Reaching Out – Some Opportunities, to Read/Watch/Listen

In these difficult times, you may find yourself stuck for something to read, to listen to, or to watch. Many generous writers, podcasters and other content creators are donating their work to help us all stay amused, entertained and active. The BSFA will be compiling a list of all the donated works you can access. The first few will appear below and then we will be moving them to a permanent page on the website.

So, here’s an opportunity to find a great new story, catch up with some of your favourites, or dig back into some wonderful work that you’d forgotten how much you enjoyed.

To start with, we have the wonderful open access archive of the BSFA publication Vector being produced by FANAC. There are plans for nearly sixty years of issues to be digitised into a free archive that you can read.

Access the link

The BSFA Review began life as the reviews section of Vector, and became its own digital publication in 2017. The current editor is Susan Oke.

Download issues here

BSFA member, Chad Dixon has provided links to all the BSFA interviews he has audio recorded.

Access the link

Professor Adam Roberts is our first invited guest on the BSFA Lockdown Solidarity Salon. His reading was broadcast live on 27th of March 2020. You can access the recording here.

SHORT CHANGES by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Keris Mcdonald
Access the PDF
Access the Mobi
Access the Epub

HOUSEHOLD GODS AND OTHER NARRATIVE OFFENCES by Tade Thompson
Access the PDF
Access the Mobi
Access the Epub

DOWNDRAUGHT by Gareth L. Powell
Access the PDF

Gareth is also doing regular free readings on hie website – Find his work here.

THE TEA AND JEOPARDY ARCHIVE by Emma Newman
Access the Archive here

NOW WASH YOUR HANDS by Dave Hutchinson
Access the Mobi
Access the PDF

NOTHING TO ME by Danie Ware
Access the link

THE SLIDING VOID SERIES by Stephen Hunt
Access the link

AS I BREATHE – by Alexandra Wolfe
Access the link

POSSIBLE WORLDS – by Rachel Handley
Click here for Part 1
Click here for Part 2
Click here for Part 3

THE SWORD OF WISIMIR – by Allen Stroud
Access the link
Start reading here

THE RELIC GUILD AND OTHER STORIES – by Edward Cox
Access the link

A VERY BRITISH HISTORY – by Paul Mcauley (free from 23rd March for 5 days)
Access the Kindle ebook

2020 COLLECTION GIFT OF JOY – by Ian Whates
Access the PDF

SHEEP’S CLOTHING – by Jan Siegel
Access the PDF

Leanne Renee Hieber has put together a detailed free reading list on her website:
Access the link

ODES TO THE MULTIVERSE – by Tonya R. Moore
Access the link

THE WIZARD@S COMING – by Juliet Mckenna
Purchase the ebook for free in EPub or Mobi format here

FRIGHTFULLY COSY – by Johnny Mains
Access the PDF

LONG LIVE THE TIDAL KING – by Sarah Downes
Access the Amazon link. Free for a limited time.

SHORELINE OF INFINITY (Free Edition)
Access the link

A FUTURE PAST PRESENT – by Mark J. Howard
Free purchase from the link

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 26th February 2020

This month, we have Suzie Gray interviewed by F.D. Lee.

Suzie Gray, aka Suzie Geeforce, is a Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Producer and AR (Augmented Reality) Designer from London. She has created AR poetry for SeekXR, Snapchat and Instagram as well as a standalone app, Poetal Lite. She has a PhD in Science Fiction Theatre.

Suzie’s poetry chapbook Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together) was nominated for the Elgin Award and her poem for the crowdfunded space mission Lunar Mission One was nominated for the Rhysling Award. She composed and recorded her spoken word EP Material World in July 2019, which she has performed in London and Los Angeles. Her latest EP, Paper Dolls, will be available at the end of February.

F D. Lee is the author of the internationally bestselling fantasy series The Pathways Tree, and the award-winning SF novel In the Slip. A lifelong fantasy and science fiction fan, Faith is an advocate of self- and indie-publishing and has a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She 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. @faithdlee. www.fdlee.co.uk

Meeting Details

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome — free: you do 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 Awards shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the BSFA Awards for works published in 2019.
The BSFA Awards for works published in 2019 will be presented at the 2020 Eastercon, Concentric, which this year is taking place at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, from 10-13 April 2019. Advance voting is open to BSFA members and Eastercon members until Monday 6th April, online at https://tinyurl.com/bsfa2019, or by post (see https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards/). Votes will also be accepted in person at Eastercon until noon on Saturday 11th April.The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

  • Juliet E McKenna – The Green Man’s Foe (Wizard’s Tower Press)
  • Emma Newman – Atlas Alone (Gollancz)
  • Gareth L Powell – Fleet of Knives (Titan Books)
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Ruin (Tor)
  • Tade Thompson – The Rosewater Insurrection (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • Becky Chambers – To Be Taught, If Fortunate (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – This is How You Lose the Time War (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • Fiona Moore – Jolene (Interzone #283)
  • Gareth L Powell – Ragged Alice (Tor.com)
  • Tade Thompson – The Survival of Molly Southbourne (Tor.com)
  • Ian Whates – For Your Own Good (Wourism and Other Stories, Luna Press)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Farah Mendlesohn – The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (Unbound)
  • Glyn Morgan & C Palmer-Patel (Eds) – Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction (Liverpool University Press)
  • Gareth L Powell – About Writing (Luna Press)
  • Adam Roberts – HG Wells: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Jo Lindsay Walton – Away Day: Star Trek and the Utopia of Merit (Big Echo)

Best Artwork

  • Aitch & Rachel Vale – Cover for ‘Deeplight’ by Frances Hardinge (UK edition) (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Chris Baker (Fangorn) – Cover for ‘Wourism and Other Stories’ by Ian Whates (Luna Press)
  • Julia Lloyd – Cover for ‘Fleet of Knives’ by Gareth L Powell (Titan Books)
  • Charlotte Stroomer – Cover for ‘The Rosewater Redemption’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • Richard Wagner – Cover for Interzone #284 (Interzone)

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)