Monthly Archives: July 2015

On This Day: Poul Anderson Died

On this day in the very science fictional year of 2001, Poul William Anderson died. A wonderful author, Anderson was equally at home with SF and Fantasy. Although much of his work falls unambiguously into the science fiction category – … Continue reading

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On This Day: James Blish

On this day forty years ago, James Blish  died. For many years, in my early days as a science fiction reader, Blish was known to me for one thing only: he was the writer of the Star Trek novelisations I went … Continue reading

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On This Day: NASA was Born

On this day in 1958, the creation of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration was authorised by US congress. Eleven years later – almost to the day – they did this:

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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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On This Day: the Loch Ness Monster

On this day in 2003, the BBC reported (presumably with a straight face) that, despite cneturies of sightings, there was no monster in Loch Ness. This followed an investigation utilising 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure … Continue reading

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Something in the Water: Much Bornying

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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Masterworks Spotlight: Thomas the Rhymer

Our second Fantasy Masterworks Spotlight is Ellen Kushner’s World Fantasy Award-winning retelling of the classic legend, with a new introduction by Lisa Tuttle. A minstrel lives by his words, his tunes, and sometimes by his lies. But when the bold … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: Grendel

Our first Fantasy Masterworks spotlight is a brilliantly-executed retelling of Beowulf from the point of view of the monster, Grendel, with a new introduction by Adam Roberts. Fantasy Masterworks paperback | Gateway eBook   When Grendel is drawn up from … Continue reading

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New Title Spotlight: The Iron Grail

Long before King Arthur is born to rule England, the enchanter Merlin is caught up in a tangled web of magic andmayhem, treachery, truth and heady enchantment.     Seven centuries have passed since Merlin journeyed with Jason and his … Continue reading

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On This Day: James Doohan Died

Much has been written about the trinity at the centre of Star Trek –  Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but for some of us, the heart of the show (and certainly of the USS Enterprise) has always been Chief Engineer … Continue reading

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