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When I’m 64: The Hugo Awards

According to the inexhaustible fount of knowledge that is The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the venerable Hugo Awards were first presented sixty-four years ago, today, at at Philcon II (the second Philadelphia Worldcon). The Guest of Honour was Willy Ley and a young fellow by the name of Isaac Asimov was the toastmaster. The inaugural […]

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Gateway Essentials: Robert Silverberg

Born in Brooklyn in 1935, Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since the age og nineteen, widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is a many-time winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 was designated as a […]

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Happy Birthday, Lawrence Watt-Evans!

Lawrence Watt-Evans is the working name of American science fiction and fantasy writer Lawrence Watt Evans. He was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on this day in 1954. He was the fourth of six children and studied at Bedford High School and Princeton University, although he left the latter without a degree. Watt-Evans began publishing SF […]

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Happy Birthday, Joe Haldeman!

Only five authors have won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for the same novel, on two separate occasions: Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin (who was the first to achiev it), Connie Willis and the recipient of today’s birthday wishes: Joe Haldeman, the winner of the 1976 Hugo and Nebula […]

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Gateway Essentials: Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City in 1918. Sturgeon was not a pseudonym; his name was legally changed after his parents’ divorce. After selling his first SF story to Astounding in 1939, he travelled for some years, only returning in earnest in 1946. He produced a great body of acclaimed […]

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Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 2

And now: the finale to our Ursula K. Le Guin celebration comes with a collection containing some of the finest SFF short stories of all time . . . The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by Ursula Le Guin herself, and spans the spectrum of fiction from realism through […]

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Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 1

Well, it’s been a wonderful ride, but we’re now just about ready to wrap up our month-long celebration of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin. And what better way to do so than with the author’s own favourites . . . The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Dispossessed

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, as well as a host of other prizes, The Dispossessed is one of the central works of the acclaimed Hainish cycle – if not the central work. To list the praise this book – and, indeed, all of Ursula Le Guin‘s work – has received […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Left Hand of Darkness

Last week we posted about Ursula K. Le Guin’s titles in the SF Masterworks series and ended with the news that we were delighted to welcome a new addition: The Left Hand of Darkness. But we didn’t go into any more detail. Why? Well, because a book like The Left Hand of Darkness – on […]

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Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Fantasy Masterpiece

At the end of last week, we talked about Ursula K. Le Guin’s incredibly impressive body of SF work, through the prism of the titles in our SF Masterworks series. As promised, this week, we celebrate her Fantasy: specifically, the beloved Earthsea sequence. Beginning with 1968’s A Wizard of Earthsea and continuing over another five books […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin: the Masterworks

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of Science Fiction & Fantasy authors** whose brilliance is acknowledged by critics and readers within the SF field and by critics and readers within the Literary community, you would not require an abacus to keep count of those who appear in the middle. You’d find J.G. Ballard, […]

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Gateway Essentials: Terry Carr

Terry Gene Carr was born in Oregon in 1937. An enthusiastic publisher of fanzines since his early teens, Carr was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fanzine five times, winning in 1959, and for Best Fan Writer three times, winning in 1973. Despite a distinguished career in professional publishing, he continued to participate in fandom […]

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Happy Birthday, William Gibson!

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. With this iconic opening line from his debut novel, Neuromancer, William Gibson lit the blue touch paper on the nascent sub-genre known as Cyberpunk. Although Gibson did not invent Cyberpunk (that honour goes to Bruce Bethke in the November 1983 […]

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Gateway Essentials: Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer and editor. He wrote the script for the hugely popular Star Trek episode, ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, the Nebula Award-winning novella, ‘A Boy and his Dog’, and many acclaimed stories including ‘Shatterday’ and ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’. […]

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Gateway Essentials: Richard A. Lupoff

Richard Allen Lupoff was born in New York, on this day, in 1935. In common with many of his contemporaries, he entered science fiction as a fan – indeed, his fanzine ‘Xero’ featured a stellar list of contributors including James Blish, Lin Carter, Avram Davidson, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison and Frederik Pohl, and […]

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