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Past Masterclasses

Ninth SFF Criticism Masterclass

The Ninth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism was held from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July 2015, , at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

The Class Leaders were
Pat Cadigan, multiple Clarke and Hugo Award-winning author of Synners and Fools, and Official Queen of Cyberpunk.
Nick Lowe, BSFA Award-winning critic and writer of Interzone's 'Mutant Popcorn' column.
Graham Sleight, Hugo Award-winning Managing Editor of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

Eighth SFF Criticism Masterclass

The Eighth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism was held from Monday 11 August to Wednesday 13 August 2014, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

The Class Leaders were:
Andy Duncan
Neil Easterbrook
K.V. Johansen

[Seventh SF Criticism Masterclass 2013]
This Masterclass was not held due to insufficient numbers.
Class leaders:
Nick Lowe (author of the long running, Mutant Popcorn)
Graham Sleight (Editor of Foundation, and managing editor for the Hugo Award Winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
Catherynne M. Valente, author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and participant in the Hugo Award winning Squeecast.

This Masterclass would have been held the 2nd thru 4th July 2013 at The University of Liverpool.

Sixth SF Criticism Masterclass 2012

Class Leaders:
Edward James
M. John Harrison
Kari Sperring

This was held from 22nd-24th June 2012 at Middlesex University, London (off site).

Fifth SF Criticism Masterclass 2011

Class Leaders:
Claire Brialey
Mark Bould
Paul McAuley

This was held from 1st-3rd July 2011 at Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus).

Fourth SF Criticism Masterclass 2010

Class Leaders:
Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
Roz Kaveney
Liz Williams

This was held from 11th June to 13th June 2010 at Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus).

Third SF Criticism Masterclass 2009

Class Leaders:
Joan Gordon
Adam Roberts
Paul Kincaid

Held at University of Liverpool over June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009.

The Third Science Fiction Criticism Masterclass was held in conjunction with the University of Liverpool, allowing students to use the SFF Collection.

Second SF Criticism Masterclass 2008
Class Leaders:
Wendy Pearson
Geoff Ryman
Gary K. Wolfe

Held in London.

First SF Criticism Masterclass 2007

Class Leaders:
Andrew M. Butler
Joan Haran
Brian Stableford

Held at University of Liverpool.