Where can I watch the Big Unit's debut as an SF Giant in NYC tonight? I'm in the financial district but any decent bar in close to the subway would do.
Looking for sci-fi/speculative fiction that deals with the issue of colonization, immigration, and refugees. The more details the better! Specifically looking for stories that deal (at least partly) with the stories of the immigrants themselves, and not just the abstract idea. [more inside]
I have an idea for a SF novel (/screenplay?), but I have the nagging feeling that it isn't at all original. Have you read or seen this concept before? [more inside]
Wanted: Science Fiction Books moved by a great central idea such as: Ringworld by Larry Niven or The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. [more inside]
Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
Superbowl agnostics: What's an ideal activity to do during the game that would otherwise be too crowded? [more inside]
"ID this short story" Filter: Story about a storyteller toy à la Teddy Ruxpin who is discarded by its owners after they receive a new model. [more inside]
I'm looking to get a new pair of ski boots in the SF Bay Area, preferably in the South Bay/Peninsula area. Since boot fitting isn't an exact science I'm looking for suggestions for great
, not good boot fitters. [more inside]
StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology. [more inside]
Is the tv show "Lost" science fiction? [more inside]
I'm looking for a veterinarian specializing in orthopedic surgery in or near San Francisco, CA. [more inside]
"ID this SF story" filter: I read this story in middle school out of a scifi anthology. It was about a human soldier who was launched into space in a capsule with an onboard computer, containing all the knowledge of the Earth, as well as enough supplies to last him indefinitely. [more inside]
I'm trying to find something--anything--written by Japanese science-fiction writer Shinichi Hoshi. He's published several novels and collections of short stories, and some have been translated into English, but I can't seem to find any, anywhere! Amazon? Nothing. Ebay? Nada. Scribd (illegal, I know, but . . . ). Zip. Anyone have any ideas where I can find something?
Good spot for a blind date in SF near BART? [more inside]
Does anybody remember seeing an online collection of 100 very short science fiction stories?
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]
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.
What are your favorite Asian restaurants in San Francisco? [more inside]
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?
Looking for an ideal night in the Castro for some gay friends visiting out of town. [more inside]
Do you have any recommendations on youth meditation groups in the Bay Area? [more inside]
Please recommend a good place to have a sewing machine serviced in San Francisco. [more inside]
Help me choose a couple of my next books: Which Dune sequels and which Gene Wolfe book to buy?
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]
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]
What science fiction films are there, iyho, that really measure up to the best of written work in that genre? [more inside]
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]
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]
What sci-fi market might be a good match for my shorts? And, in what fashion should I attempt to sell them? [more inside]
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]
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.
Where could we get a kitschy, Old-West-themed group shot taken in the Bay Area next week? [more inside]
I'm looking for some science fiction publishers who publish in the New Weird
styles. I know about Tachyon Publications
... can you please point me toward others?
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]
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]
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives road trip from SF to Portland (farther if needs be). [more inside]
Looking for a short story or possibly a novel involving Canada, gravel and orbital denial. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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.
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]
How easy is it to find apartments in the Bay Area that would welcome our three dogs? [more inside]
Help me identify these four short horror stories, based on descriptions of their plots and endings. SPOILERS AHEAD! [more inside]
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.
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]
Help me figure out the title/author of this short science fiction story. It was about a world where everyone stopped growing. [more inside]
I am looking for a dentist recommendation in the SF Bay Area, preferably Oakland. [more inside]
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?
I'll be going to Wondercon in San Francisco. Any hotel recommendations? [more inside]