Rick Wilbur (editor) and Jacob Weisman and Kim Stanley Robinson (contributors), FIELD OF FANTASIES (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, April 18th at 3:00 pm
Mission Local Neighborhood Discussion, Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm
SF in SF and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation present authors Peter Straub and Michael Marshall Smith at the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, Friday, May 1st. Doors at 5:30 pm, event starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
Betsy Streeter, SILVERWOOD (Light Messages, Trade Paperback, $18.95) Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm
Marie Brennan, VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), and Mary Robinette Kowal, OF NOBLE FAMILY (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm
Peter Orullian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 pm
Coming up later in the year, look for events with Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter Clines, Alec Helms, a Tiptree Winners' Celebration with Jo Walton, and much, much more!
Rick Wilbur (editor), and Jacob Weisman and Kim Stanley Robinson (contributors), FIELD OF FANTASIES (NIGHT SHADE BOOKS, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, April 18th at 3:00 pm - From the book description: "Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses and superstitions than baseball, America's national pastime. FIELD OF FANTASIES delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Here you'll encounter ghostly apparitions in the stands, a strangely charming vampire double-play combination, one fan who can call every shot and another who can see the past, a sad alternate-reality for the game's most famous player, unlikely appearances on the field by famous personalities from Stephen Crane to Fidel Castro, a hilariously humble teenage phenom, and much more. Never has a book combined the incredible with great baseball fiction like FIELD OF FANTASIES. This wide-ranging collection reaches from some of the earliest classics from the pulp era and baseball's golden age, all the way to material appearing here for the first time in a print edition. Whether you love the game or just great fiction, these stories will appeal to all, as the writers in this anthology bring great storytelling of the strange and supernatural to the plate, inning after inning." We're excited to welcome editor Rick Wilbur and contributors Kim Stanley Robinson and Jacob Weisman, who will be discussing and signing this unusual anthology! (And, the great stories don't end there -- you'll also find short works from authors like Karen Joy Fowler, Rod Serling, and Jack Kerouac!)
Mission Local Neighborhood Discussion, Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm - When we thought the store was closing, of the dozen some-odd papers, shows, and websites that Alan talked to, there were only three news sources that actually got the story straight - The New Yorker, The Examiner, and Mission Local. Mission Local < http://missionlocal.org > is a website that provides, in their words, "local news for a global neighborhood". They strive for frank and even-handed reporting, "on everything from tacos to tech, crime to culture, murals to MUNI, recording the lives and changes in the city’s oldest (and arguably, best) neighborhood." They promise to: offer original, transparent reporting; admit and correct their mistakes; cover everyone in the neighborhood; and experiment on how best to make civic issues meaningful.
What they do is, in our opinion, very damn important and so we're very pleased to host a discussion with Mission Local's publisher and staff to help determine the future direction of the site. Mission Local started in 2008 as a a project of UC Berkeley’s Journalism School. In 2014 they became independent and shifted to private funding.
They are currently raising funds to allow their operations to continue, but more importantly would like to explain what they're up to, and also hear from you and get feedback about what they can improve, what type of reporting, subject matter, and stories are of particular interest to the local community, and how they can best continue to be a fiercely independent neighborhood news source. They (and we) invite you to come and bring your thoughts, comments, and questions.
SF in SF and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation present authors Peter Straub and Michael Marshall Smith at the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor, Friday, May 1st. Doors at 5:30 pm, event starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20. We are excited to help SF in SF and the Locus Science Fiction Founcdation in welcoming distinguished authors Peter Straub and Michael Marshall Smith! The authors will read, take part in a discussion moderated by Terry Bisson, and sign books. This event is a fundraiser for the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, and books will be available for sale from Borderlands. Tickets at $20, and you can get yours by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Brennan, VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), and Mary Robinette Kowal, OF NOBLE FAMILY (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99), Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm - We are thrilled to welcome Marie and Mary back to Borderlands! They put on a fantastic show, in historical costume, featuring everything from bones to puppets. This go-round, we'll feature Marie's third memoir of the world's foremost dragon naturalist, the formidable Lady Trent, and the fifth of Mary's Glamourist Histories. You don't want to miss this incredible event!
Betsy Streeter, SILVERWOOD (Light Messages, Trade Paperback, $18.95) Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm - Join us to meet local author Betsy Streeter and check out her novel SILVERWOOD! From the book description: "The Silverwoods are a clan with a messy history and an uncertain future, responsible [for] protect[ing] humanity from the shape-shifting Tromindox. Helen Silverwood, fourteen, is beginning to realize that she will never lead a normal life. There have been clues: her mother’s unusual work habits, her father’s absence, her brother’s strange abilities with a pencil and paper, and her own recurring dreams and hacker tendencies. And, the family’s constant moves from place to place. Things are about to get much more complicated, and it all leads to the remote town of Brokeneck, California. Can the Silverwoods keep from losing each other in space and time, while unraveling a dangerous mystery?"
Peter Orullian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 pm - We are happy to welcome author Peter Orullian back to the store! He'll be showing off TRIAL OF INTENTIONS, the follow-up to THE UNREMEMBERED, and we hope you'll join us to meet him. From the book description: "The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god -- and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind -- in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures. But there is dissent. One king won't answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse. Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war. And his choices may reshape a world . . . ."