BSFG – a Report

So, BSFG doesn’t stand for Big Silly Fluff Guppy (and not to be confused with Bangladesh Sports Federation of Georgia), but the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. This venerable organisation has been running since the early Seventies and has an impressive list of previous speakers, so it was with honour and some trepidation that I appeared at their latest gathering last Friday (after receiving an invitation, obviously). I gave a talk about the ins and outs of writing tie-in fiction; the creative and commercial pros and cons involved thereof in comparison to penning original genre fiction.

It seems to have gone down well, and I would like to thank everybody that came along and listened, and to also say thank you for the comments and conversation afterwards. In particular my gratitude goes to Dave Corby for arranging it all and taking me for a nice steak beforehand, and to Vernon and Pat for ensuring everything was arranged and went smoothly on my arrival.

Special mention goes to Roger as another pleasant dinner companion, and credit to his Encyclopedic Brain of SF. Some intriguing book recommendations I hope to follow-up soon. If I get a chance to come back to the BSFG another time, I hope I am a sequel that Roger likes.

The BSFG are also involved in the Novacon event, which for 2014 takes place in Nottingham, 14-16th November. I think that there may have been clashes with the Black Library Weekender in previous years, but this year there isn’t and I hope to have a look at what’s happening – it would be churlish not to pop in considering it’s just a short drive into the city…

Again, thanks to everybody that turned up, members and guests alike, it was my pleasure to spend an evening in your company.

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