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But Will I Like It: Earthlight

With the front pages currently obsessed with whether or not Britain should stay in the European Union and the back pages obsessed with how long England, Wales and Northern Ireland can remain in the European Championships, Gateway calls for some perspective. And you don’t get better perspective than viewing things from the Moon! With that […]

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Related Categories: Reviews

Title Spotlight: Russian Spring

Written just months before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Norman Spinrad’s Russian Spring might hold the record for the fastest transformation from future SF to alternate history . . . In the near future, the debt-laden U.S. owns a technology that renders it ‘the world’s best-defended Third World country’. The only functioning space programme […]

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Related Categories: Editors' Choice

Title Spotlight: Fugue for a Darkening Island

Gateway is proud to spotlight Christopher Priest’s prescient novel of global migration and disaster: Fugue for a Darkening Island . . . As Europe looks for ways to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Syria’s misplaced population and the influx of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Christopher Priest’s second novel has a new, timely, edge. Survivors […]

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Title Spotlight: A Far Sunset

Continuing our topical theme, we spotlight Edmund Cooper’s A Far Sunset . . . The year is 2032 A.D. The Gloria Mundi, a star ship built and manned by the new United States of Europe, touches down on the planet, Alatair Five. Disaster strikes, leaving only one apparent survivor – an Englishman named Paul Marlow, […]

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Related Categories: Editors' Choice

Title Spotlight: Darwinia

Our current crop of Spotlight Titles share a common, topical theme.  First up: Robert Charles Wilson’s Aurora Award-winner, Darwinia . . . In 1912 the world changes overnight. Europe and all its inhabitants disappear, replaced by a primeval continent which becomes known as Darwinia: a strange land in which evolution has followed a different path. […]

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Related Categories: Commentary, Editors' Choice

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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Related Categories: Reflections

Is the Pope an SF Fan?

So: is the pope an SF fan? Yes. Yes, he is. It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has opened a personal Twitter account and was to tweet under the name @pontifex. Now, we can’t help but notice that in 1983, Robert Silverberg wrote a book called: Faced with the choice between accusing the […]

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Related Categories: The Science Fictional World, Whimsy

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