Happy Birthday, Patricia A. McKillip and Tim Powers!
It seems oddly fitting that two of modern fantasy’s finest authors should have their birthdays on that Brigadoon of dates, the 29th February. Tim Powers and Patricia A. McKillip, boasting six World Fantasy Awards between them (for now!), today celebrate their sixteenth and seventeenth birthdays, respectively. To catalogue their literary triumphs would take us up […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!
Dr Gregory Benford, born on this day in 1941, is a man of many talents. A Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California, he is also one of the world’s leading writers of Hard SF and a contributing editor of Reason magazine. He is perhaps best known for his 1979 novel Timescape – […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Robert Silverberg!
Today is Robert Silverberg‘s birthday. He enters his ninth decade on this Earth, over sixty years since his first professional publication. In the unlikely event that any of you are asking ‘who’s Robert Silverberg?’, let us answer with a question of our own – one guaranteed to spark robust discussions (if not outright arguments) in […]Read More
On This Day: Leigh Brackett
On this day 100 years ago, Leigh Douglas Brackett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her planetary romances – particularly the Stark stories – might carry echoes of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ John Carter, but Brackett’s tales were written with a sophistication belying their pulp roots. Indeed, no less an authority than Michael Moorcock has claimed […]Read More
On This Day: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset, on the 16th December, 1917. He was the last of The Big Three to leave us, passing away in 2008 (Robert A. Heinlein died in 1988 and Isaac Asimov in 1992). He served in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1946 where he worked as a […]Read More
Sir Patrick Moore Three Years On
This post first appeared, in a slightly different form, in 2013, a year after Sir Patrick Moore’s death. The emotions that prompted it in that first instance are virtually the same today, so we re-present it here with minimal changes. He was a great man and we still miss him . . . It is […]Read More
Happy Birthday, John Crowley!
Today SF Gateway wishes a very Happy Birthday to three-time World Fantasy Award-winner, John Crowley. John Crowley is the author of a hugely-acclaimed body of SF and Fantasy, including SF Masterworks The Deep and Engine Summer and Fantasy Masterworks Little, Big and Aegypt. paperback | eBook paperback | eBook paperback | eBook paperback | […]Read More
Something in the Water VI: Even More Bornying
Because YOU demanded it**: the return of our semi-regular feature in which we marvel at how The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function makes for fascinating reading and, occasionally throws up days with an infeasibly high level of cool people being born. And, one of those days – at the risk of […]Read More
On This Day: Ferderik Pohl
On this day in 1919, author, editor, literary agent and fan Frederik Pohl was born in New York. Pohl was a member of the influential SF group The Futurians, along with such major SF figures as Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Damon Knight, C.M. Kornbluth, Judith Merril and Donald Wollheim. Throughout a long and glittering career, he […]Read More
On This Day: Poul Anderson
Poul William Anderson was born on this day in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in 1926. Born of Scandinavian parents, he lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak of the Second World War. He was a SFWA Grand Master, winner of seven Hugo Awards and three Nebulas – and father-in-law of Greg Bear. In common with some of […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Michael Bishop!
Celebrating his Biblical three-score-and-ten, today, is Michael Lawson Bishop, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 12th November 1945. A published author for forty-five years, since his story ‘Piñon Fall’ appeared in the October 1970 issue of Galaxy, Michael Bishop has produced sixteen novels and as many story collections. His work has been shortlisted multiple times for […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Michael Dirda!
Today is the birthday of editor, author, critic, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and friend of the Gateway, Michael Dirda. In a literary establishment too often eager to denigrate genre fiction, Michael Dirda stands out as a beacon of fair-mindedness and erudition. A long-time Book World editor for the Washington Post, for whom he now writes a […]Read More