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Events and News from Borderlands Books

February, 2010

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Features

S.J. Tucker in Concert with Betsy Tinney, Friday, February 26th at 8:00 pm

Seanan McGuire, A LOCAL HABITATION (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99), Tuesday, March 9th at 5:00 pm

SF in SF presents a Steampunk Film Night at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Wednesday March 10th at 6:00 pm

Nova Albion Steampunk Convention, Friday, March 12th - Sunday March 14th

Chaz Brenchley and Daniel Fox, JADE MAN'S SKIN (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $15.00), Saturday, March 13th at 3:00 pm

John Everson, THE 13TH (Leisure, Mass Market, $7.99), and Alice Henderson, VORACIOUS (Leisure, Mass Market, $7.99), Saturday, March 13th at 6:00 pm

SF in SF presents authors Chaz Brenchley, Daniel Fox and Malinda Lo at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Saturday, March 13th at 7:00 pm

Steve Englehart, THE LONG MAN (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, March 20th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this section)

Coming up in the Spring, don't miss events with Tracy Hickman, Rudy Rucker and Robin Hobb!


* We're exceptionally sorry to report the death of author Kage Baker, who passed away January 31st after a "fierce struggle with cancer".  I am sorry for all the great books she will not write and all the witty, wry, intelligent optimism she will no longer be able to share with the world.  Read a brief appreciation from reviewer (and Borderlands employee) Chris Hsiang <> and a longer, more intimate tribute from editor Marty Halpern here: <>

* We also regret to report the death of Philip Klass (otherwise known as William Tenn,) who passed away February 7th at the age of 90.  The Science Fiction Encyclopedia called Tenn as "one of the genre's very few genuinely comic, genuinely incisive writers of short fiction."  You can find several links to blogs and tributes here: <>

* Thanks to Sarah, who tipped us off to this article from the BBC news, which mentions that Sir Terry Pratchett "says he is ready to be a test case for assisted suicide 'tribunals' which could give people legal permission to end their lives," <>

* You might remember that quite a while ago we did an unofficial survey in this newsletter concerning whether or not to have wireless in the Cafe.  Ultimately, after much debate, Alan decided not to.  Alan was recently interviewed by Seth Fischer in The Rumpus about this very topic, if you're interested: <>

* Pottery from customer Moriah Hart will be on display at Borderlands Cafe starting February 12th.  Moriah says:"I've been studying the art of clay for over 15 years and love to take on challenges in my art work.  Several years ago I was challenged to find inspiration in a work of literature.  I re-read "Alice In Wonderland" finding a multitude of images and witty, silly phrasing to amuse me.  The end result of the challenge, the cups and saucers for Wonderland Tea -- full of images and phrasing that make me and maybe you smile."  Come and check it out!

* Local author Laurel Anne Hill shares the following: "Activities at the annual San Mateo County Fair include a literary competition.  In the past, there has been a contest for science fiction/fantasy short stories.  I have served as one of the judges at the fair for the past two years.  For the 2010 fair, I'm sponsoring a new award:  the "Heroes Arise" Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel Award."  From the press release: "One of the new contests is the "Heroes Arise" Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel Award, sponsored by Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise")   Awards Offered: $100 first prize; $50 second prize; $25 third prize  Eligibility:  Submit chapter one (maximum 7,500 words) of your unpublished science fiction or fantasy novel according to the entry guidelines for San Mateo County Fair literary contest submissions.  Please do not include a synopsis or a prologue.  Use standard manuscript formatting.  Deadline is 7 pm, Friday, April 30, 2010.  Registration to compete can be done online, but no literary entries via email or website <> will be accepted; written material can be mailed (must be postmarked by April 25) or delivered to the San Mateo County Fair literary arts competition office."  For more information, contact Bardi Rosman Koodrin: <>.

* Stanford student filmmaker Jason Sussberg interviewed Jude Feldman and created a one-minute movie about Ripley for the SanDisk film contest.  You can watch it here: <>

* Thanks to Jody Epstein for pointing out the amazing art of Kurt Wenner, who creates incredible sidewalk chalk drawings that appear three dimensional.  Wenner used to work for NASA illustrating future space projects, but I think you'll agree that this is even better: <>

* Holy cow!  ZONES OF CHAOS, the collection of Mick Farren's poetry, prose, journalism and more that Borderlands published in November under the imprint Red Snake Press received a starred review from Publishers Weekly in December!  Here's what they had to say: "Michael Moorcock's introduction describes this hallucinatory concoction of Farren's poetry, song lyrics, essays, short fiction and social commentary as a display case of his obsessions from demons to dope to the dangers and rewards of remaining alive in an increasingly berserk universe. In "Enter the Swordmaid," vampire Victor Renquist encounters a woman with a sentient sword and gets a nightmarish glimpse into another dimension. "The Voodoo Chile Experience" is a psychedelic roller-coaster ride through extreme user fatal video gaming. "Jailhouse Rock" chronicles Farren's experiences in a Van Nuys jail during a major California earthquake. A 1975 comic book entitled "Rock & Roll Madness" shows an aging Elvis-like character becoming president. Farren is equal parts drug-crazed madman and poetic prophet, and his work both predates and transcends modern bizarro apocaliterature."  If you haven't already picked up a copy, you can get 'em here at Borderlands, signed by Mick Farren, for $14.95.

Overheard in the Store

Okay, so normally this section is called "Overheard at the Con," and we only print it when we attend conventions & overhear things at them.  Well, you guys are just so gosh-darn quotable that we'll be expanding the section to include funny, out-of-context things we occasionally overhear at the store, too.  (And no fair oh-so-casually dropping funny quotes just so we'll include them in the newsletter!)

"There's nothing God hates more than bad puppeteers."

"By the end of the series, everyone will either be dead, or a god."

From The Office

Once again, sorry for getting this issue of the newsletter out so late.  Like last month, the pace at the store and cafe has made it hard to get this issue finished.  On the bright side, it's because we have a fair amount of business, which is a very good thing.  It's been very nice to see so many of our bookstore customers in the cafe and I really appreciate the support that you've given the new business.

The lateness of the newsletter and how busy we've been leads into this announcement -- we're going to be shortening the newsletter for the next few months (probably until July or so).  I hate to do it but there's a lot of work to get done in the next little bit and so we're trying to cut down on some of the work around the store.  Until July, we're going to be sending out a very bare-bones sort of thing.  There'll be information about upcoming events and, depending on the workload, there may be articles and news from me but that is going to be just about it.

We will continue to post information about new arrivals on our twitter account <> as well as posting information about events as we book them <>.  I'm looking forward to resuming the usual newsletter this summer and I think we might have some nice new additions and surprises for you then.


Top Sellers At Borderlands

1) The Rookie by Scott Sigler
2)The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
3) Iorich by Steven Brust
4) The God Engines by John Scalzi
5) Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
6) Starbound by Joe Haldeman
7) Makers by Cory Doctorow
8) Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
9) Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
10) Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

1) This is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
2) Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene
3) Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross
4) Anathem by Neal Stephenson
5) Soulless by Gail Carriger
6) Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
7) Plague Zone by Jeff Carlson
8) Cosmopath by Eric Brown
9) Daemon by Daniel Suarez
10) Unleashed by John Levitt

Trade Paperbacks
1) Grants Pass: A Post Apocalyptic Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek
2) The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
3) Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
4) The Many Deaths of the Black Company by Glen Cook
5) The Pack: Winter Kill by Mike Oliveri

Book Club Info

The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 14th, at 5 pm to discuss a title TBA.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 21st, at 6 pm to discuss DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis.  The book for March is HOMINIDS by Robert Sawyer.  Please contact for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

S.J. Tucker in Concert with Betsy Tinney, Friday, February 26th at 8:00 pm - Borderlands is delighted to welcome SJ Tucker back! "Telling a story is sometimes like weaving a spell.  Images and concepts wrapped in rhyme and rhythm are a gift to the imagination.  S. J. Tucker specializes in such magic and such gifts, enfolded and delivered in folk rock music that moves the body and soul."  S. J. performs at Borderlands on Friday, February 26th 2010 at 8pm, joined by brilliant cellist Betsy Tinney. Do not miss this celebration in song -- our last event with S.J. was standing-room only, so come early!  This event will take place in Borderlands Cafe, at 870 Valencia Street, next door to the bookstore.

Seanan McGuire, A LOCAL HABITATION (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99), Tuesday, March 9th at 5:00 pm - Join us for another rollicking evening with Seanan McGuire, and check out the second of the October Daye novels, an awesome and atypical urban fantasy series set in the Bay Area!  A LOCAL HABITATION finds Toby (basically) recovered from her latest misadventures, and simply called upon to locate a kinda-missing person.  But nothing is that simple for Toby, and she soon finds herself trapped in a building that houses a Faery dot-com startup and has a flexible idea of consensual reality and geometry, a teenage sidekick, and a whole bunch of unpleasant murders of critters who should be immortal.  It's darkly funny and well worth reading.  See you here!

SF in SF presents a Steampunk Film Night at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Wednesday March 10th at 6:00 pm - This Steampunk Film Night is being held in conjunction with Nova Albion, the Steampunk Exhibition Convention.  "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" - 30 mins., "Dr. Horrible's Sing A Long Blog" - 43 mins., and "Perfect Creature" - 88 mins  Come in costume!  A suggested $10 donation at the door goes to support the convention; bar proceeds and tips support Variety Children's Charity.  Seating is limited; numbers will be given at the door to ensure that first come, first seated; we'll try and fit everyone in! Reception and cash bar opens at 6:00PM  Movies begin at 7:00 PM - free popcorn!  Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

Nova Albion Steampunk Convention, Friday, March 12th - Sunday March 14th - Borderlands will have tables in the Dealers' Room at this awesome new-ish convention! "The Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition (March 12-14 in Emeryville) takes the best elements of traditional science fiction and fantasy conventions, combines them with the passion, ingenuity, and hands-on workshops of Maker events, and places it all in a steam-powered, neo-Victorian setting that spans the 1830s through the early 1910s, from the cultured salons of gaslit London to the rugged coast of San Francisco. Tickets and more info at <>."  We'll look forward to seeing you there -- we know it's going to be tons of fun!

Chaz Brenchley and Daniel Fox, JADE MAN'S SKIN (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $15.00), Saturday, March 13th at 3:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome Chaz Brenchley and Daniel Fox to the store, especially since they're the same person!  Daniel's novel DRAGON IN CHAINS was one of Borderlands' best-selling titles at the World Fantasy Convention last year.  Now he's back with the sequel.  From his website: "In this second volume of his soaring epic, Daniel Fox weaves the ancient myths and legends of feudal China into a fantasy world of brutal war and brittle passion, immortal gods and mystical creatures."  Don't miss the chance to meet Chaz/Daniel and check out these incredible books.

John Everson, THE 13TH (Leisure, Mass Market, $7.99), and Alice Henderson, VORACIOUS (Jove, Mass Market, $7.99), Saturday, March 13th at 6:00 pm - Borderlands is happy to welcome two fabulous horror authors to the store!  John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels COVENANT and SACRIFICE.  His work has appeared in more than 50 magazines, and in his copious spare time, he's also an editor and a publisher.  Alice Henderson is an author, adventurer and translator of medieval Welsh.  She's best known for her Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels, but her newest novel VORACIOUS is getting rave reviews.  Don't miss the chance to meet and chat with these two fascinating authors!

SF in SF presents authors Chaz Brenchley, Daniel Fox and Malinda Lo at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Saturday, March 13th at 7:00 pm - 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 in the lounge. Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit Variety Childrens Charity - learn more at <>.  We REALLY encourage you to take BART into the City, or use MUNI to get here - parking can be problematic in San Francisco, to say the least.  We are less than one block away from the Montgomery St. station.  Trust us - you don't want to be looking for parking and be late for the event!  Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions? Email

Steve Englehart, THE LONG MAN (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, March 20th at 3:00 pm - Steve Englehart is best known for his years of amazing comics work, but you should really check out his novel THE POINT MAN. . .originally published in 1981, it has just been reprinted by Tor, along with the brand-new sequel THE LONG MAN.  Here's what Steve has to say about the original book "Well, I went to Europe to write the Great American Novel, and here's what I came back with. It was the summation of my understanding of magick after years of writing 'Dr Strange,' and that required a freer canvas than comics could provide.  I asked for the byline of "Stephen" Englehart because Stephen King used "Stephen" and I thought that's what "real" authors did - and have regretted it ever since. For better or for worse, I'm Steve, and the other has sounded pretentious to me since the moment I first saw it in print.  Robert Anton Wilson got the front blurb because he was hot - and a writer who'd inspired me on many levels, though he didn't know me from Adam - but I was more moved to get a quote, used on the back cover, from Theodore Sturgeon, a true visionary.  Probably contacted while half asleep, Sturgeon said, 'Full of reach and astonishment. . . .Few working writers alive have his sense of sound and of scene.'"  We're delighted to welcome Steve to the store and hope you'll jump on this chance to meet him.

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge.  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 it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it 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.  Call or email for details.

Chapter Two - Book Listings

Small Press Features

TAILS OF WONDER AND IMAGINATION edited by Ellen Datlow (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) - I cracked up when I read the Publishers Weekly review for this awesome anthology, because I'd secretly been thinking exactly that before reading it, and I was blown away by what an excellent collection it is: "Few things alarm the experienced reader more than the prospect of a science fiction, fantasy, or mystery book that involves -- or worse, fetishizes -- cats. This reprint anthology is the exception, an assortment of 40 stories by authors who are for the most part willing to take cats on their own ground. Datlow avoids the trap of a too-narrow premise: though there appears to be a slight bias toward horror, the stories are various within that field, from Jack Ketchum's ghost story "Returns" to Michaela Roessner's highly scientific "Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality" and Edward Bryant's brilliantly repellent "Bean Bag Cat". Other tales are amusing, like Lawrence Block's "The Burglar Takes a Cat," or gently sentimental, like Dennis Danvers's "Healing Benjamin". This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading."

SEARCH FOR PHILIP K. DICK by Anne R. Dick (Point Reyes Cypress Press, Trade Paperback, $17.00) - An absolutely fascinating and personal look at domestic life with Philip K. Dick, written by one of his  former wives.  Along with her own touching, bittersweet and sometimes disturbing anecdotes, Anne has interviewed everyone from Tim Powers to James Blaylock to Grania Davis to scores of PKD's former lovers.  Anne says "As well as a biography, it is a book about an intense love relationship. . . a book about the California culture of the 1960's. . . Philip K. Dick was an intense, charismatic person, devastatingly charming, brilliant, modest, a wonderful husband. . . There was one small problem -- he thought I was trying to kill him." I found it captivating.  Recommended by Jude.

CRACK'D POT TRAIL: A TALE OF BAUCHELAIN AND KORBAL BROACH by Steven Erikson (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $32.00) - From PS: "It is an undeniable truth: give evil a name and everyone's happy. Give it two names and . . . why, they're even happier.  The intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity and civilization. After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged? Well, often: but not this time.  Hot on their heels are the Nehemothanai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers (and their lone sister) find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices. The legendary Cracked Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.  Will honour, moral probity and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity? No, of course not. Don't be silly."

THE BLEEDING EDGE edited by William Nolan and Jason V. Brock (Cycatrix Press, Limited Edition (400 copies) Hardcover, $65.00) - A landmark anthology: contains original, never-before-published works by Ray Bradbury, Gary A. Braunbeck, George Clayton Johnson, Nancy Kilpatrick, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson,  William F. Nolan, Dan O'Bannon, Frank M. Robinson, John Shirley,  Steve Rasnic Tem, and many others!

GOLDEN AGE SF: TALES OF A BYGONE FUTURE edited by Eric T. Reynolds (Hadley Rille, Trade Paperback, $14.95) - Original stories from Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tobias Buckell, Rudy Rucker, Robert Sheckley and others, written as though it were the Golden Age of Science Fiction (1938 - 1957) and the authors were writing about the future, which is mostly our past now.

New and Notable

MR. SHIVERS by Robert Jackson Bennet (Orbit, Hardcover, $19.99) - An awesome, creepy, atmospheric debut novel set in Great Depression America's Dust Bowl, hobo camps and on its rail lines.  Recommended by Jude.

IORICH by Steven Brust (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) - Volume -- what? -- 12? -- in the Vlad Taltos series brings Vlad back home, where many assassins and his ex-wife are looking for him.

VERACITY by Laura Bynum (Pocket, Hardcover, $25.00) - From Publishers Weekly: "In this emotionally gripping first novel, Harper Adams, a Monitor capable of reading people's emotions, identifies enemies of the Confederation of the Willing, a nasty dystopian state reminiscent of 1984 or THE  HANDMAID'S TALE. Like everyone else, she has a slate implanted in her neck, primed to execute her if she utters one of the many words that have been outlawed or Red-Listed by the government. Pushed to revolt when her daughter's name, Veracity, is Red-Listed, Harper is recruited by the resistance and becomes their secret weapon."

DUST OF DREAMS by Steven Erikson (Tor, Hardcover, $29.99 and Trade Paperback, $17.99) - The US edition is finally available!

INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher (Dial Books, Hardcover, $17.99) - I cannot wait to read this new YA fantasy about a living prison. . .it sounds like a combination of Garth Nix and Suzanne Collins.  Top of my stack right now.  - Jude

DRAGON KEEPER by Robin Hobb (Eos, Hardcover, $26.99) - The first book in a new duology set in the world of THE TAWNY MAN.

SLEEPLESS by Charlie Huston (Ballantine, Hardcover, $25.00) - From Publishers Weekly: "In Huston's impressive, challenging thriller set in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles, a devastating illness renders the afflicted unable to sleep. In about a year, those with SLP (as the sleepless illness is known) deteriorate and die. Amid the city's rampant violence and lawlessness, LAPD cop Parker Park Haas tries to persuade himself that a future exists for his newborn daughter. As the outside world becomes increasingly dangerous, Park pursues an undercover investigation that takes him deep into the milieu of an online game called Chasm Tide, into which many people have retreated. As in the author's Joe Pitt vampire series (MY DEAD BODY, etc.), this book has at its heart a love story: Park's wife is dying from SLP, and Park begins to fear he may be getting it, too. Can the mysterious mercenary known only as Jasper help? Some fans of Huston's crime fiction may not be comfortable with a novel that itself resembles a role-playing game, but it will gain him a whole new readership."

ARMS-COMMANDER by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) - The 16th Recluse novel is getting good reviews.

FREEDOM (TM) by Daniel Suarez (Dutton, Hardcover, $26.95) - From Publishers Weekly: "Bestseller Suarez's sequel to DAEMON (2009), in which the late, mad-genius game designer Matthew Sobol launched a cyber war on humanity, surpasses its smart, exciting predecessor. This concluding volume crackles with electrifying action scenes and bristles with intriguing ideas about a frightening, near-future world. Sobol's bots continue to roam the Internet, inciting mayhem and siphoning money from worldwide, interconnected megacorporations out to seize control of national governments and enslave the populace. FBI special agent Roy Merritt is dead, but still manages to make a dramatic comeback, while detective Pete Sebeck, thought to be executed in Daemon, rises from the supposed grave to lead the fight against the corporations."

RETRIBUTION FALLS: TALES OF THE KETTY JAY by Chris Wooding (Gollancz, Trade Paperback, $23.00) Okay, the year is young, but this is one my favorite novels this year so far.  Airship pirates!  How does it get better?  This book is like MORTAL ENGINES crossed with THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA and just a little bit of BONESHAKER. . . (but less violent than any of them).  Recommended by Jude.

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