Competition time: win Aliens, edited by Jim Al-Khalili

We have two rather green and glittering copies of Aliens, science asks: is there anyone out there, published by Profile Books and edited by Jim Al-Khalili of Radio 4’s The Life Scientific to give away. The competition is open to BSFA members from anywhere in the universe, and we thought we’d be nice and extend this also to UK-based members of our Facebook discussion group.


You can read a sample chapter here on aliens in SF: aliens-ian-stewart-on-science-fiction

What’s it about? Jim has asked nineteen scientists to answer the question, is there anyone else out there?

Here’s Jim talking about it:

To enter the competition, please tell me which Arthur C. Clarke novel does Jim mention in the sample chapter? Send your answer, along with your name, address, BSFA membership number (if relevant) with ALIENS COMPETITION in the subject header to my chair email address. Competition closes midnight Wednesday 23rd November. We thought we’d make it then as we will also have a copy as a prize in the raffle for the BSFA London meeting with Ian Whates and Gerard Earley which takes place that night, so if you go to that, you never know, you might also get to win a copy there! And if you don’t, you can still enter when you get home.


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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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