NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 2002
Issue No. 37

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

Another WorldCon sliding into the clutter of memory. However, WorldCons hold a special niche and in the course of a year the memory of that goose-flesh frenzy and gut-popping anticipation will trigger warning bleeps throughout your whole system: time is looming again for the next maximum overdrive. A feast for all your senses to celebrate science fiction in all vogues and scintillations. Is fandom just a gosh-dinkum hobby? Maybe in the eyes of the befuddled nondescript. For us it is a way of life.

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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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in October 2002

Tor Books

Del Rey Books

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE SHADOWS OF GOD by J. Gregory Keyes
CRIMSON SKIES by Eric Nylund, Mike Lee, Nancy Berman, and Eric Trautmann
BRUTE FORCE by Dean Wesley Smith

Baen Books

War of Honor by David Weber
Fallen Angels by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven and Michael Flynn
Seas of Venus by David Drake
The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint and David Drake
Bolo Strike by William H. Keith Jr. and Keith Laumer

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

The Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings: The Amazing Myths, Legends and Facts Behind the Masterpiece by David Colbert
Witches' Brew edited by Yvonne Jocks
The Science of Vampires by Katherine Ramsland
The Summer Country by James A. Hetley
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
All Night Awake by Sarah A. Hoyt
DeathDay by William C. Dietz
M.Y.T.H. Inc. in Action/Sweet Myth-tery of Life by Robert Asprin
Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt
Laws of the Blood: Deceptions by Susan Sizemore
Vampire Sextette edited by Marvin Kaye
Tree Girl by T.A. Barron

Daw Books

Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey (hardcover)
Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey (first time in paperback)
Into the Darkness (The Family, Book 2) by Kevin McCarthy with David Silva
Vengeance Fantastic edited by Denise Little

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: Books of Catherine Asaro

Fiction Corner


DOCTOR PRETORIUS AND THE LOST TEMPLE by Paul McAuley -- In nineteenth century London, a man who senses ghosts is hired to discover what is causing bad luck on a an engineering project.
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

MRS. PIGAFETTA SWIMS WELL by Reginald Bretnor -- A famous opera singer captures the heart of the woman who saves his life.

Movie Buzz

Harry Potter 2

Star Trek X: Nemesis - Due November 22

Treasure Planet - Disney animated film set for November 27 release. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brian Murray. Not a musical - this animated feature is loosely based on Treasure Island but taking place in space.

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 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.

November 1-3, 2002 (United States: Missouri) Contraception 14.
Comfort Inn, 4200 S Noland Rd., Independence (Kansas City area), MO 64055; 1-816-373-8856. GoH: Paula Helm Murray; AGoH: Beverly Hof-Miller; FGoH: Linnea Holton; TM: Jenny Overcamp. Theme: Back to the '60s (Adults only).

November 1-3, 2002 (United States: New York) Astronomicon '02.
Sheraton Four Points, 120 Main St., Rochester, NY; 1-716-546-6400 or 1-800-325-3535. GoH: David Weber; AGoH: Ruth Thompson; FGoH: Forry Ackerman; FilkGoH: Mike Longcor. Theme: SF&F.

November 1-3, 2002 (United States: Ohio) Ohio Valley Filk Fest XVII.
The Wyndham Dublin Hotel, North Dublin, OH 43017; 1-614-764-2200. GoH: Heather Rose Jones; TM: Joe Ellis; InterFilk Guest: Rob Wynne. Theme: Filk.

November 1-3, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Aya Returns 2002.
Northampton Moat House, Northampton, UK. GoH: Gilles Poitras, Helen McCarthy. Theme: Anime.

November 1-3, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Novacon 32.
Quality Hotel, Bentley, Walsall, UK. GoH: Ian McDonald.

November 2, 2002 (Canada: Quebec) Con*Cept 2002.
Days Inn, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Guests: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Larry Stewart. Theme: SF&F.

November 8-10, 2002 (United States: Illinois) WindyCon XXIX.
Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL; 1-800-233-1234. GoH: Charles de Lint; AGoH: Lisa Snellings; EGoH: Shawna McCarthy; FGoH: Mark & Evelyn Leeper; TM: Bob Eggleton. Theme: SF&F.

November 8-10, 2002 (United States: Massachusetts) United Fan Con XII.
Springfield Marriott, Springfield, MA; 1-413-781-7111. Guests: TBA. Theme: Media SF&F.

November 8-10, 2002 (United States: New Jersey) Eclecticon.
Ramada Hotel, Newark, NJ; 1-800-272-6232, 1-973-824-4000. Theme: Media fanzines.

November 8-10, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Armadacon.
Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth, England, UK; 01752 224161. Theme: SF&F/Media.

November 8-10, 2002 (United Kingdom: England) Costume Closet.
The Wardrobe Prequel. The Warwick Suite, Warwick Arms Hotel, Warwick, CV34 4AT, UK. Theme: Costuming.

November 15-17, 2002 (United States: Arizona) TusCon 29.
InnSuites Hotel and Resort, 475 North Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701; 1-877-446-6589; 1-520-622-3000; 1-520-623-8922. GoH: Timothy Zahn; AGoH: Vicki Visconti Tilley; TM: Edward Bryant. Theme: SF, Fantasy & Horror.

November 15-17, 2002 (United States: Florida) Vulkon Atlanta 2002.
Orlando North Hilton, 350 S. North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL; 1-407-830-1985. Guests: Avery Brooks, Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Arne Starr. Theme: Media SF.

November 22-24, 2002 (United States: Oregon) OryCon 24.
Doubletree Hotel, Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. GoHs: Susan R. Matthews; AGoH: Lee Seed; EGoH: Martin H. Greenberg; Short Story GoH: Judith Conley; FGoH: Sean Troupe. Theme: SF&F.

November 22-24, 2002 (Netherlands) Consaint: Beneluxcon.
Zandvoort, Netherlands. GoHs: China Mi?ville, Jannelies Snit, W J Maryson. Memb: 40Euro. Info: Consaint, Mozartlaan 38, 2253 HX Voorschoten, The Netherlands; consaint@ncsf.nl.

November 29-December 1, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Loscon 29.
Burbank Airport Hilton, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA; 1-818-843-6000. GoH: David Weber; AGoH: Nene Thomas; FGoH: Patty Wells. Theme: F&SF.

November 29-December 1, 2002 (United States: Illinois) ChamBanaCon 32.
Springfield Hilton, 700 E. Adams, Springfield, IL 62701; 1-800-HILTONS; 1-217-789-1530. MGoH: Gene Roddenberry Jr.; GoH: Glen Cook; TM: Dr. Bob Passavoy. Theme: SF&F - Relaxacon.

November 29-December 1, 2002 (United States: Illinois) Chicago Tardis.
Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, IL. Guests: TBA. Theme: Dr. Who.

November 29-December 1, 2002 (United States: Maryland) Darkover Grand Council Meeting XXV Holiday Inn, Timonium MD; 1-410-252-7373. GoH: Deborah Christian; SGoH: Katherine Kurtz; Musical GoH: Clam Chowder. Theme: SF&F.

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

Tomorrow's spacecraft will be built using advanced materials with mind-boggling properties -- The Right Stuff for Super Spaceships

Ferrari red paint passes road test for trip to Mars -- ESA SCIENCE: Mars Express

A puzzling object just discovered in orbit around Earth might be an Apollo rocket on a fantastic journey through the solar system -- Mystery Object Orbits Earth

Astronomers have captured extraordinary footage of a Manhattan-sized star rotating and spewing antimatter jets into space -- A Shocking Space Movie

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Alien Transmission

Scientists this week decoded the first confirmed alien transmission from outer space. Here is the text of the message that they decoded:

"This really works! Just send 5*10^50 atoms of hydrogen to each of the five star systems listed below. Then, add your own system to the top of the list, delete the system at the bottom, and send out copies of this message to 100 other solar systems. If you follow these instructions, within 0.25 of a galactic rotation you are guaranteed to receive enough hydrogen in return to power your civilization until entropy reaches its maximum!"

The Hook in the Book

A singleton star, reddish and dim. A ragtag of asteroids, and a single planet, more like a moon. In this era the star hung near the galactic plane, just beyond the Beyond. The structures on the surface were gone from normal view, pulverized into regolith across a span of aeons. The treasure was far underground, beneath a network of passages, in a single room filled with black. Information at the quantum density, undamaged. Maybe five billion years had passed since the archive was lost to the nets.

by Vernor Vinge

Last Word

"We people of science fiction don't just pay forward, we DREAM forward -- we help to create an almost quantum complexity of possibilities, good, bad, funny, sad -- so that people can imagine futures more hopeful than just increased kill-efficiency ratios in military planning or a wish-list of improvements in targeted advertising, futures more inviting than a straightline extrapolation of present-day foolishness and tragedy. We think, we guess, we plot (and yes, sometimes we invent minor characters just so we can kill them off at need), but mostly we dream forward....

Tonight we're going to be handing out that rocket-shaped thing, the Hugo Award, to some of those we think have been especially skillful at imagining these futures and pasts. I truly believe we can at the same time tell ourselves that in a world still so grim and frightening, we ARE doing something to make it at least a little better. Because if you can't imagine a better world, you can't change this one.

So here we are. It's now 2002. 2001 didn't turn out quite like we expected, but on the other hand, neither did 1984, so you win some, you lose some. Besides, every now and then it's nice to get dressed up, huh? That's another good thing about the Hugo Awards Ceremony -- it forces most of us to wear something other than a software expo giveaway t-shirt at least one night in the year.

As for me, I do love science fiction, I really, really do, and I promise to do a better job of staying in touch. I fully intend to participate in any future futures -- so please keep me on the mailing list."

Tad Williams - Excerpts from his Toastmaster Speech at the ConJose Hugo Award Ceremony
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