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An introduction to the Science Fiction Foundation

The aim of the Science Fiction Foundation is to promote science fiction, and bring together those who read, write, study, teach, research or archive science fiction in Britain and the rest of the world.

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We publish the journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. We support the research library The Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool. We organise events that bring those interested in science fiction together by running conferences and masterclasses, and events at British and international science fiction conventions. We also publish critical works. You can find information about all of these activities elsewhere on this site.

The four main objectives of the SFF are:

  • to provide research facilities for anyone wishing to study science fiction;
  • to investigate and promote the usefulness of science fiction in education;
  • to disseminate information about science fiction;
  • and to promote a discriminating understanding of the nature of science fiction.

The Science Fiction Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1041052) was founded in 1970 by the writer/social activist George Hay and others as a semi-autonomous association of writers, academics, critics and others with an active interest in science fiction. Ursula K LeGuin and the late Arthur C. Clarke were the first patrons. Our current patrons are Ursula LeGuin, Neil Gaiman and Prof. David Southwood.