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The Best Costume Dramas for Christmas

Katherine Clements picks the best costume drama to watch over the festive season. The Crown (Netflix from 8 December) When The Crown first aired last year it was much hyped as the most expensive TV series ever made. I doubted whether a show about our current royals would live up to such grand claims. I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy Birthday, Pamela Sargent!

An important voice in feminist SF, Pamela Sargent came to prominence as an editor with the ‘Women of Wonder’ SF anthologies, beginning in the mid-seventies, and she has continued to edit works of genre interest. An award-winning short fiction and novel writer, her works include the ‘Earthminds’, ‘Seed’ and ‘Venus’ trilogies, all available as SF […]

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On This Day: James Doohan was Born

Much has been written about the trinity at the centre of Star Trek – Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but for some of us, the heart of the show (and certainly of the USS Enterprise) has always been Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott. And, with all due respect to Simon Pegg, who has many fans at […]

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What we’re looking forward to in 2017

Anne Perry Book: it’s cheating to say this, because I’ve already read it, but in 2017 the novel The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel, publishes – and it’s awesome. Do you love Flowers in the Attic and the works of Virginia Andrews? Are you a fan of southern gothic? Do you like novels about really […]

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Cover reveal: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde

Without further ado…     In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g. Then the magic started fading away. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. But work is drying up. Drain […]

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ICYMI: Irwin Allen

In June last year, we noted the 99th birthday of the king of ’60s TV science fiction, Irwin Allen. And, as today marks twenty-five years since he died, we thought it was high tim for a re-run. After all: syndication is television’s immortality . . . Irwin Allen was born in New York City on […]

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GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S WILD CARDS IS GOING TO BE A TV SERIES!

You might have heard a little announcement made by a certain behemoth of fantasy this week. If you haven’t, then please forgive our use of capitals for a moment while we shout about it: GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S WILD CARDS IS GOING TO BE A TV SERIES! Phew, OK, now we’ve caught our breath from dancing […]

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A quick-fire Q&A with Kate Humble

Following her debut book, HUMBLE BY NATURE, TV Presenter Kate Humble explores the heartwarming relationship between man and his best friend in FRIEND FOR LIFE: THE EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HUMANS AND DOGS. We caught up with Kate for one of our quick-fire Q&A’s, If I were to be stranded on a desert island, my one luxury […]

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New Title Spotlight: The Classic British Telefantasy Guide

It’s been a while coming – we released the other cult TV guides by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping last year – but we’re thrilled to be presenting The Classic British Telefantasy Guide at last! This is what the authors have to say of it: The text that follows is derived from the […]

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On This Day: Christopher Riche Evans

On this day in 1931, Christopher Evans was born in Aberdovey, Wales. A psychologist and computer scientist, he was the author of a small number of non-fiction books, including Cults of Unreason – a lighthearted look at various  peudosciences, in particular UFO cults and that-religion-that-isn’t-really-a-religion-but-lots-of-Hollywood-stars-seem-to-think-it-is (you know the one). He was also a contributing editor […]

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