Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Group

Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s GroupSince October 2015 London has a new genera writers group entitled “Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Group“. It has actually been meeting for a number of years but recently moved to a new online home where it seems to be going fron strength to strength and now has close to 100 members. Continue reading

BEST OF BRITISH SF 2015 concludes with Alastair Reynolds, H.G. Wells and Stephen Baxter

The ScienceFictionBookClub.org conclude their 2015 Best of British Season in November with three books:

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Autumn Writing Events at the Quad, Derby

QUAD in Derby hosts two new special events for writers in October and November.

On the 21st October, Derby Writers Day will offer guidance, advice and inspiration for aspiring authors sure to give any writing career a boost.

Confirmed speakers and guests for the event include Booker-nominated novelist Alison Moore, East Midlands Book Award winner Alison McQueen, bestselling crime author Stephen Booth, leading historical authors Elizabeth Chadwick and James Wilde, acclaimed romantic comedy author Tracy Bloom plus Mark Chadbourn, Clare Harvey, Jim Hinks, Steven Dunne, Sian Hoyle, Kim Lakin-Smith, Eve Makis, Nicola Monaghan, Sue Moorcroft and Stan Nicholls.

Attendees will be able to choose from sessions on a wide range of writing subjects, including historical fiction, crime and thrillers, promotion and publicity, self-publishing, contemporary women’s fiction, scriptwriting, making a living as a writer, writing in the East Midlands and the small and independent press.

Derby Writers Day runs in QUAD on the 21st October from 10:00am until 4:00pm (doors will be open from 9:00am), and tickets are £35 including access to all sessions and event goodie bag.

In November, Edge-Lit, the annual event for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing returns as the festively named ‘Sledge-Lit’. With a range of panel discussions, workshops, readings, and guests of honour, Sledge-Lit brings the festive cheer with a day of workshops offering a fantastic insight into the world of genre writing. There will be panel discussions on a range of hot topics in books and publishing plus in-depth sessions with Guests of Honour, including Alison Moore, Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse and He Wants; Adam Roberts, acclaimed SF author of Bete, Yellow Blue Tibia and Black Glass; Robert Shearman, award-winning short story author, scriptwriter and playwright; Charles Stross, multiple Hugo and Locus award winning SF, fantasy and horror author plus more authors to be confirmed. Sledge-Lit takes place in QUAD on Saturday 21st November, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets are £25 and include access to all sessions on the day and a special goodie bag.

To book places for either event, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/derby-writers-day. or http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/sledge-lit-edge-lits-christmas-vacation
For further enquiries, please contact Alex Davis at alexdavisevents@hotmail.co.uk

Jeff Noon’s Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter

British SF stalwart Jeff Noon is working with Ravendesk Games to bring you a RPG based on his popular book Vert and it’s all being organised on Kickstarter.

Virt’s Kickstarter page

Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game is an RPG based on the visionary and hallucinatory science fiction of author Jeff Noon (who won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Vurt in 1994). Amid the glass-strewn streets of the lethal and anarchic Manchester England of the near future, players ingest slender Vurt feathers to travel to parallel worlds as vivid, unique, and unpredictable as our wildest dreams. But they’re no mere fantasies. These worlds – and all the wonders and horrors they contain – are as a real, and every bit as dangerous, as the one you were born in.

The Novella Award Shortlist Announced

FULL Novella Award Shortlist Press Release (embargoed until 0100am, Friday 17th July)The shortlist for 2nd annual Novella Award has been announced. Launched in 2014, The Novella Award is awarded to a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 20,000-40,000 words in length. This year, the list includes Nina Allan, whose novel The Race was shortlisted for the BSFA Best Novel Award this year.

The full shortlist is here:

The Harlequin by Nina Allan

Motherland by Alix Christie

The Year of the Horse by Zoë Ranson

Mistakes by the Lake by Brian Petkash

When It Was Raining by Kevin Parry

Esp by Michael Wyndham Thomas

In Wolf Village by Penny Simpson

The venture is a partnership between the Screen School of Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts, who originally established The Novella Award. Sandstone Press, Time to Read, and NAWE are all partners of the award and work alongside it to encourage the publication of new writing. judges are Alison Moore, award winning author of The Lighthouse and He Wants, Nicholas Royle, editor of Salt Publishing’s influential Best British Short Stories anthologies and Robert Graham, Director of the Novella Award.
The winning novella will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication by award-winning Scottish independent publisher Sandstone Press. The runner-up is awarded £500 and a reader’s report. The winner will be announced on 7th October.