October 07, 2014

September Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. LOCK IN by John Scalzi
2. THE GETAWAY GOD by Richard Kadrey
3. WHAT IF? by Randall Munroe
4. THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman
5. EXO by Stephen Gould
6. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
7. ECHOPRAXIA by Peter Watts
8. SLEEPING LATE ON JUDGMENT DAY by Tad Williams
9. GOLDEN PRINCESS by S.M. Stirling
10. COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE WINTER LONG by Seanan McGuire
2. FRANKENSTORM by Ray Garton
3. REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch
4. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
5. HAPPY HOUR IN HELL by Tad Williams
6. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
7. OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi
8. THE SHINING by Stephen King
9. CAPTAIN VORPATRIL'S ALLIANCE by Lois McMaster Bujold
10. HALF-OFF RAGNAROK by Seanan McGuire

Trade Paperbacks
1. ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie
2. ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer
3. THE CORONER'S LUNCH by Colin Cotterill
4. ASSAIL by Ian C. Esslemont
5. ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

October News Roundup

*Overheard in the Store:
"For me, bra shopping is like going to the dentist. I put off both of them until something is actually falling out."
"Working in a cafe is like living with a toddler; there's always something else that shouldn't be, but is, inexplicably sticky."

The 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has opened for submissions. They are looking for stories of near-future space exploration.  Deadlines and other details here: http://www.baen.com/baenmemorialaward.asp

NBC has released an official synopsis and behind-the-scenes video featurette on its upcoming television adaptation of the comic book "Constantine". http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=108553

Unfortunately, as promising as it looks, NBC is also using the adaptation to wipe away Constantine's identity as a bisexual man: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/07/28/op-ed-nbcs-straight-washing-john-constantine-bi-erasure

The 2014 Sunburst Literary Awards for excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have announced their winners Ruth Ozeki and Charles De Lint!  For shortlisted books, jurors, and information on past winners go here: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2014-sunburst-winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has presented both the Dwarf Star, for poetry 1-10 lines, and the Elgin Award, for chapbook and full-length book of poetry.  First place winners are Mat Joiner, Helen Marshall and Bryan Thao Worra.  For second- and third-place winners check out the SFPA website here: http://www.sfpoetry.com/dwarfstars.html and here: http://www.sfpoetry.com/el/14elgin.html

Fantasy and horror author Robert Jackson Bennett breaks down the huge gender issues with the blockbuster book/film "Gone Girl": http://www.robertjacksonbennett.com/blog/gone-girl-and-the-fallacy-of-the-weaponized-female-sexuality

Fans of "Battlestar Galactica" will want to check out the trailer to Syfy's new 6 hour mini-series "Ascension".  Not only does it star BSG Alum Tricia Helfer, but it's all about shipboard tension.  It's set on a an arc ship that, just as it nears the point of no return, discovers a mysterious murder that leads them to question everything.  Check it out here: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/30/syfy-ascension-tricia-helfer/

Osprey Publishing Group has sold the imprints Angry Robot (science-fiction & fantasy), Nourish (cookbooks) and Watkins (mind/body/spirit books) to American businessman Etan Ilfeld. http://angryrobotbooks.com/2014/09/angry-robot-news/

Warner Brothers is making another film of the Richard Matheson classic I AM LEGEND not even a decade after the Will Smith version grossed over half a billion dollars.  For anyone who has even the littlest bit of hope that they might be more faithful to the original story?  Get rid of that notion straightaway! The script is actually an original that has nothing to do with Matheson's book but that the writer is retrofitting to bear some resemblance to?!  Read it for yourself: http://deadline.com/2014/10/i-am-legend-reboot-sold-by-iphone-salesman-warner-bros-will-smith-844507/

The Bradbury Estate Auction managed to raise nearly half a million dollars. Check out what sold and for how much here: http://natedsanders.com/Catalog.aspx?auctionid=37&displayby=2&lotsperpage=100&category=1

Charlie Jane Anders brings us news of a Kollywood science fiction film actually written, directed and starring a NASA scientist.  Only time will tell if that is actually a good thing, but you can check out the trailer over at io9: http://io9.com/ex-nasa-scientist-writes-directs-and-stars-in-science-1641864984

New Zealand statistician Richard Vale has worked out a number of predictions for the future Game of Thrones novels, specifically how many POV chapters they'll have in upcoming works, based on previous installments.  He freely admits that there are many issues with his formula, but it's still fun to play the guessing game.  http://www.popsci.com/article/spoiler-alert-statistician-predicts-future-chapters-game-thrones-novels

In more Game of Thrones related news, you can now order a book and CD package called Living Language: Dothraki.  It is being released this month with everything you need to master the fictional language. http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/game-of-thrones-fans-teach-yourself-to-speak-dothraki/

Lou Anders, who has been editorial and art director of the sf/f imprint Pyr since its creation 10 years ago, has stepped down to focus on his writing career.  Anders' first novel Frostborn was published this year by Crown Books. We wish Lou great success! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/people/article/64071-anders-leaving-prometheus-books.html

Ursula K. LeGuin has been awarded the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation.  http://www.nationalbook.org/amerletters_2014_uleguin.html#.VDBmul6f_h5

Even though we've gotten hints and clips here and there, we finally have our first trailer for the new space film "Interstellar".  The studio is being surprisingly tightlipped, so a lot of the plot of this movie is still unknown; even the actual running time is still unknown.  However, the new trailer actually gives us a few answers: http://sciencefiction.com/2014/10/01/new-interstellar-trailer-reveals-movies-epic-mission/

The Sunburst Society announces the winners of its 3rd annual Copper Cylinder Awards, which are Guy Gavriel Kay and Cory Doctorow!  http://coppercylinderaward.ca/2014-copper-cylinder-winners

Over at io9, Annalee Newitz writes about what exactly it would physically take to transform New York City into a Mega-city.  She talks about issues like garbage, expansion and city walkways. Check out the whole thing here: http://io9.com/what-would-it-take-to-turn-new-york-into-a-megacity-1641252944

These 25 photos of mushrooms could easily be alien worlds -- creatures -- even machines.  Check them out and get your imagination flowing.  http://www.the-open-mind.com/25-stunning-photos-within-the-mystical-world-of-mushrooms/

NPR has picked up on the controversy surrounding the use of H.P. Lovecraft's image for the World Fantasy Award: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/04/353737040/horror-of-horrors-is-h-p-lovecrafts-legacy-tainted

We regret to announce the death of speculative author Eugie Foster, whose battle with cancer ended on September 27th.  Eugie won the Nebula Award and was nominated for the Hugo for her short stories rich in amazing imagery and beautiful language.  She published over one hundred short stories and had her work collected in numerous anthologies.  Her unique voice will be missed. http://boingboing.net/2014/09/27/rip-eugie-foster.html

Upcoming Events

Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm

**CANCELED** Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 2, "Mysterious Ways" with Cara Black, Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, and Susan C. Shea Saturday, October 18th at 7:15 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 3, "New Worlds" with David Edison, Emily Jiang, Annalee Newitz, and Kim Stanley Robinson Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 pm

Serena Valentino GOOD DREAM, BAD DREAM / SUEÑO BUENO, SUEÑO MALO (Immedium, Harcover, $15.95) Saturday, October 25th at 3:00 pm

Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT (Daylight Books, Paperback, $39.95) Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 pm

F. Paul Wilson, FEAR CITY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm

And, coming up in the Fall, don't miss Steven Erikson, Mira Grant, the Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Holiday Party, and much, much more!

Full details after the break.

Dispatches From the Border: October 2014

Events and News From Borderlands Books

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Upcoming Events
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Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm

**CANCELED** Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 2, "Mysterious Ways" with Cara Black, Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, and Susan C. Shea Saturday, October 18th at 7:15 pm

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 3, "New Worlds" with David Edison, Emily Jiang, Annalee Newitz, and Kim Stanley Robinson Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 pm

Serena Valentino GOOD DREAM, BAD DREAM / SUEÑO BUENO, SUEÑO MALO (Immedium, Harcover, $15.95) Saturday, October 25th at 3:00 pm

Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT (Daylight Books, Paperback, $39.95) Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 pm

F. Paul Wilson, FEAR CITY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

And, coming up in the Fall, don't miss Steven Erikson, Mira Grant, the Sisters in Crime / Mystery Writers of America Holiday Party, and much, much more!

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News
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*Overheard in the Store:
"For me, bra shopping is like going to the dentist. I put off both of them until something is actually falling out."
"Working in a cafe is like living with a toddler; there's always something else that shouldn't be, but is, inexplicably sticky."

The 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has opened for submissions. They are looking for stories of near-future space exploration.  Deadlines and other details here: http://www.baen.com/baenmemorialaward.asp

NBC has released an official synopsis and behind-the-scenes video featurette on its upcoming television adaptation of the comic book "Constantine". http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=108553

Unfortunately, as promising as it looks, NBC is also using the adaptation to wipe away Constantine's identity as a bisexual man: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/07/28/op-ed-nbcs-straight-washing-john-constantine-bi-erasure

The 2014 Sunburst Literary Awards for excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have announced their winners Ruth Ozeki and Charles De Lint!  For shortlisted books, jurors, and information on past winners go here: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2014-sunburst-winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has presented both the Dwarf Star, for poetry 1-10 lines, and the Elgin Award, for chapbook and full-length book of poetry.  First place winners are Mat Joiner, Helen Marshall and Bryan Thao Worra.  For second- and third-place winners check out the SFPA website here: http://www.sfpoetry.com/dwarfstars.html and here: http://www.sfpoetry.com/el/14elgin.html

Fantasy and horror author Robert Jackson Bennett breaks down the huge gender issues with the blockbuster book/film "Gone Girl": http://www.robertjacksonbennett.com/blog/gone-girl-and-the-fallacy-of-the-weaponized-female-sexuality

Fans of "Battlestar Galactica" will want to check out the trailer to Syfy's new 6 hour mini-series "Ascension".  Not only does it star BSG Alum Tricia Helfer, but it's all about shipboard tension.  It's set on a an arc ship that, just as it nears the point of no return, discovers a mysterious murder that leads them to question everything.  Check it out here: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/30/syfy-ascension-tricia-helfer/

Osprey Publishing Group has sold the imprints Angry Robot (science-fiction & fantasy), Nourish (cookbooks) and Watkins (mind/body/spirit books) to American businessman Etan Ilfeld. http://angryrobotbooks.com/2014/09/angry-robot-news/

Warner Brothers is making another film of the Richard Matheson classic I AM LEGEND not even a decade after the Will Smith version grossed over half a billion dollars.  For anyone who has even the littlest bit of hope that they might be more faithful to the original story?  Get rid of that notion straightaway! The script is actually an original that has nothing to do with Matheson's book but that the writer is retrofitting to bear some resemblance to?!  Read it for yourself: http://deadline.com/2014/10/i-am-legend-reboot-sold-by-iphone-salesman-warner-bros-will-smith-844507/

The Bradbury Estate Auction managed to raise nearly half a million dollars. Check out what sold and for how much here: http://natedsanders.com/Catalog.aspx?auctionid=37&displayby=2&lotsperpage=100&category=1

Charlie Jane Anders brings us news of a Kollywood science fiction film actually written, directed and starring a NASA scientist.  Only time will tell if that is actually a good thing, but you can check out the trailer over at io9: http://io9.com/ex-nasa-scientist-writes-directs-and-stars-in-science-1641864984

New Zealand statistician Richard Vale has worked out a number of predictions for the future Game of Thrones novels, specifically how many POV chapters they'll have in upcoming works, based on previous installments.  He freely admits that there are many issues with his formula, but it's still fun to play the guessing game.  http://www.popsci.com/article/spoiler-alert-statistician-predicts-future-chapters-game-thrones-novels

In more Game of Thrones related news, you can now order a book and CD package called Living Language: Dothraki.  It is being released this month with everything you need to master the fictional language. http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/game-of-thrones-fans-teach-yourself-to-speak-dothraki/

Lou Anders, who has been editorial and art director of the sf/f imprint Pyr since its creation 10 years ago, has stepped down to focus on his writing career.  Anders' first novel Frostborn was published this year by Crown Books. We wish Lou great success! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/people/article/64071-anders-leaving-prometheus-books.html

Ursula K. LeGuin has been awarded the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation.  http://www.nationalbook.org/amerletters_2014_uleguin.html#.VDBmul6f_h5

Even though we've gotten hints and clips here and there, we finally have our first trailer for the new space film "Interstellar".  The studio is being surprisingly tightlipped, so a lot of the plot of this movie is still unknown; even the actual running time is still unknown.  However, the new trailer actually gives us a few answers: http://sciencefiction.com/2014/10/01/new-interstellar-trailer-reveals-movies-epic-mission/

The Sunburst Society announces the winners of its 3rd annual Copper Cylinder Awards, which are Guy Gavriel Kay and Cory Doctorow!  http://coppercylinderaward.ca/2014-copper-cylinder-winners

Over at io9, Annalee Newitz writes about what exactly it would physically take to transform New York City into a Mega-city.  She talks about issues like garbage, expansion and city walkways. Check out the whole thing here: http://io9.com/what-would-it-take-to-turn-new-york-into-a-megacity-1641252944

These 25 photos of mushrooms could easily be alien worlds -- creatures -- even machines.  Check them out and get your imagination flowing.  http://www.the-open-mind.com/25-stunning-photos-within-the-mystical-world-of-mushrooms/

NPR has picked up on the controversy surrounding the use of H.P. Lovecraft's image for the World Fantasy Award: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/04/353737040/horror-of-horrors-is-h-p-lovecrafts-legacy-tainted

We regret to announce the death of speculative author Eugie Foster, whose battle with cancer ended on September 27th.  Eugie won the Nebula Award and was nominated for the Hugo for her short stories rich in amazing imagery and beautiful language.  She published over one hundred short stories and had her work collected in numerous anthologies.  Her unique voice will be missed. http://boingboing.net/2014/09/27/rip-eugie-foster.html

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From The Office
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Will return next month.

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for September, 2014

Hardcovers
1. LOCK IN by John Scalzi
2. THE GETAWAY GOD by Richard Kadrey
3. WHAT IF? by Randall Munroe
4. THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman
5. EXO by Stephen Gould
6. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
7. ECHOPRAXIA by Peter Watts
8. SLEEPING LATE ON JUDGMENT DAY by Tad Williams
9. GOLDEN PRINCESS by S.M. Stirling
10. COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE WINTER LONG by Seanan McGuire
2. FRANKENSTORM by Ray Garton
3. REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch
4. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
5. HAPPY HOUR IN HELL by Tad Williams
6. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
7. OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi
8. THE SHINING by Stephen King
9. CAPTAIN VORPATRIL'S ALLIANCE by Lois McMaster Bujold
10. HALF-OFF RAGNAROK by Seanan McGuire

Trade Paperbacks
1. ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie
2. ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer
3. THE CORONER'S LUNCH by Colin Cotterill
4. ASSAIL by Ian C. Esslemont
5. ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 12th, at 5 pm to discuss THE RESTORATION GAME by Ken Macleod. The book for November is EIGHT MILLION GODS by Wen Spencer. 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, October 19th, at 6 pm to discuss THE CITY AND THE STARS by Arthur C. Clarke. The book for November is ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome local author Terry Shames for the DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK launch party!  Terry serves on the boards of the Northern California chapters of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and her first two novels have gotten a fantastic reception.  In the third novel in the series, her protagonist Samuel Craddock may well be in over his head -- "With the Jarrett Creek bankrupt and the police department in disarray, Samuel Craddock takes on a murder investigation.  He discovers that the town's financial woes had nothing to do with incompetence and that murder is only one of the crimes he must solve."  We do hope you'll join us to meet Terry and discover Craddock's world.

**CANCELED** Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm - Mr. Bear unfortunately had to have unexpected surgery, which will prevent him traveling to this event.  We're happy to announce that Mr. Bear is recovering well, and we will hope to see him back in the Bay Area in the near future.

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 2, "Mysterious Ways" with Cara Black, Juliet Blackwell, Michelle Gagnon, and Susan C. Shea Saturday, October 18th at 7:15 pm - 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, meet mystery authors who will thrill, confound, and delight you with their stories! We are pleased to present: Cara Black, the New York Times bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris.  Juliet Blackwell, the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, both based in San Francisco. Michelle Gagnon, an international bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Susan C. Shea, who writes the Dani O'Rourke mysteries, featuring a museum fundraiser who spends far too much time with rich donors and her persistent ex.

Litquake LitCrawl, Phase 3, "New Worlds" with David Edison, Emily Jiang, Annalee Newitz, and Kim Stanley Robinson Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 pm - Join us to travel to previously unimagined worlds and explore mind-blowing new concepts, without even leaving the bookstore!  This year we're delighted to welcome the following authors: David Edison. who currently lives in San Francisco. THE WAKING ENGINE is his first novel, and its sequel, THE NOONDAY PLAGUE, is forthcoming in 2015. Read more at DavidEdison.com.  Emily Jiang, who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California.  Her first book is SUMMONING THE PHOENIX, was a Borderlands’ April 2014 Bestseller.  Annalee Newitz is the editor of io9.com, and the author of SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER: HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION, and Kim Stanley Robinson, who is a science fiction writer, author of the Mars trilogy, GALILEO'S DREAM, 2312, and SHAMAN.  His work has been translated into 24 languages.  Don't miss this incredible lineup!

Serena Valentino GOOD DREAM, BAD DREAM / SUEÑO BUENO, SUEÑO MALO (Immedium, Harcover, $15.95) Saturday, October 25th at 3:00 pm - Serena Valentino returns to show off her wonderful new book for children!  From Kirkus Reviews: "Enlisting the powers of some awesome heroes transforms a child’s nightmares into commanding dreams in this bilingual flight of the imagination.  Julio’s nightly search for monsters lurking in his room is interrupted by his father, who reminds the boy that “for every bad dream, you can have a good dream to help defeat your fears.” Papa lists all the conquering heroes for each scary creature. A mighty hunter will take care of a snarling mammoth, a crafty falcon will catch a scary scorpion, a strong wrestler will defeat a roaring jaguar, and so on. Julio’s confidence and assertiveness grow with each new dueling scenario Papa introduces."  Bring your little ones to check out this charming and empowering story and meet the marvelous Ms. Valentino!

Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, THE SUPERLATIVE LIGHT (Daylight Books, Paperback, $39.95) Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 pm - Photographer Robert Shults looks for the sublime in his images of the Texas Petawatt Laser.  This past spring, Austin-based fine art photographer Robert Shults visited the Texas Petawatt Laser, one of the most powerful lasers in the world. He wanted to capture "an observer's awe-struck perception of a seemingly sacred space where a brilliant but mortal group of men and women perform work normally reserved for the gods."   The book features a scientific introduction by Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an original science fiction story by award-winning author, mathematician, genius, artist and troublemaker Rudy Rucker.  Additionally, each copy of the volume includes a unique bookmark made from specialized laser "burn paper" with an image etched directly onto its surface by the Texas Petawatt. You can read more about the fascinating process that brought Shults to the project here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/robert-shults-vs-the-lasers/.  Do not miss this incredible, very unusual event!

F. Paul Wilson, FEAR CITY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm - We are thrilled and excited to welcome F. Paul Wilson back to Borderlands for the last chapter of "Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson's globally popular supernatural troubleshooter."  From Macmillan's website: "The strands of Jack's life, established in the first two books, COLD CITY and DARK CITY, are now woven into a complete pattern.  Centered around an obscure group of malcontents intent on creating a terrible explosion in New York City in 1993, Fear City shows the final stages of young Jack becoming Repairman Jack. It is a dark and terrible story, full of plots and needless mayhem, with secret agents, a freelance torturer, a secret society as old as human history, love, death, and a very bleak triumph. Jack threads his way through this intricate maze, as people he loves are stripped away from him in a way that presages the later epic series of novels."

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 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.

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Featured Upcoming Titles
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(These titles have not arrived yet.  You may pre-order any of these books by calling or emailing us.  Prices may be subject to change.  Of course, we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here.)

Baxter, Stephen * Proxima * (Penguin/Roc, hc)
Baxter, Stephen * Ultima * (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
Brett, Peter V. * Messenger's Legacy * (Subterranean Press, nva, hc)
Card, Orson Scott * Visitors * (Simon Pulse, nvl-ya, hc)
Carey, Mike, & Linda Carey & Louise Carey * House of War and Witness * (ChiZine Publications, tpb)
Carriger, Gail * Waistcoats & Weaponry * (Little, Brown, nvl-ya, hc)
Czerneda, Julie E. * A Play of Shadow * (DAW, tpb)
Erikson, Steven * Willful Child * (Tor, hc)
Fleskes, John, ed. * Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art * (Flesk Publications, anth, hc/tpb)
Fox, Andrew * The Bad Luck Spirits' Social Aid and Pleasure Club * (MonstraCity Press, tpb)
Grant, Mira * Symbiont * (Orbit US, hc)
Harris, Charlaine, & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. * Games Creatures Play * (Quercus/Jo Fletcher, anth)
Harrison, Harry * Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! * (Tor, nf, hc)
Herbert, Frank * Frank Herbert: Collected Stories * (Tor, cln, hc)
Huff, Tanya * The Future Falls * (DAW, hc)
Jones, Stephen, ed. * The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 25 * (Skyhorse, anth, tpb)
King, Stephen * Revival * (Simon & Schuster/Scribner, hc)
Klima, John, ed. * The Best of Electric Velocipede * (Fairwood Press, anth, tpb)
Marillier, Juliet * Dreamer's Pool * (Penguin/Roc, hc)
Martin, George R. R., ed. * Wild Cards: Lowball * (Tor, anth, hc)
McDevitt, Jack * Coming Home * (Ace, hc)
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. * Heritage of Cyador * (Tor, hc)
Naam, Ramez * Apex * (Angry Robot US, tpb)
Pratt, Tim * The Deep Woods * (PS Publishing, nva, hc)
Sanderson, Brandon * Legion: Skin Deep * (Subterranean Press, hc)
Sherman, Delia * Young Woman in a Garden * (Small Beer Press, cln, tpb)
Shinn, Sharon * The Turning Season * (Ace, hc)
Williams, Sean * Crashland * (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, hc)
   


Abbreviations indicate --
hc=hardcover; tpb=trade paperback; otherwise mass-market pb, or we're not sure
cln=collection; om=omnibus; anth=anthology; nva=novella; otherwise novel
h=horror; nf=nonfiction; a=associational [non-sffh]; otherwise sf/fantasy
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September 10, 2014

Graham Joyce

by Alan Beatts

Graham Joyce passed away recently.  He was a friend of mine.

I thought about writing a heartfelt memorial piece about him but I'm not going to.  The way I feel about it, and the way I feel about Graham, is personal and I'm not going to share it widely.  I met him at the World Fantasy Convention in 2000.  That same weekend I met (and became friends with) Lou Anders, Allison Baker, John Picacio, and Chris Roberson.  It was a very good weekend.  In the years since, Graham came to Borderlands many times for readings.  Often he would stay at my house when he was in town.

Like I said, he was a friend.

Also, like I said, I'm not going to talk how I feel about him being gone.  But I will share three things ---

I once saw Graham tell a very long joke that involved him sticking his index finger into his publisher's ear and making a horrible screeching sound.  The punchline involved how Martians have sex.

There is an editor who for many years (and perhaps to this day) insisted that Graham saved his life one night.  The editor in question was quite drunk and fell, face first, at the top of a down escalator.  Graham grabbed him and pulled him to his feet just before the editor's beard became caught in the mechanism.  The result was that neither the escalator nor the editor was harmed and, for years, Graham insisted that it had been no big deal.

He had the awful judgement to prefer Captain Beefheart over Dire Straights and insisted that his carefree, bucolic and innocent upbringing in Coventry was ruined by the Summer of Love -- the mere news of which drove him to drink, drugs, and ill-advised social associations.

A habit of association that continued long enough to include a store full of booksellers in San Francisco.

August Bestsellers

 Hardcovers
1. THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks
2. THE GETAWAY GOD by Richard Kadrey
3. MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
4. HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie
5. FOOL’S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb
6. THE ULTRA THIN MAN by Patrick Swenson
7. LOCK IN by John Scalzi
8. THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK OF CHAIRMAN RAHMA by Brian Herbert
9. MOTHERLESS CHILD by Glen Hirshberg
10. THE RHESUS CHART by Charles Stross

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch
2. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
3. NEPTUNE'S BROOD by Charles Stross
4. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
5. DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin
6. BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH by Alastair Reynolds
7. THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett
8. THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi
9. SHARDS OF TIME by Lynn Flewelling
10. KING OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence

Trade Paperbacks
1. ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie
2. BLACK PRISM by Brent Weeks
3. ASSAIL by Ian C. Esslemont
4. SORCERER'S FEUD by Katherine Kerr
5. LIGHTSPEED SPECIAL ISSUE: WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION edited by John Joseph Adams

September News Roundup

* Overheard in the Store:
"C'mon, you know that everything is better with more arms and legs."
"Wow, that was so much faster than Amazon! And --- better!"

* A challenge was laid at Neal Stephenson’s feet asking science fiction writers and scientists to work together and imagine an optimistic future.  This lead to Project Hieroglyph. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28974943

* The 2014 Parsec Awards, for excellence in science-fiction podcasting, announce their winners!  Bookmark these for the next time you need something to listen to while working out or on a road trip.  Congratulations!  http://www.parsecawards.com/2014-parsec-awards/2014-parsec-awards-winners-finalists/

* Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announces that he will be playing Black Adam in the Warner Bros. upcoming Shazam film.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2014/09/03/dwayne-johnson-cast-but-warner-bros-shazam-remains-shrouded-in-mystery/

* Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is in talks to star opposite Matt Damon in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, which will be directed by Ridley Scott.  http://variety.com/2014/film/news/jessica-chastain-to-joins-matt-damon-in-ridley-scotts-the-martian-1201214554/

* Congratulations to the 2014 Golden Duck Awards winners for excellence in children's science fiction.  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2014/08/2014-golden-duck-awards-winners/

Upcoming Events

Steven Gould, EXO (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday September 20th at 3:00pm

Maria Alexander, MR. WICKER (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Hardcover, $27.05) Saturday September 27th at 3:00pm

Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm

Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm

Look forward to Mira Grant, F. Paul Wilson, the fabulous Litquake LitCrawl (including Cara Black and Kim Stanley Robinson), and many other wonderful authors coming up in the fall!

Details after the break

Dispatches From The Border: September 2014

Events and News From Borderlands Books

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Upcoming Events
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Steven Gould, EXO (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday September 20th at 3:00pm

Maria Alexander, MR. WICKER (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Hardcover, $27.05) Saturday September 27th at 3:00pm

Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm

Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)

Look forward to Mira Grant, F. Paul Wilson, the fabulous Litquake LitCrawl (including Cara Black and Kim Stanley Robinson), and many other wonderful authors coming up in the fall!

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News
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* Overheard in the Store:
"C'mon, you know that everything is better with more arms and legs."
"Wow, that was so much faster than Amazon! And --- better!"

* A challenge was laid at Neal Stephenson’s feet asking science fiction writers and scientists to work together and imagine an optimistic future.  This lead to Project Hieroglyph. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28974943

* The 2014 Parsec Awards, for excellence in science-fiction podcasting, announce their winners!  Bookmark these for the next time you need something to listen to while working out or on a road trip.  Congratulations!  http://www.parsecawards.com/2014-parsec-awards/2014-parsec-awards-winners-finalists/

* Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announces that he will be playing Black Adam in the Warner Bros. upcoming Shazam film.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2014/09/03/dwayne-johnson-cast-but-warner-bros-shazam-remains-shrouded-in-mystery/

* Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is in talks to star opposite Matt Damon in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, which will be directed by Ridley Scott.  http://variety.com/2014/film/news/jessica-chastain-to-joins-matt-damon-in-ridley-scotts-the-martian-1201214554/

* Congratulations to the 2014 Golden Duck Awards winners for excellence in children's science fiction.  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2014/08/2014-golden-duck-awards-winners/

* A pilot script has been commissioned for a potential Supergirl TV series.  Our only fervent hope is that original Supergirl Helen Slater makes a guest appearance.  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/supergirl-tv-series-works-730356

* Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novel CHILDHOOD’S END will be turned into a six-hour miniseries by the Syfy network.  http://www.blastr.com/2014-9-3/syfy-picks-arthur-c-clarkes-childhoods-end-six-hour-miniseries

* Ra’s Al Ghul will make an appearance in Arrow Season 3.  Unfortunately the character has, once again, been whitewashed in casting.  http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/arrow-season-3-makes-ras-al-ghul-white-again/

* Film director Mike Cahill has been chosen by Syfy to direct its upcoming TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS.  http://sciencefiction.com/2014/09/04/mike-cahill-set-direct-pilot-syfys-new-series-magicians/

* The first TV spots for the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are out, and everyone is wondering if the events of the film The Winter Soldier and the repercussions felt in the TV series are enough to bring back the viewers who left it.  http://collider.com/agents-of-shield-season-2-tv-spots/

* Expect the Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS in 2016! http://screenrant.com/american-gods-tv-show-details-air-date/

* Congratulations to the 2014 Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards!  http://www.mythsoc.org/news/mythopoeic-awards-2014-winners-announced/

* Over at io9 Rob Boffard explores whether the oft-used science fiction dystopian villain of the Evil Mega Corporation could actually exist.  http://io9.com/could-an-evil-mega-corporation-ever-exist-in-real-life-1630401831

* Tor.com theorizes that the inspiration for the second season of "True Detective" could be a classic Thomas Pynchon novel.  http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/did-we-just-learn-the-plot-of-true-detective-season-two#more

* The Netflix original series Hemlock Grove (which has struck a chord with a large and vocal group of fans but remains a target for critical mockery) is having a good news/bad news moment. The good news being that it has been renewed for a third season, the bad news that it will be the final season for the show.  http://www.latino-review.com/news/hemlock-grove-gets-a-third-and-final-season-from-netflix

* The 2014 Hugo Awards were announced at Loncon 3.  Congratulations to all of the winners, including previous Borderlands guests Ellen Datlow, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sofia Samatar, Charles Stross, and more!  http://www.loncon3.org/

* Veteran science fiction actors from Babylon 5, Star Trek, The X-Files, Buffy, StarGate and Falling Skies team up for the Kickstarter series Space Command.  Check out the trailer revealed at Comic Con, but keep in mind all the special effects are temporary at this point.  http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/space-command-comiccon-trailer-teases-cast-full-familiar-scifi-faces.html

* The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is housed at UC Riverside, just got a bequest of $3.5 million, the largest gift ever received by the UCR library.  http://www.pe.com/articles/collection-749160-klein-ucr.html

* Author and recipient of the 2014 Hugo for Best Fan Writer and Best Related Work Kameron Hurley talks about the limitations of genre, the difficulties in getting published when you write something genre-bending, and lessons learned after genre-bending the first time in THERE IS NO GENRE, ONLY STORY http://www.sffworld.com/2014/09/genre-story-kameron-hurley-mirror-empire-blog-tour/

* The 2014 winners of the Sidewise Award, for excellence in alternate history writing, include local author Vylar Kaftan!  Congratulations to Vylar and her fellow winners.  http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/

* The discovery of some intensely bizarre sea creatures has made it necessary for scientists to add to the categories of life.  io9 has all the details here: http://io9.com/bizarre-sea-creatures-force-scientists-to-create-new-ca-1630460043

* Margaret Atwood becomes the first author to join an art project where trees are planted, and authors are commissioned to write novels that will not be published until the trees are cut down to make the books in 100 years.  This means that the next novel she writes won’t actually see publication until 2114.  http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/margaret-atwood-future-library-project-100-years

* Very cool interview with John Scalzi, who was kind enough to visit us in early September and sign about a million books: http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/john-scalzi-comiccon-lock-in/Content?oid=3126373

* Speaking of signed books, if you missed any of our recent signings, we still have some autographed copies of works by Joe Abercrombie, Dana Fredsti, Ray Garton, Brian Herbert, Glen Hirshberg, Richard Kadrey, Katharine Kerr, Richard A. Lupoff, Kelli Stanley, John Scalzi, and Brent Weeks!  Call or email us for details.

* I don't know what to say about this at all, except it's very, very weird.  Epic Rap Battles of History: Edgar Allen Poe vs. Stephen King.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56R3hU-fWZY

* We're extremely sorry to report the death of author Graham Joyce, who passed away September 9th at the age of 59.  Graham was a brilliant writer, a true gentleman, and a dear friend.  We will miss him terribly.  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/10/graham-joyce-fantasy-author-dies-aged-59

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From The Office
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by Alan Beatts

Graham Joyce passed away recently.  He was a friend of mine.

I thought about writing a heartfelt memorial piece about him but I'm not going to.  The way I feel about it, and the way I feel about Graham, is personal and I'm not going to share it widely.  I met him at the World Fantasy Convention in 2000.  That same weekend I met (and became friends with) Lou Anders, Allison Baker, John Picacio, and Chris Roberson.  It was a very good weekend.  In the years since, Graham came to Borderlands many times for readings.  Often he would stay at my house when he was in town.

Like I said, he was a friend.

Also, like I said, I'm not going to talk how I feel about him being gone.  But I will share three things ---

I once saw Graham tell a very long joke that involved him sticking his index finger into his publisher's ear and making a horrible screeching sound.  The punchline involved how Martians have sex.

There is an editor who for many years (and perhaps to this day) insisted that Graham saved his life one night.  The editor in question was quite drunk and fell, face first, at the top of a down escalator.  Graham grabbed him and pulled him to his feet just before the editor's beard became caught in the mechanism.  The result was that neither the escalator nor the editor was harmed and, for years, Graham insisted that it had been no big deal.

He had the awful judgement to prefer Captain Beefheart over Dire Straights and insisted that his carefree, bucolic and innocent upbringing in Coventry was ruined by the Summer of Love -- the mere news of which drove him to drink, drugs, and ill-advised social associations.

A habit of association that continued long enough to include a store full of booksellers in San Francisco.

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Best Sellers
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Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for August, 2014

Hardcovers

1. THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks
2. THE GETAWAY GOD by Richard Kadrey
3. MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
4. HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie
5. FOOL’S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb
6. THE ULTRA THIN MAN by Patrick Swenson
7. LOCK IN by John Scalzi
8. THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK OF CHAIRMAN RAHMA by Brian Herbert
9. MOTHERLESS CHILD by Glen Hirshberg
10. THE RHESUS CHART by Charles Stross

Mass Market Paperbacks

1. REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch
2. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
3. NEPTUNE'S BROOD by Charles Stross
4. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
5. DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin
6. BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH by Alastair Reynolds
7. THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett
8. THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi
9. SHARDS OF TIME by Lynn Flewelling
10. KING OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence

Trade Paperbacks

1. ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie
2. BLACK PRISM by Brent Weeks
3. ASSAIL by Ian C. Esslemont
4. SORCERER'S FEUD by Katherine Kerr
5. LIGHTSPEED SPECIAL ISSUE: WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION edited by John Joseph Adams

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Book Club Information
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The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 14th, at 5 pm to discuss LOCKSTEP by Karl Schroeder.  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, September 21st, at 6 pm to discuss IMPLIED SPACES by Walter Jon Williams.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

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Upcoming Event Details
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Steven Gould, EXO (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday September 20th at 3:00pm - This sequel to IMPULSE returns us to Steven Gould's beloved world of JUMPER!  From the publisher: "Cent can teleport.  So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can.  This is not as great as you might think it would be -- sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it’s hard to keep a secret like that.  And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them.  And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated.  High school.  Boys.  Global climate change, refugees, and genocide.  Orbital mechanics.  But Cent isn’t easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents.  She’s going to make some changes in the world." Join us to meet author Steven Gould and get your books signed!

Maria Alexander, MR. WICKER (Raw Dog Screaming Press, Hardcover, $27.05) Saturday September 27th at 3:00pm - From the publisher: "Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer.  The Librarian is Mr. Wicker -- a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal.  After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason she took her life, but the cause of every bad thing that has happened to her.  Alicia spurns Mr. Wicker and attempts to enter the hereafter without the Book that would make her spirit whole.  But instead of the oblivion she craves, she finds herself in a psychiatric hold at Bayford Hospital, where the staff is more pernicious than its patients.  Child psychiatrist Dr. James Farron is researching an unusual phenomenon: traumatized children whisper to a mysterious figure in their sleep.  When they awaken, they forget both the traumatic event and the character that kept them company in their dreams -- someone they call "Mr. Wicker."  During an emergency room shift, Dr. Farron hears an unconscious woman talking to Mr. Wicker -- the first time he’s heard of an adult speaking to the presence.  Drawn to the mystery, and then to each other, the doctor and Alicia team up to find the memory before it annihilates Alicia for good.  To do so they must struggle not only against Mr. Wicker’s passions, but also a powerful attraction that threatens to derail her search, ruin Dr. Farron’s career, and inflame the Librarian’s fury.  After all, Mr. Wicker wants Alicia to himself, and will destroy anyone to get what he wants.  Even Alicia herself."

Terry Shames, DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK (Seventh Street Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome local author Terry Shames for the DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK launch party!  Terry serves on the boards of the Northern California chapters of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and her first two novels have gotten a fantastic reception.  In the third novel in the series, her protagonist Samuel Craddock may well be in over his head -- "With the Jarrett Creek bankrupt and the police department in disarray, Samuel Craddock takes on a murder investigation.  He discovers that the town's financial woes had nothing to do with incompetence and that murder is only one of the crimes he must solve."  We do hope you'll join us to meet Terry and discover Craddock's world.

Greg Bear, WAR DOGS (Orbit, Hardcover, $25.00) Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm - Join us to meet the near-legendary Greg Bear and check out his newest novel! From the jacket: "An epic interstellar tale of war from a master of science fiction.  The Gurus came in peace, bearing gifts.  They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch.  The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun to sun, planet to planet, across the cosmos.  Pundits have taken to calling them the Antagonists -- or Antags -- and they have already established a beachhead on Mars.  For all they've done for us, the Gurus would now like our help.  Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Skyrine (a Marine who is specially trained for off-world combat) who is dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to take down as many Antags as possible.  But from the moment they're dropped through the thin Martian atmosphere, their mission goes horribly, terribly wrong.  From a group of female special ops Skyrines with secret orders, to mysterious humans who've settled on Mars, to the overwhelming and highly-reinforced Antags themselves, Venn and his brothers will face impossible odds just to survive-let alone make it home alive."  (Please note, the publisher has informed us that Mr. Bear will sign five additional books for each copy of WAR DOGS purchased at the event.)

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 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.


August 11, 2014

Paradigms Dying: An Observation On Diversity and Science Fiction

by Mark W. Tiedemann

[Editor's Note: August's From the Office piece was penned by guest contributor Mark W. Tiedemann.  Mark W. Tiedemann is an accomplished science fiction writer; the author of ten novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas.  Mark's newest collection, GRAVITY BOX AND OTHER SPACES, was just released from Walrus Publishing.  Looking for the common theme within the stories in this speculative fiction collection, Mark was pleasantly surprised to learn that the connecting thread was families.  Learn more about the new book here: http://www.walruspublishing.com/for-readers/gravity-box-spaces-talking-mark-tiedemann/.  Mr. Tiedemann is also a skilled photographer who has spent four decades working with a camera.  You can read more about Mark and see some of his incredible work here: http://www.marktiedemann.com/.  As always, the opinions of guest contributors are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the owner, staff, or store.  But frankly, we usually agree with them. - Jude Feldman]

Some things seem so obvious, so self-evident that for anyone to react to them as if they were unexpected and, worse, unwelcome is puzzling.  Take for instance the idea of diversity -- in science fiction.

One would be forgiven for assuming this would be one of the Automatic Givens in a field that has made its bed in the Valley of Strange since it began, what with everything from Arrisians to Martians to Vulcans to Cyborgs.  How could such a literature not be thrilled at the idea of inclusion?  Of variation?  We should, all of us, have long ago gotten over the sense of revulsion at the presence of all the manifold Others that must surely make up the universe, genocidal alien invaders notwithstanding.

But I suppose, being humans, we compartmentalize even in this, our chosen precinct of the imagination.  All well and good for the page to be open and welcoming, but when it comes to who is writing the new stories and getting nominated for awards and, gasp, changing the nature of the field, tolerance can be just as scarce as among any other segment of so-called mundane society.