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.

Some panels to listen to

Hi folks, the redoubtable Chad Dixon has been recording events recently, as is his wont. Here's a panel at the recent BSFA AGM. The title is "The Future of Fandom," and it is chaired by our Chair, Donna Bond.

At the last London meeting, Naomi Foyle was interviewed by Dan Jones, Chad posted a video of this on Twitter, as well as putting the audio on SoundCloud.

And here's a photo of the latter event, also provided by Chad.

Naomi Foyle  Dan Jones  The BSFA

London meeting, Wednesday 27th June 2018

This month, we have Naomi Foyle interviewed by Dan Jones!

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.

Dan Jones is signed with Snowbooks and his debut novel, Man O’War, is out now!


The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 1800 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.

AGM on Saturday: change of start time

Our apologies everyone: we have had a mix up with the venue. The AGM/minicon on Saturday 23rd June will now start at 11 am.

Hopefully this won't be too much of a problem for most of you. If you are committed to arriving in Clapham for 9 am, then we're suggesting the Caffè Nero at 186 Clapham High St, which is approximately 8 minutes’ walk away, as possible place to wait.

I gather there is also a public library nearby

Again, we're very sorry about this.