Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dispatches from the Border, June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for May, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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