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Title: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 11, 2014, 02:31:24 pm
While Phil Lunt is finishing off #12, I'm getting things moving on #13, and hoping to have it with you before the end of the year. The poetry is in hand from poetry editor Ian Hunter, and the fiction is on its way from fiction editor Sarah Newton. We haven't heard from non-fiction editor Ewa Scibor-Rylska yet, but we have a couple of pieces in hand from previous non-fiction editor Stuart Douglas, and committee members are working on a couple of pieces too.

One thing I was thinking about, while we don't have a chair, was perhaps a short survey of previous chairs to see what they'd say to someone who fancies the job now. I know who all the chairs were from the point that I joined (Lee Harris, Graham Joyce, David Howe, Stephen Theaker, Guy Adams, Marie O'Regan, and then I think Gary Couzens), but not sure who was chair before then. Can anyone help?
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Jen on October 12, 2014, 08:58:34 am
Jan Edwards was chair before Gary.  :D  Steve Jones and Jo Fletcher have also chaired, I think. Also Guy Adams, Jon Ward.   Di & Mike Wathen as well? 
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: DavidJHowe on October 12, 2014, 09:28:26 am
Wasn't there a full list in SILVER RHAPSODY?
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Jen on October 12, 2014, 10:24:28 am
Not that I could see when I checked.  SR has publication editors, award winners and Fcon organisers though.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on October 12, 2014, 11:20:29 am
If the BFS had kept a copies of all its publications it could check back and see who did what and when. Does the SF Library at Liverpool Uni still receive all BFS publications? If so you could try them.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Jen on October 12, 2014, 11:52:41 am
I went back through some of the old copies I acquired from places and a lot of the really old newsletters didn't mention who was doing what on the committee, unless it was the issue after Fcon then staff changes sometimes got mentioned.  Also, there were a bunch of years where there were no official chair, per se, but vice presidents were listed instead. 
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on October 12, 2014, 04:07:33 pm
When the society began there was a President and a Vice President and no Chairman. Since the VP acted as the Chair in time the post of VP became the Chair. In no particular order, BFS Chairs/VPs included Jan Edwards, Mike & Di Wathen, Stephen Jones & Jo Fletcher, David Howe, Gary Couzins, Guy Adams, Marie O'Regan (& Paul Kane?), Graham Joyce (temp), Lee Harris, and me. I'm sure I've missed one or two folk out. At the very beginning the VP was either Ro Pardoe or Keith Walker or David Sutton. But don't ask me to swear to all this -- my memory isn't always as clear as it should be...
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 12, 2014, 04:22:40 pm
Thanks everyone! That'll be very handy if I follow up on that idea.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Mike Chinn on October 13, 2014, 11:14:27 am
When the society began there was a President and a Vice President and no Chairman. Since the VP acted as the Chair in time the post of VP became the Chair. In no particular order, BFS Chairs/VPs included Jan Edwards, Mike & Di Wathen, Stephen Jones & Jo Fletcher, David Howe, Gary Couzins, Guy Adams, Marie O'Regan (& Paul Kane?), Graham Joyce (temp), Lee Harris, and me. I'm sure I've missed one or two folk out. At the very beginning the VP was either Ro Pardoe or Keith Walker or David Sutton. But don't ask me to swear to all this -- my memory isn't always as clear as it should be...

I was Chairman for a short while (a year, I think). My one claim to fame is getting the VP role renamed as Chairman (for the reasons Peter outlined)
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on October 13, 2014, 11:41:37 am
When the society began there was a President and a Vice President and no Chairman. Since the VP acted as the Chair in time the post of VP became the Chair. In no particular order, BFS Chairs/VPs included Jan Edwards, Mike & Di Wathen, Stephen Jones & Jo Fletcher, David Howe, Gary Couzins, Guy Adams, Marie O'Regan (& Paul Kane?), Graham Joyce (temp), Lee Harris, and me. I'm sure I've missed one or two folk out. At the very beginning the VP was either Ro Pardoe or Keith Walker or David Sutton. But don't ask me to swear to all this -- my memory isn't always as clear as it should be...

I was Chairman for a short while (a year, I think). My one claim to fame is getting the VP role renamed as Chairman (for the reasons Peter outlined)

Sorry I omitted your name, Mike.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 13, 2014, 03:05:37 pm
So in order back from 2014 I think we've had:

Mark Barrowcliffe (2013-2014)
Lee Harris (2011-2013)
Graham Joyce (acting) (2011)
David Howe (2010-2011)
Stephen Theaker (acting) (2010)
Guy Adams (2008-2009)
Marie O'Regan (2004-2008)
Nicki Robson (2003-2004)
Gary Couzens ([??]-2003)
Jon Ward (c.2000)
Jan Edwards ([from at least 1996 till at least 1997]).

And also: Peter Coleborn, Mike Chinn, Stephen Jones, Jo Fletcher, Di & Mike Wathen (about 1991?), and at the beginning possibly either Ro Pardoe or Keith Walker or David Sutton.

Am I right in thinking James Barclay is only the third President, after Kenneth Bulmer and Ramsey Campbell?
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 15, 2014, 04:19:10 pm
Just to let you know, the journal@britishfantasysociety.org email address forwards to me for now, so if you have any letters of comment please send them in.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: GaryC on October 19, 2014, 08:42:24 pm
Gary Couzens ([??]-2003)
Jon Ward (c.2000)
Jan Edwards ([from at least 1996 till at least 1997]).

My dates were 2000-2003. Jon Ward did one year, so 1999-2000. Jan did three years, the same as I did, so 1996-1999.

I can't remember offhand before that - I joined the BFS and attended my first AGM in 1994.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 19, 2014, 10:10:45 pm
Thanks - really working our way back. I'll get this up on the website at some point.

Mark Barrowcliffe (2013-2014)
Lee Harris (2011-2013)
Graham Joyce (acting) (2011)
David Howe (2010-2011)
Stephen Theaker (acting) (2010)
Guy Adams (2008-2009)
Marie O'Regan (2004-2008)
Nicki Robson (2003-2004)
Gary Couzens (2000-2003)
Jon Ward (1999-2000)
Jan Edwards (1996-1999)
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 20, 2014, 04:12:54 pm
If anyone's in touch with Nicki Robson, could they ask her to email me? My Gmail suggested an email address for her (probably from when I did a mailmerge for FantasyCon 2010 or something), but it looks like it's bounced.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Jen on October 21, 2014, 02:22:17 pm
I'm friends with her on facebook - remind me of your email addy and I'll pass it along!  :-*
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 21, 2014, 04:16:01 pm
Thanks, Jen - bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org, please.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 21, 2014, 04:55:19 pm
It looks like Ewa has effectively stood down from the post of non-fiction editor, unfortunately, so for the next month or so the features@britishfantasysociety.org email address will be forwarded to me, while I put together #13. If you have submitted non-fiction work to the journal since April 2014, and didn't hear back, please could you send it in again for me to look at. After a bit of a mad scramble, we'll probably have enough non-fiction to put an issue together, but I wouldn't want any of our members' work to go to waste.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on October 26, 2014, 06:44:03 am
We've booked BFS Journal #13 in with the printers for November 17, which would normally mean we could expect it with members by mid-December. Obviously, things could go awry between now and then, but we'll let you know if they do, and we'll let you know when the issue has gone to press and what ETA the printers have given us.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on November 17, 2014, 06:32:22 pm
BFS Journal #13 is now with the printers, and if we’re lucky will be with BFS members and contributors by the end of December. We’ve only ordered twenty-five spare copies, so if you’re not currently a member you’ll need to join quickly if you want to get your hands on one.

The issue features contributions from Allen Ashley, Andrew Orton, Clifford Beal, David Gullen, David Howe, Deborah Walker, Gary Couzens, Helen Marshall, Howard Watts, Lavie Tidhar, Marie O’Regan, Marion Pitman, Mark Manley, Mark Williams, Mike Barrett, Noeleen Kavanagh, Phil Lunt, Rachel Coles, Rebecca Lloyd, Richard Webb, Robin Hickson, Roy Gill, S. Marcus Jones, Sarah Doyle, Stephen Theaker, Stuart Douglas, Suzanne J. Willis, Tina Rath and Zoe F. Gilbert.

The fiction was edited by Sarah Newton, and the poetry by Ian Hunter. The issue was typeset by me, and I also filled in as journal editor and features editor. The cover art is by Howard Watts.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 18, 2014, 10:36:30 am
What about memberships that expire between now and the end of December? Not everyone keeps a record of renewal dates.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 18, 2014, 02:39:21 pm
What about memberships that expire between now and the end of December? Not everyone keeps a record of renewal dates.

I'll chase that up but there should be a reminder of when your membership runs to in the recent British Fantasy Society Bulletin that was emailed out on November 4th - it's in James' Secretary section.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 18, 2014, 02:41:59 pm
So it is, Phil -- didn't notice that before now. Thanks.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 18, 2014, 02:52:51 pm
So it is, Phil -- didn't notice that before now. Thanks.


I'll see if we can make it more prominent...  ;)
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on November 18, 2014, 04:06:21 pm
It'll go out to everyone who was a current member yesterday, when the mailing list went to the printers.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on November 21, 2014, 06:37:34 am
The printers have let us know that they expect to have sent out #13 by the week beginning Monday, December 15. Of course there could be hiccups of all kinds between now and then, and the post slows down a bit in the run-up to Christmas, but UK members will probably have it this year.

You can look forward to such delights as Gary Couzens, Marie O'Regan and David Howe on what it's like being BFS chair, the first chairman's chat from our new chair, my overview of the membership's views on the society, interviews with Lavie Tidhar and Helen Marshall, and a photograph of me eating a pork pie, as well as the usual marvellous selection of fiction and poetry.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on December 13, 2014, 06:26:45 am
My copy of the journal started here yesterday, on December 12, so the printers have been very snappy. Hope you all enjoy it. If you spot any typos please email me and I'll fix them for the ebook edition, which will be distributed in the January bulletin.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Des Lewis on December 13, 2014, 11:13:53 am
My copy of the journal started here yesterday, on December 12, so the printers have been very snappy. Hope you all enjoy it. If you spot any typos please email me and I'll fix them for the ebook edition, which will be distributed in the January bulletin.

BFS Journal #13 looks great. Thanks for getting it out so speedily. I am about to start a review of its fiction and poetry here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/bfs-journal-13/
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Phil Lunt on December 13, 2014, 11:35:29 am
I'd like to thank Mr Theaker for all his work this year on the Journal. He's done an amazing job of keeping that ship steady :)
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: David A. Riley on December 13, 2014, 12:39:38 pm
I'd like to thank Mr Theaker for all his work this year on the Journal. He's done an amazing job of keeping that ship steady :)

Too true. Amazed to get another copy so soon after the last!
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on December 14, 2014, 10:48:29 am
Thanks! Though of course the bulk of this issue was Sarah's work, so credit where it's due!

It's been a weird year for the journal. In a way I regret helping out, because now people may think the darn thing can be made to work. Instead of putting out a big chunky issue I should have done an eighty-pager to set more reasonable expectations for the future!
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Peter Coleborn on December 14, 2014, 10:49:30 am
I was surprised to receive #13 so soon after #12 -- well done all. I've read the survey reports -- very interesting, but disappointed that only a few past chairs were solicited for their comments. Do old timers' views no longer count?

Glad to see Mike Barrett cover more contemporary writers again -- I loved early Zelazny and Creatures of Light and Darkness is one of my all-time favourite novels (or novella -- it is quite short). Mike's article has spurred me to re-read Amber again. If only I had the time.


Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on December 14, 2014, 10:53:35 am
I asked all the chairs back to Nicki Robson and that produced enough material for the article.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on December 14, 2014, 11:09:15 am
Sorry, I mean back to Gary Couzens (thought he'd come after Nicki for a minute there). So everyone who has been chair this century. That gave us an eight-page article, which seemed plenty, but if it had run short I'd have gone back into the nineties.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Wayne Mook on January 04, 2015, 01:39:23 am
Hello,

Meant to say I have my copy of 13 (not twelve but I sent an e-mither to Ian) Thanks to all those who put it together, Robin Hood was nice to read about, brings back old memories. I agree with Peter, it was good to see Roger Zelazny receive a review. Though I do like the old writer getting a look in as well.

Thanks,


Wayne.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Wayne Mook on August 24, 2015, 12:32:11 am
Never did get a copy of 12, and now it appears I don't have a copy of 14 either.

Any ideas who I should e-mither?


Wayne.
Title: Re: BFS Journal #13
Post by: Rolnikov on August 24, 2015, 12:45:18 am
I would send a joint email to the secretary, James Dunn (secretary@britishfantasysociety.org) and the stockholder, Chris Teague (stockholder@britishfantasysociety.org). Between them they should be able to figure it out.