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Gateway Essentials: Pat Cadigan

Today, we direct your attention to one of the great forces for good in modern SF, the one and only Pat Cadigan. Twice winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 1992 for Synners and then again in 1995 for Fools, Pat has also been shortlisted multiple times for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. […]

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21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

GQ magazine recently published a list of 21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of, asking Ever come across a book – on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s Bachelor viewing party – that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflection: July 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘Persons From Porlock’ In the summer of 1798 (he […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: June 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘The Ruin’ Many great works of science fiction, from […]

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Title Spotlight: Darwinia

Our current crop of Spotlight Titles share a common, topical theme.  First up: Robert Charles Wilson’s Aurora Award-winner, Darwinia . . . In 1912 the world changes overnight. Europe and all its inhabitants disappear, replaced by a primeval continent which becomes known as Darwinia: a strange land in which evolution has followed a different path. […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: May 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘My Trip to the Future’ I used to be […]

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On This Day: Alan Shepard

On this day, fifty-five years ago, Commander (later Rear Admiral) Alan Shepard became the first American in space, when he piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission on a fifteen-minute sub-orbital flight. Although, three weeks earlier, on April 12th, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space (and the first to orbit the […]

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ICYMI: From the Attic X: Travel Light

As previously noted, we have been republishing noted critic and reviewer Kev McVeigh’s ‘From the Attic’ columns over recent months, to give new readers the opportunity to encounter his sage observations on some very important and all-too-often overlooked authors . . . Imagine a world where a 1950s fantasy novel became first a cult classic […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: March 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘Writing Under the Influence’ “Nothing comes from nothing,” said […]

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Gender in Science Fiction, a BBC Radio 4 Documentary

Tomorrow BBC Radio 4 is airing a documentary that explores how science fiction tackles issues of gender. This accompanying article from the BBC highlights ten brilliant and influential female SF authors. From Mary Shelley, often credited with founding the science fiction genre with Frankenstein (1818), and Ursula K. Le Guin, who has “nourished the sci-fi […]

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Five of the Best . . . Moon novels!

Look no further: today on the Gateway blog we have five of the best moon-based novels you could ever hope to read . . .   A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar […]

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ICYMI: From the Attic IX: This Map IS the Territory

As previously noted, we will be republishing noted critic and reviewer Kev McVeigh’s ‘From the Attic’ columns over the coming weeks, to give new readers the opportunity to encounter his sage observations on some very important and all-too-often overlooked authors . . .   Rereading the stories of Karen Joy Fowler I am made aware […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: January 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘A Famous Fantastic Mystery’ I want to tell you […]

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ICYMI: From the Attic VIII: Short Stories from the ’80s & ’90s (Mostly)

As previously noted, we will be republishing noted critic and reviewer Kev McVeigh’s ‘From the Attic’ columns over the coming weeks, to give new readers the opportunity to encounter his sage observations on some very important and all-too-often overlooked authors . . . Two things: 1. SFF has seemed to me to be the one […]

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5 Great Novels to Help You Forget Star Wars

It seems that the Los Angeles Times rung in the New Year with a piece controversially noting that Star Wars is not the beginning and end of science fiction. It lists five great SF novels and it pleases us greatly that three of them are SF Masterworks. Can you guess which author is described as […]

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