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.

Meeting via Zoom during lockdown.

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 2020

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
14 January Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
28 January Super Soldiers Steve
11 February In awe of the Author or, Feeling Unworthy All
25 February Dragons in Books Carol
10 March Film - TBD
24 March Guilty Pleasures All
14 April Senses Beyond the Norm All
28 April Marta Randall Mike
12 May Favourite Ursula Le Guins All
26 May Cixin Liu: The Novels Dave
9 June TBA Ed
23 June Ben Elton Taika Waititi Dave
9 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
23 July Communicating with the Dead Dave (chair)
11 August Student Films Pregnancy & Childbirth SteveCarol
25 August The Price of Magic Mike (chair)
8 September Pandemics Lynne (chair)
22 September Childhood Carol (chair)
13 October Sarah Monette (aka Katherine Addison) Mike
27 October Nev Fountain Ed
10 November Jeremy Dyson ?Michelle Faber Dave
24 November ? Pregnancy & Childbirth ? Carol
11 December
Christmas Mayhem All
24 December NO MEETING  

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

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