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Gateway Essentials: Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949, and has a PhD in Byzantine history. He has taught ancient and medieval history at a number of universities including UCLA, and has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles. A full-time science fiction writer since 1991, he is […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Pavane

Our SF Masterwork of the week is acknowledged as one of the earliest and still one of the finest alternate histories ever written. And who better to take us on a guided tour of this very different Britain than a writer who knows a thing or two himself about counterfactuals – the Arthur C. Clarke […]

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New Book of the Week: The Iron Dream

Every now and then in SF literature, an author throws you a googlie / curve ball (delete according to local cultural affinity to cricket or baseball; if you follow neither sport, we’re afraid you’re on your own). The Iron Dream is one of those occasions. A metafictional 1972 alternate history novel, based around a nested […]

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Eastercon Is In Glasgow! – and this is my schedule

Once more Eastercon is upon us, and this year its in Glasgow, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to be exact, from this Friday, 18th to Monday 21st. http://www.satellite4.org.uk I have two panel items; 1) Grand Designs: Worldbuilding, at 8pm on the Friday, which I will be moderating in the company of such stellar colleagues as […]

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Happy Birthday Robert Harris

Former BBC and newspaper journalist, now writer, Robert Harris was born on this day in 1957. If that name is not known to you, we urge you to rectify that as soon as possible. Harris is the author of a number of non-fiction books – including Selling Hitler, an account of the Hitler Diaries hoax […]

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22nd November, 1963

It was fifty years ago, today, that US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade moved through Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, Texas. The shots – three of them – were fired by former US marine and communist-sympathiser, Lee Harvey Oswald, from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building . . […]

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Happy Birthday, Tim Powers . . . Kind Of . . .

Multi-award-winning fantasy author Tim Powers was born on 29th February, 1952 – making him either fifteen-and-a-bit or sixty-one today. Or tomorrow. Or . . . something. Perhaps we’re biased at SF Gateway, but there’s always seemed something inherently fantastic about the floating day of the 29th February. It’s like a mini Brigadoon, popping up every […]

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Editors’ Choice: Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley

  This week’s SF Gateway Editors’ Choice comes, controversially, from the 21st century: Cowboy Angels by the Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winning author Paul McAuley.   It is 1984 in the United States of America. Not our version of America, but an America that calls itself the Real, […]

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