If you are interested in the early days of SF fandom I suggest you check out this website. The British fanzine Novae Terra is being digitised and posted on the web ' so far they have reached issue eight (from 1936)
World Fantasy 2008 is to sponsor When Words Collide, 12-14August, 2011 at the Best Western Inn, Calgary, Alberta Canada. When Words Collide is a weekend gathering of readers, writers, editors, artists, and publishers of imaginative fiction -- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Romance and other genres.
'The weekend will be filled with panel discussions designed for readers, writers, and artists covering a broad range of current topics. In addition to books and short fiction we will also discuss comics, graphic novels, screen plays, and speculative poetry. Anything that can be written is fair game along with book and magazine art.
When Words Collide brings you a whole weekend jam-packed with fun and interesting things to do, all for about the same price as dinner at a nice restaurant and a movie.' Guests include Simon R Green, Rachel Caine and Jack Whyte.
In the forthcoming spring issue of the literary quarterly Slightly Foxed there is an appreciation of the late lamented Michael Coney, written by Eric Brown. For further details visit the Fox website.
Slightly Foxed is an "eclectic mix, covering all the main categories of fiction and non-fiction, and our contributors are an eclectic bunch too. Some of them are names you'll have heard of, some not, but they all write thoughtfully, elegantly and entertainingly." Published quarterly.
The Huddersfield Literature Festival 2011 (16-20 March) celebrates the word in action: 'We have some fantastic events lined up for you, kicking off the launch with a celebration of 25 years of Peepal Tree Press. Join us for the free launch evening party ' but do book a ticket as this event will book up quickly. We've got some very exciting names this year: David Peace, Anne Fine, Simon Armitage, David Nobbs, AL Kennedy and controversial teenage fiction writer Melvin Burgess. As well as a programme packed full of premi'res and special commissions. There are opportunities to enjoy readings, music, comedy and workshops to help develop your writing technique and express your creativity.'
NewCon Press will shortly be announcing two very special new anthologies, due to be launched in the next few months. Both books will be available in paperback and signed limited edition hardback editions. Full details will be confirmed soon, so keep an eye on this website if you want to read original stories from the likes of: Neil Gaiman, Charles Stross, Stephen Baxter, Dan Abnett, Tony Ballantyne, Lauren Beukes, Eric Brown, Peter Crowther, James Lovegrove, Philip Palmer, Stephen Palmer, Andy Remic, Adam Roberts, Ian Watson, Liz Williams and many more...
Forbidden Planet has announced an exclusive pre-publication signing by Dan Abnett for the Forbidden Planet Limited Edition of his new Angry Robot novel Embedded. The signing takes placeatthe Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 26 March 1.00' 2.00pm
'The colony planet of Eighty-Six looks as dull as all its fellow new worlds to veteran journalist Lex Falk, but when a local squabble starts to turn violent, and the media start getting the runaround from the military high command, his interest is seriously piqued. Forbidden from approaching the battlezone, he gets himself chipped inside the head of a combat veteran ' and uncovers the story of a lifetime. When the soldier is killed, however, Falk must use all his resourcefulness to get back home again' and blow the lid off the whole damn thing.'
Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle, Donald Gardner, and Douglas Thompson will be reading from their work at the Betsey Trotwood pub in Clerkenwell, London, on Wednesday 9 March at 7pm. The evening is hosted by Ambit Magazine.
'Featuring readings from Fanthorpe himself and dramatic recreations of his most interesting and memorable work, The Vicar, The Badger and the little Green Men from Mars - How one man, armed with a mind like a mental grasshopper, a dictaphone and a good rug became the most prolific sci-fi author on the planet.'
On Thursday 17 February, 11.30am: The Priest, the Badger and the Little Green Men from Mars -- the curious tale of the Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, science fiction's most prolific writer.