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Gateway Omnibus Spotlight: Edgar Pangborn

27 March 2015

From the vaults of The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to the fantastic work of Edgar Pangborn.

 

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Edgar Pangborn studied music at Harvard when just 15 years old, eventually turned his back on it to focus on his writing. He flourished in the early ’50s, producing a string of highly-regarded stories for the likes of Galaxy, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His work helped establish a new ‘humanist’ school of science fiction, and has been cited as an influence by Ursula Le Guin. This omnibus contains the Hugo-shortlisted Davy, International Fantasy Award-winner A Mirror for Observers and story collection Good Neighbours and Other Strangers.

You can read more about Edgar Pangborn in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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Welcome to the Gateway: Celia Friedman!

25 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the bestselling author of the Coldfire Trilogy, Celia Friedman!


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Welcome to the Gateway: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

24 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the creator of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!


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Welcome to the Gateway: Orson Scott Card

23 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author, Orson Scott Card.


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Welcome to the Gateway: Terry Brooks!

20 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the author whose 1977 bestseller, The Sword of Shannara, was one of the driving forces behind the post-Tolkien commercial fantasy boom: Terry Brooks!


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Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Seven Years On

19 March 2015

On this day, in 2008, we lost one of our greats. The last of The Big Three. The man who conceived the telecommunications satellite. The creator of one of the only two novels whose dates have become cultural touchstones. The writer whose ‘Third Law‘ is amongst the most quoted (and most misattributed!) in all of modern culture.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke was one of my heroes, growing up, and the first author whose work I set out to read systematically, in its entirety. His work is the first I think of when I hear the term ‘Sense of Wonder’ and his stories are still the gold standard for twist-in-the-tail endings, as far as I’m concerned. And for me, the year 2001, no matter how far it recedes into the past, will always be The Future.

Here are some thoughts I put together on the fifth anniversary of Arthur C. Clarke’s death; as my feelings are unchanged, so I’ve left the words as I wrote them, two years ago . . .


Upon hearing the news of Sir Arthur C. Clarke‘s passing, half a decade ago, my first reaction was a kind of numbness. I knew he was 90 years old, I knew he was not in the rudest of health and I knew of course that, to be blunt, people die. But this was different; this was the writer who flipped the switch in my head and opened my eyes to the wonders of science fiction. In many ways, and with all due respect to some wonderful teachers I’ve been lucky enough to learn from over the years, it was Arthur C. Clarke who taught me to think. I devoured his novels and short stories – like we all do when we discover a new favourite – but with Clarke that wasn’t enough; I had to hunt down and read his non-fiction, too: the likes of Profiles of the Future, The View from Serendip, The Lost Worlds of 2001 and Report on Planet Three.

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Welcome to the Gateway: David Brin!

18 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winning author, David Brin!


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Welcome to the Gateway: Ben Bova!

17 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome multi-Hugo-winning editor and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner, Ben Bova!


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Sir Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

16 March 2015

We were all greatly saddened by the news that Sir Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday, finally succumbing to the Alzheimer’s Disease with which he was diagnosed in 2007. Our thoughts – and, we’re sure, the thoughts and prayers of his millions of fans – are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Death, in Sir Terry’s hands, was treated extremely well. It is a small comfort – but a comfort, nonetheless – to think that the favour is now being returned . . .


 

 


Farewell, Sir Terry. Thank you for the laughs – and for the truths between the laughs.


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Harry Turtledove Author Page Update

13 March 2015

Completing our Fantastic Four of authors whose Gateway offering has been greatly increased thanks to the recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers is an author who has produced more counterfactuals than a bank president in front of a select committee.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Second World War played out in a fantasy setting, or wondered whether the Allied and Axis powers could have put aside their differences to fight off the threat of an alien invasion or – and this was an original idea when he explored it in Guns of the South – how the world would be different if the Confederacy had won the American Civil War, then Harry Turtledove‘s your man.

Thanks to the influx of titles mentioned above, we’ve added a substantial influx of Harry Turtledove titles, including the Worldwar and Worldwar: Colonization series.

Enjoy!


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