it was great to see fellow SF fans and BSFA members on Saturday, on a gloriously warm June day. If you couldn’t make it, once again, Chad Dixon has kindly provided us with media links recorded from the BSFA and SFF joint mini-convention and AGM from this Saturday and photos.
Liz Williams, Andrew Butler, Sophia MacDougall & Dave Lally
Youtube video links are here, but you can also catch up via Chad Dixon’s Periscope channel. Here is David A. Hardy’s Art Show presentation. Here is Whither Human Space Flight. Here is Liz Williams interviewed by Kari Sperring, and here is Representations of Mars.
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.
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.
David A. Hardy panel discussion
Liz Williams interview
Lunch (confirmed lunch venue: Queen’s Arms – it’s a 3min walk away from the Blackett Lecture theatre)
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.
SAVE THE DATE – 6th June 2015
Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan are the Guests of Honour for the 2015 SFF & BSFA Mini-Convention and Annual General Meetings
When: Saturday 6 June 2015, 10-5 pm.
Where: Central London. Venue to be confirmed in the very near future.
See bsfa.co.uk or sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.
Cost: Free! BSFA and SFF membership is required to vote in their respective AGMs.
Earlier this month Frances Hardinge was the BSFA’s guest at the AGM/Minicon jointly held with the Science Fiction Foundation. Transcripts of her interview with Tom Pollock and a panel item with Frances, Niall Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn and Virginia Preston are now online at Strange Horizons. Thanks to Niall and his SH team for arranging the transcription and hosting these, and thanks of course to Frances for being an excellent guest.