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July Reading – Curtis Chen & Megan O’Keefe

July 6th, 2017 · Comments Off on July Reading – Curtis Chen & Megan O’Keefe

Sunday, July 9, 2017

CURTIS CHEN & MEGAN O’KEEFE

We also welcome guest moderator, Cliff Winnig. Terry Bisson is taking a well-deserved vacation, but will be back in August with Daryl Gregory and Lisa Mason.

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 Cliff Winnig.

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

Curtis Chen was once a Silicon Valley software engineer, but now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel, Waypoint Kangaroo, (Thomas Dunne Books) is a science fiction thriller about a super-powered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. But he’s not your average spy….what sets Kangaroo apart is the pocket: a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and he’s the only person in the world who can use it. While on a mandatory vacation of a cruise to Mars, two passengers are found dead. Kangaroo risks blowing his cover to investigate, but it turns out he’s not the only spy on the ship—and he’s just starting to realize that there is a massive conspiracy to unravel. Weren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing?

The story continues in his new novel, the sequel, Kangaroo Too, which lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.

Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis C. Chen’s Kangaroo Too is bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in this unique outer space adventure. Come hear him read from one of the most entertaining novels of 2017!

(And a shout-out to his publisher, Thomas Dunne — way to go with putting INDIEBOUND.ORG up as an option for purchase!)

MEGAN O’KEEFE was raised among journalists, and as soon as she was able to, she joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area and makes soap for a living. It’s only a little like Fight Club. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition.

O’Keefe’s trilogy — The Scorched Continent — began with her debut novel, Steal the Sky, in early 2016. The second book, Break the Chains, and the third book (which we celebrate at this event!) is Inherit the Flame (all from Angry Robot Books). In the first book, Detan Honding is a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue; with his friend Tibs, he may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite. To make a quick escape, they set their sights on the airship of the exiled commodore Thratia. But plans go awry…did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful — there’s a reason most people think he’s dead.

Book two sees Detan undertake a more dangerous task…rescuing Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault. Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.

Book three….come to SF in SF and hear Megan bring you up to speed on what her characters are up to in Book 3!

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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June Movie – Despicable Me 3

June 27th, 2017 · Comments Off on June Movie – Despicable Me 3

SF in SF PRESENTS A SNEAK PREVIEW
DESPICABLE ME 3
THURSDAY, JUNE 29 – 7PM

Complete with our raffle for all attendees AFTER the film – get your raffle tix when you enter

TICKETS
• $8.50 each / limit of 10 per sale

• Pay via either PayPal or Vendmo to sfinsfevents@gmail.com – sales end at noon Thursday.

• NOTE: if you buy more than one ticket, please make sure your group is together when you enter the theatre.*

• Tickets will be held under the buyer’s name. From 6:15PM til the show starts, check in with SF in SF for in the lobby for entry. Do not go to the Box Office to get your tix.

• The film is general seating -a place for you is guaranteed with purchase of your ticket, but get there early to get a good seat!

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LOCATION
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa, between 37th & 38th Avenues. Street parking is free: for MUNI, visit 511.org to plan your trip.

NO outside food is allowed in the theatre – but hey!!! The Balboa has a GREAT concession stand at the Balboa, and serves BEER!

Any questions, at any time, email sfinsfevents@gmail.com / Phone/text day/night of event is 415-572-1015

See you at the movies!

*Due to the special arrangements made with the Balboa Theatre for this screening, we cannot offer a refund for unused tickets

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Podcast: Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney and “Fata Morgana”

June 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Podcast: Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney and “Fata Morgana”

Here is the podcast for our June event featuring Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney and “Fata Morgana”. As always our thanks to the lovely people at SOMA FM for providing the technical expertise and podcast hosting.

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Podcast: Pat Murphy & Madeleine Robins

June 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Podcast: Pat Murphy & Madeleine Robins

Here’s the podcast from our April event, courtesy of the fabulous folks at Soma FM.

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Schedule Updates

June 21st, 2017 · Comments Off on Schedule Updates

We have firmed up on the schedule for the rest of the year. Here’s what we have coming:

  • Sun Jul 9: Curtis Chen, Megan O’Keefe
  • Aug: No meeting due to Worldcon & Dragon*Con
  • Sun Sep 10: Daryl Gregory, Lisa Mason
  • Sun Oct 29: Halloween! Women in Horror with Loren Rhoads, Erika Mailman, and Dana Fredsti
  • Sun Nov 19: Annalee Newitz, Trina Robbins
  • Sun Dec 10: Ken Scholes, Claude Lalumiere

Also we have decided not to open the doors until 6:00pm. We’ll still start at 6:30, but it seems that y’all prefer to be out enjoying San Francisco’s fine restaurants rather than arrive very early, so we’ll do that too.

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Podcast: Effie Seiberg

June 20th, 2017 · Comments Off on Podcast: Effie Seiberg

Here is the podcast for Effie Seiberg’s reading from March, courtesy of our fine friends at Soma FM.

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June Reading – Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney

June 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on June Reading – Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Doors and bar open at 5:30PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$​10 at the door — all proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.

Join us on Sunday, June 11, for a lively evening of reading and discussion with Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney, moderated by Bay Area author and editor Terry Bisson.

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

Borderlands Books will be on hand selling books, and our event will be podcasted by SOMA FM

The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, off of 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom

Steven R. Boyett‘s novels include the fantasy classic Ariel, The Architect of Sleep, Elegy Beach, and Mortality Bridge. He has been a professional martial arts instructor, paper marbler, advertising copywriter, proofreader, writing teacher, website designer & editor, chapbook publisher, and DJ who has played in major cities and Burning Man. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. His latest book, Fata Morgana, was written with Ken Mitchroney.

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Ken Mitchroney’s film and television credits include director, head of story, director of photography, and storyboard artist on Storks, The Lego Movie, The Ant Bully, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., The Annoying Orange Show, Mighty Magiswords, and more. His comic illustration includes Ren & Stimpy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Myth Conceptions, and creating the influential Space Ark. He is an official artist for the Ed “Big Daddy” Roth estate, and official illustrator for the Oakland Athletics and at one time the Baltimore Orioles. Mitchroney has been a professional race-car driver and pinstriper, and restores and runs vintage locomotives. He is currently involved with the restoration of the Ward Kimball collection at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, California. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles.

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Wonder Woman Sneak Preview

May 27th, 2017 · Comments Off on Wonder Woman Sneak Preview

SF in SF PRESENTS A SNEAK PREVIEW
WONDER WOMAN
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 – 7PM

Complete with a COOL Wonder Woman prize raffle for all attendees before the film — don’t forget to get your raffle tickets when you enter the theatre!

TICKETS
$8.50 each / limit of 10 per sale

Pay via either PayPal or Vendmo to sfinsfevents@gmail.com — sales end on Wed., May 31st.

NOTE: if you buy more than one ticket, please make sure your group is together when you enter the theatre.*

Tickets will be held under the buyer’s name. From 6PM til the show starts, check in with SF in SF in the lobby for entry. Do not go to the Box Office to get your tix.

The film is general seating — a place for you is guaranteed with purchase of your ticket, but get there early to get a good seat!

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LOCATION

The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa, between 37th & 38th Avenues. Street parking is free: for MUNI, visit 511.org to plan your trip.

NO outside food is allowed in the theatre — but hey!!! the Balboa has a GREAT concession stand at the Balboa, and serves BEER!

Any questions, at any time, email sfinsfevents@gmail.com / Phone/text day/night of event is 415-572-1015.

See you at the movies!

*Due to the special arrangements made with the Balboa Theatre for this screening, we cannot offer a refund for unused tickets.

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May Reading – Ellen Klages, David D. Levine & Robyn Bennis!

May 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on May Reading – Ellen Klages, David D. Levine & Robyn Bennis!

Sunday, May 7th

** It’s Debut Novel Drink Night!**

Help us raise funds for the American Bookbinders Museum by sampling a cocktail concocted just for this event!

Doors and bar open at 5:30PM
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

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.

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Ellen Klages is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award, and the New Mexico Book Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story, “Basement Magic,” won a Nebula Award and “Wakulla Springs,” co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. She is a graduate of Second City’s Improv program, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, leading to many odd jobs that began with the letter P (proofreader, photographer, painter, pinball arcade manager). Her novella, “Passing Strange” came out in January, 2017 from tor.com and a new collection of short fiction, Wicked Wonders, has just been published by Tachyon. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

Her brand-new new collection, Wicked Wonders, also from Tachyon, will be available for sale at this event.

In addition to her writing, she serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and was somewhat notorious as the past auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions at Wiscon. When she’s not writing fiction, she sells old toys and magazines on eBay, and collects lead civilians.

David D. Levine: Levine’s debut novel, a Regency interplanetary airship adventure novel titled Arabella of Mars, will be available at this event. His “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, his story “Nucleon” won the James White Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, Sturgeon, and Locus. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Tor.com, numerous anthologies and websites, and multiple Year’s Best anthologies, as well as his collection Space Magic from Wheatland Press, which won the Endeavour Award for the best SF or Fantasy book by a Pacific Northwest writer. A contributor to George R. R. Martin’s bestselling shared-world series Wild Cards, Levine is also a member of Book View Cafe, a writer-owned publishing cooperative, and Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., a nonprofit organization which produces OryCon. He has narrated podcasts for Escape Pod, PodCastle, and StarShipSofa and the audiobook of Space Magic, and his video production “Dr. Talon’s Letter to the Editor” was a finalist for the Parsec Award. In 2010 he spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station, a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert.

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Robyn Bennis: Bennis is a scientist living in Mountain View, California, where she works in biotech but dreams of airships. She has done research and development involving human gene expression, neural connectomics, cancer diagnostics, rapid flu testing, gene synthesis, genome sequencing, being so preoccupied with whether she could that she never stopped to think if she should, and systems integration. Her apartment is within sight of Hangar One at Moffett Airfield, which was once the West Coast home to one of America’s largest airships, the USS Macon. Her debut novel, The Guns Above, will be available at this event.

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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Guardians Sneak Preview

May 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on Guardians Sneak Preview

Thursday May 4th

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Tickets available NOW for a private sneak preview! Thurs., May 7th – 7PM Tickets $8.50, via PayPal to sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., SF, CA

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