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BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #7
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:00:08 am »
BFS Horizons #7 arrived today - looks good! Thank you editors Shona Kinsella and Tim Major, as well as Ian Hunter, who must be approaching his tenth year as the BFS's poetry editor.

It's up on Goodreads if members would like to add it to their reading lists. It's a nice easy way to promote the society:

Because Goodreads shows I have the BFS publications, I sometimes get emails from non-members asking for bibliographical information about them, so I thought it might be handy to pull that together here (page numbers in brackets):

Editorial, Shona Kinsella and Tim Major (5)

The Bane of the West, Kristina Dyer (7–14)
The Watch House, David Ryan (17–29)
Finisterre, Malcolm Devlin (33–38)
Red, Hannah Hulbert (39–44)
Mary Burnes in the Utica Crib, Adam Millard (48–59)
Domina, Dev Agarwal (64–78)
Springtime, John Deans (79–82)
Before the Black Throne, Damon L. Wakes (84–85)
The Library of Lost Time, Allen Stroud (86–106)
The Wurleigh Skull, Matt Colborn (110–112)
Long Days, Agrippina Domanski (113–121)
Momma's Embrace, Heather Johnson (122–125)

Banners, Adam Alexander Woodruff (15–16)
Ouroborous (a Villanelle), M M Lewis (30)
Dystopian Sparkle, M M Lewis (31–32)
From the Pea in Dogsthorpe Road, Cardinal Cox (45)
Fit for Work, Cardinal Cox (46–47)
Casualty of War, Allen Ashley (60–61)
Sea Sons, Allen Ashley (62–63)
The Storm Walker, Edward Ahern (83)
My Shadow Sister, Becca Miles (107)
The Descent of Inanna, Becca Miles (108–109)

Cover art by Vince Haig, originally from Interzone #258.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal 19 and 20: Calls for Submissions
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:16:11 pm »
This blog post by Juliet McKenna might be interesting in this context:

The BFS Journal could be a good source of such citations if members contribute articles about modern female writers. It’s got me thinking about whether there’s something I could write.

Introductions / Re: Hello! Also, anyone attending emf?
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:38:45 pm »
I'm not attending, but welcome to the society! Hope you have a good time there.

BFS Publications / BFS Journal #18
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:32:35 pm »
Received BFS Journal #18 today, edited by Allen Stroud, and it's on Goodreads now if any other members would like to add it to their reading lists:

Worth doing if you can, since Allen seems to have a foe who is indiscriminately giving all of his BFS publications a one-star rating, and it'd be nice to balance that out with ratings (good or bad) from people who have actually read them.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:24:16 pm »
This month’s bulletin says that voting will begin soon, so this might be a good time for members to check the suggestions list and let the awards admin know about any mistakes on it, especially with regard to your own projects.

I know you've already got the answer, Mike, but in case anyone else comes here looking for the links here they are, as supplied by the BFA administrator Katherine Fowler on Facebook and in the last BFS bulletin:

Here's the form for adding items to the list.

And here's the spreadsheet that produces.

The form includes the interesting new audio category, currently defined in the awards constitution as "A spoken word audio work (e.g. audio book, radio drama, podcast) performed by one or more participants and published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any audio format during the relevant year."

Hope that members get to make suggestions for the Karl Edward Wagner Award this year. It’d be good as well to have a bit of information about the Legends of FantasyCon award. I know it’s not a BFA, but it’d be interesting to know how it is decided, e.g. whether it’s by the BFS committee like the KEW award currently is, or by the FantasyCon committee.

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:17:26 am »
I tried to exaggerate, but at least one review had people saying that I must have read the book... There was another that was of a very old non-fiction book that had no information easily accessible on the internet, so with that I felt a responsibility to at least make sure the review contained true facts about it. It was fun, though, and I might do it again next Comic Relief. Might be an easier sell now that there are previous examples to point to.

Introductions / Re: just saying hello
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:08:56 am »
Welcome to the forum and the society, Rick.

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:04:15 am »
I thought that sounded interesting - Valeria mentions Borges, and I was thinking of Stanislaw Lem's A Perfect Vacuum. When I was writing fake reviews of real books for my Comic Relief project last year, what I found hardest was making it obvious that the reviews were fake.

General Discussion / Re: Freebies and bargains
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:37:07 pm »
Angry Robot have a bundle of twenty books available, from writers like Foz Meadows, Dan Abnett and Wesley Chu, all for as little as £11 or so:

Image are offering a bundle of 44 graphic novels, among them Saga, Bitch Planet and Monstress, the 2013, 2016 and 2017 winners of the British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel:

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:42:31 am »
Oh yes! I first heard of the Stainless Steel Rat in the Blake’s 7 magazine, where he had stolen something before Vila could get to it. I bought two of the books and was so excited I started reading both of them on the walk home from town. I wrote a terrible sequel to the series called Another Stainless Steel Rat in Tasword Two on the ZX Spectrum, and I was ridiculously happy when an SFX review called my first self-published novel a Stainless Steel Rat adventure with important organs missing. I must read the four newest ones at some point.

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #6
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:17:09 am »
Received BFS Horizons #6 today. Looks good. Edited by Phil Lunt and Ian Hunter, with contributions from Alice Hearn, Becca Miles, Allen Ashley, Liam Garriock, Lucy Hounsom, M.M. Lewis, Andy Rugg, P.J. Reed, Jim Rockhill, Ian McLachlan, D.J. Tyrer, Richard Salazar, Charlotte Platt, Matt Colborn and James Ellis. The cover art is by David Rix, from Moonshine Express by Poppet.

I've set it up on Goodreads, if anyone else wants to add it to their reading lists:

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:15:25 am »
Didn't notice this before, Ken - 79%, that's not too shabby! My previous best was 74% with S.C. Flynn.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:06:57 am »
The TQF Awards 2018 are now open for voting:

The longlist consists of everything we reviewed in issues 58, 59, 60 and 61, in the categories that appeared in the zine (audio, books, comics, events, films, music and television), plus categories for best TQF story, cover art and issue.

Voting continues until midnight, 25 February 2018, with the winners to be announced in TQF62 a few days later.

Feel free to vote, and please encourage others to do so too!

A new publication launching from the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The first issue's theme is For Future Generations:

For this issue of Electric Athenaeum, we are seeking genre stories that focus on the issues surounding planning for future generations. We are particularly interested in stories featuring new visions/interpretations of generation starships, the care of fragile ecosystems, and dramatic explorations of balancing the rights of future generations versus the needs of the present.

Word Limit: 3,000–10,000 words

Pay: £50 per story

Genre: "open to any genre of speculative fiction, so long as the story contains a strong imaginative thread"

They're also looking for non-fiction.

More details here:

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