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.

Meeting via Zoom during lockdown.

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 2024

Date Subject/Format Presenter(s)
9 January Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
23 January The Worst book(s) I Love All
13 February Hoax Science All
27 February Time Paradoxes All
12 March The Boy and The Heron (film - screening at Vue Cinema)
26 March Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award All
9 April Better than its own production values All
23 April Real Science stories All
14 May The works of Octavia Butler - continued Carol
28 May Rod Serling & the Twilight Zone Dave
11 June Ian R. MacLeod Mike
25 June Alan Garner Ed
9 July Planning Meeting, Short Story Readings, Book Reviews All
23 July Science Stories All
13 August Parallel/Alternate Worlds Caol
27 August Tom Reamy, plus maybe A. N. Other Mike
10 September Titles: Awful, great, inappropriate, misleading,,, Ed (Chair)
24 September Intelligent Plants, Fungi, etc Ed, Ian (Chair)
8 October TBA Stave
22 October TBA Mike
12 November ? Charles Beaumont Dave
26 November TBA TBA
10 December Christmas Mayhem All
24 December NO MEETING  

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

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