Friday, May 17, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

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

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

"But the paper ones are _meant_ to be edited"

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

"You measure the cinnamon in parsecs?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From The Office
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Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

That's about it.  Goodnight.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2019

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

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

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

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 9th, at 5 pm to discuss BABYLON'S ASHES by James S.A. Corey.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 19th, at 6 pm to discuss GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl.  The book for June is ARTEMIS by Andy Weir.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Guy Gavriel Kay, Ransom Stephens, and Simon Vance, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, March 19th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  This month we're joined by the fabulous Guy Gavriel Kay, Ransom Stephens, and Simon Vance (the narrator of Kay's audiobooks).  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with guests Nancy Etchemendy and Loren Rhoads, Sunday, June 9th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  This month we're joined by authors Nancy Etchemendy and Loren Rhoads, who will be showing off a new charity anthology whose proceeds benefit the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire.  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after. Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for March, 2019

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

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

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

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 14th, at 5 pm to discuss RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW by Becky Chambers. Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 21st at 6 pm to discuss NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. The book for the following month will be GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information

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

Writers With Drinks with authors Susannah Breslin, Mike Chen, Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Arkady Martine, Peng Shepherd, and Saskia Vogel, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders! (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate!  The amazing lineup this month includes authors Susannah Breslin (Forbes Vices), Mike Chen (Here and Now and Then), Michelle Cruz Gonzales (The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band), Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire), Peng Shepherd (The Book of M), and Saskia Vogel (Permission).  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

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

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

SF in SF with authors (and editors) Peter S. Beagle and Jaymee Goh (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Doors and bar open at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  Donations benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, March 2019

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

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Upcoming Events
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Josiah Luis Alderete, SevanKeelee Boult, Isaac R. Fellman, Leslie Miley, Kyle Thomas Smith, and Maurisa Thompson, with guest host Elena Rose, Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 pm

Seanan McGuire, THAT AIN'T WITCHCRAFT (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, moderated by Jacob Weisman, Sunday, March 31st at 6:30 pm

Dana Fredsti, BLOOD INK (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Sunday, April 7th at 3:00 pm

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

Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"I had a REALLY long week yesterday."

"My toast was 'To 2019 - may it be a great year for schadenfreude!'"

"I like your name!"
"Thanks, I got it for my birthday."

"It's one of those fundamental rules: if you're lit, don't light things."

* Overheard at Mission Police Station:
"I'm here to get my sh*t back."
"What sh*t is that, Sir?"
"My sh*t that got taken away from me."
"Under what circumstances was your sh*t taken away, Sir?"
"When I was arrested."
"Oh. Hang on for a minute."

* Octavia Butler's groundbreaking classic Parable duology is set to be reprinted with gorgeous new covers and a foreword from N.K. Jemisin, which you can read at the link below. Feel free to preorder by emailing office@borderlands-books.com! https://ew.com/books/2019/02/25/parable-octavia-butler-reissue/

* N.K. Jemisin also sat down with Studio 360, where she spoke about her new collection of short stories and her own approach to writing. Listen here: https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-02-28/nk-jemisin-and-unspoken-politics-speculative-fiction

* Well it's only going to be 25 years until we get to start messing up the Moon the way we did the Earth.  Yay? http://www.mining.com/mining-moon-ready-lift-off-2025/

* There are rumors that the 2019 CW Arrowverse crossover will lead to the cancellation of "Arrow" (meh) and "Legends of Tomorrow" (WHAT?! How. Dare. You.)  They are only rumors for now, though. http://sciencefiction.com/2019/02/26/rumor-mill-cw-may-cancel-arrow-andor-legends-tomorrow-crisis-infinite-earths/

* When you name things in space, there are a whole list of rules about what things have to be named after.  Like the fact that everything on Io is named after something associated with fire, volcano or Dante's Inferno.  Who makes up these rules?  The International Astronomical Union.  Check out more here! https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/02/26/bizarre-brilliant-rules-naming-new-stuff-space/?utm_term=.445823c04a29

* Lillian Li is publishing her first book, but her first writing experience? Well, Harry Potter fanfiction of course! https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/number-one-chinese-restaurant-book

* WiFi brain hacking! https://www.inverse.com/article/53699-brain-neural-engineering-neurological-disorders-hacking-the-brain

* If you've read DUNE you probably already know the answer to the question "Why is this novel so hard to film?!", but it's always fun to see people run through it. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/dune-versus-hollywood-frank-herberts-spicy-sci-fi-saga-hard/

* On the Rick Owens runway, aliens ("Star Trek" rubber-face aliens, but aliens) met fashion, and it was great! https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/03/01/rick-owens-turned-his-models-into-aliens-oddballs-they-looked-so-glamorous/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.243b9c02fc79

* Unfortunately if you weren't in Arizona, you probably missed the Afrofuturism festival they held this month.  However, there's a Q&A with some of the basics if you've always wondered what Afrofuturism was.  https://asunow.asu.edu/20190206-discoveries-afrofuturism-explores-science-fiction-rooted-past

* Rumors are that "Aquaman 2" will feature the team that Aquaman was a part of previous to The Justice League -- The Others who each wield an Atlantean object. http://sciencefiction.com/2019/03/01/rumor-mill-aquaman-2-will-introduce-others/

* There are some movies that should never be touched or rebooted, and then there are the campy classics that just beg to be driven into the ground.  "Critters" is of the latter category. http://sciencefiction.com/2019/03/01/shudder-released-first-trailer-critters-new-binge/

* Almost as a companion to the Karin Lowachee story about human/AI interaction <https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/4/18139371/karin-lowachee-sci-fi-story-video-seimei-ai-better-worlds>, here is an article telling us to ignore science-fiction: that AI isn't out to get us.  Which first means they haven't read as broadly as they thought, and second that Lowachee is a visionary!  https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/ignore-the-science-fiction-ai-isnt-out-to-get-us/

"History is 'the closest thing we have to science fiction,' says historian Jose Raymund Canoy."  If that first line didn't make you want to read this whole article then. . . . you're probably not that interested in history.  But for those who are check out this article: https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/sunday-life/2019/02/24/1896144/historian-who-says-history-science-fiction

* There has been a lot of talk about how Chinese speculative fiction has been growing and has a new perspective on genre fiction. Here's an article on how Chinese science fiction is exploring dystopias.  https://www.newstatesman.com/chinese-science-fiction-dystopia-liu-cixin-triology

* The Mad Scientist Initiative, which is something that would inspire less terror and more joy if they weren't part of the military, is holding a short story contest about war in the year 2030.  Check out details here: https://www.dailypress.com/news/military/dp-nws-army-mad-scientist-20190125-story.html

* Mahershala Ali, who just took home an Academy Award, has signed on to play the lead in a science-fiction movie written by the co-writers of "A Quiet Place". http://sciencefiction.com/2019/02/28/academy-award-winner-mahershala-ali-will-headline-sci-fi-movie-sovereign-quiet-place-writers-stranger-things-producers/

* Creating a suggestion matrix based on 100 years of of science-fiction which can analyze trends and suggest things you would not normally consider sounds amazing! https://www.wired.com/story/infoporn-100-years-of-sci-fi-explored/

* If you have not watched Netflix's adaptation of the comic book series "The Umbrella Academy", get on it!  Then check out this article on the six questions the first season left us with. http://collider.com/the-umbrella-academy-netflix-questions

* SYFY FANGRRLS is doing a special limited podcast called Forgotten Women of Genre to explore women's contributions to genre.  Their first subject is Melissa Mathison, the woman who wrote the "ET" screenplay.  There will be a new subject every day for the month, so check it out. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/forgotten-women-of-genre-melissa-mathison

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Award News
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*The Tiptree Fellows for 2018 have been announced as Vida Cruz and Ana Hurtado.  Congratulations! https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2018-tiptree-fellowships

* The 2018 Aurealis Awards, which celebrate Australian speculative fiction, have released their shortlist.  https://aurealisawards.org/2019/02/20/2018-aurealis-awards-shortlist-announcement/

* The Horror Writers Association has revealed the final ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards. The graphic novel category looks especially good this year. http://horror.org/2018-bram-stoker-awards-final-ballot/

* The finalists for the Nebula Awards have been announced, and they include the marvelous Mary Robinette Kowal, as well as Sam J. Miller, P. Djèlí Clark, and others.  Check out the full list here: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/2018-nebula-finalists-announced/

* NESFA, The New England Science Fiction Association, has announced that the Skylark Award (presented to someone, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction) has been awarded to Melissa Snodgrass.  They have also presented the Gaughan (for emerging artist) to Nicolas Delort. https://www.nesfa.org/awards/skylark.html and https://www.nesfa.org/awards/gaughan.html

* The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has listed the finalists for the 2019 Compton Crook Award!  Nominees include S.A. Chakraborty, R. F. Kuang, Rebecca Roanhorse and more. http://www.bsfs.org/CCA/bsfsccnu2014.htm

* The British Science Fiction Association has listed the finalists for this year's BSFA Awards.  https://bsfa.co.uk/awards-shortlist/

* Head over and check out the amazing art that's been nominated for the Spectrum Awards! They run the gamut in tone and material but are all interesting. http://spectrumfantasticart.com/blog/2019/02/18/spectrum-26-awards-nominations/

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From The Office
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March Building Update

Looking back, I realize that it's been quite a while since I've given an update on how the construction is going at the new building.  Sorry for that but . . . the holidays, catchup after them, and then Cary's passing all made for a few months when extensive writing wasn't going to happen. However, time to correct that now.

There are four big jobs that we've been working on since late last year and they've all moved forward quite a bit since November.  They are, in no particular order; rebuilding the front of the store, expanding the bathroom to make it ADA compliant, creating the garden in the backyard, and getting the new electrical service installed.  There was one other job, the structural work in the basement, but the final touches were completed in January.  Here's where we stand on the other jobs:

Rebuilding the storefront ran into a hiccup in January and it took 'til the middle of last month to get past it.  The storefront that existed was, to be blunt, crap.  It had been built in the 70s at low cost, and it showed.  It also was not ADA accessible.  So, in consultation with the Historic Preservation department of the planning commission, we designed a completely new storefront that was correct for the building while also being accessible.  The new design included some big posts and beams that increased the seismic strength of that portion of the place (important because, right now, it's the weakest point in the structure).

Tearing out the old construction was easy (and a pleasure) but then the process of getting the material delivered involved a few delays.  Beams that are 19 feet long and measure 9 1/12" by 7 1/2" are not, at all, something you throw in the backseat of your car.  Once the material was delivered, fitting it all was a complicated and (very) careful job but not too hard.  But then . . . due to the method of attachment, I had to drill six precisely-located holes the long way through some 4" by 8" posts.  And they had be be dead-straight so that they would all line up correctly on the far side.  I blew through four 12' long posts before I figured out how to get the holes to line up correctly (BTW, it took a full-size drill press to do the job).

Now that those are done, it'll just take a little bit more work to get both posts and both beams in place.  Once that is finished, the job is a mostly straightforward piece of framing work with some fine details like the front tile and the windows.  I'm guessing that it'll take another month or two for completion because I'm also going to be working on . . .

The bathroom expansion also involves some big beams and posts.  Actually, one huge beam and a couple smaller ones.  The big beam is 18 feet and measures 5 1/4" by 16". The sucker weighs about 432lbs and has to go all the way up to the ceiling.  The tricky part of that job is where the smaller beam meets both the supports for the stairs going up to the apartments and the big beam.  We've been working on fitting that for two weeks and we're very close to having a pattern that we can transfer over to the actual beam so we can cut it to shape.  Once that's done, we put up the big beam, the posts to support it and then we can demolish the old bathroom.  With the old bathroom gone, like the previous job, it's a simple matter of framing the walls and then getting the plumbing and electrical installed.  I'm going to guess a month or two from now to complete that job as well, then we'll need to see how fast the plumber and electrician can get their work done.

The garden is going very well.  All the plants aren't in yet but we're at about 50%.  Over the last couple of weeks we got the first section of brick layed and that allowed us to move the rest of the brick out there, rather than having it take up a bunch of space inside the shop.  We'll be working along on that as time and weather allows but, it doesn't need to be finished before we open so it's less of a priority than the other jobs.  Regardless of how far we get on it before we open, it's going to be a work in progress for a long time because that's how gardens "do".

Finally, the new electrical service has been taking much longer that expected, mostly because Pacific Gas and Electric does everything on their own time (except when it comes to blowing up or burning down whole towns, it seems).  But, we're finally under contract for the service, the trenching plans are set, and we just need to have a pre-construction meeting to make sure all the ducks are in a row.  After that we can get the trench in the sidewalk cut, the new conduit in place, and then we can wait for a couple of weeks 'til they put in the new wires.  With that done, our electrician, Antonius Dintcho, should be able to get the rest of the work finished pretty quickly.  Because of the PG&E factor, I'm not going to make any prediction when that will be finished.

After we get all those jobs done, it's going to be a matter of final inspections for the storefront and the bathroom.  Once we pass those, then it's all small jobs and finish work -- additional electrical, new ceiling, lights, new floor (or, ugh, carpet), building dividing walls in the basement, getting the shelving in and so forth.  It'll still be a long way to go but, once we get the three big jobs above completed, we'll have made moved from the big-complicated part of the job to the smaller-simple part.  Which will be very, very nice.

In closing, I still don't have a date in mind.  I'm still sticking with "this year" but when this year is still anyone's guess.

All Best,
Alan

PS  I'll try to have some pictures posted in time for the next newsletter.

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for February, 2019

Hardcovers
1. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
3. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
4. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
5. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
6. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
7. Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
8. Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
9. Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
10. Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

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

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
2. Dune by Frank Herbert
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
5. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
8. The Long Sunset by Jack McDevitt
9. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
10. Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 10th at 5 pm to discuss ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells. 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 17th at 6 pm to discuss ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells. The book for the following month will be NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information

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Upcoming Event Details
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Josiah Luis Alderete, SevanKeelee Boult, Isaac R. Fellman, Leslie Miley, Kyle Thomas Smith, and Maurisa Thompson, with guest host Elena Rose, Saturday, March 9th 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 Josiah Luis Alderete (The Spanglish Power Hour), SevanKeelee Boult (Chile! Hood Stories: A Fairy's Tale), Isaac R. Fellman (The Breath of the Sun), Leslie Miley (The Musings of a Black Man in Tech), Kyle Thomas Smith (Cockloft: Scenes From a Gay Marriage), and Maurisa Thompson (Fat Man and Little Boy Take a Selfie in San Francisco), with fabulous guest host Elena Rose! Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 7:00, show begins at 7:30 pm and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

Seanan McGuire, THAT AIN'T WITCHCRAFT (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm - We're always delighted to welcome Seanan McGuire back to Borderlands!  This time we're celebrating InCryptid volume 8(!) which again features Antimony Price.  Still fleeing the Covenant, Annie and her not-at-all human friends have hopefully found a safe spot to lay low and catch their breath in a rambling, isolated old farmhouse in seemingly-idyllic New Gravesend, Maine.  Unfortunately, The Crossroads are trying to call in their bargain, and more than one person seems to want Annie and her friends dead (or worse).  Without her family and the Mice, will Annie make it out of this one?  Join us to find out!

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, moderated by Terry Bisson, Sunday, March 31st 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 publisher Jacob Weisman.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books will be available for sale.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Dana Fredsti, BLOOD INK (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Sunday, April 7th at 3:00 pm -  Join us to meet local author Dana Fredsti and check out the thrilling sequel to SPAWN OF LILITH!  Here's the synopsis of the new title: "Having killed her last producer (SO not her fault, though), stuntwoman Lee Striga's next film shoot takes her to the voodoo-soaked bayous and haunted back alleys of New Orleans, where sinister supernatural figures stalk the streets.  In a dark corner of the French Quarter, an arcane tattoo artist is using his clients in rituals that will open an inter-dimensional gateway for a demon god from beyond the stars."  Don't miss this chance to get a signed copy & enjoy the next book in this atypical urban fantasy series.

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

Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 pm - More details to come!

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

KELLEY ARMSTRONG * Cruel Fate * Subterranean Press, Apr 2019 (na, hc, eb)
MIKE ASHLEY, ed. * The Menace of the Machine * British Library Publishing, Apr 2019 (tp)
NATHAN BALLINGRUD * Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell * Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Apr 2019 (c, hc, tp, eb)
ASHOK K. BANKER * Upon a Burning Throne * Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/John Joseph Adams, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
PETER S. BEAGLE & JACOB WEISMAN, EDS. * The Unicorn Anthology * Tachyon Publications, Apr 2019 (an, tp, eb)
JOHN CONNOLLY * A Book of Bones * Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 2019 (hc)
DELILAH S. DAWSON & KEVIN HEARNE * No Country for Old Gnomes * Penguin Random House/Del Rey, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
STEPHEN R. DONALDSON * The War Within * Penguin Random House/Berkley, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
TERRY DOWLING * The Complete Rynosseros * PS Australia, Apr 2019 (c, hc)
GREG EGAN * Perihelion Summer * Tor.com Publishing, Apr 2019 (na, tp, eb)
MEG ELISON * The Book of Flora * Amazon/47 North, Apr 2019 (tp, eb)
DAVID FARLAND, ED. * L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35 * Galaxy, Apr 2019 (oa, tp, eb)
JAINE FENN * Broken Shadow * Angry Robot US, Apr 2019 (tp, eb)
PAUL DI FILIPPO * The Deadly Kiss-Off * Blackstone Publishing, Apr 2019 (a, hc, eb)
NEIL GAIMAN * The Nice and Accurate Good Omens Companion * Headline, Apr 2019 (nf, hc)
NEIL GAIMAN * The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book * Headline, Apr 2019 (hc)
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN * The Pandora Room * St. Martin’s, Apr 2019 (h, hc, eb)
TERRY GOODKIND * The Scribbly Man * Head of Zeus, Apr 2019 (hc)
GWYNETH JONES * Big Cat and Other Stories * NewCon Press, Apr 2019 (c, hc, eb, tp)
STEPHEN JONES, ed. * Best New Horror #29 * PS Publishing, Apr 2019 (hc)
KAY KENYON * Nest of the Monarch * Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
MARK LAWRENCE * Holy Sister * Ace, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA, ED. * Nebula Awards Showcase 2019 * Start/Pyr, Apr 2019 (an, tp, eb)
EMMA NEWMAN * Atlas Alone * Ace, Apr 2019 (tp, eb)
SUZANNE PALMER * Finder * DAW, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
K.J. PARKER * Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City * Orbit US, Apr 2019 (tp, eb)
MIKE RESNICK * The Master of Dreams * DAW, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
REBECCA ROANHORSE * Storm of Locusts * Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, Apr 2019 (hc, tp, eb)
ANGELA SLATTER * The Heart Is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories * PS Publishing, Apr 2019 (c, hc)
JONATHAN STRAHAN, ED. * The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 13 * Rebellion/Solaris US, Apr 2019 (an, tp, eb)
JONATHAN STRAHAN, ED. * Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #5 * Tor.com Publishing, Apr 2019 (an, eb)
SAM SYKES * Seven Blades in Black * Orbit US, Apr 2019 (tp, eb)
ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY * Cage of Souls * Head of Zeus, Apr 2019 (hc)
ANN VANDERMEER, ED. * Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #4 * Tor.com Publishing, Apr 2019 (an, eb)
FRAN WILDE * Riverland * Abrams/Amulet, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)
T.M. WRIGHT * The Best of T.M. Wright * PS Publishing, Apr 2019 (c, hc)
TIMOTHY ZAHN * Knight * Tor, Apr 2019 (hc, eb)


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

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

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dispatches from the Border, February 2019

In Memoriam
Cary Heater
1961-2019

Cary Heater passed away at San Francisco General Hospital in the early morning of Thursday, January 31st as a result of complications following a fall and severe head injury on the night of Wednesday, January 16th.

Cary was a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Jose.  She moved to San Francisco in the 80's, in part to escape the South Bay's heat (which she despised). Throughout much of her time in SF she worked as an accountant, ultimately heading the accounting department of a major downtown firm.  In the early 2000's she left that field and went looking for something else.  She found bookselling and never looked back.

She started working with us at Borderlands in 2002.  Initially she was very worried that she wouldn't be a good bookseller because she didn't read widely enough in the field to make good recommendations.  But, with a little encouragement, she quickly grew into the role.  Over time, Cary took over many of the administrative duties at the store and was an absolutely vital part of Borderlands' success.

On a personal level, Cary and I were friends for 27 years.  We meet dancing in nightclubs around town and became close friends.  Our friendship persisted and grew through multiple career changes, life crises, triumphs and defeats.  She was my oldest friend.

She also counted among her friends many fellow booksellers, authors, artists and, above all, customers.  We will be gathering to celebrate her life on Friday, February 8th, from 7 pm to 11 pm at Borderlands Books.  We hope that you will be able to join us.

It was her wish that she be cremated and there will be no service.  If you wish to make a donation to charity in Cary's name, I'd like to suggest the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (https://www.bincfoundation.org/donate/).  Had Cary survived her injury, that organization's support would have been crucial to helping her manage the financial consequences.

Cary had no surviving family but I don't think she ever felt alone in the world.  She had a family that she chose in the staff and customers of Borderlands.  There had never been anything in her life that she loved more than bookselling.  We are all grateful that she chose us.

- Alan Beatts

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Upcoming Events
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Charlie Jane Anders, Gayle Brandeis, Chris Denson, Laleh Khadivi, and Lisa Margonelli, Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 pm

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinder's Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) with authors Nick Mamatas and Anya Martin, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, February 24th at 6:30 pm

Canceled - Ann Leckie, THE RAVEN TOWER (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco), Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"Who, exactly, decided that this image of empowered femininity would be a completely naked woman chasing a playful mini T-Rex around a tree with a kitchen knife?"

"This seems like a good plan; I'll just pose in this hoodie on an emu!"

"I believe in role-playing games, & I believe in cosplay.  I just don't believe they go great together."

"In my experience, LARP-ing is just sitting in 30 pounds of dress while my friends argue for hours."

"We never said it would be easy. We just said it'd be worth it."

"They may be coming here to leave their hearts in San Francisco, but they clearly left their brains in Dayton or Poughkeepsie or wherever it is they're from!"

* A 100 year-old Holocaust survivor talks about the importance of books.  Her letter is included in an anthology of essays on books and reading. https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/12/18/a-velocity-of-being-helen-fagin/

* In extremely sad local news, Aardvark Books has closed after 40 years in San Francisco.  https://hoodline.com/2019/01/final-chapter-aardvark-books-to-close-this-friday-after-40-years-in-business

* A exploration on how women were not excluded from early science fiction circles, but in fact made vital contributions that were erased over time. https://www.wired.com/2019/02/geeks-guide-history-women-sci-fi/

* io9.com gives you a list of 37 speculative books releasing in February that you can purchase and curl up with just in case you're in the middle of the Polar Vortex. https://io9.gizmodo.com/37-new-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-to-keep-you-wa-1831879973

* A list of eight SF/F books with queer, poly relationships, which we would have loved to have as young adults. https://www.autostraddle.com/8-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-with-queer-poly-relationships-445053/

* A reexamination of "The Matrix", and whether it had some part to play in our current reality where people feel free to blissfully ignore facts. https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/the-matrix-built-our-reality-denying-world.html

* The creators of RWBY have a new anime series to launch with an all-star cast including David Tennant, Michael B. Jordan and Maisie Williams.  Introducing "gen:LOCK": https://www.inverse.com/article/52550-rooster-teeth-genlock-explained-trailer-premiere-date

* While the conversation on the diversity of authors and worlds has taken steps forward in the last few years, diversity in the industry itself is still worth consideration.  Bustle interviewed 10 women of color who work in publishing about their experiences.  https://www.bustle.com/p/how-10-women-of-color-actually-feel-about-working-in-book-publishing-15867283

* Now the only question is: resistance, or do we bow and welcome our future Skynet overlords? https://www.techspot.com/news/78519-self-aware-machines-wont-science-fiction-much-longer.html

* There's a college that focuses on Fantasy and History.  Unfortunately if your interests stray anywhere outside of Europe, this is not the school for you -- but maybe someone else will start a more diverse version soon.  (Also, it has no accreditation.)  https://www.concordmonitor.com/signum-university-tolkein-nashua-nh-22924145

* "Paradise Hills" sounds like a weird, over-the-top, lush prison film where hyper-femininity is enforced, confining and deconstructed.  "Lord of the Flies" by way of a dystopian finishing school.  We're already interested.  https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/4/18201719/paradise-hills-review-awkwafina-milla-jovovich-alice-waddington-sundance-2019

* Whenever we think about living spaceships, it's generally more squishy and "Farscape"-like, but this article points out there's any number of ways scientists are working on living spaceships.  https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/think-living-spaceships-are-science-fiction-think-again/90873

* Where was this cutting-edge research when we were in school struggling with French or Spanish?  All the things science fiction promised us, it's delivering to the next generation -- not fair.  https://www.inverse.com/article/52901-can-you-learn-new-information-or-languages-during-sleep

* An interview with author Karin Lowachee about her short story "A Sun Will Always Sing" and a future in which humanity and AI coexist in harmony rather than competition. https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/4/18207357/karin-lowachee-interview-sci-fi-artificial-intelligence-better-worlds

* A list of 20 black speculative fiction authors that you should know.  https://culturess.com/2019/02/03/20-legendary-black-science-fiction-authors/

* A Harvard astronomer talks about the the possibilities of aliens: why they are no less speculative than other space theories, and why astronomy should open its mind to the idea of extraterrestrial intelligence.  https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/01/30/oumuamua-alien-probe-avi-loeb

* The assumption that women writers of speculative fiction are automatically writing for a younger audience is one that many of us who work in bookstores have noticed, but where does that idea come from?  https://bookriot.com/2019/01/21/sexist-problem-in-fantasy/

* A man taught himself how to animate the story he wanted to tell all on his own.  Check out his story here and then go watch all the nine episodes of the first season of "Esluna: The First Monolith" on youtube.  https://io9.gizmodo.com/meet-a-guy-who-taught-himself-to-animate-his-own-sci-fi-1832155351

* Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has accused her husband of a plot to poison her and steal her financial resources while being emotionally abusive and manipulative.  More details here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/17/best-selling-paranormal-romance-writer-accuses-her-husband-shakespearean-plot-poison-her/

* If you happened to miss Appreciate a Dragon Day this year, no worries -- here is a list of 10 iconic dragons of film & TV to remind you why you loved them in the first place! (Also a good reminder of things to re-watch or perhaps watch for the first time.)  https://parade.com/731743/solanahawkenson/the-top-10-dragons-from-film-tv-for-appreciate-a-dragon-day/

* Author Garth Nix has made a deal to publish his first books aimed squarely at an adult audience with Gollancz.  Details for the upcoming two novels are here: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/gollancz-snaps-nixs-two-novels-935501

* "CBS All Access" seems to be aiming directly for the science fiction market, with not only the second season of "Star Trek: Discovery" premiering, but also announcements of a "Star Trek" spin-off series, "The Twilight Zone" reboot, and a new adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand."  https://qz.com/quartzy/1539178/with-star-trek-the-twilight-zone-and-the-stand-cbs-all-access-is-a-necessity-for-sci-fi-nerds/

* Rick Riordan's new imprint has been putting out acclaimed science fiction.  Check out its newest offering from acclaimed science-fiction writer Yoon Ha Lee, DRAGON PEARL. https://culturess.com/2019/01/15/dragon-pearl-yoon-ha-lee-rick-riordan-presents/

* Apparently the government is researching travel via wormhole.  This will either advance us hundreds of years or blow us back to the stone age.  (Honestly the way things are going, either sounds pretty good.) https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/traversable-wormholes-super-fast-travel-usa-defense-intelligence-agency

* "Glass", whatever you think of the ending, gave us a glimpse into a very real condition: people who think they are superheroes.  https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/science-behind-the-fiction-glass


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Award News
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* R.F. Kuang has won the Crawford Award for the amazing debut fantasy novel THE POPPY WAR: https://locusmag.com/2019/02/kuang-wins-crawford-award/

* The nominees for the 2019 Philip K. Dick Awards have been announced!  https://www.philipkdickaward.org/2019/01/2019-philip-k-dick-award-nominees-announced.html

* SFWA has announced the recipients for the 2019 Kate Wilheim Solstice Award for distinguished contributions to the science fiction & fantasy community: Nisis Shawl & Neil Clarke!  https://nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-2019-kate-wilhelm-solstice-award-recipients/

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From The Office
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When visiting someone's home for the first time, it's a habit among book people to take a careful look at what is on the shelves.  It always gives a remarkably detailed insight to their personality and character.  I can't show you Cary's bookself but I can do something close.  Below you'll find a list of the books that Cary loved and reccomended over the years.  Jude compiled it and I've sorted them by author.  In the case of series, I've only listed the first novel but, generally, Cary tended to only suggest series titles that held up through their run.  I hope that you enjoy this peek into Cary's personality.

All Best,
Alan

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
Gaudeamus by John Barnes
Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
Tithe by Holly Black
Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block
I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
World War Z by Max Brooks
Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
Territory by Emma Bull

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
Fellside by M.R. Carey
Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Hounded by Kevin Hearne
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

Fated by Benedict Jake
How to Make Friends With Demons (originally published as Memoirs of a Master Forger) by Graham Joyce
Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Curioddity by Paul Jenkins

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages
Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages
Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Tremontaine edited by Ellen Kushner

Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
The Gentleman by Forrest Leo
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Fool by Christopher Moore
Lamb, or, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

Stiff by Mary Roach
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

The Martian by Andy Weir
I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
Bellwether by Connie Willis
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
Black Out & All Clear by Connie Willis
Miracle by Connie Willis
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
Rogues edited by GRRM and Gardner Dozois
Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Non-genre:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Cool Grey City of Love by Gary Kamiya
Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt
Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin
Altamont by Joel Selvin
The Season of the Witch by David Talbot

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for January, 2018

Hardcovers
1. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
2. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
3. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
4. Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
5. Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin
6. Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erickson
7. Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. Though Fiery Trials by David Weber
9. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
10. Thin Air by Richard Morgan

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, trans. by Ken Liu
3. The Power by Naomi Alderman
4. Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
5. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
6. Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
7. Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
8. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
9. Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith
10. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
2. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
3. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
4. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
5. Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
6. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
7. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
8. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
9. Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
10. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire


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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 10th, at 5 pm to discuss TOMORROW'S KIN by Nancy Kress.  The book for the following month will be ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells.  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, February 17th at 6 pm to discuss THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel H. Wilson. The book for the following month will also be ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information


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Upcoming Event Details
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Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Charlie Jane Anders, Gayle Brandeis, Chris Denson, Laleh Khadivi, and Lisa Margonelli, Saturday, February 9th 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 Charlie Jane Anders (yes, she's reading as well as hosting! (The City in the Middle of the Night), Gayle Brandeis (The Book of Dead Birds), Chris Denson (Crushing the Box), Laleh Khadivi (The Age of Orphans) and Lisa Margonelli (Underbug).  This one will be extra special, since we've got permission from the publisher to sell Charlie Jane's new book 3 days early!  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

SF in SF (at The American Bookbinder's Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) with authors Nick Mamatas and Anya Martin, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, February 24th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series!  The authors will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Doors and bar open at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  Donations benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Ann Leckie, THE RAVEN TOWER (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 pm - Ann Leckie, author of the award-winning & highly acclaimed Ancillary Trilogy, turns her sites to epic fantasy with exciting results.  We're delighted to welcome Ann back to Borderlands to show off this new novel, THE RAVEN TOWER!  Publisher's Weekly says: "In this complex novel, the first epic fantasy from SF author Leckie (PROVENANCE), the best-laid plans of gods and mortals collide, throwing a nation into turmoil and setting the stage for a divine conflict that’s been brewing for centuries. The tale spins out in past and present, narrated by the rockbound god known as the Strength and Patience of the Hill."  We don't want to give too much away, but Leckie's strength and cretivity as a writer and keen intelligence are all on display in this amazing new work. We don hope you'll join us to meet her!  Read the starred review from Kirkus here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ann-leckie/the-raven-tower/

Writers With Drinks (at The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco), Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 pm - Details to come!

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