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SF STL Events

Introducing SF STL, a new science fiction and fantasy author event series presented by Left Bank Books and Archon!


Monday, February 18, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St.

Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the NightLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night!

The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky delivers a brilliant new novel set in a hauntingly strange future. January is a dying planet —divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world. But fate has other plans —and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

“Like a classic from another timeline…This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman.” —Robin Sloan, author of Sourdough

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The City in the Middle of the Night from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!


Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Jasper Fforde, Early RiserLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author of the Thursday Next series Jasper Fforde, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Early Riser!

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

"Charlie's journey . . . is so absorbing, and Fforde's wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist . . . Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Early Riser from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ann Leckie's event at Left Bank Books has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ann Leckie, Raven TowerLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with award-winning St. Louis author Ann Leckie, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Raven Tower, at this special launch event!

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods. The Raven Tower is the breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, NYT bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

"Leckie's tale takes on a mythic, metafictional quality...and the story's elements weave into a stunning conclusion. This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Raven Tower from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!


Monday, June 10, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Neal Stephenson, Fall; or Dodge in HellLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Neal Stephenson, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Fall; or Dodge in Hell!

One autumn day, while multibillionaire Richard “Dodge” Forthrast undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on, an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem. Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick, Fall, or Dodge in Hell is an exhilarating speculative literary saga for the modern age.

“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.”
—Lev Grossman

Tickets for this event are available at left-bank.com/stephenson.


Past Events

Chandler Klang Smith – The Sky Is Yours
in conversation with Ann Leckie
Wednesday, April 19, 2018
Left Bank Books
Charles Soule – The Oracle Year
in conversation with Van Allen Plexico
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
Tor #FearlessWomen:
Tessa Gratton, Sue Burke,
and K. Arsenault Rivera
Thursday, May 10, 2018
St. Louis Publc Library - Schlafly Branch
Sabaa Tahir - A Reaper at the Gates
in conversation with Setsu Uzumé
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Left Bank Books
Bryan Camp, City of Lost FortunesBryan Camp - The City of Lost Fortunes
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Left Bank Books
Mary Robinette Kowal, The Fated SkyMary Robinette Kowal - The Fated Sky
in conversation with Sheyna Gifford
Monday, August 27, 2018
Left Bank Books
Scott Westerfeld, ImpostorsScott Westerfeld - Impostors
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Left Bank Books
Marina LestetterMarina Lostetter - Noumenon Infinity
in conversation with Tom Carpenter

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Left Bank Books
Joseph Fink - Alice Isn't Dead
in conversation with Chavisa Woods
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Left Bank Books
 

 


 

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The City in the Middle of the Night Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765379962
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - February 12th, 2019

Early Riser: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780670025039
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

The Raven Tower Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316388696
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Orbit - February 26th, 2019

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062458711
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow - June 4th, 2019