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Happy Birthday to the Hugo Awards!

According to the inexhaustible fount of knowledge that is The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the first Hugo Awards were presented sixty-three 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 Best […]

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On This Day: the First Worldcon

Not for the first time, we are indebted to the Hugo-winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction for pointing out – via its excellent On This Day function – that the first Worldcon began seventy-six years ago today in New York City. This major event began in 1939 and (following an early hiatus caused by war, from […]

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100th Anniversary: Julius Schwartz

On this day, 100 years ago, Julius Schwartz was born in the Bronx, New York City. Throughout his long life, he was a fan, an editor, a literary agent  and a giant in the field of comics. If DC Comics had a counterpart to Marvel‘s Stan Lee, that man was Julius Schwartz. While still in […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Stand on Zanzibar

I’ve written before about the wonderful authors I’ve been introduced to thanks to their appearances on panels at conventions, and the terrific books I’ve discovered the same way. One such book is our current SF Masterwork of the Week. I don’t remember the convention, to be honest – it was probably Conspiracy in 1987 – […]

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And What A Very Big Convention It Was

Was at Loncon3, the 2014 World SF Convention, held in London at the Excel Centre, a vast megahangar of such staggering proportions it felt like it had dropped off the end of one of Banksie’s GSVs! I think its about half a mile long and, astonishingly, amongst all the fooderies and eateries there was not […]

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SFX Book Club: The Shadow of the Torturer

And so, by the time you read this, another Worldcon will be more or less over; another army of fans, authors, artists, editors and agents dispersed to return to everyday life.  It is, for me at least, both a relief (you can’t keep up a con-level of sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and alcohol abuse for much […]

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Loncon Day Two

So, it’s day two of LonCon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, and things are starting to get underway. Who’s attending this celebration of all things SFnal, who might be of interest to Gateway readers? We’re glad you asked. If you come down to ExCel today, you might very well run into Brian Aldiss, Stephen […]

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LonCon3 is Here!

The day has finally arrived: Worldcon is in town! LonCon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention commences today at the ExCel Centre in London’s docklands and runs until Monday 18th. In addition to a plethora (that’s an imperial plethora, by the way, from when the term actually meant something; none of your puny metric plethora) […]

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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 1970s

Like the 1960s, the 1970s proved to be a fruitful decade for Gateway authors at the Hugo Awards. We publish eight of the total 10 winners, with seven of those also part of our SF Masterworks series. Our Hugo eBook promotion continues, but only for a limited time: grab any of the eBook editions of […]

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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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Two Weeks to LonCon!

LonCon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention starts two weeks today! Running from Thursday 14th until Monday 18th August, at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands, this is THE event in the science fiction calendar. The great and good of the SF world will converge on London for this five-day celebration of science fiction, with […]

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