BSFA & SFF One-Day Convention & AGM June 8th

Saturday, 8 June 2019 from 10:00-17:00

Blackett Laboratory

Department of Physics, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College

1000: Intro/welcome
1005-1100: Panel 1 – BSFA
The Zero Sum of Literature: are some SF writers wrong to not welcome “literary” writers with open arms to the genre?
1105-1200: Interview/talk 1 – Rachel Livermore
1200-1230: SFF AGM
1300-1330: BSFA AGM
1330-1430: SFF panel – “Return to the Moon: how and why?” – GS (M), Dave Clements, Rachel Livermore
1430-1530: Interview 2 – Juliet E McKenna interviewed by Sophia McDougall.

The BSFA &SFF One Day Convention is free to attend and open to the public. The AGMs are the only parts of the day that will be members only, but are around lunchtime.
Attendees are free to spend lunch where they wish, but our lunchtime recommendation is The Queens Arms, Kensington.

The BSFA’s guest is Juliet E McKenna.

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Juliet is a prolific fantasy author, whose series include The Tales of Einarinn, The Aldabreshin Compass, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution,  and The Hadramal Crisis. Her standalone novels include Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom (2016) and The Green Man’s Heir (2018).

Juliet will be interviewed by Sophia McDougall

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Sophia is an author of the alternate history novels Romanitas, Rome Burning and Savage City, and the science-fiction novels Mars Evacuees and Space Hostages.

 

Advance financial statements are here. BSFA Draft Financial Statements 30_09_18

And last year’s minutes are here. BSFA AGM 2019 – Agenda and minutes 2018v2

Update: during the AGM this year, I’ll be giving a summary of reports received, but you can read the full ones here.2019 BSFA AGM agenda and Annual Reviews I will be distributing some of the proposals for constitutional change at the meeting only.

BSFA London: Gavin Smith interviewed by Stephen Deas 22nd May

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 held upstairs at Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, N1 9SD 

Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Our guest for 22nd May is Gavin Smith.

Gavin is a Scottish author, who has a number of books under his belt, including the Veteran series (the first of which was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel) and the Bastard Legion series.
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Gavin will be interviewed by Stephen Deas. Stephen is a prolific author whose books span historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, including the Fateguard series, the Thief-Taker’s Apprentice series, the Silver Kings series and the Memory of Flames series.

See the source imageTogether, Stephen and Gavin write as Gavin Deas to produce novels in the Elite: Dangerous universe.

 

Future Events:

8th June – BSFA & SFF Mini convention & AGM, Imperial College London – 10am-5pm.

26th June – London author event at Central Station, guests TBA.

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