About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

BSFA Awards 2018 Announced

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.
 
Best Novel: Gareth L Powell for _Embers of War_ (Titan Books)

Gareth L Powell being presented with the trophy for Best Novel by Frances Hardinge

Best Shorter Fiction: Ian McDonald for _Time Was_ (Tor.com)
 
Best Non-Fiction: Aliette de Bodard for _ On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures_ (Intellectus Speculativus blog)
 
Best Artwork: Likhain for _In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II_ (Inprnt)
In the Vanisher's Palace: Dragon II by Likhain

The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.
This year, the awards ceremony took place at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow. Jeanette Ng was the presenter and categories were awarded by the Guests of Honour DC, John Scalzi, Sydney Padua and Frances Hardinge.
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Photo courtesy of Chad Dixon

The ceremony was livestreamed by Chad Dixon, and can be seen on his Periscope channel here.

News on our latest mailing

The BSFA would like to apologise to our members for the delay in members receiving this year’s BSFA Awards commemorative booklet. The booklet is now in the post and should be with us all any day now. Back story: our team worked with great effort to ensure that we had the files and rights permissions we needed from creators and publishers, to put together the booklet, proofread it, and supply it to our printers with addresses in plenty of time. Our printers were aware of our timescale, and everything was supplied on time. We checked repeatedly and were assured progress was being made and the deadline would be achieved. When we checked towards the end of March we were assured that everything was ready to go. When we checked again at the very end of March, we were told you would get your booklets within the first couple of days of April. As no booklets had been received by the weekend, I followed up again, and was told that due to post room delays the mailing was not going out until Tuesday. I suspect that has hit Wednesday’s collection. I understand if this is frustrating to our members, and it is especially so to those of us who worked hard to get the booklet completed well in advance. I am in fact, pretty angry, and will be considering how to redress the situation. We hope that members who wish to vote but are are unfamiliar with the shortlisted works are availing themselves of other opportunities to read the selected works where possible. Once again, please accept our apologies.

BSFA Author Event Wednesday 24th April – Una McCormack interviewed by Ian Whates

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. The event starts at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
This month’s meeting will be in the basement of The Star of Kings, Kings Cross. 126 York Way, London N1 OAX
Electric Star Pubs. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Our guest for 24th April is New York Times best-selling author Una McCormack. She has written several Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, and tie-ins for Star Trek and Deep Space Nine, as well as scripts for Big Finish Productions for the Bernie Summerfield series.

Una will be in conversation with Ian Whates, former BSFA Chair, editor and owner of the multiple award-winning Newcon Press, and prolific author, who has many wonderful books out there to be read including his latest space opera series The Dark Angels.


Future meetings:

May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo – venue to be announced.

BSFA London Meeting February 27th: David Gullen interviewed by Ian Whates

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.

February 27th. London-based author David Gullenhas just released a revised edition of SF novel Shopocalypse through Newcon Press – a Bonnie and Clyde Story for the Trump era – and it is gathering praise from all quarters.
“Seriously, you need this book.” – Mike CareyBAFTA nominated author of The Girl with All the Gifts

David Will be in conversation with Ian Whates, former BSFA Chair, editor and owner of the multiple award-winning Newcon Press, and prolific author, who has many wonderful books out there to be read including his latest space opera series The Dark Angels.


Future meetings:
March 27th – BSFA Awards Panel
April 24th – Una McCormack
May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo

BSFA London Meeting 23rd January – Author readings & Q&A with Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram

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.

January 23rd, join authors including Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram for a selection of readings. More guests to be advertised shortly!

London Meeting dates:
23rd January
27th February
27th March
24th April
22nd May
26th June
24th July
28th August
25th September
23rd October
27th November