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EVENTS at Borderlands

Check out the bottom of this page for our google calendar with all upcoming events.

GENERAL EVENTS

Ferrett Steinmetz, FIX (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) on Saturday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

J. Patrick Black, NINTH CITY BURNING (Ace, Hardcover, $27.00) on Saturday, September 24th at 1:00 pm

Reading Along the Aqueduct, with Susan diRende, Liz Henry, Ellen Klages, Claire Light, Nancy Jane Moore, and Lori Selke on Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 pm

Blake Charlton, SPELLBREAKER (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, October 1st at 3:00 pm

Nisi Shawl, EVERFAIR (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm

Colin Dickey, GHOSTLAND: AN AMERICAN HISTORY OF HAUNTED PLACES (Viking, Hardcover, $27.00) with guest Annalee Newitz on Saturday, October 8th at 3:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 2, "Thrills, Chills, Zen, and Trains" with Alex Dolan, Janet Dawson, Daryl Gregory and Eliot Fintushel, Saturday, October 15th at 7:15 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 3, "From Inside Your Head, to Under the Sea, to Beyond the Stars" with Skye Allen, Chaz Brenchley, Becky Chambers, and Serena Valentino, Saturday, October 15th at 8:30 pm

And, coming up in the Fall, we're thrilled to welcome even more wonderful authors, including Jewelle Gomez, Dan Wells, and Brent Weeks, among many others!

Ferrett Steinmetz, FIX (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - We are thrilled to host Ferrett Steinmetz with the third and final installment of his popular 'Mancer series, FIX.  Featuring a cast of unusual magicians -- chief among them Paul Tsabo, a bureaucromancer, and his daughter Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson, a videogamemancer -- FIX follows fugitive Paul and his family across the globe as they are hunted by the terrifying and hive-minded Unimancers, agents of the government's anti-'mancer squad.  Author Ken Liu praises the series: "With the ?Mancer series, Ferrett Steinmetz has achieved something rare in contemporary fantasy: a world that feels both truer and more magical than our own." Don't miss Ferrett and the conclusion of his electrifying and inventive series, and as always there will be donuts.

J. Patrick Black, NINTH CITY BURNING (Ace, Hardcover, $27.00) Saturday, September 24th at 1:00 pm - We are very excited to host J. Patrick Black with his debut science fiction novel NINTH CITY BURNING.  Here's the official synopsis: "We never saw them coming.  Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble.  When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity.  It seemed nothing could stop it--until we discovered we could wield the power too.  Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition.  The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines.  Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.  But the enemy?s tactics are changing, and Earth's defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun.  As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back." You can read an excerpt from the book here: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/19/ninth-city-burning-cover-excerpt?xid=IFT-Section.  We hope you'll join us for a memorable afternoon with this talented new author!

Reading Along the Aqueduct, with Susan diRende, Liz Henry, Ellen Klages, Claire Light, Nancy Jane Moore, and Lori Selke on Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 pm - Aqueduct Press promises "to bring our readers work that will stretch the imagination and stimulate thought." In this group reading by Aqueduct Press authors and friends, readers Susan diRende, Liz Henry, Ellen Klages, Claire Light, Nancy Jane Moore, and Lori Selke also promise to bring the funny, the unexpected, and the exciting.  No two audience members will agree about whose work they liked best!  Debbie Notkin will emcee this event.

Blake Charlton, SPELLBREAKER (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, October 1st at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome author (and doctor) Blake Charlton back to Borderlands!  Blake will be showing off the third book in his SPELLWRIGHT trilogy, SPELLBREAKER!  Here's the book description from the author's website: "Leandra Weal has a bad habit of getting herself in dangerous situations.  For one thing, she has to solve the mystery behind a very usual murder.  While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future.  She discovers that in a day?s time she will either murder someone she loves or die herself.  Problem is, she doesn?t know whom she might murder.  That?s a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who -- especially when arguing with her daughter -- can be a real dragon.  Leandra?s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting.  Everywhere she turns, Leandra finds herself amid intrigue and conflict.  It seems her bad habit for getting into dangerous situations is turning into a full blown addiction."  You can check out the gorgeous cover art here: http://www.blakecharlton.com/2015/11/spellbreakers-cover-art-blurb/

Nisi Shawl, EVERFAIR (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm - We are thrilled to welcome award-winning author Nisi Shawl to Borderlands!  Her new novel EVERFAIR is the steampunk alternate history we've been waiting for.  Check out the exciting description from the publisher's website: "EVERFAIR is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.  Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II.  This land, named EVERFAIR, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.  Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history.  EVERFAIR is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced.  EVERFAIR is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history."  Do not miss the opportunity to meet this fascinating author!

Colin Dickey, GHOSTLAND: AN AMERICAN HISTORY OF HAUNTED PLACES (Viking, Hardcover, $27.00)  with guest Annalee Newitz on Saturday, October 8th at 3:00 pm - We are so excited about author and cultural historian Colin Dickey's new book GHOSTLAND: AN AMERICAN HISTORY IN HAUNTED PLACES that we just had to have him come talk about it, despite it not falling strictly within our genres.  AND, Annalee Newitz will be joining in the fun, interviewing Colin at the event!  Here's the book description from the publisher's website: "Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as 'the most haunted mansion in America,' or 'the most haunted prison'; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living--how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted?  Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made -- and why those changes are made -- Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, GHOSTLAND discovers the past we?re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark." Come join us for some real-life ghost stories with Colin Dickey!

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 2, "Thrills, Chills, Zen, and Trains" with Alex Dolan, Janet Dawson, Daryl Gregory and Eliot Fintushel, Saturday, October 15th at 7:15 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. This year our readers are Alex Dolan, Janet Dawson, Daryl Gregory and Eliot Fintushel!

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 3, "From Inside Your Head, to Under the Sea, to Beyond the Stars" with Skye Allen, Chaz Brenchley, Becky Chambers, and Serena Valentino, Saturday, October 15th at 8:30 pm - Join us to travel to previously unimagined worlds and explore mind-blowing new concepts, without even leaving the building!  This year our guests are Skye Allen, Chaz Brenchley, Becky Chambers, and Serena Valentino!

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 5pm. 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.

January 10th, 2016: The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
February 14th, 2016: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
March 13th, 2016: Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
April 10th, 2016: The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
May 15th, 2016: The Peripheral by William Gibson
June 12th, 2016: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
July 10th, 2016: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
August 14th, 2016: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
September 11th, 2016: Proxima by Stephen Baxter


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.

anuary 17th, 2016: Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii
February 21st, 2016: The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
March 20th, 2016: Time and Again by Jack Finney
April 17th, 2016: The Dangerous Type by Loren Rhoads (author visit!)
May 15th, 2016: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
June 19th, 2016: Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
July 17th, 2016:  Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
August 21st, 2016: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
September 18th, 2016: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
October 16th, 2016: Blindsight by Peter Watts
November 20th, 2016: Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds
December 18th, 2016: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

GOOGLE CALENDAR


For the tech savvy out there, our iCal address at Google is https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/8melqrhlamjs2d5la520mgpbis%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics