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)

@BSFA

@BritFantasySoc

 

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 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.
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This review comes from Matt Freeman of The Bookbeard’s Blog: check out more from him here!

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

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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.

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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.

FUTURE EVENTS:
12th August – Peter Hamilton interviewed by Gareth L. Powell
7.00-8.30pm
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.

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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.

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*

  • The pages for each individual book required a login.

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

New Season of Work at Stars or Mars Theatre

 Stars or Mars has three science fictionplays coming up this year:
RESPAWN

 

On June 1st, 2015 at Hackney Attic

 

Who knew immortality would be such a hard sell? In this new world, uploading consciousnesses has become a game changer. Everything we believed about time, personality and character is now under threat. In Respawn, we follow a set of characters who are dealing with their multitude of pasts and futures, as well as prejudices from the present. When you can live forever, can you really escape your past and reputation?

 

from http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/event/201301/respawn-the-play/

Cuckoos and Chrysalides:
 August 14th – 16th at the London Welsh Centre

Set in the near future, we follow the struggles of Caitlin, a woman who has preserved her children’s consciousnesses to be downloaded at a time where she feels ready. As the virtual space becomes cramped and contested, she must fight the system with her mother.
On the other side of reality lies the consciousness of an astronaut who was killed in her mission. Will she ever find her team? Will she manage to be brought back to life – and if so, at what cost?

 
SUM:
August 28th-30th at the Etcetera Theatre

Set in the far future, we follow the lives of six women who have become assimilated into the hivemind; changing the way we see birth, life, death and love. Who will benefit and who will suffer from this new technology? What would the reasons be for connecting and how far will the individual be compromised?

SUM the play is back, following a run at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham last year. 

Booking Details coming soon

The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced

The BSFA Awards 2014 winners were announced at a ceremony at the 66th Eastercon Dysprosium at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow on Sunday 5th April 2015. The BSFA wishes to thank the Dysprosium team, Claire Briarley and Neil K. Bond for assisting with the count, Awards Administrator Farah Mendlesohn, trophy designers Skulls and Robots aka Lauren Hubbard and Dan Brodie and our guest presenters – Caroline Mullan, Jaine Fenn, Kari Sperring and Ian McDonald. A special thank you to our guest MC, Gareth L. Powell for his sparkling and erudite presentation.

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Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.

Best Novel

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Best Short Fiction

“The Honey Trap” by Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme (Newcon Press)

Best Non-Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James

Best Art

“The Wasp Factory” after Iain Banks by Tessa Farmer

Please click below for a breakdown of the vote:

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SFF and BSFA AGMs – Save the Date!

SAVE THE DATE – 6th June 2015
Brian Aldiss  and Pat Cadigan are the Guests of Honour for the 2015 SFF & BSFA Mini-Convention and Annual General Meetings
When: Saturday 6 June 2015, 10-5 pm.
Where: Central London. Venue to be confirmed in the very near future.
See bsfa.co.uk or sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.
Cost: Free! BSFA and SFF membership is required to vote in their respective AGMs.

TWEETFICTION TWEETSTREAM! DURING DYSPROSIUM – EASTERCON 2015

TWEETFICTION TWEETSTREAM!

DURING DYSPROSIUM – EASTERCON 2015

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 ofStar WarsStar TrekStargate, 
  • 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.ukthe use of #tbsfa will be assumed to grant permission for the BSFA to reproduce at the awards ceremony or within future membership publications.

 

Adminstration

  • Of course entries could commence anytime but we would encourage entries to co-incide with Eastercon so we would suggest start posting from midnight Wednesday April 1st2015
  • We would suggest the closing date for submissions is midnight (BST) onTuesday April 7th 2015.
  • If anything is unclear, or if you have any questions, please email tweetfiction@bsfa.co.uk

 

JOIN IN !

BSFA Events at Dysprosium

Just a reminder that the following BSFA events are taking place at this coming weekend’s Dysprosium Eastercon 66 at Park Inn, Heathrow.

Saturday 17:30 – 18:30, Discovery “Runar munt þu finna”: why sing pop in dead languages?: The BSFA Lecture will be given by Dr Simon Trafford of the Institute of Historical Research. Introduced by Edward James and Chaired by Tony Keen.

Sunday 17:30 – 18:30, Discovery, The BSFA Awards: Presented by Gareth L. Powell

(Nomination details are here. If you’re at the con, please come to the BSFA desk to pick up a ballot paper)

… and the following items are also on the programme featuring BSFA committee-members:

Friday

Johnson, 11:15 – 12.15

RIP The Media Room?: The future of media programme items at conventions. A future of con-running item.
Dave Lally, Harry Payne, Mark Slater.

Discovery, 15:00 – 16:00

The Things We Learned From Pratchett: An exploration of fantasy, storytelling
and ethics.
Jim Butcher, Edward James, Seanan McGuire, Farah Mendlesohn, Jessica
Yates.

Saturday

Endeavour, 12:30 – 13:30

Equal Rites?: The use of Science Fiction and Fantasy literature and
television to promote diversity, from the uber-multicultural Discworld to the
bridge of the original Enterprise. How far have we come and are we pulling
the mainstream along with us?
Farah Mendlesohn, Fiona Moore, Sarah Shemilt.

Endeavour, 13:45 – 14:45

Editorial Workshop: Donna Scott is a professional copy-editor. This workshop
offers a crash-course in how to self-edit a ‘finished’ piece of work, with tips
on rooting out common foibles, including tautology, exposition and other
hazards. We will also explore some of the mysteries of the professional
editorial process.
You can submit the first 500 words of your own prose for the group work via
the BSFA desk the day before the workshop, but if you don’t feel brave
enough, I will find a suitable practice text for you.
20 places maximum: please book in advance.
This will involve pair-work, so be prepared to make a new acquaintance.

For more details please contact chair@bsfa.co.uk

BSFA Award Advance Voting Extended (Slightly)

It has been pointed out by some of the membership that the deadline given on the e-form and the newsletter for BSFA Award Advance voting was wrong, and there were rumours going round that the voting had already closed, with ensuing vexation as the booklets we send out to our members have not yet been received.

We apologise for the understandable stress and anxiety this caused. The deadline had not in fact passed, but we have decided to extend our voting deadline by as much as we possibly could to be able to give you as much time as possible to cast your informed vote. Please note that although the PDF link on the site leads to a form that still states a deadline of midnight Tuesday 31st March (for the time being), as you may have gathered on social media we are now accepting votes by the membership a full 24 hours later, with the new voting deadline of 1st April.

Also, you will have until midday on Sunday 5th April to post your ballot in the ballot box on the BSFA desk at the Dysprosium Eastercon, Park Inn Hotel Heathrow, if you are going to that.

And the booklets…. I have been assured by the printers that they will be with you this week, along with the latest issue of Vector.

PPS. May I also thank the people who pointed out the mistakes.