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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News from Borderlands Books
Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Features
Upcoming Author Events
Brandon Sanderson, THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, September 11th at 3:00 pm
SF in SF presents authors Amelia Beamer and Mark L. Van Name at the
Variety Preview Room in the Hobart Building, 582 Market Street,
Saturday, September 11th at 7:00 pm
Seanan McGuire, AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99), Saturday, September 18th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Tachyon Publications 15th Anniversary Party and Presentation of the
Annual Emperor Norton Awards, Sunday, September 19th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Marie Brennan, A STAR SHALL FALL (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.99), Saturday, September 25th at 3:00 pm
Litquake's LitCrawl with authors Amelia Beamer, S.G. Browne and Gail Carriger, Saturday, October 9th time TBA
F. Paul Wilson, FATAL ERROR (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 pm
Cherie Priest, DREADNOUGHT (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.99), Saturday, October 16th at 4:00 pm
SF in SF presents authors Karen Joy Fowler and Claude LaLumiere at the
Variety Preview Room in the Hobart Building, 582 Market Street,
Saturday, October 16th at 7:00 pm
Ken Scholes, ANTIPHON (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 pm
David Weber, OUT OF THE DARK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Sunday, October 17th at 3:00 pm
Laurence Rickels, I THINK I AM: PHILIP K. DICK (University of Minnesota
Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00), Saturday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm
Shaenon Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells, SKIN HORSE, VOLUME 2 (Couscous
Collective, Trade Paperback, price TBA), Saturday, October 23rd at 5:00
Richard Kadrey, KILL THE DEAD (Eos, Hardcover, $22.99) Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this section)
No news is good news (as they say). Back next month.
Top Sellers At Borderlands
1. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
2. Kraken by China Mieville
3. The Technician by Neal Asher
4. Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
6. The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chaing
7. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross
8. Best of Kin Stanley Robinson by Kim Stanley Robinson
9. Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds
10. Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Blameless by Gail Carriger
2. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
3. Dead Men's Boots by Mike Carey
4. The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
5. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
6. Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
7. Vanished by Kat Richardson
8. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
9. WWW: Wake by Robert Sawyer
10. Shades of Grey by Lisanne Norman
1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2. The Secret Eleanor by Cecelia Holland
3. Orbus by Neal Asher
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. The City and the City by China Mieville
Book Club Info
The QSF&F Book
Club will meet on Sunday, September 12th, at 5 pm to discuss THE
ENGINES OF GOD by Jack McDevitt. Please contact the group leader,
Christopher Rodriguez, at email@example.com, for more information.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday,
September 19th, at 6 pm to discuss THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo
Bacigalupi. The book for October 17th is THE ETCHED CITY by K.J.
Bishop. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Upcoming Event Details
Brandon Sanderson, THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, September 11th at 3:00 pm -
We're so happy to host Brandon Sanderson again! Since his first
novel, ELANTRIS, Brandon has been regarded as a writer to watch.
Then he was chosen to finish Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME series and
his popularity just exploded. In addition to finishing Jordan's
masterwork, Brandon is working on a new mutli-book opus of his
own. THE WAY OF KINGS is the first novel in that new
series. Do not miss this chance to meet Brandon!
SF in SF presents authors Amelia
Beamer and Mark L. Van Name at the Variety Preview Room in the Hobart
Building, 582 Market Street, Saturday, September 11th at 7:00 pm -
We are happy to help SF in SF welcome these authors! 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 <http://www.varietync.org/>.
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 email@example.com.
Seanan McGuire, AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99), Saturday, September 18th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm -
Local favorite Seanan McGuire and her crazy band of musical merrymakers
return to celebrate the latest in the October Daye series of urban
fantasy books! This time Toby's trying to track down a kidnapper
who lives in the realm of The Wild Hunt while eluding her own personal
harbinger of death, May Daye. Events with this circus are always
high-energy and great fun, so join us!
Tachyon Publications 15th
Anniversary Party and Presentation of the Annual Emperor Norton Awards,
Sunday, September 19th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Join us to
celebrate Tachyon's 15 years of saving the world . . . one good book at
a time! Special guests will include editors Jim Kelly and John
Kessel, authors Peter S. Beagle and Michael Blumlein and many
others! We'll also be hosting the annual Emperor Norton Awards.
Don't miss this party.
Marie Brennan, A STAR SHALL FALL (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.99), Saturday, September 25th at 3:00 pm -
We're happy to welcome local author Marie Brennan back to Borderlands
as she presents the third book of her Onyx Court historcal fantasy
series! This newest volume just received a starred review from
Publishers Weekly: "As in 2009's brilliant MIDNIGHT NEVER COME,
anthropologist Brennan strikes a resonant balance between history and
fantasy in this new tale of the faerie domain beneath 1750s London.
Halley's Comet, which houses the exiled Dragon Spirit of Fire who
nearly consumed the city in the Great Fire of 1666, is on its way back
to Earth. Human lord Galen is in love with faerie queen Lune, bedding
the charming sprite Irrith, and engaged to bluestocking Delphia
Northwood; as he attempts to untangle these entanglements, he must also
enlist members of the new Royal Society, England's illustrious
scientists, and all the multifarious faery talent he can find to fight
the Dragon with humanity's reason, magical faery instinct, and the
power of sacrifice and devotion. Enchanting, fearsome faerie vistas and
pinpoint character delineations make Galen's absorbing quest one to
savor and remember."
Litquake's LitCrawl with authors Amelia Beamer, S.G. Browne and Gail Carriger, Saturday, October 9th time TBA -
We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting
literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl! This is a
three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and
hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission
District. This year Borderlands is pleased to do our part by
hosting the "Zombies and Zeppelins Reading"; S.G. Browne has zombies in
BREATHERS, Gail Carriger has zeppelins in SOULLESS, CHANGELESS &
BLAMELESS, and Amelia has both in THE LOVING DEAD! This is always a
super-crowded and immensely entertaining event.
F. Paul Wilson, FATAL ERROR (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 pm -
We are thrilled to welcome F. Paul Wilson back to Borderlands for the
penultimate Repairman Jack novel, FATAL ERROR. I love this
write-up from his publisher about the series: "For the uninitiated,
Repairman Jack doesn't fix appliances, though that is what some who
respond to his website hope for. Jack (who uses a variety of last
names) fixes the wrongs of society. And his methods rarely fall within
the bounds of the law. They may include larceny, murder, extortion,
blackmail and other nefarious tricks. But his results are always better
than the law could have meted out. Nor is the Repairman entirely
altruistic. He tries to be in it only for the money, but, against his
better judgment, he just can't seem to help becoming involved with his
clients. In most of Jack's cases, a lot of people end up dead, and in
interesting ways. Poetic justice is his specialty." Mr. Wilson is
one of our favorites, and we hope you'll take this chance to meet him.
Cherie Priest, DREADNOUGHT (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.99), Saturday, October 16th at 4:00 pm -
From her publisher: "Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry
at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes
bearing bad news: Mercy\u2019s husband has died in a POW camp. On top
of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged
father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out
toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she'll catch a train over the
Rockies and --if the telegram can be believed -- be greeted in
Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her
father in Seattle. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing
adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When
Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is
pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the
Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.
What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by
bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The
train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated
west, so Mercy can't imagine why they're so interested. Perhaps the
mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has
something to do with it? Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who
wants to see her father before he dies. But she'll have to survive both
Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off
the Dreadnought alive." DREADNOUGHT takes place in the same
alternate world as last year's thrilling BONESHAKER, and we are so glad
to have this opportunity to host Cherie and ask questions about the
SF in SF presents authors Karen
Joy Fowler and Claude LaLumiere at the Variety Preview Room in the
Hobart Building, 582 Market Street, Saturday, October 16th at 7:00
pm - Details to come.
Ken Scholes, ANTIPHON (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 pm -
From his publisher: "Nothing is as it seems to be. The ancient
past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to
challenge the Androfrancine Order, to control the magick and technology
that they sought to understand and claim for their own. Nebios,
the boy who watched the destruction of the city of Windwir, now runs
the vast deserts of the world, far from his beloved Marsh Queen. He is
being hunted by strange women warriors, while his dreams are invaded by
warnings from his dead father. Jin Li Tam, queen of the Ninefold
Forest, guards her son as best she can against both murderous threats,
and the usurper queen and her evangelists. They bring a message: Jakob
is the child of promise of their Gospel, and the Crimson Empress is on
her way. And in hidden places, the remnants of the Androfrancine order
formulate their response to the song pouring out of a silver crescent
that was found in the wastes." ANTIPHON is the third volume in
the projected five-book "Psalms of Isaak" series. We are very
glad to have the intelligent & personable Ken Scholes back at
Borderlands so you can meet him!
David Weber, OUT OF THE DARK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), Sunday, October 17th at 3:00 pm -
We're happy to host David Weber, author of the New York Times
Bestselling Honor Harrington books, as he presents his new standalone
novel OUT OF THE DARK. In this new book, aliens have arrived and
the majority of Earth's cities lie in ruins. Master Sargeant
Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was coming home from his latest tour
in Afghanistan, instead finds himself roaming the back country of the
Balkans and organizing scattered survivors. The aliens have
underestimated humanity's tenacity, but no amount of heroism can hold
off overwheleming force forever. Then the survivors find the most
unlikely ally imaginable. Join us to meet David Weber and check
out this radical departure from his last few novels!
Laurence Rickels, I THINK I AM:
PHILIP K. DICK (University of Minnesota Press, Trade Paperback,
$25.00), Saturday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm - Professor Rickels
has written a book which "explores the science fiction author's
meditations on psychic reality and psychosis, Christian mysticism,
Eastern religion, and modern spiritualism. Laurence A. Rickels
corrects the lack of scholarly interest in the legendary Californian
author and, ultimately, makes a compelling case for the philosophical
and psychoanalytic significance of Philip K. Dick's popular and
influential science fiction." Don't miss this chance to meet Mr.
Rickels and hear his insights on the (in)famous Philip K. Dick!
Shaenon Garrity and Jeffrey C.
Wells, SKIN HORSE, VOLUME 2 (Couscous Collective, Trade Paperback,
price TBA), Saturday, October 23rd at 5:00 pm - We are so
pleased to welcome Shaenon Garrity (of "Narbonic" fame!) and co-creator
Jeffrey C. Wells as they show off the second (bound) volume of the
webcomic "Skin Horse". Skin Horse is the code name of the secret
government agency that rescues and resettles non-humans created by mad
scientists -- think of them as the Black Ops Social Services. The
webcomic follows their (mis)adventures. Bring your questions for
Shaenon and Jeffrey and learn about what it's like to create a hugely
Richard Kadrey, KILL THE DEAD (Eos, Hardcover, $22.99) Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 pm -
All hail the return of local favorite Richard Kadrey and his incredibly
entertaining anti-hero Sandman Slim! If you somehow created the
lopsided & unholy lovechild of Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, Jim
Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson and Kim Harrison, you'd have Sandman Slim.
From Harper: "James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell,
took bloody revenge for his girlfriend's murder, and saved the world
along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a
lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It's a depressing gig, but
it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always
get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie
biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim
with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.'s underground power elite.
That's before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn
star who isn't quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered
people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will
change our world and Stark's forever. Death bites. Life is worse.
All things considered, Hell's not looking so bad."
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.This newsletter is distributed monthly free
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Dispatches from the Border
Editor - Jude Feldman
Assistant Editor - Alan Beatts
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