Monthly Archives: September 2016

Happy Birthday, Nicola Griffith!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to Nebula and James Tiptree Jr Award-winner – and friend of SF Gateway – the wonderful Nicola Griffith! Nicola has won the World Fantasy Award, two Lambdas and two Gaylactic Spectrum Awards for … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Damon Knight

In 1948, a young author by the name of A. E. van Vogt published the first ever SF hardback: a book titled The World of Null-A. Although little read these days, van Vogt was one of the major SF figures … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Connie Willis

Eleven Hugo Awards! Three for Best Novel, four for Best Novella, one for Best Novelette and three for Best Short Story. Seven Nebula Awards! Two for Best Novel, one for Best Novella, two for Best Novelette and two for Best … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Midwich Cuckoos

Our latest SF Masterwork spotlight is a favourite of many at Gateway Towers: John Wyndham’s classic tale of strange alien children in our midst. The Midwich Cuckoos is a masterpiece of paranoia and suspense . . . In the sleepy … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Fritz Leiber

It is a well-established article of faith that if you love modern epic or high fantasy, then you acknowledge a debt to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings. But what if your tastes run more to heroic fantasy or … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith

E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith (1890-1965) It is, remarkably, more than 100 years since Edward Elmer Smith began writing The Skylark of Space, the first novel in the series which created and exemplified the term ‘space opera‘. Originally written with the help … Continue reading

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H G Wells: 150th Anniversary

It is 150 years ago, today, that the founding father of British Science Fiction was born, in Bromley in Kent. His father was a shopkeeper and professional cricketer and his mother a former domestic servant.  After working as a draper’s … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the most successful Fantasy authors of all time, the Lord of Ice and Fire himself, George R. R. Martin! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad began publishing science fiction in 1963 and has been an important, if sometimes controversial, figure in the genre ever since. He was a regular contributor to New Worlds magazine and, ironically, the cause of its banning by W … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: Swastika Night

It is the single most popular topic for alternative histories: what if the Nazis had won the Second World War. It usually turns upon the Jonbar Point of Hitler not committing suicide in 1945 – although, in Stephen Fry‘s excellent … Continue reading

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