Traditionally, we have a celebratory BSFA Awards Booklet appearing every year just before Eastercon (Mancunicon this year), but alas this year’s publication is not likely to reach your postbox ‘til week commencing 20th March, so in an effort to encourage all members of the BSFA (and Mancunicon attendees) to vote in the Awards, we’d like to encourage you to read as much of these as you can online…
Since 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 →
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.
Gareth L. Powell is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque (winner of 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel), Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack.
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and he is the bestselling author of the Night’s Dawn Trilogy. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. His story “The Suspect Genome” by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156) won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction in 2000.
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.
For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, firstname.lastname@example.org Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2016-02-24
On Wednesday 27th January 2016 we’ll be trying our best to stream January’s Jeff Noon interview, live online. Between now and then a public domain recording of The Planet’s by Gustav Holst will be playing and we’d like your feedback on it. Just open the link & let us know what you hear.
The Aberdeen Science Fiction Book Club meets on the second Thursday of every month in central Aberdeen and is open to women and men interested in meeting like-minded people with an interest in science-fiction novels and short stories.
Every month they read a book from their reading list, set in advance by their undemocratically chosen Leaders, then meet up to discuss what they liked or disliked about it. Simple. And it’s free!
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
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!”
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 email@example.com 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND Adam Christopher is a novelist and comic writer, and award-winning editor. The author of the forthcoming Made to Kill, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, Adam is co-writer of The Shield for Dark Circle Comics and author of the official tie-in novels novels based on the hit CBS television show Elementary. Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.
Kim Curran has been an advertising copywriter for nearly 20 years, specialising in youth marketing. She is also the author of novels for young adults, including the Shifter trilogy and Glaze. She was nominated for the Sydney J Bounds, Best Newcomer Award, 2012, and her short story, A Woman Out of Time, was selected for the Tiptree Award Honor List, 2014. Her greatest achievement was when Tom Baker said a script she wrote was funny. He was being paid.
Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.
Have you given becoming a Starship Engineer serious thought? Then either or both of two key one day lectures could be for you.
Kelvin F. Long, who is a physicist and aerospace engineer, Chief Editor Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, author of the book “Deep Space Propulsion: A Roadmap to the Stars” and the Executive Director i4is is one of the lecturers who will be running these workshops as part of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is) in collaboration with the British Interplanetary Society. Continue reading →
Join Dr Caroline Edwards for the second seminar in the King’s Fantastic Talks Series, at which she will discuss “What’s New About the Novum?: SF, History, Temporality.”
Where: Room K2.40 Kings College London, Strand Campus
Strand, London WC2R 2LS, London When: 6:30-8:00, Thursday 29th October 2015
Is her own words….
I’ve been invited this Autumn to deliver a lecture as part of a new series, “King’s Fantastic Talks,” organised by Dr Rhys Williams. My lecture will take place on 29th October at King’s College London’s campus and is titled “What’s New About the Novum? SF, History, Temporality.” The talk builds on my research into Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophy, looking in particular at the concept of the Novum (literally, the New) which he developed as part of his model of anticipatory consciousness (Vorschein). The Novum was extended by Darko Suvin in his influential formalist study of science fiction, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (1979), where Suvin borrowed Bloch’s notion of multi-stranded temporal complexity in his examination of the structural ingreidents of science fiction as a genre. However, Suvin elided the explicitly Messianic framework in which Bloch’s Novum is grounded – derived from the Jewish tradition of redeeming the past, which is informed by complex messianic futurities germinative within the present time.
I will consider the temporal implications of the Blochian Novum (as well as its similarities with Suvin’s later reading) and what this means for our understanding of how the Novum functions in science fiction texts. Whether expressed by a new situation or secondary world, or a de-alienating socio-political perspective in which more egalitarian relations are articulated in a futuristic or fantastical landscape, the Novum should be understood as more than simply “new” narrative actants and settings. Rather, I shall argue, we need to pay attention to the layered temporal possibilities suggested in the structure of the Novum itself: at once anticipatory, utopian, reemptive, messianic, political and subjective.
There’ll be drinks afterwards at a watering hole of our choice.
Way back when (nearly a year ago, embarrassingly), I had a look at some of the gorgeous graphic novels and adaptations coming from the Titan stable – the original article is here: Graphic Novel Round-Up. I’m really pleased to share with you this second glance at some other Titan graphic titles, with another round-up to follow relatively soon – rest assured I sincerely hope you won’t have to wait even three months for that one… 😉 Continue reading →