Gateway Essentials: Christopher Evans
Born in Wales in 1951, Christopher Evans won the BSFA award in 1993 for his novel Aztec Century. In the 1980’s, he co-edited three Other Edens anthologies with Robert Holdstock, and as well as the science fiction published under his own name, he is the author of a number of well received books for younger […]Read More
Something in the Water: Robert Holdstock and Ken MacLeod
What are the odds of two of Britain’s finest voices in modern speculative fiction being born on the same day?** There must have been sometihng in the water . . . Today is the birthday or two writers very close to Gateway’s heart: the one who is, sadly, no longer with us is with us, […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Christopher Priest!
Can it really be just a year ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to one of Britain’s great post-war novelists – in any genre – the one and only Christopher Priest? Er . . . actually, yes. That’s how these birthday things work, isn’t it? *ahem* Moving right along . . . You […]Read More
Happy Birthday to Garry Kilworth!
It’s a harsh but true fact that many of the authors we publish on the SF Gateway are no longer with us. That’s the nature of the beast when you publish classic SF that dates back to the pulp era (and, occasionally, before). Often, when we wish an author ‘Happy Birthday’, we’re doing so in […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Colin Greenland
Colin Greenland was born in Dover, Kent, on this day in 1954, and educated at Oxford, is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Take Back Plenty. He has contributed short stories to many anthologies and magazines as well as reviews of […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!
Gregory Albert Benford was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, in 1941. A leading writer of Hard SF, he received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. His breakthrough novel, Timescape, won both the Nebula and John W. Campbell […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Michael G. Coney
Michael Greatrex Coney was a British-born author who spent the last three decades of his life in Canada – including 16 years in the British Colombia Forest Service. His early work carried a sense of Cold War-inspired paranoia, but his repertoire was wide and perhaps his best novel, Hello Summer, Goodbye, is a wistful story […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Bob Shaw
Bob Shaw (1931-1996) Over the decades, many sf writers – from Asimov to Zelazny – have first made their reputation in the world of sf fandom and conventions. Among all the UK writers who have followed this route, none has enjoyed a higher reputation as both fan and professional than Bob Shaw, who emerged as […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Robert Holdstock
In a kinder, gentler world, Robert Holdstock would have been turning 68 today. No doubt roast or barbecued lamb would have been on the menu, with an accompanying glass of red, or perhaps a fine ale. The cricket commentary might well have been on the radio in the background. And all around the British isles, […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Colin Greenland!
Today, we wish a very Happy Birthday to award-winning author and critic Colin Greenland. Greenland first made himself known to the SF world with his 1983 study The Entropy Exhibition: Michael Moorcock and the UK ‘New Wave’, a revised version of his PhD thesis. He published his debut novel, the fantasy Daybreak on a Different […]Read More
Masterworks Spotlight: Lavondyss
Our current Masterworks Spotlight is the haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. At the heart of the wildwood lies a place of mystery and legend, from which few return and none emerged unchanged: Lavondyss . . . the ultimate realm, the source of all myth. When Harry Keeton disappeared into Ryhope Wood, […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Stephen Baxter!
We are delighted to be wishing a very Happy Birthday to Gollancz’s very own Stephen Baxter, author extraordinaire, collaborator-to-the-stars, celebrity Liverpool supporter and one of the secret cabal of illuminati known only as The SF Gateway Advisory Board. Steve is the author of (among many other works) the Xeelee and Time’s Tapestry sequences, the NASA […]Read More