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Eileen Gunn, QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES, (Small Beer Press, Trade Paperback, $16.00) Saturday, April 12th at 3:00 pm - We are always thrilled to welcome the talented Eileen Gunn to the store!  QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES is her new short story collection.  From the book description: "Good intentions arenít everything.  Sometimes things donít quite go the way you planned. And sometimes you donít plan. . . . This collection of sixteen stories (and one lonely poem) wittily chart the ways trouble can ensue.  No actual human beings were harmed in the creation of this book.  Stories from Eileen Gunn are always a cause for celebration. Where will she lead us? ďUp the Fire RoadĒ to a slightly alternate world.  Four stories into steampunkís heart. Into the golemís heart. Yet never where we might expect."  To tide you over until you can chat with her in person, enjoy this guest post Eileen wrote for Locus Magazine about her own "questionable practices":

SF in SF (at The Emerald Tablet, (80 Fresno St. San Francisco CA 94133 (near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway)) with authors Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir, Saturday, April 12th at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) - Science Fiction in San Francisco returns at a new location!  We're delighted to help SF in SF welcome authors Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir! Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Seating is limited, so first come, first seated -- doors open at 6:00 pm and the event starts at 7:00 pm. Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits The Emerald Tablet, and community events in San Francisco.  The Emerald Tablet is served by several public transit routes. The 12 Folsom, 8 Kearny, 10 Pacific Ave will all drop you within one block. For more information, visit Muniís Web site at or call the San Francisco Municipal Railway (415) 673-MUNI. If you prefer BART, get off at the Montgomery station; itís a 10-minute walk up Grant, Kearny or Montgomery.  For more information about the venue, see . For more information about SF in SF, see .

Emily Jiang and April Chu, SUMMONING THE PHOENIX, (Lee and Low, Other Hardcover, $18.95) Sunday, April 13th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - We are delighted to welcome author and composer Emily Jiang and artist April Chu to Borderlands!  From Emily's website: "SUMMONING THE PHOENIX is a fun and educational read.  Kirkus Reviews calls it "a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences.Ē  The nonfictional sidebars share historical facts about Chinese musical instruments while the whimsical art and poetry portray a range of experiences that children feel when playing music:  tranquility, stage fright, wonder and joy.  The children playing these instruments include an array of ethnic backgrounds because Chinese music can be enjoyed by everyone!"  Emily was just featured on John Scalzi's "The Big Idea", so you can learn more about the fascinating origin of SUMMONING THE PHOENIX here (hint, this illustrated children's book  developed from Emily's original concepts for the magic system in an adult fantasy novel): . Artist April Chu's gorgeous illustrations will be on display in the cafe for your enjoyment during the month of April, too.  Emily has created a Facebook event page, so RSVP here if you're of the Facebook persuasion. . Either way we hope to see you Sunday for this awesome and unusual event!

"Flytrap" Magazine Revival Event with editors Tim Pratt & Heather Shaw and contributors Megan
Arkenberg, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Jessica May Lin, Nick Mamatas, Dominica Phetteplace, and Sarah Smith, Saturday, April 26th at 3:00 pm - "Flytrap" is a "little 'zine with teeth"!  From 2003 - 2008, Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw co-edited the awesome 'zine "Flytrap", which published "stories, poems, and essays by writers like Barth Anderson, Christopher Barzak, Elizabeth Bear, Stephanie Burgis, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Alan DeNiro, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Daphne Gottlieb, M.K. Hobson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Jen Larsen, Kristin Livdahl, Nick Mamatas, Melissa Marr, David Moles, Sarah Monette, Sarah Prineas, Jenn Reese, M. Rickert, Benjamin Rosenbaum, David J. Schwartz, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, Greg van Eekhout, Ray Vukcevich, Leslie What, and even more amazingly talented people, if such a thing can be believed. "  Then their son was born, so they took a little break.  But, since according to Heather and Tim "5-year-olds practically raise themselves," they're now back with "Flytrap" #11.  This issue features "a few of those old friends. . . and add to their ranks new names like William Akin, Alisa Alering, Cassie Alexander, Megan Arkenberg, Sarah Grey, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Jessica May Lin, Dominica Phetteplace, and Brian M. Rosen. The result is a spectacular spectacle of (mostly speculative) fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art."  We are so happy to host this event celebrating the resurrection of the 'zine, and we hope you'll join us!

Daryl Gregory, AFTERPARTY, (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) Saturday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm - Daryl Gregory wow-ed us with PANDEMONIUM, and he just keeps getting better!  His new novel AFTERPARTY is fantastic; it's near future, and any kid with a chem-jet printer and an internet connection can download recipes to print designer (and original) drugs.  One particularly dangerous drug (known as Numinous because it absolutely convincingly introduces the user to a walking, talking version of their own personal Higher Power) seems to be back after its accidental creators agreed to suppress it -- they learned firsthand it can have tragic consequences.  And so our protagonist Lyda Rose, one of those original creators, starts a cross-country and sometimes international quest to find and stop the distributor with the help of a handful of addicted and/or charmingly damaged friends and associates. Along the way there will be drugs, violence, crime, drugs, miniature bison you can farm in the carpet, and more drugs.  Do not miss the chance to meet Daryl Gregory; I know you will regret it if you do!

Seanan McGuire, SPARROW HILL ROAD (DAW, Trade Paperback, $16.00) Saturday, May 10th at 5:00 pm -  From Seanan's website: "Everyone knows the urban legend about the girl who asks for a ride home; the one who turns out to have been dead all along.  But where did she come from?  Who was she?  And how did she die?  She's been called a lot of things: the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Diner, and the Spirit of Sparrow Hill Road.  Around here, we call her Rose.  Rose Marshall was sixteen years old in 1952, pretty as a picture, and in the wrong place at the wrong time.  A drive along Sparrow Hill Road turned into a fight for her life -- a fight she was destined to lose.  Her story could have ended there, but a lucky break and a well-timed ride home set her on a different path.  She's been running down the ghostroads ever since, one more casualty who never made it home.  A lot of people have said a lot of things about her; she's been called everything from angel to devil, from ghost story to myth to something more. They whisper her name everywhere from Michigan to Maine, from Wyoming to Washington . . . but no one knows what really happened that long-ago night at the top of Sparrow Hill.  Not until now."  This is a truly awesome novel.  Join us to meet Seanan McGuire and learn about the girl who started all the stories, and where she will go from here.

Marie Brennan, TROPIC OF SERPENTS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Mary Robinette Kowal, VALOUR AND VANITY (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) Sunday, May 11th at 3:00 pm - We're informed by reliable sources that Marie and Mary, brilliant writers both, will both be in period costume for this signing -- the exact words were that the authors have "quite the show planned for you.  Period costumes, puppets, dragon bones, and party favours."  Marie has already visited us for the Second Memoir of Lady Trent (the Victorian era's foremost dragon naturalist,) but because the timing of the event was unusual, many folks were unable to attend -- here's your second chance!  We're also delighted to welcome Mary Robinette Kowal back to the store for the fourth volume of the Glamourist Histories, VALOUR AND VANITY.  In this novel, "master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote 'Oceanís Eleven'".  Do not miss the enchanting opportunity to meet these two fabulous authors at once.  And, hey, dragon bones!

August Ragone, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS (Chronicle, Oversized Paperback, $29.95) - We are delighted to welcome local author August Ragone, presenting EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS - DEFENDING THE EARTH WITH ULTRAMAN, GODZILLA AND FRIENDS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION FILM.  From the publisher's website: "Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone whoís thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburayaís film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create."  August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than 20 years.  Don't miss the fascinating opportunity to check out this book and bring your questions!

Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge unless otherwise stated.  You are welcome to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed (but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).  For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.  If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you.  We can then either hold the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship to you.  Just give us a call or drop us an email.  If you live out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed for a nominal fee.  Call or email for details.


The QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 13th, at 5 pm to discuss MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 20th, at 6 pm to discuss THE GODS THEMSELVES by Isaac Asimov.  The book for May 18th is DAWN by Octavia Butler.  Please contact for more information.


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