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We are pleased to announce that this year's winner of the Foundation Essay Prize is Emily Cox for her article, 'Denuding the Gynoid: The Woman-Machine as Bare Life in Alex Garland's Ex Machina'. Emily's winning entry will appear later this year in Foundation. The competition was particularly close with a number of high-quality entrants, so many congratulations to all who took part. Details about the Prize can be found on the Events and Awards page of the website. The 2019 call will be made later this year.

Foundation Essay Prize 2018
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Applications are now open for the 2018 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism. The 2018 Masterclass, the Eleventh, will take place from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. This year we will be at Anglia Ruskin University.

Masterclass 2018 applications now open.
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Registration for the Arthur C. Clarke centenary conference at Canterbury Christ Church University is now open until 4th December. Details below:

Registration for 2017: A Clarke Odyssey
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As announced at the AGM in June, Andy Sawyer has decided to stand down, after twenty-one years, as the Book Reviews Editor for Foundation. Andy will be retiring from his position at the University of Liverpool next year and so has begun to make preparations for his departure. He won’t be leaving Foundation just yet, but we will need to have a new Book Reviews Editor in post before he leaves.

Job Vacancy: Book Reviews Editor
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The 2017 AGM of the Science Fiction Foundation will be part of an all-day event at Imperial College in London on 17th June.  The doors open at 09:30 with events kicking off at 10:00.  The AGM itself will be at 13:30.

Stephanie Saulter will be the Foundation's guest and Anne Charnock will be the guest of the BSFA.

An agenda, directions to the venue, and a proxy voting form can be found here.

2017 AGM
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To mark the 200th anniversary, in 2018, of Mary Shelley’s novel, we invite articles for a special issue, examining the impact of Shelley’s creation on the development of sf. Following Brian Aldiss’ critical intervention in Billion Year Spree (1973), this is a relationship that has often been explored, so we would like to encourage contributions that investigate the afterlives of Shelley’s novel within the sf genre in new and innovative ways. Topics may include (but are not confined to) the following areas:

Call for Papers: In Frankenstein's Wake
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Three days of extremely enjoyable discussion and exchange of ideas and in the delightful environment of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Masterclass is highly valued by past students. Places are still available on a first come-first served basis. Applications welcomed from Past Masterclasses students.

Masterclass places still available
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TThe Science Fiction Foundation is sponsoring a Mini-Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism at Innominate, the 2017 Eastercon, in the Hilton NEC Metropole, Brimingham. The Mini-Masterclass is a taster for the main Masterclass, an intensive course where you can broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy.

Mini-Masterclasses at 2017 Eastercon
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Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism. The 2017 Masterclass, the Eleventh, will take place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July. We are delighted to have once again secured at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as a venue.

The 2017 Class Leaders are:

Nick Hubble (Brunel University)

John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)

2017 Masterclass applications now open
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Foundation 125 (our winter 2016 issue) has been sent to be typeset but, due to the heavy workload in production at this time of year, copies will not be available to be printed and distributed until the start of January 2017. We apologize for the delay and will look to avoid the Christmas rush next year. 

Note for subscribers
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