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]
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]
What's the best High Speed Internet deal for me in San Francisco? [more inside]
Where should I start with James Tiptree, Jr.?
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]
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]
Can you recommend fiction that is a crossover between noir/hardboiled detective stories and sci-fi/fantasy? [more inside]
Destinations within 3-5 hours south of SF, ideally near the coast? [more inside]
Where are some fun 1-hr activities I could surprise my boyfriend with in the bay area? [more inside]
I'm 26 and have a gap year before starting grad school. Where should I move to? (Chicago / Seattle / Portland / SF / other) [more inside]
San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
2 Days in San Francisco for sightseeing, should we rent a car? [more inside]
Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
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]
Please help me ID a short science fiction story. Space tragedy, Spanish names, and revenge. [more inside]
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]
Apartment hunt strategy in SF (ideally moving there mid August)? [more inside]
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?
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]
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.
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]
How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco? [more inside]
Advice for finding a sublet in SF for June? [more inside]
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]
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
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]
Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
Can the hive mind recommend a reasonably-priced Seiko watch repair place in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I gather a bunch of goofy people in San Francisco for a party? [details inside] [more inside]
Where between Oakland and SFO can I have sex in my car during the day? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
San Francisco Bay Area: Looking for new running routes/paths in the Bay Area again...but this time, I have a car! [more inside]
Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
Dating in San Francisco : will the women here expect me to have a car? [more inside]
Good online resources (particularly videos) that explain the seasons of the San Francisco Bay Area?
What are the most alien aliens in Comics, TV or Movie SF? [more inside]
Identify a science fiction story about a giant, unfixable traffic jam. (spoilers inside.) [more inside]
Pacific Northwest Roadtrip: SF to Portland and back. 6 days. Which roads to take? Which towns and parks do we have to see? Your favorite spots along 1? We're interested in anything and everything. Thanks!
My visceral dislike of the movie District 9 combined with years of other sub par science fiction movies has pretty much killed any desire to see more films of the genre. Help me rekindle the flame. (Minor District 9spoilers inside) [more inside]
Recommendations for erotica [more inside]
I will be in San Francisco for the next 48 hours, does anyone know of a good Chinese doctor I van visit for my eczema? [more inside]
SF short story filter: I read this sci-fi short story a long time ago. It's fairly memorable...I'm hoping someone on AskMeFi knows of it. [more inside]
Music Mix Filter: Long story short, next week the model at my event is coming dressed as the Alien Queen from the ALIEN movies. I have no idea what kind of music to play for the background. The film scores seem obvious but who wants to listen to clanking and increasing strings for 3 hours? I can either go scary-horror-sci-fi or campy-alien-novelty songs. Ideally I could do both. What kind of weird space music recommendations do you have? Gotta have songs about alien invaders?
How can one visit the David Rumsey Map Collection to see the maps in person? [more inside]