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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford

Dr Gregory Benford, Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California and one of the world’s leading writers of ‘Hard SF‘, was born on this day in 1941. He is perhaps best known for his 1979 novel Timescape – which won the Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial and BSFA Awards for best […]

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Adventures in Ice by Michael Scott Rohan

SF Gateway is delighted to present a guest post from acclaimed fantasy author Michael Scott Rohan, author of the award-winning Winter of the World series. Everyone said what a good idea it was making Ice the evil force in my Winter of the World books, but it seemed quite natural to me. I grew up […]

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Classic SF Anagrams: The Solutions

For those of you still scratching your heads over Friday’s anagrams (or, indeed, over why allegedly grown adults would spend their time creating such a thing), here are the answers: Mash the Demon! Die! is an anagram of the very first Hugo-winner, Alfred Bester‘s The Demolished Man Edit: No, it isn’t. As pointed our by […]

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Editors’ Choice: Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson

Nothing reminds me that we’re living in the future quite as much as writing a sentence like ‘I read Darwinia towards the end of last century’.  Sure, I know the 21st century is only a dozen years old but it still sounds kind of . . . epochal.  And I don’t want to hear any […]

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SF Gateway Author of the Week: James P. Blaylock

James P. Blaylock won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1987.  He has two World Fantasy Awards for short fiction and has been shortlisted for best novel five times. Along with fellow Californians, Tim Powers and K. W. Jeter, he has as good a claim as any to be regarded as the father of Steampunk. […]

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Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was born 22nd January, 1906. Although a published writer for little more than a decade, his influence on the sword & sorcery genre is enormous. He was the creator of a bewildering array of pulp heroes including the puritan adventurer Solomon Kane, the Pictish king Bran Mac Morn, Celtic chieftain Cormac Mac Art, […]

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I beg your pardon. Are you accusing us of a club-fisted David Bowie reference in a shameless attempt to attract traffic and move ourselves up the search results? We’ve never been so insulted in all our life . . . but in the words of one Bilbo Baggins of Hobbiton (via New Zealand): ‘Fair enough.’ […]

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Jack Vance on the Sofa

This week’s offering from excellent SF audio podcast StarShipSofa includes the first part of ‘The Moon Moth’ by Jack Vance. StarShipSofa productions are always professional and engaging and are an ideal opportunity to sample the short fiction of a new author, or hear a fresh take on an old favourite. We heartily recommend them as […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys

Our SF Masterwork of the Week is Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys. We could introduce this classic of claustrophobic SF to you by telling you that noted critic Graham Sleight considers Rogue Moon to be ‘one of the half-dozen essential SF novels‘. We could point out that Hugo Award-winning author James Blish thought the book […]

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SF Gateway Author of the Week: Arthur C. Clarke

Born December 16th, 1917, our Author of the Week, the late, great Sir Arthur C. Clarke would have been 95 last weekend. Sadly, Sir Arthur has been gone these last four years, but his legacy remains. Many of our finest SF writers acknowledge his influence, just as Clarke, himself, acknowledged the influence of Olaf Stapledon […]

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A Public Service Announcement for North American Readers

SF Gateway: Now with added list of US & Canadian rights goodness! We receive many emails, forum posts and tweets from readers (for which, by the way, thank you).  Some query the absence of certain authors, others the absence of certain books, and yet others ask why we’ve published a series out of order.  Good […]

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On This Day (26 Years Apart)

Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination. Ninety-nine years ago, today, Alfred Bester was born. You might recognise the verse above from his stunning SF classic, The Stars My Destination (initially titled Tiger! Tiger! in its UK edition), first published in 1956. Bester […]

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SF Gateway Author of the Week: Nicola Griffith

There’s an international symmetry about two of our spotlighted authors this week. Pat Cadigan, author of our Editors’ Choice, Patterns, was born in the  United States but now lives in London, and our latest SF Gateway Author of the Week is the multi-award-winning Nicola Griffith, who was born in the UK and now lives in […]

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SF Gateway Author of the Week: James Blish

For many years, in my early days as a science fiction reader, James Blish was known to me for one thing only: he was the writer of the Star Trek novelisations I went through a phase of reading. I recall them being pretty good adaptations of classic Star Trek episodes, but certainly nothing exceptional enough […]

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Remembering Robert Holdstock

It’s three years ago, today, that Robert Holdstock passed away. Some four months after the publication of what would be his final novel – fittingly, a Ryhope Wood tale – the fantasy genre lost one of its modern masters, and those of us who were lucky enough to know the man as well as the […]

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