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SFF AT RAVEN ROW GALLERY

Raven Row Gallery in Spitalfields, London is currently hosting an exhibition that includes the Science Fiction Foundation. People Make Television celebrates the BBC's community programming slot, Open Door (1973-83). Amongst over a hundred programmes being screened, visitors can also see the documentary that Peter Nicholls made about the SFF in 1976, 'Science Fiction Goes to School'. More details about the exhibition can be found here.

Published 30 January 2023

 
ADAM BALDWIN WINS THE 2023 PETER NICHOLLS PRIZE

This year's Peter Nicholls Prize has been awarded to Adam Baldwin for their essay 'Secularizing the Destruction of Gomorrah in George Griffith's "Hellville, USA"'. Adam is a fourth-year PhD student with the Open University, working on Griffith's role in the development of early science fiction. His prize-winning essay will appear in our summer 2023 issue (no. 145). The call for next year's prize, which is open to all early career researchers in sf studies, will be announced later this spring. A list of past winners can be found here.

Published 3 January 2023

 
IN MEMORIAM: MAUREEN K. SPELLER (1959-2022)

On the evening of 18 September, our dear friend and colleague Maureen K. Speller died after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2022. A pillar of sf fandom and criticism in the UK, Maureen had held several roles in the SFF and the BSFA as well as other ventures such as Acnestis, Gold SF, Steam Engine Time and Strange Horizons. She had been on the editorial board of Foundation since 2009 and had applied her professional skills as a copyeditor to the journal since 2013. A full obituary will appear in the winter issue, but for now, our deepest condolences go to her friends and family, and especially her husband Paul. 

Published 22 September 2022

 
WHEN IT CHANGED - CONFERENCE PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION NOW LIVE

The conference programme for When It Changed: Women in SF/F since 1972, organized in partnership with the University of Glasgow's Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic and Games and Gaming Lab, is now available here. This is a two-day, online event (3 and 4 December 2022) with a launch event on Friday, 2 December, featuring Nicola Griffith, Kate Macdonald, Nisi Shawl and Lisa Yaszek. You must purchase a ticket to attend - please go to https://buytickets.at/thesciencefictionfoundation/741815. All enquiries should be addressed to the conference organizers, Paul March-Russell (paulmarchrussell@gmail.com) and Kathryn Heffner (kh543@kent.ac.uk). 

Published 2 September 2022

SARAH BROWN JOINS FOUNDATION 

Following the changes to the editorial team announced in May, we are delighted that Prof Sarah Brown has now agreed to fill the vacancy left by Cait Coker's new role as Media Reviews Editor. Sarah is no stranger to the SFF - she is the current Secretary and has previously guest-edited Foundation 131 on 'Shakespeare and science fiction'. She has also been an Arthur C. Clarke Award judge and a co-director of Anglia Ruskin University's Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Published 5 July 2022

PHOENIX ALEXANDER TO JOIN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that we confirm that Phoenix Alexander is to join the University of California, Riverside as the Jay Kay Klein and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian with responsibility for the prestigious Eaton Collection. Phoenix has been the SFF Librarian at the University of Liverpool since the retirement of Andy Sawyer in 2018. During that time, Phoenix has helped to re-organize and promote the Collection, has served as an Arthur C. Clarke Award judge, has edited a special issue of Vector on Greek sf, and has established himself as a successful science fiction writer. We are deeply sorry to see him go but wish him all the best in his new role. Further details about Phoenix's appointment can be found here.

Published 9 June 2022

FOUNDATION WELCOMES ANNA McFARLANE AND CHRIS PAK TO ITS TEAM

There is a new look to the team behind Foundation. In addition to Jonathan Thornton, who replaced Allen Stroud as Book Reviews Editor earlier in the year, long-serving team member Cait Coker is our new Media Reviews Editor, covering all areas of non-literary sf. Another long-serving member, Andrew Ferguson, has stood down - we send him our very best regards - whilst Maureen Kincaid Speller has assumed the honorific title of Advisory Editor. Replacing Andrew and Maureen as editorial consultants are Anna McFarlane, former co-editor of Vector, and Chris Pak, former editor of the SFRA Review and an Arthur C. Clarke Award judge. Both are leading scholars in areas such as cybercultures, medical humanities, environmentalism and digital humanities. We're delighted to have them on board! Cait's successor will be announced shortly.

Published 20 May 2022

PETER NICHOLLS ESSAY PRIZE 2023

We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in Foundation (summer 2023).

To be considered for the competition, please submit an article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. The work should be original and not previously published. Approximate length should be 6000 words. All submitted articles should comply with the style guide. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 5th December 2022. All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the journal editor at paulmarchrussell@gmail.com The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in the spring 2023 issue of Foundation.

Published 5 March 2022

SFF PATRON TO START BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION CENTRE

SFF patron, Nalo Hopkinson, has recently joined the University of British Columbia as a Professor in Creative Writing. Her plans include launching a centre for Black speculative fiction. Read the full report here. In other patron news, the National Theatre's production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 23 October. Adapter Joel Horwood and director Katy Rudd discuss the play here.

Published 17 July 2021

FOUNDATION ESSAY WINS SFRA AWARD

Our congratulations go to Susan Ang, whose article on 'Triangulating the Dyad: Seen (Orciny) Unseen' (published in Foundation 132), formally received the SFRA Award for Innovative Research at the SFRA's June 2021 conference. The judges' commendation and Susan's acceptance can be found hereFor the full list of winners, go to the SFRA website

Published 8 July 2020 (updated 17 July 2021)

FOUNDATION EDITOR LAUNCHES NEW SCIENCE FICTION IMPRINT

Paul March-Russell and Una McCormack have launched a science fiction imprint, Gold SF, devoted to new feminist writing, to be published by Goldsmiths Press. The call for submissions is below:
 

Gold SF - Call for Submissions

Goldsmith’s Press is seeking to establish a dedicated imprint to publish feminist science fiction. We believe that sf and speculative fictions offer a mode of critical and utopian thinking ideally placed to address contemporary issues. We are therefore looking to commission novella and novel length work which answers to the times, dealing with subjects such as:

·      Anti-rationalism and the rise of the alt-right  

·      The climate crisis and feminism in the Age of the Anthropocene

·      Global movements of populations and refugees

·      New visions of race, class, and queerness

·      Expanding frontiers in gender and sexuality

·      Decoloniality and indigenous knowledge traditions

·      Pathways to resistance and rebellion 

We are particularly keen to hear from new voices not traditionally represented by science fiction, literary fiction, and liberal feminism.

Enquiries to: Ellen Parnavelas - E.Parnavelas@gold.ac.uk

Editorial board: Abi Curtis, Elizabeth English, Joan Haran, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Una McCormack, Paul March-Russell, Robin Reid, Aishwarya Subramanian and Sheree Renee Thomas

Follow us at: https://twitter.com/GoldSF_Books

Published 17 April 2020 (updated 5 March 2022)

 
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