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General Discussion / Hemingwrite
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:16:30 pm »
Anyone else backed the Hemingwrite? First time I've ever backed a Kickstarter and it's an expensive one, but my Alphasmart is on its last legs and I really fancy this. It's basically a keyboard with a Kindle screen, a modern-day update of the old dedicated portable word processors like the Sharp Fontwriter:

Having seen other Kickstarters have gone, I don't have a huge amount of faith that this will actually arrive in my hands next September, but fingers crossed.

General Discussion / World Fantasy Awards
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:58:50 am »
The 2014 winners of the World Fantasy Awards:

Life Achievement: Ellen Datlow / Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Novel: Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press)

Novella: Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages "Wakulla Springs" (, 10/13)

Short Story: Caitlín R. Kiernan, "The Prayer of Ninety Cats" (Subterranean magazine, Spring 2013)

Anthology: George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, eds. Dangerous Women (Tor Books/Voyager UK)

Collection: Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Ape's Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean Press)

Artist: Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional: Irene Gallo, for art direction of / William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press

Special Award – Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld

Announcements and Suggestions / Appointment of a new BFS chair
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:22:24 am »
Unfortunately, no one stood for chair at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the society, but an excellent candidate has now come forward, blithely ignoring all my heartfelt warnings against such a course of action. (I’ll leave it to them to introduce themselves.)

Interim chairs have been appointed by committee vote before, but there have been expressions of interest from other parties this time and, while we’d like it all sorted out quickly, the committee thinks it may not be fair to instantly appoint the first candidate to declare.

So if any other candidates let us know by the end of October that they wish to stand we will hold an online election, using the next committee bulletin to invite members to vote. If no one else stands, the committee will vote on whether to appoint the current candidate.

BFS Publications / BFS Journal #13
« 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?

TV and Film / Twin Peaks to return!
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:48:56 pm »
Tweeted just now by David Lynch himself:

I'd been hoping for an X-Files revival, but I never dreamed we might see its big brother on tv again. Had to reassure the kids that I wasn't upset, just very, very excited.

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS bulletin
« on: October 04, 2014, 08:58:01 am »
In a few minutes we'll be sending out a new BFS email bulletin. It's a bit of a test run, which may develop into a monthly thing or peter out quietly, depending on interest. While the email newsletter produced by Martin Roberts is open to everyone who signs up, this bulletin is exclusively for BFS members.

It's intended to be quite plain and simple, boring even, to make it straightforward to produce, in order to get society information out to you regularly and reliably.

The plan is for me to email the society's committee and staff towards the end of each month to ask for any updates, and in the bulletin I'll pass those updates up to you. If the bulletin takes off we could also use it for distributing any ebook publications and inviting you to vote in the awards, but let's see how it goes first.

Anyway, hope you like it. I'll keep you posted on any developments.

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS member news form
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:22:39 pm »
As a bit of an experiment, we've created a new online form for collecting BFS member news.

These are intended to be short items that we might use if there's an email newsletter going out to our members with a bit of spare space, or if the journal has a few spare pages in a signature, that kind of thing - it'll be up to individual editors and volunteers how they use this resource. The news should be about you, a BFS member, something you've done, written, edited, published, illustrated, contributed to, etc, and written in the third person so that it can be used without rewriting.

We can't guarantee that everything submitted will be used, but writing carefully and following the instructions (which are designed to let us typeset/format the items easily) will give your item a better chance.

Hope that's all okay. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you have any problems with the form. Here it is:

FantasyCon / FantasyCon 2015
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:16:04 pm »
As announced at this year's event, FantasyCon 2015 will be in Nottingham, on 23–25 October 2015, and will be chaired once again by Lee Harris. Here's a thread for discussing it.

Please note that this board is here for our forum's members to talk about FantasyCon; it wasn't set up by the current FantasyCon organisers, most of whom aren't active on the forum, and it's not the right place for customer service queries.

If you ask a question about FantasyCon 2015 here other forum members may reply, but if you want an official answer please use the official channels:

FantasyCon website:
FantasyCon contact page:
FantasyCon chair email address:
FantasyCon Twitter:

General Discussion / Freebies and bargains
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:53:43 pm »
A thread for pointing each other in the direction of freebies and bargains, so we can snap them up before they are gone. (Not your own publications, though, please – use the Promote Your Projects board for that.)

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, first in his Southern Reach trilogy, is currently free on Kindle. I've heard lots of good things about it.

Announcements and Suggestions / AGM 2014
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:09:47 pm »
I've written elsewhere in detail about the awards part of the AGM, but here's some more general information about the meeting. The AGM is to be held in the The Royal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA on Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 11.00am. All paid-up BFS members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend, whether or not you are also going to FantasyCon. FantasyCon attendees can attend the AGM, but cannot vote.
Unfortunately, the chair won’t be able to attend, due to a clash with a family event, nor will the web administrator, due to a long-standing commitment. Both plan to provide a report to the AGM, but if you were planning to ask either a question at the AGM it might be a good idea to send it to them in advance so that they can supply a prepared answer to the committee member chairing the meeting, to be read out when you ask your question. Sending questions in advance might also be a good idea if you plan to ask any other committee members questions that would be difficult to answer off-the-cuff, without ready access to our files.

As well as discussing the previous year, and presenting the usual reports, a new committee will be voted in. The elected committee posts are: stockholder, British Fantasy Awards administrator, publicity officer, events co-ordinator, treasurer, secretary, chair and president. If you have an interest in standing for election to any of the roles, please attend the AGM, where you will need to be nominated and seconded, before a vote is called. You must be a fully paid-up member of the BFS to stand. If you wish to stand for a post, but are unable to attend the AGM, please send an email to indicating your interest. So far as I know, all incumbents are standing for re-election, while the post of Publicity Officer is currently vacant.

For the first time in years, an amendment to the BFS constitution has been proposed: My proposal would allow proxy voting at future AGMs, subject to certain restrictions. No other proposals to amend the BFS constitution have been received by the chair. (Or hadn't been yet, last time I checked.) If you would like to propose any other changes to the constitution, there isn't much time left to do it.

The current BFS constitution can be read here:

I'll update this post with any additional information that comes in.

British Fantasy Awards / AGM 2014 and awards proposals
« on: August 28, 2014, 01:50:28 pm »
This year’s AGM is to be held in the The Royal York Hotel, York, YO24 1AA on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at 11.00am. All BFS members are welcome and encouraged to attend, whether or not you are also going to FantasyCon. FantasyCon attendees can also come to the AGM, but cannot vote.
I will be standing for the post of awards administrator again this year, but I would encourage anyone who thinks it's time for a change to stand against me, so that I can either (a) crush them in the election and rule forever or (b) be crushed by them in the election and relax while they do all the work next year. Either is fine! To stand for election, attend the AGM, where you will need to be nominated and seconded, and a vote will be called. I will be happy to nominate anyone who wishes to stand against me. You must be a fully paid-up member of the BFS to stand. If you wish to stand, but are unable to attend, please email indicating your interest.

I am putting two awards proposals to the AGM:

PROPOSAL: Changing “The PS Publishing Independent Press Award” back to “Small Press”.

REASON: PS Publishing’s sponsorship of the award came to an end.

PROPOSAL: Changing: “Changes to these guidelines may only be made by a vote at the AGM of the British Fantasy Society, taken according to the same rules of procedure outlined in the BFS constitution” to: “Changes to this constitution may only be made by a vote at the AGM of the British Fantasy Society, taken according to the same rules of procedure outlined in the BFS constitution, with one exception: proposed amendments to the awards constitution must be put in writing and forwarded to the awards administrator rather than the chair”.

REASON: So that the procedure runs smoothly. The awards admin will know how awards proposals should be treated under the rules, and will be able to advise the proposer, for example, of any unintended consequences of their proposal so that the proposer has time to knock it into shape before the AGM.

There is also a proposal from Peter Coleborn:

PROPOSAL: If a sponsor of the British Fantasy Awards withdraws from sponsoring one (or more) of the awards, the name of said sponsor will immediately be removed from that award.

REASON: To avoid the situation where a sponsor steps down but their name is locked into the awards constitution until the next AGM.

Though there was a lot of debate earlier in this year, no other awards proposals have been sent in writing to the chair. (Or hadn't been yet, last time I checked.) If you want to propose a rule change, time is running out.

Proposals to change the awards rules must be provided in writing to the chair. You do not have to run any proposals by me before the AGM, and you have the right to put proposals to the AGM in exactly the form you prefer (time allowing). We don’t get to filter your proposals. However, if you do have a proposal, running it by me first might help give it the best chance of passing, because I’ll be able to advise you, for example, on any practical issues the AGM might raise. It’s very helpful if, when proposing a change, you provide the precise form of words that you would like to be added to the constitution, so that it is absolutely and utterly clear to the AGM exactly what it is they are voting on. If you’re not sure how to go about this, I’ll be happy to help with the phrasing. Even if I don't support a particular proposal, it’s better for everyone if it’s clearly set out.

One other change I plan to make for 2015 is to allow foreign language films and television programmes to be be eligible again, as they were previously. I don’t believe this requires a change in the rules. After the December 2011 rule changes the question came up, and the awards administrator ruled them ineligible, correctly in my view, given the rules as they stood at that time; plus, you can’t judge the quality of a foreign-language script by its English subtitles. However, now that the award is once again for the programme or film itself rather than just the script, I think it’s appropriate to regard a subtitled release as having been “released in the English language”, as we did previously (e.g. Let the Right One In won Best Film in 2010).

Hope that's all okay. My email address for comments on any of the above is, but feel free to ask questions here too. I'll update this post with any new information.

The current awards constitution is here:

FantasyCon / About the FantasyCon board
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:47:08 am »
Please note that this part of the forum is here for our members to talk about FantasyCon (and sometimes related events like World Fantasy and World Horror), but it wasn't set up by the current FantasyCon organisers, most of whom aren't active on the forum, and it's not the right place for customer service queries.

If you ask a question about FantasyCon here, you may get an answer from other forum members, but if you want an official answer please try the channels below.

FantasyCon 2017 website:
FantasyCon 2017 contact page:
FantasyCon 2017 email address:
FantasyCon 2017 Twitter:
FantasyCon 2017 Facebook event:
FantasyCon 2017 Facebook group:

British Fantasy Awards / Suggestions for the 2015 awards
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:40:53 pm »
You can now start suggesting 2014 items that will be eligible for the British Fantasy Awards 2015.

Submit your items here:

The list will appear here:

It's an anonymous form, so don't be shy about adding your own stuff to the list.

Any authors, editors and publishers who have multiple titles to supply are welcome to email them to me in a spreadsheet (

General Discussion / Fundraiser in memory of Paul Spragg
« on: May 23, 2014, 08:53:16 am »
A JustGiving fundraiser in memory of Paul Spragg: BFS members who aren't big fans of Doctor Who may not know the name, but he had been our PR contact at Big Finish for many years.

General Discussion / The Nebula Awards
« on: May 18, 2014, 04:27:27 pm »
The winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards (given out in 2014) have been announced by the SFWA:

NOVEL: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
NOVELLA: “The Weight of the Sunrise”, Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
NOVELETTE: “The Waiting Stars”, Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
SHORT STORY: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)

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