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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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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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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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Entirely Random Friday

It’s possible that we may have mentioned, on occasion, in passing, our huge respect and admiration for The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The SFE is, as every right-thinking sentient being should know by now, the indispensable resource for anyone interested in all aspects of science fiction and related fields. But did you know there are […]

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Happy Birthday, Stephen Donaldson!

Thanks to the all-seeing eye of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and its indispensable On This Day function, we see that today is Stephen R. Donaldson‘s birthday. As I’m sure we all know, Stephen Donaldson burst onto the scene in 1977 with his extraordinary debut trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. It was […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Dispossessed

Our latest SF Masterwork of the Week is Grandmaster Ursula K. Le Guin‘s masterpiece, The Dispossessed. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, as well as a host of other prizes, The Dispossessed is one of the central works of the acclaimed Hainish cycle – if not the central work. To list […]

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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

So, according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, it’s some guy called Jules Verne‘s birthday today: born 8th February, 1828.  We’ve never heard of him, but apparently he’s quite well known. Wrote a bunch of books back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. From the Earth to the Moon.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Mysterious […]

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