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 2014

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
14 January Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
28 January Topics from a Hat All
11 February Merchandise Steve
25 February "Characters, Complicity and Caring - My Wiscon Speech" by Jo Walton Mike
11 March Sequels by Other Hands Ed(Chair)
25 March Post-human Dave (Chair)
8 April Fantasy Narrative in Popular Folk & Punk Music Estelle
22 April John Wyndham, Part 2 Ed
13 May Edgar Wright, Part 1 Dave
27 May TBA Lynne
10 June J. D. Robb Carol
24 June Future Shock Howard
8 July Planning Meeting, 100 Best Book Reports, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
22 July Talks from a hat All
12 August Shifting Archetypes Steve (Chair)
26 August Susanna Kearsley Carol
9 September Architecture Carol (Chair)
23 September John Wyndham, Part 3 Ed
14 October The Real History of Science Fiction, Part 1: Robots Mike
28 October Guillermo del Toro, Part 2 Dave
11 November SF references in the Bible Howard
25 November TBA Discussion Dave & Estelle (Chair)
9 December Christmas Mayhem All
23 December NO MEETING  

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


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