Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. A Science Fiction Foundation Conference

29 June – 1 July 2013

At The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
Guests of Honour/Plenary Speakers: Edith Hall, Nick Lowe, and Sophia McDougall

The culture of the Classical Medoiterranean world continues to shape that of the modern West.  Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer’s Odyssey, Lucian’s True History).  At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction.  However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other.  This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.

Progamme

http://swordssorcerysandalsspace.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/conference-programme/

Registration
The rate for a delegate (whether full or unwaged) includes lunch, coffee breaks, and the banquet on Saturday.  Day rates are available for those unable to attend the full event. Note that you will only be able to purchase one day at a time using the form on the webpage. The Saturday day rate does not include the banquet. Spaces may be available for an additional UK £15. Day delegates should note their interest in attending the banquet in the “dietary needs” field.
Delegate UK £150
Delegate (unwaged/student) UK £100
Day rate UK £50
Day rate (unwaged/student) UK £40
The deadline for registering online is 6 pm BST on the 17th of June.
Card payments for the conference are made directly to the Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) and will be processed via PayPal (no account required).
If you have problems using the registration interface, please email sworthen@owlfish.com with questions.
Accommodation

Bursaries

A small number of bursaries are available to reimburse the cost of travel to and from the conference within the UK for students currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme. The form for applying for one is available here (.docx): http://swordssorcerysandalsspace.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/conference-bursaries/

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space is organised by the Science Fiction Foundation, with the co-operation of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

For more information, see the Conference blogConference Facebook Page and Conference Twitter Feed.

May BSFA London Meeting: Janet Edwards interviewed by Ian Drury

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Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, Janet Edwards (author of the Earth Girl trilogy) will be interviewed by Ian Drury.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

FUTURE EVENTS:
26th June 2013**James Smythe, interviewed by TBC
24th July 2013*  – Cory Doctorow, interviewed by Tom Hunter

28th August 2013- Ian Stewart, interviewed by Stephen Baxter

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

** Due to personal reasons, Catheyrnne Valente is no longer able to attend.

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April BSFA London Meeting: Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Edward James

Lavie Tidhar

Photo (c) 2012 Future Publishing (www.sfx.co.uk)

Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 24th April 2013Lavie Tidhar (author of the BSFA Award shortlisted Osama, and The Bookman Chronicles, and editor-in-chief of the BSFA Award-winning World SF Blog) will be interviewed by Edward James (Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

FUTURE EVENTS:
22nd May 2013* – Janet Edwards;** interviewer TBC
26th June 2013 – Catherynne M. Valente, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn
24th July 2013* Cory Doctorow, interviewed by Tom Hunter

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

** Due to personal reasons, Aliette de Bodard is no longer able to attend.  We hope to invite her at a future date.

Two BSFA interviews available as podcasts

The last two BSFA London meetings can be heard as audio podcasts.

Paul Cornell, from November 2012: http://thedoctorwhopodcast.com/upload/CornellBSFA.mp3

Dave Hutchinson from January 2013: https://www.dropbox.com/s/529fegd6kx5p5u5/BSFA%20Meeting%2030.1.13.m4a

Thanks to Paul Cornell, Tony Whitmore and the Doctor Who Podcast for the first, and to Dave Hutchinson for the second.

January BSFA London Meeting: Dave Hutchinson interviewed by Ian Whates

n512216661_1491017_330nnnLocation: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 30th January 2013, Dave Hutchinson (writer, editor and journalist; author of The Villages, 2001, and The Push, 2009) will be interviewed by Ian Whates (chair of the BSFA).

Please note the change of date – this meeting is taking place on the fifth Wednesday.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

FUTURE EVENTS:
27th February 2013Elizabeth Hand, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn
20th March 2013* – BSFA Awards discussion
24th April 2013Lavie Tidhar; interviewer TBC

* Note that due to the proximity of Easter to the fourth Wednesday of the month, this meeting will be held on the third Wednesday.

November BSFA London Meeting: Paul Cornell interviewed by Roz Kaveney

Author photo by Rob Monk, copyright SFX Magazine, 2012

Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 28th November 2012, Paul Cornell (novelist, and comics and TV writer) will be interviewed by Roz Kaveney (critic and author), mostly about his new novel, London Calling.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

FUTURE EVENTS:
(There is no BSFA Meeting in December).
23rd January 2013* – Dave Hutchinson, interviewed by Ian Whates
27th February 2013Elizabeth Hand, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn
20th March 2013** – BSFA Awards discussion

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.
** Note that due to the proximity of Easter to the fourth Wednesday of the month, this will be held on the third Wednesday.

October BSFA London Meeting: Nina Allan interviewed by Niall Harrison

Title: October BSFA Meeting: Nina Allan interviewed by Niall Harrison
Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ
Description: On Wednesday 24th October 2012,** Nina Allan (author of A Thread of Truth and The Silver Wind) will be interviewed by Niall Harrison (editor-in-chief of Strange Horizons).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Please note that this is now the new permanent venue of BSFA London Meetings.

FUTURE EVENTS:
28th NovemberPaul Cornell, interviewed by Roz Kaveney
(There is no BSFA Meeting in December).
23rd January 2013** – TBC

** Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.
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Date: 2012-10-24
End Time: 21:00

Rob Shearman interview now available

Last week’s BSFA event in the new venue went well.  We had a good turnout, and Rob was a delightful guest, with a very amusing reading.  The Argyle seems a good venue, and we hope that this is the beginning of a useful relationship.

The interview is now available as a podcast. Thanks to Tony Whitmore for recording it, and James at The Doctor Who Podcast for putting it up.

Hope to see lots of people at the special Han Song event next Wednesday.

Special BSFA Meeting: Han Song interviewed by Lavie Tidhar

On Wednesday 10th Octber 2012, Han Song (Chinese Science Fiction author) will be interviewed by Lavie Tidhar (Israeli SF writer), with Antoaneta Becker translating.

Although little of his work has been translated into English* Han Song is one of the most prolific of Chinese SF writers, and has won the prestigious Galaxy prize six times.

*One recent exception is the short story ‘The Wheel of Samsara’, published in 2009 in The Apex Book of Science Fiction, edited by Lavie Tidhar.

This event is supported by the British Council in collaboration with the Chinese organising committee as part of the China Market Focus 2012 cultural programme at The London Book Fair.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Location: Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ. Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Please note that this is now the new permanent venue of BSFA Meetings.

FUTURE EVENTS:
24th October** – Nina Allan, interviewed by Niall Harrison
28th NovemberPaul Cornell, interviewed by Roz Kaveney
(There is no BSFA Meeting in December).
23rd January 2013** – TBC

** Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

September BSFA Meeting: Robert Shearman interviewed by Simon Guerrier

On Wednesday 26th September 2012, Robert Shearman (author, playwright, Doctor Who writer) will be interviewed by Simon Guerrier (Doctor Who writer).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Location: Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ. Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Please note that this is now the new permanent venue of BSFA Meetings. It would be nice if we could get a good turnout for the first meeting.

FUTURE EVENTS:
10th October – Special Meeting: Han Song, interviewed by Lavie Tidhar
24th October** – Nina Allan, interviewed by Niall Harrison
28th NovemberPaul Cornell, interviewed by Roz Kaveney
(There is no BSFA Meeting in December).
23rd January 2013** – TBC

** Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

March BSFA London Meeting: The BSFA Awards Discussion

With the BSFA Awards imminent (Olympus, Eastercon 2012, registration closes at 6 pm TODAY/Tuesday) we have arranged for a panel at the monthly London meeting to discuss this year’s nominations. This takes place on Wednesday 28th March 2012.

Our esteemed panellists this year are Duncan Lawie (aka Hoopoes, reviewer for Strange Horizons and The Zone), and Dave Hutchinson, (aka Hutch, science fiction writer and editor, shortlisted for the 2009 BSFA Best Short Fiction Award for ‘The Push’) and Donna Scott – BSFA Award Administrator. We are hoping for some lively debate so please do come along and join in the discussion.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (No entry fee or tickets. Non-members welcome.)
The discussion will commence at 7.00 pm, but the room is open from 6.00 (and fans in the ground floor bar from 5ish).
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Location: Cellar Bar, The Melton Mowbray Public House. 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE . Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central line)

FUTURE EVENTS:
25th April – SHARYN NOVEMBER interviewed by Professor Farah Mendlesohn
23rd May* – CJ LINES interviewed by Tony Keen
27th June – TANITH LEE interviewed by Nadia van der Westerhuizen

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month

P.S. BSFA members voting on the awards in advance of Eastercon – the deadline for submitting your votes is the 2nd of April.

BSFA London Meeting – January 25th: CHRISTOPHER PRIEST interviewed by Paul Kincaid

On Wednesday 25th January 2012 from around 7pm:

Christopher Priest (Author and critic) http://www.christopher-priest.co.uk/
will be interviewed by Paul Kincaid (Critic and author)

Location:
Cellar Bar, The Melton Mowbray Public House
18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE



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(Note that this is now the new permanent home for the London meetings.)

Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central line)

All welcome! (No entry fee or tickets. Non-members welcome.)
Interview will commence at 7pm, but the room is open from 6pm (and fans will very likely be in the ground floor bar from 5pm).
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

FUTURE EVENTS:

22nd February 2012* – Liz Williams interviewed by Ian Whates
28th March 2012 – BSFA Awards Meeting
25th April 2012 – Sharyn November interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.