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Read an Extract | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as ‘a beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love,’ and by Marie Claire as ‘ a poignant reflection on loss and companionship,’ The Friend is a stunning meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

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Read an Extract | The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Out in Hardback September 2018. Ebook now available.  Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible […]

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Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad with this Riveting Memoir

In her powerful memoir,  I Was Told To Come Alone, Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet takes readers on a remarkable journey beyond the ominous headlines about terrorism, putting a human face on it. As a Muslim woman who was born and educated in Germany, Mekhennet has had to balance both sides of her upbringing—Muslim and Western. This background has given her […]

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Guest Review: Two That Came True by Judith Moffett

Kev McVeigh is a name that should be familiar to regular readers of this blog. He’s an astute critic and read who has written a number of themed guest posts on the subject of women SF writers: search ‘From the Attic’ to find them all.  Kev recently let us know that he had reviewed on […]

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The Daily Dot’s Best Nine Fantasy Series

In September last year, The Daily Dot published an article of interest to Gateway readers (yes, we know we’re late picking up on this. Sorry – we were distracted!). Headlined ‘The 9 Best Fantasy Book Series‘ with the subheadline ‘If you love ‘Game of Thrones,’ this list is for you’, the piece goes on to […]

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From the Archives: Greg Bear’s EON: A Review by Stephen Baxter

President of the BSFA and multi-award-winning author, Stephen Baxter, offers his thoughts on Greg Bear’s 1985 Big Dumb Object novel, Eon . . . In 2005, after the observation of a supernova-like burst of energy, an asteroid shows up in Earth orbit. Humanity is locked in a continuing Cold War between US and USSR, and […]

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From the Archives: Pat Cadigan’s FOOLS: A Review by Paul McAuley

Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner, Paul McAuley, in addition to being one of SF’s finest writers, is also an astute judge of a good book. Here, he reviews fellow-Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Pat Cadigan‘s Fools, which won the award in 1995 . . . Fools, Pat Cadigan‘s third novel, is set in the same milieu as […]

Galactic Journey: Naked to the Stars

It should be no secret to regular readers that we at SF Gateway are big fans of Galactic Journey. For newcomers: this is the journal of an intrepid time traveller, reviewing the 1960′s SF magazines in real time as if they were just being released. Go. Read. Be amazed. While it’s really the great classic […]

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But Will I Like It: The Astronauts Must not Land

Continuing our series of mini-reviews from enthusiastic Gateway readers, here’s a classic SF reader’s take on John Brunner’s The Astronauts Must Not Land . . . The first FTL starship has returned accompanied, or coincidentally accompanied, by monstrous apparitions in the sky and appearances of some of its crew, on Earth, before any of them […]

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Our favourite Margaret Atwood books

To celebrate the publication of The Heart Goes Last in paperback, we asked the Virago team to tell us about some of their other favourite Margaret Atwood books…   About The Heart Goes Last: Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their […]

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Books Beyond Borders

In light of recent events, we’re celebrating cultures outside of the UK that contribute to our diverse range of front list and Virago Modern Classic titles.   In Diamond Square, first published in 1962, is relatively unknown out of Spain, yet it is the most acclaimed Catalan novel of all time. Set in Barcelona during […]

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21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

GQ magazine recently published a list of 21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of, asking Ever come across a book – on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s Bachelor viewing party – that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t […]

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But Will I Like It: Blood Heritage

Continuing our series of mini-reviews from enthusiastic Gateway readers, here’s a second (or, indeed, third, if one wants to be pedantic) reader’s take on Sheri S. Tepper . . . Blood Heritage by Sheri S. Tepper When Badger Ettison’s cold but beautiful wife Carolyn and young son Robby drown in a boating accident, he spends […]

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Gateway Essentials: Time is the Simplest Thing

For some time now, we have been singing the praises of the interpid Time Traveller from the excellent Galactic Journey site (he who reviews the SF of 55 years ago as if it were coming out new). And just last week, we announced the Gateway Essentials programme, designed to help guide readers through the intimidating […]

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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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