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NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2002 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: December 2002
Issue No. 39

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

A few centuries ago (which is just a blink in cosmic time) spits of light shooting through the sky was considered an ill-omen. At this age, the advent of such a phenomenon is widely broadcast and eagerly anticipated. People would rather lose a few hours' sleep than risk missing what is now considered free entertainment of brilliant proportions. For today, through the prose of science fiction, we are elevated to the knowledge that shooting stars are not necessarily messengers of doom, but the vanguard of a celestial motorcade navigating a route through the Millky Way and informing planetary bodies to hold their positions since the Way is a busy place. However, once in an eon, things could go awry and stellar hammers would fall, setting things in motion for yet another great story of drama in science fiction.


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Gateway to Other Worlds

New SF books in December 2002

Tor Books

This is Tor's new version of their publication schedule. Mainstream titles are intermingled with Fantasy and Science Fiction. We do our best to weed out the mainstream titles but one or two may slip through the culling machine. Is this a sign Science Fiction is now on a par with mainstream?

Forge hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS BROTHER by Stephen R. Donaldson
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Andrew M. Greeley
STAR BRIGHT! by Andrew M. Greeley (hardcover)
STAR BRIGHT! by Andrew M. Greeley (simultaneous trade paperback)
CITIES OF GOLD by William K. Hartmann
THE LAST JIHAD by Joel C. Rosenberg
AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: A NOVEL OF PETER BRUEGEL by Rudy Rucker
SECOND SUNRISE by David Thurlo and Aimee Thurlo
DAMAGE THEM ALL YOU CAN by George Walsh
THE EAGLES' BROOD by Jack Whyte (trade paperback)

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

THIEVES' WORLD: TURNING POINTS by Lynn Abbey
HEAVY PLANET by Hal Clement (Orb trade paperback)
THE HARD SF RENAISSANCE edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Charles de Lint (Orb trade paperback)
TAPPING THE DREAM TREE by Charles de Lint
A PARADIGM OF EARTH by Candas Jane Dorsey (Tor trade paperback)
UNDERLAND by Mick Farren
50 IN 50 by Harry Harrison (Tor trade paperback)
THE BRIAN LUMLEY COMPANION by Brian Lumley and Stan Wiater
THE APOCALYPSE DOOR by James D. Macdonald
CATSPAW by Joan D. Vinge (Tor trade paperback)

Tor SF mass-market titles:

THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS by John Barnes
THE DARK WING by Walter Hunt
MAELSTROM by Peter Watts

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

ASHLING by Isobelle Carmody
THE PILLARS OF CREATION by Terry Goodkind
THE KING'S NAME by Jo Walton

Starscape titles:

PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi
DEEP SECRET by Diana Wynne Jones

DECEMBER 2002

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

THE PATHS OF THE DEAD by Steven Brust
SONGMASTER by Orson Scott Card (Orb trade paperback)
DRUM INTO SILENCE by Jo Clayton and Kevin Andrew Murphy
THE OTHER NINETEENTH CENTURY by Avram Davidson (Tor trade paperback)
CONAN THE SWORDSMAN by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Bjorn Nyberg
FITCHER'S BRIDES by Gregory Frost
THE SEA LARK'S SONG by Diana Marcellas
VOYAGE OF THE SHADOWMOON by Sean McMullen
ATLANTIS ENDGAME by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith
THE OMEGA EXPEDITION by Brian Stableford
THE PRIZE IN THE GAME by Jo Walton
ITHANALIN'S RESTORATION by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Forge mass-market titles:

REBEKAH by Orson Scott Card
RETRIBUTION: A LEW FONESCA NOVEL by Stuart M. Kaminsky
PROMISE OF GLORY by C.X. Moreau
THE BALLAD OF PINEWOOD LAKE by Jory Sherman

Tor SF mass-market titles:

THE PRECIPICE by Ben Bova
SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE by Sean McMullen
ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE WITH MAX MERRIWELL by Pat Murphy

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

ISSOLA by Steven Brust
BLOODTIDE by Melvin Burgess

Starscape titles:

ANOTHER HEAVEN, ANOTHER EARTH by H.M. Hoover

Del Rey Books

WIT'CH STAR by James Clemens
ECHOES OF THE GREAT SONG by David Gemmell
BABYLON 5: THE SHADOW WITHIN by Jeanne Cavelos

Baen Books

Advance and Retreat by Harry Turtledove
The Houses of the Kzinti by Jerry Pournelle, Dean Ing and S.M. Stirling
Hour of the Gremlins by Gordon R. Dickson and Ben Bova
Lady Slings the Booze by Spider Robinson
Killer by David Drake and Karl Edward Wagner

Penguin Putnam Books

Ace Books

Guardian, by Joe Haldeman. The newest SF adventure from the multiple award-winner!
The Maquisarde, by Louise Marley. The acclaimed author returns with a new thought-provoking tale!
The Queen's Gambit, by Deborah Chester. The bestselling author of numerous fantasies returns!
Worldfall, by Douglas Niles. The second in the fantasy saga, now out in mass market!
Hidden Truth, by Dawn Cook. The newest fantasy from the hot new author!
Beyond Flesh, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. Another mind-bending SF collection from these master editors!
Matadora, by Steve Perry. The exciting SF adventure, now back in print!

Daw Books

The Valdemar Companion edited by John Helfers and Denise Little (first time in paperback)
The Marked Man (omnibus) by Charles Ingrid
Pharaoh Fantastic edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren

Roc Books

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: Charles de Lint Home Page

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

INTRUDERS by J.R. Dunn -- In this chilling tale, the local police are kept busy investigating strange visitations.

WAITING FOR BILLY STAR by Tom Reamy -- A love story about a young woman and the rodeo rider she loves.

Movie Buzz

AOL Movies: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Star Trek X: Nemesis news

May 2003:
Xmen 2 - Planned for a May 2, 2003 release.

The Matrix Reloaded - see Special Section. Planned for Memorial Day.


Con News

January 10-12, 2003 (United States: Georgia) GAFilk 2003.
Clarion Hotel - Airport, 3601 N. Desert Dr., East Point, GA 30344. GoH: Bob Asprin; TM: Sherman Dorn; Interfilk: Jeff Hitchin. Theme: Filk.

January 10-12, 2003 (United States: Washington) Rustycon 20.
DoubleTree Hotel, 300 112th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, WA 98004; 1-800-222-TREE, 1-425-450-4119 (fax). GoH: Dave Duncan; AGoH: TBA; FGoH: TBA; MGoH: Larry Bagby. Theme: SF&F.

January 17-19, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Arisia '03.
Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, 64 Arlington St., Boston, MA. GoH: Harry Turtledove; FGoH: Anthony R. Lewis. Theme: SF&F.

January 17-19, 2003 (United States: Tennessee) Chattacon XXVIII.
The Radisson Read House Hotel, Chattanooga TN; 1-800-333-3333 or 1-423-266-4121. GoH: Gregory Benford; AGoH: Steve Hickman; TM: Charles Grant. Theme: SF&F.

January 23-27, 2003 (United States: California, Northern) Further Confusion.
San Jose Doubletree, San Jose, CA; 1-800-222-TREE. GoH: TBA. Theme: furry fandom.

January 24-26, 2003 (United States: Massachusetts) Vericon.
Harvard University, Cambridge MA. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

January 24-26, 2003 (United States: Michigan) ConFusion and Her Friends.
Detroit Area, MI. GoH: Melissa Scott; AGoH: TBA; SciGoH: Dr. Jack Cohen; FGoH: Roberta Kennedy; TM: Patrick O'Leary. Theme: SF&F.

January 24-26, 2003 (United States: Virginia) MarsCon 2003.
Clarion Hotel, 500 Merrimac Rd., Historic Williamsburg, VA; 1-800-666-8888. Theme: Gaming relaxacon.

January 30-February 2, 2003 (United States: New Jersey) Dreamation 2003.
Wyndham Newark Airport, Elizabeth, NJ 07094; 1-908-436-4600. Theme: Gaming.

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

NASA and other government agencies are helping the commercial space industry get off the ground -- Space, Inc.

A fraction of a second after the Big Bang, all the primordial soup of matter in the Universe was 'broken' into its most fundamental constituents. It was thought to have disappeared forever. However scientists strongly suspect that the exotic soup of dissolved matter can still be found in today's Universe, in the core of certain very dense objects called neutron stars -- ESA SCIENCE: Home page

Many years ago Pioneer 11 flew through Jupiter's rings, but no one knew it at the time. This week NASA's Galileo spacecraft did it again ... and scientists were ready -- Dark Rings

The Ferrari Red Paint will not be the only thing breaking all speed records when it hurtles towards the Red Planet on-board the Mars Express spacecraft in 2003. The spacecraft itself has already broken some speed records of its own. Mars Express is the fastest-built satellite of its type in the history of space engineering -- ESA SCIENCE: Mars Express

NASA researchers have discovered something odd: if you put an astronaut in a spinning chair, their brains might decide they are back in space. Why? The answer may reveal important lessons about human learning -- Balancing Brains

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

Ancient Tech Support

The tech support problem dates back to long before the industrial revolution, when primitive tribesmen beat out a rhythm on drums to communicate:

- This fire help. Me Groog
- Me Lorto. Help. Fire not work.
- You have flint and stone?
- Ugh
- You hit them together?
- Ugh
- What happen?
- Fire not work.
- (sigh) Make spark?
- No spark, no fire, me confused. Fire work yesterday.
- *sigh* You change rock?
- I change nothing
- You sure?
- Me make one change. Stone hot so me soak in stream so stone not burn Lorto hand. Small change, shouldn't keep Lorto from make fire.

*Grabs club and goes to Lorto's cave*
*WHAM*WHAM*WHAM*WHAM*

The Hook in the Book

     They came into a paved central square near the river, and stopped before the great stone building. It was huge. Many of the local people had come to it to die. Their lamasery, no doubt, but roofless, open to the sky--unfinished business. As if these people had only come to religion in their last days; but too late; the place was a boneyard. Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond. Nothing moved, and it occurred to Bold that the pass in the mountains they had ridden through had perhaps been the wrong one, the one to that other west which is the land of the dead. For an instant he remembered something, a brief glimpse of another life--a town much smaller than this one, a village wiped out by some great rush over their heads, sending them all to the bardo together. Hours in a room, waiting for death; this was why he so often felt he recognized the people he met. Their existences were a shared fate.
     "Plague," Psin said. "Let's get out of here."

THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT
by Kim Stanley Robinson

Last Word

"It's easy enough to distinguish the writers at the far edges of the science fiction and fantasy - Asimov versus Eddings, for example. But there are writers who fall in the middle, who blur the lines. These are writers for whom the 'fantastic' is not ethereal and wispy but tough and real, where 'magic' operates like science or science magic, and where the sense of subversion, of alienation, of sheer strangeness that saturates their work defies easy categorisation as SF or fantasy. That's the tradition that I'm interested in - I see myself as writing Weird Fiction."

China Mieville
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