BSFA EGM, Sunday 8th December 2019

At the AGM back in the summer, we discussed some proposed changes to the BSFA’s constitution. In order to ratify those changes, we need to have an extraordinary general meeting (EGM). That meeting will be taking place next Sunday, 8th December, as follows:

Location: Doggetts Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD (Google Maps; Apple Maps)
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Agenda: to be sent to members via the newsletter email list. This will include a draft of the constitutional changes.

All BSFA members are welcome.

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 27th November 2019

This month, we have bestselling author F.D. Lee interviewed by Andrew Wallace! Come join us for the last BSFA meeting of 2019!

F.D. LEE

F D. Lee is a lifelong fantasy and science fiction fan and academic. In 2019 she published her first science fiction novel, In The Slip, and is the author of the internationally bestselling series The Pathways Tree series. An advocate of self- and indie-publishing, Faith has been featured in The Independent, appeared on Radio 4 to talk about her research into genre fiction, has given a mini-TED talk on why stories matter, and has been featured as an Underground Book. She is on Twitter as @faithdlee. Her website is www.fdlee.co.uk.

ANDREW WALLACE

Andrew Wallace is a science fiction writer and performer whose first two books, Sons of the Crystal Mind and The Outer Spheres, are part of his far-future Diamond Roads thriller series. His latest novel is Celebrity Werewolf, published by NewCon Press, for which Andrew has just narrated the audiobook. His critical work has appeared in Vector, The Shadow Booth and We Are the Mutants, and he was a judge in this year’s Clarke Award. Find out more at www.andrewwallace.me.

Meeting Details

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

Location

Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Despite the name, it is a pub. Here’s a Google Maps link.

We’ll be in the first-floor bar, which is private.

It’s about 7 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras station. Or go to bus stop G in nearby York Way and catch a northbound bus number 17, 91, or 259. When it turns right into Wharfedale Road, get off at the next stop, which is opposite the venue.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets)

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 23rd October

This month, we have a talk about writing with STEM by Lauren James. She will discuss how her scientific research inspired events in her novels after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level.

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker.

She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent.

Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future.
Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.


BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

  • 6pm Fans gather
  • 7pm: start of interview.
  • 8pm Q&A
  • 8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets)

BSFA Awards nominations now open

We are delighted to announce that the BSFA Awards for works published in 2019 are nowopen for nominations. The deadline for nominztions is midnight at the end of 31st December 2019. If you are a BSFA member you may nominate here: https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2019nominations

If you’d like to refresh your memories of 2019 (or help jog anyone else’s), we maintain a list of suggested reading. Anyone may add to this – and you can make as many suggestions as you like. Please feel free to add eligible works here: https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2019suggestions

The BSFA Awards are awarded each year to the best Novel, work of Short Fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association. For the full rules and timetable visit this page: https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards/awards-rules/

 

BSFA London Interviews and Social Meet up.

BSFA Interviews

We’ve been very fortunate to have a great selection of interviews at the BSFA social in London. Chad Dixon records as many of these events as possible and you can find a great selection on his Youtube Channel here.

These include:

Jen Williams interviewed by Den Patrick

Danie Ware interviewed by Alasdair Stuart

Una McCormack interview by Donna Scott

David Gullen interviewed by Ian Whates

This month (Septmber 2019, we have Andrew Wallace being interviewed by Ida Silkyfish. Its in the Central Station Pub on September 25th at 7pm.

Thank you to all the attendees, interviewers, and interviewees for these events. Special thanks also to Suzie Gray for organising the events and Chad Dixon for his excellent work in recording them.

Mailchimp Problems

As many of you will know, we’re currently in the process of establishing our members newsletter. This will go out every month and communicate to members their membership number and renewal date.

We intend to continue the non-members newsletter, which will contain similar content.

Unfortunately, during the transition, some issues have come up, most notably a problem between the BSFA’s Mailchimp account and several mail servers, one of which appears to be Gmail. This means when we write the newsletter and send it, Mailchimp tells us it has been sent and got through, but members report that they have not received it.

This problem is clearly not the fault of the sender or the receiver. The technology is failing us somewhere along the line, so we will continue to try and fix this.

Interestingly enough, despite this, there has actually been a reported 7% improvement on the opening of the emails with the newsletter in, which is encouraging, but lots more needs to be done.

In the meantime, the non-member’s newsletter for September will be sent out today and a link to the contents will be posted here on the website so all interested parties can access it.

The link is here – https://mailchi.mp/08c47eb2073d/bsfa-newsletter-august-3615262

Apologies for the reference to ‘August’ in the above link, that is my error.

We will continue to post the newsletter up in this way along with other website updates until we are confident the matter is fixed.

Allen.