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 2021

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
12 January Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
26 January Isolation Lynne (chair)
9 February Metafiction Dave (chair)
23 February SF & Fantasy in 1980s French animation Steve
9 March The Jonbar Point Dave (chair)
23 March The Family Carol (chair)
13 April Addiction Estelle (chair)
27 April John M. Ford Mike
11 May Internet, prediction vs actuality Steve (chair)
25 May A. N. Author, prob Rob Shearman Ed
8 June A N Author, or poss Chinese SF Dave
22 June Transoortation Carol (chair)
13 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
27 July The Bobby Ewing Effect - a discussion of disappointments
10 August Non-linear Chronology, Part 2 Carol (Chair)
24 August Changing Landscapes & Lost Worlds Dave
14 September Nicola Griffith Mike
28 September Irish Trilogy by Cartoon Saloon Steve
12 October Vampire Variations Carol
26 October Maps Dave (Chair)
9 November Iconic Movies: Impact & Legacy Steve (Chair)
23 November The Unreliable Narrator Dave (Chair)
14 December Christmas Mayhem All
28 December NO MEETING  

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

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