Happy Birthday To Us

As I mentioned, this weekend saw the BSFA/SF Foundation AGM event. It was a pretty good day all told, with several enjoyable panels and talks. (I’m particularly sorry I missed the first half of Geoff Ryman’s talk, which appeared to be a story reading interspersed with commentary on said story.) But the highlight was definitely this:

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Yes, to mark the BSFA’s 50th Birthday, Foundation brought cake! Two cakes, to be precise, one inscribed with a list of British sf authors active in 1958, and a second inscribed with a list of British sf authors active in 2008. Of course, you can only fit so many names on a cake, so there were print-outs with the full lists:

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And here’s the BSFA’s new President, Stephen Baxter, doing the honours:

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I’m happy to be able to confirm that the cakes were as tasty as they looked, and much enjoyed by all present.

7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday To Us

  1. I like Steve’s colour-coordinated shirt paticularly. Did he change into a beige one to cut the 2008 cake?

    Nice to see Brian Aldiss on both cakes.

  2. Geoff’s talk was called “How I became Sheri S. Tepper without even trying”, and he read pieces of his latest story (a novelette due for publication in F&SF in the next few issues) interspersed with thoughts about the science behind it, and how he solved some of the problems which arose. The story involves a future planet (was it Earth? I don’t recall) populated with human-animal hybrids, where initially it was humans carrying the genetic information of animal species as dormant artificial chromosomes, then when a plague started to kill off all the pure humans the chromosomes were expressed and disease-resistant human-animal hybrids were formed. He said this was a way he found of writing a far-future Mundane SF story, from my perspective the idea of making viable animal-human hybrids this way is as much a magic wand as the idea of wormholes of FTL travel, so I don’t find that argument very convincing, but it’s clear he wasn’t focusing on it as a mundane piece that much anyway, and it sounded like a really interesting story which I would like to read more of.

    The cake was very nice and not a lie. And Michael Moorcock is also on both lists.

  3. I assume all BSFA members who couldn’t attend will receive a piece of cake in the mail this week? *g*

  4. “And Michael Moorcock is also on both lists…” Both lists, but not both cakes. Saying ‘you can only fit so many names on a cake, so there were print-outs’ is all very well and good, but you’re not going to persuade me that a print-out is as prestigious a platform for your name as cake icing. There’s simply no contest. Which is why I shall be submitting a deed-poll to change my name to Adam Aaaberts.

  5. All hail El Presidente Baxter! The great Apu malku of our hallowed association. The Ganga Zumba of our little genre. Hail!

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