September 05, 2017

Upcoming Events

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99), and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, September 9th at 5:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at the Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco) with authors Natasha Dennerstein, Juba Kalamka, Meredith May, Alvin Orloff, and Daniel H. Wilson, Saturday September 9th at 6:30 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Becca Gomez Farrell and Early Gregory, hosted by Terry Bisson, Sunday, September 10th at 6:30 pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $24.99) Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, The Movie Panel Discussion with Meg Elison, Marc Kate, Jeremy Lassen, and Chad Lott, Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

Ferrett Steinmetz, THE UPLOADED (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, September 23rd at 3:00 pm

Peter Clines, PARADOX BOUND (Crown, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm

Mishell Baker, PHANTOM PAINS (Saga, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 pm

Ann Leckie, PROVENANCE (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 pm

Loren Rhoads, 199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (Black Dog & Leventhal, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 pm

Serena Valentino, MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL (Disney, Hardcover, $17.99) Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 2 (Borderlands Books) with authors Sarah Gailey, Sarah Kuhn, Loren Rhoads, and Carter Scholz, Saturday, October 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Litquake LitCrawl Phase 3 (Borderlands Cafe) with authors Robyn Bennis, Dana Fredsti, Ayize Jama-Everett, and Ellen Klages, Saturday, October 14th from 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Editors Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer with guests Jim Nisbet, Tim Pratt, and Dominica Phetteplace, MIXED UP: COCKTAIL RECIPES (AND FLASH FICTION) FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER (AND READER) (Skyhorse, Hardcover, $14.99) Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 pm

Kevin Hearne (A PLAGUE OF GIANTS), Chuck Wendig (DAMN FINE STORY: MASTERING THE TOOLS OF A POWERFUL NARRATIVE), Fran Wilde (HORIZON) Panel, Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm

Hugh Howey, MACHINE LEARNING (John Joseph Adams, Hardcover, $28.00 and Trade Paperback $15.99) Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 pm

August Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
2. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
3. The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
4. Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
5. Shattered Minds by Laura Lam
6. Gork the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
7. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
8. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
9. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
10. Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Trade Paperbacks
1. Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
2. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
4. Lamb by Christopher Moore
5. Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
6. Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
7. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
8. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
9. Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
10. Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
5. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
6. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
8. Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
9. Feedback by Mira Grant
10. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

September News

* One of our customers has a question, and we're hoping y'all can help!  He says: "I'm looking for science fiction (novels, preferably) which use physics as their central premise.  Best is nuts & bolts SF of the Campbell variety which explain physics concepts in a fictional context; Mission of Gravity would be a good example.  These books will be posted on The Tech Challenge website <https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge>, included in our list of student resources.  Fiction's a great gateway for kids who seemingly have no interest in science or engineering.  Here's the challenge: we're not interested in astrophysics, nuclear physics, quantum physics or relativity.  We're looking for books that touch on gravity or the laws of motion - pretty strictly Newtonian or classical.  Our program's for 4-12 graders, so books appealing to any age group are fine.  I'll scan everything for "inappropriate" content, so people can suggest anything and I'll just remove any later Heinlein or Pohl from the list."  Do you have any suggestions that will help?  Please email them to office@borderlands-books.com, and we'll pass them on!

* Frances Glessner Lee's "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" will be on display at the Smithsonian!  (Jude absolutely loves the book of the Nutshell Studies. . . you can check it out on her "Recommended" shelf.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dollhouse-death-scenes-are-being-refurbished-for-smithsonian-exhibit/2017/08/26/d7d6cec4-89be-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html

* "How Great Science Fiction Works" -- a college-level course for science fiction fans from Gary K. Wolfe: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/how-great-science-fiction-works/

August 08, 2017

Upcoming Events

Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm

Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, WINGS UNSEEN, and Megan E. O'Keefe on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00pm

Sarah Gailey, THE TASTE OF MARROW, and Seanan McGuire, THE BRIGHTEST FELL on Saturday, September 9th at 5:00pm

Max Gladstone, THE RUIN OF ANGELS on Saturday, September 16th at 3:00pm

IT: The Book, The Miniseries, and the Movie Panel Discussion on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 pm

And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Peter Clines, Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, Fran Wilde, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Brandon Sanderson, and many, many others!

July Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
2. THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams
3. THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson
4. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
5. ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS by David D. Levine
6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
7. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
9. KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen
10. MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

Trade Paperbacks
1. SUMAGE SOLUTION by G.L. Carriger
2. THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
3. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
4. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
5. HEROINE WORSHIP by Sarah Kuhn
6. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
7. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
8. TROPIC OF KANSAS by Christopher Brown
9. THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden
10. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn
2. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
3. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
6. ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
7. AN OATH OF DOGS by Wendy Wagner
8. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
9. UNITED STATES OF JAPAN by Peter Tieryas
10. RISE by Mira Grant

August News

* Overheard in the Store:

"GIVE ME THAT KEY, or I'm going to pee on your giraffe!"

"Don't you rain on my Yak Milk Parade!"

"I'm gonna be twiddling my thumbs the entire weekend while he draws Ninja Turtles on peoples' boobs."

* George Romero, arguably the father of the modern zombie movie, has passed away from complications related to lung cancer. R.I.P. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

* In the past month we sadly lost science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, also to lung cancer.  https://jeffcarlson.com/2017/07/24/rip-thriller-author-jeff-carlson/

* An essay about Star Trek's connection with Revolutionary Socialism, with a few interesting history nuggets about science fiction authors & their own brushes with different political ideologies.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/make-it-so-star-trek-and-its-debt-to-revolutionary-socialism.html

July 17, 2017

Upcoming Events

David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm

Christopher Brown, TROPIC OF KANSAS (Harper Voyager, Trade Paperback, $15.99), in conversation with Michael Blumlein on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00pm

Tal Klein, THE PUNCH ESCROW (Geek & Sundry, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30pm

Laura Lam, SHATTERED MINDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm

And, coming up in the Fall, we're happy to welcome Max Gladstone, Seanan McGuire, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, and many, many others!

June Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson

2. THE KILL SOCIETY by Richard Kadrey

3. DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire

4. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi

5. FATA MORGANA by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney

6. SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory

7. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

8. CHASING SHADOWS edited by David Brin

9. THE BERLIN PROJECT by Gregory Benford

10. SOLERI by Michael Johnston

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans by Ken Liu

2. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders

3. THE RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee

4. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages

5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey

6. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer

7. WICKED WONDERS by Ellen Klages

8. PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden

9. I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER by Dan Wells

10. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
3. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. OLD MAN’S WAR by John Scalzi
6. INVASIVE by Chuck Wendig
7. ESCAPOLOGY by Ren Warom
8. THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
9. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
10. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis

July News

* Overheard in the Store:
"My perspective is skewed... I thought Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD was about a father & son taking a trip to the beach."

"[I thought], when the Universe gives you ice cream, you'd _better_ get a spoon."

"That's not so great, honey -- did your mom _really_ call you a 'buzz kill'?"

* We are so sad to hear that after 41 years, the legendary bookstore Dark Carnival in Berkeley will be closing soon.  Please go by and buy a book or two or ten and give the store a grand send-off.  http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/06/12/41-years-berkeley-sci-fi-bookstore-dark-carnival-closing/

* AB228 (amendment to California's dreadful autograph law AB1570 -- see http://eurekabooksellers.com/california-just-made-it-harder-to-sell-your-signed-books-and-art/ for background on the law) still faces two more committees; however some positive changes have been made to the amendment.  The language now includes "This bill would instead define 'autographed collectible' to mean an autographed sports or entertainment media item, as specified, sold or offered for sale in or from this state by a dealer to a consumer for $50 or more, bearing the actual signature of a person signed by that individual's own hand that increases the sale value of the item over that of a comparable item without the actual signature. The bill would exclude, among other items, works of fine art, signed books, furniture, and certain decorative objects, from the definition of an autographed collectible."  Therefore, if the amendment is adopted, booksellers and others whom this law was never intended to include would _actually_ be excluded from it.  The full text of the amendment can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB228

* Are you into "Magic: The Gathering"?  Want to play with other Borderlands customers and friendly, like-minded weirdos?  Come hang out with the Bay Area Lady Planeswalker Society (informally known here as "Magic for Not-the-Usual-Suspects") at Borderlands Cafe, every first and third Saturday of the month, from 5 pm - 9 pm!  They welcome fresh faces.  However, since we've a private sponsor rental on Saturday, July 15th, the next "Magic: The Gathering"-Gathering will be Saturday, August 5th.  We hope you'll attend!

June 08, 2017

Upcoming Events

Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Denise Benavides, Robyn Bennis, Christina DiEdoardo, Glen David Gold, and Mark Oshiro at the Make Out Room on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00pm

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm

S.B. Divya, RUNTIME (Tor.com Trade Paperback, $11.99) on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00pm

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Trade Paperback, $14.95) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Curtis Chen & Megan O'Keefe at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, July 9th at 6:30pm

G.L. Carriger, THE SUMAGE SOLUTION on Saturday, July 15th at 3:00pm

Casey Karp, THE RAGTIME TRAVELER on Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 pm

David D. Levine, ARABELLA AND THE BATTLE OF VENUS on Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00pm



May Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis
2. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson  
3. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
4. THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by M.R. Carey
5. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
6. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
7. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
8. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
10. THE DISPATCHER by John Scalzi

Trade Paperbacks
1. RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
2. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
3. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
4. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
5. WICKED WONDERS by Ellen Klages
6. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
7. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer
8. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
9. STILETTO by Daniel O’Malley
10. THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. INHERIT THE FLAME by Megan E. O’Keefe
2. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
4. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
5. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis
6. LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. LeGuin
7. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
8. BLOOD IN THE WATER by Taylor Anderson
9. DUNE by Frank Herbert
10. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire

June News

*Overheard in the Store:
"Q: ‘Why are you laughing?'
A: 'I never thought I'd ever need to put 'grab squishy hippos' on my to-do list.'"

"Thanks [for the Mothers' Day wishes], but the cats are NOT my children. They're just utterly adorable parasites I let live with me."

* R.I.P. multi-genre author Marie Jakober, a former activist who won multiple awards for her novels. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?pid=184775056

* Bustle provides us with 9 science fiction books about space travel so we can pretend we're no longer on earth! https://www.bustle.com/p/9-new-science-fiction-books-about-space-travel-that-are-out-of-this-world-59652

* This list of the 15 Best SF/F Noir Films has taught us two things: we have some films to watch, and SOMEONE needs to take up the mantle for Fantasy Noir, 'cause it definitely needs a champion: http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-15-best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-noir-films-1795109834

* Redfin mapped out the future of certain cities according to SF films, and it makes for a horrifyingly interesting next few centuries! https://www.themarysue.com/science-fiction-future-cities/

May 09, 2017

Upcoming Events

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

David Brin, THE INSISTENCE OF VISION (Story Plant, Trade Paperback, $13.95) on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00pm

Gregory Benford, THE BERLIN PROJECT (Saga Press, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, June 4th at 5:00pm

Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99), and screening of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Mass Market, $7.99) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm

April Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
2. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
3. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
4. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
5. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
7. 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS by Eric Flint & Griffin Barber
8. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
10. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey

Trade Paperbacks
1. NINEFOX GAMBIT by Yoon Ha Lee
2. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
3. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
6. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
7. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
8. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi
3. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
4. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
5. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. BOUND by Benedict Jacka
7. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
8. PIRATE FREEDOM by Gene Wolfe
9. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
10. IT by Stephen King

May News

* Overheard in the Store:
"Dude, my truck was totally covered in cherry blossoms this morning, so I was like Giant Robot Mecha Flower Man driving to work!"

"I'm sorry, my co-worker is sometimes prone to responding in interpretive dance; it can be . . . distracting."

* Borderlands Books mourns the loss of author, editor, and longtime friend Grania Davis. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/grania-davis-1943-2017/ .  You can see a photo of Grania with Jack Vance at Borderlands from 2005 here: http://tachyonpub.tumblr.com/post/147604822108/happy-belated-birthday-to-the-amazing-grania-davis

* Would you like to see our own bookseller Scott in a whole new light?  Scott's acting in an uproarious comedy at New Conservatory Theatre, called "Sordid Lives"!  We do hope you'll make time to attend the show; it runs from May 12th - June 11th, 2017.  Tickets range from $20 - $35, and more details are here: http://www.nctcsf.org/shows/2016-17-Season/Sordid-Lives .

* Has it been nine years since TWILIGHT author Stephanie Meyer wrote her science fiction novel "for people who don’t like sci-fi" THE HOST already?  Wow, time flies when you try to deliberately forget something.  If we have to remember, so do you.  A look back - http://io9.gizmodo.com/remembering-the-host-a-scifi-book-that-barely-wanted-t-1794986069

April 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Jewelle Gomez, Pat Murphy, and Madeleine Robins at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30pm

Cory Doctorow, WALKAWAY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) and John Scalzi, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE, (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm

Marie Brennan, WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm

Airships Triumph event with Robyn Bennis, THE GUNS ABOVE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) and Megan E. O'Keefe, INHERIT THE FLAME (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.19) on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Robyn Bennis, Ellen Klages, and David Levine at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, May 7th at 6:30pm

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.Com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

Coming up shortly, events with Richard Kadrey, Sarah Kuhn, Daryl Gregory, and many others!

March Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust and Skyler White
4. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey
5. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
6. RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R. Landsdale
7. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
8. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
9. INFINITY ENGINE by Neal Asher
10. THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
3. PHANTOM PAINS by Mishell Baker
4. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
6. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
7. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
8. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
4. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
5. ONCE BROKEN FAITH by Seanan McGuire
6. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
7. THE ISLANDERS by Christopher Priest
8. DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz
9. HUNGER MAKES THE WOLF by Alex Wells
10. END OF WATCH by Stephen King

April News

* Overheard in the Store:
"The Mayo Clinic? I just couldn't trust any clinic named after a condiment."

"No, please --- go ahead and shoutsplain Purim to the room. Sexy."

* The Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons has stepped down and will be staying on as a consulting editor. http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/azimuth/editorials/moving-on/

* Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgrenhas been chosen as Toastmaster for this year's Nebulas. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/03/dr-lindgren-named-nebula-awards-toastmaster/

* The SFPA has voted to change their name from Science Fiction Poetry Association to Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, while keeping their acronym the same.  Voter breakdown here: https://specpo.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/sfpa-gets-a-new-name/

* Borderlands is saddened by the passing of Bernie Wrightson.  The television show "The Walking Dead" dedicated their series finale to his memory.  http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-walking-dead/news/a825139/walking-dead-finale-season-7-dedicated-bernie-wrightson/

March 06, 2017

Upcoming Events

Coffee With a Cop at Borderlands Cafe, Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30pm

Kim Stanley Robinson, NEW YORK 2140 (Orbit, Hardcover, $28) on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm

Erika Lewis, GAME OF SHADOWS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Veronica Rossi, RIDERS (Tor Teen, Hardcover, $17.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE WRONG DEAD GUY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $24.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with author Peter S. Beagle at the American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina) on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30pm

Steven Brust and Skylar White, THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm

Mishell Baker PHANTOM PAINS (Saga Press, Hardcover, $29.99; Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, MAGIC FOR NOTHING (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) & the Circus! on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00pm

Drop-by signing with Ilana C. Myer, LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Thursday, April 6th at 6:00pm

Griffin Barber, 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) on Saturday, April 8th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) with authors Peter S. Beagle, Hari Kunzru, Ilana C. Myer and Shelley Wong on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

And coming up in the Spring, we'll be delighted to host Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, Marie Brennan, and many, many others!

February Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
3. INVISIBLE PLANETS edited by Ken Liu
4. A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
5. THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
6. KINDRED: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Octavia Butler and John Jennings
7. PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
8. UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
9. MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
10. CHASING SHADOWS: VISIONS OF OUR COMING TRANSPARENT WORLD by David Brin

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
3. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
6. BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okorafor
7. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
8. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE by Joseph Fink
9. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
10. THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
6. FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs
7. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
8. KUSHIEL'S DART by Jacqueline Carey
9. SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
10. THE SEVERED STREETS by Paul Cornell

March News

* Overheard in the Store:
"I think I've been looking at too many catalogs. I just read 'The Four Tendencies' as 'The Four Tentacles'."

"[Actor] Jim Carrey is a skin suit filled to the brim with sentient weasels."

"I have the VERY best conversations about alcohol here!"

"There are lots worse curses to have, but she writes them SO SLOWLY, and I read them SO FAST!"

"It was not a consensual sing-along."

* If you love cats and "Star Trek", then this is the book for you . . . or it will kill your soul.  Either way it's worth a look!  http://nerdist.com/star-treks-original-crew-recast-as-cats-in-new-illustrated-book/

* Cory Doctorow's novel LITTLE BROTHER was pulled from a Florida high school reading list "following . . . concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its 'lauding' of hacker culture."  Cory and his publisher, Tor, responded in the best way possible: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/10/cory-doctorow-novel-pulled-school-reading-questioning-authority

* Ursula K. LeGuin and Junot Diaz were among the authors recently voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Letters. http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ursula-K-Le-Guin-Ann-Patchett-voted-into-arts-10962614.php

* Philip Pullman announces new trilogy with ties to the His Dark Materials trilogy.  Lyra will return in the first and second volumes of this new trilogy, entitled The Book of Dust.  First Lyra will appear as a baby in the first book and then in the second one, ten years after the conclusion of His Dark Materials.  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantasy-trilogy-the-book-of-dust

February 04, 2017

Sponsorship Success (and other news)

by Alan Beatts

Once again, we've made our minimum goal for sponsors.  So, we'll be staying open throughout 2017.  If you're not familiar with our Sponsorship Program and how it is critical for the continued operation of Borderlands Books, you can find information about it here - http://borderlands-sponsors.blogspot.com/p/why-sponsorships.html .

I want to personally thank all our 2017 sponsors for allowing us to continue to do what we love -- run a fine shop and put great books in the hands of readers.  If you're not a sponsor or if you haven't renewed your sponsorship yet, you're welcome to do so anytime this year.  There are some nice benefits <http://borderlands-sponsors.blogspot.com/p/sponsor-benefits-and-privilidges.html> to being a sponsor and, each sponsor who supports us over the minimum gets us one step closer to our long-term goal of buying a building before our current lease expires in 2021.  You can sign up on-line <https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship17.html>, in person at the store, by phone with a credit card (toll free 888 893-4008), or with a check by physical mail.  We sincerely appreciate everyone's support.

That said, I'm going to jump to a mostly unrelated topic.

Upcoming Events

Women in Horror event with Rena Mason, Lisa Morton, & Loren Rhoads on Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm

Coffee with a Cop at Borderlands on Tuesday, February 7th at 9:00am

GENUS LOCI: TALES OF THE SPIRIT OF PLACE (Ragnarok Publications, Trade Paperback, $18.95) event with Jason Daniel Batt, Chaz Brenchley, Sunil Patel, Vivienne Pustell, z.m. quynh, and Carrie Ratajski on Saturday, February 18th at 2:00pm

Meg Pontecorvo, MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN (World Weaver Press, Mass Market, $9.99) on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00pm

Meg Elison, THE BOOK OF ETTA (47North, Trade Paperback, $14.95) on Saturday, February 25th at 3:00pm

Joe Lansdale, RUSTY PUPPY (Mulholland Books, Hardcover, $26) on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm

Erika Lewis, GAME OF SHADOWS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) and Veronica Rossi, SEEKER (Tor Teen, Hardcover, $17.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE WRONG DEAD GUY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $24.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 3:00pm

January Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. KINDRED: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Octavia Butler and John Jennings
2. BABYLON’S ASHES by James S.A. Corey
3. EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross
4. MINIATURES: THE VERY SHORT FICTION OF JOHN SCALZI by John Scalzi
5. INVISIBLE PLANETS edited by Ken Liu
6. PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
7. THE COLD EYE by Laura Anne Gilman
8. REJECTED PRINCESSES by Jason Porath
9. LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by Matt Ruff
10. EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
2. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
3. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
4. THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
6. THE BURNING PAGE by Genevieve Cogman
7. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
8. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
9. PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD by Ellen Kushner
10. A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL by Alex Marshall

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
2. AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. AMERICAN GODS: TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Neil Gaiman
4. DISSIDENCE by Ken MacLeod
5. THE BLOCKADE by Jean Johnson
6. THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi
7. INSURGENCE by Ken MacLeod
8. BATTLE HILL BOLERO by Daniel Jose Older
9. THE CONCLAVE OF SHADOWS by Alyc Helms
10. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King

February News

* R.I.P. William Peter Blatty, who had a long and varied career in literature, film and newspapers. His most successful creation was the novel The Exorcist.  http://www.avclub.com/article/rip-william-peter-blatty-author-exorcist-248396

* We're also sorry to report the passing of actor John Hurt.  Here, i09.com presents clips from some of his most memorable genre roles: http://io9.gizmodo.com/john-hurts-8-most-memorable-scifi-and-fantasy-movie-rol-1791735959

* Efforts to revise or repeal California's terrible autograph law AB5170 have resulted in AB228, a revised piece of legislation that is due to be voted on as soon as February 26th, 2017.  It's not how we would have re-written it, but it does have the positive effects of exempting most regular bookstores and booksellers from the law.  You can read the text of it here: https://legiscan.com/CA/text/AB228/2017 .  We'll keep you posted if it passes!

* Unfortunately, local San Francisco bookstore Adobe Books was broken into for the second time this year: https://missionlocal.org/2017/01/thieves-at-adobe-books-take-the-cash-and-leave-the-books/

January 12, 2017

Sponsorships for 2017

by Alan Beatts

At the beginning of 2015 Borderlands was getting ready to close.  San Francisco voters had passed an increase in the minimum wage that was going to end the financial viability of the store, probably by the middle of July that year.  If not at that point, then the second increase scheduled for July of this year was certainly going to do the job.  Although I and the rest of the staff strongly support minimum wage laws in general and we suspected that San Francisco's local increase would be generally positive for the city as a whole, we were trapped by the idiosyncrasy of the book business.  Unlike most products, books have a price printed on them. That makes the usual business solution of increasing prices to cover higher expenses impossible for us.  Rather than ride the business down into the grave, I and the rest of the staff decided it was better to close quickly, at the time of our choosing and at the top of our game.

Our customers were very much opposed to this and, out of their comments & suggestions and in consultation with the staff, we decided to try an experiment.  We would ask that a minimum of 300 people sponsor the store for $100 each.  If that many people were willing, it would offset the added expense of the wage increases that were scheduled to raise the wage to $15 per hour by the middle of next year.  Since that increased expense would be on-going, a basic assumption was that the sponsorship would need to recur each year.

We outlined a few benefits that we could offer sponsors at little or no cost to the business, and then announced the program.  It was an almost immediate success and, last year, we succeeded again.  And now, the new year has rolled around and we once again need sponsors. 2015 ended with 844 sponsors.  In 2016 the count was 679.  Of course, a drop from year one to year two was expected. When closing seemed imminent, people were impassioned and enthusiastic to support us (and I'm grateful to every one of them) but, a year later, some of those people were bound to conclude that they'd made their contribution and it was time to move on to other worthy causes.

What I'm hoping is that we can match the number from last year, or at least come close to it. That will be a sign that what we've created is sustainable over the long term.  If the numbers continue to drop, the long-term prognosis won't be known until the numbers stop dropping (or, we'll know when we fail to meet 300 and close).

Upcoming Events

Shaenon Garrity, SKIN HORSE VOL. 6 (Trade Paperback, $14.00) Release Party on Saturday, January 14th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks with authors Jeff Chang, Jennifer Dronsky, Antonio Garcia-Martinez, Aya de Leon, and Wendy C. Ortiz at The Make Out Room on Saturday, January 14 at 6:30pm

Black Comix Arts Festival at the San Francisco Public Library on Sunday, January 15th starting at 12:00 pm

Alex Lamb, ROBOTEER (Trade Paperback, Gollancz, $13.99) on Saturday, January 21st at 3:00pm

Laura Anne Gilman, THE COLD EYE (Hardcover, Saga Press, $27.99) on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Cecelia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, January 22nd at 6:30pm

Ellen Klages, PASSING STRANGE (Trade Paperback, Tor.com, $14.99) on Saturday, January 28th at 3:00pm

Laurel Anne Hill, THE ENGINE WOMAN'S LIGHT on Saturday, February 4th at 3:00pm

Women in Horror event with Rena Mason, Lisa Morton, Kate Jonez, & Loren Rhoads on Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm

Coming up later this year, we're thrilled to welcome Meg Elison, Erike Lewis and Veronica Rossi, Joe R. Lansdale, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, and many, many other excellent writers!

December Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. BABYLON'S ASHES by James S.A. Corey 
2. ARCANUM UNBOUNDED by Brandon Sanderson  
3. REJECTED PRINCESSES by Jason Porath 
4. MISTBORN (Leatherbound Special Edition) by Brandon Sanderson
5. PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
6. INVISIBLE PLANETS edited by Ken Liu
7. FANTASTIC BEAST AND WHERE TO FIND THEM By J.K. Rowling, 
8. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
9. CROSSTALK by Connie Willis
10. DEATH'S END by Cixin Liu

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
2. LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey
3. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
4. THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin
5. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
6. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
7. NORMAL by Warren Ellis
8. THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
9. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
10. JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER by Jodi Taylor

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
3. THE WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
4. LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
5. DISSIDENCE by Ken MacLeod
6. AMERICAN GODS: TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Neil Gaiman
7. AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
8. NIGHT'S MASTER by Tanith Lee
9. INSURGENCE by Ken MacLeod
10. MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson

January News

* Despite any number of people (including the author of the law, who failed to be re-elected in November, and an ill-informed commenter on our blog), saying, in essence; "Oh, don't worry about it -- it's not meant to affect books", California's AB1570 autograph law is being taken seriously by publishers.  Easton Press, publisher of lovely, leather-bound editions of classics, is no longer shipping signed copies of Neil Gaiman's OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE to California.  So, yeah, it's a really stupid law - http://eurekabooksellers.com/repeal-californias-autograph-law-ab1570/.

* Overheard in the store:
"I wish the cyberpunk dystopia that we actually live in had more ninjas and day-glo colors."

* Rest in peace, dear Carrie Fisher.  Actress.  Writer.  Feminist.  Icon.  Jedi. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/arts/carrie-fisher-a-princess-a-rebel-and-a-brave-comic-voice.html