Dispatches from the Border, August 2017
DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News From Borderlands Books
Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm
Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm
Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm
Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm
IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie Panel Discussion on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this newsletter)
And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Peter Clines, Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, Fran Wilde, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Brandon Sanderson, and many, many others!
* Overheard in the Store:
"GIVE ME THAT KEY, or I'm going to pee on your giraffe!"
"Don't you rain on my Yak Milk Parade!"
"I'm gonna be twiddling my thumbs the entire weekend while he draws Ninja Turtles on peoples' boobs."
* George Romero, arguably the father of the modern zombie movie, has passed away from complications related to lung cancer. R.I.P. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html
* In the past month we sadly lost science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, also to lung cancer. https://jeffcarlson.com/2017/07/24/rip-thriller-author-jeff-carlson/
* An essay about Star Trek's connection with Revolutionary Socialism, with a few interesting history nuggets about science fiction authors & their own brushes with different political ideologies. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/make-it-so-star-trek-and-its-debt-to-revolutionary-socialism.html
* Ta-Nehisi Coates takes to The Atlantic to explain why black people are having such a negative reaction to the announcement of HBO's alternative history show "Confederate," and why these types of alternative histories are a problem in general. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/no-confederate/535512/
* Penthouse Magazine files an intellectual property lawsuit, and also announces that they intend to relaunch a print version of Omni Magazine. https://www.xbiz.com/news/221490/penthouse-files-ip-suit-omni-magazine-to-restart
* San Francisco's AT&T store gets a "Game of Thrones" touch: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Hodor-Hodor-AT-T-SF-store-gets-Game-of-11728635.php#photo-13610781
* A list of SF/F literature's top ten sidekicks! Number one wasn't much of a surprise, but some of the others were. http://io9.gizmodo.com/science-fiction-and-fantasy-literatures-top-10-sidekick-1797202884
* An excellent essay by author Max Gladstone on why science fiction and fantasy is so important as the world becomes even more fantastical. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/07/17/why-science-fiction-is-still-so-relevant-even-with-todays-technology/#59a538857abc
* As the cultural zeitgeist around dystopias grows, Angelica Jade Bastien asks an important question over at Vulture: Why Don?t Dystopias Know How To Talk About Race? http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/why-dont-dystopias-know-how-to-talk-about-race.html
* No designer babies yet. Thank goodness, because we don't have our bunkers all set up for the wars that will follow. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/science/gene-editing-embryos-designer-babies.html
* Recursor.TV brings much of the indie, local, and web-produced science fiction to one website, divided by sub-genres so you don't have to search blindly on Youtube for that unknown SF gem. https://singularityhub.com/2017/08/03/recursor-tv-brings-all-the-best-indie-sci-fi-to-one-place/
* Not sure about Recursor.TV? Well, here are the 18 best science fiction movies on Netflix right now: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/netflix/261983/18-best-science-fiction-movies-to-stream-on-netflix-now
* "Rick & Morty" is righteous science fiction! Damn right. https://www.wired.com/2017/07/geeks-guide-rick-and-morty/
* Grammy nominee launches his first novel, a science fiction tale, along with a concert of its accompanying soundtrack. https://www.dosavannah.com/article/wed-08022017-0838/three-time-grammy-nominee-present-concert-and-science-fiction-reading-one
* Take a gander at some of the weird "science" projects the USSR undertook in the rush to get an upper hand on the U.S. https://www.rbth.com/science_and_tech/2017/07/31/3-bizarre-soviet-projects-straight-out-of-a-science-fiction-novel_814376
* Next stop, "Jurassic Park"! What could possibly go wrong? http://gizmodo.com/why-bringing-back-a-wooly-mammoth-is-no-longer-science-1797099747
* Speaking of "what could possibly go wrong?", Disney is opening an immersive/interactive "Star Wars" hotel, where each guest gets a storyline. "Westworld," anyone? https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/15/disney-is-opening-an-immersive-star-wars-hotel-where-each-guest-gets-a-storyline/
* A little profane, but completely hilarious -- Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig have a conversation about slasher movies: https://imgur.com/gallery/0l7fR
* A new book of classic science fiction and horror posters comes to us from a slightly unexpected source, the collection of Kirk Hammett, guitarist for Metallica: http://www.thedailybeast.com/its-alive-classic-horror-movie-posters-from-metallica-guitarist-kirk-hammett
*Our first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino in the upcoming "Deadpool 2" movie. We cannot wait!
* "Galaxy," the science fiction magazine which ran from 1950-1980, has put up for free all its stories from 1950-1976. Read online or download. https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/seminal-sci-fi-galaxy-free-online/
* A summer reading list of science fiction starring women. Check out the list here! https://www.bustle.com/p/13-science-fiction-books-starring-women-for-your-summer-reading-list-69139
* Nominees for the 2017 World Fantasy Award have been announced. http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/
* The winners for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards have been announced! http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2017-07-30.htm
* Colson Whitehead's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD has swept up another award, this time the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel of 2016 -- https://www.clarkeaward.com/
* The Seiun Awards for Japanese Science Fiction have announced their winners, included the translated works. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/2017-seiun-awards-winners/
* The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards for 2016 have been announced, and they range from Manson cults to the occult underbelly of NYC. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/07/shirley-jackson-awards-winners/
Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for July, 2017
1. THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
2. THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams
3. THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson
4. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
5. ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS by David D. Levine
6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
7. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
9. KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen
10. MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero
1. SUMAGE SOLUTION by G.L. Carriger
2. THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
3. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
4. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
5. HEROINE WORSHIP by Sarah Kuhn
6. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
7. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
8. TROPIC OF KANSAS by Christopher Brown
9. THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden
10. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee
Mass Market Paperbacks
1. HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn
2. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
3. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
6. ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
7. AN OATH OF DOGS by Wendy Wagner
8. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
9. UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas
10. RISE by Mira Grant
Book Club Information
The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 13th, at 5 pm to discuss TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer. The book for September will be ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold. Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, August 20th, at 6 pm to discuss ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders. The book for the following month will be SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson. Please contact
for more information.
Upcoming Event Details
Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm - We're happy to welcome Laura Lam back to Borderlands! We cannot wait to check out her fascinating new novel SHATTERED MINDS. From the publisher's website: "Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fueled by the addictive drug 'Zeal'. Now she's heading for self-destruction -- until she has a vision of a dead girl. Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions. And this girl was a similar experiment. When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he's probably dead. Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis -- or she's next. To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she?ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions. If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together. But first she must destroy her adversary -- before it changes us and our society, forever."
Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm - We're delighted to welcome these three fabulous local authors! Laura Blackwell's fiction appears in various publications, including the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS. Future publications include Pseudopod and the upcoming STRANGE CALIFORNIA anthology. She is Shimmer's copy editor. You can follow her on Twitter at @pronouncedlahra and visit her website at http://www.pronouncedlahra.com. Rebecca Gomez Farrell's debut epic fantasy novel, WINGS UNSEEN, comes out August 22 from Meerkat Press. Her shorter speculative fiction that can be read in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Future Fire, and Bull Spec among other magazines. She blogs about food, drink, and travel at http://thegourmez.com, and yes, she has opinions about candied bacon. Find all her creative works at her author website: http://rebeccagomezfarrell.com. Last but not least, Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan is the author of the Scorched Continent trilogy, STEAL THE SKY, BREAK THE CHAINS, and INHERIT THE FLAMES. You can find more info about her here: http://meganokeefe.com/. RSVP here if you do the Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/244188962767472
Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm - We are so excited to welcome these two awesome, hilarious authors to Borderlands! If you've attended one of Seanan's events before, you know that they are a high-energy, music-filled delight. If you've never attended one before, now is the perfect time to start! This time around, Seanan will be joined by Sarah Gailey, who will be showing off THE TASTE OF MARROW, the exciting, feral-hippo-filled sequel to RIVER OF TEETH! Seanan will be presenting THE BRIGHTEST FELL, the next October Daye novel, and the first one in hardcover. We'll also have the full-on Circus with musicians, readings, raffle prizes, and silliness guaranteed! Get your questions answered, bring your books to be signed, and prepare to sing along.
Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm - We're always delighted to welcome Max Gladstone to Borderlands! Check out the write up from the publisher's website for the newest Craft novel, THE RUIN OF ANGELS: "The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren?t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city -- while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score. Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in FULL FATHOM FIVE) hits town to corner Agdel Lex's burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei. But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal. When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead -- and some people want to finish the job."
IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm - Join us for a fascinating panel discussion on the many incarnations of Stephen King's novel IT, with Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott. More details next month!
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