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New Book of the Week: Wonder’s Child by Jack Williamson

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Darren Nash

He was an sf writer of substance for over seventy years . . . in his work and in his life he encompassed the field. So states The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction in its entry on Jack Williamson. It goes … Continue reading

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From the Archives: In Praise of . . . The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Darren Nash

SF Gateway’s respect and admiration for The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction should be obvious – we did have the site built for them, after all – but we really couldn’t let our series of ‘In Praise of …’ posts go … Continue reading

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On This Day: Cyrano de Bergerac

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Darren Nash

On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris.  Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, among film aficionados, as the … Continue reading

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Something in the Water IV: the Bornying

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Darren Nash

As we’ve noted before, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function makes for fascinating reading and, occasionally throws up days with an infeasibly high level of cool people being born. And, at the risk of disagreeing with … Continue reading

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Clifford D. Simak

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Darren Nash

And rounding out a week of Encyclopedic treats: Clifford D. Simak, who died on this day in 1988 . . . (1904-1988) US writer whose primary occupation 1929-1976 was newspaper work, and who worked full-time for the Minneapolis Star from … Continue reading

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Daniel Defoe

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Darren Nash

From the virtual pages of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Daniel Defoe, who died on this day in 1731 … (?1660-1731) UK merchant, professional spy and man of letters born Daniel Foe, becoming Defoe in the 1690s after he began … Continue reading

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Paul McAuley

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Darren Nash

As noted yesterday, this week’s posts are courtesy of the essential Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and are all date specific entries. Today: A very Happy Birthday to one of British SF’s premier writers, Paul McAuley. (Born April 23rd, 1955) UK … Continue reading

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Damien Broderick

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Darren Nash

Partly because holidays – but mainly because, dammit, everyone should be consulting it regularly – this week’s posts will all be taken from the 4 million-plus words of authority and erudition that are The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Today: Damien … Continue reading

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The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Images of London (and Others)

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Darren Nash

It should no longer come as a surprise to hear how clever the editors of the indispensable Encyclopedia of Science Fiction are.  But if 4.3 million words of scholarship aren’t enough for you, the Prosecution offers Exhibit A: the automatically-generating … Continue reading

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Four Funerals and a Birthday

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Darren Nash

There are, at most, 366 days in the year. And there are over 6 billion people currently living on planet Earth, and billions more no longer with us. So, from a purely statistical point of view, it’s hardly surprising – … Continue reading

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