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]
Science fiction - filter: I used to read and love Dick, Farmer, LeGuin, and others who coupled great writing with directly confronting sex, violence, and societal change. What contemporary authors might I like? [more inside]
I'm vacationing in San Francisco, and I have a rental car that gets returned tomorrow morning. What things outside SF should I go check out? [more inside]
Name-that-golden-age-SF-bookfilter: a kid wins a contest to go to a space station, and it's not Have Space Suit--Will Travel. [more inside]
Where can I play squash in San Francisco? (And would optimally be able to bring guests?) [more inside]
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?
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]