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Gateway Essentials: Jack L. Chalker

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Today marks twelve years since we lost one of modern SF and Fantasy’s great storytellers: Jack Laurence Chalker. A fan from an early age, Chalker was also active as an editor, founding a small press in his early 20s, but … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Henry Kuttner

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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

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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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Gateway Essentials: Mercedes Lackey

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Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950. She graduated from Purdue University in 1972, and has worked as an artist’s model, in computer programming, and for American Airlines. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!

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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

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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

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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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Gateway Essentials: Robert A. Heinlein

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So where, one might ask, does one start with Robert A. Heinlein? Well, frankly, you could start just about anywhere! Heinlein won the Hugo Award four times for best novel (for Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Michael G. Coney

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Michael Greatrex Coney was a British-born author who spent the last three decades of his life in Canada – including 16 years in the British Colombia Forest Service. His early work carried a sense of Cold War-inspired paranoia, but his … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Greg Bear

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It could be argued that, if you are the recipient of five Nebula Awards, and two Hugos, and have been nominated for, or won, SF awards a staggering eighty-seven times, that all of your works are essential, but as that … Continue reading

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