Happy Birthday, Walter Koenig!
Today, Gateway wishes a very happy birthday to everyone’s favourite Russian helmsman, Pavel Chekov – or, more to the point, the actor who brought him to life on the big screen and small, across five decades: Walter Koenig. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was keen to add a younger face to his bridge crew, allegedly […]Read More
Happy Birthday, William Shatner!
Stardate 8879.58: A new life form has entered the world. Although there are no signs of any … irregularities, I sense a … strange destiny … for this child. This … boy they call … Bill. Yes, we know we’ve posted this before, but . . . come on: it’s not every day it’s William […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: The Time Machine
It’s only one of the most famous novels of . . . <ahem> all time . . . Continuing our celebration of the classic SF of H.G. Wells, we are delighted to present The Time Machine, in a new paperback edition with an introduction by Gwyneth Jones: A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and […]Read More
From the Archives: 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 […]Read More
From the Archives: Six Degrees of Separation: The Beatles to SF Gateway
It comes to our attention that 50 years ago today (originally published 5/10/2012), musical legends The Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. Now, we at SF Gateway are as ardent fans of The Fab Four as the next sentient carbon-based lifeform, but it didn’t strike us as particularly relevant to classic science fiction […]Read More
On This Day: Georges Méliès
On this day, 155 years ago, Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born in Paris, and future generations of SF fans were made happy. He was an illusionist and film director, and is renowned as a pioneer of the early days of cinema – particularly in the use of special effects such as time-lapse photography and multuiple exposure. […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Raymond F. Jones
101 years ago today, Raymond Fisher Jones was born in Salt Lake City Utah. A regular contributor to Astounding Stories and Galaxy Science Fiction among other pulp SF magazines, he is best known for the 1952 novel This Island Earth, which was famously filmed in 1955, one of the first major SF films to be […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Jack Finney
Seeing as today is the twenty-first anniversary of his death, it seems like an appropriate time to try to chart you a path through the works of Walter Braden ‘Jack’ Finney. Finney wrote numerous SF novels, thrillers and mysteries, several of which were adapted to film. He is best known as the author of The […]Read More
SF Masterworks Spotlight: Starship Troopers
Have you enjoyed James Cameron‘s Aliens? Did you love the reboot of Battlestar Galactica? Do you have a soft spot for anime series Mobile Suit Gundam? Are you a fan of John Scalzi‘s Old Man’s War series or Harry Harrison‘s Bill, The Galactic Hero? Do you think Joe Haldeman‘s The Forever War is one of […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Last Friday we extolled the virtues of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. On Wednesday, a new film opened in cinemas: The Legend of Tarzan, which prompted an interesting review-cum-Burroughs-retrospective in The Telegraph. Seems like that’s a good time for us to unveil our Gateway Essentials choices for Edgar Rice Burroughs! We’ve written about the grand […]Read More
Lord of the Jungle!
Readers of a pulpish disposition might have noticed the imminent return of one John Clayton, otherwise known as Viscount Greystoke. He was first seen on these shores 104 years ago and has been a regular visitor since – most recently appearing in 2013. No? Perhaps you know him better by his other name: Tarzan, Lord […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: The Man Who Fell to Earth
Our second SF Masterwork spotlight this week, is Walter Tevis’s remarkable novel that was the basis for Nicolas Roeg‘s cult film, starring the late David Bowie. Thomas Jerome Newton is an extraterrestrial from the planet Anthea, which has been devastated by a series of nuclear wars, and whose inhabitants are twice as intelligent as human […]Read More
On This Day: Edwin Balmer Died
On this day in 1959, Edwin Balmer died in Chicago, Illinois. Although he wrote a number of SF novels and stories – some of which were published in Hugo Gernsback‘s Amazing Stories – his main claim to fame is as co-author, with Philip Wylie, of When Worlds Collide. When Worlds Collide was published in 1933 and, […]Read More