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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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June Podcast: The Q&A Session

September 9th, 2013 · Comments Off

The final podcast from our June readings is now available. In it Terry Bission moderates a discussion between the audiences and our guest readers: Cliff Winnig, Heather McDougal and Cassie Alexander.

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June Podcast Part 3 – Cassie Alexander

August 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

Here is the third podcast from our June event. It features Cassie Alexander.



Cassie reads from her novel, Shapeshifted.

Shapeshifted - Cassie Alexander

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Coming Soon

August 27th, 2013 · Comments Off

Everything is stopping for Worldcon at the moment, but coming up soon we have some wonderful events for you.

Saturday September 14: Our September reading features Nick Mamatas and Greg Bossert.

Saturday September 21: Don’t lick that doorknob! Join us for the Variety/Wonderfest screening of “Contagion”, with special guest Prof. of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Bob Siegel! Tickets are available here.

Friday October 18: Join Litquake and SF in SF for “Super Stories of Heroes & Villains” with editor Claude Lalumiere, and authors Tim Pratt and Camille Alexa.

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Doctor Who – The Movie

August 21st, 2013 · Comments Off

Saturday, August 24

Join us for Doctor Who — The Movie! Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor

Doors and cash bar open at 4:00PM
Event begins at 5:00PM
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door
Seating is limited; first come, first seated

We’ll be giving away some special prizes in our trivia contest — plus, we’ll be serving up Sonic Screwdrivers at the bar, and of course, free popcorn for everyone!

Screening and prizes by gracious courtesy of BBC Home Entertainment

The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey, with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr. Grace Holloway fights — and fails — to save his life… Later — in the morgue — the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one — the Master has also found himself a new body! As the clock counts down to the start of the new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy from destroying all life on Earth????

We’ll be showing some special extras after the movie as well – so stay in your seats!

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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