Mysterious Galaxy 20th Birthday Bash Celebration in San Diego

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. 

Event date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:00am
Event address: 
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Ste 302
92111-1040 San Diego
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781423161622
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Books - May 7th, 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.

 


$7.99
ISBN: 9780425255544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - February 5th, 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. 


$8.39
ISBN: 9780425252017
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - May 7th, 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: 9780756407575
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Daw Books - May 7th, 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. 


$15.99
ISBN: 9781937771614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DarkFuse - February 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: 9781476702827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Star Trek - April 30th, 2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors 


$12.95
ISBN: 9781482585988
Availability: Special Order
Published: Marsheila Rockwell - February 18th, 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.

 


$10.99
ISBN: 9781619378377
Availability: Special Order
Published: Musa Publishing - March 1st, 2013

11:00 AM : Spotlight on Fantastic Arizona Authors  


$24.99
ISBN: 9781250009623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - April 16th, 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.” 


$27.30
ISBN: 9780345534217
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 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.

 


By Jim Pascoe, Tom Fassbender, Paul Pope (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781617751592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - April 2nd, 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.

 


$24.95
ISBN: 9781565122550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shannon Ravenel Books - March 26th, 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: 9780062110831
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - April 23rd, 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.

 

 


$27.29
ISBN: 9780765333513
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - May 14th, 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.)

 


$9.99
ISBN: 9780765342621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - February 26th, 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!


$14.95
ISBN: 9781612186092
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thomas & Mercer - December 11th, 2012

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

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$7.99
ISBN: 9780812579925
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - April 24th, 2012

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

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$17.99
ISBN: 9780062098467
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - February 19th, 2013

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

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


By Maryelizabeth Hart (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936070947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - May 17th, 2011

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

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$26.00
ISBN: 9780345500915
Availability: Special Order
Published: Del Rey - June 26th, 2012

 

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

Let’s Do the Time Warp!  


$17.99
ISBN: 9781423161622
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Books - May 7th, 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.