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SFF/BSFA Mini-convention and AGMs
Saturday, 17 June 2017.
Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
0930: Doors open
1000: Welcome and SFF interview (Stephanie Saulter with Sarah Brown)
1055: Short break
1105: SFF "Fake news" panel: Stephanie Saulter, Anne Charnock, Chris Beckett + GS (moderator). "Political discussion recently has been more and more dominated by discussion of 'fake news': did sf see this coming? And does science fiction provide us with any tools for better understanding the media and reality landscape we're confronted with?"
1155: Lunch break (Queens Arms https://www.thequeensarmskensington.co.uk/)
1200: BSFA AGM
1330: SFF AGM
1440: BSFA interview (Anne Charnock w Gerard Earley)
1530: BSFA panel: "Is science fiction addressing the really big issues facing humanity?": Stephanie Saulter, David Gullen, Andrew Wallace (moderator Donna Scott)
The mini-convention is a free event.
Eleventh Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism
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) - Nick is co-editor of the Science Fiction Handbook (2013) and London in Contemporary British Fiction (2016)
John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) - John is co-editor of the mummy anthology Unearthed, his introduction for which was shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Non-Fiction.
Stephanie Saulter (author) - Stephanie is the author of Gemsigns and its sequels
Price: £225; £175 for registered postgraduate students.
To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to email@example.com.
Applications received by 24 April 2017 will be considered by an Applications Committee. Applications received after 24 April may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.
Past Masterclass students are encouraged to apply again (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).
Mini-Masterclasses at 2017 Eastercon
The 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.
At 10 am on Sunday 16 April, in the Surrey room, Clarke Award winning author and BSFA Award nominated critic Geoff Ryman will lead a discussion of 'What Does It Mean When A Man Falls From The Sky' by Lesley Nneka Akrimah, and 'The Encounter' by Nnamdi Amyadu.
The class will require pre-registration, and numbers are limited. Please sign up at the Registration desk. Only members of Innominate may take part in this event.
(Unfortunately the other planned Mini-Masterclass has had to be cancelled.)