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

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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.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:30pm

Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel was well-reviewed by Publishers Weekly, which notes, “Caldwell follows 2004’s The Rule of Four (cowritten with Dustin Thomason) with another superior religious thriller, notable for its existential and spiritual profundity. An intelligent and deeply contemplative writing style, along with more than a few bombshell plot twists, set this one above the pack, but it’s the insightful character development that makes this redemptive story so moving.”  Join the best-selling author at MG to discuss the exciting convergence of faith and conspiracy and secrecy...

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:00pm

           Cecil Castellucci        Rachel Searles   The Galaxy includes Speculative Fiction for readers of all ages – our event with Cecil Castellucci and Rachel Searles is focused on SF for teens, and middle grade readers, but of interest to readers of all ages. In Stone in the Sky, Cecil’s thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky, as she faces possible death and romantic complications. The Stolen Moon, second in Rachel’s Lost Planet series, offers hero Chase an opportunity to save the world, maybe, with the...

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:30pm

 Dan Simmons. Sherlock Holmes. Need we say more? Publishers Weekly praised The Fifth Heart, noting: “In Paris in 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James join forces in this outstanding novel from Simmons, who has concocted something far from the usual pastiche, with a historical figure standing in for Dr. Watson. Simmons knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth.” No deduction required to determine that you should join us for this event. Please note that this is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of...

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 2:00pm

Debut SF novelist Ferrett Steinmetz offers cross-genre readers Flex, described as “A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.” Seanan McGuire’s recommendation: “Flex is hot, inventive, and exciting.  A real joyride of a story…a whole new kind of magic and a whole new ballgame. Totally recommended.” Other author fans include Cherie Priest, Ken Liu, Dan Wells, and James Patrick Kelly. Join Ferrett at MG to discuss paternal love, drugs, magic and bureaucracy.         

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:30pm

Ridley Pearson is known to many readers as the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than two dozen titles. The adventure of the Kingdom Keepers, a group of young people responsible for battling magical villains in Disneyland afterhours, continues in The Return, as they discover defeating the Overtakers is not their only challenge. The Red Room, a Risk Agent novel, is Ridley’s most recent adult suspense novel...

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.

A Dangerous Place (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062220554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Harper, 3/2015
Received in San Diego on March 16th. Goes on sale on March 17th.

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Karen Memory (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780765375247
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Tor Books, 2/2015

Speculative Fiction

Karen Memery (like memory, but not spelt the same) ain’t your average seamstress. Oh, she sews, sure, (and oh what a sewing machine it is!) but most of her nightly work involves men and is more horizontal-like. When her normal life gets set all asunder by nefarious happenstance, she bucks tradition and takes life by the reins … and no bastard and his mind control machine, nor no murdering psychopath is gonna stop her from protecting hers. Life in Rapid City ain’t easy for a woman, especially one friends with a pants-wearing female liberator, a black marshal and his Indian (Comanche) posse man, and an Indian (from India) girlfriend.

 

Karen Memory (the novel) is quite a fun ride. A sort of Deadwood meets Jack the Ripper in a steam-powered gold rush old west era version of the Parasol Protectorate. And Karen Memery herself is a little piece of colorful awesomeness. – Patrick  


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