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May Reading – Peter Straub & Michael Marshall Smith

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Join SF in SF and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation

Friday, May 1st

At the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor.
Doors open 5:30PM
Event begins promptly at 6:30PM

Tickets on sale now! Price $20 — proceeds benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, and the Book Club of California. (Entry $25 on the door.)

Refreshments for sale at the venue
Books by all authors will be available for sale, courtesy of Borderlands Books.

Each author will read a selection from their work, then join Terry Bisson in conversation and Q&A with the audience. Book signing follows; please feel free to bring your books from home for signatures. (3 books at a time, then back in line.)

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors and a poet. His horror fiction has has received numerous literary honors such the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, the Bram Stoker Award, among others. He edited the Library of America volume, H. P. Lovecraft: Tales (2005), and is known for his books Ghost Story, Julia, Koko, In the Night Room, Floating Dragon, and A Dark Matter, among others. Learn more at his website.

Michael Marshall Smith is a recent transplant to the United States, and the Bay Area. Originally from England, he is a novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer who also writes suspense as Michael Marshall. His first published story, “The Man Who Drew Cats”, won the British Fantasy Award in 1991 for Best Short Story. His first novel, Only Forward, won the August Derleth Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. He runs Ememess Press, focusing on producing his ebooks, and was recently the Co-Chairperson for the World Fantasy Convention held in Brighton, 2013. Learn more about this multitalented author at his website.

Terry Bisson has been the moderator of SF in SF since it began in 2004. He founded the KGB Bar readings in NYC, and has a wide selection of writings in science fiction, among them the enormously popular “They’re Made of Meat”, and “Numbers Don’t Lie”. His most recent book is Any Day Now, from Overlook Press. His amusing blog is at his website.

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April Movie – Birdman

April 8th, 2015 · Comments Off

Join SF in SF and the Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, April 29th, for


starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone.

Running time 119 mins. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture; Academy Award for Best Director; Academy Award for Best Cinematography; Golden Globes Best Actor, Michael Keaton; Golden Globes Best Screenplay; BAFTA Best Actor, Michael Keaton – and many more awards

Admission $10 — Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Balboa Cinema website, or at the door.

Wine/beer will also be available for purchase at the concession stand, with a free raffle for prizes!

Indeed, we had announced GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as our film for April…however, Marvel has put an embargo on their films until the new Avengers movie comes out! We hope to bring it to you for May…as well as a special movie event, so stay tuned!!!

For more info on the Balboa, please visit their website — they are a great community venue, and part of San Francisco’s landscape since 1926!

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Coming Soon – Peter Straub

April 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off

Peter Straub Ad

Link to booking information coming soon.

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Movie Night: Leonard Nimoy Tribute

March 17th, 2015 · Comments Off

Join SF in SF and the Balboa Theatre
Wednesday, March 25th
A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

7pm – PG | 113 min

9:30PM – PG | 105 min

$10 for one movie – or both!
Tickets may be purchased in advance here
or at the door
Wine/beer will also be available for purchase at the concession stand, with a raffle for all attending for prizes!

Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

Admiral Kirk and his crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the Genesis planet.
Join us for a send-off to one of the great roles of an actor’s life.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock was the consumate science fiction character. We loved him, respected him, and we invite you all to come say goodbye. A condolence book, to be sent to the family, will be available in the lobby for anyone to sign.
For more info on the Balboa, please visit their website at — they are a great community venue, and part of San Francisco’s landscape since 1926!

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Movie Night – Galaxy Quest

February 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wednesday, February 25th

SF in SF, and the historic Balboa Theatre present


Schmoozing in the lobby & raffle – 6pm – 7pm
Film begins – 7pm
$10 general admission at the door — or buy tickets here
Beer, wine, cider, for sale at concession stand

The Balboa Theatre
3630 Balboa Street, between 36th & 37th
SF, CA • (415) 572-1015,
Ample street parking, or plan your bus trip here

Lots of restaurants in the area — come for dinner before the show!

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New Movie Season

February 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off

Save the Date!

Wednesday, February 25th

SF in SF will be partnering with the historic Balboa Theatre for film night!

6-7PM – schmoozing in the lobby!
7PM – Film begins
Title to be announced next week

We’re VERY excited to begin this partnership — the luxury of seeing the films in a REAL theatre, and a historic one with great ties to the SF community at that! Wine/beer will also be available for purchase at the concession stand, and we’ll have a raffle for all attending for prizes!

For more info on the Balboa, please visit their website — they are a great community venue, and part of San Francisco’s landscape since 1926!

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January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson & Cecelia Holland

December 29th, 2014 · Comments Off

Thursday, January 22nd

Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, in conversation with Terry Bisson
Doors and refreshments: open at 5:30PM
Event: 6:30PM to 8:30PM

This event takes place at:

Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Nearby BART Stations: Powell, Montgomery
Nearby Muni lines: 2, 3, 10, 30, 45
Nearest Parking Garage: The Stockton Street Garage; parking $1 hr. after 6PM

Each author will read a selection from their work, intermission, Q&A with Terry Bisson, followed by booksigning. Books will be for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.

$8 at the door — Book Club of California Members, reserved seating; RSVP to
$10 at the door — General public, general seating
Cash or charge at the door
Refreshments at the bar

All admission costs, donations and tips benefit the Book Club of California.
The Book Club of California is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1912. It supports the art of fine printing related to the history and literature of California and the western states of America through research, publishing, public programs, and exhibitions.
Interested in becoming a member? Click here.

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October Reading – Garth Nix & Ysabeau Wilce

October 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

Join SF in SF for a very special event

Garth Nix — reading from his new book, Clariel — the long-awaited prequel, and a wonderful return to the Old Kingdom.

Ysabeau Wilce — reading from her new book, Prophecies, Libels, and Dreams: Stories.

appearing together to benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Saturday, October 25th
6:00PM – doors open
7:00PM – event begins

$20; general admission
$10; under 15 / will be seated up front!

cash, check or charge at the door

All admission fees are a tax-deductible donation to the LSFF!!

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation, founded by Charles N. Brown, holds the Locus Collection, a large, historical library of speculative fiction materials, including photographs, recordings, books, artwork, and ephemera. It publishes Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, and its website Locus Online, and has administered the Annual Locus Awards since 1971.

Each author will read a selection from their new work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Refreshments for sale at event. Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books; please feel free to bring books from home for signing!

This event takes place at:

The Women’s Building
Audre Lourde Room, 2nd Floor
3543 18th Street, one block up from Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110

DON’T DRIVE! The venue is 2 blocks from the 16th Street BART, and several bus lines serve the venue within a block. Parking garage located at 3255 21st Street, off Valencia.

All proceeds benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation
(your admission cost is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law).

GARTH NIX — born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, he’s been a full-time writer since 2001. Garth’s books include the award-winning young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; the dystopian novel Shade’s Children; the space opera A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and the Troubletwisters series and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties (co-written with Sean Williams). Garth’s next book, Clariel, is a prequel to the Old Kingdom trilogy, to be released in October 2014. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

YSABEAU WILCE — an award-winning American author of YA fantasy novels, featuring the rebellious young heroine Flora Fyrdraaca and her adventures in the fictional land of Califa. She has a graduate degree in military history and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog (2007); the 2008 Andre Norton Award-winning Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room); and Flora’s Fury: How a Girl of Spirit and a Red Dog Confound Their Friends, Astound Their Enemies, and Learn the Importance of Packing Light (2012). Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Steampunk!, and other notable publications.

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Lit Crawl: Science Fiction in the 21st Century

October 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

Join SF in SF and Tachyon Publications at Lit Crawl!

Saturday, October 18th
Phase I – 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Featuring Tad Williams, Michael Blumlein, Ellen Klages, Tim Pratt and Jacob A. Weisman (Editor and Publisher, Tachyon Publications).

Presented by Tachyon Publications, San Francisco’s foremost science fiction publisher.

This event takes place at TIME FRAME, 418 Valencia St. (between 15th and 16th), San Francisco, CA, 94103. We highly recommend taking BART or MUNI to 16th Street. Plan your trip here.

Make time for Phase II and Phase III at Borderlands Books afterwards!
Phase I – 7:15-8:15PM – Mysterious Ways
Phase II – 8:30-9:30PM – New Worlds

The 10th annual Lit Crawl spans more than 3 hours in the Mission District’s Valencia Street corridor, featuring an astonishing 101 literary readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator store, and a police station. Get the full schedule here!


Saturday, October 25th – time and location TBA

SF in SF presents noted author, Garth Nix – with his eagerly awaited new title, Clariel, in the Sabriel series! Joined by local award-winner author, Ysabeau Wilce, and our moderator, author Terry Bisson. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Borderlands Books

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SF in SF at Convolution

September 13th, 2014 · Comments Off

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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