January 27, 2020

Upcoming Events

SF in SF (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St. San Francisco) with authors Cecelia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson, Sunday, January 12th at 6:30 pm

Juliet Wade, MAZES OF POWER (DAW, Hardcover, $26.00) Saturday, February 8th at 3:00 pm

Writers With Drinks (at The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco) with authors Tracy Clark Flory, Barbara Tomash,  Juliette Wade, and Charles Yu, Saturday, February 8th at 7:30 pm

Sarah Gailey, UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED (Tor.com, Hardcover, $20.99) Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00 pm

Katharine Kerr, SWORD OF FIRE (DAW, Hardcover, $27.00) Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00 pm

Seanan McGuire, COME TUMBLING DOWN (Tor, Hardcover, $19.99) and IMAGINARY NUMBERS (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, February 29th at 6:00 pm

We're Moving in May

by Alan Beatts

Happy New Year All!

I hope that 2020 is treating you well.  As far as years go, 2019 was an often challenging one and, to be honest, I'm happy to see the back of it.  I think that 2020 is going to be . . . interesting . . . as well; but I hope in a much more positive way.  Something that is going to make this year especially interesting is that we're going to be moving our store.

December Bestsellers


1. Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle
2. Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer
3. The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
5. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
6. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
7. Dune: Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert
8. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
9. Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
10. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Trade Paperbacks

1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
3. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
4. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
6. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
7. A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
8. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
9. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
10. The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge

Mass Market Paperbacks

1. Dune by Frank Herbert
2. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
4. Neuromancer by William Gibson
5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
7. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
8. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
9. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
10. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

January News

* Overheard in the Store:

"We washed the rest of The Watcher. . . witched the rest of The Washer . . . DAMMIT. We WATCHED the rest of 'The WITCHER' last night!"
"I've never seen a 'Damn You, AutoCorrect' in real life before."

"When I worked for the hospital, I wrote, and then unfortunately lost, 'The Cat in the Hat Gets a Colonoscopy'."

"Ooh! An asexual tentacle monster! That's the closest thing to describing my actual gender."

"You can always tell the clouds that are hiding alien spacecraft behind them."

"This year EVERYONE is getting books!"

"Have YOU ever tried to wrap Z-Fold Mil Spec Combat Gauze to put in a Christmas stocking? I don't recommend it."

"I'll just let it live its Majestic Chicken Life."

"Everywhere I look -- tentacles!

"All I remember are bed shelves, clabbered milk, and people wandering off to die in the cold."

"It's THE CALL OF CTHULHU, done Dr. Seuss-style. There's no denying the world was waiting for that."

"The place is really called 'Normal, Illinois'? The city doth protest too much, methinks."
"You're right -- it's like calling a town 'Definitely Not Gay, Kansas'."

"Around here, I will tell you when to panic. You don't get to panic without authorization."

* The Bold Italic talked to Alan Beatts, Rudy Rucker, M. Luke McDonnell and Rina Weisman for this optimistic piece about science fiction in San Francisco! https://thebolditalic.com/san-franciscos-sci-fi-renaissance-95713a91171c