2015 SFF/BSFA Mini-convention and AGMs
Join us on Saturday, 6 June 2015!
The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF), the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (ICSF) will be holding a joint 2015 mini-convention on Saturday, 6 June 2015. 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Our guests of honour will be Brian Aldiss and Pat Cadigan. Join us for interviews, panels, and the BSFA and SFF AGMs!
The event is FREE, although membership in the BSFA and SFF are required to vote in their respective AGMs.
See bsfa.co.uk or www.sf-foundation.org/events/index.html for updates.
Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building. Imperial College, London.
The entrance is on Prince Consort Road, on the south side near Queens Gate Road.
9:30 am Doors Open
10:00 am Welcome
10:05 am – 10:55 am "The Girl-Thing who went out for Sushi": A Discussion
With Pat Cadigan, Clare Boothby, Audrey Taylor, Graham Sleight (mod)
10:55 am – 11:05 am Short break
11:05 am – 11:55 am Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Scott Pack
Noon – 12:45 pm BSFA AGM
Lunch will be from Noon until 2:30 pm at the Imperial College Eastside Bar and Restaurant. Anyone not involved in the AGMs is welcome to gather there while the AGMs are ongoing. Cake will be done there, since it is not allowed in the auditorium.
1:10 pm Cake! At the Eastside Bar and Restaurant.
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm SFF AGM
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Pat Cadigan, Interviewed by Tanya Brown
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm Short break
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Panel: Growing up with Aldiss's Work
With Edward James, Andy Sawyer, Paul March-Russell, Caroline Mullan (mod)
4:30 pm Finish
The Eastside Bar is reserved for us all day if we'd like to return afterwards.
The Ninth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July 2015.
The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders. It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy. The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
Anyone interested in writing seriously about science fiction and/or fantasy, at whatever level they are in their careers, is welcome to attend. This includes not just critics and reviewers, but historians and other scholars. Those who have attended past Masterclasses are also welcome to apply (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).
Past students have found these events immensely beneficial, and often return. For some reports and endorsements from past students and class leaders, see the Facebook page
for the Masterclass
We are pleased to announce that the venue will again be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian.
Price: £200; £150 for registered postgraduate students.
The Class Leaders for 2015 will be:
, multiple Clarke and Hugo Award-winning author of Synners
, and Official Queen of Cyberpunk
Award-winning critic and writer of Interzone's
'Mutant Popcorn' column.
, Hugo Award-winning Managing Editor of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received by 28 February 2015 will be considered by an Applications Committee consisting of Tony Keen, Andy Sawyer and Kari Sperring. Applications received after 28 February may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.
Information on past Masterclasses
can be found here