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NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2003 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: February 2003
Issue No. 41

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

Our hearts and thoughts reach out to the families of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia. Commander Rick Husband, Pilot William McCool, Payload commander Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, we will remember you, always.


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New SF books in January 2003

Tor Books

Tor and Orb hardcovers and trade paperbacks:

APPLESEED by John Clute (Tor trade paperback)
GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA: DESTRUCTION OF ILLUSIONS by Keith R.A. DeCandido
DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM by Cory Doctorow
THE DARK PATH by Walter Hunt
CROSSFIRE by Nancy Kress
THE WHISPERER AND OTHER VOICES by Brian Lumley (Tor trade paperback)
HECATE'S GLORY by Karen Michalson
ABANDON IN PLACE by Jerry Oltion (Tor trade paperback)
THE RETURN OF SANTIAGO by Mike Resnick
HUMANS by Robert J. Sawyer
THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME, VOL. I edited by Robert Silverberg
LATRO IN THE MIST by Gene Wolfe (Orb trade paperback)
DRAGON AND THIEF by Timothy Zahn

Tor SF mass-market titles:

PROBABILITY SUN by Nancy Kress
HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer
TERRAFORMING EARTH by Jack Williamson

Tor Fantasy mass-market titles:

A DRAGON'S ASCENSION by Ed Greenwood
LANCELOT DU LETHE by J. Robert King

Starscape titles:

THE SHADOW GUESTS by Joan Aiken
OBERNEWTYN by Isobelle Carmody

Del Rey Books

EVOLUTION by Stephen Baxter
DROWNING WORLD by Alan Dean Foster
DARK ANGEL: THE EYES ONLY DOSSIER by D.A. Stern
STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: FORCE HERETIC I: REMNANT by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
DARK ANGEL: SKIN GAME by Max Allan Collins
DIUTURNITY'S DAWN by Alan Dean Foster
SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR & FARMER GILES OF HAM by J.R.R. Tolkein
DEMONTECH: RALLY POINT by David Sherman

Baen Books

WARLORD by David Drake and S.M. Stirling
GRIMMER THAN HELL by David Drake
THE GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME by Joel Rosenberg
A PLAGUE OF DEMONS by Keith Laumer edited by Eric Flint
MARTIAN KNIGHTLIFE by James P. Hogan
PYRAMID SCHEME by Dave Freer and Eric Flint

Penguin Putnam Home

Ace Books

From Ace: "The fake book saga continues, as yet another fake book is listed below. Next issue, another fake book! And after that, another! Adventure has a name, and it is "fake book!""

The Book of Athyra, by Steven Brust The final Brust collection, with two more exciting adventures in one volume!
Ombria in Shadow, by Patricia A. McKillip The latest romantic fantasy from the acclaimed author, now in trade paperback!
Freedom's Ransom, by Anne McCaffrey The latest in the Freedom series from the SF genius, now in mass market!
Son of the Sword, by J. Ardian Lee The first in the exciting new romantic fantasy series, now in mass market!
Carpe Diem, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller The acclaimed Liaden saga continues in our mass market version of the series!
Hyperthought, by M.M. Buckner An original and exciting new cyberpunk novel from a hot new author!
A Difficulty With Dwarves, by Craig Shaw Gardner The hilarious comic fantasy, now back in print!
The Wings of Merlin, by T.A. Barron The classic Arthurian adventure now in digest-size!

Daw Books

The Gathering Storm (Crown of Stars #5) by Kate Elliott (hardcover)
Sword-Sworn by Jennifer Roberson (first time in paperback)
Stranger Inside by Stephen Krane
Magical Beginnings edited by Steven H. Silver and Martin H. Greenberg

Roc Books

CONQUISTADOR by S.M. Stirling
THE CHANGELING PLAGUE by Syne Mitchell
CHILDREN OF THE SHAMAN by Jessica Rydill
MECHWARRIOR: DARK AGE: A CALL TO ARMS 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.] Home

Author's/Artist's Corner

This month: Official Kate Elliott Website

Fiction Corner

SCI FICTION

BOYS by Carol Emshwiller -- In a society where war never ends drastic action must be taken by someone, even if it's not an active participant.

LET'S BE FRANK by Brian W. Aldiss -- A mutation in the firstborn of a young sixteenth century nobleman creates an ambitious dynasty all sharing the same consciousness.

Movie Buzz

October 2003:
Rendezvous with Rama - Morgan Freeman will star in the film version of the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. The giant alien ship Rama is discovered in 2130 with a team of astronauts sent to investigate it and its course for the sun. Directed by David Fincher (Alien 3) with a script by Scott Brick & Bruce McKenna.

Rumored:
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat: Writer-director Stephen Cornwell is adapting SF author Harry Harrison's series of books for director Jan De Bont at Fox.

Battlefield Earth 2 - yes, really.

Battlestar: Galactica - This one is going back and forth between a new series or a feature film.

Con News

March 2, 2003 (United Kingdom: England) Star Wars Day VII.
Devon, United Kingdom. Guests: Jonathan Hales, Jerome Blake, Silas Carson, Michael Sheard, Warwick Davis. Theme: Star Wars.

March 7-9, 2003 (United States: California, Northern) Consonance 2003.
Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, 777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; 1-408-321-9500. GoHs: Talis Kimberley,Simon Fairbourn; TM: Jane Mailander; Interfilk: Mark Mandel. Theme: Filk.

March 7-9, 2003 (United States: Wisconsin) Congenial XIII.
Marriott Racine, 7111 W. Washington Ave., Racine, WI; 1-262-886-6100. Theme: Relaxacon.

March 7-9, 2003 (United Kingdom: Northern Ireland) MeCoN 6.
QUB Senior Common Rooms, College Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. GoH: Peter F. Hamilton. Theme: SF&F.

March 14-16, 2003 (United States: North Carolina) StellarCon 27.
The Radisson, 135 S. Main St., High Point, NC; 1-800-333-3333. GoH: Jennifer Roberson; Guests: Eric Flint, Dave Wolverton, Jody Lynn Nye, Steven S. Long, John Ringo. Theme: SF&F.

March 14-16, 2003 (United States: Ohio) Cleveland Colossal Convention 2.
Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131. Theme: comics.

March 14-16 2003 (United States: Oregon) Game Storm 2003.
Doubletree Hotel Columbia River, Portland, OR; 1-503-283-2111. Theme: Gaming.

March 14-16, 2003 (United States: Virginia) Technicon 20.
Best Western Red Lion Inn, 900 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 24060, 1-540-552-7770. GoH: Janet Kagan. Theme: SF&F Gaming.

March 19-23, 2003 (United States: Florida) 24th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton, Dania, FL. GoH: Charles de Lint; SGoH: Ramsey Campbell; Guest Scholar: S.T. Joshi; Permanent Guest: Brian Aldiss. Theme: Dark New Century.

March 20-23, 2003 (United States: Texas) AggieCon 34.
Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Guests: Ruth Thompson, Virginia Hey. Theme: SF&F..

March 21-23, 2003 (United States: Mississippi) CoastCon XXVI.
Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, MS; Hotel TBA. Guests: TBA. Theme: SF&F.

March 21-23, 2003 (United States: New York) Lunacon 2003.
Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY; 1-914-939-6300. GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson; AGoH: Rowena; FGoHs: Joni & Todd Dashoff; TM: Susan de Guardiola. Theme: SF&F.

March 21-23, 2003 (United States: Ohio) Millennicon 17.
Kings Island Resort & Conference Center, 5691 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH; 1-800-727-3050 or 1-513-398-0115. GoH: Nancy Kress; AGoH: Ellisa Mitchell. Theme: SF&F.

March 21-23, 2003 (United States: Tennessee) Galacticon 2003.
Ramada Inn South, 6639 Capehart Ln., Chattanooga, TN; 1-423-894-6110. GoH: Dr. Lawrence Schoen; FilkGoH: Emerald Rose. Theme: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Klingons.

March 21-24, 2003 (Canada: Ontario) Ad Astra 2003.
Toronto Colony Hotel, Toronto, ON. GoH: Michael Moorcock; AGoHs: Robert Gould, Alan Lee. .

March 22-23, 2003 (United States: Michigan) Marmalade Dog 8 Gamefest 2003.
Bernhard Center, 1903 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. Guests: TBA. Theme: Gaming.

March 22-23, 2003 (Germany) Dort.Con 2003.
Dortmund, Germany. GoH: Larry Niven, Barbara Slawig. Theme: SF&F.

March 28-30, 2003 (United States: New York) I-Con 22.
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Guests: James Gunn, Harlan Ellison, Julius Schwartz, James Morrow, John L. Coker, Martha Trachtenberg, Jennifer Brehl, Tony Ruggiero, more. Theme: SF & Media.

March 28-30, 2003 (United States: Tennessee) MidSouthCon 21.
Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 39132-1803; 1-901-322-1130. Guests: Robert Sawyer, Kelly & Laura Freas, Michael Sheard, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Stephen Pagel. Theme: SF literature, science, media.

March 28-30, 2003 (United States: Virginia) Madicon 12.
Taylor Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. GoH: P.N. Elrod; SGoH: Tee Morris; GGoH: Lee Dotson. Theme: SF&F.

March 28-30, 2003 (Canada: Ontario) FilkONtario 13.
Four Points Sheraton Toronto Airport, 5444 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, ON, Canada; 1-905-624-1144, 1-800-737-3211. GoH: Cynthia McQuillin & Dr. Jane Robinson; Official Filk Waif: Mark Bernstein; Interfilk: Robert Cooke. Theme: Filk.

March 28-30, 2003 (United Kingdom: Wales) PORTMEIRICON.
Portmeirion, Wales, UK. Theme: The Prisoner TV Show.

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

Detecting Earth-sized planets is hard enough but how does an astrobiologist decide which of them are inhabited? -- ESA SCIENCE: Darwin

Science that can't be done on Earth -- Why do experiments in space?

Our Sun may seem an enduring, unwavering beacon in the sky, but in truth it has a "heartbeat" of sorts -- The Inconstant Sun

Anyone who says there's no sound in space has never actually been there -- The G's in the Machine

Flame balls onboard the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) have been doing some strange and wonderful things -- A Flameball Named Kelly

Smile A Short Break From Gravity Smile

A Frog's Future

A frog telephoned the Psychic Hotline and was informed, "You are going to meet a beautiful young woman who will want to know everything about you." The frog said, "That's great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?"

"No," replied the psychic, "Next term--in her biology class."

The Hook in the Book

"He slid his hand up the extended stone wrist to the stone hand--the ring was still there. He tried to push it up off of the statue's finger, but it was stuck somehow.
     An instant later he saw why, for the flash of lightning abruptly lit the yard: and the stone hand was now closed in a fist, imprisoning the ring like the end link of a chain. There were no cracks, no signs of any fracture--the statue's hand seemed not ever to have been in any other position. Rain was streaming down the white stone face, and its blank white eyes seemed to be staring at Crawford."

The Stress of Her Regard
by Tim Powers

Last Word

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."

Albert Einstein
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