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On This Day: James Doohan Died

Much has been written about the trinity at the centre of Star Trek –  Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but for some of us, the heart of the show (and certainly of the USS Enterprise) has always been Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott. And, with all due respect to Simon Pegg, who has many fans at […]

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Bloom County Returns!

As has been noted across the interwebs, the great Bloom County is returning! Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Berkely Breathed called time on his brilliant satirical cartoon a quarter of a century ago, in 1989; he moved many of his characters over to Outland and then to Opus, but stopped cartooning in 2008, citing the bitter state […]

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Madness or Genius?

In this fast-moving, modern world we inhabit, there is an ever-increasing amount of information to sort through and process. Broadcast media, newspapers, magazines, social media, online news, mobile devices – all bombarding us with information at a dizzying rate. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re subjected to an equally-daunting torrent of advertising, with every […]

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New Book of the Week: Zero Minus X

It has been claimed that between the years of 1958 and 1964, Lionel Fanthorpe was the most prolific genre author alive, writing under a bewildering array of pseudonyms and house names, and producing a book per week for the now-defunct Badger Books. One such house name – occasionally used by John Glasby and Tom W […]

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The Best T-Shirt at Worldcon?

As is ever the case at SF conventions, the quality of T-shirts on sale was high at last weekend’s London Worldcon – I came away with the excellent ‘SCIENCE: I’m one accident away from being a super villain’. But when all is said and done, I think this one was . . . if not […]

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Spam of the Week

In common with all websites where comments are enabled, we get our fair share of spam. For the most part, we delete this with contemptuous slap of the keyboard, but occassionally, we get one that we feel deserves a wider audience.  Take this for instance: In this box are the links to each of the […]

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Whut?  A bank holiday, you say?  Huh. OK, some quality reading time, at last! Enjoy!

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New Book of the Week: Unseen University Challenge

‘Right, your starter for ten, no conferring: Which beginners’ course at Unseen University was taught by Jeophal the Spry?’ Bzzzzzzz ‘Quirm College for Young Ladies, Sto Helit.’ ‘Algebra?’ ‘No, I’m afraid it’s Beginners’ Dematerialisation. Which occult force opened the bronze doors of the great Temple of Om without the touch of any human hand?’ Bzzzzzzz […]

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On This Day: M C Escher

It was on this day in 1972 that the extraordinary Dutch artist M. C. Escher died. ‘Who?’ You might be saying (although we really hope you’re not!). Well, him: The guy that did this: And this: Capish?

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Classic SF Anagrams: The Solutions

For those of you still scratching your heads over Friday’s anagrams (or, indeed, over why allegedly grown adults would spend their time creating such a thing), here are the answers: Mash the Demon! Die! is an anagram of the very first Hugo-winner, Alfred Bester‘s The Demolished Man Edit: No, it isn’t. As pointed our by […]

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Classic SF Anagrams

In what future SF historians will no doubt refer to, Spinal Tap-style, as ‘the saddest of all posts‘, we have decided to mark the last Friday of the first month of 2013 with a series of classic SF anagrams. All of the below are anagrams formed from Hugo Award-winning novels. Some are available from SF […]

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The Kraken Wakes John Wyndham

It’s been a while since we’ve had any levity on the blog, and since today is the end of the first full working week of the year, I think we all deserve a moment of light-heartedness to celebrate. This is a game we learned about at the Jersey Eastercon in 2002, whereby you take the […]

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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. […]

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Is the Pope an SF Fan?

So: is the pope an SF fan? Yes. Yes, he is. It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has opened a personal Twitter account and was to tweet under the name @pontifex. Now, we can’t help but notice that in 1983, Robert Silverberg wrote a book called: Faced with the choice between accusing the […]

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Prudish Pirates

Found on a pirate site and presented without comment: Oh, alright, just one comment, then: Dude, do you think you might have your content filter bar set just a little low . . . ?

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