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Bonus Reading: Gene Wolfe & Connie Willis

May 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Thursday, May 16

In collaboration with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

The Market Room, Hilton San José
Doors open at 6PM – general seating
Event begins at 7PM
Nebula Award Weekend attendees: FREE
Public: $10 at the door (cash only)

All proceeds will be split between the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, and Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

There will be a cash bar just outside the room, provided by the hotel.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning will follow, with the authors books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. This event will be podcast, courtesy of Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column.

Gene Wolfe is one of the most admired and highly regarded American writers of science fiction and fantasy. Noted for his dense, allusive prose that skirts the conventions of the genre, he is a prolific short story writer and novelist whose work has won many of SFF’s highest honors, such as the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. His best-known works are the multivolume novels, The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun, also known as The Solar Cycle. Stand-alone novels include The Fifth Head of Cerberus, The Knight, The Wizard, the Soldier series, and The Sorcerer’s House, and short story collections include award winners The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories, and Storeys from the Old Hotel.

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Wolfe was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1996, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, became the 29th SFWA Grand Master in 2012, and he will be awarded the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at the May 2013 Nebula Award Weekend. SF author Michael Swanwick has said, “Gene Wolfe is the greatest writer in the English language alive today. I mean it… among living writers, there is nobody who can even approach Gene Wolfe for brilliance of prose, clarity of thought, and depth in meaning.” We agree.

Connie Willis is an American science fiction writer, and winner of 11 Hugo Awards and 8 Nebula Awards, most recently the year’s “Best Novel” Hugo and Nebula Awards for Blackout/All Clear (2010). She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009 and became the 28th SFWA Grand Master in 2011. Willis’ novels include Lincoln’s Dreams, Water Witch (with Cynthia Felice) Remake, Passage, and many more. She is perhaps best known for her popular and delightful time travel novels featuring historians at a future University of Oxford. These include the short story and collection “Fire Watch,” the novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, as well as the two-part novel Blackout/All Clear. All four won Hugos, and all but To Say Nothing of the Dog won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Her short story collections include Impossible Things, Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, and the defining collection, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories.

Willis is a master of the comedy of manners style of writing, often featuring a scientist or historian as a protagonist. Her books are impeccably researched, entertaining, absorbing, and they always leave us wanting more from this most entertaining of authors. To learn more, please visit her website.


For more information on this event, please email Rina Weisman at sfinsfevents@gmail.com, or call 415-572-1015.


Friday, May 17 – 5:00PM

Release the bookhounds!!! It’s a HUGE Autograph Session!

Borderlands hosts the Mass Autograph Session at the Nebula Awards! The autographing portion of this weekend event is open to the public at no cost (but it’s great if you buy some books!). Borderlands will be on hand to provide books by the attending authors for sale. This is your chance to have your books signed by legends like Joe Haldeman, William Nolan, Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, and Connie Willis, and also to meet the superstars of tomorrow, including Saladin Ahmed, Cat Rambo, Tina Connolly and Mary Robinette Kowal! Dozens of authors will take part, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity at the Nebula Award Weekend!

This event takes place in The Winchester Room, The Hilton San José, 300 Almaden Blvd. San José, CA

For more information, please email office@borderlands-books.com.

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