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Job Vacancies: Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Memberships Secretary

The Science Fiction Foundation is looking to make two new voluntary (unpaid) positions. We require a deputy Treasurer and a deputy Memberships Secretary to provide support and back-up to the current role-holders. Both posts would shadow and learn from the current holders, respectively, Paul Dormer and Roger Robinson, providing cover in the short-term in the event of illness, etc. and, in the long-term, preparing to be their possible successors.

Ursula K. Le Guin

It has been reported that Ursula K. Le Guin, patron of the Science Fiction Foundation, has died at the age off 88.Le Guin in 1990.

Foundation Essay Prize 2018

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.

Masterclass 2018 applications now open.

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.

Registration for 2017: A Clarke Odyssey

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

Job Vacancy: Book Reviews Editor

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.

2017 AGM

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.

Call for Papers: In Frankenstein's Wake

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:

Masterclass places still available


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.

Mini-Masterclasses at 2017 Eastercon

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.

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