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John Wyndham

On This Day: John Wyndham

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born on this day in 1903 (or possibly 1902 – it’s a long story), and the world would never look at meteor showers or blonde-haired children in quite the same way again. Prior to the Second World War, he wrote and published under a bewildering array of pen […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Midwich Cuckoos

Our latest SF Masterwork spotlight is a favourite of many at Gateway Towers: John Wyndham’s classic tale of strange alien children in our midst. The Midwich Cuckoos is a masterpiece of paranoia and suspense . . . In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Chrysalids

Nothing at all should be read into the fact that our two current SF Masterworks spotlights are a post apocalyptic tale driven by fear and hatred of those that are different, and the story of an alien visitor to Earth who brings knowledge but is greeted with fear and suspicion. That’s just how the publishing […]

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Happy Publication Day 9th June 2016!

It’s publication day and it’s raining paperbacks. Paperbacks, the books you can really sink your teeth into! We’ve got everything from the literary fantastic to Vikings to time travel to ships sailing across deserts and even a classic of science fiction!   The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock is part-autobiography, part-fantasy travelogue, part ode to […]

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Happy Publication Day 12th May 2016

We’re thrilled to be releasing a bumper crop of books today – head to your bookshop or favourite website for a selection of the best of SF and fantasy. This week Gollancz has everything you might need, from one of the best-known classics of SF to the culmination of an epic ten-book fantasy series with […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Day of the Triffids

We are delighted to welcome back to the SF Masterworks a modern classic of a science fiction: The Day of the Triffids, the novel that invented the ‘cosy catastrophe’. When Bill Masen wakes up in his hospital bed, he has reason to be grateful for the bandages that covered his eyes the night before. For he […]

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Welcoming John Wyndham to the Masterworks

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born on this day in 1903, in Knowle, Warwickshire.  Although he published work under the pen names John Beynon Harris, John Beynon, Wyndham Parkes, Lucas Parkes and Johnson Harris, he was, of course, best known to the literary world as John Wyndham: master of the cosy catastrophe. Which […]

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Master of the Cosy Catastrophe

One hundred and ten years ago, today, John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born, and the world would never look at meteor showers or blonde-haired children in quite the same way again. Prior to the Second World War, he wrote and published under a bewildering array of pen names – John Beynon, Wyndham Parkes […]

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Living in an SF Novel

Your humble SF Gateway scribe tries hard to stay abreast of current events and generally considers himself to be reasonably well-informed. Sometimes, though, things slip by. You know how it is: occasionally, the morning routine is interrupted – the alarm gets snoozed once too often, the kids are taking twice as long to get ready […]

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