Monthly Archives: May 2013



The Foresight Centre ( ) is on the North side of Liverpool University Campus between Brownlow Hill and Pembroke Place, and can be reached via Brownlow Hill or London Road (continuing to Pembroke Place) depending on whether you turn right or left from Lime Street Station. Details of reaching the Foresight Centre by road (inc. Satnav), rail, etc. can be found on There is a map on .

Convenient buses from the city centre (Liverpool One bus station, Canning Place) are the 76/78 (which go up London Road) and the very frequent 14 and 79/79C/79D (which go up Brownlow Hill). The Brownlow Hill buses leave from the side of the Adelphi Hotel at the bottom of Brownlow Hill and stop outside the Victoria Gallery & Museum.  This is a 15-20 minute walk.

Maps of the University Campus and the city centre can be found on



There is information about accommodation on the Foresight Centre web page at This includes details of hostel and University Campus accommodation, although I am advised that unfortunately during the period of this conference the most central campus accommodation (Vine Court) is not available. There may be places available elsewhere.

More information is on the downloadable pdf supplied by the Foresight Centre. There are a number of reasonably priced hotels in the Campus area along Mount Pleasant, such as the Feathers Hotel  There are also the Adelphi Hotel (, and Hatter’s Hostel on Mount Pleasant, which is of a high standard and would also be a good budget option:  In general the budget-price hotels such as the Ibis, Campanile, Travelodge, Premier Inn, etc. are closer to the river in the Albert Dock (which hosts the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery), and the Maritime Museum/Liverpool One shopping areas as well as the iconic Liver Building and the Museum of Liverpool. This will mean a bus-ride to the University Campus, but the Liverpool One bus station (Canning Place) is very close to the dockside hotel area.

The website is a useful site to find accommodation, and also has a comprehensive selection of all types of accommodation.



Registration is now open.

The rate for a delegate (whether full or unwaged) includes lunch, coffee breaks, and the banquet.  Day rates are available for those unable to attend the full event. Note that you will only be able to purchase one day at a time using the form on the webpage. The Saturday day rate does not include the banquet. Spaces may be available for an additional UK £15. Day delegates should note their interest in attending the banquet in the “dietary needs” field. 
Delegate UK £150
Delegate (unwaged/student) UK £100
Day rate UK £50
Day rate (unwaged/student) UK £40
Note that a small number of bursaries are available to reimburse the cost of travel to and from the conference within the UK for students currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme. The form to apply for this is available here (.docx)
The deadline for registering online is 6 pm BST on the 17th of June.
Card payments for the conference are made directly to the Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) and will be processed via PayPal (no account required). 
If you have problems using the registration interface, please email with questions.
For more information on the conference, see the official conference page, the conference blog, or the conference’s Facebook page.

Conference Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Hellenic Society, we are able to offer a small number of bursaries to reimburse the cost of travel to and from the conference within the UK for students currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme. To enter into competition for this bursary, please complete this application. Applications are due by Friday, the 7th of June.

Bursary application form – final

SFF Conference 2013 – change of Guests

We regret to announce that, due to personal reasons, Catherynne M. Valente is no longer able to attend the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference. We thank Catherynne for her support of the event.

We are delighted to announce that Sophia McDougall, author of the Romanitas trilogy, has accepted our invitation to be a guest at the conference.

Details of registration and accommodation options will be available here very soon.