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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 on Jack Williamson. It goes on to add: For many, his death served as a symbolic marker of the end […]

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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 Praise of …’ posts go on any longer without featuring this most authoritative of all SF resources. The Encyclopedia of […]

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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, among film aficionados, as the inspiration for the Steve Martin film Roxanne – Cyrano de Bergerac is a figure of […]

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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 the risk of disagreeing with the heir of Elendil, it is, in fact, this day. For this day, 7th July, […]

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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 for the Minneapolis Star from 1939 until his retirement, when he became a full-time writer of sf, some years past […]

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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 the 1690s after he began to write; the extremely prolific author of many works of various kinds, though the huge […]

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Paul McAuley

As noted yesterday, this week’s posts are courtesy of the essential Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and are all date specific entries. Today: A very Happy Birthday to one of British SF’s premier writers, Paul McAuley. (Born April 23rd, 1955) UK biologist and writer who began publishing work of genre interest with “Wagon, Passing” for Asimov’s […]

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From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . . . Damien Broderick

Partly because holidays – but mainly because, dammit, everyone should be consulting it regularly – this week’s posts will all be taken from the 4 million-plus words of authority and erudition that are The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Today: Damien Broderick . . . (Born April 22nd, 1944) Australian writer, editor and critic; he has […]

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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 offers Exhibit A: the automatically-generating Images of London Slideshow. As they say on the site: With the 2014 London Worldcon […]

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Four Funerals and a Birthday

There are, at most, 366 days in the year. And there are over 6 billion people currently living on planet Earth, and billions more no longer with us. So, from a purely statistical point of view, it’s hardly surprising – indeed, it’s inevitable – that many of them will share significant anniversaries. We at SF […]

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The King in Yellow: Inspiring HBO’s True Detective

If you’re on Twitter as much as Gollancz tends to be, you’ve probably noticed all of the excitement there’s been about HBO’s new series True Detective. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, it’s being hailed as ‘the best detective show since the Wire’ and there’s no doubt that it’s making a huge splash over in […]

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Something in the Water Part III

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we continue to lavish praise on The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and particularly its excellent On This Day feature. If you’re looking for an instant run-down of births, deaths and anniversaries in the SF world – and, let’s face it, who isn’t? – there’s simply no […]

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60 Years of the Hugo Awards

Thanks to our friends at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction – and, in particular, their indispensable On This Day function, we see that the first Hugo Awards were presented 60 years ago, today, at Philcon II (the second Philadelphia Worldcon). Alfred Bester‘s The Demolished Man was the winner of the inaugural Best Novel award, with […]

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H.G. Wells: Timeless Genius

Thanks to the time-travelling wonder of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s miraculous On This Day function (much praised in these parts on many an occasion), we can see that the father of Science Fiction, the great Herbert George Wells, died on this day in 1946. We are delighted to publish a number of his fine […]

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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 Praise of …’ posts go on any longer without featuring this most authoritative of all SF resources. The Encyclopedia of […]

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