Monthly Archives: July 2014

Two Weeks to LonCon!

LonCon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention starts two weeks today! Running from Thursday 14th until Monday 18th August, at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands, this is THE event in the science fiction calendar. The great and good of … Continue reading

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Centauri Device

This week’s SF Masterwork of the Week is M. John Harrison’s The Centauri Device – the book credited with kick-starting the New Space Opera movement.  To introduce you to this extraordinary work, we’re delighted that our good friends at SFX, … Continue reading

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On This Day: Cyrano de Bergerac

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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SF Gateway Omnibus of the Week: Frank Herbert (Redux)

Once again, we’re revisiting some old favourites while we wait for new SF Gateway Omnibuses to release.  ‘New’ being a relative term when applied to SF Gateway, obviously! This week: Frank Herbert . . .   From groundbreaking digital initiative, … Continue reading

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New Book of the Week: The Iron Dream

Every now and then in SF literature, an author throws you a googlie / curve ball (delete according to local cultural affinity to cricket or baseball; if you follow neither sport, we’re afraid you’re on your own). The Iron Dream … Continue reading

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

What do Chesley Bonestell, Ray Bradbury, John W. Campbell, Jr, Arthur C. Clarke, August Derleth, Philip K. Dick, Robert Holdstock, Shirley Jackson, Damon Knight, Andre Norton, Bram Stoker and Theodore Sturgeon all have in common? And what name is missing … Continue reading

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From the Attic VIII: Short Stories From the ’80s & ’90s (Mostly)

Two things: 1. SFF has seemed to me to be the one place where it is as easy to discover new writers in short forms as at length. 2. I love short fiction but it doesn’t always get the attention … Continue reading

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That’s One Small Step for Man . . .

It’s amazing what we can achieve when we direct our resources and imagination towards goals other than the most efficient methods of killing each other and/or extracting every last penny from the economy regardless of the social cost. Forty-five years … Continue reading

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SF Gateway Omnibus of the Week: Gordon R. Dickson (Redux)

As noted last week, we’re at the point in the omnibus programme, where the new releases will be coming less frequently than they have done to date, so while we wait for each new addition to the list, we thought … Continue reading

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2 Days to Edge-Lit3!

So, what? You’re just going to copy the earlier post and changes ’10 days to go’ to ‘2 days to go’, are you? That’s the plan, yes. Isn’t that a little . . . lazy? Maybe. But has anything materially … Continue reading

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