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What's this "aliens stole our metal" SF short?

Another "ID this SF story" question...a man wakes up in the night to discover (so he thinks) that all the metal in his house is gone. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Nov 21, 2008 - 3 answers

 

What is the name of this story about waiting? "Godot" isn't in the title.

ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Asian Food in San Francisco

What are your favorite Asian restaurants in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by timelord on Nov 6, 2008 - 26 answers

What travel company is the best for river rafting on the American River in northern California and when would be the best time to go?

What travel company is the best for river rafting on the American River in northern California and when would be the best time to go?
posted by ebness86 on Nov 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Ideal Night in the Castro

Looking for an ideal night in the Castro for some gay friends visiting out of town. [more inside]
posted by mto on Oct 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Do you have any recommendations on youth meditation groups in the Bay Area?

Do you have any recommendations on youth meditation groups in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by ebness86 on Oct 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Sewing machine repair in San Francisco

Please recommend a good place to have a sewing machine serviced in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Oct 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Which Dune sequels and Gene Wolfe book to buy?

Help me choose a couple of my next books: Which Dune sequels and which Gene Wolfe book to buy? [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Sep 28, 2008 - 26 answers

Is there a sound economic theory which predicts an 80 year cycle of great depressions?

In a book by Arthur C. Clarke (Ghost from the Grand Banks if I remember correctly... if I'm wrong please correct me) he talks about an economic theory which predicts great depressions every 80 years or so. Now, current events have brought this prediction rather starkly to mind. Was there a sound basis for that prediction or is it merely that bad economic shocks happen often enough for a fake pattern to emerge? Was it maybe just a lucky guess? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 22, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I move to San Francisco with my wife without ruining my life?

I'll be in San Francisco for a week, how should I plan for moving there four months later and should I move elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Sep 6, 2008 - 12 answers

The art of showing, not telling?

What science fiction films are there, iyho, that really measure up to the best of written work in that genre? [more inside]
posted by protorp on Aug 31, 2008 - 51 answers

Neither co-optin nor hatin.

Looking for a commuting bike for San Francisco. I have about $1000 to spend and am considering a single speed. Details on that, plus my commute, inside. (And yes, I have seen this and this. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Aug 16, 2008 - 24 answers

ZomBay Critical Mass

AquaticNecromancyFilter: Combined, the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley employ about 3500 uniformed police officers. Do they outnumber the army that could be raised by dark magic from the floor of the San Francisco Bay? Approximately how many entire sets of human skeletal remains are there in that body of water, considering disasters, shipwrecks, bridge jumpers, tidal movement of sediment, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 13, 2008 - 21 answers

I have a boatload of arichokes. Who eats those?

What sci-fi market might be a good match for my shorts? And, in what fashion should I attempt to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Aug 12, 2008 - 23 answers

Early 80s SF generation ship book

I'm trying to remember the name of an SF novel I read back in the early 80s. It took place on a generation ship that has lost its way. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot on Jul 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Need a wedding officiant in sf bay area

Need a wedding officiant in the sf bay area. I've looked through google ads, craigslist, and celebrantsusa.com listings but haven't found anyone who seems sane yet has a sense of showmanship. We're not interested in deputizing a friend.
posted by benzenedream on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Old West photo in the SF Bay Area?

Where could we get a kitschy, Old-West-themed group shot taken in the Bay Area next week? [more inside]
posted by rafter on Jul 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Who is publishing in the New Weird and/or Slipstream styles?

I'm looking for some science fiction publishers who publish in the New Weird and/or Slipstream styles. I know about Tachyon Publications... can you please point me toward others?
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Solo 21st in san francisco- ideas?

I'm moving to san francisco, where I don't know anyone yet, right before my 21st birthday. Any meaningful/memorable ways to celebrate by myself? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 25, 2008 - 12 answers

Once you go backyard, you never go back

Is there any neighborhood or general area in San Francisco that allows a carless commute to the Mission, and where an indoor-outdoor cat could be reasonably safe? [more inside]
posted by granted on May 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives from SF to Portland

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives road trip from SF to Portland (farther if needs be). [more inside]
posted by sir_rubixalot on May 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Canada's (fictional) Earth Cannons?

Looking for a short story or possibly a novel involving Canada, gravel and orbital denial. [more inside]
posted by codswallop on May 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Austin public schools versus SF Bay Area public schools: which will leave our children behind less?

I can't find a consistent way to compare public schools in two different states, but maybe someone here has personal experience that'll help. We're considering buying a home in either the SF bay area or in Austin. Is there a substantial difference in the quality of the public schools? Regardless of which way we go, we'd pick a neighborhood that has highly rated schools. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Apr 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Advantage: San Francisco

A few years ago I saw a funny, tongue-in-cheek blog post comparing San Francisco and New York. It judged each city in a number of categories, with a description of how each fared. It would always be obvious that New York should win, but in the conclusion it would go to San Francisco for some backwards reason. [half-remembered example after the jump] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Mar 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Donating a car in the Bay Area

DonateYourCarFilter: While there seem to be plenty of places that are willing to take your dead car as a donation, what if it's still got some life left to it? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro on Mar 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Short story about the Tin Man

I'm looking for a short story I lost the link to. It's probably recent, it's about the Tin Man, and it has nice prose. [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz on Feb 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Advice on moving to Austin from SF Bay Area

Moving to Austin from the Bay Area-filter: We're pondering a move to Austin from Sunnyvale in about a year. Have you done this? What were the surprises? What should we be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by bananafish on Feb 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Two Dogs OK. Three, not so much.

How easy is it to find apartments in the Bay Area that would welcome our three dogs? [more inside]
posted by gilgamesh on Feb 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me identify these short horror stories?

Help me identify these four short horror stories, based on descriptions of their plots and endings. SPOILERS AHEAD! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 29, 2008 - 3 answers

How to ride a fun MTB trail as a tourist?

I'll be visiting SF soon (yay, visiting mefi friends!) and want to go biking on an MTB trail. I've found a few internet resources on biking around SF but I have a few particular constraints that make me require your help. [more inside]
posted by jouke on Jan 28, 2008 - 7 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Who wrote this scifi story abount kids who couldn't grow up?

Help me figure out the title/author of this short science fiction story. It was about a world where everyone stopped growing. [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me find a dentist in the SF Bay Area.

I am looking for a dentist recommendation in the SF Bay Area, preferably Oakland. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Dec 6, 2007 - 15 answers

San Francisco bar for a medium-sized party

I need a great San Francisco bar for a party with 30-50 friends on a Friday night, but I don't want to pay to rent one out. This means either a bar that doesn't get insanely crowded on Fridays, or a bar that'll reserve a back room for free. Dive bars are fine, close to Bart is vital (e.g. Mission, Soma, Financial District). Prefer a good beer selection. Does such a beast exist?
posted by waxpancake on Nov 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Hotel recommendations for Wondercon

I'll be going to Wondercon in San Francisco. Any hotel recommendations? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Nov 8, 2007 - 7 answers

How to find out about art shows in San Francisco?

Where are the best places/sites/calendars/listings/oracles to find out about art shows in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by boygirlparty on Nov 4, 2007 - 3 answers

lunchtime spot in SOMA?

Where to take a take-out lunch in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.. [more inside]
posted by ethel on Oct 12, 2007 - 21 answers

SF To Tahoe: ideal used auto?

Need to get from SF to Tahoe to snowboard on a regular basis: recommendations for a relatively affordable used car to handle the snow/ice? [more inside]
posted by soda pop on Oct 8, 2007 - 14 answers

San Francisco hole-in-the-wall eateries and random attractions

I'm going to San Francisco for a few days next week--where are some little-known yet interesting places to eat and/or visit? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 27, 2007 - 28 answers

All-Ages Nightlife in SF?

All-ages venues in SF for Sunday and Monday nights -- what are our options? Give me whatever you've got. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Sep 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Snow in Mountains for Aug. Road Trip?

I'm going to drive from Boston to San Francisco in August. Will I encounter snow or other weather hazards in the Mountains? [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Jul 20, 2007 - 14 answers

looking for an alternate history in which I know the answer

In Jack Williamson's "Legion of Time", what are the two objects that John Barr had to choose between? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Jul 8, 2007 - 2 answers

Help a first time bike courier

Help me be a bike / bicycle messenger / courier in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 30, 2007 - 14 answers

What's this SF neighborhood?

Name this San Francisco Neighborhood! I'm in the process of moving from Chicago to SF and am considering an apartment on Geary between Baker and Lyon. It's been described as being in "Lower Pacific Heights", but I've since learned that this is something of a misnomer - a way for realtors to make the place sound more impressive than it is. So where is this apartment in actuality? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Apr 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Moving to SF

Is it difficult to relocate/adjust to San Francisco from New York, in terms of culture such as DJ (IDM, ambient) clubs/art/literary type things? [more inside]
posted by four panels on Apr 18, 2007 - 7 answers

bookfilter: protagonist is government remover of "deleted" artists

bookfilter: main character is a government collector of "deactivated" artists / works of art [more inside]
posted by cps on Apr 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Books similar to "The Prestige"

I am looking for books similar in style with Christopher Priest's "The Prestige". What i want is complex stories, epistolary in structure where the plot has to be puzzeled together by the reader.
posted by ilike on Mar 22, 2007 - 26 answers

I left my heart in Paris.

Help me fall in love with San Francisco all over again! [more inside]
posted by rndm on Mar 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Security deposit vs. wood floors

I'm moving out of my San Francisco apartment, after renting it for almost 4 years. My wood floors have taken a beating. Any ideas what I can do to make them look their very best for my final inspection? Is there a definition of normal wear and tear? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Mar 8, 2007 - 15 answers

Where can i buy preserved lemons?

Where can I buy preserved lemon in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Jan 9, 2007 - 14 answers

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