|"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: October 2000
Issue No. 13
2001 is looming; in fact it's only three months away and contrary to A.C. Clarke's visionary novel, we don't have a moonbase, we haven't found one monolithic proof of advanced alien races dwelling beyond the boundaries of our Solar System. Yet, we have read about the Old Ones, the Builders, the Progenitors, the Protectors, enigmatic beings, who are silent in the limited range of our hearing, who bring the mysteries of the Universe closer to our doorstep and take us on a journey that will pass from generation to generation. There *is* something out there. There are dramas being played out on worlds too distant for us to even comprehend the patterns of their civilizations. Yet, open a science fiction book and the pages will take you there, and you will find them, the Old Ones, the Builders, the Progenitors, the Protectors, and they will take you on the greatest adventure yet again. Here we are not alone.
New SF books in October
The Dastard Piers Anthony
The King's Peace Jo Walton
Accidental Creatures Anne Harris
King Rat China Mieville
A Door Into Ocean Joan Slonczewski (Orb)
Xone of Contention Piers Anthony
The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus Harry Harrison
There and Back Again Pat Murphy
In Legend Born Laura Resnick
Earth Final Conflict: The Arrival Fred Saberhagen
Del Rey Books
A KISS OF SHADOWS Laurell K. Hamilton
STARS AND STRIPES IN PERIL Harry Harrison
HELL ON EARTH Michael Reaves
GUIDE TO THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE 3rd Edition Bill Slavicsek
HERO IN THE SHADOWS David Gemmell
STAR WARS:THE NEW JEDI ORDER AGENTS OF CHAOS II: JEDI ECLIPSE James Luceno
THE GOLDEN COMPASS Philip Pullman
THE SUBTLE KNIFE Philip Pullman
CHILD OF FLAME Crown of Stars, Volume Four KATE ELLIOTT
PRECURSOR CJ CHERRYH
Review of Thomas M. Disch's THE DREAM OUR STUFF IS MADE OF: How Science Fiction Conquered the World - Reviews - book - The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of
WETLANDS PRESERVE by Nancy Kress - A research lab studying wetlands in New York is confronted by an enigmatic life form.
DESCENDING by Thomas M. Disch - A cautionary tale about being unemployed and broke in the big city.
Revisiting GALAXY QUEST at the Hugos - ConQuest: Galaxy Quest Creators Talk Hugo
MIR by James Cameron? - Hollywood director James Cameron is considering a trip to Mir
Make way for R. Daneel Olivaw, Data! - Sci Fi Wire -- Asimov's CAVES set for screen
Preview of the movie A.I. - Upcomingmovies.com: A.I.
Survivor on Mir - NBC Website Becomes a Reality(TV)
Doyle works to revive B5 - Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel
November 10-12, 2000 (Arizona)
TUS-CON 27. GoH: Catherine Wells; AGoH: Liz Danforth; FGoHs: Stephanie Bannon, Craig Dryer; TM: Edward Bryant - Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), home of TusCon
November 10-12, 2000 (Florida)
TROPICON 19/Fanhistoricon 10. Clarion Hotel, 4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood FL 33019-3010; GoH: Vernor Vinge; AGoH: David Cherry; FanHistoricon Speaker: Dave Langford; Guests: Hal Clement, Mike Resnick, Kathleen Ann Goonan - TROPICON
November 10-12, 2000 (Illinois)
WINDYCON 0027. Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg IL; GoH: Terry Brooks; AGoH: Lubov; EGoHs: Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden; FGoHs: Sally Kobee & Larry Smith; TM: Phyllis Eisenstein; Special Guests: Barry B. Longyear, Christian Ready, Laurell K. Hamilton - Windycon XXVII
November 10-12, 2000 (Massachusetts)
UNITED FAN CON. Springfield Marriott, Springfield MA. Guests: Ethan Phillps, others TBA - United Fan Con - New England's Premier (Fan-Run) Media SF Convention
November 10-12, 2000 (United Kingdom, England)
NOVACON 30. The Britannia Hotel, Birmingham, UK. GoH: Christopher Priest; SGoH: Rog Peyton; AGoH: David A Hardy - Novacon 30
November 17-19, 2000 (Louisiana)
EXOTICON. Radisson Hotel, New Orleans LA. GoHs: James P. Hogan, Paul T. Riddell; Media GoH: Claudia Christian; AGoH: Larry Elmore; Gaming GoH: Dave Arneson - ExotiCon.
November 17-19, 2000 (Oregon)
ORYCON 22. Doubletree Hotel Portland, Columbian River Portland OR. GoHs: Kara Dalkey, John Barnes; EGoH: Gordon Van Gelder; Science GoH: Robert Forward; AGoH: Gail Butler - OryCon 22
November 17-19, 2000 (Pennsylvania)
PHILCON 2000. Adam's Mark Hotel, City Ave. & Monument Rd., Philadelphia PA. GoH: Vernor Vinge; AGoH: Bob Walters; SGoH: Poul Anderson - Philcon 2000
November 17-19, 2000 (The Netherlands)
CONTREATY/BENELUXCON 24. Best Western Grand Hotel de L'empereur, Maastricht, the Netherlands. . GoHs: Jaap Boekestein, Christopher Priest - Welcome to ConTreaty
November 24-26, 2000 (Maryland)
DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIII. Holiday Inn, Timonium MD. GoHs: Diane Duane, Peter Morwood; SGoH: Katherine Kurtz; Musical GoH: Clam Chowder - Darkover Grand Council Meeting XXIII
November 24-26, 2000 (Tennessee)
CONCAT 12. Hyatt Regency, Knoxville TN. GoH: Charles de Lint; AGoH: Charles Vess - ConCat 12
November 24-26, 2000 (Texas)
UNCOMMONCON. Hyatt Regency, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Theme: SF/F & gaming con. Guests: TBA - UncommonCon: The Shocking Truth!
Space Babel - the latest in Science, NASA and Other Agencies
A machine that defies gravity? - Weighty Implications: NASA Funds Controversial Gravity Shield
ISS ready for business - International Space Station (ISS): Main Entrance: Current News
The search for dark matter - Scientific American: News In Brief: Where's the Dark Matter?
"... it is getting tougher as the marketing machines gear up for the latest and greatest technomarvel, the wireless Web." - Scientific American: Feature Article: The Wireless Web: October 2000
Milky Way's central black hole located - PhysicsWeb - News Stories
| ||A Short Break From Gravity || |
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Rene Descartes: It had sufficient reason to believe it was dreaming anyway.
You asked me to define MIDAX again -- Mostly Isolated/Defined Autonomous Central Self -- and Christ in his blue loincloth said, "That's good. That's very good. You have a fifty percent split; that's the best yet. When we can isolate your Central Self at eighty you'll get the instruction to locate one of the access channels between the Hinterland and the MIDAX Deep. You'll go in after Greenface, then, but you'll be on your own. So keep writing, keep practicing control."
ANCIENT ECHOES by Robert Holdstock
"Science fiction now enjoys the respect of the world. Its deserved recognition is based primarily on the incredible accuracy of its scientific prophecy. But the content of science fiction today, as in the past, has always been a much richer mixture than technical predictions. My definition of the genre gives some idea of its scope: "Science fiction is a branch of fantasy identifiable by the fact that it eases the 'willing suspension of disbelief' on the part of its readers by utilizing an atmosphere of scientific credibility for its imaginative speculations in physical science, space, time, social science, and philosophy.""
Sam Moskowitz from his book STRANGE HORIZONS - The Spectrum of Science Fiction
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