Can you name yet another short story for me? This humorous SF story appeared in the National Lampoon decades ago; I found it in a Lampoon anthology where it was very out of place. The story was written as a transcription of a tape made by academics who had gone to a small town in Appalachia to take an oral history. The county was named Tempura County or Teriyaki County, or something else that was obviously a Japanese food. The main figure of the story was a friendly but powerful and unpredictable entity called Cyrus. [more inside]
Where can I get some absentee alien stories? [more inside]
I recently read Berlin Noir, The City and The City and Chasm City, and was looking for recommendations for sci-fi detective fiction, or detective fiction that reads like sci-fi. [more inside]
What are the best resources/avenues/contract agencies to get hooked up with regarding getting a marketing job (digital/online) within the Bay Area (California). [more inside]
Mr. Liet and I have a day and a half in San Francisco. What should we do? [more inside]
What generic thank-you gift (between $10-20) can I give to someone working in SF when the only contact information I have is their iPhone number? [more inside]
I like science fiction books that are placed in the general fiction section - but for me they are hard to find on Amazon or in libraries. Examples of these kinds of books are The Sparrow, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Oryx and Crake, Cloud Atlas and The Dog Stars ... but I need more new stuff - any suggestions?
I'm looking for recommendations of a good plumber in the Bay Area, ideally SF [more inside]
I'd like to donate some money to an organization that helps mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco. Which organization would give me the most "bang for my buck"? [more inside]
Can you point me to some (non-prosthetic) scifi/fantasy makeup looks? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Name that book ... SF [more inside]
What is a realistic path to becoming a published SF author? [more inside]
You have wanderlust, a little money, and unexpectedly, a free month or two. What do you do? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can get a good scalp massage in San Francisco? [more inside]
What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Just moved to SF. What can I do to meet like-minded people and make friends around here? [more inside]
What's the best SF series broadcasting right now? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm looking for contemporary SF/Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction journals. [more inside]
What's open in SF on Monday (Labor Day)? Places for brunch? Non-super-touristy things to do? [more inside]
What are your suggestions for a casual, inexpensive restaurant close to a Bart station in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for the San Francisco equivalent of Australia's UniLodge - basic student housing without tons of frills. Do they exist? [more inside]
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]
What Hospital(s) would a tourist who had an accident in San Francisco likely be sent to? [more inside]
Recommendations for singing/vocal coaches in the SF Bay area that work well with a rock/pop/punk energetic vibe? [more inside]
What could slow down the pace of change (religious/scientific/economic/cultural) in a civilization? (Please see specific details inside.) [more inside]
Upscale and downscale food, drink and adventure in SF for 4-Jul Week? [more inside]
Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco? [more inside]
What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
Moving to SF Bay area from Canada (most likely SJ). Wondering - is first + last months rent + damage deposit normal, or just first + damage deposit?
Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
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?
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]
In search of a moderately priced restaurant for a smallish (~40 guests) wedding dinner in San Francisco in late August. [more inside]
What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
Romantic date ideas in SF for next Friday (3/9)? Is this even a good idea or am I jumping the gun? [more inside]
Recommendations for what else to see and do around the Mission/Dolores Park on a supposed beautiful day tomorrow in San Francisco? [more inside]
Can you recommend a great place for lunch after a courthouse wedding in San Francisco? [more inside]
Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
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?