Please join us for our annual Halloween party! If there's one holiday that science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts thrive on more than any other, it's got to be Halloween! Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Since our group has been growing so fast, we've seen so much interest in our events that we've had to limit space at the majority of them. It's been a while since our entire group has been able to get together without restrictions or waitlists. A few times a year, we'll be holding special events (such as happy hours, picnics, parties, etc.) so that we can all get together to mingle and socialize and to meet members we may not have shared an event with yet.
We will be holding a contest for best costume, as well as a general raffle for some great giveaways! We're going to have several great books as prizes, including a couple steampunk fantasies, some great sci-fi, and a few intriguing nonfiction books about sci-fi & fantasy. We have over 45 books to give away, so there's a very good chance you'll win something!
- We'll be in the large private reception room at Houlihan's (walk straight back upon entering to the right of the bar and the left of the hostess' stand).
- There will be a dedicated bar and waitstaff in our party room just for our group. Gratuity will be automatically included on your bill, but please don't hesitate to tip extra for great service.
- To start a tab, you'll need a credit or debit card to cover your drinks and food throughout the evening. You will be able to close out with cash if you wish.
- We've arranged discounted drink pricing for the party!
- Houlihan's is working on some amazing featured cocktails and shooters for us, priced at $5 (here's the still-evolving list)
- Poison Apple
- Melon Eye-Tini
- Halloween Hpnotini
- Black Cat
- Wolf Bite
- Almond Joy
- Trick & Treat
- Vampire Juice
- Bloody Brain
- Devil's Candy
- Green Monster
- Yuengling will be offered at $3 all night
- Miller Lite, Bud, Bud Light, and Coors Light will be $4 all night
- Hoegaarden, Red's Apple Ale, and Sam Adams Oktoberfest will be $5 all night
- House wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir) will be $3 until 9 PM, and $4.50 thereafter
- You will still be able to order any other drinks you'd like off the normal menu.
- The full menu of food options will be available as well.
- Since this party is going to go late into the night, we've negotiated a special discount on hotel rooms at the Hilton (adjoins Houlihan's). Just call the hotel ([masked]) or book online and use group code SF1026. Rooms are only $59 ($66.08 after 12% tax). I would book as soon as possible to ensure availability, but if you want to make the decision the night of the party, our rate will be honored up to the day of. If you'd like to split a room to reduce cost, feel free to use the comments below to coordinate.
The stunning artwork shown above, called "The Pumpkin King", was created by an amazing artist named Rado Javor. Check out some of his other work here! Seriously, click the link; his work is awesome.
In addition to several copies of the 2 books below from the benevolent angels of Random House, we also have a handful of mystery and urban fantasy books and anthologies, a signed copy of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Drowned Cities, and some cool nonfiction (The Science of Dune). We've also got a few new copies of last year's A Conspiracy of Alchemists, Blades of Winter, and Hounded.
A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (Book 1 in The Baskerville Affair)
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?
But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.
The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough (Book 1 in the Dire Earth Cycle)
In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.