Friday, January 16, 2009

SF in SF - Aimee Bender and Sean Stewart on Saturday 1/17

Presented by Tachyon Publications

A FREE monthly SF/F author reading series
SF IN SF - Science Fiction. San Francisco. A Perfect Fit.

Join us for the start of our third season at the Preview Room!


Saturday January 17
Lounge/cash bar opens at 6:00PM
7:00 PM readings
The Variety Preview Room
The Hobart Building, 582 Market St. @ Montgomery, SF
Entrance is between Citibank & Quiznos
Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015
Questions? Email us

AIMEE BENDER - an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters. Bender received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and her MFA from UC Irvine. She currently teaches creative writing at USC and heads a class in surrealist writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She has named Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Anne Sexton as influences on her writing. Her first book was The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a short story collection published in 1998, which was chosen as a NYT Notable Book of 1998 and spent 7 weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. Her novel An Invisible Sign of My Own was published in 2000, and was named as an L.A. Times pick of the year. In 2005 she published another short story collection, Willful Creatures, which was nominated by The Believer magazine as one of the best books of the year. Her works have been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, and several anthologies. She has also been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. Bender has received two Pushcart Prizes, and was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2005. We are more than honoured to present this stellar author here at SF in SF.

SEAN STEWART is not a reality TV star...he is a U.S.-Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. Originally from Texas, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968, and now resides in Davis. He received an Honors degree in English from University of Alberta in 1987, following which he spent many years writing novels. Among them are Mockingbird, Resurrection Man, The Perfect Circle, Cloud's End, and Galveston (winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award for best novel in 2000). He gradually moved from writing novels to interactive fiction, first as lead writer on the Web based Alternate Reality Game ([1]) The Beast. Sean served as a consultant on several computer games, and was on the management team of the 4orty2wo Entertainment experiential marketing and entertainment company, where he was lead writer for Haunted Apiary aka ilovebees and Last Call Poker.

His newest novel Cathy's Book, and its sequel, Cathy's Key, seem to represent the melding of his two careers, as it crosses the alternate reality game format with a teen novel. In 2007, he and several 4orty2wo co-founders left that company to start Fourth Wall Studios. One of our favourite writers, we are delighted that he made time to come be part of SF in SF and get us hooked on ARGs.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson
Authors will schmooze & sign books after in the lounge
Books available for sale (courtesy of Borderlands Books)
Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.
Bar proceeds benefit Variety Childrens Charity

We REALLY encourage you to take BART into the City, or use MUNI to get here - we are less than 1/2 block away from the Montgomery St. station. Trust us - you don't want to be looking for parking and be late for the events! Check out to plan your trip!


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