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). For a description of what we actually do, see Meeting Formats.

Previous guests have included authors Pat Cadigan, Graham Joyce, Colin Greenland, Neal Asher, and Ian Watson. 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, Carol Ann Kerry-Green, or visit our new web site at www.hullsf.plus.com.

Meetings 2005

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
11 January Planning Meeting
Short Story Readings
25 January How to write a best-selling fantasy novel: discussion Mike (chair)
8 February Not The Clarke Award Shortlist
"Pot Luck"
22 February Room 101: The Annex All
8 March The Clarke Award Shortlist Carol
22 March Web Comics / Patrick Shaughnessy Ed
12 April Sub-genres Mark B.
26 April Fantasy of Manners Carol & Mike
10 May Kafka Dave
24 May The nature & development of the character of the Hero Howard
14 June Vampires in SF Carole
28 June Paolo Coelho Estelle
10 July
Planning Meeting, & Barbeque All
12 July Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
26 July What would we recommend to someone who hadn't read SF but wanted to? Mike (Chair)
9 August 100 SF books you just have to read All, Ed (Chair)
23 August Liz Williams/Steph Swainston/Susanna Clarke - a triptych of new authors Carol
13 September Guest Author/ Editor/ Publisher - NB in The Plotting Parlour, Ye Olde White HartePeter Crowther of PS Publishing
27 September "B" is for Bad Movies - Not at usual venue Steve
11 October Comedy & Humour in SF Dave (Chair)
25 October Guy Gavriel Kay Mike/Carol/Estelle
8 November Robertson Davies Dave
22 November Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
13 December Christmas Mayhem - Not at usual venue All
28 December NO MEETING  

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