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EVENTS at Borderlands

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GENERAL EVENTS

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

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with Carlos Allende, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wendy Newman, Emmanuel Saadia, and Roberto F. Santiago - Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm

SF in SF with authors Cecil Castellucci 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

Michael J. Martinez, INCEPTION: A MAJESTIC 12 THRILLER (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00 pm

Curtis Chen, WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, $24.99) and Patrick Swenson, THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP (Fairwood Press, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, September 10th at 1:00 pm

Seanan McGuire, ONCE BROKEN FAITH (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 10th at 5:00 pm

Why (and How) Writers Write: A Panel with S.G. Browne, Dana Fredsti, and Loren Rhoads - Sunday, September 11th at 12:00 pm

SF in SF with authors Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, September 11th at 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME)

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

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/

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with Carlos Allende, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wendy Newman, Emmanuel Saadia, and Roberto F. Santiago - Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders!  August's lineup includes the following amazing authors: Carlos Allende, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Wendy Newman, Emmanuel Saadia, and Roberto F. Santiago!  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, readings start at 7:30.  Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.  More info here: http://www.writerswithdrinks.com/??SF in SF with authors Cecil Castellucci 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!

Michael J. Martinez, MJ-12: INCEPTION, A MAJESTIC 12 THRILLER (Night Shade Books, Hardcover, $24.99) Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00 pm - We are very excited to welcome Michael J. Martinez as he kicks off his new paranormal spy thriller series MAJESTIC-12 with the first installment, MJ-12: INCEPTION!  From the author's website: "From the ashes of World War II, a Cold War ignites.  And from the nuclear fire of Hiroshima, something else has arisen.  Normal people around the world have been changed by an unknown phenomenon and now possess extraordinary, super-human abilities.  And the government conspiracy known as MAJESTIC-12 is gathering them together -- to use them if it can, to destroy them if it cannot."  Learn more about the conspiracy at https://mj-12.net/

Curtis Chen, WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, $24.99) and Patrick Swenson, THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP (Fairwood Press, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, September 10th at 1:00 pm - Join us to meet two authors of fast-paced science fiction adventure!  Curtis Chen's novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO sounds like great fun - check out this synopsis from the publisher: "Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to cutting-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts.  But what sets him apart is "the pocket."  It's a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it.  But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower.  After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation:" an interplanetary cruise to Mars.  While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover.  It turns out he isn't the only spy on the ship -- and he's just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System."

Joining Curtis will be fellow Seattle-ite Patrick Swenson, who will be showing off his new novel, THE ULTRA BIG SLEEP, the sequel to THE ULTRA THIN MAN: "Dave Crowell is a hero of the eight worlds of the Union, but he doesn't want fame or fortune.  These days he just wants to run his private detective business with his partner and forget about the Ultras, the insidious aliens that attacked the Union, then vanished.  But a client turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, and Crowell knows the Ultras have not gone away.  With the help of a beautiful alien, he uncovers fragments of memory that might lead to his missing father.  When it becomes clear that Crowell's past also contains the information he needs to save the Union, he is caught up in a conspiracy beyond his understanding and pulled into an underworld drug war on a hostile planet.  With the crisis deepening, Crowell must learn the answer to the biggest question of all: Where are the Ultras?"  Don't miss this awesome event!

Seanan McGuire, ONCE BROKEN FAITH (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 10th at 5:00 pm - Any new Seanan McGuire book calls for a celebration, but the release of the tenth October Daye book calls for a Circus!  We're happy to host Seanan and friends, who will show off the newest Toby book. . . here's the description from the book jacket: "Politics have never been October "Toby" Daye's strong suit.  When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn't expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.  Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.  Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up.  As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility.  Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again --and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.  As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track. . . ."  Join us for the typical music, raffles, and revelry!

Why (and How) Writers Write: A Panel with S.G. Browne, Dana Fredsti, and Loren Rhoads - Sunday, September 11th at 12:00 pm - We're happy to welcome three successful local authors, who will be discussing their creative processes!  Scott, Dana, and Loren will cover dealing with writer's block and distractions, developing writing routines and habits, balancing writing and day-to-day jobs/life, along with what made them want to become writers in the first place, what drives them to write, and why they tell the stories they tell!  This will be a fascinating event for aspiring writers and avid readers alike.

SF in SF with authors Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (at The American Bookbinders' Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco, CA) on Sunday, September 11th at 4:30 pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 3:30 pm, event begins at 4:30 pm - please note the earlier-than-usual start time.  Robert Silverberg and his biographer will discuss the new biography published by Fairwood Press, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Patrick Swenson, the publisher, will also be in attendance.  PLEASE NOTE: there will be signing restrictions for this event; email sfinsfevents@gmail.com for more info. 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.

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!

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!

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