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Masterworks

Gateway Essentials: Keith Roberts

As author and illustrator, Keith Roberts did more than most to define the look of UK science fiction magazines in the 1960s. In addition to his BFSA Award wins, he was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. He is perhaps best known for his seminal alternate history novel, Pavane, which is […]

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Happy Birthday, Nicola Griffith!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to Nebula and James Tiptree Jr Award-winner – and friend of SF Gateway – the wonderful Nicola Griffith! Nicola has won the World Fantasy Award, two Lambdas and two Gaylactic Spectrum Awards for her work as an editor, for the three Bending the Landscape anthologies – SF, Fantasy […]

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Gateway Essentials: Connie Willis

Eleven Hugo Awards! Three for Best Novel, four for Best Novella, one for Best Novelette and three for Best Short Story. Seven Nebula Awards! Two for Best Novel, one for Best Novella, two for Best Novelette and two for Best Short Story. A John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Twelve Locus Awards. The Science Fiction Hall […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Midwich Cuckoos

Our latest SF Masterwork spotlight is a favourite of many at Gateway Towers: John Wyndham’s classic tale of strange alien children in our midst. The Midwich Cuckoos is a masterpiece of paranoia and suspense . . . In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. […]

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H G Wells: 150th Anniversary

It is 150 years ago, today, that the founding father of British Science Fiction was born, in Bromley in Kent. His father was a shopkeeper and professional cricketer and his mother a former domestic servant.  After working as a draper’s apprentice and pupil-teacher, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, […]

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Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the most successful Fantasy authors of all time, the Lord of Ice and Fire himself, George R. R. Martin! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five years, you will be aware of the colossal hit television show Game of Thrones. And […]

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Test Your Knowledge in the #GollanczFest Connecting Wall Quiz

Many of you have probably seen the BBC puzzle programme Only Connect, and lost countless hours yelling out answers at the television screen. But if you’re anything like us you’ve probably also spent some time lamenting the fact that so few of the puzzles are . . . how do we put this? . . […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Swastika Night

It is the single most popular topic for alternative histories: what if the Nazis had won the Second World War. It usually turns upon the Jonbar Point of Hitler not committing suicide in 1945 – although, in Stephen Fry‘s excellent Making History, the Nazi victory is brought about by Hitler’s birth being prevented entirely. From […]

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Walter Tevis‘s cult classic novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, published in 1963, enjoyed thirteen years of recognition in and of itself before becoming forever linked with (and, let’s face it, submerged beneath) Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film. You know the one: fellow by the name of David Bowie starred in it. At the risk […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Monday Starts on Saturday

We are delighted to be featuring another wonderful piece of SF from the masters of Soviet-era SF, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky!  Best known for the wonderful Roadside Picnic – memorably filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky  the Strugatsky Brothers are responsible for some of the most incisive science fiction to come from behind the Iron […]

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Gateway Essentials: D. G. Compton

D.G. (David Guy) Compton was born in London in 1930. His early works were crime novels published under ‘Guy Compton’, but he began producing SF as ‘D.G. Compton’ in 1965 with The Quality of Mercy. His 1970 novel The Steel Crocodile received a Nebula nomination, but it was 1974’s The Continuous Catherine Mortenhoe that made […]

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Gateway Essentials: Brian W. Aldiss

Two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, five BSFA Awards, a John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame living inductee. SFWA Grand Master. The IAFA Award for distinguished scholarship. World Fantasy Special Award. The Prix Utopia Award for lifetime achievement. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Officer of the Order of […]

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Happy Birthday, Rachel Pollack!

Today, Gateway wishes a very happy to birthday to SF writer, comic book writer and expert on divinatory tarot, Rachel Pollack, born in Brooklyn in 1945. Highly regarded for her influence on the women’s spirituality movement and on women’s SF, Rachel Pollack is probably best-known to SF fans for her novel Unquenchable Fire, which won […]

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Gateway Essentials: Robert Holdstock

In a kinder, gentler world, Robert Holdstock would have been turning 68 today.  No doubt roast or barbecued lamb would have been on the menu, with an accompanying glass of red, or perhaps a fine ale. The cricket commentary might well have been on the radio in the background. And all around the British isles, […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Always Coming Home

Neglected masterpiece. Unsung classic. Unjustly-overlooked genius. We live in a time of ridiculous hyperbole. A time when terms such as ‘classic’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘genius’ have become so overused as to be almost meaningless. A time when films garner four stars for being competent and five for being better than average. A time when politicians demand […]

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