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The Science Fictional World

In Praise of . . . The Astronomy Picture of the Day

No man is an island, Entire of itself ~John Donne The internet is, among many other things, an ecosystem.  No site exists in isolation; articles are written, responses posted, rebuttals made, points elaborated upon, and so it goes: the endless conversation of the interwebs. About a month ago, now, we posted In Praise of Good […]

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Happy Birthday Fandom! 83 Years Old Today!

With thanks, as ever, to the essential Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – whose On This Day function continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration in equal measure – we see that Fandom turns 83 today. Defined by the SFE as ‘the active readership of SF and fantasy, maintaining contacts through Fanzines and Conventions‘, Fandom […]

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Is the Pope an SF Fan?

So: is the pope an SF fan? Yes. Yes, he is. It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has opened a personal Twitter account and was to tweet under the name @pontifex. Now, we can’t help but notice that in 1983, Robert Silverberg wrote a book called: Faced with the choice between accusing the […]

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Science is Awesome!

Sometimes a news item catches your eye that is so thoroughly science fictional that you have to just stop and admire the awesomeness of the universe and the tool with which we seek to understand it: science. Take this news, for instance, of the discovery of a rogue planet, wandering (appropriately enough) some hundred light […]

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Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan

  Seventy-eight years ago, today, the great Carl Sagan was born.  Author of just the one SF novel, Contact, Sagan is nonetheless rightly revered by science fiction fans for his tireless evangelizing on behalf of science in general, but astronomy and the space sciences in particular.   Pulitzer Prize-winner, co-founder of the Planetary Society, prime […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections

SF Gateway is delighted to announce a new regular feature by one of the all-time greats of science fiction: a multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster of whom Isaac Asimov once said ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’. Of course, it’s the great Robert Silverberg, with the first of what will be an ongoing series […]

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The Space Shuttle’s Last Journey

On Sunday 14th October, the space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey. Not to the International Space Station or the Hubble Space Telescope or even to low Earth orbit – this trip was through the streets of Los Angeles. Over the course of three days, Endeavour was carried (as befits a hero) from LAX, past thousands […]

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