Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 10th June


Hi everyone! Another busy meeting last night with 12 people attending. 10+ seems to be our new summertime average so I would once again advise everyone to keep critiques to a manageable length. We overran on time during our fourth round when we should have finished on time. Don’t rush your critiques but please be considerate of others. You could prepare a bullet point list of 3 or 4 discussion points — perhaps 5 at the most — to frame your delivery.

Could I also remind everyone to save work into DropBox as a DOC file and to add your name to the filename as well as the first page and the header of every page (along with the title and page number). Please re-read the rules.

OK, nagging over!

We had a single submission carried over from last month’s meeting with another four new submissions making for five in total. With 12 people attending we were unlikely to discuss all of these but we managed four during the meeting itself and I think most people accepted an offer from Chris to discuss his short story over at Common afterwards.

On with the crits!

As already mentioned we had a single submission left over at the end of the meeting: a short story from Chris called Motion to Dismiss. Chris invited critiques over at Common after the meeting so we won’t be carrying anything forward to next month’s meeting. If you have any critique notes please feel free to bring them along to handover in person next time.

I’d just like to say that I really enjoyed Chris’ piece, especially the dialogue and the central concept itself. I was a little worried that the skin tattoo was too similar to that in the film In Time so I wondered about dropping this item of tech and perhaps the glasses as well and just going with some retinal + cochlear implants. Anyway, great read!

Next month’s meeting: Wednesday 8th July

See you all there!