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The Science Fictional World

That’s One Small Step For Man …

Tomorrow is the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A day later Neil Armstrong took the first steps taken by a human on another world. From this . . .     . […]

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Dangerous Visions (No, Not Those Ones)

Over the weekend, Radio 4 started its Dangerous Visions season – a series of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias. Saturday 15th kicked off with ‘The Sleeper’ by Michael Symmons Roberts, while Sunday 16th […]

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Space is Really Big

As we’ve noted before in this very blog, we here at SF Gateway are big fans of NASA‘s excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day site. If there’s a better diurnal dose of delight out there […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: May 2013

‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov       Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts […]

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Titanic 101: The Ghost from the Grand Banks

It was 101 years ago today that the one of the greatest – certainly the most famous – of all maritime disasters occurred: the sinking of the RMS Titanic. With a hull containing sixteen separate […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Sea and Summer

One of the arguments used to denigrate science fiction regularly employed by the sort of people who were going to denigrate science fiction anyway, is that it dates far more quickly than other genres. We […]

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Beware the Ides of March! Shakespeare as a Genre Author

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. Caesar: […]

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Living in an SF Novel

Your humble SF Gateway scribe tries hard to stay abreast of current events and generally considers himself to be reasonably well-informed. Sometimes, though, things slip by. You know how it is: occasionally, the morning routine […]

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Robots!

I don’t know how you, dear reader (or, dare I hope: readers!), go about accessing and assimilating the frightening amount of information that is fired at us every second of our existence, but one the […]

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In Praise of . . . The Astronomy Picture of the Day

No man is an island, Entire of itself ~John Donne The internet is, among many other things, an ecosystem.  No site exists in isolation; articles are written, responses posted, rebuttals made, points elaborated upon, and […]

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Happy Birthday Fandom! 83 Years Old Today!

With thanks, as ever, to the essential Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – whose On This Day function continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration in equal measure – we see that Fandom turns […]

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Is the Pope an SF Fan?

So: is the pope an SF fan? Yes. Yes, he is. It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has opened a personal Twitter account and was to tweet under the name @pontifex. Now, we […]

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