September 04, 2019

Upcoming Events

Tyler Hayes, THE IMAGINARY CORPSE (Angry Robot, Trade Paperback, $12.99) Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 pm

Informal signing with D.J. Butler (WITCHY KINGDOM, Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) Christopher Husberg (FEAR THE STARS, Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) and Christopher Ruocchio (THE HOWLING DARK, DAW, Hardcover, $27.00) Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 pm

Fonda Lee, JADE WAR (Orbit, Hardcover, $26.00) with Megan E. O'Keefe (VELOCITY WEAPON, Orbit, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm

Chad Stroup, SEXY LEPER (Bizarro Pulp Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95) Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with authors Christopher Brown and Hannu Rajaniemi, Sunday, September 15th at 6:30 pm

Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald, TIME SHARDS: SHATTER WAR (Titan Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95) Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm

Annalee Newitz, THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) with author Garth Nix, Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm

Marie Brennan, TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 pm

And coming up in the Fall, stay turned for more Writers With Drinks, the fabulous Litquake Lit Crawl, Rudy Rucker, Brent Weeks, and many more excellent authors!

September Building Update

Big news, in several ways, this month.  First off, not only is the framing for the bathroom completed but, yesterday, I met with our structural engineer and he signed off on his final inspection.  Which means that the whole, big, complicated structural job that we started over a year ago in the basement is completed, from an engineering standpoint.  He said that it was a very nice job and that everything looked great.

This is a big milestone not just for the obvious reasons but also because it marks the end of the section of the job that I had no experience doing.  The blessedly innocent Alan of 2018 knew nothing of I-beams, steel-reinforced foundations, engineered lumber, or how to get a 400 lb. beam 13 feet in the air.  He also never considered that he would not only be intimately familiar with the Simpson Company catalog, but that he would own his own dog-eared copy of it!

August Bestsellers

1. Reticence by Gail Carriger
2. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
3. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
4. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
5. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
6. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
7. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
8. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
9. Dark Age by Pierce Brown
10. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Trade Paperbacks
1. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
4. Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe
5. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
6. The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin, translated by Joel Martinsen
7. The Power by Naomi Alderman
8. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? By N.K. Jemisin
9. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

 Mass Market Paperbacks
1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
3. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4. Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
6. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
7. Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
8. Neuromancer by William Gibson
9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
10. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

September News

* Overheard in the Store:

"Don't worry, it only _looks_ haunted."

"It didn't actually end, it just ran out of chapters.”

"Like I'd let some wimpy ghost best me in a fight. I will die by the hands of Al Capone's fat ghost or I will NEVER DIE."

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data."

"I really wish there was someone smarter than me around to deal with it."
"I understand, but sometimes being a grownup means you're all the smart you’ve got, and you just have to do your best."

* Dell Magazines has elected to change the name of the John W. Campbell Award to The Astounding Award for Best New Writer, following Jeannette Ng's award acceptance speech at the Hugos, and much discussion in the field: .  (The full text of Ms. Ng's speech is here, if you missed it:

* Congratulations to all of the Hugo Award nominees and winners!

* A crashed Israeli lunar lander accidentally scattered microscopic "water bears" on the moon: