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Anniversaries

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 the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts and, at the age of sixteen, began drawing professionally for Comics. He worked on […]

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On This Day: Jerry Yulsman

Writer and photographer Jerome (Jerry) Yulsman was born on this day in 1924. Beginning his career as a military photographer, Yulsman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to New York as a freelance photographer, chronicling the cultural rebellion and renaissance of post-war […]

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Happy Birthday, Karen Joy Fowler!

The list of authors who are equally acclaimed from within the genre and by the mainstream literary establishment is a short one (an oversight that is almost – but not entirely – a one-sided affair). There’s J.G. Ballard, of course, and his friend Michael Moorcock; there’s Ursula K. Le Guin and Doris Lessing; Iain (M.) […]

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Remembering Jack Kirby

Psst! Hey you! Yeah, you. You like comic books? Yeah? Then you should be sayin’ a big ‘thank you’ to the King. Twenty-three years ago today, the man who was arguably the single greatest creative influence on modern comics (with apologies and a nod to Stan the Man), passed away in Thousand Oaks, California, at […]

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Gateway Essentials: Henry Kuttner

Henry Kuttner was born in Los Angeles, in 1915. As a young man he worked for the literary agency of his uncle, Laurence D’Orsay, before selling his first story, ‘The Graveyard Rats’, to Weird Tales in early 1936. In 1940 Kuttner married fellow writer C. L. Moore, whom he met through the ‘Lovecraft Circle’”, a […]

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Gateway Essentials: Edmond Hamilton

Forty years ago, today, Edmond Moore Hamilton died, in Lancaster, California. Although his first published sale, ‘The Monster-God of Mamurth’ in the August 1926 issue of Weird Tales, was very firmly in the pulp tradition of Abraham Merritt and H. P. Lovecraft, Hamilton would go on to become one of the formative voices in American […]

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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!

Gregory Albert Benford was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, in 1941. A leading writer of Hard SF, he received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. His breakthrough novel, Timescape, won both the Nebula and John W. Campbell […]

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Gateway Essentials: Philip José Farmer

Ninety-nine years ago, today, in North Terre Haute, Indiana, Philip José Farmer was born. Winner of three Hugos, the SFWA Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award for life achievement, Farmer was a pioneer in introducing radical themes into SF. His 1952 novella ‘The Lovers’ is credited with breaking the taboo on sex in […]

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Gateway Essentials: Keith Laumer

Keith Laumer was born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was a United States Air Force officer and a diplomat. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then took two bachelor’s degrees in science and architecture at the University of Illinois. His first […]

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Happy Birthday, Buzz Aldrin!

Today is a great day to celebrate a great man.  We’re sure you’ve seen something about it in the media, and we wanted to throw our hats into the ring and add our voice to the millions who rightly view this man as a real hero – not just of the United States of America, […]

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Happy Birthday, Geoffrey Hoyle!

Geoffrey Hoyle was born in Scunthorpe in 1941, the son of renowned astronomer and science fiction writer, Sir Fred Hoyle.  He read economics at Cambridge and then worked in a variety of fields including theatre, advertising and television – he was scientific adviser on the ITV children’s SF programme Timeslip – but will be best […]

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On This Day: Walter M. Miller, Jr. Died

On this day, in 1996, the body of Walter M. Miller, Jr was discovered, at his home in Florida (according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction; other sources place the date earlier). He took his own life, shortly after the death of his wife, Anna. Miller was never prolific, publishing only about  three dozen stories […]

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