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Podcast: Hannu Rajaniemi & Daryl Gregory

March 30th, 2016 · Comments Off on Podcast: Hannu Rajaniemi & Daryl Gregory

Did you miss our March event? Fear not, you can listen to via the podcast below. Thanks SomaFM!

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March Reading – Hannu Rajaniemi & Daryl Gregory

February 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on March Reading – Hannu Rajaniemi & Daryl Gregory

Join SF in SF with moderator Terry Bisson!

SUNDAY – MARCH 6

HannuRajaniemiHANNU RAJANIEMI was born in Finland, obtained his PhD in string theory at the University of Edinburgh and now works as a co-founder and CTO of HelixNano, a synthetic biology startup based in the Bay Area. He is the author of four novels including The Quantum Thief trilogy and the forthcoming Summerland, and several short stories.


DarylGregoryDARYL GREGORY is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award-winning novella We Are All Completely Fine, in development at the SyFy channel. His stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.



Doors and cash bar open at 5:30PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the ABM
No one turned away for lack of funds

Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books

Cash bar features beer, wine, and whiskey!

The American Bookbinders Museum – entrance at 355 Clementina, between Howard and Folsom, and 3rd and 4th. Easily accessible via BART (Montgomery or Powell); parking garages at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom.

Please join us! SF in SF hopes to make the ABM our forever home, but to do that we need people to attend, sit in the seats, have a drink or two, buy books – and generally enjoy themselves!! It’s a blast – good books, good people – so come on out and support!

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February Reading: Charlie Jane Anders & Lisa Goldstein

February 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on February Reading: Charlie Jane Anders & Lisa Goldstein

Join SF in SF, in partnership with the American Bookbinders Museum!

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS and LISA GOLDSTEIN

February 21st

Reading, and in conversation with Terry Bisson – and you, the audience!

Doors and cash bar open at 5:30PM

Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door – all proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. No one turned away for lack of funds.

IT’S DEBUT NOVEL DRINK NIGHT! Celebrating Charlie Jane Anders’ debut novel All the Birds in the Sky — our specialty cocktails are super tasty, and go well with books!

Lisa Goldstein has a new book out — Weighting Shadows — which is always cause for celebration!

Join us for these two fantastic Bay Area authors appearing together!

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by Terry Bisson. Signing and schmoozing follows, with books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Feel free to bring books from home for signatures

A cash bar — soda, beer, wine, whiskey — will be open during the event. This also benefits the ABM. 21+ for all alcoholic beverages purchased: no exceptions. 2 drinks per person, please

SF in SF is delighted to begin hosting events at one of San Francisco’s newest museum and event spaces. We have a chance to make a real difference in both our continuing even program, and to help support a cause very dear to the hearts of readers and booklovers everywhere! Please come and help show your love for the science fictional! Bring your friends!


The ABM is accessible by BART, MUNI — entrance is on Clementina, between 4th & 5th, and Howard & Folsom. Street parking is free on Sunday. There is also a parking garage at 3rd & Folsom, and 5th & Mission.

ABOUT THE ABM

The American Bookbinders Museum, an important library of equipment and archive materials on bookbinding in America, was founded by Tim James, a commercial bookbinder who became fascinated with the craft’s history. Researching and acquiring vintage materials became a dedicated hobby, but as his collection became more massive — well, what he was supposed to do with all of it? The answer: use these resources to mount an authentic, fully-functional 19th century-style bookbindery.

In the age of digitization, our relationship with the book is rapidly evolving, making now the ideal time to tell the history of this object, and memorialize its significance in regards to where we are today. The American Bookbinders Museum offers an authentic experience of what a factory of the day felt like, and enables visitors to experience the machinery and tools. Through their library and archive, they offer scholars a world-class collection of resources that can immerse them in the unique experience of the time. Learn more at their website.

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January Reading – Cecelia Holland & Kim Stanley Robinson

January 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Join SF in SF, in partnership with the American Bookbinders Museum!

KIM STANLEY ROBINSON & CECELIA HOLLAND

Reading, and in conversation with Terry Bisson – and you, the audience!

Sunday Jan. 17th
Doors and cash bar open at 5:30PM
Event begins at 6PM

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by Terry Bisson. Signing and schmoozing follows, with books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Feel free to bring books from home for signatures

$10 at the door — all proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

A cash bar – soda, beer, wine, whiskey — will be open during the event. This also benefits the ABM. 21+ for all alcoholic beverages purchased: no exceptions.

SF in SF is delighted to begin hosting events at one of San Francisco’s newest museum and event spaces. We have a chance to make a real difference in both our continuing even program, and to help support a cause very dear to the hearts of readers and booklovers everywhere!

Please come and help show your love for the science fictional! Bring your friends!

ABOUT THE ABM

The American Bookbinders Museum, an important library of equipment and archive materials on bookbinding in America, was founded by Tim James, a commercial bookbinder who became fascinated with the craft’s history. Researching and acquiring vintage materials became a dedicated hobby, but as his collection became more massive — well, what he was supposed to do with all of it? The answer: use these resources to mount an authentic, fully-functional 19th century-style bookbindery.

In the age of digitization, our relationship with the book is rapidly evolving, making now the ideal time to tell the history of this object, and memorialize its significance in regards to where we are today. The American Bookbinders Museum offers an authentic experience of what a factory of the day felt like, and enables visitors to experience the machinery and tools. Through their library and archive, they offer scholars a world-class collection of resources that can immerse them in the unique experience of the time. Learn more at http://www.bookbindersmuseum.org/.

The ABM is accessible by BART, MUNI – entrance is on Clementina,
between 4th & 5th, and Howard & Folsom. Street parking is free on Sunday.
There is also a parking garage at 3rd & Folsom, and 5th & Mission.

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Hello 2016, We’re Back!

January 5th, 2016 · 1 Comment

It is a new year, and a new start for SF in SF because we have a brand new venue. Our first reading of 2016 will feature Cecelia Holland & Kim Stanley Robinson, and will be at The American Bookbinders Museum on Sunday, Jan. 17th.

The ABM is located at 355 Clementina, between 4th & 5th Street. The entrance on Folsom is NOT used. Clementina is a little alley between Howard and Folsom. There is inexpensive parking at 3rd and Folsom, or street parking (not metered on Sundays) if you can find it. It’s an easy walk down from the Powell Street BART station too.

We’ll have more information about the event soon.

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We’re Having A Party

November 11th, 2015 · Comments Off on We’re Having A Party

Tachyon Party

Sponsored by Tachyon Publications

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary!

Sunday, Nov. 15 – 1-4PM

We’ll have Tachyon books for sale, Tachyon authors to schmooze with, CAKE (an amazing cake), refreshments, a free chapbook for attendees, a coloring contest for kids from 2-3PM, another cake (Italian chocolate rum, yum) and we’ll be raffling off signed books throughout the event.

San Francisco Public Library – Park Street Branch
1833 Page Street, between Cole & Schrader

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Halloween Movie – The Dark Crystal

October 19th, 2015 · Comments Off on Halloween Movie – The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal
Come celebrate Halloween with SF in SF!
Raffle before film!

Wed., Oct. 28, 7PM

T H E D A R K C R Y S T A L
1982 – PG – 93 mins

“Another world. Another time. In the Age of Wonder.”

With The World of the Dark Crystal documentary (1983 – G – 59 mins) featuring Jim Henson, Brian & Wendy Froud, and Gary Kurtz.

The beloved classic, directed by Jim Henson and Franz Oz

On another planet in the distant past, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. The orphan Jen, raised in solitude by the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find a missing shard of the Dark Crystal. Without its restoration, the evil Skeksis will continue to rule their world — will Jen and his ally Kira triumph in their quest to restore order and rejuvenate their world? With groundbreaking animatronics and special effects from the Henson Workshop, and conceptual art direction by Brian and Wendy Froud.

Tickets at box office one hour before show

For more info on the Balboa, visit www.balboasf.com — a community venue since 1926!

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Laura Anne Gilman and Loren Rhoads

October 5th, 2015 · Comments Off on Laura Anne Gilman and Loren Rhoads

Monday, Oct. 12 – 6:30PM

SF in SF is delighted to present readings by Laura Anne Gilman and Loren Rhoads at:

Borderlands Books & Cafe
866 Valencia bet. 19th & 20th

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follow in the Cafe. Borderlands will have a selection of books on sale next door at the Bookstore — but please feel free to bring books and magazines from home for signature as well. Come early and grab a bite to eat and a drink at the cafe first!

LAURA ANNE GILMAN – Laura Anne is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus novels and novellas, and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineheart War trilogy. Her newest is Silver on the Road, the first in the Devil’s West series from Saga / Simon & Schuster, beginning in October 2015. She has also dipped her pen into the mystery field as well, writing as L.A. Kornetsky (Collared, Fixed, Doghouse, and the forthcoming Clawed). A member of the writers’ digital co-op Book View Cafe, she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres, selling most recently to the anthologies Genius Loci and Temporally Out of Order (2015)

LOREN RHODES – For ten years, Morbid Curiosity magazine was devoted to the celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual true tales, submitted from contributors around the world. Loren Rhoads, creator and editor of the magazine, is a Bay Area novelist, with The Dangerous Type, book 1 of her space opera trilogy and book 2, Kill By Numbers out now, and book 3, No More Heroes is due in November, from Nightshade. She is also the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two; 17 horror writers and artists spend a long weekend together in a haunted house in Northern California every year!

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September Movie – GATTACA

September 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off on September Movie – GATTACA

GATTACA, with gene/law expert Hank Greely, Wed. Sept 30

GATTACA

Perhaps “Biology is not destiny.” But our genetic code is at least writing on the wall!

1997’s GATTACA is a sci-fi thriller that explores what happens when society can control that writing — when eugenics and genetic discrimination are the norm. Is this our future?

Expert commentary and audience Q&A will be provided by Prof. Hank Greely, Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University. Dr. Greely is both Professor of Law and Professor of Genetics, and he directs Stanford’s Program in Neuroscience and Society.

WHAT: Special screening of GATTACA

with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman

WHO: Expert commentary by Hank Greely, Professor of Genetics and of Law, Stanford

WHEN: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Sept 30, 2015

WHERE: Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco

TICKETS: $16. Purchase here now to secure your seat. Or, purchase at the box office one hour before showtime.

Presented by Wonderfest and SF in SF. Science and Science Fiction – San Francisco!

WHY: Because we’re curious creatures. Wonderfest works every day to promote the scientific outlook. For as little as $1/month, why not become a Wonderfest Patron? As the Medici family were patrons of popular art in old Italy, you can become a patron of popular science and rationality in the modern Bay Area. (And you’ll get that tax-deduction that the Medici never did!) Please become a regular supporter of Wonderfest, and help enlarge the concept of scientific community. Become a Patron here, or donate here

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Jo Walton and the Tiptree Award

August 8th, 2015 · Comments Off on Jo Walton and the Tiptree Award

Space Babe

Tiptree Award to be presented at Borderlands Books
Sunday, August 9, at 3PM!

It’s a party!

Join SF in SF &
Jo Walton / Ellen Klages / Pat Murphy
and special guests!

It’s always a blast to be at this event — usually held at Wiscon, in Madison, WI, this year author Jo Walton was unable to attend, so this ceremony is THE presentation and party for the award!

The 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award will be presented to Jo Walton for her novel My Real Children at Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

Author Ellen Klages, the Scott O’Dell Award winning author of The Green Glass Sea, will be present to interview Ms. Walton. Author Pat Murphy will talk about the founding of the Tiptree Award — and while there will not be a bake sale (one of the best ways the Tiptree Award organization raises money) the Borderlands Cafe will be open during the event as well.

As you may know (!) this is an award ceremony with lots of fun traditions 😉 The winner will be crowned with a tiara, serenaded with a song, and given chocolates and art — all specially created to honor her novel, My Real Children. In addition, this event will also include an interview with Jo Walton, a reading and a capella musical performance by Ada Palmer, and a CAKE! Other mischief may ensue. At a Tiptree event, it’s hard to say what might happen….but it’s always fun.

Special guests are expected — meet author Julie Phillips, who wrote the definitive biography, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon! Books about and by Tiptree will also be for sale, courtesy of Borderlands Books — and play your cards right, and win a SPACE BABE temporary tattoo!

Come join us all – SF in SF is delighted to help support this wonderful special event!!

Walton is the co-winner of the 2015 Tiptree Award.
Monica Byrne and her novel, The Girl in the Road were celebrated at Wiscon 39 in May, 2015.

Summary of My Real Children

Jo Walton’s My Real Children is a richly textured examination of two lives lived by the same woman. This moving, thought-provoking novel deals with how differing global and personal circumstances change our view of sexuality and gender. The person herself changes, along with her society. Those changes influence and are influenced by her opportunities in life and how she is treated by intimate partners, family members, and society at large. The alternate universe trope allows Walton to demonstrate that changes in perceptions regarding gender and sexuality aren’t inevitable or determined by a gradual enlightenment of the species, but must be struggled for. My Real Children is important for the way it demonstrates how things could have been otherwise — and might still be.

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