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

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.

Seanan McGuire, THE UNKINDEST TIDE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 pm - Once upon a quite long time ago (Septemebr 5th, 2009, to be exact) we hosted our first event for Seanan McGuire, for her debut novel ROSEMARY AND RUE, the start of the October Daye books.  Seanan had promised a Schedule and a Raffle and Baked Goods and an Adventure, and WOW did she deliver.  (We were all a bit in awe.) Since then we have always been delighted (and a little bemused) to host Seanan and the entire nutty Circus for Toby events. This is book number thirteen (!), and there will be music, entertaining raffle prizes, much revelry,  and of course baked goods.  In fact, bring some baked goods to share -- cookies, brownies, what have you -- and you'll get an extra raffle ticket! Borderlands will be the ONLY place to be on the evening of September 7th -- join us for a supremely kind event for THE UNKINDEST TIDE!

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.

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

Dispatches from the Border, June 2019

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Upcoming Events
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Ferrett Steinmetz, THE SOL MAJESTIC (Tor, Trade Paperback, $16.99) Saturday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm

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

SF in SF with authors Vylar Kaftan and Megan E. O'Keefe (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) 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, $14.99) Saturday, August 10th 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:

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

"The clerks were whimsical and the customers were insane."

"You FOOL! We're all English teachers and there were BOOKS back there!"

"You care about something, and you're not an idiot."

"Well, when you put it THAT way, it is _definitely_ creepy."

* R.I.P. Dennis Etchison, acclaimed horror author and editor and recipient of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, who died at the end of May. https://locusmag.com/2019/05/dennis-etchison-1943-2019/

* Babylon 5 was one of the most innovative SF shows of its time, and here are 5 things that it did that changed science fiction forever. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/5-things-babylon-5-did-that-changed-science-fiction-forever

* College writing classes have traditionally been hostile or dismissive of genre fiction writers, but this article argues that perhaps it now depends on the author's specific style. https://www.wired.com/2019/06/geeks-guide-college-fantasy-sci-fi/

* As you go through this list you realize most of the dads in the MCU are. . . . less than ideal: https://sciencefiction.com/2019/06/14/ranking-the-dads-of-the-marvel-cinematic-universe/
   
* A ranking of the classic Final Fantasy series games listed from the best to the worst: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/all-final-fantasy-games-ranked-from-best-to-worst/

* Speaking of the classic Final Fantasy series, there is finally more news on the remake of FF7 that was announced four years ago and has been scantly mentioned since. https://www.dualshockers.com/final-fantasy-7-remake-vii-preview-e3-2019/

* Reviewing India's first all-female feminist SF anthology, MAGICAL WOMEN: https://factordaily.com/sf-anthology-magical-women/

* The idea of a "Gambit" movie has been floating around Hollywood for well over a decade now.  Rupert Wyatt reveals that when he was holding the reins the idea was for the Gambit film to be a 70's heist film. Which. . . actually sounds pretty great? https://sciencefiction.com/2019/06/14/rupert-wyatt-original-idea-for-his-gambit-movie-would-have-place d-it-in-the-70s/

* The anime classic "Akira" was set in the Neo-Tokyo of 2019, which is of course this year. SO, what if anything does Akira's vision of Tokyo have in common with the Tokyo of today?  A lot. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/16/the-year-of-akira-how-does-2019-neo-tokyo-compare-with-todays-city

* An excerpt of Annalee Newitz's new novel THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE which comes out this September. https://io9.gizmodo.com/weve-got-an-exclusive-first-look-at-io9-co-founder-anna-1832512608

* The first reveal is here for "Elden Ring", the game co-created by George R.R. Martin! https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2019/06/10/george-r-r-martins-developing-a-fantasy-game-now-video/

* It's Pride Month! Here's a list of 30 great LGBTQIA+ books, many award-nominated themselves or by award-nominated authors, for you to read not only this month but year round. https://www.bustle.com/p/30-lgbtqia-sci-fi-fantasy-books-you-should-read-this-pride-month-17940283

* There's a "Magic: The Gathering" fantasy series coming to Netflix, directed by "Avengers" directors the Russo brothers!  The middle school nerds in us are jumping up and down and clapping very excitedly right now. https://www.tweaktown.com/news/66110/magic-gathering-fantasy-series-coming-netflix/index.html

* A Victorian fantasy series with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne - "Carnival Row" looks like an interesting hit or an excruciating miss.  Prepare some popcorn and prepare to love- or hate-watch this beautiful disaster. https://www.etonline.com/orlando-bloom-and-cara-delevingne-star-in-first-look-at-victorian-fantasy-series-carnival-row

* io9 provides valid arguments for why speculative fans should subscribe to Criterion; one of the most compelling being its deep library of Godzilla and other kaiju movies available. https://io9.gizmodo.com/6-reasons-why-genre-fans-should-check-out-the-criterion-1834765009
             
* Speaking of Godzilla, how about a deep dive into the philosophy of the king of the kaiju and environmental pessimism? https://merionwest.com/2019/06/15/godzilla-and-the-doctrine-of-environmental-pessimism/

* There have been a lot of critiques of the last season of "Game of Thrones", but were the real issues the hidden politics it only pretended to subvert?  (It wouldn't be the first time zombies were meant to represent fear of immigrants.) https://truthout.org/articles/the-real-monster-in-game-of-thrones-is-its-hidden-reactionary-ideology/

* Looking for something to stream?  Here's a list of the 17 most highly-rated fantasy shows available on Netflix.  https://decider.com/2019/05/07/best-fantasy-shows-on-netflix/

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Award News
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* The winners of the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards have been announced! Congratulations! http://horror.org/2018-bram-stoker-award-winners-nominees/

* The Sunburst Awards, which celebrate Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, have announced their 2019 nominations longlist.  http://www.sunburstaward.org/2019-longlist

* The 2019 Nebula Award Winners have been announced!  Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal, Brooke Bolander, Phenderson Djèlí Clark and more!  Check out the full list here: https://locusmag.com/2019/05/2018-nebula-awards-winners/

* Finalists for the best science fiction novel John W. Campbell Memorial Award 2019 has been released: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/news/Campbell-Award_finalists-press-release-2019.pdf

* The 2019 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction finalists have been announced.  All of them are available online for free, so get to reading!  http://www.eugiefoster.com/eugieaward

* The Mythopoeic Awards Finalists for 2019 have been announced as well. Congratulations to Mishell Baker, Ruthanna Emrys and the others!  https://mythsoc-rohan.blogspot.com/2019/06/mythopoeic-awards-finalists-for-2019.html

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From The Office
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Building Update

Despite not having much time to work at Haight St. last month (because, closing up the cafe), we made some solid progress in May.  Perhaps the biggest thing is that we finally (Finally? Finally!) passed the last inspection with PG&E for the new electrical service.  We're all set to have the actual service hooked up on the 2nd of July, and that will be the first construction permit of this whole project that is completely finished.  To say that I'm looking forward to it is a hell of an understatement.

Over the last few weeks we've also made major progress on the bathroom.  Three of the five walls are framed and in place.  The next two will follow shortly and then we can get the plumber in to do the rough work.  With luck that will go quickly (depending on his schedule) and then we can get the finish work done.  Still no firm ETA for all that but we're getting close to a point when I feel like I can make something other than a wild-ass guess.

The garden is really coming into its own with the spring and thanks to all the rain this winter.  I know I've been promising pictures for months now but I truly will try to get some up by the next newsletter.

With the work of closing (and running) the cafe behind me, I'm really looking forward to putting my full attention into getting our new "house" ready for move in.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for May, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
2. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
3. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
4. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
5. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
6. Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey
7. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
8. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
9. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
10. Empire of Grass by Tad Williams

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
3. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
4. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
5. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
7. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
8. The Power by Naomi Alderman
9. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
10. New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

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

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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 the following month will be SHARDS OF HONOR by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information

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Upcoming Event Details
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Ferrett Steinmetz, THE SOL MAJESTIC (Tor, Trade Paperback, $16.99) Saturday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm - The Sol Majestic is the most prestigious restaurant in the galaxy, located at Savor Station -- and 16-year-old Kenna comes to it starving, both physically and spiritually.  He's a member of a dying religion, and his parents have been dragging him from station to station as long as he can remember, seeking backing for their faith, the Inevitable Philosophy.  Kenna is pretty far overdue for finding his expected Inevitable Philosopy until he wins a free meal at the Sol Majestic, and its genius creator makes a project out of Kenna, changing everything.  Jude just won't shut up about how much she loves this book, which is about finding your guiding passion, the dignity of work, and so much more.  We definitely hope you'll join us to meet Ferrett Steinmetz and check out this fabulous new novel!

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.

SF in SF with authors Vylar Kaftan and Megan E. O'Keefe (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) 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.

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 - Details TK.

Michael Blumlein, LONGER (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Paul Park, A CITY MADE OF WORDS (PM Press, Trade Paperback, $14.99) Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 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.

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 - 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, May 17, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, May 2019

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

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Upcoming Events
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Guy Gavriel Kay, A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO (Berkeley, Hardcover, $27.00) Saturday, March 18th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Guy Gavriel Kay, Ransom Stephens, and Simon Vance, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, March 19th at 6:30 pm

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Nancy Etchemendy and Loren Rhoads, Sunday, June 9th at 6:30 pm

Megan E. O'Keefe, VELOCITY WEAPON (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 pm

Sarah Gailey, MAGIC FOR LIARS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, June 15th at 3:00 pm

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE SOL MAJESTIC (Tor, Trade Paperback, $16.99) Saturday, June 22nd 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:

"Receipt? Oh, no, no, thank you. I don't want to be reminded how much I've spent on books."

"That’s adorable! The Prius had a bumper sticker that said 'Cool Prius! - Nobody'."

"But the paper ones are _meant_ to be edited"

"Space said 'we have black holes' and scientists just replied with, 'pics or it didn't happen'."

"You measure the cinnamon in parsecs?"

* ICYMI: Yes, we have permanently closed Borderlands Cafe (JUST THE CAFE), and we will be moving the bookstore (only) to the building that we purchased on Haight Street at some point in the future, when the construction work on the Haight Street building is complete.  Alan Beatts, the business' owner, on closing the Cafe: http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2019/04/borderlands-cafe-to-close.html

* Because we've closed the Cafe, we'll be selling all the Cafe furniture, fixtures, and equipment, plus some extra bookshelves and other things while we're at it.  The sale starts Sunday, May 19th at 12:00 pm.  Come check out many tables, chairs, a variety of bookshelves, and a mind-boggling array of mugs, glasses, teapots, and such!  We also have some really beautiful furniture  -- would you like an amazing Chinese-style armoire, or a church pew for your place?  This is a really cool opportunity to take home a little bit of Borderlands' history.  We'd love to know that these items will live on with people who appreciate them.  (Regrettably, it won't be possible for us to hold anything.  And not to sound too salesman-y, but. . . prices will be dropping as we get closer to the cafe's must-be-vacant date of June 1st, but if you wait you'll risk missing out!)

* R.I.P. celebrated author and science fiction Grand Master Gene Wolfe: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/gene-wolfe-science-fiction-writer-with-a-literary-touch-dies-at-87/2019/04/28/9bf76226-69c1-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

* We also regret having to share the news of the death of "Star Wars" actor Peter Mayhew: https://www.tor.com/2019/05/03/peter-mayhew-1944-2019/

* A very nice article on Borderlands Books by local author Kevin Smokler, from The Battery's magazine: https://www.thebatterysf.com/article/local-literary-gem

* A tribute and examination of one of the most important science fiction authors in history, Alice B. Sheldon (aka James Tiptree, Jr.): https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/4/18/18282660/james-tiptree-jr-feminist-dystopian-science-fiction

* You shouldn't waste food, but (#1) Oreos are barely food, and (#2) this isn't waste, this is ART! https://www.fastcompany.com/90328526/oreo-uses-2750-cookies-to-recreate-game-of-thrones-opening-credits

* Marlon James, author of the wildly popular BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF, (and the Man Booker Prize winner for A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS) is on "Time" Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in 2019. http://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2019/5567700/marlon-james/

* Privacy: a topic that is becoming increasingly relevant to our lives and our fiction: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/04/surveillance-science-fiction-colonializing-force/587863/

* More and more streaming services are popping up, and many of them are mining science fiction stories for their original programs. http://fortune.com/2019/05/03/data-sheet-apple-disney-amazon-streaming-science-fiction/

* Book Riot has organized a list of the Top 30 science-fiction books on Goodreads. Check it out here: https://bookriot.com/2019/05/03/top-sci-fi-books/

* In a continuing trend of AI and human cooperation in SFF, DJ Steve Aoki's new comic series "Neon Future" explores an optimistic future between man and machine. https://www.news18.com/news/tech/meet-neon-future-a-science-fiction-comic-that-trades-cyber-paranoia-for-optimism-2128799.html

* Sarah Ditum investigates why so many "literary" authors want to play with the ideas of science fiction while at the same time denigrating the genre and those of us who enjoy it. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/18/it-drives-writers-mad-why-are-authors-still-sniffy-about-sci-fi

* "Yes" Magazine examines SFF's so-called "compassionate revolution" or "hopepunk": https://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/science-fiction-revolution-hope-hugo-award-20190423

* Inverse pulls together the top 11 SFF TV shows and movies streaming on Netflix this month. https://www.inverse.com/article/55427-best-science-fiction-movies-and-tv-on-netflix-may-2019

* A very interesting article that discusses the confluence of atheism and omnipotent beings in much of the SFF we consume -- the resistance to calling them gods doesn't alter the things they can do. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/atheism-in-the-face-of-omnipotence-in-science-fiction

* Aliens move further and further from the realm of science fiction and closer and closer to science fact. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6986897/Expert-reveals-idea-alien-life-no-longer-like-science-fiction.html

* Thank you to sponsor Jo F., who made sure we didn't miss the entire cast of "Avengers: Endgame" covering "We Didn't Start the Fire".  (No spoilers here.)  Watch till the end for the sweet tribute to Stan Lee: https://www.cnet.com/news/avengers-endgame-cast-sings-we-didnt-start-the-fire-adds-stan-lee-tribute/

* For those who've seen "Avengers: Endgame", here are some burning questions you might have after the movie (beware, spoilers!): https://sciencefiction.com/2019/05/03/12-burning-questions-we-have-after-seeing-avengers-endgame/

* So often science fiction and fantasy focuses on colonizing powers without ever examining the history of the indigenous people, whether they be an existing culture, or one that's made up (and given attributes of real-life cultures).  Here's one artist exploring the history of Mexico's indigenous people through speculative art. http://eltecolote.org/content/en/arts_culture/mexican-painter-imagines-indigenous-history-as-science-fiction/

* Ranking the most destructive weapons in science-fiction (with a few real-life WMDs included for perspective) in an infographic! https://techaeris.com/2019/04/05/infographic-what-are-the-top-weapons-in-science-fiction

* SFF is full of created sports, from rollerball to qudditch to blitzball to pyramid, and Dr. Derek Thiess' latest book explores the ideas and importance of made-up sports within the realm of speculative fiction. https://ung.edu/news/articles/2019/04/thiess-latest-book-examines-sports-in-science-fiction.php

* Are sea serpent sightings the result of actual science? https://www.sciencealert.com/the-public-s-fascination-with-marine-fossils-changed-how-we-saw-monsters

* "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons" are icons that few people forget, but for Na'amen, "The Herculoids" were an absolute favorite, and he's so glad someone is finally giving the classic cartoon some credit. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/alex-toth-and-the-herculoids-helped-define-science-fiction-in-animation

* Apex Magazine will unfortunately go on indefinite hiatus after their 120th issue.  Read editor Jason Sizemore's statement here: https://www.apex-magazine.com/sleep-now-apex-magazine-youve-earned-it/

* If you live in New York or will be there in January 2020, sponsor Flash S. is putting together a meet up to celebrate Isaac Asimov's hundredth birthday at a location near one of Asimov's childhood homes in Brooklyn.  Meetup info here: https://www.meetup.com/Asimov-Centennial-Meetup/ and discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/asimov/comments/a4j4wn/asimov_centennial_convention/

* A Speculative Fiction Writers Group is starting at The Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room in San Francisco this Tuesday, May 7th: https://www.milibrary.org/events/speculative-fiction-writers-group-may-07-2019

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Awards News
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* Here are the Hugo finalists both for 2019 and the Retro Hugos for 1944! https://dublin2019.com/hugo-finalists/

* The Nebula Award nominations have recently been the subject of controversy, as accusations of "slate voting" and rigging fly: https://locusmag.com/2019/04/nebula-awards-ballot-controversy/

* The 2018 British Science Fiction Association awards have been announced! https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-2018-announced/

* The 2019 Phillip K. Dick Award winner was announced, along with a special citation winner! https://www.philipkdickaward.org/2019/04/2019-philip-k-dick-award-winner-announced.html

* The nominees for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. The awards are presented for "outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction". The list of nominees is here: https://locusmag.com/2019/05/2018-shirley-jackson-awards-nominees/

* DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA by Walter Mosley has won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Novel! The complete list of nominees and winners is here: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html

* Baltimore Science Fiction Society has decided on the winner for the 2018 Compton Crook award.  (THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang is an amazing book that you should definitely check out.) http://www.bsfs.org/

* Madeline Miller's newest novel CIRCE, (based on our favorite witch from Greek myth, or is that just us?), has been shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction. https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/

* PulpFest has announced the nominees of the 2019 Munsey Award, given "to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community."  The list of nominees is here: http://www.pulpfest.com/2019/05/2019-munsey-award-nominees/

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From The Office
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Hi Everyone,

This is going to be a very short update on our building process.  I've been very busy this month getting all the work done to shut down the cafe and so time (and sleep) has been in very short supply.  Despite that, we've made some very good progress at Haight Street.  Milestones have been:

Revised bathroom layout approved.  It's a much better arrangement than the original design and also takes up less floor space.  Kevin Short, our architect, really outdid himself getting it worked out and permitted.

Floor framing for bathroom and lightwell completed.  Since we know the layout for sure now, we were able to finalize the floor framing layout and get it done.  I'm very pleased with how it all came out.  And perhaps the most impressive part of the job was that it was almost completely done by our volunteers with only oversight from me.  It was a difficult and demanding job (the bathroom floor especially so, since it had to be just about dead level) and, personally, I think they produced a better and more precise piece of work than the average professional crew would have.

Trench and conduit for new electrical completed.  The schedules all lined up for both our trenching contractor and our electrician so that job was completed in less than a week.  Now we're just waiting for a second inspection of the panels (because, really, the inspector was kind of unreasonable).  After that, there are two inspections from PG&E (both scheduled for this month) and then we wait for them to connect the power (which is scheduled for the beginning of July . . . because PG&E is a little slow).  But, at this point, the job is moving forward and quickly too.  Which is damn nice since we first applied for the permits well over a _year_ ago.

Aside from that, the garden is coming along beautifully now that spring is here, and many smaller jobs have been knocked out.

That's about it.  Goodnight.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey
2. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
3. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
4.  The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
5. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
6. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
7. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
8. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
9. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
10. Radicalized by Cory Doctorow

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
3. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
4. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
5. Fault Lines edited by Margaret Lucke
6. The Power by Naomi Alderman
7. Blood Ink by Dana Fredsti
8. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
9. New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl
10. Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
4. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
5. Spawn of Lilith by Dana Fredsti
6. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
7. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
8. Who Fears Death? By Nnedi Okorafor
9. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
10. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 9th, at 5 pm to discuss BABYLON'S ASHES by James S.A. Corey.  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, May 19th, at 6 pm to discuss GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl.  The book for June is ARTEMIS by Andy Weir.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Guy Gavriel Kay, A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO (Berkeley, Hardcover, $27.00) Saturday, March 18th at 3:00 pm - We are always delighted to welome Guy Gavriel Kay to Borderlands.  He's such a lovely person and such a talented writer -- his prose is almost universally gorgeous.  This time, he's presenting a new fantasy set in a world that will be familiar to his dedicated readers.  As for the plot, the publisher says: "In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life.  Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count--and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.  Danio's fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count's chambers one autumn night--intending to kill.  Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger--and freedom.  Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.  Vivid figures share the unfolding story.  Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.  A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune's wheel."  If that wasn't enough to pique your interest, Kirkus Reviews calls the book "[a]n epic tale filled with characters compelling enough to bear the weight of the high stakes."  Join us to meet Guy Gavriel Kay!

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Guy Gavriel Kay, Ransom Stephens, and Simon Vance, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, March 19th 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 the fabulous Guy Gavriel Kay, Ransom Stephens, and Simon Vance (the narrator of Kay's audiobooks).  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.

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Nancy Etchemendy and Loren Rhoads, Sunday, June 9th 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 authors Nancy Etchemendy and Loren Rhoads, who will be showing off a new charity anthology whose proceeds benefit the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire.  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.

Megan E. O'Keefe, VELOCITY WEAPON (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 pm - We're happy to welcome fabulous local author Megan E. O'Keefe back to Borderlands!  Her new novel sounds incredible; here's the teaser from the publisher: "The last thing Sanda remembers is her gunship breaking up around her as her preserving pod expanded, sealing herself away for salvage-medics to pick up.  She expected to awaken in friendly hands, patched up and patched back into a new gunship. Instead, she awakens 230 years later upon an empty enemy smartship, The Light of Berossus or, as he prefers to be called, "Bero".  The war is lost.  The star system is dead. However, Bero may not exactly be telling the whole truth."  We hope you'll come meet Megan and check out this fantastic new space adventure!

Sarah Gailey, MAGIC FOR LIARS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, June 15th at 3:00 pm - We are very excited to welcome formerly-local Sarah Gailey back to Borderlands! From the publisher: "You may recognize Hugo award winner Gailey as the author of the novellas RIVER OF TEETH and TASTE OF MARROW or for their hilarious online pop culture commentary on sites like Tor.com, Mashable, and more. Their fantastic debut novel reads like Jessica Jones meets THE MAGICIANS (with a dash of Megan Abbott for good measure!) [and] is already earning great praise. . ."  Sarah will be in conversation with author Maggie Tokuda-Hall, and we do hope you'll join us to meet them and check out this fantastic new novel!

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE SOL MAJESTIC (Tor, Trade Paperback, $16.99) Saturday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm - (More details to come, but Jude absolutely loves this book and won't shut up about it!)

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 - Na'amen Tilahun
Assistant Editor - Jude Feldman

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, April 2019

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
April 2019

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Upcoming Events
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Mike Chen, HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, Hardcover, $26.99), and Peng Shepherd, THE BOOK OF M (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Susannah Breslin, Mike Chen, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Arkady Martine, Peng Shepherd, and Saskia Vogel, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 pm

Alex White, A BAD DEAL FOR THE WHOLE GALAXY (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm

FAULT LINES Launch Party, Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Peter S. Beagle and Jaymee Goh (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

Coming up Saturday, May 18th, look for a very special reading and signing with Guy Gavriel Kay!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"I have done things with ladders that make bystanders shriek with horror."
"The last person not bleeding wins."
<shouting at repetitive busker outside> "Hey Joey Ramone! Pretty PLEASE learn another chord!"
"In general, I try not to microwave sour cream."
"Sometimes we bear seemingly unbearable things, because the alternative is so much worse."
"Does anything ever get described as a 'low-octane thriller'?"
"The fact that it's tactless doesn't make it untrue."
"I'd be a really Casual Assassin, like 'You're gonna die, no doubt about that, but meantime would you like a coffee or a soda?'"
"Someone had an Emotional Support chicken on the bus today."
"What I really thought was that I had ordered a goat when I was drunk and forgot."
“Trust me, absolutely nothing good starts with burned garlic.”
"Thanks, Car Insurance Company. There couldn't possibly be more perfect hold music than an endless instrumental loop of 'Danger Zone'."
"I don’t remember what I ate for lunch, but I remember the plot to every one of these books."

* R.I.P. to Vonda N. McIntyre, who passed away on April 1st from pancreatic cancer.  McIntyre was a multiple award winner, brilliant author, one of the founders of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, founder of Book View Cafe, and the person who gave Hikaru Sulu his first name, among many other accomplishments. She managed to finish her final novel a few weeks before her death. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/vonda-n-mcintyre-1948-2019-seattle-science-fiction-star-dies-cancer/

* Freethink Media created an awesome video on Borderlands' and Mission Comics and Arts' respective sponsorship programs and our survival models for unconventional retail! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=mQD1y2yORPQ

* Wow, so, we're not sure how we managed to miss linking to this months ago when it came out, but we did -- Alan was interviewed for "The Muni Diaries" podcast, and he tells the story of the "The Secret in the Basement of the Store" (actually the basement of the Cafe, but it's an interesting story either way) https://www.munidiaries.com/2018/10/30/the-secret-about-the-basement-at-borderlands-books/!  Also check out "The Muni Diaries" talk with Pete Mulvihill, owner of Green Apple Books: https://www.munidiaries.com/?s=green+apple+books

* How can you NOT want to watch the opening credits to "Game of Thrones" re-created with a couple thousand Oreo cookies?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmf-6TYjGuQ

* Congratulations to Seanan McGuire! Her series Wayward Children is going to be coming to TV.  More details here: https://www.tor.com/2019/03/18/seanan-mcguires-wayward-children-series-coming-to-television/

* Ohmigosh does the trailer for "Good Omens" look awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJoR4vlIIs

* San Francisco literary icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti is celebrating his 100th birthday, and the NY Times did a retrospective on old San Francisco, and they mention Borderlands to boot!  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/travel/lawrence-ferlinghettis-enduring-san-francisco.html  This article from Medium contains alternate photos to illustrate the Times article, including one quite old one taken at Borderlands Cafe! https://medium.com/@mark_20745/lawrence-ferlinghettis-enduring-san-francisco-696caa078a0b

* According to some (probably pretty dubious) Yelp statistics, Borderlands is number 35 on the list of America's top 50 bookstores: https://hoodline.com/2018/10/bibliophiles-take-heed-here-are-america-s-50-favorite-bookstores

* Local author Nick Mamatas is teaching another Fabulist Fiction course at WeWork starting May 4th.  Details and sign up here: https://sfwriting.institute/portfolio/fabulist_fiction/

* As fans of speculative fiction we tend to obsess over worlds, big and small.  Well here are some worlds that fit in old pocket watches. https://mymodernmet.com/miniature-worlds-antique-jewelry-gregory-grozos/

* An extremely rare discovery of fossils that were the direct victims of the KT extinction event will keep scientists busy for decades. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died

* When people think of Cyptids, they tend to go to Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the Loch Ness Monster, but the fact is there are rumors about unusual creatures all around the world, from dogmen to frogmen to extinct species, some known only to locals. Here are 24 of those lesser known ones: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/great-local-cryptids

* Self-publishing has helped a lot of marginalized authors find their audience, but there's a dark side of plagiarism, book-stuffing, and scammers on the rise, making sometimes as much as $100K a month. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/28/plagiarism-book-stuffing-clickfarms-the-rotten-side-of-self-publishing

* An article on how the end of "Game of Thrones" (the television series) should not be the end of our respect for fantasy as a vehicle for story telling. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-game-of-thrones-fantasy-20190403-story.html

* "The Twilight Zone" is returning for the third time, and as Jordan Peele's take on the classic franchise premieres, it's a great time to look back at the history of the series. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-twilight-zone-rod-serling-jordan-peele/

* Thrillist has a list of their favorite SF/F shows of 2019 so far, some of which have gotten universal acclaim, some of which are a little more controversial in their inclusion. https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/best-sci-fi-shows-2019

* One of the Hugo nominees this year is a fan fiction archive; Samantha Cole over at Motherboard talked to some of the authors who have fiction on AO3. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbw9eb/internet-fan-fiction-archive-ao3-hugo-award

* On the political bent of much of current science fiction, and how the writers are trying to create a path back to normality. https://www.wired.com/2019/03/geeks-guide-sci-fi-future/

* It might be time to get cautiously excited about the new "Dune" film -- (hyped is probably pushing it). https://www.superherohype.com/movies/441631-5-reasons-to-get-hyped-about-the-dune-remake

* Apple has released the line-up for their Apple Plus TV service and quite a few of the original programs are of interest to science-fiction and fantasy fans, including "Amazing Stories". https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/25/18277261/apple-tv-plus-streaming-shows-movies

* "The Matrix" came out 20 years ago (!), and while some people continue to discover and enjoy the film (the first more than the second or third,) there are many who look back and don't think the film series has gotten better with age. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190319-the-matrixs-male-power-fantasy-has-dated-badly

* An opinion piece on "What tech hasn't learned from science fiction": https://www.ft.com/content/1b8ef552-554b-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1

* When science fiction does come true?  It's not necessarily a good thing.  For every good use of a development, there can be a much darker application. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/books/review/namwali-serpell.html

* For example!  The search for a death ray and all the other inventions that have come out of this goal. https://slate.com/technology/2019/04/death-ray-history-jeff-hecht-excerpt.html

* The upcoming "Godzilla: King of Monsters" has promised us a slew of monsters and a line in the new trailer says they've found 17 creatures and counting.  We might not see all of them in the film, but fingers crossed. https://sciencefiction.com/2019/04/03/monarch-has-found-17-and-counting-titans-in-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters/

* Sometimes all you need to hear is the title of something to know you're going to be interested.  Two words: "Warrior Nun." https://sciencefiction.com/2019/04/03/netflixs-warrior-nun-gains-sylvia-de-fanti-as-mother-superior/
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Award News
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* In sad news, after a decade the Gemmell Awards have announced that they are being disbanded.  Check out the full statement here: http://www.gemmellawards.com/

* The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards have been announced and it's a pretty great list.  https://bookriot.com/2019/04/03/2019-hugo-award-finalists/

* Check out the winners of Spectrum 26 over on the Spectrum Awards blog.
http://spectrumfantasticart.com/blog/2019/03/31/spectrum-26-awards-recipients/

* The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Awards have been announced as well.  Check out the list of winners at Locus: https://locusmag.com/2019/03/iafa-awards-winners/

* Gabriela Damian Miravete has won the 2018 Tiptree Award for the short story "They Will Dream In the Garden".  You can both read the announcement and find a link to the story here: https://tiptree.org/2019/03/gabriela-damian-miravete-wins-2018-tiptree-award-honor-and-long-list-announced

* Uncanny Magazine has released the results of their Reader's Poll - check out the list and read the winners here: https://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-2018-favorite-fiction-reader-poll-results/

* Check out the short list for the 2018 Sara Douglass Series Award - especially if you don't like to start series until they finish. https://aurealisawards.org/2019/03/03/2018-sara-douglass-book-series-award-shortlist/

* And finally, Locus Magazine has the short list for this year's Sturgeon Award. https://locusmag.com/2019/03/sturgeon-finalists-announced/
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From The Office
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Firstly, and probably most importantly, we reached our goal of 300 sponsors by March 31st.  In fact, on the 31st, we were at exactly 500 sponsors.  That's a slight drop from the same time last year, when we were at 532, but that's still way over the minimum and I'm pleased as punch about it.

But, just because we've met our goal, that doesn't meant that we're not happy to accept more sponsors.  So, if you'd like to help us get our move completed and continue to do all that we do (not to mention enjoy the social camaraderie and other benefits of being a sponsor), feel free to sign up online at https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship.html, over the telephone anytime between noon and eight pm PST, or in person by stopping by the shop.

Now, on to the building update.  Last month I mentioned that we were just about to put up the really big beam that's a requirement for building the new restroom.  I'm very pleased to say that it's done and, moreso, the horrible pit of a restroom that we had is nothing but a memory (and, a big hole in the floor).  Tearing out the old one was a one-day job and a hell of a lot of fun.  We filled an entire debris box with the result and, by end of day, we were dirty, tired, and happy.

And then we ran into reality in the form of ADA access requirements and fire code.  The sort version is that the combination of those requirements was going to make the interior wall of the restroom extend further into the store that I had hoped.  So, I'm in the process of working on a different layout with our architect, Kevin Short.  We've got one layout that will work for sure and we're messing around with an even better one.  But, that means the construction of the restroom is on hold for now.  Thankfully, there's still work to do on the surrounding area and some repairs to make in the remaining walls, so we're not leaning on our shovels.

The storefront improvements have been on hold while I've been focusing on the restroom job, so no movement on that front.

The last planters in the garden are done (these are the small ones on top of the west retaining wall) and the irrigation and planting is done on them as well.  Melinda Rose, our gardener, has a few more tweaks to do, but then we're at a wait-and-see point while things grow in a bit.  That's fine because Melinda has become quite a good rough carpenter over the last year and so now I can put her to work on other stuff.

The electrical job has not progressed much.  We've had our pre-construction meeting and that went quite well.  But, I've had a little trouble finding a sub-contractor to do the trenching work from the PG&E box in the sidewalk over to our building.  In theory that's something I could do but . . . the liability associated with cutting concrete and digging trenches in a public (and well-traveled) sidewalk isn't something I want to take on.  Right now I'm waiting to hear back from two folks.  My original pick was great -- a total pro whose usual deal is not only do the digging and then close it all back up, but also install the conduit and deal with PG&E (our electric company). Then I got the bid.  For 30 feet of trench about three feet deep the quote was $16,000.  Granted, he was going to deal with a bunch of inspections and so forth, but that is one _hell_ of a lot of money.

And that is about where we stand right now.  I'm sorry but I haven't gotten the pictures that I promised last month up on-line.  I really will get that done but . . . time, time, time.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for March, 2019

Hardcovers
1. Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey
2. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
3. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
4.  In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
6. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
7. Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
8. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
9. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
10. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
3. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
4. The Power by Naomi Alderman
5. New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl
6. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
7. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
8. The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
9. Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
10. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. That Ain't Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire
2. Dune by Frank Herbert
3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
4. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
6. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
8. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
9. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
10. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 14th, at 5 pm to discuss RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW by Becky Chambers. 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, April 21st at 6 pm to discuss NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. The book for the following month will be GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information

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Upcoming Event Details
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Mike Chen, HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, Hardcover, $26.99), and Peng Shepherd, THE BOOK OF M (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 pm - We are very happy to welcome these two excellent, up-and-coming authors to the store!  Publishers Weekly liked both of their novels, and gave HERE AND NOW AND THEN, Mike Chen's debut, a starred review and called it "heartfelt", "thrilling" and "unforgetable". https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7783-6904-2.  Peng Shepherd's debut, THE BOOK OF M, about a post-apocalyptic world full of danger and magic was called "graceful and riveting". https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-266960-5. We sincerely hope you'll join us to meet Mike and Peng and check out their books -- you'll be able to say you "knew them when"!

Writers With Drinks with authors Susannah Breslin, Mike Chen, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Arkady Martine, Peng Shepherd, and Saskia Vogel, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, April 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 this month includes authors Susannah Breslin (Forbes Vices), Mike Chen (Here and Now and Then), Michelle Cruz Gonzales (The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band), Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire), Peng Shepherd (The Book of M), and Saskia Vogel (Permission).  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.

Alex White, A BAD DEAL FOR THE WHOLE GALAXY (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm - We're very happy to welcome author Alex White for an informal chat and signing event in the bookstore! Come meet Alex and check out their newest Salvagers novel A BAD DEAL FOR THE WHOLE GALAXY.  http://www.alexrwhite.com/

FAULT LINES Launch Party, Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 pm - What do you call a large group of mystery writers? A gang, or perhaps a murder?  Either way, we're delighted to welcome a whole slew of mystery authors to the store to celebrate the launch of the anthology FAULT LINES! From the editor: "Fault lines in the earth can shake our world.  Fault lines within people give rise to wrongs that must be righted.  FAULT LINES, Sisters in Crime/Northern California's first short story anthology, invites you to take a journey into mystery and intrigue, with 19 short stories that explore crime, guilt, and justice in this earthquake-prone region and beyond."  The authors joining to do super-short "flash" readings include Ana Brazil, Diana Chambers, Vinnie Hansen, David Hagerty, Judith Janeway, Mariah Klein, Susan Kuchinskas, Margaret Lucke, Terry Shames, Susan Shea, Robin Stuart, Nancy Tingley, and CJ Verburg.  We hope you'll join us, too!

SF in SF with authors (and editors) Peter S. Beagle and Jaymee Goh (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  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.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Doors and bar open at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  Donations benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

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

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