Category Archives: Essentials

Gateway Essentials: John W. Campbell, Jr

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on this day in 1910, John Wood Campbell, Jr studied physics at MIT and then Duke University. Campbell was a prolific early pulp writer – he made his first sale while still in his teens, … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Hal Clement

‘Hal Clement’ is the nom de plume under which Harry Clement Stubbs wrote science fiction (he used his full name for science articles, and painted as ‘George Richard’). Born in Massachusetts on this day in 1922, he graduated from Harvard … Continue reading

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Title Spotlight: Dreaming In Smoke

We thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate the presence of Tricia Sullivan’s awesome Occupy Me on the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, by reminding you that this is not Tricia’s first rodeo!  She was shortlisted in 2011 for … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City in 1918. Sturgeon was not a pseudonym; his name was legally changed after his parents’ divorce. After selling his first SF story to Astounding in 1939, he travelled for … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Colin Greenland

Colin Greenland was born in Dover, Kent, on this day in 1954, and educated at Oxford,  is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Take Back Plenty. … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon was born near Liverpool on this day in 1886, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Richard M. McKenna

Richard Milton McKenna was born in Idaho on this day in 1913. He left his rural roots in search of bigger opportunities and joined the US Navy in 1931. This is where he spent most of his adult life, serving … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Philip E. High

Philip E(mpson) High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on this very day in 1914. At the age of thirteen, he chanced upon ed an imported copy of Astounding Stories, and was hooked on science fiction from that day forward. He … Continue reading

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Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Fantasy Masterpiece

At the end of last week, we talked about Ursula K. Le Guin’s incredibly impressive body of SF work, through the prism of the titles in our SF Masterworks series. As promised, this week, we celebrate her Fantasy: specifically, the … Continue reading

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Announcing a New SF Masterwork!

Today is Ian Watson’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Ian!), which seems as good a reason as any to devote today’s post to his Gateway Essentials titles, don’t you think? First, some background: Ian Watson was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on … Continue reading

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