Mysterious Galaxy 20th Birthday Bash Celebration in San Diego

05/11/2013 10:00 am

On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to the staff’s passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.”  Today, twenty years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 11, for our annual all-day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, special bargains, and, of course, cake!  

Previously announced Legacy Author Janice Steinberg will be with us in spirit, but not in person, due to an unexpected conflict.

Our 3:30 PM Author Spotlight will be on Eoin Coifer, author of The Reluctant Assassin. The signing with Eoin Colfer will be a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are available with purchase of The Reluctant Assassin from Mysterious Galaxy, on sale beginning Tuesday, May 7th, at 10AM.   

If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are handled after the event. Instead, please call the store and purchase the book over the phone on or after the on-sale date. 

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423161622
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 5/2013

 

3:30 PM : Spotlight on Eoin Colfer 

Eoin Colfer signs W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin

We conclude our gala celebration with the best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as adult novels Plugged, Screwed, and And Another Thing… and for Whovians, Doctor Who: A Big Hand for the Doctor ebook, Eoin Colfer. Publishers Weekly enthusiastically noted: “Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. Colfer blends grisly moments of horror, sharply funny dialogue, science fiction spectacle, and characters with depth to create a story that strikes the ideal balance between escapist fun and thoughtful commentary on the ways history, both personal and global, can shape a person.” Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Reluctant Assassin from Mysterious Galaxy, available May 7th.

 



To Brie or Not To Brie (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780425255544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Berkley, 2/2013

10:00 AM: Spotlight on Cozy Mysteries  

Avery Aames signs To Brie or Not to Brie 

In To Brie or Not To Brie, the fifth book in Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mystery Series, Charlotte Bessette is planning her best friend’s wedding. But when a body turns up in the freezer, it looks like the blueberry brie ice cream Charlotte created isn’t the only thing on ice. 


Hex on the Ex (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780425252017
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Berkley, 5/2013

10:00 AM: Spotlight on Cozy Mysteries  


Rochelle Staab signs Hex on the Ex 

The past comes back to haunt psychologist Liz Cooper in a bitter clash with a former rival and a cryptic homicide clue only occult professor Nick Garfield can decipher in Hex on the Ex, the third installment in Rochelle Staab’s Mind For Murder Mysteries. Volume two, Bruja Brouhaha, recently won the 2013 Watson Award for best sidekick! 


$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780756407575
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: DAW, 5/2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors 

Gini Koch signs Alien in the House 

Publishers Weekly described Alien in the House, “the variously dark and cheerful seventh installment of Gini Koch’s Alien series” as a “crowd-pleaser.” Human Kitty Katt-Martini and alien hubby Jeff juggle parenting and ambassadorial responsibilities amid assassination attempts and a broader-ranging enemy attack. The prolific author’s works as G.J. Koch, Jemma Chase, and Anita Ensal (among others) are also available, many in ebook form via our website. 



Season of the Wolf (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781937771614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: DarkFuse, 2/2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors 

Jeffrey J. Mariotte signs Season of the Wolf / Jeff Mariotte signs Star Trek: The Original Series: The Folded World 

San Diego Comic-Con International Special Guest Jeffrey J. Mariotte, AKA Scribe Award winner Jeff Mariotte, has two recent works, an original eco-thriller and an original novel in the classic Star Trek universe. Patrick’s review notes, “Season of the Wolf is a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller with a message, and a whole lot of carnage … so release your inner Wolfen, learn a thing or two about the world you live in, and pray you don’t become prey.” The Folded World gives Trek fans a chance to return to the original series world just in time for the May 17 release of the rebooted universe film franchise. 

 


$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781476702827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Pocket Books/Star Trek, 4/2013
11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors 

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781482585988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Marsheila Rockwell, 2/2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors

Marsheila Rockwell signs Bridges of Longing  

Poet and prose author Marsheila Rockwell rounds out our AZ author collective with two collection of her short works. Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways is a SF/F/H collection of twelve stories and fourteen poems from the multiple-award nominee. Tales of Sand and Sorcery encompasses the collected stories of Shaala, a cursed sultan’s daughter trained in the art of martial dance, and her companion, Kij, a divinely-appointed Judge with a beastly nature.

 


$10.95
ISBN-13: 9781619378377
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Musa Publishing, 3/2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors  



Follow Her Home (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250009623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Minotaur Books, 4/2013
Noon: Spotlight on Mystery & Suspense 

Steph Cha signs Follow Her Home 

Steph Cha’s Follow Her Home is one of Mysterious Galaxy’s Fantastic Firsts mystery selections. Young Korean-American LA resident Juniper Song is a Philip Marlowe enthusiast who accepts her friend’s request to look into the possibility his father is having an affair. Juniper’s modern sensibility combined with the traditional noir elements make this a debut to watch from the “Avid reader, sometime lawyer, compulsive Yelper, mother to a stubborn basset.” 




Cover of Snow (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345534217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Ballantine Books, 1/2013

Noon: Spotlight on Mystery & Suspense 

Jenny Milchman signs Cover of Snow 

Jenny Milchman’s note on her website about Cover of Snow: “This novel began life when one question grabbed me by the throat. What would make a good man do a very bad thing? It’s amazing how many wrinkles that question led to.” Read her extended book tour/car trip blog chronicling her cross-country tour that began on February 1!! We hope Jenny will be home by December’s Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which she founded.

 


$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781617751592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Akashic Books, 4/2013

 

Noon: Spotlight on Mystery & Suspense 

Jim Pascoe & Tom Fassbender sign By the Balls: The Complete Edition 

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the cult bowling alley murder mystery by the founders of specialty small press UglyTown, Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender, with By the Balls: The Complete Edition. The short, hard-boiled novel has been repackaged with two new short stories by the duo.

 


Life After Life (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781565122550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Shannon Ravenel Books, 3/2013
1:00 PM : Spotlight on Ladies, Lunch and Literacy

Jill McCorkle signs Life After Life  

Jill is interested in “that fine line between fiction and reality and between comedy and tragedy — and pushing the line as much as possible. In this novel, I was also interested in pushing the line between life and death in hopes of finding that split moment when the reader is aware of both places.” Life After Life is a #1IndieNext pick for April, 2013.



$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062110831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Harper Torch, 4/2013

1:00 PM : Spotlight on Ladies, Lunch and Literacy

Helene Wecker signs The Golem and the Jinni

Debut author Helene Wecker’s supernatural love story, The Golem and the Jinni, grew out of her shorter writings exploring multiple generations of her family heritage, both Jewish and Arab-American. Her tale of a Polish golem and a Syrian jinni meeting as paranormal immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York is sure to please fans of works that blend fantastic and historical fiction.

 

 


The Human Division (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780765333513
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Tor Books, 5/2013

 

2:00 PM: Spotlight on Speculative Fiction

John Scalzi signs The Human Division  

Multiple-award-winning author John Scalzi’s The Human Division was first released electronically in Dickens’ serial fashion starting in January, and remains available on our website in that format. MGSD has a limited quantity of pre-publication copies available of the print edition of this “hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man’s War series -- an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart.” (See Terry Hertzler’s guest review here.)

 


Existence (Mass Market Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780765342621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Tor Science Fiction, 2/2013
3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  

Authors David Brin (Existence), Alan Russell (Burning Man) and Vernor Vinge (The Children of the Sky) were all spotlighted authors on our opening day. Authors Nancy Holder (Shards & Ashes) and Taffy Cannon (San Diego Noir) have been a significant part of many birthday celebrations, while Todd McCaffrey (Sky Dragons) joins the Birthday Bash for the first time! Without their participation and support back in 1993, we would not be celebrating in 2013. In recognition of their contributions, we will break out our cake!

Burning Man (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781612186092
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Thomas & Mercer, 12/2012

3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


The Children of the Sky (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780812579925
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Tor Science Fiction, 4/2012

3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


Shards and Ashes (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062098467
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: HarperCollins, 2/2013

3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


San Diego Noir (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781936070947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Akashic Books, 6/2011

3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345500915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Del Rey, 6/2012

 

3:00 PM : Spotlight on Legacy Authors and cake! 

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423161622
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 5/2013

3:30 PM : Spotlight on Eoin Colfer 

Eoin Colfer signs W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin

We conclude our gala celebration with the best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as adult novels Plugged, Screwed, and And Another Thing… and for Whovians, Doctor Who: A Big Hand for the Doctor ebook, Eoin Colfer. Publishers Weekly enthusiastically noted: “Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. Colfer blends grisly moments of horror, sharply funny dialogue, science fiction spectacle, and characters with depth to create a story that strikes the ideal balance between escapist fun and thoughtful commentary on the ways history, both personal and global, can shape a person.” Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Reluctant Assassin from Mysterious Galaxy, available May 7th.

Location: 
Street:
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Additional:
Ste 302
City:
San Diego
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
92111-1040
Country:
United States