David Gemmell Awards Shortlist Announced

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

 

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

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FULL SHORTLISTS:

 

Legend Award

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

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

(Best cover art) 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Brighton Exhibition of Bob Layzell Artwork in May

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

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

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

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

 

Getting Ready for Eastercon

 

With just a few days to go, the BSFA team are getting very excited about Satellite 4 in Glasgow. Quite a few members of the committee will be there at our desk in the Dealers Room, so you can pop by, say hello, refresh your membership in person, and grab some goodies (I am bound to have a stash of sweeties). A couple of appeals from us desk-bound types: if there are any members who would like to contribute an hour here or there to volunteer sitting at the BSFA desk, we would be very grateful. Please come and say hello and we will find a time for you. Also, if you would like to contribute book prizes for our fund-raising Lucky Dip, please do bring those along on Friday… and then we’ll be running the game over the rest of the weekend.

And of course, we are hosting some great events at the convention.

Saturday 19th April, 1pm. The BSFA Lecture. 

Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson (Edinburgh Napier University) presents her talk on ‘Trade in flesh and tears: some science fictions of organ harvest’.  Introduced by Tony Keen.

Sunday 20th April, 7pm. The BSFA Award Ceremony/James White Award Ceremony

The annual BSFA Awards as voted for by members of the BSFA and Eastercon for Best Non-Fiction; Best Art; Best Short Fiction and Best Novel. Also, the James White Award: results of the competition to find the best short story by a non-professional writer for 2013

BSFA presenters include: Andrew J. Wilson, Alice Lawson , Jim Burns, Steve Lawson, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell , and Stephanie Saulter.

BSFA members will have received their copies of Vector and the BSFA Awards Booklet in the last few days. I would like to say thank you for all the feedback we have received from members. So many of you were so pleased to have received your publications, so thanks for all the tweets and shares on social media. We also had some very useful comments from some members that we will certainly use to inform future publications. As you may be aware, there has been a lot of discussion lately about fair representation for creators of science fiction in reviews and merchandising, and about what the industry can do to help eliminate reinforcement of unconscious bias. The BSFA is here to represent its membership – scrub that, the BSFA is  its membership – and we wouldn’t have a publication to put together without many of our members coming together to read, review, report, write, edit, design, typeset and organize the whole caboodle. We are grateful for this, and proud that in the last four issues, 35% of our reviews have been of female authors, which is well above industry average. But that’s our average; we have dipped well below this in the last issue. We would like 35% to be our bar for improvement. Publishers, we need your help with this – please submit more of your publications by female authors for review. And we also need more female reviewers! Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to give reviewing for the BSFA a try.

Our members will hopefully find the BSFA Awards Booklet a useful tool for deciding who to vote for in the BSFA Awards, but even if you’re not a member, you can still vote if you’re going to Eastercon. If you head over to Starship Sofa, they have recorded audio versions of the shortlisted stories for Best Short Fiction 2013. I am also reproducing the shortlisted nominations for Best Artwork 2013 below, with apologies to Richard Wagner whose artwork was unfortunately slightly cropped in the print version we sent out to members.

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Dream London – by Joey Hifi

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Metropolis by Kevin Tong

Wagner Art

The Angel at the Heart of the Rain by Richard Wagner

There will be no e-newsletter now until after Satellite 4. If you are a member and have been missing out on the e-newsletter, please get in touch. We have a lot of dead emails on our lists so we may need to update your details. The next newsletter will include details of our member survey, exclusive author interviews and member competitions, so it’s going to be well worth getting. Thanks for reading, and see you at Eastercon!

Poetry Submissions Wanted

From our poetry editor, Charles Christian:

 

“Calling all Poets… I’m putting together the poetry section for the next issue of the British Science Fiction Association’s Focus magazine and am looking for submissions. Poetry with a Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Ghost or Steampunk theme (or any mixture thereof) all qualify. You do NOT have to be a member of the BSFA – nor even British. However please note Focus is a print magazine published twice a year by a volunteer team so, for factors outside my control, publication deadlines can sometimes slip.

 

Please email your submissions with the entry either within the body of the email or attached as a Word or Pages document – directly to me at charles@charles-christian.com If you have any illustrations you want to add to the submission, can these be in either JPEG or PDF file format. And that’s it! The deadline is Friday 9th May – so you’ve got 5 weeks including 2 public holidays (at least in the UK) in which to create and submit your submissions. All poetry formats considered, including haiku (or scifaiku) and even Vogon Poetry!

 

Formal Stuff: poets retain the full copyright to their work – we only take a bare licence to reproduce the work in the magazine – and we do not insist on submissions being previously unpublished works nor do we exclude multiple-submissions.”

Birmingham Independent Book Fair Saturday 12th April

The Birmingham Independent Book Fair takes place this weekend at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. This is a day-long event (doors open at 11.00 am) and features independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond.
Alchemy Press have been in touch to tell us about the works they are showcasing there. Peter Coleborn says:

“Merry-Go-Round and Other Words is the definitive collection of work by the South Wales poet and writer Bryn Fortey. The book includes a warm introduction by Johnny Mains plus an afterword by Bryn, in which he discusses some of the stories included in the book. We are certain you will all want a copy of this collection gracing your shelves.

“We shall also have copies of Rod Rees’s book Invent-10n in both paperback and hard-cover, limited editions! If you missed the launch last December now is your chance to race down to Birmingham and grab a copy.

“In preparing for the book fair we “unearthed” a few copies of the late Joel Lane-edited anthology, Beneath the Ground. We’re pretty sure that these are all the remaining copies in Alchemy Towers. We also came across a handful of Shadows of Light and Dark by award-winning poet Jo Fletcher. This collection of poems includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman plus art and photography by Les Edwards and Seamus Ryan. The book is signed and numbered by all contributors (including the book’s designer Michael Marshall Smith).

Other Alchemy Press titles available include Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes (volumes 1 and 2), The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic and Doors to Elsewhere.”

Other publishers set to appear at the festival include:

Twin Books www.twinbooks.co.uk/ 

Fringeworks www.fringeworks.co.uk/

Flarestack Poets www.flarestackpoets.co.uk 

William Gallagher http://williamgallagher.com/ 

Boo Books http://boobooks.net/ 

Pigeon Park Press www.pigeonparkpress.com 

Cinnamon Press www.cinnamonpress.com 

Silhouette Press www.silhouettepress.co.uk 

Cannon Poets www.cannonpoets.org.uk 

Shadow Publishing http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html

TJB Press http://tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com 

Offa’s Press www.offaspress.co.uk 

Black Pear Press www.blackpear.net 

The Alchemy Press www.alchemypress.co.uk 

Ellie Stevenson http://elliestevenson.wordpress.com 

Nine Arches Press www.ninearches.press.com 

Gingernut Books www.gingernutbooks.co.uk/sophie-sparham.html 

Crowded Quarantine www.crowdedquarantine.com 

Foxwell Press www.facebook.com/FoxwellPress

Fair Acre Press www.fairacrepress.co.uk 

Five Seasons Press www.fiveseasonspress.com 

The Cassowary Press www.casspress.com

Location: The Ikon Gallery, Oozells Street, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HS

April 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Alchemy Press also took the opportunity to remind us they have a submissions window closing at the end of this month for their other 2014 anthologies: The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3, edited by Mike Chinn, and The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber. So, get your stories polished up and send them in!

It Is Rocket Science – Back on the Airwaves

Helen Keen’s fantastic comedy series about all things Space is back on Radio 4 for a third series.

Episode 1 was aired at 11pm on Wednesday April 2nd.

 

series2014slideIs there life on Mars? Check out episode 1, which also features the vocal talents of Peter Serafinowicz (the voice of Space, as well as many other, erm, voices) and Suzy Kane. And check out this animation of sad little Curiosity’s first birthday party.

Helen Keen is next appearing at the Edinburgh Science Festival on Sunday April 13th at the National Museum of Scotland for a panel: Barbed Wire Between Cultures.

48-hour film challenge

This came in via the contact form:

Wildseed Studios partners with SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival to offer 48hr Film Challenge winner £10,000 towards a micro-budget feature

Wildseed Studios, the next-generation content and talent incubator which supports grass roots talent with funding, creative mentorship and strategic advice, has partnered with SCI-FI-LONDON, The UK’s leading genre festival at London’s BFI Southbank to offer one of the shortlisted teams in the 48hr Film Challenge £10,000 cash plus additional production resources, creative mentorship and strategic advice sufficient to develop and produce a micro-budget feature film.

The 2014 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge will take place between 12 -14 April and is a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to get their film funded and made. Taking part is easy: simply turn up on Saturday 12 April, make a film in a weekend then submit your film by Monday 14 April. Click here for more details, then register here.

The judging panel includes Danny Boyle, Professor Brian Cox and Catherine Bray. The winning film being screened at the festival and four additional teams will be selected by Wildseed Studios to go through a mentoring and development process. One of the projects will then be selected to receive the funding and support necessary to produce the project as a micro-budget feature.

Over the last five years the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge has had over 800 films completed, many of which have gone on to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. Gareth Edwards who won the 2008 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge with his Factory Farmed short is currently directing a Hollywood film about a big lizard… the Godzilla reboot!

Gareth Edwards Factory Farmed (2008 winning entry).

Director of SCI-FI-LONDON Louis Savy said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership and be in a position where, thanks to Wildseed Studios, we can offer one of the shortlisted teams £10,000 cash toward a micro-budget feature! This is a really incredible opportunity for emerging filmmaking talent, so get ready for the challenge – we want to see your feature film in next year’s festival!”

Wildseed Studio’s co-founder Jesse Cleverly said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Challenge to offer this sort of initiative which directly enables the next-generation of filmmakers. We’ve all seen what previous winners of the Sci-Fi London 48hr Film Challenge such as Gareth Edwards can go on to achieve, so we’re encouraging all aspiring filmmakers to register and be part of this exciting process.”

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April BSFA London Meeting: Anne Perry Interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

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

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On Wednesday 30th* of April  2014Anne Perry (Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, founder of Pornokitsch.com and The Kitschies Awards) will be interviewed by Lizzie Barrett (SFF reader, fan and blogger).

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:

28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

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

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

*Note-this is the 5th Wed. and NOT the date originally advertised.

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Calling all Steampunk Enthusiasts

Claire Tailyour of Slackwire films is seeking interviewees to take part in an upcoming film about Steampunk. Why is Steampunk important to you? How has it enriched your life?

The film, funded by Lancia, will be based in London, but you do not have to be a Londoner to take part. It comes hot on the heels of Slackwire’s steampunk film Ruby’s Skin starring John Bowe (The Hour, Silent Witness, Coronation Street) and Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel, The Signal).

Claire can be contacted via cstailyour@slackwirefilms.com and would like to interview prospective subjects from 7th April.

John Bowe in Ruby’s Skin

 

SF-themed weddings

Chloë, our BBC friend from before, has a further request:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of
Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and
later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the
BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans. We are
looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom
representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We
are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more
specifically about what SF means to them.

I am currently looking for contributors who have had, or plan to have, a
Science Fiction themed wedding. If this is you then please do get in
touch, I’d love to talk to you about your experience.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
chloe.penman@bbc.co.uk
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890
Mob/Cell: +44 (0)7879 552 340

March BSFA London Meeting: BSFA Award Panel

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

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On Wednesday 26th of March  2014, there will be a Panel (Gaie Sebold and Paul Kincaid) to discuss the British Science Fiction Association Awards.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The panel 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:

23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

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

Fans sought for BBC film

Chloë Penman of the BBC has contacted the BSFA with an interesting request. She writes:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans.

We are looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more specifically about what SF means to them. We would like people to tell us about why Science Fiction is so important in their lives, what doors it
has opened for them and why, as a genre, it inspires such a lively conversation with its audience.

I’m looking for people who can give me a personal take on their relationship with Science Fiction, real stories about the power of Science Fiction.

Many Thanks,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
chloe.penman@bbc.co.uk
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890

It’s the Final Countdown! 2 Days to go for the BSFA Award Nominations

Thanks once again to everyone who has nominated over the weekend or provided info to help grow this list. Lots more titles on the list now. Please keep them coming. Feel free to nominate something already on the list, by the way - that’s how we pick your overall favourites.

As we have been gathering nominations this year, we have been having a think about how we can make this a better process for our members. We’d love this award to be as representative of our membership as it possibly can be. And with that in mind, I would like to make a special appeal to our female members – we don’t have as many nominations from our female members in proportion to the membership.

So, without further ado, here’s the list. Thanks to all the rebloggers and retweeters, it all helps!

 

Best   Novel
Title Author Publisher
2121: A Tale from the Next   Century Susan Greenfield Head of Zeus
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Abaddon’s Gate James S A Corey Orbit
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Arena Mode Blake Northcott Amazon media
Between   Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Doctor   Sleep Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton
Evening’s   Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon   Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s   War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I,   Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent   Publishing Platform
iD Madeline Ashby Angry Robot
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Nexus Ramez Naam Angry Robot
Night Film Marisha Pessl Windmill Books
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Paradox Patti Roberts Createspace Independent Publishing
Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Hodder
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Sensation: a superhero novel Kevin Hardman I&H Recherche Publishing
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Age   Atomic Adam Christopher Angry Robot
The Disappearances Gemma Malley Hodder
The   Disestablishment of Paradise Philip Mann Gollancz
The   Eidolon Libby McGugan Solaris
The   Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The   Glass Republic Tom Pollock Jo Fletcher Books
The   History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Angry Robot
The Long War Pratchett and Baxter Doubleday
The   Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter Cassandra Rose Clark Angry Robot
The Ocean at the End of the   Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
The   Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen Pushkin Press
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Solaris
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Vengeance Path Andrew Jamieson Amazon media
The Violent Century Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
The   Water Sign C.S. Samulski Booktrope Editions
Warmaster’s   Gate Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor UK
What   Lot’s Wife Saw Ioanna Bourazopoulou Black & White Publishing
Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins Gollancz
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Bridge of Words Dinesh Rao We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Boat   in the Shadows Crossing Tori Truslow Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Charlie’s Ant Adrian Tchaikovsky Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Distant Like the Stars Leah Cypress Asimov’s April/May
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Fade Out Gavin Salisbury Pendragon Press
Feast and Famine Adrian Tchaikovsky Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
Found Alex Dally MacFarlane Clarkesworld 63
Fredrich   the Snowman Lewis Shiner Tor.com
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Getting   Out of There M. John Harrison Nightjar Press
Golden   Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Henchman 1 Jamison Raymond Henchman Comics
Hypervigilant Eric del Caro Unknown
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
In Time for Christmas Fred Strange Diesel E Books
Leaving Megalopolis Gail Simone self-published
March of the Undead Andrew Webber andrewwebber.net
Melt With You Emily C Skaftun Clarkesworld 79
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Out in the Dark Linda Nagata Analog, June 2013
Pam Peter C Loftus Jupiter SF Magazine issue 41
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Secret Cargo Charles Christian Urban Fantasist
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck Tor.com
Song of the Seasons, Song   four: Fire and Rain Janine K. Spendlove Silence in the Library
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
Such & Such Said to So   & So Maria Dahvana Headley Glitter & Mayhem
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Electric Spanking of the   War Babies Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson Glitter & Mayhem
The Eye With Which the   Universe Beholds Itself Ian Sales Whippleshield Books
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The   Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt Tor.com
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
The Legend of Troop 13 Kit Reed Asimovs Jan 13
The Promise of Space James Patrick Kelly Clarkesworld 84
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
The Taking of the Stamp Hal Duncan La Case
The   Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
The Walking Stars Aliette de Bodard The Other Half of the Sky, Candlelight and Gleam
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Thread of Memory Matt Colborn City in the Dusk
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Waiting for Medusa Jack Dann Asimov’s, Octo/Novr 2013
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
You   Have to Follow the Rules Ada Hoffmann Strange Horizons
Zero   Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange
Best Artwork
Artist Work Publisher/Source
Aargh! Oxford Cover of The Mad Scientists’ Daughter, by Cassandra   Rose Clarke Angry Robot
Alice Laurent Cover of Cooking with Bones, by Jess Read Hodder & Stoughton
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Andy Council Bristol 2050 Resurgence & Ecologist
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Brian Roberts Cover of The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest Gollancz
Daniele Serra cover   of Open Waters by Davbid Gullen theEXAGGERATEDpress
Dominic Harman cover   of Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes Solaris
Euclase Red   5 DeviantArt
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
Galen Dara Storytellers Fireside Magazine
J.H.Williams   III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
J.H.Williams III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 Vertigo Comics
James Boswell He Pressed on Through the Darkness Alone, Like a   Blind Fish in an Endless Forgotten Sea, cover to J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned   World Folio Society
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover   of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff   Vandermeer Abrams Image
Jim Calfiore Leaving   Megalopolis self-published
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Kevin Tong Poster   for Metropolis
Marko Manev Cover of The Violent Century, by Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Paul Raymond Gregory Falls of Esgalduin Studio 54 website
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Shaun Tan Cover for How the World Became Quiet by Rachel   Swirksy Subterranean Press
Todd Lockwood Cover   of a Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Tor
Will Staehle Cover   of The Age Atomic by Christopher Adam Angry Robot
Ykuko Shimizu Cover   for the Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente Haikasoru/VIZ Media
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
Paul Graham Raven A Genre in Crisis: On Paul di Phillpo’s “Wikiworld” The LA Review of Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
The Riddles in the Dark Adam Roberts The Riddles of the Hobbit, Palgrave Macmillan
On YA Adam Roberts Sibilant Fricative
Ytasha L. Womack Afrofuturism: the World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture Lawrence Hill Books
Graham Sleight Breaking the Frame Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt www.secretidentitypodcast.com
David Bordwell and Kristen   Thompson Christopher Nolan: A   Labyrinth of Linkages
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman www.geekplanetonline.com
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
An Introduction in Three Parts   (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke Tor.com
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
John Boston and Damien   Broderick New Worlds Before the New Wave, 1960-1964 Borgo Press
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander Tor.com
Ethan Robinson On Still Being Unable to Write about Joanna Russ And chaos Died Marooned off Vesta
Abigail Nussbaum On the Meeting of Epic Fantasy and Western in Felx Gilman’s   Half-Made World Duology Crooked Timber
Bodhisattva Chattopadhay Recententering Science Fiction and the   Fantastic:What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and   fantasy look like Strange Horizons
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
Landon/Shurin Speculative Fiction 2012 Jurassic London
Michael Chabon The Crying of September 11: on   Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Pawel Frelik The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro and Retrofuturism Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
John Rieder The Mad Scientist, the Failed Experiment and the Queer Family of Man:   Sirius, Frankenstein and the SF stockroom Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Fred Nadis The Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey Tarcher/Penguin
Story Behind the Book vol 1. Upcoming4.me CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
John Lanchester When did you get hooked? London Review of Books
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast

 

 

Another BSFA Awards Nominations Update!

Thanks to everyone who has sent in more nominations for the BSFA Awards – just a week remains to tell us about what works have been just your cup of tea in 2013.

A word about eligibility: we appreciate that when faced with a collection of art published together, it is difficult to pick out individual pieces. They’re all so good, you tell us. Fantastic… but please try to pick which piece(s) you think is (are) the best. I know, I know…

Plenty of links to follow in the items nominated so far, so fill your boots. Please keep them coming in… and today we are especially appealing for your favourite non-fiction works. Thanks everybody!

Best   Novel
Title Author Publisher
2121: A Tale from the Next   Century Susan Greenfield Head of Zeus
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Abaddon’s Gate James S A Corey Orbit
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Arena Mode Blake Northcott Amazon media
Between   Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Doctor   Sleep Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton
Evening’s   Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon   Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s   War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I,   Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent   Publishing Platform
iD Madeline Ashby Angry Robot
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Night Film Marisha Pessl Windmill Books
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Paradox Patti Roberts Createspace Independent Publishing
Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Hodder
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Secret Cargo Charles Christian UrbanFantasist.com
Sensation: a superhero novel Kevin Hardman I&H Recherche Publishing
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Age   Atomic Adam Christopher Angry Robot
The Disappearances Gemma Malley Hodder
The   Disestablishment of Paradise Philip Mann Gollancz
The   Eidolon Libby McGugan Solaris
The   Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The   Glass Republic Tom Pollock Jo Fletcher Books
The   History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Angry Robot
The Long War Pratchett and Baxter Doubleday
The   Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter Cassandra Rose Clark Angry Robot
The Ocean at the End of the   Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Solaris
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Vengeance Path Andrew Jamieson Amazon media
The Violent Century Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
The   Water Sign C.S. Samulski Booktrope Editions
Warmaster’s   Gate Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor UK
What   Lot’s Wife Saw Ioanna Bourazopoulou Black & White Publishing
Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins Gollancz
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Bridge of Words Dinesh Rao We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Charlie’s Ant Adrian Tchaikovsky Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Distant Like the Stars Leah Cypress Asimov’s April/May
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Fade Out Gavin Salisbury Pendragon Press
Feast and Famine Adrian Tchaikovsky Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Getting   Out of There M. John Harrison Nightjar Press
Golden   Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Henchman 1 Jamison Raymond Henchman Comics
Hypervigilant Eric del Caro Unknown
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
In Time for Christmas Fred Strange Diesel E Books
Leaving Megalopolis Gail Simone self-published
March of the Undead Andrew Webber andrewwebber.net
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Out in the Dark Linda Nagata Analog, June 2013
Pam Peter C Loftus Jupiter SF Magazine issue 41
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck Tor.com
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
Such & Such Said to So   & So Maria Dahvana Headley Glitter & Mayhem
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Electric Spanking of the   War Babies Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson Glitter & Mayhem
The Eye With Which the   Universe Beholds Itself Ian Sales Whippleshield Books
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The   Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt Tor.com
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
The Taking of the Stamp Hal Duncan La Case
The   Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Waiting for Medusa Jack Dann Asimov’s, Octo/Novr 2013
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
You   Have to Follow the Rules Ada Hoffmann Strange Horizons
Zero   Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange
Best Artwork
Artist Work Publisher/Source
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Daniele Serra cover   of Open Waters by Davbid Gullen theEXAGGERATEDpress
Dominic Harman cover   of Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes Solaris
Euclase Red   5 DeviantArt
Galen Dara Storytellers Fireside Magazine
J.H.Williams   III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
J.H.Williams III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 Vertigo Comics
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover   of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff   Vandermeer Abrams Image
Jim Calfiore Leaving   Megalopolis self-published
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Kevin Tong Poster   for Metropolis
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Todd Lockwood Cover   of a Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Tor
Will Staehle Cover   of The Age Atomic by Christopher Adam Angry Robot
Ykuko Shimizu Cover   for the Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente Haikasoru/VIZ Media
James Boswell He   Pressed on Through the Darkness Alone, Like a Blind Fish in an Endless   Forgotten Sea, cover to J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World Folio Society
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
An Introduction in Three Parts   (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander Tor.com
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going   Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt www.secretidentitypodcast.com
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke Tor.com
Story Behind the Book vol 1. Upcoming4.me CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman www.geekplanetonline.com
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions

The BSFA e-Newsletter

BSFA members can now get a little something extra from us – an e-newsletter!

This is a monthly mailshot that depending on what we have for you will be packed full of news, useful information, extra articles, e-publications and the odd competition or giveaway, exclusive to BSFA members.

We have already sent out a Christmassy mail to anyone on our database, and the few members who sent us their email addresses after this was mentioned on the Facebook Group. If you didn’t get an email from us, then we don’t have the right email for you. This is easy to rectify – just send us your name and email address to contact@bsfa.co.uk

The January newsletter will be sent out early, ahead of our BSFA Award nominations deadline (sent in yours yet?). Included in the e-mailing will be a downloadable copy of the latest Focus magazine*. We are aware that some of the pages printed out in the wrong colour, with a dark, splodgy background that made a couple of the articles very difficult to read – we are very sorry about this, something seems to have gone awry between our proofs and the mailing. However, we can assure you that these issues are not apparent in the PDF. So, get in touch, and we’ll send you a copy.

 

*Some of you may observe that the promise of a legible copy of our brilliant writing magazine, Focus, is a sweet way of getting you to send us your emails and therefore lure you into our database clutches – mwa ha ha. And you’d be right… but we don’t like to be bothersome, so just let us know if you don’t want our e-newsletter and we won’t send it to you. Or sign up for now and unsubscribe whenever. You shouldn’t want to, though, it’s pretty good.

 

 

 

 

Disabling new registrations

Hello from your friendly neighbourhood web administrator. Over the last few months I’ve been seeing crazy numbers of new registrations on the website — 20, 30 even 50 in a day. At first you might think that should be gratifying; but really, I’m sure the vast bulk of them are by bots, or otherwise people up to no good.

Potentially, at least. We’ve had very little trouble from spam comments, for example. Yet I get the feeling that it’s building up to something.

So in order to reduce the likelihood of the BSFA website being turned into SkyNet, I’m going to disable new registrations tomorrow.

This won’t affect anyone who is already registered, of course. It just means that if you’re super-keen to register and haven’t yet done so, you should do it before about 23:00 (11pm) UK time on the 20th of December.

I’ll re-enable registration early in the new year.

Happy Christmas everyone (except the creators of malicious botnets).

BSFA Awards 2013: Nominations So Far

Thank you everyone who has sent in your nominations so far. If you are a member of the BSFA, you have until January 14th to get your nominations in.

If you don’t see your nomination on this list but you have heard back from me or Farah, our Awards Administrator, it will be because we haven’t added it to the list yet, we’re just scratching our heads about it… or it was published in 2012 and isn’t eligible. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about the awards, so don’t hold back, send your nominations in!

Best Novel

Title Author Publisher
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Ack-Ack Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Evening’s Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I, Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris: The Osiris Project E. J Swift Del Rey
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The Machine  James Smythe Blue Door
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper

Best Short Fiction

Title Author Place of Publication
Cave & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Golden Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
In Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Saga’s Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
Zero Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange

Best Artwork

Artist Work Publisher/Source
J.H.Williams III Cover of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
Jeremy Zerfoss Cover of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer Abrams Image
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Phillipa Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Rob Davis Don Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero

Best Non-Fiction

Title Author Place of Publication
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
An Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction

BBC World Service Book Club Seeks Questions for Brian Aldiss

The BBC World Service is recording a special edition of Book Club with the author Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Harriet Gilbert, in which they will be discussing his novel Greybeard.

They have reached out to the British Science Fiction Association and its members to request questions about the novel. Fans may have the opportunity to ask their question on the programme via telephone.

Recording will take place on November 20th, so it is asked that questions are submitted over the next few days.

Please send them to me via the email in the link here, including your name and telephone number, if you wish to be called, with BRIAN ALDISS QUESTION in the subject line. Any submitted to me after the weekend will be ignored, so be quick… Good luck!

November BSFA London Meeting: Dr. Who Magazine Panel chaired by Graham Sleight

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

 

On Wednesday 27th of November  2013, a panel from Dr. Who Magazine (Tom Spilsbury and Peter Ware) will be chaired by Graham Sleight (Science Fiction critic).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

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

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

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

As is customary, there will be no event in December.

22nd January 2014- Adam Roberts, interviewed by Edward James

26th February 2014- Tom Pollock, interviewed by Emma Newman