beginnig August 3 at 11pm on the SciFi Channel. He'll present B-movies from Full Moon Pictures. He'll host the movie, chat with special guests..and reenact campy moments from the films.

Firefly - the series by Joss Whedon

December 2002

The Two Towers - The Second Lord of the Rings Film.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A CGI version of the Turtles with a tentative release date of Dec. 2002. Producer John Woo will most likely also be directing this new version based on the 1980's comic book series by Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman.

Timeline - Based on Michael Crichton's book. In the near future, a corporation has discovered a way to time travel. When a history professor is trapped in 1357 France, three Yale students have to travel back to rescue him. Tentatively planned for December release and starring Gerard Butler and Paul Walker. Directed by Richard Donner with script by George Nolfi.

Con News

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: Florida) Necronomicon 2002.
Holiday Inn-Crown Plaza, 1234 Queen Palm Dr., Tampa, FL. GoHs: David Brin, Timothy Powers. Theme: SF, Fantasy, Horror.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: Illinois) Archon 26.
Holiday Inn & Gateway Center, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234-6103 (St. Louis, MO area); 1-800-551-5133. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoH: Ruth Thompson; FGoHs: Les Haven, Jeanne Norris; GGoH: WizKids Games; SGoH: TBA; TM: Mike McFadden; Masq MC: Author Vic Mil?n. Theme: SF&F.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: Maryland) Intercon XVII.
Days Hotel - Timonium, 9615 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093; 1-410-560-1000. Guests: TBA. Theme: LARP.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: New York) Albacon 2002.
Ramada Inn, Schenectady, NY. GoH: Mike Resnick; AGoH: Tomm Kidd; FGoH: Sharon Sbarsky; SGoHs: Steve Miller & Sharon Lee. Theme: SF&F.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: North Carolina) Trinoc*coN 2002.
Durham Marriott, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC; 1-800-228-9290. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold; AGoH: James Wappel; GGoH: Dave Arneson; SGoH: Fred Chappell. Theme: SF&F lit, art, gaming.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: North Dakota) ValleyCon 27.
Best Western Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND; 1-701-235-3333. Guests: Virginia Hey, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta; AGoH: David DeVries. Theme: SF&F.

October 4-6, 2002 (United States: Washington) Anglicon 15.
Holiday Inn, South Everett, WA. Theme: British & International Media.

October 4-7, 2002 (Germany) FilkCONtinental 2002.
Freusburg, Germany. Theme: Filk.

October 11-13, 2002 (United States: California, Northern) SiliCon 2002.
Crown Plaza Hotel, Foster City, CA. GoH: Trina Robbins; AGoH: William Stout; FGoH: Craig Nicolai; MGoH: Walter Olkewicz; TM: Tim Dunigan. Theme: SF&F.

October 11-13, 2002 (United States: Ohio) Context XV.
Clarion Hotel, Columbus, OH. Theme: SF&F.

October 11-13, 2002 (United States: Virginia) Anime USA.
Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22180. Guests: Scott McNeil, Scott Frazier, Scott Burgess, Kelli Shayne Butter, Steve Bennett, Austell Callwood, Temple Studio. Theme: Anime.

October 11-13, 2002 (Canada: British Columbia) VCon 27.
Sheraton Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Ave., Surrey, BC Canada; 1-800-661-2818; 1-604-582-9288. GoHs: Tim Powers, James Blaylock; GGoH: Gary Gygax. Theme: SF& F.

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: Alabama) Con*Stellation XXI: Pavo.
Tom Bevill Center, Huntsville, AL. GoH: TBA. Theme: SF&F. .

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) ConJecture 2002.
DoubleTree Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108; 1-619-297-5466. GoH: Steven Brust. Theme: SF&F.

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: Colorado) MileHiCon 34.
Sheraton Hotel, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO; 1-303-987-2000. GoH: Norman Spinrad; AGoH: TBA; TM: John Ford. Theme: SF&F.

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: Iowa) ICON 27.
Sheraton 4-Points, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA; 1-319-366-8671. GoH: Jennifer Roberson; AGoH: John Garner; FGoH: TBA; TM: Rusty Hevelin. Theme: SF& F.

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: Maryland) Capclave 2002.
Hilton Silver Spring, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD; 1-301-589-5200. GoH: Stanley Schmidt; AGoH: Alexis Gilliland. Theme: SF&F Short Fiction.

October 18-20, 2002 (United States: Washington) InCon 2002.
Shilo Inn, Spokane, WA. GoH: David Weber; AGoH: Robert Daniels, Jr; Media: GoH: Dragon Dronet; Performers: The Seattle Knights. Theme: SF&F, Gaming.

October 18-20, 2002 (Canada: Ontario) Ditto 15.
Days Inn Toronto Downtown, 30 Carlton St., Toronto, ON, Canada; 1-416-977-6655, 1-416-977 2865 (fax). Theme: fanzines.

October 19-20, 2002 (Republic of Ireland) Octocon 2002.
The 13th National Irish Science Fiction Convention. Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland; +353-1-280 1911. GoH: China Mi?ville, Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott. Theme: SF&F.

October 24-28, 2002 (Germany) HanseCon 18.
L?beck, Germany. Info: Heinrich R. Arenz, Burgstra?e 33, 60316, Frankfurt, Germany; hra.hanse@freenet.de.

October 25-27, 2002 (United States: Michigan) ConClave 27.
Holiday Inn South - Convention Center, 6820 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911; 1-800-333-8123 or 1-517-694-8123. GoH: Larry Niven; AGoH: Susan Van Camp; FGoH: Peg Huffaker. Theme: SF&F. .

October 25-27, 2002 (United States: Minnesota) CONsume!. aka Relaxacon 2002.
The Ramada Inn Northwest, 6900 Lakeland Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN; 1-763-566-8855. Posthumous GoH: Scott Imes. Theme: Relaxacon.

October 25-27, 2002 (United States: Ohio) Octocon 38.
Four Points Sheraton, Cincinnati, OH 45236; 1-800-325-3535, 1-513-793-4300. Theme: relaxacon.

October 25-27, 2002 (United States: Wisconsin) JVL-CON 2002.
Ramada Inn, 3431 Milton Ave., Janesville WI; 1-608-756-2341. Guests: Jack "Bojay" Stauffer, Stephen Austin, Heidi Hollis, Adrian Drake.

October 25-28, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Cult TV 2002.
The 9th Annual Cult TV Festival. Southport Theatre and Floral Hall Complex, Merseyside, UK. Guests: Dirk Benedict, Tony Hart, Terry Jones, John Glen, Tony Currie. Theme: Cult TV.

October 25-27, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Wolf SG-5.
Norbreck Castle, Blackpool, England. Guests: Carmen Argenziano, Don S. Davis, JR Bourne. Theme: SF Media.

October 26-27, 2002 (Australia: New South Wales) Best of Both Worlds 17.
Millennium Hotel, Sydney, NSW Australia. Guests: Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle. Theme: Babylon 5.

October 31-November 3, 2002 (United States: Minnesota) World Fantasy Convention 2002.
Hilton Minneapolis and Towers, Minneapolis, MN; 1-800-HILTONS; 1-612-376-1000. GoHs: Dennis Etchison, Jonathan Carroll, Kathe Koja, Stephen Jones, Dave McKean; SGoH: Nelson Bond. Theme: Fantasy.

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

Samples of fire moss that travel onboard the space shuttle do something odd: they spiral -- Mossy Space Spirals

Around the world, there is renewed interest in sending a manned mission to other planets in our Solar System. What conditions await future astronauts? -- ESA SCIENCE: One Small Step ... but only on an hospitable planet

When they ran out of oxygen, the scientists living in Biosphere 2 were able to pop open a door and take a breath of fresh air. For astronauts living on Mars or the Moon, things won't be so convenient -- NASA Chooses Purdue to Study Colonies on Mars and Moon

Clever new observations of Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star reveal that the planet's thin atmosphere has cooled over the past 14 years while the surface seems to be getting warmer -- Puzzling Pluto Observations Reveal 'Drastic' Changes Atmosphere

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

A physician, a civil engineer, and a computer scientist were arguing about what was the oldest profession in the world.

The physician remarked, "Well, in the Bible, it says that God created Eve from a rib taken out of Adam. This clearly required surgery, and so I can rightly claim that mine is the oldest profession in the world."

The civil engineer interrupted, and said, "But even earlier in the book of Genesis, it states that God created the order of the heavens and the earth from out of the chaos. This was the first and certainly the most spectacular application of civil engineering. Therefore, fair doctor, you are wrong: mine is the oldest profession in the world."

The computer scientist leaned back in her chair, smiled, and then said confidently, "Ah, but who do you think created the chaos?"

The Hook in the Book

The rumor of the Pope's death burned through the Vatican's office complex, leaped through the crowded St. Anne's Gate to the Apostolic Palace and the adjacent Government Palace, found waiting ears among the faithful in the sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica to the point that the archbishop saying Mass actually turned to look over his shoulder at the unprecedented hiss and whispering of the congregation, and then moved out of the Basilica with the departing worshipers into the larger crowds of St. Peter's Square where eighty to a hundred thousand tourists and visiting Pax functionaries received the rumor like a critical mass of plutonium being slammed inward to full fission.

by Dan Simmons

Last Word

"Facts and a concern with change are the stuff that science fiction is made of; science fiction that ignores facts and change can be made less frightening and more popular, but inasmuch as it is superficial, stupid, false-to-fact, timid foolish or dull, it is minor in another and more important way, and it is certainly bad as science fiction.... its [science fiction's] attraction lies ... in the unique opportunity it offers for placing familiar things in unfamiliar contexts, and unfamiliar things in familiar contexts, thereby yielding fresh insights and perspective."

Alexei Panshin
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