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Gateway Essentials: Mark S. Geston

Mark S. Geston has degrees in history and law and is a practising attorney. His first novel, Lords of the Starship, was published in 1967 while he was still in college, but he has published relatively little since the mid-1970s. We recommend starting with Lords of the Starship and then moving on to the next […]

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Gateway Welcomes the Lensmen – As They Were Meant to Be Seen!

A few months ago we wished legendary SF cover artist Chris Foss a very happy birthday. Now, we have a present for all who love his art. We’re delightewd to announce that E E ‘Doc’ Smith‘s classic ‘Lensman’ series is now available in eBook from SF Gateway, adorned with the wonderul Chris Foss covers from […]

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Gateway Essentials: John W. Campbell, Jr

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on this day in 1910, John Wood Campbell, Jr studied physics at MIT and then Duke University. Campbell was a prolific early pulp writer – he made his first sale while still in his teens, was a recognised name in the genre by the time he was 21 and at […]

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Gateway Essentials: Hal Clement

‘Hal Clement’ is the nom de plume under which Harry Clement Stubbs wrote science fiction (he used his full name for science articles, and painted as ‘George Richard’). Born in Massachusetts on this day in 1922, he graduated from Harvard with a BSc in astronomy, and later added degrees in chemistry and education. A former […]

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Title Spotlight: Dreaming In Smoke

We thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate the presence of Tricia Sullivan’s awesome Occupy Me on the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, by reminding you that this is not Tricia’s first rodeo!  She was shortlisted in 2011 for Lightborn and 2004 for Maul, and in 1999, the year widely-but-incorrectly referred to as the […]

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Gateway Essentials: Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon was born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City in 1918. Sturgeon was not a pseudonym; his name was legally changed after his parents’ divorce. After selling his first SF story to Astounding in 1939, he travelled for some years, only returning in earnest in 1946. He produced a great body of acclaimed […]

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Gateway Essentials: Colin Greenland

Colin Greenland was born in Dover, Kent, on this day in 1954, and educated at Oxford,  is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Take Back Plenty. He has contributed short stories to many anthologies and magazines as well as reviews of […]

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Gateway Essentials: Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon was born near Liverpool on this day in 1886, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with […]

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Gateway Essentials: Richard M. McKenna

Richard Milton McKenna was born in Idaho on this day in 1913. He left his rural roots in search of bigger opportunities and joined the US Navy in 1931. This is where he spent most of his adult life, serving 22 years, including 10 years of active duty at sea. Serving in the Second World […]

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Gateway Essentials: Philip E. High

Philip E(mpson) High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on this very day in 1914. At the age of thirteen, he chanced upon ed an imported copy of Astounding Stories, and was hooked on science fiction from that day forward. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, where he did his best […]

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Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Fantasy Masterpiece

At the end of last week, we talked about Ursula K. Le Guin’s incredibly impressive body of SF work, through the prism of the titles in our SF Masterworks series. As promised, this week, we celebrate her Fantasy: specifically, the beloved Earthsea sequence. Beginning with 1968’s A Wizard of Earthsea and continuing over another five books […]

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Announcing a New SF Masterwork!

Today is Ian Watson’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Ian!), which seems as good a reason as any to devote today’s post to his Gateway Essentials titles, don’t you think? First, some background: Ian Watson was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on April 20th, 1943 and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class Honours degree […]

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Gateway Essentials: Sir Fred Hoyle

Born in 1915 in Yorkshire, Sir Fred Hoyle was one of Britian’s most renowned astronomers, noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis (for which many think he ought to have won the Nobel Prize for Physics) and his often controversial stances on other scientific matters – in particular his rejection of the Big Bang […]

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Gateway Essentials: Terry Carr

Terry Gene Carr was born in Oregon in 1937. An enthusiastic publisher of fanzines since his early teens, Carr was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fanzine five times, winning in 1959, and for Best Fan Writer three times, winning in 1973. Despite a distinguished career in professional publishing, he continued to participate in fandom […]

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Gateway Essentials: Douglas Hill

Douglas Arthur Hill was a Canadian science fiction author, editor and reviewer. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, in 1935, the son of a railroad engineer, he was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned an Honours BA in 1957, and at the University of Toronto. Hill moved […]

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