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Brian W Aldiss

Brian W Aldiss: an Appreciation by Malcolm Edwards

I first met Brian Aldiss in 1969, when I was still an undergraduate.  He’d come to give a talk at my university.  I was travelling down to London the next day, and spotted him on the station platform.  After the talk he had gone off to stay with Kingsley Amis, and a long evening ensued.  […]

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Brian Aldiss 1925 – 2017

Last Friday we posted an appreciation of Brian Aldiss on the day of his 92nd birthday. Yesterday we learned that he had died the very next day.  All at Gollancz and SF Gateway are saddened by his passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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Happy Birthday to Brian 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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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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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: June 2016

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov   Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘The Ruin’ Many great works of science fiction, from […]

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Happy Birthday, Michael Bishop!

Celebrating his Biblical three-score-and-ten, today, is Michael Lawson Bishop, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 12th November 1945. A published author for forty-five years, since his story ‘Piñon Fall’ appeared in the  October 1970 issue of Galaxy, Michael Bishop has produced sixteen novels and as many story collections. His work has been shortlisted multiple times for […]

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Happy Birthday, Brian 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, Ian Watson!

Today, Gateway wishes a very Happy Birthday to Ian Watson, a stalwart of British SF for over forty years. His work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he has twice won the BSFA Award – for best novel with The Jonah Kit, and […]

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SFX Book Club: Helliconia Spring

With spring in the air (honest – you just need to look carefully), we thought we’d tread the path of the bleedin’ obvious by spotlighting a couple of books with a vernal feel to their titles.  With a canvas as big as a planet, and a story arc that makes the transition from winer to […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Greybeard

Ecological disaster has left the English countryside a wasteland. Humanity faces extinction, unless Greybeard and his wife Martha are successful in their quest for the scarcest and most precious of resources: human children. ‘Mr Aldiss’ novel is suffused with grief at the loss of children . . . he uses the genre novel to explore […]

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Gollancz Friday Reads

As another week comes to a close, it’s time to check out what Team Gollancz will be reading this weekend . . . Harriet – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman Darren  – The House of War and Witness by Mike, Linda and Louise Carey Marcus – Elric: The Moonbeam Roads by Michael Moorcock Gillian – […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Non-Stop

As far as introductions go, this one is easy. Belligerent but easy. Ready?  OK. Ahem. If you don’t know who Brian Aldiss is, go away now. Or … you know … you could always read up on him in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and then read a few of his books – which you […]

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SF Gateway: the BSFA Award-winners

With the 65th Eastercon just round the corner and with it the presentation of the BSFA Awards, we thought it appropriate to take a look over the history of the award and see how many of our titles have won the award since it was relaunched in its current form in 1970. And we’re glad […]

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The World Fantasy Awards

Huge congratulations to the winners of the World Fantasy Awards, which were presented over the weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton.  It’s become something of a cliché to say that it’s an honour simply to be nominated, but a quick look down the list of nominees shows the incredible depth of talent in […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Helliconia

The Helliconia Trilogy belongs to a special category of books that I think I can best describe by referring to them as serendipitous – this is a purely personal category, I hasten to add; I make no claim for objective serendipity for any book mentioned in this post. I bought my first copies of The […]

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