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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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Gateway Essentials: Keith Laumer

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Darren Nash

Keith Laumer was born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was a United States Air Force officer and a diplomat. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buzz Aldrin!

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Darren Nash

Today is a great day to celebrate a great man.  We’re sure you’ve seen something about it in the media, and we wanted to throw our hats into the ring and add our voice to the millions who rightly view … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Geoffrey Hoyle!

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Darren Nash

Geoffrey Hoyle was born in Scunthorpe in 1941, the son of renowned astronomer and science fiction writer, Sir Fred Hoyle.  He read economics at Cambridge and then worked in a variety of fields including theatre, advertising and television – he … Continue reading

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On This Day: Walter M. Miller, Jr. Died

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Darren Nash

On this day, in 1996, the body of Walter M. Miller, Jr was discovered, at his home in Florida (according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction; other sources place the date earlier). He took his own life, shortly after the … Continue reading

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It Can’t Happen Here

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Darren Nash

On this day in 1951, American writer and playwright Harry Sinclair Lewis died in Rome, Italy. Sinclair Lewis was well regarded for his satirical novels and, in 1930, became the first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He … Continue reading

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On This Day: Karel Capek & Algis Budrys

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Darren Nash

On this day, separated by a scant forty-one years and about four hundred miles, two important figures in the history of SF were born. Karel Čapek, born in 1890, was a Czech writer and playwright, whose chief contribution to science … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Robert Charles Wilson

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Darren Nash

Robert Charles Wilson was born in Whittier, California in 1953 but has spent most of his life in Canada, acquiring citizenship in 2007. He has won the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Arthur C. Clarke

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Darren Nash

A long time ago (OK: 1917, if you want to be precise), in a galaxy far, far away (well, yes: Minehead in Somerset, if you must be a pedant) . . . Arthur Charles Clarke was born, and the way … Continue reading

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On This Day: Georges Méliès

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Darren Nash

On this day, 155 years ago, Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born in Paris, and future generations of SF fans were made happy. He was an illusionist and film director, and is renowned as a pioneer of the early days of cinema … Continue reading

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