Reading Allowed

Michael Blumlein and Eileen Gunn

What the Doctor Ordered and Questionable Practices (VARIOUS)

Sunday • November 2 • 3pm

U District store

Reading & Book Signing

What the Doctor Ordered and Questionable Practices

If you love strange stories, the kinds that dare to push limits and go where few others do, then you've likely discovered the brilliance of authors Michael Blumlein and Eileen Gunn. Even if you haven't, you're in for a treat this fall as both authors join us for a reading and signing of their latest short story collections—Blumlein with his haunting, humorous, personal, and political mix of sci fi, fantasy, terror, and naturalism in What the Doctor Ordered, and Gunn with her wonderfully weird exploration of imprisonment, trouble, and plans gone awry through satire, spoof, fairytale and more in Questionable Practices.

No Image Available Michael Blumlein is the author of THE MOVEMENT OF MOUNTAINS, X,Y, THE HEALER, AGELESS, and THE ROBERTS (a novella), as well as the award-winning story collection THE BRAINS OF RATS and the newly released collection WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. He has been nominated twice for the World Fantasy Award and twice for the Bram Stoker Award, received the ReaderCon Award, and has been short-listed for the Tiptree Award.

He has written for the stage and for film. His novel X,Y was made into a feature-length movie. In 2011 he was one of a panel of experts at the Impossible Futures symposium sponsored by The Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. His stories have been widely anthologized and taught in a variety of settings, from high school to college and law school. In addition to writing, Dr. Blumlein is a practicing M.D. Much of his career has been spent caring for the underserved. Currently, he practices and teaches medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, where he lives.

Eileen Gunn is the author of the story collection Stable Strategies and Others and the co-editor of The WisCon Chronicles Two. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. She is the editor/publisher of the late Infinite Matrix webzine and served for twenty-two years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Recent Gunn stories available free online include 'Zeppelin City' (with Michael Swanwick), 'The Steampunk Quartet', and 'The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree,' (also written with Michael Swanwick) on Other stories are available on her website at

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