Monday, August 01, 2005

The SF Foundation

The Science Fiction Foundation is a registered charity that was founded in 1970 by George Hay and others as a semi-autonomous association of writers, critics, academics and others who share an interest in science fiction. The patrons are Ursual Le Guin and Arthur C. Clarke. The aim of the SFF is to promote science fiction and bring together those who write, read, teach, study, research or archive SF, both in Britain and in the rest of the world. They also support SF at conferences, conventions and other events which bring together those with an interest in SF.

They publish the journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, and also support The Science Fiction Foundation Collection which is based at the University of Liverpool.

"The four main objectives of the SFF are: to provide research facilities for anyone wishing to study science fiction; to investigate and promote the usefulness of science fiction in education; to disseminate information about science fiction; and to promote a discriminating understanding of the nature of science fiction."

The SFF Collection is the largest English-language collection of SF anywhere in Europe which consists of around 25,000 books and magazines in the field of SF and the related genres of fantasy and horror. This collection is supplemented by an extensive collection of critical works, in the form of books and journals, and a number of special collections. These can be accessed through the SF Hub.

If you are interested in learning more, follow the link above.

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