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Gateway Essentials: Hal Clement

‘Hal Clement’ is the nom de plume under which Harry Clement Stubbs wrote science fiction (he used his full name for science articles, and painted as ‘George Richard’). Born in Massachusetts on this day in 1922, he graduated from Harvard with a BSc in astronomy, and later added degrees in chemistry and education. A former […]

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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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On This Day: Garrett P. Serviss Died

Garrett Putman Serviss was an American astronomer and early science fiction writer. He was born in upstate New York in 1851 and majored in science at Cornell University. He also studied law at Columbia University although he never worked as an attorney, instead becoming a journalist for The New York Sun in 1876. At the […]

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Gateway Essentials: Colin Greenland

Colin Greenland was born in Dover, Kent, on this day in 1954, and educated at Oxford,  is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Take Back Plenty. He has contributed short stories to many anthologies and magazines as well as reviews of […]

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Gateway Essentials: Philip E. High

Philip E(mpson) High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on this very day in 1914. At the age of thirteen, he chanced upon ed an imported copy of Astounding Stories, and was hooked on science fiction from that day forward. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, where he did his best […]

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Announcing a New SF Masterwork!

Today is Ian Watson’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Ian!), which seems as good a reason as any to devote today’s post to his Gateway Essentials titles, don’t you think? First, some background: Ian Watson was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on April 20th, 1943 and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class Honours degree […]

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The Titanic: 105 Years On

105 years ago today, the most famous of all maritime disasters occurred: the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg south of Newfoundland. The Titanic’s hull containing sixteen separate airtight compartments, causing some to refer to it as ‘unsinkable’, but the iceberg opened five of these compartments to the ocean and the rest is history: it sank, […]

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Gateway Essentials: Terry Carr

Terry Gene Carr was born in Oregon in 1937. An enthusiastic publisher of fanzines since his early teens, Carr was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fanzine five times, winning in 1959, and for Best Fan Writer three times, winning in 1973. Despite a distinguished career in professional publishing, he continued to participate in fandom […]

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On This Day: Isaac Asimov

The great Isaac Asimov died twenty-five years ago today, in New York. He was a compelling science writer and a hugely important science fiction writer. Along with fellow greats Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein, he was one of The Big Three, to whom so many modern writers owe at least a smidgen of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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