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.


African Speculative Fiction Lectures

The Department of African Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London, is hosting a new lecture series from February 2017 focusing on speculative fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora. The series is open to all those who are passionate about speculative fictions from Africa, including university students at all levels of their academic development. The series will explore the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism. Details are here, and also see the attached programme with details about the lectures.

programme spec series

22nd February 6-8pm Dr. Nicholas Wood: South African Speculative Fiction


1st March 5 – 6pm Dr. Polina Levontin: Scientists in Nigerian Science Fiction


1st March 6 – 8pm Miriam Pahl: Literature as a Lighthouse: African Science Fiction and Ecocritical Representations of War and Conflict


8th March 4- 5.30pm Sinéad Murphy: Predicting’ the Arab Spring: forces of genre and culture in Egyptian Science Fiction


8th March 6-8pm Geoff Ryman:  Title TBC


22nd March 6-8pm Dr. Christos Callow: Performing Afrofuturism: Science fiction theatre and the work of Andrea Hairston

Arvon Course New worlds: exploring the possibilities and pitfalls 16-21 November

Arvon a running a science-fiction writing course at their Lumb Bank centre in West Yorkshire this month.

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?

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.

Course Tutors:

Simon Ings is a novelist and science writer. He founded Arc, a magazine about the future, and edits the culture section of New Scientist magazine. His latest novel, Wolves, weaves together cutting-edge media theory and the collapse of complex civilisations.

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Geoff Ryman’s work has won 15 awards including the Arthur C Clarke and the Nebula Awards. Air was listed in the Guardian’s ‘1000 Novels You Must Read’. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

Geoff Ryman

Guest Joanna Kavenna is an author of fiction and non-fiction, and much that is both. She was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013.
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Single room price: £ 725
Shared room price: £ 680

To book refer to the website here.

July BSFA London Meeting: Geoff Ryman interviewed by Graham Sleight

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND



On Wednesday 30th of July 2014, Geoff Ryman (science fiction, fantasy and slip-stream author of award winning novels-including BSFA Award winner Air) will be interviewed by Graham Sleight (Science Fiction critic).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.


14th August 2014, Canada Water Library, 6 p.m.- Ian MacDonald, interviewed by Tony Keen

24th September 2014- Sarah Maitland, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

22nd October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by TBA