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 2013

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
8 January Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
22 January Short talks from a Hat, Part 4 All
12 February Favourite passages of text All
26 February Books to visit as a tourist Carol (Chair)
12 March Revisiting the Past (old meeting topic) ?
26 March Gogol Ed
9 April Favourite Scenes (DVD) continued All
23 April Elizabeth Hunter Carol
14 May Representations of Hell Dave (Chair)
28 May Technological advances that will be commonplace in 20 years Howard & Lynne
11 June David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or, Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools Mike (Chair)
25 June Representations of God in SF (probably with reference to James Lovegrove, among others) Dave (Chair)
9 July Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
23 July Pirates, Stormtroopers & Ponies Steve
13 August 50 Top Books Carol (Chair)
27 August Best Introductory SF for non-SF readers All
10 September David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or, Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools Continued Mike (Chair)
24 September Shifters: The Good, The Bad, & The Bloody Ugly Carol
8 October John Wyndham, Part 1 Ed
22 October Guillermo del Toro Dave
12 November A. E. van Vogt, Part 2, or Orson Scott Card Mark
26 November TBA Howard
10 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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