About the Science Fiction Foundation
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, with Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula K. Le Guin as patrons. After the loss of Arthur C Clarke two new patrons have replaced him: Neil Gaiman (author) and and Professor David Southwood (one of Europe's leading space scientists) Our aim 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. We also support science fiction, at conventions, at conferences and at other events which bring those interested in science fiction together.

Our main activities include publication of the journal Foundation: the international review of science fiction, and supporting the research library The Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool. We run conferences - such as A Commonwealth of Science Fiction and the 2002 SFRA Conference; and publish critical works on subjects as various as Ken MacLeod, Terry Pratchett and Babylon 5.

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.

Joining the Science Fiction Foundation

Current 2019 Yearly Membership Rates

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UK £ 23.00  
Europe (inc. Eire) £ 25.00  
Elsewhere (inc. USA) £ 29.00 US$ 44.00
STUDENTS (proof needed)   £ 15.00 US$ 23.00
INSTITUTIONS (Anywhere)   £ 47.00 US$ 77.00
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