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Unsung Live #2 short story evening in London

Unsung Stories logo

Indie SFF publisher Unsung Stories, based in London, UK, recently contacted us to submit one of their lates books for review – Deja Vu  by Ian Hocking. That’s undergoing our review process right now, but in the meantime they’d like us to let you know about an event they’re organising later this month.

Unsung Live #2

The event is Unsung Live #2 – a  short story evening which is taking place on Tuesday, 20th October 2015, from 7pm at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London, N1 0AX (map).

Unsung Stories say:

“After the resounding success of Unsung Live #1, we are happy to announce our second evening of storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the bits in-between.”

The lineup this time includes:

  • Simon Guerrier – Simon is the author of numerous Doctor Who books, comics and CDs, including The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who. With his brother Thomas, he’s produced documentaries for Radio 3 and a number of acclaimed short films.  Twitter: @0tralala
  • David Hartley – David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including StructoDark FictionThe Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) and We Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen. Twitter: @DHartleyWriter
  • Cassandra Khaw – Cassandra Khaw is Ysbryd Games’ business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung Shorts, Terraform, Shimmer, The Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime Soon.  Twitter: @casskhaw
  • Robert Sharp – Robert Sharp is Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, and author of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Good Shabti.  Twitter:  @robertsharp59
RSVP via Meetup

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.  You can do so via the event’s Meetup page:

And, say Unsung Stories, if you just can’t wait until then to scratch that short story itch, sign up for Unsung Shorts and get an original short story delivered to your inbox once a fortnight:

Unsung Stories “…publish intelligent genre fiction – science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative, steampunk, and importantly those works that blur the boundaries between these genres.”

Birmingham SF Group October Meeting

Justina Robson
Justina Robson

This week the Birmingham Science Fiction Group is proud to host a talk by science fiction author Justina Robson, at their October meeting.

Justina studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York before she worked in a variety of jobs – including secretary, technical writer, and fitness instructor – until becoming a full-time writer.

Robson first published in 1994 in the British small press magazine The Third Alternative but is best known as a novelist. Her debut novel Silver Screen was shortlisted for both the Arthur C Clarke Award and the BSFA Award in 2000. Her second novel, Mappa Mundi, was also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2001. It won the 2000 Writer’s Bursary. In 2004, Natural History, Robson’s third novel, was shortlisted for the BSFA Award, and came second in the John W Campbell Award.

Robson’s novels have been noted for sharply-drawn characters, and an intelligent and deeply thought-out approach to the tropes of the genre. She has been described as “one of the very best of the new British hard SF writers”.

This meeting is on Friday 9th October 2015 at the Briar Rose Hotel on Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham; this venue is just 5 minutes’ walk from New Street Station and handy for all bus routes into the city centre. The meeting opens its doors at 7:30 p.m for 8pm talk start and admission costs £4 (£3 members).

To download a pdf poster for this event, click on the following link:

Justina Robson at BSFG Poster

About Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Brum Group Logo

The Birmingham Science Fiction Group was founded in 1971 to enable local and not so local fans to get together to discuss science fiction and related topics.

The group itself has many members of all ages, and between them the membership has an enormous wealth of knowledge of literary SF, as well as films, television, etc. If you want to know about a particular author or book, the BSFG is unlikely not to be able to help you! Just let them know you are a first timer when you turn up and any member will be happy to introduce to the committee and make you feel as welcome as they can.

If you live anywhere in or around the West Midlands, the BSFG is the group for you!  For further information, and a copy of the group’s monthly newsletter, you are invited to:


And visit the group website:

Birmingham SF Group September Meeting

Prof. Edward James
Prof. Edward James

Birmingham Science Fiction Group are holding their latest meeting on Friday 11th September 2015 at their usual venue, the Briar Rose Hotel, Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham (right in the city centre).

The highlight of the evening is a talk by Prof. Edward James, chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and the author of Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century for Oxford University Press (1994). In 2005 he won a Hugo for The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.

He will be discussing his BSFA-Award winning work on SF & Fantasy writers in the Great War.

The meeting starts at 7.45pm and the talk begins at 8pm. Admission costs £3 for members, £4 for non-members.

Click this link: Edward James poster for details in pdf format.

Birmingham SF Group website:

Images and poster courtesy Birmingham SF Group

House On The Borderland launches today!

The Sci-Fi, Steampunk & Fantasy Writers Gathering at Southcart Books, Saturday 27 September 2014
The Sci-Fi, Steampunk & Fantasy Writers Gathering at Southcart Books, Saturday 27 September 2014

It’s early days yet, and there’s a huge amount of work ahead, but the fledgeling ‘House On The Borderland’ online fanzine is all set to ‘soft-launch’ later today – and most important of all, there will be cake!

The launch will be officially announced at the latest of the writers’ gatherings at the hosts, independent bookstore Southcart Books in Walsall, England – the latest event being dubbed, appropriately, ‘Southcart Sci-Fi Summer’.

So expect to see a short report on that event being published tomorrow, and a few photos tweeted by ‘House On The Borderland’ today!

Editor and publisher of ‘House On The Borderland’, author A. Stuart Williams, will be making the formal announcement at 1.10pm.

The programme for the day, which this time around is mc’d by Fringeworks publisher Adrian Middleton, is as follows:

10.00am  Southcart Books Opens

11.00am  WELCOME by Scott & Amy

11.05am  INTRO by MC Adrian Middleton

11.10am  A. Stuart Williams

11.35am  Theresa Derwin

12.00pm  Neil Sehmbhy

12.25pm-1.10pm Lunch Break for Mingling and Browsing

1.10pm-1.25pm  A. Stuart Williams. Launch announcement of

House On The Borderland, a new online fanzine. With cake!

1.25pm-1.50pm  Adrian Middleton

1.50pm-2.15pm  Sean P Chatterton

2.15pm-2.40pm  Steve Jones

2.40pm-3.00pm  Mid-Afternoon Break

3.00pm-3.25p Alex Davis

3.25pm-3.50pm  Colum Paget

3.50pm-4.15pm  available slot

4.15pm  Thanks & goodbyes by Scott, Amy and Adrian

Shop Closes 4.45pm