Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, November 2018

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Upcoming Events
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Michael Marshall Smith, HANNAH GREEN AND HER UNFEASIBLY MUNDANE EXISTENCE (HarperVoyager, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, November 10th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St.) with authors Kirstin Chen, L.A. Kauffman, Rachel Khong, Achy Obejas, Tara Sim and tammy lynne stoner, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, Saturday, November 10th at 6:30 pm

Tor Books #FearlessWomen event with Charlie Jane Anders, Nancy Kress, and Annalee Newitz, Sunday November 11th at 3:00 pm

POSTPONED - SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St.) with authors Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith, moderated by Terry Bisson.  This event has been delayed; we'll post the new date as soon as we have it.

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* We're sorry to report the death of Canadian science fiction author Dave Duncan, who passed on the 30th of October.  His latest book was released this month - TRIAL BY TREASON.  https://locusmag.com/2018/10/dave-duncan-1933-2018/

* The winners of the 5th annual Philip K. Dick European Film Festival have been announced.  Check out the films you'll be scouring the internet for!  https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/The-5th-Annual-Philip-K-Dick-European-Science-Fiction-Film-Festival-Announces-Award-Winners-20181105

* An adaptation of Cixin Liu's The Wandering Earth is set to be released.  Check out the teaser trailer and more details here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/31/18047346/the-wandering-earth-trailer-cixin-liu-chinese-science-fiction

* Most of us know that the science in science fiction movies can frequently be a bit iffy at best.  Here are nine films (out of hundreds) that get their science wrong.  https://www.thisisinsider.com/incorrect-science-in-science-fiction-films-2018-10#recreating-dinosaurs-from-dna-as-seen-in-the-jurassic-park-franchise-doesnt-seem-plausible-1

* The links between science fiction and Scientology run deeper than a lot of us know.  L. Ron Hubbard's connection with John W. Campbell, and Campbell's influence on early Scientology is explored in a new book.  Excerpt & details here: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/29/when-golden-age-science-fictio.html

* Someone's idea of the best costumes in science fiction.  (As soon as Na'amen saw Ruby Rhod at the bottom of the list he knew it was suspect, but check it out for yourself.)  https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/debate-club-best-costumes-in-science-fiction-movies

* Tractor Beams!  We have tractor beams!  I mean. . . it's not as impressive as it sounds. . . YET! https://www.sensorsmag.com/components/tractor-beams-may-no-longer-be-science-fiction

* Den of the Geek's Aliya Whiteley is doing a guest series on addiction and science fiction.  Check out part one, in which they dive into the portrayal of alcohol: https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/sf-noir/61239/the-depiction-of-alcohol-and-addiction-in-science-fiction.  Part two tackles the portrayal of smoking, neo-noir, and addiction: https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/sf-noir/61240/smoking-science-fiction-and-addiction

* If you live in Seattle or within driving distance, you have almost a year to take a trip to The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and check out their Worlds Beyond Here exhibit, which explores the connections between Asian-American culture and science fiction. https://www.seattleglobalist.com/2018/10/17/going-beyond-hollywood-to-explore-asian-americans-in-science-fiction/77768

* One of science fiction's greatest pop culture myths is once again proven false. https://qz.com/1443189/war-of-the-worlds-sci-fi-that-spawned-fake-news-and-a-myth/

* A very interesting in-depth look at nine sub-genres in science fiction that we don't talk about enough, and that will help your understanding of the future: https://qz.com/quartzy/1447599/nine-sci-fi-subgenres-to-help-you-understand-the-future/

* A perspective on science fiction's portrayal of the future of retail that centers South Africa rather than a location in the west: https://stuff.co.za/what-science-fiction-got-wrong-about-our-retail-future/

* 25 of the best spaceships in science fiction, covering everything from TV to videogames to movies and more: https://www.space.com/42312-greatest-spaceships-of-science-fiction.html

* What do science fiction writers have to say about Trump's "Space Force" idea?  The Washington Post crashed a convention to find out: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/we-crashed-a-science-fiction-writers-convention-to-ask-about-trumps-space-force/2018/10/29/988c2edc-cb3d-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html

* Five important lessons that an Indian author learned at EuroCon: https://scroll.in/article/899870/five-lessons-an-indian-author-learned-at-europes-biggest-science-fiction-and-fantasy-convention

* Congratulations to editor Liz Gorinsky, who has left her position at Tor to start her own publishing company, Erewhon Books: http://sciencefiction.com/2018/10/18/former-tor-editor-liz-gorinsky-launches-erewhon-books/

* An interview with G.R.R. Martin where the staff of the NY Times asked him their burning questions, about everything from fashion to politics: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/t-magazine/george-rr-martin-qanda-game-of-thrones.html

* An interview with the great writer Kate Elliot by Locus Magazine; learn all about her history and her forthcoming works. https://locusmag.com/2018/10/kate-elliott-visible-women/

* If you are anything like us and get obsessed with the created food in the shows you love, then you should probably hit up NYCC next year and stop by The Fandom Fantasy food truck: http://sciencefiction.com/2018/10/09/nycc-2018-fandom-fantasy-food-truck/

* Three speculative films that should get Oscar nominations, but most likely won't: https://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/5147751/three-movies-that-probably-wont-get-oscar-nominations-but-should/

* Next month the Kolkata National University of Juridical Sciences will start offering a course based in Harry Potter! Check out more details and get your transfer paperwork ready: https://www.newsbytesapp.com/timeline/India/34927/154534/all-about-india-s-first-potterverse-law-course

* LeVar Burton, who is currently touring with his live show LeVar Burton Reads, talks about the ways that Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek influenced his life: https://comicbook.com/startrek/2018/11/04/star-trek-levar-burton-gene-roddenberry-diverse-representation/

* Maps can be divisive in the speculative fiction community, but there's no denying that they are a major part of some authors' worldbuilding.  Writers and a cartographer explore their favorite maps in a new book: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/22/wizards-moomins-and-gold-the-magic-and-mysteries-of-maps

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Award News
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* The 2018 World Fantasy Award winners were announced Sunday!  Winners listed here: https://locusmag.com/2018/11/2018-world-fantasy-award-winners/.  Special congratulations to Victor LaValle and Fonda Lee, who tied for Best Novel, and local author (and sponsor) Ellen Klages, who took home the award for Best Novella for PASSING STRANGE!

* The British Science Fiction Award winners for 2018 include Marjorie Liu, Victor LaValle, Joe Hill and Jordan Peele. For a full list of winners, go here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy-awards/bfawinners/

* The 2018 Aurora Award winners have also been announced, including Fonda Lee taking home two awards for Best Novel and Best YA Novel.  See the full list here: https://prixaurorawards.ca/2018-aurora-awards-go-to/

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From The Office
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And Now, Alan Explains . . .

The last few months have been pretty fierce.  The combination of the World Science Fiction Convention in the middle of August, catchup afterwards, working on the Haight Street building, and then swinging into the Litquake festival -- it made for some busy, busy times around the shop.

In addition, I had some pretty difficult personal stuff going on all of last month.  It's all sorted out now (or at least mostly sorted) but, at the time, it was very difficult.  (For you folks who worry: no, it wasn't my health or Jude's)

And so that is why, for the first time in more than a decade, we didn't get a newsletter out last month.  It's also why this communication from me is going to be pretty short this month.  But, for the last newsletter of the year, I'll do my best to write something good.

I'm going to close with a very quick building update.  The concrete for the foundation is going to be poured on the 19th, which will finally, for all and good, bring the saga of The Beam to a complete close.  We're getting the roof replaced this month as well, and I should be able to make a start on laying the brick for the garden.

With the foundation work complete, we can finally move forward with the framing work for the new bathroom.  I have high hopes that my next update will have many pieces of good news and progress.

Warm Regards,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for October, 2018

1) The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
2) Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
3) Noir by Christopher Moore
4) Soulless: Illustrated Edition by Gail Carriger
5) Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
6) Thin Air by Richard Morgan
7) Legion by Brandon Sanderson
8) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
9) Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson
10) Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Trade Paperbacks
1) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
2) The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
3) The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu
4) Santa Cruz Noir, edited by Susie Bright
5) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6) The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
7) Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
8) Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
9) What the Hell Did I Just Read? by David Wong
10) Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

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

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 11th, at 5 pm to discuss CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 18th, at 6 pm to discuss AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Michael Marshall Smith, HANNAH GREEN AND HER UNFEASIBLY MUNDANE EXISTENCE (HarperVoyager, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, November 10th at 3:00 pm - We couldn't be more excited to welcome Michael Marshall Smith!  We read and loved HANNAH GREEN in an advance copy, and we can't wait to host Mr. Smith so he can introduce you to HANNAH.  From the publisher: "There are a million stories in the world.  Most are perfectly ordinary. This one… isn't.  Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most.  But she's about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into energy, that some mushrooms can talk -- and that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for over a hundred and fifty years, and now they need her help."  This is an unusual and brilliant novel, and there's even a guest appearance by the Giant Dipper coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St.) with authors Kirstin Chen, L.A. Kauffman, Rachel Khong, Achy Obejas, Tara Sim and tammy lynne stoner, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, Saturday, November 10th at 6:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate! The amazing lineup this month includes authors Kirstin Chen (Bury What We Cannot Take), L.A. Kauffman (How to Read a Protest), Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin), Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles), Tara Sim (Chainbreaker, Firestarter) and tammy lynne stoner (Sugar Land).  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. See http://www.writerswithdrinks.com for more info.

Tor Books #FearlessWomen event with Charlie Jane Anders, Nancy Kress, and Annalee Newitz, Sunday November 11th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome these three prestigious authors to Borderlands. Tor Books is celebrating a year of #FearlessWomen -- from Tor: "Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction.  With #FearlessWomen Tor Books is excited to feature the characters and authors who are creating new blockbuster worlds and re-shaping our own.  Celebrate #FearlessWomen as we highlight women in publishing: their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.  Join the conversation about #FearlessWomen, #FearlessSF and #FearlessFantasy with Tor Books' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks)." We hope you'll join us to continue the conversation with Charlie Jane, Nancy Kress and Annalee Newitz.  Charlie Jane is the author of the critically-acclaimed ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY as well as thr forthcoming CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.  Annalee Newitz has written nonfiction as well as a fabulous new novel just out in paperback, AUTONMOUS.  Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books including the seminal BEGGARS IN SPAIN.  She has won multiple awards and her works have been translated into two dozen languages, including Klingon.

POSTPONED - SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St.) with authors Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith, moderated by Terry Bisson.  THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO BAY AREA AIR QUALITY.  We'll post the new date as soon as we have it.  - 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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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, September 2018

Events and News From Borderlands Books
September 2018

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Upcoming Events
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SANTA CRUZ NOIR (Akashic Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) event with with editor Susie Bright, associate editor Willow Pennell, and contributors Jon Bailiff, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Dillon Kaiser, Liza Monroy, Micah Perks, & Jill Wolfson, Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina) with authors Sheila Finch, David D. Levine, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 16th at 6:30 pm

Gail Carriger, SOULLESS, THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION (Orbit, Hardcover, $20.00) Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm

Lisa Brackmann, BLACK SWAN RISING (Midnight Ink, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, September 29th at 1:00 pm

Caitlin Seal, TWICE DEAD, (Charlesbridge, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, September 29th at 3:00 pm

Meet and Greet signing with Peter Moreira, THE HAIGHT (Pike and Powder, Hardcover, $24.95)  Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St. San Francisco) with authors Indira Allegra, Cassandra Dallett, Rose Eveleth, Christine No, Anita Sarkeesian, and Sam Sax, plus guest host Elena Rose! Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 pm

John Scalzi, THE CONSUMING FIRE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Friday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 3 (in the Cafe) with authors Charlie Jane Anders, Marie Brennan, Megan E. O'Keefe, and Nancy Tingley, Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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Overheard
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This is a feature that appears periodically, usually (but not always) as we attend conventions and overhear things.  The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose, where trying (or trying not to) fill in the blanks on overheard conversations made us laugh so much that we made it a tradition.  (For those keeping track, the one that started it all was "Shelby, it's not okay to touch your sister's breast with the back of your hand, either!".)

This issue we share some highlights from the store, Writers With Drinks, and this year's World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose:

* Overheard in the Store:

"I'm super-excited about rugs. I guess that means I'm a grown-up, huh?"

"Could you PLEASE stop staring at me like you're thinking 'The quickest way to a man's heart is through his sternum.'?"

"That job just wasn't for me. I really need to work with beings who understand object permanence."

"I would never, ever have pegged her for an 'Interview With the Vampire' person."

"Have you _been_ to Worcester? Have you _seen_ Turtle Boy?"

* Overheard at Writers With Drinks:

"... and that's how I snuck an incredibly tasteful orgy into my young adult novel."

* Overheard at WorldCon:

"It's like rolling your tongue over a minefield."

"The place is _exceptionally_ slick and chrome.  It's like pooping in the future."

"Just say the word if you want 'Weird Japanese Snacks' on your name badge."

"I WASN'T lying.  I was just making sh*t up."

"I'm pretty sure no one's going to come up and say 'Please fix my Patrick Stewart!"

"I have baser instincts but very high restraint."

"That's why there's so much on the line; because it's entirely about ego."

"Aliens, robots, & monsters -- that's my kink!"

"My mom is like, 500 times hipper than I am."

"You had me at 'Murder Bunny'."

"It's Nerd Burning Man, that's what it is."

"I'M your conscience?! You're really screwed."

"I was the goth-est Deadhead EVER."

"Do you want the dragon or the gargoyle?"
"That sounds like my dating scene."

"It's as upcoming as you can get without actually having come."

"It's reminiscent of seaweed, old ashtrays, used bandaids, and a head-butt. . . . Y'know, subtle."

"I am SURE that cheese should not be flammable."

"I've become that guy who buys his underwear on EBay."
"You haven't hit rock bottom until you buy it on Craigslist."

"It CAN'T be blackmail if he's not ashamed of it."

"After multiple accidental Dr. Pepper/tequila shooters, I literally began speaking in tongues when the breakfast buffet opened at 5 am."

"And then we almost fell into an accidental grenade sump.  So we've come full circle."

"I've really never seen anyone be SO sincere in the face of stripper tits."

"It was like a THC enema, and then, oh boy!"

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News
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* Podcaster Matthew Felix interviewed Borderlands owner Alan Beatts on his show!  Matthew says: "On my last episode, I had a wide-ranging talk with Borderlands Books' owner and founder Alan Beatts. We discussed Borderlands' history -- including the controversy that garnered it unexpected national attention in 2015, landing Alan everywhere, from the pages of the New Yorker to on camera with Fox and other news outlets. We also talked about what the climate is like today for indie bookstores, both how they've dealt with Amazon and some of the innovative ways they continue to adapt to the future."  You can watch the show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1NA3DNB8ZXM or Facebook: https://buff.ly/2LWIokz, or you can listen on iTunes: https://apple.co/2N9OC5p or Google Play: https://buff.ly/2Q4jjYo .

* Celebrated actor Burt Reynolds died recently, and while he didn't act in many science fiction films (famously turning down the role of Han Solo!) here are four movies & TV episodes where Mr. Reynolds experimented with genre.  https://www.inverse.com/article/48749-burt-reynolds-best-roles-in-science-fiction-tv-or-movies

* If you happen to be in the UK in November, why not stop by SFX BookCon 2?  Plenty of amazing authors will be there including Pat Cadigan, MR Carey, Rebecca Kuang, Tade Thompson, Sarah Lotz, Richard Morgan and more!  Check out all the details here: http://www.foyles.co.uk/SFX-Book-Con-2?aCode=AFW&awc=1414_1536332121_5a259d21238595760a04c3abfefd50f2

* So you've read N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy all the way a dozen times . . . what now?  Well, Bustle has come up with a list of amazing books for you to check out next! https://www.bustle.com/p/15-science-fiction-fantasy-books-for-fans-of-nk-jemisin-because-you-can-only-re-read-the-fifth-season-so-many-times-9975346

* If you're a Robert E. Howard fan, why not take a cool roadtrip down to Texas and check out the house he grew up and died in?  It been transformed into a museum in his honor. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/robert-e-howard-museum

* The fantasy juggernaut that is "Game of Thrones" is set to air its final season next year, but worry not!  Here are FORTY-THREE upcoming fantasy & sci-fi shows -- some that might make it to air. . . and some that might not.  https://tv.avclub.com/game-of-game-of-thrones-thrones-43-big-upcoming-fantas-1828746565

* An interview with bestselling author Roshani Chokshi as she tours book festivals to promote her numerous books.  https://triad-city-beat.com/roshani-chokshi-science-fiction/

* And every nerd out there sighed and rolled their eyes, because we have known this forever.  https://www.indy100.com/article/scifi-fantasy-literature-study-harry-potter-romance-relationships-8495681

* Check out this podcast on building worlds with N.K. Jemisin, where she also recommends some of her favorite groundbreaking sci-fi.  https://www.vox.com/2018/8/27/17779026/ezra-klein-show-book-recommendations-n-k-jemisin-broken-earth-hugo-award

* A lot of fantasy fans aren't exactly raving about "Disenchantment", the new series from Matt Groening and Netflix.  Check out a few of the critiques here: https://www.wired.com/2018/09/geeks-guide-robert-repino/

* The (obvious) problems with the creation of fantasy and sci-fi cultures that are just an amalgam of anti-Semitic stereotypes.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/08/14/science-fictions-anti-semitism-problem/?utm_term=.85a892084bbd

* An article on the importance of world-building in the genres of fantasy/sci-fi romance, with some recommendations to try out.  https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-importance-of-worldbuilding-in-sci-fi-and-fantasy-romance

* An article about the hit Boots Riley film "Sorry To Bother You": why it's not being hailed as a science fiction film, and the other works it's in conversation with. https://www.wired.com/2018/08/geeks-guide-tanarive-due/

* Two Indian Hugo nominees have a far-ranging conversation about life in the world of genre.  https://scroll.in/article/890816/a-conversation-on-science-fiction-and-fantasy-between-the-two-indian-nominees-for-the-hugo-awards

* Planning to attend DragonCon next year?  Check out this handy-dandy survival guide.  https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/entertainment/how-survive-dragon-con-2018/k3WHsBn8iGIekitbCXIrwM/

* The new season of "Doctor Who" is going to be the first season starring a woman as the titular Doctor, but it will also be inspired by Spielberg's 80s films.  We can't wait! https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/doctor-who-director-talks-spielbergs-influence-on-the-upcoming-season

* "Adventure Time" has finally ended after eight year and hundreds of episodes, and unlike many long-running series, the finale did not disappoint. https://ew.com/tv/2018/09/04/adventure-time-finale-review/

* Here are 15 tips for world-building!  https://www.bustle.com/p/15-tips-for-creating-a-fictional-world-that-actually-makes-sense-to-the-reader-9258495

* The highly-anticipated Netflix original "The Dragon Prince", from an illustrious creative team that has been involved in "Avatar: The Last Airbender", "Uncharted", "Star Wars" & "Justice League", had a sneak preview of the first episode and it seems like it actually lives up to the hype.  https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/5/17819324/the-dragon-prince-netflix-characters-plot-reaction-interview

* As some of the few fans of the rebooted "Ghostbusters" film, knowing what the sequel would have done just makes us more angry that we'll never get it. http://sciencefiction.com/2018/09/07/ghostbusters-sequel-gone-international/

* Here are the 69 worst science-fiction films of all time according to critics.  We're not gonna lie; there are a handful of titles on this list we actually love, like "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes". Check out the whole list here: https://www.businessinsider.com/worst-science-fiction-movies-all-time-critics-2018-8#1-baby-geniuses-1999-69

* A list of 26 underrated science-fiction books: https://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/the-most-underrated-science-fiction-books/

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Award News
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* The 2018 Hugo Award winners were announced at WorldCon in San Jose.  Congratulations to all of them, and particularly to N.K. Jemisin, who became the first author in history to win the Best Novel award for all three books in a trilogy, and also the first to win three Hugos for Best Novel in a row.  https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/20/17698208/2018-hugo-awards-n-k-jemisin-martha-wells-science-fiction-fantasy-books . (Also check out seven facts about N.K. Jemisin, with a link to a video of her Hugo acceptance speech. https://www.blackenterprise.com/nk-jemison-hugo-awards/ )

* Fran Wilde's "Clearly Lettered in a Most Steady Hand" won this year's Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction.  For a full list of nominees with links to the stories go here: http://www.eugiefoster.com/eugieaward

* The 2017 Sidewise Award for Alternate History announced their winner at WorldCon as well.  https://locusmag.com/2018/08/2017-sidewise-awards-winners/

* The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists have announced the 2018 Chesley Award winners: http://www.asfa-art.org/?page=chesley

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From The Office
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So, Why So Slow?
An interview by Alan Beatts with Alan Beatts

Hi Folks.  Alan Beatts, freelance interview guy, here and today I'm going to be interviewing Alan Beatts, the owner of Borderlands Books.  Since he and I are both Geminis and, as a result, suffer from an inherent (though quite mild) split personality, this should be a fun interview.  We're going to be talking about his new bookstore location -- specifically I'm going to be asking him why it's taking so very goddamn long for him to finish up the construction work and move the darn store.

Interviewer:  Nice to see you, Alan.  It's been a while.  I think the last time was about six hours ago when I was shaving.  How have you been?

Bookseller:  I've been alright.  A little overworked so far this year, but overall good.  And, the construction work has gotten me into great shape so physically I'm feeling very well.

I:  Since you brought up the construction work, we might as well get right to it.  You're working on the building that you purchased in November last year, right?  The place that you're going to move the bookstore to?

B:  Yup.  Since contractors are scarce right now because of the building boom and, if you can get one, they're pretty expensive, I've been doing most of the construction work myself with help from volunteers.  It's saving us a boat-load of money and I'm having a lot of fun.

I:  But, it's going kind of slowly, isn't it?  When you first bought the building you were hoping to move by July.  That was _two_ months ago.

B:  Ouch.  Yes, it is going quite slowly, thanks for reminding me.  I had forgotten that.

I:  Really?

B:  No.  I think about it every single day -- I've just been trying not to because it really stresses me out.  Sometimes I go for as long and two or three hours without it crossing my mind.

I:  Well, if it's bugging you so much, why not just hire a bunch of contractors and have them get it done?  It might be expensive, but taking so long to move must be costing you money too, right?

B:  As I mentioned, contractors are very busy right now and the rates are quite high.  Let me give you an example; a while ago we did a single, well-defined job at the building.  It took me about a week to complete, with help from some folks, and the materials cost was about $2000.  I talked with a couple of contractors and they both said that the same job would have taken them a while to schedule, taken about a week to complete, and cost, in one case, $15,000, and in the other, $20,000.  That's a pretty huge price difference and no advantage in terms of the time it took.

Granted, I think that it's taking me much longer for most of these jobs than it would take a contractor (if nothing else, I do a lot of work by myself and a contractor would throw a bunch of people at the same project).  But when the price difference is 7 to 10 to one, I think that I'm making the right call by taking more time but saving a hell of a lot of money.

I:  But, there's still a price tag on the delay.  What if you run out of money before the job is done?

B:  Yeah, that's the thing that really is worrying me.  But, as it stands, I've got three big expenses coming up.  In November, the first big set of interest payments will be due on the loans for the building.  Shortly, the property tax bill will arrive for 2019.  And, there will be an additional property tax bill coming for 2018 to make up the difference between what the previous owner paid (based on his purchase price) and what we owe (based on our purchase price).  [Regarding that last, if you don't live in California, it might seem a really strange way to do property taxes - look here for an explanation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_13_(1978)]

I have enough put aside to cover all those expenses plus the amount that I think the construction will cost.  Now, if we don't get moved by next year (or if the construction costs are a lot higher than my estimate), then I'll have a problem.  But, for now, I think we're doing alright.

I:  Still, couldn't you get the job done faster and / or cheaper?  You've been spending a lot of time and, I assume, buying a lot of materials for the work you're doing in the garden.  That's not something that is really critical in terms of moving the store, right?

B:  You're right.  But, here's what it gets down to: right now is our one chance to get everything right and to fix things for the future.  With the place empty and the walls torn open, I can get all sorts of work done that will _never_ be easy (or, in some cases, possible) to do again.  Originally I planned to move fast and get the job done but, as I began to understand the building better and get a clearer idea of what it could be like when we're finished, I started moving more slowly.

We're going to be in this building for a very long time.  Although we could move fast and only do the work that's absolutely necessary, I know something for sure from the many other jobs like this that I've done: we would end up regretting it.  A time would come when I would kick myself for not taking the time to deal with a small problem or take an extra step when it was easy to do, before it ever gets to be a big problem.

I:  Well, I hope you know what you're doing.

B:  Yeah, I hope so too.  But I've done a fair amount of this kind of work, I've got access to great advice, and I've got some absolutely wonderful people who are helping me get it done.  I think we're going to be alright.

I:  OK.  I hear what you're saying but; when is the store finally going to move?  When are you going to be done?

B:  We're going to move when the work is done.  And the work is going to take as long as it's going to take for me to make the place, within reason, the best bookstore it could be.

I:  Well,  good luck.  I hope it goes well and as quickly as possible.  I don't know about you, but I'd sort of like to get a whole weekend off sometime this year.

Folks, thanks for reading, and both of my personalities are looking forward to seeing you at the shop sometime soon.

Best,
Alan Beatts

PS  There's been some major progress at the building these last few weeks.  I finished all the work for the I-beam in the basement, including setting the posts, and the structural engineer has signed off on it.  I need to get the city inspector to do the same, and then we can pour the concrete.  We also have completely finished the planters in the back yard.  This week we'll be ordering the plants and putting in the irrigation system.  When the plants arrive in a week or two, then we'll get starting really making it happen.  This is going to be a good month for the construction work!

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for August, 2018

1) Competence by Gail Carrgier
2) Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
3) Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey
4) Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu trans. by Joel Martinsen
5) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
6) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
7) Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
8) Alternate Routes by Tim Powers
9) Summerland by Hannu Ranjaniemi
10) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Trade Paperbacks
1) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2) The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
3) Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu
4) Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
5) Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
6) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
7) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
8) The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
9) Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
10) The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
2) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
3) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
4) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
5) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
6) Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
7) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
8) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
9) Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
10) Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 14th, at 5 pm to discuss HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 16th, at 6 pm to discuss THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin. The book for the following month will be THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.


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Upcoming Event Details
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SANTA CRUZ NOIR (Akashic Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) event with editor Susie Bright, associate editor Willow Pennell, and contributors Jon Bailiff, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Dillon Kaiser, Liza Monroy, Micah Perks, & Jill Wolfson, Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm - From the publisher's website: "Following in the footsteps of LOS ANGELES NOIR. . . [and] SAN FRANCISCO NOIR, this new volume further reveals the seedy underbelly of the Left Coast."  What darkness lurks behind the sunshiney facade of paradise just a bit over an hour south of here?  Check out this volume of brand-new stories from acclaimed writers, many of whom are local -- we're delighted to welcome editor Susie Bright and the most contributors to one anthology that we've ever had appear here together!  Susie will be preparing a "script" of short excerpts for the authors to read, followed by a Q&A and signing.  Check out an interview with the editor here: http://www.kazu.org/post/short-fiction-stories-explore-santa-cruzs-seedier-side#stream/0

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina) with authors Sheila Finch, David D. Levine, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 16th 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!  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.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Gail Carriger, SOULLESS, THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION (Orbit, Hardcover, $20.00) Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm - Join us for the book launch of SOULLESS, the Illustrated Edition; celebrating where it all began with Alexia Tarabotti!  This time our parasol-carrying heroine is presented in a new, gorgeously illustrated edition inked by the talented Jensine Eckwall. Eckwall's Edward Gorey-like style is sure to please both those fans who have been following the series from the beginning, and those just now discovering the world of SOULLESS.  Gail Carriger will be on hand sharing her wit and wisdom and will be available to personalize your very own copy of Soulless, the Illustrated Edition, or any of her other titles!

Lisa Brackmann, BLACK SWAN RISING (Midnight Ink, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, September 29th at 1:00 pm - We're delighted to host the talented Lisa Brackmann!  From the book jacket of her thrilling, frighteningly-timely new novel: "Sarah Price wants a career in politics.  But she has a secret past that won't stay past, threatening her job on a San Diego congressman's reelection campaign.  Casey Cheng wants a story.  An ambitious local television reporter, Casey needs to get her career back on track after being seriously injured in a mass shooting.  When she investigates the man who nearly killed her, she finds a connection to a group of online harassers called #TrueMen -- and realizes her shooter may not be the only killer they have inspired. Casey's investigation and Sarah's secret put them both in the crosshairs of a hate group that targets anyone they've deemed to be against their cause, including Sarah's boss, the congressman.  Now Sarah and Casey have a choice to make -- do they hide? Or do they fight back?"

Caitlin Seal, TWICE DEAD, (Charlesbridge, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, September 29th at 3:00 pm - We are honored to be the first on stop on Caitlin Seal's book tour with the release of her debut hardcover, TWICE DEAD!  Caitlin will be reading from the book, answering any questions you may have, and personalizing copies of the book for your collection.  From the Publisher's website: "In this imaginative debut perfect for fans of character-driven fantasies like GRACELING and DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, seventeen-year-old Naya Garth becomes one of the undead and an unlikely spy for her country.  Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir.  Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting.  She's struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.  But death is not the end for Naya.  She awakens to realize she's become an abomination -- a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse.  She's been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country.  Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.  She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder.  Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray."

Meet and Greet signing with Peter Moreira, THE HAIGHT (Pike and Powder, Hardcover, $24.95)  Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome Peter Moreira to the store for an informal meet-and-greet signing.  Given our new location-to-be in the Haight, this murder mystery couldn't possibly be a more appropriate book for us!  From the publisher's website: "Jimmy Spracklin thinks he knows Haight-Ashbury when he's called out to the neighborhood to investigate the murder of artist John Blakely in the spring of 1968.  Marie, Spracklin's beloved step-daughter, ran away to the birthplace of acid rock during the Summer of Love the previous year.  What Spracklin learns quickly is that heroin is now replacing acid as the most popular drug in Haight-Ashbury.  Gangs are taking over.  The scene is getting violent.  Now Spracklin, the head of the San Francisco Police Department's famed Bureau of Inspectors, must catch Blakely's killer while he struggles to bring his daughter home."

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St. San Francisco) with authors Indira Allegra, Cassandra Dallett, Rose Eveleth, Christine No, Anita Sarkeesian, and Sam Sax, plus guest host Elena Rose! Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, and we're always happy to participate! The amazing lineup this month includes authors Indira Allegra (Blackout), Cassandra Dallett (Collapse), Rose Eveleth (Flash Forward), Christine No (The Rumpus, Story Magazine), Anita Sarkeesian (History vs. Women), and Sam Sax (bury it, madness).  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.

John Scalzi, THE CONSUMING FIRE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Friday, October 19th at 6:00 pm - We are absolutely thrilled to welcome John Scalzi back to Borderlands, where he'll show off the sequel to the Hugo-nominated COLLAPSING EMPIRE!  From the publisher: "The new novel will continue Scalzi's Interdependency Series, picking up the story as humanity's interstellar empire, teeters on the verge of collapse.  The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded.  When it goes, human civilization may go with it -- unless desperate measures can be taken.  Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions.  But nothing is ever that easy.  Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth -- or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.  While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business, and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields.  The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies.  Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre." Check out this interview with John Scalzi at The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/12/16992910/john-scalzi-the-consuming-fire-collapsing-empire-cover-reveal-q-and-a

Litquake Litcrawl Phase 3 (in the Cafe) with authors Charlie Jane Anders, Marie Brennan, Megan E. O'Keefe, and Nancy Tingley, Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl!  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District.  Phase 3 will take place in the Cafe and will feature Charlie Jane Anders, the author of THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT and host of the Writers With Drinks reading series; Marie Brennan, the World Fantasy and Hugo Award-nominated author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent; Megan E. O'Keefe, who won the David Gemmell Mornigstar Award for her debut novel STEAL THE SKY; and Nancy Tingley, who, like the curator protagonist in her Jenna Murphy mystery series (A DEATH IN BALI), is a specialist in Southeast Asian art.  We hope you'll join us for this fast-paced and fun reading!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, August 2018

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
August 2018

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Upcoming Events
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Laura Antoniou, S.L. Huang, Jack Kaulfus, Hannah Pittard, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Marlee Jane Ward, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders!  Saturday, August 11th at 7:30 pm

Seanan McGuire, NIGHT AND SILENCE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 8th at 5:00 pm

Rachel Fellman, THE BREATH OF THE SUN (Aqueduct Press, Trade Paperback, $19.00) Sunday, September 9th at 1:00 pm

Nick Mamatas, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING (Tachyon Publication, Trade Paperback, $15.95), with guests Meg Elison, Tim Pratt, and Jason Ridler, Sunday, September 9th at 3:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ NOIR (Akashic Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) event with contributors Susie Bright, Jon Bailiff, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Dillon Kaiser, Liza Monroy, Micah Perks, & Jill Wolfson, Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina) with authors Sheila Finch, David D. Levine, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 16th at 6:30 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"I keep forgetting that, in the Mission, Thursday is now Friday, and Friday is now Stupid."

* Borderlands' owner Alan Beatts will be interviewed by Matthew Felix on Facebook Live at 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 26th!  Here's some information from the interviewer: "The Matthew FĂ©lix On Air video podcast features author Matthew Felix and guests discussing writing, travel, and whatever else piques Matthew's interest, from spirituality to cultural happenings to the outdoors to anything with a good story worth exploring.  In this episode, Matthew talks with Borderlands Books' Alan Beatts about Borderlands' history, mission, and the current climate for indie bookstores -- and some of the innovative ways they're adapting for the future."  Check it out here, and do remember it's live! https://www.facebook.com/authormatthewfelix/  You'll also be able to catch it later on YouTube https://bit.ly/1MoDsNS or iTunes: https://apple.co/2KAS0AP, or follow the link from Matthew's webpage: http://www.matthewfelix.com

* If you're visiting the Bay Area for the World Science Fiction Convention and will be in San Francisco either before Monday, August 13th or after Monday, August 20th, we'd be delighted to give you a tour of our location-to-be, which is still very much a work in progress.  Just email Alan, abeatts@borderlands-books.com, to set up a time.

* Speaking of WorldCon: if you're an author attending the con and we've somehow missed having your books at our booths, we'd be happy to carry them on consignment at the con.  We usually do a 60% / 40% split, with the author getting 60% of the cover price.  Authors pick up any unsold copies near the end of the con, and we send you a check for sold copies around 30 days after the event.  Just find the Borderlands booth at the convention and Jude should be able to assist you.

* A classic article on how the lack of an OB/GYN effectively lead to the crumbling of Star Wars' Old Empire. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/53d4db/womens-healthcare-star-wars

* Author and Borderlands sponsor Seanan McGuire has written her first X-Men comic, and went back to her childhood comic shop to have the signing, as she vowed to do 30 years ago! https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/x-men-gold-annual-2-writer-seanan-mcguire-returns-to-her-hometown-comics-shop

* Not everyone has a book in them: https://theoutline.com/post/5541/unconventional-wisdom-you-should-not-write-a-book

* Julie Dillon is Kickstarting a collection of her gorgeous speculative art! https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/29/17627590/julie-dillon-science-fiction-fantasy-art-book-kickstarter

* Well, it turns out that sf/f readers make better relationship partners, which we think most of us already knew.  https://www.bustle.com/p/sci-fi-fantasy-readers-apparently-make-better-romantic-partners-according-to-a-new-study-9975483

* Krista Ball is curating a database of fantasy novels with LGBTQ+ representation, with the help of Reddit.  The latest update is here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/8y59dy/lgbtq_database_update_happening_now_details_in/

* "The Darkest Minds" is a highly-anticipated movie about children who develop abilities and a society that seeks to control and use them. Its dystopian themes seem even more relevant now.  http://ew.com/movies/2018/08/03/darkest-minds-jennifer-yuh-nelson-political-resistance-movements/

* There are certain months where studios dump films they don't expect to do well.  io9 has compiled a list of the coolest sf/f films that were dumped in the month of August.  Check it out here: https://io9.gizmodo.com/28-of-the-coolest-sci-fi-and-fantasy-movies-that-got-du-1828025659

* Speaking of sf/f films, why not check out this list of 51 forgotten films from the 90s?  You're sure to come across at least one movie you've never seen or heard about. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/sci-fi/247782/51-forgotten-sci-fi-movies-from-the-1990s

"Heathers" is a great, dark film and the theories about it range from the believable to the utterly bizarre: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/high-school-hell-how-heathers-predicted-everything-1.3583180

* WorldCon has completely redone their programming after many authors began to pull out in protest over a number of missteps. https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/worldcon-2018-diversity-nominees/

* A comic about intrigue and life at court that isn't about leverage but trust.  Check out the review for "Sleepless vol. 1" here. https://www.polygon.com/comics/2018/7/13/17568522/image-comics-sleepless-sarah-vaughn-leila-del-duca

* The first theatre dedicated solely to performing live plays of a fantasy or science fictional nature is opening in Chicago.  Road trip!  https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Otherworld-Theatre-Opens-Worlds-First-Venue-Dedicated-To-Sci-Fi-And-Fantasy-Theatre-20180709

* Wired takes a look back at some of the best costumes they saw at Comic-Con this year: https://www.wired.com/story/cosplay-comic-con-2018/


* "Entertainment Weekly" made a list of 50 books they would love to see adaptations for, and a number of them are of interest to speculative fiction fans. http://ew.com/books/50-books-to-adapt/

* It looks like Legendary Pictures' upcoming adaptation of classic SF novel Dune will only cover the first half of the first book, so it looks like we're in for a two-parter! https://winteriscoming.net/2018/07/30/denis-villeneuves-dune-movie-will-cover-first-half-first-book/

* Sword and sorcery and revenge. . . yup, we're already there.  This review of the new series "The Outpost" makes it sound like fun brain candy and we're ready to sign up. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-outpost-review-20180709-story.html#

* Amazon has picked show-runners for their horrendously expensive "Lord of the Rings" TV show and are trying to convince Peter Jackson to let them film on his sets in New Zealand. https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/29/17627056/amazon-lord-of-the-rings-middle-earth-jrr-tolkien-jd-payne-patrick-mckay-writers

* "Buffy" is being rebooted with a more diverse cast, but this article argues that marginalized people deserve their own mythologies, and taking a chance on a new voice is better than rebooting an old one -- which we can't help but agree with. https://www.refinery29.com/2018/07/205026/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-reboot-black-woman-lead

* Aside from 2017's "Okja", most of Netflix's original science fiction movies have not been well received, and if you were hoping "Tau" was going to be different . . . sorry.  This article goes into how "Tau" fails and what it has in common with their other releases.  https://www.wired.com/story/netflix-sci-fi-tau/

* "The Expanse", one of the best science fiction shows of recent years, was rescued from cancellation by Amazon and the show-runner talks about why it needed to be rescued, and why he would have opted to go straight to streaming in the first place if he had to do it all over again. https://www.criticalhit.net/entertainment/expanse-showrunner-talks-rescued-sci-fi-shows-move-amazon/

* Amazon has optioned another sf/f adaptation: however this one is not based on the written world, but the artwork of Simon Stalenhag.  https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/07/17/tales-from-the-loop-series-amazon-studios/

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Award News
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* The Sidewise Awards which celebrate Alternate History have announced their short list of nominees, which include Gregory Benford, Nisi Shawl and Harry Turtledove.  Check out the full list here: http://file770.com/2017-sidewise-award-nominees/

* Check out the shortlist for the 2018 Sunburst Awards, celebrating Canadian fantastic literature: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2018-shortlist

* Congratulations to all of the World Fantasy Award Nominees!  For the full list of nominees including Peter S. Beagle, Ellen Klages, JY Yang and other great voices, go here: https://www.tor.com/2018/07/25/2018-world-fantasy-award-finalists/

* The 2018 Mythopoeic Award Winners have been announced, including Garth Nix and John Crowley.  The full list is on the Mythopoeic blog: https://mythsoc-rohan.blogspot.com/2018/07/2018-mythopoeic-award-winners-announced.html

* The Eisner Awards were held at San Diego Comic-Con, and congratulations to all the winners, but especially to Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda's stunning "Monstress", which took home five awards!  Check out all the categories here: https://deadline.com/2018/07/eisner-awards-2018-winners-list-montress-my-favorite-thing-is-monsters-1202430916/

* The winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award is Anne Charnock for DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME.  Check out the comments from the panel here: https://www.clarkeaward.com/2018-winner/

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From The Office
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Assistant Editor's Note - Alan wrote about five entertaining paragraphs of an office piece before deciding it just wasn't going to happen this month.  Between construction on the new building and prep for WorldCon, we're moving as fast as we can just to make sure nothing gets _really_ neglected or messed up.  So, look for the return of the Office Piece next month, and thank you for your patience and understanding meanwhile! - Jude Feldman

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for July, 2018

Hardcovers
1) Competence by Gail Carrgier
2) Noir by Christopher Moore
3) Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
4) Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
5) Space Opera by Cat Valente
6) Starless by Jacqueline Carey
7) Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
8) Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emerys
9) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
10) The Cabin at the End of the Woods by Paul Tremblay

Trade Paperbacks
1) Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu
2) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3) Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
4) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
5) Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
6) Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
7) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
8) Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
9) Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
10) Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
2) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
4) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
5) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
6) Marked by Bendict Jacka
7) Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
8) Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
9) Lock In 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, August 12th, at 5 pm to discuss SPACE OPERA by Cat Valente.  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 19th, at 6 pm to discuss (Hugo nominee for Best Novel!) SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty.  The book for September will be THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. LeGuin.  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, Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Laura Antoniou, S.L. Huang, Jack Kaulfus, Hannah Pittard, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Marlee Jane Ward, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! Saturday, August 11th 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 Laura Antoniou (The Killer Wore Leather), S.L. Huang (Zero Sum Game), Jack Kaulfus (Tomorrow or Forever), Hannah Pittard (Visible Empire), Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom), and Marlee Jane Ward (Welcome to Orphancorp).  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.

Seanan McGuire, NIGHT AND SILENCE (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 8th at 5:00 pm - We think the release of a new October Daye adventure is always a great reason for a party, even if Toby wouldn't agree at all!  (October Date really, really hates parties, even when they're for her.  Particularly when they're for her.)  We can't tell you much about this volume because Spoilers!, so we're keeping this write up deliberately vague: suffice to say that things are looking very rough indeed for our varyingly-degrees-of-fae heroine, and her fragile self-made family is fraying badly.  Then things get a lot worse.  We certainly hope you'll come meet Seanan McGuire, who loves to torment her characters, and join us for revelry, raffles, and stories!  Visit Seanan's webpage to find out more about Toby's, and click here to read free short stories set in Toby's world: http://seananmcguire.com/tobyshorts.php

Rachel Fellman, THE BREATH OF THE SUN (Aqueduct Press, Trade Paperback, $19.00) Sunday, September 9th at 1:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome up-and-coming author Rachel Fellman to the store!  Her new release is called THE BREATH OF THE SUN, and check out the amazing synopsis from the publisher: "Lamat Paed understands paradoxes.  She's a great mountain climber who's never summited, the author of a tell-all that didn't really tell anything.  For years she guided pilgrims up the foothills of the Sublime Mount, leading them as high as God would let them go.  And then she partnered the apostate Southern priest Mother Disaine on the most daring, most blasphemous expedition in history -- an attempt to reach the summit of the sacred mountain, the top of God's head.  Disaine returned in triumph, claiming to be the first person since the prophet to have summited and lived. But Lamat went into hiding.  Now, late in life and exiled from the mountain, Lamat finally tells her story to her partner, Otile.  It's the story of why she really wrote her first book all those years ago, how she came to be cast out from the mountain-dwelling Holoh people, and how she fled to the anonymity of the city to hide from her fame.  Most of all, it's the story of her bond with Mother Disaine -- the blasphemer, charlatan, and visionary who stole Lamat's life to serve her own purposes -- and what really happened on their last, greatest expedition."

Nick Mamatas, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING (Tachyon Publication, Trade Paperback, $15.95), with guests Meg Elison, Tim Pratt, and Jason Ridler, Sunday, September 9th at 3:00 pm - Join us and four fabulous local authors for an afternoon of short readings and conversation!  Nick Mamatas is the author of numerous novels and short stories.  His newest collection is THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING, and it "features a decade's worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction, and the author's preferred text of the acclaimed short novel UNDER MY ROOF".  Meg Elison is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award winner BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, and most recently THE BOOK OF ETTA.  Tim Pratt has written just about everything, and his newest novel is a sweet and funny space adventure called THE WRONG STARS.  Jason Ridler has published numerous short stories, and now he's working on a fabulous occult detective series, The Brimstone Files; his newest novel is BLACK LOTUS KISS.  Don't miss this event -- it's sure to be great fun!

SANTA CRUZ NOIR (Akashic Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) event with contributors Susie Bright, Jon Bailiff, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Dillon Kaiser, Liza Monroy, Micah Perks, & Jill Wolfson, Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm - From the publisher's website: "Following in the footsteps of LOS ANGELES NOIR. . . [and] SAN FRANCISCO NOIR, this new volume further reveals the seedy underbelly of the Left Coast."  What darkness lurks behind the sunshiney facade of paradise just a bit over an hour south of here?  Check out this volume of brand-new stories from acclaimed writers, many of whom are local -- we're delighted to welcome editor Susie Bright and the most contributors to one anthology that we've ever had appear here together!  Susie will be preparing a "script" of short excerpts for the authors to read, followed by a Q&A and signing.  Check out an interview with the editor here: http://www.kazu.org/post/short-fiction-stories-explore-santa-cruzs-seedier-side#stream/0

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina) with authors Sheila Finch, David D. Levine, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 16th 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!  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.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

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

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, July 2018

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
July 2018

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Upcoming Events
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SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street) with authors Terry Bisson & Paul Park, moderated by guest Cliff Winnig, Sunday, July 22nd at 6:30 pm

B Catling, THE CLOVEN (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Wednesday, July 25th at 6:00 pm

Open House at Borderlands West, 1377 Haight St, Saturday, July 28th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Borderlands Sponsors' Open Mic, Sunday, August 5th at 5:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St.) with authors S.L. Huang, Jack Kaulfus, Cassandra Khaw, Hannah Pittard, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Marlee Jane Ward, Saturday, August 11th at 7:30 pm

SF in SF presents: George R.R. Martin in conversation with John Picacio! (A fundraiser for The Locus Science Fiction Foundation, at the Fox Theatre, Redwood City) Tuesday, August 14th at 7:30 pm

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"I've been seeing the saddest couples on BART [recently]...like if Sid & Nancy were American, 18 years old, and didn't know who Sid & Nancy were."

* Attention, Borderlands community!  Do you work for Stripe or Square, or another mobile credit card service?  We're looking for a contract-free mobile POS and credit card solution to try out while we're at WorldCon next month -- if it works well, it will likely become our in-store replacement for our cash register.  Can you assist us, either directly or with advice?  If so, please email Jude at jfeldman@borderlands-books.com.  We need to have a service functional for WorldCon next month, so time is a bit of the essence, and your help is very appreciated!

* Over at Tor.com, Rebecca Roanhorse gives us a list of five Indigenous authors that we should be reading. https://www.tor.com/2018/06/27/five-indigenous-speculative-fiction-authors-you-should-be-reading/

* Speaking of Rebecca Roanhorse, here is an article about her award-winning new novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, and bringing Indigenous futurism to urban fantasy. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/books/books/274577/trail-of-lightning-rebecca-roanhorse-brings-indigenous-futurism-to-urban-fantasy

* Amy Erica Smith over at Vox uses the film "Solo" to examine the weak state of The Empire as a whole.  https://www.vox.com/mischiefs-of-faction/2018/6/20/17484886/solo-reveals-galactic-empire-weakness

* In good news, the sales of science fiction and fantasy books has doubled since 2010!  It's simply going unreported because of non-traditional publishing practices. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamrowe1/2018/06/19/science-fiction-and-fantasy-book-sales-have-doubled-since-2010/#66b537d82edf

* The Verge has an excellent article arguing that you might want to spend this weekend streaming (or rewatching in my case) Battle Royale on Netflix since The First Purge is out this weekend. https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17540508/the-first-purge-streaming-recommendation-battle-royale-netflix

* Harlan Ellison has died at the age of 84, and many are struggling to reconcile a creator important to them with an often violent, volatile, and sexist person.  The New Republic goes in depth and links to others like Doctorow speaking of their internalized conflict.  https://newrepublic.com/article/149489/harlan-ellisons-death-raises-metoo-quandary

* The CEO of Clara Labs talks about how science fiction's portrayal of AI has taught us to fear the wrong things from Artificial Intelligences. https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17475410/ai-science-fiction-clara-labs-maran-nelson-interview-converge-podcast

* A list of the best Sci-Fi films of 2018 (so far); we would agree with 5 of the 9, but your mileage might vary.  https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g21999066/best-sci-fi-movies-2018/

* The future of transportation could look a lot like our favorite science fiction works.  (Although we really don’t want to see the first hyperloop collision.) https://www.inc.com/logan-chierotti/the-future-of-transportation-is-straight-outta-science-fiction.html

* On June 22nd Google celebrated the life of science fiction and fantasy author Octavia Butler by making her their google doodle of the day.  Check out the image and learn (or brush up on) the facts of Butler's incredible legacy. https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/22/17492920/google-doodle-octavia-butler-science-fiction-author-kindred-parable-of-the-sower

* If you are a gamer like many of us, you might be interested in this list of the Best Science Fiction games available for PS4.  Although there are a few on the list that make our eyebrows rise (Technomancer has horrible controls & the less said about D:BH's plot the better,) it also reminded us of a few we've been dying to check out like Torment: Tides of Numenera. http://gameranx.com/features/id/155607/article/the-best-25-science-fiction-video-games-released-for-playstation-4/

* In praise of Gunnerkrigg Court -- one of the best science fiction-fantasy webcomics out there, even after over a decade of production. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/07/an-appreciation-of-gunnerkrigg-court-one-of-the-be.html

* The great new comic book Skyward, which features a mostly black cast and deals where an Earth where gravity has suddenly become a fraction of what it is, has been optioned for film. We all know being optioned doesn't necessarily mean it will happen, but fingers crossed this one does. http://thesource.com/2018/07/06/sony-pictures-skyward/

* Hungry to know what epic fantasy projects are going to delight or disappoint you next?  Here's a list of ten projects in development, and ten rumored projects to get hyped over. https://screenrant.com/fantasy-projects-currently-development-rumored/

*There has been recent news about award-winning author Marlon James' new series, which is being described as an "African 'Game of Thrones'".  The series will be called Dark Star and the first book is titled BLACK LEOPARD RED WOLF.  The summary, which sounds great, can be read over at EW: http://ew.com/books/2018/06/13/marlon-games-black-leopard-red-wolf-details/

* If you're looking for speculative works with interesting ideas on gender, check out this list of 25 books that The Nerd Daily put together; there are older classics like LeGuin's LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and newer classics like JY Yang's THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN.  Check out the whole list here: http://www.thenerddaily.com/science-fiction-fantasy-books-gender/

* Looking for a little nostalgia science fiction, fantasy or horror television?  Here's a list of 13 classic shows available on <shudder> Amazon Prime. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/science-fiction/274353/13-vintage-sci-fi-fantasy-and-horror-shows-on-amazon-prime-video

* Afrofuturism has had a boom through the first half of 2018, and so The Outline asked some afrofuturists where the movement goers from here.  Listen to or read their responses here: https://theoutline.com/post/4978/what-is-the-future-of-afrofuturism?zd=1&zi=mf5rbyd6

* So those of us who saw "Wonder Woman" say that Steve Trevor definitely died and yet Chris Pine (arguably the best Chris) will be back in "Wonder Woman 1984".  How?  Cinema Blend goes over all the current theories. https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2437530/how-wonder-woman-1984-may-bring-steve-trevor-back

* Aliens and weird creatures and spaceships, oh my!  But they're in such pop-py colors you can't help but love them even as they attack humans.  Check out the art of Anton Brzezinski: https://foto.gettyimages.com/archive/arts-and-culture/space-force-anton-brzezinski-science-fiction-art/

* Five fantasy books written by women Newsweek has declared you have to read in 2018.  Add them to your shopping list! http://www.newsweek.com/2018/03/09/female-fantasy-books-written-women-2018-820278.html

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Award News
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* The 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award was given to David Walton for his novel THE GENIUS PLAGUE.  More information here: http://file770.com/2018-john-w-campbell-memorial-award/

* The 2018 Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award went to Charlie Jane Anders for her short story "Don’t Press Charges and I Won't Sue". http://file770.com/anders-wins-2018-sturgeon-award/

* The winners of the 2018 Locus Awards have also been announced, including such talented authors as Scalzi and Jemisin.  See the full list of winners here: https://locusmag.com/2018/06/2018-locus-awards-winners/

* Speaking of N.K. Jemisin: she has become the first speculative author to be awarded the BoBi (Best of Brooklyn) Award.  Details and photos here: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/news/photos-n-k-jemisin-announced-as-2018-best-of-brooklyn-bobi-awrdee-more-from-lit-mingle/

* The finalists for the Aurora Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian writing of the fantastic, have been announced.  You can see the public ballot here: https://prixaurorawards.ca/home/ballot-page-public/

* The 30th Lambda Literary Awards were announced and Locus went ahead and curated all there titles of interest to speculative readers.  https://locusmag.com/2018/06/30th-annual-lambda-awards-winners/
If you’d like to see a full list of winners? https://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/06/05/lambda-literary-award/

* The Bi Writers Association have also announced the winners of the Bisexual Book Awards, which have more works of speculative interest. http://www.biwriters.org/finalists-winners/

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From The Office
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July Building Update

Hi Everybody,

So, remember last month when I said that the work on the building had been pretty slow and irritating in May but that June was going to be better?  Whelp, thankfully that was true.  Much was accomplished, most notably getting the I-beam fixed, then up and shored in place; pulling out several of the old posts (they were in the way of the excavations for the new foundations); cutting the concrete floor of the basement for the new foundations; and, a bit over a week ago Sunday, getting all the excavation work done.

That Sunday, the 1st, was a truly Borderlands kind of day.  Based on some rough calculations by my friend Zach, it seems we shifted more than 3 tons of dirt up a flight of stairs and then 80 feet into the garden.  There were five of us moving the buckets of dirt and, most of the time, one of us digging and filling the buckets.

It took three hours.

That's 6000 lbs, and averages out at about 33 lbs of dirt every minute, non-stop, for three hours.  That is, if you'll forgive the language, some seriously bad-assed frickin' bad-assery.  So, let me salute Cassie, Emily, Dave, Salem, and Zach -- they're a crew who really know how to put the hammer down and do the job.

With all that done, I spent  much of last week getting in the reinforcing steel (e.g. rebar).  Now that is completed, we need to get an inspection from our structural engineer to make sure I did it right.  I'm pretty confident that we'll pass that, and then we get the concrete poured for the foundations.  With that out of the way we get to yank out all the posts in the front of the basement as well as getting progress made on putting up the beam that will support the upper stories when we demolish part of the lightwell wall to accommodate the new bathroom.  At the same time, (because there will be delays in getting the SE and concrete scheduled), we'll be putting up a temporary enclosure over the front of the shop so we can tear that out and start building the new store-front.

But, before all that, there was last Sunday.

I've been keeping my eye out for salvaged brick, because part of my plan for the backyard is to put down dry-layed brick on the walkways and seating areas.  Last week I found someone who had a patio that they wanted removed.  The lovely thing about it was that the brick was layed dry.  In other words, it was put down on a sand bed and supported on the sides.  That meant that there was no mortar used, which in turn meant that I wouldn't have to clean off the old mortar before I re-used it -- a truly miserable job that I wasn't looking forward to.  The not-so-lovely thing was that they wanted someone to take all of the brick (or, at least most of it).  That patio was roughly 1000 square feet, which was a lot more brick than we needed. However, the owner was willing to let us take just around two-thirds of it.  But that's still a lot of brick.

We did it, and it was a job that made the previous Sunday look like a relaxing day at the beach.  Thankfully, a lot of people volunteered to help.  For most of the day we had a crew of 18 people working to fill three flat-bed trucks with brick.  You see, it takes around four and a half standard bricks to make a square foot, and bricks weigh around five pounds each.  So, we loaded each truck with 1080 bricks (which was the weight limit for the truck), and then drove them back to SF, where we unloaded half of them (the other half we unloaded on Monday).

That's just a hair over eight tons of brick.  Adding in the unloading, we shifted twelve tons of brick last Sunday.  (Say what you will about Borderlands, we certainly attract some hard-working volunteers!)

With all that out of the way, I'm back to getting the structural work done so that we can start on the framing of the new bathroom.  It's going to be an interesting month . . . actually, it's going to continue to be an interesting month.

There are more pictures up at our Flickr account, including some of the recent basement work and the brick-apocalypse (https://www.flickr.com/photos/borderlandsbooks/albums/72157669041641327), so please do go check that out (https://www.flickr.com/photos/borderlandsbooks/).

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for June, 2018

Hardcovers
1) Starless by Jacqueline Carey
2) Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
3) Head On by John Scalzi
4) Noir by Christopher Moore
5) Artificial Condtion by Martha Wells
6) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
7) The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
8) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
9) Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
10) Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

Trade Paperbacks
1) Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu
2) How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
3) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
4) Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
5) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
6) Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
7) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
8) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
9) Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
10) Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
2) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
3) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
4) Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
5) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6) Sea Peoples by S.M. Stirling
7) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
8) God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
9) Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
10) Lock In by John Scalzi

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 12th, at 5 pm to discuss SPACE OPERA by Cat Valente.  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 15th, at 6 pm to discuss WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG by Kate Wilhelm.  The book for the following month will be SIX WAKES by Our Lafferty.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street) with authors Terry Bisson & Paul Park, moderated by guest Cliff Winnig, Sunday, July 22nd 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! The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Cliff Winnig.  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. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

B Catling, THE CLOVEN (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Wednesday, July 25th at 6:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome Brian Catling to Borderlands!  From the publisher's website:  "In the stunning conclusion to Brian Catling's Vorrh trilogy, the colonial city of Essenwald gives up all its secrets, as the ancient forest seeks to reclaim what has been taken from it.  Those who have been enslaved shall be no longer, and two heroes once thought dead shall reemerge stronger than ever.  A man will be split in two, and a young woman will rise to the height of her powers.  Meanwhile, the threat of war looms over London.  Germany is gearing up to begin the Blitz, and only Nicolas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come.  Will he be able to save the man who saved him?  THE CLOVEN is a book of battles and betrayals, in which Catling's incredible creations all fulfill their destinies and lead us to an epic conflagration with the fate of mankind hanging in the balance as the Vorrh attacks the one thing humankind can't live without."

Open House at Borderlands West, 1377 Haight St, Saturday, July 28th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Would you like to see what we've been up to at the bookstore-to-be?  Come to our future home at 1377 Haight Street to get a tour of the new bookstore space and check out the progress we've made, and how far there is to go; you know you want to be able to say you "saw it when"!  This is an open house, so come by anytime between two and six and Alan or Jude will show you around.

Borderlands Sponsors' Open Mic, Sunday, August 5th at 5:00 pm - (Please note: This event is open to the general public, but only Borderlands sponsors may read.)  Borderlands' sponsors are an intelligent, talented, and diverse group of people, and many of them are writers!  We're hosting another Open Mic Night for sponsors, giving them a chance to share short stories, flash fiction, an excerpt from a longer work -- almost any type of writing, in any genre.  All we ask is that the readings are kept short -- five minutes or less -- to allow as many readers as possible the opportunity.  The really fun thing about open mic nights is that each reader brings fresh surprises and you never know what's coming up next.  We hope you'll come by to check out your talented friends and fellow customers!

Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St.) with authors S.L. Huang, Jack Kaulfus, Cassandra Khaw, Hannah Pittard, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Marlee Jane Ward, Saturday, August 11th 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 S.L. Huang (Zero Sum Game), Jack Kaulfus (Tomorrow or Forever), Cassandra Khaw (A Song for Quiet, Bearly a Lady), Hannah Pittard (Visible Empire), Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom), and Marlee Jane Ward (Welcome to Orphancorp). 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.  More info: http://www.writerswithdrinks.com/

SF in SF presents: George R.R. Martin in conversation with John Picacio! (A fundraiser for The Locus Science Fiction Foundation, at the Fox Theatre, Redwood City) Tuesday, August 14th at 7:30 pm - "SF in SF presents an evening with George R.R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones, in conversation with Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio at the landmark Fox Theatre in Redwood City on August 14, 2018.  Join friends, colleagues, and co-conspirators Martin and Picacio as they delve into a discussion on literature, art, and life in this intimate and historic theater setting, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.  Borderlands Books will be on-site selling books.  Please note: A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase at this event, but Mr. Martin will not be available to sign copies of attendees' books.  Ticket proceeds from this SF in SF fundraiser go to support the non-profit Locus SF Foundation, parent to Locus Magazine, the long-standing journal of record for the science fiction and fantasy fields."  More information and tickets here: http://locusmag.com/grrmevent/

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

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