Remembering Sir Patrick Moore

It is a year ago today that we lost one of the most enduring, best-loved and eccentric popularisers of science of the television era. Before there was Professor Brian Cox, before the excellent Neil deGrasse Tyson, before Carl Sagan, before the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough, there was Sir Patrick Moore. Born in 1923, he developed an interest in astronomy from an early age, joining the British Astronomical Association at the age of eleven and running his first observatory at the age of fourteen. He joined the Royal Air Force at sixteen, having lied about his age, and…

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This Week Through the Gateway

Welcome to your weekly round-up of what’s been happening over at the SF Gateway, our sister site devoted to classic science fiction. This week’s spotlights are . . . Author of the Week is the wonderful Nicola Griffith, winner of the Nebula, Tiptree and World Fantasy Awards among many others. The New Book of the Week, ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe . . .’ ~ SF Masterwork of the Week can only be the influential Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? And this week’s Editors’ Choice is Pat Cadigan’s brilliant story collection Patterns.   Meanwhile, over at the…

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Goodbye to the Games Master

So we say goodbye to Patrick Moore, one of TV’s longest serving presenters on one of the world’s longest running series, The Sky at Night. His monocled features and his distinctive voice however were famous to a generation not because they stayed up until whatever ludicrous hour The Sky at Night was usually broadcast, but because he helped us cheat at Sonic the Hedgehog. To a 30-somethings like myself, who grew up in the great boom of computer and console gaming in the early 90s, we knew Patrick mostly from a Channel 4 produced show called GamesMaster. It was the only computer…

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