January 13, 2015

Dispatches From the Border: January 2015

Events and News From Borderlands Books

Upcoming Events

Shannon Page, OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS (Per Aspera Press, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, January 17th at 3:00 pm

The triumphant return of SF in SF with authors Cecilia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson, at The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street Suite 500, Thursday, January 22nd

Samantha Shannon, THE MIME ORDER (Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $25.00) Saturday, February 14th at 3:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this newsletter)


*Overheard in the Store:

"What were you going to DO with the Azerbaijan Long-Snouted Parrot when you got to the top of the clock tower?"

"Am I only person in the world who hates eggnog? I think it's like snot, with brandy."

"Of course they were more prolific back then - they didn't have to tear themselves away from 'Breaking Bad' like the rest of us."

* Phillip K Dick Award nominees have been announced: http://www.philipkdickaward.org/

* Over at io9.com Charlie Anders and Diana Biller list the top ten design flaws for the USS Enterprise.  So Borg take note:  http://io9.com/top-10-biggest-design-flaws-in-the-u-s-s-enterprise-1678274241

* A new award from Baen has been announced: http://www.baen.com/baenfantasyaward.asp

* Prolific alternate history author Robert Conroy has died at the age of 76, following a battle with cancer:  http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/01/robert-conroy-1938-2014/

* The 2014 Rhysling Winners, for excellence in speculative poetry, have been announced: http://sfpoetry.com/ra/pages/14rhysling.html

* The Horror Writers Association announces a new scholarship in honor of their late President Rocky Wood, who died in early December, 2014: http://www.prlog.org/12401115-horror-writers-association-announces-rocky-wood-memorial-scholarship-names-new-president-and-vice-president.html

* The World Fantasy Convention 2015 website is open!  The GoHs are Steven Erikson & Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, along with Special Guests Glen Cook & David Drake:  http://www.wfc2015.org/

* The design competition for the 2015 Hugo Base is now on!  Be a part of history and have your work sit on an author's mantle forever: http://sasquan.org/hugo-base-competition/

* James Patterson has given away over $1m of his personal cash to independent bookstores over the last year in his Saving Bookstores, Saving Lives campaign: http://www.jamespatterson.com/booksellers/#.VK7gqdLF831

* Marvel's limited series "Agent Carter" has finally premiered, and it looks like it might be everything we hoped for:  http://sciencefiction.com/2015/01/08/tv-review-agent-carter-now-endbridge-tunneltv-review-agent-carter-now-endbridge-tunnel/

* James Whitbrook breaks down the history of Ant-Man over at Toybox (and does a solid job of giving us some good points but also not shying away from why, for many of us, this is the first MCU movie we're a bit unsure about): http://toybox.io9.com/your-guide-to-ant-man-the-newest-and-smallest-marvel-1678249880

* In more awesome superhero news, there is a new Power Girl, and not only is she a super-intelligent young woman of color but also PG's traditional infamous "boob window" is GONE!  http://www.themarysue.com/new-power-girl-rad-as-heck/

* The 2014 Ignotus (the Spanish language equivalent of the Hugos) winners have been announced! Congratulations to all the winners.  We can only hope some of these great stories get translated soon.  http://scifiportal.eu/2014-spanish-sff-ignotus-domingo-santos-awards/

* Ever wondered what "Ghostbusters" would look like done as an anime series in the 80s?  Well, wonder no more! http://nerdapproved.com/misc-weirdness/what-if-ghostbusters-was-an-80s-anime-video/

* Over at io9.com,  George Dvorsky has listed all the science stories that are set to dominate headlines in 2015:  http://io9.com/these-are-the-science-stories-that-will-be-making-news-1678208928

* Take a look at all the characters that James Gunn wanted to include in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and couldn't because of ownership issue: http://sciencefiction.com/2015/01/08/want-know-cosmic-characters-james-gunn-wasnt-able-use-guardians-galaxy/

* "Frozen" was the biggest animated movie of last year and while we've moved on,  the good land of Arendelle is not forgotten.  Check here for the three "Frozen" easter eggs in "Big Hero 6":

* We're most excited for the second Marvel Netflix series "AKA Jessica Jones," but even the "Daredevil" series looks like it could be really good (or might at least wipe the memory of Affleck-as-Daredevil from our collective memory):  http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Marvel-Daredevil-Series-Premiere-Netflix-Sooner-Than-We-Thought-69321.html

* RiffTrax has put up their list of the worst movies of 2014 as voted by fans.  A lot of them are speculative and all of them are painful.  http://www.rifftrax.com/the-worst-movies-of-2014
From The Office

Will return next month.

Best Sellers
Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for December, 2014:

2. THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson
3. WHAT IF? by Randall Munroe
4. LOCK IN by John Scalzi
5. CLARIEL by Garth Nix
7. SYMBIONT by Mira Grant
10. WILLFUL CHILD by Steven Erikson

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. THE WINTER LONG by Seanan McGuire
3. KEEPER OF THE CASTLE by Juliet Blackwell
4. DANGEROUS WOMEN VOL. 2 edited by Geroge R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
6. WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
7. DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin
8. GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
9. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
10. REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch

Trade Paperbacks
2. THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir
3. ANCILLARY SWORD by Ann Leckie
4. THE DARK DEFILES by Richard K. Morgan
5. UNNATURAL CREATURES edited by Neil Gaiman
Book Club Information

The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 8th, at 5 pm to discuss LOVE MINUS EIGHTY by Will McIntosh.  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, January 18th, at 6 pm to discuss RAISING STEAM by Terry Pratchett.  Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

Upcoming Event Details

Shannon Page, OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS (Per Aspera Press, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, January 17th at 3:00 pm - We are happy to welcome Shannon Page, co-author (with Jay Lake) of OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS to Borderlands! Sadly, Jay passed away in 2014, but the publisher believes he would be very proud of the presentation of this book. "It is a powerful tale of political intrigue, divine mystery, and swashbuckling naval battles. Graced with splashes of humor, this novel is full of cliffhangers that will keep you turning pages.  Sian Katte is a successful middle-aged businesswoman in the tropical island nation of Alizar.  Her life seems comfortable and well-arranged . . . until a violent encounter one evening leaves her with an unwanted magical power.  Arian des Chances is the wife of Alizar's ruler, with vast wealth and political influence.  Yet for all her resources, she can only watch helplessly as her son draws nearer to death.  When crisis thrusts these two women together, they learn some surprising truths: about themselves, their loved ones, and Alizar itself. Because beneath a seemingly calm facade, Alizar's people -- and a dead god -- are stirring. . . ."  Join us to meet Shannon and check out the novel that Publishers Weekly called one of the Best Books of 2014! http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2014/sf-fantasy-horror#book/book-6

The triumphant return of SF in SF with authors Cecilia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson, at The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street Suite 500, Thursday, January 22nd - SF in SF returns with Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, in conversation with Terry Bisson!  Each author will read a selection from their work (15-20 mins.),  followed by an intermission, Q&A with Terry Bisson, and then book signing.  Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  $8 at the door for Book Club of California Members, reserved seating; RSVP to jennifer@bccbooks.org.  $10 at the door for the general public, general seating.  Cash or charge at the door, refreshments at the bar.  All admission costs, donations and tips benefit the Book Club of California.  (The Book Club of California is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1912.  It supports the art of fine printing related to the history and literature of California and the western states of America through research, publishing, public programs, and exhibitions.)

Samantha Shannon, THE MIME ORDER (Bloomsbury, Hardcover, $25.00) Saturday, February 14th at 3:00 pm - Join us to meet Samantha Shannon and check out the thrilling followup to THE BONE SEASON! From the book description: "Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.  As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly.  Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.  Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on."

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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