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It Can’t Happen Here

On this day in 1951, American writer and playwright Harry Sinclair Lewis died in Rome, Italy. Sinclair Lewis was well regarded for his satirical novels and, in 1930, became the first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is probably best-known, now, though, for his 1935 satirical political novel It Can’t Happen Here, […]

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On This Day: Karel Capek & Algis Budrys

On this day, separated by a scant forty-one years and about four hundred miles, two important figures in the history of SF were born. Karel Čapek, born in 1890, was a Czech writer and playwright, whose chief contribution to science fiction was the not-inconsiderable introduction of the word ‘robot‘ to the international lexicon (it is […]

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Gateway Essentials: Robert Charles Wilson

Robert Charles Wilson was born in Whittier, California in 1953 but has spent most of his life in Canada, acquiring citizenship in 2007. He has won the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and has been described by Stephen King as ‘probably the finest science fiction author now writing’. […]

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Gateway Essentials: Arthur C. Clarke

A long time ago (OK: 1917, if you want to be precise), in a galaxy far, far away (well, yes: Minehead in Somerset, if you must be a pedant) . . . Arthur Charles Clarke was born, and the way the world perceived the music of Richard Strauss was about to change forever. Those of […]

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On This Day: Georges Méliès

On this day, 155 years ago, Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born in Paris, and future generations of SF fans were made happy. He was an illusionist and film director, and is renowned as a pioneer of the early days of cinema – particularly in the use of special effects such as time-lapse photography and multuiple exposure. […]

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On This Day: Walter B. Gibson Died

Walter B. Gibson may not be terribly well known, today, but for almost twenty years around the middle of last century, he was one of the most popular authors in the world. Writing under a bewildering aray of house names – John Abbington, Andy Adams, Ishi Black, Douglas Brown, C B Crowe, Felix Fairfax, Wilber […]

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Remembering Robert Holdstock

It is that sad day once again, when we remember one of our great friends who is no longer with us.  Hard to believe it’s seven years since Robert Holdstock made his last, final journey into the Wildwood. We still miss him. Frustratingly, this year’s anniversary also coincided with some security updates, which ran over […]

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Gateway Essentials: Poul Anderson

Poul William Anderson was born ninety years ago, today, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, so it seems an appropriate time to give his work the ‘Essentials treatment’ . . . Born of Scandinavian parents, Anderson lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak of the Second World War. He was a SFWA Grand Master, winner of seven Hugo […]

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On This Day: Forrest J. Ackerman

On this day, one hundred yeasrs ago, Forrest J. Ackerman was born, in Los Angeles, California. Although he was, throughout a long life dedicated to science fiction, an author, editor and agent, ‘Forry’ Ackerman is sadly little known to modern fans – which is a great shame because he led the way for all of […]

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On This Day: Margaret St Clair

On this day, twenty-one years ago, Margaret St Clair died. Her science fiction career began with ‘Rocket to Limbo’for Fantastic Adventures in November 1946, and she became a prolific writer of short fiction during the next decade and a half – both under her own name and under the pseudonym Idris Seabright. As The Encyclopedia […]

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Happy Birthday, Vincent Di Fate!

The awesome On This Day function on the indispensable Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – tells us that today is Vincent Di Fate’s birthday – and we thought it might be nice to celebrate one the key artists of modern science fiction. Of course, SF and Fantasy books have endured more than their fair share of […]

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Happy Birthday, Alan Dean Foster

Prolific author Alan Dean Foster turns 70 today! Born in New York City in 1946, Alan Dean Foster was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving Bachelors and Master’s degrees at UCLA, he spent two years as a copywriter for a California PR firm. His writing career began in 1968 when August Derleth bought a long […]

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