Support an Important New Study of Heinlein

A major new critical study of the writings of a giant of the SF genre by a Hugo award-winning critic and historian.

Noted fan and BSFA committee member Farah Mendlesohn is seeking support in a Kickstarter-style campaign for the book she is writing about Robert A Heinlein and his works:

The book is a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches. It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a life time about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself. Although not a biography it tries to understand Heinlein’s work both as product and insight into the man.

Pledging will get you the eBook, the hardback, or various more luxurious choices. Tea with Farah and Edward James. Professional critiques. Even a PhD workshop.

It looks likely to be a fascinating work, and is well worth supporting.

BSFA London Meeting 27/09/17: Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Konrad Walewski

Photograph by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013.

This month's guest is Lavie Tidhar. Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), of The Violent Century (2013) and of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014). His latest novel is the Campbell Award winning and Clarke Award-nominated Central Station (2016).

Konrad Walewski

He will be interviewed by Konrad Walewski who is a writer, translator, anthologist, literary critic, and the editor and co-publisher of the Polish edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

 

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

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

 

Future meetings:

 

25th October Gaie Sebold

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy event, London 22/08/17

The National Literacy Trust are launching their Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy pub series in London at The Reliance, Shoreditch, London on Tuesday 22nd August.
Doors open at 6.30pm, and the quiz starts at 7pm
Entry fee is £10 per person in advance or £12 on the night (includes a free Pan Galactic Gargleblaster cocktail)
This month’s spotlight rounds on: Game of Thrones and Star Wars

Prizes include: limited edition prints from the newly illustrated editions of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; signed books from Orbit; and other prizes from Orion Publishing Group and Discworld.com.

Further details and how to book your team onto the quiz can be found here:

... and if any BSFA members are interested in hosting a night outside London, please get in touch with the organisation here. http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/support/fundraising_and_events/mostly-harmless-quiz-series/host-your-own-mostly-harmless-quiz

BSFA London Meeting 23rd August: Jeff Noon interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua

Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting.

Angry Robot author Jeff Noon



He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.

He will be interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua, author of Arthur C Clarke shortlisted The Red Men and the novels If Then and The Destructives.

 

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

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

 

Future meetings:

27th September TBA

25th October TBA

22nd November TBA