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

February 6th, 2024 · No Comments

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! 😉



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/


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).


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


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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