Special August London Meeting: Ian McDonald Interviewed by Tony Keen

** Location: Canada Water Library, Learning Rooms 2 and 3, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR (Directly above Canada Water Station, building is accessible to all)

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On Thursday* 14th of August, 2014, Ian McDonald (author of BSFA award winning The Dervish House, Brasyl, River of Gods, etc.) will be interviewed by Tony Keen (former meetings organiser for the BSFA).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start promptly at 6 p.m.

*** Please note the different time, date and place for this meeting. This is due to the Loncon3 Convention being held at the Excel Centre. Canada Water is an easy 20 minutes from the venue, as well as being convenient to central London.Canada Water Library and Culture Space is situated directly above Canada Water station (Jubilee line and London overground). Exit the station towards Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Map is Here

FUTURE EVENTS:

24th September 2014- Sarah Maitland, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

22nd October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by TBA

26th November 2014- TBC

July BSFA London Meeting: Geoff Ryman interviewed by Graham Sleight

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

 

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On Wednesday 30th of July 2014, Geoff Ryman (science fiction, fantasy and slip-stream author of award winning novels-including BSFA Award winner Air) will be interviewed by Graham Sleight (Science Fiction critic).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

14th August 2014, Canada Water Library, 6 p.m.- Ian MacDonald, interviewed by Tony Keen

24th September 2014- Sarah Maitland, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

22nd October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by TBA

BSFA Lecture at Loncon 3

paula-jamesA special BSFA Lecture will be given at Loncon 3 by Dr Paula James (Open Unversity), and is entitled ‘Pygmalion’s Statue and her Synthetic Sisters: The Perfect Woman on Screen′. The lecture will be given at 20.00 on Saturday August 16th, the ExCel Centre, London Docklands. The lecture is open to any member of Loncon 3.

Paula James is a familiar face and voice to anyone who has studied the Open University’s Arts Foundation courses over the past fifteen years or so, or any of their courses in Classical Studies. Paula is Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies and Staff Tutor in Arts at the OU. She began her academic career after raising her family, and joined the Open University in the 1990s. She is an expert in Latin Literature, particularly the Metamorphoses of Ovid and Apuleius. She also writes on the reception of Latin texts in modern cinema. She has written an excellent introduction to Ancient Rome, Understand Roman Civilization, now in its second edition, and has jointly edited works on the imagery of Trade Union banners and the parrot in literature. Her most recent book is Ovid’s Myth of Pygmalion on Screen: In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman (2013), and it is from this work that her talk to us is derived.

The BSFA Lecture is intended as a companion to the George Hay Lecture, which is presented at the Eastercon by the Science Fiction Foundation. Where the Hay Lecture invites scientists, the BSFA Lecture invites academics from the arts and humanities, because we recognise that science fiction fans aren’t only interested in science. The lecturers are given a remit to speak “on a subject that is likely to be of interest to science fiction fans” – i.e. on whatever they want! This is a special lecture for Worldcon, and is the seventh BSFA Lecture.

Gordon Rutter: Dr Who in An Exciting Adventure With Charles Fort

David V Barrett tells us:

Dr Who has graced our television screens for over fifty years now and the show has seen a myriad of adventures. Everyone knows the Daleks but there are a host of lesser known adversaries and story lines, some of which Charles Fort would surely have approved.

There are a wealth of Fortean themes and mysteries in the history of the world’s longest running science fiction TV show; come along to hear and explore some of them.

Gordon Rutter is a life-long Dr Who fan, author, regular contributor to the Fortean Times, regular speaker at the Fortean Times UnConvention, head of the Charles Fort Institute, runs the Edinburgh Fortean Society and probably still holds the world record for the greatest number of straws shoved into one human being’s mouth.

Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX

Date: Wednesday 16th July 2014

Time 19.45-22.45

Cost: £3/£2 concs

London Fortean Society regulars should note that for this event we’re back in our old venue.

More details at the Facebook page

He adds that it would be worth getting there by 7:30 to be sure of a seat.

The Gollancz Festival 2014; Wednesday 14th August

Genre-publishers Gollancz and Waterstones Piccadilly have anounced plans to host an interactive multi-media genre fiction festival, featuring Patrick Rothfuss, Joanne M. Harris, Joe Hill and many more bestselling genre writers.

The festival comes midway between genre-fiction convention Nine Worlds GeekFest (Heathrow, 8-9th August) and The 72nd World Science-Fiction Convention (Loncon 3, ExCel London Docklands, 14-18th August).

On Wednesday 13th August 2014, starting at 9am with author breakfast tips featured on a Pinterest board, the digital elements of the Gollancz Festival 2014 will include interactive genre panels; Vox Pops and in conversations on YouTube; live debates on Twitter and Tumblr, and much more.

From 6 – 9pm on the same evening they will also offer genre fiction readers the chance to attend a selection of unique panels, readings, Q&As and signings all hosted by retail partner Waterstones Piccadilly.

The Gollancz festival will include participation from Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Elizabeth Bear, Anna Caltabiano, Edward Cox, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Stephen Hunt, Simon Ings, John Hornor Jacobs, Tom Lloyd, Scott Lynch, Paul McAuley, Elizabeth May, Suzanne McLeod, Richard Morgan, Den Patrick, Sarah Pinborough, Adam Roberts, Alastair Reynolds, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Gavin Smith, Jon Wallace, Chris Wooding and more.

Tickets to the festival cost £6 (£4 for Waterstones loyalty card holders). Attendees will also receive a drink on arrival and a Gollancz Festival 2014 goody bag. A mass signing begins at 7.30pm, immediately after the panel events, will be open to non-ticket holders and those unable to travel to London can pre-order signed stock directly from Waterstones Piccadilly.

Frances Hardinge interview and panel now online

0330519735.02.LZZZZZZZEarlier this month Frances Hardinge was the BSFA’s guest at the AGM/Minicon jointly held with the Science Fiction Foundation. Transcripts of her interview with Tom Pollock and a panel item with Frances, Niall Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn and Virginia Preston are now online at Strange Horizons. Thanks to Niall and his SH team for arranging the transcription and hosting these, and thanks of course to Frances for being an excellent guest.

A couple of bits of SF community news

First up, a new writers group in London is looking for members:

The Middle Oak Writing Group is looking for a couple of new members. We meet once a month on a Tuesday evening in a private house in East Barnet, near Oakleigh Park railway station. We cover both science fiction and fantasy and novel instalments as well as short stories.
The current members find that being a small group works well for face to face feedback but we want to expand slightly to avoid having to cancel a meeting when more than one person has to drop out for that evening.
For more info, please contact Sandra Unerman (sandraunerman379 at  btinternet dot com)

Dr Peter J Bentley and Dr Soo Ling Lim – scientists based at the Department of Computer Science, University College London have been in touch to ask for help with a survey to research into a collaborative technologies for writers. Are you a writer? If so, they would be very grateful of your help. Click here to take part in the survey.

June BSFA London Meeting: Stephanie Saulter Interviewed by Kate Keen

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

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On Wednesday 25th of June 2014, Stephanie Saulter  (author of Gemsigns and Binary, the first two books of the ®Evolution trilogy) will be interviewed by Kate Keen (SFF Trustee and Head of Fanfic at Nine Worlds)

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

30th July 2014- Geoff Ryman, interviewed by Graham Sleight

Date and Location TBA August- Ian MacDonald, interviewed by Tony Keen

24th September 2014- Sarah Maitland, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

Super Relaxed Fantasy Club / BFS / BSFA York Pubmeet 2nd August

Title: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club / BFS / BSFA York Pubmeet 2nd August
Location: Brigantes Bar & Brasserie, 114 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Description: Join us from 4pm for a free open meeting, featuring author talks, fun and beer.

4pm-4.30pm Introductions all-round, grab a drink.

5.00pm First Reading: Janine Ashbless from her new novel due September, followed by a short Q&A

… brief interlude

5.45pm Second Reading: David Tallerman reads an original work, followed by a short Q&A

6.30pm Free Raffle for various bundles, free books, etc. to be drawn by the author(s)

… chat, chill, eating and drinking optional …

 

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2014-08-02
End Time: late

BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini-Convention

Title: BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini-Convention Saturday 7th June
Location: The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Anne’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
Link out: Click here
Description: The official notice is out on the website, and it give me great pleasure to also post the schedule for the day, which includes some fun stuff, like all the awesome panels we’ll have, and the all important “lunch”!

10 am Welcome
10:05 am SFF Jo Fletcher Panel
11 am Frances Hardinge Interviewed by Tom Pollock
12-12:45 SFF AGM
12:45-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30- 2:15 BSFA AGM
2:30 Jo Fletcher Interview
3:30 Frances Hardinge Panel
4:25 Thank You

I hope to see you there!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-06-07
End Time: 17:00

The BSFA’s 2014 AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the British Science Fiction Association Ltd will be held at:

The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Anne’s Street, London SW1P 2DE

on Saturday 7th June 2014 at midday for the following purposes:

  1. To approve the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  2. To approve the financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2013
  3. To receive and consider the Annual Review of the Year.
  4. Elections: The following Directors retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election: SR Jeffrey, J Courtenay Grimwood, the following director appointed, D Bond, to have their appointment ratified.
  5. Any Other Business

NOTE: proxy forms to reach the Registered Office by 5th June 2014 (see link)

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Once more, we are pleased to share our AGM day with that of Science Fiction Foundation, and we have arranged a full day packed with guests and panels to form a bijou mini-convention.

Here is the schedule for the day:

10 am Welcome

10:05 am SFF Jo Fletcher Panel

11 am Frances Hardinge Interviewed by Tom Pollock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-12:45 SFF AGM

12:45-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30- 2:15 BSFA AGM

2:30 Jo Fletcher Interview

3:30 Frances Hardinge Panel

Frances Hardinge

4:25 Thank You

May BSFA London Meeting: Alex Dally MacFarlane and Tori Truslow Hosted by Tony Keen

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

 

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On Wednesday 28th of May 2014Alex Dally MacFarlane (writer; including a story in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 and moreeditor and historian) and Tori Truslow (writer, editor, and the recipient of a special commendation from the James White Award) will be in discussion, hosted by Tony Keen.

 

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

7th June 2014- BSFA/SFF AGM, BSFA Guest of Honour Frances Hardinge, interviewed by Tom Pollock

25th June 2014- Stephanie Saulter, interviewed by Kate Keen

30th July 2014- Geoff Ryman, interviewed by Graham Sleight

Date and Location TBA August- Ian MacDonald interviewed by Tony Keen

Women in Sci-Fi Panel at Blackwells Charing Cross Road Tonight

This evening, Thursday 8th May, in partnership with Jo Fletcher Books at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road, six authors will discuss the visibility of female authors in genre fiction, why there is an apparent inequality of representation, and possible solutions for this issue. This looks to be an exciting and significant event, and is free to attend.

Authors Stephanie Saulter, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards will be taking part in this event, which will be moderated by award-winning critic Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books promoting female authors in SFF.

Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novel Redemption in Indigo in 2011 in the US, and later in Britain through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third, The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times. This is a rare visit to the UK for this multiple-nominated and award-winning novelist, who among her many achievements received the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for the Best Debut Novel.


Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February.

Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica, now living in London, she is the author of Gemsigns and its sequel Binary. She is also the brains behind the popular writing aid app Scriptopus. Also an awesome blogger.

Janet Edwards‘ debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel, Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August

Jaine Fenn’s first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.

Edward James is a retired professor of medieval history, currently living in London. He has published a number of books on science fiction and fantasy, including A Short History of Fantasy (with Farah Mendlesohn) (2009). With Mendlesohn he has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (which won a Hugo Award in 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). He edited the academic journal Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction for a number of years, and is now Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation.

Tickets are free and can be booked here.  If you book a ticket and can no longer make it, please cancel your reservation here so that someone else can take your place.

Sci-Fi-London Film Festival in Full Swing

The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival is underway right now until 3rd May, and features many fantastic events, from film, to comedy, to dog shows – yes, there’s actually a dog show. Read on to find out more…

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Sci-Fi-London is the perfect festival for film buffs and aspiring film makers, being of course, the home of the 48 hour film challenge (for which the prize night is 1st May).

We also heard from the producers of Hungerford, a British Sci-Fi horror film which gets its World premiere on 3rd May at the festival, and which is now sold out. Aliens take over a small English town, and the inhabitants are driven to acts of violence. Hungerford’s teen protagonist is Cowen Rosewell, a media student whose first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. When he films one of his best friends being savagely attacked by a stranger, he realizes that the town has come under a mysterious evil influence.

Hungerford is directed by an exciting young filmmaker called Drew Casson, who is only nineteen, and who has been posting videos to YouTube since he was twelve. Jesse Cleverly, co-founder of Wildseed Studios said: “Drew is typical of the next-generation of film makers we’re investing in – a generation who have grown up on genre movies, who operate outside the institutions of the British Film Industry, and who are utterly fearless and highly proficient with the tools of production and post-production in the pursuit of excitement, scale and an audience. We’re thrilled to have produced Hungerford and thanks to the ingenuity of Drew, the crew and excellent special effects this micro-feature achieves a sense of scale more fitting for a film with 100 times the budget.”

Join the mailing list at http://www.hungerfordfilm.com/ to find out about where the film can be seen near you in the future.

The Geekatorium are once more bringing their comedy show to the festival, which this year features some brilliant acts in the form of Paul Gannon, Rob Deb, Bec Hill and Richard Sandling – whose Perfect Movie events I have seen many times and been in stitches at (and he’s a proper film and comics fan, so I’m most assuredly recommending this). At £5 a ticket, this is an absolute bargain.

And of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention that the Arthur C. Clarke Award is also happening as part of the festival. Tickets are on sale right now for the event on 1st May at The Royal Society. Who’s going to win?

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My pick of the rest of the fest:

Sunday 27th April 1pm: Costume parade from Somerset House.

Sunday 27th April 7.30pm Guest of Honour Emma Vieceli – manga-inspired comics artist talks about her work, Gosh Comics.

Monday 28th April at 6.30pm – Saving Star Wars at Stratford Picturehouse. I think this one might be nice and silly…

Saturday 3rd May, 2.30 pm. Guest of  Honour, Mike Carey, comic writer discusses his work at Conway House.

Sunday 4th May, 3pm at the Stratford Picture House - it’s the Pub Quiz!

Oh, and on Sunday 4th May, there really is a dog show, hosted by Bunny Galore. SciFido – The Sci-Fi-London Dog Show.

All I can say is, my cats would protest most strongly if I tried to dress them like that…

David Gemmell Awards Shortlist Announced

2014 sees the sixth year of the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, one of fantasy fiction’s most prestigious prizes, with the superb trophies to be awarded at a stunning ceremony this June at London’s glamorous Magic Circle. With just a few months to go until this exciting event, the shortlists for each of the three prize categories were announced at this year’s Eastercon in Glasgow.

 

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said, ‘This year’s shortlist once again represents some of the very finest in fantasy fiction, with some incredible titles featured in all the categories. This year also represents a fascinating mixture not only of international names but also different aspects of the publishing world, showcasing the depth of quality in modern fantasy.’

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FULL SHORTLISTS:

 

Legend Award

(Best novel)
The Daylight War by Peter V Brett (Harper Collins UK)
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan (Tor/Forge)
War Master’s Gate by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)
Morningstar Award

(Best debut novel)
The Garden of Stones by Mark T Barnes (47 North)
Headtaker by David Guymer (Black Library)
Promise of Blood by Brian McLellan (Orbit)
The Path of Anger by Antoine Rouaud (Gollancz)
The Grim Company by Luke Scull (Head of Zeus)
Ravenheart Award

(Best cover art) 

 

Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

(Gollancz)
Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper

Collins UK)
Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik by Guy Haley (Black Library)
Gene Mollica and Michael  Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood by Brian

McClellan (Orbit)
Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky (Hodder)

 

The David Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place at London’s Magic Circle on the 13th June. For more information on the awards, visit http://gemmellaward.com/ or email dgla@live.co.uk

Brighton Exhibition of Bob Layzell Artwork in May

Renowned SF artist Bob Layzell is due to open a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Dynamite Gallery in Brighton in May.

Bob, who is now in his 70s , is renowned as an incredible cover artist. He produced classic cover art for many science fiction novels in the 1970s, including works by Harry Harrison, Barrington J. Bayley, Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov and J. G. Ballard.

This will be Bob Layzell’s first ever show, and will open with a private viewing on 2nd May at which attendees collect a free poster and meet the artist. The artist will also be available to sign those posters on two other dates to be confirmed. Originals and Limited Edition Prints will be on sale throughout the show, including a new piece created especially for this exhibition, to be auctioned off on the 10th May.

Those interested in attending the private viewing are encouraged to contact the gallery at the address given.

 

BSFA Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our award winners, announced at a ceremony this evening at the 65th Eastercon at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

The ceremony was hosted by Alice Lawson and Steve Lawson with guest presenters Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Jim Burns, Andrew J. Wilson and Stephanie Saulter.

Best Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Best Art: cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi.

Best Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan

Best Novel: ties between Gareth L. Powell for Ack Ack Macaque and Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice.

Congratulations to all the winners.

BSFA TweetFiction TweetStream 2014

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TWEETFICTION TWEETSTREAM

DURING SATELLITE 4 – EASTERCON 65: 2014

The Tweetstream

  • is free to enter, of course

  • each author is allowed multiple entries

  • is open to writers of any age and nationality, including professional authors and BSFA Committee members.

Story Format Suggestions & Encouraged Behaviour

  • Stories can be in any language! But must fit entirely into a single tweet.

  • Submissions should be original — they should be the sole work of the author/s in whose name they are submitted

  • Stories can be Science Fiction or Fantasy — we encourage a broad definition of what those terms mean.

  • Stories should not feature characters, locations etc. that are part of other copyrighted works — i.e.nothing set in the universes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, etc.

  • Please include the hashtag #tbsfa — which leaves 134 characters for creativity

  • Simply tweet your story (including the hashtag #TBSFA as stated above, we’ll pick it up)

  • Unless notified to the BSFA via tweetfiction@bsfa.co.uk the use of #tbsfa will be assumed to grant permission for the BSFA to reproduce at the awards ceremony or within future membership publications.

Administration

  • Of course entries could commence any time but we would encourage entries to coincide with Eastercon so we would suggest start posting from midnight Wednesday 16th Aprilth 2014.

  • We would suggest the closing date for submissions is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

  • If anything is unclear, or if you have any questions, please email tweetfiction@bsfa.co.uk

JOIN IN !

2014 BSFA Lecture

The 2014 BSFA Lecture at Eastercon will be given by Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson (Edinburgh Napier Unversity), and is entitled ‘Trade in flesh and tears: some science fictions of organ harvest′. The lecture will be given at 1.00 pm on Saturday April 19th, in Argyll 2 of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. The lecture is open to any member of Eastercon.

Sara-Patricia Wasson is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University.  She is author of Urban Gothic of the Second World War: Dark London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), which won the Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize of the International Gothic Association, and co-editor of Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010 (Liverpool University Press, 2011).  She has a special interest in literary depictions of organ harvesting and tissue economies, and her talk to us is based on this work.

The BSFA Lecture is intended as a companion to the George Hay Lecture, which is presented at the Eastercon by the Science Fiction Foundation. Where the Hay Lecture invites scientists, the BSFA Lecture invites academics from the arts and humanities, because we recognise that science fiction fans aren’t only interested in science.  The lecturers are given a remit to speak “on a subject that is likely to be of interest to science fiction fans” – i.e. on whatever they want!  This is the sixth BSFA Lecture.