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SF’s Brand New (Free) Sci-Fi Festival | Feb. 1 – April 30

SF by the Bay, a celebration of Bay Area science fiction and fantasy, includes over 30 programs, including author talks, live dramas, lectures, panel discussions, a “filk” music concert (songs inspired by sci-fi and fantasy), book displays, a costume contest and diverse film screenings, including landmark films with a local flair: THX 1138 and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Additionally, the Main Library will feature an exhibit of rare books, magazines and art drawn from the Main Library’s J. Francis McComas Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection, a reference collection of more than 3,000 books and magazines. McComas was the co-founding editor of New Jersey-based publication Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

SF by the Bay: Science Fiction & Fantasy Festival

February 1 – April 30, 2020
San Francisco Public Library
All events free and open to the public
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Program Highlights

SF by the Bay Exhibit Reception and Aelita, Queen of Mars with live piano accompaniment

Feb. 15, 10 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Join us for the opening reception for the SF by the Bay exhibit with Gordon Van Gelder, publisher of Berkeley’s Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as co-sponsors SF in SF, Locus magazine, Tachyon Publications, Borderlands Books and other special guests. The reception will be followed by a screening of the silent film Aelita: Queen of Mars with introduction and live piano accompaniment by acclaimed concert pianist Frederick Hodges.

Author Talk: Black Speculative Fiction

Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Bay Area writers and poets will speak about their influences, share current works-in-progress, and reveal their 2020 visions. Join the conversation as they center diverse perspectives from the Black Speculative Literary Arts landscape. Speculative genres presented may include fantasy, science fiction, myth, faerie tales, climate fiction, horror, and eco-poetry. Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Audrey T. Williams, Oakland-based oral storyteller, activist, writer and poet.

Documentary and Discussion of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin with director and panel

Mar. 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature.

The film will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion with the director Arwen Curry, Phil Gochenour, Debbie Notkin and others.

SF & Fantasy Costume Contest

Apr. 12, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Library hosts its first Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest. Fans of science fiction, fantasy and cosplay are urged to participate and to cheer their favorite costume entries.

Live Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct

Apr. 16, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science, will host their podcast Our Opinions Are Correct live at the Main Library as part of the SF by the Bay celebration. They will explore the meaning of science fiction and how it’s relevant to real-life science and society.

Film: THX 1138

Apr. 23, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Apr. 30, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Thursday, April 9

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
Thursday, April 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Blade Runner Thursday, Apr. 9, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 117 mins., 1982 A blade runner seeks to terminate four replicants who have stolen a space ship and returned to Earth to find their creator.

Sunday, April 12

Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
Sunday, April 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Sci-Fi Festival: Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest Sunday, Apr. 12 Registration: 12 – 1 p.m., Contest: 2 – 4 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level Get your most fantastical self ready for SFPL’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contest! Fans of science fiction, fantasy, ...

Thursday, April 16

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Time After Time Thursday, Apr. 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 112 mins., 1979 H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper into San Francisco circa 1979, after the serial murderer uses the future writer’s time machine to escape ...
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Podcast: Our Opinions Are Correct Thursday, Apr. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science, will host their ...

Sunday, April 19

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
Sunday, April 19 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Tachyon Publications Anniversary Sunday, Apr. 19, 2 – 4 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Celebrate the 25th anniversary of San Francisco’s Tachyon Publications with publisher Jacob Weisman and special guests. Tachyon Publications, an independent press specializing in science fiction and fantasy books, ...

Wednesday, April 22

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
Wednesday, April 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: A Talk with Steven Black & Don Herron | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Remembering the 3 Ms and FL A Talk with Steven Black and Don Herron Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level  Pioneering Bay Area science fiction and fantasy authors Miriam Allen de Ford, Margaret St. Clair, Margo Skinner, and ...

Thursday, April 23

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
Thursday, April 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: THX 1138 Thursday, Apr. 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level R, 86 mins., 1971. In this futuristic film by George Lucas, shot around the Bay Area and in BART tunnels, a man named THX 1138 and a woman ...

Thursday, April 30

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
Thursday, April 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” | SF
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movie: Star Trek IV “The Voyage Home” Thursday, Apr. 30, 12 – 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level PG, 119 mins., 1986. To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to ...

Tuesday, May 19

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Free Book Reading w/ Alec Nevala-Lee | SF
Tuesday, May 19 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Free Book Reading w/ Alec Nevala-Lee | SF
Free Book Reading: Alec Nevala-Lee Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Lower Level Acclaimed author Alec Nevala-Lee reads from his work. Nevala-Lee is a Hugo and Locus Award finalist for the group biography Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, ...

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