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BFS Publications / Re: Picture archive
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:26:20 pm »
Lovely stuff, Peter. Please give us more - how about the "Dark Horizons" with the playing cards? My first cover story - still thrilled to this day!

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« on: October 31, 2014, 07:31:29 pm »
I would be interested in being Vice-Chair so long as it doesn't debar me from sending stories and poems to the Journal.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal #12
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:23:17 pm »
Hi Jen,
Yes, thank you very much for listing loads more significant women. How could I have missed out you and Pat? Or the lovely Vicky Cook (now Stock)? To which, I would also add Melissa Murphy, one-time editor of "Dark Horizons".
Maybe the point implicit here is that the female members of the society have always played a significant part in the BFS and will doubtless continue to do so with Sarah and Ewa currently in post.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal #12
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:51:40 pm »
To Peter – I would add Marie O’Regan to your list of women who have had an enormous and beneficial impact upon the history of the BFS.
To Max – You came in with high ideals, which is not to be criticised. I appreciate your honesty that the role became too much and that you had to resign.
In general – I would suggest that the main focus right now should be getting issues 12 and 13 of the “Journal” out to long-suffering members. The question of “gender parity” is perhaps something that could be debated and discussed in the pages of a future “Journal” / at an AGM / at an Open Night…

Introductions / Re: Please allow me to introduce myself…
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:55:14 am »
Good to see you here, Djibril. I know your work from “The Future Fire”.

General Discussion / Re: Graham Joyce RIP
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:16:02 am »
Graham was a writer of subtlety and depth. In person, he was always friendly and encouraging. He was an amusing raconteur as well as someone who held and followed strong political convictions. I had great respect for him. He was a charismatic man and was much missed at this year’s Fantasy Con… and now we will continue to miss his generous presence just like we are missing Joel.
RIP, Graham.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: AGM 2014 and awards proposals
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:36:21 pm »
Stephen, I only wanted the term "Independent Press" to be maintained and that's how it turned out. Peter had it right that we can't continue calling an award by a sponsor's name once that sponsorship has ceased. Who now remembers the Rumbelows Cup in football?
The generosity of PS over the term of their sponsorship should be recorded and noted.
I am surprised you haven't  said anything about proxy voting - or is that on another thread?

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: BFS Short Story Competition 2014
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:17:50 pm »
BFS Short Story Competition 2014 Update
I am pleased to report that I have now completed my first reading of all the entries for this year’s BFS Short Story Competition. My thanks to everyone who took part. I have now started the “Second Reading” stage. This is where it gets really tricky, trying to whittle down that list to the final three outstanding stories. However, I am still hopeful of announcing the results in early-mid September.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: June 26, 2014, 12:34:15 pm »
So, “Periscope” to “Perihelion”. Can we therefore expect – “Bleak Static” or “Black Statins” to “Black Static”; “Indy Zone” to “Interzone”, “Post Crisps” to “Postscripts”; and so on?

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:37:17 pm »
Well done, Andrew. Intriguing title, too.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: BFS Short Story Competition 2014
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:29:09 am »
OK, folks, this is your final call. You have just one week left to enter this year's BFS Short Story Competition. I am bracing myself for the late flood of entries. Full details of the competition are available elsewhere on this website or you can use this direct link:

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2014
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:09:54 pm »
Congratulations to everybody who has made it onto the fine-looking Shortlist. And thank you to Stephen for all his hard work behind the scenes.

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS Short Story Competition 2014
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:27:27 am »
BFS Competition Closing Soon
I have been publicising this year’s BFS Short Story Competition quite widely but noted that I hadn’t put it on the boards yet. So, here goes: This year’s competition is open until 30 June 2014 for brand new, unpublished stories within the broad fantasy genre. Maximum length is 5000 words. BFS members get one free entry; non-members pay £5. I am the sole judge. You can contact me on:  Full details of the competition are available elsewhere on this website or you can use this direct link:

BFS Events / Re: BFS Open Night, 6 June 2014
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:25:50 am »
I will be at tonight’s BFS Open Night. Trevor Denyer is launching his “Midnight Street – Journeys into Darkness” anthology and I’m pleased to report that I’ve got a story within. Looking forward to catching up with loads of friends this evening.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2014
« on: May 29, 2014, 01:39:31 am »
This news on a new design for the BFS award comes a bit out of the blue. I would welcome a picture being posted – after all, it’s our subs over the years that have paid for it.
Peter, you are spot on with the need for a physical award. The FA Cup, the World Cup, the Champions League trophy, the Crown Jewels… we humans are physical beings. The danger with going wholly virtual would be that an award would be as meaningless as those gold coins on a Super Mario Kart arcade game.

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