Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Convention
June 17th 2017
Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
Times: 10:00am – 4:30pm (doors open from 09:30am)
BSFA AGM: noon
SFF AGM 1:30pm
Special Guest for BSFA: Anne Charnock
A Calculated Life, Anne’s debut novel, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017.
Special Guest for SFF: Stephanie Saulter.
Stephanie Saulter is the author of the near-future science fiction @Evolution trilogy, including the novels Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration. She is published by Jo Fletcher/Quercus.
Further guests to be announced.
The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so non-members who wish to attend may wish to take advantage of the AGM times scheduled around lunch to mingle at a nearby venue (one will be suggested closer to the date). Start Time: 10:00 Date: 2017-06-17 End Time: 16:30
A book launch and discussion takes place at the Book and Kitchen in London on Saturday 7th November from 7-9pm.
Science fiction authors, editors and publishers Bill Campbell, Zen Cho, Carmelo Rafala, Stephanie Saulter and Tade Thompson will discuss the ways in which Western ideals and narratives dominated the genre for decades, and how that is now being challenged. Continue reading →
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
This evening, Thursday 8th May, in partnership with Jo Fletcher Books at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road, six authors will discuss the visibility of female authors in genre fiction, why there is an apparent inequality of representation, and possible solutions for this issue. This looks to be an exciting and significant event, and is free to attend.
Authors Stephanie Saulter, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards will be taking part in this event, which will be moderated by award-winning critic Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books promoting female authors in SFF.
Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novel Redemption in Indigo in 2011 in the US, and later in Britain through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third, The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times. This is a rare visit to the UK for this multiple-nominated and award-winning novelist, who among her many achievements received the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for the Best Debut Novel.
Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February.
Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica, now living in London, she is the author of Gemsigns and its sequel Binary. She is also the brains behind the popular writing aid app Scriptopus. Also an awesome blogger.
Janet Edwards‘ debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel, Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August
Jaine Fenn’s first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.
A cracking debut full of thrills and twists, Stephanie Saulter has created an intriguing setting in a series that is loaded with promise. Gemsigns is a fast paced book that considers all manner of ethical issues from genetically modified humans and slavery to the environment and the economy all written in a sensitive and compelling prose.
For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems – the line between survival and ethics was radically altered.
Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom.
But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.