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!

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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