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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Gateway Essentials: Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943 and studied physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded and won a Purple Heart. The Forever War was his first SF novel and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, a feat which Forever Peace repeated. He […]

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Gateway Essentials: Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer and editor. He wrote the script for the hugely popular Star Trek episode, ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, the Nebula Award-winning novella, ‘A Boy and his Dog’, and many acclaimed stories including ‘Shatterday’ and ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’. […]

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On This Day: Joanna Russ

Joanna Russ, radical feminist author and scholar, was born on this day in 1937. An entertaining and challenging novelist, Russ began her writing career in the 1950s, although her feminist concerns only really emerged through her work with the publication of her Alyx stories in the 1960s. She was an out lesbian in a time […]

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Gateway Essentials: Richard A. Lupoff

Richard Allen Lupoff was born in New York, on this day, in 1935. In common with many of his contemporaries, he entered science fiction as a fan – indeed, his fanzine ‘Xero’ featured a stellar list of contributors including James Blish, Lin Carter, Avram Davidson, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison and Frederik Pohl, and […]

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On This Day: Richard Matheson

On this day in 1926, Richard Burton Matheson was born, in Allendale, New Jersey. Although a script writer of some note – including credits on Rod Serling‘s The Twilight Zone and Steven Spielberg‘s Duel (based on his own short story) – Matheson is now primarily remembered for his novels – in particular I Am Legend […]

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