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Events and News from Borderlands Books

December, 2006

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Features

Borderlands Books Holiday Potluck, Friday, December 22nd at 6:00 pm

John Ringo, UNTO THE BREACH (Baen), Saturday, January 6th at 3:00 pm

Eric Turowski, WILLING SERVANTS (Rabid Press), Saturday, January 6th at 6:00 pm

Howard Hendrix, SPEARS OF GOD (Del Rey), Sunday, January 7th at 3:00 pm

Robert Balmanno, SEPTEMBER SNOW (Regent Press), Saturday, January 13th at 3:00 pm

Christopher Moore Drop-By, YOU SUCK, A LOVE STORY (William Morrow), Thursday, January 18th at 1:00 pm

Rudy Rucker, MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE (Tor) Saturday, February 10th at 3:00 pm

Guy Gavriel Kay, YSABEL (Roc), Saturday, February 17th at 3:00 pm

Elizabeth Moon, COMMAND DECISION (Del Rey), Saturday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm

We're in the process of setting up a super-cool speculative/sexy Valentine's Day event, and coming up in March we'll host Tad Williams and Kim Harrison!   Stay tuned for more details.

(for more information check the end of this section)

Overheard at the Con in Brief

This is a feature that appears periodically, as we attend conventions and overhear things.  The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose in San Jose, where trying (or trying not to) fill in the blanks on overheard conversations made us laugh so much that we made it a tradition.  However, we didn't overhear much that was both memorable _and_ repeatable in polite company at the World Fantasy Convention this year in Austin!

"I don't care how many books he's written -- if he won't sign these he's dead to me."

"And of course a White Russian is a solid, blue-collar workingman's drink."

"Riding down the elevator, three girls asked me what convention I was part of.  When I said, 'The World Fantasy Convention,' one girl excitedly asked 'Does that mean there are porn stars here?!!'"


*We are sad to report the death of science fiction giant Jack Williamson, who passed away last month.  Williamson had a tremendous influence on the field and was, by all reports, a genuinely fine man.  This article from the Portales News-Tribune recounts his memorial service. <> Jack Williamson was 98.

* Baen Books, already a pioneer in the field of free e-book distribution, will provide its books in electronic form, free of charge, to disabled fans. You can read the full press release and get details here: <>

* Oooh!  An author we're crazy about interviews other authors we're crazy about!  Click here to read John Scalzi's interview with Charles Stross: <>, and here to read his interview with Karen Traviss: <>.  John was interviewing an author each day for a week, so you can also read his interviews with Sarah Hoyt, Karl Schroeder, and Sean Williams! <

*Speaking of authors we like (there are quite a few, you know), Waterstone's, the UK bookseller, has published an online profile of author and publisher Chris Roberson.   Chris has about a half-dozen books coming out in the near future (including THE VOYAGE OF NIGHT SHINING WHITE from PS Publishing, and SET THE SEAS ON FIRE from the brand-new Solaris imprint) and he's a heck of a nice guy, hyper-intelligent and very funny. <>

*Just what everyone needs. . .monster stockings! <>

*Thanks to 'Cesca Flynn, who pointed out that Julie Phillips's JAMES TIPTREE, JR.: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ALICE B. SHELDON was chosen as one of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of the Year.  Other genre authors who made the list include Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Mark Z. Danielewski, Cormac McCarthy.  The complete list is here: <>

* If you haven't seen them yet, we have Ripley postcards for sale.  Photographer Beth Gwinn took the picture, and customer Noah Van Dyke did the layout, and now you can send (a one dimensional representation of) Ripley to your far-away friends and relatives!  Only $1 each -- what a deal!

* In other Ripley news, there is a Ripley Flickr Photo Pool, if you have personal pictures to post.  In the interest of full disclosure, this group was not set up by anyone in the store -- it was the spontaneous creation of one of Ripley's fans.  Thanks, guys!  <>

* And speaking (rather excessively) of cat news, thanks to Rina Elson who tipped us off to the following link.  Rina says, "What is it with cats and SF/F?!"  A Bengal cat breeding duo in Scotland has named their cats after Jacqueline Carey's bestselling novels.  Learn more about the Kushiel Bengals here: <>  And be prepared to NEVER think about Ysandre the same way!

From The Office

Welcome to the crazy time of year known as "The Holidays"!  Here at Borderlands, we are striving to make your December a bit less frantic.  As usual, we'll have complimentary coffee, tea, cocoa and cider all month, and we'll have extended hours as well.  We'll be open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, and we'll be open from noon until 10 pm every day December 17th - 23rd.  We are also, as always, open by appointment if your schedule is super busy.  Just give us a call and we'll set up a time to open the store for you.  Additionally, we'll be working some late nights so if you're a little late and want to give us a call, we're willing to stay open later so you can get your last-minute shopping done.

We'll be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and we'll be closing early on December 24th (at 6 pm) and December 31st (at 4 pm).

We will also be offering our typical, not terribly professional but totally free gift wrapping.  We readily admit that some employees are better at it than others.  We try our best, but some packages may have a Lovecraftian quality, and "the angles be subtly wrong." You have been warned.

We do hope you'll join us for the rapidly-becoming-annual Borderlands Holiday Potluck on December 22nd, (for more info check the "Events" section,) which should be a pleasant break from all the running around you'll be doing.  And we really enjoy the opportunity to get out from behind the counter and socialize a bit!

This is a time of year that can be rife with false sentiment and family-or-self-reinforced stress.  However,  it can also be full of genuine good feeling and a chance to reflect on the relatives and friends we love, as well as the families we create for ourselves. 

In that spirit, all of us at Borderlands wish you a glorious winter season and a very happy new year.

- Jude

Origin of the Bookstore, Part the Second

For the next eleven months we'll be doing a special feature each month in honor of Borderlands' upcoming 10th Anniversary (November 3rd, 2007).  We'll share some stories about what Borderlands is and how it got that way.

The Tale of Minwax Golden Oak and Diamond Finish

Many years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, Alan Beatts decided to open a book store.  The Alan Beatts then was not like the Alan Beatts you see now.  He was younger.  He had darker hair, more energy, and a deep-seated aversion to sleeves.  He also didn't know much at all about woodworking.

But he needed shelves if he was going to have a bookstore.  Lots of shelves. 

In the course of a month, he managed to get shelves.  About twenty-five of them.  All tall and all unfinished.  And that's where the problem began.

Anyone who has refinished a coffee table knows how it goes.  You sand, then you might put on some kind of stain, and then you add a few coats of some sort of sealer.  Wait for it to dry and you're done.  It's a nice little bit of handyman work that'll take up a few hours some weekend.  But, a good sized coffee table has perhaps 3 or 4 square feet of surface.  Twenty-five tall bookshelves have a bit more surface.

A lot more surface, actually.  Like ten times more surface.  Per shelf.  Times twenty-five shelves.

Alan did a little math and realized he was in hell. 

So he went looking for some expert advice.  Looking through the phone book (remember, back then the internet wasn't quite as useful as it is now), he found a company in town that advertised, "Everything for professional wood finishing".  When he chatted with the owner (who didn't seem very friendly or terribly helpful but he was a professional -- the sign outside said so) and explained the situation, the solution was clear: "gel stain and wax," said the professional.  A large check was written, warnings about "no returns" were stated, and less than an hour later the finishing began.  And then stopped almost immediately.

Gel stain is great stuff.  It doesn't splash, dries quickly, and goes on evenly.  But (and this is a big but), it's a goo.  It has to be rubbed on.  And it's a really big pain to get into inside corners (of which a tall bookshelf has 34).  Call professional.

"It's really hard to get the stain into the corners."


"What do I do?"

"Try using a Q-Tip."

" . . . . "

"So long."

Much brooding ensued.  "There is no way that I'm going to finish twenty-five blankity-blank bookshelves with a blanking Q-Tip," thought Alan to himself.  By way of distraction while thinking about the problem, he read the instructions for the wax which was meant to follow the stain -

"Rub on"

"Buff vigorously when dry"

"Re-coat every six months to a year . . . RE-COAT every SIX MONTHS to a YEAR!!!!"

"@&%##&@!  &%$#@& professional!  I'll $@#&%$&* him in front of his family and then &&%@#^&^!"

More brooding.  And then Alan called his bank.  Then he called the professional and told him that the stain and wax would be returned tomorrow.

"We don't take returns.  I told you that."

"I know.  You're going to this time.  I stopped the check.  Don't bother trying to deposit it."

" . . . . "

"So long."

The next day, materials returned, Alan went looking for another solution.  He remembered one of the people who he had talked with when he was first looking for shelves.  This guy had run a bookstore until he realized that selling bookshelves was more profitable (what this means about the book business is an exercise best left to the reader).  A quick phone call revealed that there was a product that went on quickly and dried very fast.  And, as a matter of fact, the bookshelf guy had a bunch on hand that he'd be happy to sell for a reasonable price.  He gotten it for a big project but later decided that lacquer wasn't the right finish to use.  Arrangements were made to pick up several gallons the next day.

That evening while chatting over a beer with friends, the story of the wood finishing was told.  When the new finish, this "lacquer" stuff was mentioned, one of the people around the table, a motorcyclist named Johnny, blanched and asked if Alan had ever used this stuff.

"No, but it seems pretty simple.  And the best part is how fast it dries."

"Yeah, that's one of the reasons they sometimes call it 'flash'.  I don't think you should use that stuff."


"It's too dangerous.  You'll blow yourself up."


"That stuff is really, really, flammable.  Pretty much one spark when you've been working with it for a while and the fumes'll send you to Jesus.  In pieces.  That's the other reason they call it 'flash'.  I'm surprised you could find any.  The state is trying to ban it."


Risk is sometimes a subjective thing.  One person's "too dangerous" isn't always the same as someone else's.  But, Johnny had an interesting relationship with the concept of "dangerous".  For example he is perhaps the only person on the planet to have accidentally cut a Nissan pickup truck in half.  With a motorcycle.  It seems that at 80 miles per hour a Suzuki GS1100 is capable of actually severing the frame of a light pickup truck when it impacts at 90 degrees right behind the cab.  Johnny commented later that it didn't seem too dangerous to be going that fast.  After all it was a side road and there wasn't any traffic.

The next day Alan just didn't bother to show up to get the lacquer.

Time for plan C.  Discount Builders' Supply is an example of a vanishing breed.  It's a huge independent hardware store right near highway 101 in the middle of San Francisco.  That's hard enough to find these days but even more unusual, 'Da Builders (as we call it) pays a good wage and has an older staff who pretty much know everything about their specialty.  There is no telling how many people they have educated over the years, but that day Alan became one of them.

The lady in the paint department listened to the whole story, asked a few questions and said, "Try a Minwax stain.  You can brush it on and it dries overnight.  Then used a water-based sealer.  They dry in about six hours and there aren't any fumes to worry about.  You'll have to use a few coats but that's the best way to go."

And that's how it worked.  It took just over a week of working 12 to 14 hours a day but at the end all the shelves were done.  With encouragement from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits it wasn't even hell.  A long job, sure, but not hell.

The shelves looked really good.

And they still do.  The original shelves are still in use nine years later.  After a move and several different layouts, they make up the large rolling shelves in the middle of the store.  And they've never been refinished.

Top Sellers At Borderlands

1. Blindsight by Peter Watts
2. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
3. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
4. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
5. Zima Blue & Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds tied with Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
6. Cruel Wind by Glen Cook
7. World War Z by Max Brooks
8. The Demon and the City by Liz Williams
9.  Cruel Sister by Deborah Grabien
     A Meeting at Corvalis by S.M. Stirling
10. Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe

1. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
2. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
3. Tyranny of the Night by Glen Cook
4. Thud! by Terry Pratchett
5. Gifts by Ursula Le Guin
6. Orphans of Chaos by John Wright
7. The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy
8. Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
9. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
10. Seeker by Jack McDevitt
    Ghost by John Ringo

Trade Paperbacks
1. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
2. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
3. Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
    Year's Best Fantasy 6 edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
4. Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
5. Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake
    Kull by Robert E. Howard
    Voyage of the Sable Keech by Neal Asher

Notes From a DVD Geek

Jeremy is out of town, so you'll get an extra dose of DVD geekity (geekiness? geekosity?) next month.

Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, December 10th, at 5 pm to discuss LEARNING THE WORLD by Ken MacLeod.  The book for January is ALTERED CARBON by Richard Morgan.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, December 17th, at 6 pm to discuss FLEDGLING by Octavia Butler.  The book for January is UBIK by Philip K. Dick.  Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Friday, December 22nd at 6:00 pm: Borderlands Books Holiday Potluck - Consider us an island of sanity (well, perhaps an oasis of quiet . . . the sanity part is debatable) in your busy holiday season.  Join us for a very informal Potluck Party; bring an edible tidbit or drink if you feel like it (no alcohol, please, though we may go for cocktails after the store closes), and enjoy a companionable few hours chatting, snacking, browsing, and petting the cat.  Doesn't that sound infinitely preferable to the normal office holiday party, where one of your co-workers will inevitably Xerox his or her butt?  We thought so.

Saturday, January 6th, 2007 at 3:00 pm: John Ringo, UNTO THE BREACH (Baen) - Borderlands is pleased to welcome John Ringo back to the store!  For those of you who can't keep up with the astoundingly prolific Mr. Ringo, UNTO THE BREACH follows GHOST, KILDAR, and CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN.   Yep, Mike Harmon is back.  Mike is not at all a Nice Guy, but he sure is fun to read about.   "Michael Harmon has been there and done that.  Rescued co-eds, killed major terrorists, stopped nuclear assaults.  Now he'd just like to kick back and relax with his harem of lovelies.  Unfortunately, the world keeps turning.
Mike and the Keldara are back tracking down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons.  It's going to take some very tough, hard and nasty people to stop the end of the world.  Fortunately, there's Mike Harmon." Don't miss this chance to chat in person with John Ringo!

Saturday, January 6th at 6:00 pm: Eric Turowski, WILLING SERVANTS (Rabid Press) - Join us to meet Eric Turowski and hear an excerpt from his scary new novel WILLING SERVANTS! "There's a side to the real estate racket that professionals hate to admit, and the mere whisper of its existence is enough to send the local market plunging.  Ghosts.  A good haunting can lead to lawsuits, red tape, and worse, bad press.  Landing a troubled house, especially one linked to the local boogeyman, is enough to make an experienced agent question their sanity.
For Mara Singleton, a modern day ghost buster and established author to best-selling books on the paranormal, red tape turns green.  She and her crew of over-the-hill investigators thrive on being a necessary evil.  So, when close friends contact Mara to take a look at their house, she takes the job on as a favor.  She doesn't realize her father, a psychic working with police departments on the east coast, has been struggling to reach her for days.  Nor does she know the story of the Predator Priest that hunted this neighborhood ten years ago.  But, it's just a favor, and the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Sam Bradford, aging detective, on the edge of being a desk jockey, isn't so innocent.  He stopped the Predator Priest as a rookie, made his career on it.  Everything has a cost though, and not only does Sam have horrifying nightmares of that fateful night, he developed a permanent fear of the dark.  When reports come in of a priest assaulting a local woman with a startlingly similar methodology, Sam realizes his fear just might be justified."  If you like John Shirley's horror novels, you should certainly give WILLING SERVANTS a try!

Sunday, January 7th at 3:00 pm: Howard Hendrix, SPEARS OF GOD (Del Rey) - "This stand-alone novel features the return of some of the favorite characters from THE LABYRINTH KEY, including master spy James Brescoll, computer wizards Don Markham, Karuna Benson, and the machine intelligence Medea-Indahar.
The world’s oil resources have dwindled. The rich are turning richer and the power-mongers are becoming more powerful. China and the United States dominate the globe in a geopolitical chess match. The human mind has merged with the cybergrid, yet the human race seems not to have evolved much at all.
On a remote South American mountain, two scientists stumble on a grisly scene. Here, while trying to protect an ancient sacred rock, a primitive tribe has been slaughtered. No witnesses remain to reveal what could have inspired such carnage. Or so it would seem.
In the international arena, meanwhile, a new global race is on: a weapon capable of tipping the balance of power is discovered. Among the competitors are a National Security Agency director who is playing at an elaborate double-cross within his own agency and a vengeance-seeking Israeli meteorite hunter. Shamans and zealots, geniuses and madmen—all seek to unlock mysteries that fell to earth millennia ago. But the key lies with four mute children who may unwittingly hold the secret to the planet’s survival—or its destruction."

Saturday, January 13th at 3:00 pm: Robert Balmanno, SEPTEMBER SNOW (Regent Press) - "Global warming and climate change have been rife for decades.  Gaia, a new religion originally devoted to preserving the earth, has been perverted.  A draconian regime controls everything, even the weather.
September, a woman of intellect and physical prowess, leads a rebellion.  She seeks to save the planet from a corrupt system so the healing process of earth can begin.  A futuristic dystopian story where mankind and physical life of the living planet are on collision course."  Meet author Robert Balmanno and hear about his frighteningly plausible new novel.

Thursday, January 18th at 1:00 pm: Christopher Moore Drop-By Event, YOU SUCK, A LOVE STORY (William Morrow) - This is not an "event" event.  Chris is just going to drop in to sign our store stock, say hi and poke the cat.  But, despite it not being a Real Live Event, you can still get a copy of Chris's brand new book, YOU SUCK, personally inscribed, and you can drop by to see him if you're available at 1:00pm! (Chris won't be reading, and he may be a bit rushed, but you can certainly come by and say, "Hi".)  If you're not able to come by in person,  the book comes out in the beginning of January.  Just buy a copy in the store before January 18th, and you can leave it with us, (or more likely take it home, pounce on it and read it ravenously, and then bring it back to us before January 18th,) and Chris will personalize it to anyone you'd like: to you, or to your Aunt Sophie, or to your thirty-five pound shaved cat, if you really want that.   For those of you who don't know yet, YOU SUCK is the sequel to BLOODSUCKING FIENDS, and so it is chock-full of bizarre (but surprisingly touching) San Francisco goodness.   The Emperor and His Loyal Men are back, Charlie Asher from A DIRTY JOB makes a brief appearance, the turkey-bowling guys from Safeway have a starring role, and there is oh-so-much more: Jody, coming to terms with feminist vampire power.  True love.  The Vampyre Flood.  Angst-y Abby Normal! Dyed-blue prostitutes! The Glas Kat! Silly goths!  A thirty-five pound shaved cat (as if you hadn't guessed)!  Oh, you must read this book.  Recommended by Jude.

Saturday, February 10th at 3:00 pm: Rudy Rucker, MATHEMATICIANS IN LOVE (Tor)  - A new novel from somewhat-local author Rudy Rucker is always a reason for celebration!  From Rudy's website: "A wild, funny tale. Crazy mathematicians compete for the love of two women across space, time and logic.
Berkeley grad students Bela Kis and Paul Bridge have discovered the mathematical underpinnings of ultimate reality. But then they begin fighting over the beguiling video-blogger, Alma Ziff.
First Bela gets Alma’s interest by starting the wildest rock band ever. But then Paul undertakes the ultimate computer hack: altering reality to make Alma his. The change brings more than he bargained for: Alma is swept away into a higher world of mathematician cockroaches and cone shells bent upon using our world as an experimental set-up for deciding an arcane point of metamathematics.
It’s up to Bela to bring Alma back, repair reality, stop the aliens, and, most important of all, discover the true meaning of love."  We're glad to have Rudy back, and we bet you'll be glad to meet him!

Saturday, February 17th at 3:00 pm: Guy Gavriel Kay, YSABEL (Roc)  - More details to come!

Saturday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm: Elizabeth Moon, COMMAND DECISION (Del Rey) - More details to come! 

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 the author's 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

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Postscripts vol. 8 - Autumn 2006 by Peter Crowther, ed.  (PS Publishing, $10.00, Trade Paperback, and Signed and Numbered Limited Edition (150 copies) Hardcover, $50.00) - Contains stories by Michael Swanwick, Robert Edric, Matthew Hughes, K.W. Jeter, Gene Wolfe and others.  The limited edition is signed by the contributors.

Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard by Scott A. Cupp, ed. and Joe R. Lansdale, ed. (MonkeyBrain, $14.95, Trade Paperback) - Stories by Michael Moorcock, Chris Roberson, Gene Wolfe and others.

Alchemy of Stars, The - Rhysling Award Winners Showcase by Roger Dutcher, ed. and Mike Allen, ed. (SFPA, $15.00, Trade Paperback) - Introduction by Jane Yolen. Afterword by Suzette Haden Eligin.

On the Overgrown Path by David Herter  (PS Publishing, $18.00, Trade Paperback, numbered limited (500 copies) edition signed by David Herter, and Hardcover,  $45.00, numbered limited (300 copies) edition signed by David Herter and John Clute) - Introduction by John Clute.

Polyphony 6 by Deborah Layne, ed. and Jay Lake, ed. (Wheatland Press, $18.95, Trade Paperback)

When They Came by Don Webb  (Temporary Culture, $22.50, Trade Paperback)

Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams  (Night Shade Books, $14.95, Trade Paperback) - Seminal cyberpunk classic, back in print thanks to Night Shade!  Read HARDWIRED, and then read DAMNATION ALLEY again for a rip-roaring plugged-in dystopian duo. Recommended by Jude.

Sung in Blood by Glen Cook  (Night Shade Books, $23.95, Hardcover, and Signed Limited Edition (125 copies) Hardcover, $49.00)

Desperate Moon - Three Collections by R. Andrew Heidel  (PS Publishing, limited edition (500 copies) Hardcover signed by R. Andrew Heidel, $45.00, and slipcased limited edition (200 copies) Hardcover, signed by Heidel and Ellison, $90.00) - Introduction by Harlan Ellison.

Majestrum - A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn by Matthew Hughes  (Night Shade Books,  $24.95, Hardcover, and signed limited (125 copies) edition $49.00, Hardcover).  The limited edition contains the bonus story “Sweet Trap”.

Hill of Dreams, The by Arthur Machen  (Tartarus, $55.00, Hardcover)  - Second printing.

Zima Blue and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds and Paul Mcauley, Introduction (Night Shade Books, $49.00, Hardcover) - Limited to 150 copies signed by Alastair Reynolds. Contents: Introduction, The Real Story, Beyond the Aquila Rift, Enola, Signal to Noise, Hideaway, Merlin’s Gun, Angels of Ashes, Spirey and the Queen, Understanding Space and Time, Zima Blue. This limited edition also contains a bonus story, Digital to Analogue.

Physician To The Universe -The Collected Short Stories vol 2 by Clifford D. Simak  (Darkside, $45.00, Hardcover)

Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross  (Golden Gryphon, $25.95, Hardcover) - This sequel to The Atrocity Archives returns us to the adventures of computer programmer, uber geek and operative of The Laundry, Bob Howard.  The Laundry is Britain's shadowy intelligence agency charged with making sure that Things from Outside don't destroy our world.  You see, math is magic and the wrong computer program can cause (literally) worlds of trouble.  This time Bob is in a very unusual situation -- he has to act like a "real" secret agent a la Ian Fleming's James Bond.  The Jennifer Morgue manages to be simultaneously scary, very funny, and a loving homage to Fleming's novels.  Recommended by Alan.

Spectrum 13 - The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner, ed. and Arnie Fenner, ed. (Underwood Books, $39.95, Oversized Hardcover, and Oversized Softcover $29.95)

Electric Velocipede Issue 11, Fall 2006 by John Kilma, ed.  (Spilt Milk Press, $4.00, Chapbook) - Stories by Jeffrey Ford, Steve Rasnic Tem, Liz Williams and others.

Flytrap No. 6 - November 2006 - A Little Zine with Teeth by Heather Shaw, ed. and Tim Pratt, ed. (Tropism Press, $4.00, Chapbook)

REH:Two-Gun Raconteur by Damon C. Sasser ed.  (Black Coast, $19.50, Other Softcover) - One of 300 limited edition copies.


Wormwood - Literature of The Fantastic, Supernatural and Decadent Number 7, Autumn 2006 by and Mark Valentine, ed. (Tartarus, $15.00, Trade Paperback)

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg  (Millipede Press, $14.00, Trade Paperback)

Faculty of Terror, The by John Llewellyn Probert  (Gray Friar Press, $14.00, Trade Paperback) - Introduction by Paul Finch

Fungal Stain and Other Dreams, The by W.H. Pugmire  (Hippocampus Press, $15.00, Trade Paperback)

I Am The Bird by T.M. Wright  (PS Publishing, $18.00, limited edition (500 copies) Trade Paperback, signed by T.M Wright, and limited edition (300 copies) Hardcover signed by T.M. Wright and Ramsey Campbell, $45.00)  - Introduction by Ramsey Campbell.

Fear of 4 by Richard Chizmar, Brian Freeman, Brian Keene, and Tom Monteleone (Borderlands Press, $40.00, Hardcover) - Introduction by John Skipp.  One of 200 numbered copies.

Reassuring Tales by T.E.D. Klein  (Subterranean, $40.00, Hardcover) - One of 600 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Demon! by William F. Nolan  (Delirium Books, $35.00, Hardcover) - One of 250 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

Soul in a Bottle, A by Tim Powers  (Subterranean, $22.00, Hardcover) - Illustrated by J.K. Potter

Nightmare Frontier, The by Stephen Mark Rainey  (Sarob, $50.00, limited edition (135 copies) Hardcover, and signed and numbered limited edition (42 copies) Hardcover, $200.00)

Surgeon of Souls, The by Victor Rousseau  (Spectre, $40.00, Hardcover)

Havoc Swims Jaded by David J. Schow  (Subterranean, $25.00, Hardcover, and signed and numbered limited edition (150 copies) Hardcover, $45.00)

Damage by Lee Thomas  (Sarob, $50.00, Hardcover, limited edition (135 copies), and signed and numbered limited (42 copies) edition Hardcover, $115.00).

His Pain by Wrath James White  (Delirium Books, $35.00, Hardcover) - One of 245 signed and numbered limited edition copies.

A Walberswick Goodnight Story by Loius De Bernieres  (Tartarus, $50.00, Other Softcover) - One of 200 signed and numbered copies.

Willing Servants by Eric Turowski  (Rabid Press, $14.95, Trade Paperback) - See event write-up.

Non-Fiction and Other Stuff:

Blood & Thunder - The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn  (MonkeyBrain, $15.95, Trade Paperback)

Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard by Benjamin Szumskyj, ed.  (Hippocampus Press, $15.00, Trade Paperback) - Foreword by Michael Moorcock. 

New and Notable

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Final Key, The - Triad vol. 2  by Catherine Asaro  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Carnival by Elizabeth Bear  (Bantam Spectra, $6.99, Mass Market)

Bear Daughter by Judith Berman  (Ace, $7.99, Mass Market)

Powersat by Ben Bova  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Trikon Deception, The by Ben Bova and Bill Pogue (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Academ’s Fury - Codex Alera vol. 2 by Jim Butcher  (Ace, $7.99, Mass Market)

Heir of Autumn by Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock (Eos, $7.99, Mass Market)

Shadowfall - Godslayer vol 1 by James Clemens  (Roc, $7.99, Mass Market)

Tyranny of The Night, The by Glenn Cook  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Forbidden Planets by Peter Crowther, ed.  (DAW, $7.99, Mass Market) - Introduction by Ray Bradbury. Afterword by Stephen Baxter.

Well of Tears, The - Crowthistle Chronicles vol 2 by Cecilia Dart-Thornton  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson  (Jove, $7.99, Mass Market)

Land of Mist and Snow by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald (Eos, $7.99, Mass Market) - What if the two ground-breaking ships of the Civil War weren't ironclads like the Monitor and the Merrimac?  What if they were magically powered by elementals and demons?  Would it have made a tremendously ugly war any better?  The answer is no.  But it would have made it more interesting.  I'm not a huge fan of alternate history, especially set during the Civil War, but Land of Mist and Snow is really very good.  So good, in fact, I read it in one sitting.  Recommended by Alan.

Running from the Deity - A Pip and Flinx Adventure by Alan Dean Foster  (Del Rey, $7.99, Mass Market)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch, $7.99, Mass Market) - Back in print in mass market.  It's the end of the world as we know it? This is certainly the funniest book you'll ever read about the Antichrist,  Anathema Device may be the very best character name in modern literature, and to this day I am convinced that Ansa-phones and Non-Alcoholic Lager are indeed HorsePersons of the Apocalypse.  C'mon who do you know who *doesn't* need a copy of GOOD OMENS?  Recommended by Jude, Alan, Cary, and pretty much everyone we know.

Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines  (DAW, $6.99, Mass Market)

Knife of Dreams - Wheel of Time vol. 11 by Robert Jordon  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Ill Met by Moonlight by Mercedes Lackey  (Baen, $7.99, Mass Market)

Talyn by Holly Lisle  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Power Lines by Anne McCaffrey  (Del Rey, $7.99, Mass Market)

Righteous Blade, The - Dreamtime vol 2 by Stan Nicholls  (Eos, $7.99, Mass Market)

Darkenheight - Watershed Trilogy vol. 2 by Douglas Niles  (Ace, $7.99, Mass Market)

Draco Tavern by Larry Niven  (Tor, $6.99, Mass Market)

Silver May Tarnish by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie (Tor, $6.99, Mass Market)

Dragon Blade - Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan, vol. 4 by Andre Norton and Sasha Miller (Tor, $6.99, Mass Market)

Magic and the Healing, The by Nick O’Donohoe  (Firebird, $7.99, Mass Market)

Lord of the Libraries by Mel Odom  (Tor, $7.99, Mass Market)

Skewed Throne, The by Joshua Palmer  (DAW, $7.99, Mass Market)

Brightonomicon by Robert Rankin  (Gollancz, $9.99, Mass Market)

Fifth Quadrant, The by C.J. Ryan  (Bantam Spectra, $6.99, Mass Market)

Cartomancy - Age of Discovery vol. 2 by Michael A. Stackpole  (Bantam Spectra, $6.99, Mass Market)

Coyote Frontier by Allen Steele  (Ace, $7.99, Mass Market)

Gabriel Hounds, The by Mary Stewart  (HarperTorch, $7.99, Mass Market)

Afterburn by S.L. Viehl  (Roc, $7.99, Mass Market)

Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe by James M. Ward  (Tor, $6.99, Mass Market)

Prometheus Project, The by Steve White  (Baen, $7.99, Mass Market)

Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright  (Tor, $6.99, Mass Market)

Good Faeries of New York, The by Martin Millar (Soft Skull, $13.95, Trade Paperback) - Why aren't there any other Martin Millar books in print?  He writes as though Tom Robbins had crashed into Charles De Lint, and meshed with a sweet bizarre humanist Nina Kiriki Hoffman edge.
This is not a new title, but I feel the need to rave about it anyway.  I adored this book.  In my opinion, it represents the very best of magical realism/urban fantasy -- the kind where you are so caught up in the story that you don't remember until a day or two after you've finished the book that there are no 18 inch tall Scottish faeries in New York. (Riiiight.  It had slipped my mind.)  This wonderful book follows the adventures of bumbling but well-intentioned and often intoxicated faeries Heather MacKintosh and Morag MacPherson.  They feud and drink whisky and cause accidental chaos wherever they go.  In this case, they wind up in Manhattan.   Cornwall's nasty faery King Tala is trying to have a mini industrial revolution and force the indolent and decadent faeries to work in factories in a semi-feudal society.  The King's heirs run away.  Mercenaries and others are in hot pursuit.  There is a socialist resistance, but it is not very effective since its leader is in love with the king's daughter and spends more time looking for rare flowers than plotting revolution.  Meanwhile, the fighting Heather and Morag have hooked up with Kerry, a struggling artist and musician who is trying to win a local arts fair prize to spite the awful boyfriend who dumped her because she has Chron's Disease and, worse, left before he taught her all the New York Doll's guitar solos, and Dinnie, an overweight misanthropic porn-addicted slacker, respectively.  Also, Magenta, a homeless woman who believes that she is the ancient Greek general Xenophon has inadvertently stolen a very important flower.  Hi-jinks ensue involving the ethnic faery contingents in Manhattan and faeries from all over Britain.  The underlying subtext of social commentary never intrudes into the narrative or becomes preachy.  The perfect book to disappear into for a day or so.  Highly recommended by Jude.

Glass Soup by Jon Carroll  (Tor, $13.95, Trade Paperback)

Transformer Trilogy, The by M.A. Foster  (DAW, $15.00, Trade Paperback) - Contains The Morphodite, Transformer and Preserver.

Best Australian Science Fiction Writing, The - A Fifty Year Collection by Rob Gerrand, ed.  (Black, Inc., $19.95, Trade Paperback) - Stories by Greg Egan, Marjo Lanagan, Sean Williams and others.

Spears of God by Howard V. Hendrix  (Del Rey, $14.95, Trade Paperback) - See event write-up.

Dragon’s Teeth by James A. Hetley  (Ace, $14.00, Trade Paperback)

Bloodring by Faith Hunter  (Roc, $14.00, Trade Paperback)

This Forsaken Earth - Sea Beggars vol. 2 by Paul Kearney  (Bantam Spectra, $12.00, Trade Paperback)

Harrowing The Dragon by Patricia A. Mckillip  (Ace, $14.00, Trade Paperback)

We the Underpeople by Cordwainer Smith  (Baen, $15.00, Trade Paperback)

Witling, The by Vernor Vinge  (Tor, $13.95, Trade Paperback)

Cursor’s Fury - Codex Alera vol. 3 by Jim Butcher  (Ace, $24.95, Hardcover)

Hinterland - Godslayer vol 2 by James Clemens  (Roc, $24.95, Hardcover)

Book of Lost Tales, The by John Connolly  (Atria Books, $23.00, Hardcover)

Weatherwitch - Crowthistle Chronicles vol. 3 by Cecilia Dart-Thornton  (Tor, $25.95, Hardcover)

Adventures in Unhistory: Conjectures on the Factual Foundations of Several Ancient Legends by Avram Davidson  (Tor, $25.95, Hardcover)

Black Tattoo, The by Sam Enthoven  (Razor Bill, $19.99, Hardcover) - Jacket folds out to full-size poster by John Jude Palencar - I wanted to love this book, but I just liked it instead.  It has a lot going for it -- interesting premise, likable (or in appropriate cases extremely dislikable) characters, moral conundrums, and a lot of deadpan humor to lighten what is otherwise an exceedingly dark book.  Charlie has always been "the cool one," with his loyal and intelligent friend Jack playing sidekick.  But things are going wrong for Charlie -- his Dad has left his Mum and his anger leaves him open to being essentially possessed by a parasitic hell-thing called The Scourge.  The Scourge wants to wake the dragon upon which Hell rests and end all existence, and he needs a host-body to help.  Since Charlie's been easily duped into thinking that he'll rule Hell if he assists the Scourge, it is up to reluctant, well-meaning  and mostly ineffectual Jack to save all creation and get his friend back from Hell.  Fortunately he has help, in the form of the seriously strong, tough and competent (though emotionally  damaged) Esme, who has trained since childhood to fight the Scourge.  Esme is a marvelous character -- believable and complex.  Unfortunately, the plot is a bit muddled, and the book longer than strictly necessary.  Also, certain scenes dive right over into completely gratuitous yuckiness, the moral ambiguity isn't really that ambiguous, and the underlying messages (religion is silly, loyalty and friendship are important, and the slightly uncool sidekick usually knows best) are applied with a trowel.  A good book that would have benefited from a lighter touch.  Recommended by Jude.

1824: The Arkansas War by Eric Flint  (Del Rey, $25.95, Hardcover)

Trouble Magnet - a Pip and Flinx Adventure by Alan Dean Foster  (Del Rey, $24.95, Hardcover)

Last Green Tree, The by John Grimsley  (Tor, $25.95, Hardcover)

Captain Hook: The Adventures of a Notorius Youth by J.V. Hart  (Laura Geringer Books, $15.99, Hardcover) - Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Blade of Fortriu - Bridei vol 2 by Juliet Marillier  (Tor, $27.95, Hardcover)

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughren  (McElderry Books, $17.99, Hardcover) - The first-ever authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Odyssey by Jack McDevitt  (Ace, $24.95, Hardcover)

Soarer’s Choice - Corean Chronicles vol. 6 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.  (Tor, $27.95, Hardcover)

A Taste of Magic by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover)

Cracked Throne, The by Joshua Palmer  (DAW, $24.95, Hardcover) - Sequel to The Skewed Throne.

Larklight by Philip Reeve  (Bloomsbury, $16.95, Hardcover) - Illustrated by David Wyatt.

Unto the Breach by John Ringo  (Baen, $26.00, Hardcover) - See event description.

Paladins II: Knight Moves by Joel Rosenberg  (Baen, $25.00, Hardcover)

Horizons by Mary Rosenblum  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover)

Mathmeticians in Love by Rudy Rucker  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover) - See event description.

Android’s Dream, The by John Scalzi  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover) - Oh, it is so much fun!  A book that deserves the term "romp," with surprisingly serious undertones.  This is a marvelous novel of alien diplomacy, super-hackers, incisive, skillful political and bureaucratic satire, electric blue sheep and a (very) few fart jokes.  This book manages to be simultaneously absurd, intelligent, funny and touching.  Recommended by Cary, Jude and Alan.

Sky People, The by S.M. Stirling  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover)

Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe by James M. Ward  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover)

Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe  (Tor, $24.95, Hardcover)

Fugitives of Chaos by John C. Wright  (Tor, $25.95, Hardcover) - Sequel to Orphans of Chaos

D’aulaires’ Book of Trolls by Ingri D’aulaire and Parin D’aulaire (New York Review, $19.95, Oversized Hardcover)

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham  (DC Comics, $19.99, Oversized Hardcover) - Illustrated by Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Mark Wheatley and others.

Kimono Dragons - Y: The Last Man vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (DC Comics, $14.99, Oversized Softcover) - Originally published in single magazine form as Y: The Last Man #43-48

Fray by Joss Whedon and Karl Moline (Dark Horse Books, $19.95, Oversized Softcover)

Borderlands Magazine - Issue Eight by Simon Oxwell, ed.  (Borderlands Press, $8.00, Other Softcover) - A magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. (This Borderlands Press is based in Australia, and is not related to the press that publishes the Borderlands Anthologies.)


Beloved, The by J.F. Gonzalez  (Leisure, $7.99, Mass Market)

Kamikaze by Michael Slade  (Signet, $7.99, Mass Market)

Stroke of Midnight, A - Merideth Gentry vol. 4 by Laurell K. Hamilton  (Ballantine, $7.99, Mass Market)

Cell by Stephen King  (Pocket, $9.99, Mass Market) - This is a Pocket Books Premium Edition (oversized mass market with a 4 1/8 X 7 1/2 trim size).

Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu  (Love spell, $6.99, Mass Market)

Dead Letters, The by Tom Piccirilli  (Bantam, $5.99, Mass Market)

Mr. Twilight by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (Del Rey, $7.99, Mass Market)

Gates of the Necronomicon, The by Simon  (Avon, $7.99, Mass Market)

Becoming, The by Jeanne C. Stein  (Ace, $7.99, Mass Market)

Darkness Wakes by Tim Waggoner  (Leisure, $6.99, Mass Market) - From Publishers Weekly: "A fast-paced, over-the-top, blood-and-guts thriller, Waggoner's latest turns the world of deviant sex clubs into a graphic horror-show. When 45-year-old family man Aaron Rittinger stumbles onto a secret sex club, hidden away in his small Ohio town, he's intrigued; when a sexy neighbor invites him to join, his curiosity gets the best of him. Soon, however, he discovers that the club isn't just for kinky sex—it's for worshipping a demon called the Overshadow, who gives his followers incomparable pleasure in exchange for human sacrifice. As Aaron uncovers the secrets of the club, he becomes torn between current and former members, dragging himself and his family deeper into danger."

Fangs4Freaks by Serena Robar  (Berkley, $9.99, Trade Paperback)

Killing with the Edge of the Moon by A.A. Attanasio  (Prime Books, $12.95, Trade Paperback)

Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey  (Tor, $12.95, Trade Paperback) - Back in print after all these years!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer  (Little,Brown, $8.99, Trade Paperback)

Loop by Koji Suzuki  (Vertical, $13.95, Trade Paperback)

Benighted by Kit Whitfield  (Del Rey, $14.95, Trade Paperback) - Almost everyone's a werewolf, except for Our Heroine and a few others, the non-shapechanger minority that cleans up after full moon night.  This first novel could just have been a desperate attempt to squeeze something new out of lycanthropy.  Instead, it's a stunning book -- an exploration of the brutal and brutalizing effects of prejudice, a mystery novel that ends up implicating its entire society, and a tale of a fascinating and damaged woman and the people in her life, whom she can neither fully trust nor survive without.  Reminded me in some ways of Nicola Griffith, of her isolated heroines and their unflinching investigation of insoluble moral dilemmas.  Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and ethically gruelling.  *Highly* recommended by Claud.

Vampire Stories by Richard Dalby, ed.  (Gramercy, $7.99, Hardcover) - Stories by Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, D.H. Lawrence and others

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz  (Bantam, $27.00, Hardcover)

Amphigorey Again by Edward Gorey  (Harcourt Brace & Company, $35.00, Oversized Hardcover) - Contains previously uncollected works and 2 unpublished stories.

Dreaming vol. 1, The by Queenie Chan  (Tokyopop, $9.99, Other Softcover) - Unrelated to Neil Gaiman's world of The Dreaming, this manga-style graphic novel takes place in a creepy islolated girls' school.  The atmospheric artwork and the sense of melodrama had me hooked from the start.  Recommended by Jude.

Dreaming vol. 2, The by Queenie Chan  (Tokyopop, $9.99, Other Softcover)

From Black Rooms by Stephen Woodworth  (Bantam, $6.99, Mass Market)

Fatherland by Robert Harris  (Random House, $13.95, Trade Paperback) - Back in print after several years. . ."It is twenty years after Nazi Germany's triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the Fuhrer's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peacemaking visit from President Kennedy. . ."

Cruel Sister by Deborah Grabien  (Thomas Dunne Books, $23.95, Hardcover)

Non-Fiction and Other Stuff:

Postcards From Mars - The First Photographer on the Red Planet by Jim Bell  (Penguin, $50.00, Oversized Hardcover) - This is an AMAZING book, and that is all there is to it.  An enormous, beautiful book of photographs actually taken on Mars.  We are living science fiction and no mistake.  Recommended by Jude.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance by Robin Furth  (Scribner, $25.00, Trade Paperback) - Introduction by Stephen King

New and Notable DVDs

Noein: To Your Other Self directed by  (Manga Video, $19.95, DVD) - Anime

EM: Embalming directed by Shinji Aoyama  (Artsmagic, $24.95, DVD) - Japanese horror/SF.

Full Metal Yakuza directed by Takashi Miike  (Arts Magic DVD, $15.99, DVD)

Sabu directed by Takashi Miike  (Arts Magic DVD, $15.99, DVD)

Tomie: Revenge directed by Olkawa Atanu  (Tokyo Shock, $29.95, DVD) - new Tomie movie, not included in Multidisk set.

Horror Rises From the Tomb directed by Carlos Aured  (Mondo Crash, $14.95, DVD) - Contains the US release and the uncut international edition.

Dark Waters - 2 Disk SE with Amulet directed by Mariano Baino  (NoShame Films, $42.95, DVD) - Lovecraftian Horror movie.

Dark Waters - Single Disk Edition directed by Mariano Baino  (NoShame Films, $19.95, DVD) - Lovecraftian Horror movie.

Curse of the Crying Woman, The (La Maldicion de la Llrona directed by Rafael Baledon  (Panic House Entertainment, $19.95, DVD) - Mexican Horror.

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats directed by George Barry  (Cult Epics, $19.95, DVD)

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural directed by Richard Blackburn  (Synapse Films, $19.95, DVD)

They Came Back directed by Robin Campillo  (Wellspring, $24.98, DVD)

Ganja & Hess directed by Bill Gunn  (Image Entertainment, $24.99, DVD) - Arthouse blaxsploitation vampire movie

Texas Chains Saw Massacre, The (1974) - the Ultimate Edition directed by Tobe Hooper  (Dark Sky Fimls, $29.98, DVD) - 2-Disk SE in aluminum keep case.

Omen (2003, Korea) directed by Thammarak Kamuttmanoch  (Panik House Entertainment, $19.95, DVD)

Killer Queen Box Set: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills 7 Times directed by Emilio Miraglia  (NoShame Films, $34.95, DVD)

Moon Phase: Phase One directed by Akiyuki Shinbou  (Funimation, $29.95, DVD) - Anime

Funny Man directed by Simon Sprackling and Christopher Lee (Subversive, $19.95, DVD)

Stacy directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu  (Synapse Films, $24.95, DVD) - Japanese Horror

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