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Gateway Essentials: Time is the Simplest Thing

For some time now, we have been singing the praises of the interpid Time Traveller from the excellent Galactic Journey site (he who reviews the SF of 55 years ago as if it were coming out new). And just last week, we announced the Gateway Essentials programme, designed to help guide readers through the intimidating […]

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Gateway Essentials: Clifford D. Simak

A regular contributor to Astounding Science Fiction throughout the influential John W. Campbell era, Clifford Donald Simak produced a body of highly regarded work, winning the Nebula and three Hugo Awards, and is best known for his story suite of future histories: City. We have had City available as an SF Masterworks paperback for some […]

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Gateway Essentials: James Tiptree, Jr

So maybe you’ve heard about this James Tiptree, Jr fellow but apart from the fact that ‘he’ is actually a ‘she’, the only thing you know about her is that there’s an award in her honour. Certainly an excellent reason to dive in to Tiptree’s oeuvre, but where to start? In the best example yet […]

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Happy Birthday, William Gibson!

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. Thus, with this iconic opening line from his debut novel, Neuromancer, did William Ford Gibson announce himself to the wider SF world, in 1984, and light the blue touch paper on the nascent sub-genre known as Cyberpunk. Although Gibson did […]

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New Title Spotlight: Out of the Everywhere

Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon – best-known to the SF world as James Tiptree, Jr – was an extraordinary exponent of the short form. She was shortlisted for the Hugo Award nine times across the various short fiction categories (short story, novelette, novella), winning twice for ‘The Girl Who Was Plugged In’ and ‘Houston, Houston, Do […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: A Fire Upon the Deep

Here’s your first SF Masterwork for 2016. And since 2016 is a Leap Year and has more days than most other years, what better way to kick it off than with a book that has more . . .  everything! . . . than most other books: Vernor Vinge‘s A Fire Upon the Deep. The […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Nova

A stunning space opera from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Grand Master, Samuel R. Delany. The balance of galactic power in the 31st century revolves around Illyrion, the most precious energy source in the universe. Captain Lorq van Ray’s varied and exotic crew know their mission is dangerous, but they have no idea of Lorq’s […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: The Wind’s Twelve Quarters & The Compass Rose

As part of our comprehensive re-publication of the genre works of Ursula K. Le Guin, we are delighted to present an SF Masterworks edition of two of her finest collections. Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin has been recognised for almost fifty years as one of the most important writers in the SF field – […]

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On This Day: John Brunner Died

On this day, twenty years ago, John Brunner passed away during the 1995 Glasgow Worldcon.  Brunner was a remarkable writer, whose career seems to divide neatly into two very different streams. To quote The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: In the end, his name depends on two strands of his output: on his significant contributions to […]

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On This Day: Hugo Gernsback Died

 On this day in 1967, Hugo Gernsback, one of the most influential figures in the history of science fiction, passed away in New York. How influential? Well, he launched the first fully-dedicated SF magazine, Amazing Stories, first coined the phrase ‘scientifiction‘, which later became the term we know and love; he appended ‘PhD’ to the […]

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Masterworks Spotlight: Dark Benediction

The second of this month’s Masterworks spotlights is Dark Benediction, an essential collection of short fiction from the Hugo Award-winning author of A Canticle For Leibowitz. paperback | eBook Walter M. Miller Jr is best remembered as the author of A Canticle For Leibowitz, universally recognized as one of the greatest novels of modern SF. […]

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SFX Book Club: To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Some time ago, our good friends at SFX magazine were kind enough to give us permission to republish some of their SFX Book Club articles that covered Gollancz and Gateway titles. It’s been a while since we indulged ourselves with one of these, but with the Hugo Awards coming up in a week or so, […]

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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 throughout the influential John W. Campbell era, Clifford Donald Simak produced a body of highly regarded work, winning the Nebula […]

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On This Day: Poul Anderson Died

On this day in the very science fictional year of 2001, Poul William Anderson died. A wonderful author, Anderson was equally at home with SF and Fantasy. Although much of his work falls unambiguously into the science fiction category – including major works, the Flandry and Psychotechnic League series – he received a World Fantasy […]

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SF Masterworks Spotlight: The Word for World is Forest

Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hugo Award-winning tale of colonisation and oppression.   SF Masterworks paperback | Gateway eBook   When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters. Desperation causes […]

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