Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, September 2017

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99), and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 9th at 5:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Juba Kalamka, Meredith May, Alvin Orloff, and Daniel H. Wilson, Saturday September 9th at 6:30 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Becca Gomez Farrell and Early Gregory, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 10th at 6:30 pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $24.99) Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, The Movie Panel Discussion with Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott, Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE UPLOADED (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm

Peter Clines, PARADOX BOUND (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm

Mishell Baker, PHANTOM PAINS (Saga, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm

Ann Leckie, PROVENANCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm

Loren Rhoads, 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Black Dog & Leventhal, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 pm

Serena Valentino, MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL (Disney, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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News
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* One of our customers has a question, and we're hoping y'all can help!  He says: "I'm looking for science fiction (novels, preferably) which use physics as their central premise.  Best is nuts & bolts SF of the Campbell variety which explain physics concepts in a fictional context; Mission of Gravity would be a good example.  These books will be posted on The Tech Challenge website <https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge>, included in our list of student resources.  Fiction's a great gateway for kids who seemingly have no interest in science or engineering.  Here's the challenge: we're not interested in astrophysics, nuclear physics, quantum physics or relativity.  We're looking for books that touch on gravity or the laws of motion - pretty strictly Newtonian or classical.  Our program's for 4-12 graders, so books appealing to any age group are fine.  I'll scan everything for "inappropriate" content, so people can suggest anything and I'll just remove any later Heinlein or Pohl from the list."  Do you have any suggestions that will help?  Please email them to office@borderlands-books.com, and we'll pass them on!

* Frances Glessner Lee's "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" will be on display at the Smithsonian!  (Jude absolutely loves the book of the Nutshell Studies. . . you can check it out on her "Recommended" shelf.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dollhouse-death-scenes-are-being-refurbished-for-smithsonian-exhibit/2017/08/26/d7d6cec4-89be-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html

* "How Great Science Fiction Works" -- a college-level course for science fiction fans from Gary K. Wolfe: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/how-great-science-fiction-works/

* We're sorry to report the death of Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist". https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/movies/tobe-hooper-texas-chainsaw-massacre.html

* Unfortunately, science-fiction legend Brian Aldiss has died at age 92.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/books/brian-aldiss-author-of-science-fiction-and-much-more-dies-at-92.html

* A steampunk Venus rover! https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6933

* This is a pretty wild story.  We wondered what was going on when we got a cryptic email from the New York Times' reporting folks -- it looks like a highly improbable group of people worked together to unfairly place a book at the #1 spot on the Young Adult list.  http://ew.com/books/2017/08/24/handbook-for-mortals-pulled-new-york-times-bestseller-list/amp/ (Sidenote: if one of us ever dies suspiciously, we want YA Twitter to investigate!)

* Build your own incredibly deadly dinosaur theme park! https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/20/jurassic-park-evolution/

* 18 space suits, ranked from worst to best: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/19/16104004/science-fiction-space-suit-worst-best-the-martian-alien-sunshine-gravity

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Award News
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* Local author Dominica Phetteplace is one of six winners of the 2017 Rona Jaffe Award for "women writers of exceptional talent," with emphasis on those "in the early stages of their writing careers".  Check out all the winners and learn more about the purpose of this cool award here: http://www.ronajaffefoundation.org/index.html

* UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben Winters has won the 2017 Sidewise Award for novel: http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/

* "The Blue Widow" by J.P. Sullivan has won the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. http://www.baen.com/baenfantasyaward2017

* Congratulations to this year's Hugo Award winners; N.K. Jemisin took home the Best Novel award for the second year in a row! http://www.thehugoawards.org/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for August, 2017

Hardcovers
1. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
2. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
3. The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
4. Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
5. Shattered Minds by Laura Lam
6. Gork the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
7. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
8. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
9. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
10. Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Trade Paperbacks
1. Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
2. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
4. Lamb by Christopher Moore
5. Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
6. Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
7. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
8. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
9. Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
10. Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
5. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
6. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
8. Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
9. Feedback by Mira Grant
10. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 10, at 5 pm to discuss ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 17th, at 6 pm to discuss SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson.  The book for October 15th is LOOK TO WINDWARD by Iain M. Banks.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99), and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 9th at 5:00 pm - We are so excited to welcome these two awesome, hilarious authors to Borderlands!  If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight.  If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start!  This time around, Seanan will be joined by Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off THE TASTE OF MARROW, the exciting, feral-hippo-filled sequel to RIVER OF TEETH!  Seanan will be presenting THE BRIGHTEST FELL, the next October Daye novel, and the first one in hardcover.  We'll also have the full-on Circus with musicians, readings, raffle prizes, and silliness guaranteed!  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Juba Kalamka, Meredith May, and Daniel H. Wilson, Saturday September 9th at 6:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, usually hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate! The amazing lineup this month includes authors Natasha Dennerstein (Triptych Caliform), Juba Kalamka (Son of Byford, Oogabooga Under Fascism), Meredith May (I, Who Did Not Die) Alvin Orloff (I Married an Earthling, The Unsinkable Bambi Lake), and Daniel H. Wilson (The Clockwork Dynasty, Robopocalypse)!  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

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

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $24.99) Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 pm - We're always delighted to welcome Max Gladstone to Borderlands!  Check out the write up from the publisher's website for the newest Craft novel, THE RUIN OF ANGELS: "The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place.  Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city -- while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.  Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in FULL FATHOM FIVE) hits town to corner Agdel Lex's burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei.  But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal.  When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead -- and some people want to finish the job." RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing:  https://www.facebook.com/events/257966844709642

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, The Movie Panel Discussion with Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott, Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - Join panelists Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott for a fascinating panel discussion on Stephen King's IT: The Book, The Minseries, and the Movie!  We'll explore the enduring popularity and various interpretations of this utterly terrifying novel.  Bring your questions and opinions.  And, we've been informed that there may well be clowns in attendance!

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE UPLOADED (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm - Join us to meet the incomparable Ferrett Steinmetz and check out his new post-singularity thriller THE UPLOADED, wherein (as it was described to me) "people are uploaded to giant servers after their death and are, quite frankly, hideous to the living".  You can check out Ferrett's summary here: http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/the-uploaded-my-new-novel-about-the-dark-side-of-digital-immortality-coming-in-september/ .  The author's only visiting three cities to promote this book, and the others are Cleveland and Cambridge; missing Ferrett Steinmetz is a damn shame, and you should avoid it if you can.  Also, we're expecting donuts!

Peter Clines, PARADOX BOUND (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm - We are always happy to welcome author Peter Clines, who has been a great supporter of Borderlands!  This time, the author that Kikus Reviews calls a "professional noodle-bender" brings us a "full barrell adventure novel" that "also teaches a non-ironic lesson in American civics".  We're going to let you read that excellent Kirkus review to find out more, and we heartily encourage you to come meet Peter Clines and check out PARADOX BOUND! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/peter-clines/paradox-bound/

Mishell Baker, PHANTOM PAINS (Saga, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm - Join us to meet the fabulous Mishell Baker, author of the Arcadia Project books BORDERLINE, PHANTOM PAINS, and the forthcoming IMPOSTER SYNDROME!  This will be an informal, meet-and-chat signing, and we've heard credible rumors there will be cupcakes.  You an hear an excerpt from BORDERLINE here: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Borderline/Mishell-Baker/The-Arcadia-Project/9781508225263

Ann Leckie, PROVENANCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm - Ann Leckie's first novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, the BSFA Award, and the British Fantasy Award, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and made the James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honor List, and the rest of the series garnered addtional awards!  WOW!  Now she's back with a whole new novel, PROVENANCE, and it sounds fantastic.  From the author's website: "A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people.  She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.  Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good."  We hold you'll join us to meet this record-shattering author and check out her new work.

Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome local author Annalee Newitz back to the store!  Annalee's written reams of articles, and two nonfiction books, but this is her first novel: "AUTONOMOUS features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine.  A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack's latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America -- a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.  On Jack's trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations.  AUTONOMOUS alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City."

Loren Rhoads, 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Black Dog & Leventhal, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome local author and Borderlands sponsor Loren Rhoads, who will be showing off her new book 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE!  From Loren's website: "People are buried everywhere, once you start to notice.  Every tourist destination has a cemetery, from New York City to Hong Kong to Isle of Iona.  Some tourist destinations are tombs: the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the Taj Mahal or the Royal Mounds in Gamla Uppsala in Sweden, for instance.  There are permanent residents in museums, houses of worship, ghost towns, battlegrounds. . . even in national parks.  You may have already visited someone's grave without giving it a second thought, if you’ve been to Pompeii or Westminster Abbey or the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.  Why would anyone go out of the way to visit a graveyard intentionally?  In addition to the fascinating stories they contain, cemeteries can be open-air sculpture parks full of one of a kind artwork.  They provide habitats for birds and wildlife, as well as arboretums and gardens of surprising beauty.  Cemeteries appeal to art lovers, amateur sociologists, birdwatchers, master gardeners, historians, hikers, genealogists, picnickers, and anyone who just wants to stop and smell the roses.  Our relationships with the places we visit can be deepened and enriched by learning the stories of those who came -- and stayed -- before us."  We do hope you'll join us to check out this fascinating and unconventional travel guide!

Serena Valentino, MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL (Disney, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 pm - Join us for an informal, meet-and-chat signing with the fabulous Serena Valentino, and check out her newest Disney villain extravaganza MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL, which is Maleficent's story!  Find out more about Serena and her work here: http://www.serenavalentino.com/

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District.  Phase 2 will take place in the bookstore, and will feature: Sarah Gailey, an internationally published author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble.  She tweets @gaileyfrey.  Learn more at www.sarahgailey.com; Sarah Kuhn, the author of the Heroine Complex series—starring Asian American superheroines—and assorted comics about love, geeks, aliens, and Barbie; Loren Rhoads, who zips from space operas called THE DANGEROUS TYPE and NO MORE HEREOS to nonfiction about the 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE; and Carter Scholz, a Bay Area writer, composer, and pianist whose recent novella, Gypsy, was nominated for the Sturgeon Award!

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl.  This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District. Phase 3 will take place in the Cafe and will feature Robyn Bennis, who works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View and THE GUNS ABOVE is her debut novel; Dana Fredsti, the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets The Walking Dead, and the dark fantasy series Spawn of Lilith; Alize Jama-Everett, who was born in Harlem NYC in 1974.  His books are THE LIMINAL PEOPLE, THE LIMINAL WAR, and THE ENTROPY OF BONES; and Ellen Klages, an award-winning genre-bending author (PASSING STRANGE) who lives in San Francisco in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Nick Mamatas, Molly Tanzer, and a bunch of wonderful contributors to this event for a cool new mash-up of cocktail recipes and flash fiction!  From the editor: "A cocktail is like an excellent story -- bitter and sweet and over too quickly, but the memory of it stays with you.  From the Pimm's Cup to Smoking Bishop, the Manhattan to the Moscow Mule, MIXED UP features not only more than two dozen classic recipes and hot tips on ingredients and preparations, but new cocktail-themed short stories from some of today's most popular and acclaimed writers, including Jeff VanderMeer, Cara Hoffman, Benjamin Percy, and many more."

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to welcome these three amazing authors to Borderlands!  Kevin, Chuck, and Fran will be discussing their new titles and signing books.  Bring your questions and your sense of humor!

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm - We're thrilled to host the somewhat-elusive sometime circumnavigator Hugh Howey!  Here's what the publisher has to say about his new collection: "Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel WOOL, and then with other enthralling works such as SAND and BEACON 23.  Now comes MACHINE LEARNING, an impressive collection of Howey's science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time.  These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story."

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, August 8, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, August 2017

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

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Upcoming Events
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Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm

Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie Panel Discussion on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Peter Clines, Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, Fran Wilde, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Brandon Sanderson, and many, many others!

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* Overheard in the Store:

"GIVE ME THAT KEY, or I'm going to pee on your giraffe!"

"Don't you rain on my Yak Milk Parade!"

"I'm gonna be twiddling my thumbs the entire weekend while he draws Ninja Turtles on peoples' boobs."

* George Romero, arguably the father of the modern zombie movie, has passed away from complications related to lung cancer. R.I.P. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

* In the past month we sadly lost science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, also to lung cancer.  https://jeffcarlson.com/2017/07/24/rip-thriller-author-jeff-carlson/

* An essay about Star Trek's connection with Revolutionary Socialism, with a few interesting history nuggets about science fiction authors & their own brushes with different political ideologies.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/make-it-so-star-trek-and-its-debt-to-revolutionary-socialism.html

* Ta-Nehisi Coates takes to The Atlantic to explain why black people are having such a negative reaction to the announcement of HBO's alternative history show "Confederate," and why these types of alternative histories are a problem in general.  https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/no-confederate/535512/

* Penthouse Magazine files an intellectual property lawsuit, and also announces that they intend to relaunch a print version of Omni Magazine. https://www.xbiz.com/news/221490/penthouse-files-ip-suit-omni-magazine-to-restart

* San Francisco's AT&T store gets a "Game of Thrones" touch:  http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Hodor-Hodor-AT-T-SF-store-gets-Game-of-11728635.php#photo-13610781

* A list of SF/F literature's top ten sidekicks! Number one wasn't much of a surprise, but some of the others were.  http://io9.gizmodo.com/science-fiction-and-fantasy-literatures-top-10-sidekick-1797202884

* An excellent essay by author Max Gladstone on why science fiction and fantasy is so important as the world becomes even more fantastical. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/07/17/why-science-fiction-is-still-so-relevant-even-with-todays-technology/#59a538857abc

* As the cultural zeitgeist around dystopias grows, Angelica Jade Bastien asks an important question over at Vulture: Why Don’t Dystopias Know How To Talk About Race? http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/why-dont-dystopias-know-how-to-talk-about-race.html

* No designer babies yet.  Thank goodness, because we don't have our bunkers all set up for the wars that will follow. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/science/gene-editing-embryos-designer-babies.html

* Recursor.TV brings much of the indie, local, and web-produced science fiction to one website, divided by sub-genres so you don't have to search blindly on Youtube for that unknown SF gem.  https://singularityhub.com/2017/08/03/recursor-tv-brings-all-the-best-indie-sci-fi-to-one-place/

* Not sure about Recursor.TV?  Well, here are the 18 best science fiction movies on Netflix right now:  http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/netflix/261983/18-best-science-fiction-movies-to-stream-on-netflix-now

* "Rick & Morty" is righteous science fiction!  Damn right.  https://www.wired.com/2017/07/geeks-guide-rick-and-morty/

* Grammy nominee launches his first novel, a science fiction tale, along with a concert of its accompanying soundtrack.  https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-08022017-0838/three-time-grammy-nominee-present-concert-and-science-fiction-reading-one

* Take a gander at some of the weird "science" projects the USSR undertook in the rush to get an upper hand on the U.S. https://www.rbth.com/science_and_tech/2017/07/31/3-bizarre-soviet-projects-straight-out-of-a-science-fiction-novel_814376

* Next stop, "Jurassic Park"! What could possibly go wrong?  http://gizmodo.com/why-bringing-back-a-wooly-mammoth-is-no-longer-science-1797099747

* Speaking of "what could possibly go wrong?", Disney is opening an immersive/interactive "Star Wars" hotel, where each guest gets a storyline.  "Westworld," anyone? https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/15/disney-is-opening-an-immersive-star-wars-hotel-where-each-guest-gets-a-storyline/

* A little profane, but completely hilarious -- Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig have a conversation about slasher movies:  https://imgur.com/gallery/0l7fR

* A new book of classic science fiction and horror posters comes to us from a slightly unexpected source, the collection of Kirk Hammett, guitarist for Metallica: http://www.thedailybeast.com/its-alive-classic-horror-movie-posters-from-metallica-guitarist-kirk-hammett

*Our first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino in the upcoming "Deadpool 2" movie.  We cannot wait!
 http://sciencefiction.com/2017/07/31/deadpool-2-get-your-first-look-zazie-beetz-as-domino/

* "Galaxy," the science fiction magazine which ran from 1950-1980, has put up for free all its stories from 1950-1976.  Read online or download. https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/seminal-sci-fi-galaxy-free-online/

* A summer reading list of science fiction starring women.  Check out the list here!  https://www.bustle.com/p/13-science-fiction-books-starring-women-for-your-summer-reading-list-69139

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Award News
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* Nominees for the 2017 World Fantasy Award have been announced.  http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/

* The winners for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards have been announced!  http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2017-07-30.htm

* Colson Whitehead's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD has swept up another award, this time the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel of 2016 -- https://www.clarkeaward.com/

* The Seiun Awards for Japanese Science Fiction have announced their winners, included the translated works.  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/2017-seiun-awards-winners/

* The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards for 2016 have been announced, and they range from Manson cults to the occult underbelly of NYC. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/shirley-jackson-awards-winners/

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for July, 2017

Hardcovers
1. THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
2. THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams
3. THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson
4. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
5. ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS by David D. Levine
6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
7. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
9. KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen
10. MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

Trade Paperbacks
1. SUMAGE SOLUTION by G.L. Carriger
2. THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
3. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
4. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
5. HEROINE WORSHIP by Sarah Kuhn
6. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
7. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
8. TROPIC OF KANSAS by Christopher Brown
9. THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden
10. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn
2. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
3. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
6. ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
7. AN OATH OF DOGS by Wendy Wagner
8. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
9. UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas
10. RISE by Mira Grant

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 13th, at 5 pm to discuss TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer.  The book for September will be ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 20th, at 6 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.  The book for the following month will be SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson.  Please contact
bookclub@borderlands-books.com
for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome Laura Lam back to Borderlands!  We cannot wait to check out her fascinating new novel SHATTERED MINDS.  From the publisher's website: "Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill.  She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fueled by the addictive drug 'Zeal'. Now she's heading for self-destruction -- until she has a vision of a dead girl.  Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions.  And this girl was a similar experiment.  When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he's probably dead.  Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis -- or she's next.  To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions.  If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together.  But first she must destroy her adversary -- before it changes us and our society, forever."

Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these three fabulous local authors!  Laura Blackwell's fiction appears in various publications, including the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS.  Future publications include Pseudopod and the upcoming STRANGE CALIFORNIA anthology.  She is Shimmer's copy editor.  You can follow her on Twitter at @pronouncedlahra and visit her website at http://www.pronouncedlahra.com.  Rebecca Gomez Farrell's debut epic fantasy novel, WINGS UNSEEN, comes out August 22 from Meerkat Press.  Her shorter speculative fiction that can be read in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Future Fire, and Bull Spec among other magazines.  She blogs about food, drink, and travel at http://thegourmez.com, and yes, she has opinions about candied bacon.  Find all her creative works at her author website: http://rebeccagomezfarrell.com.  Last but not least, Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population.  She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.  Megan is the author of the Scorched Continent trilogy, STEAL THE SKY, BREAK THE CHAINS, and INHERIT THE FLAMES.  You can find more info about her here: http://meganokeefe.com/.  RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/244188962767472

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm - We are so excited to welcome these two awesome, hilarious authors to Borderlands!  If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight.  If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start!  This time around, Seanan will be joined by Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off THE TASTE OF MARROW, the exciting, feral-hippo-filled sequel to RIVER OF TEETH!  Seanan will be presenting THE BRIGHTEST FELL, the next October Daye novel, and the first one in hardcover.  We'll also have the full-on Circus with musicians, readings, raffle prizes, and silliness guaranteed!  Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm - We're always delighted to welcome Max Gladstone to Borderlands!  Check out the write up from the publisher's website for the newest Craft novel, THE RUIN OF ANGELS: "The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand.  Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place.  Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city -- while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.  Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in FULL FATHOM FIVE) hits town to corner Agdel Lex's burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei.  But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal.  When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead -- and some people want to finish the job."

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - Join us for a fascinating panel discussion on the many incarnations of Stephen King's novel IT, with Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott.  More details next month!

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

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

All contents unless otherwise noted are the property of Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.
San Francisco CA 94110
415 824-8203

http://www.borderlands-books.com

Comments and suggestions should be directed to
editor@borderlands-books.com

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, July 2017

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

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Upcoming Events
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David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm

Christopher Brown, TROPIC OF KANSAS (Harper Voyager, Trade Paperback, $15.99), in conversation with Michael Blumlein on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00pm

Tal Klein, THE PUNCH ESCROW (Geek & Sundry, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30pm

Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Max Gladstone, Seanan McGuire, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, and many, many others!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"My perspective is skewed... I thought Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD was about a father & son taking a trip to the beach."

"[I thought], when the Universe gives you ice cream, you'd _better_ get a spoon."

"That's not so great, honey -- did your mom _really_ call you a 'buzz kill'?"

* We are so sad to hear that after 41 years, the legendary bookstore Dark Carnival in Berkeley will be closing soon.  Please go by and buy a book or two or ten and give the store a grand send-off.  http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/06/12/41-years-berkeley-sci-fi-bookstore-dark-carnival-closing/

* AB228 (amendment to California's dreadful autograph law AB1570 -- see http://eurekabooksellers.com/california-just-made-it-harder-to-sell-your-signed-books-and-art/ for background on the law) still faces two more committees; however some positive changes have been made to the amendment.  The language now includes "This bill would instead define 'autographed collectible' to mean an autographed sports or entertainment media item, as specified, sold or offered for sale in or from this state by a dealer to a consumer for $50 or more, bearing the actual signature of a person signed by that individual's own hand that increases the sale value of the item over that of a comparable item without the actual signature. The bill would exclude, among other items, works of fine art, signed books, furniture, and certain decorative objects, from the definition of an autographed collectible."  Therefore, if the amendment is adopted, booksellers and others whom this law was never intended to include would _actually_ be excluded from it.  The full text of the amendment can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB228

* Are you into "Magic: The Gathering"?  Want to play with other Borderlands customers and friendly, like-minded weirdos?  Come hang out with the Bay Area Lady Planeswalker Society (informally known here as "Magic for Not-the-Usual-Suspects") at Borderlands Cafe, every first and third Saturday of the month, from 5 pm - 9 pm!  They welcome fresh faces.  However, since we've a private sponsor rental on Saturday, July 15th, the next "Magic: The Gathering"-Gathering will be Saturday, August 5th.  We hope you'll attend!

* Comedian and cartoonist Mike Capozzola has a cool new multimedia show for comic book & science fiction fans called "Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters", and partial proceeds from his July 25th performance at The Punch Line benefit the Cartoon Art Museum.  https://www.capozzola.com/upcoming-shows

* An interview with one of the greats of experimental science fiction, Samuel R. Delany, at The Portalist: https://theportalist.com/samuel-r-delany-interview

* Ahh, the 1920s --  when sci-fi fashion meant actually looking like some planet or space anomaly.  We long for those days to return (but not in a hipster way!).  http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_far-out_sci-fi_costume_parties_of_the_bauhaus_school_in_the_1920s

* So, this happened: https://imgur.com/gallery/pDfmP

* Thanks to sponsor Andrea F. for pointing out Levar Burton's new podcast, "Levar Burton Reads," which is like "Reading Rainbow" for adults!  Mr. Burton particularly likes science fiction, so you should definitely check this out.  http://nerdist.com/levar-burtons-new-podcast-is-like-reading-rainbow-for-adults/

* You're a passenger in seat 14C, on Flight #008, and when you land, your plane has been mysteriously transported 20 years into the future.  Participate in this short story contest about the innovations and changes you find in 2037.  The prize includes a trip to Japan, a hotel stay and more.  https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/new

* A list of all the classic (and maybe some not-so-classic) science fiction, fantasy and horror movies coming to Blu-Ray in July: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/every-classic-sci-fi-fantasy-and-supernatural-horror-blu-ray-coming-in-july-2017

* Everything you need to know about Luc Besson’s upcoming science fiction epic "Valerian", which is based on a series of French comics: http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/movies/a27180/everything-you-need-to-know-about-valerian/

* Most science fiction fans know that there's always been some crossover with the Western genre, from themes to plotlines to the Weird West trend.  More mainstream audiences are finally picking up on this: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2017/07/05/the-western-is-finally-returning-from-the-dead/#38c14b859ff9

* We have never heard of this so-called "greatest science fiction TV show of all time", but it does sound interesting: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/24/paleopodcasting.html

* This essay over at io9 argues that it's really the creation of Hogwarts (and readers' reactions and love of the school) that has made the Harry Potter series.  http://io9.gizmodo.com/how-hogwarts-crushed-all-other-fantasy-schools-under-it-1796407081

* CBS has a new summer sci-fi series that basically sounds like a derivative "Armageddon: The Mini-Series," but also trashy summer fun, so why not?  http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2017/07/salvation_is_lightweight_summer_sci-fi_fare_for_cbs.html

* Geek Actually is serial fiction from Serial Box about five women who are geeks and friends.  Honestly as soon as Na'amen read "for anyone who loves both Sex and the City and Star Wars", he was sold, but your mileage may vary.  http://www.denofgeek.com/us/books-comics/geek-actually/266171/geek-actually-a-serialized-tale-of-five-female-nerds

* An interview with artist Cristina Iglesias, who names Clarke and Ballard among her influences.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cristina-iglesias-im-interested-in-building-places_us_595f397ce4b085e766b5119f

* Proving that Netflix learned nothing from "Ghost In The Shell", "The Great Wall", or their own "Iron Fist".  http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/news/a56081/netflixs-death-note-ghost-shell/

* Science and Science Fiction meet at Future Con (which we certainly hope to attend some year soon, 'cause it sounds amazing).  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-cutting-edge-science-meets-science-fiction-it-packs-house-180963774/

* An interview with fantasy author Myke Cole on his new dark fantasy series about oppressive religions, magic, and a young woman thrust into a leadership role. https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/29/15879438/myke-cole-the-sacred-throne-armored-saint-cover-reveal-interview-fantasy-grim

* It's late for Fathers' Day, but here's a list of the supposed best fathers in science fiction.  (We find more than a few entries dubious at best.)  https://www.cnet.com/au/news/fathers-day-dads-sci-fi-tribute-star-wars-star-trek-harry-potter/

* There seems to be an interesting new Turkish science fiction series where all of Istanbul is under ice.  The only question now is how to find episodes in the US?  https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2017/06/10/scary-scenario-istanbul-under-ice

* A round-table discussion between speculative authors Jeff Vandermeer, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Omar El Akkad, who have all recently released dystopian novels.  https://www.wired.com/story/dystopia-trump-science-fiction-roundtable/

* A list of comic books coming out this month that you should check out. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/legend-of-korra-shade-and-8-more-must-read-graphic-novels-for-july

* Marvel's New Warriors has announced its cast, including Squirrel Girl: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-new-warriors-squirrel-girl-cast-milana-vayntrub-derek-theler-topline-freeform-comedy-1019588

* Speaking of exciting casting, Jodie Whittaker will be the next Doctor in Dr. Who! http://io9.gizmodo.com/jodie-whittaker-is-doctor-whos-next-doctor-1796924974

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Award News
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* New Award Announcement: The Splatterpunk Awards, for achievement in the sub-genre of Splatterpunk/Extreme Horror.  More info here: http://killerconaustin.com/awards

* The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Locus Awards.  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/06/do-not-touch-2017-locus-awards-winners/

* Colson Whitehead’s amazing novel UNDERGROUND RAILROAD won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction! http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for June, 2017

Hardcovers
1. RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson

2. THE KILL SOCIETY by Richard Kadrey

3. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire

4. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi

5. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney

6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory

7. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

8. CHASING SHADOWS edited by David Brin

9. THE BERLIN PROJECT by Gregory Benford

10. SOLERI by Michael Johnston

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu

2. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders

3. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee

4. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages

5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey

6. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer

7. WICKED WONDERS by Ellen Klages

8. PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden

9. I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER by Dan Wells

10. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
3. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. OLD MAN’S WAR by John Scalzi
6. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
7. ESCAPOLOGY by Ren Warom
8. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
9. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
10. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis


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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 13th, at 5 pm to discuss TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 20th, at 6 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders. The book for the following month will be SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details

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David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome David Levine to Borderlands, where he'll be showing off a brand-new adventure in the ongoing story of the swashbuckling Arabella Ashby!  From the publisher's website: "Arabella's wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiance' is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus.  Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain.  To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouche', the Executioner of Lyon.  Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can't discover a way to stop Fouche', and the entire French army, from completing their emperor's mandate."  You can read Chapter 1 here: http://www.tor.com/2017/06/19/excerpts-david-levine-arabella-and-the-battle-of-venus/. RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/246326855862795/

Christopher Brown, TROPIC OF KANSAS (Harper Voyager, Trade Paperback, $15.99) in conversation with Michael Blumlein on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00pm - Join us to meet World Fantasy Award nominee Christopher Brown and check out the novel that William Gibson described as "sheer batshit genius"!  From the publisher's website: "The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as 'the Tropic of Kansas.' Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there -- that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest.  Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past -- and towards an unexpected future.  Sig promised those he loves that he would make it to the revolutionary redoubt of occupied New Orleans.  But first he must survive the wild edgelands of a barren mid-America policed by citizen militias and autonomous drones, where one wrong move can mean capture . . . or death.  One step behind, undercover in the underground, is Tania.  Her infiltration of clandestine networks made of old technology and new politics soon transforms her into the hunted one, and gives her a shot at being the agent of real change -- if she is willing to give up the explosive government secrets she has sworn to protect.  As brother and sister traverse these vast and dangerous badlands, their paths will eventually intersect on the front lines of a revolution whose fuse they are about to light."  Brown's work has been praised by Cory Doctorow, Nisi Shawl, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and others -- meet him and see what you've been missing!  Christopher will be joined in conversation by author Michael Blumlein!

Tal Klein, THE PUNCH ESCROW (Geek & Sundry, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30pm - We hope you'll join us to meet Tal Klein and check out his novel THE PUNCH ESCROW! From the publisher's website: "It's the year 2147: a time of enduring peace on Earth.  The Last War ended half a century ago.  We can cure most ills, the air is pure, and teleportation is how we get around.  Sounds great, right?  So why does everyone suddenly want to kill Joel Byram?"  Tal's novel won the first Inkshares' Geek & Sundry's Hard Science Fiction contest <https://www.inkshares.com/contests/geek-sundry-contest-theme>, and we think you'll agree it deserves the honor!

Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome Laura Lam back to Borderlands!  We cannot wait to check out her fascinating new novel SHATTERED MINDS.  From the publisher's website: "Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill.  She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fueled by the addictive drug 'Zeal'. Now she's heading for self-destruction -- until she has a vision of a dead girl.  Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions.  And this girl was a similar experiment.  When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he's probably dead.  Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis -- or she's next.  To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions.  If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together.  But first she must destroy her adversary -- before it changes us and our society, forever."


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

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

All contents unless otherwise noted are the property of Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.
San Francisco CA 94110
415 824-8203
http://www.borderlands-books.com
Comments and suggestions should be directed to editor@borderlands-books.com

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Casey Karp, THE RAGTIME TRAVELER (Poisoned Pen Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, July 16th at 3:00pm

David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for May, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writers With Drinks with authors Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis, Christina DiEdoardo, Glen David Gold, and Mark Oshiro at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street) on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, and we're always happy to participate!  The amazing lineup this month includes authors Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis (The Guns Above), Christina DiEdoardo (Lanza's Mob: The Mafia and San Francisco), Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside), and Mark Oshiro (Mark Reads Harry Potter).  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits.  Doors open at 6:30 and Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Casey Karp, THE RAGTIME TRAVELER (Poisoned Pen Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, July 16th at 3:00pm -  We're happy to welcome local author Casey Karp to Borderlands!  Casey has brilliantly completed THE RAGTIME TRAVELLER, the fourth book in Larry Karp's Ragtime Mystery series.  In this thrilling installment, time travel helps solve the murder!  From the publisher: "It takes one moment in 2016 for ragtime music expert Alan Chandler to go from sitting in his hotel room in Sedalia, Missouri, to standing beside the King of Ragtime-Scott Joplin-at his upright piano in 1899.  Chandler suddenly finds himself more than one hundred years earlier inside the famous Maple Leaf Club with its gas chandeliers, massive walnut bar, gaming tables, and pals surrounding the noted pianist and composer.  'What in the hell is going on? Am I dreaming?'  Clearly something unexpected is going on for Chandler in the fourth and final Ragtime Mystery by father and son Larry Karp and Casey Karp.  A longtime friend Mickey Potash phones Chandler, top ragtime performer and national expert on Joplin, to say that a duffel filled with Joplin's handwritten music has surfaced.  Chandler and his grandson, Tom, race from Seattle to Sedalia to evaluate what may be the most important find in popular American music.  Potash shows them initial pages which look authentic, but before they can get the duffel hidden in a padlocked closet, he is tortured and murdered.  The duffel is stolen.  Disappointment encourages a resurgence of symptoms in Chandler’s Stage 4 cancer.  He's determined to validate the music before time runs out. Tom, and later his wife, Miriam, help him.  Another murder complicates their investigation.  The trail to the duffel is crowded: Jackson and Saramae, two young people with journalism in their blood, want to solve the crime, as do homicide detectives and antique shopkeepers. Not surprisingly, the roots of the lost music lie in past emotional conflict, now tangled in genealogical warfare."  You can read an excerpt from the novel here: https://poisonedpenpress.com/books/ragtime-traveler-ragtime-mystery-4/.   Casey Karp will be discussing ragtime music and the new novel.

David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome David Levine to Borderlands, where he'll be showing off a brand-new adventure in the ongoing story of the swashbuckling Arabella Ashby!  From the publisher's website: "Arabella's wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiance' is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus.  Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain.  To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouche', the Executioner of Lyon.  Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can't discover a way to stop Fouche', and the entire French army, from completing their emperor's mandate."  You can read Chapter 1 here: http://www.tor.com/2017/06/19/excerpts-david-levine-arabella-and-the-battle-of-venus/



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2017

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

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

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

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 14th, at 5 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.  The book for June will be SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 21st, at 6 pm to discuss THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers. The book for the following month will be FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN by Kim Stanley Robinson. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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