The benefits are wide ranging, but we have listed a few here to give you an idea of what being a member of the BSFA enjoys:
1. The Community of Fans
The BSFA was initiated by a group of fans in 1958, and was soon established and run as an official national body by readers, authors, booksellers and publishers with the aim of appreciating and encouraging science fiction in every form. Many famous authors, critics, editors and publishers have been members through its history and many more continue to be today. Being a member of the BSFA puts you in touch with like-minded people across the country and beyond; whilst linking you to a rich tradition and enabling you to contribute to a vibrant future.
2. Exclusive Magazines
The BSFA publishes magazines periodically throughout the year. As well as publishing articles for free online, we produce Vector and Focus, two high quality print magazines, sent out regularly and exclusively to BSFA members.
3. Support and Advice for New Writers
The BSFA is committed to encourage new writers of science fiction and speculative fiction in general. To this end the organisation devotes one of its publications, Focus to providing practical advice and information from established authors and industry experts.
In addition, the BSFA runs via its ‘Orbiters’ a series of online and postal work-shopping groups where prospective writers can regularly submit their work to gain constructive critiquing from their contemporaries and also contribute their thoughts on the work of others. The BSFA will also be announcing further special events to encourage and promote new writers.
4. Keeping Up to Date With Events
Our BSFA website provides newsflashes from the world of science fiction, literary awards, book news, interviews, and all sorts of related events. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter with additional exclusive content and also our occasional postal newsletter Quantum.
5. The Ability to Vote in the BSFA Awards
The BSFA awards are among the most significant genre awards anywhere. One of the factors that makes the awards so special is that they are not decided by a panel of judges behind closed door, but in an open vote by the wider membership of the BSFA. Have you ever looked at the winner of an award and thought, “That’s ridiculous! Book B should have won.”? Well, join the BSFA and you can influence the outcome next time around.
6. Affordable Membership Fees
The BSFA is a non-profit making organisation. Every penny of membership fees is utilised to provide services and benefits to our members.
7. Looking Towards the Future
The BSFA is busy negotiating exclusive discounts for its members on a select and growing number of genre books, including some titles which the organisation has instigated itself.
We are also working to negotiate reduced membership fees for its members to specific, significant SF conventions here in the UK.