As we’ve noted before, methodology for choosing who to highlight in our ongoing tour of the Gateway Essentials is . . . mixed. We’ve not explored anthropomancy or haruspicy yet, you’ll no doubt be relieved to discover, nor have we resorted to names-in-a-hat (although we have a very nice top hat in the office, should it come to that). One criterion we have used is birthdays. And now, seeing as only two things are certain in life: death and taxes (unless you’re incredibly wealthy or a multinational, obviously; then it’s only death), we’ve hit upon another method of selection . . .
Colin Kapp died on this day in 2007. A British SF writer and a worker in electronics, who later becoming a freelance consultant in electroplating, his writing career began with the publication of ‘Life Plan’ in New Worlds in November 1958. Kapp contributed a number of stories to the pre-Michael Moorcock New Worlds, after which his stories appeared primarily in Analog, Galaxy and New Writings in SF.