July 18, 2019

July News

* Overheard in the store:

"I love the smell of books. It smells so good in here! I want to bottle it and wear it as a perfume."

"I've only met one person ever who didn't like GOOD OMENS, and I didn't trust them."
"It's like people who never say the f-word, or who dislike dogs!"

"She said that worrying was like praying for something you don't want."

"She sold her soul for a toaster oven."
"So... what I'm hearing is that Wiccans shouldn't drink."

"Repeatedly forgetting your PIN is an excellent way to save money."

"I'm turning my life in a new direction: Horizontal."

"You can't discriminate against someone based on their Hogwarts' House!"

* Locus Magazine is hosting a Writing Master Class with author Andy Duncan!  July 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Locus Magazine HQ in downtown Oakland.  The cost is $150.00.  Details and sign up here: https://locusmag.com/locus-bay-area-writers-workshop-writing-master-class-with-andy-duncan-july-2019/

* Local author (and Borderlands sponsor) Charlie Jane Anders did a marvelous interview with the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charlie-jane-anders-crosses-the-divide_n_5cdc281ae4b0437438c5290e

* Congratulations to Irene Gallo, who has been promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com! https://www.tor.com/2019/06/20/irene-gallo-promoted-to-vice-president-publisher-of-tor-com/

* Author Richard Kadrey on the Cool Tools Podcast: https://kk.org/cooltools/richard-kadrey-nyt-bestselling-author-of-the-sandman-slim-series/

* HBO is turning Philip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS into a series, and the trailer looks awesome: https://youtu.be/0Qz8L4KaTss

* This annotated list of the books that author & scholar Jo Walton read in June is really fascinating. https://www.tor.com/2019/07/05/jo-waltons-reading-list-june-2019/

* Daniel O'Malley's supernatural spy novel THE ROOK has been made into a series on Starz.  Check out the trailer here! https://www.tvguide.com/news/starz-the-rook-trailer/

* A list of the 100 most commonly mentioned fantasy books on Reddit, 2018 - 2019: https://topredditbooks.com/c/genre/fantasy .  No real surprises but it interesting to skim.

* Nanoprobes are in the works: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190703121358.htm

* Quantum leaps are real?  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205089-quantum-leaps-are-real-and-now-we-can-control-them/

* An interesting podcast on converting carbon dioxide to fuel, and autofocal glasses: https://www.sciencemag.org/podcast/converting-carbon-dioxide-gasoline-and-autofocal-glasses-lenses-change-shape-fly

* Telepathic Tetris, anyone?: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190701163827.htm

* The first trailer for Disney's live-action "Mulan" is here, and it's beautiful: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-mulan-trailer-teases-a-sweeping-warriors-adve-1836166020

* Author Gillian Flynn is "sickened" by a defense attorney's suggestion that a missing woman (whose husband, along with his girlfriend, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution) has staged her own disappearance a la GONE GIRL: https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/author-of-gone-girl-issues-statement-regarding-jennifer-dulos-disappearance/

* Did you know there was a celebrity cruise that included authors Ben Bova and Issac Asimov to commemorate the launch of Apollo 17 in December 1972?  Neither did we.  https://www.fastcompany.com/90372061/the-weird-space-themed-caribbean-cruise-that-celebrated-the-last-trip-to-the-moon

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