A mage’s name is better hidden than a herring in the sea, better guarded than a dragon’s den. A prying charm will be met with a stronger charm, subtle devices will fail, devious enquiries will be deviously thwarted, and force will be turned ruinously back upon itself.
— Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
Keeping the Door is a site obsessively devoted to publishing information about science fiction and fantasy literature. Almost as obsessively as we read it :)
The title of the site refers to one of the least known, but perhaps most important of the nine Roke Island master mages in Ursula Le Guin’s classic Earthsea series: The Master Doorkeeper. An enigmatic fellow, the Doorkeeper is perhaps best known for denying access to the School of Magic to the young Sparrowhawk — until the beginner mage realises he must first surrender any wizard’s most closely guarded secret.
Keeping the Door is owned by well-known Australian journalist and writer Renai LeMay to meet the demand for products and services in Australia’s fast-growing new media environment.
Formerly the news editor of one of Australia’s largest business technology publication, ZDNet.com.au, Renai has also worked as one of The Australian Financial Review‘s main technology reporters, during a stint that also saw him contribute heavily to MIS Magazine.
Renai has an extensive science fiction and fantasy library, a collection that is constantly being added to. Weaned on Isaac Asimoc and Roger Zelazny by his science fiction-loving father, some of his favourite authors include David Zindell, Ursula K. Le Guin and Robin Hobb. Among other qualifications he counts a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Sydney … although most of the books studied during that degree unfortunately weren’t set on alien worlds :)