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On This Day: Iain M. Banks

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Darren Nash

On this day in 1954, Iain Menzies Banks was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Do we need to explain who Iain M. Banks is? No, we do not. For many years he was Britain’s bestselling SF writer, a literary novelist of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen F. McHugh!

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Darren Nash

Today is Maureen F. McHugh’s birthday. Nominated for an impressive sixty-one awards, she’s best-known for the extraordinary debut novel, China Mountain Zhang, which was shortlisted  for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and wonof the James Tiptree Memorial Award, the Locus Award … Continue reading

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Remembering Frank Frazetta

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Darren Nash

Frank Frazetta, one of the most influential artists in the fantasy field, was born on this day, in New York, in 1928. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction notes: A native New Yorker, he studied at the Brooklyn Academy of Fine … Continue reading

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On This Day: Jerry Yulsman

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Darren Nash

Writer and photographer Jerome (Jerry) Yulsman was born on this day in 1924. Beginning his career as a military photographer, Yulsman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Karen Joy Fowler!

Posted on February 7, 2017 by Darren Nash

The list of authors who are equally acclaimed from within the genre and by the mainstream literary establishment is a short one (an oversight that is almost – but not entirely – a one-sided affair). There’s J.G. Ballard, of course, … Continue reading

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Remembering Jack Kirby

Posted on February 6, 2017 by Darren Nash

Psst! Hey you! Yeah, you. You like comic books? Yeah? Then you should be sayin’ a big ‘thank you’ to the King. Twenty-three years ago today, the man who was arguably the single greatest creative influence on modern comics (with … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Henry Kuttner

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Darren Nash

Henry Kuttner was born in Los Angeles, in 1915. As a young man he worked for the literary agency of his uncle, Laurence D’Orsay, before selling his first story, ‘The Graveyard Rats’, to Weird Tales in early 1936. In 1940 … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Edmond Hamilton

Posted on February 1, 2017 by Darren Nash

Forty years ago, today, Edmond Moore Hamilton died, in Lancaster, California. Although his first published sale, ‘The Monster-God of Mamurth’ in the August 1926 issue of Weird Tales, was very firmly in the pulp tradition of Abraham Merritt and H. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Darren Nash

Gregory Albert Benford was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, in 1941. A leading writer of Hard SF, he received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Philip José Farmer

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Darren Nash

Ninety-nine years ago, today, in North Terre Haute, Indiana, Philip José Farmer was born. Winner of three Hugos, the SFWA Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award for life achievement, Farmer was a pioneer in introducing radical themes into … Continue reading

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