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RIP Ripley

It’s been a bad week for science fiction in San Francisco—we’re sad to hear that Ripley, of the famed bald cats of Borderlands Books, has passed away.

We’re big fans of Borderlands and when our first titles came out last year, we spent all day at the store to take pictures. (Click that link for cat pics!) And tons of people were fans of Ripley—the store even puts a sign in the window to let passers-by know when Ripley (and their other bald cat, Ash) are in. Even locals who didn’t read SF often popped into the store just to visit the cats. Ripley was a big fan of me, though I found the cat a little creepy and he wasn’t quite non-allergenic. But you never know what you want till its gone! Poor little dude. Rest in peace, Ripley the Cat.

The Present is Japanese or, LAUNCH!

One of the great things about living in San Francisco is that there are many excellent independent bookstores. Given that today was the day that the first two Haikasoru titles shipped to stores, we decided to celebrate by hanging out at Borderlands Books, one of the best bookstores in the city and one of the best specialty shops for science fiction, gmail login fantasy, and horror in the whole country. We popped in a bit early and waited for the books to arrive.

Masumi and books
Here’s Masumi scoping out the state of the field amongst the well-stocked stacks of Borderlands.

Borderlands is a not just a great local store, but a national institution. When I moved here from the East Coast, Borderlands was my first stop. Before groceries. Before anything.

crazy postcards
See? Postcards! Mail ’em to your friends.

Locals know that one of the store’s great attractions are its hairless cats, Ripley and Ash. Indeed, there’s a sign put out on the register when the cats arrive, because some people come in just to check out the cats. Personally, they freak me out.

Ash, the semi-hairless hairless cat

But Ash took a liking to VIZ editor Eric “I eric and cat

Before the long, the moment had arrived!

Carrie and The Lord of the Sands of Time
Behold, The Lord of the Sands of Time!

And what should happen but that one of the customers was intrigued by these new selections!

Buying all you need is kill
They certainly aren’t holding in their laughter because I asked them to hold up All You Need Is KILL for a contrived photo-op. It’s the joy of finding a new book to read!

And here’s the first person to EVER buy a Haikasoru title. (Well, the first person to buy one in front of me while I had a cellphone camera handy.)

Smug guy
If he looks smug, it’s because he’s awesome.

And now friends, go forth and CONSUME!

Coming soon: a Q/A with Seth, who bought the first book, and what he thought of it!

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