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EVENTS at Borderlands

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GENERAL EVENTS

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE COMPLEX (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00); Mira Grant, RISE (ORBIT, Hardcover, $25.00); and Amber Benson, THE LAST DREAM KEEPER (ACE, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Saturday, July 9th at 6:00 pm

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with Sarah Kuhn, Allison Mick, Anne Lesley Selcer, Charles Stross, Shruti Swamy, and Abigail Ulman on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 pm

Charles Stross, THE NIGHTMARE STACKS (ACE, Hardcover, $27.00) on Sunday, July 10th at 3:00 pm

Donald Sidney-Fryer, HOBGOBLIN APOLLO: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DONALD SIDNEY-FRYER (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00) on Saturday, July 16th at 1:00 pm (please note the unusually early start time for this event)

Early Closing - Borderlands Books and Cafe will both be closing at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 16th for a private event

SF in SF with authors Richard Kadrey and Thomas Olde Heuvelt (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, July 17th at 6:30 pm

Daniel O'Malley, STILETTO (Little, Brown & Company, Hardcover, $26.00) on Saturday, July 23rd at 3:00 pm

Seth Harwood, EVERYONE PAYS (Thomas & Mercer, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, July 24th at 3:00 pm

Todd Lockwood, THE SUMMER DRAGON (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 pm

Eliot Fintushel, ZEN CITY, (Zero Books, Trade Paperback, $11.95) on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 pm

A celebration of Avram Davidson with Grania Davis and Ethan Davidson, reading from the new collection DAVID & SON, plus special guest Trina Robbins! (Surinam Turtle Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 31st at 6:00 pm

Richard Kadrey, THE PERDITION SCORE (HarperVoyager, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 pm

Sonia Orin Lyris, THE SEER (Baen, Trade Paperback, $15.00) Saturday, August 13th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Cecil Castellucci, David D. Levine, and Ben Loory (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, August 14th at 6:30 pm

Drop-by signing with Becky Chambers, A LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET (Harper, Trade Paperback, $15.99) on Monday, August 15th

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE COMPLEX (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00); Mira Grant, RISE (ORBIT, Hardcover, $25.00); and Amber Benson, THE LAST DREAM KEEPER (ACE, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Saturday, July 9th at 6:00 pm - We couldn't be happier to welcome this trio of fabulous authors to Borderlands!
Sarah Kuhn's new novel is a sensational, fast-moving, super-fun super-heroine story set in San Francisco!  The book introduces Evie Tanaka, the tremendously put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, Evie's childhood best friend and San Francisco's most beloved super-heroine.  But everything changes when Evie's forced to impersonate Aveda for an evening and Evie's own powers make their very dramatic appearance.
Mira Grant really needs no introduction, but we do love this line from her webiste: "Mira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead."  She's also the author of The Newsflesh and Parasitology Trilogies; RISE is a collection of short stories in the Newsflesh universe, including the ever-popular "San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats".
Amber Benson is the talented and versatile author of more than a dozen novels, including the Calliope Reaper-Jones series, the Ghosts of Albion books with Christopher Golden, and now a new urban fantasy series that began with THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK.  THE LAST DREAM KEEPER continues the adventures of Lyse MacAllister, who has stepped into a very difficult role as master of the Echo Park coven of witches following her great-aunt's death -- and now there's a new threat, a group of fanatics intent on bringing about the end of times. . . . You won't want to miss this high-energy, awesome event!

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with Sarah Kuhn, Allison Mick, Anne Lesley Selcer, Charles Stross, Shruti Swamy, and Abigail Ulman on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders!  July's lineup includes the following amazing authors: Sarah Kuhn, Allison Mick, Anne Lesley Selcer, Charles Stross, Shruti Swamy, and Abigail Ulman!  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.  Doors open at 6:30.  Borderlands will be on hand to sell books, (and yes, Sarah will be sprinting out of the Borderlands event to appear at Writers With Drinks)!

Charles Stross, THE NIGHTMARE STACKS (ACE, Hardcover, $27.00) on Sunday, July 10th at 3:00 pm - We're thrilled to host Charles Stross, who only very infrequently makes it across the Atlantic to hang out with us!  Charlie will be showing off the newest in the always-fun Laundry Files novels, THE NIGHTMARE STACKS!  From the publisher's website: "Alex Schwartz had a promising future -- until he contracted an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret agency.  His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown.  The thought of telling his parents that he's lost his old job, let alone them finding out about his 'condition', is causing Alex more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses.  His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student appearing in the local Goth Festival, who flirts with him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock.  But Cassie has secrets of her own - secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively normal . . ." You can check out the covers (both US and UK) of THE NIGHTMARE STACKS, as well as a Q&A about the book here: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/11/cover-reveal-the-nightmare-sta.html .

Donald Sidney-Fryer, HOBGOBLIN APOLLO: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DONALD SIDNEY-FRYER (Hippocampus Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00) on Saturday, July 16th at 1:00 pm (please note the unusually early start time for this event) - We are delighted to welcome the Last of the Courtly Poets, Donald Sidney-Fryer, presenting his fascinating autobiography HOBGOBLIN APOLLO!  Donald is a leading authority on Clark Ashton Smith and the California Romantics, and an absolutely captivating character.  Come hear the professional and personal stories of this poet, author, editor, and marvelously eccentric individual.

Early Closing - Borderlands Books and Cafe will both be closing at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 16th for a private event.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

SF in SF with authors Richard Kadrey and Thomas Olde Heuvelt (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, July 17th 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 celebrate the return of SF in SF, at a lovely new venue!  Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Daniel O'Malley, STILETTO (Little, Brown & Company, Hardcover, $26.00) on Saturday, July 23rd at 3:00 pm - We're very excited to welcome Daniel O'Malley, author of the wildly popular novel THE ROOK, to Borderlands, for the next book in the The Rook Files, STILETTO!  Daniel lives in Australia, so it is a special treat to host him.  Alan really liked THE ROOK, and STILETTO sounds fantastic!  From the publisher's website: "When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers -- and the bureaucratic finesse -- to get the job done.  Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:  The Checquy -- the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and. . . The Grafters -- a centuries-old supernatural threat.  But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare.  Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war."  We hope you'll join us in welcoming Daniel O'Malley to the store!

Seth Harwood, EVERYONE PAYS (Thomas & Mercer, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, July 24th at 3:00 pm - Seth Harwood is back with a brand new thriller set in the ugly underbelly of San Francisco!  From the book jacket: "Before becoming a homicide investigator, Clara Donner spent years on vice alongside the runaways and vulnerable women who walk San Francisco?s streets.  She thinks she?s seen the worst things people can do - until she?s assigned to investigate a particularly ruthless serial killer.  As the body count rises and a pattern emerges - each victim is known for his brutal abuse of women - Donner follows the killer?s trail across the city.  In spite of a nagging sense that the world may be better off without these men, she pursues every lead.  When Donner finds a damaged girl with links to both the killer and his prey, she wonders if this new witness is the key to unraveling these murders or another victim left in the killer?s wake."  Meet Seth and check out this fascinating new novel.

Todd Lockwood, THE SUMMER DRAGON (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 pm - We are absolutely delighted to welcome acclaimed fantasy illustrator Todd Lockwood, who will be showing off his debut novel of high adventure, dragons, and political intrigue, THE SUMMER DRAGON!  Just check out the great synopsis from the publisher's website: "Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine.  As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents.  But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes.  Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon -- one of the rare and mythical High Dragons -- makes an appearance in her quiet valley.  The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs.  Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.  And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors -- thralls of the enemy -- and a faceless creature drawn from her fears.  In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself."  Do not miss the opportunity to meet this talented artist and author!

Eliot Fintushel, ZEN CITY, (Zero Books, Trade Paperback, $11.95) on Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome the brilliant (and local!) Eliot Fintushel!  Publishers Weekly has given his new novel ZEN CITY a starred review!  Here's what they have to say about it: "Author and performance artist Fintushel (BREAKFAST WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE) blends Asian philosophy with science fiction in a mind-melting exploration of love, loss, and cultural appropriation.  Like every other "hick" on the outside of the City, Big Man dreams of gaining access to it: a place of pure Buddha-nature, where every inhabitant has abandoned desire and reached a state of absolute oneness.  Unable to enter by official channels, Big Man enlists the help of his would-be lover, Angela, to sneak in through a back way.  In the process, he attracts the attention of the supposed bodhisattva No Mind and the less-than-holy Buddhist teacher Bobo Shin, who pursue him into the City for their own ends.  Each character is fascinatingly developed in a somewhat Dadaist fashion, all while moving the plot along. Fintushel?s goal is never to mock or deride Buddhism itself, but rather to expose the ways in which the Eightfold Path is corrupted by human nature; in that regard, this book succeeds brilliantly, deftly weaving a tragic romance that?s about all of us, and none at all."  We hope you'll come meet Eliot and discover his quirky and fascinating works.

A celebration of Avram Davidson with Grania Davis and Ethan Davidson, reading from the new collection DAVID & SON, plus special guest Trina Robbins! (Surinam Turtle Press, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 31st at 6:00 pm - Join us to meet author and editor Grania Davis, and author Ethan Davidson, along with special guests, to celebrate the life and work of Avram Davidson!  DAVID & SON: PEREGRINE PARENTS AND OTHER TALES presents stories that Ethan, Grania and Avram's son, wrote in collaboration with his father, and Grania edited.  Grania, Ethan, and others will share stories about writing and life with Avram.  Join us for a fascinating tribute to this very influential author!

Richard Kadrey, THE PERDITION SCORE (HarperVoyager, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 pm - We're always happy to welcome the awesome Richard Kadrey back to Borderlands!  THE PERDITION SCORE is adventure number 8 for Stark, and without giving too much away, here's a little bit about the book from the publisher's website: "Not only does the fate of the world hang in the balance, but so do the souls of everyone in it.  Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to L.A. in one piece . . . where an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all."  We hope you'll join us to meet Richard and catch up with his most famous anti-hero.

Sonia Orin Lyris, THE SEER (Baen, Trade Paperback, $15.00) Saturday, August 13th at 3:00 pm - We're very happy to welcome Sonia Orin Lyris, who will be showing off her compelling new fantasy THE SEER!  From the publisher's website:  "In a remote mountain village, a single mother sells her younger sister Amarta?s prophecies to keep them and her infant child from starving.  It?s a dangerous game, when Amarta?s predictions gain more mistrust than coin.  In a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta becomes the key to everyone?s ambitions.  To survive, Amarta must do more than predict the future.  She must create it."  Meet Sonia and have your book signed!  If you'd like a preview of the novel, you can read the first chapter here: http://lyris.org/seer/ch1/

SF in SF with authors Cecil Castellucci, David D. Levine, and Ben Loory (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, August 14th 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 celebrate the return of SF in SF!  Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.


Drop-by signing with Becky Chambers, A LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET (Harper, Trade Paperback, $15.99) on Monday, August 15th - Becky will be stopping by at some point to sign copies of her debut novel, which Jude thought was fantastic.  Feel free to request inscribed copies!

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