Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
There is an old Vulcan proverb: ‘Only Nixon could go to China’ Last Friday afternoon (GMT), the news broke across the internet that we had lost one of the great actors and personalities of the […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Rocket Boy!
On this day, in 1943, Homer Hadley Hickam Jr was born. His is probably not a name that will be familiar to a great many of our readers, but we’d argue (politely but firmly) that […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Buzz Aldrin!
Having suffered the indignity of overlooking a milestone birthday of one great figure, we have no intention of making it two-for-two so early in the year. As one of the most intellectually limited figures ever […]Read More
That’s One Small Step for Man . . .
It’s amazing what we can achieve when we direct our resources and imagination towards goals other than the most efficient methods of killing each other and/or extracting every last penny from the economy regardless of […]Read More
The Science Fictional World: 16th May
Hey, everyone! It’s May 16th – and you know what that means! Er . . . no? No, nor do we, really, but one of the very interesting things about science fiction is that it […]Read More
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Images of London (and Others)
It should no longer come as a surprise to hear how clever the editors of the indispensable Encyclopedia of Science Fiction are. But if 4.3 million words of scholarship aren’t enough for you, the Prosecution […]Read More
On This Day: John Dee
We find ourselves in conflicted times – Manichean days, where battle lines are routinely drawn and in all walks of life, it seems, we must choose: are you with us, or agin us? Are you […]Read More
On This Day: Johannes Kepler
On this day in 1630, the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler died in Regensburg, Bavaria. He was, at one point, assistant to the great Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, and later served as imperial mathematician […]Read More
The Obligatory Hallowe’en Post
So, it’s Hallowe’en again. To kids around the world, an opportunity to dress up in outlandish costumes and run round their neighbourhoods collecting treats. To supermarkets, that small window of opportunity between back-to-school and Christmas […]Read More
New Column on the SF Gateway Blog
We are delighted to announce a new regular monthly column on the SF Gateway blog, curated by the excellent Kev McVeigh and devoted to exploring the too-oft forgotten landscape of women’s SF & fantasy. Titled […]Read More
Happy Sputnik Day!
On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours for the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and […]Read More
The Founding Fathers of Rocket Science
The name most frequently associated with modern rocketry is that of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German rocket scientist who moved to the United States at the end of the Second World War, known to […]Read More