The British Science Fiction Association was founded in 1958 by a group of British science fiction fans, authors, publishers and booksellers, in order to encourage science fiction in every form. It is an open membership organisation costing £26 per year for UK residents and £18 for the unwaged. The first president of the BSFA was Brian Aldiss. Stephen Baxter is Vice President. The BSFA currently publishes three magazines, sent to all members:
- Vector - This is the reviews and criticism journal of the BSFA. Published six times a year.
- Matrix - This is the newsletter of the BSFA. It also publishes media reviews. Published six times a year.
- Focus - This is the BSFA's writers magazine. Published twice a year.
The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and members of the British national SF convention (Eastercon). BSFA members also sit on the panel of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
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