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Name that book

Asking for a friend: Name that book ... SF [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

What is a realistic path to becoming a published SF author?

What is a realistic path to becoming a published SF author? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Dec 26, 2012 - 13 answers

But when that open ro-oad starts to callin me/ Theres somethin oer the hill that I gotta see

You have wanderlust, a little money, and unexpectedly, a free month or two. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Dec 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Scalp massage in San Francisco?

Does anyone know where I can get a good scalp massage in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Dec 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

It's on the tip of my tongue!

What (probably 70s or 80s-era) science fiction novel involved colonizing an alien world which was inherently hostile to the human protagonists but which had a native population of vampire-like creatures who were similar enough to humans to "pass?" (Possibly shapeshifters.) I thought it was C.J. Cherryh's Faded Sun books, but it isn't – although I think I read it around the same time that I read those books in omnibus.
posted by sonic meat machine on Nov 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Why is George Jean Nathan the only person in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five whose death does not merit a "So it goes"?

Why is George Jean Nathan the only person in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five whose death does not merit a "So it goes"? [more inside]
posted by straight on Oct 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What should we explore around the SF Bay area on short notice?

A few months ago, I booked an incredible deal on a flight to spend 4 days next week in or around San Francisco. Life got busy, and I still haven't made any actual plans for what we're going to do, or where we're going to stay. We've been to SF a few times before, and want to rent a car and explore the area surrounding the city this time around -- particularly to the North. Any budget-friendly suggestions? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Finding your people in SF

Just moved to SF. What can I do to meet like-minded people and make friends around here? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Oct 13, 2012 - 10 answers

MIRANDA

What's the best SF series broadcasting right now? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Oct 4, 2012 - 25 answers

SF that starts out as realism/historical fiction and ends up somewhere else?

Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 15, 2012 - 29 answers

to join or not to join?

Should I join SFWA? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Sep 13, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm looking for contemporary SF/Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction journals.

I'm looking for contemporary SF/Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction journals. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Last minute labor day in SF - what to do?

What's open in SF on Monday (Labor Day)? Places for brunch? Non-super-touristy things to do? [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Sep 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Casual dinner near Bart in SF

What are your suggestions for a casual, inexpensive restaurant close to a Bart station in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Aug 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog?

Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog? [more inside]
posted by *phoenix* on Aug 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Affordable Student Housing in SF

I'm looking for the San Francisco equivalent of Australia's UniLodge - basic student housing without tons of frills. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

What should I do in Palo Alto tomorrow?

I'm going to Palo Alto/Menlo Park tomorrow. I'm going to have an afternoon to kill by myself -- if I only have one afternoon, what should I do, and where should I eat in the South Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Aug 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Hospitals in San Francisco

What Hospital(s) would a tourist who had an accident in San Francisco likely be sent to? [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Aug 2, 2012 - 28 answers

Rocking Out in the Bay

Recommendations for singing/vocal coaches in the SF Bay area that work well with a rock/pop/punk energetic vibe? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Slow down I just wanna get to know you

What could slow down the pace of change (religious/scientific/economic/cultural) in a civilization? (Please see specific details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Jul 11, 2012 - 23 answers

I Still Love You, California! Goodnight!

Upscale and downscale food, drink and adventure in SF for 4-Jul Week? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco?

Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jun 25, 2012 - 20 answers

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering?

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Renting in SF Bay area

Moving to SF Bay area from Canada (most likely SJ). Wondering - is first + last months rent + damage deposit normal, or just first + damage deposit?
posted by burhan on Jun 7, 2012 - 24 answers

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 25, 2012 - 32 answers

apartment hunting in SF during boom times

We're trying to find an apartment to rent in SF (1-2br in the Mission or Noe Valley) and it's difficult. Competition is intense (20+ candidates showing up to see a open houses). What kind of things can we do to stand out from the crowd during the entire process?
posted by mrunderhill on May 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Character vs. imaginary nature

What are some examples in fantastic and speculative fiction of characters struggling to survive in a beautiful but alien and dangerous natural environment? All media acceptable. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

Where should I have my SF wedding dinner?

In search of a moderately priced restaurant for a smallish (~40 guests) wedding dinner in San Francisco in late August. [more inside]
posted by makonan on May 8, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program?

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Apr 25, 2012 - 2 answers

A tin foil for humanity

Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Apr 3, 2012 - 26 answers

What are good SF stories for teaching science?

What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight on Feb 29, 2012 - 16 answers

It's been a while...

Romantic date ideas in SF for next Friday (3/9)? Is this even a good idea or am I jumping the gun? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 24, 2012 - 5 answers

A beautiful day in the neighborhood, hopefully.

Recommendations for what else to see and do around the Mission/Dolores Park on a supposed beautiful day tomorrow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm looking for recommendations for a post-wedding celebration lunch spot near Civic Center in SF.

Can you recommend a great place for lunch after a courthouse wedding in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 7 answers

What is this short SF story?

Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Remember an early 2000s blog called Greybox or Greysquare?

Helping help a friend find an old blog. Here are the details she remembers: A guy. Blogging around 2000 - 2001. Posts were often confessional, inimate accounts of his torturous relationship with his girlfriend, who had some sort of eating disorder. He lived in San Francisco much of this time, but eventually moved to (possibly) NYC. The blog may have been called the Grey Square or the Grey Box. Not much to go on, but maybe it will ring a bell with someone?
posted by the jam on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Time to buy a quickie white tux (LA/SF)

I need a white tuxedo, cheap (low-quality is fine), and fast. In LA or SF (needs to be faster if in SF). Ideally get it bought and altered within a week. Does anyone have any leads?
posted by paultopia on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 answers

A match made in PubMed

Medically-literate patient seeking recommendation for an analytical physician. Bay Area, Oakland/Alameda/Berkeley preferred. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Dec 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Help me locate a short science fiction story available online

I'm trying to find a science-fiction story that I saw on a webpage once. I can only remember a few odd miscellaneous details: the author was gay and French, he had a page about his graduate-level math research, and I think his name may have had "David" or "Simon" in it. His webpage was in both English and French, and I'm pretty sure it talked about Alan Turing on part of it. The story itself was based on the premise that the ancient Greeks discovered space travel 2000 years ago and spread throughout the galaxy, creating a galaxy-wide Hellenic-style empire. I believe only the first chapter of the story was written, which was mostly the Earthling protagonist discovering the empire, exposition about its history and politics, and him having sex with some Greek-god-lookalike guy from the Empire. [more inside]
posted by aurochs on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Me and my car

How do I rent a parking spot in the Mission in SF? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Nov 17, 2011 - 10 answers

I figured out what it was, now where was it?

Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

There's also some self identity issues here...

How do I meet 2nd generation Chinese women in the Bay Area? (Not as creepy as it sounds... I hope) [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Nov 2, 2011 - 31 answers

"Connect" takes off

A science fiction story that I have uploaded as a free kindle download to Amazon has has somehow taken off (it's at #619 in the free kindle store and is rising fast). How do I best capitalize on this?
posted by thatwhichfalls on Oct 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Moving from SF to Silicon Valley - need advice on cars and housing

So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

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