About the Group

The Hull SF Group was set up in 1988 to bring together people interested in speculative fiction/science fiction. Activities include informal member's talks, guest speakers (including authors), debates, readings and social events (eg meals). There is also a Writers Group which holds weekend workshops occasionally.

Previous guests have included authors Pat Cadigan, Graham Joyce, and Colin Greenland. A few examples of topics discussed: 'Alternative Histories', 'Mythical Creatures', 'Music and SF', and 'Feminist Utopias'. Authors recently discussed include Samuel R. Delany, Joanna Russ, Garry Kilworth, and Jeff Noon.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (except the 4th Tuesday in December), 8.00pm to 10.30pm upstairs in The New Clarence, Charles Street (near the New Theatre). Please contact us in advance to confirm.

For more information, contact Mike Cross or Carol Ann Kerry-Green.

Meetings 2002

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
8 January Short Story Readings,
plus Gill Alderman
Carol Kerry-Green
22 January Esoteric boundaries between SF and the mainstream with (v)zen(n) diagrams Dave
12 February China Mieville, Lord of the Rings, etc All
26 February Guest Author - China Mieville *POSTPONED*
The nature of warfare in science fiction and fantasy (Delayed from 12 February)

Kathy (Chair)
12 March Czerneda, Hilgartner, Reynolds - 2001 Discoveries
Mike Cross
26 March Anthony Burgess - beyond Clockwork Orange Mark Bones
9 April Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Carol Kerry-Green
23 April Flann O'Brien Dave Roberts
14 May Jorge Luis Borges Ed Jolley
28 May SF Poetry Mark Bones (Chair)
11 June Magical properties of purity in science fiction and fantasy Estelle roberts
25 June The nature of good and evil Lynne Taylor (Chair)
9 July Short Story Readings, & Book Reviews All
23 July Friendships in SF & Fantasy Carol Kerry-Green (Chair)
13 August What makes a character - take your favourite character and tell us what makes her/him 'real' to you, what qualities does s/he have that makes you care about them. Howard Baker & Lynne Taylor (Chair)
27 August The Killer Ms - Ken MacLeod, Maxine McArthur and John Meaney Mike Cross
10 September Children's sf and fantasy Estelle Roberts
24 September Coen Brothers Films Dave Roberts
8 October Discussion of Brian Stableford's 1976 paper "The Needs and Demands of the Science Fiction Reader: A Sociological Perspective" Mike Cross (Chair)
22 October Aspects of Time Part II Howard Baker & Lynne Taylor
12 November Interactive Fiction Ed Jolley
26 November Jeff Noon Mark Bones
10 December Christmas Mayhem - Not at usual venue. All
24 December NO MEETING  

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