Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968. After completing school she dropped out of Art College, then studied Philosophy and Linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999 which also won the 2000 amazon.co.uk Writers’ Bursary Award.
She has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at The Arvon Foundation, in the UK, (a centre for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing). She was a student at Clarion West, the US bootcamp for SF and Fantasy writers, in 1996.
Her books have been variously shortlisted: for The British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, including the 2015 for her latest novel “Glorious Angels”, for the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Philip K Dick Award and the John W Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope”, was published in 2012. In 2004 Justina was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award on behalf of The Science Fiction Foundation.
Her novels and stories range widely over SF and Fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She is the proud author of “The Covenant of Primus” (2013) – the authorised history and ‘bible’ of The Transformers.
She lives in Yorkshire with her partner, three children, a cat and a dog and is working on her twelfth novel.
Kate Keen lives in a house full of books about science fiction, classics, and psychology. Her husband and cat are also in there somewhere. Kate pays for all the bookshelves and cat food by managing IT contracts and software licenses. She is on the committee for Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016.
ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY
6pm: people start gathering and liaising in the bar.
7pm: start of interview.
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).
For further information about BSFA events in London, contract Andrea Dietrich (BSFA London Events Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MrsPassepartout
If you can’t make it in person, why not join us in virtual reality? We’ll be broadcasting the event live via the Periscope app. All you need to do is download the free App and follow @lapswood8 (Chad Dixon) on twitter. Chad will be sending out a “Five Minutes to Air” tweet to give you time to get ready to watch so make sure you get the notifications alert. Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2016-05-25
On Wednesday 25th of June 2014, Stephanie Saulter (author of Gemsigns and Binary, the first two books of the ®Evolution trilogy) will be interviewed by Kate Keen (SFF Trustee and Head of Fanfic at Nine Worlds)
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.
30th July 2014- Geoff Ryman, interviewed by Graham Sleight
Date and Location TBA August- Ian MacDonald, interviewed by Tony Keen
24th September 2014- Sarah Maitland, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn