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Mar 02, 2015 02:08PM

4170 Most of Catherynne Valente's panels (including that story within a story one) are on Friday, so that's the day I'm making for sure. Hooray for you diving into Orphan's Tale!
Mar 02, 2015 01:53PM

4170 Updated with March 30 meetup in first post (aka Borderlands lives) - RSVP !

Also, definitely going to FogCon this Friday at least, maybe Saturday, too (Cat Valente! Kim Stanley Robinson!).
Feb 23, 2015 10:41AM

4170 So happy they made it! :D And still pledging my sponsorship tonight.
Feb 19, 2015 06:54PM

4170 Update: as a result of feedback from last Thur's public meeting, Borderlands is going to try to stay open through paid sponsorships!

They need 300 $100 sponsorships by March 31st to stay open in 2015. Benefits of being a sponsor & reasons behind it here:

I'll become a sponsor on Monday at our meetup. Hoping the support comes through (the majority of attendees Thur said they'd show support in this way).
Feb 05, 2015 02:32PM

4170 Randolph wrote: "Olivia wrote: "http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com...

March 2015"

It's a real long time until 2018. Why close in 2015?"

The wages increase gradually over that time frame. Alan believes that the store's financial state is doomed with that increase, so he wants to do a graceful closing early to avoid what he forecasts as a slow painful donward spiral. See the two posts I linked above for more details on his reasoning.
Feb 05, 2015 01:30PM

4170 Borderlands blog added some posts from Alan, one about alternatives to closing they considered:

and a nuanced post about the way San Francisco's minimum wage law is rolling out:
Feb 01, 2015 11:53AM

4170 There's a longer post about the reasons for the closing on their website main page:

They're also holding a public discussion in the cafe at 7pm on Thursday, February 12th to discuss alternatives to closing the store. Veronica said she's going, and I will too, so join us if you can!
Feb 01, 2015 11:10AM

4170 I'm currently reading Catherynne Valente's excellent (so far) take on future AI, Silently and Very Fast, the young adult fantasy/science fiction mix Below the Root, and Vintage Games which surveys landmark video games.

How about you?
Feb 01, 2015 10:35AM

4170 Oh mannnnn such bad news! :(
Jan 29, 2015 03:57PM

4170 We talked about The Night Circus, The Sparrow - which we will continue discussion of next month since I was the only one who finished it haha, Ridley Scott's hits and misses, The Dresden Files, ham radio, Outlander, CONVENTIONS - specifically DragonCon, ComicCon and the local FogCon which happens this March (see link above!), and much more that I'm forgetting.

Ian, I wish FogCon had their programming schedule up (it's still blank right now), that'd help me decide for sure if I'm gonna go/which days I would go. :)

EDIT: Next meetup is Monday, Feb 23 - added RSVP link to first post, and here!
Jan 14, 2015 01:39PM

4170 Dharmakirti wrote: "The group "2015: The Year of Reading Women" will be reading Valente's Palimpsest in July. Come join us. :)"

Nice, will do!
Jan 14, 2015 11:23AM

4170 Gah! I was super-delinquent adding the Jan meetup as an event! It's now up, so please RSVP - link in first post.
Jan 09, 2015 03:24PM

4170 70 book reading challenge this year, including all the S&L choices, picks for another book club, some re-reads of titles I haven't read since high school, like Lord of the Flies, some recent releases like Ancillary Sword, The Peripheral, and The Bone Clocks, Shadow Scale as soon as it comes out, more Catherynne M. Valente, and the shorter of unread books I have stacked in my apt (graphic novels get high priority for helping with the challenge! ;) Saga will be the first of those).
Jan 08, 2015 03:57PM

4170 Hey, I grew up in Houston, too - it's not all bad: there's Jones Hall, the Menil collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, other museums I'm forgetting, the yearly Art Car Parade, and, to get away from Bladerunner-ness, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. AND... at least it's not Dallas. ;)
Dec 06, 2014 03:21PM

4170 I can't make the 16th, but that'd be awesome of some of you can (again?).
Dec 05, 2014 08:33PM

4170 60% through Castle in the Air (Howl 2) by Diana Wynn Jones, hitting the essay portion of Perspectives On Orson Welles and will soon start The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Should have those finished by the holiday break, during which I plan to read Permutation City by Greg Egan and a couple of Catherynne Valente novellas.
Dec 01, 2014 07:31PM

4170 Glad it went well! Looking forward to re-joining in January!
Nov 21, 2014 06:13PM

4170 Hey folks, a note about Monday (Nov 24)'s meetup - Borderlands is having their all-staff meeting that night, so the cafe will close early, at 7pm. They're graciously letting us stay til 8 as usual anyway, the only stipulation is we HAVE to be out of there by 8. I told them it would not be a problem.

Again, I won't be there but V the Supreme Sword will be! Also, there's no Dec meetup, but we will resume in 2015 on Jan. 26. Have fun on Monday, and see you in January!
Nov 02, 2014 07:37AM

4170 terpkristin wrote: "but I still have Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation and What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions"

I'm especially curious what you'll think of What If? engineering-wise, terpkristin. :D
Nov 02, 2014 07:35AM

4170 Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "Jlawrence wrote: "I'm almost done with Joss Whedon: The Biography, which inspired me to start the Joss-written Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted, and just so I'll be reading too much at once I'm also about to begin Patricia McKillip's Alphabet of Thorn..."

Ooh I love that little McKillip book. Do you have the one with the gorgeous cover?"

I bought the Kindle version, and that cover shows up as a thumbnail for it in my Kindle library screen, but they didn't include it full-size in the ebook for some reason. :( Been looking forward to reading it for a long time, though!
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