Gateway Essentials: A. Bertram Chandler
Born on this day in Aldershot, in 1912, A(rthur) Bertram Chandler was a British writer who served in the Merchant Navy from 1928. He sailed the world in everything from tramp steamers to troop transports, and emigrated to Australia in 1956, where he commanded merchant ships under Australian and New Zealand flags until his retirement […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Elizabeth Scarborough
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born in Kansas City in 1947, and now lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington. She won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer’s War, and has written more than a dozen other novels. She has collaborated with Anne McCaffrey – best-known for creating the Dragonriders of […]Read More
Ursula K. LeGuin’s Orsinia
Over at the TLS, the always insightful Roz Kaveney looks at The Library of America’s new edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Orsinia, which collectes the stories in Orsinian Tales and the novel Malafrena – all set in Le Guin’s imaginary central European country of Orsinia. Malafrena, though, deserves to be ranked alongside The Dispossessed […]Read More
Happy Birthday, William Shatner!
Stardate 8879.58: A new life form has entered the world. Although there are no signs of any … irregularities, I sense a … strange destiny … for this child. This … boy they call … Bill. Yes, we know we’ve posted this before, but . . . come on: it’s not every day it’s William […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Karl Edward Wagner
Karl Edward Wagner (pronounced ‘WAG-nuh’, not ‘VARG-nuh’) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned a degree in history from Kenyon College in 1967 and a degree in psychiatry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Despite this training, Wagner disliked the medical profession and abandoned it upon establishing himself as a writer; his disillusionment […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Pamela Sargent!
An important voice in feminist SF, Pamela Sargent came to prominence as an editor with the ‘Women of Wonder’ SF anthologies, beginning in the mid-seventies, and she has continued to edit works of genre interest. An award-winning short fiction and novel writer, her works include the ‘Earthminds’, ‘Seed’ and ‘Venus’ trilogies, all available as SF […]Read More
Happy Birthday, William Gibson!
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. With this iconic opening line from his debut novel, Neuromancer, William Gibson lit the blue touch paper on the nascent sub-genre known as Cyberpunk. Although Gibson did not invent Cyberpunk (that honour goes to Bruce Bethke in the November 1983 […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: JT McIntosh
J. T. McIntosh was the pseudonym used by Scottish writer and journalist James Murdoch MacGregor, under which all of his SF writing appeared (with the exception of a single story). Born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1925, he began publishing science fiction in 1950 with ‘The Curfew Tolls’, which appeared in John W. Campbell‘s Astounding Science […]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: John T. Sladek
John Sladek was born in Iowa in 1937 but moved to the UK in 1966, where he became involved with the British New Wave movement, centred on Michael Moorcock‘s groundbreaking New Worlds magazine. Sladek began writing SF with ‘The Happy Breed’, which appeared in Harlan Ellison‘s seminal anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and is now […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Pat Murphy
Today is the birthday of Nebula, Philip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy Award-winning author Pat Murphy! Pat Murphy is probably best-known for her Nebula Award-winning The Falling Woman: Fantasy Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook But she is also the author of a well-regarded body of work, going back over forty years to […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Frank Herbert
Frank Patrick Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1920, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. worked as a reporter and editor on a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. He lived in Washington State until his death in 1986. According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: He began […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: The First Men in the Moon
It might not be one of the Father of Science Fiction’s most scientifically literate novels, but it remains a great favourite . . . As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo landing, let’s step back in time to when walking on the Moon was little more than a fantasy, with The First Men […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: The Time Machine
It’s only one of the most famous novels of . . . <ahem> all time . . . Continuing our celebration of the classic SF of H.G. Wells, we are delighted to present The Time Machine, in a new paperback edition with an introduction by Gwyneth Jones: A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Raymond F. Jones
Raymond F. (Fisher) Jones was born in Utah in 1915 and was a regular contributor to Astounding Stories and Galaxy Science Fiction among other pulp SF magazines. He is best known for the 1952 novel This Island Earth, which was famously filmed in 1955, one of the first major SF films to be produced in […]Read More