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ICYMI: From the Attic

Two years ago today, we published the first in a series of posts wherein SF reviewer and critic, Kev McVeigh looked at a issue both topical and important: the place of women in SF and Fantasy. As well as addressing some historical injustices, Kev highlighted a number of more modern women writers who have been […]

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On This Day: Doris Lessing

On this day in 1919, Doris May Taylor Lessing was born in Kermanshah, in what is now Iran, but was then Persia. She spent her early life in Zimbabwe (then known as Southern Rhodesia), moving to the UK in 1949, where she almost immediately set about building her astonishing body of work. A serial collector […]

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Happy Birthday, Ursula Le Guin!

On this day, eighty-six years ago, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born. We’re not sure whether she’s celebrating the event, but we certainly are! Apart from being one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, she is that rarest of writers: one fêted by the literary establishment […]

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Reposting: Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: October 2015

Owing to a technical error, Robert Silverberg’s Reflections piece did not update for October. This is now rectified so we’re re-presenting this piece with the correct link . . .     ‘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 […]

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On This Day: E C Tubb was born

Courtesy of our friends at the Hugo Award-winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – and, in particular, their excellent On This Day function – we are able to celebrate the birth of one of the great figures of British science fiction: Edwin Charles Tubb, born on this day in 1919. Author of over 100 novels, including […]

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On This Day: Barrington J Bayley Died

Thanks (once again) to the wonders of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function, we can tell you that Barrington J. Bayley passed away on this day in 2008. It may be an overstatement to refer to Bayley as one of British SF’s ‘forgotten authors’ but certainly he’s not as prominent in […]

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On This Day: Arkady Strugatsky Died

On this day in 1991, Arkady Strugatsky died in Moscow. A graduate of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, he worked as a teacher and interpreter of English and Japanese until 1955, when he began working as an editor and writer. Three years later, he began the collaboration with his brother, Boris,which would last the […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: October 2015

    ‘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: ‘Star (Psi Cassiopeia)‘ It was a casual glance into an […]

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On This Day: Alfred Bester Died

On this day in 1987, Alfred Bester passed away and the SF world lost one its brightest stars. From The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Educated in both humanities and sciences – including Psychology, perhaps the most important “science” in his sf – at the University of Pennsylvania, Bester entered sf when he submitted a story […]

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On This Day: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

The name most frequently associated with modern rocketry is that of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German rocket scientist who moved to the United States at the end of the Second World War, known to many as ‘the Father of Rocket Science’. And, to be fair, when one considers that his career is more or […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: September 2015

‘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 Sixth Palace’ More than fifty years ago I wrote a short […]

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On This Day: JRR Tolkien Passed Away

They say ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. On that basis, long-time readers of the Gateway blog might recognise this piece, which was originally posted to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Tolkien’s death. But as the sentiments are unchanged, we thought we’d share it again . . . John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died forty-two […]

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On This Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on this day in 1875, and although one-hundred-and-forty years have passed, if you were asked to tick off famous fictional characters on your fingers, chances are that before you made it to your second hand you’d name his signature character. There’s a very good argument to be made for Tarzan […]

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On This Day: Jack Vance

On this day, ninety-nine years ago, John Holbrook ‘Jack’ Vance was born in San Francisco, California. Winner of three Hugos, a Nebula and a World Fantasy Award, he was given the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984, named a SFWA Grand Master in 1997 and inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame […]

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On This Day: John Brunner Died

On this day, twenty years ago, John Brunner passed away during the 1995 Glasgow Worldcon.  Brunner was a remarkable writer, whose career seems to divide neatly into two very different streams. To quote The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: In the end, his name depends on two strands of his output: on his significant contributions to […]

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