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Founded in 1971, meeting monthly and still going strong, the B.S.F.G. is a non-profit-making organisation that provides a friendly and informal atmosphere in which SF fans can meet one another and professionals in the field. You can find out more about us elsewhere on this website, meanwhile here are some details of our future meetings.

Ken MacLeod
13th May 2022

We have returned to an online meeting this month and are pleased to welcome back SF author, Ken MacLeod who last visited us in 2007. He will provide a talk titled “Working in The Spaceship Yards”.

Ken’s first book, THE STAR FRACTION was published in 1995 and it won the Prometheus Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Arthur C Clarke Award.  Since then his prolific output includes the Engines of Light, The Corporation Wars series and most recently, BEYOND THE HALLOWED SKY (Book 1 of The Lightspeed trilogy) which was published in November 2021. Book 2 – BEYOND THE REACH OF EARTH is due to be published in 2023.

As well as these series, he has also written stand-alone novels including THE EXECUTION CHANNEL (2007), THE NIGHT SESSIONS (2008), THE RESTORATION GAME (2010) and DESCENT (2014).

He has won the Prometheus Libertarian Award three times, the BSFA three times, and the Seiun and Sidewise Awards once each. He has also been nominated for a Hugo four times, and a Nebula once. He has been Guest of Honour at various conventions including Novacon in 2006.

Zoom Meeting 13th May at 7.45 pm for an 8pm meeting commencement.

Free to BSFG Members link will be emailed to you.

Non-Members can attend by booking tickets via Eventbrite here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/333620958267

Tickets priced £3.02 each including booking fee

June 2022
TBA

Meeting News and Book Chat

There will be a Book Chat Zoom meeting on Friday 27th May

this meeting is open to all using the link below:

 Topic: Birmingham SFGroup's Zoom Meeting
Time: May 27, 2022 07:45 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88345943278?pwd=Rnh0MlR3Y21tRjVJVHNIOG8zTEg3UT09

Meeting ID: 883 4594 3278
Passcode: 722919



Our Book Chats are informal discussions about the books or films we have enjoyed over the past few weeks, it is interesting to hear what people are reading and what they recommend.  These chats are free and open to everyone so you can join in using  the above link.

 

Need help connecting to our Zoom Meetings?

Whilst we are under the current Covid restrictions and unable to have in person meetings, you will have noticed that we are using zoom for speaker meetings and for the informal book chats. Although you can join these meetings by landline phone, it feels really interactive if you use a camera enabled phone, tablet or laptop.  We have prepared a couple of videos on YouTube that shows how easy it is to initially set up your device and also to join a meeting and urge our members to take a look and have a go, and we look forward to seeing you sometime, even if it is only virtual

The videos on YouTube have detailed explanations and can be seen here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH1_5RWj7PE - initial setup of zoom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpeYaUHDU5w - join a meeting

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Reintroduction of In Person Meetings

In April The Brum Group was very pleased to hold it's first in person meeting for over two years 

One of the benefits, perhaps the only benefit, of the Covid pandemic was the use of Zoom to hold our monthly meetings. It allowed us to have authors from other countries, or those for whom travel is difficult.  It also allows those members who have limited mobility to participate equally in the group's events. It is for these reasons that we have now started to Zoom broadcast in person meetings. Going forward we will have Zoom only meetings as well as in person meetings. This will allow us to have a more varied program of speakers for our members.

Our previous regular venue has not been able to offer it's meeting rooms since reopening. We are therefore likely to have meetings at different venues over the next few months until we find a venue that is the right fit for the group.

 You can follow our twitter or our new instagram feed, where we post updates and items of interest such as new book releases and SF news take a look here @BirminghamSF