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Kit Berry 60 Second Interview

In celebration of the David Gemmell Award long-lists being published, Gollancz is thrilled to be running a series of interviews-in-sixty-seconds with as many long-listed authors as we can get our hands on. Today we’re talking to Kit Berry, the critically acclaimed author of the Stonewylde series which began with a self-contained trilogy (Magus of Stonewylde, […]

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How I wrote In The Mouth Of The Whale- Paul McAuley

In The Mouth of the Whale, like most of my novels, began with an image. In this case a gigantic cylindrical construct hung in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet, with spidery drones working on some machine attached to its skin, and trains rushing up and down a long spine or tail that dropped […]

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Everything Unscrews

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Literature reflects events in the real world, and is influenced by them. Except for science fiction and fantasy, which have nothing to tell us about the human condition or the state of our culture. That’s the judgement of people who never read the stuff; the supercilious commentators, and the self-appointed arbiters […]

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Sci-fi as a way of life

One of the guests of honour at FantasyCon in Brighton back in Oct 2011 was the ever youthful scifi author Brian Aldiss. During a panel debate, he was asked why he thought the ‘golden age’ of scifi had come to something of an end and why, arguably, genres like fantasy had overtaken scifi. With a […]

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Related Categories: AJ Dalton, Author Post, Science Fiction

The Death of Fantasy

AJ Dalton is the author of Empire of the Saviours, the first book in a new fantasy trilogy, coming from Gollancz in May 2012. An interesting question was asked from the audience at this year’s FantasyCon in Brighton: ‘Why is there less magic appearing in the fantasy that’s currently being published?’ The illustrious panel of […]

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Paul McAuley reviews Hugo

The conjunction of ‘family friendly’ and ‘3 D’ is not auspicious, even if the film in question is directed by Martin Scorsese. But from the first shot, a kind of reversal of the famous flying scene in Peter Pan, with the viewpoint swooping over the crowded and crooked roofs of snowy, early 1930s Paris, ducking […]

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Time for Teletubbies: Radical Utopian Fiction

The BBC children’s television programme Teletubbies is, evidently, based upon an SF conceit. But how meaningful is it to call it SF? Whilst conceding science-fictional elements to the show, most viewers, I suppose, would not think of it as belonging to the SF genre. And yet there is a point in making the identification. The […]

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Related Categories: Adam Roberts, Author Post, Science Fiction

It was the World Fantasy Convention . . .

It was the World Fantasy Convention 2011, in San Diego, and I had the chance to meet up with Patrick Rothfuss. Which was rather lovely. Even better, I had the chance to ask him for a few words for the Gollancz Blog. ‘We have a new Gollancz Blog’, I said. ‘That’s great!’ said Pat. ‘It […]

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Twisting Myths

To celebrate the publication of The Bitter Seed of Magic we’ve got an exclusive blog piece from the fabulous Suzanne McLeod all about twisting myths in her Spellcrackers.com series. Suzanne writes: When it comes to supernatural creatures, I like to have my cake and eat it 😉 In my Spellcrackers books I wanted to write […]

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Alastair Reynolds on the power of blog comments…

So I thought you’d like to know about a bit of promotional activity which came out of the blue… Back in May I blogged about science in Doctor Who and how (much as I’m a fan) I felt that the new series wasn’t really addressing the rationalist elements of the doctor’s character as much as […]

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Joe Abercrombie reports on a night at the David Gemmell 2010 Legend Award

I failed to win the David Gemmell Legend Award the other night, which went to Graham McNeill for Empire. Curses. But on the upside, Best Served Cold did win for cover art, so congratulations to the artists Didier Graffet and Dave Senior and the designer Laura Brett. Talented people, and much deserved. The one criticism […]

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