• 51 minutes 14 seconds ago

    We are delighted to announce that Valentina Salvatierra has won this year's Foundation Essay Prize. Valentina's essay on Ursula K. Le Guin and Mikhail Bakhtin will be published in the 2019 summer issue of Foundation. A full list of current and past winners can be found here: https://www.sf-foundation.org/node/61 The 2020 Prize will be announced later this year.

  • 2 months 1 week ago

    The University of Liverpool is seeking to appoint a new librarian to oversee the running of the Science Fiction Collections. The archive, consisting of over 40,000 items, is the largest such collection in Europe and is an integral part of what the SFF does. If you are interested in applying, then please follow the accompanying link: https://bit.ly/2quQFUM

  • 4 months ago

    Topics and Themes in Canadian Science Fiction

    Deadline for submissions:

    Abstracts are due February 15, 2019

    Finished drafts will be due August 15, 2019

    The academic journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (http://www.sffoundation.org/publications/foundation/index.html), supported by the Science Fiction Foundation at the University of Liverpool, UK, invites contributions for a special issue on Canadian science fiction. The special issue is guest edited by Heather Osborne (University of Calgary, Canada).

    Canadian science fiction encompasses multiple traditions. Several Canadian science fiction writers have become internationally known, including those whose sf works are textured by distinctly Canadian settings. Indigenous and Francophone writers are contributing to the genre while bringing the voice of their communities to their work. Papers for Foundation's special issue may be about Canadian science fiction works in any medium: literature, film, and graphic novels.

    We invite submissions on topics including, but not limited to:  Detailed examinations of works by specific Canadian authors;  The use of Canadian settings in near-future sf, as in Robert Sawyer's Quantum Night;  Themes of colonization and decolonization in Canadian sf, as in Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl In The Ring;  The impact of Canadian writers and editors on developments in the science fiction and speculative fiction field, as with Judith Merril's editorial work;  Indigenous science fiction writers and texts, including the work of Joshua Whitehead, Drew Hayden Taylor, Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline, and others;  Québécois and Canadian francophone science fiction and works, including the work of Joël Champetier, Denis Coté, Yves Meynard, Esther Rochon, and others;  Whether, and how, Canadian science fiction differs significantly from sf traditions in other nations.

    Abstracts of 300-400 words should be sent, in Word or PDF format, to hkosborn@ucalgary.ca, with the subject line "Canadian SF Special Issue." Final drafts should be approximately 6000 words including citations. Please follow the Foundation style guide (http://www.sffoundation.org/publications/foundation/styleguide.html) in all submissions.

  • 6 months ago

    Call for Papers
    Special Issue: Moon Rise

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful manned Moon landing, we invite articles for a special issue, examining how the Moon has been depicted since 1969 in science fiction. As Marjorie Hope Nicolson showed in her classic study of Voyages to the Moon (1948), fantasies of moon flight have been an integral part of world literature since classical times. Since moon flight became a reality, how have these stories changed? From adventure series such as Space 1999 to films such as Duncan Jones’ Moon and novels such as Ian McDonald’s Luna sequence, Earth’s satellite has remained a source of fascination. What does this fascination, though, reveal about our anxieties and desires since the colonisation of the Moon became a genuine possibility?

    Topics may include (but are not confined to) the following areas:

    • The colonisation and terraforming of the Moon
    • The commercial exploitation of the Moon
    • The representation of the Moon and of space flight across media
    • The growth of ecological consciousness since the Moon landings
    • The symbolic and/or allegorical uses of the Moon within contemporary sf
    • The Moon as a place of retreat and/or self-discovery

    Articles should be approximately 6000 words long and written in accordance with the style sheet available at the SF Foundation website. The deadline for entries is Monday, 28th January 2019. Entries should be submitted to journaleditor@sf-foundation.org

  • 6 months ago

    The Foundation Essay Prize 2019



    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 the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2019).


    To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000-word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.


    The deadline for submission is Monday, 3rd December 2018. All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the regular email address: journaleditor@sf-foundation.org The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in the spring 2019 issue of Foundation.

  • 6 months 3 weeks ago

    Note, that contrary to previous announcement, the doors open for the SFF/BSFA AGM event at 11:00 a.m.

    More information in Events.

  • 7 months ago

    A gathering of scholars, fans and creative practitioners interested in the works of the sf author Philip K. Dick, PKD Day was founded by Professor John Goodridge at Nottingham Trent University in 2007. After a successful run, the event moved to its new home at Birmingham City University in 2016, with Thomas Knowles and Charlotte Newman at the helm. Terence Sawyers joined the team in 2017 and hosted the 2018 event at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. This special issue of Foundation is a celebration of PKD Days 2016, 2017 and 2018, and as such welcomes contributions that address one or more of the themes of the three conferences. These are:

    • Philip K. Dick and the Counterculture
    • Philip K. Dick and Vast Narrative
    • The Half-Life of Philip K. Dick

    Topics might include but are not limited to:

    • Radical politics
    • Paranoia
    • Race and gender movements of the 60s and 70s
    • Gnosticism
    • Vast narratives and story worlds
    • Texts and intertexts
    • Canonisation
    • Adaptation theory
    • Convergence culture
    • Fictionalised or unreliable biographies
    • Genre studies
    • Fandom and participation (especially around the Exegesis project)

    The original CFPs and conference proceedings for PKD Days 2016-18 can be found here https://philipkdickday.wordpress.com/ and here https://pkdday2018.wordpress.com/ Please send a 500-word abstract and a brief bio. to Thomas.Knowles@bcu.ac.uk by the end of October 2018. Selected articles will be published in the Summer 2019 issue of Foundation.

  • 8 months ago

    The Science Fiction Foundation AGm will be held on Saturday 23rd June at  the Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 
    Clapham Manor St, Clapham, London, SW4 6DZ.

    More details to follow.

  • 8 months ago

    For aspiring sf writers (or writers who just want to know more about science), Science for Fiction 2018 is taking place at Imperial College on 4th and 5th July. For further details, please contact David Clements at educationofficer@sf-foundation.org

  • 8 months ago

    Job Vacancies: Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Memberships Secretary

    The Science Fiction Foundation is looking to make two new voluntary (unpaid) positions. We require a deputy Treasurer and a deputy Memberships Secretary to provide support and back-up to the current role-holders. Both posts would shadow and learn from the current holders, respectively, Paul Dormer and Roger Robinson, providing cover in the short-term in the event of illness, etc. and, in the long-term, preparing to be their possible successors. Due to the need to shadow the present incumbents, including attendance at meetings of the SFF, both posts are only open to applicants from within the UK. Neither role requires previous experience, but both roles require a sound head for figures, a good working knowledge of current I.T. databases and Microsoft packages such as Excel, and good interpersonal and communication skills. Letters of interest (no more than a side of A4), explaining why you are applying for your chosen post and what you would bring to the role, should be emailed to the Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation, Graham Sleight, at grahamsleight@gmail.comThe deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 13th May. Applicants may apply for both posts, if they so wish.