* Borderlands would like to congratulate our friends, John Picacio, Brandon Sanderson, and John Scalzi, the winners of the 2013 Hugo Award for, respectively, Best Artist, Best Novella, and Best Novel. Also, a shout out to Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, and Dan Wells, for the well deserved recognition for their work in the field. For the full list of winners - http://www.thehugoawards.org/
* One of our customers passed along this link to a short film called "Sight" <http://vimeo.com/46304267> . In these days of Google Glass and direct human-to-human mind control <http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/08/27/researcher-controls-colleagues-motions-in-1st-human-brain-to-brain-interface/> we found this film to be creepy as hell.
* Correction: We apologize for misstating the month of Mick Farren's death in the last newsletter. Farren passed away on July 27th, 2013. Farren's work had great impact, sometimes in surprising ways. Author and customer Cliff Winnig had the following to say in response to the notice of Farren's passing:
"I only met him a couple of times, and then only at his signing events, but my impression of Mick Farren was that he was a really cool and truly sweet individual. His work, however, looms large in my life. I discovered his science fiction, starting with NECROM, in the early nineties, when I was coping with a significant loss. I immediately sought out and devoured every Mick Farren book I could find. His alchemic blend of post-apocalyptic dystopic nihilism and stubborn outsider protagonists really resonated with me, helping me through that dark time. I kept my act together as much as I did in no small part because of his fiction. Now that I think about it, I wish I'd told him that. His books were such a big deal to me that it didn't occur to me at the time to mention it; it'd be like commenting that the atmosphere contains oxygen."
* We were delighted to host actress and author Lara Parker in August. She was featured in this SF Weekly blog article: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2013/08/ode_to_angelique_sked_for_morn.php , and one of the attendees at her event had this to share: http://tumbledodie.tumblr.com/post/59226186576/rising-moon.
* We have ALL the signed books this month! If you'd like a signed book from Rhys Bowen, Chaz Brenchley, S.G. Browne, Max Gladstone, Seth Harwood, Nalo Hopkinson, Richard Kadrey, Sheldon Siegel or Simon Wood, just give a call or drop a note!
* Overheard: "What did you think of it?" "It was definitely a book. With pages and everything."
* We sincerely regret to report the death of crime writer Elmore Leonard at age 87. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/books/elmore-leonard-master-of-crime-fiction-dies-at-87.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&