Monday, November 13, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, November 2017

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
November 2017

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Upcoming Events
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Brandon Sanderson, OATHBRINGER (Tor, Hardcover, $34.99), Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm

Meet Our New Building, Thursday, November 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm (at 1377 Haight Street at Masonic)

Borderlands 20th Anniversary Party, Saturday, November 18th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Annalee Newitz and Robin Sloan (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, November 19th at 6:30 pm

Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"You're kidding! I got all dressed up, and NO ONE'S going to notice, because there's a three-drink minimum!"

"After this, ice cream first? Or chai?" #ValenciaStreetProblems

* Someone has mapped the most read book in each of the fifty states, and some of these choices . . . .
https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/11/1/16585432/most-popular-books-50-states-map

* Do you like San Francisco?  Do you like Jello?  Why not combine them! http://mymodernmet.com/stunning-models-of-san/

* Nick Mamatas' noted writing workshop, "Fabulist Fiction" begins November 4th, and they're accepting late signups.  From the organizers: "Exciting plots and larger-than-life characters are the cornerstones of popular fiction and the emphasis of this course.  In this course, we’ll workshop your short stories and novel chapters, explore the history of the genres, perform writing and idea-generating exercises, and discuss the magazines and publishers looking for your sort of fiction.  Classes will run on Saturdays from November 4th through December 16th from 2 - 5 PM at 25 Taylor Street in San Francisco." https://sfwriting.institute/fabulist-fiction-fall2017/

* Horror is bleeding into science fiction and fantasy, says PW.  Although some would argue there has always been a very close relationship between the two. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/75016-horror-bleeds-into-speculative-fiction-science-fiction-and-fantasy-2017-2018.html

* Friend of the store and all-around delightful person Charlie Jane Anders has closed a deal with Tor Teen for a Space Adventure trilogy.  We can’t wait! https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/tor-teen-acquires-trilogy-by-charlie-jane-anders.html

* Invisibility might be happening soon!  (Thank goodness. We're done with all these people and their eyes with their looking.) https://qz.com/1105538/five-methods-for-turning-invisible-ranked-by-the-inventor-of-a-real-life-invisibility-cloak/

* Fall Flashback!  Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic 2015 essay "Up the Amazon with the BS Machine" http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2015/06/01/up-the-amazon/

* Huge congratulations to our neighbor and fellow San Francisco indie bookstore Dog Eared Books on 25 great years! https://missionlocal.org/2017/10/a-cultural-oasis-at-dog-eared-books-celebrating-25-years-in-business/

* A collection of science fiction featuring Iraqi writers imagining their country 100 years after the 2003 invasion by the U.S. http://www.ozy.com/presidential-daily-brief/pdb-81545/dunes-81554

* What (could) happen to your body when you donate it to science?  The answer may be darker than you think. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-bodies-brokers/

* When the dead do rise?  It'll likely be in Colma.  https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/10/26/why-are-so-many-dead-people-in-colma-and-so-few-in-san-francisco/

* Another month, another piece about inventions that science fiction predicted.  (Although this list has a couple that others forget about.) https://sanvada.com/2017/10/23/eight-ground-breaking-inventions-that-science-fiction-predicted/

* It's not October anymore, but everyone knows that hauntings happen year 'round.  If you're planning to visit Britain, why not test your mettle by staying in a haunted hotel?  https://www.visitbritain.com/us/en/halloween-britain-most-haunted-hotels#OUjbmIK1OzBI8tXA.97

* Horror can be so great, but not when it's relying on outdated stereotypes.  That's why you should check out this list of horror stories with complex women characters.  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/7-horror-stories-women-victims/

* Listen to N.K. Jemisin, Annalee Newitz and Cory Doctorow talk about world building: if it has changed, and experiencing those worlds in different ways. https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/writing-the-fantastic-in-2017/

* What if we zoned all of the planet as residential?  That's what some are saying would solve the energy crisis Australia is going through. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/tv-scientist-offers-outthere-solution-to-australias-energy-crisis/news-story/bfcd87aacbdde85e336e6943e1ad9d7a

* A fun and interesting guide for anyone with an interest in science fiction -- 31 essential terms and where they all came from. https://io9.gizmodo.com/31-essential-science-fiction-terms-and-where-they-came-1594794250

* Female robots, their history in fiction, the disturbing truth, and the hope for the future or robotics: http://theconversation.com/robotics-science-fiction-and-the-search-for-the-perfect-artificial-woman-86092

* Women warriors take center stage in three new fantasy novels!  https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/3-new-science-fictionfantasy-titles-about-warrior-women/

* "Beyond Skyline" sounds like the best of trashy mind candy science fiction.  If you need a distraction from the world?  Check it out! https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/3/16603736/beyond-skyline-review-cinepocalypse-premiere-frank-grillo-iko-uwais

* If you have an interest in mad scientists (and let's be honest -- who doesn't?) this article seems like a gateway to deeper and darker research. http://www.abc2news.com/newsy/these-reallife-mad-scientists-are-straight-out-of-science-fiction

* The JFK papers are being released on a rolling basis.  Which science fiction theory do you think came closest to the truth of how he died?  Time travel? Mutant?  Alien?  Or is he still living on the moon?  https://www.inverse.com/article/37792-jfk-assassination-scifi-conspiracy-theories-quantum-leap-xfiles

* If you have time on your hands, and an interest in history and science fiction?  Why not transcribe one of the hundreds of science fiction fanzines the University of Iowa has scanned and put up online?  More information here: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/10/the_university_of_iowa_s_hevelin_collection_of_science_fiction_fanzines.html

* The Evening Standard claims that these ten films are the best science fiction films of all time.  Na'amen  disagrees -- what do you think? https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/the-10-best-scifi-films-of-all-time-from-blade-runner-to-the-matrix-a3660911.html

* The reboot of the Jetsons in comic book form looks like an interesting and well thought-out look at dystopia and survival, (unlike the horrible Scooby Doo comic).  https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/3/16598440/jetsons-dystopia-dc-comics-future-apocalypse

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Award News
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* Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the World Fantasy Awards!  Clare North won the Best Novel award for THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE.  http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/most-recent/

* The WSFA (Washington Science Fiction Association) has announced the winner of the Small Press Short Fiction award.  Congratulations to Ursula Vernon for her story "The Tomato Thief": http://www.wsfasmallpressaward.org

* Congratulations to Carmen Maria Machado, who won the Bard Prize for her collection HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES.  The award comes with a $30,000 check and becoming writer-in-residence for one year.  http://www.bard.edu/bfp/

* The 2017 Sunburst Awards have been announced!  http://www.sunburstaward.org/2017-sunburst-winners

* Colson Whitehead's great award-winning novel THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD has won another award!  This time it's The Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award.  http://www.hurstonwright.org/hurstonwright-foundation-announces-2017-legacy-awards/

* The shortlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence has been released and there are a couple titles on the fiction list.  Check it out here: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult/short-lists

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From The Office
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So, You Bought a Building.  Now What?

You've probably heard the news already but, in case you missed the last couple of emails -- We managed to buy the building we were looking at on Haight Street!  This is a pretty huge accomplishment and I want to thank everyone who made it possible -- Borderlands' staff, our sponsors, all our customers who have supported us for 20 years, Dan Marshall and Lance Fulford (our realtors), and, most of all, the 49 people who lent the money that made it a reality. I'm more excited about where we're going to take Borderlands than I've been since I signed the lease for the cafe more than ten years ago.

The payment has been transferred already and escrow will close on the purchase on Tuesday, which will complete the transfer of ownership.  After that, the fun really starts.  But, it's going to be a slow start at first.  The previous owner of the building is also the owner of Recycled Records, the tenant in the retail space on the ground floor.  He's retiring, and is going to be packing up his inventory and shutting down his shop over the next couple of days.  Per the terms of the purchase contract, he has 15 days to leave the place "broom clean".  Until he's out, there isn't much work that can start (though, there are a few things I can get started on while he's still there -- basement and backyard clean up, specifically).

Once he's out, we'll be doing a bit of demolition.  The ceiling is on its last legs, and so we'll strip that down to the joists (those are the big pieces of framing that hold up the floors above).  We'll also pull up the old carpeting so that I can get a good look at the existing flooring.  Once that is done, we'll really be able to see what we've got to work with, as well as letting our structural engineer and architect take a look.  That part is very important since it will affect the next big job -- a soft-story retrofit.

Buildings like ours have mostly windows at the front and no walls that run across the place from side-to-side.  In an earthquake it's possible for the lower story of the building to slump sideways, much like a shoe-box with both ends cut off.  In construction-speak this is . . . very bad.  Especially if you happen to actually be in the building when it happens (in medical-speak that is . . . pretty awful).

Although buildings like ours are not required to be retro-fit (yet), it's not a bad idea.  Given that earthquake insurance is very, very expensive and that a soft-story collapse would most likely result in the effective destruction of the building, I'm leaning very strongly towards getting the retrofit done. However, I'll need to get a much clearer idea of what will be involved in doing the work before I decide.  Which is why getting the place cleared out is first on the to-do list.

Assuming we go forward with that job, it's going to be a time-consuming process.  We're going to need full building plans, plan-check reviews, and a bunch of permits.  And then there's the time it'll take to get the work done.  But, this is one of those jobs that you really don't want to try to do once the place is occupied, so it's a now-or-never sort of deal.  If I were going place bets on it, I'd say this job will take three months or so (especially since we're about to hit the holiday season, when everything goes more slowly).

Once that work is done, it'll be time to determine whether we're going to lease out the place for one to two years or move immediately.  We've got the option to lease it out because we've got three years left at the Valencia St. location.  It might be nicer to lease the Haight Street place, take our time planning the move (and getting some of the construction work done), and then move later.  On the other hand, I'm not getting any younger and it would be pretty neat to get into our new home sooner rather than later.

So, the current outline is retrofit completed sometime around the end of February and then rent or move.  If rent, then moving won't be until early 2019 or 2020.  If we don't rent it out, say two to three months for other construction and moving in May or June of 2018.  I'll keep you posted on all this as we go along.

Oh, but I left out the first thing that we're going to do -- show the place off.  If you'd like to come down, take a look at the place, say hi, and chat with me about layout and future plans:  I'll be at the new building on Thursday, November the 16th from four to eight pm.  I'd love to see you and show off our new House on the Borderland.  The address is 1377 Haight St. and it's just east of Masonic Avenue.  It even has a creepy basement!

All Best,
Alan

PS  If you're wondering what will happen with the Cafe when we move, the answer is, "Nothing".  It's under a separate, longer lease than the bookstore and its operations are completely independent from the store.  So, I'm going to continue to operate it on Valencia Street for the foreseeable future.

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for October, 2017

Hardcovers
1) La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
2) Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
3) Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino
4) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
5) 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Loren Rhoads
6) Machine Learning by Hugh Howey
7) Provenance by Ann Leckie
8) Vallista by Steven Brust
9) It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
10) Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Trade Paperbacks
1) Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
3) Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu edited by Ken Liu
4) Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig
5) Updraft by Fran Wilde
6) Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
7) Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
8) Machine Learning by Hugh Howey
9) Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
10) Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Paperbacks
1) Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
2) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3) Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
4) Excession by Iain M. Banks
5) Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
6) Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz
7) Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) by Philip K. Dick
8) The Gunslinger by Stephen King
9) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
10) Old Man's War by John Scalzi

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, December 10th, at 5 pm to discuss WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 19th, at 6 pm to discuss CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett. The book for the following month will be HYPERION by Dan Simmons.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Brandon Sanderson, OATHBRINGER (Tor, Hardcover, $34.99), Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm - We're always thrilled to welcome the fabulous Brandon Sanderson to Borderlands!  This time Brandon will be showing off OATHBRINGER, the third in the Stormlight Archive series.  We do hope you'll join us for this reading, Q&A, and signing.  This event will be first-come, first seated.  We'll be giving out (free) tickets as attendees arrive to mark their place in the signing line, and we'll call folks up in groups of 20 or so once signing starts, so they don't need to wait in line for such a long time.  If you miss your numbered group, you can join the next line when you're ready.  New protocol: Express vs. Non-Express lines: At the publisher's direction, because of the size of Brandon's signings, there is a new 2-line signing protocol in place.  Please choose an Express or Non-Express ticket when you arrive.  We'll still call folks up by ticket number, and attendees can choose which line they prefer.  There will be an express line and a non-express line: Brandon will sign books for three people from the express line for every one person from the non-express line.  The people in the express line get one personalized book per person only, no questions or posed photo.  The non-express line is normal signing protocol, with three personalized books per person, any number of non-personalized signed books, a question and/or a posed picture.  No purchase is necessary to attend and have books signed, but we always appreciate it if attendees purchase something at the event.  Contact us at office@borderlands-books.com or 888 893-4008 if you have questions.

Meet Our New Building, Thursday, November 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm (at 1377 Haight Street at Masonic) - Alan will be hanging out at our soon-to-be new bookstore home from 4 to 8 pm.  If you'd like to take a look and the place and talk about our future plans, please do stop by.  He'll show you the basement, backyard, and you can look at the rest of the joint.  Plan on taking some pictures because you're not going to believe how we're going to transform it.

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Borderlands 20th Anniversary Party, Saturday, November 18th,  Noon to 6 pm - We're celebrating two decades of bookselling with an all-day party.  At noon, the store will open to the general public and the fun really starts.  We'll have a rotating lineup of some of our favorite local authors signing their work in half-hour blocks.  The schedule is:

12:00 pm: Dana Fredsti, Nick Mamatas, Megan E. O'Keefe, and Tim Pratt; 1:00 pm: Peter S. Beagle, Michael Blumlein, Becca Gomez Farrell, and Nancy Jane Moore; 2:00 pm: Richard Kadrey, Ellen Klages, and Pat Murphy; 3:00 pm: Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz; 4:30 pm: Cara Black and Kelli Stanley; 5:00 pm: Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney, Gail Carriger, and Katherine Kerr.

Also, as long as supplies last, we'll have our staff's selection of their all-time favorite books for sale at our cost as a "thank you" for 20 wonderful years of bookselling.  Last but not least, we'll be unveiling our limited edition anniversary hoodie featuring a lovely design by Michelle Rapp.  It's right on time for the chilly season and would make a great holiday present for the booklover in your life.

At four, the music starts, courtesy of DJ Steve Boyett of Groovelectric and Podrunner fame - http://www.groovelectric.com (since there's going to be music, we might just have to start our afternoon cocktails around then, too).  Also at four there will be an extraordinary cake, thanks to the incomparable Madeleine Robins.

Then come 6 pm we'll be closing early to get ready for our last sponsor party of 2017.  If you're not a sponsor, you'll have a chance to sign up on Saturday for both the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018.  Just ask about it at the bookstore counter.
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SF in SF with authors Annalee Newitz and Robin Sloan (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, November 19th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 pm - Join us and more than two dozen fabulous local mystery writers for a fun holiday party!  There will be light refreshments and the chance to mingle with, and get books signed by, fantastic authors.  Don't miss this chance to meet so many writers all at the same time, and enjoy a rousing kick-off to the party season -- we'll be joined by Laurie King, Nick Mamatas, and many, many more!  This event is open to the public.

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed for a nominal fee.  Call or email for details.


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Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Assistant Editor - Jude Feldman

All contents unless otherwise noted are the property of Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.
San Francisco CA 94110
415 824-8203
http://www.borderlands-books.com
Comments and suggestions should be directed to editor@borderlands-books.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, October 2017

Hello Everyone,

It's been quite a while since I've written something for this newsletter, but something is going on at Borderlands that is so big, so exciting, and (to be honest) so scary that I wanted to tell you about it.

This week I made an offer on a building that is meant to be a permanent home for Borderlands.  On Wednesday that offer was accepted by the seller.  This is a huge event in the lifetime of the store.

The building is a three-story Victorian built in 1902.  There are two flats upstairs and a retail space on the ground floor.  There is also a backyard and a full basement.  It's located just a bit east of Masonic Ave.  It's a little bit smaller that our current spot but, by putting the office and storage in the basement and being smarter with the layout, I think we can fit all our current stock and more.  Sadly, there is no room to accommodate the cafe. (Please note -- that does not mean I'm planning on closing the cafe.)

The address of the store is 1373 Haight.  If you try to look at it on Google street view, the place that pops up is actually across the street so "turn" South.  Currently it's the location of Recycled Records but, when we move we're not going to displace them.  The owner of the record shop owns the building and he's planning on retiring.  He'll be closing up shop and moving out shortly after the sale closes.  He's still open for now so, if you'd like to take a look at the place, you can.  But, if you decide to visit, please don't worry about the condition of the interior -- both the bookstore and the cafe were in much, much worse shape when we arrived.  When we're done, it will be beautiful.

But (you knew there had to be a "but"), due to a number of factors, not the least of which being a lower-than-normal down payment, the institutional lenders that I have talked with are not interested in financing the purchase.  So, if I'm going to make this work, I need to find individuals who would be willing to lend directly to the company.  If you or someone you know would be interested in talking about making a loan for this purchase, please get in touch with me by either replying to this email or reaching me directly at abeatts@borderlands-books.com.  I'm not looking for a single person who can loan the entire amount that I need (I'm not opposed to the idea but it's quite a lot of money). Instead my idea is to find a number of people (15 or more) who will be taking a not-too-large risk but who, together, can provide the sum that is needed.  Aside from the obvious, the idea is attractive because I much prefer the prospect of paying interest to you, our customers, rather than to a bank.

Lest you think that I'm trying to build a real-estate empire, let me tell you how I came to be shopping for a building: The sponsorship program that we started in 2015 caused a major shift in how I viewed the business.  Previously I had considered it my personal project; one that I would stop either when I could no longer do it or when I died.  But, after so many people were willing to contribute to allow it to continue to operate, I began to see it more as a public trust than something that was solely my possession.

With that attitude change, I began to look for a way to ensure that Borderlands could continue to operate after I was unwilling or unable to run it.  The conclusion that I came to was that the first and biggest obstacle to that sort of longevity was the perilous nature of commercial rentals in San Francisco. Having realized that, a year and a half ago I began working with a realtor to find a building that could house the store and that we could afford.  The first part was easy, the second not so much so.

On Haight Street I've found a place that satisfies both requirements, barely.  If I can arranged the financing, I'm confident that carrying the debt and costs of the building is within reach.

Accomplishing that will mean more than giving Borderlands a home.  This store has been my life's work and I wish to see it continue after my life is done. Further, I truly believe that bookstores are a critical part of the creative and intellectual life of our society as well as being an element of our city's soul.  I am in the lucky position of having already provided for the people in my life -- which means that there is no need for me to make Borderlands part of my financial legacy to them.

I have a dream that is bigger than just purchasing a building in which Borderlands can live.  With that achieved, I'll be able to pursue the rest of my dream -- when I'm no longer able to run Borderlands, I can make the business a non-profit and bequeath the building to it.  With that in place, it is possible that San Francisco will have a bookstore for as long as there are books to sell and people to buy them.

I'd like you to help me make that dream real.

All Best,
Alan Beatts

PS  Although we usually send newsletters only once a month, this process is so significant to the business I think that it's important that we keep our customers up to date about how it is progressing.  I will be sending out weekly updates on our progress.  I hope that it will not be intrusive.

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Upcoming Events
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Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Chris Brown, Thomas Centolella, Celeste Chan, Shawna Kenney, Devorah Major, and Margaret Rhee, Saturday October 21st at 6:30 pm

Michael Blumlein, "The Body As Story" presentation, Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF Women in Horror event with authors Dana Fredsti, Erika Mailman, and Loren Rhoads (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, October 29th at 6:30 pm

Stories and Songs with Greg Roensch, Friday, November 10th at 7:00 pm

Kate Elliott presents "Do Not Be Satisfied With Stories: Narrative Structure and Expectations", Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Stephen Elliott, Ben Loory, Annalee Newitz, and Maggie Shen King, Saturday, November 11th at 6:30 pm

Tim Pratt, THE WRONG STARS (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99), Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 pm

Brandon Sanderson, OATHBRINGER (Tor, Hardcover, $34.99), Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm

Borderlands 20th Anniversary Party, Saturday, November 18th, 10 am to 6 pm

SF in SF with authors Annalee Newitz and Robin Sloan (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, November 19th at 6:30 pm

Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"I told him, 'This tastes really carcinogenic,' and he got SO offended!"

* Overheard at the Con: (Thanks to a great anonymous sponsor for all these great "overheards" from DragonCon)
"I mess with people, but I do it stoically."

"Please take your tail out of my cleavage."​

"What do you mean, Stephen King doesn't come to DragonCon?"

"No honey, you can't go to the football game dressed as a W​hite Walker."

"This has totally ruined my trip - I just found out the people I most wanted to see here are dead."

"The eight cups of coffee I have at breakfast are essential to getting me through the day here."

​"​I'm sorry, but I just get so tired of being doofusy all the time, ya know?​"​

​"​Can I pet your snake?  OH MY GOD IT'S A REAL SNAKE!!!!​"​ <runs away screaming>

​(Woman to her husband, very definitively): "Oh yes, some ​p​anda porn is definitely coming home with us​!"​

​"​I've just been called "ma'am" by Darth Vader."​

"Walk in back of me, damn it - your sword keeps hitting me in the boobs."

"I'm buying this book for my wife - she doesn't know I'm here with my girlfriend, but she'll forgive me for the signed book."

* Some good news, for a change: Governor Brown has signed AB228, which amends California's dreadful, cumbersome, intrusive, ineffectual, & unenforceable autographed-collectibles law.  The new law specifically excludes signed books (among other categories of items,) and is focused, as originally intended, on sports and entertainment memorabilia. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB228

* R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle; the award winning author died in his sleep at age 84.  Read John Scalzi’s obituary here: https://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/09/08/rip-jerry-pournelle/

* A ranking of the 40 Stephen King adaptations from worst to best.  Theatrical release only, so it excludes the truly wonderful written for TV miniseries "Storm of the Century" which is in many peoples' top five King productions for sure. http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/every-stephen-king-movie-ranked-from-worst-to-best.html

* R.I.P. Kit Reed -- a prolific and well-respected science fiction author who passed away last month.  https://boingboing.net/2017/09/25/rip-kit-reed-brilliant-giant.html

* More sad news: we're going to lose the nearly 40-year-neighborhood-fixture Aardvark Books because their building is up for sale: http://hoodline.com/2017/09/after-39-years-final-chapter-for-church-street-s-aardvark-books

* Minneapolis Public Radio talked to Jude (Borderlands' General Manager) about some book recommendations: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/29/seven-fantasy-and-scifi-recs-from-diehard-reader

* Want a chance to win $12,000 for a short story?  Check out the Into The Black contest!
https://medium.com/economicsecproj/into-the-black-a-short-fiction-contest-with-a-big-prize-f91cd6553967

* N.K. Jemisin's trilogy gets high praise in the New York Times, and with a TV adaptation on the way she stands to become of the biggest names in speculative fiction. Well-deserved for such an immense talent.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/books/review/nk-jemisin-stone-sky-broken-earth-trilogy.html

* Is the backlash to dystopian futures finally beginning?  Some authors like Cory Doctorow think there should be some pushback and room for optimism at the very least.  https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/1006/Blade-Runner-2049-Why-some-science-fiction-writers-are-tired-of-dystopias

* Amazon is focusing on science and science fiction for its children's programming and perhaps their adult programming will take the same path.  https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16427902/amazon-pilot-season-2017-will-vs-the-future-skybound-stem-for-children

* African Science Fiction continues to rise: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/african-science-fiction/#!

* We had never heard of The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One until now, but thanks to its name and this review, Na'amen's now obsessed with this film. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-mini-osiris-child-review-20171003-story.html

* A selection of science fiction works that focus on personal relationships and the bonds of human connection.  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2148878-science-fiction-picks-sound-wedding-bells-and-other-alarms/

* Perhaps you don’t care about personal relationships as much as crime and punishment in science fiction? Check out this list instead: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-science-fiction-20170921-story.html

* Futurists who imagine the shape of the world in the decades to come are being hired by companies you wouldn’t exactly expect.  https://www.ft.com/content/f603e438-a4ba-11e7-9e4f-7f5e6a7c98a2

* For a competing POV, here's Lawrence Krauss on why the next technological innovation is pretty much unpredictable. We're not sure we agree but it's an interesting counterpoint.  http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/09/why_science_fiction_writers_couldn_t_imagine_the_internet.html

* This review for the upcoming film "Downsizing" points out that even as the film is aware of injustice and parodies, it still relies on unfortunate racial assumptions at its core.  https://io9.gizmodo.com/downsizing-is-a-clever-big-idea-science-fiction-comedy-1819010098

* Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams appear on the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy to discuss the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy series, among other projects: https://www.wired.com/2017/09/geeks-guide-charles-yu/

* Speaking of podcasts!  To celebrate their 25th anniversary the Syfy network has released a 15 part podcast featuring discussions with various veterans of science fiction TV and film.  https://www.space.com/38075-syfy25-origin-stories-adam-savage-podcast.html

* And the last of a triptych of podcasts for you!  Here's SFWA president Cat Rambo, with hundreds of published short stories to her name, giving advice on becoming a science fiction writer to Geekwire: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/want-write-science-fiction-tips-president-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-america/

* It's the 40th anniversary of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and the movie is being rereleased in theaters.  Here's an article on how it changed how we viewed aliens forever.  http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/steven-spielberg-close-encounters-of-the-third-kind-richard-drefus-aliens-et-contact-arrival-jodie-a7956851.html

* SFWA has put out their annual call for grants.  Check out the rules and deadlines here: http://www.sfwa.org/2017/09/call-grants-2017/

* "Star Trek: Discovery" has seen a broad spectrum of reactions and reviews by the science fiction community. Here's a review of the third episode that praises it for the "science" part of science-fiction.  https://www.inverse.com/article/37003-star-trek-discovery-s1ep3-recap-review-context-kings

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Award News
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* The winners of the 2017 British Fantasy Awards have been announced!  https://www.tor.com/2017/10/01/announcing-the-2017-british-fantasy-award-winners/

* The 2017 Salam Award winner, for a short story written by an author currently living in Pakistan or of Pakistani birth/descent, has been announced: http://thesalamaward.com/index.php/the-award/2017-winners/

* The longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence has been released and there are quite a few genre-adjacent titles on the fiction list.  Check it out here: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult/longlists

* The winners of the Sixth Annual Copper Cylinder Award have been announced.  http://coppercylinderaward.ca/2017-winners

* N.K. Jemisin has won the Eugie award for her story "The City Born Great" on Tor.com.  Check out the announcement and most of the nominees here: http://www.eugiefoster.com/eugieaward

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for September, 2017

Hardcovers
1) Provenance by Ann Leckie
2) The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
3) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
4) Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
5) In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
6) Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
7) Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
8) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
9) Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
10) Null States by Malka Older

Trade Paperbacks
1) Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey
2) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3) Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone
4) River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
5) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6) The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
7) The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
8) Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
9) Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
10) It by Stephen King

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz
2) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3) Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
4) Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
5) Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
6) Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
7) The Gunslinger by Stephen King
8) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
9) The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu
10) Immortal Architects by Paige Orwin

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 12th, at 5 pm to discuss THE ILLUMINATUS TRILOGY by Robert Anton Wilson.  The book for December will be WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 15th, at 6 pm to discuss LOOK TO WINDWARD by Iain M. Banks.  The book for November will be CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District.  Phase 2 will take place in the bookstore, and will feature: Sarah Gailey, an internationally published author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble.  She tweets @gaileyfrey.  Learn more at www.sarahgailey.com; Sarah Kuhn, the author of the Heroine Complex series—starring Asian American superheroines—and assorted comics about love, geeks, aliens, and Barbie; Loren Rhoads, who zips from space operas called THE DANGEROUS TYPE and NO MORE HEREOS to nonfiction about the 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE; and Carter Scholz, a Bay Area writer, composer, and pianist whose recent novella, Gypsy, was nominated for the Sturgeon Award!

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District. Phase 3 will take place in the Cafe and will feature Robyn Bennis, who works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View and THE GUNS ABOVE is her debut novel; Dana Fredsti, the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets The Walking Dead, and the dark fantasy series Spawn of Lilith; Alize Jama-Everett, who was born in Harlem NYC in 1974.  His books are THE LIMINAL PEOPLE, THE LIMINAL WAR, and THE ENTROPY OF BONES; and Ellen Klages, an award-winning genre-bending author (PASSING STRANGE) who lives in San Francisco in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Nick Mamatas, Molly Tanzer, and a bunch of wonderful contributors to this event for a cool new mash-up of cocktail recipes and flash fiction!  From the editor: "A cocktail is like an excellent story -- bitter and sweet and over too quickly, but the memory of it stays with you.  From the Pimm's Cup to Smoking Bishop, the Manhattan to the Moscow Mule, MIXED UP features not only more than two dozen classic recipes and hot tips on ingredients and preparations, but new cocktail-themed short stories from some of today's most popular and acclaimed writers, including Jeff VanderMeer, Cara Hoffman, Benjamin Percy, and many more."

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome these three amazing authors to Borderlands!  Kevin, Chuck, and Fran will be discussing their new titles and signing books.  Bring your questions and your sense of humor!

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to host the somewhat-elusive sometime circumnavigator Hugh Howey!  Here's what the publisher has to say about his new collection: "Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel WOOL, and then with other enthralling works such as SAND and BEACON 23.  Now comes MACHINE LEARNING, an impressive collection of Howey's science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time.  These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story."

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Chris Brown, Thomas Centolella, Celeste Chan, Shawna Kenney, Devorah Major, and Margaret Rhee, Saturday, October 21st at 6:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate!  The amazing lineup this month includes authors Chris Brown (Tropic of Kansas), Thomas Centolella (Almost Human), Celeste Chan (Queer Rebels), Shawna Kenney (Live at the Safari Club, I Was a Teenage Dominatrix), Devorah Major (Brown Glass Windows, and then we became) and Margaret Rhee (Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love)  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits. Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

Michael Blumlein, "The Body As Story" presentation, Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 pm - Mutation!  Injustice!  Resilience!  Sex!  And more!  Our bodies tell a million stories.  Some are tragic, some triumphant.  Some beggar belief.  Drawing from a lifetime's work as a writer and physician, Michael Blumlein will narrate our bodies: the history that is written in them, the ongoing story, and what lies ahead.  Join us for an absolutely fascinating presentation on "The Body as Story," from this distinguished physician, writer, and teacher.

SF in SF Women in Horror event with authors Dana Fredsti, Erika Mailman, and Loren Rhoads (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, October 29th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Stories and Songs with Greg Roensch, Friday, November 10th at 7:00 pm - Join us for stories & songs by Borderlands sponsor Greg Roensch.  Greg will read from his collection of quirky, bite-sized tales, BREAKFAST WITH THE ALIEN AND OTHER SHORT, SHORT STORIES, and perform acoustic versions of music from his album, SPIRAL NOTEBOOK PROJECT.  In 2017, Greg completed work on these two long-incubating creative projects and is celebrating the double-barreled achievement with this special event at Borderlands.  For more information about both projects, go to www.gregroensch.com.

Kate Elliott presents "Do Not Be Satisfied With Stories: Narrative Structure and Expectations", Saturday, November 11th at 3:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome author and sponsor Kate Elliott, who will be doing a fascinating powerpoint lecture (all images or short clips! no boring text slides!) on how the expectations we bring to a story influence how we engage with the story, with a particular emphasis on how opening paragraphs (and opening sequences in films) often rely on familiarity and cultural knowledge to draw us in.  Kate will focus on science fiction and fantasy stories, most of which will be familiar to Borderlands Books' customers.  Kate has given versions of this presentation to acclaim at Sasquan/Worldcon 2015 and at the Sirens Conference 2015.  She will be happy to answer questions and sign books after the lecture.  We hope you'll join us for this interesting and practical event!

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Stephen Elliott, Ben Loory, Annalee Newitz, and Maggie Shen King, Saturday, November 11th at 6:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate! The amazing lineup this month includes authors Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries), New Yorker contributor Ben Loory (Tales of Falling and Flying), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Maggie Shen King (An Excess Male). Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits. Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

Tim Pratt, THE WRONG STARS (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99), Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Tim Pratt back to Borderlands!  This time he's coming with a brand-new space opera adventure.  From the publisher: "The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system.  They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from its intended destination and revive its sole occupant, who wakes with news of First Alien Contact.  When the crew break it to her that humanity has alien allies already, she reveals that these are very different extra-terrestrials. .  . and the gifts they bestowed on her could kill all humanity, or take it out to the most distant stars."

Brandon Sanderson, OATHBRINGER (Tor, Hardcover, $34.99), Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm - We're always thrilled to welcome the fabulous Brandon Sanderson to Borderlands!  This time Brandon will be showing off OATHBRINGER, the third in the Stormlight Archive series.  We do hope you'll join us for this reading, Q&A, and signing.  This event will be first-come, first seated.  (We'll be giving out (free) tickets as attendees arrive to mark their place in the signing line, and we'll call folks up in groups of 10 or so once signing starts, so they don't need to wait in line for such a long time.  If you miss your numbered group, you can join the next line when you're ready.)  No purchase is necessary to attend and have books signed, but we always appreciate it if attendees purchase something at the event.  Contact us at office@borderlands-books.com or 888 893-4008 if you have questions.

Borderlands 20th Anniversary Party, Saturday, November 18th, 10 am to 6 pm - We're celebrating two decades of bookselling with an all-day party.  We'll open early at 10 am for a private sale for readers of this newsletter.  Everything in the store will be 10% off, we'll have some carefully chosen staff favorites on sale at near our cost, and, as we almost never do, our rare and collectable section will be 20% off for two short hours.  And we'll have mimosas and snacks to get your day started.  At noon we'll open to the public with a huge line up of authors signing their work, music, and other fun and games including the unveiling of our limited edition 20th anniversary hoodie.  You won't want to miss this so mark your calendar now.  More details in the next monthly newsletter.

SF in SF with authors Annalee Newitz and Robin Sloan (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco), Sunday, November 19th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 pm - Attendees and details TK.

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed for a nominal fee.  Call or email for details.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, September 2017

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99), and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 9th at 5:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Juba Kalamka, Meredith May, Alvin Orloff, and Daniel H. Wilson, Saturday September 9th at 6:30 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Becca Gomez Farrell and Early Gregory, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 10th at 6:30 pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $24.99) Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, The Movie Panel Discussion with Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott, Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE UPLOADED (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm

Peter Clines, PARADOX BOUND (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm

Mishell Baker, PHANTOM PAINS (Saga, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm

Ann Leckie, PROVENANCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm

Loren Rhoads, 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Black Dog & Leventhal, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 pm

Serena Valentino, MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL (Disney, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* One of our customers has a question, and we're hoping y'all can help!  He says: "I'm looking for science fiction (novels, preferably) which use physics as their central premise.  Best is nuts & bolts SF of the Campbell variety which explain physics concepts in a fictional context; Mission of Gravity would be a good example.  These books will be posted on The Tech Challenge website <https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge>, included in our list of student resources.  Fiction's a great gateway for kids who seemingly have no interest in science or engineering.  Here's the challenge: we're not interested in astrophysics, nuclear physics, quantum physics or relativity.  We're looking for books that touch on gravity or the laws of motion - pretty strictly Newtonian or classical.  Our program's for 4-12 graders, so books appealing to any age group are fine.  I'll scan everything for "inappropriate" content, so people can suggest anything and I'll just remove any later Heinlein or Pohl from the list."  Do you have any suggestions that will help?  Please email them to office@borderlands-books.com, and we'll pass them on!

* Frances Glessner Lee's "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" will be on display at the Smithsonian!  (Jude absolutely loves the book of the Nutshell Studies. . . you can check it out on her "Recommended" shelf.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dollhouse-death-scenes-are-being-refurbished-for-smithsonian-exhibit/2017/08/26/d7d6cec4-89be-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html

* "How Great Science Fiction Works" -- a college-level course for science fiction fans from Gary K. Wolfe: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/how-great-science-fiction-works/

* We're sorry to report the death of Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist". https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/movies/tobe-hooper-texas-chainsaw-massacre.html

* Unfortunately, science-fiction legend Brian Aldiss has died at age 92.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/books/brian-aldiss-author-of-science-fiction-and-much-more-dies-at-92.html

* A steampunk Venus rover! https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6933

* This is a pretty wild story.  We wondered what was going on when we got a cryptic email from the New York Times' reporting folks -- it looks like a highly improbable group of people worked together to unfairly place a book at the #1 spot on the Young Adult list.  http://ew.com/books/2017/08/24/handbook-for-mortals-pulled-new-york-times-bestseller-list/amp/ (Sidenote: if one of us ever dies suspiciously, we want YA Twitter to investigate!)

* Build your own incredibly deadly dinosaur theme park! https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/20/jurassic-park-evolution/

* 18 space suits, ranked from worst to best: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/19/16104004/science-fiction-space-suit-worst-best-the-martian-alien-sunshine-gravity

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Award News
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* Local author Dominica Phetteplace is one of six winners of the 2017 Rona Jaffe Award for "women writers of exceptional talent," with emphasis on those "in the early stages of their writing careers".  Check out all the winners and learn more about the purpose of this cool award here: http://www.ronajaffefoundation.org/index.html

* UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben Winters has won the 2017 Sidewise Award for novel: http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/

* "The Blue Widow" by J.P. Sullivan has won the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. http://www.baen.com/baenfantasyaward2017

* Congratulations to this year's Hugo Award winners; N.K. Jemisin took home the Best Novel award for the second year in a row! http://www.thehugoawards.org/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for August, 2017

Hardcovers
1. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
2. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
3. The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
4. Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
5. Shattered Minds by Laura Lam
6. Gork the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
7. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
8. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
9. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
10. Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Trade Paperbacks
1. Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
2. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
4. Lamb by Christopher Moore
5. Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
6. Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
7. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
8. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
9. Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
10. Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
5. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
6. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
8. Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
9. Feedback by Mira Grant
10. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 10, at 5 pm to discuss ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 17th, at 6 pm to discuss SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson.  The book for October 15th is LOOK TO WINDWARD by Iain M. Banks.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99), and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 9th at 5:00 pm - We are so excited to welcome these two awesome, hilarious authors to Borderlands!  If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight.  If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start!  This time around, Seanan will be joined by Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off THE TASTE OF MARROW, the exciting, feral-hippo-filled sequel to RIVER OF TEETH!  Seanan will be presenting THE BRIGHTEST FELL, the next October Daye novel, and the first one in hardcover.  We'll also have the full-on Circus with musicians, readings, raffle prizes, and silliness guaranteed!  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Juba Kalamka, Meredith May, and Daniel H. Wilson, Saturday September 9th at 6:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, usually hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate! The amazing lineup this month includes authors Natasha Dennerstein (Triptych Caliform), Juba Kalamka (Son of Byford, Oogabooga Under Fascism), Meredith May (I, Who Did Not Die) Alvin Orloff (I Married an Earthling, The Unsinkable Bambi Lake), and Daniel H. Wilson (The Clockwork Dynasty, Robopocalypse)!  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Becca Gomez Farrell and Early Gregory, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 10th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $24.99) Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 pm - We're always delighted to welcome Max Gladstone to Borderlands!  Check out the write up from the publisher's website for the newest Craft novel, THE RUIN OF ANGELS: "The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place.  Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city -- while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.  Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in FULL FATHOM FIVE) hits town to corner Agdel Lex's burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei.  But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal.  When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead -- and some people want to finish the job." RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing:  https://www.facebook.com/events/257966844709642

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, The Movie Panel Discussion with Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott, Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - Join panelists Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott for a fascinating panel discussion on Stephen King's IT: The Book, The Minseries, and the Movie!  We'll explore the enduring popularity and various interpretations of this utterly terrifying novel.  Bring your questions and opinions.  And, we've been informed that there may well be clowns in attendance!

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE UPLOADED (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm - Join us to meet the incomparable Ferrett Steinmetz and check out his new post-singularity thriller THE UPLOADED, wherein (as it was described to me) "people are uploaded to giant servers after their death and are, quite frankly, hideous to the living".  You can check out Ferrett's summary here: http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/the-uploaded-my-new-novel-about-the-dark-side-of-digital-immortality-coming-in-september/ .  The author's only visiting three cities to promote this book, and the others are Cleveland and Cambridge; missing Ferrett Steinmetz is a damn shame, and you should avoid it if you can.  Also, we're expecting donuts!

Peter Clines, PARADOX BOUND (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm - We are always happy to welcome author Peter Clines, who has been a great supporter of Borderlands!  This time, the author that Kikus Reviews calls a "professional noodle-bender" brings us a "full barrell adventure novel" that "also teaches a non-ironic lesson in American civics".  We're going to let you read that excellent Kirkus review to find out more, and we heartily encourage you to come meet Peter Clines and check out PARADOX BOUND! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/peter-clines/paradox-bound/

Mishell Baker, PHANTOM PAINS (Saga, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm - Join us to meet the fabulous Mishell Baker, author of the Arcadia Project books BORDERLINE, PHANTOM PAINS, and the forthcoming IMPOSTER SYNDROME!  This will be an informal, meet-and-chat signing, and we've heard credible rumors there will be cupcakes.  You an hear an excerpt from BORDERLINE here: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Borderline/Mishell-Baker/The-Arcadia-Project/9781508225263

Ann Leckie, PROVENANCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm - Ann Leckie's first novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, the BSFA Award, and the British Fantasy Award, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and made the James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honor List, and the rest of the series garnered addtional awards!  WOW!  Now she's back with a whole new novel, PROVENANCE, and it sounds fantastic.  From the author's website: "A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people.  She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.  Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good."  We hold you'll join us to meet this record-shattering author and check out her new work.

Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome local author Annalee Newitz back to the store!  Annalee's written reams of articles, and two nonfiction books, but this is her first novel: "AUTONOMOUS features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine.  A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack's latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America -- a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.  On Jack's trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations.  AUTONOMOUS alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City."

Loren Rhoads, 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Black Dog & Leventhal, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome local author and Borderlands sponsor Loren Rhoads, who will be showing off her new book 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE!  From Loren's website: "People are buried everywhere, once you start to notice.  Every tourist destination has a cemetery, from New York City to Hong Kong to Isle of Iona.  Some tourist destinations are tombs: the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the Taj Mahal or the Royal Mounds in Gamla Uppsala in Sweden, for instance.  There are permanent residents in museums, houses of worship, ghost towns, battlegrounds. . . even in national parks.  You may have already visited someone's grave without giving it a second thought, if you’ve been to Pompeii or Westminster Abbey or the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.  Why would anyone go out of the way to visit a graveyard intentionally?  In addition to the fascinating stories they contain, cemeteries can be open-air sculpture parks full of one of a kind artwork.  They provide habitats for birds and wildlife, as well as arboretums and gardens of surprising beauty.  Cemeteries appeal to art lovers, amateur sociologists, birdwatchers, master gardeners, historians, hikers, genealogists, picnickers, and anyone who just wants to stop and smell the roses.  Our relationships with the places we visit can be deepened and enriched by learning the stories of those who came -- and stayed -- before us."  We do hope you'll join us to check out this fascinating and unconventional travel guide!

Serena Valentino, MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL (Disney, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 pm - Join us for an informal, meet-and-chat signing with the fabulous Serena Valentino, and check out her newest Disney villain extravaganza MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL, which is Maleficent's story!  Find out more about Serena and her work here: http://www.serenavalentino.com/

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District.  Phase 2 will take place in the bookstore, and will feature: Sarah Gailey, an internationally published author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble.  She tweets @gaileyfrey.  Learn more at www.sarahgailey.com; Sarah Kuhn, the author of the Heroine Complex series—starring Asian American superheroines—and assorted comics about love, geeks, aliens, and Barbie; Loren Rhoads, who zips from space operas called THE DANGEROUS TYPE and NO MORE HEREOS to nonfiction about the 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE; and Carter Scholz, a Bay Area writer, composer, and pianist whose recent novella, Gypsy, was nominated for the Sturgeon Award!

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District. Phase 3 will take place in the Cafe and will feature Robyn Bennis, who works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View and THE GUNS ABOVE is her debut novel; Dana Fredsti, the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets The Walking Dead, and the dark fantasy series Spawn of Lilith; Alize Jama-Everett, who was born in Harlem NYC in 1974.  His books are THE LIMINAL PEOPLE, THE LIMINAL WAR, and THE ENTROPY OF BONES; and Ellen Klages, an award-winning genre-bending author (PASSING STRANGE) who lives in San Francisco in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Nick Mamatas, Molly Tanzer, and a bunch of wonderful contributors to this event for a cool new mash-up of cocktail recipes and flash fiction!  From the editor: "A cocktail is like an excellent story -- bitter and sweet and over too quickly, but the memory of it stays with you.  From the Pimm's Cup to Smoking Bishop, the Manhattan to the Moscow Mule, MIXED UP features not only more than two dozen classic recipes and hot tips on ingredients and preparations, but new cocktail-themed short stories from some of today's most popular and acclaimed writers, including Jeff VanderMeer, Cara Hoffman, Benjamin Percy, and many more."

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome these three amazing authors to Borderlands!  Kevin, Chuck, and Fran will be discussing their new titles and signing books.  Bring your questions and your sense of humor!

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to host the somewhat-elusive sometime circumnavigator Hugh Howey!  Here's what the publisher has to say about his new collection: "Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel WOOL, and then with other enthralling works such as SAND and BEACON 23.  Now comes MACHINE LEARNING, an impressive collection of Howey's science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time.  These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story."

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed for a nominal fee.  Call or email for details.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, August 2017

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
August 2017

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Upcoming Events
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Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm

Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie Panel Discussion on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Peter Clines, Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, Fran Wilde, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Brandon Sanderson, and many, many others!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"GIVE ME THAT KEY, or I'm going to pee on your giraffe!"

"Don't you rain on my Yak Milk Parade!"

"I'm gonna be twiddling my thumbs the entire weekend while he draws Ninja Turtles on peoples' boobs."

* George Romero, arguably the father of the modern zombie movie, has passed away from complications related to lung cancer. R.I.P. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

* In the past month we sadly lost science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, also to lung cancer.  https://jeffcarlson.com/2017/07/24/rip-thriller-author-jeff-carlson/

* An essay about Star Trek's connection with Revolutionary Socialism, with a few interesting history nuggets about science fiction authors & their own brushes with different political ideologies.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/make-it-so-star-trek-and-its-debt-to-revolutionary-socialism.html

* Ta-Nehisi Coates takes to The Atlantic to explain why black people are having such a negative reaction to the announcement of HBO's alternative history show "Confederate," and why these types of alternative histories are a problem in general.  https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/no-confederate/535512/

* Penthouse Magazine files an intellectual property lawsuit, and also announces that they intend to relaunch a print version of Omni Magazine. https://www.xbiz.com/news/221490/penthouse-files-ip-suit-omni-magazine-to-restart

* San Francisco's AT&T store gets a "Game of Thrones" touch:  http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Hodor-Hodor-AT-T-SF-store-gets-Game-of-11728635.php#photo-13610781

* A list of SF/F literature's top ten sidekicks! Number one wasn't much of a surprise, but some of the others were.  http://io9.gizmodo.com/science-fiction-and-fantasy-literatures-top-10-sidekick-1797202884

* An excellent essay by author Max Gladstone on why science fiction and fantasy is so important as the world becomes even more fantastical. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/07/17/why-science-fiction-is-still-so-relevant-even-with-todays-technology/#59a538857abc

* As the cultural zeitgeist around dystopias grows, Angelica Jade Bastien asks an important question over at Vulture: Why Don’t Dystopias Know How To Talk About Race? http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/why-dont-dystopias-know-how-to-talk-about-race.html

* No designer babies yet.  Thank goodness, because we don't have our bunkers all set up for the wars that will follow. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/science/gene-editing-embryos-designer-babies.html

* Recursor.TV brings much of the indie, local, and web-produced science fiction to one website, divided by sub-genres so you don't have to search blindly on Youtube for that unknown SF gem.  https://singularityhub.com/2017/08/03/recursor-tv-brings-all-the-best-indie-sci-fi-to-one-place/

* Not sure about Recursor.TV?  Well, here are the 18 best science fiction movies on Netflix right now:  http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/netflix/261983/18-best-science-fiction-movies-to-stream-on-netflix-now

* "Rick & Morty" is righteous science fiction!  Damn right.  https://www.wired.com/2017/07/geeks-guide-rick-and-morty/

* Grammy nominee launches his first novel, a science fiction tale, along with a concert of its accompanying soundtrack.  https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-08022017-0838/three-time-grammy-nominee-present-concert-and-science-fiction-reading-one

* Take a gander at some of the weird "science" projects the USSR undertook in the rush to get an upper hand on the U.S. https://www.rbth.com/science_and_tech/2017/07/31/3-bizarre-soviet-projects-straight-out-of-a-science-fiction-novel_814376

* Next stop, "Jurassic Park"! What could possibly go wrong?  http://gizmodo.com/why-bringing-back-a-wooly-mammoth-is-no-longer-science-1797099747

* Speaking of "what could possibly go wrong?", Disney is opening an immersive/interactive "Star Wars" hotel, where each guest gets a storyline.  "Westworld," anyone? https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/15/disney-is-opening-an-immersive-star-wars-hotel-where-each-guest-gets-a-storyline/

* A little profane, but completely hilarious -- Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig have a conversation about slasher movies:  https://imgur.com/gallery/0l7fR

* A new book of classic science fiction and horror posters comes to us from a slightly unexpected source, the collection of Kirk Hammett, guitarist for Metallica: http://www.thedailybeast.com/its-alive-classic-horror-movie-posters-from-metallica-guitarist-kirk-hammett

*Our first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino in the upcoming "Deadpool 2" movie.  We cannot wait!
 http://sciencefiction.com/2017/07/31/deadpool-2-get-your-first-look-zazie-beetz-as-domino/

* "Galaxy," the science fiction magazine which ran from 1950-1980, has put up for free all its stories from 1950-1976.  Read online or download. https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/seminal-sci-fi-galaxy-free-online/

* A summer reading list of science fiction starring women.  Check out the list here!  https://www.bustle.com/p/13-science-fiction-books-starring-women-for-your-summer-reading-list-69139

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Award News
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* Nominees for the 2017 World Fantasy Award have been announced.  http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/

* The winners for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards have been announced!  http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2017-07-30.htm

* Colson Whitehead's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD has swept up another award, this time the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel of 2016 -- https://www.clarkeaward.com/

* The Seiun Awards for Japanese Science Fiction have announced their winners, included the translated works.  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/2017-seiun-awards-winners/

* The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards for 2016 have been announced, and they range from Manson cults to the occult underbelly of NYC. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/shirley-jackson-awards-winners/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for July, 2017

Hardcovers
1. THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
2. THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams
3. THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson
4. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
5. ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS by David D. Levine
6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
7. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
9. KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen
10. MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

Trade Paperbacks
1. SUMAGE SOLUTION by G.L. Carriger
2. THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
3. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
4. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
5. HEROINE WORSHIP by Sarah Kuhn
6. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
7. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
8. TROPIC OF KANSAS by Christopher Brown
9. THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden
10. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn
2. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
3. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
6. ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
7. AN OATH OF DOGS by Wendy Wagner
8. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
9. UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas
10. RISE by Mira Grant

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 13th, at 5 pm to discuss TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer.  The book for September will be ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 20th, at 6 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.  The book for the following month will be SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson.  Please contact
bookclub@borderlands-books.com
for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome Laura Lam back to Borderlands!  We cannot wait to check out her fascinating new novel SHATTERED MINDS.  From the publisher's website: "Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill.  She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fueled by the addictive drug 'Zeal'. Now she's heading for self-destruction -- until she has a vision of a dead girl.  Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions.  And this girl was a similar experiment.  When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he's probably dead.  Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis -- or she's next.  To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions.  If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together.  But first she must destroy her adversary -- before it changes us and our society, forever."

Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these three fabulous local authors!  Laura Blackwell's fiction appears in various publications, including the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS.  Future publications include Pseudopod and the upcoming STRANGE CALIFORNIA anthology.  She is Shimmer's copy editor.  You can follow her on Twitter at @pronouncedlahra and visit her website at http://www.pronouncedlahra.com.  Rebecca Gomez Farrell's debut epic fantasy novel, WINGS UNSEEN, comes out August 22 from Meerkat Press.  Her shorter speculative fiction that can be read in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Future Fire, and Bull Spec among other magazines.  She blogs about food, drink, and travel at http://thegourmez.com, and yes, she has opinions about candied bacon.  Find all her creative works at her author website: http://rebeccagomezfarrell.com.  Last but not least, Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population.  She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.  Megan is the author of the Scorched Continent trilogy, STEAL THE SKY, BREAK THE CHAINS, and INHERIT THE FLAMES.  You can find more info about her here: http://meganokeefe.com/.  RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/244188962767472

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm - We are so excited to welcome these two awesome, hilarious authors to Borderlands!  If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight.  If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start!  This time around, Seanan will be joined by Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off THE TASTE OF MARROW, the exciting, feral-hippo-filled sequel to RIVER OF TEETH!  Seanan will be presenting THE BRIGHTEST FELL, the next October Daye novel, and the first one in hardcover.  We'll also have the full-on Circus with musicians, readings, raffle prizes, and silliness guaranteed!  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm - We're always delighted to welcome Max Gladstone to Borderlands!  Check out the write up from the publisher's website for the newest Craft novel, THE RUIN OF ANGELS: "The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand.  Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place.  Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city -- while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.  Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in FULL FATHOM FIVE) hits town to corner Agdel Lex's burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei.  But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal.  When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead -- and some people want to finish the job."

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - Join us for a fascinating panel discussion on the many incarnations of Stephen King's novel IT, with Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott.  More details next month!

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