Forthcoming events

The Science Fiction Foundation AGM will be held on Saturday 23rd June at  the Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 
Clapham Manor St, Clapham, London, SW4 6DZ.

Nearest stations: Clapham High Street (overground), Clapham North (underground)

11.00am: doors open
11.10 Introductions, BSFA GoHs (Emma and Peter Newman) 
12 noon: SFF AGM
[lunch break]
1.30pm: BSFA AGM 
2.45 pm: SFF panel (The Work of Ursula K Le Guin - Sarah Brown (m), Paul March-Russell, Una Mccormack, Graham Sleight) 
3.30 pm SFF GoH (Rob Hansen interviewed by Andy Sawyer)
4.20 break 
4.30pm: BSFA panel (The future of fandom - members tbc) 
5.30pm: Close


Past events

SFF/BSFA Mini-convention and AGMs

Saturday, 17 June 2017.

Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ


0930: Doors open

1000: Welcome and SFF interview (Stephanie Saulter with Sarah Brown)

1055: Short break

1105: SFF "Fake news" panel: Stephanie Saulter, Anne Charnock, Chris Beckett + GS (moderator). "Political discussion recently has been more and more dominated by discussion of 'fake news': did sf see this coming? And does science fiction provide us with any tools for better understanding the media and reality landscape we're confronted with?"

1155: Lunch break (Queens Arms

1200: BSFA AGM

1330: SFF AGM

1440: BSFA interview (Anne Charnock w Gerard Earley)

1530: BSFA panel:  "Is science fiction addressing the really big issues facing humanity?": Stephanie Saulter, David Gullen, Andrew Wallace (moderator Donna Scott)

1630: end

The mini-convention is a free event.


Eleventh Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism

Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism. The 2017 Masterclass, the Eleventh, will take place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July. We are delighted to have once again secured at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as a venue.

The 2017 Class Leaders are:

Nick Hubble (Brunel University) - Nick is co-editor of the Science Fiction Handbook (2013) and London in Contemporary British Fiction (2016)

John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) - John is co-editor of the mummy anthology Unearthed, his introduction for which was shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Non-Fiction.

Stephanie Saulter (author) - Stephanie is the author of Gemsigns and its sequels

Price: £225; £175 for registered postgraduate students.

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

Applications received by 24 April 2017 will be considered by an Applications Committee. Applications received after 24 April may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.

Past Masterclass students are encouraged to apply again (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).


Information on past Masterclasses can be found at Please direct any enquiries to



Mini-Masterclasses at 2017 Eastercon

The 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.

At 10 am on Sunday 16 April, in the Surrey room, Clarke Award winning author and BSFA Award nominated critic Geoff Ryman will lead a discussion of 'What Does It Mean When A Man Falls From The Sky' by Lesley Nneka Akrimah, and 'The Encounter' by Nnamdi Amyadu.

The class will require pre-registration, and numbers are limited. Please sign up at the Registration desk. Only members of Innominate may take part in this event.

(Unfortunately the other planned Mini-Masterclass has had to be cancelled.)