Founded in 1992, Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore specializing in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, romance, and horror. We are dedicated to providing readers and book collectors with a great selection of books as well as the opportunity to meet many of those authors through our author events. It is through these events, conventions, and directly from publishers that we’re able to provide many signed first editions.
We’ve also expanded beyond our Galaxy’s walls by participating in community events, partnering with local non-profit organizations, and helping teachers bring authors into their schools. Our staff takes pride in providing great customer service and are not only knowledgeable but passionate about reading. We love getting to share our enthusiasm through hand-selling as well as writing reviews we post on our website and publish in our monthly newsletter.
The founders of Mysterious Galaxy are Terry Gilman, Maryelizabeth Yturralde, and Jeff Mariotte. They met and began talking about Mysterious Galaxy in late 1992 when they recognized a need for a genre store in San Diego and saw it as a way to share their passion for books, bookselling, and a love of reading with their community. Mysterious Galaxy opened on May 8, 1993 and among the authors who celebrated the opening of the store with hundreds of fans were Ray Bradbury, David Brin, and Robert Crais.
In 2020, San Diego locals Matt Berger and Jenni Marchisotto became the new owners of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore: "We want to keep all that makes Mysterious Galaxy special while continuing to expand its presence in the community.We have always seen Mysterious Galaxy as a safe place for anyone interested in exploring new worlds and never want that to change."
Our mission is to continue to be a part of our community of readers and writers for as long as there are books to be sold, authors to host, and a variety of ways to share our passion for reading and books.
Please read through our store policies and FAQ.
For general queries please contact our booksellers at:
E-mail: email@example.com (if it an urgent matter, please call during our store hours)
To get in touch with the Store Manager, please contact Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
For authors, publicists, or organizations requesting events please contact us at email@example.com to make your request.
Please note that our online event calendar is not a reflection of the store's availability. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore events are primarily booked through our relationship with major publishers, their imprints, and the small and local presses we work with. Due to scheduling demands and limited resources, we cannot accommodate all event requests, but we are always open to reviewing them. We ask that event requests be made at least six weeks before the proposed date (or range of proposed dates), that the author's book is in print and published within six months of the proposed event date, and that book information appears on Indiebound.org. If you are a self-published local author or if your book is published by an independent press that does not have an active relationship with Mysterious Galaxy, please consider attending our bi-annual Local Author Meet & Greet on consignment. You can find out more information here. Interested in joining our Spring 2022 Local Author Meet and Greet? Fill out this form and we will be in touch! Individual Local Author event requests may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Update as of March 21, 2022: As we move towards a sense of normalcy at the store after a difficult couple of years, offsite events are also returning (including conventions and festivals) for Mysterious Galaxy. That said, due to what we hope to be a very busy 2022 convention season and limited staffing, Mysterious Galaxy will be unable to accept any more Consignment Based Author Events at this time. We anticipate that our next Local Author Meet & Greet will be later this year. We want to ensure that these events get the attention they deserve, and will return to them when that is possible. If you are interested. If you're interested in participating in the Local Author Meet & Greet, please be sure to let us know still here. Thank you for understanding!
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
3555 Rosecrans Street, Suite 107
San Diego CA 92110
We are in the same shopping center as Rubio's and the UPS Store, at the intersection of Rosecrans and Midway.