BSFA London Meeting Charles Stross interviewed by Edward James 22nd June 2016

Location: Keynes library at Birkbeck University: 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Charles Stross, 51, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages: his most recent novel, “The Annihilation Score”, was published by Ace (in North America) and Orbit (UK/Commonwealth) in July 2015. His work has also been shortlisted for the Clarke, Nebula, and Locus awards.

Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst). Along the way he collected degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science, making him the world’s first officially qualified cyberpunk writer (just as cyberpunk died).

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He will be interviewed by BSFA Best Non-Fiction Award-winning critic Edward James.

This event will be held in conjunction with the London Science Fiction Research Community.

 

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE
6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-06-22

Future events see us return to the Artillery Arms:

On 27 July we have Tessa Farmer interviewed by Mark Pilkington.
On 28 September Ed Cox will be interviewed by Al Robertson.

 

 

 

Edge Lit 5 Festival in QUAD Derby 16th July confirms guests

Edge-Lit, Derby’s annual festival of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, now in its fifth incarnation has announced three major authors as Guests of Honour for its event at QUAD, Derby, on Saturday 16th July.

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Alastair Reynolds is a hugely popular author of hard science fiction and space opera, and hit headlines in signing a £1-million, ten book deal in 2009. His famed series Revelation Space and Poseidon’s Children brought him to prominence within the UK science-fiction scene, and his forthcoming title, The Medusa Chronicles, is co-written with Stephen Baxter.

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M John Harrison is one of the most acclaimed science-fiction writers of the last thirty years, and author of titles including the Virconium series, Light, Nova Swing and Empty Space. He is a previous recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award, The Philip K Dick Award and the James Tiptree Award.

Emma Newman is the author of the Split Worlds urban fantasy series, and more recently her SF debut Planetfall has been garnering superb reviews. She is also co-writer and host of the popular Tea and Jeopardy podcast.

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Emma Newman: Photo SFX

For details of the other authors appearing at this event, check the Edge-Lit website. Edge Lit tickets are £30 and include access to all sessions plus an event goodie bag.

For more information, or to book tickets, please visit http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/edge-lit-5.aspx or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.

BSFA London Meeting 25th May: Justina Robson interviewed by Kate Keen

Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/LXVVk24ipCM2

Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968. After completing school she dropped out of Art College, then studied Philosophy and Linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999 which also won the 2000 amazon.co.uk Writers’ Bursary Award.

Justina_RobsonShe has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at The Arvon Foundation, in the UK, (a centre for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing). She was a student at Clarion West, the US bootcamp for SF and Fantasy writers, in 1996.

Her books have been variously shortlisted: for The British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, including the 2015 for her latest novel “Glorious Angels”, for the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Philip K Dick Award and the John W Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope”, was published in 2012. In 2004 Justina was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award on behalf of The Science Fiction Foundation.

Her novels and stories range widely over SF and Fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She is the proud author of “The Covenant of Primus” (2013) – the authorised history and ‘bible’ of The Transformers.

She lives in Yorkshire with her partner, three children, a cat and a dog and is working on her twelfth novel.

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Kate Keen lives in a house full of books about science fiction, classics, and psychology. Her husband and cat are also in there somewhere. Kate pays for all the bookshelves and cat food by managing IT contracts and software licenses. She is on the committee for Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE
6pm: people start gathering and liaising in the bar.
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

For further information about BSFA events in London, contract Andrea Dietrich (BSFA London Events Officer) at bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com or via Twitter @MrsPassepartout

If you can’t make it in person, why not join us in virtual reality? We’ll be broadcasting the event live via the Periscope app. All you need to do is download the free App and follow @lapswood8 (Chad Dixon) on twitter. Chad will be sending out a “Five Minutes to Air” tweet to give you time to get ready to watch so make sure you get the notifications alert.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-05-25

For those who missed Aliette de Bodard interviewed by Edward Cox…

For our last meeting just before Easter, Aliette de Bodard (the unsuspecting double BSFA-Award winner of the very near future) was interviewed by Edward Cox and here they are, then.

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Aliette de Bodard and Edward Cox, captured by Chad Dixon at our emergency location, The Sutton Arms, London.

If you missed it, the marvellous Chad Dixon has recorded the interview for you which you can listen to as and MP3  audiofile or even watch via #Periscope here. Don’t forget to follow Chad via Twitter on @lapswood8 to pick up the live stream of the next interview, which will be Tessa Farmer in conversation with Mark Pilkington on April 20th.

 

 

Tessa Farmer in Conversation with Mark Pilkington – Cancelled

19/04/16 Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event due to illness. We are very sorry about this and will rearrange the event for as soon as possible.

 

Location: The Artillery Arms 102 Bunhill row London EC1Y 8ND

Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/LXVVk24ipCM2

Come and join us Wednesday 2oth April at 7pm when BSFA Award-winning artist Tessa Farmer will be interviewed by Mark Pilkington.

Tessa Farmer was born in 1978 in Birmingham and lives and works in London. She is the great granddaughter of the influential writer of supernatural horror Arthur Machen. She studied at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The University of Oxford where she received a BFA and a MFA. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in many collections including those of The Saatchi Gallery, London, The David Roberts Collection, London and The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania.

In 2007, she was artist in residence at The Natural History Museum, London, and was nominated for the Times/Southbank Show Breakthrough Award. In 2011 she was awarded a Kindle Project ‘Makers Muse’ Award.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition Unwelcome Visitors at The Holburne Museum, Bath, The Nature of the Beast at New Art Gallery, Walsall, Victoriana at Guildhall Art Gallery, London and Red Queen at MONA, Tasmania.

Tessa is represented by Danielle Arnaud London and Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York.

Mark Pilkington founded and runs Strange Attractor Press and is the editor of its sporadic Journal, as well as hosting events and exhibitions. He’s the author of two books: Mirage Men (also a feature documentary film) and Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge, and has written for numerous anthologies, magazines and websites. Mark also plays synthesizers in Teleplasmiste Raagnagrok and Urthona and performs solo as The Asterism. www.strangeattractor.co.uk

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ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE
6pm: people start gathering and liaising in the bar.
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

For further information about BSFA events in London, contract Andrea Dietrich (BSFA London Events Officer) at bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com or via Twitter @MrsPassepartout

If you can’t make it in person, why not join us in virtual reality? We’ll be broadcasting the event live via the Periscope app. All you need to do is download the free App and follow @lapswood8 (Chad Dixon) on twitter. Chad will be sending out a “Five Minutes to Air” tweet to give you time to get ready to watch so make sure you get the notifications alert.

 

FUTURE DATES: 25th May. Justina Robson interviewed by Kate Keen.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-04-20

Pictures from 2015 The BSFA Awards, Mancunicon

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Aliette de Bodard talks to journalist David Barnett following her double win of BSFA Awards for Best Novel and Best Short Fiction

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Accepting Awards on stage are Jim Burns, winner of Best Artwork for the cover of Ian Whates’s novel Pelquin’s Comet, and Ian Whates himself of Newcon Press collecting on behalf of Adam Roberts, whose collection Rave and Let Die: SF & Fantasy of 2014 was the winner in the Best Non-Fiction category.

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Aliette de Bodard remembers she has *two* prizes!

Following the announcement of the BSFA Awards I thought I would share my pictures with you of the happy winners, receiving their trophies at Mancunicon, at Manchester Deansgate’s Hilton hotel last week. This was quite special, as Aliette de Bodard became the first person to win both the fiction awards in the same year. Lucky for Jim Burns, too, as this was his thirteenth win in the Best Artwork category. And Adam Roberts was the Best Non-Fiction winner, having previously won the Best Novel Award for 2012 for Jack Glass.

You can read David Barnett’s resultant article in The Guardian here.

Fantasycon by the Sea to host BFS Awards and Gemmell Awards

Fantasycon is the British Fantasy Society’s annual conference, and this year the event will hold two important Award ceremonies.

This years Guests of Honour are Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course. Both these authors also won BFS Awards at the 2015 ceremony held at Fantasycon in Nottingham, with Frances Hardinge winning the Robert Holdstock Award for Fantasy for her novel Cuckoo Song, and Adam Nevill winning the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for No One Gets Out Alive.

This year, Fantasycon will be held in Scarborough between 23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September and the British Fantasy Awards on Sunday 25th September.

2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy were created. It is also the eighth year of the David Gemmell Awards, created to honour his memory.

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The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy embrace three categories. The Legend Award honours the best fantasy novel, the Morningstar Award the best debut and the Ravenheart Award the best fantasy cover art. The awards are determined by an open vote and 2015 saw a record total of 36,759 votes cast. Since its inaugural year, the awards have been won by authors including Andrezj Sapowski, Graham McNeill, Brandon Sanderson, Pierre Pevel, Patrick Rothfuss, Helen Lowe, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Brian McLellan and Mark Lawrence. The Awards continue to pursue their three aims – to raise public awareness of the fantasy genre, to celebrate the history and cultural importance of fantasy literature and to appreciate and reward excellence in the field.

James Barclay, President of the British Fantasy Society says: ‘The BFS is delighted to be hosting the Gemmell Awards at FantasyCon 2016. It’s always a special occasion, and one that’s very close to my heart.’

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Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Group

Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s GroupSince October 2015 London has a new genera writers group entitled “Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Group“. It has actually been meeting for a number of years but recently moved to a new online home where it seems to be going fron strength to strength and now has close to 100 members. Continue reading

BSFA London Meeting Aliette de Bodard Interviewed by Edward Cox March 23rd

Aliette de Bodard in conversation with Edward Cox Wedensday March 23rd 2016

PLEASE NOTE LAST MINUTE CHANGE TO VENUE.

Aliette de Bodard is the BSFA-Best Novel nominated author of The House of Shattered Wings, her latest novel published by Gollancz, and she has also previously been a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award. Her Aztec mystery-fantasies, Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts, published by Angry Robo are currently being released as ebooks by the JABberwocky agency ebook programme. She lives in Paris.

She is interviewed by Edward Cox, the award nominated author of The Relic Guild trilogy (THE RELIC GUILD, THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS and THE WATCHER OF DEAD TIME). He has been a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire.

Location: LAST  MINUTE CHANGE:

Sutton Arms, 6 Carthusian Street, London EC1M 6EB

MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/mUSay5XAsnp

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

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.

April Meeting: Tessa Farmer, date TBC.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

BSFA London Meeting January 27th: Jeff Noon interviewed by Gerard Earley

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Jeff Noon, playwright, short story writer and author of many novels including Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation, Pixel Juice, Needle in the Groove, Falling out of Cars will be discussing his twenty plus year career and works with Gerard Earley, organiser of the ScienceFictionBookClub.org

Location: Upstairs, The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/cKQsbT9HDE12

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

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.

Future Meetings:

February 25th: Gareth L. Powell interviewed by Peter F. Hamilton.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

Funds for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

We at the BSFA would like to bring the following campaign to the attention of our members.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipina writer of fantasy and science fiction  who lives in the Netherlands.  Her stories have been published in Interzone, Clarkesworld, the Philippine Speculative Fiction series and other venues, and she writes a non-fiction column for Strange Horizons, among many, many other activities.

She has recently lost her husband, and the community would like to help her as she and her children are faced with financial difficulty at this time.

As the campaign creator Aliette de Bodard says, “Rochita has always been very generous with her time and always seeking to help and support the community in whatever way she could, and we would love for the community to help her now–in whatever way you can afford, we know it’s not always easy!”

The GoFundMe page for this campaign is here.

Win 2 Tickets to Sledge Lit

Sledge Lit in Derby is Edge-Lit’s Christmas Vacation, and it’s coming to Derby quad on 21st November from 10am-6pm and tickets are just £25.

CONFIRMED GUESTS OF HONOUR:
Alison Moore, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse and He Wants
Adam Roberts, acclaimed SF author of Bete, Yellow Blue Tibia and Jack Glass
Robert Shearman, award-winning short story author, scriptwriter and playwright
Charles Stross, multiple Hugo and Locus award winning SF, fantasy and horror author

– See more here.

We have two tickets to give away to this great event to a lucky BSFA member!

In order to be in a chance of winning simply send an email to chair@bsfa.co.uk with SLEDGE LIT COMP in the subject email, providing your name, contact details and BSFA membership number. You will find your BSFA membership number on the envelope of your recent mailing, if you still have it, but if you don’t, we can verify you in our database so long as we have your name and postcode.

The prize is two tickets to this event. In the event that the winner cannot use both tickets, we will be happy to offer the remaining single ticket to another member who has entered the competition. There is no cash or other alternative prize. The winner will be chosen by taking all entries and an independent party will select the winner at random.

The deadline is midnight, Monday 9th November.

Joyful and kind thoughts will be bestowed upon all who retweet and share this competition.

 

 

Arvon Course New worlds: exploring the possibilities and pitfalls 16-21 November

Arvon a running a science-fiction writing course at their Lumb Bank centre in West Yorkshire this month.

How does writing for a SF readership differ from literary writing and what qualities do they share? Is it possible to write science fiction that works with a literary audience and indeed can any writer control for whom they write?

Arguably, science fiction handles the contemporary world more effectively, wittily and playfully than any other kind of literature. We’ll look at the tools of science fiction to see what they offer writers in an age of technological revolution. We will also explore various pressing contemporary questions concerning genre.

Course Tutors:

Simon Ings is a novelist and science writer. He founded Arc, a magazine about the future, and edits the culture section of New Scientist magazine. His latest novel, Wolves, weaves together cutting-edge media theory and the collapse of complex civilisations.

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Geoff Ryman’s work has won 15 awards including the Arthur C Clarke and the Nebula Awards. Air was listed in the Guardian’s ‘1000 Novels You Must Read’. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

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Guest Joanna Kavenna is an author of fiction and non-fiction, and much that is both. She was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013.
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Single room price: £ 725
Shared room price: £ 680

To book refer to the website here.

Global Futures: On Science Fiction 7th November

A book launch and discussion takes place at the Book and Kitchen in London on Saturday 7th November from 7-9pm.

Science fiction authors, editors and publishers Bill Campbell, Zen Cho, Carmelo Rafala, Stephanie Saulter and Tade Thompson will discuss the ways in which Western ideals and narratives dominated the genre for decades, and how that is now being challenged. Continue reading

Sledge-Lit Saturday 21st November

SLEDGE-LIT, described as Edge-Lit’s Christmas Vacation takes place in Derby Quad on Saturday 21st November, from 10am-6pm
Tickets are £25 for access to all sessions on the day (including

workshops on the world of writing, detailed panels on a range of hot topics in books and publishing and in-depth sessions with the Guests of Honour) and a goodie bag.
CONFIRMED GUESTS OF HONOUR:
Alison Moore, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse and He Wants
Adam Roberts, acclaimed SF author of Bete, Yellow Blue Tibia and Jack Glass
Robert Shearman, award-winning short story author, scriptwriter and playwright
Charles Stross, multiple Hugo and Locus award winning SF, fantasy and horror author
Also, many more authors will be in attendance!

Book online now or call the Box Office on 01332 290 606