It is official. The BSFA’s March mailing has hit the printers. The magazines will be dropping through letter boxes around the world very soon. Here is a quick insight into what you will find in our latest offering: Free to all members. Join now and don’t miss out.
BSFA AWARDS BOOKLET 2011
Featuring all the shortlisted short stories…
The Silver Wind by Nina Allan
The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
Afterbirth by Kameron Hurley
Covehithe by China Miéville
Of Dawn by Al Robertso
All the science you don’t need to know Think writing hard sf is difficult? Just get the basics right, says Alastair Reynolds
Fighting for words Dev Agarwal explains why a good fight scene is about more than choreography.
Masterclass 9: What I know In the last of his regular articles, ChrisPriest offers sage advice.
One vial or two C John Arthur on doing biochemistry for real. It’s not much like CSI…
Writing The Other
Clarke Award-winning author Lauren Beukes says that if you want to write the other convincingly, you need to ask questions.
Over the wall Gary Budgen wonders why class isn’t a more important issue for writers.
To plug or not to plug?
Should authors promote their own works. Juliet E McKenna says it is good for readers and good for business.
Learning to love learning Paul Graham Raven returns with the latest update from his Masters adventure.
Poetry in a SF magazine?
The new Focus poetry editor, Charles Christian, discusses sf poetry.
BSFA Reviewers’ Poll – The Best of 2011 Edited by Martin Lewis
2011 in Pictures Jonathan McCalmont
From Outcasts to Black Mirror: British SF Television 2011 Alison Page
Gaia Beware: Infertility in Science Fiction due to Bioterrorism, Pollution and Accidental Iatrogenic Events Victor Grech with Clare Thake-Vassallo and Ivan Callus
Modern Marvels: The Fairy Tales of Victorian Science and Technology Melanie Keene
Kincaid in Short: Paul Kincaid
Picture This: Terry Martin
Resonances: Stephen Baxter
Foundation Favourites: Andy Sawyer
THE BSFA REVIEW
In this issue Adam Roberts reviews The Weird, Shaun Green looks at small press novellas, Maureen Kincaid Spellar considers Danish SF, Dan Hartland reads a book of essays on Stanislaw Lem, Paul Kincaid discusses Kim Lakin-Smith’s debut novel and much more…
All welcome! (No entry fee or tickets. Non-members welcome.)
Interview will commence at 7.00 pm, but the room is open from 6.00 (and fans in the downstairs bar from 5).
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.
(No meeting in December.)
25th January 2012 – CHRISTOPHER PRIEST interviewed by Paul Kincaid
22nd February 2012* – LIZ WILLIAMS interviewed by Ian Whates
28th March 2012 – BSFA Awards Meeting
(Please note that future events will not take place in the Antelope. A new venue will be announced soon.)
* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.
SFX Weekender 3 promises the ultimate sci-fi experience, packed with activities for fans: big-name guests, interviews, Q&A sessions, comic workshops, videogaming, music, book readings and plenty more at one of the UK’s best-loved holiday camps. It’s all about bringing like-minded people together for a weekend structured around four huge pillar events: the enchanting Imaginarium show, the sweeping Maskerade party, the fiendish Blastermind quiz and the epic SFX Sci-Fi Awards Show 2012, where we’ll be handing out the coveted Golden Rayguns to the universe’s best and brightest.
SFX3 Weekender attendees will get the chance to fully immerse themselves in the sci-fi culture which has made SFX Europe’s bestselling genre magazine and leading website. Fans can get themselves written into a comic strip, get into discussion with their favourite author, chill out at the anime café, get digital art tips, or be amongst the first to see exclusive screenings of films and TV shows.
It takes place at Prestatyn Sands holiday camp in North Wales in the UK on Friday 3rd February and Saturday 4th February 2012, with a Pre Party on Thursday 2nd February.
The event organisers have kindly given us 20 sets of 4 weekend passes* to giveaway – worth £384 per set
All you have to do is email your phone number, quoting “SFXBSFA” to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’re one of the first 20 entrants, you will be contacted with the good news.
*These are strictly on a first come first served basis. Tickets do not include transport, expenses, or accommodation.