June 07, 2018

June News

* Overheard in the Store:

"We tore down the ivy.  Then we realized it was _structural_ ivy."

"Want to hold my baby while I get some vampire erotica?"

"Yes, I'm looking for J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Ring Cycle'."

"It will probably be an artisanal bag shop. We're in the Artisanal Bag Shop District, you know."

"I just hate my sneeze. It undermines my authority."

"I love lying to children."

* Are you attending Worldcon 76 in San Jose in August?  Are you looking for a ride to, or a roommate for the con?  If so, email scox@borderlands-books.com and let us know if we can put you in touch with other Borderlands customers who are seeking the same.

* Atlas Obscura made a list of 62 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores and we made the list!  Check out all the other bookstores that you should visit: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/best-independent-bookstores

* Gardner Dozois, respected science fiction author and editor, has passed away at 70 years of age.  The field has lost a giant. http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/gardner-dozois-70-acclaimed-science-fiction-editor-20180529.html

* A new Ursula K. LeGuin Documentary by filmmaker Arwen Curry is on the way with many new insights into the legend's life, and some interesting reflections on her problems with writing women in science fiction.  https://www.bustle.com/p/this-ursula-k-le-guin-documentary-reveals-how-much-the-author-struggled-to-write-women-in-sci-fi-9237547

* An exploration of how writers of color have started to expand the traditional ideas and tropes of fantasy, and the responses to them, both positive and negative.  https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2018/0521/After-decades-of-dwarfs-and-elves-writers-of-color-redefine-fantasy

* Dark Horse Comic "Resident Alien" has been ordered to pilot by Syfy.  An alien lands on earth and masquerades as a doctor while deciding whether humanity is worth survival.  Sounds a bit like Grey's Anatomy meets The Day The Earth Stood Still . . . . We're interested. https://showsnob.com/2018/06/01/syfy-resident-alien-pilot/

* Paste Magazine has put together a list of their Top 30 Dystopian Novels of all time, (which is a pretty bold claim if you ask us!) but useful as a recommendation list.  https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/05/the-30-best-dystopian-books-of-all-time.html

* Fonda Lee has written a great post over at Locus Magazine - The Case for YA Science Fiction.  Go give it a read: https://locusmag.com/2018/05/fonda-lee-guest-post-the-case-for-ya-science-fiction/

* Are you looking for a bloody revenge flick mixed with body horror with a thin veneer of sci-fi and AI theory?  It looks like "Upgrade" may be the film for you. http://screenanarchy.com/2018/05/review-upgrade-smart-violent-science-fiction-for-action-film-fans.html

* Here are 11 real-life inventions inspired by science fiction novels.  https://www.bustle.com/p/11-real-life-inventions-inspired-by-science-fiction-novels-9090688

* The Detroit Institute of Arts has an awesome exhibit called "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" up right now.  If you live nearby please check it out and report back.  http://michiganradio.org/post/science-fiction-meets-fine-art-dia-s-star-wars-costume-exhibit

* An in-depth look at the fatphobia, obfuscation, and lack of communication that took down the Midwest Writers Workshop convention this summer, and earned them the ire of Roxane Gay.  https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-culture/the-midwest-writers-workshop-scandal/

* Someone is always writing an article about the possibility of time travel, and honestly we wish they would just inform us when progress has been made -- we've got a lot of mistakes we'd like to undo.  https://www.space.com/40716-time-travel-science-fiction-reality.html

* Five animated spin-offs of some classic science fiction shows.  (Now, no one is saying they're good. In fact Na'amen can personally guarantee at least three of them are pretty bad, but they do (or did) exist!)  https://fandomspotlite.com/5-science-fiction-tv-animated-spin-offs-fandom-spotlite

* Janelle Monae's spent years crafting one of the best dystopian worlds in media, and her latest release is the rebellion thousands have been waiting for.  https://www.vox.com/2018/5/16/17318242/janelle-monae-science-fiction-influences-afrofuturism

* EFF's fair use petition explained through essay and a Mur Lafferty story. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/eff-presents-mur-laffertys-science-fiction-story-about-our-fair-use-petition

* Talk to us when we can send our personal holograms to work to deal with all the stress while we sit on the couch at home controlling it through a neural array:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/22/star-wars-holograms-3d-images-future-holochess-princess-leia

* The tastiest nuggets from James Cameron's "Story of Science Fiction", including why he thinks aliens are bad news (hint: the same reason Stephen Hawking wasn't down with us communicating with aliens).  http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/james-camerons-story-of-science-fiction-explains-why-we-shouldnt-contact-aliens

* Check out this great interview with Mimi Mondal, the first Indian writer to be nominated for a Hugo. http://www.thehindu.com/profile/author/all-science-fiction-is-political-says-hugo-award-nominee-mimi-mondal/article23867184.ece

* Preparing for Disease X: how do we prepare for something about which we know nothing?  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/must-work-together-prevent-disease-x/

* Soon we will be able to trade memories. . . and by soon we mean maybe in a few decades.  Maybe . . . . http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5727665/Science-fiction-reality-Researchers-transfer-memories-animals.html

Award News

* The 2018 finalists for the Mythopoeic Awards have been announced and they include friend of the store & sponsor Ellen Klages for her amazing novella PASSING STRANGE! http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2018-05-21.htm

* The shortlist for the Geffen Awards, presented by Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, has been announced and includes translated works from Seanan McGuire, Ellen Kushner and Jim Butcher!  http://file770.com/?p=42357

* The 2017 Nebula Winners have been announced and congratulations to them all, and _especially_ N.K. Jemisin who continues to pick up award after award for her amazing trilogy! https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2017/

* The finalists for Spain's 2018 Ignotus Awards have been announced: https://locusmag.com/2018/05/2018-ignotus-finalists/

* The Shirley Jackson Awards for horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy have announced the newest batch of nominees.  Check out the list if you need some dark reading material: https://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/

* The Spectrum 25 Awards have announced their winners for excellence in art. https://spectrumfantasticart.com/blog/2018/05/06/spectrum-25-awards-recipients/

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