Something in the Water: Robert Holdstock and Ken MacLeod
What are the odds of two of Britain’s finest voices in modern speculative fiction being born on the same day?** There must have been sometihng in the water . . . Today is the birthday or two writers very close to Gateway’s heart: the one who is, sadly, no longer with us is with us, […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Christopher Priest!
Can it really be just a year ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to one of Britain’s great post-war novelists – in any genre – the one and only Christopher Priest? Er . . . actually, yes. That’s how these birthday things work, isn’t it? *ahem* Moving right along . . . You […]Read More
Happy Birthday to Garry Kilworth!
It’s a harsh but true fact that many of the authors we publish on the SF Gateway are no longer with us. That’s the nature of the beast when you publish classic SF that dates back to the pulp era (and, occasionally, before). Often, when we wish an author ‘Happy Birthday’, we’re doing so in […]Read More
Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 1
Well, it’s been a wonderful ride, but we’re now just about ready to wrap up our month-long celebration of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin. And what better way to do so than with the author’s own favourites . . . The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by […]Read More
Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Fantasy Masterpiece
At the end of last week, we talked about Ursula K. Le Guin’s incredibly impressive body of SF work, through the prism of the titles in our SF Masterworks series. As promised, this week, we celebrate her Fantasy: specifically, the beloved Earthsea sequence. Beginning with 1968’s A Wizard of Earthsea and continuing over another five books […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Leigh Kennedy
Leigh Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1951. After gaining her degree in history, she lived in Austin, Texas, for five years, before emigrating to England in 1985. She has been writing constantly from her early years and has been short-listed for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Faces, a short story collection, […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: John Crowley
John Crowley was born in 1942 and has worked in documentary films and TV since 1966. The Deep, his first SF novel, was published in 1975 and was followed by Beasts, Engine Summer and Great Work of Time. In his later work, Little, Big, Aegypt and Love and Sleep, he has moved into writing fantasy […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin!
One of modern literature’s greatest writers celebrates her birthday, today: one of the most lyrical, insightful, imaginative and important authors the SFF field has ever produced, a writer equally fêted by the literary establishment and the SFF community, a writer with complete mastery of SF, fantasy, historical, realist and children’s fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin. […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Robert Holdstock
In a kinder, gentler world, Robert Holdstock would have been turning 68 today. No doubt roast or barbecued lamb would have been on the menu, with an accompanying glass of red, or perhaps a fine ale. The cricket commentary might well have been on the radio in the background. And all around the British isles, […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Tanith Lee
Hey, Gateway! So far your Essentials posts have been all about the SF – how ’bout some Fantasy for a change? Your wish is our cooperation! We present, for your reading pleasure, Britain’s very own Grand Master of Horror and winner of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Tanith Lee . . . Tanith […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Patricia A. McKillip and Tim Powers!
It seems oddly fitting that two of modern fantasy’s finest authors should have their birthdays on that Brigadoon of dates, the 29th February. Tim Powers and Patricia A. McKillip, boasting six World Fantasy Awards between them (for now!), today celebrate their sixteenth and seventeenth birthdays, respectively. To catalogue their literary triumphs would take us up […]Read More
New Title Spotlight: Song for the Basilisk
Patricia A. McKillip has won the World Fantasy Award three times – twice for her extraordinary novels: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Ombria in Shadow – and once for Lifetime Achievement. She has also won the Mythopoeic Award three times, and been nominated a further eleven times, including for our spotlighted novel, Song for […]Read More