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 2016

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
12 January Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
26 January Top 25 SF films of the 21st Century Mike
9 February 911 (Conspiracy Theories) Steve
23 February Mary Stewart's Merlin books Carol
8 March Philip Martin Ed
22 March Computer Paranoia Steve (Chair)
12 April Talks from a Hat, Videos All
26 April Talks from a Hat, Videos All
10 May Fiction from Fairy Tales Dave (Chair)
24 May Hoaxes Steve
14 June Johanna Sinisalo Dave
28 June Post-Apocalypse YA Estelle (Chair)
12 July Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
26 July Read/Watch So Far... and Stop Mike (Chair)
9 August Talks from a Hat All
23 August Guest: Stephen Palmer
13 September Crime & Punishment Dave (Chair)
27 September Archetypes: Wizards Steve
11 October Worldbuilding Carol (Chair)
25 October John Wyndham, Part 4 Ed
8 November Pocket Universes dave (Discussion/talk)v
22 November Representation & Treatment of Mental Illness in SF/F/H ?
13 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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