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Anniversaries

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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