Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore that is passionate about creating and maintaining a community of readers, authors, and booksellers.


Welcome to Mysterious Galaxy -- books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem (with occasional Masks, Matchmaking, and Munchkins). We are physically a specialty genre store in Southern California with a focus on SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, and Horror. Here on the web we offer a whole world of book choices, some physically on our shelves, some immediately available for your ebook reader, and many more available for special order!

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Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:30pm

Are you curious about our new location? Would you like a Hallowe’en treat? You are in luck, because on Hallowe’en night we will be at the new location giving out Hallowe’en treat bags! You will be able to peek inside the storefront in progress (but not go in since it's still a hard hat area), and we will have a trick or treat bag with a free book and treats. Come in costume, especially if you’re garbed in genre,  and take part in a fun introduction to the new MG neighborhood! Please come! Our new address is 5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111...

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:30pm

Readers are invited to immerse themselves in the dark thrilling emotional world of Eureka Bordeaux, introduced in Lauren Kate’s Teardrop, as she faces love, betrayal, and contradictions, as well as the rise of Atlantis and confrontations with its king, all unleashed by a single tear. The best-selling author of the Fallen novels – being adapted for the screen by Academy Award-winning director, Scott Hicks – will also share the changes and challenges she faced in her writing process, and her relationship with her characters and stories, while writing Waterfall.              

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 3:00pm

    Our staff will be cooking up recipes from The Art of Eating Through a Zombie Apocalypse, so expect some interesting – and possibly disgusting – snacks to sample. A fine group of horror authors will add atmosphere to the spooky occasion: Maria Alexander signs Mr. Wicker; Leslie Klinger signs The Annotated Lovecraft; E.S. Magill signs Halloween Tales; Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave; Eric Red signs It Waits Below; Tiffany Tang signs Creepy Little Death Poems; Tamara Thorne signs Thunder Road, and Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave. Join us for a full afternoon of haunting fun.

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 7:30pm

We’re thrilled to celebrate the launch of For the Dead, the sixth Poke Rafferty title. This Edgar- and Macavity-nominated thriller series set in Bangkok, featuring travel writer Poke Rafferty, is just as gripping and fast-paced as ever. If you haven’t discovered Hallinan and this gritty series, then it’s time you did. In this latest, Poke’s adopted daughter Miaow buys a stolen iPhone and discovers photos of two dead police officers. It soon becomes clear that there is a conspiracy surrounding the murder investigation that reaches all the way to the top of Bangkok law enforcement, endangering...

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:30am

Lisa See discusses and signs China Dolls at the Bistro Garden Restaurant in Studio City. More details are to follow.

Our publishers are kind enough to send us Signed First Editions for non-touring authors' works. To see a complete list of Signed First editions, check the menu for signed first editions by genre.

The Peripheral (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399158445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2014
Arrived in San Diego on October 23rd. On sale date is October 28th.

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Willful Child (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780765374899
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Tor Books, 11/2014

Speculate Fiction

Meet Steven Erikson on Monday November 17!


The day after tomorrow an alien species Transcends on our doorstep and leaves their toys behind – loaded guns in the hands of a bunch of children who shouldn’t be trusted. Humans: from species on the way out one day, to intergalactic interlopers the next. A century or so later and … “These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the…” Turns out the universe is just chock-full of idiots … and we fit right in. Herein lay the exploits of our intrepid captain and crew as they prove once and for all that fools can rush in, wreak havoc, and come out smelling like a rose. The author’s great love for a certain 60s television series is extremely evident in this farce.

– Patrick


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