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SF in SF at Convolution

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

SF in SF will be part of Convolution!

Join our guest moderator, Cliff Winning, and the convention Author Guests of Honor, Michael A. Stackpole and Tanya Huff!

Thursday, September 25th
Doors open at 6:30PM
Event begins at 7:00PM

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A moderated by Cliff Winnig. Booksigning follows; books will be for sale at event.

FREE to Convolution members
$10 to the public (cash only)
Proceeds benefit the Chabot Space & Science Center

This event takes place at the Hyatt Regency SFO Airport, located at 1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA. Directions to the hotel are here. Parking for Convolution badgeholders is $10. For directions via public transportation, please go here.

There are no tickets being issued for this event; pay at the door. Seating is first come, first seated.

Convolution 2014 — ‘Halfway Home’ will explore the world of science and science fiction. We will investigate our vision of the future and where we are today. We will explore what life will be like in the future and how recent technological advances are bringing us closer to that vision. Memberships available now, with single day memberships at the door. Join the Bay Area’s newest science fiction convention, with guests Michael A. Stackpole, Tanya Huff, artist Jeff Sturgeon, and writer/producer/scientist Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. Other attending guests include Todd McCaffrey, Carrie Sessarego, Deborah J. Ross, Madeleine Robins, Gail Carriger, and many more! And don’t forget to check out Tachyon Publications among the many fine vendors in the Dealers Room!

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We’re Back! – August Reading

August 28th, 2014 · Comments Off

SF in SF joins with Borderlands Books to present

Patrick Swenson – author of the debut novel, The Ultra-Thin Man and Brian Herbert – author of The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma together in readings and conversation, moderated by SF in SF host, Terry Bisson.

Each author will read a selection from their new work, followed by Q&A with Terry and YOU – the audience!

Saturday, August 30

Event begins at 3:00PM

Seating is limited and first come, first seated

This event takes place in the Borderlands Cafe, next door to the bookstore; authors’ books will be for sale in the store. Authors will sign at end of event.

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The Road to Europa

June 9th, 2014 · Comments Off

Wonderfest and SF in SF present

The Road to Europa

Europa Report

following with discussion with Dr. Chris McKay

Monday June 30
Dinner, a movie, and discussion
Event begins at 7PM – General seating

“Europa Report” is, scientifically and dramatically, one of the best science fiction films to come along in years. According to Popular Science, it “sets a new standard for realism in sci-fi.” The only way that Wonderfest and SF in SF can improve “Europa Report” is to follow it with the insights of legendary astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay. McKay will likely poke some intriguing holes in Europa Report. In doing so, he will vastly increase our understanding of interplanetary travel AND of hypothetical life in Europa’s temperate ocean –– in orbit around mighty Jupiter.

This event takes place at the SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 — 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 This outdoor space, with covered, heated area for the event, is smack in the middle of a food truck paradise! Come early, to get yourself dinner, and sit down to enjoy the movie and discussion afterwards! Lots of street parking, or plan your trip via BART and MUNI here.

This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here so that a seat (or seats!) get saved for you!

Questions – email Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com, or Tucker Hiatt at thiatt@stanford.edu.

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Nebula Weekend: Samuel R. Delany & Daryl Gregory

April 26th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Thursday, May 15

Samuel R. Delany and Daryl Gregory

Doors open at 6PM
Event begins at 7PM

Free admission to registered attendees of the SFWA Nebula Award Weekend.

General public: $10 at the door (cash only; proceeds benefit the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund).

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by Terry Bisson.

Booksigning follows. Books for sale at event courtesy of Borderlands Books.

You are welcome to bring books from home for signing; 3 books at a time through the line, then back in line. Signing will end at the authors’ discretion.

PLEASE NOTE: This SF in SF is the opening event for the SFWA 49th Annual Nebula Award Weekend. It will be held in the Blossom Hill Suite at the San Jose Marriott, at 301 S. Market St.,San Jose, CA 95113 / 1-801-832-4532 for directions, parking, and public transportation options (right by a Cal Train station)

For more information, contact Rina at sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

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April Reading: Daniel Suarez & Andy Weir

April 9th, 2014 · Comments Off

Join SF in SF on Saturday, April 12

Doors open at 6 PM – Event begins at 7 PM

Suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door benefits the unique community space that is The Emerald Tablet.

Authors: Daniel SuarezInflux; Andy WeirThe Martian

Each author will read a selection, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by Terry Bisson.

Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Borderlands Books

Refreshments at event — donation basis.

The event will be podcasted by Sword & Laser.

It’s Debut Novel Drink Night! We’ll be serving Red Planets!

Daniel SuarezInflux — What if human civilization is more advanced than you know? In his latest SF thriller, New York Times-bestselling author, Daniel Suarez, depicts a world where the future has already happened… Imagine that scientists and researchers have already achieved major tech breakthroughs that could transform billions of lives­ but it’s in a world where the open exchange of ideas is viewed as dangerous and major tech advances are carefully managed. All to prevent the social disruption that radically new technologies bring…

Andy WeirThe Martian — Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there… After a dust storm nearly kills him, and his crew evacuates thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive­ and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive…but Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.


Events take place at:

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, in North Beach, just off Grant & Columbus- directions here
San Francisco, CA 94133
(there is also a cat in residence, Zeno)

While the location is a nice walk down Kearny or Market, to Columbus, there are also several garages in the area — find yours here. Easily accessible by BART and MUNI — plan your trip here

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SFWA Is Coming

April 4th, 2014 · Comments Off

Get your memberships now – the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization is holding their Annual Nebula Award Weekend convention here in the Bay Area! Open to the public – you need not be a member to attend! It will be held from May 15 -18, at the San Jose Marriott. Join your favourite writers, publishers, editors, for three days of panels, events, tours and the SFWA Nebula Award Banquet.

Author Samuel Delany will become SFWA’s newest Grand Master, and science fiction author Frank Robinson will be a Special Guest. Noted author and WisCon Auctioneer Ellen Klages is the Toastmaster.

We are delighted to announce as well that an SF in SF Author Event opens the weekend, with two wonderful guests on Thursday, May 15th. Admission for non-Nebula Weekend attendees is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund.

Registration is currently $80.00 for SFWA Members and $90.00 for non-SFWA Members. Banquet tickets are $85, and may be purchased at the same time as your membership.

Delany has influenced science-fiction and fantasy, and literature in general, in different ways­as fiction writer, critic, theorist, memoirist, editor, teacher. How has Delany influenced your own work or views on writing and literature? For readers who haven’t read much by Delany, is there such a thing as a Delany “gateway” story, novel or essay? Read the full roundtable here, via Locus Magazine

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We’re Back, with a PIG

March 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

PIG – they erased his past, but will he survive his future? The final mystery is oneself…

With Producer Mark Stolaroff in Q&A after the film with the audience!

Saturday, March 15

Doors open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 7:00PM
Refreshments, for donations, at event
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits The Emerald Tablet, and community events in San Francisco

“Looking for the next Memento, Seconds, or Primer? The next twisty brain teaser flick to get excited for is PIG.” i09.COM

“A brilliant sci-fi thriller! The most provocative film I saw at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.” Robin E Simmons, DESERT STAR WEEKLY

“A great indie flick. Part drama, science fiction, and thriller all tightly wrapped into one captivating mystery. Pig is an impeccably crafted indie gem that genre fans need to see. Highly recommended.” Craig Hamann, CULTCUTS MAGAZINE

“One of the most effective elements of this science-fiction thriller is its ability at keeping the audience guessing till the end. Rudolf Martin is captivating as a man searching for answers. His subtle performance recalls Guy Pearce in Memento. Thought provoking ideas…linger long after the final reveal takes place.” Michael Haffner, DESTROY THE BRAIN

“Mesmerizing sci-fi film…smartly written, directed and produced. In the genre of a very good Rod Serling or Nolan’s Memento, this indie film keeps you guessing to the very end.” John Compisi, SONOMA EXAMINER

“A riveting adventure of confusion and identity. Barrial has crafted a first-rate mystery-thriller with sci-fi elements [providing] twists-a-plenty, and Martin delivers an excellent, layered performance in the always challenging who-am-I role.” Clint O’Connor, CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Join us for a premiere screening of PIG, one of the most acclaimed sci-fi films of the past two years. An official selection at over 35 international film festivals, PIG won 10 awards, including 7 Best Feature awards.

We are especially delighted to welcome producer Mark Stolaroff, who will do a Question & Answer with the audience after the film.

Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of high quality digital features. Stolaroff was formerly a principal of Next Wave Films (a company of The Independent Film Channel), which provided finishing funds to exceptional low-budget films, including the first features of directors Christopher Nolan and Joe Carnahan.

Stolaroff is considered an expert in micro-budget filmmaking. He is the founder of No Budget Film School, a unique series of classes specifically designed for the no-budget filmmaker, and his website is regarded as one of the leading filmmaking resources devoted exclusively to the art and science of no-budget filmmaking. Stolaroff has lectured on low budget and digital filmmaking throughout the world and at many of the major film festivals. He has written for Scientific American, Filmmaker, Sight & Sound, Film Festival Reporter, Film Arts Magazine, and contributed to the recent books Be The Media and The Reel Truth.

For more information, email us at sfinsfevents@gmail.com


Events take place at:

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, in North Beach, just off Grant & Columbus- directions here
San Francisco, CA 94133
(there is also a cat in residence, Zeno)

While the location is a nice walk down Kearny or Market, to Columbus, there are also several garages in the area — find yours here. Easily accessible by BART and MUNI — plan your trip here

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SF in SF is Moving!

March 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

We’re delighted to announce that we are partnering with The Emerald Tablet, located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach. We will be presenting an author event and film event each month.

The Emerald Tablet is a creativity salon: a community gathering place to enjoy, study and produce art and culture. Their aim is to bridge the traditional gap between diverse activities and art forms, by presenting performances, exhibits, presentations and workshops ranging across a wide swath of creative fields. They strive to serve the arts community by actively nurturing and collaborating with creative practitioners seeking a venue for their artistic development and expression.

Educational activities open a door to creative learning for adults and children ranging across the arts, crafts, DIY and sciences. Emerald Tablet holds a safe space for radically fun exploration for complete beginners, as well as more advanced classes for those with prior experience. Classes are currently being formed and scheduled! Please see the website for the latest offerings and sign up for the mailing list to keep up to date with the latest news. For more information on Emerald Tablet, please call 415.500.2323.

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Greetings from SF in SF!

January 7th, 2014 · Comments Off

Hope that you all had a wonderful and happy holiday season!

As you may already know, SF in SF was on its usual hiatus for the month of December. For the first time, we’ll also be on hiatus for January and February of 2014 — the location SF in SF currently uses, the Variety Children’s Charity Preview Room Theatre, is booked to the hilt with Academy review screenings events until March, so we’ll take this opportunity to do some long-postponed housekeeping for the event series. It’s our first break since starting back in 2005, but we’re excited about what’s coming up.

You’ll see some choice events here — while they won’t be SF in SF events per se, I’m sure you’ll still enjoy hearing about them and attending. For instance, author Jeff VanderMeer comes to the Bay Area in February, and we’ll have all the details about where you can find him!

I’ll also be upgrading the SF in SF newsletter — this comes out once a month or so, and details all that’s happening around the greater Bay Area in the way of author and film events, anything going on that could be of interest to the SFFH community.

In addition, what I’m really excited about is that we’ll be moving this newsletter over to MailChimp! This will give people the option to subscribe, unsubscribe, see images, get better links, and more information, instead of just sending a Gmail email.

SF in SF Events is the only literary newsletter dedicated to all things wonderful in the way of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and genre literature and related — I encourage you to drop me a line at sfinsfevents@gmail.com to sign up for this, so you don’t miss anything!

SF in SF events expects to be back in March with authors and films — I’ll continue to post those here once the details are arranged.

You can always drop me a line with any questions at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

Happy New Year!

Rina Weisman and the SF in SF crew

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Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons

November 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The time has come….it’s our last Doctor Who event for 2013! And since you’ll all be craving a bit more of the Doctor after watching the 50th Anniversary Episode, continue the party with SF in SF!

Join us on Saturday, November 23rd for a Classic Doctor Who screening

Terror of the Zygons!

Doors open at 4PM — this will fill up quickly, and seating is first come, first seated. Seats cannot be saved for late arrivals, so bring your friends with you! You must check in at the door upon arrival. PLEASE NOTE: When theatre is full — it’s full.

Film starts at 5PM

A suggested $5-$10 donation per person at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity

Our trivia contest and raffle will be hosted by Charlie Jane Anders and Chris Hsiang — including some Doctor Who tidbits straight from the UK! We’ll be serving our classic Sonic Screwdriver at the bar, served by our very own Doctor, Cole Kelly!


(PG-90 mins.) Short synopsis: The leader of an alien race hiding under Loch Ness emerges, keen on a career in politics. With one of the best-realized monsters of the whole series…I don’t want to give away anything else! If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t — come and watch it!

Courtesy of BBC Home Entertainment

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

Don’t Drive — BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here.

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