Happy Birthday, Chris Foss!
Today is the future’s birthday. Well, not quite, but for SF fans of a certain vintage, one name is synonymous with the look of the future – at least, the look of the spaceships of […]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 […]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 […]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 […]Read More
On This Day: James Doohan was Born
Much has been written about the trinity at the centre of Star Trek – Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but for some of us, the heart of the show (and certainly of the USS Enterprise) […]Read More
Happy Birthday, David Pringle!
Today is the birthday of noted editor David Pringle. In addition to producing two of the best reading guides for the modern genre – Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels and Modern Fantasy: The 100 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
On This Day: Iain M. Banks
On this day in 1954, Iain Menzies Banks was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Do we need to explain who Iain M. Banks is? No, we do not. For many years he was Britain’s bestselling SF […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Maureen F. McHugh!
Today is Maureen F. McHugh’s birthday. Nominated for an impressive sixty-one awards, she’s best-known for the extraordinary debut novel, China Mountain Zhang, which was shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and wonof the James Tiptree […]Read More
Remembering Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta, one of the most influential artists in the fantasy field, was born on this day, in New York, in 1928. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction notes: A native New Yorker, he studied at […]Read More