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On This Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on this day in 1875, and although one-hundred-and-forty years have passed, if you were asked to tick off famous fictional characters on your fingers, chances are that before you made […]

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On This Day: Jack Vance

On this day, ninety-nine years ago, John Holbrook ‘Jack’ Vance was born in San Francisco, California. Winner of three Hugos, a Nebula and a World Fantasy Award, he was given the World Fantasy Award for […]

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On This Day: John Brunner Died

On this day, twenty years ago, John Brunner passed away during the 1995 Glasgow Worldcon.  Brunner was a remarkable writer, whose career seems to divide neatly into two very different streams. To quote The Encyclopedia […]

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On This Day: Hugo Gernsback Died

 On this day in 1967, Hugo Gernsback, one of the most influential figures in the history of science fiction, passed away in New York. How influential? Well, he launched the first fully-dedicated SF magazine, Amazing […]

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On This Day: H. G. Wells

Thanks to the time-travelling wonder of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s miraculous On This Day function (much praised in these parts on many an occasion), we can see that the father of Science Fiction, the […]

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SFX Book Club: To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Some time ago, our good friends at SFX magazine were kind enough to give us permission to republish some of their SFX Book Club articles that covered Gollancz and Gateway titles. It’s been a while […]

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On This Day: Poul Anderson Died

On this day in the very science fictional year of 2001, Poul William Anderson died. A wonderful author, Anderson was equally at home with SF and Fantasy. Although much of his work falls unambiguously into […]

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On This Day: James Blish

On this day forty years ago, James Blish  died. For many years, in my early days as a science fiction reader, Blish was known to me for one thing only: he was the writer of the […]

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Something in the Water: Much 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 […]

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Happy Birthday, Sheri S. Tepper

Today we wish a Happy Birthday to Sheri S. Tepper, author of Beauty, Grass and The Gate to Women’s Country, among many other fine and much-loved books. Born in Colorado in 1929, her first contributions […]

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Science Fiction Theatre: Death Watch

“People seem to be queueing up to expose their souls to millions in front of the camera. Maybe I’m wrong to feel outraged about it” In anticipation of our July screening we put some questions […]

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Interview with a Time Traveller

A few weeks ago we brought you news of a fantastic new blog (well . . . new to us!) wherein the SF digest magazines of 55 years in the past are reviewed as if […]

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