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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Gateway Essentials: Michael Scott Rohan

In the middle of last week, we let you know about the exciting news that a roleplaying game of Michael Scott Rohan’s Winter of the World series had been develeoped and is now available. That is, of course, excellent news for those of you who know and love the Winter of the World series, but […]

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Gateway Essentials: Chad Oliver

Chad Oliver was the working name that US anthropologist and writer Symmes Chadwick Oliver used for his SF titles. He was born in Ohio but spent most of his life in Texas, where he studied for his MA. He later took a PhD in anthropology at the University of California, which lead to his appointment […]

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Walking in a Winter-of-the-World Wonderland

Some time ago, news reached us, here at Gateway Towers*, of an imminent roleplaying game based on Michael Scott Rohan’s epic The Winter of the World series. Well, we are delighted to say that Michael Scott Rohan’s Winter of the World RPG is now here! Available from Drivethrurpg as a PDF, we’re reliably informed that […]

Gateway Essentials: A. Bertram Chandler

Born on this day in Aldershot, in 1912, A(rthur) Bertram Chandler was a British writer who served in the Merchant Navy from 1928. He sailed the world in everything from tramp steamers to troop transports, and emigrated to Australia in 1956, where he commanded merchant ships under Australian and New Zealand flags until his retirement […]

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Gateway Essentials: Elizabeth Scarborough

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born in Kansas City in 1947, and now lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington. She won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer’s War, and has written more than a dozen other novels. She has collaborated with Anne McCaffrey – best-known for creating the Dragonriders of […]

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Gateway Essentials: Karl Edward Wagner

Karl Edward Wagner (pronounced ‘WAG-nuh’, not ‘VARG-nuh’) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned a degree in history from Kenyon College in 1967 and a degree in psychiatry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Despite this training, Wagner disliked the medical profession and abandoned it upon establishing himself as a writer; his disillusionment […]

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