September BSFA London Meeting: Sara Maitland Interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

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

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

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

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

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

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

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

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

December- No meeting as usual.

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

 

 

Big Sky: SF Masterworks

Pete Young has informed us that issues #3 and #4 of BIG SKY, about the first and second series of the Gollancz SF MASTERWORKS series, are available for free download as PDFs.

The whole project contains around 250 reviews and commentaries on every title in the series, in order of appearance. A few of the articles appeared n the BSFA’s journal Vector. Pete told us, “It’s certainly been a labour of love: I’ve been working on these two issues on average for 2-3 hours, often more, almost every day since January… I’d also just like to add what a pleasure it has been doing this project, and encountering such enthusiasm for it, and generosity, from everyone who wrote new reviews or granted permission to reproduce old ones.”

He hopes that these fanzines will be added to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database very soon, and is looking into the possibility of a combined print edition some time in the near future.

TweetFiction Tweetstream during LonCon 3 – WorldCon 72: 2014

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TWEETFICTION TWEETSTREAM

DURING LONCON 3 – WORLDCON 72: 2014

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 of Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, etc.

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

Administration

  • Of course entries could commence any time but we would encourage entries to coincide with Eastercon so we would suggest start posting from midnight Wednesday August 13th 2014.

  • We would suggest the closing date for submissions is midnight (BST) on Tuesday August 19th 2014.

  • If anything is unclear, or if you have any questions, please email tweetfiction@bsfa.co.uk

JOIN IN !

BSFA Lecture at Loncon 3

paula-jamesA special BSFA Lecture will be given at Loncon 3 by Dr Paula James (Open Unversity), and is entitled ‘Pygmalion’s Statue and her Synthetic Sisters: The Perfect Woman on Screen′. The lecture will be given at 20.00 on Saturday August 16th, the ExCel Centre, London Docklands. The lecture is open to any member of Loncon 3.

Paula James is a familiar face and voice to anyone who has studied the Open University’s Arts Foundation courses over the past fifteen years or so, or any of their courses in Classical Studies. Paula is Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies and Staff Tutor in Arts at the OU. She began her academic career after raising her family, and joined the Open University in the 1990s. She is an expert in Latin Literature, particularly the Metamorphoses of Ovid and Apuleius. She also writes on the reception of Latin texts in modern cinema. She has written an excellent introduction to Ancient Rome, Understand Roman Civilization, now in its second edition, and has jointly edited works on the imagery of Trade Union banners and the parrot in literature. Her most recent book is Ovid’s Myth of Pygmalion on Screen: In Pursuit of the Perfect Woman (2013), and it is from this work that her talk to us is derived.

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 a special lecture for Worldcon, and is the seventh BSFA Lecture.

The Gollancz Festival 2014; Wednesday 14th August

Genre-publishers Gollancz and Waterstones Piccadilly have anounced plans to host an interactive multi-media genre fiction festival, featuring Patrick Rothfuss, Joanne M. Harris, Joe Hill and many more bestselling genre writers.

The festival comes midway between genre-fiction convention Nine Worlds GeekFest (Heathrow, 8-9th August) and The 72nd World Science-Fiction Convention (Loncon 3, ExCel London Docklands, 14-18th August).

On Wednesday 13th August 2014, starting at 9am with author breakfast tips featured on a Pinterest board, the digital elements of the Gollancz Festival 2014 will include interactive genre panels; Vox Pops and in conversations on YouTube; live debates on Twitter and Tumblr, and much more.

From 6 – 9pm on the same evening they will also offer genre fiction readers the chance to attend a selection of unique panels, readings, Q&As and signings all hosted by retail partner Waterstones Piccadilly.

The Gollancz festival will include participation from Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Elizabeth Bear, Anna Caltabiano, Edward Cox, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Stephen Hunt, Simon Ings, John Hornor Jacobs, Tom Lloyd, Scott Lynch, Paul McAuley, Elizabeth May, Suzanne McLeod, Richard Morgan, Den Patrick, Sarah Pinborough, Adam Roberts, Alastair Reynolds, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Gavin Smith, Jon Wallace, Chris Wooding and more.

Tickets to the festival cost £6 (£4 for Waterstones loyalty card holders). Attendees will also receive a drink on arrival and a Gollancz Festival 2014 goody bag. A mass signing begins at 7.30pm, immediately after the panel events, will be open to non-ticket holders and those unable to travel to London can pre-order signed stock directly from Waterstones Piccadilly.

A couple of bits of SF community news

First up, a new writers group in London is looking for members:

The Middle Oak Writing Group is looking for a couple of new members. We meet once a month on a Tuesday evening in a private house in East Barnet, near Oakleigh Park railway station. We cover both science fiction and fantasy and novel instalments as well as short stories.
The current members find that being a small group works well for face to face feedback but we want to expand slightly to avoid having to cancel a meeting when more than one person has to drop out for that evening.
For more info, please contact Sandra Unerman (sandraunerman379 at  btinternet dot com)

Dr Peter J Bentley and Dr Soo Ling Lim – scientists based at the Department of Computer Science, University College London have been in touch to ask for help with a survey to research into a collaborative technologies for writers. Are you a writer? If so, they would be very grateful of your help. Click here to take part in the survey.

Super Relaxed Fantasy Club / BFS / BSFA York Pubmeet 2nd August

Title: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club / BFS / BSFA York Pubmeet 2nd August
Location: Brigantes Bar & Brasserie, 114 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Description: Join us from 4pm for a free open meeting, featuring author talks, fun and beer.

4pm-4.30pm Introductions all-round, grab a drink.

5.00pm First Reading: Janine Ashbless from her new novel due September, followed by a short Q&A

… brief interlude

5.45pm Second Reading: David Tallerman reads an original work, followed by a short Q&A

6.30pm Free Raffle for various bundles, free books, etc. to be drawn by the author(s)

… chat, chill, eating and drinking optional …

 

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2014-08-02
End Time: late

BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini-Convention

Title: BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini-Convention Saturday 7th June
Location: The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Anne’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
Link out: Click here
Description: The official notice is out on the website, and it give me great pleasure to also post the schedule for the day, which includes some fun stuff, like all the awesome panels we’ll have, and the all important “lunch”!

10 am Welcome
10:05 am SFF Jo Fletcher Panel
11 am Frances Hardinge Interviewed by Tom Pollock
12-12:45 SFF AGM
12:45-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30- 2:15 BSFA AGM
2:30 Jo Fletcher Interview
3:30 Frances Hardinge Panel
4:25 Thank You

I hope to see you there!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-06-07
End Time: 17:00

Women in Sci-Fi Panel at Blackwells Charing Cross Road Tonight

This evening, Thursday 8th May, in partnership with Jo Fletcher Books at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road, six authors will discuss the visibility of female authors in genre fiction, why there is an apparent inequality of representation, and possible solutions for this issue. This looks to be an exciting and significant event, and is free to attend.

Authors Stephanie Saulter, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards will be taking part in this event, which will be moderated by award-winning critic Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books promoting female authors in SFF.

Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novel Redemption in Indigo in 2011 in the US, and later in Britain through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third, The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times. This is a rare visit to the UK for this multiple-nominated and award-winning novelist, who among her many achievements received the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for the Best Debut Novel.


Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February.

Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica, now living in London, she is the author of Gemsigns and its sequel Binary. She is also the brains behind the popular writing aid app Scriptopus. Also an awesome blogger.

Janet Edwards‘ debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel, Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August

Jaine Fenn’s first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.

Edward James is a retired professor of medieval history, currently living in London. He has published a number of books on science fiction and fantasy, including A Short History of Fantasy (with Farah Mendlesohn) (2009). With Mendlesohn he has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (which won a Hugo Award in 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). He edited the academic journal Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction for a number of years, and is now Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation.

Tickets are free and can be booked here.  If you book a ticket and can no longer make it, please cancel your reservation here so that someone else can take your place.

Sci-Fi-London Film Festival in Full Swing

The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival is underway right now until 3rd May, and features many fantastic events, from film, to comedy, to dog shows – yes, there’s actually a dog show. Read on to find out more…

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Sci-Fi-London is the perfect festival for film buffs and aspiring film makers, being of course, the home of the 48 hour film challenge (for which the prize night is 1st May).

We also heard from the producers of Hungerford, a British Sci-Fi horror film which gets its World premiere on 3rd May at the festival, and which is now sold out. Aliens take over a small English town, and the inhabitants are driven to acts of violence. Hungerford’s teen protagonist is Cowen Rosewell, a media student whose first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life. When he films one of his best friends being savagely attacked by a stranger, he realizes that the town has come under a mysterious evil influence.

Hungerford is directed by an exciting young filmmaker called Drew Casson, who is only nineteen, and who has been posting videos to YouTube since he was twelve. Jesse Cleverly, co-founder of Wildseed Studios said: “Drew is typical of the next-generation of film makers we’re investing in – a generation who have grown up on genre movies, who operate outside the institutions of the British Film Industry, and who are utterly fearless and highly proficient with the tools of production and post-production in the pursuit of excitement, scale and an audience. We’re thrilled to have produced Hungerford and thanks to the ingenuity of Drew, the crew and excellent special effects this micro-feature achieves a sense of scale more fitting for a film with 100 times the budget.”

Join the mailing list at http://www.hungerfordfilm.com/ to find out about where the film can be seen near you in the future.

The Geekatorium are once more bringing their comedy show to the festival, which this year features some brilliant acts in the form of Paul Gannon, Rob Deb, Bec Hill and Richard Sandling – whose Perfect Movie events I have seen many times and been in stitches at (and he’s a proper film and comics fan, so I’m most assuredly recommending this). At £5 a ticket, this is an absolute bargain.

And of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention that the Arthur C. Clarke Award is also happening as part of the festival. Tickets are on sale right now for the event on 1st May at The Royal Society. Who’s going to win?

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My pick of the rest of the fest:

Sunday 27th April 1pm: Costume parade from Somerset House.

Sunday 27th April 7.30pm Guest of Honour Emma Vieceli – manga-inspired comics artist talks about her work, Gosh Comics.

Monday 28th April at 6.30pm – Saving Star Wars at Stratford Picturehouse. I think this one might be nice and silly…

Saturday 3rd May, 2.30 pm. Guest of  Honour, Mike Carey, comic writer discusses his work at Conway House.

Sunday 4th May, 3pm at the Stratford Picture House - it’s the Pub Quiz!

Oh, and on Sunday 4th May, there really is a dog show, hosted by Bunny Galore. SciFido – The Sci-Fi-London Dog Show.

All I can say is, my cats would protest most strongly if I tried to dress them like that…

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.”

@wildseedstudios
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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

30th July 2014- Geoff Ryman, interviewed by Graham Sleight

*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