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.
The Forum Shopping Centre in Sittingbourne will be hosting a Sci – Fi event on Saturday 2nd May from 10am – 5pm.
The event will include special meet and greet sessions and signing opportunities with actors such as Simon Fisher-Becker who played Dorium Maldovar and Matthew Dale who played Big John from Doctor Who as well as Chris Bunn, the original Stormtrooper from Star Wars.
There will also be treasure hunts, a face painter, a Fancy Dress Competition, Quizzes and activities by Luniac Designs, exhibitions featuring a life size TARDIS and a Dalek – arch nemesis of Dr Who and a selection of stalls offering sci-fi themed products.
All proceeds raised from the event will go towards The Alzheimer’s Society, the centre’s new charity of the year.
Rachel Jenman, Centre Manager of The Forum Shopping Centre, commented:
“We are really looking forward to our Sci-fi day. The event will offer shoppers a jam packed programme of fun activities with something to treat everyone who has an interest in science fiction, from a TARDIS and Storm Troopers to Daleks and lightsabers. I hope everyone who attends has a fantastic time.”
Today, Friday April 10th, sees voting open for the 7th Gemmell Awards, the longlist for which was announced today.
The aims of the awards, named after legendary fantasy writer David Gemmell, are to raise public awareness of the Fantasy genre, to celebrate the history and cultural importance of Fantasy literature and to appreciate and reward excellence in the field.
The longlists for the Legend Award – for the best novel of fantasy fiction, the Morningstar Award – for the best fantasy debut novel, and the Ravenheart Award – for the year’s best fantasy cover art – can all be seen on the newly designed website, launched for the occasion.
Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘The new website is a key part of our plan for the awards going forward, and will allow us to really expand our online output. Add to this the longlist announcement and voting beginning and we have some really exciting times ahead for the Gemmell Awards – I can’t wait to see what wonderful fantasy books the public have to choose from!’
The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy began in 2009, with the aim of celebrating the best in fantasy fiction and commemorating the work of David Gemmell. Previous winners Andrezj Sapowski, Graham McNeill, Brandon Sanderson, Pierre Pevel, Patrick Rothfuss, Helen Lowe, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Brian McLellan and Mark Lawrence.
The longlists will be whittled down to a shortlist, whereupon voting will open again and fantasy fans and readers will have the chance to vote for their favourites again.
Voting on each of 2015’s longlists closes at midnight on Friday 15th May.
Voting on the shortlist opens on Monday 1st June and closes at midnight on Friday 17th July.
Hot on the heels of the BSFA Award Winners and the Hugo shortlist comes the Clarke Awards, as we affectionately know ’em. The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2014 are:
The 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a list of 107 individual eligible submissions, put forward by 36 different publishing houses and imprints.
None of the authors above have been listed for this award before, and what a fantastically broad and diverse mix of science fiction books they represent. We also note that two of our own shortlist for the BSFA Awards have made this list – Dave Hutchinson’s Europe in Autumn and Claire North’s the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, so that’s yet another ringing endorsement for these two books.
Award Director Tom Hunter said, “This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist of exactly the sort that we’ve become known for over the years and always love to celebrate. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors, their publishing teams and, of course, a big thank you to everyone on our judging panel this year […] A good shortlist isn’t a statement about what you should like, it’s an invitation to go beyond the limits of what you already know so you can experience and enjoy something new. Why limit an appreciation of a literature that’s built on the power of human imagination?“
We would also like the thank the judges here at the BSFA. It’s not so easy to get through 107 books! You’ve done us proud.
The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 are:
Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association
Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association
Sarah Brown, Science Fiction Foundation
Lesley Hall, Science Fiction Foundation
Leila Abu El Hawa, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival
Andrew M. Butler represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a non-voting role as the Chair of the Judges.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6th May at an exclusive award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London, and taking place as part of the activities leading up to the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.
The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2015.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.
The ceremony for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy – the award which recognises the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork each year – is now confirmed to take place at Nine Worlds Geekfest, and will be taking place at 8pm on Saturday 8th August.
The Legend Award
The ceremony will see the three 2015 awards presented, with the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut and Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art. Attracting a wide host of writers and publishing professionals, the glitzy ceremony is always a highlight of the fantasy fiction calendar.
Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: ‘I couldn’t think of a better event for us to partner with than Nine Worlds, and we look forward to bringing another superb awards ceremony not only to our regular attendees but a whole new audience on 8th August.’
Tuesday 14th October is Ada Lovelace Day – an International Celebration of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Ada Lovelace was born in 1815 and grew up to be the world’s first computer programmer, working with Charles Babbage’s plans for the Analytical Engine.
Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profiles of STEM women, to inspire others and to create new role models for young and old alike.
In celebration of this day, The Royal Institution in Mayfair, London, is holding a special event – Ada Lovelace Day Live – on Tuesday 14th October at 7pm (tickets still available as I write).
The following performers and artists will be appearing:
Roma Agrawal is a civil engineer from the team that built The Shard, bringing stories of bridges and a few jelly babies too. More about her work can be found on the Ri Blog.
Caro C is an electronic musician and sound engineer and one of the founders of Delia Derbyshire Day. Her performance is inspired by Delia’s fascinating archive and pioneering work including the realisation of the original Doctor Who theme in 1963.
Dr Hannah Fry is a UCL lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities, whose TEDx talk has been viewed over half a million times. She’ll show how maths can be used to predict the future.
Konnie Huq is a television presenter, writer, mathematics enthusiast, and at one time the longest-serving female presenter of Blue Peter after studying economics at Cambridge University.
Naomi Kashiwagi is an award winning artist and performer. The Royal Institution let her loose in their prep room and archives, where she’s developed her own unique take on Ada Lovelace.
Dr Turi King is the geneticist who led the DNA analysis that located the remains of Richard III in Leicester, and explores how genetics combined with history, archeology, anthropology and forensics can shed light on our past and future.
Steph Troeth is a user experience researcher and designer, who will share her obsession with finding ways to improve technology by understanding what people do (and don’t do) in the real world.
Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer at University College London. When she’s not in the lab or on a boat (or doing both at the same time) she presents science programmes for the BBC.
Event host Helen Arney is a self-professed geek songstress, who writes maths and science-inspired comedy songs and performs across the UK.
Tickets are £12/8, £6 for Ri Associates, and free to Ri members and fellows.
BBC broadcaster, Samira Ahmed, chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through science fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise.
What is the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination? Science fiction is often thought to be the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Can inventive forms of art, film and literature help to inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world today and beyond?