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This page used to be called "Books and Authors," but I wanted to make it clear that I consider science fiction and fantasy just as important as any other branch of literature, regardless of what the general public or the publishing industry thinks.

The following is a list of articles already uploaded, along with the authors about whom I (or others) will be writing essays. Only a few of those are linked at this time but I will be adding to them as time allows. Unless otherwise stated, all articles are by me, Galen Strickland. I am still very much interested in recruiting other reviewers, so please email me if you would like to contribute something. Please check back frequently for any new updates, which will also be posted on the Templeton Gate Forums.

 

The Hugo & Nebula Awards
All the winners and nominated works

 

11/25/14 - Getting back to an award winner, I take a look at Flowers for Algernon, which tied for a Nebula with the previously reviewed Babel-17 by Samuel Delany. An earlier short story version also won a Hugo.

11/16/14 - And now the Sigil Trilogy review is complete, although I won't rule out editing it later in case I think of something else to say.

11/13/14 - Way back in April I posted a review of the first book in The Sigil Trilogy by Henry Gee. I wish I hadn't waited so long for the second one, Scourge of Stars, because it's very good and I'll be finishing up on the third one as soon as possible.

10/22/14 - Dark Lightning by John Varley.

10/15/14 - The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold.

10/13/14 - Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin, the Nebula Winner in 1968.

9/10/14 - John Christopher's juvenile novel, The Lotus Caves from 1969.

9/10/14 - Delany again. This time it's his Nebula-nominated Dhalgren from 1975. Long, complex and confusing, but still his best book as far as I'm concerned.

9/2/14 - Continuing with the work of Grand Master Samuel R. Delany, I now take a look at his 1968 novel Nova.

8/26/14 - Gregg Macklin, aka Starflight, has just published his first novel. In spite of a few stumbles by a beginning writer, Time's Crossroads is an entertaining read.

8/18/14 - I just updated the Hugo/Nebula pages to reflect the winners of the 2014 Hugos announced last night at LonCon3.

7/14/14 - Ancillary Justice is Ann Leckie's first novel. It won the Nebula this year and is also nominated for a Hugo. It's very good.

6/17/14 - The Jewels of Aptor was the first of Samuel R. Delany's stories to be published. It does exhibit some of the strengths we would later see him develop more fully, but it is ultimately unsatisfying.

5/14/14 - The Einstein Intersection, the second Nebula winner from Samuel R. Delany.

4/14/14 - Samuel R. Delany's Babel-17 earned him his first Nebula award, and in the current print edition is joined by a connected story, "Empire Star."

4/6/14 - Siege of Stars, the first book of the Sigil Trilogy by Henry Gee.

2/15/14 - Two reviews today, both Heinlein novels that won a Hugo. Double Star got him his first award, and his last was a posthumous Retro for Farmer in the Sky.

2/3/14 - Bring the Jubilee, Ward Moore's alternate history tale from 1953.

1/31/14 - Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, from 1983.

1/19/14 - 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, winner of the 2012 Nebula.

1/5/14 - Redshirts by John Scalzi, last year's Hugo winner.

1/1/14 - The first book review of the year is for Costigan's Needle by Jerry Sohl, which I got as an e-book from ReAnimus Press.

12/8/13 - Walter M. Miller's A Canticle For Leibowitz is just as powerful a novel now as when it won the Hugo in 1961. Highly recommended.

11/25/13 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

11/10/13 - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

11/3/13 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo & Nebula awards.

7/6/13 - The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

2/24/13 - The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham.

2/12/13 - Phoenix Without Ashes, a look at the novel by Edward Bryant and the graphic novel by Harlan Ellison, both based on Ellison's award-winning pilot script for the ill-fated television series The Starlost.

10/31/12 - Bug Jack Barron, Norman Spinrad's controversial 1969 novel.

10/17/12 - Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in a series collectively called The Expanse. A second novel (Caliban's War) and a couple of related short stories have already been published with a third novel on the way. They are credited to James S. A. Corey, which is a pen name used by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. It was nominated as Best Novel this year for both a Hugo and the Locus Readers' Poll. It's pretty good, and I look forward to more from these guys.

10/3/12 - Jo Walton's Among Others, winner of both the Hugo & Nebula this year, as well as being nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

9/8/12 - John Varley's latest novel is Slow Apocalypse. Quite a bit different that anything else he's done.

9/3/12 - 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.

8/5/12 - Larry Niven's Ringworld, another dual winner.

7/8/12 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, the Hugo and Nebula winner from 2007.

6/11/12 - The Templeton Gate is now an affiliate of ReAnimusPress, which is bringing back older SF titles in e-book formats (not printed books). My first review of one of their titles is of Jerry Sohl's Night Slaves from 1965.

3/11/12 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

1/2/12 - The first review of the new year is for Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, winner of the 2006 Hugo.

12/4/11 - I finally finished Blue Mars and have completed my review, although I reserve the right to go back and edit if I think of something else to say. I think I will work on a profile page for Robinson next.

11/26/11 - 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.

10/23/11 - I've been lazy again, but I just uploaded my profile article on Connie Willis' career to date, as well as creating a "main" page to list that article plus the individual book reviews already done.

9/25/11 - Now I take a look at Willis' Nebula winner To Say Nothing of the Dog.

8/18/11 - I review Connie Willis' Blackout & All Clear, this year's winner of both the Hugo and Nebula award for best novel.

6/19/11 - Here's my profile of Philip José Farmer.

6/12/11 - I believe Night Music is the first published story from Tobias Cabral. If so, it is a very impressive debut, and I look forward to more from him.

5/30/11 - A look at the first two books in the Riverworld series by Philip José Farmer, along with mention of an earlier version of the story. A profile page on Farmer will follow soon.

4/2/11 - I continue with my reviews of award winning books with Clifford D. Simak's Way Station.

3/13/11 - Robert Silverberg's latest book, The Last Song of Orpheus, is very short, but worth your time.

3/6/11 - The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick's only Hugo winner.

2/26/11 - The City & the City by China Miéville, co-winner of the 2010 Hugo.

1/23/11 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 Graphic Novels.

1/2/11 - Hyperion by Dan Simmons, winner of the 1990 Hugo.

12/5/10 - The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi won a ton of awards this past year, but until I read all the other nominees I can't be sure it was really all that. It has its good points to be sure, but I was not as impressed as everyone else seems to be. Maybe it's just me.

11/14/10 - The Forever Machine (aka "They'd Rather Be Right") by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley was the second novel to win a Hugo. It did not deserve it, and if I hadn't already promised myself I would review all the winners I would not have finished it.

10/31/10 - Alfred Bester was among the first of the authors profiled when the site was created back in 2000. I should have gotten around to reviewing The Demolished Man long ago, considering its historic importance as the first Hugo winner, but it took a commitment of reviewing all of the Hugo and Nebula winners to remedy that situation.

9/18/10 - I've just uploaded three new pages. One is a profile page on James Blish, another is a review of his Hugo-winning novel A Case of Conscience. Third, I've created a "main" page for him considering there are now several pages devoted to his work, with some others to come in the (hopefully) near future.

6/21/09 - A review that combines the author and film categories, Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth.

5/17/09 - Crap! A year has gone by without a book review. Someone needs to reprimand me about that. :-) This time I take a look at Robert J. Sawyer's Flashforward from 1999, which happens to be the basis of a new ABC series due to premiere this fall.

5/19/08 - Damn, it's been a long time. Finally a new book review, John Varley's Rolling Thunder.

9/9/07 - I've just uploaded a short review of the sixth book in E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series, Valentine's Resolve.

5/27/07 - More shiny Firefly goodness! Here's my review of Titan Books new publication, Firefly Companion: Volume Two.

4/4/07 - I continue my review of E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series, the latest title of which is Valentine's Exile.

10/13/06 - My review of Variable Star, a new novel by Spider Robinson, based on an outline and notes from Robert Heinlein.

10/3/06 - My review of Titan Books' Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One.

7/16/06 - My review of John Varley's Red Lightning.

6/11/06 - ekt give us his thoughts on the Time Quartet series of books by Madeleine L'Engle.

5/14/06 - Michael Woodard now takes a look at Building Harlequin's Moon, a collaborative novel from Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper.

5/2/06 - Michael Woodard agains adds to existing reviews, with thoughts on Eyes of the Calculor, the concluding book in Sean McMullen's Greatwinter Trilogy, as well as a look at the second book in Peter Watts' Rifter's Trilogy, Maelstrom.

4/23/06 - It has been one year and three days since I last posted a book review. A bit discouraging of course, but I will endeavor to do better in the future. As with the last one, the new review is also a continuation of my look at E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series. If you have not read any of that review (or any of the books) click on that link, or if you would like to jump directly to the latest update, click on this title - Valentine's Rising.

3/27/06 - Michael Woodard has some very good things to say about Starfish, the first book in Peter Watts' Rifters Trilogy.

3/5/06 - Michael Woodard's on a roll! He has added to his review of Sean McMullen's Greatwinter Trilogy with his thoughts on the second book - The Miocene Arrow.

3/1/06 - Two new reviews by Michael Woodard - the first book in Sean McMullen's Greatwinter Trilogy, Souls in the Great Machine and Gary Tigerman's The Orion Protocol.

2/16/06 - The Dread Empire's Fall series reviewed by Michael Woodard.

3/20/05 - At long last, another book review, a continuation of my look at E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series with the latest installment, Tale of the Thunderbolt.

7/25/04 - I am pleased to present a new author profile page on Bob Shaw from a new contributor, and hopefully we will see more pages from him in the future. David Longhorn is from the UK and edits a periodical called Supernatural Tales. He found Templeton Gate through a search for info on Olaf Stapledon, then contacted me with compliments on the site and an inquiry of whether he could submit some things. I may have read something by Shaw, but darned if I can recall anything right now, although several of the titles I am familiar with. But from what David has to say about him I think I need to be on the lookout for some of his books.

6/20/04 - My review of Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula winning novel, American Gods.

6/13/04 - A continuation of my review of E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series, with my thoughts on the second novel, Choice of the Cat.

5/21/04 - My review of E. E. Knight's first novel, Way of the Wolf, which is the first in his Vampire Earth series.

3/2/04 - I've just uploaded my review of David Brin's Hugo Award nominated Kiln People.

1/25/04 - ekt reviews Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula award-winning Doomsday Book.

1/17/04 - My review of Gene Wolfe's The Knight, part one of The Wizard Knight.

12/12/03 - My review of Heinlein's new/old novel, For Us, the Living, has just been uploaded.

11/30/03 - SFExplorer now takes a look at the graphic novel Orbiter by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran.

11/29/03 - SFExplorer's first review, of Robert J. Sawyer's 2003 Hugo-winning novel Hominids.

11/18/03 - Raedom returns with two different book reviews: James P. Hogan's The Mirror Maze and Theodore Sturgeon's Case and the Dreamer.

(9/8/03) - My review of John Varley's Red Thunder.

(9/7/03) - Padre Mellyrn reviews Orson Scott Card's Ender & Homecoming Series.

(9/1/03) - My review of Spider Robinson's The Free Lunch

(8/24/03) - My review of Roger MacBride Allen's Orphan of Creation

(8/17/03) - My profile of author David Gerrold

(8/3/03) - Raedom's newest review concerns two books by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth - The Space Merchants/The Merchants' War.

(7/24/03) - Raedom reviews James Blish's Cities In Flight.

(7/9/03) - My review of David Gerrold's four book series of the War Against the Chtorr.

(5/24/03) - My review of Charles Douglas Hayes' Portals in a Northern Sky.

(5/10/03) -wracked presents his second book review, of Mike Resnick's 1986 novel Santiago.

(3/23/03) - I am very pleased to present Raedom's first review, of David Gerrold's classic novel When Harlie Was One.

My review of Hyperthought, the debut novel from M. M. Buckner.

A new book review by tenavari
Chris Exner (tenavari on the forums) review's Slave Ship by Frederik Pohl.

Yet another recruit signs on!
A new poster at the forums, tenavari (Chris Exner) has sent me a very good article concerning "In Search of the Rare and Out of Print on the Internet." He has also promised other book reviews in the near future.

Another new reviewer at Templeton Gate!
wracked has written a review of a book he has mentioned several times (and which I have recently read, thanks to him) - Glen Cook's The Dragon Never Sleeps. Hope you enjoy it.

ekt favors us with a new article, on the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

My review of an early Heinlein novel, Beyond This Horizon.

My review of David Gerrold's recent trilogy, The Dingilliad.

Starflight's first review is of Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage 2.

Ogre3000's second comic review is about Joe's Comics, creations of J. Michael Straczynski.

Padre Mellyrn reviews Beowulf's Children by Niven, Pournelle & Barnes.

A confused review of some confusing books, Gene Wolfe's "Sun" Sagas (The Books of the New Sun, Long Sun, and Short Sun).

Ogre3000 reviews the comic compilation of Manhunter.

ekt's review of Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series.

A review of Allies and Aliens by Roger MacBride Allen

Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy

Isaac Asimov's I, Robot

Harlan Ellison's Screenplay for I, Robot

My Hugo/Nebula Awards Rant

Dual Award Winners

The SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

I have also provided the contents pages from:

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume 1 (short stories)

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume 2 (novellas/novelletes)

The Fantasy Hall of Fame (short stories)

General Information Articles

Science Fiction: A Primer

Science Fiction: Where to Start

Science Fiction References

Science Fiction vs Fantasy

My First Rant - Out of Print Books

Specific Author Essays

Brian W. Aldiss
Roger MacBride Allen
Poul Anderson
Isaac Asimov
J. G. Ballard
Barrington J. Bayley
Stephen Baxter
Greg Bear
Gregory Benford
Alfred Bester
Ambrose Bierce
Michael Bishop
James Blish
Ben Bova
Ray Bradbury
David Brin - profiled by Eliza DoLots
                  Kiln People - reviewed by Galen
Frederic Brown
Algis Budrys
Lois McMaster Bujold
F. M. Busby
Octavia Butler
Orson Scott Card - Ender & Homecoming series reviewed by Padre Mellyrn
C. J. Cherryh
Arthur C. Clarke
Hal Clement
Glen Cook - The Dragon Never Sleeps reviewed by wracked
L. Sprague de Camp
Samuel R. Delany
Lester del Rey
Philip K. Dick
Gordon R. Dickson
Thomas M. Disch
George Alec Effinger
Greg Egan
Harlan Ellison
M. J. Engh
Philip Jose Farmer
Jack Finney
Lynn Flewelling - the Nightrunner series reviewed by ekt
Robert L. Forward
Neil Gaiman - American Gods reviewed by Galen
David Gerrold
William Gibson
Joe Haldeman
Harry Harrison
Robert A. Heinlein
Frank Herbert
James P. Hogan - The Mirror Maze reviewed by Raedom
C. M. Kornbluth
Daniel Keyes
Damon Knight
Henry Kuttner (& C.L.Moore)
R. A. Lafferty
Ursula K. LeGuin
Fritz Leiber
Stanislaw Lem
George R. R. Martin
Richard Matheson
Julian May
Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Sean McMullen - Souls in the Great Machine reviewed by Michael Woodard
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Michael Moorcock
Ward Moore
Larry Niven
Andre Norton
Chad Oliver
David R. Palmer
Edgar Pangborn
Alexei Panshin
H. Beam Piper
Edgar Allan Poe
Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
Tim Powers
Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials reviewed by ekt
Tom Reamy
Mike Resnick - Santiago reviewed by wracked
Kim Stanley Robinson
Spider Robinson - The Free Lunch reviewed by Galen
                           Variable Star (w/Heinlein) - reviewed by Galen
Joanna Russ
Robert J. Sawyer - Hominids reviewed by SFExplorer
                            Flashforward reviewed by Galen
Bob Shaw - profiled by David Longhorn
Charles Sheffield
Lucius Shepard
Robert Silverberg
Clifford D. Simak
Dan Simmons
John Sladek
Cordwainer Smith
Norman Spinrad
Olaf Stapledon
Allen Steele
Bruce Sterling
Neal Stephenson
Theodore Sturgeon - Case and the Dreamer reviewed by Raedom
Michael Swanwick
William Tenn
Gary Tigerman - The Orion Protocol reviewed by Michael Woodard
James Tiptree, Jr.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Wilson Tucker
Lisa Tuttle
Jack Vance
A.E. van Vogt
John Varley
Jules Verne
Ian Watson
H. G. Wells
Kate Wilhelm
Walter Jon Williams - Dread Empire's Fall reviewed by Michael Woodard
Jack Williamson
Connie Willis
Robert Charles Wilson
Bernard Wolfe
Gene Wolfe
John Wyndham
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Roger Zelazny

 

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