SFSF Social 4 – David Barnett & Ask The Agent with Amanda Rutter

It’s time to announce the guests for our fourth Social of the year – and the last until 2016, so do come join us at Eten Cafe on Saturday October 17th, as part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival, when we shall have:

David Barnett and Amanda Rutter.

Book your places now at this here linky!

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David Barnett

David Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author based in West Yorkshire. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since 1989. He is the author of the Gideon Smith alternate history series from Tor Books, beginning in 2013 with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. David is also the author of Hinterland (2005, reprinted 2008), Angelglass (2007) and The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (2009), all published by Immanion Press, as well as popCULT!, published in 2011 from Pendragon Press. His work has been translated into Czech, Russian and German. He is represented by the literary agent John Jarrold. His latest novel, Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper, will be released by Tor (US) and Snowbooks (UK) in October 2015.

After training and working as an accountant for over a decade, Amanda Rutter became an editor with Angry Robot, helping to sign books and authors for the Strange Chemistry imprint. Since leaving Angry Robot, she has been a freelance editor, through her own company AR Editorial Solutions, BubbleCow and Wise Ink. She also finds time to write blog posts for Tor.com. In her free time, she is a yarn fiend, knitting and crocheting a storm. Amanda is an associate agent at the Red Sofa Literary Agency, and will be hosting an Ask The Agent session at the Social.

Now, this is an exciting opportunity to get some inside info on the publishing industry, especially for aspiring authors out there, and Amanda has excellent credentials. What we’d like to do, to make the session run smoothly, is ask that questions are submitted in advance as much as possible. You can do this in one of two ways: either by filling out the contact form here on this post (see below) or by emailing AskAmanda [at] kinsmeet.co.uk. All questions received will be forwarded on to Amanda. If you can’t attend the Social in person, we’ll post up answers to your question after the event.

 

Oh, and as ever, there will be books to be won in our slightly legendary raffle! (This time, I’m afraid, there will be a small charge of £1 for raffle entry to help cover room costs, but the Social itself is still free to all.)

And, lastly, a reminder – the 4th York Pubmeet takes place on Saturday September 19th, with guests Alex Davis and Marie O’Regan. All details are on this linky thingy – we hope to see you there!

Astronauts’ Wives and Zombies in a Pub! – SFSF Social #2

DSCF7131Well, that was an absolute blast. Last night saw our second Sheffield-based event on the emergent Northern Circuit, held this time at the Old Queen’s Head pub since Eten Cafe stays closed on Sundays. For a wet Sunday night, the turnout was excellent – the pub’s upstairs room was almost packed out.

And with good reason too – our guests more than matched the occasion. BSFA Award-winner Ian Sales kicked off proceedings with a pair of readings; first from the upcoming final volume in the Apollo Quartet, All That Outer Space Allows (you can get the first three here and we wholeheartedly recommend you do!), and then from A Prospect of War, the first volume of his equally epic space opera trilogy (again, coming this year from Tickety Boo Press, in time for EdgeLit).

Ian Sales reads from All That Outer Space Allows

Ian Sales reads from All That Outer Space Allows

In the Q&A session that followed, Ian talked about the depth of research needed for this fourth part of the Apollo Quartet, how it was easier to find out technical details of the Apollo program itself than small social details like what products and advertisements would have been in magazines, and how he had to reconstruct the journeys of the astronauts’ wives from details like where their husbands were stationed.

Dana Fredsti, in the Q&A with Pete Allison

Dana Fredsti, in the Q&A with Pete Allison

Then, after the obligatory pause to enable refills, Pete Allison introduced Dana Fredsti – swordfighter, novelist, and zombie aficionado, and author of the Ashley Parker series of books, which are available from Titan Books. Dana read from Plague Town and then, with Pete on additional dialogue duties, from Plague World – a segment in which a pair of visitors to Sheffield go to a pub and get attacked by zombies…! And the OQH got immortalised in the process! Thorough flesh-ripping fun, which got enthusiastic applause. Pete chaired a quick Q&A session, in which Dana revealed her absolute hatred for outlining. The Q&A was recorded for posterity – when the clips go live online we’ll link to them here!

 

Covetous bibliophiles assemble!

Covetous bibliophiles assemble!

Obviously, there were books to give away too – including two sets of Dana’s trilogy and two sets of Ian’s Apollo Quartet Trilogy-so-far. Just look at that lovely spread of wordy goodness! 😀 – and with all prizes disbursed, the downstairs bar called – once again, it was brilliant to see people stopping back and chatting afterwards. Many thanks to both Ian and Dana, to Titan Books, the excellent Old Queen’s Head, the BFS and BSFA for their support – and to everybody who came to enjoy themselves!

The York Pubmeet returns in May – May 9th to be precise – with (provisionally) KT Davies, Mark Morris, and Lee Harris as guests. SFSF will be representin’ there, and we’ll be passing out more details nearer the time as well as possibly offering transport (convoy!). The Social, meanwhile, will be back – hopefully – in June.

SFSF Social #2

Sunday, 1st March 2015, The Old Queen’s Head, Sheffield, 4pm-8pm

Hello folks! We’re back, with a different venue and two new readers!

Because we’re running on a Sunday this time, we’ve had to move down the road to the Old Queen’s Head, behind the bus station on Pond Street. It’s Sheffield’s oldest pub, and is apparently haunted too. We hope the ghosts enjoy the stories as much as you will! We’ve also moved a little further back into the afternoon, so that all those of us unlucky enough to be working early Monday morning don’t have too long an evening…

Our readers will be none other than Sheffield’s own, award-winning Ian Sales, and – all the way from San Francisco! – author and theatrical swordfighter Dana Fredsti.

Ian SalesIan Sales has published three volumes of his hard science fiction/alt-history Apollo Quartet through his own Whippleshield Books; the first volume, Adrift on the Sea of Rains, won a BSFA award in 2012 and was called “one of the most outstanding self-published books of the year” by the Guardian. The final volume in the series, All That Outer Space Allows, will be published this year – as will the first book in his new space opera trilogy, A Prospect of War, which will come from Tickety Boo Press.

Dana FredstiAs a theatrical swordfighter, Dana Fredsti‘s film credits include Army of Darkness. Her Ashley Parker novels, Plague Town, Plague Nation, and Plague World, all published by Titan Books, has been described by The Book Smugglers as “A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want.”

There will, once more, be giveaway prizes to be had, and once the upstairs readings and talks are done, we’ll be sticking around for a good old chat in the bar too. Please do use the Eventbrite listing to let us know you’re coming, and spread the word to anyone who might be interested! We hope to see you there!

SFSF Social #1: Update Time!

Hi folks! We’ve been quiet, but we’re still here – and we’ve got (hopefully) all the details you need in advance of the first Social on the 24th.

If you haven’t already registered at Eventbrite (free) can we please ask you to do so, so we can give the venue a good indication of numbers? (see the panel to the right, or go here)

If you’re travelling into Sheffield by car, we apologise for the inner ring road in advance. There are several car parks near the venue – including two NCPs in the Cathedral Quarter (S1 2EF and S1 2EL), ’round the back of the city centre. There’s also a Q-Park (S1 2NJ, known affectionately as the Cheese Grater – you can’t mistake it) just outside the Peace Gardens, which is only a five minute or so walk away up Fargate.

If you’re coming in by train, the easiest option is to grab a tram connection from the station and get off at the Cathedral stop – Eten Cafe is a literal stone’s throw from the tram stop.

Eten serves food, as does the Blue Moon Cafe (vegetarian & vegan specialists), on the other side of the Cathedral square, and there will be a bar in the upstairs room at Eten from 4pm.

The event is scheduled from 4pm, but we’ll be a bit relaxed about that to give everybody a chance to turn up. 🙂

Our timetable looks a bit like this:

  • 4.30pm     Introductions all-round SRFC-stylee
  • 5.00pm     First Reading by Jo from 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf, followed by a Q&A.
  • brief pause/break for refreshments
  • 5.45pm     Second Readings by Adrian from Guns of the Dawn, followed by a Q&A
  • 6.30pm     Free raffle for various goodies/book bundles
  • 7.00pm     General chat & social

We look forward to seeing you there! (I’ll be the one hiding under a cardboard box….)

–And a quick note in advance: while we’re looking to host a second event around the end of April this year, there may be one or two readings – mini-SFSFs?! – popping up inbetween. Keep an eye of the site and our Twitter feed for more details…

We Are SFSF Social

Hi. We are the Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club. It’s nice to meet you.

Earlier this year we went to the York Pubmeet – held, obviously, in a pub in York – inspired by London’s own Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. Authors David Tallerman and Janine Ashbless wowed a packed room with readings of their work, the BSFA’s Alex Bardy gave away lots of books, and everybody had a damned good time with drinks and a lot of constructive conversation.

And we thought: why isn’t there anything like this in Sheffield?

So now there is.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

On 24th January 2015, at 4pm, you can join us upstairs at Eten on York Street in Sheffield for the very first SFSF Social. Our guests will be the following wonderfully talented authors and swordfighters:

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

As well as readings, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and to win some goodies – and, of course, to have a good old chinwag, in relaxed surroundings, about anything SFnal.

We’ll have more details over the course of the coming weeks, but if you need to get in touch sooner, pop over to the Contact page, or ping us on Twitter – @SFSFSocial.

You can also find SFSF Social on Eventbrite – it’s a good way for us to gauge how many people we’ll need to cater for, so please do register (free!) if you will be popping down!