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 2017

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
10 January Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
24 January Lois McMaster Bujold Mike
14 February Voice Actors Steve
28 February Romance & Fantasy/SF: When Genres Meet Carol
14 March Real World Influence on SF All (Discussion)
28 March The Prisoner (50th Anniversary) Ed
11 April Deus Ex Machina All (Discussion)
25 April Time Travel in TV & Film All (Discussion)
9 May AI (was May 23) Lynne (Chair)
23 May Conspiracies, continued (was May 9) Steve
13 June The Finnish Weird Dave
27 June Kim Newman's Diogenes Club & Opera Ghost Stories Estelle
11 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
25 July Robotics: Fiction vs Reality Steve (chair)
8 August Talks from a Hat; A One Hit Wonder All; Carol
22 August WorldCon Report; Dreamscapes Dave & Estelle; Roy (chair)
12 September Timeslips Estelle (chair)
26 September Planetfall Dave
10 October Retrospective: Where Are They Now? Carol
24 October Archetypes: The Exile Steve
14 November Breaking The Fourth Wall Dave (chair)
28 November John Wyndham, Part 5 Ed
12 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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