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The following is a list of all news updates on the site from the previous years, beginning with the most recent year past. All current updates will be on the Home page. All calendar dates on this site are in standard American notation: Month/Day/Year.

 

2013

Happy 2013!
1/1/13; 3:00pm CST - Galen
Well, those Mayans were dead wrong, and in spite of the fact there is a 13 in this year's date I have a suspicion it will be a very lucky year.

All of last year's updates have been archived, and are accessible through the link at the upper left of each page on the site. It was a pretty good year for the Gate, with reviews of sixteen movies and eleven books, probably the most active since the first couple of years. We are nearing a total of 300 pages, with 293 at last count. The first review of the year will be along in a few days, probably over the weekend. I have just a bit to read in a book that has a peripheral connection to the main one the review will be about.

 

Phoenix Without Ashes
2/12/13; 4:30pm CST - Galen
Well, it took a lot longer getting around to this review than I had anticipated, but work has been full and I've also been a bit under the weather at times. Anyway, I've just uploaded a review that encompasses the novel Phoenix Without Ashes by Edward Bryant as well as the graphic novel of the same name by Harlan Ellison, both of which are based on Ellison's Writer's Guild Award winning pilot script for the ill-fated TV series The Starlost. There's a few other tidbits thrown in to round out the whole story.

 

Midwich Cuckoos/Village of the Damned
2/24/13; 3:50pm CST - Galen
Two new pages today, one on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, the other on the three film versions of the story, two of which are titled Village of the Damned.

 

Oblivion
4/21/13; 6:15pm CDT - Galen
At long last, another review. I think Oblivion is the perfect title for this movie, since I now want to wipe all traces of it from my memory.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
5/20/13; 5:45am CDT - Galen
Eliza DoLots gives us her take on J.J. Abrams' second foray in the Trek universe, Star Trek Into Darkness.

 

Man of Steel
6/16/13; 7:15pm CDT - Galen
In spite of a few negatives, Man of Steel is definitely the best Superman movie to date.

 

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
7/6/13; 2:45pm CDT - Galen
I thought The Chrysalids was a Wyndham book I hadn't read yet. I was wrong. Around forty years ago I encountered it under its American title, Re-Birth. It's still as good as I remember, maybe even better.

 

Pacific Rim
7/14/13; 6:25pm CDT - Galen
Giant robots fighting giant monsters. What's not to like about Pacific Rim?

 

Elysium (Or Neill Blomkamp Takes a Nose Dive)
8/18/13; 2:55pm CDT - Galen
It takes a pretty bad movie to be worse than Oblivion. Sad to say, Elysium is that movie.

 

2013 Hugo Awards
9/2/13; 7:15pm CDT - Galen
I attended three of the five days of this year's Worldcon, LoneStarCon3 in San Antonio, which is just closing down about now. I did not stay for the Hugo ceremony though, but I have just updated the Awards page to reflect this year's winners.

 

Gravity can get you down
10/6/13; 12:55pm CDT - Galen
There are both good things and bad about Gravity, and I try to explain both in my review. YMMV.

 

Ender's Game
11/3/13; 5:15pm CDT - Galen
I've just uploaded reviews of both Orson Scott Card's novel from 1985, as well as the new movie in theaters now.

 

Beware the Triffids!
11/10/13; 8:45pm CDT - Galen
Two new pages today, one on the novel The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, another on three different film versions of the story, the 1962 theatrical feature and two different BBC mini-series.

 

Classic Doctor Who
11/23/13; 10:30pm CDT - Galen
It's been well over a year since I started watching Classic Doctor Who through Netflix and Amazon, and now on the 50th Anniversary of the show I've finally posted the beginning of my review.

 

Catching Fire
11/25/13; 9:29pm CDT - Galen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a better film than its predecessor, just not good enough to satisfy me.

 

11/22/63
11/25/13; 9:30pm CST - Galen
Anyone from my gereration knows exactly where they were when they heard the news. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if JFK had not been assassinated? Well, so has Stephen King, along with the protagonist of his novel, 11/22/63.

 

A Canticle For Leibowitz
12/8/13; 2:30pm CST - Galen
Winner of the Hugo for Best Novel in 1961, A Canticle For Leibowitz is still as powerful a book as it was more than fifty years ago. Highly recommended.

 

 

2012

Happy New Year!
1/2/12; 11:35am CST - Galen
I hope everyone's 2012 is going okay so far. In my opinion it's gonna be the best year ever, with many more great ones to come. A pox on those dumb Mayans!
PS: The first book review of the year will be uploaded sometime later today.

 

Spin, Spin, Spin!
1/2/12; 1:15pm CST - Galen
The first book review of the year is for Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, the 2006 Hugo winner.

 

Another Earth
1/7/12; 8:45pm CST - Galen
Ever wonder if there's another you somewhere out there in the universe? Maybe they're on that new planet that just mysteriously appeared in the solar system. That's the premise of the independent film Another Earth, now out in a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack.

 

Go, Apes!
1/22/12; 6:45pm CST - Galen
The new prequel film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray and I've seen it twice within the last week. It has some strong points along with a few weaknesses, but still well worth watching.

 

Hugo
1/30/12; 8:45pm CST - Galen
Hugo has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards. It deserves everyone of them, and even more. Great film, the best I've seen in several years.

 

Chronicle
2/19/12; 8:30pm CST - Galen
Chronicle is yet another "found footage" film, with shaky camcorder footage. Just a few elements of the film work, but for the most part it was "been there, seen that" for me. The effects are impressive considering the budget, but I'd rather have seen a more original story idea.

 

The Hunger Games
2/11/12; 12:30pm CDT - Galen
The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins. It is a very popular Young Adult series, and while I am not in the target demographic I enjoyed it for the most part. To understand the few quibbles I had about it you just need to read my review.

 

John Carter
2/18/12; 7:10pm CDT - Galen
John Carter is not the easiest film to review. It's much better than what you've probably already heard, but it is not without its faults. I'd say go see it and make up your own mind.

 

The Hunger Games - The Movie
2/23/12;11:15pm CDT - Galen
Like the book, the movie version of The Hunger Games is good, but not great. Regardless, it's gonna be a box office smash.

 

Still Hungry?
2/27/12; 7:40pm CDT - Galen
Eliza DoLots gives us her take on the box office winner, The Hunger Games.

 

Come to my cabin?
4/15/12; 3:20pm CDT - Galen
The Cabin in the Woods, co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, and directed by Goddard, has been promoted as a "mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out." That's hyperbole for sure. It's enjoyable enough, but nothing that surprising or unexpected for me.

 

Avengers Assemble!
5/5/12; 8:20pm CDT - Galen
Joss Whedon deserves success and acclaim, and I think it inevitable he will get both due to his remarkable work on The Avengers.

 

Update on Hunger Games
5/13/12; 9:20pm CDT - Galen
I've updated my review page for The Hunger Games to add some thoughts on the two sequel novels.

 

Nebula Winners
5/20/12; 11:10am CDT - Galen
I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula Awards page to highlight the winners of the 2011 Nebulas announced last night, and I also realized I hadn't yet entered the nominees for the 2012 Hugos, to be announced at Chicon 7 in September.

 

Prometheus
6/11/12; 5:40pm CDT - Galen
In spite of its pedigree, and my fervent anticipation of it, Prometheus proved to be a big disappointment. My suggestion is to skip it and rewatch Alien instead.

 

New Affiliate - New Review
6/11/12; 5:45pm CDT - Galen
The Templeton Gate is now an affiliate of ReAnimusPress, a fairly new enterprise bent on bringing older SF titles back in e-book formats (not printed books). My first review is of Jerry Sohl's 1965 novel Night Slaves, which was later adapted for a made-for-TV movie.

 

The Yiddish Policemen's Union
7/8/12; 5:55pm CDT - Galen
Here's my review of Michael Chabon's Hugo and Nebula award winning novel from 2007.

 

The Dark Knight Rises
7/22/12; 9:45pm CDT - Galen
I've just seen Christopher Nolan's latest (and last?) Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. It's good, but not as good as the two previous films.

 

Companion Needed For Time Travel
7/26/12; 7:00pm CDT - Galen
Once again a low budget independent film has caught my eye. I would like to say that entertainment is guaranteed, but I know my tastes differ quite a bit from a lot of other people. But I loved Safety Not Guaranteed. Is it an SF film? Yes. Maybe. Who cares?

 

Larry Niven's Ringworld
8/5/12; 9:45pm CDT - Galen
I've just uploaded my review of Larry Niven's 1970 novel Ringworld, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula.

 

Welcome to Rekall
8/11/12; 6:45pm CDT - Galen
I've recently re-watched the original film from 1990, then the new remake, as well as re-reading the short story both were "inspired" by. Here are my thoughts on Total Recall.

 

2012 Hugo Awards
8/11/12; 6:45pm CDT - Galen
I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula page to reflect the winners of the 2012 Hugos announced this weekend in Chicago. I also added Jo Walton's Among Others to the Novel Winners and Dual Awards pages, since it also won the Nebula earlier this year, and I hope to read and review it soon.

 

Update on Night Slaves
9/8/12; 1:40pm CDT - Galen
A few months ago I reviewed Jerry Sohl's 1965 novel Night Slaves, and I had mentioned I had seen the TV movie adapted from it but that it had never been released on any video format. About a week ago someone uploaded the full movie to YouTube. I've edited the review to include that information.

 

Slow Apocalypse
9/8/12; 1:45pm CDT - Galen
John Varley's latest novel, Slow Apocalypse, is something entirely different than we've ever seen from him.

 

Among Others
10/3/12; 9:05pm CDT - Galen
Jo Walton's Among Others won both the Hugo and Nebula this year, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. I recommend it. I won't say it's highly recommended, but it's a pretty good book.

 

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, Book 1)
10/17/12; 10:20pm CDT - Galen
James S. A. Corey is a pen name used by Daniel Abraham (primarily a fantasy writer) and Ty Franck, who is an assistant to George R. R. Martin, and he has only one other short story to his credit so far. Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in a series collectively knows as The Expanse. It was nominated for a Hugo and a Locus Award for Best Novel this year. It is an entirely different kind of book than the last one I reviewed, Among Others, which won both the Hugo and Nebula. I enjoyed Leviathan Wakes more.

 

Cloud Atlas
10/27/12; 1:30pm CDT - Galen
Cloud Atlas is based on a book that has been described as "unfilmable." I've just ordered the book to find out why, but right now I'd have to say that was a fallacious assumption. It could have been an ambitious mess, and while not everythng works and at least one segment could have been deleted, for the most part it is successful in telling a cohesive story that spans multiple scenarios and hundreds of years, past, present and future. Highly recommended.

 

Awww....Go Bug Jack Barron!
10/31/12; 11:30pm CDT - Galen
Bug Jack Barron was controversial when it was originally published in 1969. In spite of several dated elements it is still a very powerful book that asks some tough questions about how we allow the government and the media to manipulate us.

 

Sound of My Voice
11/4/12; 8:45pm CST - Galen
Sound of My Voice is another indie film co-written and co-produced by actress Brit Marling (Another Earth). It will take a few more viewings of both to decide which one I like more, but right now I'd say they are even.

 

The Hobbit begins...
12/17/12; 9:05pm CST - Galen
...but will it ever end? Overall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gets my recommendation, but I do have some major issues with it. Someone really needs to reel in Peter Jackson's ego and point out the fact that sometimes less is better.

 

2011

!Happy 2011!
1/2/11; 5:25pm CST - Galen

I hope the new year finds you in good health and good spirits, and I wish that everyone's 2011 is as good for them as 2010 was for me. Yeah, I might bitch and moan about work and other stuff from time to time, but in truth things have been going well for me on most fronts.

Also, all the news updates from last year have been archived and are accessible through the link at the top left of every page on the site.

 

Hyperion
1/2/11; 5:27pm CST - Galen

As stated previously, I'm going to be doing my Hugo/Nebula book reviews in a random order. This first review of the year is for Dan Simmons' Hyperion, published in 1989 and the winner of the Hugo for 1990. I would have liked to have finished a re-read of its immediate sequel, The Fall of Hyperion, and included it in the review, but that would have delayed uploading the page even longer. I probably will in the near future, but for now I have something else in mind for my next review.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1/23/11; 7:30pm CST - Galen

This evening I've uploaded two new pages, reviews of Buffy the Vampire Slayer the TV series, and the Buffy Season 8 Graphic novels.

 

The Fall of Hyperion
2/16/11; 7:30pm CST - Galen

I've added to my Hyperion review with comments on its sequel, The Fall of Hyperion.

 

The City and The City
2/26/11; 1:35pm CST - Galen

I review China Miéville's The City and the City, co-winner of last year's Hugo Award.

 

2010 Nebula Awards
2/26/11; 8:00pm CST - Galen

The final ballot for this year's Nebula Awards has been released by the SFWA. Winners will be announced on May 22 at the Nebula Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C. Since our pages on the Hugos & Nebulas are grouped by decade I have created a new page for the 2010's. I have updated the other pages with the new link and also added the new titles to the AmazonBooks and AmazonFilms pages.

 

The Adjustment of PKD
3/13/11; 2:00pm CDT - Galen

The Adjustment Bureau is a fairly entertaining film, but one thing is it not is a Philip K. Dick story.

 

Short but sweet
3/13/11; 2:00pm CDT - Galen

Robert Silverberg's latest book, The Last Song of Orpheus is more novella than novel in length, but sometimes good things come in small packages.

 

From the sublime to the ridiculous!
3/27/11; 2:45pm CDT - Galen

Or maybe it's just the sublimely ridiculous, cause I'm not sure which category fits the two movies I'm reviewing today. I had originally thought Sucker Punch might be sublime, but it's not, and Paul is beyond ridiculous.

 

Use the Source Code, Jake!
4/2/11; 6:45pm CDT - Galen

Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job in an entertaining, if somewhat predictable, thriller...Source Code. Is it just me, or was it released on April 1 for a reason?

 

Way Station
4/2/11; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

I continue with reviews of award winning novels with a look at Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, which received a Hugo in 1964.

 

2010 Nebulas
5/22/11; 1:00pm CDT - Galen

The 2010 Nebula awards were announced last night, and I have updated the pages to reflect the winners. The Hugo nominations are also featured, and they will be awarded at Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada, August 17-21. Follow the links on that page for all of the past winners and nominees, as well as reviews of some of the books.

 

Riverworld
5/30/11; 6:00pm CDT - Galen

I review the first two books in the Riverworld series by Philip José Farmer, along with mention of an early version of the story. A profile page on Farmer will follow soon. I hope.

 

The Tree of Life
6/7/11; 7:45pm CDT - Galen

Terrence Malick's new film, The Tree of Life is not science fiction or fantasy, but it is speculative fiction of the highest order. Even though I know there is a large segment of the movie-going audience that will not like it, or at least not as much as I do, my recommendation for it is unreserved, and I have no qualms about reviewing it here.

 

Super 8
6/12/11; 5:00pm CDT - Galen

What a difference a week makes. Last week I saw a film I loved but that most people won't. This week it is the opposite. Not that I hated Super 8, but it could have been so much better than the re-tread it turned out to be.

 

A little "Night Music" please!
6/12/11; 4:50pm CDT - Galen

Tobias Cabral has recently self-published his novella Night Music via amazon.com's Kindle service. It is a very good Hard-SF tale reminiscent of some of the masters, and if he can duplicate this effort his will be an interesting career to follow.

 

Philip José Farmer
6/19/11; 6:50pm CDT - Galen

I've finally finished my profile page on Philip José Farmer. Not that it took me this long to write, but as is typical I've been procrastinating. Working in 100+ degree heat everyday has wiped me out for most weekday evenings and the weekends have been devoted to other chores.

 

The Last Harry Potter
6/19/11; 5:15pm CDT - Galen

Eliza DoLots treats us to her take on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, the end (?) of the road for the film franchise.

 

Thor
7/31/11; 6:35pm CDT - Galen

I was surprised how much I enjoyed Thor, considering I'm not a comic geek and know little of the story as presented in that format. But director Kenneth Branagh and a cast headed by Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins made it well worth my time.

 

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
8/18/11; 5:45pm CDT - Galen

The lastest entry in Willis' Oxford Time Travel series, the dual novels Blackout & All Clear, won the Nebula earlier this year, and Saturday night we will find out if it also wins a Hugo. It is the only one of the nominated novels I've read, but I'm rooting for it and I think it has an excellent chance to win again.

 

Hugo Winners Announced
8/21/11; 12:55am CDT - Galen

As I was expecting (and hoping), Blackout/All Clear won the Hugo tonight, and I've edited that page to add that information, as well as adding a few other things to the review. I have also updated the Hugo/Nebula Award pages for all the other winners too.

 

Apollo 18 (or, Blair Witch Goes to the Moon)
9/4/11; 7:35pm CDT - Galen

I could have made reference to another (and older) low budget horror film, but it would have been too much of a spoiler. Not a great film by any means, but Apollo 18 is worth a look at matinee price, or worth a rental if you want to wait for the video release.

 

To Say Nothing of the Dog
9/25/11; 1:00pm CDT - Galen

I review Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, the 1999 Hugo winner for best novel.

 

Connie Willis: Her Life and Work
10/23/11; 7:30pm CDT - Galen

Here's my profile on the career of Connie Willis. I have also created a "main" page for her, listing the books already reviewed.

 

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
11/26/11; 6:15pm CST - Galen

I'm still reading Blue Mars, but I decided to go ahead and upload the start of my review of the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. I'll add to the review later, and might even edit some things I've already said.

 

Update on Mars
12/4/11; 6:15pm CST - Galen

I've finished (for now) my review of Kim Stanley Robison's Mars Trilogy. I'll probably work on a profile page on Robinson next, and may think of a few other things I wanted to say about the trilogy.

 

 

2010

Archive Update
1/18/10; 8:40pm CST - Galen

The articles posted in 2009 have been archived, and along with previous years, are accessible through the menu link at the top left of the page.

The Road
2/21/10; 10:30am CST - Galen

I finally saw The Road yesterday and have just uploaded my review. Chilling, horrific, depressing, but at the same time quite inspirational (to me at least).

2001: A Space Odyssey
6/16/10; 5:40pm CDT - Galen

This is the first of the review pages updated in the new format. Only minor changes were made to the original article first posted on July 27, 2000.

Update
6/16/10; 5:45pm CDT - Galen

Pardon the mess, we're under construction. I've been promising for years to revamp the site and I've finally started to do so. Yeah, I know I haven't written many reviews for entirely too long, but that's going to change soon. But first I have to reformat all the existing pages, and that's going to take some time. Hopefully I will get it done by July 27, which will mark the tenth anniversary of the site. Not all of the links on the new pages work yet, and most that do will take you to the old pages for now, so until everything is done you can still go to the old Mainpage and follow links from there.

Airbenders and Waterbenders and Firebenders...Oh My!
7/4/10; 10:40pm CDT - Galen

After a few more tweaks of the layout Alex and I seem to be in agreement that it looks good, so I'll start in on converting as many pages as I can tomorrow. Today I worked on ekt's (also known as tek ni) reviews of the new M. Night Shyamalan film The Last Airbender, as well as updating his review of the TV series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" to the new format.

Dream a Little Dream
7/17/10; 10:20am CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a short but positive review for Christopher Nolan's new film, Inception. As far as updating pages to the new design, I've done about 15-20% I guess, but I'm not going to list those done so far, but will make an announcement (hopefully soon) that all are complete. I've been working somewhat in alphabetical order, although I have skipped over a few that I need to spend more time making changes. I know I won't make the anniversary deadline, now just ten days away, but I'll make every effort to do as much as I can.

Redesign Complete
9/12/10; 12:30pm CDT - Galen

I finally completed the task of changing all the pages over to the new design format, plus making a few other changes. The archives are now on one page rather than individual pages by year, and along with some other deletions that reduced the overall page count. To boost that count up a bit I have just created new "main" pages for several authors for whom several reviews have already been done, similar to how I already had for Asimov and Heinlein. These include Roger MacBride Allen, Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, Frederik Pohl, John Varley and Gene Wolfe. At the same time I put some future (and hopefully not too distant future) reviews of other works by these authors on those pages. That brings our total page count to 234, down from a previous high of 240.

It has been over a year since I did a book review, but I am working on one now along with a profile page on its author. I'll probably finish the profile first, since research for that is giving me some insight on how I want to structure the book review. More on that soon.

A Case of James Blish's Conscience
9/18/10; 2:45pm CDT - Galen

Today I uploaded three new pages. One is an author profile of James Blish, along with a review of his Hugo-winning novel A Case of Conscience. Lastly, I created a new "main" page for him, since there are now several pages devoted to his work. I also listed a few other things there that I hope to work on in the near future.

Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man
10/31/10; 5:30pm CDT - Galen

I have just uploaded a new book review. This time it is of Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man, the first novel to win a Hugo Award. Even though I already have the complete Hugo and Nebula Awards on different pages, I have also added a new page listing just for all of the novel winners of both the Hugo and Nebula, five others which have already been reviewed. My intention is to eventually review all of them, and will at least start in chronological order, whether I continue with that order is subject to change. That means the next one up is The Forever Machine (aka They'd Rather Be Right) by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, which I have never read. I have stated on numerous occasions over the last ten years that I would only be reviewing books, movies and TV shows that I can recommend to others, but now that I have set the task of reviewing all of these novels I am sure there are a few that I might not like that much, but I will review them anyway. I've read the majority already, although it has been many years for a lot of them.

Monsters
11/06/10; 8:20pm CDT - Galen

Here is my review of the ultra low budget film Monsters, currently in very limited theatrical release, but also available as a digital rental from amazon.com and iTunes.

The Forever Machine (aka They'd Rather Be Right)
11/14/10; 3:00pm CsT - Galen

I continue with my reviews of Hugo winning novels with The Forever Machine by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley. It is the second book to win the award, and was originally serialized in Astounding magazine under the title "They's Rather Be Right." One of the worst books I've read in a long time, and if I hadn't promised myself I would review all the winners I would not have finished it.

Harry Potter 7.1
11/25/10; 9:25am CST - Galen

Eliza DoLots returns with a review of the latest film in the popular series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

The Windup Girl
12/5/10; 9:25am CST - Galen

I've decided I'll be doing my Hugo/Nebula book reviews in a random order, at this time jumping to present day as I disect the latest dual-winner, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl.

 

2009

Archives Update
1/1/09; 9:15pm CST - Galen

The pages added in 2008 have now been archived. And of course, Happy New Year!

Watchmen
3/7/09; 12:05pm CST - Galen

Finally a new review! This time it is the film adaptation of Watchmen, the seminal graphic novel from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I have not read the book yet, but there will be another review shortly from someone who has, Ogre3000.

Watchmen 2
3/8/09; 8:52am CDT - Galen

Nope, not a sequel already. Just another review of the new film by Ogre3000, and as I suspected his reaction was a bit different than mine.

Nebula Awards Announced
4/26/09; 10:40am CDT - Galen

The 2008 Nebula Awards were presented in Los Angeles last night. All winners and nominees have been noted on our Hugo/Nebula Awards page. I haven't yet linked available titles to amazon.com, but will do that when I'm not so lazy.

Star Trek, the J. J. Abrams way
5/12/09; 9:10pm CDT - Galen

ElizaDolots gives us a (mostly) enthusiastic review of the new Star Trek film, directed by J. J. Abrams. She says it brings the fun back to the Trek universe.

Flashforward
5/17/09; 12:55pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a review of Robert J. Sawyer's 1999 novel Flashforward, which is the basis of a new ABC series premiering this fall.

Dreams With Sharp Teeth
6/21/09; 10:45am CDT - Galen

Here's a review of the documentary film about Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth, produced and directed by Erik Nelson.

Ground Control to Duncan Jones!
7/12/09; 10:55am CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a review of the new film Moon, starring Sam Rockwell and directed by new-comer Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie.

Harry Potter 6
7/21/09; 7:40pm CDT - Galen

Eliza Dolots continues the tradition with a review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sixth in the blockbuster movie franchise.

District 9
8/16/09; 7:30pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a positive review for District 9, a documentary-like SF film, directed by South African newcomer Neill Blomkamp, and produced by Peter Jackson.

James Cameron's Avatar
12/18/09; 8:40pm CST - Galen

Avatar has been hyped almost as much as Star Wars: Episode One, but in this case the hype was warranted and it does not disappoint.

 

2008

Archives Update
1/1/08; 10:25am CST - Galen

2007 was a lean year for reviews at the Gate so it didn't take me long to archive those.

El Orfanato
1/13/08; 10:30am CST - Galen

The Orphanage is a new film produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) and directed by relative newcomer J. A. Bayona. He's mainly done television and music video production in Spain, but this is a very impressive international feature debut. Should have no problem getting a Foreign Language Oscar nomination.

Cloverfield
1/20/08; 9:55am CST - Galen

Short review - if you aren't bothered by motion sickness, go see it. For the full review, click HERE.

Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth
1/27/08; 4:55pm CST - Galen

I believe this was a direct-to-dvd release, or any theatrical showings were very limited. Perhaps that is best, because I am not sure it would play well on the big screen, but in the intimacy of your living room it will have a profound impact if you enjoy the SF of ideas. Hopefully my review will do it justice. It deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

Nebula Winners - Hugo Nominees
4/27/08; 8:25pm CDT - Galen

I have just updated the Hugo/Nebula Pages to reflect the winners of the 2007 Nebulas announced last night in Austin, Texas, along with the nominations for the 2008 Hugos, to be awarded at Denvention 3, August 6-10.

Rolling Thunder
5/19/08; 8:50pm CDT - Galen

Finally! A new book review, of John Varley's Rolling Thunder.

The Dark Knight
7/20/08; 6:25pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a short but positive review of The Dark Knight, the Batman sequel film from writer/director Christopher Nolan.

Avatar: The Last Airbender
7/27/08; 11:33am CDT - Galen

ekt (also known as ektomage, teknomage and tek ni over the years) wrote us a review of this Nickelodeon animated series a couple of years ago, and now returns with his revised thoughts now that the series has ended its three year run. Enjoy Avatar: The Last Airbender.

2008 Hugos
8/10/08; 8:00pm CDT - Galen

I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners of the 2008 Hugos, announced this weekend at Denvention3, the 66th Annual World Science Fiction Convention.

 

2007

Archives Update
1/7/07; 7:30pm CST - Galen

All of the updates from 2006 have now been archived.

Children of Men
1/8/07; 8:55pm CST - Galen

The first review of the year is up. I really liked Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine.

El Laberinto del Fauno
2/4/07; 10:50pm CST - Galen

That's Pan's Labyrinth in English, the new film by Guillermo del Toro, which I highly recommend.

Prepare for Glory!
3/14/07; 8:15pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews Zack Snyder's 300, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller.

Hugo/Nebula Page Updated
3/31/07; 9:30pm CDT - Galen

I've just finished updating the Hugo/Nebula Pages to include the recently nominated works for the 2007 Hugos and 2006 Nebulas, along with providing links to amazon.com for all the books, films or tv shows represented.

Valentine's Exile
4/4/07; 10:15pm CDT - Galen

I review the fifth book in E. E. Knight's book series about The Vampire Earth, Valentine's Exile.

Spider-Man 3
5/7/07; 9:24pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews the latest installment in the web-slinging franchise - Spider-Man 3.

More Firefly Goodness!
5/27/07; 8:15pm CDT - Galen

A new publication from Titan Books is now available, and it's a great one! Here's my review of the Firefly Official Companion, Volume 2.

Harry Potter 5
7/14/07; 9:50pm CDT - Galen

Eliza Dolots continues the tradition with a review of the latest Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

2007 Hugo winners announced
9/1/07; 10:45am CDT - Galen

I had not expected the awards to be announced until either this evening or Sunday, but apparently the Japanese are impatient and had the ceremony last night. Head on over to our Hugo/Nebula Awards page to check out the winners.

Valentine's Resolve
9/10/07; 9:20pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded a short review of the sixth book in E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series, Valentine's Resolve.

 

2006

A new reviewer at The Gate!
2/16/06; 8:25pm CST - Galen

Michael Woodard contacted me recently after he had found Templeton Gate through a search for info on John Varley. He has now offered his first book review - for Walter Jon William's three book series Dread Empire's Fall.

Final 2005 Nebula Ballot released
2/26/06; 11:00am CST - Galen

I've just added the nominees for the 2005 Nebula Awards, the winners of which will be announced on May 7.

Michael Woodard reviews two more books
3/1/06; 9:30pm CST - Galen

Michael Woodard offers up reviews of two more books, one he can recommend - Sean McMullen's Souls in the Great Machine - and another - Gary Tigerman's The Orion Protocol - well…not so much.

Michael's on a roll!
3/5/06; 10:15am CST - Galen

Michael Woodard's been reading a lot lately, and now gives us a review of the second book in Sean McMullen's Greatwinter trilogy - The Miocene Arrow.

Lovecraft horror on DVD!
3/12/06; 8:20am CST - Galen

Alex is a big fan of H. P. Lovecraft, and has just reviewed the new (old style silent) film out on DVD - The Call of Cthulhu. Enjoy!

Lovecraft horror on DVD!
3/12/06; 8:20am CST - Galen

Alex is a big fan of H. P. Lovecraft, and has just reviewed the new (old style silent) film out on DVD - The Call of Cthulhu. Enjoy!

V for Vendetta
3/19/06; 7:50am CST - Galen

Ogre3000 is a big fan of the Alan Moore/David Lloyd graphic novel, and has only a few minor nits to pick with the film version of V for Vendetta.

Peter Watts' Rifters Saga
3/27/06; 6:15pm CST - Galen

Michael Woodard has some very positive things to say about Starfish, the first book in Peter Watts' Rifters Trilogy.

More Vampire Earth
4/23/06; 12:00pm CDT - Galen

It has been a year and three days since my last book review. Very discouraging for me, and I will endeavor to do better in the future. As with the last one, this new review is a continuation of my look at E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series, the latest title being Valentine's Rising.

More Rifters and Greatwinter
5/2/06; 6:20am CDT - Galen

Michael Woodard returns to add to two different reviews: Maelstrom is the second book in Peter Watts' Rifter's Trilogy, and Eyes of the Calculor concludes Sean McMullen's Greatwinter Trilogy.

Hugo/Nebula updates
5/7/06; 4:50pm CDT - Galen

I have just updated the Hugo/Nebula Awards pages to reflect the recently announced winners of the 2005 Nebulas, as well as entering the final ballot nominees for the 2006 Hugos, to be announced on August 27.

One Book, One Movie
5/14/06; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

Michael Woodard offers up two different reviews today, one book and one movie, but both collaborative efforts. First up is Building Harlequin's Moon, a novel from Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper, and then he looks at the film MirrorMask, from the creative minds of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

The Time Quartet
6/11/06; 7:20pm CDT - Galen

ekt favors us with his thoughts on the Time Quartet book series by Madeleine L'Engle.

Supes Returns
6/29/06; 7:35pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews Bryan Singer's Superman Returns.

Superman Returns again
7/1/06; 3:15pm CDT - Galen

I enjoyed Superman Returns a lot too, but I do have a few quibbles with it, so wanted to balance Ogre's review.

!Red Lightning!
7/16/06; 1:55pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded my review of John Varley's latest, Red Lightning, which is a sequel to Red Thunder.

2006 Hugos
8/27/06; 9:25am CDT - Galen

I've just updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners of the 2006 Hugos, presented last night at LAConIV in Anaheim.

Firefly Companion
10/3/06; 4:35pm CDT - Galen

Not talking about Inara here, but a new publication from Titan Books, Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One.

Variable Star
10/13/06; 8:00pm CDT - Galen

Spider Robinson was given the unenviable task of turning Robert Heinlein's outline and notes into a finished novel, and for the most part Variable Star was worth the wait and his effort.

 

2005

2004 Updates
1/23/05; 5:43pm CST - Galen

All of the updates for pages added in 2004 have now been archived.

Better late than never, I suppose
1/23/05; 5:45pm CST - Galen

I guess Alex has recently rewatched his Bubba Ho-Tep dvd, since he finally finished a review he had promised me over a year ago. Could a review of 28 Days Later be far behind?

Constantine
2/21/05; 7:45pm CST - Galen

Ogre3000 gives us a positive, although not overwhelmingly enthusiastic, review of Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves and based on the Hellblazer comics.

H. G. Wells in Hollywood
3/6/05; 3:00pm CST - Galen

David Longhorn, our resident British SF expert, now turns his critical eye on three different film productions based on the work of H. G. Wells - The War of the Worlds (1953), The Time Machine (1960), and The Time Machine (2002).

More Vampire Earth
3/20/05; 2:30pm CST - Galen

I have again added to my review of E. E. Knight's SF book series, The Vampire Earth, with my thoughts on the third novel, Tale of the Thunderbolt.

Doctor Who
3/27/05; 9:00pm CST - Galen

With a new Doctor Who series now airing in the UK after a hiatus of more than fifteen years, David Longhorn takes this opportunity to look back on the previous Doctors and give us A Highly Prejudiced Overview. I'll be adding to that page as soon as David sends me an update.

Sin City
4/1/05; 7:15pm CST - Galen

Ogre really, really likes Sin City, the new film based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller, and co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez.

Doctor Who Redux
4/25/05; 8:30pm CDT - Galen

David Longhorn has updated his overview of the British television series Doctor Who, with thoughts on some of the other incarnations of the character since his original review.

Don't Forget Your Towel!
5/3/05; 5:45am CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Sith Happens!
5/19/05; 6:15pm CDT - Galen

There's likely to be more reviews shortly, but the first take on Revenge of the Sith belongs to Ogre3000.

Oops! Finally, Nebulas/Hugos Updated
6/05/05; 11:40am CDT - Galen

I really thought I had done this already, but I guess I got side-tracked. Over a month late, but I finally updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the most recent Nebula winners along with those nominated for the upcoming Hugo Awards.

Here's some math for you...
(Solaris X 2) + (Quatermass X 3) = 3 New Reviews
6/12/05; 7:30pm CDT - Galen

David Longhorn returns with reviews of five SF films:
Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 version of Solaris, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris (2002), + the Quatermass Trilogy.

Holy Batman Mythos!
6/16/05; 7:55pm CDT - Galen

Ogre says they got it right this time. He really, really likes Batman Begins.

Fear and Loathing in the Land of the Dead
6/27/05; 8:20pm CDT - Galen

Alex (Mohr Stoutbeard) reviews the latest zombie flick from George Romero - Land of the Dead.

War of the Worlds
6/30/05; 7:40pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded my review of Steven Spielberg's latest, War of the Worlds, based loosely on the H. G. Wells novel.

Is Fantastic 4 really fantastic?
7/9/05; 12:15pm CDT - Galen

At least Ogre seems to think so. Check out possibly the only review of Fantastic 4 that says it does not suck.

Late again, but I've got reasons
8/21/05; 1:oopm CDT - Galen

I've had some computer problems the last couple of weeks, but hopefully that is all resolved for now. Also, because this year's World Science Fiction Convention was held early (it's usually around the Labor Day weekend), I am late in reporting the winners of this year's Hugo Awards, and I also updated the Books at Amazon and Films at Amazon pages to include all of this year's winners and nominees.

Serenity NOW!
8/30/05; 10:15pm CDT - Galen

It is now one month from the official U. S. release of Joss Whedon's Serenity. My initial review is spoiler-free (in my opinion at least), but if you are extremely spoiler-phobic, read at your own risk. A full review will follow in a month's time.

He Walked Among Us by Norman Spinrad
9/3/05; 8:25pm CDT - Galen

A couple of years ago Norman Spinrad sent me the first two chapters of this novel as a test to see if people would be interested in downloading the full book. Apparently that process was not that successful, so now he has made available an RTF file with the full text of He Walked Among Us as shareware. Download it, read it, share it with others, and if it is within your means send a little money his way.

The Brothers Grimm
9/5/05; 6:50pm CDT - Galen

I think the majority of negative reviews I have seen for this film were from people convinced they would not like it beforehand. I went to see it expecting Gilliam to dazzle me once again, and The Brothers Grimm did not disappoint.

Serenity Redux
10/6/05; 8:30pm CDT - Galen

I finally finished my full, spoiler-filled review of Serenity, although to avoid anyone seeing that page by mistake I am only linking to it on my original Serenity page. Don't click that extra link for the full review if you have not seen the movie and don't wish to be spoiled for it. Dong ma?

The New Harry Potter
11/25/05; 11:30pm CST - Galen

Eliza Dolots, who has reviewed all the previous Harry Potter films, continues the tradition with her thoughts on the latest, The Goblet of Fire.

ekt takes on Avatar
12/11/05; 7:30am CST - Galen

ekt has provided a very enthusiastic review of the new Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Enjoy!

It's good to be the King!
12/14/05; 7:30pm CST - Galen

Ogre3000 gives an ecstatic review for Peter Jackson's King Kong.

 

2004

Have a Happy 2004!
1/08/04; 12:00pm CST - Galen

Again, I'm a few days late with my New Year's greeting, but I was on vacation visiting my son in California until this week.

All of the page updates from 2003 have now been archived.

I am currently in the midst of reading three different books, not quite sure which I will finish first, but I am likely to write a review on all of them eventually. If there is anyone else who would care to submit reviews of books, films, television shows, comics, whatever...just email me through the link on the menu buttons.

Gene Wolfe's The Knight
1/17/04; 2:15pm CST - Galen

I have just uploaded my review of Gene Wolfe's latest novel, The Knight, which is Book One of The Wizard Knight series.

ekt reviews Connie Willis
1/25/04; 10:00am CST - Galen

ekt returns with a review of Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel Doomsday Book.

David Brin's Kiln People
3/2/04; 8:30pm CST - Galen

I've just uploaded my review of David Brin's Hugo nominated novel Kiln People.

Dawn of the Dead '04
3/19/04; 11:35am CST - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews the new remake of the George Romero horror classic, Dawn of the Dead (2004).

Dawn of the Dead Redux
3/24/04; 6:00am CST - Galen

Alex presents his thoughts on the new remake of Dawn of the Dead.

Ogre Reviews Hellboy!
4/6/04; 6:50pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 has nothing but good things to say about Hellboy.

Final Hugo Ballot Announced
4/11/04; 9:30am CDT - Galen

The awards committee of this year's Worldcon, Noreascon4 in Boston, have released the final ballot for the Hugo Awards, winners of which will be announced on September 6. I have updated our Hugo/Nebula pages, along with the appropriate Books at Amazon and Films at Amazon pages as well. We would appreciate it if you would help support this site by clicking on some of those links. Thanks.

Ogre disses Van Helsing
5/10/04; 5:00pm CDT - Galen

If you recall last month Ogre really liked Hellboy, but now Van Helsing...not so much. If anyone disagrees I'll be happy to host their review too.

The Vampire Earth
5/21/04; 6:00pm CDT - Galen

Hope you enjoy my review of E. E. Knight's first novel, Way of the Wolf, which is the first in his series called The Vampire Earth. I am confident you will enjoy the book itself!

More Vampire Earth
6/13/04; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

I've added to my review of E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series with my thoughts on the second book, Choice of the Cat.

American Gods reviewed
6/20/04; 8:30pm CDT - Galen

I've just uploaded my short, but positive review of Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula winning American Gods.

The Prisoner of Azkaban
6/29/04; 6:00pm CDT - Galen

Eliza Dolots reviews the third film in the series, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Spider-Man 2
7/7/04; 9:40pm CDT - Galen

Alex gives us his impression of the blockbuster sequel Spider-Man 2.

Bob Shaw profile
7/25/04; 9:50am CDT - Galen

Here is a profile of Irish author Bob Shaw, contributed by David Longhorn, editor of Supernatural Tales.

2004 Hugos and Retros
9/6/04; 2:00pm CDT - Galen

I have just completed updating the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners announced Saturday night at Noreascon4 in Boston, along with the other various related pages, Books at Amazon, Films at Amazon, etc, along with changing several different book links to reflect recent paperback editions and reprints of older titles available again.

Edge of Darkness
9/12/04; 7:45pm CDT - Galen

David Longhorn offers up a very compelling review of a show I had never heard of before (but am now interested in seeing), a 1985 BBC mini-series called Edge of Darkness. Enjoy.

Two New Reviews Today - One Movie, One TV Show
11/7/04; 10:30am CST - Galen

Eliza Dolots returns with an extremely positive review of the new Disney/Pixar production of The Incredibles.

Plus, David Longhorn gives us his thoughts on perhaps the first cult tv show ever, The Prisoner.

Enjoy!

Lemony Snicket
12/21/04; 6:45am CST - Galen

Ogre3000 reviews the new #1 movie, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

 

2003

Happy 2003 Everyone!
1/5/03; 7:00pm CST - Galen

I realize I'm a few days late with that greeting, but I have been very busy lately. All of the updates from 2002 have now been archived.

I hope your year started off better than mine. In case you are not a frequent visitor to the Templeton Gate Forums you may not be aware of the situation with my son (co-creator of this site) Alex, who was injured in an auto-pedestrian accident shortly before Christmas. Although his condition is not critical it definitely is serious, and he will be several months in recovery. Alex and I both want to thank all our friends for their kind words of concern and encouragement.

Glen Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps
1/5/03; 7:50pm CST - Galen

Another reviewer joins the Templeton Gate ranks!
wracked reviews Glen Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps, which he has mentioned several times on the forums, and on at least two other sites I've seen. His review makes me very anxious to find and read this unfortunately out-of-print title.

Collecting SF
1/14/03; 6:30am CST - Galen

Someone new on the forums - tenavari - has sent me a very good article concerning "In Search of the Rare and Out of Print on the Internet," mainly dealing with eBay.com, but also covering other websites. He has also said he is working on other book reviews, which will be posted when I receive them.

Chris Exner reviews Slave Ship
1/20/03; 9:00pmCST - Galen

Frederik Pohl's Slave Ship is reviewed by T-Gate's newest member, Chris Exner ("tenavari" on the forums).

Eliza reviews Chamber of Secrets
1/23/03; 6:30am CST - Galen

Eliza Dolots offers us her opinion on the sequel film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and speculates on the production of the third Potter film as well.

Alex reviews The Two Towers!
1/26/03; 8:30am CST - Galen

Even though he is still recovering from his accident, Alex was able to see The Two Towers yesterday, and he has already written a review. Other reviews will follow, but I had saved the honor of the first review for Alex. Enjoy!

Starflight's The Two Towers review
1/27/03; 6:50am CST - Galen

Starflight has been patient enough, now he gets to chime in with his thoughts on The Two Towers.

Daredevil - The Man Without Fear
2/16/03; 10:00pm CST - Galen

Ogre3000 returns with an enthusiastic review of the newest comic-to-film adaptation, Daredevil.

Hyperthought by M. M. Buckner
3/10/03; 7:45pm CST - Galen

I have just uploaded a short, but positive, review of Ms. Buckner's debut SF novel Hyperthought. Hope you like it.

David Gerrold's When Harlie Was One
3/23/03; 11:15am CST - Galen

Raedom presents what I hope is just the first of many reviews, as he disects both published versions of David Gerrold's When Harlie Was One.

X2 Movie Review
5/03/03: 8:15pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 presents his second film review for The Gate, that of the sequel film X2: X-Men United. He likes the film a lot, and I hope you like his review.

Santiago by Mike Resnick
5/10/03; 7:30am CDT - Galen

wracked presents his second book review, of Mike Resnick's 1986 novel Santiago.

Portals in a Northern Sky
5/24/03; 9:00pm CDT - Galen

For the second time I have received a request for a review from an author, and luckily both of them were well worth reading. This one is also a debut novel - Charles Douglas Hayes' Portals in a Northern Sky.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame
6/1/03; 3:30pm CDT - Galen

After reading of the latest inductees into the SF&F Hall of Fame I decided to create a page listing all the current members of this illustrious group.

The 2003 Wooden Rocket Awards
6/12/03; 6:00am CDT - Galen

The Templeton Gate has recently received an Honorable Mention as Best Fan Site Home Page in the first annual Wooden Rocket Awards.

Ogre3000 reviews Hulk
6/20/03; 9:00am CDT - Galen

Were you planning on going to see Hulk this weekend? Better read Ogre's review first.

The War Against the Chtorr
7/9/03; 9:15pm CDT - Galen

My review of this four book (so far) series by David Gerrold.

Raedom reviews Cities in Flight
7/24/03; 6:45pm CDT - Galen

Raedom contributes his second book review, James Blish's Cities in Flight.

Raedom's Third Review!
8/2/03; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

Raedom's latest book review is actually on two books, The Space Merchants & The Merchants' War by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth.

At Long Last! The David Gerrold Profile
8/17/03; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

I've finally uploaded my general profile page on David Gerrold, and it inlcudes a short question-and-answer interview I conducted with him recently via email.

Roger MacBride Allen's Orphan of Creation
8/24/03; 2:00pm CDT - Galen

I've recently read this very good third novel from Allen, and have just uploaded my review. Hope you enjoy it.

Spider Robinson's The Free Lunch
9/1/03; 8:30pm CDT - Galen

Just uploaded my review of this novel from 2001.

Padre likes Orson Scott Card
9/7/03; 8:45pm CDT - Galen

Padre Mellyrn reviews two different multi-book series by Orson Scott Card - The Ender & Homecoming Series.

Hey! Let's Go to Mars!
9/8/03; 9:30pmCDT - Galen

Take a look at my review of John Varley's latest novel, Red Thunder.

Raedom returns with two book reviews
11/18/03; 8:15pm CST - Galen

Raedom offers up two different book reviews today: James Hogan's The Mirror Maze and Theodore Sturgeon's Case and the Dreamer.

SFExplorer's First Review!
11/29/03; 8:30pm CST - Galen

SFExplorer, who maintains the MSN Group Links for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, has graciously allowed me to copy a review he posted on his site. It is an excellent review of Robert J. Sawyer's recent Hugo-winning novel Hominids, which is the first of a trilogy.

Two new reviews today!
11/30/03; 7:00pm CST - Galen

Ogre3000 returns with a review of the film we have been promoting this month, Bubba Ho-Tep. I can't wait to see it myself, but it still does not have full distribution across the country. Also, SFExplorer takes a look at the graphic novel Orbiter, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Colleen Doran. Enjoy!

Heinlein's new/old novel
12/12/03; 8:30pm CST - Galen

I've just uploaded my review of the newly published first novel by Robert A. Heinlein, For Us, the Living.

Firefly is shiny!
12/24/03; 7:00pm CST - Galen

I've just uploaded a page on my thoughts of the tragically defunct tv series Firefly, recently released on DVD. I've been watching it a lot the last two weeks and am convinced it's the best gorram show I've ever seen!

Have a Happy Hobbit Holiday!
12/24/03; 7:00pm CST - Galen

Two reviews for The Return of the King. Hopefully more to come, but first up are the thoughts from Alex and Starflght. Enjoy!

 

2002

A few minor updates
2/06/02; 10:15pm CST - Galen

The last couple of months have been very hectic for me, including a move back to my hometown of Waco, Texas, and starting a new job. I have not had the time I would prefer to work on these pages, but I have recently begun another author profile which should be completed soon. What I have been doing over the last few weeks is changing over almost all of the links on my pages to ones which will open a new browser window rather than take you to the other page in question, leaving Templeton Gate behind. I have been worried that people might click on an amazon.com link, or one to an author's website, and forget where they started and not return to the Gate. I also finally got around to linking all the available non-fiction books, films and tv shows listed as nominees and winners on the Hugo/Nebula pages, and added some new pages for miscellaneous items available from amazon. I welcome your input on what should be listed there, hopefully to generate more referral fees for your humble webmaster.

New Author profile online
2/15/02; 9:15pm CST - Galen

After more than two months I've finally added another author profile, this time on another Grand Master from the Golden Age, Frederik Pohl. I have also added a new feature to a few pages so far, with more to come. At the end of the article I have linked to several other pages where you can get more information on Pohl's work. He does not have an official site, not even a fan appreciation page, but there are several bibliography pages available, along with several other people's reviews of select titles. Only a handfull of other pages have these new added links so far, but I will endeavor to expand that feature to as many pages as possible.

Hey! We've got some new reviewers!
2/24/02; 5:45pm CST - Galen

I am happy to announce two new pages added today, both movie reviews, and both written by other people. A week or so ago, Mark Ebert emailed me with his review of A. I. I offered to add it to the pages here and he agreed. Also, ElizaDolots, one of the most active posters on the Templeton Gate Forums, agreed to put her passion for The Fellowship of the Ring down into words and offer her opinions for all to see. My son Alex, who contributed a review of an earlier Peter Jackson film, Dead Alive, a couple of months ago, is also featured on another new page, entitled "Dossiers," which links to pages that give a little information about our reviewers. I again offer an open invitation to anyone else who would be interested in contributing articles, whether they be author profiles, or book, film, or television reviews.

Eliza writes about David Brin!
3/01/02; 9:15pm CST - Galen

Eliza Dolots gives us a very good profile of a very good writer, David Brin, one of the most popular and influential SF authors of recent years. As an indication of just how popular he is, every title of his mentioned in the article is still in print, which is a first for any author article so far!

Harry Potter and the Review of Doom!
3/08/02; 9:45pm CST - Galen

Eliza Dolots is on a roll! This week's entry is a review of the film version of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone.

Hail to the King, Baby!
3/09/02; 7:02pm PST - Alex

That's right: I've got not one, not two, but three - count 'em, three - reviews for your reading pleasure. It's possible you can expect some more reviews coming your way tomorrow, but for now you'll have to make due with my thoughts on Army of Darkness, Brazil, and The Fellowship Of The Ring. Snootch to the nootch.

Eliza reviews TIME BANDITS!
3/17/02; 10:00PM CST - Galen

Taking a cue from Alex's earlier review of Brazil, Eliza Dolots takes on another Terry Gilliam film, the 1981 fantasy Time Bandits.

Two new pages, one new reviewer!
4/14/02; 3:15pm CDT - Galen

Ekt joins the TGate crew, with a review of the Nightrunner series of books by Lynn Flewelling. More will be forthcoming soon on those books. Also, Mark Ebert, who earlier reviewed A. I., now turns his attention to another Spielberg film, as he gives us his thoughts on the theatrical re-release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Go, Web, Go!
5/25/02; 8:10pm PDT - Alex

Finally got around to completing my review for the new Sam Raimi movie; a small little independent, art-house flick you probably haven't heard of called "Spider-Man". Head on over to the movie pages to check it out.

Episode 2 reviewed by Eliza!
5/26/02; 10:30pm CDT - Galen

Eliza gives us her insights into the latest in the Star Wars saga, Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, as well as reminiscing about the original films.

Ogre's Favorite Comic of All Time!
6/15/02; 9:45pm CDT - Galen

Ogre3000 honors us with his first comic review, Manhunter. Enjoy!

Finally! My new Wolfe article is done!
6/16/02; 10:45pm CDT - Galen

At long last, I've completed another article, this one on Gene Wolfe's "Sun" Books (The Books of the New Sun, Long Sun, and Short Sun). Not as complete as I would have liked, but it took me long enough to write what I have, and as I'm sure the essay makes clear, I need to re-read the books to clarify a few puzzling points of the plots. But who knows when I will be able to do that?

Bebop, anyone?
6/23/02; 9:05pm CDT - Galen

ekt favors us with his second review, this one on the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop. It's really a great review which has made me anxious to see this series!

Padre reviews "Beowulf's Children"
7/09/02; 8:00pm CDT - Galen

Templeton Gate adds another reviewer, Padre Mellyrn, who gives us his thoughts on the novel Beowulf's Children by Niven, Pournelle & Barnes.

Starflight joins the TGate crew, and Ogre reviews more comics!
7/28/02; 10:30pm CDT - Galen

Starflight reviews Isaac Asimov's 1987 novel, Fantastic Voyage 2, and Ogre3000 tells us about "Joe's Comics," several series created by J. Michael Straczynski.

The Dingilliad Trilogy from David Gerrold
8/01/02; 5:45pm CDT - Galen

I finally finished these three books and have written a short article about them, with very little that could be considered spoilers. They are great books, and I recommend them highly!

Heinlein's Beyond This Horizon reviewed
8/31/02; 10:15pm CDT - Galen

Beyond This Horizon has recently been reissued in paperback, I re-read it for the first time in many years, and now I've posted a short synopsis and review of this very early work by the Grand Master. Other updates include new links for all the various video versions of The Fellowship of the Ring, along with links for preordering both Spider-Man and Episode 2: Attack of the Clones.

New Hugo Awards Posted
9/02/02; 9:30pm CDT - Galen

The new award-winners recently announced at the Worldcon, Con José 2002, have been posted on the complete Hugo/Nebula Awards Pages.

Edgar Allan Poe
10/20/02; 1:15am CDT - Galen

Halloween is just around the corner, and who better to read at this time of the year that the master of the macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe, who also wrote some of the first examples of SF.

Also, over the past few days I have updated several individual author pages as well as the Books at Amazon page, to reflect quite a few new and reprinted titles that are now available. The authors effected include Brian Aldiss, Roger MacBride Allen, Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, and Harlan Ellison. I will be checking all the other writers soon as well to see if any others have new books available.

Philip Pullman's Fantasy Trilogy His Dark Materials
11/01/02; 3:00pmCST - Galen

ekt favors us with another article, this time on the popular fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

Norman Spinrad's HE WALKED AMONG US
12/15/02; 11:30pm CST - Galen

I recently got an email from Norman Spinrad. He commented that he liked the bio I had done on him, and he also sent me a file containg the first two chapters of his novel, HE WALKED AMONG US. He has had difficulty placing the book with a publisher, but he is making it available in several e-book formats, and he gave me permission to post the sample chapters here. Please follow the links he has provided on that page if you are interested in downloading the full novel.

 

2001

1/06/01: Welcome to Templeton Gate 2.0

I realize it is still very simple compared to a lot of other sites you may visit, but then again there are many that in my opinion have too many "bells and whistles" - fancy buttons and icons that are distracting from the content. My emphasis will always be on the authors, books, and films, etc. that I am recommending, and if there are those who don't revisit this site because of its simple design then they probably aren't going to agree much with what I think is worth reading and viewing either. Along with some new images we have moved the menu bar to the left. This created a narrower margin field for the essays, so I think they will be easier to read.

I have also added some new essays on Isaac Asimov, and others will follow concerning The Foundation Trilogy and the Robot novels as soon as I am able to complete them, although it is possible I will write about someone else before that. I also added two Asimov sites to the Links page.

I want to thank my son Alex again for all his help with the image designs and his patience with me. I don't know a tenth of what he does about computers, but I am learning a little more each day. We are contemplating a few other changes in the near future that will hopefully make your experience here more enjoyable. As always, I would appreciate your feedback. One thing I did not have time to do was check every link and image on every page, so if you spot a link that does not work or an image that does not load please let me know as soon as possible. Either email me or post it on the Templeton Gate Forums.

1/12/01: For lack of a better title, I have just posted My First Rant.

1/15:01: Oh, my aching back! I've spent the last three days slaving over my hot HTML editor, and I would guess I got about 10 hours sleep during that whole time. Was it worth it? I have no idea, but at least I have the worst of my headaces behind me. Adding to the different links as I add pages will be a snap compared to this. I have compiled four different pages, for books, films, and TV series available through amazon.com, as well as a page devoted to all the titles I have mentioned that are currently out of print. Also, each book or film is also linked within the articles themselves, although I would not be a bit surprised if I haven't missed one or two (or a dozen), or accidentally provided the wrong link on a title. There are several of the essays that I have edited somewhat, inserting some titles or other information. For instance, in two different RAH pieces I had mentioned an online poll of the best 100 novels of the 20th Century. I now have created a link to the archive of that poll and added it to the "Juvenile" and "His Life and Works" pages. I also put it on the Frank Herbert page, since Dune came in at #14, just ahead of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land. By the way, the ranking I have mentioned is from the readers' part of the poll. There is also another list compiled by the editors at Random House. And on the Links page I added a section for online retailers - amazon, the Science Fiction Book Club, Barnes and Noble, and Columbia House.

The other day I posted on the forums about a reprint of Orphans of the Sky, available from Stealth Press, but now I realize it can be purchased through amazon as well, so if you had been thinking of adding this to your collection or replacing an older copy, feel free to use that link. I realize there are a multitude of sites with a link to amazon, and this site's association with them will not amount to much, but I think it is going to be interesting to track the new stuff being published as well as hopefully seeing some older titles come back in print. I mean, can you believe that Arthur C. Clarke's Hugo and Nebula award winner The Fountains of Paradise is currently out of print!?!?!? How did anyone let that happen?

One other thing and then I've got to get a little sleep. I have added some images of book covers to the Heinlein Juvenile page. All of them were scanned from the copies I now have, even though in the past I had other editions. I gave a whole set of them to Alex but I have now replaced them on my shelves. What is there now is just a test, even though I like the look of it. Alex thinks all the images should have the new border, but so far he has not had the time to complete those. When he does we will put them up and ask for a vote as to which looks better. Eventually I would like to add a lot more images like that, not just books, but also film and television scenes, and who knows what all. I'm hoping we can keep coming up with fresh ideas to make the site more enjoyable. Thanks for all your support and encouragement, and I'll be talking at ya again later.

1/20/01: This week I have been working late hours trying to compile lists of all the Hugo and Nebulas, not just the winners, but all the nominees too. It has been like an SF history lesson, and I hope when I have them completed you can enjoy them as much more than just a list. It is interesting to see what the competition was in certain years and how the two awards either complimented each other, or conflicted. It has brought back so many memories of stuff I haven't read in many years, and I am including the novellas and short stories too, since almost all the genre writers start out with short works. Also, it has been a bit sobering for me, since things I recall as "recent" really are quite a few years back, and it surprised me about how many writers who are still very active and popular go back many more years that I had realized. Can't say for sure now when the pages will be ready, as I will be linking any available ones to amazon. I just added a few new amazon images to those pages, and also re-worded my intro there, so you might want to take a look at that again. Regardless of where you do get your books, I hope you enjoy them immensely! Later.

1/30/01: I finally got around to adding images to another page, this time it was the Gene Wolfe essay. Please note that the bookcover images on that page are scanned from my copies (except for The Books of the Short Sun and Strange Travelers, which I have not bought or read yet). Those I copied off amazon. The newer editions of these books, most of which are available from amazon, feature different cover art. I think you should be able to tell by the size of the images which ones I have in paperback and which in hardcover. All of the hardcovers I got from the Science Fiction Book Club, including the four volumes of the Book of the New Sun and the two volume set of the Book of the Long Sun, but unfortunately none of those are available from the club now. They are offering a one-volume edition of the Book of the New Sun however, but it is the only one of his books you can get from them at the moment. I really love the cover art by Don Maitz on Shadow/Claw/Sword/Citadel that I have, and I think all of the books I have feature better covers than those of the current printings. I decided that the book covers look best without the border that is around the author's portraits, but more than likely whenever I get around to images from films and TV shows they will get the border and the "scan-line" look. Perhaps Alex can make those borders look more like a movie screen or a TV.

I am still working on the Hugo/Nebula awards lists. So far I've tried about three different designs looking for the one that looks best, and since there are so many titles to check and link to amazon it may be another week before it's ready. I am also thinking of doing a page devoted to the John W. Campbell and the Philip K. Dick awards.

2/04/01: The Hugo & Nebula Award pages are now up and ready for inspection. There are several other related pages, all of which you can access from links on that main page of the 2000 awards. All of the new pages are also mentioned on the Authors and Books page, and all of the new book titles have been updated on both the Books at Amazon and Out of Print pages. I am very tired already from having to type the phrases "out of print" and "unavailable" so many times, maybe someone can help me come up with an alternative way to say that. Since most computer users are used to seeing and using acronyms all the time I might start using a new one - "OOP."

2/09/01: I have added an image to the Frank Herbert page. Since I have mentioned several times that I didn't start reading SF until 1967, you will know that the magazine cover I have added is not one I bought new. A friend of mine found it recently at a flea-market sale and was kind enough to give it to me.

2/11/01: I have gone back to gray for the links, although it is not as dark a gray as we were using before. Also, I wanted to stress again that if you do not have the Helvetica font on your computer then you are not seeing the pages in the way that Alex and I designed them. Helvetica is a much broader and bolder font than Times New Roman, and in my opinion it is much easier to read. Hopefully we will soon have information for you on that.

2/16/01: I've added some more links recently. I already mentioned cordwainer-smith.com on the forums the other day, and I found a link on that site for another book review page, called Ex Libris. Also, I added the SFWA's recipients of the Author Emeritus Award to the Hugo-Nebula Pages. They began that particular award in 1994 to honor writers who have a long and distinguished career, but who were not as well known and not likely to be considered for Grand Master. This year's honoree for Author Emeritus will be Robert Sheckley, with the Grand Master Award going to Philip José Farmer.

2/17/01: Another link has been added, for a John Varley site. This is not the johnvarley.com page I mentioned in my article - that one is still in the building stage. If I'm not mistaken I came across this one in my initial search but it must have been under construction at the time (and what website isn't always under construction of some sort, at least any that are worth looking at?). It mentions an upcoming novel entitled Irontown Blues, but does not give any specific information on when it is due. There is a letter from Varley posted there that mentions it as being part of what he is referring to as his "metal" trilogy, following Steel Beach and The Golden Globe, so it is obvious it also fits into his ever-growing Eight Worlds sequence.

3/22/01: Miracle of miracles! Finally an update!
I have just added an article on J. G. Ballard, along with a new link for an unofficial page concerned with his work. Yes, I know I had said I would write some more on Asimov, and I will eventually, but so far I have not been satisfied with what I have on The Foundation Trilogy, and I need to re-read the Robot and Empire novels before writing anything on them. I will be doing them, I just can't say exactly when right now. But I do plan to do a piece on Ellison's screenplay for I, Robot soon.

3/31/01: I was finally successful in logging into to Tripod and I added an article concerning Harlan Ellison's Screenplay for I, Robot. Also, I have added a book title to the SF References page, and I made a few minor revisions in my article on Babylon 5, although I still intend to add a lot more to that page in the future.

4/06/01: Today's update is a page on the film Blade Runner. I apologize for going against my previously stated intention of avoiding spoilers in reviews, but I hope you will agree that it was necessary in this case.

4/20/01: I finally finished my article on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. You might wonder why it took me so long since it is not a long article or very detailed in its analysis. I probably started it over at least five times trying for the right balance of descriptive detail without revealing too many elements that would spoil the books for anyone who has yet to read them. Also, I changed the image on the Blade Runner page, and as you may already be aware, I've changed the font style as well. So far I have made this change only on the Asimov articles, and the ones on Blade Runner and Ellison's I, Robot Screenplay. I will be working some more on this over the weekend and will eventually change all the pages over to this new font (Arial).

5/05/01: I added a short article on Roger MacBride Allen, and soon I will add a page with a review of his first two novels. Also added a link to his website. Since no one responded to my post on the forums regarding Allen I have to assume most of you are unfamiliar with his work, but based solely on his first two books I am recommending him highly.

5/10/01: I just uploaded a review of Roger MacBride Allen's first two novels, known collectively as Allies and Aliens. I also finally got around to adding the most recent Nebula Award-Winners to that page, and also added an image to the review page for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. . .
5/12/01; 2:41 pm PST - Alex

Hello all, Alex here. I just thought that this should be on the main page. Friday morning, Douglas Adams, author of such hilarious books as "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy," "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," and "The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul," passed away at the age of 49 from a heart attack. He will be dearly missed by his fans. I'm not very good at writing this sort of thing, but I certainly hope that wherever he is now he's finally found the question to the Ultimate Answer. . .thanks for all the laughs, Doug.

Slaughterhouse Five
5/23/01; 5:43 pm CST - Galen

A page on the film Slaughterhouse Five has been added. Also, as you've already noticed, we have linked this site to a webring of others devoted to science fiction writing. Even though my efforts have been analytical rather than creative, we do have the "Member's Creations" Forum. I have reason to believe that forum will become much more active in the near future, and I again offer the invitation to anyone else who might be interested in writing book or film reviews. Just email me and we can talk about it.

Poul Anderson
6/03/01; 12:32 pm CST - Galen

Just uploaded a page on Poul Anderson, and added a link to a good site devoted to his work on the Links page. As Anderson is a very prolific writer, and since I mention many of his books in the article, it was necessary to add many titles to the Out of Print page under his name. Fortunately, the majority of the novels he has released over the past dozen years are still in print, and I included them on the Books at Amazon page, and they are also linked within the article itself.

Arthur C. Clarke
6/19/01; 11:01 am CST - Galen

A new article about Arthur C. Clarke has been added, although I am sure I will return to add other comments on him and several of his books at a later time.

Phillip K. Dick
8/02/01; 1:45 pm CST - Galen

Sorry for such a long time since the last update. Today I posted an article on Philip K. Dick, and I also added a link to philipkdick.com.

A.I.
8/15/01; 1:45 pm CST - Galen

Finally finished my article on the film A. I. I would have like to have said more about it, but didn't want to spoil it too much for anyone who has yet to see it. Hopefully we can discuss it on the forums, as I feel it deserves a lot more attention than any other film I have seen this year.

Norman Spinrad
9/03/01; 6:12 pm CST - Galen

Again, it has been longer than I had wished since the last update, but this evening I have added a page on Norman Spinrad. One of the main reasons it took longer than anticipated is I kept thinking of other things I wanted to say about his work, and over the last couple of weeks I have also been sampling some of his shorts stories and portions of his novels. Damn, I wish I had more time to read. Right now I feel like re-reading all of his stuff! Also, be sure to visit his Homepage, there is a lot of good information there.

Hugo And Nebula Awards List
9/05/01; 1:22 pm CST - Galen

I have updated the Hugo-Nebula pages to reflect the latest winners, and reorganized the pages somewhat, creating a new separate page just for the Retro-Hugos.

Clifford D. Simak Article Online
10/20/01; 2:43 pm CST - Galen

I've just uploaded a new page devoted to the work of Clifford D. Simak, and also added a link to the best webpage I could find on him.

It’s about time!
11/16/01; 5:04 pm PST - Alex

Finally, after a long period of slacking off and procrastination, I've finished a review for the Templeton Gate! The review in question? An overwhelmingly positive analysis of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (also known as Braindead). Head on over to the films section and check it out!

Silverbob time!
12/09/01; 12:15pm CST - Galen

A new page on Robert Silverberg has just been added. Also added some new Links and made some slight revisions to several other pages, most notably adding images to the Babylon 5, Dune Mini-series, and Star Trek: TOS pages.

 

2000

7/27/00: Welcome to my new site entitled, obviously, "The Templeton Gate." A few essays have been uploaded in each category, but many, many more will be added in the future. Bookmark this site and check back frequently for new updates. Also, please visit the Templeton Gate Forums and let me know what you think.

7/30/00: Added images of Alfred Bester and Edgar Pangborn to their pages in SF Authors. My sincere thanks to Sames, my email friend in Germany for these images.

8/08/00: Added a list of SF Reference books. Also added a quote at the beginning of RAH's Future History article, from Science Fiction, the Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Clute. I do not have this book and it is not on the list added, I just happened to browse through it on a recent trip to my favorite used bookstore.

9/04/00: Posted just the beginning of what should be a long article on Harlan Ellison. On the links page I added Rick Wyatt's excellent page called Ellison Webderland.

9/13/00: Added Part 2 of my article on Ellison.

9/21/00: Behold! Part 3 of the Ellison article.

9/24/00: I just added a dedication for this site, and I have also added a new page explaining the reason for this. I also added a page of my picks for a Heinlein TOP 10 list.

10/01/00: Part 4 of my Ellison article has just been added.

10/10/00: The conclusion (at least for now) of my Ellison article has been posted.

10/18/00: Just uploaded the beginning of an article on Ray Bradbury.

10/27/00: I have added to the Bradbury article and also added a link to a Ray Bradbury webpage.

10/30/00: I've just uploaded an article on the film A Boy and His Dog, as well as an update on the TV series Babylon 5. Also you've probably already noticed I finally figured out I didn't have to have the "embedded" ad at the top of the page and now it is one you can click on to close. I hope you approve of the change.

11/01/00: Added a new article, SF vs Fantasy.

11/09/00: An article on Brian Aldiss has been added, along with a link to the Official Brian W. Aldiss Webpage.

11/18/00: Added an article on John Varley. Also added a link to the online review magazine Strange Words.

11/27/00: I've just uploaded an article on James Tiptree, Jr., and added two listings to the links page, one for Tiptree, another a general SF bibliography page, Spacelight.

12/19/00: Added a short article on Frank Herbert, as well as one on Dune-The Movie and Dune-The Mini-Series.

 

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