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RIP David Hartwell

What a horrible way to start the day. As announced by Patrick Nielsen Hayden on Making Light, and subsequently reported by Locus, legendary Tor editor David Hartwell has passed away. I won’t attempt to summarise […]

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On This Day: Alfred Bester Died

On this day in 1987, Alfred Bester passed away and the SF world lost one its brightest stars. From The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Educated in both humanities and sciences – including Psychology, perhaps the […]

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On This Day: Clifford Simak

Through the magic of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s indispensible On The Day function, we can see that  Clifford D. Simak, was born on this day in 1904. A regular contributor to Astounding Science Fiction […]

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New Book of the Week: Wonder’s Child by Jack Williamson

He was an sf writer of substance for over seventy years . . . in his work and in his life he encompassed the field. So states The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction in its entry […]

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On This Day: E. C. Tubb

Courtesy of our friends at the Hugo Award-winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – and, in particular, their excellent On This Day function – we are able to celebrate the birth of one of the great […]

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From the Archives: In Praise of . . . The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

SF Gateway’s respect and admiration for The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction should be obvious – we did have the site built for them, after all – but we really couldn’t let our series of ‘In […]

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LonCon3 is Here!

The day has finally arrived: Worldcon is in town! LonCon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention commences today at the ExCel Centre in London’s docklands and runs until Monday 18th. In addition to a plethora […]

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On This Day: Cyrano de Bergerac

On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris.  Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, […]

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Something in the Water IV: the Bornying

As we’ve noted before, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function makes for fascinating reading and, occasionally throws up days with an infeasibly high level of cool people being born. And, at […]

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Happy Birthday, Harlan Ellison!

Today is the birthday of one the greats of modern science fiction, Harlan Ellison: author, editor, screenwriter, legend. Although, as noted in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, ‘most of his large oeuvre is better described […]

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Clifford D. Simak

And rounding out a week of Encyclopedic treats: Clifford D. Simak, who died on this day in 1988 . . . (1904-1988) US writer whose primary occupation 1929-1976 was newspaper work, and who worked full-time […]

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Daniel Defoe

From the virtual pages of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Daniel Defoe, who died on this day in 1731 … (?1660-1731) UK merchant, professional spy and man of letters born Daniel Foe, becoming Defoe in […]

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