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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:

Anthology from Fox Spirit, crossing furries with spy stories. Will open for submissions during March.

The anthology has a spy story theme, and we will consider stories written in most genres as long as they contain a spy story. They do not need to include a Jackal. The stories in this anthology should be Furry. This means we are looking for anthropomorphised animal characters, people with extremely animalistic characteristics and the range in between.

Payment: £15 plus a print copy of the book.

More details:

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:33:44 am »
I do recommend it to members, by the way. I really enjoyed the experience of being on the comics jury last year, plus, if BFS members volunteer, it means BFS members will still be involved in deciding the awards, even if we don't vote for them directly.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:28:10 am »
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #61 is now available as a free download in epub, mobi and pdf formats, or as a 116pp paperback for about three pounds. It contains stories from Allen Ashley, Douglas Thompson, S.J. Hosking, A. Katherine Black, Tim Major and Libby Heily, plus non-fiction from Jessy Randall, Douglas J. Ogurek, Rafe McGregor and Jacob Edwards.

Details and download links here.

Four months late but worth the wait! We're hoping to catch up with TQF62 in February, and then be back on schedule from TQF63 in March.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:58:53 pm »
It just said this:

If you would like to be a juror for this year’s awards, do please get in touch at

General Discussion / Re: Looking for recommendations on art book printing
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:48:46 pm »
Most of the books I've worked on lately are text-only, so I don't have any suggestions from personal experience. You've probably thought of this already, but you could do worse than looking on the copyright page of a small press book you like and seeing who printed it. A couple of recent PS Publishing books say they were printed and bound by T.J. International, so maybe they'd be worth a look:

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:03:48 pm »
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."

Introductions / Re: Hello BFS!
« on: January 14, 2018, 02:56:22 pm »
Welcome to the society and the forum!

I'm currently reading The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones to my younger daughter, and the only thing better than that is when she reads some of it to me.

British Fantasy Awards / Television eligibility question
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:40:00 pm »
I'm thinking about what I'd like to add to this year's suggestions list, and I had a question about eligibility for the tv (and film) category.

Black Mirror season three was considered eligible for the 2017 awards, though it wasn't all by the same writer, and was made up of several separate stories, so for the 2018 awards, does that mean we should on the whole suggest television seasons, e.g. Game of Thrones season seven, or American Gods season one, etc, rather than specific episodes?

I think that would be great, especially for shows that are consistently really good without having particular episodes that really stand out, and also for those that have loads of great episodes that would split the vote, but I wanted to check because I wouldn't want to encourage votes for material that would later on be ruled ineligible. Thanks!

TV and Film / Re: New Red Sonja movie?
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:07:34 am »
Would be especially resonant if Rose McGowan was given the role now.

Yes, that rule was dropped for the 2010 competition, which also doubled the prize money.

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