BAFTA SFX Overnighter – Saturday 29 April
Got no plans this bank holiday weekend? Come to BAFTA at for an all-night cult film extravaganza and enjoy a selection of BAFTA-nominated sci-fi + horror films back on the big screen!
As part of the BAFTA at 70 open weekend, celebrate the work of some of the earliest nominees of the BAFTA Awards for Special Effects. Revisit Poltergeist, E.T., Tron and Silent Running throughout the night on Saturday, with a specially curated food and beverage menu for guests whilst you watch.
Book your tickets here – for a limited period only, use the code BAFTA@70 to get a 2 for 1 ticket offer when booking!
Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Convention
June 17th 2017
Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
Times: 10:00am – 4:30pm (doors open from 09:30am)
BSFA AGM: noon
SFF AGM 1:30pm
Special Guest for BSFA: Anne Charnock
A Calculated Life, Anne’s debut novel, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017.
Special Guest for SFF: Stephanie Saulter.
Stephanie Saulter is the author of the near-future science fiction @Evolution trilogy, including the novels Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration. She is published by Jo Fletcher/Quercus.
Further guests to be announced.
The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so non-members who wish to attend may wish to take advantage of the AGM times scheduled around lunch to mingle at a nearby venue (one will be suggested closer to the date).
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
M.C.A. Hogarth has resigned as vice president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Director at large Erin Hartshorn will serve as vice president until the next election in May of 2018.
The 2017 Spectrum Awards gold and silver medal winners were announced at the Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony, April 22, 2017, at the Folly Theater in Kansas City MO. Advertising Gold Award: “Hunting”, Bayard Wu Silver Award: “Daredevil”, Greg Ruth “Hell”, Kellan Jett “Carnival of Souls”, Edward Kinsella III “Savages”, Bill Mayer Book Gold Award: “Lamia”, […]
News from SFWA:
After three years of service as Vice President, M.C.A. Hogarth has stepped down. Director at Large Erin Hartshorn has agreed to fill in as interim Vice President until a formal election in May of 2018.
SFWA President Cat Rambo says, “I’m sorry to see Maggie go; her efforts have been vital in moving SFWA along in recent years, and I will deeply miss her input on the weekly calls. One of my maxims will remain, ‘What would Maggie say?’”
Among the projects Ms. Hogarth worked on during the past three years are: the Partnerships Program, which builds relationship between SFWA and organizations like Amazon, Patreon, Kickstarter, and Audible; the SFWA Guidebook, a work-in-progress designed to acquaint members with the wealth of services SFWA offers; the Self-Publishing Committee; the SFWA Star Project Initiative; and SFWA Ed, an educational initiative which will eventually benefit writers both within and outside of SFWA. Her work will not be wasted, and we are appreciative of all the groundwork she has laid. The SFWA Board unanimously wishes Ms. Hogarth well in her future endeavors.
Ms. Hartshorn’s Director at Large position will be filled by an interim Director appointed by the President and approved by the board; an announcement will be forthcoming. Rambo adds, “It’s been heartening to find so many people willing to step up and run for SFWA office recently; I hope to see this trend continue in the next election cycle.”
The five Philip K. Dick Award judges for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original format in the United States in the 2017 award year are:
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Publishers who issue eligible titles during the calendar year 2017 are encouraged to provide copies to each of the judges as the books are published during the year. (All works of science fiction published originally in the United States as paperbacks during the year 2017 are eligible.) The nominees will be announced in January 2018.
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society. The 2017 award for work published in 2016 was given to THE MERCY JOURNALS by Claudia Casper (Arsenal Pulp Press) with a special citation to UNPRONOUNCEABLE by Susan diRende (Aqueduct Press). The 2018 awards will be announced on March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41.
The Hugo Awards ballot entry for best fan artist was revised April 21, 2017 due to nominee Alex Garner being disqualified. He was replaced by Steve Stiles. The revised Hugo Awards Ballot and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are below, as announced by Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, […]
Alex Garner has been removed from the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards. In a statement released April 21, 2017, Hugo Awards Administrator Nicholas Whyte said: Alex Garner, who was announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards on 4 April, has notified the Hugo […]
The 2017 Chesley Awards nominees have been announced: Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover Dan dos Santos for Fables: Cubs in Toyland, Bill Willingham (Vertigo) Todd Lockwood for The Summer Dragon, Todd Lockwood (DAW) Tran Nguyen for Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey (Subterranean) Cliff Nielsen for Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare (McElderry) David Palumbo for Arcanum Unbounded, Brandon Sanderson […]
Voting for the 2017 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is now open. Votes can be cast online or by paper ballot. The Hugo administrators “hope to have the Hugo Packet available by May.” Voting will close July 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.
The five judges for next year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2017 are eligible for the award. Robert Onopa, 1040 Manuawili Loop, Kailua HI 96734-4621 Deborah J. Ross, 14775 Virginia Avenue, Boulder Creek CA 95006-9314 James Stoddard, 67 S. Lakeshore […]
Mithila is a glorious kingdom ruled by philosopher kings in the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Millennia later, say in an alternate universe, it’s a decolonized terrain beset with intolerance and violence, a symbol of a civilization in decline. Science fiction and fantasy that draws its power from actual science and history—a scientific spirit based on evidence, […]
Donna Maree Hanson (Australia) has won the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF). The 2017 fund will send Hanson to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. Other candidates on the ballot were Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of […]
The 2017 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced: The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel Wrath, John Gwynne (Tor) Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager) The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager) The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz) Warbeast, Gav Thorpe (Black Library) The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer Infernal, Mark […]
Ytterbium won their bid to host the 2019 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in voting held at Eastercon 2017, Innominate. The convention will be held over Easter weekend, April 19-22, 2019 at the Park Inn in Heathrow, UK. Guests of honor will include “DC”, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, and John Scalzi. Adult weekend membership […]
The shortlists for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) in fiction and poetry were announced April 18, 2017. The fiction category includes Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya, translated by Jessica Powell (Mandel Vilar). Founded in 2008 by Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the BTBA offers a $5,000 cash prize to each winning author […]
Anathema: Spec from the Margins, an online “tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC,” launched its first issue on April 4, 2017. Michael Matheson & Andrew Wilmot are co-editors-in-chief. Chinelo Onwualu is non-fiction editor. The first issue features fiction by Stephanie Chan, Brent Lambert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ayodele Olofintuade, and Tony Pi, as […]
Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017. The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to […]
Finalists for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and LexiCon 2017, and honored at the convention, June 2-4, 2017 at the Suncourt Hotel Taupō, New Zealand. Best Novel Innocents, Sarah Fayermann (FeedARead) Den […]
John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes. The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 […]