New SF&F Writers Group Starts in South London

A new Science Fiction and Fantasy writers group has been started in the South London Borough of Sutton. Writing on the groups front page the organiser Logan has this to say.

This group is only for writers of science fiction or fantasy. The aim of the group is an every two weeks meet up, where the participants take two chapters to read. When they meet again they give a critique on these chapters.

So the group is for anyone who is writing a novel or even has a completed manuscript.

One of the biggest problems facing writers is having proper assessments on chapters, from likeminded people. Having positive feedback and constructive criticism is one of the main tools every writer needs.

The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2nd August and the venue is To Be Confirmed.

Full details can be found at the groups meetup. http://www.meetup.com/Sci-Fi-and-fantasy-writers-group/

BSFA London Meeting 12th August 2015 – Peter Hamilton – Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

Peter F Hamilton - Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

Our August London event will feature a VERY special guest. Peter Hamilton will be our guest on 12th August (please note this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month rather than the 3rd). We will confirm the venue shortly. And of course, the fabulous Gareth L. Powell, writer of the Ack Ack Macaque series of novels, and BSFA Best Novel Award winner.

Location: Blackett Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building, Imperial College London. Map is here.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

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

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For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-08-12

Shoreline of Infinity – Scotlands newest SF magazine

July 2015 sees the publication of the UK’s newest SF magazine The Shoreline of Infinity (@shoreinf) which hails from Edinburgh in Scotland. Home of the brave.

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Issue one features an interview & short work by Charles Stross plus contributions by the following authors; Noel Chidwick, Steve Green, Paul F Cockburn, David Perlmutter, Guy T Martland, Joseph L Kellogg, Richmond A Clements, Claire Simpson, John Buchan, Larry Ivkovich, Alex Barr, Colleen Anderson and M. Luke McDonell.

It’s available in Epub and PDF for £2.95 direct from the publisher and print editions are £4.95 from Amazon. Five issue subscriptions are also available.

Arvon SF Writing Course

Arvon are putting on a Science Fiction writing course again, once more tutored by Simon Ings, and this year Geoff Ryman.

Here’s what they say about it:

Immerse yourself in a five days science fiction writing course with two leading sci-fi writers Simon Ings (founder of Arc and editor of The New Scientist magazine) and Geoff Ryman (winner of 15 awards including the Arthur C Clarke and the Nebula Awards). Arguably, science fiction handles the contemporary world more effectively, wittily and playfully than any other kind of literature.

We’ll look at the tools of science fiction to see what they offer writers in an age of technological revolution. We will also explore various pressing contemporary questions concerning genre. How does writing for a SF readership differ from literary writing and what qualities do they share? Is it possible to write science fiction that works with a literary audience and indeed can any writer control for whom they write?

The five days include morning workshops, one to one tutorials and lots of time to write away from distractions in a beautiful countryside setting in West Yorkshire.

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

The ScienceFictionBookClub.org in London are holding a three month long season celebrating British SF called the Best of British. It will feature a selection of classic & contemporary SF over Sept, Oct & Nov 2015.

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

The September selection of books has already been announced & includes a work from this years BSFA Award short-list with Nina Allan’s The Race.

SEPTEMBER 2015 BEST OF BRITISH SELECTION*

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The September 2015 Best of British selection

BSFA/SFF AGM Saturday June 6th 2015

Join us on Saturday, 6 June 2015!

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The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF), the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (ICSF) will be holding a joint 2015 mini-convention on Saturday, 6 June 2015.  10 am – 4:30 pm.

Our guests of honour will be Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan.  Join us for interviews, panels, and the BSFA and SFF AGMs!

The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs.  See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.

Location:  Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London.
The entrance is on Prince Consort Road, on the south side near Queens Gate Road.

9:30 am      Doors Open
10:00 am  Welcome
10:05 am  “The Girl-Thing who went out for Sushi”: A Discussion
10:55 am – 11:05 am – Short break
11:05 am – 11:55 am – Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Scott Pack

[Lunch will be from Noon until 2:30 pm at the Imperial College Eastside Bar. It’s on the ground floor of Linstead Hall part of Eastside halls of residence in Prince’s Gardens. Princes Gardens, London SW7 1LY; anyone not involved in the AGMs is welcome to gather there while the AGMs are ongoing.  Cake will be done there, since it’s not allowed in the auditorium.]

Noon – 12:45 pm – BSFA AGM
12:45 pm – Lunch Break [Official venue: Eastside Bar]
1:10 pm – Cake! [Eastside Bar]
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – SFF AGM
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm – Pat Cadigan, Interviewed by Tanya Brown
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm – Growing up with Aldiss’s Work (Panel)
4:30 pm – Finish

The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs.
See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.

Annual General Meeting 2015

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 6th June 2015 at midday 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 2014

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: D R Langford, A Sawyer & M T Potts.

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, along with a copy of the AGM 2014 minutes and draft financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2014 for approval at the meeting.
 
Martin Potts
Treasurer