Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Recent donations mean that the Science Fiction Foundation is holding yet another sale – sf, fantasy, comics, graphic novels – of duplicate stock.

Surplus copies of classic/contemporary novels, magazines, and anthologies – sf,  fantasy, comics, graphic novels  ­– are  available at knock-down prices: often 50p or less!

All money raised will support the work of the Science Fiction Foundation and its research collection administered by the University of Liverpool Library.

Books available to view

Monday 4 November – Tues 5 November from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m: Teaching Room, Special Collections and Archives, Sydney Jones Library

Or contact Andy Sawyer on  asawyer@liv.ac.uk for further information.

Fan Studies Network Symposium 2013

We are delighted to announce the programme for the FSN2013 symposium, taking place at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Saturday 30th November 2013. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet other scholars in the field.
Registration is open until Monday November 18th 2013. You can find out more information and register on the symposium website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/politics-international-media/events/fan-studies-network-symposium


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Lightbox in Woking is exhibiting an alien invasion from 15th October - 19th January:


On show will be some items from the Science Fiction Foundation Collection.

Deletion, the open access online forum in science fiction studies


A new venture in sf studies from Deakin University, Melbourne: (text below taken from their website)

Deletion, the open access online forum in science fiction studies, publishes written think pieces, videos, and artwork in bimonthly “Episodes,” with each Episode featuring between 6 and 8 contributions from scholars, authors, artists, filmmakers, gamers, and creative researchers involved in all aspects of science fiction studies.
Committed to exploring science fiction in all its forms and modes of operation, Deletion invites contributions from those writing about science fiction from a literary, philosophical, artistic, scientific, aural, televisual, games and play, and cinematic context. Deletion also accepts and encourages non-standard submissions such as creative pieces, or think pieces taking the form of 2-3 minute podcasts or video blogs. All readers and contributors are encouraged to join the conversation on Deletion via the comment threads and social media links.
Taking an inter- and cross-disciplinary perspective, Deletion is framed around the key questions; what is science fiction today; what are its social, cultural and political functions; how does it move us and make us think; what forms does it take and what are the relationships within and between those forms?
Deletion is led by scholars from the Science Fiction Research Group at Deakin University, Melbourne, who will form its inner editorial board, alongside an international advisory board comprising of leading scholars in the field.
The first edition of Deletion features invited papers from the leading scholars in science fiction studies addressing the theme “the pleasures of science fiction.”
If you are interested in contributing to Deletion, or have any inquiries, suggestions, or feedback, we would love to hear from you at deletion@deakin.edu.au