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.


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:

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.

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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 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


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


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.


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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BSFA Lecture 2016: “Crafting the Future: Ruskin, Textiles and Visions of Futures Past”

Ruskin lectureThe 2016 BSFA Lecture will be delivered by Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University) at Mancunicon, the 2016 Eastercon. She will speak on “Crafting the Future: Ruskin, Textiles and Visions of Futures Past”. It will take place on Saturday 26 March, at 11:30 am in Deansgate 3 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. It is open to any member of Mancunicon. (Please note that Mancunicon is no longer selling memberships, and if you are not a member you may not attend the Lecture.)

The Victorian cultural critic John Ruskin was deeply concerned that unchecked industrialisation and unfettered capitalism would lead to environmental destruction and widespread dehumanisation of individuals. He looked at problems stemming from technological advances going on around him in the Nineteenth Century, then looked to the medieval past in order to speculate alternative paths forward from his present, that might lead to a better, more sustainable future. This lecture focuses on how Ruskin uses the making and wearing of textiles to discuss political economy and to inspire change. It pays particular attention to craft and making, and the way we make and define ourselves through the clothing we wear.

Rachel Dickinson is Principal Lecturer in Research & Knowledge Exchange in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, at their Cheshire Campus. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Lancaster, and her M.A. at the University of Western Ontario. She is an expert in the work of John Ruskin, and has edited John Ruskin’s Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters (2009). She is also a fan of manga and anime such as Ghost in the Shell.

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 the ninth BSFA Lecture.

BSFA AWARDS Update: Have YOU Voted Yet?

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…

We would also encourage you to vote online if possible, and the voting form can be found here:

A reminder of all short-listed nominees, and where to find them:

Best Novel

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus):

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz):

Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris):

Luna by Ian McDonald (Gollancz):

Glorious Angels by Justina Robson (Gollancz):

Best Short Story

“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 100):

“Witches of Lychford” by Paul Cornell (

“No Rez” by Jeff Noon (Interzone 260):

“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor (

“Ride the Blue Horse” by Gareth L. Powell (online Matter magazine):

** the full text of all of the above stories will appear in the BSFA Awards Booklet **

Best Non-Fiction

“Time Pieces: Doctor Change or Doctor Die” by Nina Allan (Interzone 261):

Letters to Tiptree by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce (Twelfth Planet Press):

“What Price Your Critical Agency” by Jonathan McCalmont (Ruthless Culture blog):

Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books):

“From Annihilation to Acceptance: A Writer’s Surreal Journey” by Jeff Vandermeer (The Atlantic, January 2015):

** there are extended excerpts from Letters to Tiptree and Rave and Let Die in the BSFA Awards Booklet, alongside the full text of all of the articles mentioned above **

Best Artwork

Jim Burns for the cover of Pelquin’s Comet (Newcon Press):

Vincent Sammy for the short story, “Songbird” in Interzone 257:

Sarah Anne Langton for the cover of Jews Versus Zombies (Jurassic London):

Once again, we’d like to encourage you to vote sooner rather than later if you can. Thank you!

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


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.


Sutton Arms, 6 Carthusian Street, London EC1M 6EB


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 Meeting 24th February 2016: Gareth L. Powell interviewed by Peter F. Hamilton

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

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,
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-02-24


UPDATE Jeff Noon Interview to be STREAMED LIVE and at a new BIGGER venue

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.

MP3 audio only

For the last few months Chad Dixon has been valiantly trying his best to broadcast BSFA interviews with Periscope, it’s a little error prone so if it doesn’t work we’ll just do the audio. Cheers Chad!

Audio and Video – on the night.

Due to the popularity of this event we are moving to a new BIGGER venue which luckily is close by. Andrea has surpassed herself finding this venue 🙂

The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR

Introducing the Aberdeen Science Fiction Book Club

The Aberdeen Science Fiction Book ClubComing up for it’s second birthday is starting 2016 in style by meeting to discuss the Iain M. banks classic “The Player of Games” on January 14th 2016.

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!

Location: The Belmont Cinema, 49 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JS [google maps]

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

BSFA Jan 2016

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

Location: Upstairs, The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR

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,

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.

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 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.

BEST OF BRITISH SF 2015 concludes with Alastair Reynolds, H.G. Wells and Stephen Baxter

The conclude their 2015 Best of British Season in November with three books:

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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