FREE TALK: What’s New About the Novum?: SF, History, Temporality.

Dr Caroline Edwards

Dr Caroline Edwards

Join Dr Caroline Edwards for the second seminar in the King’s Fantastic Talks Series, at which she will discuss “What’s New About the Novum?: SF, History, Temporality.”

Where: Room K2.40 Kings College London, Strand Campus
Strand, London WC2R 2LS, London
When: 6:30-8:00, Thursday 29th October 2015

Is her own words….

I’ve been invited this Autumn to deliver a lecture as part of a new series, “King’s Fantastic Talks,” organised by Dr Rhys Williams. My lecture will take place on 29th October at King’s College London’s campus and is titled “What’s New About the Novum? SF, History, Temporality.” The talk builds on my research into Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophy, looking in particular at the concept of the Novum (literally, the New) which he developed as part of his model of anticipatory consciousness (Vorschein). The Novum was extended by Darko Suvin in his influential formalist study of science fiction, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (1979), where Suvin borrowed Bloch’s notion of multi-stranded temporal complexity in his examination of the structural ingreidents of science fiction as a genre. However, Suvin elided the explicitly Messianic framework in which Bloch’s Novum is grounded – derived from the Jewish tradition of redeeming the past, which is informed by complex messianic futurities germinative within the present time.

I will consider the temporal implications of the Blochian Novum (as well as its similarities with Suvin’s later reading) and what this means for our understanding of how the Novum functions in science fiction texts. Whether expressed by a new situation or secondary world, or a de-alienating socio-political perspective in which more egalitarian relations are articulated in a futuristic or fantastical landscape, the Novum should be understood as more than simply “new” narrative actants and settings. Rather, I shall argue, we need to pay attention to the layered temporal possibilities suggested in the structure of the Novum itself: at once anticipatory, utopian, reemptive, messianic, political and subjective.

There’ll be drinks afterwards at a watering hole of our choice.

Talos: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London

The Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival will take place October 24-25 in Chelsea Theatre in London, UK. The festival features science fiction plays by contemporary writers from all over the world, including Greece and Australia.

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

Pregnant men and drones, apocalypse survivors and superheroes, emotional navigator systems, bodiless heads and more fantastical fictions are brought to life on stage in a unique showcase of new science fiction theatre.

Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, October 25th, 7.30PM

An Ordinary Man by Elizabeth Adlington
Lost Love by Jen McGregor
Crooked Fork by Jonathan Yukich
Drone by Tom Jensen
Two Heads on a First Date by Ron Burch
Superhero by Andreas Flourakis
The Other Roof by Susan Gray
Interface/Interface by Libby Emmons

Anyone wanting to come along with London’s ScienceFictionBookClub.org to the Saturday 24th performance is welcome along via their event. (Requires Login)

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

See our website for more information: http://www.talosfest.com/

New SF&F Writers Group Starts in South London

A new Science Fiction and Fantasy writers group has been started in the South London Borough of Sutton. Writing on the groups front page the organiser Logan has this to say.

This group is only for writers of science fiction or fantasy. The aim of the group is an every two weeks meet up, where the participants take two chapters to read. When they meet again they give a critique on these chapters.

So the group is for anyone who is writing a novel or even has a completed manuscript.

One of the biggest problems facing writers is having proper assessments on chapters, from likeminded people. Having positive feedback and constructive criticism is one of the main tools every writer needs.

The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2nd August and the venue is To Be Confirmed.

Full details can be found at the groups meetup. http://www.meetup.com/Sci-Fi-and-fantasy-writers-group/

BSFA London Meeting 12th August 2015 – Peter Hamilton – Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

Peter F Hamilton - Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

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.

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For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-08-12

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

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.

Celebrating British SF in the BEST OF BRITISH season

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.

SEPTEMBER 2015 BEST OF BRITISH SELECTION*

  • The pages for each individual book required a login.

The September 2015 Best of British selection

September BSFA London Meeting: Sara Maitland Interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

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

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On Wednesday 24th of September 2014, Sara Maitland (author of Gossip From the Forest, other fiction and non-fiction) will be interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn (Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University).

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.

FUTURE EVENTS:

*29th October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

*19th November 2014- Claire Corbett interviewed by Colin Harvey

December- No meeting as usual.

*Please note these are the fifth and third Wednesdays respectively.