Talos: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London

The Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival will take place October 24-25 in Chelsea Theatre in London, UK. The festival features science fiction plays by contemporary writers from all over the world, including Greece and Australia.

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

Pregnant men and drones, apocalypse survivors and superheroes, emotional navigator systems, bodiless heads and more fantastical fictions are brought to life on stage in a unique showcase of new science fiction theatre.

Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, October 25th, 7.30PM

An Ordinary Man by Elizabeth Adlington
Lost Love by Jen McGregor
Crooked Fork by Jonathan Yukich
Drone by Tom Jensen
Two Heads on a First Date by Ron Burch
Superhero by Andreas Flourakis
The Other Roof by Susan Gray
Interface/Interface by Libby Emmons

Anyone wanting to come along with London’s ScienceFictionBookClub.org to the Saturday 24th performance is welcome along via their event. (Requires Login)

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

See our website for more information: http://www.talosfest.com/

SFSF Social 4 – David Barnett & Ask The Agent with Amanda Rutter October 17th, Sheffield

Location: Eten Cafe, 2-4 York Street, Sheffield, S1 2ER
Description: As part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival, in association with Sheffield Fantasy and Science Fiction Social Club, we present David Barnett and Amanda Rutter:

David Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author based in West Yorkshire. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since 1989. He is the author of the Gideon Smith alternate history series from Tor Books, beginning in 2013 with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. David is also the author of Hinterland (2005, reprinted 2008), Angelglass (2007) and The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (2009), all published by Immanion Press, as well as popCULT!, published in 2011 from Pendragon Press. His work has been translated into Czech, Russian and German. He is represented by the literary agent John Jarrold. His latest novel, Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper, will be released by Tor (US) and Snowbooks (UK) in October 2015.


After training and working as an accountant for over a decade, Amanda Rutter became an editor with Angry Robot, helping to sign books and authors for the Strange Chemistry imprint. Since leaving Angry Robot, she has been a freelance editor, through her own company AR Editorial Solutions, BubbleCow and Wise Ink. She also finds time to write blog posts for Tor.com. In her free time, she is a yarn fiend, knitting and crocheting a storm. Amanda is an associate agent at the Red Sofa Literary Agency, and will be hosting an Ask The Agent session at the Social.


SFSF welcome you all, but have asked if it would be possible for attendees to send questions in advance to help the event run smoothly. Follow the link to contact them on their form. Alternatively, you can email Amanda at AskAmanda [at] kinsmeet.co.uk. All questions received will be forwarded on to Amanda. If you can’t attend the Social in person, we’ll post up answers to your question after the event.

This is a free and open event, but the organizers would be delighted if you could let them know in advance if you intend to attend via Eventbrite.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2015-10-17
End Time: 20:00

BSFA London Meeting: Emma Newman interviewed by Edward Cox 28th October 2015

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

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels. ‘Between Two Thorns’, the first book in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards. Emma’s next book, Planetfall, will be a standalone science fiction novel published by Ace/Roc in November. Emma is a professional audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the twice Hugo-nominated podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk.

EmmaEdward Cox is the author of THE RELIC GUILD and THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS, published by Gollancz. Represented by John Berlyne of the Zeno Agency.

During the 2000’s, Edward published a host of short stories, earned a BA and MA in creative writing, and went on to lecture in the same subject. He now resides in the Essex countryside with his fabulous wife and daughter, where they’re surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of your hand.Edward

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

Map is here .

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

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

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-10-28

Autumn Writing Events at the Quad, Derby

QUAD in Derby hosts two new special events for writers in October and November.

On the 21st October, Derby Writers Day will offer guidance, advice and inspiration for aspiring authors sure to give any writing career a boost.

Confirmed speakers and guests for the event include Booker-nominated novelist Alison Moore, East Midlands Book Award winner Alison McQueen, bestselling crime author Stephen Booth, leading historical authors Elizabeth Chadwick and James Wilde, acclaimed romantic comedy author Tracy Bloom plus Mark Chadbourn, Clare Harvey, Jim Hinks, Steven Dunne, Sian Hoyle, Kim Lakin-Smith, Eve Makis, Nicola Monaghan, Sue Moorcroft and Stan Nicholls.

Attendees will be able to choose from sessions on a wide range of writing subjects, including historical fiction, crime and thrillers, promotion and publicity, self-publishing, contemporary women’s fiction, scriptwriting, making a living as a writer, writing in the East Midlands and the small and independent press.

Derby Writers Day runs in QUAD on the 21st October from 10:00am until 4:00pm (doors will be open from 9:00am), and tickets are £35 including access to all sessions and event goodie bag.

In November, Edge-Lit, the annual event for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing returns as the festively named ‘Sledge-Lit’. With a range of panel discussions, workshops, readings, and guests of honour, Sledge-Lit brings the festive cheer with a day of workshops offering a fantastic insight into the world of genre writing. There will be panel discussions on a range of hot topics in books and publishing plus in-depth sessions with Guests of Honour, including Alison Moore, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse and He Wants; Adam Roberts, acclaimed SF author of Bete, Yellow Blue Tibia and Black Glass; Robert Shearman, award-winning short story author, scriptwriter and playwright; Charles Stross, multiple Hugo and Locus award winning SF, fantasy and horror author plus more authors to be confirmed. Sledge-Lit takes place in QUAD on Saturday 21st November, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets are £25 and include access to all sessions on the day and a special goodie bag.

To book places for either event, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/derby-writers-day. or http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/sledge-lit-edge-lits-christmas-vacation
For further enquiries, please contact Alex Davis at alexdavisevents@hotmail.co.uk

BSFA London Meeting 23rd September 2015 – Simon Guerrier – Interviewed by Edward James

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

 Interview with Simon Guerrier. co-author of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who. Writer of Cleaning Up starring Mark Gatiss and Louise Jameson, The Plotters, Wizard starring David Warner, and Modern Man, and the creator of the science-fiction series Graceless. He has also written books, comics and audio plays based on Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Being Human, Primeval, and Robin Hood.

Simon will be interviewed by esteemed BSFA-Award-winning critic, Edward James.


Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

Map is here.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

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

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-09-23

Nine Worlds 2015: a con-goer’s view

by Allen Stroud

This was my second visit to the London Geekfest convention in the Radisson Hotel near Heathrow. Nine Worlds 2014 had been held on the weekend before Worldcon (Loncon 3) last year, so it remained to be seen if the same numbers would hold up for this year’s convention.

It turned out that there wasn’t a noticeable drop and that is a testimony to the identity of Nine Worlds. It is a very inclusive event, made so by its participants who alternate between organising and bringing content to being the audience. There is little hierarchy between panellists, speakers and the audience, particularly when the social spaces of the hotel provide opportunities to mingle between sessions. The tracking system allows participants to pick and choose what they want to attend and by blocking the times, you can easily switch themes as you want.

This year did seem overly dominated by the reading/writing related tracks and there were some occasions when panellists didn’t seem to know why they’d been put on a panel to discuss a topic their work wasn’t connected to, but as always the audience made the most of the opportunity to talk with creative people and listen to their ideas. This is a particular strength of the convention as it embraces creative content from all sources and the opportunity to discover new stories in any medium is constant. The best discussions who also read, watch and listen widely as this always helps with responding to questions from a position of informed authority.

The variety of activities other than the panels was somewhat less impressive than 2014. The trader area did appear less occupied prior to the pop-up market on Sunday, but the opportunity to play the boardgames provided by Forbidden Planet made sure the hall was consistently used by lots of people making new friends over counters, dice, cards and game tiles. This is part of the convention’s identity, providing a space for people to make their own fun and meet new friends. The lobby, café and restaurant were also constant hubs of chatter and socialising.

The evening events such as book launches form Ian Whates and Newcon Press, the Gemmell Awards, Knightmare Live and Nate Crowley’s rendition of ‘Daniel Barker’s Birthday’ were all excellent fun. Eve if you weren’t part of the group who were chatting about something, you never felt excluded and were only a moment away from being dragged into the spectacle.

To me, Norse references aside, Nine Worlds always feels like an arbitrary title for this convention. There are so  many more than nine worlds in evidence. The communities the convention fosters and provides a platform for are incredibly important to the inclusive and progressive journey Science Fiction and Fantasy in all is aspects has embarked on. It also wraps together creativity from all levels of the genres and beyond. You’ll always find something appealing here and you’ll always come back having discovered something new.

No doubt ideas are already being dreamed up for Nine Worlds 2016. I’ll be there and hopefully you will too.


About the writer:

Allen Stroud is the extremely talented author of Elite Revolution and the Wismir Tales, as well as being a lead tutor at Buckinghamshire New University for the BA (Hons) in Creative Writing for Publication and course leader for the BA (Hons) in Film and TV Production, and presenter of Lave Radio. As well as this he manages to find time to be a music composer and write reviews for the BFS and SFBook.

Jeff Noon’s Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter

British SF stalwart Jeff Noon is working with Ravendesk Games to bring you a RPG based on his popular book Vert and it’s all being organised on Kickstarter.

Virt’s Kickstarter page

Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game is an RPG based on the visionary and hallucinatory science fiction of author Jeff Noon (who won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Vurt in 1994). Amid the glass-strewn streets of the lethal and anarchic Manchester England of the near future, players ingest slender Vurt feathers to travel to parallel worlds as vivid, unique, and unpredictable as our wildest dreams. But they’re no mere fantasies. These worlds – and all the wonders and horrors they contain – are as a real, and every bit as dangerous, as the one you were born in.

New Play King Chaos at the Camden Fringe

Bad Bat Productions have written to let us know about their new production “King Chaos” a new science-fiction comedy play about morality, power and corruption in space, written and directed by Steve Jordan, and successor to the critically-acclaimed Future Boys stage adventures, “‘Pilgrim Shadow” and “Dead Static”.

The show runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden as part of this year’s Camden Fringe Festival, from Monday 10th August to Saturday 15th August 2015, 7.45pm. This will be our fifth Camden Fringe festival as contributors. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) and can be bought via www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or via the box office on 0207 240 6283.

King Jeffrey, compassion-vacuum and ruler of a evil galactic empire known as ‘the Syndicate’, commands the universe with an iron fist of idiocy and self-obsession. For years the Syndicate have hunted Tyler and Gary, two petty criminals turned freedom fighters. Having discovered their fortune and rallied an army to their cause, they embark on an audacious mission to capture the Syndicate throne and end Jeffrey’s reign of terror and incompetence. They succeed, but… what are they supposed to do now? Will Tyler and Gary put their differences aside to make the universe a better place, or will their egos make things infinitely, impossibly worse? Just who are the good guys anyway? Power corrupts, and there is only room on the throne for one…


‘Any time spent with these characters is a joy.’ – Views from the Gods, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★), 2013. ‘Exciting and hilarious science fiction…’ – Remote Goat, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★), 2013. ‘Splendidly thoughtful and hilarious…’ – Forbidden Planet International, reviewing Dead Static, 2012. ‘The makings of a classic series.’ – Snipe London, reviewing Dead Static, 2012.

4th York Pubmeet – 19th September 2015

Title: 4th York Pubmeet
Location: The Ackhorne Pub, 9 St. Martins Lane, York YO1 6LR
Description: Our next York Pubmeet will be taking place on Saturday 19th September at The Ackhorne pub in St Martins Lane, York — this is 2 minutes further down the road and off to the right from our usual Brigantes haunt, so should be easy enough to find (a little further down the hill towards town)…

For those who have attended previous events, please note that the new location doesn’t serve food, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own — for those who would like to grab a bite to eat afterwards (usu. around 730/8pm-ish), the Brigantes is 2-3 minutes away, and the rest of York town centre only a short 5-10min walk… Friends recommend that there’s a nice Indian restaurant not too far away…

As always, this is a FREE event, and we’ll have another selection of super guests and books to give away on the day, and yes, all of it FREE! We ask you to ‘book tickets’ here only so we can get a vague idea of numbers for the benefit of the landlord — there is no need to bring them along.

This event is in association with the British Fantasy Society (BFS). We love running events in Yorkshire!

Start Time: 16:30 – on till late!

Our special guests are author Marie O’Regan and author/publisher (Boo Books) Alex Davis. Our guest authors for the evening will be reading from their own work and fielding questions about their careers and writing in general. Both are also well-respected, acknowledged editors too, so can answer your editorial questions too!


https://a3-images.myspacecdn.com/images03/29/e0689bf42a734f7cb2f0996d3180335c/300x300.jpgBoo Books editor and publisher Alex Davis will present a workshop at Fleet Arts in Belper tomorrow.

For further info, updates and/or queries, please follow us on Twitter:

@mangozoid (organiser)




NESFA Writing Competition: Prize – Entry to Boskone

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) have been in touch to tell us to tell you about their writing competition.

Prizes include free books, and the grand prize of a free membership to Boskone*. Free critiques of your work are also on offer.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:59PM EDT. All submissions must be made via email to storycontest@boskone.org in flat text, rich text, or any format readable by MS Word or Open Office. Please include your submission as an attachment rather than in the body of the email. Story pages should be numbered, with the page number and the title of the story at the top of each page.

A qualifying story must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7,500 words. Stories must be original works of fiction, submitted by their authors. No reprints, fan fiction, or poetry.

Click here to find out more about the competition.

Boskone 53 takes place from 19th – 21st February 2016 at the Boston Westin Waterfront, in the USA. Guests of Honour include:

Garth Nix: Guest of Honor
Richard Anderson: Official Artist
Arnie & Cathy Fenner: Special Guests
Vixy & Tony: Featured Filkers
Bob Eggleton: NESFA Press Guest

*That will just be entry to the con. :)


The Novella Award Shortlist Announced

FULL Novella Award Shortlist Press Release (embargoed until 0100am, Friday 17th July)The shortlist for 2nd annual Novella Award has been announced. Launched in 2014, The Novella Award is awarded to a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 20,000-40,000 words in length. This year, the list includes Nina Allan, whose novel The Race was shortlisted for the BSFA Best Novel Award this year.

The full shortlist is here:

The Harlequin by Nina Allan

Motherland by Alix Christie

The Year of the Horse by Zoë Ranson

Mistakes by the Lake by Brian Petkash

When It Was Raining by Kevin Parry

Esp by Michael Wyndham Thomas

In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson

The venture is a partnership between the Screen School of Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts, who originally established The Novella Award. Sandstone Press, Time to Read, and NAWE are all partners of the award and work alongside it to encourage the publication of new writing. judges are Alison Moore, award winning author of The Lighthouse and He Wants, Nicholas Royle, editor of Salt Publishing’s influential Best British Short Stories anthologies and Robert Graham, Director of the Novella Award.
The winning novella will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication by award-winning Scottish independent publisher Sandstone Press. The runner-up is awarded £500 and a reader’s report. The winner will be announced on 7th October.


The New MacGuffin

Comma Press, an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short fiction, have built a digital literature platform called MacGuffin, which hosts short stories and poetry in text and audio form.

Jim Hinks, Comma Press’s Digital Editor says: “Anyone can upload a poem or short story, so long as they also upload a reading. This doesn’t have to be professionally recorded – we want to encourage writers to follow the lead of amateur podcasters, who in recent years have shown that technical barriers to entry have fallen away.”

MacGuffin has a tagging system, to help readers their curate content. Anyone can add tags to anyone else’s poem to describe it, or add it to a reading list. This enables users to search for content based on themes and create their own playlists.

Jim says: “We hope it’ll be a useful resource for authors who want to promote their short story collection. You can upload a sample story (we don’t ask for exclusivity) and link it back to point-of-sale, where readers can buy the book.”


The website can be found at macguffin.io. Android and iOS Apps will follow.

‘Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities’ Writing Competition

Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities is a Wellcome-Trust funded project headed by Dr Gavin Miller, Director of the Medical Humanities Research Centre in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.

They invite science-fiction short stories of up to 3000 words that address themes of medicine, health, and illness for publication in a forthcoming anthology.

The top three entries, and up to seventeen runners-up, will be published in the competition anthology.

First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £150
Runners-up: £50

Entry is free of charge and open to anyone over 18. Please see here for more details.

Ernest Cline – Armada

The following article reproduced below is the work of book reviewer and blogger, Matt Freeman. Why not check out his site, The Bookbeard’s Blog?
Ernest Cline may well be one of the leaders of the latest cultural zeitgeist: rejuvenating many of the tropes and feelings that the 1980s were so enamoured with. His debut novel, Ready Player One, successfully merged a stunning futuristic dystopia full of pop-culture references to video games, music and movies of the 80s whilst imbuing the novel with the unique essence of that same era. In Armada he has done it again, this time with the volume turned up to eleven.
The book’s protagonist, a teenage Zack Lightman, has the kind of back-story you might expect from a John Hughes movie (think The Breakfast Club). He’s a gamer nerd at heart with a small but tight unit of friends. However, there’s tragedy as well because he lost his father as a baby which is the root of his wicked temper – and doesn’t the school bully know it. This is the heart of the story: a boy, about to reach manhood, yearning for the father he never knew all the while wondering what it is he feels he is meant for.
Thankfully, for Zack, an imminent alien invasion helps to clear all that up. While the teen ponders his father’s death and the man’s slightly unhinged diary entries, the action begins. Zack thinks his Dad was bonkers and that he is heading down the same road but that odd hallucination of an alien fighter craft he has at school was actually real. The government has been hiding the truth for decades about any number of things from technology to extraterrestrial life, and video games are not only propaganda  but training simulations for Earth’s defense league.
It’s a lot to take in, especially for Zack and the other elite players of the game Armada. Suddenly, everything they thought they knew is blown out of the sky and replaced with the virtual reality of the game they’ve been playing for the last few years. Moon bases, aliens from Jupiter’s moon Europa, space battles and lots of other crazy mechanoid stuff are all real. Just as quickly these gamers are asked to put there skills to the test, piloting remote space battle drones to defend Earth from the invasion.
But, some things don’t sit right with Zack. There’s too many unanswered questions, too many odd occurrences  that just don’t add up. Cue Xavier Lightman stage right and an emotionally fraught reunion between father and son. The conspiracy runs deeper and the duo soon realise that the ‘war’ they are fighting is actually something else entirely.
Ernest Cline has managed to create a meta-80s masterpiece. It’s all the things that made movies like The Last Starfighter great whilst remaining self aware and reflexive. Tropes are acknowledged and unpacked and though Armada references them it never becomes parody. Instead it uses them to great effect, producing a story that is both fresh but also, for those old enough, reminiscent of so many classics.
Much like Ready Player One, Cline’s cast of characters and dialogue in Armada is superb. It’s action packed and the pace is relentless making for a fast read. Whilst some critics have mentioned that the ending lacks a little, that is debatable. Yes, it’s a fairly Hollywood blockbuster finish (movie rights have been optioned) and, yes, the big questions go unanswered. However,  it seems the author has left a nice opening for a sequel. What is undeniable is that Armada is heaps of fun and well worth the trip down memory lane.
This review comes from Matt Freeman of The Bookbeard’s Blog: check out more from him here!

New SF&F Writers Group Starts in South London

A new Science Fiction and Fantasy writers group has been started in the South London Borough of Sutton. Writing on the groups front page the organiser Logan has this to say.

This group is only for writers of science fiction or fantasy. The aim of the group is an every two weeks meet up, where the participants take two chapters to read. When they meet again they give a critique on these chapters.

So the group is for anyone who is writing a novel or even has a completed manuscript.

One of the biggest problems facing writers is having proper assessments on chapters, from likeminded people. Having positive feedback and constructive criticism is one of the main tools every writer needs.

The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2nd August and the venue is To Be Confirmed.

Full details can be found at the groups meetup. http://www.meetup.com/Sci-Fi-and-fantasy-writers-group/

BSFA London Meeting 12th August 2015 – Peter Hamilton – Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

Peter F Hamilton - Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

Our August London event will feature a VERY special guest. Peter Hamilton will be our guest on 12th August (please note this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month rather than the 3rd). We will confirm the venue shortly. And of course, the fabulous Gareth L. Powell, writer of the Ack Ack Macaque series of novels, and BSFA Best Novel Award winner.

Location: Blackett Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building, Imperial College London. Map is here.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

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


For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-08-12

BSFA London Meeting 22nd July 2015 – Rebecca Levene – Interviewed by Leila Abu El Hawa

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND
On Wednesday 22nd June 2015, Rebecca Levene will be interviewed by Leila Abu Al Hawa. Rebecca has been a script writer for years and was once a story-editor for Emmerdale! We know her as the multi-faceted novelist who has produced some awesome titles for Abaddon, and whose epic fantasy series The Hollow Gods launched in July 2014 with Smiler’s Fair.


Leila Abu Al Hawa is the editor of the Post Apocalyptic Book Club.

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.

12th August – Peter Hamilton interviewed by Gareth L. Powell
Blackett Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building, Imperial College London
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-07-22


For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

Shoreline of Infinity – Scotlands newest SF magazine

July 2015 sees the publication of the UK’s newest SF magazine The Shoreline of Infinity (@shoreinf) which hails from Edinburgh in Scotland. Home of the brave.


Issue one features an interview & short work by Charles Stross plus contributions by the following authors; Noel Chidwick, Steve Green, Paul F Cockburn, David Perlmutter, Guy T Martland, Joseph L Kellogg, Richmond A Clements, Claire Simpson, John Buchan, Larry Ivkovich, Alex Barr, Colleen Anderson and M. Luke McDonell.

It’s available in Epub and PDF for £2.95 direct from the publisher and print editions are £4.95 from Amazon. Five issue subscriptions are also available.

Arvon SF Writing Course

Arvon are putting on a Science Fiction writing course again, once more tutored by Simon Ings, and this year Geoff Ryman.

Here’s what they say about it:

Immerse yourself in a five days science fiction writing course with two leading sci-fi writers Simon Ings (founder of Arc and editor of The New Scientist magazine) and Geoff Ryman (winner of 15 awards including the Arthur C Clarke and the Nebula Awards). Arguably, science fiction handles the contemporary world more effectively, wittily and playfully than any other kind of literature.

We’ll look at the tools of science fiction to see what they offer writers in an age of technological revolution. We will also explore various pressing contemporary questions concerning genre. How does writing for a SF readership differ from literary writing and what qualities do they share? Is it possible to write science fiction that works with a literary audience and indeed can any writer control for whom they write?

The five days include morning workshops, one to one tutorials and lots of time to write away from distractions in a beautiful countryside setting in West Yorkshire.