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.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 2:49pm

  The vision for Yom Limmud is to create an environment in which the community unites to participate in and celebrate Jewish education. Sunday, August 24 marks the 10th annual Yom Limmud at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, bringing together expert presenters in various fields of study. This year’s topics include Jewish history, The Bible, Israel, and Jewish current events. The keynote address will be delivered by rabbi Lawrence Kushner who will talk about What “Really” Happened on Sinai. Seventeen other sessions will be held throughout the day. For a full lineup of speakers and bios, visit

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 7:00pm

   Jonathan Maberry  Dana Fredsti  Travis Richardson        Alan Russell  Kelly Parsons  Holly West   Noir at the Bar San Diego has another stellar line-up scheduled for August! Join fellow mystery lovers on Sunday, August 24 at 7:00 PM at the La Jolla Brewing Company (address at the bottom of this page) to mingle with talented authors and drink some great beer! Featuring Jonathan Maberry (author of the Joe Ledger and Rot and Ruin novels), Dana Fredsti (author of the Ashley Parker series), Travis Richardson (Lost in Clover, Keeping the...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm

It’s been quite a year for William Kent Krueger as his novel Ordinary Grace won the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s annual Dilys Award, the Left Coast Crime Squid Award for Best US Mystery, and the Edgar Award for Best Mystery. Now the busy author has returned to former sheriff turned private investigator Cork O’Connor in the 14th installment of this beloved Minnesota mystery series. When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shore of what the local Obijwe call Windigo Island, Cork’s old friend asks him to investigate. Soon Cork finds himself pursued by monsters both mythic and real,...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:00am

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday August 26th.    Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)     Happy Reading!     Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:00pm

Publisher, editor, teacher and writer Patrick Swenson has contributed to many works on Mysterious Galaxy’s shelves over the years, especially via Fairwood Press. The Ultra Thin Man marks his debut as a novelist, described by his publisher as “a tense and fast-paced near-future thriller where aliens, terrorists, and interplanetary conspiracies collide.” See Patrick’s review on the other side of this newsletter. Of this Fantastic Firsts Pick, also hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a splendidly lively SF debut,” for more reasons to add this to your speculative fiction collection...

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.

Hounded (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250024749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Minotaur Books, 7/2014
Arrived in San Diego Aug 16.

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The Magician's Land (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670015672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014

Speculative Fiction

From its magical opening scene in a largely mundane New Jersey bookstore, to its conclusion leaving readers with appropriate-to-the-story if not necessarily happy “good-byes” to Quentin Coldwater, flawed magician, and his compatriots, The Magician’s Land fulfils Lev’s unspoken contract with his readers to both honor and build on the classic tales of adventures at its foundation. After the losses of The Magician King, Quentin gradually develops more self-awareness and grace, while undertaking fabulous magical adventures, of course! Strongly recommended.

– Maryelizabeth

Signed copies available, while they last.


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