London Meeting, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

The May London BSFA meeting will have our own Suzie Gray interviewed by Andrew Wallace. From Andrew's Facebook post on the BSFA group:

I'll be interviewing Dr Susan Gray about the power of science fiction theatre, interactive poetry and writing for augmented reality at the British Science Fiction Association next Wednesday 23 May at the Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND; doors 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start. Entry is free. See you there!

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

Website back, in more senses than one

Hi folks, and welcome to the new old BSFA website. You may have seen our new design a few weeks back. Unfortunately, technical problems mean that we have had to set that version aside for the moment, and return to our old one.

Plans are afoot to make some of the features of the new site available again, including managing your personal details such as address changes. In the meantime, carry on as you were.

If it's time to renew your membership, or if you want to join for the first time, you can still do that at our membership page.

The site is running on a new server, so please let me know if you see any problems.

POSTPONED: BSFA London Meeting 28th February Tade Thompson interviewed by Liz Williams

With apologies, this event will no longer be taking place on Wednesday February 28th due to the current and forecast inclement weather conditions. We will endeavour to reschedule this event for another time.

This month's special guest is author Tade Thompson. Tade's story story The Apologists was nominated for a BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction for 2016 and also selected for Newcon Press's anthology Best of British Science Fiction 2016. Tade is also the author of Rosewater, which was a John W. Campbell Award Finalist, and Making Wolf, which won the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. The Murders of Molly Southborne is his latest work, which has recently been optioned for screen adaptation.

Tade will be interviewed by Liz Williams, a multiple nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award, Liz is the author of many novels such as Winterstrike, Nine Layers of Sky, Banner of Souls (which was also shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), The Ghost Sister, Empire of Bones, Darkland, Bloodmind, The Poison Master and the Detective Chen novels. She has also written two volumes of The Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, concerning the everyday bemusements of running a witchcraft shop in Glastonbury.

 

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.

Future meetings: 28th March TBA

Virtual Futures: ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal.’ 20/02/18

Virtual Futures are hosting an event on 20th February: Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 on the theme of '(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal', curated by Allen Ashley and Stephen Oram.

Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Our authors take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.

They will show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; and predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?

The event features a special presentation by Clarke-award winning author, Geoff Ryman. Geoff also won the BSFA Best Non-fiction Award in 2017 for “100 African Writers of SFF”.

Other authors and contributors include:

  • Allen Ashley: “Do Not Exceed Stated Dose”
  • Antoine Saint Honore: “Cholesterol 5.9 BigFLY”
  • C. R. Dudley: “Toxic Duck Inc”
  • David Turnbull: “The War that Ended Yesterday”
  • Ian Steadman: “Transmissions from the Vitality Pod”
  • Jessica Laine: “L-One-LY Virus”
  • Mark Huntley-James: “Fat of the Land”
  • Stephen Oram: “The Queen’s Heart”

Where: LIBRARY London (Main Room), 112 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BD

Tue 20 February 2018, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT

Tickets £6 available from Eventbrite here.

 

London Meeting: A Tribute to Brian Aldiss 24th January

Our next meeting is a tribute to the legendary novelist Brian Aldiss who passed away in 2017. Although not one of the founder members of the BSFA, Brian was  given the #1 membership number very early in its days, and we were honoured to have him as our special guest at the BSFA/SFF joint AGM and mini-convention a couple of years ago.

Brian Aldiss won BSFA Awards in 1971 for his collection, The Moment of Eclipse, and in 1973 won a special award for Billion Year Spree. In 1982 he won the Best Novel award for Helliconia Spring, repeating the win in 1985 for Helliconia Winter.

The evening will feature readings from several authors including BSFA Award-winning Dave Hutchinson.

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.

Future meetings: 28th February, we welcome Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater and The Murders of Molly Southbourne.