BSFA London Meeting 23rd August: Jeff Noon interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua

Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting.

Angry Robot author Jeff Noon

He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.

He will be interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua, author of Arthur C Clarke shortlisted The Red Men and the novels If Then and The Destructives.


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BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).


Future meetings:

27th September TBA

25th October TBA

22nd November TBA

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

BSFA London Meeting Wed 26th October: Jason Arnopp interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND
 Jason Arnopp is the former editor of Kerrang magazine turned scriptwriter extraordinaire. Author of various BBC and Big Finish Doctor Who works, scriptwriter of numerous horror features, he is also the author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks published this year by Orbit.


Jason is interviewed by Scott K. Andrews, who is the author of The Timebomb books published by Hodder & Stoughton and The Afterblight Chronicles: School’s Out books for Abaddon books.


6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

Start Time: 19:00


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

BSFA/SFF Mini Convention and AGM Saturday 25th June 2016

We are delighted to be able to tell you about this year’s Mini Convention and AGM in London, in collaboration with  Science Fiction Foundation.
Our special guest is novelist Liz Williams.
Science-Fiction author Williams is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge and is the author of fourteen novels including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated The Ghost Sister, and Empire of Bones, while Banner of Souls was nominated both for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is also the creator of the popular Inspector Chen novels, and a  diarist – two volumes of Diary of a Witchcraft Shop have been published by Newcon Press. She has had numerous short stories published in the likes of Asimov and Interzone and also writes on matters of literature and paganism for The Guardian.
SFF’s special guest is David A. Hardy.
David A. Hardy is the longest-established living space artist, and has illustrated for the likes of Patrick Moore, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan. Hailing from Bournville, he first started producing space art as a teenager, and his early art career was as a packaging designer for Cadbury’s. Since 1970, his science-fiction artwork has graced the covers of hundred of books and magazines, and led him to various other commissions, such as Hawkwind album covers, and working on shows like Tomorrow’s World and Blake’s Seven, and films like The Neverending Story. He is European Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, and former Vice President of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, as well as having been heavily involved with the Birmingham Science Fiction Group, for which he has been Chairman, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Publicity Officer.
Venue: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ

The following schedule may be subject to slight alterations, so please check ahead of travel if there is a particular panel you wish to see. The AGMs will take place during the time assigned to the lunch break on the schedule below.

The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so you don’t need to be a member of either organisation to attend.

Time Event
09:30am Doors open
10:00am Welcome
10:05am David A. Hardy panel discussion
10:55am Short break
11:05am-11:55am Liz Williams interview
noon-2:30pm Lunch (confirmed lunch venue: Queen’s Arms – it’s a 3min walk away from the Blackett Lecture theatre)
1:30pm BSFA AGM
2:30pm-3:20pm David A. Hardy talk
3:30pm-4:20pm Liz Williams panel discussion
4:30pm Finish

Then… (optional) drinks!

BSFA London Meeting 25th May: Justina Robson interviewed by Kate Keen

Map here:

Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968. After completing school she dropped out of Art College, then studied Philosophy and Linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999 which also won the 2000 Writers’ Bursary Award.

Justina_RobsonShe has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at The Arvon Foundation, in the UK, (a centre for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing). She was a student at Clarion West, the US bootcamp for SF and Fantasy writers, in 1996.

Her books have been variously shortlisted: for The British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, including the 2015 for her latest novel “Glorious Angels”, for the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Philip K Dick Award and the John W Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope”, was published in 2012. In 2004 Justina was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award on behalf of The Science Fiction Foundation.

Her novels and stories range widely over SF and Fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She is the proud author of “The Covenant of Primus” (2013) – the authorised history and ‘bible’ of The Transformers.

She lives in Yorkshire with her partner, three children, a cat and a dog and is working on her twelfth novel.

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Kate Keen lives in a house full of books about science fiction, classics, and psychology. Her husband and cat are also in there somewhere. Kate pays for all the bookshelves and cat food by managing IT contracts and software licenses. She is on the committee for Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016.


6pm: people start gathering and liaising in the bar.
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

For further information about BSFA events in London, contract Andrea Dietrich (BSFA London Events Officer) at or via Twitter @MrsPassepartout

If you can’t make it in person, why not join us in virtual reality? We’ll be broadcasting the event live via the Periscope app. All you need to do is download the free App and follow @lapswood8 (Chad Dixon) on twitter. Chad will be sending out a “Five Minutes to Air” tweet to give you time to get ready to watch so make sure you get the notifications alert.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-05-25