BSFA/SFF AGM Saturday June 6th 2015

Join us on Saturday, 6 June 2015!

The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF), the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (ICSF) announce a joint 2015 mini-convention on Saturday, 6 June 2015.  10 am – 5 pm.

Location:  Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London.
The entrance is on Prince Consort Road, on the south side near Queens Gate Road.

Our guests of honour will be Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan.

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Join us for interviews, panels, and the BSFA and SFF AGMs!
BSFA AGM: 12 Noon.  SFF AGM: 1:30-2:15

The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs.
See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.

BSFA London Meeting May 2015- Edward James interviewed by Phil Dyson

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND
On Wednesday 27th May 2015, Edward James (winner of the BSFA 2014 Award for Non-Fiction for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War) will be interviewed by Phil Dyson.

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:

24th June 2015-Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

22nd July 2015- Rebecca Levene- Interviewed by Leila Abu El Hawa

April London BSFA Meeting: Den Patrick Interviewed by Gillian Redfearn

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

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On Wednesday 22nd of April  2015, Den Patrick (author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade and The Boy Who Wept Blood and co-creater of the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, a genre social night, with Jen Williams) will be interviewed by Gillian Redfearn (editor at Gollancz).

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:

27th May 2015- Edward James interviewed by Phil Dyson

24th June 2015-Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

22nd July 2015- Rebecca Levene- Interviewed by Leila Abu El Hawa

York Pubmeet 9th May

Location: Brigantes Bar, 114 Micklegate, York
In association with the BFS there will be another exciting York Pubmeet event.karenauthorpic

This one takes place in May at the Brigantes Bar, 114 Micklegate, just 5 mins round the corner from York train station. We have another selection of super guests and books to give away and all of it is totally FREE!morris,%20mark

Guest authors K.T. Davies and Mark Morris will be reading from their own work and fielding questions about their careers and writing in general. Plus, special guest: Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Tor.com running a bonus “Ask the Editor” spot for all your editorial queries and advice.

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There’ll be another fabulous FREE raffle offering all attendees the chance to grab a couple of new books and book bundles to take home (incl. signed copies of books by both our guests) and plenty of good conversation and drinks to enjoy.

There is an Eventbrite site for this event with full details: please click the link and register. It gives us an idea of how many are coming and you can see who will be there.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3rd-york-pubmeet-british-fantasy-society-british-science-fiction-association-tickets-16332572163?aff=es2

Start Time: 16:30
 

2015 BSFA Lecture

The 2015 BSFA Lecture at Dysprosium (the 2015 Eastercon) will be given by Dr Simon Trafford (Institute of Historical Research), and is entitled ‘“Runar munt þu finna”: why sing pop in dead languages?’ The lecture will be given at 5.30 pm on Saturday April 4th, in the Discovery room of the Park Inn, Heathrow. The lecture is open to any member of Dysprosium.

Simon Trafford is Lecturer in Medieval History and Research Training Officer at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. He specialises in the history and archaeology of the later Anglo-Saxon period in the north-east of England. He completed his undergraduate studies and his D.Phil. at the University of York, where his supervisor was Professor Edward James, who sf fans know as current Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation. Simon has a particular interest in the depiction of Vikings in popular culture. His talk for us develops this, with a special focus upon the use of dead ancient and medieval languages in pop and rock songs.

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 eighth BSFA Lecture.

March London BSFA Meeting: Suniti Namjoshi Interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

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

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On Wednesday 25th of March 2015Suniti Namjoshi (fabulist and poet) will be interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn (critic and Professor). Are shape-changing cows, bolshy cats, matriarchal utopias/dystopias and the construction of Babel part of SF?

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:

22nd April 2015- Den Patrick Interviewed by Gillian Redfearn

27th May 2015- Edward James interviewed by Phil Dyson

24th June 2015-Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

February BSFA London Meeting: Scott K. Andrews Interviewed By Jason Arnopp

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

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On Wednesday 25th of February 2015, Scott K. Andrews (Author of Abaddon’s School’s Out trilogy and the new Timebomb series from Hodder & Stoughton) will be interviewed by Jason Arnopp (author of Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion, Friday The 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat and Beast In The Basement).

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:

25th March 2015- Suniti Namjoshi interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

22nd April 2015- Den Patrick Interviewed by Gillian Redfearn

27th May 2015- Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

Ninth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism 2015

The Ninth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July 2015

The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders.  It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy.  The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
Anyone interested in writing seriously about science fiction and/or fantasy, at whatever level they are in their careers, is welcome to attend.  This includes not just critics and reviewers, but historians and other scholars.  Those who have attended past Masterclasses are also welcome to apply (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).
Past students have found these events immensely beneficial, and often return.  For some reports and endorsements from past students and class leaders, see the Facebook page for the Masterclass;
We are pleased to announce that the venue will again be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian.
Price: £200£150 for registered postgraduate students.
The Class Leaders for 2015 will be:
Pat Cadigan, multiple Clarke and Hugo Award-winning author of Synners and Fools, and Official Queen of Cyberpunk.
Nick LoweBSFA Award-winning critic and writer of Interzone‘s ‘Mutant Popcorn’ column.
Graham Sleight, Hugo Award-winning Managing Editor of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to masterclass@sf-foundation.org.  Applications received by 28 February 2015 will be considered by an Applications Committee consisting of Tony Keen, Andy Sawyer and Kari Sperring. Applications received after 28 February may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.
Information on past Masterclasses can be found here.

January BSFA London Meeting: Anne Charnock Interviewed by Adam Roberts

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

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On Wednesday 28th of January 2015, Anne Charnock (The Kitschies and Philip K. Dick Award Nominated author of A Calculated Life) will be interviewed by Adam Roberts (award winning author and academic).

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:

25th February 2015- TBC

25th March 2015- Suniti Namjoshi interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

22nd April 2015- Den Patrick Interviewed by Gillian Redfearn

Sheffield SFSF Social with Adrian Tchaikovsky and Jo Thomas 24th January 2015

In association with BFS and Sheffield Fantasy and Science Fiction Social Club:

On 24th January 2015, at 4pm, please join us upstairs at Eten on York Street in Sheffield for the very first SFSF Social. Our guests will be the following wonderfully talented authors and swordfighters:

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Chat, book talk, good company and the chance to win awesome prizes.

Free entry!

Do register on Eventbrite if you can, as it gives the organisers an idea of who’s going.

 

BSFA London Meeting 28th January 2015 Anne Charnock

On 28th January 2015, from around 7pm.

The Artillery Arms Public House (Upstairs)
102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND (map here)
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The Kitschies and Philip K. Dick Award Nominated author of A Calculated Life)
will be interviewed

Interview commences at 7.00 pm, room open from 6.00 (and fans in the MAIN bar from 5.00
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of SF novels as prizes.
FUTURE EVENTS:
February 25th- TBC
March 25th- Suniti Namjoshi interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn
April 22nd- TBA
ALL WELCOME
(No entry fee or tickets. Non-members welcome.)
For further information about the London meetings, contact Audrey Taylor, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

Steampunks in Space! 29/30 November

The National Space Centre in Leicester is playing host to a weekend of Steampunk shenanigans from 29th-30th November 2014.

The Steampunks in Space event boasts multifarious delights from a cake and jam competition, tea-duelling, the marketplace, real steam-powered engineering to the science of afternoon tea.

There are also goings-on in the library, where authors do what authors do. You can meet a number of them there, including Pax Britannia writer Jonathon Green, Steve Turnbull, Liesl Schwartz and The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter (book one in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series) writer Rod Duncan.

…also gin tasting and moustache waxing will be happening. Of course!

If you buy a ticket for Saturday daytime, you can upgrade to a free annual pass when you collect your tickets. This will allow you entry on Sunday daytime at no additional cost:

  • £13 per adult
  • £11 per concession (child/NUS/senior/disabled
  • Under 5 free
  • Carer free (when accompanying a disabled patron)

Dragonmeet in December

Players of games take note!

Chris Birch of Modiphius/Dragonmeet has been in touch to tell us about the next Dragonmeet tabletop gaming convention on Dec 6th at the Ibis Earls Court and the ILEC Convention Centre in London.

Making an appearance at the event are Games Workshop co-founders and Fighting Fantasy authors Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson,  award-winning author and game designer Joe Dever, Jamie Anderson (Gerry Anderson’s son). Also other big names from the world of gaming: Ken Hite, Robin Laws, Rob Heinsoo, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Sarah Newton, Lynne Hardy, Mike Mason, Gunnar Roxen, Jonathan Green, John Houlihan, Mischa Thomas… with more guests to be announced.

Miniatures companies exhibiting at the convention this year include Battlefront, Forgeworld, Northstar Miniatures, Hawk Wargames, Spartan Games, Mantic Games,  Prodos Games and Warlord Games.

Matt Leacock is also running the Pandemic World Party on the 6th Dec raising funds for Doctors Without Borders. Jamie Anderson will be showing a sneak preview of his dad’s last great project, which has now been funded on Kickstarter.

There will be lots of games and tournaments going on, as well as a programme of seminars. The Best of Essen area will showcase awesome new boardgames that will be available to buy at the show having caused a stir at the Essen Spiele game fair.

There is free local parking, and the Dragonmeet is  open until Midnight on the 6th December with a free meet up in the on-site George & Dragon pub on the Sunday. Tickets are still just £8 in advance, £10 on the day and under 16s (accompanied by adults) get in free.

 

BSFA/BFS York Pubmeet on Saturday 22nd November

This is another opportunity to join us for a fabulous FREE open meeting for fans and writers of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction, featuring guest author readings followed by a Q&A session, another fabulous FREE raffle (we gave out LOADS of book bundles last time), and plenty of room and time for chat, spirited discussion and of course, beer (other beverages are available).

Location: Brigantes Bar and Brasserie

114 Micklegate York Y01 6JX

There is a great menu there if you fancy eating, but if you have particular dietary requirements, our scouts have also recommended another nearby venue that has gluten-free on its menu: the Bar Convent is just 3mins walk down the road: Bar Convent Menu

Start Time: 4:00pm onwards; first reading around 5.00pm (Would be great to see you there before 4.15!)
End Time: when you feel like leaving (or the bar closes)

 

Guest Author Readings

Justina Robson

Justina Robson — science fiction author (incl. the Quantum Gravity series). Geek Alert: Justina also wrote Transformers: The Covenant of Primus, a fictional account revealing the previously untold origins of the original Primes as well as the evolution of the Autobots and Decepticons.

Take this opportunity to hear Justina read from one of her books and ask about life working on a tie-in series, plus anything else writing-related that interests you.

Vincent Holland-Keen

Vincent Holland-Keen — author of the critically acclaimed The Office of Lost and Found (“a rich creamy vein of the absurd and surreal” and “a fresh and amazing read… as far from predictable and paint by numbers writing as one can possibly get”).

Vincent is a new voice in dark, surreal humour, his work favourably compared to both Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett in terms of absurdity, and this is your chance to find out what makes him tick…

Both authors will be available for a Q&A and to join in the conversation afterwards, but please check the Twitter feeds and BFS and BSFA websites (below) for further details closer to the time.
FREE Raffle
We are pleased to announce that we will also have another fabulous FREE raffle for all attendees (to be drawn circa. 6.30-7.00pm), with a variety of book bundles and signed copies on offer as prizes, incl. a selection of proofs and ARCs (Advance Reader Copies), so we sincerely hope you’ll be leaving with something in addition to just great memories!

Keep up to date with this event on Twitter via @BSFA and @BritFantasySoc, as well as @mangozoid (co-ordinator/organiser).

Or visit the following websites to stay informed:

www.bsfa.co.uk

www.britishfantasysociety.org

 

Line-Up Announced for Nour Festival – Arab Science Fiction: From Imagination to Innovation

As previously reported on this blog, the Nour Festival, now in its 5th year, is happening on Saturday November 15th at the Science Museum Theatre in London, and will include an evening discussion on science fiction, chaired by broadcaster Samira Ahmed.

‘Trip to the Heavens’, Vintage book cover of an Arabic Sci-Fi novel, Cairo, 1953

The festival has now announced its full guest line-up for the event.

Hassan Abdulrazzak: Scientist, author and award-winning playwright.

Yasser Bahjatt: Science Fiction writer and Co-Founder of The League of Arab Sci-Fiers.

Ehsan Masood: Science writer, journalist and Editor of Research Fortnight.

Larissa Sansour: Artist and professional Filmmaker.

Of the discussion, Samira Ahmed said, “Even SF can get bogged down in its own traditions. So exploring SF through the prism of the Arab imagination is fascinating. From historical reassessment to watching history unfold in Syria I think this event is a great chance to listen to some powerful literary voices and re-think what SF is about and what it can do.”

The event producer,Sindbad Sci-Fi, is an initiative for spurring the discovery of and engagement with Arab Science Fiction through dialogue. The aim is to sustain a growing community of interest through brokering face-to-face and online discussion, building new partnerships and facilitating new project collaborations.

‘Star Wars depicted as an Ottoman miniature’ © Murat Palta, 2011

Saturday 15 November • 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open 18:30)

Tickets
 £10 Full  | £8 Concession

Book Online here

Groups Discounts:
5-9 people: 10% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD10)
10+ people: 20% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD20)

November BSFA London Meeting: Claire Corbett Interviewed by Colin Harvey

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

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On Monday* 24th of November 2014, Claire Corbett (Australian author of When We Have Wings) will be interviewed by Colin Harvey (writer and academic).

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:

December- No meeting as usual.

28th January 2015-Anne Charnock interviewed by TBC

25th February 2015- TBA

 

*Please note the Non-Wed. Date!

Want to let us know you’re coming? That would be ace. Register on our Eventbrite here.

October BSFA London Meeting: Dave Bradley Interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

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

Dave Bradley Official SFX Editor Picture

 

On Wednesday 29th of October 2014, Dave Bradley (Group Editor-in-Chief of SFX and Total Film) will be interviewed by Scott K. Andrews (YA author responsible for Abaddon’s School’s Out trilogy and the new Timebomb series from Hodder & Stoughton)

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:

*24th November 2014- Claire Corbett interviewed by Colin Harvey

December- No meeting as usual.

28th January 2015-Anne Charnock interviewed by TBC

 

*Please note the Non-Wed. Date!

September BSFA London Meeting: Sara Maitland Interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

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

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On Wednesday 24th of September 2014, Sara Maitland (author of Gossip From the Forest, other fiction and non-fiction) will be interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn (Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University).

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:

*29th October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

*19th November 2014- Claire Corbett interviewed by Colin Harvey

December- No meeting as usual.

*Please note these are the fifth and third Wednesdays respectively.