Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy anniversaries

Thanks to Borderlands and all of our wonderful friends for joining us for another great party. In our joint anniversary celebration with Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine (their 60th!), we gave away copies of F&SF's anniversary issue and played audio interviews with F&SF/Tachyon authors. Our F&SF 60th anniversary anthology will be available in just two weeks, so preorder now...

Congratulations to the Norton Award winners: Doug Dorst and his quite hilarious novel, Alive in Necropolis (graciously accepted by Ben Yalom, and Charlie Jane Anders, for her tireless work at, among many others, Writers with Drinks and io9. And for being a superheroine.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tachyon Publications 14th Anniversary Party

It's that time.
Come celebrate Tachyon's 14th year of publishing Smart Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Sunday, August 30th, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street (at 20th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Featuring the Emperor Norton awards, a star-studded tribute to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction's 60th Anniversary with a special giveaway gift for the first 50 guests, food and drink, and lots of very special guests.

Friday, August 21, 2009

SF in SF Reading Series - Elizabeth Lynn & Marta Randall on Saturday 8/22

SF in SF. San Francisco. Science Fiction. A Perfect Fit.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Elizabeth Lynn and Marta Randall in a rare appearance in the Bay Area.

SF in SF Reading Series
Elizabeth Lynn and Marta Randall
Saturday, August 22nd
Door at 6 p.m.; Readings at 7 p.m.
The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg. 1st Floor - entrance is between Quizno's & Citibank
582 Market Street at 2nd & Montgomery, San Francisco
Phone night of event - 415-572-1015
Questions? email

ELIZABETH LYNN is an SFF writer, particularly known for being one of the first writers in SFF to introduce gay and lesbian characters; in honor of Lynn, the GLBT bookstore "A Different Light" took its name from her novel. Her Chronicles of Tornor novels (1979-80), the first of which won the World Fantasy Award, were among the first fantasy novels to have gay relationships as an unremarkable part of the cultural background. The other books in this series are The Dancers of Arun (1979); and Northern Girl (1980). Lynn's early SF novels, The Sardonyx Net and A Different Light were similarly ground-breaking in their treatment of sexual themes. Her "magical lesbian tale" "The Woman Who Loved the Moon" also won a World Fantasy Award. After a long hiatus, she began publishing again in 1998 (Dragon's Winter) and in 2004 (Dragon's Treasure). She has been a student and teacher of aikido for many years, with her own studio, and is a 6th degree black belt.

MARTA RANDALL, born in Mexico City, is a science fiction writer. In addition to writing numerous science fiction novels and short fiction, Marta Randall has edited for New Dimensions and Nebula Awards 19. She has taught science fiction writing at Clarion East and Clarion West, the University of California (Berkeley) Extension, Portland State University, and in private workshops. From 1981 through 1984, she served first as Vice-President and later became the first female President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. More on her books and writing at

Each author will read a selection, followed by Q & A moderated by Terry Bisson.
Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books
Authors will sign in the lounge afterwards

While we have no admission charge, a $5 suggested donation goes directly to Variety Childrens' Charity - drop some cash in the donation box, or buy a beer! Seating is limited - first come, first seated.

DON'T DRIVE! Take public transportation as we are mere steps away from the BART/MUNI station at Montgomery.


Bar proceeds and tips from all SF in SF events benefit Variety Childrens' Charity of Northern California. Our goal for 2009 with SF in SF is to raise $5,000. Variety the Children's Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children in our communities. We do this by providing programs of last resort which help families' access medical care and related services that are not covered by insurance companies, hospitals, government agencies or community based organizations. Learn more at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tasty Disch tribute

Matthew Davis has put up an updated version of Schroedinger's Cake, his extraordinary website dedicated to Thomas M. Disch. I am so impressed by his (and I quote) "horrifically lengthy checklists of his short fiction, essays, poetry, and miscellaneous efforts." Heh. He also has details Tom's unfinished novel The Pressure of Time, a follow up to the Disch classic Camp Concentration. I would have loved to have seen (or published) that.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kage Baker on Amazon's book blog

Here's a lovely interview by Jeff VanderMeer over at Omnivoracious, who says "Kage Baker is already well-known among adult readers for her science fiction series The Company, but her new children's book The Hotel Under the Sand is bound to win her plenty of new readers among the younger set."

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

2009 World Fantasy Award nominations announced

Is is really August already? I still have so much to do from 2008...

The good news this month is that the World Fantasy Award nominees are announced. Two nods for Tachyon:

Steampunk, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer for Best Anthology (and for the forthcoming second (and third?) volumes.

And Jacob Weisman for Special Award, Professional. Disclaimer: I happen to know Jacob pretty well. And he really deserves it.

Peter S. Beagle was nominated for "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel," which was collected in We Never Talk About My Brother, and for his collection Strange Roads. Nominations also went to Ellen Datlow, John Kessel, and Kage Baker. Congrats and good luck to *all* of the nominees (I'm supposed to say that, right?).