London Meeting November 22nd: Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

This month’s guest is author Anne Charnock.

 

Before becoming a science-fiction author, Anne Charnock was a foreign correspondent who got to travel the world. Her debut novel A Calculated Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was named one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Her current novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time, released in April 2017, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

In 2017, she became “interviewer in residence” for the Arthur C. Clarke Award as part of the award’s collaboration with Ada Lovelace Day.

Anne will be interviewed by former Vector editor, Glyn Morgan.

Glyn recently completed his Ph.D in English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and is a Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) conference team leader as well as co-founder and events organiser of Twisted Tales Events.

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:

London Meeting 25th October, Gaie Sebold and Guest

This month, our guest author is Gaie Sebold.

Photo via Rebellion Publishing.

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Gaie is the author of two rather splendid book series:  Babylon Steel and Dangerous Gifts were published by Solaris, thrilling tales following the adventures of a brothel keeper; the Gears of Empire steampunk series followed, Shanghai Sparrow, which came out in 2014, and Sparrow Falling is the latest book. Gaie is also a prolific short fiction writer, and “A Change of Heart” from the Wicked Women anthology was nominated for a British Fantasy Award.

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:

 

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

Virtual Futures – submissions required

I’ve been contacted by the curators of Virtual Futures who are seeking submissions for their next live event in London. Submissions are open until 21 December 2017 on the following themes:

The (dis)ease of the i-Mortal: Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.
Show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; we are relying on you to predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?
Curated by Allen Ashley and Stephen Oram

E-Me’s: The digital world is a personality playground that offers us an unprecedented ability to curate and create a public persona — but what does this ability mean for the future of personhood?
As the digital world expands around us and the Internet of Things combines the physical and virtual do we have a moral obligation to represent ourselves with truth and integrity in the digital realm, or should we view it as an opportunity to explore new and radical ontologies?
Curated by Britte Schulte and Stephen Oram

Tomorrow’s Battles: War has, so far, been inevitable throughout human history – but what will the future of conflict or cooperation look like? Will the discoveries of the future lead us to a world without violent disagreement, or just result in us killing one another in more creative ways? Paint us your future of what kind of conflict – or lack of – will emerge from the caldron of tomorrow’s technologies: what utopia or dystopia will we be exposed to?
Curated by Jule Owen and Stephen Oram

Post-Brain: As technology gets smarter and smarter, the human brain is forced to reflect on itself in the mirror of the future and question what value it will have in a world in which wet tech, cerebral hacking and commodified consciousness could reign. A world not of enhancement or augmentation, but replacement. We implore you to enquire what the future of our most precious organ will be, while you still have one.
Curated by Vaughan Stanger and Stephen Oram

The deadline for submissions is 21 December 2017 and successful authors and poets will be notified in January 2018.

Submission guidelines: visit the Virtual Futures Facebook page for full details.

Videos of previous events can be viewed here.

4th 2017 York Pubmeet – MODERN VOICES IN FANTASY FICTION – Meet the Authors…

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 16:30 to 19:30 (BST)

Hello again!

Yes, we have another crackin’ York Pubmeet event coming up this month, on Saturday 14th October 2017 in fact, with fantasy authors Anna-Smith Spark and R J Barker reading from their own work and taking questions on all things related to fantasy writing…

If you want any of their books signing, please feel free to bring them along, too!

We’re also returning to The Falcon Tap, inside the reassuring solidity of The Bunker!

To find it: turn right out of York station, and left at the traffic light junction at the top of the road, and then walk up Micklegate. The Falcon Tap is on the left and The Bunker is at the back of the pub!  The Falcon Tap is also probably one of York’s best kept secrets, so you should check it out anyway ‘cos the staff are just awesome!

The Falcon Tap: http://thefalcontap.co.uk

ABOUT OUR GUEST AUTHORS

AUTHOR - Anna-Smith Spark

Anna-Smith Spark is the author of The Court of Broken Knives, the highly acclaimed first book in the epic Empire of Dust series. You can read about this stunning series here: The Court of Broken Knives

You can find out more about Anna-Smith Spark HERE.

AUTHOR - R J Barker

R J Barker’s Age of Assassins is the first book in Barker’s The Wounded Kingdom Trilogy and has received great reviews already: Age of Assassins on Goodreads

You can read an interview with author R J Barker HERE.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT PLEASE DO BOOK A TICKET

As always, this event is FREE TO ATTEND – just turn up!  Preferably before 5pm though!

 

Do join us if you can, and if you haven’t been before, I assure you we are always (a) very welcoming, (b) very approachable, and (c) very pleased to see you!

 

I’m confident that once again it’ll be another great evening, full to bursting with inspiration, but we do need your support and attendance, so please plan ahead and take the time to book a FREE ticket – this helps make organising things in advance that little bit easier at our end.

For further info, updates and/or queries, please follow us on Twitter:

@YorkPubmeet

@mangozoid (organiser)

@BSFA

@BritFantasySoc

Support an Important New Study of Heinlein

A major new critical study of the writings of a giant of the SF genre by a Hugo award-winning critic and historian.

Noted fan and BSFA committee member Farah Mendlesohn is seeking support in a Kickstarter-style campaign for the book she is writing about Robert A Heinlein and his works:

The book is a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches. It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a life time about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself. Although not a biography it tries to understand Heinlein’s work both as product and insight into the man.

Pledging will get you the eBook, the hardback, or various more luxurious choices. Tea with Farah and Edward James. Professional critiques. Even a PhD workshop.

It looks likely to be a fascinating work, and is well worth supporting.

BSFA London Meeting 27/09/17: Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Konrad Walewski

Photograph by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013.

This month’s guest is Lavie Tidhar. Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), of The Violent Century (2013) and of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014). His latest novel is the Campbell Award winning and Clarke Award-nominated Central Station (2016).

Konrad Walewski

He will be interviewed by Konrad Walewski who is a writer, translator, anthologist, literary critic, and the editor and co-publisher of the Polish edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

 

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:

 

25th October Gaie Sebold

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan