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: http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2015-awards-voting-form/

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

Best Novel

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-Eden-Dark-Book-ebook/dp/B00V2JSTW4/

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Shattered-Wings-Aliette-Bodard/dp/1473212553/

Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Europe-Midnight-Fractured-Sequence-Book-ebook/dp/B015G5LCNC/

Luna by Ian McDonald (Gollancz):
www.amazon.co.uk/Luna-New-Moon-Ian-McDonald/dp/1473202248/

Glorious Angels by Justina Robson (Gollancz):
www.amazon.co.uk/Glorious-Angels-Justina-Robson-ebook/dp/B00NT7YOK8/

Best Short Story

“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 100):
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debodard_01_15/

“Witches of Lychford” by Paul Cornell (Tor.com):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Witches-Lychford-Paul-Cornell-ebook/dp/B00WDVSN5I
excerpt: http://www.tor.com/2015/07/29/excerpts-witches-of-lychford-paul-cornell/

“No Rez” by Jeff Noon (Interzone 260):
http://ttapress.com/1888/no-rez-by-jeff-noon/

“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Binti-Nnedi-Okorafor-ebook/dp/B00Y7RWXHU/
excerpt: http://www.tor.com/2015/08/17/excerpts-binti-nnedi-okorafor/

“Ride the Blue Horse” by Gareth L. Powell (online Matter magazine):
https://medium.com/matter/ride-the-blue-horse-7c617871ed54#.10879i1fm

** 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):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interzone-Nov-Dec-Science-Fiction-Magazine-ebook/dp/B01861SOCA/

Letters to Tiptree by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce (Twelfth Planet Press):
www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Tiptree-Alexandra-Pierce-ebook/dp/B014WF9Z86/

“What Price Your Critical Agency” by Jonathan McCalmont (Ruthless Culture blog):
http://ruthlessculture.com/2015/07/08/what-price-your-critical-agency/

Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books):
http://ruthlessculture.com/2015/07/08/what-price-your-critical-agency/

“From Annihilation to Acceptance: A Writer’s Surreal Journey” by Jeff Vandermeer (The Atlantic, January 2015):
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/01/from-annihilation-to-acceptance-a-writers-surreal-journey/384884/

** 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):
http://www.ianwhates.co.uk/uncategorized/a-new-novel-pelquins-comet/

Vincent Sammy for the short story, “Songbird” in Interzone 257:
http://karbonk.deviantart.com/art/SONGBIRD-515008463

Sarah Anne Langton for the cover of Jews Versus Zombies (Jurassic London):
http://www.jurassic-london.com/jews-vs-zombies.html

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

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

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/cKQsbT9HDE12

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.

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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, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
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
http://bit.ly/JeffNoonJan2016Interview

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.
https://periscope.tv/BSFA

NEW LOCATION
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
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/cKQsbT9HDE12

Introducing the Aberdeen Science Fiction Book Club

The Aberdeen Science Fiction Book ClubComing up for it’s second birthday Aberdeen.ScienceFictionBookClub.org 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 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.

Geoff Ryman

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 ScienceFictionBookClub.org 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

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

BSFA London Meeting: Adam Christopher interviewed by Kim Curran 25th November

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.

Adam

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.

Kim

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.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-11-25

Starship Engineer Workshops 24th and 25th November 2015

Initiative For Interstellar Studies

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

FREE TALK: What’s New About the Novum?: SF, History, Temporality.

Dr Caroline Edwards

Dr Caroline Edwards

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.

Another (Titan) Graphic Novel Round-Up

by Alex Bardy (@mangozoid)

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