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Olaf Stapledon

Gateway Essentials: Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon was born near Liverpool on this day in 1886, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with […]

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Gateway Essentials: George Zebrowski

Continuing our efforts to provide entry point books for our many hundreds of authors, here’s an introduction to George Zebrowski . . . George Zebrowski’s nearly forty books include novels, short fiction collections, anthologies, and a book of essays. Greg Bear calls him one of those rare speculators who bases his dreams on science as […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: July 2015

  ‘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: As Slow as Possible We SF people like to […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Star Maker

Although we have featured Star Maker before as Masterwork of the Week, we were prompted to do so again, following on from last week’s Last and First Men, after listening to the 200th episode of the always-excellent Coode Street Podcast (recorded live at LonCon 3), and hearing the legendary Robert Silverberg wax lyrical on the […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Last and First Men

One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years. Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: STAR MAKER

As regular readers of the SF Gateway blog will know, our good friends at SFX have kindly agreed to allow us to republish those articles from their SFX Book Club that relate to our SF Masterworks and/or SF Gateway titles. And so, we turn to Gollancz‘s resident master of wide-screen SF, Stephen Baxter, multi-award-winning author, […]

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Happy Birthday, Olaf Stapledon!

On this day, in 1886, Olaf Stapledon was born. The author of such landmarks of science fiction as Last and First Men and Star Maker, he has influenced some of the masters of SF – Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter are just two who can trace their literary lineage back to him. No less […]

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