Gateway Essentials: Donald Moffitt
Donald Moffitt was born in Boston on this day in 1931. A former public relations executive, industrial filmmaker, and ghostwriter, he wrote fiction on and off for more than twenty years under his own name and an assortment of pen names. His first full-length science fiction novel and the first book of any genre to […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Marta Randall
Marta Randall was born in 1948 in Mexico City, and moved to the USA as an infant. She is the author of seven novels and numerous shorter works. She also edited New Dimensions 11 and 12 and Nebula Stories 19. She has taught writing in a number of venues, including the Clarion workshops and through […]Read More
Happy Birthday to Paul Cornell!
Some of you might know him from his comics, including Saucer Country and Demon Knights, and arcs on Wolverine and Captain Britain. Others might know him from his books, such as British Summertime, London Falling and Chalk. Many of you will know him from his long-standing association with a certain Time Lord; he’s written quite […]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
Gateway Essentials: Brian Lumley
Born in County Durham in 1937, Brian Lumley joined the British Army’s Royal Military Police where he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin and Cyprus in partition days. After reaching the rank of Sergeant Major, he retired to Devon to pursue his writing career full time, and was first published in […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Henry Kuttner
Henry Kuttner was born in Los Angeles, in 1915. As a young man he worked for the literary agency of his uncle, Laurence D’Orsay, before selling his first story, ‘The Graveyard Rats’, to Weird Tales in early 1936. In 1940, Kuttner married fellow writer C. L. Moore, whom he met through the ‘Lovecraft Circle’, a […]Read More
On This Day: John Wyndham
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was born on this day in 1903 (or possibly 1902 – it’s a long story), and the world would never look at meteor showers or blonde-haired children in quite the same way again. Prior to the Second World War, he wrote and published under a bewildering array of pen […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Elizabeth A. Lynn
Elizabeth A. Lynn was born in New York in 1946. She won two World Fantasy Awards in one year for her novel, Watchtower, and for the short story, ‘The Woman Who Loved the Moon’. She is also the author of The Dancers of Arun, The Northern Girl, A Different Light, The Sardonyx Net, and the […]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
Happy Birthday, Dave Duncan!
Dave Duncan was born in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland on this day in 1933. He received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. He moved to Canada in 1955, where he still lives with his wife. He spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist. He has had […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949, and has a PhD in Byzantine history. He has taught ancient and medieval history at a number of universities including UCLA, and has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles. A full-time science fiction writer since 1991, he is […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: Mark S. Geston
Mark S. Geston has degrees in history and law and is a practising attorney. His first novel, Lords of the Starship, was published in 1967 while he was still in college, but he has published relatively little since the mid-1970s. We recommend starting with Lords of the Starship and then moving on to the next […]Read More
Happy Birthday, Joe Haldeman!
Only five authors have won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for the same novel, on two separate occasions: Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin (who was the first to achiev it), Connie Willis and the recipient of today’s birthday wishes: Joe Haldeman, the winner of the 1976 Hugo and Nebula […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: John W. Campbell, Jr
Born in Newark, New Jersey, on this day in 1910, John Wood Campbell, Jr studied physics at MIT and then Duke University. Campbell was a prolific early pulp writer – he made his first sale while still in his teens, was a recognised name in the genre by the time he was 21 and at […]Read More
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 […]Read More