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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!


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!


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

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


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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July Movie – Logan’s Run, with William F Nolan

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on July Movie – Logan’s Run, with William F Nolan

Tuesday – July 7th


With author William F. Nolan in attendance!

A rare opportunity to speak with one of the original authors of Logan’s Run — the best-selling dystopian novel, first published in 1967 by Dial Press, and now available in a fabulous new edition from Vintage — which will be available for sale at the event, and you can get them SIGNED by Nolan!

In attendance with Nolan will be Jason Brock, editor and anthologist, for The Bleeding Edge, and The Devil’s Coattails, both featuring Nolan’s work.

6:00-7:00PM – Booksigning in lobby. Feel free to bring items from home!

7:00PM – Film of LOGAN’S RUN begins

Informal chat with author in lobby after film, time permitting

Beer/Wine for sale at concession stand

Tickets — $10 at box office, or pre-purchase at website.

The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa, between 37th & 38th Avenue

Street parking, metered til 6PM, free after!

Plan your MUNI trip here.

The Balboa Theatre of San Francisco is a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation (SFNTF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic movie theatres. We believe that historic theatres contribute to the unique character of neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life of City residents. To learn more, visit http://sfntf.squarespace.com/.

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May Movie – Labyrinth (with David Bowie!)

May 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off on May Movie – Labyrinth (with David Bowie!)

Wednesday, May 27th, 7:30PM


The Balboa Theatre and SF in SF present the ultimate fantastic fantasy film staring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly
Toby Froud, Warwick Davis & Kenny Baker.

Left home to babysit her little brother Toby, Sarah resorts to storytelling to keep him from crying at bedtime…but what to do when he won’t stop crying? Sarah’s story inadvertently conjures the fearsome Goblin King, Jareth, who forces her to race against time and his mysterious Labyrinth when he steals Toby away from her. She must rescue her brother, or he will became a goblin, forever…

A classic, directed by Jim Henson, screenplay by Terry Jones (Monty Python), with the magic of Brian Froud’s costume design and the genius of the Jim Henson Creature Shop (Hoggle!) — and David Bowie chewing up the scenery — it’s not to be missed!

$10 per person
Buy your tickets here!
OR, at the box office 1 hour before showtime

Beer and wine for sale at the concession stand. Don’t forget to grab a raffle ticket for prizes as you enter the theatre!

The Balboa Theatre
3630 Balboa Street between 37th & 38th Street, SF, CA
(415) 221-8184

Come early and dine in the area – lots of good eats around the Balboa!
Street parking is metered til 6PM

Support your local independent MOVIE THEATRE!

The Balboa is a historic theatre, built in 1928, and one of only a dozen neighborhood movie theatres still remaining in San Francisco – where there used to be over a hundred! To help support and keep what little we have left — including fantastic movie palaces like the Balboa, the Vogue, the Castro — you can become a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation! Learn more and donate here.

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May Reading – Peter Straub & Michael Marshall Smith

April 17th, 2015 · Comments Off on May Reading – Peter Straub & Michael Marshall Smith

Join SF in SF and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation

Friday, May 1st

At the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, 5th Floor.
Doors open 5:30PM
Event begins promptly at 6:30PM

Tickets on sale now! Price $20 — proceeds benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, and the Book Club of California. (Entry $25 on the door.)

Refreshments for sale at the venue
Books by all authors will be available for sale, courtesy of Borderlands Books.

Each author will read a selection from their work, then join Terry Bisson in conversation and Q&A with the audience. Book signing follows; please feel free to bring your books from home for signatures. (3 books at a time, then back in line.)

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors and a poet. His horror fiction has has received numerous literary honors such the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, the Bram Stoker Award, among others. He edited the Library of America volume, H. P. Lovecraft: Tales (2005), and is known for his books Ghost Story, Julia, Koko, In the Night Room, Floating Dragon, and A Dark Matter, among others. Learn more at his website.

Michael Marshall Smith is a recent transplant to the United States, and the Bay Area. Originally from England, he is a novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer who also writes suspense as Michael Marshall. His first published story, “The Man Who Drew Cats”, won the British Fantasy Award in 1991 for Best Short Story. His first novel, Only Forward, won the August Derleth Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. He runs Ememess Press, focusing on producing his ebooks, and was recently the Co-Chairperson for the World Fantasy Convention held in Brighton, 2013. Learn more about this multitalented author at his website.

Terry Bisson has been the moderator of SF in SF since it began in 2004. He founded the KGB Bar readings in NYC, and has a wide selection of writings in science fiction, among them the enormously popular “They’re Made of Meat”, and “Numbers Don’t Lie”. His most recent book is Any Day Now, from Overlook Press. His amusing blog is at his website.

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