THE LONDON SCIENCE FICTION RESEARCH COMMUNITY is an organisation of SF scholars and fans, led by graduate students based at Birkbeck and Royal Holloway. The Community presents special events with guest speakers several times a year, and also hosts a monthly reading group at 43 Gordon Square, London, on Monday evenings, open to all. Each year the reading group engages with texts organised around a central theme. For the year beginning October 2018 our theme will be ‘Productive Futures: The Political Economy of Science Fiction.’
Facebook group: London Science Fiction Research Community
Twitter handle: @LSFRC_
LSFRC was set up in 2014 by three graduate students at Birkbeck, Rhodri Davies, Andrea Dietrich, and Aren Roukema, in order to foster and encourage the research of Science Fiction at Birkbeck. Over the years the group has expanded from Birkbeck staff and students, to Science Fiction researchers and enthusiasts, either independent or attached to other universities. The group began to organise events such as film screenings, lectures, and talks by Science Fiction authors, and from 2017, a yearly conference, to supplement and intersect with the reading group’s annual theme. Aren and Rhodri were later joined on the organisation team by Francis Gene-Rowe from Royal Holloway in 2015, and Birkbeck students Katie Stone and Tom Dillon in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
LSFRC is a research community, a place for people to share research ideas, explore new texts and perspectives on Science Fiction in a friendly and welcoming environment, regardless of background, institutional affiliation or educational status. We actively support and encourage diversity in Science Fiction studies and fandom, not only in the range of approaches to the genre (including looking at the genre through the lenses of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability etc), but also in our commitment to providing a welcoming space for the intellectual engagement with Science Fiction for people of all backgrounds and experience.
The site header image is entitled “Total Eclipse of the Sun” and was drawn by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot and published as part of The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings in 1882. The image is in the public domain.