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Not a Guilty Pleasure: Heroes

You might recall that the plot of Heroes works around a solar eclipse, causing certain people of the world to develop useful powers, like mind-reading and healing, and other not-so-useful powers, like radiation strong enough to turn into an explosion. When it first aired over ten years ago (my god, I feel old) it was heralded […]

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Now on Your Television Screens: Childhood’s End

Our current Masterworks Spotlight comes with a short visual presentation for your entertainment! Childhood’s End is Arthur C. Clarke‘s transcendent masterpiece, the book that shows most clearly the influence of Olaf Stapledon on his writing. Beginning as an alien invasion story (of a sort) and containing one of the all-time great set pieces in written […]

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The best fictional versions of Mars

Ever since W.S. Lach-Szyrma first introduced the term ‘Martian’ to science fiction in his 1883 novel Aleriel, the Red Planet and its inhabitants have exerted an enduring appeal for writers and filmmakers. It would be impossible to list every single fictional version of Mars but here, in chronological order, are just a few of our […]

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The King in Yellow: Inspiring HBO’s True Detective

If you’re on Twitter as much as Gollancz tends to be, you’ve probably noticed all of the excitement there’s been about HBO’s new series True Detective. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, it’s being hailed as ‘the best detective show since the Wire’ and there’s no doubt that it’s making a huge splash over in […]

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Re-Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation

Space: the final frontier . . . These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise . . . Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds . . . To seek out new life and new civilisations . . . To boldly go where no man has gone before. It was with these words, first […]

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