Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, October 2019

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
OCTOBER, 2019

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Upcoming Events
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Writers With Drinks with authors Marta Acosta, Imani Gandy, Dr. Jen Gunter, Vivian Ho, Nazelah Jamison, and Michelle Ruiz Keil (at the Make Out Room, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco), Saturday, October 12th at 7:30 pm

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 2, SF in SF Presents: Women Imagine Different Worlds with authors Lisa Goldstein, M. Luke McDonell, Pat Murphy, Madeleine Robins, and Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Saturday, October 19th at 6:30 pm

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 3, Adventures in Crime and Time with authors Mark Coggins, Paul Drexler, Richard Kadrey, and Annalee Newitz Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 pm

Brent Weeks, THE BURNING WHITE (Orbit, Hardcover, $30.00) Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 pm

Rudy Rucker, THE MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99) Saturday, October 26th at 3:00 pm

JUST ADDED!  An Afternoon with N.K. Jemisin, Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 pm 

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, Sunday, November 10th at 6:30 pm

An Evening with Seanan McGuire, Saturday, November 16th at 6:00 pm

Tori Eldridge, NINJA DAUGHTER (Agora Books, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Sunday, November 24th at 3:00  pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"At one point in history you could certainly read every science fiction & fantasy title that came out that year. Now you can't even read all the Seanan McGuire titles that come out in a year!"

"What house are you in?  Gryffindor?  Like everybody.  I'm in Slytherin, obviously."

"It's low-level and hilarious vegan propaganda, TBH."

"I just need to find an ancient Babylonian oatmeal recipe RIGHT NOW!"

"I think it's really creative what this guy did with dried noodles."

"Please don't kill people.  It would be rude."

"Tentacles are coming.  Paint is drying."

"As a friend of mine once sniffed, 'Suburban bondage'."

"That's the name of my new punk band --'Stalin's Unicorns'."

"This is the sort of book you put on your coffee table to find out who your real friends are."

* Huge congratulations to Alex and JoAnne!  Alex proposed to JoAnne at Borderlands on Tuesday, October 1st with a custom-made book that celebrates their story.  We wish them a lifetime of happiness!  You can see pictures of the happy couple (and that adorable book) on our Twitter feed, @borderlands_sf.

* Bay News Rising talked to Alan about Borderlands' new building and discussed the difficulties of small businesses purchasing them: https://baynewsrising.org/2019/08/19/small-business-survival-tactic-own-your-own-building/

* Author Tananarive Due discusses Octavia Butler: https://www.essence.com/entertainment/only-essence/octavia-butler-interview/ (And if you haven't read Due's story "Attachment Disorder" from A PEOPLE'S FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES, you should do so as soon as possible. It's wonderful.)

* Margaret Atwood reads: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/754859270/first-read-hear-margaret-atwood-tell-the-tale-of-the-testaments

* Protect your books as folks did in the past: with horrifying curses!  https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-to-protect-your-library-with-medieval-book-curses

* Daniel Henney will play al'Lan Mandragoran in the upcoming "Wheel of Time" tv show: https://www.tor.com/2019/09/04/the-wheel-of-time-tv-show-daniel-henney-will-play-allan-mandragoran/

* Cory Doctorow on "The Cold Equations" and Moral Hazard: https://locusmag.com/2014/03/cory-doctorow-cold-equations-and-moral-hazard/

* Shamelessly using the Loch Ness Monster to interest people in biodiversity research: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/06/loch-ness-monster-is-still-mystery-scientists-have-some-new-evidence-theory/

* How did we miss this?!  Jonesy, the cat from "Alien", has his own book!  Call or email if you'd like us to reserve or send you a copy. https://www.nme.com/news/cat-alien-getting-spin-off-jonesy-2392038

* Check out this trailer for the new dystopian drama "See", with Jason Momoa.  I'm not too sure about this one: https://www.tvguide.com/news/see-apple-tv-trailer-jason-momoa/

* Richard Dormer will play Sam Vimes in "The Watch", based on Terry Practhett's books! https://www.tor.com/2019/09/11/vimes-bbc-america-casts-richard-dormer-in-terry-pratchett-series-the-watch/

* A thoughtful & entertaining article from The Smithsonian about how how the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show taught kids sophisticated political satire: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/

* Employee Maddy told me about this amazing WPA program I'd never heard of; kick-ass female librarians on horseback! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/

* Green Apple has bought Browser Books: https://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=3576#m45794

* A fascinating introduction to Elizabeth Friedman, cryptography pioneer: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/09/06/the-woman-who-smashed-codes-elizebeth-friedman/

* Once we stopping gasping & choking over the fact that the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon is FIFTY YEARS OLD, this was a really interesting article: https://crimereads.com/50-years-ago-scooby-doo-was-the-perfect-weird-hopeful-mystery-series-1969-needed/

* Manuscript critique from Mary Robinette Kowal: https://www.patreon.com/posts/manuscript-arent-11552026

* Our friends Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, who also happen to be the publishers of Small Beer Press, are opening a bookstore! Huge congratulations to them! https://www.bookweb.org/news/author-kelly-link-gavin-j-grant-open-book-moon-easthampton-massachusetts-574432

* Check out the chapter icons from the new Robert Jordan book: https://www.tor.com/2019/09/25/get-a-detailed-look-at-the-chapter-icons-in-robert-jordans-new-book-warrior-of-the-altaii/

* A warm welcome to the Mission's newest comic shop, Hella Novella!  https://missionlocal.org/2019/09/comically-tiny-comic-book-shop-opening-up-in-the-mission/

* An old (2013) but still fascinating article written by undertaker, about changing trends in funeral customs  and how the actual dead bodies are disappearing from funerals: https://aeon.co/essays/a-funeral-without-a-body-is-no-way-to-mourn

* The BBC presents former cult books that have fallen out of favor: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190920-the-cult-books-that-lost-their-cool

* Scientists are finally starting to understand "ballooning" -- the way in which spiders can kinda-sorta fly: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/the-electric-flight-of-spiders/564437/

* In this article from last year, Fast Company speculates on the future of food.  I don't know about you, but most of this sounds pretty dystopian to me: https://www.fastcompany.com/90222618/what-the-future-of-food-will-look-like-in-2038?cid=search

* Artist Banksy has "opened" a dystopian housewares store (actually a temporary installation) called "Gross Domestic Product": https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/10/gross-domestic-product/

* Leigh Bardugo shares the cast list and first cast photo from the upcoming "Shadow and Bone" adaptation: https://www.tor.com/2019/10/02/leigh-bardugo-shares-cast-list-and-first-cast-photo-of-netflixs-upcoming-shadow-and-bone-adaptation/

* Find your necromancy family among the houses of GIDEON THE NINTH!  https://www.tor.com/2019/09/20/find-your-necromancy-family-among-the-houses-of-gideon-the-ninth/

* The secret meanings behind the beasts in a medieval menagerie from Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/medieval-bestiary-allegories

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From The Office
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It's been a very busy month at the new building on Haight St.  I'll get to all the details in a second but I've got a bigger piece of news.  I finally decided when (roughly) we're going to move.

I'm aiming to have us up and running at the new building by Spring of next year.  Specifically, by May.  That is, granted, a long way off from now but at least there's a date.  Or, at least a month.

Why so long?  Well, here's the thing -- we need to get the two big jobs finished (the bathroom and the new front wall).  Both are pretty far along but, once that's done, there's still quite a lot to do.  I'd like to get the basement office in reasonable shape because trying to do that after we've moved would just be a whole lot of not-fun.  Also, there are some bits and pieces of work that will also need doing (reworking the stairway to the basement, getting the final electrical in place, and so on).  But the big one is building the shelves.  There are quite a lot of them to build and, speaking from experience, that's a time-consuming process.  Plus, there are bound to be delays as we go.  So yeah, I think that May is about right.  We'll see if that lasts, eh?

In terms of what's been done since you last heard from me:

The electrical overhaul is complete.  Last week the electricians replaced the two breaker panels for the upstairs apartments and so that job is complete, pending inspections.  That also means that the old, might-burn-the-building-down breakers are gone, gone, gone.  In addition to my feeling of relief about that, it should mean we can get an insurance policy for the building that will be a good deal cheaper than what we have now.

The rough plumbing is nearly complete.  This isn't just the new plumbing for the bathroom: since we had time and opportunity, we also replaced all the 100+ year-old drain pipes.  They were in surprisingly good shape, considering, but there were still a number of places where half the thickness of the pipe walls had rusted away.  So, probably good to have that done.  We also replaced and rerouted all the gas lines and the water lines.  In fact, since the sidewalk replacement schedule worked out (more about that in a moment), we were able to upgrade both services.  The original water supplies were 3/4" for the store and 1" for the apartments.  They're now 1" and 1 1/2" respectively.  The gas lines were similarly sized, but we stepped all three of them up to 1 1/4".  That means there is sufficient gas supply to run on-demand water heaters for both apartments and plenty of gas for out-door heaters for the garden.  Bottom line, all the important plumbing services for the whole building are brand new, stem to stern.  When you add in the electrical upgrades, new roof,  and the structural work that we've done, pretty much all the fundamental systems in the building are in top shape and should be trouble-free for decades to come.

Speaking of fundamental stuff.  The sidewalk replacement was completed last week as well.  It looks really great and, because we got the work on the front of the building completed (just in time, as it turns out), the sidewalk comes right up to the front framing and matches the level of the entry just about perfectly.  It was really hard to get all the scheduling to work out, but the product is excellent.

Finally, since the plumbers needed to do work in the lightwell area, those walls have been almost completely closed and should be finished this week.  I'll also be completing the roof over the bathroom extension so the whole place with be sealed up against weather and rain, just in time for winter.

After the lightwell walls are completed, the next steps will be to finish the final bits of framing on the front (it's only three pieces of wood, actually, but I just have not had time to put them in) and then get the framing inspection for that.  Also, once the rough plumbing is finished, there will be a little bit of electrical work to do in the bathroom and then it'll be time to close those walls, lay the tile, and then get the final plumbing and electrical work done.

It's going to be another busy month, but I think we'll be getting a lot done.

- Alan Beatts

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for September, 2019

Hardcovers

1. The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
2. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
3. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
4. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
5. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
6. Jade War by Fonda Lee
7. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
8.  The Institute by Stephen King
9. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
10. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Trade Paperbacks

1. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. Time Shards: Shatter War by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald
4. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
5. Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe
6. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
7. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
8. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
9. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
10. The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin, translated by Joel Martinsen

Mass Market Paperbacks

1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
2. Dune by Frank Herbert
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio
5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
7. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
8. Neuromancer by William Gibson
9. Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
10. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 13th, at 5 pm to discuss THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi.  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 20th, at 6 pm to discuss HOMINIDS by Robert Sawyer.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Writers With Drinks with authors Marta Acosta, Imani Gandy, Dr. Jen Gunter, Vivian Ho, Nazelah Jamison, and Michelle Ruiz Keil (at the Make Out Room, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco), Saturday, October 12th at 7:30 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 Marta Acosta, Imani Gandy, Dr. Jen Gunter, Vivian Ho, Nazelah Jamison, and Michelle Ruiz Keil.  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 7:00 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2, SF in SF Presents: Women Imagine Different Worlds with authors Lisa Goldstein, M. Luke McDonell, Pat Murphy, Madeleine Robins, and Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Saturday, October 19th at 6:30 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.  In the past we've had events in both the bookstore and the cafe, but this year (lacking the Cafe) we're doing back-to-back bookstore events! Phase 2: "For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Usually hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, George R. R. Martin, Jeffrey Ford, Daryl Gregory, Cecil Castellucci, Ben Loory, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Jane Anders, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others." This event will feature women authors from the event series.

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3, Adventures in Crime and Time with authors Mark Coggins, Paul Drexler, Richard Kadrey, and Annalee Newitz Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 pm - We're happy to host four fantastic authors whose work will range from noir science fiction to true & fictional crime to time travel escapades!

Brent Weeks, THE BURNING WHITE (Orbit, Hardcover, $30.00) Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 pm - We're are always excited to welcome the delightful Brent Weeks back to Borderlands, and particularly this time -- for the long-awaited fifth and final volume of the Lightbringer sequence, THE BURNING WHITE! We hope you'll join us to meet Brent and celebrate the last installment of this epic series!

Rudy Rucker, THE SECRET OF LIFE (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99) Saturday, October 26th at 3:00 pm - It's always a treat to welcome the quirky and irrepressible genius Rudy Rucker to the store!  Rudy is an author, artist, mathematician and one of the godfathers of Cyberpunk.  Join us to check out the release of his new novel THE MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP, and celebrate the reprints of a few other titles!  Meantime, definitely read this fabulously fun NPR review for the new book: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/19/724130325/buckle-up-for-this-million-mile-road-trip

JUST ADDED!  An Afternoon with N.K. Jemisin, Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 pm - Borderlands Books is absolutely thrilled to present "An Afternoon with N.K. Jemisin"!  Join us for the rare opportunity to hear this historic, multiple-Hugo-Award-winner as she shares her talent, wit and wisdom with fans old and new, and get your books signed.  As always, you may call ahead to reserve a copy of any of her in-print books including the recently-released trade paperback version of her short story collection HOW LONG ‘TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?  You don't want to miss this one! Because a lot of people may want to attend, we can't promise that we'll be able to accommodate everyone inside the store.  Entry and seating will be ticketed and on a first-come, first-served basis.  You'll be able to pick up a ticket (maximum of two per person) starting at noon on the day of the event. There is no charge and no purchase required for a ticket.  The store will be emptied one hour before the event to allow for us to set up.  Once we're set up, we'll let people back in based on their ticket number.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee seats.

In case you don't get here early enough to get into the event, we are hoping that Ms. Jemisin will be able to stay long enough to get everyone's books signed after she speaks.  We should be able to confirm this by Saturday.

If you won't be able to attend the event but would still like to get a signed or inscribed copy of one of Ms. Jemisin's books, just drop us an email or give a call and we'll take care of it for you.  You can pick up your book(s) at the store after the event or we can mail them to you.


 SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, Sunday, November 10th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  (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!  This month we're joined by fabulous authors Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

An Evening with Seanan McGuire, Saturday, November 16th at 6:00 pm - We're always thrilled to welcome formerly-local author Seanan McGuire to Borderlands! The astonishingly prolific Seanan has FOUR recent books out -- IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE (as Mira Grant); THE UNKINDEST TIDE (the newest October Daye book); the fancy tenth anniversary (!) hardcover edition of ROSEMARY AND RUE; and the incredible new short story collection LAUGHTER AT THE ACADEMY.  Join us to meet Seanan, have books signed, and be regaled with tales funny, strange, and distressing.  Feel free to bring baked goods to share if you like!

Tori Eldridge, NINJA DAUGHTER (Agora Books, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Sunday, November 24th at 3:00  pm - We're happy to welcome author Tori Eldridge to Borderlands for her debut novel!  "THE NINJA DAUGHTER is an action-packed thriller about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with Joy Luck Club family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child."  Tori's own history is fascinating. . . from her bio, she is "a Honolulu-born thriller writer who challenges perspective and empowers the spirit. She holds a fifth-degree black belt in To-Shin Do Ninjutsu and has traveled the USA teaching seminars on the ninja arts, weapons, and women's self-protection."  We hope you'll join us to meet Tori and check out this new thriller!

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.

This newsletter is distributed monthly free of charge and may be distributed without charge so long all the following information is included.

Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts

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

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, September 2019

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
SEPTEMBER, 2019

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Upcoming Events
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Tyler Hayes, THE IMAGINARY CORPSE (Angry Robot, Trade Paperback, $12.99) Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 pm

Informal signing with D.J. Butler (WITCHY KINGDOM, Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) Christopher Husberg (FEAR THE STARS, Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) and Christopher Ruocchio (THE HOWLING DARK, DAW, Hardcover, $27.00) Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 pm

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) with Megan E. O'Keefe (VELOCITY WEAPON, Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm

Chad Stroup, SEXY LEPER (Bizarro Pulp Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95) Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Christopher Brown and Hannu Rajaniemi, Sunday, September 15th at 6:30 pm

Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald, TIME SHARDS: SHATTER WAR (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with author Garth Nix, Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm

Marie Brennan, TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And coming up in the Fall, stay turned for more Writers With Drinks, the fabulous Litquake Lit Crawl, Rudy Rucker, Brent Weeks, and many more excellent authors!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"Don't worry, it only _looks_ haunted."

"It didn't actually end, it just ran out of chapters.”

"Like I'd let some wimpy ghost best me in a fight. I will die by the hands of Al Capone's fat ghost or I will NEVER DIE."

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data."

"I really wish there was someone smarter than me around to deal with it."
"I understand, but sometimes being a grownup means you're all the smart you’ve got, and you just have to do your best."

* Dell Magazines has elected to change the name of the John W. Campbell Award to The Astounding Award for Best New Writer, following Jeannette Ng's award acceptance speech at the Hugos, and much discussion in the field: https://theastoundinganalogcompanion.com/2019/08/27/a-statement-from-the-editor/ .  (The full text of Ms. Ng's speech is here, if you missed it: https://medium.com/@nettlefish/john-w-campbell-for-whom-this-award-was-named-was-a-fascist-f693323d3293)

* Congratulations to all of the Hugo Award nominees and winners! http://www.thehugoawards.org/

* A crashed Israeli lunar lander accidentally scattered microscopic "water bears" on the moon: https://www.wired.com/story/a-crashed-israeli-lunar-lander-spilled-tardigrades-on-the-moon/

* Thanks to sponsor Gary C. for sending the link to this fascinating article about feminism in the 1905 science fiction short story "Sultana's Dream": https://www.ladyscience.com/features/feminist-visions-science-fiction-utopia-rokeya-hossain

* Last month we asked if you have suggestions for science fiction television shows to watch since "Westworld" is drawing to an end.  Reader AL responds: "I would suggest DARK, having recently finished watching its second season. It pushes all of my Twin Peaks/X-Files/Lost/Fringe/Westworld/The OA buttons, but does a better job than any of those, I feel, at answering the questions it poses. (But it still keeps asking more, which is all to the good.)"

* If you happen to be in Boston and can splurge a bit for a good cause and a fascinating evening, Maggie Schpak -- emeritus Star Trek jeweler and prop-maker -- will be making a rare public appearance discussing her career and telling stories.  Proceeds benefit Artisan's Asylum.  The event will be followed by a reception and raffle for Star Trek collectibles! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-alien-adornment-50-years-of-star-trek-jewelry-tickets-67601284261

* Bookselling This Week reported that N.K. Jemisin will be the spokesperson this year for Indies First, the campaign supporting independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday (November 30th, 2019): http://www.shelf-awareness.com/ct/uz3508467Biz41565009

* While we're discussing the fabulous Ms. Jemisin, check out an early peek at her new novel THE CITY WE BECAME: https://www.tor.com/2019/08/29/heres-a-first-look-at-n-k-jemisins-new-novel-the-city-we-became/

* All the states of matter we didn't know existed, according to Popular Mechanics: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/g28728445/other-states-of-matter/

* The magical phone of the future that never was, or, a cautionary tale about crowdfunding: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/13/20758599/idealfuture-dragonfly-futurefon-indiegogo-crowdfunding-phone-scam-fraud-case

* Bookstores to visit on your next road trip: https://www.outsideonline.com/2344391/adventure-town-bookstores

* Living longer, and possibly forever: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614078/transhumanists-live-forever/

* Do your books spark joy? (Gosh, we hope so!) https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/marie-kondo-bibliophiles-books-decluttering-tidying-a8864926.html

* Zeppelins! https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/zeppelins-stopped-flying-after-hindenburg-disaster-now-scientists-want-bring-ncna1043911

* Developing technology for older people that's not "beige and boring": https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614167/why-are-products-for-older-people-so-ugly/

* An interesting article from The Guardian on social media, attention, and addiction: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/23/social-media-addiction-gambling

* The future of AI & the importance of storytelling: http://nautil.us/issue/75/story/the-storytelling-computer

* Perhaps tangentially related; universities are using science fiction to teach ethics to computer scientists and engineers:  https://www.wired.com/story/how-we-learn-computer-science-ethics/

* Another trailer from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"! - https://www.wired.com/story/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-trailer-d23/

* Good news: there's a release date for Black Panther II!  Bad news: it's really, really far away!  https://www.inverse.com/article/54692-black-panther-2-release-date-trailer-cast-plot

* A brief interview with Alan Bradley (author of the beloved Flavia de Luce mysteries): https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/01/25/to-alan-bradley-flavia-is-very-much-real.html

* An article on the comfort of reading the same book (or watching the same media) repeatedly: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/8/22/20826617/harry-potter-the-office-netflix-rewatching-binge-comfort-show

* NASA is investigating allegations of the first crime in space: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-49457912

* Potential life on Proxima B (and similar planets) -- spoiler: it might glow!: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/alien-corals-exoplanet-stars/596854/

* Gizmodo asks experts which animal they believe most likely to develop human-level intelligence: https://gizmodo.com/which-animal-will-develop-human-level-intelligence-in-t-1837573694

* The Mandelorian Trailer and details! https://www.cnet.com/news/star-wars-the-mandalorian-release-date-plot-cast-disney-plus-pedro-pascal-jon-favreau/

* Just when we thought it was over, there's more American Horror Story! Check out the trailer and details for American Horror Story: 1984 - https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-maniac-heads-to-summer-camp-in-the-screamingly-great-1837586511

* Astrophysicists are still trying to figure out what's going on with these weird gravitational waves: https://gizmodo.com/mystery-deepens-around-newly-detected-ripples-in-space-1837581646

* Kit Harrington will play Marvel's Black Knight: https://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/marvel/283025/eternals-who-is-black-knight

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From The Office
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Building Update

Big news, in several ways, this month.  First off, not only is the framing for the bathroom completed but, yesterday, I met with our structural engineer and he signed off on his final inspection.  Which means that the whole, big, complicated structural job that we started over a year ago in the basement is completed, from an engineering standpoint.  He said that it was a very nice job and that everything looked great.

This is a big milestone not just for the obvious reasons but also because it marks the end of the section of the job that I had no experience doing.  The blessedly innocent Alan of 2018 knew nothing of I-beams, steel-reinforced foundations, engineered lumber, or how to get a 400 lb. beam 13 feet in the air.  He also never considered that he would not only be intimately familiar with the Simpson Company catalog, but that he would own his own dog-eared copy of it!

So, at least for that job, we're out of my particular patch of woods.  Now it's just coordinating the plumber and electrician (did that and got the T-shirt when we built out the cafe), hanging sheet-rock (which I hate exactly because I've done it so many damn times), finish carpentry (can do it in my sleep and, in fact, I have), and tile (which I don't do but . . . I know people -- Jim, I'm looking at you).  It'll take time but it should be clear, easy, and straightforward work.

The other piece of big news is that the other, how-the-hell-do-I-do-this? job -- putting in the beams and posts to frame the new front of the building -- is done as of Sunday.  That job has a few wrinkles to smooth out still, but it should be pretty simple as well.  That was just in time because, on Friday, I discovered that they are going to be replacing the sidewalk all along Haight Street over the next month.  Since the current temporary wall that closes up the front of the building is built on top of the sidewalk they're going to replace, it's a very good thing that building the new front is moving along.  Thankfully they're not going to get to our building 'til near the end of the process, so we've got about three weeks to have the new front built up enough that we can remove the temporary one.  I'm pretty sure we can make it but it's going to be a long month for me until we're done.

So, that's were we stand.  There are many possible next steps, several of which can happen at the same time; get the rough plumbing done, get the front built, and, as soon as I'm cleared by the city inspector, start closing up the outside walls of the bathroom (inside walls will have to wait 'til the plumber is done with his work).  I think that next month I'll have even more news of work completed.  And, just possibly, an actual, informed guess about when we'll be moving.

And how damn exciting is _that_?

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for August, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Reticence by Gail Carriger
2. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
3. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
4. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
5. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
6. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
7. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
8. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
9. Dark Age by Pierce Brown
10. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
4. Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe
5. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
6. The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin, translated by Joel Martinsen
7. The Power by Naomi Alderman
8. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? By N.K. Jemisin
9. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

 Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
6. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
7. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
8. Neuromancer by William Gibson
9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
10. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 8th, at 5 pm to discuss VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab.  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 15th at 6 pm to discuss THE TRAITOR BARU COMORANT by Seth Dickinson.  The book for October is HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Tyler Hayes, THE IMAGINARY CORPSE (Angry Robot, Trade Paperback, $12.99) Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 pm - We're delighted to host the launch party for local author Tyler Hayes' debut, THE IMAGINARY CORPSE! Just check out the irresistible summary from the book: "A dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.  Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?  Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas -- until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently.  Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses."  Tyler will be in conversation with Leslie Light of Black Nerd Problems, and there will be cake and a raffle for an adorable plush Tippy!  You REALLY don't want to miss this one.

Informal signing with D.J. Butler (WITCHY KINGDOM, Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) Christopher Husberg (FEAR THE STARS, Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) and Christopher Ruocchio (THE HOWLING DARK, DAW, Hardcover, $27.00) Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 pm - Join us for a meet-and-greet signing with three fantastic up and coming authors!

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) with Megan E. O'Keefe (VELOCITY WEAPON, Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome World Fantasy Award winner Fonda Lee to Borderlands! Ms. Lee will be presenting JADE WAR, the second novel in the Green Bone Series. (The first book in the series, JADE CITY, won that World Fantasy Award, and "was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Syfy Wire, and others".) Ms. Lee will be in conversation with fabulous local author Megan E. O'Keefe (VELOCITY WEAPON).  We hope you'll join us to meet both authors and explore this epic and magical fantasy series!

Chad Stroup, SEXY LEPER (Bizarro Pulp Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95) Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm - Join us for a pre-Halloween bizarro book event with Chad Stroup!  From the book description: "It's Halloween in the Hollywood Hills, and Kat Dyer's going to have the sexiest costume for a night of shameless debauchery.  However, Kat's plan is derailed when the costume shop screws up her order and gives her a costume that is the polar-opposite of sexy.  Deciding it's better to be temporarily ugly and seen than beautiful and quickly forgotten, Kat attends the biggest party of the year, only to awaken with the strangest post-Halloween hangover ever: partygoers are transforming into the likenesses of the costumes they wore the night before.  Meanwhile, a mysterious force begins to stalk and pick them off on by one. Kat and her friends must discover the cause of the horror, and what they find will haunt them forever."

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Christopher Brown and Hannu Rajaniemi, Sunday, September 15th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  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!  This month we're joined by fabulous authors Christopher Brown and Hannu Rajaniemi.  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald, TIME SHARDS: SHATTER WAR (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm - Hometown favorites Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald present: SHATTER WAR, the thrilling sequel to TIME SHARDS!  Earth's past, present, and future have shattered in "the Event," yielding a terrifying new world of prehistoric monsters, lost cultures, strange technologies, and displaced armies.  Coming from different points throughout history, a desperate band of survivors join "Merlin," a mysterious figure who may be their only hope to save the world -- if he can be trusted.  When their twenty-third-century ship the Vanuatu is sabotaged by an unknown enemy and thrown far off its course, the team must discover who is responsible, even as they are split apart and fight to survive in the war-torn Shard world. . . .

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm - We're always thrilled to welcome local author Annalee Newitz to the store! Here's some info about the new novel from the publisher: "In a modern-day United States just a step away from our own, time travel is possible -- in fact, it has existed for as long as humanity itself. Jumping into the past is simple, and scientists say that altering the timeline is almost impossible. But Tess, an idealistic geology professor, has figured out how to use time travel to try to undo a horrible injustice in the past whose effects are still being felt in her own time. Meanwhile, in 1992, teenage riot grrl Beth's ordinary life is about to become a tangle of toxic friendship and murder. And across the timeline, a secret war is brewing as a group of men attempt to destroy time travel. If they succeed, only a small elite will have the power to shape past, present, and future. Tess and Beth are part of this hidden war that stretches back millions of years. But with the help of unlikely allies from times past and times yet to come, they may be able to save each other -- and build a different future." We do hope you'll join us to meet Annalee and check out this awesome book!

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with author Garth Nix, Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  A special mid-week SF in SF!  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  This time we're thrilled to welcome Garth Nix!  The author will read a selection from his work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson. Author will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Marie Brennan, TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 pm - We're always happy to welcome local author Marie Brennan to Borderlands!  Here's the cover copy from her new  novel (featuring Lady Trent's granddaughter!), which she'll be showing off October 5th: "As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.  When Lord Gleinleigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, she must find proof of the conspiracy before it's too late.  TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT is a delightful fantasy of manners, the heir to the award-winning Natural History of Dragons series, a perfect stepping stone into an alternate Victorian-esque fantasy landscape."


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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Featured Upcoming Titles
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(These titles have not arrived yet.  You may pre-order most of these books by calling or emailing us.  Prices may be subject to change.  Of course, we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here. This list is tentative and subject to change by publishers. Unless otherwise noted, books are originals.)

NINA ALLAN *  The Dollmaker *  Penguin Random House/Other Press, Oct 2019 (1st US, tp, eb)
MIKE ASHLEY, ed. *  Beyond Time: Classic Tales of Time Unwound *  The British Library, Oct 2019 (tp)
LEIGH BARDUGO *  Ninth House *  Macmillan/Flatiron, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
HAROLD BLOOM *  The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin *  Library of America, Oct 2019 (nf, hc)
RAMSEY CAMPBELL *  Phantasmagorical Stories, Book One *  PS Publishing, Oct 2019 (c, tp)
GAIL CARRIGER *  Fan Service *  Subterranean Press, Oct 2019 (c, hc)
DELILAH S. DAWSON & KEVIN HEARNE *  The Princess Beard *  Penguin Random House/Del Rey, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
SEBASTIEN DE CASTELL *  Crownbreaker *  Hot Key Books, Oct 2019 (ya, hc)
PAUL DI FILIPPO *  Plumes of Pegasus *  WordFire Press, Oct 2019 (c, tp, eb)
NICKY DRAYDEN *  Escaping Exodus *  Harper Voyager US, Oct 2019 (tp, eb)
DAVE DUNCAN *  Merlin Redux *  Skyhorse/Night Shade Books, Oct 2019 (tp, hc, eb)
GREG EGAN *  The Best of Greg Egan *  Subterranean Press, Oct 2019 (c, hc, eb)
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER *  Bryant & May: England’s Finest *  Transworld/Doubleday UK, Oct 2019 (c, eb, tp)
LISA GOLDSTEIN *  Ivory Apples *  Tachyon Publications, Oct 2019 (tp, eb)
THEODORA GOSS *  The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl *  Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
PETER F. HAMILTON *  Salvation Lost *  Penguin Random House/Del Rey, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
FRANCES HARDINGE *  Deeplight *  Macmillan Children’s Books, Oct 2019 (ya, hc)
HEIDI HEILIG *  A Kingdom for a Stage *  HarperCollins/Greenwillow, Oct 2019 (ya, hc, eb)
JOE HILL *  Full Throttle *  HarperCollins/Morrow, Oct 2019 (c, h, hc, eb)
 JOHN HORNOR JACOBS *  A Lush and Seething Hell *  Harper Voyager US, Oct 2019 (c, hc, eb)
ROBERT JORDAN *  Warrior of the Altaii *  Tor, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
S.T. JOSHI, ed. *  Apostles of the Weird *  PS Publishing, Oct 2019 (hc)
S.T. JOSHI, ed. *  The Best of Black Wings *  PS Publishing, Oct 2019 (hc)
T. KINGFISHER *  The Twisted Ones *  Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Oct 2019 (h, tp, hc, eb)
DEREK KÜNSKEN *  The Quantum Garden *  Rebellion/Solaris US, Oct 2019 (tp, eb)
MERCEDES LACKEY & ROSEMARY EDGHILL *  The Waters and the Wild *  Baen, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
STEPHANIE PUI-MUN LAW *  Dreamscapes: Magical Fantasy Art *  F+W Media/Impact, Oct 2019 (art, tp)
CIXIN LIU *  Supernova Era *  Tor, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
JENN LYONS *  The Name of All Things *  Macmillan/Tor UK, Oct 2019 (eb, hc)
CARMEN MARÍA MACHADO *  In the Dream House *  Graywolf Press, Oct 2019 (nf, b, tp, eb)
CARMEN MARÍA MACHADO & JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS, EDS. *  The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 *  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, Oct 2019 (an, tp, eb)
JOHNNY MAINS, ed. *  Best British Horror 2018 *  NewCon Press, Oct 2019 (hc, eb, tp)
MARSHALL RYAN MARESCA *  Shield of the People *  DAW, Oct 2019 (pb, eb)
WIL MCCARTHY *  Antediluvian *  Baen, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
SEANAN MCGUIRE *  Laughter at the Academy *  Subterranean Press, Oct 2019 (c, hc, eb)
JAMES A. MOORE *  Bloodlines *  Earthling Publications, Oct 2019 (h, hc)
KIM NEWMAN *  Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju *  Titan US, Oct 2019 (tp, eb)
GARTH NIX *  Angel Mage *  HarperCollins/Tegen Books, Oct 2019 (ya, hc, eb)
TIM PRATT *  The Forbidden Stars *  Angry Robot US, Oct 2019 (pb, eb)
PHILIP PULLMAN *  The Book of Dust, Volume Two: The Secret Commonwealth *  Penguin Random House/Knopf, Oct 2019 (ya, hc, eb)
VERONICA ROTH *  The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future *  HarperCollins/Tegen Books, Oct 2019 (c, ya, hc, tp, eb)
BOGI TAKÁCS *  The Trans Space Octopus Congregation *  Lethe Press, Oct 2019 (c, tp, eb)
BOGI TAKÁCS, ED. *  Transcendent 4: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction *  Lethe Press, Oct 2019 (an, tp, eb)
JODI TAYLOR *  Doing Time *  Headline, Oct 2019 (hc)
TADE THOMPSON *  The Rosewater Redemption *  Orbit US, Oct 2019 (tp, eb)
GREG VAN EEKHOUT *  Cog *  HarperCollins, Oct 2019 (ya, hc, eb)
BRENT WEEKS *  The Burning White *  Orbit US, Oct 2019 (hc, eb)
GARY WESTFAHL *  The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction, from the 1920 to the 1960s *  McFarland, Oct 2019 (nf, tp, eb)
JEANETTE WINTERSON *  Frankissstein *  Grove Atlantic/Atlantic, Oct 2019 (1st US, hc, eb)

Abbreviations indicate: (r) reprint, (h) horror, (ya) young adult, (nf) non-fiction, (c) collection, (oc) original collection, (na) novella, (a) associational, (om) omnibus, (eb) e-book, (an) anthology, (pi) pictoral and other, (art) art and others, (gn) graphic novel, (x) media tie-in, (nv) novelette, (ss) short story, (hc) hardcover, (tp) trade paperback, (ph) pamphlet, (pb) paperback, (oa) original anthology, (b) biography, (v) paranormal romance, (pm) poetry.

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Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, August 2019

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
AUGUST, 2019

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Upcoming Events
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TOMORROW Gail Carriger, RETICENCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm

Michael Blumlein, LONGER (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Paul Park, A CITY MADE OF WORDS (PM Press, Trade Paperback, $14.00) Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Lynn Breedlove,  Sarah Rose Etter, Vanessa Hua, Seth Katz, Brandon Melendez, and Namwali Serpell, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! Saturday, August 10th at 7:30 pm

CANCELLED - Seanan McGuire, THE UNKINDEST TIDE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 pm

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) in conversation with Megan E. O'Keefe, VELOCITY WEAPON (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm

Chad Stroup, SEXY LEPER (Bizarro Pulp Press, Trade Paperback, $13.99) Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) with authors Mike Chen and Hannu Rajaniemi, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 15th at 6:30 pm

Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald, SHATTER WAR (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)


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News
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* Overheard in the Bookstore:

"I'm sorry, but you need to leave RIGHT NOW, because you're not actually wearing pants."

"He looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, as possessed by the spirit of Ernest Hemingway."

"She's a library."
"She works in a library?"
"No, she IS a library."

"What is the duck for?"
"I think it's just a Breast Cancer Awareness duck."

"You _can't_ just go to the bathroom at Jurassic Park in the rain."

"Schadenfreude isn't just a river in Egypt."
"Right. [pause] Wait; what?"

"It's the best pop-culture writing of the last 30 years -- it's got a zombie ska band!"

"Tom Waits is mid-life crisis music for goths."

* A decent article about the creative things San Francisco comic stores have done to survive, with a dire headline: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/SF-comic-book-sellers-hang-on-hoping-each-laugh-14092674.php

* Speaking of doing creative things to survive. . . Probably because we had just announced that we were closing the Cafe and people were understandably distracted, a bunch of folks missed this link when we first posted it.  Freethink Media created an awesome video on Borderlands' and Mission Comics and Arts' respective sponsorship programs and our survival models for unconventional retail!  Watch it (among other excellent reasons) to see Alan looking Very Serious Indeed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=mQD1y2yORPQ

* A really lovely post by Jud Meyers (of North Hollywood's Blast Off Comics, which sadly closed at the end of July) about the rewards of being able to give the gift of books (and comic books), and secondarily about why there were never any posters obscuring Blast Off's windows: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2019/07/four-letter-words/

* Beloved author James A. Moore could use some financial help for medical expenses, if you can assist: https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-author-james-a-moore

* There's going to be a Broken Earth Trilogy role-playing game! https://greenronin.com/blog/2019/08/02/green-ronin-to-publish-the-fifth-season-roleplaying-game/

* Taking a late-summer trip? SF FY Wire has ten geeky hotels around the world for you! https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/geek-road-trip-10-nerdy-hotels-thatll-turn-vacation-into-a-fandom-pilgrimage

* Want to visit Winterfell?  Historic Castle Ward welcomes you! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

* Sheffield is not _that_ far from Dublin. . . why not hit the UK's National Videogame Museum on your way back from WorldCon?  https://www.thenvm.org/

* Designer and writer Dinah Fried has created an incredibly cool book of meals from famous fiction, called FICTITIOUS DISHES. https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/16/fictitous-dishes-dinah-fried-book/

* The Independent suggests a pretty pedestrian list of science fiction television shows to check out now that "Westworld" is drawing to a close; which ones would you suggest? https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/westword-season-2-best-sci-fi-shows-star-trek-doctor-who-x-files-a8408031.html

* Scientists are seeking materials that defy or retard friction at the atomic level: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientists-seek-materials-defy-friction-atomic-level?tgt=nr

* Courtesy of Tor.com, you can read Joe Abercrombie's introduction to The (GORGEOUS) Folio Society edition of A GAME OF THRONES: https://www.tor.com/2019/07/16/read-joe-abercrombies-introduction-to-the-folio-society-edition-of-a-game-of-thrones/ (Seriously, this edition is an amazing work of art. They _illustrated the inside of the slipcase_! Who does that?! https://www.foliosociety.com/usa/a-game-of-thrones.html)

* i09 has a list of great genre books coming out in August: https://io9.gizmodo.com/summer-is-fading-but-there-are-tons-of-new-sci-fi-and-1836697702

* A nine-year-old Chinese boy has now lived my childhood dream -- he found a nest of 66-million-year-old dinosaur eggs while playing on the banks of a river: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/child-discovers-nest-of-66-million-year-old-dinosaur-eggs

* A massive asteroid is expected to pass close to Earth on August 10th: https://www.geek.com/news/enormous-asteroid-is-expected-to-zoom-by-earth-on-aug-10-1798427/

* "First Human-Monkey Chimera Raises Concern Among Scientists" -- what could possibly go wrong? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/03/first-human-monkey-chimera-raises-concern-among-scientists

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Awards News
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* Huge congratulations to 2019's World Fantasy Award finalists!  Check out the whole list here: http://www.worldfantasy.org/world-fantasy-awards%e2%84%a0-2019/

* The shortlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced! Congratulations to all the nominees: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2019-shortlist

* The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 Seiun Awards winners, which honor the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. (The Seiun Awards are the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards.)  Check out all the nominees and winners here: https://locusmag.com/2019/07/2019-seiun-awards-winners/

* The 2019 Booker Prize Longlist has been announced, and of the 13 titles on the list, quite a few will be of interest to genre fans: https://thebookerprizes.com/booker-prize/news/2019-booker-prize-longlist-announced

* The 2019 Eisner Awards were presented at ComicCon in San Diego.  Nominees and winners here: https://io9.gizmodo.com/here-are-your-2019-eisner-awards-winners-1836392844

* Congratulations to Tade Thompson, whose novel ROSEWATER won the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke Award! The other nominees (and previous years' winners) are here: https://clarkeaward.com/#about

* The Chesley Award winners have been announced!  https://locusmag.com/2019/07/2019-chesley-awards-winners/

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From The Office
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Last month I mentioned that I was going to be meeting with a specialist contractor about removing the flooring in the new store.  The flooring itself isn't a problem, but the tile and adhesive on it is.  Both contain asbestos, as is pretty typical for old tile.  Though one solution would be to simply cover it up with a new floor, I don't really want to go that route for a couple of reasons.  First off, adding a layer to the existing floor will (obviously) raise the height.  That increased height becomes a problem because we need to meet the sidewalk outside the shop without too much of a slope because of accessibility requirements.  At the current floor height we can just make it without having to build a ramp and add a handrail.  If we add even 3/4", I don't think we can manage it.

Secondly, asbestos is not very nice stuff.  There aren't a whole lot of construction materials that give me the creeps but asbestos is one of them.  If we don't take the floor out now, there's never going to be a good time to do it.  On top of that, any time we need to work on the floor in the future (like drill a hole through it for an electrical line or some speaker wiring) we'll have to deal with the asbestos risk.

The estimate to remove the floor is around $9000.  Adding the cost of a new, lovely fir floor (much like what we have in the current store), the total is probably going to be around $20,000.  That's a steep price-tag but I think I'm going to do it.  The floor is probably the absolutely hardest thing to replace after we open and so I feel like getting a truly permanent job done is in our best interests.  The schedule for that job is a bit up in the air since I need to figure out how it'll fit with the other work we're doing.  I expect that it will happen after we have the bathroom framed and the light well closed up.  Having those two jobs done will make the asbestos removal easier and it will also make it much simpler to clear everything out of the place (because we can store a bunch of the stuff inside the bathroom rather than moving it to the back yard).

Speaking of the bathroom, last weekend we got a huge amount of work done on the framing.  Almost all the walls are in place (and they all fit properly, thank goodness) and I'll be working on the final touches all this week.

Also on the bathroom topic, my meeting with our plumber, Brian Fusco, went really well.  He's a total pro and I'm looking forward to working with him.  He also gets our goal of really making sure that everything is in solid shape from the outset, even if it'll cost a little more.  So, it's looking like we'll have, for the first time ever, a shop with a completely top-notch electrical and plumbing system.  Oh, and a roof that doesn't leak.  I'm not sure that, after the past 20 years, I'll know what to make of that.

Before you ask, sorry, but still no opening date.  There are still too many moving parts for anything I say to be better than a wild-ass-guess.

- Alan Beatts

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for July, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
2. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
3. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
4. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
5. The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey
6. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
7. Atmosphaera Incognita by Neal Stephenson
8. Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
9. The Knife by Jo Nesbo
10. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
3. Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe
4. The Power by Naomi Alderman
5. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
6. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
7. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
8. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
9. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
10. Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
7. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
8. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
9. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
10. Neuromancer by William Gibson

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 11th at 5 pm to discuss SEA OF RUST by C. Robert Cargill.  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 18th, at 6 pm to discuss NINEFOX GAMBIT by Noon Ha Lee.  The book for September is THE TRAITOR BARU COMORANT by Seth Dickinson.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Gail Carriger, RETICENCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm - Join us in welcoming author Gail Carriger back to Borderlands! This event, which celebrates the final book in the Custard Protocol series, is a touch bittersweet and also a bit mind-boggling, because TEN YEARS ago Gail did her first signing for SOULLESS here. Where does the time go? What is the meaning of it all? Is Percy really, finally done with hats? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found at the store on August 6th. We hope to see you here! https://gailcarriger.com/books/reticence/

Michael Blumlein, LONGER (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Paul Park, A CITY MADE OF WORDS (PM Press, Trade Paperback, $14.00) Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm - We're very happy to host authors Michael Blumlein and Paul Park! Michael's gorgeous new novel LONGER is a science fiction study on mortality, consciousness and intimacy, and Paul's work is described by the publisher thus: "[w]ith exotic settings and characters truly alien and disturbingly normal, his novels and stories explore the shifting interface between traditional narrative and luminous dream, all in the service of a deeper humanism." Join us to meet these two fascinating authors and have the best time you've ever had gaining a deeper understanding of humanity!

Writers With Drinks (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Lynn Breedlove, Sarah Rose Etter, Vanessa Hua, Seth Katz, Brandon Melendez, and Namwali Serpell, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! Saturday, August 10th at 7:30 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 for July includes authors Lynn Breedlove, Sarah Rose Etter, Vanessa Hua, Seth Katz, Brandon Melendez, and Namwali Serpell. Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 7:00 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

CANCELLED - Seanan McGuire, THE UNKINDEST TIDE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 pm - Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this event has unfortunately been cancelled.  We will post as soon as we have a rescheduled date.

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) in conversation with Megan E. O'Keefe, VELOCITY WEAPON (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome World Fantasy Award winner Fonda Lee to Borderlands! Ms. Lee will be presenting JADE WAR, the second novel in the Green Bone Series. (The first book in the series, JADE CITY, won that World Fantasy Award, and "was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Syfy Wire, and others".)  Ms. Lee will be in conversation with fabulous local author Megan E. O'Keefe (VELOCITY WEAPON).  We hope you'll join us to meet both authors and explore this epic and magical fantasy series!

Chad Stroup, SEXY LEPER (Bizarro Pulp Press, Trade Paperback, $13.99) Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm - Join us for a pre-Halloween bizarro book event with Chad Stroup!  From the book description: "It's Halloween in the Hollywood Hills, and Kat Dyer's going to have the sexiest costume for a night of shameless debauchery.  However, Kat's plan is derailed when the costume shop screws up her order and gives her a costume that is the polar-opposite of sexy.  Deciding it's better to be temporarily ugly and seen than beautiful and quickly forgotten, Kat attends the biggest party of the year, only to awaken with the strangest post-Halloween hangover ever: partygoers are transforming into the likenesses of the costumes they wore the night before.  Meanwhile, a mysterious force begins to stalk and pick them off on by one. Kat and her friends must discover the cause of the horror, and what they find will haunt them forever."

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) with authors Mike Chen and Hannu Rajaniemi, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 15th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  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!  This month we're joined by fabulous local authors Mike Chen and Hannu Rajaniemi.  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald, SHATTER WAR (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm - Hometown favorites Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald present: SHATTER WAR, the thrilling follow-up to TIME SHARDS.  Earth's past, present, and future have shattered in "the Event," yielding a terrifying new world of prehistoric monsters, lost cultures, strange technologies, and displaced armies. Coming from different points throughout history, a desperate band of survivors join "Merlin," a mysterious figure who may be their only hope to save the world -- if he can be trusted. When their twenty-third-century ship the Vanuatu is sabotaged by an unknown enemy and thrown far off its course, the team must discover who is responsible, even as they are split apart and fight to survive in the war-torn Shard world. . . .

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm - We're always thrilled to welcome local author Annalee Newitz to the store! Here's some info about the new novel from the publisher: "In a modern-day United States just a step away from our own, time travel is possible -- in fact, it has existed for as long as humanity itself. Jumping into the past is simple, and scientists say that altering the timeline is almost impossible. But Tess, an idealistic geology professor, has figured out how to use time travel to try to undo a horrible injustice in the past whose effects are still being felt in her own time. Meanwhile, in 1992, teenage riot grrl Beth's ordinary life is about to become a tangle of toxic friendship and murder. And across the timeline, a secret war is brewing as a group of men attempt to destroy time travel. If they succeed, only a small elite will have the power to shape past, present, and future. Tess and Beth are part of this hidden war that stretches back millions of years. But with the help of unlikely allies from times past and times yet to come, they may be able to save each other -- and build a different future." We do hope you'll join us to meet Annalee and check out this awesome book!

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.

This newsletter is distributed monthly free of charge and may be distributed without charge so long all the following information is included.

Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts

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

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, July 2019

Welcome David Fitzgerald!

Hiring staff for Borderlands Books is something we do far less often then once in a blue moon!  So we’re happy to mark this rare occurrence and welcome our newest employee, David Fitzgerald, to the party.  David is an author, editor, animal lover and sword fighter, among other esoteric talents, and so he’s a great fit for Borderlands.  He’s written everything from nonfiction to science fiction to erotica & more under a few different pen names, so in addition to his solid “book knowledge”, is a great resource for aspiring writers.  David was a Borderlands sponsor for years, and also volunteered doing construction work at the Haight Street building (before he started working Sundays on Valencia!)  Please give him a warm hello when you’re next in the store (and ask him for a book recommendation).

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Upcoming Events
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Writers With Drinks (The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Sarah Gailey, Helen Phillips, Troy Jollimore, Grace Lavery, and Gabby Rivera, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 pm

LitCrawl Junior with authors Kalyn Josephson, Katy Rose Pool, and Shannon Price, Sunday, July 14th at 3:30 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Vy Kaftan and Megan E. O'Keefe, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, July 21st at 6:30 pm

Charlie Jane Anders, Meg Elison, Shaenon K. Garrity, and Richard Kadrey, WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, August 3rd at 3:00 pm

Gail Carriger, RETICENCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm

Michael Blumlein, LONGER (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Paul Park, A CITY MADE OF WORDS, (PM Press, Trade Paperback, $14.00) Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm

Seanan McGuire, THE UNKINDEST TIDE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the store:

"I love the smell of books. It smells so good in here! I want to bottle it and wear it as a perfume."

"I've only met one person ever who didn't like GOOD OMENS, and I didn't trust them."
"It's like people who never say the f-word, or who dislike dogs!"

"She said that worrying was like praying for something you don't want."

"She sold her soul for a toaster oven."
"So... what I'm hearing is that Wiccans shouldn't drink."

"Repeatedly forgetting your PIN is an excellent way to save money."

"I'm turning my life in a new direction: Horizontal."

"You can't discriminate against someone based on their Hogwarts' House!"

* Locus Magazine is hosting a Writing Master Class with author Andy Duncan!  July 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Locus Magazine HQ in downtown Oakland.  The cost is $150.00.  Details and sign up here: https://locusmag.com/locus-bay-area-writers-workshop-writing-master-class-with-andy-duncan-july-2019/

* Local author (and Borderlands sponsor) Charlie Jane Anders did a marvelous interview with the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charlie-jane-anders-crosses-the-divide_n_5cdc281ae4b0437438c5290e

* Congratulations to Irene Gallo, who has been promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com! https://www.tor.com/2019/06/20/irene-gallo-promoted-to-vice-president-publisher-of-tor-com/

* Author Richard Kadrey on the Cool Tools Podcast: https://kk.org/cooltools/richard-kadrey-nyt-bestselling-author-of-the-sandman-slim-series/

* HBO is turning Philip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS into a series, and the trailer looks awesome: https://youtu.be/0Qz8L4KaTss

* This annotated list of the books that author & scholar Jo Walton read in June is really fascinating. https://www.tor.com/2019/07/05/jo-waltons-reading-list-june-2019/

* Daniel O'Malley's supernatural spy novel THE ROOK has been made into a series on Starz.  Check out the trailer here! https://www.tvguide.com/news/starz-the-rook-trailer/

* A list of the 100 most commonly mentioned fantasy books on Reddit, 2018 - 2019: https://topredditbooks.com/c/genre/fantasy .  No real surprises but it interesting to skim.

* Nanoprobes are in the works: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190703121358.htm

* Quantum leaps are real?  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205089-quantum-leaps-are-real-and-now-we-can-control-them/

* An interesting podcast on converting carbon dioxide to fuel, and autofocal glasses: https://www.sciencemag.org/podcast/converting-carbon-dioxide-gasoline-and-autofocal-glasses-lenses-change-shape-fly

* Telepathic Tetris, anyone?: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190701163827.htm

* The first trailer for Disney's live-action "Mulan" is here, and it's beautiful: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-mulan-trailer-teases-a-sweeping-warriors-adve-1836166020

* Author Gillian Flynn is "sickened" by a defense attorney's suggestion that a missing woman (whose husband, along with his girlfriend, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution) has staged her own disappearance a la GONE GIRL: https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/author-of-gone-girl-issues-statement-regarding-jennifer-dulos-disappearance/

* Did you know there was a celebrity cruise that included authors Ben Bova and Issac Asimov to commemorate the launch of Apollo 17 in December 1972?  Neither did we.  https://www.fastcompany.com/90372061/the-weird-space-themed-caribbean-cruise-that-celebrated-the-last-trip-to-the-moon

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From The Office
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Haight Street Update

Things are going well with the construction at the new building.  At the beginning of the month, PG&E hooked up the new electrical service.  Despite all the delays and torturous steps to get there, the actual hook-up went very smoothly.  We started at nine and were done by noon.  The PG&E crew were very pleasant and professional.  We shared a couple of jokes at the expense of office and engineering staff, mostly along the lines of, "They don't get it, don't get it right, and waste time.  Thank goodness there are people like us doing the actual work who have a clue."

We've still got two long days ahead switching out the panels for each of the apartments upstairs but, once that's done, the big electrical work is finished. We'll still need to do the wiring for the bookstore but that's a quite simple job.  This week I put in four extra temporary circuits (so we can run a saw and the compressor at the same time without tripping a breaker) and it took me all of about two hours to do.  The final wiring will be a bit more time-consuming but not by much.

Since that work was done, last Sunday we were able to finally tear out the big post in the middle of the store that used to hold the old service.  Having that gone really opened up the space a lot and now I can actually see what it's going to look like.  It's going to be awfully good.  Despite being a tiny bit smaller than our current space, I think it's going to _look_ bigger.

I've got several meetings next week that will move us even further forward.  First I'm meeting on Monday with an asbestos abatement specialist.  I'll get a quote from him to pull all the old floor and tiles that are a problem.  I'm hopeful that the price will be within reach because, after looking over the place, really the best solution is to remove the entire floor and replace it.  With the asbestos out of the way, that's not actually a very hard job and it'll give us a beautiful, strong floor that will last for decades to come.

I'm also meeting with our plumber, Brian Fusco, to get the bathroom work scheduled.  He's a referral from my buddy Bruno, a general contractor here in town who has never steered me wrong.  I'm looking forward to meeting Brian.  Based on our email conversations, he's definitely our sort of people.

The rest of this month will be mostly filled up with completing the framing for the bathroom and, if all goes well, getting a start on framing the new front of the building.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for June, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
2. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
3. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
4. The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey
5. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
6. Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey
7. Lent by Jo Walton
8. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
9. Stealing Worlds by Karl Schroeder
10. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
3. The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz
4. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
5. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6. The Power by Naomi Alderman
7. Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
8. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
9. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
10. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
2. Dune by Frank Herbert
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
7. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
8. Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
9. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, July 14th, at 5 pm to discuss AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz.  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, July 21st, at 6 pm to discuss KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames.  The book for August is SHARDS OF HONOR by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Sarah Gailey, Helen Phillips, Troy Jollimore, Grace Lavery, and Gabby Rivera, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 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 for July includes authors Natasha Dennerstein, Sarah Gailey, Helen Phillips, Troy Jollimore, Grace Lavery, and Gabby Rivera. Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 7:00 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

LitCrawl Junior with authors Kalyn Josephson, Katy Rose Pool, and Shannon Price, Sunday, July 14th at 3:30 pm - Thanks to Litquake for the following write-up!: "Litquake's Lit Crawl Junior is excited to welcome THREE debut YA authors to Borderlands, each with a brand-new or upcoming novel: Kalyn Josephson (THE STORM CROW), Katy Rose Pool (THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS) and Shannon Price (A THOUSAND FIRES). There will be readings and a panel about publishing.

Kalyn Josephson's brand-new fantasy novel, THE STORM CROWN (July 9, Sourcebooks) has been called ERAGON meets AND I DARKEN, and takes place in the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, where magical crows are part of every aspect of life until they are invaded and the crows are destroyed. That terrible night throws Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost. But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. Kalyn lives in the Bay Area and loves books, cats, books with cats, and making up other worlds to live in for a while.

Katy Rose Pool's debut fantasy novel, THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS (Sept. 3, Henry Holt) has been described as SIX OF CROWS meets GRACELING. For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations -- until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world's salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course. Katy graduated from UC Berkeley and resides in the Bay Area, where she can be found eating breakfast sandwiches, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and reading books that set her on fire.

Shannon Price's A THOUSAND FIRES (Nov. 5, Tor Teen) is a dystopian novel where gangs rule, and has been described as THE OUTSIDERS meets THE ILLIAD, perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth. Valerie Simons knows the Wars are dangerous -- her little brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway Valerie from joining the elite Herons with her boyfriend Matthew to avenge her brother. But when Jax, the volatile and charismatic leader of the Stags, promises her revenge, Valerie is torn between old love and new loyalty. Shannon is a self-described proud Filipina-American. When not writing, she can be found watching baking shows, exploring old bookstores, going to the beach as often as she can, and working when she must in Silicon Valley."

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Vy Kaftan and Megan E. O'Keefe, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, July 21st at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  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!  This month we're joined by fabulous local authors Vy Kaftan and Megan E. O'Keefe.  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com. www.sfinsf.org

Charlie Jane Anders, Meg Elison, Shaenon K. Garrity, and Richard Kadrey, WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, August 3rd at 3:00 pm - From editor John Joseph Adam's site: "In WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet.  Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive." We're delighted to welcome four fabulous local authors who contributed to the anthology!  Charlie Jane and Shaenon have amazing reprints, and Richard and Meg's stories are original to this collection.  Don't miss this event; we know it's going to be magnificently apocalyptic!

Gail Carriger, RETICENCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm - Join us in welcoming author Gail Carriger back to Borderlands! This event, which celebrates the final book in the Custard Protocol series, is a touch bittersweet and also a bit mind-boggling, because TEN YEARS ago Gail did her first signing for SOULLESS here. Where does the time go? What is the meaning of it all? Is Percy really, finally done with hats? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found at the store on August 6th. We hope to see you here! https://gailcarriger.com/books/reticence/

Michael Blumlein, LONGER (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Paul Park, A CITY MADE OF WORDS, (PM Press, Trade Paperback, $14.00) Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm - We're very happy to host authors Michael Blumlein and Paul Park! Michael's gorgeous new novel LONGER is a science fiction study on mortality, consciousness and intimacy, and Paul's work is described by the publisher thus: "[w]ith exotic settings and characters truly alien and disturbingly normal, his novels and stories explore the shifting interface between traditional narrative and luminous dream, all in the service of a deeper humanism." Join us to meet these two fascinating authors and have the best time you've ever had gaining a deeper understanding of humanity!

Seanan McGuire, THE UNKINDEST TIDE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 pm - 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.

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Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts

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