London Meeting for November 2018: F.D. Lee interviewed by Andrew Wallace

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

For November’s meeting, on Wednesday the 28th, bestselling fantasy author F. D. Lee will be interviewed by Andrew Wallace.


When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, 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.

If you can’t make it along, remember that Chad Dixon livestreams the meetings, and he makes the audio and video files available to view afterwards as well. Find Chad on Twitter at @lapswood8.

BSFA Awards 2018

Nominations for the 2018 BSFA Awards are now open! Visit the nominations page for details of how to take part.

This year we’re making a change to the BSFA Award rules for Best Novel. To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK or Ireland (or solely in e-book format). From this year, novels are eligible in the year of their first publication, regardless of where they were published.

Because occasionally a book can still be hard to find in the UK when it’s only been published elsewhere, novels may also be eligible in the year of their first UK/Ireland publication, at the awards administrator’s discretion.

We’re making this change for several reasons, but in general terms we’re doing it to keep awards eligibility in line with the books that British fans are reading and talking about. Publishing availability has changed dramatically since the rule was written. Books published only in the US are now much more widely available in the UK, which means some books never get a formal UK publication even though they’re really easy to get hold of in the UK. Publishing models are also changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell what “counts” as UK publication.

And of course it isn’t the big names who are affected by this, which means that as a side-effect we’re narrowing our focus unnecessarily and ruling out some really great books, often by British authors or authors living and working in Britain. That’s the main motivation behind this change; we want to keep the novel award as relevant and interesting as the novels we’re all reading.

BSFA London Meeting 26th September: Dan Jones interviewed by Naomi Foyle

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

This meeting is the reverse of the June meeting where Naomi was interviewed by Dan!
Dan Jones is signed with Snowbooks and his debut novel, Man O’War, is out now!

By day, Dan Jones works for the UK Space Agency to deliver strategic technology roadmaps for the aerospace, space robotics and cyber security sector. Find out more about Dan and his writing here.

Naomi Foyle Dan Jones The BSFA

Naomi Foyle is the author of cyberchiller Seoul Survivors (2013), named by the Guardian as ‘among the best of recent SF’, and The Gaia Chronicles, an eco-science fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia. Astra, Rook Song and The Blood of the Hoopoe are currently available from Jo Fletcher Books, with Stained Light due in Sept 2018.

Born in London UK, raised in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Saskatchewan, Naomi currently lives in Brighton and works as a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Also an award-winning poet, editor and human rights activist, she has travelled widely in the Middle East, Americas, Europe and Asia and is a non-Muslim Fellow of the Muslim Institute. For her essays and poetry about Ukraine she was awarded the 2014 Hryhorii Skovoroda prize.


When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, 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.

The Website and Memberships

If you joined the BSFA around Easter 2018 (including rejoining or renewing your membership), you might have subsequently tried to make changes using the website. You’ll have found that you were unable to. Most likely, you will not have been able to log on.

During that period (approximately 28th March to 12th April) we launched a new version of the website with features allowing members to maintain their own details such as their address. Subsequent problems meant that we had to switch back to an older version of the site, without those features.

The key difference is that your membership is no longer directly linked to an account on the website. This is back to the way it has been for as long as we have had a website, where a user account on the site is completely independent of membership. That’s not ideal, and not the way we want it to be, but is the reality for now.

At some point we want to reintroduce the new capabilities, but for now, please continue to use the following ways to get in touch with the committee.:

  • Change of address: use the “Change your address” form. Please include your membership number if you know it, and if not, then your name and post code.

  • Membership payments, including renewals: use the “Join the BSFA” form

  • Other membership queries: email membership@bsfa.co.uk

  • Enquiries about Vector magazine: email vector.editors@gmail.com

  • General enquiries: use the general “Contact Us” form

  • Creating a user on the website: this lets you comment on posts or use the (largely moribund) forums. We had to disable the ability to do this yourself because of spam. Please use the contact form, as above, and I’ll set up an account for you.

  • You can also contact us via Twitter or our Facebook group

London Meeting, Wednesday 25th July 2018: Lucy Hounsom and Vic James

Lucy Hounsom

Lucy Hounsom is the author of the Worldmaker trilogy. Her first book, Starborn, was shortlisted in the 2016 Gemmell Awards for Best Fantasy Debut. She is a Waterstones bookseller who co-hosts the geek feminist podcast Breaking the Glass Slipper, currently shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award (Best Audio). She lives half the time in Devon with two cats and the other half in Skyrim.

Vic James

Vic James is a current affairs TV director and the author of Gilded Cage, Tarnished City, and Bright Ruin (PanMacmillan), an adult fantasy trilogy set in an alternate contemporary Britain ruled by magical aristocrats. The joke pitch was ‘Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones in a world where Voldemort won’ … and that somehow became the official pitch. You might think Vic drew on her experience covering Brexit, the US presidential election, and the 1-percenters, but she couldn’t possibly comment. Gilded Cage was a 2018 World Book Night selection and a Radio 2 Book Club pick. Vic’s next book, fantasy thriller Sanctuary, is ‘Big Little Lies with witches’ – a small-town scandal leads to America’s first contemporary witch trial. It’s out in March 2019 from Gollancz.


The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, 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.