Category Archives: Masterworks

Masterworks Spotlight: The Food of the Gods

We have to more of H G Wells’ science fiction masterpieces on the Gateway Home Page this week, and the first of them is his classicstory of unchecked scientific progress and unforseen consequences, The Food of the Gods. Two scientists … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen F. McHugh!

Today is Maureen F. McHugh’s birthday. Nominated for an impressive sixty-one awards, she’s best-known for the extraordinary debut novel, China Mountain Zhang, which was shortlisted  for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and wonof the James Tiptree Memorial Award, the Locus Award … Continue reading

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On This Day: Jerry Yulsman

Writer and photographer Jerome (Jerry) Yulsman was born on this day in 1924. Beginning his career as a military photographer, Yulsman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Karen Joy Fowler!

The list of authors who are equally acclaimed from within the genre and by the mainstream literary establishment is a short one (an oversight that is almost – but not entirely – a one-sided affair). There’s J.G. Ballard, of course, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!

Gregory Albert Benford was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, in 1941. A leading writer of Hard SF, he received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: The War of the Worlds

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Robert A. Heinlein

So where, one might ask, does one start with Robert A. Heinlein? Well, frankly, you could start just about anywhere! Heinlein won the Hugo Award four times for best novel (for Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land … Continue reading

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Gateway Essentials: Greg Bear

It could be argued that, if you are the recipient of five Nebula Awards, and two Hugos, and have been nominated for, or won, SF awards a staggering eighty-seven times, that all of your works are essential, but as that … Continue reading

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Invisible Man

The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking from Bramblehurst railway station and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly … Continue reading

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On This Day: Walter M. Miller, Jr. Died

On this day, in 1996, the body of Walter M. Miller, Jr was discovered, at his home in Florida (according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction; other sources place the date earlier). He took his own life, shortly after the … Continue reading

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