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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 […]

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On This Day: Johannes Kepler

On this day in 1630, the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler died in Regensburg, Bavaria. He was, at one point, assistant to the great Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, and later served as imperial mathematician to three Holy Roman Emperors. He is held to be one of the great astronomers, and his laws of planetary […]

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Happy Sputnik Day!

On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours for the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and it’s probably fair to say it took a few people by surprise . . .     What it also […]

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The Founding Fathers of Rocket Science

The name most frequently associated with modern rocketry is that of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German rocket scientist who moved to the United States at the end of the Second World War, known to many as  ‘the Father of Rocket Science’.  And, to be fair, when one considers that his career is more or […]

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That’s One Small Step For Man …

Tomorrow is the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A day later Neil Armstrong took the first steps taken by a human on another world. From this . . .     . . . to this . . .     . . . inside seven years.   Remarkable. Just remarkable.  

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Space is Really Big

As we’ve noted before in this very blog, we here at SF Gateway are big fans of NASA‘s excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day site. If there’s a better diurnal dose of delight out there on the internets, then we don’t know where it is. We are also – as all right-thinking sentient beings are […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Tau Zero

May’s first Masterwork of the Week is Poul Anderson‘s Hugo-shortlisted Tau Zero. The epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine will take her and her fifty-strong crew to a planet some thirty light-years distant. But, because the ship will accelerate to close to the speed of light, for those on board subjective time will slow […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: May 2013

‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov       Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: ‘. . . Not Even Wrong’ My favorite scientific […]

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Living in an SF Novel

Your humble SF Gateway scribe tries hard to stay abreast of current events and generally considers himself to be reasonably well-informed. Sometimes, though, things slip by. You know how it is: occasionally, the morning routine is interrupted – the alarm gets snoozed once too often, the kids are taking twice as long to get ready […]

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Sir Patrick Moore (1923 – 2012)

All at SF Gateway were saddened to hear of that the legendary astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore passed away at the weekend, at the age of 89. Best known as the presenter, for more than half a century, of The Sky at Night, on which he first appeared in April 1957, Moore also wrote […]

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Science is Awesome!

Sometimes a news item catches your eye that is so thoroughly science fictional that you have to just stop and admire the awesomeness of the universe and the tool with which we seek to understand it: science. Take this news, for instance, of the discovery of a rogue planet, wandering (appropriately enough) some hundred light […]

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