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Masterworks Spotlight: The Left Hand of Darkness

Last week we posted about Ursula K. Le Guin’s titles in the SF Masterworks series and ended with the news that we were delighted to welcome a new addition: The Left Hand of Darkness. But we didn’t go into any more detail. Why? Well, because a book like The Left Hand of Darkness – on […]

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Ursula K. LeGuin’s Orsinia

Over at the TLS, the always insightful Roz Kaveney looks at The Library of America’s new edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Orsinia, which collectes the stories in Orsinian Tales and the novel Malafrena – all set in Le Guin’s imaginary central European country of Orsinia. Malafrena, though, deserves to be ranked alongside The Dispossessed […]

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Happy Birthday, William Gibson!

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. With this iconic opening line from his debut novel, Neuromancer, William Gibson lit the blue touch paper on the nascent sub-genre known as Cyberpunk. Although Gibson did not invent Cyberpunk (that honour goes to Bruce Bethke in the November 1983 […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The First Men in the Moon

It might not be one of the Father of Science Fiction’s most scientifically literate novels, but it remains a great favourite . . . As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo landing, let’s step back in time to when walking on the Moon was little more than a fantasy, with The First Men […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Time Machine

It’s only one of the most famous novels of . . . <ahem> all time . . . Continuing our celebration of the classic SF of H.G. Wells, we are delighted to present The Time Machine, in a new paperback edition with an introduction by Gwyneth Jones: A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Island of Doctor Moreau

It seems classic SF novels by the Father of Science Fiction are a bit like buses . . . Following on from Wednesday’s post about The Food of the Gods we are delighted to present our new edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau, H.G. Wells’ terrifying tale of science run amok, with an introduction […]

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Guest TItle: The Massacre of Mankind

It’s not often that we highlight new books. There’s an entire commentary/review ecosystem for modern SF publishing and, anyway, that’s not our remit; we’re the classic SF people. But every now and then a book comes along that we think our readers will be interested in, and one such title is The Massacre of Mankind […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The War of the Worlds

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Invisible Man

The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking from Bramblehurst railway station and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand. He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Limbo

To my mind, Bernard Wolfe remains one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century When no less a judge than Harlan Ellison – himself certainly one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century – offers such heady praise, it would be wise to listen. So listern we did, and […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Shadow and Claw

Way back in the mists of time, when SF Gateway was taking its first tentative digital steps into the world, I wrote about the first half of Gene Wolfe’s epic The Book of the New Sun – Shadow and Claw – which had just been voted one of the top ten Gollancz titles over our […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: China Mountain Zhang

Our current SF Masterworks Spotlght is Maureen F. McHugh’s extraordinary debut novel, China Mountain Zhang. Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and winner of the James Tiptree Memorial Award, the Locus Award for best first novel, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and the Lambda Award, China Mountain Zhang is a stunning piece of science fiction. […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Midwich Cuckoos

Our latest SF Masterwork spotlight is a favourite of many at Gateway Towers: John Wyndham’s classic tale of strange alien children in our midst. The Midwich Cuckoos is a masterpiece of paranoia and suspense . . . In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Swastika Night

It is the single most popular topic for alternative histories: what if the Nazis had won the Second World War. It usually turns upon the Jonbar Point of Hitler not committing suicide in 1945 – although, in Stephen Fry‘s excellent Making History, the Nazi victory is brought about by Hitler’s birth being prevented entirely. From […]

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New Title Spotlight: the Worm Ouroboros

When J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was published, reviewers saw that there was only one book with which it could legitimately be compared: E.R. Eddison‘s classic fantasy adventure The Worm Ouroboros. Set on a distant planet of spectacular beauty and peopled by Lords and Kings, mighty warriors and raven-haired temptresses, Eddison’s extravagant story, […]

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