Category Archives: Films

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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Gateway Essentials: Raymond F. Jones

Posted on November 17, 2016 by Darren Nash

101 years ago today, Raymond Fisher Jones was born in Salt Lake City Utah. A regular contributor to Astounding Stories and Galaxy Science Fiction among other pulp SF magazines, he is best known for the 1952 novel This Island Earth, … Continue reading

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Posted on September 9, 2016 by Darren Nash

Walter Tevis‘s cult classic novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, published in 1963, enjoyed thirteen years of recognition in and of itself before becoming forever linked with (and, let’s face it, submerged beneath) Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film. You know … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Darren Nash

Last Friday we extolled the virtues of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.  On Wednesday, a new film opened in cinemas: The Legend of Tarzan, which prompted an interesting review-cum-Burroughs-retrospective in The Telegraph. Seems like that’s a good time for us … Continue reading

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Lord of the Jungle!

Posted on July 1, 2016 by Darren Nash

Readers of a pulpish disposition might have noticed the imminent return of one John Clayton, otherwise known as Viscount Greystoke. He was first seen on these shores 104 years ago and has been a regular visitor since – most recently … Continue reading

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Now on Your Television Screens: Childhood’s End

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Darren Nash

Our current Masterworks Spotlight comes with a short visual presentation for your entertainment! Childhood’s End is Arthur C. Clarke‘s transcendent masterpiece, the book that shows most clearly the influence of Olaf Stapledon on his writing. Beginning as an alien invasion … Continue reading

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On This Day: Edwin Balmer Died

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Darren Nash

On this day in 1959, Edwin Balmer died in Chicago, Illinois. Although he wrote a number of SF novels and stories – some of which were published in Hugo Gernsback‘s Amazing Stories – his main claim to fame is as … Continue reading

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On This Day: Scotty!

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Darren Nash

  ‘Oh, the equipment’s guaranteed, but I have my doubts about the stuff inside.’ ‘I don’t know how much more emergency power we can take before we start to break up.’ ‘I was driving starships, while your great-grandfather was still … Continue reading

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The Martian: What to Read Next

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Darren Nash

So you’ve just read or seen The Martian and you’re now having Red Planet withrawal symptoms?  Can’t go another day without more Marsie goodness?  Fear not!  The Gateway doctor is in, and do we have a prescription for you! Whether … Continue reading

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