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EVENTS at Borderlands

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GENERAL EVENTS

Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT (Daylight Books, Paperback, $39.95) Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 pm

Chaz Brenchley BEING SMALL (Per Aspera Press, Trade Paperback, $10.99) & BITTER WATERS (Lethe Press, Trade Paperback, $18) and Laurie R. King IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Pegasus, Hardcover, $24.95) Sunday, November 9th at 3:00 pm

F. Paul Wilson, FEAR CITY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm

Frankie Y. Bailey, THE RED QUEEN DIES (Minotaur Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, November 15th at 4:00 pm

Steven Erikson, WILLFUL CHILD (Tor Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 pm

Mira Grant, SYMBIONT (Orbit, Hardcover, $26) Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 pm

Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 6th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT (Daylight Books, Paperback, $39.95) Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 pm - Photographer Robert Shults looks for the sublime in his images of the Texas Petawatt Laser.  This past spring, Austin-based fine art photographer Robert Shults visited the Texas Petawatt Laser, one of the most powerful lasers in the world.  He wanted to capture "an observer's awe-struck perception of a seemingly sacred space where a brilliant but mortal group of men and women perform work normally reserved for the gods."   The book features a scientific introduction by Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an original science fiction story by award-winning author, mathematician, genius, artist and troublemaker Rudy Rucker.  Additionally, each copy of the volume includes a unique bookmark made from specialized laser "burn paper" with an image etched directly onto its surface by the Texas Petawatt. You can read more about the fascinating process that brought Shults to the project here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/robert-shults-vs-the-lasers/. Do not miss this incredible, very unusual event!

Chaz Brenchley BEING SMALL (Per Aspera Press, Mass Market, $10.99) & BITTER WATERS (Lethe Press, Trade Paperback, $18) and Laurie R. King IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Pegasus, Hardcover, $24.95) Sunday, November 9th at 3:00 pm - Store favorite Chaz Brenchley returns to Borderlands with two new books!  In BEING SMALL the horror of grief and growing up is exemplified by Michael and his mother who endeavor to keep Small -- the dead twin removed from Michael's body -- alive in spirit. This goal narrows their world & keeps them isolated. When Michael meets a house of men caring for their dying friend, he is drawn more and more into their world and away from the world he's always known -- but will Mother and Small let him leave?  BITTER WATERS, Brenchley's newest short story collection and the first devoted to gay readers, will make you weep, sweat and bleed.  The bitter waters are always inside of us and Brenchley brings them all out with his daring style and unique viewpoint.  We are also thrilled to welcome Laurie R. King to Borderlands for the first time! World-renowned and respected for her Kate Matinelli mysteries, her Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery series, and other fantastic books, she comes to us as co-editor of the anthology IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.  Chosen by King and her co-editor Leslie S. Klinger, these stories come from authors spanning every genre from horror, to science fiction, to fantasy, to mystery, and more.  What they all have in common is an appreciation of Doyle's genius detective.  Lovingly curated and excellently chosen, these stories take the essence of Sherlock Holmes' canon and merge them with other worlds, other times, and other lives.  Please join us to meet these two marvelous authors!

F. Paul Wilson, FEAR CITY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm - We are thrilled and excited to welcome F. Paul Wilson back to Borderlands for the last chapter of "Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson's globally popular supernatural troubleshooter."  From Macmillan's website: "The strands of Jack's life, established in the first two books, COLD CITY and DARK CITY, are now woven into a complete pattern.  Centered around an obscure group of malcontents intent on creating a terrible explosion in New York City in 1993, Fear City shows the final stages of young Jack becoming Repairman Jack. It is a dark and terrible story, full of plots and needless mayhem, with secret agents, a freelance torturer, a secret society as old as human history, love, death, and a very bleak triumph. Jack threads his way through this intricate maze, as people he loves are stripped away from him in a way that presages the later epic series of novels."

Frankie Y. Bailey, THE RED QUEEN DIES (Minotaur Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, November 15th at 4:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome Frankie Bailey to Borderlands!  Frankie is a criminal justice professor at UAlbany (SUNY).  She won the George N. Dove Award for her research on mystery and crime fiction, and has been nominated for several other awards, including the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony, and is the winner of a Macavity Award for African American Mystery Writers (2008).  Frankie is a former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime.  Her new near-future mystery sounds amazing! From the book description: "The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose.  But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as ?The Red Queen,? doesn?t fit the pattern set by the first two murders.  With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln?s assassination.  Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer."

Steven Erikson, WILLFUL CHILD (Tor Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 pm - We're always happy to welcome Steven Erikson back to Borderlands!  This time he's got a left-field treat for all of us -- a loving "Star Trek" pastiche/parody/tribute -- WILLFUL CHILD!  From the book description: "From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.  These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child.  Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the. . .  And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child. . . . The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it."  Check out a preview here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/11/steven-erikson-willful-child-preview

Mira Grant, SYMBIONT (Orbit, Hardcover, $26) Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 pm - Join us to meet Mira Grant and check out the terrifying sequel to PARASITE!  From the book description: "The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness.  But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde.
 Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped."  Don't miss the opportunity to get your book signed and have your skin crawl when you realize that the enemy is _inside us_.

Sister in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Northern California Holiday Party, Saturday, December 6th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Join us and more than a dozen fabulous local mystery writers for a fun holiday party!  There will be light refreshments and the chance to mingle with, and get books signed by, fantastic authors including Juliet Blackwell, Diana Chambers, Reece Hirsch, R. Franklin James, Susan Spann, CJ Verburg, and many others.  Don't miss this chance to meet so many authors all at the same time, and enjoy a rousing kick-off to the party season!




BOOK CLUB EVENTS


The QSF&F Book Club
This book club is for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people who love reading all kinds of science fiction, fantasy, even a little bit of horror, and anything that could loosely fall into any of these categories. We meet the second Sunday of every month at Borderlands Cafe on Valencia Street in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco. We also occasionally have movie nights, get togethers, dinners, and other fun and exciting events. Please come join our Book Club! We?re going on ten years strong! For more information, visit our website at http://www.qsfandf.weebly.com or come see us on Facebook

Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

* Meets on Sunday, November 9th, at 5 pm to discuss EIGHT MILLION GODS by Wen Spencer.
* Meets on Sunday, December 14th, at 5 pm to discuss WOOL by Hugh Howey.


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
This book club usually meets on the third Sunday of every month at 6 pm. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

*Meets on Sunday, October 19th, at 6 pm to discuss THE CITY AND THE STARS by Arthur C. Clarke.
*Meets on Sunday, November,16th, at 6 pm to discuss ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie 
*Meets on Sunday, December 21st, at 6 pm to discuss WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME by Marge Piercy.





GOOGLE CALENDAR





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