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In Lieu of Valentine’s Day: Spam of the Month!

Actually, potentially Spam of the Year! As with most blogs, we get a lot of spam in our comments. Luckily, our filter catches almost all of it and quarantines the rogue comments until we can dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly manner. Usually, it is semi-coherent rubbish and blatant attempts to harvest email addresses or […]

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From the Archives: In Praise of . . . Good Show Sir

No man is an island, Entire of itself John Donne The internet is, among many other things, an ecosystem. No site exists in isolation; articles are written, responses posted, rebuttals made, points elaborated upon, and so it goes: the endless conversation of the interwebs. The SF Gateway is no different to any other site. We […]

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From the Archives: Six Degrees of Separation: The Beatles to SF Gateway

It comes to our attention that 50 years ago today (originally published 5/10/2012), musical legends The Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. Now, we at SF Gateway are as ardent fans of The Fab Four as the next sentient carbon-based lifeform, but it didn’t strike us as particularly relevant to classic science fiction […]

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Galaxy 666: the Podcast!

Do not read too much Lionel Fanthorpe at one go, your brains will turn to guacamole and drip out of your ears Thus spake Neil Gaiman, and who would argue with him?  Certainly not the intrepid reader who got in touch with us a few years ago asking to be put in touch with the […]

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Good Show SIr: Jack L. Chalker

Our friends at the always entertaining Good Show Sir recently unearthed another gem, this time from the prolific pen of Jack L. Chalker:   We don’t know if Jack Chalker sent a book in every week, but we do know he was extremely prolific! In fact, there are just short of 50 of his titles […]

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J T McIntosh: 200 Years to Christmas

Look what we found in the SF Gateway archives: For almost two centuries the huge spaceship had speared its way through the stars, bound for another two hundred years of travel before it would put down on a new planet, a new home for the Earth people. On board the metal-enclosed worldlet were four hundred […]

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Something in the Water VI: Even More Bornying

Because YOU demanded it**: the return of our semi-regular feature in which we marvel at how The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction‘s excellent On This Day function makes for fascinating reading and, occasionally throws up days with an infeasibly high level of cool people being born. And, one of those days – at the risk of […]

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New Title Spotlight: Supernatural Stories featuring The Phantom Crusader

A little over two years ago, we dipped our pen in purple ink and proclaimed thusly: Have you ever thrilled to the SF adventures of Lionel Roberts?  Raced breakneck through the breathless prose of Leo Brett?  Indulged in the macabre tales of Bron Fane 0r the galaxy-spanning stories of Pel Torro? Does the name John […]

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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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Happy Birthday, Walter Koenig

Today, Gateway wishes a very happy birthday to everyone’s favourite Russian helmsman, Pavel Chekov – or, more to the point, the actor who brought him to life on gib screen and small, across five decades: Walter Koenig. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was keen to add a younger face to his bridge crew, allegedly to […]

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On This Day: Google

On this day, in 1998, internet search giant, Google, was incorporated as a privately held company.  It is a sobering thought that, as we move into the second half of 2015, a sizeable proportion of the human race gets much of its information about the world from a 17-year-old . . .

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Happy Bank Holiday!

What’s that? A long weekend, you say? Excellent. At the end of a busy summer, there’s only one way enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday . . . Still not clear?  OK, then, to hell with subtlety: Are we clear now? Good. So, if you’ll excuse me . . .

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On This Day: Cyrano De Bergerac

On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris. Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, among film aficionados, as the inspiration for the Steve Martin film Roxanne – Cyrano de Bergerac is a figure of […]

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On This Day: the Loch Ness Monster

On this day in 2003, the BBC reported (presumably with a straight face) that, despite cneturies of sightings, there was no monster in Loch Ness. This followed an investigation utilising 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to ensure that every part of the loch was covered. Bad news for cryptozoologists, conspiracy theorists and […]

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