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

AGM 2017 Documents

In respect of the AGM on 17th June 2017 at noon, please find attached for members’ review in advance of the meeting:

Martin Potts
Treasurer

BSFA 2016 AGM

Note the time correction: the BSFA AGM will be at 1:30pm, not noon.

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the British Science Fiction Association Ltd will be held at:

Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London

on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 1:30pm for the following purposes:

  1. To approve the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting

  2. To approve the financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2015

  3. To receive and consider the Annual Review of the Year.

  4. Elections: The following Directors retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election: S Baxter & I G Whates.

  5. Any Other Business

A proxy form is attached here for use if a member is unable to attend and wishes to appoint a proxy for voting purposes, and draft financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2015 for approval at the meeting.

Martin Potts
Treasurer

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.