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.

Please contact us in advance to confirm.

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

Meetings 2015

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
13 January Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
27 January My Life in Science Fiction - one or more of the programmes from the BBC's SF season:
  1. Stories From The Stars
  2. Invasion of the Fans
  3. Days of Fear and Wonder
Mike (Chair)
10 February Talks from a Hat All
24 February Dragons (as Characters) All (Discussion)
10 March Heroes & Villains Steve
24 March Multiple Personalities Estelle
14 April Paranormal Mysteries & Thrillers Carol
28 April John Wyndham, Part 4 Ed
12 May Fictional Non-fiction Dave
26 May Memory Manipulation All (Discussion)
9 June John Ajvide Lindqvist - Topic postponed Dave
23 June Robin McKinley - Part 1 Mike
14 July Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
28 July John Ajvide LindqvistPostponed from June 9 Dave
11 August Robin McKinley - Part 2 Mike
25 August Families Carol (Chair)
8 September Videos, Talks from a hat All
22 September Wacky Conspiracy Theories Steve
13 October John Wyndham, Part 5 Ed
27 October TV Storytelling Dave (Chair)
10 November Novel Novel Structures - Postponed
Meeting Cancelled
24 November Martha Wells Carol
15 December Christmas Mayhem All
22 December NO MEETING  

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

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