Happy Birthday, Christopher Priest!
Can it really be just a year ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to one of Britain’s great post-war novelists – in any genre – the one and only Christopher Priest? Er . . . actually, yes. That’s how these birthday things work, isn’t it? *ahem* Moving right along . . . You […]Read More
Title Spotlight: Dreaming In Smoke
We thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate the presence of Tricia Sullivan’s awesome Occupy Me on the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, by reminding you that this is not Tricia’s first rodeo! She was shortlisted in 2011 for Lightborn and 2004 for Maul, and in 1999, the year widely-but-incorrectly referred to as the […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Colin Greenland
Colin Greenland was born in Dover, Kent, on this day in 1954, and educated at Oxford, is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Take Back Plenty. He has contributed short stories to many anthologies and magazines as well as reviews of […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Bob Shaw
Bob Shaw (1931-1996) Over the decades, many sf writers – from Asimov to Zelazny – have first made their reputation in the world of sf fandom and conventions. Among all the UK writers who have followed this route, none has enjoyed a higher reputation as both fan and professional than Bob Shaw, who emerged as […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Pat Cadigan
Today, we direct your attention to one of the great forces for good in modern SF, the one and only Pat Cadigan. Twice winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 1992 for Synners and then again in 1995 for Fools, Pat has also been shortlisted multiple times for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Tricia Sullivan
It seems birthdays are a little like political leadership contests: you wait for ages without one and then two of them come along right after each other (confession: it’s possible we’re trying too hard to be up-to-date and relevant here . . .). Fresh from wishing one Gateway author a Bon anniversaire, we find ourselves […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Colin Greenland!
Today, we wish a very Happy Birthday to award-winning author and critic Colin Greenland. Greenland first made himself known to the SF world with his 1983 study The Entropy Exhibition: Michael Moorcock and the UK ‘New Wave’, a revised version of his PhD thesis. He published his debut novel, the fantasy Daybreak on a Different […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: Fairyland
Twenty years after it won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, we are delighted to welcome Paul McAuley‘s extraordinary Fairyland to the SF Masterworks list! The 21st century. Europe is divided between the First World bourgeoisie, made rich by nanotechnology and the cheap versatile slave labour of genetically engineered Dolls and the Fourth World of refugees […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Stephen Baxter!
We are delighted to be wishing a very Happy Birthday to Gollancz’s very own Stephen Baxter, author extraordinaire, collaborator-to-the-stars, celebrity Liverpool supporter and one of the secret cabal of illuminati known only as The SF Gateway Advisory Board. Steve is the author of (among many other works) the Xeelee and Time’s Tapestry sequences, the NASA […]Read More
SF Gateway: the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winners
A few weeks ago, we highlighted our success over the lifetime of the BSFA Awards, with SF Gateway and Gollancz combined having a staggering 33 of the 43 winners to date. We’re hoping that will go up to 34 out of 44, when this year’s award is announced 65th Eastercon in Glasgow, the weekend after […]Read More
SF Masterwork of the Week: The Sea and Summer
One of the arguments used to denigrate science fiction regularly employed by the sort of people who were going to denigrate science fiction anyway, is that it dates far more quickly than other genres. We could argue about (a) whether this is true and (b) whether it matters until the Booker Prize shortlists a genre […]Read More