Monthly Archives: April 2013

Arthur C. Clarke’s THE CITY AND THE STARS

Every so often, when I know I’ve got a bit of time to kill and don’t want to do any ‘work’ reading, I grab an SF Masterwork off the shelf in the office and give it a go. (A shelf … Continue reading

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SF Masterwork of the Week: A Canticle for Leibowitz

Our current SF Masterwork of the Week makes a welcome return to the list in hardback, with a stunning new cover by the wonderful Dominic Harman. Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for best novel, we are delighted to be … Continue reading

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New Book of the Week: Profiles of the Future

If you consult The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – and, of course, you DO, don’t you? On a regular basis – you will find the following in the Titles check-list at the bottom of the entry on Arthur C. Clarke: … Continue reading

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Readers’ Choice: The Fall of Chronopolis

This week’s Readers’ Choice selection comes from Friend of the Gateway and (clearly!) aficionado of great classic SF, Starman Dave. His choice is The Fall of Chronopolis by the criminally-under-appreciated Barrington J. Bayley**. The mighty ships of the Third Time … Continue reading

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Why Should I Read ORPHANS by Sean Williams and Shane Dix?

You need to read Orphans because you’re a fan of new space opera and you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. How many space operas start with a guy taking a bath? How many create an entirely … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Paul McAuley!

Today, it gives all of us at SF Gateway and Gollancz great pleasure to wish a happy birthday to one of modern SF’s great writers. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, John W. Campbell, Theodore Sturgeon and … Continue reading

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Pat Cadigan’s SYNNERS

Most SF writers will tell you that they’re not trying to predict the future. Contrary to popular belief, science fiction – good science fiction, at least – is not about the future at all, it is about the world the … Continue reading

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GOOD NEWS! SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE POSTPONED!

We’ve just had news that the planned server maintenance that was due to take the site offline tomorrow has been . . . er . . . unplanned. So, SF Gateway and our companion site, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, … Continue reading

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Invisible Man

The story of ‘the Ring of Gyges’ is very ancient, almost certainly older than its first recorded appearance in Plato’s Republic (380 BC)  There was once, the story goes, a humble shepherd in the ancient kingdom of Lydia (modern-day Turkey). … Continue reading

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Why Should I Read EVERGENCE by Sean Williams and Shane Dix?

You need to read Evergence because you’re either a space opera fan or a Star Wars fan, or both (you can be both, it’s okay). Here’s a review in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction that explains why: George Lucas missed a … Continue reading

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