The Science Fiction Foundation and the British Science Fiction Association will hold their joint Mini-Convention and Annual General Meetings on Saturday, 4th June 2011. This event is FREE to attend.
The SFF’s guest is Mike Ashley. He has written many books including most recently Out of This World, the book accompanying the current British Library Exhibition. Other notable works include Gateways to Forever (Liverpool University Press, 2007) and The Mammoth Book of Science Fiction (Robinson Publishing, 2002). He was awarded the Pilgrim Award in 2002 by the Science Fiction Research Association for his lifetime achievement in science fiction research.
The BSFA’s Guest is Tricia Sullivan. Tricia’s novel Lightborn was shortlisted for both the 2011 Clarke Award and the 2010 BSFA Award, and among many other nominations and awards she won the Clarke Award in 1999 with Dreaming in Smoke. We will be discussing her book Maul here on Torque Control later this month.
9:30am – Doors open
10:00 – Welcome
10:05 – Women writers, science fiction and Britain in 2011- panel, with Niall Harrison, Tricia Sullivan, Pat Cadigan, Shana Worthen (moderator)
11:00 – Mike Ashley – interview with Edward James
12:00 noon – BSFA AGM
1:30pm – SFF AGM
2:00 -Tricia Sullivan – interview with Tom Hunter
3:00 -The State of SF publishing – panel, with Mike Ashley, Simon Spanton, Jenni Hill, and Ian Whates (moderator)
4:00 – Conclusion
Location: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, on Piccadilly, in London W1J 0BQ. Between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park Underground stations. (Note that the relevant section of the Victoria line will NOT be running that day.)
There are no facilities for serving food at the venue. The gathering place for those not wishing to attend all the individual events of the day is the King’s Head, 10 Stafford Street, London, W1S 4RX, phone 020 7493 0337