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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.

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Events take place at:

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, in North Beach, just off Grant & Columbus- directions here
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.500.2323
(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

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Events take place at:

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, in North Beach, just off Grant & Columbus- directions here
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.500.2323
(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!

TERROR OF THE ZYGONS – STARRING TOM BAKER

(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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November Reading Postponed

November 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

Our planned November 16th event featuring Kim Stanley Robinson & Cecelia Holland has had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict at the Variety theatre. We’ll let you know as soon as we have an alternative date.

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On Vacation

October 24th, 2013 · Comments Off

SF in SF will be on vacation for the next couple of weeks. We will be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, UK — where I hope to line up a few great author guests for our 2014 and beyond events!

Our next event is scheduled for mid-November, with Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, and then our last event for 2013 will be our Classic Doctor Who screening on Saturday, November 23rd. (We are trying to see if we can work out the logistics to bring you the episode also screening that day on the BBC TV channel, so stay tuned for updates!)

In the meantime, I will be sending out an SF in SF newsletter, full of events happening in November and December in the SF Bay Area. That is available by subscription – just drop me an email at sfinsfevents@gmail.com to be placed on that monthly mailing list.

Best,
Rina Weisman
Coordinator, SF in SF

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Litquake Superheroes

October 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

Yes, it is that time of year again. The Bay Area will be shaken up by Litquake, and we have an absolutely heroic event for you.

Caped Crusader Victories…
Origins Revealed, Secrets Uncovered!

Friday, October 18

A book launch for Super Stories Of Heroes & Villains

Doors and cash bar opens at 6:00PM
Event begins at 7:00PM
Suggested $5-$10 per person donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

With editor Claude Lalumière, authors Tim Pratt and Camille Alexa, and moderator, author Terry Bisson

George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards rampage through unrecorded history! Mike Mignola’s Hellboy battles the fiendish Nuckelavee! Can Camille Alexa’s Pinktastic prevent the end of the world? Will Jonathan Lethem’s Dystopianist cause the end of the world?

In these pages, you’ll find the exploits, machinations, and epic mêlées of these super-powered aliens, undead crusaders, costumed crime fighters, unholy cabals, Amazon warriors, demon hunters, cyberpunk luchadores, nefarious megalomaniacs, daredevil sidekicks, atavistic avatars, adventuring aviators, gun-slinging outlaws, love-struck adversaries, and supernatural detectives. In these 28 astounding Super Stories, join larger-than-life heroes and villains in the never-ending battle of good versus evil!

Tonight we’ll be celebrating the book launch of Tachyon Publications newest anthology! It’s a party, with Super Stories Of Heroes & Villains, edited by Claude Lalumière. Each author will be reading a selection from their new work, followed by Q&A with the authors, the editor, and the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.

Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

We’ll be serving a signature cocktail – the Imperius Rex! – just for this evening!

Claude Lalumière is the author of the story collection, Objects of Worship, and the mosaic novella, The Door to Lost Pages. He is the editor or co-editor of twelve anthologies, including the Aurora Award finalist, Tesseracts Twelve: New Novellas of Canadian Fantastic Fiction. Claude has published hundreds of articles and reviews, and in the 1990s Claude owned and managed two Montreal bookshops, danger! and Nebula. With Rupert Bottenberg, he’s the co-creator of Lost Myths.

Tim Pratt is currently a senior editor at Locus Magazine. Pratt’s work has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons, among other markets. His story “Little Gods” (online) (2002) was a Nebula Award Nominee for Best Short Story. His “Impossible Dreams” (Asimov’s July 2006) won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, and collection Hart & Boot & Other Stories was a 2008 World Fantasy Award Nominee. He lives in Oakland with his wife, writer Heather Shaw.

Camille Alexa is a dual Canadian and American writer who graduated from the University of Toronto, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest down the street from a volcano. She sometimes reviews music, fiction, puppets, and the occasional chocolate bar for The Green Man Review and its sister site, Sleeping Hedgehog. Her book, Push of the Sky, earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Endeavour Award. She prefers her humor dark and her horror funny, and can be found on Twitter @camillealexa.

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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September Reading: Nick Mamatas & Greg Bossert

September 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

Saturday September 14

Doors and cash bar opens at 6:30PM
Event begins at 7:30PM
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California

Each author will be reading a selection from their new work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

Nick Mamatas has made a name for himself with biting, incisive, and extraordinary works of fiction, such as Move Underground, Bullettime, and Sensation, in addition to a writing guide, Starve Better; Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life. Currently an editor for the Haikasoru line of translated Japanese science fiction novels for Viz Media, his fiction has been nominated for several awards, including several Bram Stoker Awards, while he has also been recognized for his editorial work with a Bram Stoker Award, as well as World Fantasy Award and Hugo Award nominations.

Greg Bossert is new to SF in SF authors, with the current distinction of having his short story, “The Telling,” published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies #109 (Nov. 2012), nominated for this year’s World Fantasy Award in the category of short story. A graduate of the 2010 Clarion Writers Workshop, Bossert works as a researcher and designer for motion pictures; his credits include Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. He currently works in the story department at Lucasfilm Animation.

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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