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EVENTS at Borderlands
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Rudy Rucker, JOURNALS 1990-2014 (Transreal Books, Trade Paperback, $24.95) Saturday, June 13th at 3:00 pm
Alex Bledsoe, LONG BLACK CURL (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Sunday, June 14th at 3:00 pm
Alyc Helms, THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, July 11th at 3:00 pm
Wesley Chu, TIME SALVAGER (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Helene Wecker THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI (Harper, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, July 18th at 3:00 pm
Robert Brockway, THE UNNOTICEABLES (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99, and Loren Rhoads, THE DANGEROUS TYPE (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Sunday, July 19th at 3:00 pm
Richard Kadrey, KILLING PRETTY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, August 1st at 3:00 pm
Rudy Rucker, JOURNALS 1990-2014 (Transreal Books, Trade Paperback, $24.95) Saturday, June 13th at 3:00 pm - We are so happy to host local author and artist, brilliant mathematician and mad genius, Rudy Rucker! Rudy will be showing off his newest book and also leading a "guided tour" of his current art show. You don't want to miss this one!
Alex Bledsoe, LONG BLACK CURL (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Sunday, June 14th at 3:00 pm - From the publisher: "Alex Bledsoe enchanted readers with THE HUM AND THE SHIVER, a remarkable fantasy that was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and its follow-up, WISP OF A THING, which drew rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Drawing inspiration from Appalachian folklore and the haunting music of the region, Bledsoe spun the fascinating original mythology of the Tufa, a reclusive clan of mountain folk whose historical roots are cloaked in myth and controversy. The books have gained many fans including a band who has crafted an entire album of music based on the stories and characters. Now, he returns to the dark valleys and hollows of the Smoky Mountains in LONG BLACK CURL, a moving tale of music and magic older than the hills. In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people. Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the 'Hillbilly Hercules' for his immense size and strength, and who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He's ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds.
The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, even he isn't sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again? Will he join her in her quest to unite the Tufa under her rule? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?" We hope you'll join us to meet Alex Bledsoe and check out this fascinating new novel!
Alyc Helms, THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, July 11th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome author Alyc Helms, who will be presenting her awesome debut novel THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN! Just check out this enticing synopsis from the publisher: "Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadows and his enduring legacy as the legendary vigilante superhero, Mr Mystic. After a little work the costume fits OK, but Missy is far from experienced at fighting crime, so she journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. She becomes embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the allegedly mythical nine dragon-guardians of all creation. When Lung Di -- Lung Huang's brother and mortal enemy -- raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. It's a superhero novel, a pulp fantasy novel, with lashings of kung fu, immense kick-ass dragons and an unfailingly sympathetic heroine -- yes, it's another wonderful Angry Robot title."
Wesley Chu, TIME SALVAGER (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Helene Wecker THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI (Harper, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Saturday, July 18th at 3:00 pm - Wesley Chu's new novel TIME SALVAGER imagines a poisoned future Earth in which time travelers mine the past for energy and resources. But the past -- and some special people who are technically centuries dead -- may just hold the key to saving the future instead of just prolonging it.
Joining Wesley will be local author Helene Wecker, who wrote the amazing GOLEM AND THE JINNI, an almost-mythic tale of two supernatural creatures arriving (separately) in 1899 New York. The novel was nominated for both the Nebula and The World Fantasy Award. Don't miss this atypical pairing and fantastic author event!
Robert Brockway, THE UNNOTICEABLES (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99, and Loren Rhoads, THE DANGEROUS TYPE (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Sunday, July 19th at 3:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome these authors to the store! Robert Brockway will be showing off his extraordinary new novel THE UNNOTICEABLES. Here's the breathless and entertaining catalog description: "There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns, they remove the redundancies, and the problem that is you gets solved. Carey doesn?t much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching the strange kids with the unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn?t care about the rumors of tarmonsters in the sewers, or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene -- all he wants is drink cheap beer and dispense asskickings. Kaitlyn isn?t sure what she?s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there?s an angel outside her apartment. Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left of it. There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It?s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands. We are, all of us, well and truly screwed."
Joining Robert will be kick-ass local author Loren Rhoads, presenting her novel THE DANGEROUS TYPE, first volume in the "In the Wake of the Templars" trilogy. Here's that book description: "Set in the wake of a galaxy-wide war and the destruction of a human empire, THE DANGEROUS TYPE follows the awakening of one of the galaxy's most dangerous assassins and her quest for vengeance. Entombed for twenty years, Raena has been found and released. Thallian has been on the lam for the last fifteen years. He's a wanted war criminal whose entire family has been hunted down and murdered for their role in the galaxy-wide genocide of the Templars. His name is the first on Raena's list, as he's the one that enslaved her, made her his assassin, and ultimate put her in a tomb. But Thallian is willing to risk everything--including his army of cloned sons--to capture her. Now it's a race to see who kills whom first. Alternatively, Gavin has spent the last twenty years trying to forget about Raena, whom he once saved and then lost to Thallian. Raena's adopted sister, Ariel, has been running from the truth -- the one about Raena, about herself and Gavin -- and doesn't know if she'll be able to face either of them. THE DANGEROUS TYPE is a mix of military science fiction and an adventurous space opera that grabs you from the first pages and doesn't let go. Along with a supporting cast of smugglers, black market doctors, and other ne'er-do-wells sprawled across a galaxy brimming with alien life, THE DANGEROUS TYPE is a fantastic beginning to Loren Rhoads's epic trilogy." We'll look forward to seeing you here for this dangerous duo's event!
Richard Kadrey, KILLING PRETTY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday, August 1st at 3:00 pm - We're always very happy to welcome Richard Kadrey back to Borderlands! KILLING PRETTY is the seventh book is his addictive Sandman Slim series. Here's the alluring synopsis from the publisher: "Sandman Slim investigates Death?s death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he?s come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death -- ripping the heart right out of him -- or rather the body he?s inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim?s help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA?s subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl -- distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes -- as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world . . . and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait."
BOOK CLUB EVENTS
The QSF&F Book Club
This book club is for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people who love reading all kinds of science fiction, fantasy, even a little bit of horror, and anything that could loosely fall into any of these categories. We meet the second Sunday of every month at Borderlands Cafe on Valencia Street in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco. We also occasionally have movie nights, get togethers, dinners, and other fun and exciting events. Please come join our Book Club! We?re going on ten years strong! For more information, visit our website at http://www.qsfandf.weebly.com or come see us on Facebook
Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
* Meets on Sunday, March 8th at 5 pm to discuss THE STONE CANAL by Ken MacLeod.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
This book club usually meets on the third Sunday of every month at 6 pm. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
FEBRUARY: The Female Man by Joanna Russ
MARCH: The Martian by Andy Weir
APRIL: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
MAY: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
JUNE: Contact by Carl Sagan
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