Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, June 2017

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

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Upcoming Events
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Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis, Christina DiEdoardo, Glen David Gold, and Mark Oshiro at the Make Out Room on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00pm

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm

S.B. Divya, RUNTIME (Tor.com Trade Paperback, $11.99) on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00pm

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Curtis Chen & Megan O'Keefe at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, July 9th at 6:30pm

G.L. Carriger, THE SUMAGE SOLUTION on Saturday, July 15th at 3:00pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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*Overheard in the Store:
"Q: ‘Why are you laughing?'
A: 'I never thought I'd ever need to put 'grab squishy hippos' on my to-do list.'"

"Thanks [for the Mothers' Day wishes], but the cats are NOT my children. They're just utterly adorable parasites I let live with me."

* R.I.P. multi-genre author Marie Jakober, a former activist who won multiple awards for her novels. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?pid=184775056

* Bustle provides us with 9 science fiction books about space travel so we can pretend we're no longer on earth! https://www.bustle.com/p/9-new-science-fiction-books-about-space-travel-that-are-out-of-this-world-59652

* This list of the 15 Best SF/F Noir Films has taught us two things: we have some films to watch, and SOMEONE needs to take up the mantle for Fantasy Noir, 'cause it definitely needs a champion: http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-15-best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-noir-films-1795109834

* Redfin mapped out the future of certain cities according to SF films, and it makes for a horrifyingly interesting next few centuries! https://www.themarysue.com/science-fiction-future-cities/

* The entire catalog of Omni magazine is available for purchase at $2.99 per issue! http://www.blastr.com/2017-6-2/blast-past-you-can-now-buy-classic-omni-magazine

* Netflix has related a new anime film, "Blame!", which was written by the same creator of their hit anime series "Knights of Sidonia". Although both are dystopian, Blame! is a much bleaker world: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/19/15663380/blame-netflix-anime-tsutomu-nihei

* 5 Great SF movies to watch instead of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, via indiewire: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-great-science-fiction-movies-1201813010/

* "Nothing Marks The Distinction Between Science Fiction And Fantasy Like Midichlorians In Star Wars". . . How can you disagree? https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/05/04/nothing-marks-the-distinction-between-science-fiction-and-fantasy-like-midichlorians-in-star-wars/#bc80b1ebc80b

* In episode 257 of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, the discussion is all about hostility on college campuses toward genre writers and fantasy writers specifically.  Three students discuss their experiences on different campuses and how they dealt with it. https://www.wired.com/2017/05/geeks-guide-college-fantasy-writers/

* A fantasy fan talks about how inspiring it was for her to attend a reading featuring women of color who write about characters who look like her.  https://www.indyweek.com/arts/archives/2017/05/31/for-a-woman-of-color-seeing-fantasy-authors-renee-ahdieh-roshani-chokshi-and-s-jae-jones-at-one-signing-was-extra-inspiring

* Acclaimed author Nalo Hopkinson was chosen to give the inaugural talk in a new speech series. http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_9a89f6d8-44e3-11e7-b39c-27633cf2bd84.html

* 10 previously fictional technologies that are now realities.  Racist chat bots and sex bots and . . . humanity is doomed, isn't it? https://moviepilot.com/p/10-fictional-technologies-that-have-become-reality/4276297

* CBR.com interviews the editors of the popular Beyond comic anthology series as they prepare to release the second volume, which focuses on post-apocalypse and urban fantasy.  P.S. Na'amen owns the first anthology and highly recommends it! http://www.cbr.com/beyond-queer-comics-anthology-sfe-monster-taneka-stotts/

* An epic fantasy film sequel made in the southern Indian film-producing region known as Tollywood has become the highest grossing Indian movie of all time.  Here's hoping there's a subtitled version we can search out soon. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-india-baahubali-film-2017-story.html

* Just the cover reveal was enough to make us interested, but once we read the summary too?  We were sold. https://www.themarysue.com/cover-reveal-reign-of-the-fallen/

* Important News! A wizarding pub inspired by J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will be opening in London!  Who has plane ticket money? http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/calling-all-harry-potter-fans-wizarding-themed-pub-going-open-london-1624164

* The NESFA short story contest is now open for amateur and semi-professional writers.  For rules, restrictions and rewards go here: http://www.nesfa.org/awards/storycon.html

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Award News
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* NEW AWARD: The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award will recognize work in disability advocacy in SFF literature.  More details here: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/announcing-the-d-franklin-defying-doomsday-award/

* The British Book Awards have announced their winners for the year.  The categories include books, bookstores, editors, booksellers and more.  Check it out here: http://www.thebookseller.com/british-book-awards/winners/2017

* The Locus Awards have announced their 2017 finalists! http://www.tor.com/2017/05/12/announcing-the-2017-locus-award-finalists/

* There has been further revision on the Hugos Ballot, specifically to the Best Fan Artist category.  Locus has the updated list here: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/2017-hugo-and-campbell-awards-finalists-further-revised/

* Congratulations to Borderlands' sponsors & frequent guests Charlie Jane Anders and Seanan McGuire on their Nebula wins!  See the full list of winners here: http://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2016/

* Finalists for the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/news.htm

* The 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice & Career Achievement Award Winners have been announced, with several titles of interest to speculative fiction fans -- particularly the Paranormal, Urban Fantasy & Science Fiction/Fantasy categories.  See the full list here: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/135351/announcing-2016-rt-reviewers-choice-and-career-achievement-awards-winners

* The 2017 Sunburst Award For Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have announced their longlist: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2017-longlist

* The 5th Annual Bisexual Book Awards have announced their finalists -- the nominees in their speculative fiction category might be of interest to our readers. http://www.biwriters.org/book-award-finalists-winners/

* The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association has announced the finalists for the 2017 Aurora Awards, including a special Best of the Decade category!  Check them all out here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-Aurora-Awards-Ballot.pdf

* In 2018 The Nebulas will be adding a new category: Best Game Writing.  More details at Locus: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/game-writing-nebula-category/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for May, 2017

Hardcovers
1. THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis
2. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
4. THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by M.R. Carey
5. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
6. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
7. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
8. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
10. THE DISPATCHER by John Scalzi

Trade Paperbacks
1. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
2. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
3. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
4. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
5. WICKED WONDERS by Ellen Klages
6. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
7. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer
8. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
9. STILETTO by Daniel O’Malley
10. THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. INHERIT THE FLAME by Megan E. O’Keefe
2. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis
6. LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. LeGuin
7. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
8. BLOOD IN THE WATER by Taylor Anderson
9. DUNE by Frank Herbert
10. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 10th, at 5 pm to discuss SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson.  The book for July will be LOCK IN by John Scalzi.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 18th, at 6 pm to discuss FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN by Kim Stanley Robinson.  The book for the following month will be A BORROWED MAN by Gene Wolfe. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm - From Tex Thompson: "Every series has a beginning, and must eventually come to an end.  But fans are often as reluctant to let a beloved story go as the creators are to end it.  Is this simply human nature, or do sci-fi and fantasy writers and fans have a particularly hard time saying goodbye?  And why is it so hard to stick the landing anyway?  Join our three freshly-finished series authors for a rousing roundtable conversation -- and bring your 'opiniends' with you!"

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm - Please join us to meet authors Steven R, Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, who will be showing off their amazing new novel FATA MORGANA!  From the publisher: "At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways.  The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.  Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder -- and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate -- as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations.  Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive."

Writers With Drinks with authors Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis, Christina DiEdoardo, Glen David Gold, and Mark Oshiro at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street) on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm - 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 Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis (The Guns Above), Christina DiEdoardo (Lanza's Mob: The Mafia and San Francisco), Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside), and Mark Oshiro (Mark Reads Harry Potter).  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.

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these authors who have almost nothing in common except the fact that they're both awesome!  Richard Kadrey will be showing off his latest gritty noir Sandman Slim, THE KILL SOCIETY, and Ellen will be debuting a kick-ass new collection of short stories from her wild and versatile imagination, WICKED WONDERS.  We hope you'll join us for an odd-couple event that promises to be huge fun!

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm - Dan Wells returns to Borderlands to mark the release of the sixth book in the John Cleaver series. As the publisher states: "'Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again. This is my story.'  In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered. NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is a conclusion that is both completely compelling and completely unexpected."  We'll also be screening the movie of "I Am Not a Serial Killer"!  Join us for what is sure to be an incredibly entertaining event.

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00pm - We're happy to welcome Michael Johnston for an informal signing in the bookstore!  SOLERI is Michael's debut, and this is the fascinating description from the publisher: "Vast in scope and intricate in conception, SOLERI is the story of a rebellious king, his ambitious daughters, his lost son, and their secrets and struggles for dynastic supremacy.  Rooted in the history of ancient Egypt, the novel is the result of a decade of research and is inspired by the Johnson’s passion for and study of art history, his previous career in architecture, and the story of King Lear.   And at its heart, it's the story of a family, albeit a massively dysfunctional one told on a grand canvas."  Join us to meet this up-and-coming author!

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm - We're always happy to welcome the versatile and talented Daryl Gregory to Borderlands!  His new novel is SPOONBENDERS, a loving and weird generation-spanning chronicle of the Telemachus family, "known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television.  Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant.  But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.  Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself.  Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before.  But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?"  We hope you'll join us to meet Daryl and explore this incredible new novel!

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm - We're very pleased to welcome Tad Williams to Borderlands, as he returns to the beloved world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn!  From the publisher: "More than thirty years have passed since the events of the earlier novels, and the world has reached a critical turning point once again.  The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns -- the long-vanquished elvish foe -- are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs. . . . "  Don't miss this opportunity to meet a genre superstar and check out this (re)start to an amazing series!                            

S.B. Divya, RUNTIME (Tor.com Trade Paperback, $11.99) on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00pm - We're delighted to welcome 2016 Nebula Award finalist S.B. Divya for an informal signing at Borderlands!  Her novella is called RUNTIME, and here's the summary from the publisher: "The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg's Tour de France.  Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.  Marmeg Guinto doesn't have funding, and she doesn't have support.  She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people's garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race.  But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she's ready to risk it all."   We hope you'll join us to meet this up and coming author!

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome local author and Borderlands sponsor Dana Fredsti, who will be showing off SPAWN OF LILITH!  In this new novel, according to Dana's site, ". . . successful actress and stuntwoman Lee Striga finds herself with an unwanted second job: demon hunter, paying off an ancient family debt in order to free her ancestor, Lilith, Mother of Demons, imprisoned centuries ago by a vengeful god".  Dana's books are always great fun, and you're missing out if you miss this one!

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm - We're thrilled to welcome Sarah Kuhn back to Borderlands!  We loved HEROINE COMPLEX, and now Sarah is back with a kick-ass followup, HEROINE WORSHIP: "Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits.  But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka -- who's now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right.  They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role.  Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.  It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior -- and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron -- the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade -- is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship.  Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission."  We hope you'll join us to follow the saga of these super-heroines!

SF in SF with authors Curtis Chen & Megan O'Keefe at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, July 9th  at 6:30pm - ((Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.)

G.L. Carriger, THE SUMAGE SOLUTION on Saturday, July 15th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome Gail Carriger back to Borderlands, for the start of a sweetly smutty new series!  From the press release: "NYT bestseller Gail Carriger, writing as G. L. Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.  Max fails everything  -- magic, relationships, life.  So he works for DURPS (the DMV for supernatural creatures) as a sumage, cleaning up other mages' messes.  The job sucks and he's in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves.  Unfortunately, there's something oddly appealing about the huge, muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.  Bryan AKA Biff (yeah, he knows) is gay but he’s not out.  There's a good chance Max might be reason enough to leave the closet, if he can only get the man to go on a date.  Everyone knows werewolves hate mages, but Bryan is determined to prove everyone wrong, even the mage in question."

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

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, May 2017

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

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Upcoming Events
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Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

David Brin, THE INSISTENCE OF VISION (Story Plant, Trade Paperback, $13.95) on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00pm

Gregory Benford, THE BERLIN PROJECT (Saga Press, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, June 4th at 5:00pm

Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99), and screening of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Mass Market, $7.99) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"Dude, my truck was totally covered in cherry blossoms this morning, so I was like Giant Robot Mecha Flower Man driving to work!"

"I'm sorry, my co-worker is sometimes prone to responding in interpretive dance; it can be . . . distracting."

* Borderlands Books mourns the loss of author, editor, and longtime friend Grania Davis. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/grania-davis-1943-2017/ .  You can see a photo of Grania with Jack Vance at Borderlands from 2005 here: http://tachyonpub.tumblr.com/post/147604822108/happy-belated-birthday-to-the-amazing-grania-davis

* Would you like to see our own bookseller Scott in a whole new light?  Scott's acting in an uproarious comedy at New Conservatory Theatre, called "Sordid Lives"!  We do hope you'll make time to attend the show; it runs from May 12th - June 11th, 2017.  Tickets range from $20 - $35, and more details are here: http://www.nctcsf.org/shows/2016-17-Season/Sordid-Lives .

* Has it been nine years since TWILIGHT author Stephanie Meyer wrote her science fiction novel "for people who don’t like sci-fi" THE HOST already?  Wow, time flies when you try to deliberately forget something.  If we have to remember, so do you.  A look back - http://io9.gizmodo.com/remembering-the-host-a-scifi-book-that-barely-wanted-t-1794986069

* If more people knew these were some of the things that NASA was working on, there’d probably be a lot more support for them, on cool factor alone: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/nasa-funds-ideas-science-fiction/

* We still love "The Fifth Element", but this article & video definitely made us think about the trope it relies on a lot.  Watch "Born Sexy Yesterday": http://www.geek.com/movies/science-fiction-really-hasnt-been-good-to-women-1698182/

* Tor is launching a new imprint -- Tor Labs -- dedicated to more experimental storytelling.  More details here: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/03/serialized-audio-drama.html

* Neil DeGrasse Tyson hates fun and imagination: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/neil-degrasse-tyson-alien-covenant-guardians-baywatch

* William Gibson is working on a novel set in an alternate America where Clinton won the election.  Something tells us this is just the first of many. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/331010-new-science-fiction-book-set-in-future-where-clinton-won

* This article definitely tries to dress it up nicely, but most of these examples just feel like animal experimentation for our own potential benefit: http://www.blastr.com/2017-5-2/national-pet-week-11-ways-science-fiction-real-our-pets

* Buster's Mal Heart sounds like some trippy intelligent Sci Fi, which is always welcome -- plus it stars Rami Malek.  What more could you want? http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/film/get-lost-in-sarah-adina-smiths-rural-science-fiction-puzzle-busters-mal-heart-9274919

* Faux-Meat!  A Brief History: http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/A-brief-history-of-sci-fi-meat-11124848.php


* There are free science fiction movies on Youtube.  Some are horrible, some are interesting, some are great. Here's a list of 15 you should check out: https://www.inverse.com/article/29590-best-free-science-fiction-movies-youtube-2017

* Who doesn't want a beautiful poster with the history of science-fiction drawn on it?  https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/13/15285524/ward-shelley-history-of-science-fiction-art-kickstarter

* Vintage Geek Culture goes into misconceptions that people have about fiction from the Pulp Era.  Some of the conclusions are a little simplistic or only have one example but they're interesting nonetheless: http://vintagegeekculture.tumblr.com/post/156858872976/top-misconceptions-people-have-about-pulp-era

* So it looks like DC is getting rid of its universe and starting over, yet again.  Basically looks like they’re getting rid of the New 52 universe they started in 2011 and so many people did not like.  If you’re interested in more details: http://sciencefiction.com/2017/04/26/adieu-52-it-looks-like-dc-comics-is-ditching-the-new-52-in-favor-of-its-past-continuity/

* It will be another year until 4/20 but that doesn’t mean you can't still enjoy this definitive stoner Sci Fi fan movie list.  Most of them are great no matter what state you happen to be in: http://www.blastr.com/2017-4-20/420-science-fiction-viewing-list

* All those science fiction stories that had silicon-based lifeforms may not have been as impossible as people have tried to make us think in recent years: http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/silicon-based-life-may-be-more-just-science-fiction-n748266

* Resurrection can either wipe any tension from a story, or set up an interesting moral dilemma or become the premise for a world spanning religion depending on how it's handled.  Here are 12 of the more famous examples: http://www.blastr.com/2017-4-15/science-fiction-resurrections

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Award News
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* The Arthur C. Clarke Award has announced their shortlist for 2017: https://www.clarkeaward.com/award-winners/shortlists/

* The nominees for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award have been announced!: http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/

* The Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards announced their nominees for this year: http://www.rehfoundation.org/


* The Parsec Awards are now open for nominations! http://www.parsecawards.com/2017-parsec-awards/nominate-a-podcast/

* The Bram Stoker Awards have announced their winners for this year. http://horror.org/bram-stoker-award-winners-announced/

* Nominations for the Dragon Con Awards are now open to anyone. http://awards.dragoncon.org/

* Winners of Spectrum 24 announced! http://fleskpublications.com/blog/2017/04/22/spectrum-24-awards-recipients/

* The revised list of Hugo nominees is now available: http://www.worldcon.fi/wsfs/hugo-finalists/ .  (The Hugo Awards ballot entry for best fan artist was revised April 21, 2017 due to nominee Alex Garner being disqualified.  He was replaced by Steve Stiles.)

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2017

Hardcovers
1. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
2. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
3. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
4. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
5. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
7. 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS by Eric Flint & Griffin Barber
8. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
10. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey

Trade Paperbacks
1. NINEFOX GAMBIT by Yoon Ha Lee
2. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
3. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
6. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
7. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
8. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi
3. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
4. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
5. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. BOUND by Benedict Jacka
7. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
8. PIRATE FREEDOM by Gene Wolfe
9. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
10. IT by Stephen King

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 14th, at 5 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.  The book for June will be SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson.  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 21st, at 6 pm to discuss THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers. The book for the following month will be FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN by Kim Stanley Robinson. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm - We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off her debut novella RIVER OF TEETH!  The story takes one fantastic truth -- that the US government once considered importing hippos as a source of meat production -- and spins an incredible tale of the Mississippi River overrun by bloodthirsty, feral hippos, and the mercenary cowboys hired to kill them.  This is one amazing, rollicking alternate history, and you won't want to miss the chance to meet Sarah Gailey and explore a story of the weirdest Wild South that never was! RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1788628484798334/. The first 25 attendees to purchase RIVER OF TEETH at this event will get an amazing free squishy hippo, courtesy of Tor.com!

David Brin, THE INSISTENCE OF VISION (Story Plant, Trade Paperback, $13.95) on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00pm - We're delighted to welcome acclaimed science fiction writer and futurist David Brin, author of The Uplift series, KILN PEOPLE, THE POSTMAN, THE TRANSPARENT SOCIETY, and many other well-known (and highly awarded) works.  Brin's newest short story collection is called THE INSISTENCE OF VISION, and he's also recently edited a collection of works from other science fiction luminaries called CHASING SHADOWS: VISIONS OF OUR COMING TRANSPARENT WORLD.  We hope you'll come meet David and discuss fascinating ideas for our rapidly-approaching future.

Gregory Benford, THE BERLIN PROJECT (Saga Press, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, June 4th at 5:00pm -  From the publisher: "New York Times bestselling author Gregory Benford creates an alternate history about the creation of the atomic bomb that explores what could have happened if the bomb was ready to be used by June 6, 1944.  Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of The Manhattan Project team, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235.  After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front. What ensues is an altered account of World War II in this taut thriller.  Combining fascinating science with intimate and true accounts of several members of The Manhattan Project, The Berlin Project is an astounding novel that reimagines history and what could have happened if the atom bomb was ready in time to stop Hitler from killing millions of people."  We hope you'll join us to meet renowed science fiction writer Gregory Benford, and check out this fascinating new novel!

Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm - "Every series has a beginning, and must eventually come to an end.  But fans are often as reluctant to let a beloved story go as the creators are to end it.  Is this simply human nature, or do sci-fi and fantasy have a particularly hard time saying goodbye?  And why is it so hard to stick the landing anyway?  Join our three freshly-finished series authors for a rousing roundtable conversation -- and bring your 'opiniends' with you!"

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm - Please join us to meet authors Steven R, Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, who will be showing off their amazing new novel FATA MORGANA!  From the publisher: "At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways.  The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.  Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder -- and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate -- as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations.  Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive."

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these authors who have almost nothing in common except the fact that they're both awesome!  Richard Kadrey will be showing off his latest gritty noir Sandman Slim, THE KILL SOCIETY, and Ellen will be debuting a kick-ass new collection of short stories from her wild and versatile imagination.  We hope you'll join us for an odd-couple event that promises to be huge fun!

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm - Dan Wells returns to Borderlands to mark the release of the sixth book in the best-selling series that began with I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER.  As the publisher states: "'Hi.  My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters.  I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again. This is my story.'  In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered.  NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is a conclusion that is both completely compelling and completely unexpected."  We'll also be screening the movie of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," based on the eponymous first novel in the series, starting at about 6:00 pm.  The movie co-stars  Christopher Lloyd.  Check out the thrilling trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNjQoD_o6X8 .  Alan Beatts, Borderlands' owner, will interview Dan after the movie.  Join us for what is sure to be an incredibly entertaining event!

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm - We're happy to welcome Michael Johnston for an informal signing in the bookstore!  SOLERI is Michael's debut, and this is the fascinating description from the publisher: "Vast in scope and intricate in conception, SOLERI is the story of a rebellious king, his ambitious daughters, his lost son, and their secrets and struggles for dynastic supremacy.  Rooted in the history of ancient Egypt, the novel is the result of a decade of research and is inspired by the Johnson’s passion for and study of art history, his previous career in architecture, and the story of King Lear.   And at its heart, it's the story of a family, albeit a massively dysfunctional one told on a grand canvas."  Join us to meet this up-and-coming author!

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm - We're always delighted to welcome the versatile and talented Daryl Gregory to Borderlands!  His new novel is SPOONBENDERS, a loving and weird generation-spanning chronicle of the Telemachus family, "known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television.  Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant.  But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.  Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself.  Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before.  But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?"  We hope you'll join us to meet Daryl and explore this incredible new novel!

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome Tad Williams to Borderlands, as he returns to the beloved world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn!  From the publisher: "More than thirty years have passed since the events of the earlier novels, and the world has reached a critical turning point once again.  The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns -- the long-vanquished elvish foe -- are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs. . . . "  Don't miss this opportunity to meet a genre superstar and check out this (re)start to an amazing series!

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Mass Market, $7.99) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome local author and Borderlands sponsor Dana Fredsti, who will be showing off SPAWN OF LILITH!  In this new novel, according to Dana's site, ". . . successful actress and stuntwoman Lee Striga finds herself with an unwanted second job: demon hunter, paying off an ancient family debt in order to free her ancestor, Lilith, Mother of Demons, imprisoned centuries ago by a vengeful god".  Dana's books are always great fun, and you're missing out if you miss this one!

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm - We loved HEROINE COMPLEX, and now Sarah is back with a kick-ass followup, HEROINE WORSHIP: "Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits.  But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka -- who's now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right.  They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role.  Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.  It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior -- and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron -- the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade -- is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship.  Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission."  We hope you'll join us to follow the saga of these super-heroines!

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

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, April 2017

Events and News From Borderlands Books

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Upcoming Events
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Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Jewelle Gomez, Pat Murphy, and Madeleine Robins at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30pm

Cory Doctorow, WALKAWAY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) and John Scalzi, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE, (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm

Marie Brennan, WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm

Airships Triumph event with Robyn Bennis, THE GUNS ABOVE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) and Megan E. O'Keefe, INHERIT THE FLAME (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.19) on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Robyn Bennis, Ellen Klages, and David Levine at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, May 7th at 6:30pm

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.Com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

Coming up shortly, events with Richard Kadrey, Sarah Kuhn, Daryl Gregory, and many others!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"The Mayo Clinic? I just couldn't trust any clinic named after a condiment."

"No, please --- go ahead and shoutsplain Purim to the room. Sexy."

* The Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons has stepped down and will be staying on as a consulting editor. http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/azimuth/editorials/moving-on/

* Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgrenhas been chosen as Toastmaster for this year's Nebulas. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/03/dr-lindgren-named-nebula-awards-toastmaster/

* The SFPA has voted to change their name from Science Fiction Poetry Association to Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, while keeping their acronym the same.  Voter breakdown here: https://specpo.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/sfpa-gets-a-new-name/

* Borderlands is saddened by the passing of Bernie Wrightson.  The television show "The Walking Dead" dedicated their series finale to his memory.  http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-walking-dead/news/a825139/walking-dead-finale-season-7-dedicated-bernie-wrightson/

* Marvel to follow DC's lead and produce a half-hour sitcom, although instead of focusing on unpowered people like DC's Powerless, it will focus on the young adult superhero group New Warriors, lead by fan-favorite Squirrel Girl.  Read all about it here: http://shadowandact.com/2017/04/05/marvels-new-warriors-is-heading-to-freeform-with-straight-to-series-order-the-second-to-do-so/

* "Invader Zim" is coming back to our TV screens!  Let the screeching about cupcakes begin! https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/04/invader-zim-will-return-to-tv-soon-ish-with-original-creator-cast/

* An excellent article on Margaret Atwood, science fiction, feminism and dystopias: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/25/dystopian-dreams-how-feminist-science-fiction-predicted-the-future

* Article on the new Netflix Sci-Fi show starring Robert Redford, "The Discovery," and the way the afterlife is explored in the genre. http://junkee.com/the-discovery-review-sci-fi-afterlife/101194

* It started as an Instagram account celebrating black characters in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and now the creator wants to turn it into a short film studio.  More information here: http://www.konbini.com/ng/inspiration/this-instagram-account-celebrates-black-characters-in-scifi-fantasy-and-horror/

* Get your official Bond villain name and location - original sexist Fleming style or Modern take, you choose. https://www.lovereading.co.uk/bond-villain/#

* A column on racism in science fiction in general and Veronica Roth’s Carve The Mark specifically. http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/03/sci-fi-racism

* If you weren’t able to go to this series because you don’t live in New York or didn’t know about it, there's  a list of lesser-known Japanese sf/f films to check out.  http://screenanarchy.com/2017/03/beyond-godzilla-highlights-lesser-known-japanese-sci-fifantasy-films-gallery.html

* Marvel executive is backtracking as fast as possible after claiming people do not want female characters in comics. http://www.teenvogue.com/story/marvel-exec-backtracks-diverse-female-characters

* A debate on the current "Ghost in the Shell" movie and charges of whitewashing in Hollywood: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-ghost-in-the-shell-hollywood-whitewashing-justin-chang-jen-yamato-20170406-story.html

* St. Patrick’s Day is long past, but how can you resist a list of 25 important green figures in science fiction? You can’t. http://www.blastr.com/2017-3-17/25-important-green-figures

* Some interesting ruminations on the show "Westworld," the story of Job, and what power might lie in pain. http://jewishjournal.com/opinion/212380/finding-god-in-westworld-the-power-of-pain/

* Ranking the coolest science fiction weapons.  Can’t say we agree with the whole list, but there were definitely some things to think about.  https://www.inverse.com/article/29268-coolest-science-fiction-weapons-of-all-time-star-wars-star-trek-blade-runner

* Some of our favorite authors are contributing to an-until-now secret "Star Wars" anthology: http://www.tor.com/2017/04/07/a-bunch-of-your-favorite-authors-are-contributing-to-star-wars-from-a-certain-point-of-view/

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Award News
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* The 2017 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/4/15178480/2017-hugo-award-nominations-science-fiction-fantasy-books

* The winner of the 2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award has been announced, along with the honor and the long list.  Congratulations to Anna-Marie McLemore, whose novel WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS took home the prize.  The whole list is here: https://tiptree.org/2017/03/anna-marie-mclemore-wins-the-2016-tiptree-award-plus-honor-list-long-list-announcements

* Finalists for The Compton Crook Award, for the best first novel written in 2016, have been announced. http://www.bsfs.org/CCA/bsfsccnu2014.htm

* There are several finalists for the Audie Awards particularly of interest to speculative fiction fans.  Check out all the finalists here: https://www.audiopub.org/winners/2017-audies

* The Australian Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2016 Australian Shadows Awards, which celebrate horror and dark fantasy.  Check out the winners and nominees here: http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=191

* The This Is Horror 2016 Awards have announced their winners and runner-ups as voted by members of the website. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/awards/

* The Carnegie and Greenway Awards for Childrens' books have announced their short lists.
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/press.php?release=pres_2017_shortlists_announced.html

* The 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards have announced their finalists for all categories including LGBTQ SF/F/H, which includes some titles speculative fans might have missed this year.  Check out all the nominees here: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/14/29th-annual-lambda-literary-award-finalists-announced/

* The 2016 finalists for the AnLab Readers Awards: http://www.analogsf.com/about-analog/anlab-readers-awards-finalists/

* The shortlist of the YA Book Prize has several books of interest to SF/F readers. http://www.thebookseller.com/ya-book-prize

* The longlist for the Bailey's Women's prize also has titles of interest to SF/F fans. http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-room/news/announcing-2017-longlist

* The Spectrum Awards for art in science fiction and fantasy have announced their finalists for 2016. http://fleskpublications.com/blog/2017/03/06/spectrum-24-award-nominations/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for March, 2017

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust and Skyler White
4. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey
5. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
6. RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R. Landsdale
7. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
8. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
9. INFINITY ENGINE by Neal Asher
10. THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
3. PHANTOM PAINS by Mishell Baker
4. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
6. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
7. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
8. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
4. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
5. ONCE BROKEN FAITH by Seanan McGuire
6. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
7. THE ISLANDERS by Christopher Priest
8. DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz
9. HUNGER MAKES THE WOLF by Alex Wells
10. END OF WATCH by Stephen King

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 9th, at 5 pm to discuss THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers.  The book for May will be ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.  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 16th, at 6 pm to discuss THE PLAYER OF GAMES by Iain M. Banks. The book for the following month will be THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome author Yoon Ha Lee to Borderlands!  NPR attempts to summarize the wonderfully complicated plot of NINEFOX GAMBIT here: "In the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a 'calendrical rot' has begun altering the fabric of reality.  It is the result of heretical forces allied against this world's rulers, and someone is going to have to go in there and purge the non-conformist thought from the system.  Two someones, actually.  A living soldier named Cheris with an unlikely facility for mathematics, and Jedao, the centuries-old ghost of a brilliant general and known mass-murderer who lives in her shadow and in her head.  I know, right? But stick with me here a minute, because here's where it gets cool. . . ."  Please enjoy the excellent review from NPR in its entirety: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/25/482023715/beautifully-alien-ninefox-gambit-mixes-math-and-magic .  We hope to see you here to meet the author and check out this mind-blowing novel!

SF in SF with authors Jewelle Gomez, Pat Murphy, and Madeleine Robins at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm. We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Cory Doctorow WALKAWAY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) and John Scalzi, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm - We're ecstatic that not one, but two amazing New York Times bestselling authors from Tor Books will be at Borderlands!  Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi are joining forces to share their latest releases of the near and far future in science fiction.  We're absolutely delighted to host them!  The authors will share their new books, chat, and sign.  Cory's new novel WALKAWAY is ". . .an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, WALKAWAY is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years. . . and the very human people who will live their consequences."
John's COLLAPSING EMPIRE introduces a game-changer, a field that makes faster-than-light travel possible: "Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, other stars. The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static.  Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity.  When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off every human world from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse."

Marie Brennan, WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm - It's always marvelous to welcome talented local author Marie Brennan to the store.  This time, it's a bit bittersweet, because WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS is the fifth and final adventure in the critically-acclaimed Memoirs of Lady Trent.  "This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure -- scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland's enemies -- and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings."  In the past Marie has brought dragon bones and dressed in Lady Trent's period clothing -- we do hope you'll join us to meet Marie, as it is always a wonderful adventure!  Marie will also be displaying some of her photography in the Cafe, so you can check that out too.

Airships Triumph event with Robyn Bennis THE GUNS ABOVE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) and Megan E. O'Keefe INHERIT THE FLAME (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.19) on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome two local authors for a double-airship spectacular event!  Robyn Bennis' debut novel is THE GUNS ABOVE, a rousing military fantasy adventure about a nation's first female airship captain.  Here's the synopsis from the publisher: "They say it's not the fall that kills you.  For Josette Dupre, the Corps' first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.  On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble.  Bernat's own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.  So when the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself?"
We're also delighted to welcome Megan O' Keefe back to the store!  Megan's new novel, the third in her Scorched Continent series, and while this book takes place mostly on the ground, there's still plenty of rousing adventure to go around.  From the publisher: "Detan Honding is determined to survive this war, even when caught between not one but two besieging armies! After rescuing the renowned engineer Nouli from the clutches of the empire, the valiant rogue has returned to his aunt's city  -- to find it under siege by Thratia's army.  With Nouli's help, they manage to turn back the tide, at least until imperial forces descend, prepared to hammer the Thratian force against the anvil of the city's walls.  Worse yet, the imperial advance is aided by an elite force of dark magicians.  His aunt is forced to forge an uneasy alliance with Thratia to keep the city from falling back under imperial control -- but Detan's wary.  While Thratia and his aunt bring their forces to bear against the new threat, Detan puts his own plans into motion -- to ensure that when the final blow is dealt, Thratia and her army will find themselves on the other side of the city's walls."  We hope you'll join us for this hugely entertaining event!

SF in SF with authors Robyn Bennis, Ellen Klages, and David Levine at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, May 7th at 6:30pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm. We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.Com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm - We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off her debut novella RIVER OF TEETH!  The story takes one fantastic truth -- that the US government once considered importing hippos as a source of meat production -- and spins an incredible tale of the Mississippi River overrun by bloodthirsty, feral hippos, and the mercenary cowboys hired to kill them.   This is one amazing, rollicking alternate history, and you won't want to miss the chance to meet Sarah Gailey and explore a story of the weirdest Wild South that never was! RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1788628484798334/

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Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, March 2017

Events and News From Borderlands Books-

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Upcoming Events
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Coffee With a Cop at Borderlands Cafe, Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30pm

Kim Stanley Robinson, NEW YORK 2140 (Orbit, Hardcover, $28) on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm

Erika Lewis, GAME OF SHADOWS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Veronica Rossi, RIDERS (Tor Teen, Hardcover, $17.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE WRONG DEAD GUY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $24.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with author Peter S. Beagle at the American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina) on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30pm

Steven Brust and Skylar White, THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm

Mishell Baker PHANTOM PAINS (Saga Press, Hardcover, $29.99; Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, MAGIC FOR NOTHING (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) & the Circus! on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00pm

Drop-by signing with Ilana C. Myer, LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Thursday, April 6th at 6:00pm

Griffin Barber, 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) on Saturday, April 8th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) with authors Peter S. Beagle, Hari Kunzru, Ilana C. Myer and Shelley Wong on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And coming up in the Spring, we'll be delighted to host Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, Marie Brennan, and many, many others!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"I think I've been looking at too many catalogs. I just read 'The Four Tendencies' as 'The Four Tentacles'."

"[Actor] Jim Carrey is a skin suit filled to the brim with sentient weasels."

"I have the VERY best conversations about alcohol here!"

"There are lots worse curses to have, but she writes them SO SLOWLY, and I read them SO FAST!"

"It was not a consensual sing-along."

* If you love cats and "Star Trek", then this is the book for you . . . or it will kill your soul.  Either way it's worth a look!  http://nerdist.com/star-treks-original-crew-recast-as-cats-in-new-illustrated-book/

* Cory Doctorow's novel LITTLE BROTHER was pulled from a Florida high school reading list "following . . . concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its 'lauding' of hacker culture."  Cory and his publisher, Tor, responded in the best way possible: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/10/cory-doctorow-novel-pulled-school-reading-questioning-authority

* Ursula K. LeGuin and Junot Diaz were among the authors recently voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Letters. http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ursula-K-Le-Guin-Ann-Patchett-voted-into-arts-10962614.php

* Philip Pullman announces new trilogy with ties to the His Dark Materials trilogy.  Lyra will return in the first and second volumes of this new trilogy, entitled The Book of Dust.  First Lyra will appear as a baby in the first book and then in the second one, ten years after the conclusion of His Dark Materials.  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantasy-trilogy-the-book-of-dust

* To celebrate the print release of BOOKBURNERS, a serial novel by Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty and Brian Francis Slattery, the great folks at SerialBox.com have created a special discount code for Borderlands buyers!  Anyone with the code "BorderlandsBookburners" will get 50% off a purchase of Bookburners Season 2 on SerialBox.com.  All you have to do is navigate to https://www.serialbox.com/redeems, input the code, and follow on from there.

* R.I.P. Susan Casper, a dedicated and talented writer and editor. https://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/02/susan-casper-1947-2017/

* Remembering the brilliant writer Andre Norton on the 105th anniversary of her birth. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2017/02/recalling-andre-norton-grand-dame-science-fiction-fantasy.html

* An interview with Hugo winner N.K. Jemisin on coming up with her ideas, and a number of other topics. https://www.wbez.org/shows/nerdette/the-past-present-and-future-of-sci-fi-with-nk-jemisin/3aed7a8c-4de4-4f97-8bb9-8dcd5044c450

* A great article on Afrofuturism: the history, the participants, the present and the future of it.  Of course it's only a little bit of what Afrofuturism actually is in scope, but it's a fantastic place to start. http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/03/02/science-fiction-afrofuturism-african-americans-creating-deep-space/

* Cambridge University opens the UK's first ever SF/F center for university-based research! http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2017-02-16/uks-first-sci-fi-and-fantasy-centre-opens-in-cambridge/

* A review of the new Latin@ Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology - Latin@ Rising. http://www.themonitor.com/entertainment/article_f3275164-0028-11e7-adde-83efa1a298a8.html

* Why does science fiction almost always get shafted by The Oscars?  A historical perspective - https://www.inverse.com/article/27692-oscars-scifi-science-fiction-arrival-star-wars-2001-kubrik

* Keanu Reeves has done a lot of science fiction, some good, some bad, and some so horrific we hear it turns your brain to mush like seeing the face of an Elder God.  In any case here's a ranking from the latter to the former.  http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-19-scifi-and-fantasy-movies-of-keanu-reeves-ranked-1792200545

* The Riverside Art Museum is holding an exhibition of Michael Whelan's iconic art.  If you don't recognize the name, you'll absolutely recognize the art he's produced. http://boingboing.net/2017/02/08/beyond-science-fiction-the-al.html

* A fantastic interview with A.M. Dellamonica on the world of Stormwrack just as the third book in the trilogy, THE NATURE OF A PIRATE, is released.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ilana-teitelbaum/fantasy-of-the-high-seas-_b_14641446.html

* Finally a CW DC show that has us excited!  They announced they will be doing a "Black Lightning" TV pilot, which we were sort of excited about, but then Deadline Hollywood announced that China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams have been cast as Black Lightning's daughters, Anissa a.k.a. Thunder and Jennifer a.k.a. Lightning.  Now the show has gone from "sort of excited" to "OMG-give-it-to-us-now".  There’s only a pilot order currently, but we have hope.  https://blavity.com/china-anne-mcclain-nafessa-williams-cast-as-superheroines-thunder-lighting-in-dcs-black-lightning

* Joyce Corrington wrote the original script for "The Omega Man" in 1971 with her husband Bill.  She was also an executive producer for MTV's "Real World" for over a decade.  Hear her story: http://wwno.org/post/science-fiction-writers-valence-street

* A discussion on the state of science fiction in Australia featuring Australian SF authors Amie Kaufman, David Henley and Cat Sparks.  http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/the-state-of-science-fiction-in-australia/8313662

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Award News
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It’s finalist seasons for awards, it seems!

* The final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards has been released! http://horror.org/2016-bram-stoker-awards-final-ballot/

* The Horror Writers Association has just announced the winner of its Specialty Press Award. http://horror.org/2016-specialty-press-award-winner-omnium-gatherum/

* The Reader Awards finalists for Asmiov’s magazine have been released. http://www.asimovs.com/about-asimovs/readers-awards-finalists/

* The British science Fiction Awards have announced their finalists as well. http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2016-awards-voting-form/

* The Aurealis Awards which celebrate Australian speculative fiction have announced their finalists too! https://aurealisawards.org/

* Nebula finalists! Norton finalists! Bradbury finalists! http://nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-2016-nebula-norton-bradbury-award-nominees/

* A new award for science fiction and related genres in Pakistan.  Check out more details here: http://thesalamaward.com/

* Jo Walton has won the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, also known as the Skylark Award: https://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/02/walton-wins-skylark/ For a full list of all the previous years' winners, see http://www.nesfa.org/awards/skylark.html

* The winner of the 2017 Crawford award has been announced and it is Borderlands’ good friend Charlie Jane Anders.  Congratulations Charlie Jane!  Check out the other shortlisted authors at the link.  https://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/02/2017-crawford-award/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for February, 2017:

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
3. INVISIBLE PLANETS edited by Ken Liu
4. A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
5. THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
6. KINDRED: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Octavia Butler and John Jennings
7. PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
8. UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
9. MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
10. CHASING SHADOWS: VISIONS OF OUR COMING TRANSPARENT WORLD by David Brin

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
3. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
6. BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okorafor
7. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
8. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE by Joseph Fink
9. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
10. THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
6. FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs
7. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
8. KUSHIEL'S DART by Jacqueline Carey
9. SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
10. THE SEVERED STREETS by Paul Cornell

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 12th, at 5 pm to discuss BRILLIANCE by Marcus Sakey.  The book for April will be THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET 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, March 19th, at 6 pm to discuss A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ by Walter M. Miller. The book for April will be THE PLAYER OF GAMES by Iain M. Banks.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Coffee With a Cop at Borderlands Cafe, Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30pm - Borderlands is pleased to host a social meeting at the cafe with SF Police Department officers from the Mission District.  This is a great opportunity to meet the officers that work in our district, ask any questions you have about policing in the Mission or in the City in general, and raise any concerns you may have, without a specific agenda.  We'll hope to see you at this chance to have "Coffee with a Cop".  We're certainly looking forward to seeing some of the officers, especially since a couple of them are regular customers at the store.

Kim Stanley Robinson, NEW YORK 2140 (Orbit, Hardcover, $28) on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm - We're delighted to welcome Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Mars Trilogy, AURORA, 2312, and many, many other titles amazing back to the store!  Mr. Robinson will be showing off his newest novel, NEW YORK 2140.  From the publisher's website: "As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal.  Every skyscraper an island.  For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.  There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble.  There is the detective, whose work will never disappear --- along with the lawyers, of course. There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail.  Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home -- and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.  Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all-- and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests."  Don't miss the opportunity to meet this visionary author and check out NEW YORK 2140!

Erika Lewis, GAME OF SHADOWS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Veronica Rossi, RIDERS (Tor Teen, Hardcover, $17.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm - We're happy to welcome these two Macmillan authors to Borderlands!  From the publisher: "In GAME OF SHADOWS, a young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythical land of Tara from a terrible fate.  GAME OF SHADOWS has been receiving glowing advance praise, with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee calling the book a 'riveting page-turner,' TV host and founder of Nerdist Industries Chris Hardwick called Game of Shadows 'smart, fun and addictive' and Booklist recommends the novel for 'fans of Rick Riordan and Celtic-mythology buffs alike.'" In Veronica Rossi's RIDERS, "For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger.  As it turns out, it does.  Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove.  His death has brought to life his real destiny.  He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. . . ."  We hope you'll join us to meet two extraordinary authors!

Richard Kadrey, THE WRONG DEAD GUY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $24.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 3:00pm - It's always a treat to welcome local favorite Richard Kadrey to Borderlands!  Richard's recently been writing some comedic fantasy along with his ultra-noir Sandman Slim series - "In this fast-paced sequel to THE EVERYTHING BOX --  the second entry in New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey's comedic supernatural series -- chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic.  Coop, a master thief sort-of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device -- heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top secret government agency that polices the odd and strange.  Now Woolrich, Coop's boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf.  With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that's half-cat, half-robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch.  It's not Coop's fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn't find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn't exactly dead -- and now it's escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn't encountered before.  Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screw up and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto."  You won't want to miss Richard and THE WRONG DEAD GUY!

SF in SF with author Peter S. Beagle at the American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina) on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30pm - Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The author will read a selection from his work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  The authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Steven Brust and Skylar White, THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these two distinguished authors back to Borderlands, where they'll show off the sequel to THE INCREMENTALISTS!  From the publisher's description: "The new novel continues the adventure of the Incrementalists, the secret society of near-immortals that aspires to nudge the world into being just a little bit better​. . .  Just ​like ​THE INCREMENTALISTS, the new novel ​engages with highly salient issues​.  I​n this case, ​we see ​the post-9/11 militarization of local police departments and the​ deep racial divides that continue to grow in the Southwest's border country.​  With history and politics added to the magical mix, THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS​ is perfect for any speculative fiction and ​fantasy lover!​"  Do not miss the chance to meet Steven Brust and Skylar White.

Mishell Baker PHANTOM PAINS (Saga Press, Hardcover, $29.99; Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, MAGIC FOR NOTHING (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) & the Circus! on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00pm - It's always a treat to welcome author Seanan McGuire to Borderlands!  This round, she'll be joined again by the awesome Mishell Baker, and we know you're going to love this urban fantasy duo!  Mishell will be showing off her novel PHANTOM PAINS, second of the Arcadia Project novels: "Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing a friend to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess.  Now, on what's meant to be a last visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss Caryl encounter what seems to be her friend’s tormented ghost.  One problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist."  Seanan will be showing off MAGIC FOR NOTHING, the newest InCryptid book.  With this volume, we get to hear from Antimony, the youngest of the three Price children, as things go, as they tend to in any InCryptid novel, very dangerously out of control. We're also glad to welcome back the full-on musical Circus!  If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight.  If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start!  There will be reading, raffle prizes and silliness guaranteed.  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.

Drop-by signing with Ilana C. Myer, LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Thursday, April 6th at 6:00pm - We're delighted to welcome Ilana C. Myer, author of LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT, to the store for an informal signing.  Don't miss this opportunity to meet and chat with the author in a low-key setting, and get your books signed!

Griffin Barber, 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) on Saturday, April 8th at 3:00pm - We're so happy to welcome local author Griffin Barber, who will be showing off his first novel, co-written with Eric Flint!  MISSION TO THE MUGHALS is the latest entry in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, set in 17th-century Europe, in which the small fictional town of Grantville, West Virginia, in the year 2000 was sent to the past in central Germany in the year 1631, during the Thirty Years' War.  "After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th century Europe."  We hope you'll join us to meet Griffin and check out the most recent installment of this major alternate history series!

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) with authors Peter S. Beagle, Hari Kunzru, Ilana C. Myer and Shelley Wong on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm - 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 Peter S. Beagle (IN CALABRIA, THE LAST UNICORN), Hari Kunzru (WHITE TEARS), Ilana C. Myer (FIRE DANCE), and Shelley Wong (RARE BIRDS). 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.

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome author Yoon Ha Lee to Borderlands!  NPR attempts to summarize the wonderfully complicated plot of NINEFOX GAMBIT here: "In the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a 'calendrical rot' has begun altering the fabric of reality.  It is the result of heretical forces allied against this world's rulers, and someone is going to have to go in there and purge the non-conformist thought from the system.  Two someones, actually.  A living soldier named Cheris with an unlikely facility for mathematics, and Jedao, the centuries-old ghost of a brilliant general and known mass-murderer who lives in her shadow and in her head.  I know, right?  But stick with me here a minute, because here's where it gets cool. . . ."  Please enjoy the excellent review from NPR in its entirety: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/25/482023715/beautifully-alien-ninefox-gambit-mixes-math-and-magic.  We hope to see you here to meet the author and check out this mind-blowing novel!

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Editor - Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
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