May 09, 2017

Upcoming Events

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

David Brin, THE INSISTENCE OF VISION (Story Plant, Trade Paperback, $13.95) on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00pm

Gregory Benford, THE BERLIN PROJECT (Saga Press, Hardcover, $26.99) on Sunday, June 4th at 5:00pm

Carrie Patel, Adam Rakunas, and Tex Thompson Roundtable Discussion, "All Good Things. . .?" on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm

Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, FATA MORGANA (Blackstone Publishing, Hardcover, $26.99) on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE KILL SOCIETY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $25.99) and Ellen Klages, WICKED WONDERS (Tachyon Publications, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm

Dan Wells, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99; Trade Paperback, $14.99), and screening of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," on Sunday, June 11th at 5:00pm

SF in SF with authors Steve Boyett & Ken Mitchroney at The American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30pm

Michael Johnston, SOLERI (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm

Daryl Gregory, SPOONBENDERS (Knopf, Hardcover, $26.95) on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Tad Williams, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN (DAW, Hardcover, $30.00) on Saturday, July 1st at 3:00pm

Dana Fredsti, SPAWN OF LILITH (Titan, Mass Market, $7.99) on Saturday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Sarah Kuhn, HEROINE WORSHIP (DAW, Trade Paperback, $15.00) on Sunday, July 9th at 3:00pm

April Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
2. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
3. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
4. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
5. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
7. 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS by Eric Flint & Griffin Barber
8. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
10. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey

Trade Paperbacks
1. NINEFOX GAMBIT by Yoon Ha Lee
2. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
3. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
6. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
7. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
8. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING by Ada Palmer

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
2. OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi
3. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
4. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
5. RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
6. BOUND by Benedict Jacka
7. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
8. PIRATE FREEDOM by Gene Wolfe
9. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
10. IT by Stephen King

May News

* Overheard in the Store:
"Dude, my truck was totally covered in cherry blossoms this morning, so I was like Giant Robot Mecha Flower Man driving to work!"

"I'm sorry, my co-worker is sometimes prone to responding in interpretive dance; it can be . . . distracting."

* Borderlands Books mourns the loss of author, editor, and longtime friend Grania Davis. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/grania-davis-1943-2017/ .  You can see a photo of Grania with Jack Vance at Borderlands from 2005 here: http://tachyonpub.tumblr.com/post/147604822108/happy-belated-birthday-to-the-amazing-grania-davis

* Would you like to see our own bookseller Scott in a whole new light?  Scott's acting in an uproarious comedy at New Conservatory Theatre, called "Sordid Lives"!  We do hope you'll make time to attend the show; it runs from May 12th - June 11th, 2017.  Tickets range from $20 - $35, and more details are here: http://www.nctcsf.org/shows/2016-17-Season/Sordid-Lives .

* Has it been nine years since TWILIGHT author Stephanie Meyer wrote her science fiction novel "for people who don’t like sci-fi" THE HOST already?  Wow, time flies when you try to deliberately forget something.  If we have to remember, so do you.  A look back - http://io9.gizmodo.com/remembering-the-host-a-scifi-book-that-barely-wanted-t-1794986069

April 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Jewelle Gomez, Pat Murphy, and Madeleine Robins at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30pm

Cory Doctorow, WALKAWAY (Tor Books, Hardcover, $26.99) and John Scalzi, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE, (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) on Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm

Marie Brennan, WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS (Tor Books, Hardcover, $27.99) on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm

Airships Triumph event with Robyn Bennis, THE GUNS ABOVE (Tor Books, Hardcover, $25.99) and Megan E. O'Keefe, INHERIT THE FLAME (Angry Robot, Mass Market, $7.19) on Saturday, May 6th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Robyn Bennis, Ellen Klages, and David Levine at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, May 7th at 6:30pm

Sarah Gailey, RIVER OF TEETH (Tor.Com, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm

Coming up shortly, events with Richard Kadrey, Sarah Kuhn, Daryl Gregory, and many others!

March Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3. THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust and Skyler White
4. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey
5. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
6. RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R. Landsdale
7. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
8. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
9. INFINITY ENGINE by Neal Asher
10. THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
3. PHANTOM PAINS by Mishell Baker
4. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
5. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
6. A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
7. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
8. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
9. FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey
10. THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. MAGIC FOR NOTHING by Seanan McGuire
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
4. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
5. ONCE BROKEN FAITH by Seanan McGuire
6. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
7. THE ISLANDERS by Christopher Priest
8. DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz
9. HUNGER MAKES THE WOLF by Alex Wells
10. END OF WATCH by Stephen King

April News

* Overheard in the Store:
"The Mayo Clinic? I just couldn't trust any clinic named after a condiment."

"No, please --- go ahead and shoutsplain Purim to the room. Sexy."

* The Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons has stepped down and will be staying on as a consulting editor. http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/azimuth/editorials/moving-on/

* Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgrenhas been chosen as Toastmaster for this year's Nebulas. http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/03/dr-lindgren-named-nebula-awards-toastmaster/

* The SFPA has voted to change their name from Science Fiction Poetry Association to Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, while keeping their acronym the same.  Voter breakdown here: https://specpo.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/sfpa-gets-a-new-name/

* Borderlands is saddened by the passing of Bernie Wrightson.  The television show "The Walking Dead" dedicated their series finale to his memory.  http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-walking-dead/news/a825139/walking-dead-finale-season-7-dedicated-bernie-wrightson/

March 06, 2017

Upcoming Events

Coffee With a Cop at Borderlands Cafe, Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30pm

Kim Stanley Robinson, NEW YORK 2140 (Orbit, Hardcover, $28) on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm

Erika Lewis, GAME OF SHADOWS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) and Veronica Rossi, RIDERS (Tor Teen, Hardcover, $17.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm

Richard Kadrey, THE WRONG DEAD GUY (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, $24.99) on Saturday, March 18th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with author Peter S. Beagle at the American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina) on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30pm

Steven Brust and Skylar White, THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS (Tor, Hardcover, $25.99) on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm

Mishell Baker PHANTOM PAINS (Saga Press, Hardcover, $29.99; Trade Paperback, $15.99) and Seanan McGuire, MAGIC FOR NOTHING (DAW, Mass Market, $7.99) & the Circus! on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00pm

Drop-by signing with Ilana C. Myer, LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT (Tor, Hardcover, $26.99) on Thursday, April 6th at 6:00pm

Griffin Barber, 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00) on Saturday, April 8th at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room (3225 22nd St) with authors Peter S. Beagle, Hari Kunzru, Ilana C. Myer and Shelley Wong on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm

Yoon Ha Lee, NINEFOX GAMBIT (Solaris, Trade Paperback, $9.99) on Saturday, April 15th at 3:00pm

And coming up in the Spring, we'll be delighted to host Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, Marie Brennan, and many, many others!

February Bestsellers

Hardcovers
1. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
2. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
3. INVISIBLE PLANETS edited by Ken Liu
4. A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
5. THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
6. KINDRED: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Octavia Butler and John Jennings
7. PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
8. UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
9. MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
10. CHASING SHADOWS: VISIONS OF OUR COMING TRANSPARENT WORLD by David Brin

Trade Paperbacks
1. THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu, trans. by Ken Liu
2. THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES by Ken Liu
3. STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang
4. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
5. PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
6. BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okorafor
7. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman
8. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE by Joseph Fink
9. DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
10. THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch
2. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
3. AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis
6. FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs
7. THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King
8. KUSHIEL'S DART by Jacqueline Carey
9. SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
10. THE SEVERED STREETS by Paul Cornell

March News

* Overheard in the Store:
"I think I've been looking at too many catalogs. I just read 'The Four Tendencies' as 'The Four Tentacles'."

"[Actor] Jim Carrey is a skin suit filled to the brim with sentient weasels."

"I have the VERY best conversations about alcohol here!"

"There are lots worse curses to have, but she writes them SO SLOWLY, and I read them SO FAST!"

"It was not a consensual sing-along."

* If you love cats and "Star Trek", then this is the book for you . . . or it will kill your soul.  Either way it's worth a look!  http://nerdist.com/star-treks-original-crew-recast-as-cats-in-new-illustrated-book/

* Cory Doctorow's novel LITTLE BROTHER was pulled from a Florida high school reading list "following . . . concerns from the school's principal over its questioning of authority and its 'lauding' of hacker culture."  Cory and his publisher, Tor, responded in the best way possible: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/10/cory-doctorow-novel-pulled-school-reading-questioning-authority

* Ursula K. LeGuin and Junot Diaz were among the authors recently voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Letters. http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ursula-K-Le-Guin-Ann-Patchett-voted-into-arts-10962614.php

* Philip Pullman announces new trilogy with ties to the His Dark Materials trilogy.  Lyra will return in the first and second volumes of this new trilogy, entitled The Book of Dust.  First Lyra will appear as a baby in the first book and then in the second one, ten years after the conclusion of His Dark Materials.  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantasy-trilogy-the-book-of-dust

February 04, 2017

Sponsorship Success (and other news)

by Alan Beatts

Once again, we've made our minimum goal for sponsors.  So, we'll be staying open throughout 2017.  If you're not familiar with our Sponsorship Program and how it is critical for the continued operation of Borderlands Books, you can find information about it here - http://borderlands-sponsors.blogspot.com/p/why-sponsorships.html .

I want to personally thank all our 2017 sponsors for allowing us to continue to do what we love -- run a fine shop and put great books in the hands of readers.  If you're not a sponsor or if you haven't renewed your sponsorship yet, you're welcome to do so anytime this year.  There are some nice benefits <http://borderlands-sponsors.blogspot.com/p/sponsor-benefits-and-privilidges.html> to being a sponsor and, each sponsor who supports us over the minimum gets us one step closer to our long-term goal of buying a building before our current lease expires in 2021.  You can sign up on-line <https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship17.html>, in person at the store, by phone with a credit card (toll free 888 893-4008), or with a check by physical mail.  We sincerely appreciate everyone's support.

That said, I'm going to jump to a mostly unrelated topic.