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Help identify this murder method from a short story

What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by bleary on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Lapsed sci-fi reader looking for a new literary love in all the wrong places.

I'm getting back into reading for pleasure after years of avoiding it during college. I've found fantasy books easy to get back into, but have no idea where to start with sci-fi! [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep on Feb 20, 2011 - 40 answers

Help me AskMe, you're my only hope...

What alternatives are there to IO9? What are the cool review and news sites for science fiction and fantasy? For comic books? For sf&f tv and movies? [more inside]
posted by bonehead on Feb 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me get tied up in SF!

I'd like to get tied up somewhere in or around SF either tomorow or Monday. This needn't be a sexual encounter, but it need be professional and discreet. [more inside]
posted by 17564 on Feb 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for unpretentious dance spots in SF

What are some awesome, unpretentious places to go out dancing in San Francisco on a Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Feb 5, 2011 - 9 answers

calling math/chem geniuses

When doing mixed-operation arithmetic keeping significant figures, do you round after each operation- according to the rules for that particular step? Or do you keep everything in long-form calculator numbers, then round at the final answer? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on Jan 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Where can I attain the Ballmer Peak in SF?

Is there such a thing as a laptop-friendly sports bar in SF? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jan 16, 2011 - 4 answers

nerd news needed (audio only)

Looking for a great new science-fiction-flavored or otherwise nerd-centric podcast. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jan 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Name that podcast

In which I try to recall the name of a SF podcast in which a "freelance librarian" in a totalitarian future broadcasts a radio signal to the past, in an effort to change history. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jan 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco?

What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Tiptree

Where should I start with James Tiptree, Jr.?
posted by OmieWise on Oct 28, 2010 - 8 answers

I've seen the Bridge.

Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Revelatory Redemption

Can someone refresh my memory about Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds? I'm reading Redemption Ark and a few things I feel like I should remember aren't coming back. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Recommendations for hardboiled detective SF or fantasy?

Can you recommend fiction that is a crossover between noir/hardboiled detective stories and sci-fi/fantasy? [more inside]
posted by gritter on Sep 20, 2010 - 64 answers

Destinations within 3-5 hours south of SF, ideally near the coast?

Destinations within 3-5 hours south of SF, ideally near the coast? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Fun 1-hr activities around the bay area?

Where are some fun 1-hr activities I could surprise my boyfriend with in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Sep 1, 2010 - 18 answers

Generation Ship Novels?

What are your favorite generation ship novels? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Aug 31, 2010 - 20 answers

Where to?

I'm 26 and have a gap year before starting grad school. Where should I move to? (Chicago / Seattle / Portland / SF / other) [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Aug 27, 2010 - 17 answers

SF for 3 months - doable?

San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 27, 2010 - 8 answers

The Gravys go to SF!

2 Days in San Francisco for sightseeing, should we rent a car? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Aug 24, 2010 - 23 answers

Would-be colonists beaten by faster ship

Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 18, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking for info on how to venture into San Francisco BDSM community

I am a woman in my mid-20's who has had some kink experience in a previous relationship but now wants to explore it a little on my own. I am moving to SF soon so now is as good a time as any to try. I am both fascinated by and intimidated by it all, and would like to know some general information, advice, and suggestions on directions I could try to check things out slowly and discretely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

No, please, Don ____. Don't get up. SF story ID

Please help me ID a short science fiction story. Space tragedy, Spanish names, and revenge. [more inside]
posted by wzcx on Jul 16, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I stop the noise coming from the steam pipe (?) in our bedroom?

How can I stop the noise coming from the steam pipe (?) in our bedroom's wall? We just moved into an apartment in a not-so-well maintained 1920s-era building. [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Jul 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Apartment hunt strategy in SF (ideally moving there mid August)?

Apartment hunt strategy in SF (ideally moving there mid August)? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Jul 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Flat, smooth, carless and long bike rides in the Bay?

Bay Area-centric/Bike-centric question: I love to go for bike rides with my 7 year old. She's usually up for about 5 miles, but is interested in going farther and so am I (with breaks). She gets discouraged if there are a lot of hills or if the road is rough. So far the best routes have been on the completed chunks of the Bay Trail because they are flat, paved, pedestrian/bike only (no cars) and have nice views. Can you suggest any other spots for this kind of low-key but long-lasting bike ride in the greater Bay Area? Are there websites or books I should look to for more ideas?
posted by serazin on Jul 10, 2010 - 10 answers

What should we (tech startup guys) do when visiting/scouting San Francisco for two weeks in August?

A coworker and I will be in SF from August 17-29th to meet people, look around, and in general get a feel for the area. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Jun 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Is "Web design degree" still an oxymoron?

A friend is considering going to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for "Web Design and New Media" with the goal of becoming a web designer. Questions are (a) Is this school well-regarded by potential employers and (b) is it a good value for the tuition? They have zero interest in doing straight programming without design work involved.
posted by benzenedream on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Out on a limb

Trying to track down a kid's sci-fi short story about a girl whose neighbour was an alien who could detach and 'fix' body parts. [more inside]
posted by Paragon on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco?

How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on May 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Advice for finding a sublet in SF for June?

Advice for finding a sublet in SF for June? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

High-end gay-friendly day spa in San Francisco?

I want to buy a gift certificate to a day spa for a twenty-something gay man with upscale conservative taste. I'm looking for a place that's sleek, sophisticated and oriented towards men, with good massage and other services, high standards for service and cleanliness, and ideally also offering lunch and cocktails. The kind of place where someone could lounge around all day drinking a mimosa and reading the paper, wearing slippers and a robe. It needs to be in San Francisco proper, not elsewhere in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Apr 25, 2010 - 2 answers

What are some good SF/Fantasy wedding quotes?

What are some good light-hearted quotations for a wedding reading, preferably from fantasy/SF/young adult books? This question had some good SF ones but we're also after fantasy. Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Gaiman, Bujold are some examples of authors we're looking at
posted by xiw on Apr 6, 2010 - 8 answers

How screwed am I for finding preschool in SF?

I just got a job offer in SF. Do I stand any chance of finding preschool for my 3-year old by September? [Yes, ye childless, roll your eyes.] [more inside]
posted by TheWash on Apr 6, 2010 - 5 answers

SF Sublet Advice

Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
posted by ewiar on Mar 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tock, tick, tock, tock, tock ...

Can the hive mind recommend a reasonably-priced Seiko watch repair place in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Mar 20, 2010 - 4 answers

bay area newspaper blues

The Bay area, a pivotal center of technology, finance, home to CAL, Stanford, and many, many literate folks does not have a semi-decent local newspaper. How and why? Can anything be done? ps: the local "news" blogs are really no better (SFist, beyond chron, etc) [more inside]
posted by macadam9 on Mar 18, 2010 - 13 answers

A ceative font for my fount of creativity!

I would like to write in a typeface that beckons to an unreasonable future populated by ludicrous characters, yet isn't unbearable to read a few hours at a time on a 24" iMac monitor or 13" iBook laptop. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 10, 2010 - 8 answers

How to gather goofy people in SF?

How can I gather a bunch of goofy people in San Francisco for a party? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn on Mar 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Pre-flight snogging locations

Where between Oakland and SFO can I have sex in my car during the day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Backyard-y Bay Area location for SF and Menlo Park commuters?

Asking for a friend: Where in the Bay Area should a couple with one person commuting to the Embarcadero BART station (not Caltrain - this person works literally above the station) and the other person commuting to Menlo Park near the Dumbarton Bridge live? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Which non-mainstream SF works should I nominate for Hugos?

Since I went to worldcon in Montreal last year, I'm eligible to nominate SF works for the Hugo awards this year. I'd like to try to stretch out from the more mainstream authors, can you help me diversify the 2010 Hugo award nominations? [more inside]
posted by Envoy on Jan 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Wannabe Third (and general KinkFilter)

As part of my New Year's Self-Improvement Program (tm), I'm seeking out a few sexual experiences I haven't had but would like. In particular, I'd like to be the third in a heterosexual couple's threesome. I'm a mostly-straight man in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Oh, the possibilities...

San Francisco Bay Area: Looking for new running routes/paths in the Bay Area again...but this time, I have a car! [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Nov 28, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm sure about the songs from under the sand.

Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Nov 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Dating in San Francisco : will the women here expect me to have a car?

Dating in San Francisco : will the women here expect me to have a car? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2009 - 20 answers

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