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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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From the Archives: SF Masterwork of the Week: Doomsday Book

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Darren Nash

Connie Willis has accumulated an extraordinary 11 Hugo and 7 Nebula Awards during her glittering career. She has twice won the Hugo and Nebula with the same book – in 2010 with Blackout/All Clear, and before that in 1992 with … Continue reading

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From the Archives: SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Darren Nash

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: Limbo

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Darren Nash

To my mind, Bernard Wolfe remains one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century When no less a judge than Harlan Ellison – himself certainly one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century – … 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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Gateway Essentials: Gene Wolfe

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Darren Nash

‘Genius’ is an overused word in modern cultural life, but occasionally it is bestowed reasonably and accurately, with little or no dissent. One such case is Gene Wolfe, described by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as quite possibly the SF … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: Sword and Citadel

Posted on December 5, 2016 by Darren Nash

A couple of weeks ago, we were singing the praises of Shadow and Claw, the first half of Gene Wolfe‘s masterpiece The Book of the New Sun. Shadow and Claw contains BSFA and World Fantasy Award-winner The Shadow of the … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: John Crowley

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Darren Nash

John Crowley was born in 1942 and has worked in documentary films and TV since 1966. The Deep, his first SF novel, was published in 1975 and was followed by Beasts, Engine Summer and Great Work of Time. In his … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Poul Anderson

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Darren Nash

Poul William Anderson was born ninety years ago, today, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, so it seems an appropriate time to give his work the ‘Essentials treatment’ . . . Born of Scandinavian parents, Anderson lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: Shadow and Claw

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Darren Nash

Way back in the mists of time, when SF Gateway was taking its first tentative digital steps into the world, I wrote about the first half of Gene Wolfe’s epic The Book of the New Sun – Shadow and Claw … Continue reading

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