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message 1: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (last edited Jan 09, 2019 01:22AM) (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Next meetup is Monday, Jan 28 at Borderlands Books!

RSVP Here!

Reminder: We're back to meeting at 6pm!

(edited for Jan meetup)


message 2: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments sorry I missed it, how did it go?


message 3: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Sorry you missed it, too, Bob! It was good - it was just four of us (and I was late because of work - curses), and we talked about whether the romance in Alif the Unseen worked, if G. Wilson Wilson's "surrogate" in the novel, the convert, was truly her, jinni cyberpunk, the Arab Spring, the many versions of the film Blade Runner (and the voiceover and Rutger Hauer improvising), translations, what else we were reading (and playing), and a bunch of other good stuff I'm likely forgetting.

I'll have a thread for the November meeting up in a bit.


message 4: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
OK, instead of wastefully starting a new thread each time, I'm just going to update this thread each month from now on. Details on Nov 24 meetup in the first post!


message 5: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments looking forward to the 24th!


message 6: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
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!


message 7: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Tell them we want them to go out for drinks with us after! (Or I just will when I get there)


message 8: by James (new)

James | 19 comments It was fun meeting all of you last night and I greatly enjoyed our conversation. I was bummed I couldn't go out for drinks afterwards, but hopefully next time. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


message 9: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Next time I'll try to have more cocktails after than before!


message 10: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Glad it went well! Looking forward to re-joining in January!


message 11: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments You guys, Blade Runner tonight! I made an event. Probably too late. But I'll be there and probably decently drunk.


message 12: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Already tied up but playing the 15th and 16th at the Castro if we want to try again!


message 13: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments So, how was it? anyone show up?

I'm up for the 16th at the Castro Theatre. Anyone else? 7 or 9:30?


message 14: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (last edited Dec 07, 2014 12:21AM) (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
I can't make the 16th, but that'd be awesome of some of you can (again?).


message 15: by Ulmer Ian (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments So yea I already watched Blade Runner last month and I'm not someone who can rewatch so quickly! :)

I totally support not having a meeting Dec 29, that would be silly. Would anyone else want to meet Jan 5 though to discuss the December book?


message 16: by Sky (new)

Sky | 657 comments I haven't been able to show up for the local meetings yet, but I will be out of state from the 14th-21st. Would love to go see Blade Runner if it is showing any other times. Will be trying to make the next monthly meetup


message 17: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments I'm down to do an impromptu meet-up. Will be back on January 1st from holidays, so anytime after that works for me.

Welcome, Sky!


message 18: by Ulmer Ian (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments Well no quorum for a rogue Dec replacement meeting.

I'm going to the Jan 17th Sanderson reading in El Cerrito. (Hooray, E. Bay gets an author!) I don't follow his YA work, but his readings and Q&As are always fun.

Details @
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/anno...


message 19: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments I'm not going to be able to make the 26th, I'll be in one of my least favorite US cities, Houston.


message 20: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments Lol I grew up in the suburbs of Houston and yep, it's kind of a cultural wasteland.


message 21: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments It's like the opening scene of Bladerunner!


message 22: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
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. ;)


message 23: by Ulmer Ian (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments Arboretum & Nature Center totally sounds like a place in Bladerunner. Except it would be run by the Federal Reserve to secure the currency with its valuable trees and animals. ;)


message 24: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments That's true they do have an excellent assortment of museums and art collections.


message 25: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Gah! I was super-delinquent adding the Jan meetup as an event! It's now up, so please RSVP - link in first post.


message 27: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments so, what did I miss?


message 28: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (last edited Jan 30, 2015 01:14AM) (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
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!


message 29: by Ulmer Ian (last edited Jan 30, 2015 02:07AM) (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments If you join like right now you can vote on their schedule and volunteer yourself for panels. It's halfway a unconference I guess.


message 30: by Ulmer Ian (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/02/...


noooooooooooooooo what.the.fuck


message 31: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Crushing


message 32: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Oh mannnnn such bad news! :(


message 33: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (last edited Feb 01, 2015 08:53PM) (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
There's a longer post about the reasons for the closing on their website main page:
http://www.borderlands-books.com/

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!


message 34: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments Maybe scale down and turn the cafe into a cafe slash used books store? Such sad news...


message 35: by Ulmer Ian (last edited Feb 02, 2015 03:29AM) (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments Yea, my wife and I decided to go. Not really sure what to do, it's not like we can really demand the owners to continue doing a job that was probably never that lucrative. It's telling I heard of the news because Charlie Stross and Mary Robinette Kowal retweeted it so I got one of those push notifications - neither of them live anywhere near here. Borderlands is a worldwide landmark in the genre.

In happier news we finally got our Fogcon membership today. Hope to see some of you there as well. :)


message 36: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Jlawrence wrote: "There's a longer post about the reasons for the closing on their website main page:
http://www.borderlands-books.com/

They're also holding a public discussion in the cafe at 7pm on Thursday, Febru..."


I'll be there with my sad face on


message 37: by Stacia (new)

Stacia (InUffishThought) | 18 comments Noooooo!!!!! I can't make the meeting on Thursday, but if they discuss a way to help Borderlands, I'm in. Memberships, crowd-funding, whatever. I do like the idea of a book-of-the-month club at a premium price.


message 38: by James (new)

James | 19 comments Paramount Theatre in Oakland is showing Blade Runner on March 20.

http://www.paramounttheatre.com/film....

It is a very cool venue and very Bartable. They have a Wurlitzer. It is pretty awesome.


message 39: by Sky (last edited Feb 19, 2015 07:11AM) (new)

Sky | 657 comments I live in Oakland... I'd definitely be down for that


message 40: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (last edited Mar 02, 2015 11:19PM) (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
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!).


message 41: by Ulmer Ian (new)

Ulmer Ian (eean) | 341 comments maybe Saturday?! It's mostly on Saturday and Sunday!

Going to cram reading Orphan's Tale in before the weekend (there's a panel about story within stories). My wife is reading 2312. We'll be ready. :>


message 42: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
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!


message 43: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1528 comments Mod
If you're waffling on attendance, let it be known that Tom will be at the meetup!!


message 44: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Sword & Laser both present?? Woot!!


message 45: by James (new)

James | 19 comments I was hoping, but I didn't want to ask at the Buzz Out Loud event. Also, because I got super shy all of a sudden. Probably because I didn't have breakfast. Bacon gives you courage.


message 46: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments that means we are definately going out for cocktails after right? The Chapel doesn't have a show, so Veronica's hipster allergy won't flare up!


message 47: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 940 comments Mod
Added next meetup, April 27, as an event - RSVP here !

There was a great turnout last night, a fun discussion, and Fresno Bob did indeed convince some of us to convene for cocktails afterwards. Veronica said she took a picture of us all at the table at Borderlands. Where's the photo, V???


message 48: by David (new)

David | 2 comments March 30 was my first San Francisco S&L meetup but hopefully will not be my last. Lots of stimulating conversation among a highly intelligent group of people. Been a long time listener/fan of the podcast. Even got a picture with V.


message 49: by Jasper (new)

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments That jingle was the highlight of my day.


message 50: by Fresno Bob (new)

Fresno Bob | 474 comments Veronica wrote: ""

[image error] is all I see, anyone else get anything?


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