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SF in SF SPECIAL EVENT July 24th! Paolo Bacigalupi & Tim Pratt at The Lost Church

June 10th, 2024 · Comments Off on SF in SF SPECIAL EVENT July 24th! Paolo Bacigalupi & Tim Pratt at The Lost Church

SPECIAL EVENT FOR SF in SF!

Join us Wednesday, July 24th, at our brand-new venue, The Lost Church in San Francisco!

Join us at SF in SF – Science Fiction in San Francisco – Our 20th year is shaping up to be extraordinary!  THAT’S RIGHT! We’ve been around since 2004!

PAOLO BACIGALUPI  & TIM PRATT

     

   

 

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience; book signing and schmoozing follows.

Event is moderated by author Cliff Winnig

This special event is taking place at The Lost Church, located in North Beach, at 988 Columbus Avenue at Chestnut, across the street from Bimbo’s 365 Club.

Doors open at 7PM – event starts at 7:30PM

PLEASE NOTE – Secure a guaranteed seat by purchasing tickets for this special event at $15 via the ticket link here (coming soon!) and at the door

Proceeds benefit The Lost Church, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit arts organization that serves the community by creating, sustaining, and defending spaces for live performance.

THERE’S A BAR! Beer, wine, and soft drinks are available during the evening, located on the main floor of The Lost Church

Books will be for sale courtesy of Fly By Night Books, and all attendees are welcome to bring their own books from home for signatures.  If you cannot attend, but would like a signed book mailed to you, please contact flybynightbooks@gmail.com.  They’ll be happy to help!

Our wonderful podcast hosts from Soma FM will be recording the evening’s talk for later broadcast – they are listener-supported, commercial-free radio broadcasting to the world!  Catch up on previous SF in SF conversations and reading at our dedicated channel, here

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

PAOLO BACIGALUPI is an internationally bestselling author of speculative fiction. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, John W. Campbell and Locus Awards, as well as being a finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, for Shipbreaker. Paolo’s work often focuses on questions of sustainability and the environment, most notably the impacts of climate change. His writing has appeared in WIREDHigh Country NewsSalon.comOnEarth MagazineThe Magazine of F&SF and Asimov’s. His short fiction has been anthologized in various “Year’s Best” collections of short science fiction and fantasy, nominated for three Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story of the year. His collection Pump Six & Other Stories was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. His debut novel The Windup Girl was named by TIME as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France).  His other work includes a sequel to Shipbreaker, The Drowned Cities, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, The Doubt Factory, and The Water Knife.  His long-awaited new novel, Navola, releases July 9, 2024. “With echoes of Renaissance Italy, The Godfather, and Game of Thrones, Navola is a stunning feat of world-building and a mesmerizing depiction of drive and will.”  Learn more about this versatile author here.

TIM PRATT  is a Hugo Award-winning SF and fantasy author and editor, with over 30 books to his credit, most recently the kinky multiversal space opera The Knife and the Serpent.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Best American Short StoriesThe Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, the Best American Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Subterranean, and Tor.com, among many other places.  He’s written several roleplaying game tie-in fantasy novels, including one for Forgotten Realms and five for Pathfinder Tales.  In October 2007 he began publishing a series of urban fantasies featuring ass-kicking sorcerer Marla Mason, and you can find the “Marlaverse” online here

His debut collection Little Gods was published in 2003,and his second, Hart & Boot & Other Stories, 2007, was a World Fantasy Award finalist.  He won a Hugo Award (for “Impossible Dreams” in 2007), and has been nominated for a Nebula Award, Stoker Award, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, a couple of Gaylactic Spectrum Awards, a Seiun Award, a Scribe Award, and two Ignotus Awards, among others. In 2004 he was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Tim is a senior editor and occasional book reviewer at Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field. Since 2013 he’s published a new story every month at www.patreon.com/timpratt, he makes jokes on Bluesky @timpratt.org. and you can see what else he’s up to online here .He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and kid.

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SF in SF new home for events for 2024 is THE LOST CHURCH!  We are so excited to share this amazing performance space with you!  All ages are welcome!!

The Lost Church is located at 988 Columbus Avenue (at Chestnut), North Beach, San Francisco.  Bimbo’s 365 Club is across the street.  The Lost Church is a nonprofit arts organization that serves the community by creating, sustaining, and defending spaces for live performances.  The venue is ADA compliant: if you’d like to take the elevator down one floor to the performance space, please state that at the door.

Yes, we know….North Beach and parking are not always compatible!  BUT – here is a link to parking garages in the area, more info on parking in the area, and street parking is free after 6PM.  There are many easy ways to reach the venue by MUNI, or a combination of BART and MUNI!  For MUNI options, please visit https://www.sfmta.com/muni-transit to plan your trip.  For BART options, please visit https://www.bart.gov/planner.    Make it a grand evening out, and visit here to find some excellent restaurants for dinner in the neighborhood!

For more information, The Lost Church can be reached at HQ@THELOSTCHURCH.ORG; for a recorded message with general information, call 415-320-1408

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SAVE THE DATES – COMING UP NEXT WITH SF IN SF!

Join SF in SF for these next authors on our calendar!

Sunday, September 15, 2024 – Annalee Newitz, Andrea Stewart, and Julia Vee

Sunday, October 27, 2024 – it’s a PARTY!  Come spend Halloween with SF in SF and Loren Rhoads, and horror writers to be announced

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For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

 

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Join us on Sun June 23rd with Robin Sloan, Rudy Rucker & Clara Ward!

May 29th, 2024 · Comments Off on Join us on Sun June 23rd with Robin Sloan, Rudy Rucker & Clara Ward!

SF in SF Sun June 23, 2024 – BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

Join us at SF in SF – Science Fiction in San Francisco – Our 20th year is shaping up to be extraordinary!  THAT’S RIGHT! We’ve been around since 2004!

ROBIN SLOAN  /  RUDY RUCKER  /  CLARA WARD

    

       

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by question and answers with the authors; book signing follows.

Event is moderated by author Cliff Winnig

The American Bookbinders Museum – 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco CA

Doors open at 6PM – event gets underway 6:30PM

$10 at the door – $8 seniors and students. No one turned away for lack of funds. CASH PREFERRED.

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Refreshments will be served, and books will be for sale- attendees are welcome to bring their own books from home for signatures.

Our wonderful podcast hosts from Soma FM will be recording the evening’s talk for later broadcast – they are listener-supported, commercial-free radio broadcasting to the world!  Catch up on previous SF in SF conversations and reading at our dedicated channel, here

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

ROBIN SLOAN was raised and educated in Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, where he co-founded the literary magazine Oats and graduated with an economics degree in 2002. He worked for about a decade at the intersection of media and technology before publishing his first novel.  In 2003, he founded the SnarkMarket blog with some friends, and then moved to the SF Bay Area in 2004 to work, first at Current TV as a media strategist/interactive producer, and then at Twitter as a media manager.

His new novel, Moonbound, has just been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  He has developed a special website as a companion to the novel, here

Sloan’s first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was released in 2012. His second novel, Sourdough, was released in September 2017. He has written fiction and commentary for many publications, including the NY Times, the Atlantic, and MIT Technology Review. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Sloan and his partner Kathryn Tomajan produce olive oil under the Fat Gold brand, harvested off leased land in Sunol, California.

RUDY RUCKER is, quite honestly, one of the most important and visionary figures in science fiction literature working today. A writer, mathematician, artist, and a Silicon Valley computer science professor emeritus, Rucker is regarded as a contemporary master of science-fiction, and one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement.  He received the very first Philip K. Dick award for his cyberpunk novel, Software, and another for Wetware. It’s worth noting that his novel Software (1982), was the very first SF work to introduce the (by now very familiar) notion of transferring a human personality to a bot. What’s more, Software was the first SF novel in which robot minds are evolved, rather than being designed.

As well as writing cyberpunk, Rucker writes SF in a realistic style known as transrealism—where the author uses SF archetypes to symbolize the concerns of the characters. Rucker’s forty published books include non-fiction books on the fourth dimension, infinity, and the meaning of computation. Rucker has also worked on several software packages; he runs a podcast of his talks; and you can browse some of his works online, including his autobiography Nested Scrolls   and his Complete Stories.

For a more complete look at the work, both literary and artistic, of Rudy Rucker, and to learn more about this important writer, please visit his blog, here .

CLARA WARD lives in Silicon Valley, California, on the border between reality and speculative fiction. Be the Sea, their latest novel, takes place in the same near future as “Dream the Sea,” available here   online from Small Wonders Magazine  and is a science fantasy journey across the Pacific featuring sea creature perspectives, human tech, chosen family, and the world’s best chocolate. Clara’s short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Decoded Pride, and The Arcanist. When not using words to teach or tell stories, Clara uses wood, fiber, and glass to make practical or completely impractical objects. More of their words along with crafted creations can be found here.

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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. The nearest BART station is Powell and Market. Street parking is free, and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here via the ABM website.

May we suggest coming to the ABM and taking a tour or workshop?  The bookbinding machines are AMAZING, and it’s a great look into one of the essential tools and trade necessary to make books! For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754.

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For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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SAVE THE DATES – COMING UP NEXT WITH SF IN SF!

Join SF in SF for these next authors on our calendar!

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 – Paolo Bacigalupi and Tim Pratt

** Please note this will be a ticketed event taking place at The Lost Church, in North Beach, San Francisco. Stay tuned for all the details!  IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME!

Sunday, September 15, 2024 – Annalee Newitz, Andrea Stewart, and Julia Vee

Sunday, October 27, 2024 – it’s a PARTY!  Come spend Halloween with SF in SF and Loren Rhoads, and horror writers to be announced

 

 

 

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Join SF in SF Sun May 19 – with Samantha Mills, Hana Lee, and Caitlin Chung

May 10th, 2024 · Comments Off on Join SF in SF Sun May 19 – with Samantha Mills, Hana Lee, and Caitlin Chung

Join us at SF in SF – Science Fiction in San Francisco – Our 20th year is shaping up to be extraordinary!

Please join SF in SF for a fabulous evening with authors

SAMANTHA MILLS

HANA LEE

CAITLIN CHUNG

Sunday, May 19, 2024

           

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by question and answers with the authors; booksigning follows.

Event is moderated by author Cliff Winnig

The American Bookbinders Museum – 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco CA

Doors open at 6PM – event gets underway 6:30PM

$10 at the door – $8 seniors and students. No one turned away for lack of funds. CASH PREFERRED.

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Refreshments and books will be for sale- attendess are welcome to bring their own books from home for signatures.

Our wonderful podcast hosts from Soma FM will be recording the evening’s talk for later broadcast – they are listener-supported, commercial-free radio broadcasting to the world!  Catch up on previous SF in SF conversations and reading at our dedicated channel, here:  https://somafm.com/sfinsf/

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

     HANA LEE is a biracial Korean American writer who also builds software for a living. She has an undying love for fantastical stories in all their forms, especially video games, and a habit of writing to moody indie rock playlists. A graduate of Stanford University, she’s always loved the dark, the gothic, and the occult, so there’s usually a picturesque ruin of some kind lurking in the background of her novels.

Her short writing has appeared in Fantasy Magazine and Uncanny Magazine, and her first novel, Road to Ruin, is out now from Saga Press (debuting at SF in SF!) It’s the first book in the Magebike Courier series, as well as a love letter to her favorite movie, Mad Max: Fury Road. She lives in California with her partner and two beloved and ridiculously fluffy cats. Learn more about this author who’s definitely off to a great start at https://authorhanalee.com/about

     SAMANTHA MILLS is a multiple award-winning author living in Southern California. Her debut science fantasy novel, The Wings Upon Her Back, is out now from Tachyon Publications. She has published a dozen short stories, appearing in Uncanny Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod and others. In addition to winning the Nebula, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial awards for her short story “Rabbit Test” in 2023, Sam has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, made the Locus Recommended Reading List and the BSFA long list multiple times, and was included in the best-of anthologies The New Voices of Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2023.

Sam grew up in Southern California, where she still lives with her family and cats. She graduated from the University of Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Pre- and Early Modern Literature, and received a Master’s in Information and Library Science from San Jose State University. In the other half of her life, she is a trained archivist specializing in primary documents, with a particular focus on helping local historical societies and research libraries preserve and manage their collections. When Sam isn’t working, writing or taking care of children, she’s watching B-movies, binding books, and crocheting stuffed animals. You can find more about this talented author at www.samtasticbooks.com.

     CAITLIN CHUNG has lived in the Bay Area her whole life. She is a teacher, an expert eavesdropper, a fan of infomercials, and is known to be a supporter of superstitions. She has on many occasions been justly accused of being a Luddite. She lives in Oakland with her husband and their cat. Ship of Fates was her first book, and a Foreword INDIES Finalist.

Out from Lanternfish Press, Ship of Fates is a historical fantasy weaving together western fairy tales and Asian-American history and mythology. Beginning in the gridlocked harbor of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, with a ship hung with red paper lanterns draws crowds eager to gamble and drink. Aboard it, the fates of two young women will be altered irrevocably—and tied forever to that of an ancient lighthouse keeper who longs to be free. Set against the backdrop of Gold Rush-era San Francisco’s Chinese immigrant community, Ship of Fates is a coming-of-age fairy tale that stretches across generations. We look forward to more fantastic fiction from this local author – in the meantime, learn a bit more here – https://tinyurl.com/7pwxszra

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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. The nearest BART station is Powell and Market. Street parking is free, and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here via the ABM website. For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754.

For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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COMING UP NEXT!

Join SF in SF for these next authors on our calendar!

Sunday, June 23, 2024 – Robin Sloane, Rudy Rucker, and Clara Ward

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 – Paolo Bacigalupi and Tim Pratt

NOTE:  this will be a ticketed event held at The Lost Church, SF – stay tuned for details!

Sunday, September 15, 2024 – Annalee Newitz, Andrea Stewart, and Julia Vee

Sunday, October 27, 2024 – it’s a PARTY!  Come spend Halloween with SF in SF and Loren Rhoads, and horror writers to be announced

November – tba

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SF in SF Sunday March 24th – with Gail Carriger, Amy Sundberg, and Izzy Wasserstein

March 12th, 2024 · Comments Off on SF in SF Sunday March 24th – with Gail Carriger, Amy Sundberg, and Izzy Wasserstein

Join us for our March event – Our 20th year is shaping up to be extraordinary!

Please join SF in SF for a fabulous evening with GAIL CARRIGER, AMY SUNDBERG, AND IZZY WASSERSTEIN

SUNDAY – MARCH 24th

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by question and answers with the authors; booksigning follows.

Event is moderated by author Cliff Winnig

The American Bookbinders Museum – 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco CA

Doors open at 6PM – event gets underway 6:30PM

$10 at the door – $8 seniors and students.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  CASH PREFERRED.

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Books will be for sale, and feel free to bring your own from home for signatures.

Our wonderful podcast hosts from Soma FM will be recording the evening’s talk for later broadcast – they are listener-supported, commercial-free radio broadcasting to the world at https://somafm.com/

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Gail Carriger writes books that are hugs, mostly comedies of manners mixed with steampunk, urban fantasy, and sci-fi (plus cozy queer joy as G. L. Carriger). These include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Tinkered Stars, the San Andreas Shifter series for adults, and the Finishing School and Tinkered Starsong series for young adults. In addition, she’s published the nonfiction book, The Heroine’s Journey. She is published in many languages, has over a million books in print, over a dozen New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and Romantic Times.

Her first book, Soulless, made Audible’s Best list, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, an IndieBound Notable, and a Locus Recommended Read. She has received the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Prix Julia Verlanger, the Elbakin Award, the Steampunk Chronicle‘s Reader’s Choice Award, and a Starburner Award. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, cephalopods, and tea. Learn more about this fascinating and versatile author, plus get early access, specials, and exclusives via her website at http://www.gailcarriger.com

Amy Sundberg is the author of the recently released YA science fiction novel My Stars Shine Darkly as well as the novel To Travel the Stars, a YA retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in space. Her novels feature intrepid heroines, refined prose, and questions of agency, power, and possibility. She also reports on local news with an emphasis on public safety and the criminal legal system in Seattle and Washington State. You can read her work at the Urbanist and in her newsletter Notes From the Emerald City. Amy spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she is now living in Seattle with her little dog Nala. Learn more, plus subscribe to her newsletter, at visit https://amysundberg.com/

Izzy Wasserstein is a queer and trans woman who was born and raised in Kansas and currently lives in California. She teaches writing and literature, writes poetry and fiction, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington. A Lambda Literary Award finalist, she’s the author of two poetry collections, When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Press (2018) and This Ecstasy They Call Damnation, the short story collection All the Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From, and her brand-new novella, These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart (Tachyon, 2024). Learn more at https://izzywasserstein.com/

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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free, and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here on the ABM website. For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754

For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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Author Carter Scholz will be speaking at this event, as we continue to mourn the loss of author Terry Bisson.  Scholz has published several works of short fiction (collected in The Amount to Carry, 2003) and two novels (Palimpsests 1984, with Glenn Harcourt; Radiance: A Novel 2002). He has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Award for Best Novelette for his story “The Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven and Other Lost Songs”. He also co-wrote The Twilight Zone episode “A Small Talent for War” and contributed stories to Kafka Americana. He has published several works of short fiction (collected in The Amount to Carry, 2003) and two novels (Palimpsests 1984, with Glenn Harcourt; Radiance: A Novel 2002). He has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Award for Best Novelette for his story “The Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven and Other Lost Songs”. He also co-wrote The Twilight Zone episode “A Small Talent for War” and contributed stories to Kafka Americana.

A memorial is planned –The Outspoken and the Incendiary: The Life and Work of Terry Bisson — at The Lost Church, San Francisco, for Saturday, March 30th.  More information is available here

SF IN SF, our team, and just about everyone we know is terribly saddened at the news that author Terry Bisson passed away in January, of complications from cancer.  There would be no SF in SF without him, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.  Locus Magazine has posted a tribute on their site.

Raise a glass, folks.

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Join SF in SF for 2024…and beyond! Feb. 25th with David D. Levine & David M. Sandner

February 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on Join SF in SF for 2024…and beyond! Feb. 25th with David D. Levine & David M. Sandner

Back in town – and gearing up for another year of SF in SF!  OUR TWENTIETH!

Please join SF in SF for a fabulous evening of Frankenstein and his Monster, Mary Shelley, an exciting space caper story and science fiction fun with authors David D. Levine and David M. Sandner!  And – there’s a Frankenstein’s Monster for EVERYONE! 😉

         

SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 25TH

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by question and answers with the authors; booksigning follows.

Event is moderated by author Cliff Winnig

The American Bookbinders Museum – 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco CA

Doors open at 6PM – event gets underway 6:30PM

$10 at the door – $8 seniors and students.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  CASH PREFERRED.

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Books will be for sale, and feel free to bring your own from home for signatures.

Our wonderful podcast hosts from Soma FM will be recording the evening’s talk for later broadcast – they are listener-supported, commercial-free radio broadcasting to the world at https://somafm.com/

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

DAVID D. LEVINE is the author of the space-opera caper novel, The Kuiper Belt Job, recently published by Caezi SF & Fantasy. https://www.arcmanorbooks.com/caeziksf.  The Kuiper Belt Job is a caper story in space, a mash-up of Ocean’s 11 and The Expanse with a dollop of Firefly and Leverage. It’s an ensemble piece with complex character relationships and a twisty, compelling plot, but beneath the entertaining surface it raises deep questions about identity and personhood. In a world where minds can be copied, what does it mean to be “me”?

Although Levine began as a writer of technical articles, he has long had an interest in reading and writing science fiction. He has primarily written short fiction, with his first professional fiction sale in 2001. A long-time member of SF fandom and an early member of MilwApa (the Milwaukee amateur press association), he also co-edited a fanzine, Bento, with his late wife, Kate Yule, and has served as a Convention Committee Chair for Potlatch. His short story “Ukaliq and the Great Hunt” appeared in The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology Volume 2 (2003). In 2010, he spent two weeks in a simulated Mars habitat of the Mars Society, in Utah.  He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, and blogs at https://daviddlevine.com/blog/.

His previous works include the Andre Norton Nebula Award-winning novel, Arabella of Mars, the sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus and Arabella the Traitor of Mars, and over sixty science fiction and fantasy stories.  His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon.  His stories have appeared in magazines such as Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF), Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies. His collection, Space Magic, from Wheatland Press, won the 2009 Endeavor Award for best science fiction book in the Pacific Northwest.  All three of the Arabella books are being reissued as ebooks from Open Road Media, and will be available (with absolutely stunning covers!) after Feb. 13, 2024, wherever you get your ebooks.

DAVID M. SANDNER is an American academic and author, and a professor in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton.  Sandner has a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.  His doctoral thesis was titled The Fairy Way of Writing: Fantastic literature from the romance revival to Romanticism, 1712–1830, and was completed in 2000.

Professor Sandner’s latest book, The Afterlife of Frankenstein: A Century of Mad Science, Automata, and Monsters Inspired by Mary Shelley, 1818-1918, is just out from Lanternfish Press, along with a novella, His Unburned Heart (2024) from the horror press, Raw Dog Screaming.

Afterlife focuses on Dr. Frankenstein’s monster —  one of the most iconic figures in English literature, popularized through decades of writing, film, and comedy. But even before the invention of film, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein profoundly impacted scores of writers, gathering force for the genre that would ultimately become what we know as science fiction.  In this anthology, scholar of the fantastic David Sandner explores the first hundred years of Frankenstein’s influence. This collection of short stories and excerpts from work published between 1818 to 1918 demonstrates what a pioneering myth Frankenstein has always been—from the very day when lightning first struck and it opened its eyes on the world.

His recent fiction also includes the novelettes Mingus Fingers (with Jacob Weisman, Fairwood Press, 2019), and Hellhounds (with Jacob Weisman, Fairwood Press, 2022, with a complete novel, Egyptian Motherlode, due out from Fairwood Press https://fairwoodpress.com/index.html#/ in late 2024.

Sandner’s nonfiction includes The Fantastic Sublime: Romanticism and Transcendence in Nineteenth-century Children’s Fantasy Literature (Greenwood, 1996), The Treasury of the Fantastic (with Jacob Weisman, Tachyon Publications, 2013), and Philip K. Dick: Essays of the Here and Now (McFarland, 2020).

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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free, and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here on the ABM website. For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754

For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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SF IN SF, our team, and just about everyone we know is terribly saddened at the news that author Terry Bisson passed away in January, of complications from cancer.  There would be no SF in SF without him, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.  Locus Magazine has posted a tribute on their site.

A memorial is planned –The Outspoken and the Incendiary: The Life and Work of Terry Bisson — at The Lost Church, San Francisco, for Saturday, March 30th.  More information is available here

Raise a glass, folks.

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FREE event this Sunday! Join us for E. Lily Yu, Rick Wilber, and Chaz Brenchley

November 9th, 2023 · 2 Comments

ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL FOR THIS EVENT

SF in SF reminder! SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2023

We want you here with us! It’s the last gig of 2023
We need YOU and YOURS in the audience with us!
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PLEASE NOTE: APEC and President Biden are in town
The 5th & Mission & the 3rd & Folsom Garages are closed
Super easy to get here!!!
Don’t drive! Take MUNI to 5th & Market, or BART to Powell St. and walk down to Clementina

We can only keep doing this series – 20 yrs in – by having our audience support us by showing up!

AS A THANK YOU – ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL FOR THIS EVENT

RICK WILBER
E. LILY YU
CHAZ BRENCHLEY
with moderator Cliff Winnig
Doors open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

The American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina at 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom

Each author will read from their work, followed by Q&A and booksigning.
Books for sale at the event, courtesy of Tachyon Publications and Bookshop West Portal
Event is podcasted by SOMA FM, SF’s premier internet radio station.
All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum.

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Join SF in SF Sun Nov 12 with E. Lily Yu, Rick Wilber, and Chaz Brenchley!

November 3rd, 2023 · Comments Off on Join SF in SF Sun Nov 12 with E. Lily Yu, Rick Wilber, and Chaz Brenchley!

SF in SF Sunday, November 12, 2023
Our last gig for the year – don’t miss it!
         
RICK WILBER
E. LILY YU
CHAZ BRENCHLEY

with moderator Cliff Winnig
Doors open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience.
Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Tachyon Publications and Bookshop West Portal
Event will be podcasted by SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.
All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rick Wilber is an award-winning writer, editor, poet, and professor. He is the author of four novels, four short-story collections, a memoir about caregiving for his parents, four college textbooks on writing and the mass media. He has edited several anthologies for Night Shade/Skyhorse, New Word City, and Tachyon Books. He has published more than seventy short stories, many of them in Asimov’s, including the novella, “The Death of the Hind” (co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson) in the current issue of that magazine. The story is a sequel to their award-winning novelette, “The Hind,” which won the magazine’s Reader Award in 2021 and won last year’s Canopus Award for Best Interstellar Fiction – Short Form. His novel Alien Day was a finalist for the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel. He is perhaps best known for including characters with Down syndrome in his stories, reflective of his son with Down syndrome, and for including elements of baseball in his stories, reflective of his father’s career as a major-league player, scout, coach and, very briefly, manager. The story he’ll be reading for SF in SF is a new one, inclusive of both of those elements.  Rick is a visiting professor in Western Colorado University’s low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing in the Genre Fiction program

E. Lily Yu is the author of the novel On Fragile Waves, which won the Washington State Book Award, the story collection Jewel Box, and Break, Blow, Burn, & Make, forthcoming in 2024. She received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012.

Chaz Brenchley is a British writer of novels and short stories, associated with the genres of horror, crime and fantasy. Some of his work has been published under the pseudonyms of Ben Macallan and Daniel Fox. Chaz also serves as one of three hosts, with Jeannie Warner and John Schmidt, of the podcast Writers Drinking Coffee. Winner of the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award in 1998 for Light Errant (and not, as often stated, the Outremer series), he has also published three books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as Crimewriter-in-Residence at the St Peter’s Riverside Sculpture Project in Sunderland resulted in the collection Blood Waters. Brenchley has also been writer in residence at the University of Northumbria. Charles de Lint praised Dispossession as “one of those increasingly rare books that remind you just how satisfying fiction can be.”  He currently resides in the South Bay with his wife, author Karen Brenchley, one of the original founders of the SF in SF authors series (along with Terry Bisson), cats, and many, many cookbooks.
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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free, and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here on the ABM website. For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754

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Author events are held at the American Bookbinders Museum, located at 355 Clementina Street at 5th Street, between Folsom and Howard, SF, CA, (415) 824-9754

Film events are held at The Balboa Theatre, located at 3630 Balboa Avenue, between 37th & 38th Avenues, SF, CA

For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

 

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Join SF in SF Saturday Oct 14th with Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, & Howard Hendrix!

October 10th, 2023 · Comments Off on Join SF in SF Saturday Oct 14th with Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, & Howard Hendrix!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14TH 2023

        

NANCY KRESS
JACK SKILLINGSTEAD
HOWARD HENDRIX

with moderator Cliff Winnig
Doors open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience.
Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Tachyon Publications and Bookshop West Portal
Event will be podcasted by SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.
All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
NANCY KRESS  is the author of thirty-five books, including twenty-seven novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Hailed by bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson as “one of the greatest living science fiction writers,” she has won multiple Nebula and Hugo awards for her fiction. She writes often about developments in science, particularly genetic engineering, as in her bestselling novel Beggars in Spain. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages (including Klingon). She teaches writing and was the “Fiction” columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine for sixteen years.

JACK SKILLINGSTEAD is an American science fiction writer living in Seattle, Washington, and is married to science fiction author, Nancy Kress.  In 2001 Skillingstead was named a winner in Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest.  He has published more than forty short stories in pro and semi pro markets.  He has also published three novels – Harbinger (Fairwood Press, 2011), Life on the Preservation (Solaris, 2013), and The Chaos Function (Harcourt, 2019), in addition to two story collections – Are You There and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon, 2009) and The Whole Mess and Other Stories (Fairwood Press, 2023). His work has appeared in four Year’s Best Anthologies and has been translated into various languages, including Russian, Polish, Czech, Spanish, French, and Chinese.  Skillingstead has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. One review of Are You There and Other Stories, (Tangent) called Skillingstead “a major author in the genre of SF.  Skillingstead was born in 1955 and grew up in a working class suburb of Seattle, and has spent most of his life in and around that city.

HOWARD V. HENDRIX writes poetry, science fiction, and nonfiction.  His first four published novels appeared from ACE Books – Lightpaths (1997), Standing Wave (1998), Better Angels (1999), and Empty Cities of the Full Moon (2001) – followed by The Labyrinth Key (2004), and Spears of God (2006), from Ballantine Del Rey.  His collected fiction is available in Perception of Depth (2011) and The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes (2019).  He has authored, co-authored or co-edited seven book-length works of nonfiction, including Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science, by Howard V. Hendrix , George Edgar Slusser, et al.  His shorter fiction appears regularly in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, his nonfiction in Analog and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his poetry in Star*Line.  His numerous poems include the SFPA Dwarf Stars 2010 winner “Bumbershoot.”  His poem “Extravehicular Activity” appeared in the April 2023 issue of Scientific American.  His poetry collection Living Fossils are the Happiest Kind (In Case of Emergency Press, 2023) is just out.

Originally trained as a biologist, he took graduate degrees in literature and taught writing and literature at CSU Fresno, for many years.  Three weeks after he retired, the house in the mountains where he and Laurel lived for 15 years burned up in the Creek Fire in 2020.  They have recently relocated to Denver, Colorado.
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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free AFTER 6PM (but check the meter for hours!), and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here on the ABM website. For more information, pleases contact the ABM at (415) 824-9754

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Author events are held at the American Bookbinders Museum, located at 355 Clementina Street at 5th Street, between Folsom and Howard, SF, CA, (415) 824-9754

Film events are held at The Balboa Theatre, located at 3630 Balboa Avenue, between 37th & 38th Avenues, SF, CA

For information regarding SF in SF events, or booking an author, please contact Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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Update for 9/20 John Scalzi & Kimberly Unger event

September 18th, 2023 · Comments Off on Update for 9/20 John Scalzi & Kimberly Unger event

A HUGE thank you to all the fans that helped sell this event out in TWO DAYS! Who says people aren’t still reading books?!!

While our event is indeed sold out – our waiting list is closed, and there will be no tickets sold at the door, nor is standing room available – thanks to Bookshop West Portal – you can still pre-order John Scalzi’s STARTER VILLIAN and/or THE KAIJU PRESERVATION SOCIETY, and/or Kimberly Unger’s THE EXTRACTIONIST and/or NUCLEATION!  Just go to this link, scroll down, and you can order signed copies to be picked up later or shipped to you!

Stay tuned – we’re hosting authors Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, and Howard Hendrix on Saturday, October 14th, and E. Lily Yu and Rick Wilber on Sunday, November 12th! Join our mailing list here at sfinsf.org – just scroll down, left hand side, and you’ll see our signup form.  No spam, no ulterior motives – just a way of letting you know who’s coming to town to chat and sign your books!

Help support the American Bookbinders MuseumBookshop West Portal, and SF in SF, by continuing to attend our upcoming events!

Questions can be directed to Rina Weisman, at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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As always, we thank SF in SF’s sponsor, Tachyon Publications“Saving the world, one good book at a time!”

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SF in SF presents JOHN SCALZI with Kimberly Unger Sept 20

August 21st, 2023 · Comments Off on SF in SF presents JOHN SCALZI with Kimberly Unger Sept 20

SF in SF – Science Fiction, San Francisco. A perfect fit!

in conjunction with Bookshop West Portal and the American Bookbinders Museum

presents

JOHN SCALZI

in conversation with Kimberly Unger

Tickets available HERE – only through Brown Paper Tickets

Tickets go on sale Monday August 21st after 12 noon

 All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum

To celebrate his latest title STARTER VILLAIN, author John Scalzi joins SF in SF for the night, in conversation with author Kimberly Unger.  Think of some hard questions to ask the authors, as the reading is followed by Q&A with the audience!

John Scalzi and Kimberly Unger titles will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Bookshop West Portal. Booksigning follows – please feel free to bring your own titles from home, but note our rule:  3 books at a time, then get back in line.  This is so everyone gets a book signed that wants one.

This event will be recorded for later broadcast by SomaFM.

JOHN SCALZI is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, writing and politics, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.  There’s much more info at his Wiki page, here.

KIMBERLY UNGER is the Philip K. Dick Award-winning author of  The Extractionist, and her debut novel Nucleation. Unger made her first videogame back when the 80-column card was the new hot thing and followed that up with degrees in English/Writing from UC Davis and Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. Nowadays she produces narrative-games for VR, lectures on the intersection of art and code for UCSC’s master’s program and writes science fiction about how all these app-driven superpowers are going to change the human race. (TL;dr: Unger writes about fast robots, big explosions, and space things.)  Kimberly Unger lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works in the future of VR on the Meta-Oculus gaming platform.  Learn more about this amazing local talent here

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The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free on Sundays (check the meter for hours!), and there are several garages in the area as well – further directions and transit options are available here on the ABM website.

 

SF in SF would like to thank the American Bookbinders Museum, Tachyon Publications, and Bookshop West Portal for their support

For more information about this event, or if you have any questions, please email Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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