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Robert A Heinlein

On This Day: Isaac Asimov

The great Isaac Asimov died twenty-five years ago today, in New York. He was a compelling science writer and a hugely important science fiction writer. Along with fellow greats Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein, he was one of The Big Three, to whom so many modern writers owe at least a smidgen of […]

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Gateway Essentials: Robert A. Heinlein

So where, one might ask, does one start with Robert A. Heinlein? Well, frankly, you could start just about anywhere! Heinlein won the Hugo Award four times for best novel (for Double Star, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, since you ask) during his lifetime and added […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Essentials, Masterworks

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 […]

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Five of the Best . . . Moon novels!

Look no further: today on the Gateway blog we have five of the best moon-based novels you could ever hope to read . . .   A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar […]

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Related Categories: Commentary, Masterworks

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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The Martian: What to Read Next

So you’ve just read or seen The Martian and you’re now having Red Planet withrawal symptoms?  Can’t go another day without more Marsie goodness?  Fear not!  The Gateway doctor is in, and do we have a prescription for you! Whether your chosen medicine is a book set on a scientifically-accurate Mars, a romantic vision of […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Films, Whimsy

On This Day: Robert A. Heinlein

On this day in 1907, Robert Anson Heinlein was born, in Butler, Missouri. Heinlein graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1929, and served as an officer until being discharged for medical reasons, in 1934. In 1939 he turned to writing to supplement his Naval pension, selling his first story to John W. […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Masterworks

Robert A. Heinlein Author Page Update

As noted yesterday, we’re spotlighting the authors whose Gateway offerings have been expanded as a result of the recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers. Following Monday’s look at Arthur C. Clarke, we move onto another of the Big Three. Today, it’s the SFnal contradiction-in-terms, was-he-a-fascist-or-was-he-a-hippy, Dean of Science […]

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Related Categories: Authors, New Releases

December New Releases: We’ve Got ELRIC! and HEINLEIN! And LEIBOWITZ!

Truly, the Lords of Chaos and Order do battle upon the spheres of SF Gateway, ever shifting the balance this way and then that. Or, as some would have it: there’s good news and bad news. And good news. Possibly. Wait. What? OK. First, the good news: we have a tranche of almost forty new […]

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Related Categories: Housekeeping, New Releases

Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Simon

And so we move on to Simon’s selection of favourite Masterworks and, like Marcus, there’s too much classicy goodness there for him to restrict himself to just one choice . . . Fantasy Masterwork: Viriconium by M. John Harrison Why Viriconium? Well I could just say that, sentence for sentence, there is no better writer […]

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Related Categories: SF Gateway Guest Post

Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: October 2014

  ‘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: Robert A. Heinlein, Author of The Martian Chronicles Science […]

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Related Categories: Commentary, Reflections

Announcing the Golllancz & SF Gateway Hugo Award eBook Promotion!

With less than a week to go until the 2014 Worldcon and this year’s Hugo Award ceremony, we thought we’d celebrate the rich heritage of the Hugo Awards by price-promoting the eBook editions of past Hugo winners from both Gollancz and the SF Gateway imprints.  Between the two lists, we have a very creditable 30 […]

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Golllancz & SF Gateway Hugo Award eBook Promotion: the 1960s

As preparations for Loncon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, continue, we move our attention to Gollancz and SF Gateway’s past Hugo winners from the 1960s, a decade in which – as you will soon see – we did quite well  . . . You can download the the e-book edition of any of the […]

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Something in the Water IV: the Bornying

As we’ve noted before, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function makes for fascinating reading and, occasionally throws up days with an infeasibly high level of cool people being born. And, at the risk of disagreeing with the heir of Elendil, it is, in fact, this day. For this day, 7th July, […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Commentary, SFE

SF Gateway: the Hugo Winners

Following our posts celebrating Gollancz and SF Gateway’s BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Award-winning novels . . . it’s the Hugo Awards!  And we’re delighted to say we have a very creditable 30 out of 62 winners, including the first and (for another couple of months, at least) most recent winners. Look: 1953 The Demolished […]

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Related Categories: SF Gateway Awards

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