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From the Archives: SF Masterwork of the Week: Doomsday Book

Connie Willis has accumulated an extraordinary 11 Hugo and 7 Nebula Awards during her glittering career. She has twice won the Hugo and Nebula with the same book – in 2010 with Blackout/All Clear, and before that in 1992 with our SF Masterwork of the Week, Doomsday Book. For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study […]

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From the Archives: SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Limbo

To my mind, Bernard Wolfe remains one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century When no less a judge than Harlan Ellison – himself certainly one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century – offers such heady praise, it would be wise to listen. So listern we did, and […]

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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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Gateway Essentials: Gene Wolfe

‘Genius’ is an overused word in modern cultural life, but occasionally it is bestowed reasonably and accurately, with little or no dissent. One such case is Gene Wolfe, described by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as quite possibly the SF field’s most important author. Winner of two Nebulas, four World Fantasy Awards, a John W. […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Sword and Citadel

A couple of weeks ago, we were singing the praises of Shadow and Claw, the first half of Gene Wolfe‘s masterpiece The Book of the New Sun. Shadow and Claw contains BSFA and World Fantasy Award-winner The Shadow of the Torturer and Nebula Award-winner The Claw of the Conciliator. Now, we’re delighted to be presenting […]

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Gateway Essentials: John Crowley

John Crowley was born in 1942 and has worked in documentary films and TV since 1966. The Deep, his first SF novel, was published in 1975 and was followed by Beasts, Engine Summer and Great Work of Time. In his later work, Little, Big, Aegypt and Love and Sleep, he has moved into writing fantasy […]

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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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Masterworks Spotlight: Shadow and Claw

Way back in the mists of time, when SF Gateway was taking its first tentative digital steps into the world, I wrote about the first half of Gene Wolfe’s epic The Book of the New Sun – Shadow and Claw – which had just been voted one of the top ten Gollancz titles over our […]

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Gateway Essentials: Jack Finney

Seeing as today is the twenty-first anniversary of his death, it seems like an appropriate time to try to chart you a path through the works of Walter Braden ‘Jack’ Finney. Finney wrote numerous SF novels, thrillers and mysteries, several of which were adapted to film. He is best known as the author of The […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: China Mountain Zhang

Our current SF Masterworks Spotlght is Maureen F. McHugh’s extraordinary debut novel, China Mountain Zhang. Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and winner of the James Tiptree Memorial Award, the Locus Award for best first novel, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and the Lambda Award, China Mountain Zhang is a stunning piece of science fiction. […]

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SF Masterworks Spotlight: Starship Troopers

Have you enjoyed James Cameron‘s Aliens? Did you love the reboot of Battlestar Galactica?  Do you have a soft spot for anime series Mobile Suit Gundam? Are you a fan of John Scalzi‘s Old Man’s War series or Harry Harrison‘s Bill, The Galactic Hero?  Do you think Joe Haldeman‘s The Forever War is one of […]

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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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Gateway Essentials: John Brunner

Following on from Friday’s mini-review, we thought we’d continue the Brunneresque theme, but highlighting the Gateway Essentials for . . . well, John Brunner. Who did you think it would be . . . ? Best known for his Hugo Award-winning classic Stand on Zanzibar – widely regarded as one of the greatest SF novels […]

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Reposting: Pavane

Follwing on from yesterday’s post about Keith Roberts, we thought we’d re-acquiant you with his finest novel: the SF Masterwork acknowledged as one of the earliest and finest alternate histories ever written: Pavane. And who better to take us on a guided tour of this very different Britain than a writer who knows a thing […]

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