London Meeting: A Tribute to Brian Aldiss 24th January

Our next meeting is a tribute to the legendary novelist Brian Aldiss who passed away in 2017. Although not one of the founder members of the BSFA, Brian was  given the #1 membership number very early in its days, and we were honoured to have him as our special guest at the BSFA/SFF joint AGM and mini-convention a couple of years ago.

Brian Aldiss won BSFA Awards in 1971 for his collection, The Moment of Eclipse, and in 1973 won a special award for Billion Year Spree. In 1982 he won the Best Novel award for Helliconia Spring, repeating the win in 1985 for Helliconia Winter.

The evening will feature readings from several authors including BSFA Award-winning Dave Hutchinson.

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal.

Future meetings: 28th February, we welcome Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater and The Murders of Molly Southbourne.

SUP Theatre Company’s Dirk Gently

SUP Theatre Company is bringing Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to the stage.

Based on Adams’ popular novel, which has been described as “a thumping good detective-ghost-horror- whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy theatrical epic”, the play is running from 30th January to 3rd February.

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Mixing live action with computer graphics and film, the production also features a little bit of magic.

SUP is an award-winning community theatre group. Affiliated to the University of Southampton, which performs at the NST Campus theatre, the group often run productions for charity and have made appearances at events such as the Totton Drama Festival. SUP members include people from all backgrounds across the city, attracted by opportunities in acting, directing, writing, design, costume, lights, sound and more.

Tickets can be bought directly at the NST Campus here and are £13 each (£10 concessions).

 

The BSFA Review – Get Your Sample Here!

In the last mailing, BSFA members received a little booklet of our latest regular publication: BSFA Review. #1 was produced as an A5 booklet as an exclusive treat for our members in its first incarnation. And in the last newsletter, BSFA members received a copy of BSFA Review #2 in its regular PDF form.

In order for visitors to site to see what the BSFA Review is like, we are now making the #1 BSFA Review available here in PDF.

This is free for you to download here. BSFA Review_1_FINAL

The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theatre

If going to a pantomime isn’t your thing this time of year, you may be delighted to learn of this production of The Twilight Zone, running from 5th-11th December at the Almeida, London N1 1TA.

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.

 

Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. Adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones.

Nominations open for the BSFA Awards 2017

As the nights draw in, it’s time to cast your mind back and help us decide on the best works published in 2017. Nominations for your favourite SF or fantasy novels, short stories, artworks, and non-fiction are open until 31st December 2017. The voting form and the small print are here: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards/nominate-for-the-bsfa-awards/ or you can email your nominations (4 per category) to awards@bsfa.co.uk

You must be a member of the BSFA in order to take part in award nominations and voting. You can join or renew here: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/join-the-bsfa/ , or email the Membership Secretary to check your status (membership@bsfa.co.uk).