SF in SF with John Scalzi: Starter Villain *SOLD OUT*

Bookshop West Portal and SF in SF - Science Fiction in San Francisco

present


JOHN SCALZI
in conversation with Kimberly Unger

September 20th, 2023

 

Doors open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 7:00PM

 

American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina Street San Francisco, CA 94103

*SOLD OUT*

Tickets are $10 and available online only -- click here to get your tickets [available starting 8/7/2023]
While no tickets will be sold at the door, we will have a waitlist.



John Scalzi will be reading a selection from his new book, Starter Villain, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Kimberly Unger. Book signing follows; feel free to bring your first editions from home!

Titles by John Scalzi and Kimberly Unger can be ordered online below-- available for pickup at the event, or at the bookstore after, or have it shipped if you cannot attend in person. The titles will also be available for sale onsite, courtesy of Bookshop West Portal.

Cash bar opens at 6PM
21+ beer/wine/whiskey, + fizzy water, soda
Podcast by SOMA FM
Sponsored by Tachyon Publications
Proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum


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LOCATION OF EVENT

The American Bookbinders Museum's entrance is located at 355 Clementina Alley, between 4th and 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom.  The nearest BART station is Powell and Market.  Street parking is free after 6PM on most streets (check your meter!), but parking is not available on Clementina Alley. There are several parking garages within a couple blocks  further directions and transit options are available on the ABM website.  Learn more at www.bookbindersmusem.org.

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COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Please note: while masking isn't mandatory, we'd be happy if you would while inside the ABM.  We'll have some on hand in case you want one.
 

 

Inheriting your uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might think. Particularly when you discover who's running the place.

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan.

Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

But becoming a supervillain isn't all giant laser death rays and lava pits. Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations and venture capital.

It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyper-intelligent talking spy cats, and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

In a dog-eat-dog world...be a cat.

 

 

 

 

JOHN SCALZI is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. His latest book, Starter Villain, is now out from Tor Books.  Learn more about this author at https://whatever.scalzi.com/

 

 

 

 


KIMBERLY UNGER is the author of Nucleation and the 2022 Philip K. Dick Award-winning The Extractionist. Unger made her first videogame back when the 80-column card was the new hot thing and now produces narrative-games for VR, lectures on the intersection of art and code for UCSCs masters program and writes science fiction about how all these app-driven superpowers are going to change the human race. Unger lives in the Bay Area, where she works in the future of VR on the Meta-Oculus gaming platform. Learn more about this author at http://www.ungerink.com/
 

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Books: 
Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780765389220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

The Kaiju Preservation Society By John Scalzi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250878533
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2023

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas By John Scalzi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250781215
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - October 12th, 2021

Interdependency Boxed Set: The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire, The Last Emperox (The Interdependency) By John Scalzi Cover Image
$29.97
ISBN: 9781250777812
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Science Fiction - August 24th, 2021

Fuzzy Nation By John Scalzi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250174642
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - May 28th, 2019

Old Man's War By John Scalzi Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780765348272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 15th, 2007

Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future (The Lock In Series #1) By John Scalzi Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780765381323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Science Fiction - August 4th, 2015

Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (The Lock In Series #2) By John Scalzi Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765388933
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Science Fiction - March 26th, 2019

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome (The Lock In Series #3) By John Scalzi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250307996
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tordotcom - July 24th, 2018

The Extractionist By Kimberly Unger Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616963767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tachyon Publications - July 12th, 2022

Nucleation By Kimberly Unger Cover Image
$15.95
We're sorry, this book is unavailable from our distributor.
ISBN: 9781616963385
Published: Tachyon Publications - November 13th, 2020