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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER

Events and News from Borderlands Books

January, 2014

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Features

Editor's Note - You may be aware that we have a blog where this newsletter also appears <http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/>.  At the end of major features in this newsletter you'll find permanent links to the same item on our blog.  These links can be convenient if you want to send just a single article or if you'd like to link to it from your website.

Upcoming Author Events

Rudy Rucker Art Show premiere and event for THE BIG AHA! (Transreal Press, Trade Paperback, $16.00) Friday, January 17th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Scott Sigler, PANDEMIC (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, January 18th at 3:00 pm

Bay Area Sword and Laser Meetup, Monday, January 20th at 5:00 pm

Blake Charlton, SPELLBOUND (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99) and John R. Fultz, SEVEN SORCERERS (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $17.00) Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 pm

Patrick Rothfuss, THE ADVENTURES OF THE PRINCESS AND MR. WHIFFLE: THE DARK OF DEEP BELOW (Subterranean Press, Oversized Hardcover, $25.00) Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm

Permalink - http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2014/01/january-upcoming-events.html

News

* If you're in San Francisco, do not miss "GRAINS OF SAND: 25 Years of The Sandman", a retrospective at the Cartoon Art Museum! http://cartoonart.org/2013/09/coming-soon-the-sandman-25th-anniversary-exhibition/

* Unsurprisingly, Isaac Asimov's predictions for 2014 are pretty accurate: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/isaac-asimov-2014_n_4530785.html

* Your cat needs battle armor!  Well, okay, _my_ cat needs battle armor: http://kotaku.com/no-cat-is-complete-without-a-set-of-leather-battle-armo-1497856186  Thanks to the many customers and friends who sent along this link, including Nate and Jordan.

* Overheard in the store: "Just because I play BioShock doesn't mean that I want to kill all Libertarians."

* A bit late for holiday black-tie events, but if in future you ever wish to awaken as Tie-thulu, best dressed of the elder gods, here are your instructions: https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1555456_715135781837738_1083841220_n.jpg

* Speaking of horrible things from beyond time and space, it's a Cthulken.  Now with extraneous bacon! http://kotaku.com/the-last-thing-youll-ever-eat-1484336235

* Annnd, my last Lovecraft tribute for this newsletter.  Because you always wanted to see CALL OF CTHULHU as illustrated by Dr. Seuss: http://knowyourmeme.com/search?context=images&q=tags%3A%28%22cthulhuseuss%22%29&sort=popular#.TpTfgN5Qj9Q  Here is the artist's page: http://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/

* It's a gigantic Lego re-creation of Rivendell!  Because of course it is.  http://io9.com/this-gigantic-amazing-lego-recreation-of-rivendell-will-1482874743

* You definitely needed some absolutely horrifying porcelain figurines today: http://hyperallergic.com/97690/bloody-bloody-boudoir-ladies-turning-kitsch-ceramics-into-horror/

Permalink - http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2014/01/december-news-roundup.html

From The Office

Will return next month.

Top Sellers At Borderlands

Hardcovers

1) S.: Includes Loose Page Inserts Contributing to the Story by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams
2) The Circle by Dave Eggers
3) Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
4) Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
5) Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson
6) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
7) Parasite by Mira Grant
8) The Abominable by Dan Simmons
9) Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
10) 21st Century Science Fiction edited by David Hartwell and Patrick Neilsen Hayden

Mass Market Paperbacks

1) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
2) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
3) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
4) Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
5) Bowl of Heaven by Greg Benford and Larry Niven
6) Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
7) 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
8) Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
9) Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
10) The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Trade Paperbacks

1) Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
2) Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
3) The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill
4) Redshirts by John Scalzi
5) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Permalink - http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2014/01/december-bestsellers.html

Book Club Info

The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, January 12th, at 5 pm to discuss GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, January 19th, at 6 pm to discuss EMBASSYTOWN by China Mieville.  The book for February is READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Rudy Rucker Art Show premiere and event for THE BIG AHA! (Transreal Press, Trade Paperback, $16.00) Friday, January 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm - We're always happy to host mathematician, professor, artist and surreal genius Rudy Rucker at Borderlands! Join us to check out his new book, THE BIG AHA!, in which "Biotech has replaced machines and Qrude artist Zad Plant works with living paint.  Careerís on the skids, wife Jane threw him out.  Enter qwet -- itís quantum wetware!  Qwet makes you high, and gives you telepathy.  A loofy psychedelic revolution begins.  Oh-oh! Mouths in midair, eating people!  Zad and Jane travel through a wormhole -- and meet the aliens.  Stranger than you ever imagined." In addition to this fantastic and zany new book, Rudy will be showing off his newest artwork, which will be on display in the Cafe.

Scott Sigler, PANDEMIC (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, January 18th at 3:00 pm - Help us give a warm welcome to the Future Dark Overlord, Scott Sigler!  PANDEMIC wraps up Scott's INFECTED trilogy.  Here's the synopsis from Scott's website: Scott Siglerís INFECTED shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one manís desperate fight for sanity and survival, as ďScaryĒ Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogenís early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel CONTAGIOUS, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.  And now in PANDEMIC, the entire human race balances on the razorís edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. . . . Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, PANDEMIC completes the INFECTED trilogy and sets a new high water mark in the world of horror fiction."

Bay Area Sword and Laser Meetup, Monday, January 20th at 5:00 pm - Join Veronica and Tom for the Bay Area Sword and Laser Meetup!  Veronica says "We'll be reading selections from the Anthology, discussing the current book pick, The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany, and then heading across the street for adult libations afterwards!  The event is free, but we'll have plenty of copies of the February book pick on hand to purchase. Plus, Borderlands is awesome, and you won't be able to leave the store empty-handed!"  See this link for details and info on RSVP-ing: http://swordandlaser.com/home/2013/12/15/san-francisco-meet-up-jan-20th-at-borderlands

Blake Charlton, SPELLBOUND (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99) and John R. Fultz, SEVEN SORCERERS (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $17.00) Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome fantasy authors Blake Charlton and John R. Fultz back to the store!  We hope you'll enjoy hanging out with them and hearing about their new titles and upcoming work.

JUST ADDED! Patrick Rothfuss, Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm - We're thrilled to announce a surprise reading, Q&A, and signing with Patrick Rothfuss, beloved author of NAME OF THE WIND, WISE MAN'S FEAR, and two very delightful yet distressing books about THE PRINCESS AND MR. WHIFFLE.  In addition to writing two (so far) of the most popular fantasy titles in recent memory (& history), Patrick may be the only person alive who has ever successfully convinced a college Resident Assistant that a guinea pig was, in fact, a fish.  He also has the distinction of being the only author we've ever hosted for a signing at midnight.  We certainly hope you'll join us to meet Pat at this much more reasonable hour, get some books signed, and hear more hilarious and unnerving stories.

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge unless otherwise stated.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed for a nominal fee.  Call or email for details.

Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts

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