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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford

Dr Gregory Benford, Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California and one of the world’s leading writers of ‘Hard SF‘, was born on this day in 1941. He is perhaps best […]

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Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was born 22nd January, 1906. Although a published writer for little more than a decade, his influence on the sword & sorcery genre is enormous. He was the creator of a bewildering […]

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On This Day (26 Years Apart)

Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination. Ninety-nine years ago, today, Alfred Bester was born. You might recognise the verse above from […]

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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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The Encyclopedia of Fantasy!

Not content with providing just short of 4 million words of SFnal scholarship, the team behind The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has decided to make available the 1.2 million words of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. […]

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Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan

  Seventy-eight years ago, today, the great Carl Sagan was born.  Author of just the one SF novel, Contact, Sagan is nonetheless rightly revered by science fiction fans for his tireless evangelizing on behalf of […]

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Happy Birthday, Doris Lessing!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we need to thank our friends at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, once again, for their excellent On This Day feature. Thanks to the magic of […]

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On This Day: E. C. Tubb (1919 – 2010)

Another gem of SF did-you-know, courtesy of our friends at the Hugo Award-winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: on this day, in 1919, Edwin Charles Tubb was born. Author of over 100 novels, including the 33-volume […]

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Scheduled Downtime

A final reminder that the SF Gateway and Encyclopedia of Science Fiction websites will be down tomorrow, Sunday 7th October, for essential server maintenance, between approximately 9:00am and 6:00 pm British Summer Time (that’s GMT+1). […]

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