Gene Wolfe: 1931-2019
We are saddened to learn of the death of Gene Wolfe. Truly one of the quiet giants of science fiction and fantasy literature, Gene Wolfe’s influence is felt enormously and he is widely admired with many citing him as an inspiration due to the consistent high quality and intense literary achievement of his work. His […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Alastair Reynolds!
Today we wish a very happy birthday to one of the greats of modern space opera, Alastair Reynolds. As well as being a marvellous writer in his own right, Al is also a great champion of classic SF. His debut novel, Revelation Space recently joined the SF Masterworks list, and he wrote the introductions to […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Gene Wolfe
‘Genius’ is an overused word in modern cultural life, but occasionally it is bestowed reasonably and accurately, with little or no dissent. One such case is Gene Wolfe, described by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as quite possibly the SF field’s most important author. Winner of two Nebulas, four World Fantasy Awards, a John W. […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: Sword and Citadel
A couple of weeks ago, we were singing the praises of Shadow and Claw, the first half of Gene Wolfe‘s masterpiece The Book of the New Sun. Shadow and Claw contains BSFA and World Fantasy Award-winner The Shadow of the Torturer and Nebula Award-winner The Claw of the Conciliator. Now, we’re delighted to be presenting […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: Shadow and Claw
Way back in the mists of time, when SF Gateway was taking its first tentative digital steps into the world, I wrote about the first half of Gene Wolfe’s epic The Book of the New Sun – Shadow and Claw – which had just been voted one of the top ten Gollancz titles over our […]Read More
Happy Publication Day 10th November 2016
We have a range of remarkable books out today, including hugely influential classics, psychedelic SF, evil superheroes, mammoths and secret cities. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep […]Read More
On This Day: Damon Knight Died
On this day in 2002, one of the all-time greats of Science Fiction passed away. Author, editor, critic, fan: few people have had such a great and varied impact on modern SF as Damon Knight. From membership of seminal SF group the Futurians, through years of incisive reviews and criticism, to editorship of the influential […]Read More
Neil Gaiman Recommends!
Over at One Grand Books, Neil Gaiman selects his top ten favourites – and we’re delighted to feature strongly! At Number 9, Neil chooses Roger Zelazny‘s Hugo-winning Lord of Light (which was the novel at the heart of an audacious CIA hostage-rescue operation, as dramatised in Ben Affleck’s Argo!). Not strictly speaking a Gateway […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Michael Bishop!
Celebrating his Biblical three-score-and-ten, today, is Michael Lawson Bishop, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 12th November 1945. A published author for forty-five years, since his story ‘Piñon Fall’ appeared in the October 1970 issue of Galaxy, Michael Bishop has produced sixteen novels and as many story collections. His work has been shortlisted multiple times for […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Gene Wolfe!
Today, one of SF & Fantasy’s most extraordinary voices celebrates his 84th birthday. ‘Genius’ is an overused word in modern life but I can’t think of too many people who would object to it being used in association with Gene Wolfe. Certainly, two Nebulas, four World Fantasy Awards, a Campbell, A BFS, a BSFA and […]Read More
SF Gateway & Gollancz: the World Fantasy Award Winners
So far this year, we’ve looked at how Gollancz and SF Gateway have fared in the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, BSFA, John W. Campbell Memorial and British Fantasy Awards. Now, as we move towards the year’s end, it’s time to assess the World Fantasy Awards. First presented in 1975, there have been – thanks to […]Read More
SF Gateway & Gollancz: the British Fantasy Award-Winners
Well, we certainly do seem to be getting through the awards calendar, don’t we? No sooner do we bid farewell to the Hugos for another year than the British Fantasy Awards begin to loom large in our future. Gollancz is delighted to have two authors shortlisted for the best novel awards*, this year: Joe Hill […]Read More
SFX Book Club: The Shadow of the Torturer
And so, by the time you read this, another Worldcon will be more or less over; another army of fans, authors, artists, editors and agents dispersed to return to everyday life. It is, for me at least, both a relief (you can’t keep up a con-level of sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and alcohol abuse for much […]Read More
Happy birthday Gene Wolfe. And thank you. Again.
How best to celebrate the birthday of a much loved writer? Give people the present of one of his books. How best to recommend one of his books? Quote from it. So, in celebration of the amazing Gene Wolfe, let me recommend my favourite work of his to you by quoting randomly from it. Letting […]Read More
Happy Birthday Gene Wolfe
Today is the 83rd birthday of one of SF & Fantasy’s most extraordinary voices. ‘Genius’ is an overused word in modern life (as is ‘celebrity’ – don’t get us started!) but I’m prepared to go out on a limb and say that it’s absolutely merited on this occasion. Having already written glowingly about Gene Wolfe […]Read More