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Not all summer in a day

Help identify this old SF short story about a small group of interstellar colonists (maybe one or two dozen). The colonists (maybe explorers) identities and personal details were kept secret from the people on earth. I'm pretty sure I read it in a paperback anthology but it might have been in a magazine and it would have been at least 20 years ago, more likely 30. The story is probably even older. Gotcha spoiler under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 24, 2016 - 7 answers

YASID about a weird house and It's not And He Build a Crooked House

My friend is looking for this story and none of us remember where it is from. A traveler or explorer encountered a house and walked in through the front door. He walked through the house, out the back door and around to the front of the house. He discovered that the front of the house was pinched off and inaccessible. Please help
posted by bleary on Aug 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Moving to SF!

What 'hoods should we look at as we plan a move from NYC to SF? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 15, 2016 - 19 answers

Help me find a new SF/F review site to read.

All my favorite science fiction and fantasy book review sites are dying, with two of the best (io9 and SF Signal), fading in the last month. I know there are still a few podcasts, but I would rather stick with something I can read. Are there any good sites left with news about new books (or audiobooks) and authors, as well as intelligent reviews? I'd also be willing to follow Twitter feeds that do the same.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Renting in San Francisco - Young and Broke edition.

Private room in shared house/apt in San Francisco. Near Potrero Hill/SoMA. ~$800. I'm in my early twenties. Is this possible? Help. Hope. [more inside]
posted by wym on Jun 6, 2016 - 21 answers

SF to Portland or Portland to Seattle? Roadtrip filter.

My best friend (also a MeFite) and I are going to do a west coast road trip for the last week of July. We'll arrive Sunday evening and need to fly home to the east coast on Friday. So we have four full non-air travel days. Would you recommend travelling from SF to Portland or Portland to Seattle? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on May 25, 2016 - 16 answers

Please help me stop reading Seveneves

No, seriously. I keep on rereading the first two-thirds of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and I gotta get out of this place. Please make me aware of other things I should read. [more inside]
posted by BrunoLatourFanclub on May 22, 2016 - 40 answers

Book Filter

Sometime this millennium I read a book. I think it was written recently and was supposed to be the first of a series. It was about a future where people somehow could enter into parallel universes and would be filmed for exciting television shows back on real earth. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Photography for online dating profile in San Francisco

I'd like to pay to have a few pictures of myself taken for online dating. I'm in SF. Where can I find someone to do this for relatively cheap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I get a cat if I want to keep living in San Francisco?

My therapist suggested that I get an emotional support cat. I super want a cat, miss living with cats, my housemates think it's a good idea and are happy about a cat living with us. I live in San Francisco; I'm worried that my landlord will raise the rent by lots when it's time to renew the lease/force us to leave or something. Is this a supported fear? [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Jan 24, 2016 - 17 answers

San Francisco geographical oddity

If you search Google Maps for "San Francisco", it shows tiny corners of Angel Island and Alameda Island as lying within city limits. Is this accurate? If so, how did the city/county boundary lines get drawn in such an unusual way?
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 21, 2016 - 15 answers

SF YA story id

Trying to identify a book I read in middle school. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jan 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me find my OTHER nominees for the Hugos and Retro Hugos

I'm looking for suggestions for potential nominations for the upcoming Hugos and Retro-Hugos. Difficulty level: NOT the categories for fiction, film, or television. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jan 9, 2016 - 4 answers

People keep getting into my apartment building?

We've had at least two instances of people who are not supposed to be in the apartment building being in the building since we moved in July. One in late October; one yesterday/today. I don't know what, if anything, I need to be doing right now, both from a perspective of "I like my apartment building being secure" and a mental health perspective. So many words inside because what do I do, oh god. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Dec 3, 2015 - 16 answers

What Conference Venues do you recommend in SF?

Hi folks, I am helping organize a conference for about 1000 attendees in San Francisco next year. I have only been to an event at Fort Mason Center in the past. Any good venue recommendations? It would help if you can explain why you like it. Also looking for local production, caterer, etc...vendors if you know of any good folks. Thanks!
posted by notatron on Dec 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for a SF story about network packets from the future

I'm looking for a story (short novel, perhaps?) I read online probably 5-10 years ago, about a team that invents network gear so good, it happens to pick up packets from the future. Other plot points inside. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 20, 2015 - 0 answers

Good San Francisco venue for cocktail party?

I'm planning a cocktail party in San Francisco for some friends and colleagues and - coming from New York City - it's hard to tell from online searches what would be an appropriate place. Details... [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Oct 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Which San Francisco shelter should I volunteer at?

Exactly as it says on the tin: the Animal Care & Control (city shelter) or the SPCA -- which offers a better experience for a volunteer, particularly one who wants to work with kitties? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Oct 14, 2015 - 3 answers

I need to sell my SF books in London

I know there are a few variants of this question in metafilter history, but hopefully this is a reasonably unique combination...: I have 20-ish boxes of mainly SF books in London (UK). There's nothing too unique but a moderate density of hardcovers. I want to get rid of them and hopefully end up with both more space and more money (although research has made my cynical about how much money might be involved). What's the best option?
posted by curious_yellow on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Seeking "Hyperbrain" Books/Films: Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Limitless

If I greatly enjoyed Ted Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Flowers for Algernon and Limitless, what other works along the same "superintelligence", "hyperbrain" or "gifted with superhuman intelligence amongst a world of normal people" theme would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Bars/music venues with acoustic pianos in the SF Bay Area

What are the bars/live music venues in San Francisco and Oakland that have real, acoustic pianos on their stages? [more inside]
posted by DrAmerica on Aug 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Novellas, novelettes, short stories

Where do you read novellas, novelettes and short stories in science fiction? Whom do you suggest? During the golden age of sf I relied on Analog/Astounding, but after all the recent Hugo drama I have realized that I barely keep up with the new novels. Looking back at the titles that won Hugos and Nebulas, I realized how many of the shorter pieces I truly loved and I feel the need to get to know the youngish writers. Tell me whom I should read and where I'll find that author.
posted by francesca too on Aug 26, 2015 - 11 answers

FalafelFilter: Lower Haight falafel place in the early 2000s

Back in the early 2000s - around 2001-2003 there was an awesome falafel place near the corner of Haight and Fillmore. I'm less interested in the place, but would love to find a similar style of falafel in the East Bay / Oakland. [more inside]
posted by homesickness on Aug 24, 2015 - 7 answers

SF Book Collection: Its value and to whom.

I'm moving. Many of my SF books can go away permanently. Who where how? [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jul 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Bathing in San Francisco

Along the same line as this post that inquires about bath houses in Los Angeles, I'm looking for a place to get clean in The City! [more inside]
posted by starscream on Jul 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Nighttime San Francisco for the introverted solo traveller

I'm going to be stopping in SF for a few nights next week (Sunday-Thursday) en route from London to Portland, and realise I've no real idea of what to do with myself in the evenings (daytime is fine)... [more inside]
posted by influx on Jul 21, 2015 - 18 answers

Name for science fiction writers ramping up sexual content?

There are numerous shorthand descriptions of various phenomena, like Rule 34 and Godwin's law and Sturgeon's law. Is there a shorthand term for the tendency of science fiction writers to ramp up sexual content over time? I know Heinlein did it over time. Niven did it in the Ringworld series. Simmons apparently did it. Now I find out that Herbert did it in the later Dune books. It seems to be a common phenomenon, but is there a specific name for it?
posted by Bugbread on Jul 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Who suggested that multinational corporations are highest life forms?

Who was the anthropologist who suggested that multinational corporations are the highest life forms on Earth? Author William Gibson has recounted going to a lecture by a female anthropologist at the University of British Columbia in the late 70s. The anthropologist posited the idea that multinational corporations were the highest life form on Earth, which had a profound influence on Gibson's world view, and therefore on literature influenced by Gibson. Who was this anthropologist? I haven't been able to find out who she was.
posted by Kattullus on Jul 5, 2015 - 11 answers

When to look for housing in SF

Please tell me the latest possible date I should fly into San Francisco to look for housing, with a work start date of August 10th. More specifics within. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Is dating for men easier in SF or NYC?

I'm a 30-year-old straight single guy, debating a move to either NYC or SF. Singledom has been getting tiresome (after 6+ months), and I'd be interested in knowing whether dating would be substantially better or easier in one or the other city. I'm a slightly nerdy (but by no-means super-geeky) and fairly athletic/outdoorsy highly-educated professional. In either city, I'd be living in or near the urban center. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me accessorize a navy dress!

Situation: I'm going to a major environmental nonprofit's fundraising gala/ball. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on May 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Living alone in SF. Difficulty level: postdoc

Is it possible to find a studio in SF proper for ≤$1650/mo? Where (and how) should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Apr 30, 2015 - 25 answers

How much should a junior engineer at a startup/consultancy in SF make?

I just graduated from a web development bootcamp and am starting to look for my first job in the field in the Bay Area. I'm getting wildly different advice about how much money I should try to get paid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Spectator route for cyclists at the SF Marathon?

Is there a route alongside the San Francisco marathon I could take that would allow me to get back to the designated viewing locations? Bikes are not allowed in the race of course, but I'd like to know if anyone else has tried to follow the race and support a participant by riding ahead and cheering them on at each viewing location. [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Apr 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Where can I buy Dutch Crunch bread in SF to make my own sandwiches?

I want to make sandwiches for work on Dutch Crunch bread -- it's amazing. However, the only places I've had it are sandwich shops that are selling finished sandwiches, not the bread itself. Please tell me where in SF I can buy loaves of this crunchy goodness!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Short story ID: marketer helps niche group hide from marketers

Trying to identify a short story in which someone whose job is to identify emerging groups of people with specialized interests and target them as niche markets turns those skills to helping some group hide their purchases and whatnot to evade that kind of targeting. Maybe the group being helped contained some relatives of the marketer? I'm pretty sure I read it within the past 15 years, and it's possible it was in one of those annual collections of SF short stories (like Dozois's series).
posted by stebulus on Apr 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Has anyone made a hard science fiction video game?

Are there any good games that are based on hard science fiction, such as discussed on Project Rho? There are a lot of great SF books that draw on relativity, vast distances and solid physics to make their stories of interstellar warfare and commerce exciting (e.g. Charlie Stross, Alaistair Reynolds, Benford, Westerfield, etc.) but all video games, mainstream or indie, seem to be much more Star Wars-style science fantasy. Are there any exceptions? FTL is the closest I can think of, and that is pushing it...
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 8, 2015 - 25 answers

Logistics of moving within SF?

I'm thinking about moving (within SF), but am not clear on how exactly to make the logistics work, especially when it comes to giving enough notice. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Mar 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Is dating easier for straight women in SF than in NYC?

This question is for straight women who have lived and dated in both San Francisco and NYC. I've heard anecdotally from a couple of women that dating was much easier for them in SF than in NYC, and I'm wondering if it's true generally or if it was just the luck of these particular individuals. [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 on Mar 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Are there any post-apocalyptic stories focused on minorities?

Are there any "civilization is ruined, zombies/marauders/robots are killing the survivors, we must rebuild/get to the final refuge" stories in any medium where the main characters are not mainly caucasian people?
posted by Apocryphon on Mar 15, 2015 - 34 answers

I Am Taggart: A Memoir by Jason Nesmith

Lots of genre TV stars have written memoirs, but do any of them go into detail about life on the convention circuit? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 answers

New Women SF/F Authors

Reading this thread made me realize that I am completely unaware of the current state of SF/F. Who are some female SF/F authors from the last 15 years that you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 26, 2015 - 21 answers

Help my SF itinerary

I have family coming to visit me here in the San Francisco vicinity and I need help putting together an itinerary including restaurants and such. Please help? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Feb 21, 2015 - 22 answers

What is this old Sci-Fi Short-Story/Novelette?

I'm trying to identify/find this pre-1980 story set in America, about an epidemic (highly contagious, spread skin-to-skin) where everyone's turns grey and the victims have hallucinations. The protagonist is on the run (along with a woman?), trying to escape roaming victims (who have a craving to touch his uninfected skin). In that last aspect, it has a zombie apocalypse feel to it. I believe it was a little-known work by a big-name author. Can anyone tell me what it is? SPOILERS BELOW [more inside]
posted by Sceadugenga on Feb 11, 2015 - 6 answers

What SF book from the 60s or 70s had spiked baseballs?

I am trying to remember the name or author of a paperback SF book I read in the 1970s. From the tone, I'm pretty sure it's a late 60s or 70s publication. Memories inside: [more inside]
posted by Mogur on Jan 30, 2015 - 2 answers

Best Science Fiction of the last year

I've gotten out of the loop on recent Science Fiction writing. What are the best science fiction short stories and novels published within the last year?
posted by Artw on Jan 25, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I rent a car at SFO and return in the city the next day after 6 PM?

I am traveling to SF in a few weeks, arriving mid-afternoon on Thursday at SFO. I am planning to drive to Davis the same day, spending the Friday at UCD, and drive back to SF around 6 PM, where I'll stay. Ideally, I would not have to drive to SFO and shlep back to downtown, but return the car in the city that same Friday evening, or first take a cab downtown upon arrival to a local rental company that does offer (somewhat) later returns. To my surprise, it appears to be impossible to return a rental car in SF after 6 PM to a company that offers pickup at SFO. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by gijsvs on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Can my SF landlord evict a tenant under these circumstances?

My roommate got very drunk, put some chicken in a covered pot on the stove to reheat, and fell asleep. I woke up to an acrid-smelling room (my room is on the other side of the house from the kitchen) and the hallway smoke detector going off. She could have easily started a serious fire (she didn't wake up when the alarm went off, and when I woke her up, she initially didn't even remember that she'd put something on the stove). Even though she didn't burn the kitchen down, the house smells TERRIBLE. Like possibly uninhabitably terrible. Can my landlord evict her for this? Can he make her pay for any necessary smoke removal services? What are MY rights here? Mostly I want her gone, but if that's not possible...? We are in a rent-controlled apartment in SF, and each of the roomates is on a separate lease (not month to month).
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Did Arthur C. Clarke change the ending to Imperial Earth?

A Facebook discussion about good books by well-known authors passing into undeserved obscurity had me looking up reviews of Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth. In the comments on Jo Walton's review there's a discussion about the ending, specifically whether he wrote two distinct endings, replacing the an earlier one in later editions. Did Clarke rewrite the ending? Spoilers below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Dec 29, 2014 - 5 answers

The perfect SF bar that's open on Christmas Eve?

So a friend and I are recent transplants to SF, originally from NYC. For reasons, neither of us can go home for Christmas and we barely know anyone out here. So we've decided to try to find a place to hang out tomorrow and could use advice from locals. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Dec 23, 2014 - 4 answers

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