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/

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

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, June 2018

Events and News From Borderlands Books

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Upcoming Events
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TONIGHT! Drop-by signing with Steve Toutonghi, SIDE LIFE (Soho Press, Hardcover, $26.00) Thursday, June 7th at 6:00 pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Joanna Angel, Adam Becker, Vernon Keeve III, Chandler Klang-Smith, and Nitasha Tiku, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, and Ellen Klages, moderated by Terry Bisson (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, June 10th at 6:30 pm

Jacqueline Carey, STARLESS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm

Open House at Borderlands West (1377 Haight St. at Masonic) Saturday, June 16th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Drop-by signing with DJ Butler, WITCHY WINTER (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) & Christopher Husberg, BLOOD REQUIEM (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 pm

Daniel H. Wilson, CLOCKWORK DYNASTY (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Saturday, June 30th 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:

"We tore down the ivy.  Then we realized it was _structural_ ivy."

"Want to hold my baby while I get some vampire erotica?"

"Yes, I'm looking for J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Ring Cycle'."

"It will probably be an artisanal bag shop. We're in the Artisanal Bag Shop District, you know."

"I just hate my sneeze. It undermines my authority."

"I love lying to children."

* Are you attending Worldcon 76 in San Jose in August?  Are you looking for a ride to, or a roommate for the con?  If so, email scox@borderlands-books.com and let us know if we can put you in touch with other Borderlands customers who are seeking the same.

* Atlas Obscura made a list of 62 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores and we made the list!  Check out all the other bookstores that you should visit: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/best-independent-bookstores

* Gardner Dozois, respected science fiction author and editor, has passed away at 70 years of age.  The field has lost a giant. http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/gardner-dozois-70-acclaimed-science-fiction-editor-20180529.html

* A new Ursula K. LeGuin Documentary by filmmaker Arwen Curry is on the way with many new insights into the legend's life, and some interesting reflections on her problems with writing women in science fiction.  https://www.bustle.com/p/this-ursula-k-le-guin-documentary-reveals-how-much-the-author-struggled-to-write-women-in-sci-fi-9237547

* An exploration of how writers of color have started to expand the traditional ideas and tropes of fantasy, and the responses to them, both positive and negative.  https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2018/0521/After-decades-of-dwarfs-and-elves-writers-of-color-redefine-fantasy

* Dark Horse Comic "Resident Alien" has been ordered to pilot by Syfy.  An alien lands on earth and masquerades as a doctor while deciding whether humanity is worth survival.  Sounds a bit like Grey's Anatomy meets The Day The Earth Stood Still . . . . We're interested. https://showsnob.com/2018/06/01/syfy-resident-alien-pilot/

* Paste Magazine has put together a list of their Top 30 Dystopian Novels of all time, (which is a pretty bold claim if you ask us!) but useful as a recommendation list.  https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/05/the-30-best-dystopian-books-of-all-time.html

* Fonda Lee has written a great post over at Locus Magazine - The Case for YA Science Fiction.  Go give it a read: https://locusmag.com/2018/05/fonda-lee-guest-post-the-case-for-ya-science-fiction/

* Are you looking for a bloody revenge flick mixed with body horror with a thin veneer of sci-fi and AI theory?  It looks like "Upgrade" may be the film for you. http://screenanarchy.com/2018/05/review-upgrade-smart-violent-science-fiction-for-action-film-fans.html

* Here are 11 real-life inventions inspired by science fiction novels.  https://www.bustle.com/p/11-real-life-inventions-inspired-by-science-fiction-novels-9090688

* The Detroit Institute of Arts has an awesome exhibit called "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" up right now.  If you live nearby please check it out and report back.  http://michiganradio.org/post/science-fiction-meets-fine-art-dia-s-star-wars-costume-exhibit

* An in-depth look at the fatphobia, obfuscation, and lack of communication that took down the Midwest Writers Workshop convention this summer, and earned them the ire of Roxane Gay.  https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-culture/the-midwest-writers-workshop-scandal/

* Someone is always writing an article about the possibility of time travel, and honestly we wish they would just inform us when progress has been made -- we've got a lot of mistakes we'd like to undo.  https://www.space.com/40716-time-travel-science-fiction-reality.html

* Five animated spin-offs of some classic science fiction shows.  (Now, no one is saying they're good. In fact Na'amen can personally guarantee at least three of them are pretty bad, but they do (or did) exist!)  https://fandomspotlite.com/5-science-fiction-tv-animated-spin-offs-fandom-spotlite

* Janelle Monae's spent years crafting one of the best dystopian worlds in media, and her latest release is the rebellion thousands have been waiting for.  https://www.vox.com/2018/5/16/17318242/janelle-monae-science-fiction-influences-afrofuturism

* EFF's fair use petition explained through essay and a Mur Lafferty story. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/eff-presents-mur-laffertys-science-fiction-story-about-our-fair-use-petition

* Talk to us when we can send our personal holograms to work to deal with all the stress while we sit on the couch at home controlling it through a neural array:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/22/star-wars-holograms-3d-images-future-holochess-princess-leia

* The tastiest nuggets from James Cameron's "Story of Science Fiction", including why he thinks aliens are bad news (hint: the same reason Stephen Hawking wasn't down with us communicating with aliens).  http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/james-camerons-story-of-science-fiction-explains-why-we-shouldnt-contact-aliens

* Check out this great interview with Mimi Mondal, the first Indian writer to be nominated for a Hugo. http://www.thehindu.com/profile/author/all-science-fiction-is-political-says-hugo-award-nominee-mimi-mondal/article23867184.ece

* Preparing for Disease X: how do we prepare for something about which we know nothing?  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/must-work-together-prevent-disease-x/

* Soon we will be able to trade memories. . . and by soon we mean maybe in a few decades.  Maybe . . . . http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5727665/Science-fiction-reality-Researchers-transfer-memories-animals.html

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Award News
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* The 2018 finalists for the Mythopoeic Awards have been announced and they include friend of the store & sponsor Ellen Klages for her amazing novella PASSING STRANGE! http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2018-05-21.htm

* The shortlist for the Geffen Awards, presented by Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, has been announced and includes translated works from Seanan McGuire, Ellen Kushner and Jim Butcher!  http://file770.com/?p=42357

* The 2017 Nebula Winners have been announced and congratulations to them all, and _especially_ N.K. Jemisin who continues to pick up award after award for her amazing trilogy! https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2017/

* The finalists for Spain's 2018 Ignotus Awards have been announced: https://locusmag.com/2018/05/2018-ignotus-finalists/

* The Shirley Jackson Awards for horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy have announced the newest batch of nominees.  Check out the list if you need some dark reading material: https://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/

* The Spectrum 25 Awards have announced their winners for excellence in art. https://spectrumfantasticart.com/blog/2018/05/06/spectrum-25-awards-recipients/

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From The Office
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Hi Everyone,

May was one of those months when things just don't line up quite right -- at least where our building on Haight St.  was concerned.  As a result, we had a bit of a slowdown this month, but things should be picking up shortly.  The first delay was getting the final details of the structural work sorted out.  It wasn't anything major, but fitting some of the beams around the existing stairwell required a bit of back-and-forth with the structural engineer.  Once that was all sorted out, I realized that there were some details for the I-beam in the basement that needed to be clarified, too.  Once all of that was worked out, the welder who is making the beam went on vacation for a week.  By then, it was almost the end of the month.

But, that's all sorted out now and the beam should be ready this week, and I'm very pleased to be working with Ricardo's Welding again (they did some very nice work for me on my motorcycle last year).  We'll be putting that in place and then marking out the foundation locations in the basement for both that beam and the beams upstairs.  Once that's done, we'll be able to start work on the bathroom in earnest.

Despite all that, we made some good progress in the back yard.  The fences are almost done and are looking good - thank you again to all the volunteers who came to clamber about on my scaffolding (I've never built one before! Could you tell?) to construct the frame and then put the redwood boards in.  It looks fantastic, it's very strong, and more importantly it will age well.  We've just got the last bits of the west section left to do and once we're done mucking about on top of the walls we can get started on building the planters.  

The other big thing we're waiting on is tearing up the floor.  We had a bit of a nasty shock last week when Joseph found tile beneath the particle board covering.  As anyone who has renovated can tell you, old tile ranks up there with popcorn ceilings in terms of Things You Do Not Want To Find.  Asbestos was a popular building material back in the day (including in floor tile).  Since asbestos is basically made of cancer bullets, I'm having samples of the tile tested and, 'till I hear back from the lab, I'm not messing with that stuff at all.  Adding offense to the possibility of possible injury, the tiles are a pukey-avocado green and black.  I literally cannot wait to make them go away.

But, if they do turn out to incorporate asbestos, I'll have to have a big think about it.  The inexpensive way to deal with asbestos is to encapsulate it.  In this case that would mean a heavy coat of paint on the small section we've exposed and then putting down a new layer of floor covering (probably plywood). Then we put some sort of flooring on top.  The problem there, although it's safe as houses (asbestos is only a problem if it can get into the air), it does make the floor a bit thick and might mean we can't have solid wood (because of the thickness).  The alternative is tearing up the existing floor all the way down to the joists as part of an asbestos abatement job.  That job would be expensive all by itself, but then we'd also need to entirely replace the floor.

Like I said, it's going to call for a big think.

We'll be back in the full swing of things this month, and thank you again to all of our volunteers.  We definitely could not do this without you.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for May, 2018

1) Noir by Christopher Moore
2) Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
3) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
4) Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
5) Tortall: A Spy's Guide by Tamora Pierce
6) Head On by John Scalzi
7) The Soldier by Neal Asher
8) Space Opera by Cat Valente
9) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
10) In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

Trade Paperbacks
1) Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu
2) How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
3) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
4) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
5) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
6) Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
7) The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
8) Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson
9) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
10) Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
2) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3) Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
4) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
5) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
6) Lock In by John Scalzi
7) Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
8) Tiassa by Steven Brust
9) Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
10) Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 10th, at 5 pm to discuss THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert A. Heinlein.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 17th, at 6 pm to discuss ACCELERANDO by Charles Stross. The book for the following month will be WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG by Kate Wilhelm.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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TONIGHT!  Drop-by signing with Steve Toutonghi, SIDE LIFE (Soho Press, Hardcover, $26.00) Thursday, June 7th at 6:00 pm - Join us for an informal signing and meet-and-greet with the author of JOIN!  Steve will be showing off his new novel SIDE LIFE.  From the publisher: "SIDE LIFE is a dazzling, paranoid literary sci-fi novel in which Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing.  There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets--one of which is inhabited by a woman in a state of suspended animation.  There is also a dog-eared notebook filled with circuit diagrams, beautiful and intricate drawings of body parts, and pages of code.  When Vin decides to enter one of the caskets himself, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life."

Writers With Drinks with authors Joanna Angel, Adam Becker, Vernon Keeve III, Chandler Klang-Smith, and Nitasha Tiku, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders (at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 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 Joanna Angel, Adam Becker, Vernon Keeve III, Chandler Klang-Smith, and Nitasha Tiku. 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 with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, and Ellen Klages, moderated by Terry Bisson (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, June 10th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! 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.

Jacqueline Carey, STARLESS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm - New York Times bestselling author and Borderlands favorite, Jacqueline Carey will spend the evening with her fans old and new to celebrate the release of her latest stand-alone fantasy novel, THE STARLESS!  Carey came upon the scene in glorious fashion with the release of her spellbinding Kushiel's series.  Not one to rest on her laurels, Carey has given fans of genre fictions many delicious choices; from the gritty sci-fi action of SANTA OLIVIA to stand-alone novels taking on iconic characters from Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST with her novel MIRANDA AND CALIBAN.  With many trilogies, duologies and novels to her name, Jacqueline Carey is firmly placed among the leaders in genre fiction, and we couldn't be happier than to have her in the store the week of her new release.  If you would like to have a copy of any of her in-print books reserved, please call the store before the event between the hours of 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Open House at Borderlands West (1377 Haight St. at Masonic) Saturday, June 16th from 12:00 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 noon and six and Alan will show you around.

Drop-by signing with DJ Butler, WITCHY WINTER (Been, Hardcover, $25.00) & Christopher Husberg, BLOOD REQUIEM (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome these two authors for an informal signing in the bookstore!  In WITCHY WINTER, the sequel to the brilliantly-reviewed WITCHY EYE, "Butler delivers another brilliant Americana flintlock fantasy novel," and in BLOOD REQUIEM, the third of Chaos Queen Quintet, Daemons, which were once believed dead and gone, have found a way back into the world.  We hope you'll join us to meet these up-and-coming writers and check out their novels!

Daniel H. Wilson, CLOCKWORK DYNASTY (Vintage, Trade Paperback, $16.95) Saturday, June 30th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome Daniel H. Wilson to the store to show off the paperback release of THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY!  From the publisher: "An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of ROBOPOCALPSE.  Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own.  With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past. . . Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar's loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings.  Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires.  Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.  THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination.  Richly-imagined and heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology -- and riveting action."  We do hope you'll join us to meet this talented author and check out his most recent thrilling novel!

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


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

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, May 2018

Events and News From Borderlands Books

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Upcoming Events
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Tamora Pierce, TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Random House, Hardcover, $18.99) Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, and Ellen Klages, moderated by Terry Bisson (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, June 10th at 6:30 pm

Jacqueline Carey, STARLESS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

Coming up in the summer: B. Catling at the bookstore, Hannu Rajaniemi at The Interval at Long Now, George R.R. Martin in conversation with WorldCon artist GOH John Picacio at The Fox Theatre, and many, many more exciting events!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:

"It will probably be an artisanal bag shop. We're in the Artisanal Bag Shop District, you know."

"This man approached me [at a convention] & introduced himself as 'a pre-published author', meaning it, I think, in the same way that I am 'pre-dead'."

"I don't believe that! How on Earth did you get THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH [by Charlie Huston] from 'It had a yellow cover & it's about people who clean crime scenes.'!?"

"It was really saccharine; it said 'A year from now, what will you wish you had done today?', and I immediately thought 'Not have disrupted the space-time continuum, duh!'"

"You have not lived until you've heard Christopher Lee in the acoustics of a men's room." - Peter S. Beagle

"Nice to meet you; I need wear your bra for a sec.”

* Get ready for another book about Westeros, but not WINDS OF WINTER -- instead we are getting FIRE AND BLOOD, a history of the infighting that almost wiped out the Targaryen line. More info here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/25/george-rr-martin-winds-winter-not-coming-2018-sixth-volume-game-thrones-targaryen

* To be completely honest, if we had a few hundred dollars just lying around, we would probably be the proud owners of gaming dice made from whitetail antler and amber resin.  Check out this Kickstarter and see if the exotic-materials dice they're offering speak to you: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dogmight/artifact-dice

* A child confronts giant animals with glowing eyes in the wonderfully haunting art of Dawid Planeta.  Check it out: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/05/dawid-planetas-bright-eyed-animal-guides/

* Long-running magazine Mythic Delirium is sadly going on indefinite hiatus.  For the full editorial go here: https://mythicdelirium.com/myths-delusions-%E2%80%A2-editorial-%E2%80%A2-april-2018

* In other publishing news, Amazing Stories, which has been online-only since being relaunched in 2012, will now put out quarterly print editions: https://locusmag.com/2018/05/amazing-stories-returns-to-print/

* If you happen to be in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, June 13, there will be a tribute to the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin featuring a number of writers speaking of her legacy and influence. https://page.co/qkbK

* Award-winning author and friend of the store Charlie Jane Anders gets a write-up in the Daily Californian: http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/15/charlie-jane-anders-bay-area-book-festival/

* Speculative fiction and fashion have always had a relationship with one another.  Here's a great write-up on how speculative fiction influenced the recent fashion week.  There are even baby dragons. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/how-science-fiction-continues-to-influence-the-runway

* Okay, but can we get a holographic doctor that looks like Robert Picardo in "Star Trek: Voyager?" That's the real question.  https://www.agedcare101.com.au/the-donaldson-sisters/holographic-doctor-home-not-science-fiction/

* The landscape of cities can be vitally important to a novel.  Here's what some authors have to say about their own creations, and things that want to see: https://www.wired.com/2018/05/geeks-guide-sci-fi-cities/

* Geek.com has a list of 11 Sci-Fi shows they want to be translated, although we wouldn't mind just getting subtitled versions of most of them.  https://www.geek.com/television/11-foreign-sci-fi-shows-that-we-want-to-see-translated-1730655/

* Umm, this seems like a bad idea.  Wasn't that the whole point of Minority Report?  https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/could-ai-based-surveillance-predict-crime-before-it-happens/

* LASER EYES!  Well, not really yet, but this seems like the first step.  All it's gonna take is one evil genius.  https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/645772/science-fiction-meets-fact-supermans-eye-lasers-are-developed-in-st-andrews/

* Sony has acquired a new series from Wattpad called "Death is My BFF".  http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/sony-acquires-fantasy-series-death-is-my-bff-from-fan-fiction-site-wattpad

* May the Fourth Be With You: The Source gives us a list of the best Star Wars name drops in hip-hop music:  http://thesource.com/2018/05/04/may-the-4th-be-with-you/

* This list does contain some obvious and possibly very entertaining crossover possibilities.  Others on the list seem like a bit of a reach. http://www.zimbio.com/Science+Fiction+And+Fantasy+Crossovers+That+Make+Too+Much+Sense

* If you missed it, Janelle Monae's masterpiece of an album "Dirty Computer" has dropped, and along with that a 45 minute motion picture by the same name that imagines a dystopian world, blending music with afrofuturism and classic science fiction ideals.  Check it out.  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/janelle-monae-dirty-computer-film-sci-fi-masterpiece-w519519

* A new theme park has opened in China where every ride involves virtual reality.  https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/chinas-new-sci-fi-amusement-park-is-powered-entirely-by-virtual-reality-rides/

* Another list of science-fiction inventions we don't have yet, although some of these aren't really that far off.  https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/science-fiction-tech-that-isnt-real-yet/

* Apparently Netflix is ready to pour more money into science-fiction and fantasy content.  Hopefully they'll lean toward actual original content and away from reboots and remakes. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/report-netflix-is-about-to-make-its-biggest-bet-yet-on-science-fiction

* Local theatre company Dreams on the Rocks Productions (they describe themselves as " ... a Bay Area-based theatre company specializing in satirical remakes of cult classics through a modern gaze") presents "Flash Gordon - Live!" at the Exit Theatre.  The show runs May 4th - May 26th.  For details, see: http://www.dreamsontherocksproductions.com/now-playing/2018/5/4/flash-gordon-live-1

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Award News
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* The African Speculative Fiction Society has released the list of the 2018 Nommo Award nominees!  http://www.africansfs.com/nommos/nominationresults2018

* Voting for the 2018 Hugo Awards is now open!  http://www.worldcon76.org/hugo/vote.php

* The Arthur C. Clarke Awards have announced their shortlist for 2018!  https://www.clarkeaward.com/award-winners/shortlists/

* Vote for the 2018 Locus Awards -- the finalists have been revealed!  https://locusmag.com/2018/04/2018-locus-awards-finalists/

* The Mystery Writers of America announce the winners of 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards!  http://www.theedgars.com/2018%20Edgar%20Winners%20-%20Press%20Release.pdf

* The winners of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon.htm

* Clarkesworld Magazine has announced the wins in their readers' poll for Best Short Story and Best Cover.  http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/clarke_03_18/

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From The Office
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Haight Street Building Update

Whew.  The past couple weeks have been kind of a blur.  We've finished the west and south walls -- all patched and painted (well, primed actually).  They came out really well and it makes a huge difference to how the place looks.  We've also torn up all the horrible carpet which has made another huge improvement.  It turns out that, when the carpet was installed, they did a proper job and nailed down plywood to glue the carpet to.  That's a great thing for two reasons; first, I'm not going to have a sand off the carpet glue when I refinish the floors and, second, the plywood has probably protected the floors since the 1970s.  I'm sure that they're going to be pretty worn when I get down to them but, it's better than it would be if they hadn't been protected for forty-plus years.

Along with working on the electrical (more about that in a moment), I've been working on the fences in the back yard (with a lot of help from the volunteer crew).  Today I just did the final work on the south fence.  It was the trickiest because it's (mostly) straight, so getting it level along a 25' run was a challenge. But, it all worked out and it looks wonderful.  The east fence is about half-finished and the west has yet to be started.  Big thanks go out to everyone who helped with that -- Jim, Z'ev, Maddy, Salem, Aliza, Carl, David, Melinda, Russ and Zach.  Despite my sudden inability to measure anything accurately (or do fractional arithmetic in my head), Zach, Russ and David were very patient with me (thanks and sorry, guys.)

One very exciting thing about getting the fences finished is that we can start on the garden almost immediately.  We'll be putting in hanging pots ASAP along with planters along the top of the retaining walls.  That will get the garden started growing down while we get the ground-level planters built.  It's looking like the garden will be pretty nice by the time we open.

The inside work has been progressing, if a bit slowly.  We've gotten all the electrical work done that we can do, pending PG&E getting the engineering finished.  That's going to be slow (their promised date is around the middle of August) but, after a lot of thought, waiting is smarter than trying to rush the process.  But, about half of the challenging work is done and we're only looking at a week or so of work, once PG&E comes through.

Other big news for the inside work is that all the plans and engineering drawings for the bathroom are completed and approved.  All that's left is going down and paying for the permit.  Once that's done, we've got two things that have to get sorted before we start on that job.  The first is getting the steel beam for the basement fabricated and delivered.  That will allow us to remove a bunch of the absolute forest of posts that are down there now.  Since there are foundations that need to be built to support it, the wise move is to have it on-site and placed before digging holes and filling them with steel and concrete.  One those foundations are poured it's kind of hard to move them (read that as, "impossible").  So, we'll get the beams, shore them up into place, and then dig the foundations.

The other thing we need to work out is sort of ridiculous.  To know where to put the foundation for the big beam that goes upstairs we have to decide on . . . what sink we're putting in the bathroom.  Really.

Here's how it works; the position of the foundation is determined by the beam.  The position of the beam is determined by the wall.  And, the position of the wall is determined by . . . you guessed it, the width of the sink.  You see, ADA requirements are very specific (as they should be) -- the center of the sink must be not less than 18" from the near wall and the edge of the sink must be not less than 60" from the other wall.  So, the total minimum length of the wall is 18" plus 60" plus . . . one half of the width of the sink.  Obviously I'm going to allow for a couple extra inches just in case but I can't do much 'til I pick the sink.  It's surprisingly hard to find an ADA sink that doesn't look like it came right out of a hospital room but I'm working on it.

The upshot of how things are going with both the electrical and structural work is that I don't think that we'll be moved by the beginning of August.  Since the World Science Fiction convention is going to be in San Jose this year and we'll be having quite a significant presence in the Dealers' Room (as well as doing a bunch of other stuff around the con), August will be pretty much completely taken up with getting ready for the con, doing the con, and catching up after the con.  So, it's starting to look like moving will be post-August but, by how much is unknown right now.

All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2018

Hardcovers
1) Tough Mothers by Jason Porath
2) Noir by Christopher Moore
3) Head On by John Scalzi
4) Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath
5) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
6) The Power by Naomi Alderman
7) Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
8) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
9) In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
10) Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Trade Paperbacks
1) The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3) Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
4) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
5) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6) Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
7) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
8) Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
9) Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
10) Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 12 edited by Jonathan Strahan

Mass Market Paperbacks
1) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
2) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
4) Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
5) Vanguard by Jack Campbell
6) Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
7) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
8) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
9) The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
10) Besieged by Kevin Hearne

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 13th, at 5 pm to discuss PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle.  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 20th, at 6 pm to discuss CHILDREN OF TIME by Adrian Tchaikovsky. The book for the following month will be.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Tamora Pierce, TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Random House, Hardcover, $18.99) Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm - Please join us for an extremely special evening celebrating the release of a new series from bestselling & beloved author Tamora Pierce, who will be on hand for a reading and signing!  Titled TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER, fans of Pierce's world of Tortall will be enthralled with this new prequel.  From the author's website: "In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair SalmalĂ­n came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies."  We are just thrilled to welcome Ms. Pierce to the store!  This event will be first-come, first seated, and the author reserves the right to limit the number of books attendees can have inscribed, based on crowd size.

SF in SF with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, and Ellen Klages, moderated by Terry Bisson (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, June 10th at 6:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10.)  Doors and bar at 6:00 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to participate in the Science Fiction in San Francisco reading series! 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.

Jacqueline Carey, STARLESS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm - New York Times bestselling author and Borderlands favorite, Jacqueline Carey will spend the evening with her fans old and new to celebrate the release of her latest stand-alone fantasy novel, THE STARLESS!  Carey came upon the scene in glorious fashion with the release of her spellbinding Kushiel's series.  Not one to rest on her laurels, Carey has given fans of genre fictions many delicious choices; from the gritty sci-fi action of SANTA OLIVIA to stand-alone novels taking on iconic characters from Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST with her novel MIRANDA AND CALIBAN.  With many trilogies, duologies and novels to her name, Jacqueline Carey is firmly placed among the leaders in genre fiction, and we couldn't be happier than to have her in the store the week of her new release.  If you would like to have a copy of any of her in-print books reserved, please call the store before the event between the hours of 12:00 pm and 8:00pm.

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, April 2018

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Upcoming Events
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Ilana C. Myer, FIRE DANCE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Chiwan Choi, Chelsey Johnson, Dominica Phetteplace, Shobha Rao, Lilah Sturges, and Javier Zamora, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders (at the Make Out Room, Make Out Room
3225 22nd St.) Saturday, April 14th at 7:30 pm

Birthday Celebration with Peter S. Beagle! Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm

Catherine Asaro, BRONZE SKIES (Been Books, Trade Paperback, $16.00) and INFINITE STARS (Titan, Hardcover, $24.95) Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 pm

Jason Porath, TOUGH MOTHERS: AMAZING STORIES OF HISTORY'S MIGHTIEST MATRIARCHS (Day Street Books, Oversized Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And coming up soon, look for events with Tamora Pierce, Jacqueline Carey, B Catling, and many more!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
[one very stoned visitor to another]: "Star Trek; so it's non-fiction, but cats; so it's fiction."

* R.I.P. Kate Wilhelm, a prolific and talented author of science fiction and mystery, and the cofounder of the Clarion Writing Workshops, who passed away from respiratory illness.  https://boingboing.net/2018/03/11/the-sweet-birds-sang.html

* R.I.P. Ahmed Khaled Tawfik; considered the first contemporary Arab writer of science fiction and horror, he has passed away at 55.  He leaves behind over 200 novels and fans across the globe.  https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/4/4/egyptian-literary-pioneer-ahmed-khaled-tawfik-passes-away

* R.I.P. Stephen Hawking, a complex & brilliant scientist whose lifelong work impacted and inspired so many, and left a lasting mark on our understanding of the universe. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/stephen-hawking-professor-dies-aged-76

* Worldcon 76's Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio has teamed with authors John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ty Franck, Kate Elliott and more to create The Mexicanx Initiative. They're sponsoring Worldcon Attending Memberships for 50 Mexicanx pros and fans to attend Worldcon in San Jose this summer.  Now that they've achieved that goal, they've created The Mexicanx Initiative's Assistance Fund -- a separate, dedicated fund to provide travel and lodging assistance for those 50 Mexicanx invitees, many of whom ail be journeying across the border from Mexico.  SFSFC, the host committee for Worldcon 76, is handling the collection of all funds which will be distributed to the Recipients at Worldcon.  About $6000 has been collected so far, and the fund's goal is $15,000 before Memorial Day Weekend. If you're able to participate, donate here (see "Mexicanx Initiative Assistance Fund"): https://www.worldcon76.org/faq/donations  And here's a short article from the San Antonio Current on John's idea: https://www.sacurrent.com/ArtSlut/archives/2018/03/29/science-fiction-artist-john-picacio-gives-a-lift-to-other-mexicanx-creators

* Amazon has spent $1 billion to adapt Liu Cixin's award-winning novel THE THREE BODY PROBLEM into a three-season TV series.  https://winteriscoming.net/2018/03/30/now-amazon-spending-1-billion-science-fiction-show/

* Easter's over, but the idea of resurrection lives on.  The Mary Sue share some of their favorite resurrections from fiction.  https://www.themarysue.com/easter-resurrections-sff-shows/

* ZOMBIE CAKE TUTORIALS!  http://artisancakecompany.com/2015/10/walker-zombie-cake-tutorial/

* Netflix is bringing back "Lost in Space".  The original 60's show was a classic, (and the less said about the 90's film, the better).  Let's hope this new imagining is closer to the former than the latter. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/reboot-of-1960s-science-fiction-classic-is-simply-out-of-this-world-36771082.html

* Stephen L. Carter shares his personal 12 Science Fiction Rules for Life, each drawn from a classic quote. Not sure we agree, but they are interesting.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-science-fiction-wisdom-yoda-20180328-story.html

* We would have included Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild", Noah Hathaway in "The Neverending Story", and some other stunning performances, but this is a pretty good list of great child performances in F/SF: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/debate-club-top-5-child-performances-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy

* "Black Panther" has finally been dethroned at the box office, (but by another science fiction film with a black lead actor, the gorgeous and talented John Boyega) -- "Pacific Rim: Uprising".  http://www.kcra.com/article/black-panther-dethroned-at-box-office-by-science-fiction-movie/19588092

* Last month we mentioned the stabbing of Bangladeshi science fiction author Zafar Iqbal.  While he has been recovering, there has been an in-depth investigation into the motives behind the stabbing: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/bangladesh-science-fiction-writer-zafar-iqbal-attacked-180313093958357.html

* A teaser trailer has been released for GRRM's new series "Nightflyers".  Even Na'amen, who's not a big horror fan, has found himself anxiously awaiting the release once he heard the description as "Psycho in space":  http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/03/20/george-r-r-martins-science-fiction-horror-show-nightflyers-gets-first-teaser.html

* The newest featurette from "Incredibles 2" focuses on the genius, the talent, the icon: Miss Edna Mode. http://sciencefiction.com/2018/04/06/new-incredibles-2-featurette-honors-edna-mode/

* Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous robot bees.  We've all seen this movie or read this story before, right?   Bee-pocalypse in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . https://stocknews.com/news/wmt-walmart-inc-wmt-goes-science-fiction-by-filing-a-robotic/

* If you feel like dystopias are everywhere, and you're looking for a little fun distraction, why not try one of these 20 works of upbeat science fiction?  https://culturess.com/2018/03/17/20-works-of-upbeat-science-fiction-star-trek-hitchhikers-guide-ready-player-one/

* A real life "Jurassic Park", what could POSSIBLY go wrong?  (Although it is "The Sun", so take it with at least half of a grain of salt.)  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5995159/woolly-mammoths-clone-scientists-jurassic-park/

* A wonderful profile on the Strugatsky brothers: their writing, their politics and the way Judiasm is present in their work.  https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2018/03/the-daring-strugatsky-brothers-practitioners-of-outwardly-soviet-covertly-jewish-science-fiction/

* We can only hope the headline of SciFi taking over TV this spring is really true.  We're ready. https://nypost.com/2018/04/05/sci-fi-is-taking-over-television-this-spring/

* An in-depth look at what is likely the worst "Star Trek: Voyager" episode: "Threshold", (otherwise known as the one where Paris and Janeway turn into giant lizards and have sex). https://nerdist.com/worst-of-the-best-star-trek-voyager-threshold/

* Syfy gathers a list of the best & worst of the giant monster movies.  http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/a-history-of-hollywoods-best-and-worst-giant-monster-movies

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Award News
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* Congratulations to Victoria Bergin for winning the 2017 Tiptree Award, and also to Charlie Jane Anders, who made the honor list.  https://tiptree.org/2018/03/virginia-bergin-wins-2017-tiptree-award-honor-list-and-long-list-announced

* The 2018 Hugo Award nominees have been announced: https://www.tor.com/2018/03/31/2018-hugo-award-finalists-announced/

* The 2018 British Science Fiction Association Award winners have been announced: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/awards/

* The 2017 Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative winners have been announced: https://aurealisawards.org/2018/03/31/757/

* BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn has won the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award!  More info here:
http://locusmag.com/2018/04/philip-k-dick-award-announced-2/

* The Ditmar Awards, which celebrate Australian SF, have also announced their 2018 winners:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditmar_Award_results#2018:_Swancon_2018,_Perth

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From The Office
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Slow With Email

I'm really sorry to still be saying this but, I've been having a terrible time keeping up with my email given everything that is going on (and been going on).  If you've sent me an email that deserves a reply and you haven't heard from me yet, please forgive me.  I'm trying and making some progress but the backlog is still pretty bad.  If the topic of your not-yet-replied-to email is urgent, please send it to me again.  I think I've gotten back to everyone about time-critical stuff but I could have missed something.  Thank you so much for your patience.  And now, the usual . . .

Haight Street Update

And we're off! The wave state is collapsing and things are starting to really progress visually (as opposed to progressing behind the scenes). Thanks to our amazing cadre of volunteers, the west and south walls are now closed up and if the weather would just cooperate, we'd be a lot further along on taping and mudding. Thanks to Mr. Jim Lively, we got all the seams done and a skim coat on the existing drywall, and thanks to the weather we now wait for the rest of the wall to dry completely before proceeding. And wait . . . and wait . . . and, oh, look, more rain . . . wait . . . .

(Side note: "skim coat" is a very thin layer of drywall mud spread over a large surface - in this case, filling in the dings on the existing sheetrock courtesy of 40 years of abuse and covering the truly unfortunate texture courtesy of the disastrous 1970's remodel)

The core crew of volunteers continue to refine their construction skills while learning new ones, and the drop-in folks have been a huge help as well. Everyone who has come has worked really hard, and it's been truly exciting to see people move out of their comfort zones or step into zones they don't typically have a chance to occupy.

In addition to the exciting progress on the walls, the backyard actually looks like a place you might want to sit in someday. The last of the concrete chunks will be leaving this week. The giant pile of dirt leftover from the initial cleanup has been evened out and spread over the entire footprint. We'll be starting to rebuild the fences (including the one the ivy ate) in the next week or two. And once we're done tromping power tools through it, our gardener Melinda can get started.

The next few weeks should see similar progress on all fronts. We got all the plans for the new store front and windows approved. The very nice woman from the Historic Preservation department was a treat to work with. I asked her if there were any specific things people do during a historical building review that make things hard, and her response was "not liking old things". Which, if you ask me, seems like just begging for trouble. Fortunately liking old things is not something Borderlands needs to worry about. Soon I'll enclose the front of the building and get to tear out the whole front of it.  That will eliminate almost the last vestige of the bad repair job that was done in the 70s.

I've also decided not to enclose the lightwell. There are several reasons, the two biggest being the cost (more than $500 per square foot, which is much more than it would cost to just build partway into the back yard) and the effect it would have on the layout (the supports necessary would change the place from feeling very open and continuous to being broken up into two separate-feeling spaces). Rather than enclose the lightwell, I've decided to shrink it a bit to make room for a larger, ADA-compliant bathroom.  Then we'll use the smaller light well for an indoor garden and display. Velociraptors may become involved.

Another milestone is that the major electrical work started yesterday.  One of the goals this month is to complete that while figuring out a way to get it done without inconveniencing the folks upstairs too much. Once it's done, we'll be able to move the giant pillar out of the middle of the floor and remove the spiderweb of conduit that feeds out of it. And that would be a very, very fine thing.

If you're interested in volunteering or would like to see the place, please let me know. And again, thank you so much to all the people who've volunteered. We've made so much progress already -- it would have been much slower and much, much less fun without you all.

All Best,
Alan

PS  I've been trying to have Haight Street open for visits once a month but this month, due to various events and such, there just isn't a Saturday that will work.  But, I'll do it next month.

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for March, 2018

Hardcovers

1) The Power by Naomi Alderman
2) If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress
3) Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
4) The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer
5) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
6) Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
7) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
8) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
9) The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
10) Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker

Trade Paperbacks

1) The Song of All by Tina LeCount Myers
2) The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, trans. by Ken Liu
3) Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
4) Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
5) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
6) Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
7) Strange Bird by Jeff Vandermeer
8) New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
9) Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
10) The Atheist in the Attic by Samuel R. Delany

Mass Market Paperbacks

1) Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
2) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
3) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
4) Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
5) Changing Planes by Ursula K. LeGuin
6) The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
7) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
8) Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
9) Red Sister by Mark Lawerence
10) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 13th, at 5:00 pm to discuss PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle.  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 15th, at 6:00 pm to discuss PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages.  The book for the following month will be CHILDREN OF TIME by Adrian Tchaikovsky.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Ilana C. Myer, FIRE DANCE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome Ilana C. Myer as she returns with a standalone novel set in the same extraordinary world as her debut novel LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT!  From the publisher: "Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, and power are the sensuously choreographed steps of the soaring new high fantasy novel by Ilana C. Myer, one woman's epic mission to stop a magical conflagration.  Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherwordly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland's allies against savage attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic.  Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers' war, and how she might prevent death on a scale too terrifying to contemplate.  Myer's novel is a symphony of secret towers, desert winds, burning sands, blood and dust.  Her prose soars, and fluid movements of the politically charged plot carry the reader toward a shocking crescendo."  We hope you'll join us to meet this up-and-coming fantasy novelist!  Read the excellent Publishers Weekly review of FIRE DANCE here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7653-7832-3

Writers With Drinks with authors Chiwan Choi, Chelsey Johnson, Dominica Phetteplace, Shobha Rao, Lilah Sturges, and Javier Zamora, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders (at the Make Out Room, Make Out Room 3225 22nd St.) Saturday, April 14th 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 Chiwan Choi, Chelsey Johnson, Dominica Phetteplace, Shobha Rao, Lilah Sturges, and Javier Zamora.  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.

Birthday Celebration with Peter S. Beagle! Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm - Someone special is having a birthday and you are personally invited!  Peter S. Beagle, author of the fantasy classic THE LAST UNICORN among many, many others, is celebrating his birthday with us at Borderlands Books, so cake is on the menu and he is happy to chat and sign books.  You may certainly bring your own, but Borderlands will also have his books on hand for purchase. This is not a traditional reading and signing, but a great way to meet a very special author while enjoying sugary confection.  We'll also be celebrating Peter's being named a SFWA Grandmaster, <http://www.sfwa.org/2018/01/sfwa-announces-newest-grand-master-peter-s-beagle/> so come on down and join us!

Catherine Asaro, BRONZE SKIES (Been Books, Trade Paperback, $16.00) and INFINITE STARS (Titan, Hardcover, $24.95) Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 pm - Borderlands welcomes author, physicist, and Oakland native Catherine Asaro to share volume two in the life of Major Bhaajan in BRONZE SKIES; the newest cycle in the Skolian Universe.  Asaro will also be sharing the story published in the SF anthology INFINITE STARS, both of which will be available for the reading and signing.  From the publisher's website on BRONZE SKIES: "Major Bhaajan achieved the impossible.  Born to the Undercity, the slums below the City of Cries on the planet Raylicon, she broke free from crushing poverty and crime to become a military officer with Imperial Space Command.  Now retired from military duty, she walks the mean streets of Undercity as a private investigator.  And she is about to embark on her most challenging case yet."  Join us to meet this fabulous author!

Jason Porath, TOUGH MOTHERS: AMAZING STORIES OF HISTORY'S MIGHTIEST MATRIARCHS (Day Street Books, Oversized Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm - 2016's release of REJECTED PRINCESSES was a runaway success for Borderlands Books, lasting for months on our Bestseller list.  Now Jason Porath is back, this time sharing his new, unique and gorgeous work titled, TOUGH MOTHERS: AMAZING STORIES OF HISTORY'S MIGHTIEST MATRIARCHS.  We hope you'll join us to meet Jason and hear about fifty fascinating, kick-ass women; some famous and some lesser-known.  RSVP here if you do the FB thing:  https://www.facebook.com/events/417490535364585/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1523298911493916

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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dispatches from the Border, March 2018

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

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Upcoming Events
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Loteria Game Night and Poster Signing with artist John Picacio! Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 pm

Mishell Baker, IMPOSTOR SYNDROME (Saga Press, Hardcover $29.99 and Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, TRICKS FOR FREE (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, March 17th at 6:00 pm

Come Visit Borderlands West, Saturday, March 24th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm - Alan will be showing off our favorite construction site at 1377 Haight St. (at Masonic Ave.)

SF in SF with authors Nancy Kress, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Jack Skillingstead (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, March 25th at 6:30 pm

Ilana C. Myer, FIRE DANCE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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* Overheard in the Store:
"I told them, 'Several people this morning are really lucky that it's impossible to get punched in the face through a telephone.'"

* As much as spending a stupid amount of money to make a TV series based on The Lord Of The Rings was, well . . . stupid (http://deadline.com/2017/11/amazon-the-lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-multi-season-commitment-1202207065/), Amazon's most recent move is brilliant.  They're making a TV series based on Iain M. Bank's Culture novels, starting with Consider Phlebas.  We cannot wait.  https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/21/17035618/amazon-culture-series-iain-m-banks-television-show

* R.I.P prolific speculative author Victor Milan.  To read more about the series he contributed to, the writers he helped and the impact he had, read this wonderful obituary in Albuquerque Journal.  https://www.abqjournal.com/1141374/prolific-author-victor-milaacuten-leaves-science-fiction-legacy.html

* Popular Bangladeshi science fiction Muhammad Zafar Iqbal was recently stabbed in the head.  He survived, and is currently undergoing treatment, but please keep him in your thoughts.  http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/popular-science-fiction-writer-zafar-iqbal-stabbed-in-bangladesh/article22920210.ece

* Fionce Siow gives her opinion on how most recent science fiction visual media has let us down when it comes to pushing forward instead of reinvestigating the same questions over and over.  http://www.dailycal.org/2018/03/04/mainstream-science-fiction-fails-to-live-up-to-its-full-potential/

* For anyone in Southern California (or anyone planning a trip there soon), be sure to swing by the Pasadena Museum of History and check out their new exhibit "Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California."  https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/02/27/see-southern-californias-history-of-science-fiction-and-fact-at-pasadena-museum-of-history/

* A fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal about the rise of digital dictatorships, using science fiction as a jumping off point to talk about the Chinese government and technology.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/stranger-than-science-fiction-the-future-for-digital-dictatorships-1519900866

* Peter S. Beagle is to be honored as the next SFWA Grand Master!  Read all about it over at GeekWire:  https://www.geekwire.com/2018/seattle-pittsburghs-fantastic-connection-new-grand-master-science-fiction-fantasy/

* The Verge has pointed us in the direction of an interesting podcast we can't wait to check out.  Read their write-up on Imaginary Worlds, a podcast that goes deep into different aspects of the science-fiction & fantasy community: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/18/16392224/eric-molinsky-imaginary-worlds-science-fiction-fantasy-podcast

* Looking for something new to read?  Gizmodo gives us 27 novels coming out in March; at least one or two are sure to tickle your fancy. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/03/27-new-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-well-worth-checking-out-in-march/

* "Annihilation" is the latest in a string of visual science-fiction that has done a better job at putting more complex female characters in the forefront. https://slate.com/culture/2018/02/annihilation-leads-a-new-wave-of-sci-fi-movies-about-women.html

* LAB GROWN MEAT!  It's actually a pretty awesome thing (and we can't wait to try some), but it just feels like it has to be said in capital letters, old-school horror-movie-poster style.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-shapiro-meat-commentary/commentary-science-fiction-no-more-can-lab-grown-meat-feed-and-save-the-world-idUSKCN1GA25H

* Genre picked up a lot of awards this Oscar season; hopefully this means we'll see a broader collections of stories being adapted for visual media in the near future. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/genre-fare-picks-up-big-at-the-oscars

* We had hoped that when they announced a Dune Park it would be about ingesting spice and avoiding sandworms, but an actual park is good too.
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/science-fiction-author-frank-herberts-legacy-honored-new-dune-park-tacoma/

* An essay on the ideas in PKD's MINORITY REPORT, and what they could mean for real-world legal rules and ramifications.  If you're interested, it's the beginning of a series. https://patentlyo.com/patent/2018/02/science-fiction-minority.html

* Netflix continues to purchase big-budget science fiction films that other studios are nervous about attempting.  https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/netflix-cloverfield-paradox-watch-extinction-release-date-trailer-bright-a8203256.html

* This movement of western science fiction as it (too) slowly starts to reach out, and we get more and more translated works from other countries and perspectives is fantastic. A new volume examining the Russian fantastic is out now!  http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/02/new-edited-volume-examines-russian-science-fiction

* Stephen R. Donaldson begins a new fantasy series in a different world.  http://newsok.com/seventh-decimate-launches-series-for-veteran-fantasy-writer/article/5585271

* Five fantasy books by women that you should read in 2018, according to Newsweek.  http://www.newsweek.com/2018/03/09/female-fantasy-books-written-women-2018-820278.html

* An article that explores why "Black Panther" is so important to black science fiction and fantasy fans, and also why it is an important step in correcting longstanding media imbalance:  https://www.destructoid.com/black-panther-is-black-fantasy-sci-fi-490817.phtml

* Oscar Award-winning "The Shape of Water" has faced a lot of analysis and scrutiny in the past few months, but not enough has been made of its use of religion. This article breaks down a lot of the important parallels and metaphors it uses.  http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article203415989.html

* An article about the fact that time travel might actually be possible.  https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/686557/how-to-time-travel-is-time-travel-possible-proof-science-evidence-how

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Award News
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* The 2017 Nebula nominees have been announced.  Congratulations to all the nominees, but especially to local friends of the store Daryl Gregory, Ellen Klages, and Annalee Newitz!  https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/20/17032222/2018-nebula-awards-nominations-best-science-fiction-fantasy-books-movies-read-online

* Congratulations to Carmen Maria Machado, who has received the Crawford Award for her collection HER BODY & OTHER PARTIES!  Check out the rest of the short list at Locus: https://locusmag.com/2018/02/machado-wins-crawford-award/

* The 2017 finalists for Aurealis Awards for excellence in Australian SF/F have been announced.  https://aurealisawards.org/2018/02/15/2017-aurealis-awards-shortlist-announcement/

*The shortlist for the 2017 British Science Fiction Awards has been announced.  Go here to check it out and vote if you're a member of BSFA.  https://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2017-awards-voting-form/

* The Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists from New Zealand have been announced: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvFinalists-2018.html

* Ursula K. Le Guin has been posthumously award a PEN Award for her collection of essays, NO TIME TO SPARE: THINKING ABOUT WHAT MATTERS. Check out all the winners here: https://pen.org/2018-winners/

* Kenesha Williams has been awarded the 2018 Scholarship From Hell by the HWA, which will allow her to attend the intensive Horror University at this year's StokerCon.  For more details on the awards and on Williams, check out the StokerCon website: http://stokercon2018.org/2018/02/the-2018-winner-of-the-scholarship-from-hell/

* The 2018 Compton Crook Award nominees have been announced.  (As a side bonus, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's website is sure to provide a flashback to anyone old enough to remember Angelfire or Geocities.)  http://www.bsfs.org/CCA/bsfsccnu2014.htm

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From The Office
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Haight Street Building Update -

Frustratingly, I don't have very much news this month.  We're in that miserable stage of construction wherein we mostly wait.  We wait for the engineer to get drawings back to us and we wait for PG&E to answer basic questions.  Until those things happen, I've been keeping busy closing up the wall that we can close (i.e. putting up sheetrock and patching),  but even that process has had some waiting because the next step, "Tape and Mud", has to wait 'til it gets a bit warmer, since there's no heat hooked up yet.

(An aside: "tape and mud" is the process in which we use paper tape to close the seams where pieces of sheetrock meet.  That tape in held in place and covered by joint compound, ("mud"), which is mostly gypsum dust mixed with water.  Since water is the solvent, it takes time to dry and contracts when it does.  If the temperature is too low, it takes forever to dry and, worse, cracks more.  So, we need some days that are mostly over 55 degrees, and we haven't had many of those.  There are other compounds that I could use, but they are a pain in the butt to work with compared to regular mud.)

On the bright side, the volunteers that I'm working with are great, and they've been learning a lot.  Last Sunday I realized that I'm basically training a framing crew from the ground up.  It's taking a little time (and some mis-cut lumber),  but they're smart folks, willing to work hard, and are learning really fast.  I expect that, by the time we're building walls in earnest, they'll be pretty darn good.  So it's a great investment for the future.  Most of the hard-core are already getting up to speed with nailguns and compound miter saws.  All that aside, everyone who's come to help has been lovely and has worked their asses off.  It's been heartwarming to see that kind of support and I'm grateful to every one of them.

If the current weather holds, I hope to start the tape and mud this weekend along with doing the framing for the supply closet.  And, based on some email exchanges today, we might have the engineering drawings by the end of this week.  Which would be a very, very fine thing.

If you're curious about how the place looks, you'll have a chance this month to come check it out.  I'll be holding the place open for visits on Saturday, the 24th, from noon until six pm.  Feel free to stop by anytime in that window and I'll give you the ten-cent tour.
All Best,
Alan

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for February, 2018

Hardcovers
1. The Power by Naomi Alderman
2. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
3. The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer
4. Provenance by Ann Leckie
5. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
6. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
7. Artemis by Andy Weir
8. Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer
9.  Dark State by Charles Stross
10.  Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, edited by Ken Liu
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
4. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
5. Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
6. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
7. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
8. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
9. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
10. Amberlough by Lara Ellen Donnelly

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor
3. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
4. Changing Planes by Ursula K. LeGuin
5. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rotthfuss
7. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
8. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
9. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
10. The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt


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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 11th, at 5 pm to discuss AFTER ON by Rob Reid.  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 18th, at 6 pm to discuss MORE THAN HUMAN by Theodore Sturgeon. The book for the following month will be PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Loteria Night with artist John Picacio!  Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 pm - LOTERIA NIGHT! WIN PRIZES! Join Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio for a fast, fun evening playing the classic Mexican game of chance, Loteria (AKA 'Mexican Bingo'). John has produced gorgeous book and product art for works by George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree, Jr., Dan Simmons, Brenda Cooper, Robert Silverberg, Sheri S. Tepper, among many others (http://www.johnpicacio.com).  He's producing an ongoing, stunningly-illustrated set of Loteria Cards, and he'll be signing some of those limited-run collectibles.  We'll play up to 10 rounds of Loteria with the classic Mexican bingo deck and winners will go home with terrific prizes.  We'll also have some of John's limited-run Loteria Posters available and the artist will be signing those as well!  We hope you'll join us for an incredibly entertaining night."

Mishell Baker, IMPOSTOR SYNDROME (Saga Press, Hardcover $29.99 and Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, TRICKS FOR FREE (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, March 17th at 6:00 pm - It's always a treat to welcome author Seanan McGuire to Borderlands!  This round, she'll be joined again by the awesome Mishell Baker, and we know you're going to love this urban fantasy duo!  Mishell will be showing off her novel IMPOSTER SYNDROME, third of the Arcadia Project novels: "Three months ago, Los Angeles and New Orleans seceded from the Arcadia Project over an atrocity committed by its London leader, Dame Belinda Barker.  Now, as the two U.S. cities scramble to keep their offices running, Barker fires the devastating first shot of an arcane civil war.  And Millie's partner is the target."  Seanan will be showing off TRICKS FOR FREE, the newest InCryptid book. With this seventh book of the series, "Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her--including her own mice.  For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net.  Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention?  An amusement park, of course".  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare for a high-energy, incredibly fun event!

Come Visit Borderlands West, Saturday, March 24th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm - Alan will be showing off our favorite construction site at 1377 Haight St. (at Masonic Ave.).  See the Forest of Basement Posts!  Thrill at the Dirt Carpeted Back Yard!  Marvel at the Extensive Fire Damage!  And get a chance to see it now so you can impress you friends in just a few months by telling them how you never imagined that it would ever look so nice.  Stop by anytime between noon and six and Alan will give you the 10 cent tour.

SF in SF with authors Nancy Kress, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Jack Skillingstead (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco) Sunday, March 25th 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.

Ilana C. Myer, FIRE DANCE (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome Ilana C. Myer as she returns with a standlaone novel set in the same extraordinary world as her debut novel LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT!  From the publihser: "Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, and power are the sensuously choreographed steps of the soaring new high fantasy novel by Ilana C. Myer, one woman's epic mission to stop a magical conflagration.  Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherwordly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland's allies against savage attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic.  Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers' war, and how she might prevent death on a scale too terrifying to contemplate.  Myer's novel is a symphony of secret towers, desert winds, burning sands, blood and dust.  Her prose soars, and fluid movements of the politically charged plot carry the reader toward a shocking crescendo."  We hope you'll join us to meet this up-and-coming fantasy novelist!  Read the excellent Publishers Weekly review of FIRE DANCE here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7653-7832-3

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

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

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