BSFA London Meeting 25th January, the science of Doctor Who, Leslie McMurty and Edward Gomez

Title: BSFA London Meeting, guests TBA
Location: The Artillery Arms 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND

Leslie McMurty and Edward Gomez  will be our guests at the BSFA London meeting in January to discuss the science behind the long running BBC Sci-Fi series Doctor Who.

Lesley McMurtry photographed at the British Library, London.

Photograph: Karen Robinson/Observer
Leslie McMurtry encountered Doctor Who during her childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her B.A. in English and French from the University of New Mexico and her M.A. in creative and media writing from Swansea University in Wales where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English. She edits The Terrible Zodin (, a quarterly Doctor Who e-zine. She has contributed ‘The Importance of Language Converted to Knowledge in the Arsenal of the Tenth Doctor’ to SFF’s The Unsilent Library: Adventures in new Doctor Who, edited by Simon Bradshaw, Graham Sleight, and Tony Keen, with a foreword by Robert Shearman, and Doctor Who and Race, edited by Lindy Orthia for Intellect Books, and a contributing author of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who.
Dr. Edward Gomez presents the Science of Dr. Who.

Dr Edward Gomez  is an astronomer and education director of Las Cumbres observatory and Cardiff University, who has worked as science script adviser on the programme.

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).
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-11-23

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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?

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