Our August London event will feature a VERY special guest. Peter Hamilton will be our guest on 12th August (please note this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month rather than the 3rd). We will confirm the venue shortly. And of course, the fabulous Gareth L. Powell, writer of the Ack Ack Macaque series of novels, and BSFA Best Novel Award winner.
Location: Blackett Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building, Imperial College London. Map is here.
ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)
The interview will start at 7 pm.
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.
Issue one features an interview & short work by Charles Stross plus contributions by the following authors; Noel Chidwick, Steve Green, Paul F Cockburn, David Perlmutter, Guy T Martland, Joseph L Kellogg, Richmond A Clements, Claire Simpson, John Buchan, Larry Ivkovich, Alex Barr, Colleen Anderson and M. Luke McDonell.
It’s available in Epub and PDF for £2.95 direct from the publisher and print editions are £4.95 from Amazon. Five issue subscriptions are also available.
Immerse yourself in a five days science fiction writing course with two leading sci-fi writers Simon Ings (founder of Arc and editor of The New Scientist magazine) and Geoff Ryman (winner of 15 awards including the Arthur C Clarke and the Nebula Awards). Arguably, science fiction handles the contemporary world more effectively, wittily and playfully than any other kind of literature.
We’ll look at the tools of science fiction to see what they offer writers in an age of technological revolution. We will also explore various pressing contemporary questions concerning genre. How does writing for a SF readership differ from literary writing and what qualities do they share? Is it possible to write science fiction that works with a literary audience and indeed can any writer control for whom they write?
The five days include morning workshops, one to one tutorials and lots of time to write away from distractions in a beautiful countryside setting in West Yorkshire.
The ScienceFictionBookClub.org in London are holding a three month long season celebrating British SF called the Best of British. It will feature a selection of classic & contemporary SF over Sept, Oct & Nov 2015.
The September selection of books has already been announced & includes a work from this years BSFA Award short-list with Nina Allan’s The Race.
The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF), the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (ICSF) will be holding a joint 2015 mini-convention on Saturday, 6 June 2015. 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Our guests of honour will be Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan. Join us for interviews, panels, and the BSFA and SFF AGMs!
The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs. See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.
Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London. The entrance is on Prince Consort Road, on the south side near Queens Gate Road.
9:30 am Doors Open 10:00 am Welcome 10:05 am “The Girl-Thing who went out for Sushi”: A Discussion 10:55 am – 11:05 am – Short break 11:05 am – 11:55 am – Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Scott Pack
[Lunch will be from Noon until 2:30 pm at the Imperial College Eastside Bar. It’s on the ground floor of Linstead Hall part of Eastside halls of residence in Prince’s Gardens. Princes Gardens, London SW7 1LY; anyone not involved in the AGMs is welcome to gather there while the AGMs are ongoing. Cake will be done there, since it’s not allowed in the auditorium.]
Noon – 12:45 pm – BSFA AGM 12:45 pm – Lunch Break [Official venue: Eastside Bar] 1:10 pm – Cake! [Eastside Bar] 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – SFF AGM 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm – Pat Cadigan, Interviewed by Tanya Brown 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm – Growing up with Aldiss’s Work (Panel) 4:30 pm – Finish
The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs.
See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.
3. To receive and consider the Annual Review of the Year.
4. Elections: The following Directors retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election: D R Langford, A Sawyer & M T Potts.
5. Any Other Business
A proxy form is attached here for use if a member is unable to attend and wishes to appoint a proxy for voting purposes, along with a copy of the AGM 2014 minutes and draft financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2014 for approval at the meeting.
The 2015 BSFA Lecture at Dysprosium (the 2015 Eastercon) will be given by Dr Simon Trafford (Institute of Historical Research), and is entitled ‘“Runar munt þu finna”: why sing pop in dead languages?’ The lecture will be given at 5.30 pm on Saturday April 4th, in the Discovery room of the Park Inn, Heathrow. The lecture is open to any member of Dysprosium.
Simon Trafford is Lecturer in Medieval History and Research Training Officer at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. He specialises in the history and archaeology of the later Anglo-Saxon period in the north-east of England. He completed his undergraduate studies and his D.Phil. at the University of York, where his supervisor was Professor Edward James, who sf fans know as current Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation. Simon has a particular interest in the depiction of Vikings in popular culture. His talk for us develops this, with a special focus upon the use of dead ancient and medieval languages in pop and rock songs.
The BSFA Lecture is intended as a companion to the George Hay Lecture, which is presented at the Eastercon by the Science Fiction Foundation. Where the Hay Lecture invites scientists, the BSFA Lecture invites academics from the arts and humanities, because we recognise that science fiction fans aren’t only interested in science. The lecturers are given a remit to speak “on a subject that is likely to be of interest to science fiction fans” – i.e. on whatever they want! This is the eighth BSFA Lecture.