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 2018

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
9 January Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
23 January Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota Mike
13 February Merchandise Steve
27 February Cities (Iconic) Carol (Chair)
13 March Real World Figures in SF Ed (Chair)
27 March Handling & Portryal of Grief Dave (Chair)
10 April Ready for Reboot? Estelle (Chair)
24 April Chris Beckett - postponed Dave
8 May Orson Scott Card - postponed Mark
22 May John Wyndham (Final Part) Ed
12 June Books We'd Like to See as TV Series Dave (Chair)
26 June YA Post-Apocalypse Estelle (Chair)
10 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
24 July Grimdark - the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Antidote Mike (Chair)
14 August Folk Horror Dave (Chair)
28 August TBC - Film?
11 September Sixth Sense Carol
25 September Consumerism Dave (Chair)
9 October Giant Robots, & why don't we have any? Steve
23 October Ben Aaronovitch Ed
13 November Sharon Shinn Mike
27 November Chris Beckett Dave
11 December Christmas Mayhem All
25 December NO MEETING  

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

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