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NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: November 2002
Issue No. 38

Precursor
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
Credits
Precursor

When hinges creak in doorless chambers and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls, whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight....Although humanity is slowly emerging from the long, dark night of superstition, there are few of us who don't relish a little scare now and then. There is plenty of science fiction with a spooky edge, from haunted spacestations to aliens who could definitely qualify as monsters. Turn the lights down, light a candle, and listen to the wind howl outside. Did that shadow in the corner just move? Sweet Screams....

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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in November 2002

Tor Books

Del Rey Books

MYTH MAKING: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MAKING OF STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES by Jody Duncan
STAR WARS: EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES by R.A. Salvatore
A GIFT OF DRAGONS by Anne McCaffrey
THE TWO TOWERS by J.R.R. Tolkien
TOLKIEN BOXED SET by J.R.R. Tolkien
WIT'CH GATE by James Clemens
WEB WARRIORS II: DIMENSION X by James Luceno
XANTH: THE QUEST FOR MAGIC by Piers Anthony
ROBOTECH: DOOMSDAY by Jack McKinney
ROBOTECH: THE MACROSS SAGA: BATTLE CRY by Jack McKinney
THE ART OF STAR WARS: EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES by Mark Cotta Vaz

Baen Books

Resurgence by Charles Sheffield
Between the Strokes of Night by Charles Sheffield
Skylock by Paul Kozerski
The Black Throne by Roger Zelazny and Fred Saberhagen
March to the Sea by David Weber and John Ringo

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

Daw Books

Explorer by C. J. Cherryh
Defender by C. J. Cherryh
The Forbidden Circle by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Darkover Omnibus of The Forbidden Tower and The Spell Sword)
Apprentice Fantastic edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis

Roc Books

October, 2002:
DEVIL'S BARGAIN by Judith Tarr
NIGHTMARE by Steven Harper
THE SHADOWS AND THE LIGHT by Anne Bishop
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November 2002:
SILK by Caitlin R. Kiernan
A SONG FOR ARBONNE by Guy Gavriel Kay
THE DEVIL AND DEEP SPACE by Susan R. Matthews
THE FATHOMLESS CAVES by Kate Forsyth

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: The Baxterium: Stephen Baxter

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

GODFATHER DEATH by Richard Bowes -- In this Time Ranger story, three rangers who met as cadets are assigned to keep track of a special child.

FLASH POINT by Gardner Dozois -- Ben Jacobs moved away from the harshness and danger of the city to the safe haven of Skowhegan but something strange is happening--even there.

Movie Buzz

2003 (unknown dates):

The Children of Men - Based on the 1993 novel by P.D. James, mankind has lost the ability to reproduce with males becoming sterile. Focuses on an Oxford history professor, Theodore Faron, who could be the first father in 27 years.

Daredevil - Live action version of the comic book from Writer and director Mark Steven Johnson. Ben Affleck stars as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jennifer Garner most probably will be Elektra. Colin Farrell may play Bullseye.

Demon with a Glass Hand - Harlan Ellison wrote the screenplay for this film to be directed by David Twohy. It's a feature film version of Ellison's 1964 Outer Limits episode.

Dreamcatcher - Thomas Jane stars in the film based on the Stephen King novel. Four men that share a telepathic bond since childhood reunite for a hunting trip. Also stars Morgan Freeman, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore, and Donnie Wahlberg. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

Fantastic Four - Based on the Marvel Comic and originally to be directed by Christopher Columbus (Harry Potter), now helmed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On). Sam Hamm wrote the script.

The Incredible Shrinking Man - remake starring Eddie Murphy. Keenen Ivory Wayans may direct from a script by Fred Wolf.

Jeepers Creepers II: Bat out of Hell - sequel to one of the more stylish recent horror movies. No specific release date yet. Will again be written & directed by Victor Salva.

The Last Man - will star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in a film by writer/director Darren Aronofsky. An original film said to be an epic in a post-Matrix vein.

Red Dwarf: The Movie - Based on the cult BBC TV series. Cast includes Chloe Annett, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Mac McDonald and Carole Nimmons. Directed by Ed Bye. Originally planned for April 2002, has been moved to sometime in 2003.

Solaris - Starring George Clooney and based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem, a psychologist onboard a space station discovers the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Written and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11).


Con News

December 6-8, 2002 (United States: California, Southern) Smofcon 20.
The Hacienda Hotel, Old Town, San Diego, CA. Theme: conrunning.

December 6-8, 2002 (Czech Republic) Dracon 2002.
Brno, Czech Republic. Info: dracon@dracon.cz.

December 13-15, 2002 (United States: Pennsylvania) Philcon 2002.
Center City Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. GoH: Connie Willis; AGoH: Donato Giancola; SGoHs: David Gerrold, Nalo Hopkinson, Spider & Jeanne Robinson. Theme: SF&F.

December 27-29, 2002 (United States: Virginia) EveCon 20.
Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191; 1-800-325-3535 or 1-888-625-5144. Theme: SF&F, Gaming.

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

The Hubble Space Telescope has measured the diameter of a distant world more than half the size of Pluto -- Hubble Spots the Biggest World Since Pluto

Europe opens a window onto a violent Universe -- ESA SCIENCE: INTEGRAL

Astronauts have a cool demeanor and good people-skills, but six months in a tiny spaceship with the same crewmates can drive anyone to distraction --How Astronauts Get Along

Looking for a way to really creep out the babysitter when you call to check up? Instead of just calling, use Fujitsu's new MARON-1 phone-controlled robot -- Tech Today

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Biology Pun

Jim Finn, the noted biologist, was stumped. He'd spent months studying the little green frogs in the Keefo swamp. The population, despite all efforts at predator control, was declining at an alarming rate. Finally, Finn went to the chemistry department at his college to see if anyone there might be able to help. Tom Trom looked into the problem, and came up with a solution. The little frogs had succumbed to a chemical change in the swamp's water, and simply couldn't stay coupled long enough to reproduce. Trom brewed up a new adhesive, made from a dash of this, a zoss of that, and most critically, one part sodium.

"You mean?.... " Jim said when told.

"Yes," said Tom, "They needed mono-sodium glue to mate."

The Hook in the Book

Just above a large boulder near the top of the trail, not far from where the boy had emerged, a bright halo of white-yellow light had flickered into existence. About three meters in diameter, it surrounded an indistinct form lurking within its nucleus: a big bisymmetrical figure, vaguley human-formed save for the pair of broad winglike shapes that expanded outward from behind its body.

CHRONOSPACE
by Allen Steele

Last Word

"But science fiction remains as hospitable to eerily youthful writers today as it was in Gernsback's time. Even now, I suspect, some glinty-eyed ten-year-old is stuffing a manuscript into a manila envelope addressed to Mr. Gardner Dozois, The Editor, Asimov's Science Fiction-and with that precocious submission, what future Hugo winner, his or her hour come round at last, slouches toward Asimov's to be born?"

Robert Silverberg - from his Reflections: Prodigies
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