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EVENTS at Borderlands

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GENERAL EVENTS

Marie Brennan, VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), and Mary Robinette Kowal, OF NOBLE FAMILY (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm

Peter Orullian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 pm

Peter Clines, THE FOLD (Crown, Hardcover, $25.00) Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 pm

Alyc Helms, THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, June 6th at 3:00 pm

Paolo Bacigalupi, THE WATER KNIFE (Knopf, Hardcover, $25.95) Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 pm

Rudy Rucker, JOURNALS 1990 - 2014 (Transreal Publications, 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

In the summer we'll be hosting Wesley Chu, Jo Walton, Helene Wecker, and many, many more great authors, so stay tuned!

Marie Brennan, VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99), and Mary Robinette Kowal, OF NOBLE FAMILY (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99), Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm - We are thrilled to welcome Marie and Mary back to Borderlands! They put on a fantastic show, in historical costume, featuring everything from bones to puppets. This go-round, we'll feature Marie's third memoir of the world's foremost dragon naturalist, the formidable Lady Trent, and the fifth of Mary's Glamourist Histories.  You don't want to miss this incredible event!

Peter Orullian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS (Tor, Hardcover, $27.99) Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 pm - We are happy to welcome author Peter Orullian back to the store!  He'll be showing off TRIAL OF INTENTIONS, the follow-up to THE UNREMEMBERED, and we hope you'll join us to meet him.  From the book description: "The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god -- and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind -- in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures.  But there is dissent.  One king won't answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse.  Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.  And his choices may reshape a world . . . ."

Peter Clines, THE FOLD (Crown, Hardcover, $25.00) Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Peter Clines, author of the acclaimed EX-HEROES series, as he presents his newest science fiction mystery, this time with a Lovecraftian twist!  From the publisher: "Mike Erikson is one of the smartest people in America. And yet, for reasons nobody around him quite understands, he's chosen to let the potential of his amazing intellect go untapped, instead spending his days as a high school English teacher in a small New England town.  Just as school lets out for the summer, however, an old friend presents Mike with a mystery he can't help but be intrigued by -- and one that he is uniquely qualified to solve.  Far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device called the Albuquerque Door.  The machine uses a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to effectively "fold" dimensions, shrinking the distance between them so that a traveler can simply step through a portal to a different location.  The invention -- teleportation made real! -- seems like one of mankind's oldest dreams come true.  But something, it seems, is going wrong.  The personalities of the scientists who work on the device are changing.  People are dying.  Even reality itself seems to be . . . warping.  Soon Mike finds himself the unwelcome guest of an eccentric physicist and his hostile research team, all of whom seem convinced that he's there to steal their secrets.  But it's Mike who figures out that the Albuquerque Door is not what it appears to be, and that its creators don't have as much control over their project as they've led him to believe.  As Mike and the other scientists use everything they've learned to solve a seemingly impossible technological mystery, their dream of changing the world rapidly turns into a horror story."

Alyc Helms, THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.99) Saturday, June 6th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome local author Alyc Helms, who will be presenting her awesome debut novel THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN!  Just check out this amazing 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."

Paolo Bacigalupi, THE WATER KNIFE (Knopf, Hardcover, $25.95) Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 pm - Borderlands is pleased to welcome multiple-award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi to San Francisco.  Paolo?s forward-looking, prescient science fiction seems to exist in a theoretical space just minutes, if not seconds in our future.  His new novel, THE WATER KNIFE cuts close to the bone in drought-stricken California, where the grim, resource constrained future that Paolo imagines is already emerging in a recognizable way, in our daily headlines, and in our state and local politics.  Paolo?s most recent YA novel was the Cory Doctorow-esque thriller THE DOUBT FACTORY, and his Hugo and Nebula award-winning debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL is being reprinted in a second edition that includes the two short stories set in the same world.  Join us to meet Paolo and get your questions answered!

Rudy Rucker, JOURNALS 1990 - 2014 (Transreal Publications, 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.  From the book description: "Ride the wave with Rudy Rucker -- author, programmer, mathematician, professor, cyberpunk, hipster, transrealist, and family man.  A writer?s journey.  Rucker composed JOURNALS 1990 - 2014 over twenty-five years.  The finished volume is as long as three or four novels combined. A long-running adventure."


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!

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 cobalt555@earthlink.net, 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 bookclub@borderlands-books.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




GOOGLE CALENDAR





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