Sir Patrick Moore Three Years On
This post first appeared, in a slightly different form, in 2013, a year after Sir Patrick Moore’s death. The emotions that prompted it in that first instance are virtually the same today, so we re-present it here with minimal changes. He was a great man and we still miss him . . . It is […]Read More
Taking on the Vatican at cricket
The Vatican is not traditionally known as a hotbed of cricketing talent, so a team in holy orders shouldn’t prove too much for a touring XI of authors from the UK, should it? Not so, as the historian Tom Holland recounts. Read the full article on the BBC websiteRead More
The dinosaur capital of the world
Jesus and the dinosaurs are living happily alongside one another in a town in Canada – but can the peace last, asks Tom Holland. Drumheller is definitely the place to visit if you like dinosaurs. Perched amid the fossil-rich badlands above the town, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is probably the greatest treasure trove of palaeontological […]Read More
Published Today: The First Earthsea Trilogy!
We are delighted to present the first three books in multi-award-winning Grand Master, Ursula K. Le Guin‘s acclaimed Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore. This is the first time these beloved classics have been available as eBooks, and coincides with the first episode of the BBC Radio […]Read More
Have You Heard? I Am Legend . .
At the end of last month, we were pleased to note that BBC Radio 4 would be airing a new two-part adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s seminal Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? as part of their Dangerous Visions season. Now, BBC Radio 4 Extra will present a two-part audio reading of Richard Matheson‘s timeless […]Read More
Your Friendly Reminder: Androids and Electric Sheep in Two Days . . .
Just a quick and friendly reminder ahead of the weekend that, as mentioned a couple of weeks ago, BBC Radio 4 will be airing a new adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s seminal Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? this Sunday at 15:00. This new adaptation is part of BBC Radio 4‘s Dangerous Visions season; it […]Read More
Androids Will Dream of Electric Sheep . . .
. . . real soon now! As alluded to on Wednesday, we have news of an androidal nature. And it is this: BBC Radio 4 will be airing a new adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s seminal Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in just a couple of weeks. As part of their Dangerous Visions season, […]Read More
New Book of the Week: A Dangerous Energy
One of the joys of working on the SF Gateway is how often we come across ‘new’ books that were, in their earlier print incarnations, published by Gollancz. It’s both a quiet joy to be welcoming one of our own back from out-of-print obscurity and a reminder of the historical importance of Gollancz in the […]Read More
Dangerous Visions (No, Not Those Ones)
Over the weekend, Radio 4 started its Dangerous Visions season – a series of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias. Saturday 15th kicked off with ‘The Sleeper’ by Michael Symmons Roberts, while Sunday 16th saw adaptations of Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard. Over the coming […]Read More
I don’t know how you, dear reader (or, dare I hope: readers!), go about accessing and assimilating the frightening amount of information that is fired at us every second of our existence, but one the key tools I use to augment my reading is the podcast. I listen to all manner of topics – comics […]Read More
Iain Banks discusses the Future of Science Fiction with the BBC
Iain has contributed to a BBC website column entitled How Sci-Fi Moves With the Times, along with fellow writers Ken MacLeod, Paul Cornell and Ian Watson. In the course of describing his general approach to the degree of scientific realism he includes in his different writing modes, Iain also lets slip a tantalising hint about […]Read More
The Wasp Factory on BBC Radio 4
Iain’s debut novel The Wasp Factory, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will feature on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read on Tuesday March 3rd at 4.30 p.m., repeated on Friday March 6th at 11.00 p.m. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts for more information on the current series of A Good Read.Read More