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Black Panther Preview

February 9th, 2018 · No Comments

Join SF in SF for a sneak preview of the year’s hottest film!

Thursday, Feb. 15 – 7PM

Tickets $9 each – available via PayPal or Venmo to sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Ticket sales close on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 3PM

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February Reading – Trina Robbins & Nancy Jane Moore

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Trina Robbins & Nancy Jane Moore with moderator, Terry Bisson

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum

TRINA ROBBINS is an American cartoonist. She was an early and influential participant in the underground comix movement, and one of the first few female artists in that movement. Both as a cartoonist and historian, Robbins has long been involved in creating outlets for and promoting female comics artists. In the 1980s, Robbins became the first woman to draw Wonder Woman comics. She is a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, and was recently honored by Prada with couture based on her drawings.

NANCY JANE MOORE jumps around within the speculative fiction genre. Her work ranges from straightforward science fiction to fantasy to slipstream and varies in length as well as subject. She has published five books with Book View Cafe and has also published with PS Publishing and Aqueduct Press, which is releasing her science fiction novel, The Weave. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and in magazines ranging from the National Law Journal to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She holds a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido. A native Texan, she now lives in Oakland, California after spending many years in Washington, D.C.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles for signing.

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Jane Anders, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others. We hope you will join us!

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Forthcoming Events

January 30th, 2018 · Comments Off on Forthcoming Events

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Join Trina Robbins and Nancy Jane Moore
Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 admission
$8 for students with a valid college or high school ID card.
All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum

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

This event takes place at the American Bookbinders Museum, 366 Clementina at 5th St., between Folsom and Howard. NOTE: no access to Clementina from 4th St. due to construction
For more information, email Rina at sfinsfevents@gmail.com


Sunday March 25, 2018
Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, and Silvia Moreno Garcia

and more to come!


Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
7PM
The Balboa Theatre
SNEAK PREVIEW — BLACK PANTHER!
Tickets $9 – pay via PayPal to sfinsfevents@gmail.com, choose “friends/family” option to avoid service fees
We’ll be out in force to see the film, so much fun to see it in a group!
We’ll have our fabulous raffle for prizes after the film – please join us!!


Thursday, March 15
The Balboa Theatre
SNEAK PREVIEW – A WRINKLE IN TIME!!
Time and details to be announced

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January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson & Cecelia Holland

January 22nd, 2018 · Comments Off on January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson & Cecelia Holland

Sunday, January 28, 2018

KIM STANLEY ROBINSON
CECELIA HOLLAND

with moderator, Terry Bisson

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum
Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles from home for signing. Podcast courtesy of SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American writer of science fiction. He has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars trilogy. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award. Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.”

Cecilia Holland is an American historical fiction author, also well-known for her science fiction novel, Floating Worlds. Her first novel, The Firedrake, was published in 1966, and Holland has been a full-time professional writer ever since. Her character-driven plots, scrupulously researched, are often developed from the viewpoint of a male protagonist. With plenty of action (her battle scenes are noteworthy for their bottom-up viewpoint and understated verisimilitude), her work focuses primarily on the life of the mind—whatever that might mean in a particular culture—and especially on politics, in the broadest sense, whatever politics might be in a monarchical, feudal or tribal society. Holland lives in rural Humboldt County, CA. For ten years, Holland taught creative writing classes at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA. She was visiting professor of English at Connecticut College in 1979. Holland was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981–1982.

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street — just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Jane Anders, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others.
We hope you will join us!

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New Year, New Season

January 11th, 2018 · Comments Off on New Year, New Season

The 2018 season of SF in SF will be getting underway at the end of January. We are delighted to welcome back regular guests, Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland. As usual the event will be hosted by Terry Bisson; books will be on sale thanks to Borderlands Books; and SOMA FM will be on hand to record and podcast the event.

366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom
Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash or Square. All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash bar on a donation basis benefits the ABM.

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December Reading – Ken Scholes & Ben Loory

December 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on December Reading – Ken Scholes & Ben Loory

Sunday, December 10, 2017

KEN SCHOLES, with Hymn — the final book in the Psalms of Isaak series

BEN LOORY, with Tales Of Falling And Flying — his new story collection

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
HOLIDAY PARTY! COOKIE-FEST!!
WE’LL BE SERVING UP DESSERT BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT

Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash or Square. All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash bar on a donation basis benefits the ABM.

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

Books for sale at event, courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home.

Our podcasters — SOMA FM — San Francisco’s premier internet station, with over 30 unique channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting to the world

Come join the live audience!


KEN SCHOLES is appearing with his new book, Hymn — the last book in the Psalms of Isaak series, published by Tor Books. He is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories, and has appeared in print for over sixteen years. Along with The Psalms of Isaak, his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press. Ken is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award, France’s Prix Imaginales, the Endeavour Award and a scattering of others. His work is published internationally in eight languages. Ken is also a public advocate for people living with C-PTSD and speaks openly about his experiences with it. Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst. He has a degree in History from Western Washington University. Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and and lives in Saint Helens, Oregon, with his twin daughters.

BEN LOORY is appearing with his new collection, is the author of the collections Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and Tales of Falling and Flying, as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, and performed live at WordTheatre in Los Angeles and London. They have also been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, and Indonesian. Loory is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.


Since 2004, SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Michael Boatman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cecelia Holland, Lev Grossman, Gene Wolfe, Connie Willis, Brian & Wendy Froud, Cecil Castelluci, Andy Weir, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Peter S. Beagle, Charlie Jane Anders, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson, among others. We hope you will join us!

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street — just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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November Reading – Annalee Newitz & Robin Sloan

November 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on November Reading – Annalee Newitz & Robin Sloan

Sunday, November 19, 2017

ANNALEE NEWITZ with her debut novel, AUTONOMOUS

ROBIN SLOAN with his new book, SOURDOUGH

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum. Mo one turned away for lack of funds / cash or Square.

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash bar on a donation basis benefits the ABM.

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

Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home.

Our podcasters — SOMA FM — San Francisco’s premier internet station, with over 30 unique channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting to the world,

Come join the live audience!


Since 2004, SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Gene Wolfe, Connie Willis, Brian & Wendy Froud, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Peter S. Beagle, Charlie Jane Anders, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson, among others. We hope you will join us!

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street –- just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina.

NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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Women in Horror Reading

October 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Women in Horror Reading


Sunday October 29th

Erika Mailman, Loren Rhoads, Dana Fredsti

It’s a party!

Join us early for cupcakes*, candy, snacks and drinks!

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum
no one turned away for lack of funds / cash or Square
All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum
Cash bar on a donation basis benefits the ABM

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

Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home.

ERIKA MAILMAN is an American author and journalist. Born in Vermont, she is the descendant of a woman who twice stood trial for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials in 1692. Mailman attended both Colby College and the University of Arizona, Tucson, later writing a column for the Montclarion edition of the Contra Costa Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has taught at Chabot College, in Hayward. Her debut novel The Witch’s Trinity, is set in a medieval German town in 1487 and examines the struggle between Christianity and pagan tradition through the story of a Christian woman on trial for witchcraft. Her current novel, The Murderer’s Maid, focuses on the Lizzie Borden legend from a unique perspective.

LOREN RHOADS is a Bay Area writer, editor, and cemetery travel expert. For 10 years she was the editor of the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. A collection of some of her favorite essays drawn from the magazine, Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual, was published by Scribner in 2009. The space opera trilogy, In the Wake of the Templars, was published by Night Shade Books in 2015. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best New Horror #27, The Haunted Mansion Project, Year One, and in Cemetery Dance Magazine, among others. Her latest book, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, is a beautiful travel guide to the world’s most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents.

DANA FREDSTI is an author, theatrical sword-fighting actress, and producer, director, and screenplay writer for both stage and film, whose credits include the cult classics Army of Darkness and Dawn of the Dead, and a mystery-oriented theatrical troupe based in San Diego. These experiences were fodder for her mystery novel, Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. She has written numerous published articles, essays, and shorts, including stories in Cat Fantastic IV, Zombie, and Hungry for Your Love. Her essays can be seen in Morbid Curiosity magazine, and the anthology Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. She also has written spicy genre romance under her nom de plume, Inara LaVey. Her extracurricular activities include volunteering at EFBC/FCC (Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center), and interests include zombies, surfing, collecting beach glass, and wine tasting.

*there will be some gluten-free offerings, as well!

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For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Gene Wolfe, Connie Willis, Brian & Wendy Froud, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Peter S. Beagle, Charlie Jane Anders, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson, among others. We hope you will join us!

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina.

NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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Blade Runner 2049 Preview

September 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Blade Runner 2049 Preview

Join SF in SF, courtesy of the Balboa Theatre, for a sneak preview of Blade Runner 2049!

Thursday, Oct. 5th

Program begins at 7PM PROMPTLY – film begins at 7:30PM

We are extremely pleased to present the premier expert on all things Blade Runner — author Paul M. Sammon — with a discussion and talk on all things BR 1982 and 2049.

In addition, Borderlands Books will be on hand with copies of Sammon’s book, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, as well as various Philip K. Dick titles. A great chance to ask questions and find out behind-the-scenes details!!

Mr. Sammon will speak before the film, beginning at 7PM promptly. Booksigning and schmoozing follows the film in the lobby.

Tickets must be purchased in advance: $8.50 each, with a maximum of 6. Please pay via PayPal (choosing Friends & Family option, please) or Venmo, to sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Everyone who has paid for tickets will receive an email a couple days before the event with meetup details to get your tickets at the door.

If event sells out we will post that news here. If you cannot use either payment method, please text 415-572-1015 to make other arrangements.

See you at the movies!!

**Please note; due to the courtesy extended by the Balboa for this special event, we are unable to offer a refunds for no shows. However, your payment will become a credit towards our next special event film at the Balboa.

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September Reading – Daryl Gregory, Becca Gomez Farrell

September 3rd, 2017 · Comments Off on September Reading – Daryl Gregory, Becca Gomez Farrell

SUNDAY, SEPT. 10

DARYL GREGORY and REBECCA GOMEZ FARRELL

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM

Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum

No one turned away for lack of funds / we accept cash, Venmo, and Square.

All proceeds, including a cash bar on a donation basis, benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.

Each author will read a selection of their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books will be for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home to be signed.

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

DARYL GREGORY is a science fiction, fantasy and comic book author. A Clarion Writing Workshop alum, he was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1987 from Illinois State University with majors in English and theater. After graduation, he taught high school in Michigan for three years, lived in Salt Lake City for several years, then moved with his family to State College, Pennsylvania, where Gregory was employed by Minitab. Gregory moved in 2016 to Oakland, California, where he lives with his partner Liza Groen Trombi, who is the Locus Magazine Publisher and Editor in Chief.

Gregory’s first sale was “In the Wheels” to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1990. His first novel, Pandemonium (Del Rey Books, 2008) won the 2009 Crawford Award for best first fantasy book, and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Awards and the Shirley Jackson Award. His second novel, The Devil’s Alphabet (Del Rey Books, 2009) was named one of 2009’s best books by Publishers Weekly, and was also nominated for the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award. His third novel, Raising Stony Mayhall (Del Rey, 2011), was named one of the best science fiction books of the year by Library Journal, and his story collection Unpossible and Other Stories (Fairwood Press, 2011), was also named one of 2011’s best SF books by Publishers Weekly. Afterparty (Tor, Titan, 2014) followed, along with the novella “We Are All Completely Fine”, published by Tachyon Publications in 2014; this was a Nebula Award finalist, and won the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, as well as the Shirley Jackson Award.

Gregory’s new book, the literary speculative novel Spoonbenders was published by Knopf in June, and is being developed for television by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

REBECCA GOMEZ FARRELL writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. An associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Becca’s shorter works have been published by Future Fire, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and Pulp Literature among other outlets. She is thrilled to have had Meerkat Press publish her debut fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, in August 2017.

Her food and drink blog, theGourmez.com, has garnered multiple accolades and influences every tasty bite of her fictional worldbuilding. In the past, she has also contributed her photography skills and commentary to her love of General Hospital, which has been in her blood since the womb. She credits soap operas for heightening her fiction’s romantic elements and appreciating the layers generational history can add to her work. Becca lives in Oakland, CA, with her tech wizard husband and two trickster cats. If this writing gig doesn’t work out, becoming a tour guide is next. Learn more at RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.

For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Brian & Wendy Froud, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson. We hope you will join us!

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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