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 previously 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 St. Vincent's Social Club, Queens Road, Hull, HU5 2QP. NB St. Vincent's has decided not to open on Tuesdays over the winter, so our last meeting at St. Vincent's for 2009 will be on September 22nd.

We are looking for an alternative venue from October 13th onwards: a small function/meeting room, not too noisy, in a city centre pub, available on Tuesday evenings for a zero or small fee. If you know of something that might be suitable, please get in touch.

For first meeting in 2010 we are trying out the St Johns Hotel, 10 Queens Road, Hull.

Please contact us in advance to confirm.

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

Meetings 2010

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
12 January Planning Meeting
Short Story Readings, Book Reviews
26 January Edgar Allen Poe, Part 2 Mark
9 February Alien Biology Ed? (chair)
23 February First Contact Carol (chair)
9 March Zodiac Colonies Part 2
23 March Books in Other Peoples' Universes Dave? (chair)
13 April Orson Scott Card Mark
27 April The SF Films of James Cameron Steve
11 May Films: alternate endings (What if they hadn't used a focus group? What if they had?) Estelle (chair)
25 May Michael G. Coney Dave
8 June TBD Howard
22 June Reviews (Function, Type, Style, Future, ...) Mike (chair)
13 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
27 July Schools & Education in SF
10 August Adam Roberts' View of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Dave
24 August Fairies in Fiction Discussion
14 September Gothic in SF Dave (Chair)
28 September Algis Budrys Mike
12 October Authors where you can enjoy all the work Estelle (Chair)
26 October TBA Howard
9 November The Aliens Franchise Steve
23 November Stephen Marley Ed
14 December Christmas Mayhem - Not at usual venue
Including Babel Fish passages (eg English -> German -> French -> English)
28 December NO MEETING  

The usual rider applies - if any guest authors are arranged meetings will be rearranged as appropriate.

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