Marie Brennan, TROPIC OF SERPENTS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Mary Robinette Kowal, VALOUR AND VANITY (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Sunday, May 11th at 3:00 pm
Meet editor Ellen Datlow, Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm
August Ragone, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS (Chronicle Books, Oversized Paperback, $29.95) Saturday, May 31st at 3:00 pm
Sarah Lotz, THE THREE, (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $26.00) Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 pm
Jane Lindskold, ARTEMIS AWAKENING, (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, June 7th at 3:00 pm
Greg van Eekhout, CALIFORNIA BONES, (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Wednesday, June 11th at 7:00 pm
Jo Walton, MY REAL CHILDREN, (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, June 14th at 3:00 pm
Details after the break
Marie Brennan, TROPIC OF SERPENTS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Mary Robinette Kowal, VALOUR AND VANITY (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Sunday, May 11th at 3:00 pm - We're informed by a reliable source that Marie and Mary, brilliant writers both, will both be in period costume for this signing -- the exact words were that the authors have "quite the show planned for you. Period costumes, puppets, dragon bones, and party favours." Marie has already visited us for the Second Memoir of Lady Trent (the Victorian era's foremost dragon naturalist,) but because the timing of the event was unusual, many folks were unable to attend -- here's your second chance! We're also delighted to welcome Mary Robinette Kowal back to the store for the fourth volume of the Glamourist Histories, VALOUR AND VANITY. In this novel, "master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote 'Ocean’s Eleven'". Do not miss the enchanting opportunity to meet these two fabulous authors at once. And, hey, dragon bones!
Meet editor Ellen Datlow, Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm - We are delighted to host the esteemed, talented, and much-awarded Ellen Datlow for an informal chat in the bookstore. A bit more detail from her website: "[Ellen] has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more than fifty anthologies, including the horror half of the long-running The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She currently acquire short stories for Tor.com." Her most recent anthologies are AFTER: NINETEEN STORIES OF APOCALYPSE AND DYSTOPIA (co-edited with Terri Windling) and LOVECRAFT'S MONSTERS. Since Ellen lives in New York, we don't get to see her as often as we'd like, so be sure to join us, bring your questions, and your collections to be signed.
August Ragone, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS (Chronicle Books, Oversized Paperback, $29.95) Saturday, May 31st at 3:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome local author August Ragone, presenting EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS - DEFENDING THE EARTH WITH ULTRAMAN, GODZILLA AND FRIENDS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION FILM. From the publisher's website: "Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who’s thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya’s film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create." August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than 20 years. Don't miss the fascinating opportunity to check out this book and bring your questions!
Sarah Lotz, THE THREE, (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $26.00) Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 pm - Come to Borderlands to hear Sarah Lotz read from her haunting new novel, THE THREE. There are world-spanning events we never forget: in this novel Lotz takes that truth and spins a tale of fear, uncertainty and media pressure. Although it is similar in structure to WOLRD WAR Z, THE THREE is completely unique. From the publisher's website: "Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning."
Jane Lindskold, ARTEMIS AWAKENING, (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, June 7th at 3:00 pm -
Celebrated author Jane Lindskold launches an entirely new series with ARTEMIS AWAKENING. Publisher's Weekly described it as: "…paying homage to golden-age SF by authors like Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, and C.L. Moore…" which invokes fallen interstellar empires, genetically altered animals (and humans) and a race to rediscover everything humanity has lost. From the publisher's website: "The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay. . . but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had “bested” the environment. The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet’s secrets. . . and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind."
Greg van Eekhout, CALIFORNIA BONES, (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Wednesday, June 11th at 7:00 pm - Greg van Eekhout lives in Los Angeles and is the author of many short stories and several novels including NORSE CODE and the charmingly titled middle-grade adventure KID VS. SQUID. However, I have to admit I'm most excited about his new novel CALIFORNIA BONES. Here's the publisher's description: "When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. Then, when Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones. Now thirty, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles -- the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California -- he is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist for Daniel to undertake: break into the the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power. Daniel assembles a trustworthy team of his closest friends from the criminal world. Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Morales, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime. Extravagant, inventive, and shot through with moments of intensity as bright as the California sun, Daniel’s story is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality -- different from the world we know, and yet also familiar and true." We're looking forward to hosting Greg and checking out this incredible book; we certainly hope you'll join us!
Jo Walton, MY REAL CHILDREN, (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, June 14th at 3:00 pm - In MY REAL CHILDREN, her first new novel since 2011's AMONG OTHERS (which won both the Nebula Award and Hugo Award for Best Novel) Jo Walton explores two different worlds and a woman who can't be sure which is real. From the publisher's website: "It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. 'Confused today,' read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know -- what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War -- those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles? Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs."