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.

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

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The ScienceFictionBookClub.org in London are holding a three month long season celebrating British SF called the Best of British. It will feature a selection of classic & contemporary SF over Sept, Oct & Nov 2015.

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

The September selection of books has already been announced & includes a work from this years BSFA Award short-list with Nina Allan’s The Race.

SEPTEMBER 2015 BEST OF BRITISH SELECTION*

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The September 2015 Best of British selection

SFSF Social #3 – 27th June 2015

Title: SFSF Social #3 – 27th June 2015
Location: Upstairs, Eten Cafe 2-4 York Street, Sheffield, S1 2ER
Description: We’re back in the upstairs room at the excellent Eten Cafe on Saturday 27th June from 4pm for an event in association with the Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club, and we’re proud to announce that once again we will have readings and Q&A sessions with two brilliant authors!

Jacey Bedford

 

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Jacey Bedford is a British writer with a three book deal from DAW. Empire of Dust, a Psi-tech novel came out in 2014. Crossways, its sequel, follows in August 2015 and Winterwood, a historical fantasy, in February 2016. Her short stories have been published on both sides of the Atlantic in anthologies and magazines.

Paul Kane

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Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror.

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2015-06-27

BSFA London Meeting 24th June: Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

Title: BSFA London Meeting 24th June: Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay
Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND
Description: On Wednesday 24th JuneSarah-Pinborough-616x483 2015, Sarah Pinborough (author of Mayhem, Beauty, The Death House) will be interviewed by horror writer James Barclay.

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

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015

BSFA/SFF AGM Saturday June 6th 2015

Join us on Saturday, 6 June 2015!

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The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF), the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (ICSF) will be holding a joint 2015 mini-convention on Saturday, 6 June 2015.  10 am – 4:30 pm.

Our guests of honour will be Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan.  Join us for interviews, panels, and the BSFA and SFF AGMs!

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.

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.

9:30 am      Doors Open
10:00 am  Welcome
10:05 am  “The Girl-Thing who went out for Sushi”: A Discussion
10:55 am – 11:05 am – Short break
11:05 am – 11:55 am – Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Scott Pack

[Lunch will be from Noon until 2:30 pm at the Imperial College Eastside Bar. It’s on the ground floor of Linstead Hall part of Eastside halls of residence in Prince’s Gardens. Princes Gardens, London SW7 1LY; anyone not involved in the AGMs is welcome to gather there while the AGMs are ongoing.  Cake will be done there, since it’s not allowed in the auditorium.]

Noon – 12:45 pm – BSFA AGM
12:45 pm – Lunch Break [Official venue: Eastside Bar]
1:10 pm – Cake! [Eastside Bar]
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – SFF AGM
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm – Pat Cadigan, Interviewed by Tanya Brown
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm – Growing up with Aldiss’s Work (Panel)
4:30 pm – Finish

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.

Annual General Meeting 2015

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

Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London

 on Saturday 6th June 2015 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 2014

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: D R Langford, A Sawyer & M T Potts.

5.     Any Other Business

A proxy form is attached here for use if a member is unable to attend and wishes to appoint a proxy for voting purposes, along with a copy of the AGM 2014 minutes and draft financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2014 for approval at the meeting.
 
Martin Potts
Treasurer

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
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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.

 

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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.