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Ray Bradbury

On This Day: Julius Schwartz

On this day in 1915, Julius Schwartz was born in the Bronx, New York City. Throughout his long life, he was a fan, an editor, a literary agent and a giant in the field of comics. If DC Comics had a counterpart to Marvel‘s Stan Lee, that man was Julius Schwartz. While still in his […]

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Ray Bradbury Five Years On

Hard to believe it’s been five years since the great Ray Bradbury passed away. We won’t attempt a retrospective; it would be foolish and arrogant to think we could put into context a seventy-year writing career in a singe blog post. Very simply: Ray Bradbury was one of our greatest writers. Of any genre. Of […]

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Happy Birthday, Michael Dirda!

Today is the birthday of editor, author, critic, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and friend of the Gateway, Michael Dirda. In a literary establishment too often eager to denigrate genre fiction, Michael Dirda stands out as a beacon of fair-mindedness and erudition. A long-time Book World editor for the Washington Post, for whom he now writes a […]

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Masterwork Spotlight: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Back in June, 2013, the Gollancz team remembered the late great Ray Bradbury, on the first anniversary of his death. From a body of work of almost absurd variety and importance, two of us chose the same novel: Something Wicked This Way Comes . . .   Darren: As far as novels are concerned, I […]

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The Martian: What to Read Next

So you’ve just read or seen The Martian and you’re now having Red Planet withrawal symptoms?  Can’t go another day without more Marsie goodness?  Fear not!  The Gateway doctor is in, and do we have a prescription for you! Whether your chosen medicine is a book set on a scientifically-accurate Mars, a romantic vision of […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Films, Whimsy

Happy Publication Day 8th October 2015

It’s Super Thursday here in the UK and we’ve got an incredible crop of SF, Fantasy and Horror reads. Killing Titan by Greg Bear: Killing Titan is the second book in the epic interstellar War Dogs trilogy from master of science fiction Greg Bear. After barely surviving his last tour on Mars, Master Sergeant Michael […]

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100th Anniversary: Julius Schwartz

On this day, 100 years ago, Julius Schwartz was born in the Bronx, New York City. Throughout his long life, he was a fan, an editor, a literary agent  and a giant in the field of comics. If DC Comics had a counterpart to Marvel‘s Stan Lee, that man was Julius Schwartz. While still in […]

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Related Categories: Commentary

Apparently it’s Hallowe’en . . .

Those of you who have been reading the Gateway blog for a while might think there’s something familiar about this post. And you’d be right. What’s familiar is actually every single word that follows this first paragraph. Reason being, my attitude to Hallowe’en has not altered one whit since I wrote this last year – […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: October 2014

  ‘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: Robert A. Heinlein, Author of The Martian Chronicles Science […]

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Related Categories: Commentary, Reflections

August’s Sci-Fi Theatre: Fahrenheit 451

Linda, you’re absolutely fantastic   We’re showing Fahrenheit 451 this week. Francois Truffaut’s 1966 version of Ray Bradbury’s seminal book. It’s a strange film this. Tends to divide opinion. Critics see it as a rather tame imagining of Bradbury’s impassioned tale, while fans are quite taken by what Time labelled a ‘weirdly gay little picture’. […]

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New Book of the Week: the Ulitmate Egoist

The Ultimate Egoist is the first volume of The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, and contains the late author’s earliest work, written between 1937 and 1940. An acknowledged master of the short form – SF’s premier award for short fiction is named in his honour – Sturgeon’s influence was strongly felt by even the most […]

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The Obligatory Hallowe’en Post

So, it’s Hallowe’en again. To kids around the world, an opportunity to dress up in outlandish costumes and run round their neighbourhoods collecting treats. To supermarkets, that small window of opportunity between back-to-school and Christmas to tempt shoppers to part with more of their hard-earned cash for no real, valid reason. To some, a celebration […]

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