BSFA AGM 2020

This year’s British Science Fiction Association Annual General Meeting is being held online on Discord. The Agenda and links to attend are included below:

BSFA Annual General Meeting

23rd of August at 2.30pm until 5.30pm. To be held online.

Discord Link – https://discord.gg/hfaHTWV

Agenda

1. Chair’s Report.

2. Proposal of New Constitution.

New Constitution Proposal (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CLsAdk_78wlghU0oi_5O0Qy6T3lmU9vv/view?usp=sharing)

Old Constitution Original (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ImXd3RQtTK_SJ4M8YTA2ZOtnQOZOyTWc/view?usp=sharing)

Old Constitution (OCR) – https://drive.google.com/file/d/148CfS2lTQrV5L_up6yLNdnWuvj3-gE7s/view?usp=sharing

Guide to New Constitution Changes (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wj-OKX33yhBeSJj277B_EmbSWI_rQJtu/view?usp=sharing)

The new constitution is being proposed for adoption and acceptance by the Association with immediate effect.

3. Submission of BSFA Accounts.

Agenda item to be led by the BSFA Treasurer.

4. Nomination and Election of Membership Officer – Luke Nicklin.

Elected a BSFA Councillor under a temporary mandate at the EGM. Luke Nicklin has been performing the duties of the membership officer over the last six months and is overseeing the transition to the new website and new database.

5. Nomination and Election of other roles.

These roles to be specified as indicated.

6. The BSFA President.

7. Diversity and Anti-Racism Motions. Proposed by Jo Lindsay Walton.

Introductory document: (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NLK7OPP5djoJfQ9dVO9d84WfdjQlSfGk/view?usp=sharing)

List of motions under item 7:

i) This Association resolves to offer support-in-kind to BAME fans of science fiction.

ii) This Association resolves to offer financial support to BAME convention-goers.

iii) This Association resolves to consult with BAME members of the UK science fiction community.

iv) This Association resolves to create the role of Diversity Officer, and for this to be an elected role.

v) This Association resolves to make charitable donations to anti-racist causes.

8. Proposals of Thanks and Acknowledgements

9. Any Other Business.

We will be conducting business using Discord’s audio channel, with a text chat channel also available for members to ask questions if they would prefer to type rather than speak.

We will be using a dot system (..) to recognise members when they want to ask a question and we will be recording the proceedings for ease of producing the minutes afterwards.

The procedure for this is below:

Standard etiquette in these meetings is to stay on mute until you’re the one speaking.

We’ll be recording the audio channel for the purposes of getting the minutes right. Everyone will be made aware of this. The recording will go to Luke for doing this and then deleted.

We’ll be operating a dot system on Discord. This means you type a dot in the chat room and that indicates you have raised your hand to ask a question. As soon as there’s a moment for that question, I’ll give you the floor. You can either say it in the audio channel or type it out and we’ll read it out and try to answer it.

With regards to motions, the process is fairly straightforward. Things are proposed, then seconded. If there is no objection, the motion is carried. If there is an objection, we go to a floor vote. To poll these I’ll be asking people to indicate their vote in the chat channel. If there are questions about a specific area of the BSFA that someone wants to answer, again, dot system. Type two dots and I’ll give you the floor.

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 26th February 2020

This month, we have Suzie Gray interviewed by F.D. Lee.

Suzie Gray, aka Suzie Geeforce, is a Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Producer and AR (Augmented Reality) Designer from London. She has created AR poetry for SeekXR, Snapchat and Instagram as well as a standalone app, Poetal Lite. She has a PhD in Science Fiction Theatre.

Suzie’s poetry chapbook Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together) was nominated for the Elgin Award and her poem for the crowdfunded space mission Lunar Mission One was nominated for the Rhysling Award. She composed and recorded her spoken word EP Material World in July 2019, which she has performed in London and Los Angeles. Her latest EP, Paper Dolls, will be available at the end of February.

F D. Lee is the author of the internationally bestselling fantasy series The Pathways Tree, and the award-winning SF novel In the Slip. A lifelong fantasy and science fiction fan, Faith is an advocate of self- and indie-publishing and has a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has been featured in The Independent, appeared on Radio 4 to talk about her research into genre fiction, has given a mini-TED talk on why stories matter, and has been featured as an Underground Book. @faithdlee. www.fdlee.co.uk

Meeting Details

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome — free: you do not have to be a BSFA member to attend)

Location

Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Despite the name, it is a pub. Here’s a Google Maps link.

We’ll be in the first-floor bar, which is private.

It’s about 7 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras station. Or go to bus stop G in nearby York Way and catch a northbound bus number 17, 91, or 259. When it turns right into Wharfedale Road, get off at the next stop, which is opposite the venue.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

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)

BSFA EGM, Sunday 8th December 2019

At the AGM back in the summer, we discussed some proposed changes to the BSFA’s constitution. In order to ratify those changes, we need to have an extraordinary general meeting (EGM). That meeting will be taking place next Sunday, 8th December, as follows:

Location: Doggetts Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD (Google Maps; Apple Maps)
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Agenda: to be sent to members via the newsletter email list. This will include a draft of the constitutional changes.

All BSFA members are welcome.

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 27th November 2019

This month, we have bestselling author F.D. Lee interviewed by Andrew Wallace! Come join us for the last BSFA meeting of 2019!

F.D. LEE

F D. Lee is a lifelong fantasy and science fiction fan and academic. In 2019 she published her first science fiction novel, In The Slip, and is the author of the internationally bestselling series The Pathways Tree series. An advocate of self- and indie-publishing, Faith has been featured in The Independent, appeared on Radio 4 to talk about her research into genre fiction, has given a mini-TED talk on why stories matter, and has been featured as an Underground Book. She is on Twitter as @faithdlee. Her website is www.fdlee.co.uk.

ANDREW WALLACE

Andrew Wallace is a science fiction writer and performer whose first two books, Sons of the Crystal Mind and The Outer Spheres, are part of his far-future Diamond Roads thriller series. His latest novel is Celebrity Werewolf, published by NewCon Press, for which Andrew has just narrated the audiobook. His critical work has appeared in Vector, The Shadow Booth and We Are the Mutants, and he was a judge in this year’s Clarke Award. Find out more at www.andrewwallace.me.

Meeting Details

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

Location

Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Despite the name, it is a pub. Here’s a Google Maps link.

We’ll be in the first-floor bar, which is private.

It’s about 7 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras station. Or go to bus stop G in nearby York Way and catch a northbound bus number 17, 91, or 259. When it turns right into Wharfedale Road, get off at the next stop, which is opposite the venue.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

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)

BSFA London Meeting, Wednesday 23rd October

This month, we have a talk about writing with STEM by Lauren James. She will discuss how her scientific research inspired events in her novels after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level.

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker.

She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent.

Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future.
Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.


BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

  • 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)

BSFA London Interviews and Social Meet up.

BSFA Interviews

We’ve been very fortunate to have a great selection of interviews at the BSFA social in London. Chad Dixon records as many of these events as possible and you can find a great selection on his Youtube Channel here.

These include:

Jen Williams interviewed by Den Patrick

Danie Ware interviewed by Alasdair Stuart

Una McCormack interview by Donna Scott

David Gullen interviewed by Ian Whates

This month (Septmber 2019, we have Andrew Wallace being interviewed by Ida Silkyfish. Its in the Central Station Pub on September 25th at 7pm.

Thank you to all the attendees, interviewers, and interviewees for these events. Special thanks also to Suzie Gray for organising the events and Chad Dixon for his excellent work in recording them.