Let Paul McAuley school you on how to talk about science fictionS

It's the opportunity of a lifetime. The Science Fiction Foundation is having a masterclass on science fiction criticism, led by The Quiet War author Paul McAuley and two other luminaries. Spend a weekend in London getting drunk on ideas.

According to Stefan Ekmans, who's attended these master classes in the past, there's a lot of heavy-duty reading that's better done in advance so you can focus on the discussions during the actual weekend — in previous years, the reading list included Derrida and Spivak. Here's the actual announcement, via Ekmans' blog, Mythotopes:

Science Fiction Foundation announces SF Criticism Masterclass for 2011

* Class Leaders: Paul McAuley
* Claire Brialey
* Mark Bould

The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) will be holding the fifth annual Masterclass in sf criticism in 2011.

Paul McAuley is the author of eighteen novels, many of which have been nominated for the Campbell, BSFA and Clarke Awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning Fairyland. His most recent books such as The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun.

Claire Brialey is co-editor of the Nova award-winning and Hugo-nominated Banana Wings, has been a Clarke judge, and contributed critical articles to Vector and other fanzines.

Mark Bould is the co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television and author of The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star and Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City. He has co-edited The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction and Red Planets: Marxists and Science Fiction among other projects, including several issues of Science Fiction Studies.

Dates: 1st to 3rd July 2011

Location: Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus, nearest underground, Hendon Central).

Delegate costs will be £180 per person, excluding accommodation.

Accommodation: students are asked to find their own accommodation, but help is Golders Green Hotel, and the King Solomon Hotel, both in Golders Green, a short bus ride from the University.

Applicants should write to Farah Mendlesohn at farah.sf@gmail.com. Applicants will be asked to provide a CV and writing sample; these will be assessed by an Applications Committee consisting of Farah Mendlesohn, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr. and Andy Sawyer.

Completed applications must be received by 28th February 2011.

Top image: Detail from cover of Gardens Of The Sun by Paul McAuley, cover art by Sparth.