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On This Day: Hugo Gernsback

On this day in 1884, one of the most influential figures in the history of science fiction, Hugo Gernsback,  was born. How influential? Well, he launched the first fully-dedicated SF magazine, Amazing Stories, first coined the phrase ‘scientifiction‘, which later became the term we know and love; he appended ‘PhD’ to the end of a […]

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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, was a recognised name in the genre by the time he was 21 and at […]

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On This Day: Virginia Kidd

Mildred Virginia Kidd was born on this day in 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An author, editor and literary agent, Kidd was a science fiction fan from childhood and a member of the influential fan group the Futurians. She was married to fellow-Futurian James Blish from 1947 to 1963 and the two of them, along with […]

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On This Day: Richard Evans

Twenty-one years ago today, former Gollancz editor and founder of Orbit, Richard Evans passed away. From The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: (1950-1996) UK sf editor for various London publishers: Futura – where he launched the Orbit sf imprint – in the 1970s, Hutchinson/Arrow until 1983, and finally Gollancz, where he remained a senior editor until […]

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Happy Birthday, Hugo Gernsback!

Today marks the 129th anniversary of the birth of Hugo Gernsback, one of the most influential figures in the history of science fiction. How influential? Well, he launched the first fully-dedicated SF magazine, Amazing Stories, first coined the phrase ‘scientifiction‘, which later became the term we know and love; he appended ‘PhD’ to the end […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: March 2013

‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov       Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: The Year’s Best Science Fiction . . . This […]

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Somewhere, Over the Rainbow

This was originally written for the British Fantasy Society Journal, and is re-posted here with their kind permission. If you’re interested in joining the BFS, or learning more about the society, you can get in touch with them through their website. At every literary convention in the world there is a panel devoted to one […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Dangerous Visions

Dangerous Visions is widely regarded as being the most influential anthology of all time. It helped define the New Wave movement in the United States, and its contents page reads like a Who’s Who of science fiction in the ’60s: Evensong by Lester del Rey Flies by Robert Silverberg The Day After the Day the […]

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Happy Birthday, Doris Piserchia

Thanks to our friends at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, we see that today is the birthday of much admired author Doris Piserchia, who recently signed with SF Gateway, and whose novels will be made available over the coming months. Among many others, October 1st is also the birthday of noted anthologist, editor and critic Mike Ashley, Métal […]

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