Borderlands Books

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Borderlands Books
Type Private
Founded 1997
Headquarters San Francisco
Owners Alan Beatts
Website borderlands-books.com

Borderlands Books is a San Francisco independent bookstore specializing exclusively in science fiction, fantasy and horror.

History[edit]

In 1997 Alan Beatts opened Borderlands in Hayes Valley as a used-only bookstore consisting of his personal collection and a selection of books from Know Knew Books in Palo Alto.[1] In 2001 the store moved to 866 Valencia in the heart of the Mission District where it is currently located.[2] Shortly after opening in the new location, Borderlands Books was awarded the "Best Sign Of De-Gentrification in the Mission" from the SF Bay Guardian.[3]

Events[edit]

The store makes appearances at horror and science-fiction conventions,[4] and has hosted numerous events with authors and other genre visitors including Lou Anders,[5] Chris Roberson, John Varley,[6] Jacqueline Carey,[7] John Picacio,[8] Graham Joyce,[9] Patricia McKillip, Paolo Bacigalupi[10] David Drake,[11] Randall Munroe,[12] Steven Erikson,[13] and Cory Doctorow.[14]

Borderlands also hosts the Tachyon Publications anniversary party with the associated Emperor Norton Awards, given for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason”. The first award is given to a single work of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, or to an author in these genres, and the second to any creation, creator, or service relating to those genres.[15]

Other Information[edit]

In 2008, Borderlands' owner Alan Beatts and general manager Jude Feldman were jointly nominated for a World Fantasy Award under the World Fantasy Special Award: Professional category.[16] In late 2009, Beatts opened Borderlands Cafe adjacent to the bookstore.[17][18]

Borderlands currently has two Sphynx cat mascots named Ash and Frost.[19] The original Sphynx mascot, named Ripley, died in May 2010.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pickoff-White, Lisa. (April 2, 2008). "Borderlands Helps Make the Bay Area a Sci-Fi Bookstore Haven". SF Weekly. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  2. ^ About the store: Store history. Borderlands-books.com. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "SHIFT city guide - San Francisco - Borderlands Books". Shift.jp.org. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Genre bookstores fight big chains with passion, expertise". CBC News. Associated Press. October 10, 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Lou Anders Interviewed by Rick Kleffel". Trashotron.com. April 18, 2004. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Varley News Archives". varley.net.
  7. ^ "Jacqueline Carey's Official Author Site – 2006 News Archive". Jacquelinecarey.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Behind the Scenes > Photos > World Horror Convention 2006". 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. 
  9. ^ Borderlands Cafe « MentatJack. Mentatjack.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  10. ^ "Book signing Paolo Bacigalupi". Bookloveaffair.com. May 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Borderlands" david-drake.com.
  12. ^ "Borderlands Books First Bookstore in the world stocked with xkcd volume 0". Breadpig Press Release. Breadpig.com. September 19, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  13. ^ "A book signing with Steven Erikson". Fazal Majid's low intensity weblog. November 12, 2005. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  14. ^ "Little Brother by Cory Doctorow". pp 17–18. Scribd.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  15. ^ "Emperor Norton Award Winners". Locus Magazine. August 31, 2009.
  16. ^ "World Fantasy 2008 Award Recipients & Nominees". Worldfantasy.org. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  17. ^ Hernandez, Rigoberto (January 1, 2010). "Move Over, Borderlands Opens Its Cafe on Valencia". Mission Local.
  18. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (September 9, 2010). "The Bay Citizen - Niche Bookstores Provide More Than Books". Bay Citizen (National ed.). The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  19. ^ "List of SF Bookstore Cats". San Francisco Chronicle. August 6, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2011.[dead link]
  20. ^ McGovern, Bridget (May 18 2010). "A Fond Farewell to Ripley, the Borderlands Cat". Tor.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°45′32″N 122°25′17″W / 37.7590223°N 122.4215054°W / 37.7590223; -122.4215054