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The Gemmell Awards 2012

Gollancz Author: - April 4th, 2012

Today we’re thrilled to have another guest blogger on the blog. Following the delightful Pornokitsch joining us to talk about the ethos behind their award, today we have Stan Nicholls, Chairman of the David Gemmell Legend Awards, with a little bit about how the award came about, and what it’s designed to do. And watch this space! The David Gemmell Legend Award Shortlists are announced on Sunday!

When David Gemmell died on 28th July 2006, aged 57, his friends and colleagues sought a way to honour his life and work. The consensus was to create an award in Gemmell’s name; an idea first floated publicly by author David Lee Stone.

Why an award? Well, apart from commemorating a widely admired author, we felt there was a real need for a proper award for fantasy. By which I mean what you might call ‘pure’ fantasy – the kind Gemmell wrote – that, at least here in the UK, seemed unregarded. Science fiction, horror and other popular genres have their prizes, we reasoned, so why not fantasy?

We had a false start. Our initial efforts amounted to lobbying/haranguing other people and organisations in the hope that the idea would catch fire. I won’t weary you with the ins and outs of how that came to grief. Not that anyone was to blame. We were too many cooks, maybe, with too many diverse views about what we wanted to do, and how to do it. So the whole thing went into abeyance for a while.

Michael Moorcock once told me that in order for a group to achieve anything it needs what he called a ‘loony dictator’. He reckoned taking on that role was what made his 60’s reboot of New Worlds happen. It was another of Dave Gemmell’s friends, the writer Deborah Miller, who emerged as our loony dictator. (Not that I’m implying anything derogatory; in many ways Deborah’s one of the sanest people I know.) What she did was step up and say it was time to dump our somebody-ought-to-do-something-about-this stance and get on with it ourselves. More than anything else, her drive and determination was what got us on the road.

A core committee was formed, with Deborah as Award Administrator. Gareth Wilson, who has a good claim to be David Gemmell’s Number One Fan, came aboard as our Website Manager. Mike ‘Sparks’ Rennie, who’s provided the Tech/Logistics for numerous conventions, agreed to do the same for us; and Christine Harrison brought her fiscal expertise to the role of Treasurer. My wife, Anne, took on editorship of the award ceremony programme book, among other things; and I had the honour of being offered the position of Chair which, after a brief period of trepidation and false modesty, I accepted.

Our initial decision was easy. We wanted to create an award recognising the best fantasy novel of any given year. What else could we call it but the Legend Award, after Gemmell’s first and most celebrated novel?

After that, things got a bit complicated.

Exactly how would we go about arriving at a winner? There were three options:

1) have a jury decide;

2) have the public determine a shortlist and a jury settle the final outcome;

3) have a completely open vote with no jury.

Every juried award, particularly in a specialist area like fantasy, has a perennial problem: finding suitable judges. In considering the juried option we felt it wouldn’t be appropriate to include anyone connected with publishers or literary agents. Not that we thought they’d be biased but because of an unfounded perception that they might be. How would it look if an editor or agent sat in judgement on a shortlist that included a writer they published or represented? What if said shortlisted author won? It’s a bit of a stretch, but the same could be said about using authors as judges when the shortlist could well include an entry with whom they shared a publisher. Critics? How many are there who are sufficiently knowledgeable about the field and available to us, given that the requisite number of judges is usually considered to be five and should be refreshed every year? Damn few. We mulled over the possibility of having a judging panel consisting solely of readers. But the massive amount of reading involved – our first longlist ran to over ninety titles – and the fact that we couldn’t reimburse people for their time and effort, made that a big ask.

Adopting the second option – part public vote, part jury – would boil the longlist down to a manageable number, but doesn’t solve the practical difficulty of finding suitable judges.

In arriving at the decision to adopt a totally open vote we weren’t in any way being critical of awards that choose the juried route. We’ve no doubt that their verdicts are reached honourably. But apart from the practicable considerations involved in mustering juries we have what might be called a philosophical objection to that way of doing things. Frankly, the idea of a small group handing down pronouncements about what deserves an award and what doesn’t strikes us as a little elitist, and against the spirit of our times. In an age when masses of ordinary people are using technology to topple despotic regimes and change government policies, surely they can be trusted to vote for a book award.

When our committee has to confront difficult decisions we have a rule of thumb that amounts to ‘What would Dave have wanted?’. Knowing the importance he placed on readers – the people who put their hands in their pockets and make authors’ lives possible – we’re sure Gemmell would have favoured as democratic a system as possible when it came to an award bearing his name. So we put our faith in the wisdom of crowds

We’ve caught some criticism for crowd-sourcing the award. In the same way that we would have been disparaged if we’d gone with a jury. One objection was that readers would band together to vote for their favourite author. Our response is: so what? Unless people are being strong-armed into voting in some unimaginable way, then presumably they really do favour the writer they’re voting for, whether in unison with others or not. To suggest that people are so weak-willed that they could be influenced to vote for someone they wouldn’t normally vote for is plain insulting. And if some kind of partiality should creep in – though it’s difficult to think how it might – our contention is that a sufficiently large pool of voters dilutes it to the point of insignificance. We also felt that that having the voting restricted solely to the internet wasn’t a disadvantage as just about everybody has access to it these days.

So this is how it works. A longlist is compiled from titles submitted by the publishers (the public are welcome to suggest additional titles they think worthy and eligible). The longlist is voted on and the five titles with the most votes forms the shortlist. A second round of votes determines the winner (we have robust systems in place to prevent multiple voting).

In our first year the Legend Award garnered almost 11,000 votes from 75 countries.

Simultaneous with working out how, we were looking for where. After investigating numerous venues, we settled on the theatre at The Magic Circle headquarters in London’s Euston. To say the place has character would be an understatement, and we loved its eccentricity and intimacy from the minute we stepped over the threshold. Securing The Magic Circle as the annual location for our ceremony is entirely thanks to our sponsor Bragelonne, France’s leading publisher of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. Bragelonne’s Alain Névant and Stéphane Marsan were also Gemmell’s friend, and his French publishers, but as our award is for English language books there’s no conflict of interest.

With the how and where sorted, we turned our minds to what. We wanted something special as a trophy. Simon Fearnhamm of the Raven Armoury volunteered to supply the perfect solution – a half-sized replica of Snaga, the awesome axe wielded by Gemmell’s illustrious hero Druss. Simon’s Snaga is a truly beautiful hand-crafted artefact. With a price tag of more than £2000 when made to commission, we believe it to be the most valuable trophy on offer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy fields.

With the permission and support of Dave’s widow Stella and the Gemmell family, and the backing of the publishing and speculative fiction communities, our first presentation took place at The Magic Circle on 19 June 2009. We were particularly pleased that Dave’s daughter Kate and son Luke were able to join us for the ceremony. It began with a spirited reading from Legend by author James Barclay, yet another of Dave’s friends. James’ opening recitations from Gemmell’s works, and his conduct of an auction of fantasy memorabilia that precedes the presentation, have became invaluable staples of our ceremonies.

Other ‘Friends of the Awards’ as we like to think of them – people not actually on the committee but who have proved unstinting in helping the process run smoothly – include, among others, Mark Yon, Nick Summit, Tiffany Lau, Elaine Clarke, Anna Kennedy, Marianne Fifer and Rachel Oakes.

The first winner of the Legend Award defied expectations. It turned out to be Andrzej Sapkowski for Blood of Elves, a novel translated from Polish. The four runners-up each received a ‘mini Snaga’ by way of congratulations, a practice we’ve continued.

Buoyed by the success of our initial ceremony we decided to add two new categories in 2010. The Morningstar Award honours the best debut novel, something we thought especially important as Dave Gemmell was noted for the help and encouragement he gave to many aspiring writers. The Ravenheart Award was designed to recognise the best fantasy cover art, an aspect of the genre we felt deserved acknowledgement. We were now officially The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy.

That year the Morningstar went to Pierre Pevel for The Cardinal’s Blades and the Ravenheart to Didier Graffet for the cover of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold. The Legend was a surprise choice again but richly deserved. It went to Graham McNeill for Empire. 15,500 votes were cast overall.

2010 was also notable in that we welcomed SFX, the UK’s number one sf and fantasy magazine, as our media partner.

2011 saw the Morningstar awarded to Darius Hinks for Warrior Priest, the Ravenheart to Olof Erla Einarsdottir for the cover of Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts, and the Legend to Brandon Sanderson for The Way of Kings.

One of the things that’s delighted us about the awards so far is their international flavour, with prizes going to authors and artists from France, Iceland, Poland and the US as well as the UK. Proof, if it was needed, that the literary expression of the fantastic knows no borders.

The 2012 shortlists, now released, offer some intriguing possibilities for our fourth year. As to the future, we hope to add further categories in due course that embrace other strands of the fantasy fiction sphere. A lesson we have learned is that nothing is so constant as change, and that in order to remain relevant we need to view what we do as organic.

In 2013, for instance, we’re planning something surprising. But it can’t be revealed just yet. Watch out for an announcement at this year’s ceremony in June.

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One Response to “The Gemmell Awards 2012”

  1. Espedair says:

    It’s great to know there is still a future for what is one of the best characters of the last 25 years. Take all the time you need Mr.Lynch we know it will be worth the wait!

  2. Errol Sidelsky Errol Sidelsky says:

    Love this NEW Blog – looks amazing, well done!

  3. Dracc says:

    I wasn’t surprised to find NOTW in the top 10, but it shpws what an active fanbase can do. Rothfuss has one of the best groups of supporters around, and I am proud to be one. I already have my copies, shipped all the way over the US. I hope this special edition causes more losts souls to accept the King’s coin and join up with the Rothfuss army.

  4. Mike Petty says:

    So what happened to the other 30 years of Gollancz then?

  5. Marcus Marcus says:

    Well, although Gollancz was certainly going before 1961 (and publishing many great books, both SFF and other), that was the year when a dedicated genre list was launched. Given our current publishing programme, it seemed like a good moment to mark!

  6. Marcus Marcus says:

    800+ titles went on sale on Thursday the 29th September. The website will launch next week (beginning 10th October), along with the beta version of the SF Encyclopedia!

  7. Mike Petty says:

    All right, only winding you up. Simon will know why!

  8. Al R says:

    Agreed, it’s a masterful opening. Wolfe goes on to do so much in that first chapter, too – there’s a character with a ray gun, if I remember, and some kind of flying machine, so we know right away we’re not in your usual swords and sorcery universe.

    I still don’t think I’ve ever encountered the word “presentiment” anywhere else, though, other than when I jut googled it.

  9. Darren Darren Nash says:


    I see you your “presentiment”, Al, and raise you a “palagic argosy”!

  10. Nev Park says:

    It’s *pelagic*! (Oh yeah—I’m from the quercine penetralia.)

    If I could read it again for the first time I’d have this database of saints at my elbow, to look up all the names. And a dictionary. It’s lovely as a mystery, but knowledge only adds to its excellence.

  11. Darren Darren Nash says:

    Gah! You’re right, of course! Now, I feel like a rght autochthon . . .

  12. Darren Darren Nash says:

    Or, indeed, “right”. Back to the typing lessons . . .

  13. Darren T says:

    Re: “I don’t remember exactly how I came across Scott Lynch’s name on the internet. He must have posted on a forum where I was lurking or someone mentioned his name online.”

    Or, I dunno, maybe someone sent you an email saying “Hey Simon, you should probably read this…” with a link to a sample chapter on Scott’s blog? Something like that, maybe, hmm?

  14. Anarkii says:

    March 2012 will be great. However there’s only so many unfinished series I can keep track of. If it gets delayed any more after that, I’ll stick to the Abercombies and Sandersons of the fantasy world.

  15. Malden says:

    The first Dick’s novel I read was ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ some 25 years ago as a teenager and I was stunned – then I saw ‘Blade Runner’ and I liked it; the film accurately brings dystopian Dick’s world on the screen, the mood, depressed individuals, dehumanized society ruled by multinational corporations, alienation, endless rains… everything just matched in my mind. The only thing I find missing in ‘Blade Runner’ are animals issue, it was of essential importance in Dick’s novel…

  16. Al R says:

    Go and stand in the corner of Thrax, the City of Windowless Rooms, and think about what you’ve done.

  17. James M says:

    Joe’s done a great job explaining why ‘Lies’ is such an appealing story there… He and Scott share quite a few similarities in the way that they’re moving the genre forwards and I’m hoping we see many more books by them from Gollancz in the future.

  18. Darren Darren Nash says:

    All right. I’ll submit myself to Master Gurloes for correction . . .

  19. Marianne Piano says:

    Y’know, it could be just as long between this book and the next and I wouldn’t mind – Pratchett-style, rereading them is always enjoyable and getting refreshed with the story in time for the next book is hardly an onus!

  20. Matt says:

    This is an particularly groovy idea. :D

  21. Elxius says:

    I’ve never stopped believing in Scott Lynch and I never will. Take as long as needed.

  22. blodeuedd says:

    Exactly, why seduce the boy who milks cows, those strange Fae.
    Great post :) Something to tie me over until the enxt book

  23. You tease, you. Now I want to know more.

  24. The LHC says:

    Couldn’t agree more, just ploughing through Snuff at the moment and I’d describe Terry Pratchett as no more than humerous, you don’t really laugh out loud (although to be fair I’ve been pretty close on several occasions with this one), it’s more amused recognition of the human traits and frailties that you never thought about before but seem so obvious once he mentions them. What keeps me coming back is the brilliant stories and endlessly fascinating characters and places, which is what so many others in this genre lack.

  25. Scott says:

    I’m completely jaded about the release dates your company has been announcing. At this point, have some respect for your fans and just tell us the release date is TBA. When it goes to print, announce that. I’ll be the first in line to pick up a copy.

  26. Simon Simon says:

    I’m sorry that you feel we’re being disrespectful, but I’m afraid the various bibliographic agencies we deal with won’t accept ‘TBA’ as a release date. We’re as frustrated as you are by the delays. Moving a book’s publication date is not something we do lightly – it causes problems for us with the book trade which we’d all rather avoid.

  27. redhead says:

    A few years ago, when I decided to dip my toes into fantasy, my husband recommended Lord Valentine’s Castle. I think I had read a few Silverberg SF books, but none of his fantasy. I’m about halfway through Valentine, when the other half tentatively asks “Are you liking it OK?” and I replied “If we have a son, we’re naming him Valentine. Also, I want to learn out to juggle”.

    Been a fan of these books and addicted to Silverberg ever since.

  28. Lori Myers says:

    I am still waiting on Melanie Rawn to finish a series from 1995!!! Having said that, I will stand in line till all hours to get the next Lynch book. I agree with Marianne and re reading the two gems I have. I hope that Scott’s health issues are behind him, not because I want the next book that badly, but he is a sincerely nice guy! His writing is worth the wait! This is one reason I got an e reader, so I could order the book and have it as soon as it is possible. The publishers are not being disrespectful, they can only do what they can do…I am sure they are as anxious for this to be done as we are. In the meantime, try a new author people, that is how I stumbled across Scott’s books.

  29. blodeuedd says:

    I can’t wait to read it :)

  30. Simon Simon says:

    Prologue appearing on a blog near you, ooh around about now actually. And more to follow.

  31. Lisa says:

    I’m excited about a non-medieval fantasy setting! It’s high time one of the big names in fantasy tried this. But — and forgive me for being puzzled about genre labels — is this different from the genre of steampunk? Or is steampunk too overtly interested in technology to apply to what Sanderson is doing?

    • Simon Simon says:

      That’s an interesting question. I am pretty ambivalent about genre labels (sub-genre labels doubly so) – seems to me they only really work as marketing labels. Beyond that and you invariably end up in a fruitless exchange about where various texts fit. If steampunk has a failing then it is in exactly what you say – that it is too overtly interested in technology and this has often been at the expense of character and story. Seems to me that is not a charge you can lay at Brandon’s door. I suppose you could call this steampunk (and indeed the US cover art is pretty overt in the way it references steampunk) but I’m not sure it’s useful or helpful (especially when Steampunk has a pretty patchy commercial record in the UK).

  32. The LHC says:

    Just finished Alloy of Law (clunky title, tricky to type as well!), great little addition to the Mistborn portfolio. The use of “little” there isn’t supposed to be condescending, the book is much shorter than any of the original trilogy and it’s better for it, it cracks along at a fair old pace, I knocked it off in about 2 days and I wasn’t devoting a huge amount of time to it really.

    As mentioned it’s set about 300 year after the end of the Mistborn trilogy, the society is recognizably wild-west, the big city is just getting electricity, whilst the country-side is still ruled by men with six-shooters, it’s an intriguing setup and it works very well, for the most part. There’s a few references that seem to be somewhat too modern for the setting, talk of psychology and empowering womenfolk seem a little early for the technology level, although I guess if one of your leading religious figures is a woman that would be an encouragement to independent thinking and the character in question is about the most interesting one in the book (to be fair most of the society still runs along very traditional lines).

    Sanderson is never going to blow you away with his characterisation, here we have the good guy, the bad guy, the sidekick and the possible love interest and they’re all pretty much what you’d expect, it’s the story that sucks you in a keeps you turning the pages, it’s essentially a crime thriller and a pretty good one at that, I didn’t work out how it was done until the reveal which was pleasing.

    What Sanderson does better than anyone else is his magic systems, the Mistborn aren’t as powerful as they were, most people can only burn one metal, so the most powerful are those who can use both Allomancy and Feruchemy and there’s a good development in the form of Compounding, Sanderson REALLY thinks about this stuff! There’s an addition to the Ars Arcanum at the back, which expands on metal use, good for the geeks amongst us (hello)!

    Interestingly in the Foreward Sanderson mentions that this standalone novel just appeared out of nowhere whilst he was thinking about a later trilogy (or two!), however the ending has been left wide open for a return, in fact it practically demands it!

    Steampunk, hmm, no, not really, not in the fashion of Robert Rankin for example, the technological level is simply a back drop, it doesn’t particularly play much of a role, magic is still the main weapon, although our hero is very much the gunslinger, he wouldn’t be anything like as effective without his magic.

  33. Gavin Smith says:

    Congratulations to Robin Gould and Matthew Bryant winners of the Other Great Uses for Gavin Smith novels.

    Their winning entries can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Other-Great-Uses-for-Gavin-Smith-Novels/263529860347007

  34. The LHC says:

    Yeah but has he ever sung a song about a piece of 4×2? Thanking you Robert Rankin!

  35. Simon Simon says:

    LOL. Ahh Mr Rankin is indeed a legend in his own lunchtime. Brandon hasn’t to my knowledge – he might do requests though.

  36. Iz you sayin his signings iz better than my signings?

  37. Simon Simon says:

    I have seen the love at your signings Joe. I haven’t seen you do your thing in the States though. Must reserve judgement till then. :-)

  38. This sure was fun!

    Loved the interaction with this and also, telling the folks where I work about the competition has got a couple of them interested. One of them has bought both the Gavin Smiths and two other Gollancz’s novels.

    Go Go Gadget Gavin!

    Congrats also to Robin and Matt. Both fantastic lads.
    (Though I totally thought my lunchbox was better…)

  39. Completely agree with you here. Nothing compares to meeting your favourite authors in the flesh. I think that because we associate writing with ‘text’, we begin to link a person with their facebook and twitter profiles a little too much.

    Hearing a persons thoughts over Twitter simply cannot be compared to meeting them and saying hello in real life. How about shaking hands with the person who wrote something you invested 15-30 hours of your life into (loads more than that if you look at WoT) – it is an experience that cannot be matched.

    Good luck to Jon and Brandon for the tour! :)

  40. Finola says:

    I’ve been reading Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series since 1990 and the final book is due to be published 2012 so good work takes time and is worth the wait. And yes, the re-reading and re-reading and re-reading is such good fun. Take all the time needed… I also used to work for the leading bibliographic agency so I understand the demands of the industry and how re-scheduling publication dates is not done lightly, nor to annoy fans. Good luck with completion Scott.

  41. You had this great chat with Pat and remembered all this in details?! You should drink more :)
    Great conversation, thank you for sharing.

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  44. Simon Simon says:

    Again! Again!

  45. Al R says:

    The Master clearly had no doubt that The Teletubbies was documentary television. The John Simm incarnation was shown watching it in a nice nod to the earlier scene where the Delgado era Master was similarly engaged in The Clangers.

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  47. The only remaining question is, are the Teletubbies the adolescence or the senescence of the Power Rangers?

  48. Stephen Deas says:

    While I agree with a great deal of Professor Roberts’ astute analysis, there is one key point about which he is wrong: Utopian? I think not. The pathos and the anguish in the cries of “again, again” are unmistakeable, as these reject cyborg experiments strive desperately to cling to the humanity they once knew. Isolated in this primary colour artificial prison, their slavery is brought chillingly home with the inescapable disembodied Prisoner-style “time for teletubby bye-bye” that marks their daily return to matrix-esque slavery. In short, the Teletubbies are, in fact, a bleak dystopia, a grim out-take from a Gavin Smith novel in which the tap-dancing teddy-bear “Number Two” is the sinister ring-master.

  49. Stefan Jones says:

    No foolin, I once joked with a friend that the Teletubbies were Eloi, and that their world was maintained by grey-felt-clad Telemorlocks who dwelt in a gloomy underworld and would someday consume them.

  50. The program has been on in the United States long enough for my then-toddler children to graduate from high school.

    Personally, I always thought of them as zoo animals, given the totally artificial nature of their environment, perhaps even the last of their species.

  51. linger says:

    I think another children’s show with a really interesting SF reading is the new My Little Pony, “Friendship is Magic.” It’s a biotech-utopia where nature has been replaced by civilized intervention…weather is scheduled and controlled by pegasi, and all animal species are domesticated. The one place where nature remains is the dark and dangerous Everfree Forest, of which the characters say:

    “The Everfree Forest just ain’t natural. The plants grow, animals care for themselves, and the clouds move…all on their own! *one of the characters faints in fear*”

    (from ep. 9, “Bridle Gossip”)

  52. Simon Simon says:

    Oh and then there’s the fact that its a Vietnam movie. And the scathing attacks on corporate capitalism. And, and . . .

  53. Simon Simon says:

    ‘has’n't some genuine jump out of your seat moments’? Make that ‘has’. Sheesh.

  54. Tom says:

    Have you seen the Blu-Ray format transfer of Aliens? It’s utterly remarkable.

    Fantastic film, and one of my favorites as well, nice piece.

  55. Al R says:

    The sentry guns are indeed the only reason to watch the extended version. But I agree, it still holds up tremendously well. I watched the lamentable VIRUS last night, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland – all the elements of an enjoyable SF action/horror thriller in place, but ineptly assembled; it makes you appreciate how meticulously constructed ALIENS is. Cameron was good with dialogue back then, too – *really* good at making insider jargon (be it space marines or deep sea divers) sound real and convincing.

    Anyway, as they say: “in the pipe, five by five.”

    • Tom says:

      I make a case for the bit about Ripley’s daughter being the only worthwhile aspect to the Director’s Cut because it gives so much resonance to her relationship with Newt.

      The sentry guns are sorta cool but add little to me.

      And the scene with the derelict should’ve stayed on the cutting room floor. It’s unnecessary and, even worse, takes the majestic, ancient, and incredibly weird derelict from the original film and makes it look like a junkyard.

  56. redhead says:

    love, love, LOVE that movie! I’ll bet I’ve seen it over a hundred times, and I still jump out of my seat at the scary scenes. lesson learned? never, ever, answer a distress call. EVER.

  57. Simon Simon says:

    @Al. Absolutely, the marine dialogue sounds unusually plausible. And, to this concerned Liberal, worryingly satisfying :)

  58. Espedair says:

    Absolutely the best film of the 80′s with The Thing a close second!

    Hudson: They’re coming outta the walls. They’re coming outta the goddamn walls. Let’s book!

  59. Paul McAuley says:

    Oops, forgot to close quote. But works anyway.

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  61. K says:

    Wonderful! When I discovered Lord Valentine’s Castle in the local public library 6-7 years ago, I chose it as it seemed less “Sci-Fi” than his other books. It was a perfect intro for a stubbornly Fantasy-only person (me, at that time) into the realm of Science Fiction. Silverberg is one of my top favourites and I have read countless books by him since. And I seem to have left the majority of the Fantasy genre behind me with this discovery.. :)

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  63. James Holder says:

    I think it depends on what one reads. Perhaps the seeming absence of magic can be traced to writers wanting to use it in reserve (like George R. R. Martin)? Magic is alive and well in fantasy, depending where you go to find it.
    That said, I do think that new systems/ forms of magic may be needed.

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  65. Andy C says:

    And if it were made today, there’d be no way Apone would be chugging on a Cuban.

  66. Cymru says:

    Oh, come now. Let’s not pretend that recession, corrupt politicians, and criminally obnoxious news reporters are anything new. We really can’t blame them for the seeming lack of magic in fantasy. With the advent of different mediums through which fantasy stories are published, there is an unprecedented glut of literature out there. Some good, some bad, some just plain wtf? And we have discovered that there is truly nothing new under the sun. In recent years, fantasy has occasionally suffered under the weight of too much reality. Oh, we know such a lot nowadays, we soon don’t believe in fairies. Indeed, the huge marketing successes of incredibly long series of massive tomes, which are geared toward adults hungering for epic, bloody political landscapes, make no room for the kind of magic you see in fairytales. But there is a lot of fantasy out there that still evoke real magic and fill the reader with childlike wonder. The great thing about fantasy, though, is that it has room for all kinds of stories–the fairytales, the massive tomes, and everything in between.

  67. Mike Ranson says:

    Fantasy was, arguably, at its height during the latter stages of the Cold War when the world was clearly demarcated between a savage, unholy ‘Them’ and a worthy, heroic ‘Us’; a time when belief in the righteousness of Western democratic ideals was practically mandatory… barring a few hiccups like Vietnam. Tony Blair’s policy of ‘enlightened intervensionism’ was the last hurrah of this mindset, and it’s no surprise that it was cooked up in concert with a Bush administration largely composed of people whose focus during their training had been the Cold War… and no surprise at all that it has led us into one of the stickiest military and social quagmires of our times.

    Where am I going with this?

    The intrinsically superior hero who uses magic (or fights against magic) as a means of demonstrating his innate worth and bringing the light of Right and Good to the world is a product of such times. These days, in the aftermath (often bloody and frequently nuanced) of the Cold War, we are less certain of what is Right and what is Good and our fiction choices reflect this mood.

    Fantasy is not dead. Fantasy is moving with the times.

  68. Sam M-B says:

    In 2011 alone there’s: The Magician King (Lev Grossman), Zoo City (Lauren Beukes), The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), Inheritance (Paolini), Spellbound (Charlton), The Wise Man’s Fear (Rothfuss), The Alloy of Law (Sanderson), …

  69. Simon Simon says:

    @Andy Does he ever light it though? :-)

  70. A J Dalton says:

    For me, the comments identify how fantasy tends to reflect the dominant politics and values of the day. Fantasy therefore isn’t ‘away with the fairies’ and just plain ‘silly’ as some non-readers of fantasy that I know like to suggest. I tend to think of fantasy as potentially a bit more philosophical than that – although Warhammer and so on (which I do enjoy a bit of it every now and then) doesn’t bother trying to push that particular boat out too much.

  71. Mike Ranson says:

    Indeed. We’ve all encountered the perception among many that Fantasy is just dungeons & dragons, or hormonal teenager fodder with naked maids being rescued by Conan the Barbarian types. Interestingly, these complaints would sound familiar to the ears of science fiction authors, also, as this is a genre which is often disregarded for much the same reasons. Science Fiction isn’t just space cowboys and Star Trek. It’s the genre that invented satellites and genetics decades before the real world thought of them! And began considering how human beings would be changed by them. Replace satellites and genetics with ‘magic’ and, broadly speaking, you’ve got fantasy (to paraphrase Arthur C Clark).

    These two speculative genres are the only real forum for philosophical thought in a fictional, or story, form. The Greeks were hot on philosophy delivered via story, but why aren’t we in the modern world? I’ll end on a quote by Isaac Asimov which could apply equally well to both genres…

    ‘Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.’

  72. The LHC says:

    Nice nod to 2001 at the end there!

  73. Richard B says:

    Nice typo in the video title, other than that, looks awesome!

  74. Marcus Marcus says:

    Typo now fixed, many thanks! Always the small things that slip by…

  75. Linda P says:

    Very nice trailer – intriguing which makes me curious. One thing though, I’d think Kilamanjaro wouldn’t have any snow by then.

  76. Al R says:

    Funnily enough, the absence and then return of snow to Kilimanjaro figures in the story.

  77. Leon says:

    I dont think I can wait any longer. Its been far to long.
    Any chance of a trip back to the Revelation Space universe in the near future..

  78. Simon says:

    Its great to hear that Mar 12 is the release date, however having recently searched Amazon, they are still showing 2013. I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, however could you please confirm that the release date is definitely within March next year?

  79. Tim Aldiss says:

    Indeed technology has consumed us!

    Another writer and friend of mine Antony Mayfield coined the term “rolling amnesia”!

    Thanks for writing about a proud day for me :)

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  81. Kit Berry says:

    A very happy new year to you, Gillian.

  82. Mieneke says:

    Both Trinity Moon and Bitterblue are some of my most anticipated reads this year. Can’t wait for them to be out!

  83. A J Dalton says:

    Quite right too. Well said, Mr Nicholls.

  84. Joe says:

    Great to hear (another) release date! :)

    However I’d like to echo Simon on this, I don’t dare get my hopes up, Amazon has about 5 different dates for release, earliest being October 2012.

    Confirmation would be lovely and really appreciated. :) Thanks. :)

  85. A J Dalton says:

    I’m still holding out for the day when a scifi or fantasy novel wins the Booker prize. I could be in for a very long wait, of course. At the moment, genre fiction isn’t even allowed to enter. That’s right, Tolkein’s work is just twee nonsense, isn’t it, not the creation of the entire Anglo-Saxon mythos that informs our current cultural identity? Scifi writers are just as bad cos they also make it up, so what does it matter that a good % of discoveries in modern science have been led by visionary scifi authors? How dare anyone suggest that ‘literary fiction’ is just another genre and a mere romanticization of our mundane day-to-day existence! How dare I, sir? How dare you, sir! How very very dare you!

  86. The Witcher Reader says:

    So basically, at this rate, Gollancz will be done publishing the English editions of Sapkowski’s The Witcher franchise sometime in 2040?

  87. Tom J. says:

    I think the death of magic is the best thing to happen to fantasy. I wish magic in the genre were truly dead. Why? Because it is an intellectually bankrupt concept. It’s a literary shortcut. More importantly in my view, it’s an idea detrimental to our own education. Embracing magic encourages one to believe in all manners of bullshit and pseudoscience.

    Modernism is the death of fantasy, not just recent cynicism. I think that’s a good thing.

  88. ChrisW says:

    March isn’t going to happen guys. Scott has said he’d let us know when the book is done. He hasn’t, so it’s not. Even if he finished it today, Gollancz would not be able to make the March date. Gollancz if true to form won’t change the march date until either just before it passes or after it does.

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  90. Kit Berry says:

    I find Point #4 the really interesting one – both here and on FB. It’s so easy to get this bit wrong, not only on your own accounts but on others’ too. I once committed a dreadful faux pas with a Gollancz person on FB where the personal and professional lines had blurred too much for me – and rightly had my knuckles rapped. Mr B and I find the interplay between @GillianRedfearn and @Gollancz interesting – and have occasionally wondered about the dynamic here. Who is tweeting for @Gollancz? Or does it vary? Would you ever tell or is it a secret?

    I agree too about the difficulties in balancing work/life tweets and how this relates to why people follow you in the first place. It’s a mistake I think to try and be too clever and contrived – but no-one wants to sink into inanity either. You have to second-guess why people would be interested in anything you have to say and of course you’ll never really get it right. In my more cynical/stressed moments I really can’t be arsed with Twitter or FB as a professional tool – and then reality kicks in again and I submit once more to the Social Media yoke. Yesterday I tweeted about a fox who’d come into my garden just for a poo. Or was that on the blog?

    Thanks for a really interesting post, Gillian. And I believe the Society of Authors are soon to run an event on tweeting and blogging too which may be of interest to Gollancz authors.

  91. Simon Simon says:

    Hi Kit!

    The dynamic on our tweet accounts is very simple. I tweet for @gollancz and Gillian tweets as @GillianRedfearn. It’s my job to try and cover all that we publish on the @gollancz twitter feed but it’s also invaluable to have the personal angle and particular passions that Gillian brings to the list represented, hence her own twitter feed and the frequent retweeting and cross-referencing that goes on between the two feeds. The secet being, I think, that we both enjoy tweeting too much not to be doing it. And it’s vital for the list to represent itself personally as well; hence our editor, Marcus, tweets as @marcusgipps and our digital publisher, Darren, as @thenashmeister. I tweet personally as @simonguy64 but I wouldn’t go there if I were you as it’s both odd and dull – a combination I’ve honed over many years :-)

    Enthusiasm is the key and that comes across best from tweeting with a personal feel.

  92. Ross says:

    On point 4 Aside from looking after several work based Twitter accounts which fall pretty firmly on the professional side I also have a semi-personal one ghostlight_ross which falls somewhere in between. I think it’s partly due to sharing a lot of interests with many of my followers but I tend to find I get a pretty good response to both from people who are largely following me because of my job. Generally I think it helps put a more human face on things if you talk about what your doing outside of work.

    Obviously you can take it too far and you should be careful not to spam people with stuff they don’t care about but mixing it up can work fairly well.

  93. Katharine says:

    A shame of course, since the series is so fantastic (and I’m beyond eager to see what happens next!) but I’m sure the wait will be worth it. Best wishes to Scott, and I hope he’s feeling better soon.

  94. James M says:

    Sad news, in part because Scott’s work isn’t out there to enjoy, but even sadder that he’s still suffering like this… I have confidence he get get back to a place where he feels comfortable being able to put himself out there, because he is such a bright, witty and talented guy he is sorely missed… In the meantime, he should take whatever time he needs to be able to live his life the way he wants to. Credit to the people at Gollancz who appear to be very supportive with this – it should be expected, but people don’t always get treated this way.

  95. Lisa says:

    Please pass on our best wishes to Scott. I’m eager for the book, but more eager for his recovery. (And thank you all for being so supportive of him as well.)

  96. Matt says:

    So dissapointing after such a promising beginning. Scott Lynch seemed poised to be one of the premiere names in the genre not so long ago. His twin Abercrombie is already at work on a 6th book now. Such a terrible shame.

    Get well Scott.

  97. ediFanoB says:

    Thank you for the update. Even it is a sad one. Best wishes to Scott Lynch.
    In the meantime I follow Simon’s advice. I will enjoy all the unread books on my shelf.

  98. Jed says:

    One of the new M83 tracks also seems to describe, to me at least, a utopian post-human future where we’ve gained mastery over our own genome and (d)evolved into a harmonious group of childlike planet-hopping cosmic frog-folk. I like it.


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  111. mdlachlan says:

    A very interesting post. I read Dune for the first time only a year ago and, I have to say, found it hard going. It’s a work of great invention and it has a cracking story. However, it’s let down by the writing which, for me, grated. If you take the quoted section above we have the needless repetition of ‘now’, the tautology of ‘sunlight flashed from glistening white spokes – isn’t glistening pretty much the same as flashing? – and the idea of a hole ‘emerging’ from the sand. A hole is an absence – it can’t emerge from anything – though it can emerge in something – it’s either a huge pipe or, more simply, just tell us it’s a mouth.
    These aren’t the worst examples in the book, nor is the book uniquely or even particularly bad in this respect. Herbert certainly possesses a captivating imagination and, if you come to a book for the story and the ideas, Dune succeeds wonderfully. However, his command of language lets him down. I can see why it was rejected 20 times and I can see why Gollancz had the vision to publish it too. Most readers don’t really give a hoot about this sort of thing. Unfortunately, I do and so struggled to finish it.

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  116. John Jarrold says:

    I first read the NEL paperback in 1968. Was completely immersed in it. I’ve probably read it twenty times since and I can still lose myself in the story and the characters…wonderful.

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  119. Darren Darren Nash says:

    It is, indeed, a thing of beauty. And having been lucky enough to have already read this, I might add that it’s an absolutely cracking book, too.

  120. Laure Eve says:

    Oh. Oh my.

    I think I’m in love.

  121. Darren T says:

    Hats of to you for that one, folks. ’tis rather lovely and no mistake :)

  122. Simon Simon says:

    Thanks Darren! It was one of those ones where as soon as the cover meeting saw it, everyone just sighed and sat back with big sappy grins on their faces. Oh so rare :)

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  126. Christina says:

    I don’t tend to go for mystery/crime stories, but that cover is so gorgeous. Consider me sold.

    • Simon Simon says:

      Thank you Christina! Shall pass this back to the designer. I think we can, at least, promise you a mystery/crime story quite unlike any you might have read before.

  127. wild roses says:

    Here’s hoping very immensely that Kit makes the short list and then .. Stoneywlde will take over the world .. there is no escape!

  128. Penny Toy says:

    Reading the Stonewylde series certainly changed my life for the better! I am raising my goblet of mead to cheer Kit on to the short list

  129. Kathryn says:

    Ultra pedant mode :p

    I’ve rambled enough about the cover stating “novel”, but the release date of The Witcher 2 is incorrect. It came out last year on PC, but the release in April is an update for PC and also the debut of the franchise on the Xbox 360.

    Still – a great franchise and I urge those who like their fantasy dark with gray morals to check it out. Geralt is an awesome character.

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Kathryn!

      ‘Novel’ – indeed, and I take your point.

      And my apologies – that’s my mistake about the release dates, and thank you for supplying the correct information for everyone. It’s a fabulous series in both books and gaming and – I completely agree – a great franchise. I think we have a cover that does Geralt justice too :)

      All best,

      Thank you!

      • Kathryn says:

        Oh, the cover does him brilliantly. Looks just like he did in Die Hexer and the games, as well as a bunch of the Polish art.

        I hope it does well, though. The Witcher really deserves its success!

  130. Jared says:

    Such a great book! Delighted that it is back in a new format – I’m a massive fan of the author’s work.

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  132. Tom Holmes says:

    I wanted for a long time to live in teletubby land! The blue fields, the green skies. The yearning consumed me for several year, and I fell into a sad depression when I realised it would never happen. But then I saw the documentary Avatar. I’m talking to a bloke on the market who swears he can get me a seat on the next transport out out. Apparently the departure point is teletubby land..

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  134. Kendall says:

    Will this be hardcover or paperback? Does this mean we have more of the series to look forward to (in English) from Gollancz?

  135. Dawn Tiller says:

    Great interview! I love these books, and wish Kit all the best for this award – Go Kit! xx

  136. Gillian Gillian says:

    Hi Jared – thanks!

    Hi Kendall,

    We are republishing The Last Wish (in March) and Blood of Elves (in May) as small-format paperbacks with new covers, and then we’ll be publishing Times of Contempt in December this year and Baptism of Fire in 2013. He’s a wonderful author and I’m delighted that we’re starting to release more of his books in English.

    Best wishes,

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  138. Wow, a radical change in cover design.

  139. Many conventions, as far as I’m aware, rely on people volunteering to take part in the programme; at the risk of suggesting a vast gender stereotype, could it be that male SF fans/writers are more willing to “put themselves about”?

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Paul,

      That’s a good point and of course it’s a possibility. I’m not aware of any Con organisers commenting on this question – and I don’t think, as Bill says, anyone is suggesting there is a deliberate bias against female panellists. It’s possible that chaps are a little more assertive about being on panels, even if it’s as subtle a difference as ‘I’d like to be on a panel’ rather than ‘If you’d like me to, I’d be delighted’. Stereotypes can contain a grain of truth. . . . but I think it’s curious that, as Lizzie points out, there is such a difference between the male:female ratio of attendees, and the ratio appearing on panels. While you’ve put your finger, perhaps, on one of the issues, it seems that it can’t be the only one . . .?

      My personal experience, with authors of all stripes, is that they almost all volunteer for panels and are equally happy to participate in them because they love the subject and it’s a great opportunity to talk about their work. So, speaking for myself, it is a slightly puzzling issue!


    • I used to co-run a convention (and have experience with many more in various lesser capacities). While some of our speakers were volunteers, the bulk of our participants were specifically invited by us. Even if men are more likely to volunteer, that alone wouldn’t result in such a large gender disparity.

  140. David says:

    While I understand the desire for gender equality and will assume that the statement that there are more female SFF authors then male is accurate, I can only think of two female authors that I have read in the last two years. The two that I have read are Anne Mccaffrey and Leah Eddings(co-author). I read mainly fantasy but also enjoy science fiction. Can somebody point me to some good fantasy/science fiction written by female authors? Then maybe I can comment intelligently on this article.

    • Aggrokitty says:

      Lois McMaster Bujold, full stop. Fantasy and science fiction, pick your poison. Also Robin Hobb, Rob Thurman (female writer, male pseudonym), Tanya Huff, Emma Bull (tends toward collaborations), Diane Duane. Bujold and Duane are my favorites on the short list; Robin Hobb writes excellent stories, but they tend toward downer endings and I can only read one at a time as a result. :) Sheri S. Tepper has had a significant impact on the field, but will probably leave you wanting to throw her books across the room if you have the slightest deviation from her favored political perspective – I do, however, wholeheartedly recommend “Grass”. For starters. :)

    • Kate says:

      Ursula LeGuin, Madeleine L’Engle, Andre Norton, Octavia Butler, Susanna Clarke, N.K. Jemisin, Susan Cooper, Mary Shelley (the FIRST sci-fi novel, in fact), J.K. Rowling, Carrie Vaughn, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Catherynne M. Valente, Rachel Swirsky, Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Elizabeth Bear, Patricia Briggs, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Kate Forsyth, Virginia Woolf (if you count Orlando, and I do), Nalo Hopkinson, Tanith Lee, Tamora Pierce, Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermer, Francesca Lia Block, Kendare Blake, Anne Rice, Jaqueline Carey, Suzanne Collins, Melissa Scott, Jenny Nimmo, Sheri Tepper, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Diana Wynne Jones… These are just the first few off the top of my head and the ones I happened to see on my bookshelves. There are many, many more.

      I read once that women are exponentially more likely than men to read outside their gender. I keep seeing more and more evidence that that’s true.

  141. stephanie says:

    There are a lot but picking one at random who i’ve read recently Juliet E McKenna. Especially as you read a lot of fantasy.

    There are lots more just picking one at random.

  142. Kate says:

    During the convention, author China Miéville stepped down from a panel because there weren’t any women on it.

    It’s stuff like this that makes me love China Miéville.

  143. Suzanne B. says:

    Well, you could just look last year’s Hugo or World Fantasy or Nebula Ballot…
    NK Jemisin (epic fantasy). Incredible writer.
    Nnedi Okorafor – fantasy in an SF world – her novel “Who Fears Death” is gorgeous, but confrontational – it’s about, among other things, rape as a weapon of war.
    Connie Willis – SF. With Lois McMaster Bujold (mentioned above), one of the most celebrated authors in the field male OR female.
    Mary Robinette Kowal – SF short fiction, fantasy novels.
    Mira Grant – SF (zombies) Also writes urban fantasy under her Real Name, Seanan McGuire, for which she won the John Campbell Award.
    And these are just women who were nominated for the genre awards IN THE LAST YEAR. If you’d looked at the hugo/world fantasy/nebula ballots for best novel, you would assume that SFF was a female genre.

  144. Bill Smith says:

    I do not believe that con organizers set out to deliberately exclude women from panels–honestly, why would any reasonable, intelligent person try to diminish interesting voices and opinions? I do believe that sci-fi/fantasy fans, especially con-goers and organizers, tend to run to the more articulate, educated and enlightened side of the ledger.

    That’s not to say that issues of gender equality are not necessarily without merit, just observing that I doubt it is a deliberate ploy by the Mean Boys Club.

    Maybe authors (of all types) might want to communicate and propose panels to the cons they are attending. Most cons are run by volunteers and organizational time is an issue — offering to provide great content without any added work on the part of the con staff should be well-received by any con organizer.

  145. Paul S Paul S says:

    … and just to clarify, 75 hours is the expected combined length of NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR – though it’s looking like they may end up an hour or two shorter…

    Thank you,

    Paul S

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  147. The LHC says:

    Curses, haven’t read that book, whatever it is…

  148. Debbie Moorhouse says:

    I almost feel like I do know this book. But the title won’t come. BAH!

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  150. Kris says:

    Brilliant! Will make going to work a bit easier:)

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  152. Gillian Gillian says:

    . . . so it looks as though a few more clues are in order! Here we go:

    # This (fantasy) author talks as much about sport as about the genre
    # They were first published by Gollancz in 1999
    # Today we are looking for a four or fi ve word title . . .

    Good luck!

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  154. The LHC says:

    I thought I was slightly more than a casual reader but I missed that entirely! I really MUST pay more attention to these things, although I did wonder who was writing the various Appendices!

  155. [...] read the prologue and the first three chapters of the book yourself on the Gollancz website – http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/01/blue-remembered-earth-prologue/ – and you can also follow Alastair Reynolds on his website http://voxish.tripod.com/ and on [...]

  156. [...] This might be a good point to mention that there was a debate running about the gender balance at the conference. Some people felt that scantily clad women, or in fact, scantily clad anybodies are not really necessary. I find that less of a concern than the lack of female writers represented on the panels. Lizzie Barrett has written about this; you can read her piece on the Gollancz website here. [...]

  157. Very cool. I deserve a proof copy because if I like it I’ll sing its praise.

  158. Justin says:

    I’ll sing the praises louder than Mad Hatter. Like a billion times louder. But only if I like it. Or I gag the Hatter.

  159. Tumbletick says:

    I deserve a copy because I read the entire article and have been through the process myself with a company I paid money to do it and they still could not get it right. The artistic process is interesting but we must remember this is an industry. Write a long enough book to get a thick enough spine so that when displayed side on it still has impact. Interesting to see the level of input and depth of opinion.

  160. Paulina says:

    I deserve a proof copy because my last year of university is slowly causing me to lose the will to go on. A free book would instill much needed vigour!

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  162. Bea says:

    I deserve a copy because I love Adam’s books, and I’m sure I’ll love this one too – I’ve already been telling my friends about it, and can’t wait for May.

  163. Tim Prevett says:

    I deserve a proof copy as I can promote the book on my radio show, and tweet about it to 2,700+ to people, and on facebook to over 2,800 people! http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/programmes/history-and-mystery

  164. Sarah says:

    To give to my dear friend to say thank you for making me as big a fan as he is of Adam’s work. Words are not enough,a proof copy is!

  165. Patrick says:

    I deserve a proof copy because I review for SFCrowsnest and would like to cover this book. Great story about the artwork – thanks!

  166. InkDemon says:

    Great article – thanks a lot! I deserve to win the proof copy, because I’ve never read any of AJ Dalton’s books – I always knew there was something missing…

  167. Kayla says:

    Because I’m ill & in pain so can’t do much & am bored witless. I need more reading matter to keep brain ticking.

  168. I deserve a copy because I like to read fantasy and love Gollancz books. Also the cover looks really kickass and when the cover looks kickass judge the book by the cover.

  169. Ellie Neal says:

    I think I deserve a copy of the book because it would mean so much to me as I’ve met Adam when he came to my school, and he took his time to read my own book I have been writing for 7 months, which means a lot to me. I respect him for doing that and I would love to see more of his work.

  170. Ros says:

    Great piece, Marcus. All the tweaks you do are invisible to those of us who only see the end product, but it really makes a difference when you’ve got a stunning image that really brings out the character.

    It’s interesting that you chose to go with A. J. Dalton rather than the longer version of his name. It makes the cover look better since there’s more space for the artwork. I notice that when authors are new their names tend to get put in tiny text, then once they’re famous it’s the author’s name that sells the book, sometimes in big, bold lettering that’s more prominent than anything else. So I wonder if he’ll come to regret going with his initials?

  171. Marcus Marcus says:

    Thanks for all of your entries! I’m going to close this competition at 5pm today (UK time), and will announce the winners here tomorrow! Good Luck!

  172. I deserve a proof copy because a fantasy book confident enough to relegate a dragon from cover to spine earns itself a place on my reviews list.

  173. Marcus Marcus says:

    RIght, that’s that! Competition now closed. Will pick the winners tomorrow. Many thanks all who entered!

  174. [...] the cover, this article from Gollancz gives some very interesting insight into the cover process http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/03/empire-of-the-saviours-cover-reveal-and-competition/ ) , they will also simply throw their arms in the air in mock / feigned and sometimes real disgust [...]

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  176. Aitwo says:

    I would love a proof copy, because I have been one of the lucky few to read the chapters of the book as it developed. I got to see the characters grow and change.

    I responded to Adz’s chapters like a movie goer that talks at at the movie screen yelling at the characters, trying to warn them when danger was near, smiling at bonding moments and wandering what was going to happen and trying to figure out Adz’s sneaky surprises (I think I caught a few, but he always gets ten steps ahead of me).

    I am dying to see what the polished gem will be.

    I have got to see Jillan, Freda, Aspin and a certain trickster god come to life and walk out of their story.

    And last but not least – even if I don’t get a copy. I am still going to buy one to continue my Dalton book collection (physical and kindle!).

  177. Niall says:

    Off the top of my head: Baxter’s Xeelee novels; Gwyneth Jones’ Aleutian/Bold as Love series; Mary Gentle’s backlist (possibly grouped into White Crow/Orthe, like the earlier omnibuses).

  178. R says:

    Xeelee omnibus is already out but with bad formatting which prevents me from purchasing it. (paragraph spacing issue)

    Gollancz, for my region, Revelation Space collection would have cost me $62.66! For lucky Brits, its only £27.99 which amounts about $44 even with VAT factored in. If you can remedy the pricing disparity then I would have bought some of the collections listed above including Revelation Space and Xeelee omnibus (once formatting is fixed for both collections)

    Please take at least, care and effort to ensure that formatting is correct for e-reading pleasure.

    • Darren Darren Nash says:

      Thanks for pointing out the paragraph formatting problems in Xeelee – it’s an error in the XML that creeps in for no reason we can isolate (we certainly don’t ask for it!), but we’ve had the file repaired and it should be making its way through to all of the retailers over the next weeks.

      Not sure what to say about the price though, as I’m confused as to where you are. Your IP logged as South Africa but your currency conversion looks Australian.

      So: one problem solved, at least!

  179. Colin says:

    Hey Marcus – so if it was an experiment at Christmas, any chance you might tell us what the results were . . .


  180. Kathryn says:

    Gene Wolfe’s um… series of four books that I forgot the name of. The pricing was completely out on those relative to existing print editions – something like £20 for all four in eBook versions but one can mix-and-match print versions for cheaper, or even get that huge mega omnibus you did for about £13 (at the time I did the research, which was earlier this year).

    Although I, personally, wouldn’t be interested – Abercrombie boxsets, perhaps?

  181. R says:


    Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.

    Looking forward for corrected Xeelee omnibus eBook I can purchase shortly.

    To clear up your confusion, I’m located in South Africa not Australia! The pricing is in US dollars for my purchases. So Reynolds’ collection is priced 62.99 USD.

    There are couple of titles exhibiting errors same as Xeele, but I would be appreciated if you could contact me via email and I’ll gladly supply the list?

  182. strange news says:

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  183. [...] 21, 2012 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked – Book 12, Southern Vampire Mysteries Gollancz UK have a teasy little post on Deadlocked up [...]

  184. mike says:

    Back home in Australia where books, movies, TV shows etc may have a significant delay due to the way that publishers and distributors operate in that market, it’s almost impossible not to have spoilers ruin most surprises especially in this genre.

    Unless you order direct from UK/US or get media content from the source, chances are that spoilers will pop out at you in media reports, entertainment magazines and from every angle on the internet: publisher sites like this, blogs, facebook etc.

  185. Bea says:

    Considering I don’t touch facebook or twitter with a bargepole, it’s easy to stay away from spoilers, unless they’re right on the titles of articles/links that I need to click to open :)

    Same goes for books, and that’s why I only read reviews (that look like they might give away the plot) after I’ve read the books, if that makes sense.

  186. [...] for its notoriously spoiler-sensitive readership (see current Gollancz publicity director on spoilers) but the fact it barely scratches the surface of this extraordinary novel. Spirit contains more in [...]

  187. Bea says:

    Oh gosh, I used to have this kind of books when I was a teenager (about 25 years ago, hehe), I didn’t know they still existed!
    They’re great, you can read them over and over and over again and always have a different story.

  188. [...] Simon Spanton at Gollancz, via Neth Space: Well, the months have rolled around faster than anyone could quite [...]

  189. Kyrie says:

    Hi Gollancz! I would like to ask you a question. Can you provide an email for me?

  190. belgie says:

    The highly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games is the kind of novel that has you pulling back to take a breath and go, “How did the author think of this?” (if you can stop turning the pages long enough to breathe)

  191. yurei says:

    1. I really love this book.
    2. this blog is an awesome blog
    3. thanks for posting the first 5 chapters, now I want to read the book.

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  193. Jen says:

    I’m afraid I really dislike these new covers. Especially the yellow ones – there’s no way I’m buying them. eBook for me until it goes paperback in the US covers.

  194. Gillian Gillian says:

    Hi Jen,

    I’m sorry you’re not a fan of them. Getting the cover right for a Charlaine Harris novel is tough, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to please everyone. All of the previous books are available with HBO TrueBlood covers, and Dead Reckoning and Deadlocked will be no exception. We also make sure the ebooks are available in all formats and for all readers.

    Thanks for commenting, and happy reading,

  195. Hi Gillian.

    As I have said here, there and everywhere, I have no problem with Christopher Priest saying that the list of books chosen is bollocks in his opinion. He’s entitled to do that.

    Its the invective and tone he used that I had problems with. Come on, asking the judges to resign? Really? That’s when I had had enough of his polemic and where I think he went too far.

  196. Gillian Gillian says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for commenting! I agree it’s a problem when people go too far – and I love the way this genre protects its own. We have to have a self-regulating online community, and I think we do . . . but I think it’s very interesting how we view and respond to criticism, and perhaps we could encourage more constructive comment? Do instances like these two stand out because we prefer to be positive?

    It’s just a thought! Please discuss :)

    All best,

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  199. Jen says:

    An email address would really help!

  200. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a fabulous monument of science or speculative fiction,but it is hardly a childrens’ book,and he must have been a very bright 10 year old to have read it at such a young age.I have to say, I’m sure I would’nt have been able to have read and conprehended Dick’s complex fiction as even an 18 year old with any ease.

    I read my first Philip K. Dick novel,A Maze of Death,when I was 21,which I have to say,prehaps needlessly,I found so brilliantly imaginative,it was almost unbelivable that a mere human being could have written and constructed such a tale.After a few more inbetween,it would still be 6 years before I would read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,an even greater novel than the first one I read,which is proberly saying something.I think by now,my tastes in reading had matured.

    I am not being critical of of anybody’s reading habits or intelligence,but it is’nt pompous to say that Philip Dick was a unique writer,like J.G Ballard, difficult to classify as a science fiction author,belonging rather to the broader realm of speculative fiction or even the prehaps loftier one of postmodernism,of which Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep has been cited as an example.This is hardly within the narrower realm of children’s literature and a sense of perspective should I think be maintained.Hopefully everybody will read what appeals to them though.

    Actually,I have reab Nick and the Glimmung,which I found funny and enjoyable,and was the basis for another excellent novel,Galactic Pot Healer.


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  202. Frieda H. says:

    Looks very promising. As a high school librarian, I am always looking for new, good young adult literature.

  203. [...] April 4, 2012 in Deadlocked – Book 12, Southern Vampire Mysteries Gollancz UK has yet another Sookie related gem, the first chapter of Deadlocked! Read it here. [...]

  204. [...] 1-On sunday there was the first (real) true blood promo! (see the article under this one) 2-Yesterday we had another Echoes of the past trailer … and this time we are in another of our fav’ place!! 3- Also Mr.Skarsgard has been busy: he was in Japan for the Promo of Battleship…( why not Europe ?? hello im near you’re homeland !! xD) 4- The first chapter of Deadlock: Here [...]

  205. Joy B. says:

    While there are parts of Sookie I have always liked I found her way too inconsistant and sometimes expected too much from some people while she excuses others for larger infractions. for me Eric is the best thing about these books and the main reason I read them. Not sure I will even try the last two books since I’m dead sure Charlaine will break my heart where Eric is concerned. For me Eric is who he is with no apologies and I love that about him. I am a fan of most of Charlaine Harris’ books. I actually thought Harper Connelly in Charlaine’s Grave series was a much more interesting stronger female character then Sookie.

  206. Sam says:

    I’ve just finished reading the chapter and thought it was excellent as good as previous books I’m so looking forward to reading the remainder of the book charleine Harris you rock keep on the good work for the many sookie fans out there

  207. Diana Reilly says:

    OK,…”fairies”..Where…When….ERIC..??? …Eric & Sookie ??…That’s really WHAT…I care to read about…!!!

  208. Natalie says:

    IMO, it was not Eric who gave Sookie so much trouble, but it was her who stirred up shit on him everytime everything did not work. Sookie’s pickiness and self righteous-ness sometimes annoyed the hell of me that i don’t think i will be able to continue reading the series if Eric was long gone which from some spoilers i heard, will sooner get axed out of Sookie’s life, which mean out of the series as well.

  209. Lin says:

    Wow. That chapter was amazing. I had a great time reading it.

    I can’t wait for Deadlocked to come out. I expect that there will be major drama and angst, but I’m ready for it. I’m still rooting for Sookie and Eric. I believe in their love. I think they’re going to be pushed to their limits in this book, everything will seem doomed, but in the end they’ll come out on top. My telepathic heroine and her Viking honey deserve a HEA.

    Also, the idea that anyone could tire of Eric is incomprehensible to me. Really? Even when the dude is at his worst I still love him to pieces.

    • Brittany says:

      I love Eric too and wish hime and Sookie would stay together. But if I had to money on it I think Sam and Sook will end up together, the reasons I say this are:
      A. Harris, said that she has known whom Sookie will end up with at the end since the beginning and she has also said before that she hadn’t really intended Erics character to turn out the way he has and fans help mold him it just seems unlikely that he was part of her original plan.
      B. Sams always been in the background trying to win Sookie’s heart and she almost gave him a chance a couple of times, but has always held back for mainly one reason he was her boss, well not a problem anymore since she gave him the money to help the bar she’s now a partener.
      C. In the short story “Small Town Wedding” from The Sookie Stackhouse Companion, I felt as if there were a lot of hints towards a future relationship. One of the bigger things that stood out to me was he said he would have never asked her to come if he thought it would have put her in any danger(not something consistent with vamps and other supes.
      FInally I just have a hard time in seeing an 80 year old Sook with a never aging Eric. And Harris has said Sookie will never become a Vamp and her fairy blood will have no effect on her lifespan. So, while I feel like with only two books remaining it would do the building of any new relationship for Sookie injustice, it’s probably inevitable. However, I will continue to hold out hope for our Viking until the end.
      But what I’m really wondering is how Sookie will use the C.D.

  210. shell says:

    Omg we get a sneak peek Sunday of Eric kissing his sister. Now from the book there’s a chance him an sookie wont work out.omg

  211. OkieFrMuskogee says:

    I began the Sookie series back in 2005. Since then the books have always been for me, about Sookie and Eric. It why I invest the time, energy and money into this series.
    The mystery is great, the humor is outstanding, the sadness is profound, but STILL it’s the Sookie and Eric story that is the most compelling. It’s most definitely what keeps me coming back for more.
    It’s hard to imagine that CH will ever achieve this level of success again, but I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours.
    As for Eric, love him or hate him, but there is no denying that alot of the success of the Sookie series is directly attributed to his character and the way CH wrote him.
    He’ll be hard to top. ;)

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  213. Ilona says:

    I’ve read the first two books and can’t wait for this one. From that excerpt it’s going to be even better :D

  214. Ruth says:

    UK entrants only for the competition? *sadface*

    The book looks great though. I own both the first two, and have been waiting for the third for ages! I’ll look forward to it becoming available overseas. :-)

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  218. Chris says:

    I realise what I’m about to say is in no way related to the post, so an initial apology is perhaps in order. The problem is, I don’t know where else to make this comment. I think the SF Masterworks series (including the SF Gateway) is a wonderful endeavour and I will always continue to support it. But the question must be asked: what happened to the Fantasy Masterworks series?

    While new releases and re-issues under the SF label continue to be released, it’s sister series seems to have been abandoned entirely. I find it tragic, for example, that Jonathan Carroll’s entire body of work is out of print in the UK. I recall ”The Land of Laughs” and ”Voice of our Shadow” making brief appearances a few years ago but they have once again submerged into obscurity. And what about some of his other haunting novels? ”Bones of the Moon”, ”A Child Across the Sky”, ”After Silence” etc.

    Similarly, M. John Harrison’s oeuvre does not begin and end with ” The Centauri Device”. “The Course of the Heart” and “Signs of Life” are some of the best works ever published in (or out) of this field and should be read for generations to come.

    I think it’s great that Gene Wolfe’s “The Book of the New Sun” is re-issued every now and again but there are so many of his works that are unjustly neglected. “There Are Doors”, “Peace”, “Pandora By Holly Hollander”. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe that “The Book of the Short Sun” has never been in print in the UK. That is a travesty. It equals if not surpasses “New Sun”.

    And what about John Crowley’s Aegypt cycle? As far as I know Ian R. Macleod has not been published by Gollancz but surely, surely, everything humanly possible should be done to keep novels like “The Great Wheel”, “The Light Ages”, “The House of Storms” and “Song of Time” in print.

    I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

    Thank you. Keep up the important work.


  219. Susan Gilley says:

    Thank yoy so much

  220. Gillian Gillian says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for coming to the blog and commenting!

    As you’ve noted, we’ve done a lot of work on the SF Masterworks recently, with a re-branding, an on-going publishing programme and the new SF Gateway all launching in the past eighteen months or so. But our Fantasy Masterworks are not forgotten – exactly as you point out, there are some wonderful titles on the list, and many others we can add to it. All that has stopped us is our limited time and resources. We’d prioritised the SF list in order to do the best job we can on it; with a lot of that work under our collective belt, now we can turn our attention to the Fantasy Masterworks.

    We’ll be talking about our plans in due course, trying out some new ideas, and giving these books the love and attention they deserve. I hope that, when we come to publication, you’ll feel that the wait was worth it.

    Best wishes,

  221. Anthony Jacques says:

    Came across ‘The Thief Taker’s Apprentice’ the other day by chance in a manuscript proof edition. Demolished it in a couple of days – a brilliant read and with wonderful descriptions

  222. Lyndsey says:

    Can I bring myself to read this chapter or wait for the book?? I think I need to wait for peace and quiet also!

  223. [...] (In case you missed Chapter 1, Gollancz has it here). [...]

  224. Lyndsey says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Not read chapter one yet! Thankyou so much, it seems far too long since my last dose of Sookie! I hope to be posting a fab reply when I have read it :)

  225. [...] April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized Gollancz continues to have new Deadlocked nuggets leading up to the May 1st release date, and this time we are graced with the full version of Chapter 2, which you can read here. [...]

  226. Chris says:

    Thanks Gillian, that’s really good news!
    Definitely something to look forward to.

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  229. AL says:

    I have read books by Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin and Tom Holt, which is probably one of the reasons I have pitched my Grim Reaping novel somewhere in that area. The thing is, I know many complained that some of Pratchett’s recent books (Monstrous Regiment being a prime example) have not been as funny as his earlier stuff. In the end, humour comes where it comes. When the Exorcist was first released it was the most terrifying thing to have been seen on screen, when it was re-released a decade ago it actually raised a few laughs in the cinema audience. Humour isn’t something that you can really produce, it is either there, or it isn’t. No matter how much I admire these authors, to me adding their name in a submission letter in any context more than “my audience demographics probably lie in the same area as…” is basically saying I have nothing to declare but my inability to sell my work based on its own merits.

  230. RJS says:

    Was just talking about our love/hate relationship w/worldbuilding with another writer last night. It’s easy (I think) for some of us to let it get out of hand, where it comes an end in itself instead of a supporting activity. I think my own analogy would be with air, or light — something we do not see in itself (except in rare moments of spectacle?), but which allows us to see other things by its properties. It illuminates the story, but it is not itself the story.

    SF certainly has world-building. I am with you on the weirdly accurate maps that all fantasy characters seem to have access to. :)

  231. Tumbletick says:

    I enjoy any piece of insight into world building. I know I was massively swayed by Tolkien and Eddings but also John Norman in his Chronicles of Gor. When I wanted to write my own novels I KNEW I had to have a viable world in which to set them. I know I found the creating of a set of warring continents with topography and religion and history and ethics and peoples was a laborious task BUT when created gives such freedom to set scenes, characters and occasion. No matter what ever happens I am proud to have created my own but will always be jealous of Moorcock and now slightly suspicious that I am a Foot Clomping Nerd.
    Thank you for writing the blog.

  232. How different would our fantasy world-building conventions be if the Gormenghast novels rather than The Lord of the Rings had become the commercial touchstone for modern fantasy?

    Not at all for the better. I don’t think Fantasy would be anywhere near as “big” if that had happened. In fact, I think Fantasy would have disappeared into literary fiction.

    • Simon Simon says:

      Hi Paul,

      I think better or worse is hard to quantify but I think you are undoubtedly right about what you are saying about the potential effect of that approach on fantasy as a commercial genre. The escapism of a broad other world lit by another light has been a major factor in the growth of epic fantasy.

  233. mangozoid says:

    I am currently going through this process myself and am in a bit of a quandary, torn between building and explaining a certain aspect of the world that is irrelevant to the story I want to tell, and ‘covering all bases’ just in case someone asks a perfectly reasonable question about the world in which it’s set…
    Comment/opinions welcome?

    • Bea says:

      In my personal opinion as a reader, I would prefer if you included just the bits that are relevant to the story, the ‘covering all basis’ might be a bit too much.

      On the other hand, I might enjoy reading all about the world, relevant and irrelevant bits, in an appendix, once I finish the book and am suffering withdrawal symptoms (very very normal in my case….) :)

  234. Al Reynolds says:

    Who does the cartography in these fantasy worlds anyway? Did Bilbo Baggins ever run into a gang of nomadic surveyors? Someone must be out there, measuring the relative heights of all these Mountains of Doom, while avoiding hoardes of orcs and hobbits. There’s a trilogy in that somewhere…

  235. This sounds like an interesting premise. I could give it a go…

  236. Upcoming4.me says:

    Great news! We can’t wait!

  237. Terri jenks says:

    Awesome, I can’t wait, I’ve read all the books and I love love love them and Charlaine!

  238. [...] A editora do Reino Unido da série Southern Vampire Mysteries publicou esse mês em um site o primeiro capítulo do livro Deadlocked.  Para ler clique aqui. [...]

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    I have read all the Aurora Teagarden book they a brilliant

  241. Its no surprise that Shakespeare and his work have become popular characters and material for fantasy authors, ranging from Elizabeth Bear to L Jagi Lamplighter!

  242. Lyndsey says:

    I’m sooooo excited!!! Can’t wait to read it all. Got my book pre ordered on Amazon ages ago!

  243. Patrick says:

    Er – any chance you could rewrite the competition question so that it makes grammatical sense?

    What you’ve written above is “What is the name of the Sookie’s cousin Claude’s Bar?”

    Do you mean “What is the name of Sookie’s cousin who owns/works at/goes to Claude’s Bar?” Or something completely different?

    It’s a bit tricky to enter the competition without understanding the question first…


  244. Marcus Marcus says:

    Oops, sorry, there was a rogue ‘the’ in there. Fixed now.

    The question is, Sookie’s cousin Claude owns a bar – what is that bar called?

    Hope that makes more sense,


  245. Stephen Deas says:

    The Witcher totally wins. Obviously.

  246. Trace Element says:

    I’m happy that Sookie and Niall are talking again. Since I read chapt 2 before chapter one, i had no idea how Sookie got Niall into the house. Actually I thought maybe the CD was opened and used for that purpose. In fact, I had all kinds of bizarre and super natual explanations for Niall’s appearance. SO, what a shock it was when you read Chapter one…..Niall just opened up the portal a bit more, walked thru, and then came to Sookie’s house and knocked on the door. Its only 5 more days til I get the book. And then…..ENDGAME! There will only be ONE MORE BOOK about Sookie. (Unless CH decides to publish the last book in two volumns, which wouldnt surprise me that much.)

  247. [...] Gollancz (Robert J. Sawyer) on Triggers, FlashForward, and Me. [...]

  248. Lila2004 says:

    So, what *was* the ending for Flashforward, the series? I hung in there for episode that aired (and loved it), but, like you, was disappointed there was no conclusion. Can you perhaps share the script of the final ep you wrote?

  249. Lila2004 says:

    I meant ‘every episode that aired’ (I hate it when you post a comment, then discover you’ve left out a word and there’s no way to edit it)

  250. Dianne says:

    What’s with this good old Eric. I would much prefer it if Sookie and Bill got back together. I think they fit well togethr and Bill is much better than Eric, who in my opinion only got into favour with Sookie by underhanded methods. Talk about I want something and I am going to have it, that just about sums Eric up

  251. fleur says:

    I can’t wait but I also don’t want the books to ever end!

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  254. Lost says:

    Somewhat off-topic, but from what little information I can find on the internet it appears Orion will once again begin publishing new translations of Sapkowski’s Witcher Series.

    Originally the short story collection The Sword of Destiny was skipped in favor of the novel length Blood of Elves.

    Considering there is significant elements in The Sword of Destiny that become important later on in the series are there any plans to publish The Sword of Destiny at a later date? Or is The Sword of Destiny skipped for good?

    Also is it known yet who is translating Times of Contempt?

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Lost,

      I’m talking to three translators at the moment, about Times of Contempt and Baptism of Fire, so I’m afraid I can’t comment further right now. I hope you understand.

      Regarding Sword of Destiny, it’s an important part of the canon and is next on our list. We do recognise that it contains information readers need, but the novels are compelling enough to stand on their own and, at this point, we felt it’s more important to continue the story and hook readers with the saga than to follow the original publication order.

      Thank you for coming to the blog to post – it’s great to see that Sapkowski has such support in the UK, and we genuinely appreciate your interest.

      All best,


  255. Gillian Gillian says:

    Obviously :)


  256. Gayle says:

    Hi, I’m Gayle and I’m a Bill and Sookie-holic! I just can’t get enough!
    I love Charlaine’s imagination! Please don’t stop the hope of more Sookie!
    I can’t wait until 5/13!

  257. Susanne says:

    Still waiting for my pre-ordered book from Amazon, but I can’t wait. It’s the highlight of the year! I am a huge fan of Eric. Your books are amazing!

  258. DannyBoy says:

    Interestingly enough, if one were to check wikipedia’s page about Republic, it says quite surprisingly September….2013.

    Now, this being wiki, take what you read with a grain of salt, large or small depending on what it’s about, but it is still rather interesting. Within 4 months, the release date has, potentially, changed to a year later?

    So, is there any truth to this?

    • Marcus Marcus says:

      Hi DannyBoy

      I don’t know where wikipedia has got that date from – possibly one of Scott’s other publishers? – but we still have it in the schedule for the end of this year. However, as Simon explained in the post, we haven’t received the completed manuscript, so no date can be considered ‘confirmed’ until we do.

      As always, our main concern is for Scott, and we know that when it comes the book will be brilliant. As soon as we can confirm, believe me we will!


  259. Dianne says:

    I am waiting patiently for the time when Eric will butt out and Bill and Snookie will be together.

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  261. Karen says:

    I’m reading ‘Lud-In-The-Mist’ by Hope Mirrlees. I’m going through an early British fantasy phase. The next up will be ‘The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany.

  262. Al R says:

    I’m just finishing off China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F McHugh, which is really quite amazingly good; there’s a lot of talk about opening up the conversation around SF, but this is one book which has certainly done it for me, and startlingly, it’s a book written 20 years ago. I am always behind the curve with my reading, though, so no change there then.

    I don’t normally read two SF books in succession but I have broken that rule recently, largely because I felt that I was losing my sense of where the field is at the moment. So having recently finished and enjoyed Adam Robert’s New Model Army, I will either move on to By Light Alone by the same author, or take a run into Palimpsest by Cat Valente. Both of these, along with a Gwyneth Jones collection, were recent purchases from the excellent SF section in Manchester’s Deansgate Waterstones.

  263. The Living Mountain sounds lovely. Will have to excavate a copy shortly…

    Though I suppose 2312 will keep me busy in the interim. Happy holiday weekend, Team G!

  264. Alice says:

    When will the Bitterblue audiobook come out? The back of the book says it’s available in ebook and audio.

  265. Janice Kinory says:

    One of the best books in the series, filled with plot twists and turns that make it difficult to put the book down.

  266. Tine says:

    I can’t choose between Eric and Bill. (Sookie can’t either)
    So I’m wondering wat will happen in the last Sookiebook

  267. [...] of the Damned – Lauren Dane’s blogCharlaine Harris, author of Deadlocked – GollanczDarynda Jones, author of Third Grave Dead Ahead – Dark Faerie TalesDelilah Dawson, author of [...]

  268. Kazzy says:

    Wow! This book sounds really cool – from what I heard from the extract. I love the use of description and imagery – I can’t wait until this comes out! :D

  269. Mel Jackson says:

    I recieved my copy of Deadlocked this morning – and as it was my day off, I have. just finished reading it! I am a huge fan of both the books and, as a completely separate entity, the TV series. I think Sookie is an amazing character, who is strong and funny as well as interesting. I`m also a big fan of the Sookie/ Eric storyline & really hope that they work it out in the next book. I can`t wait for the next one, and really wish for many more. I`ve just ordered Grave Secrets as well. Thanks for the great books, keep them coming! :-D xx

  270. [...] Gollancz Acquires The Hunger Games Parody. [...]

  271. [...] Free Excerpt: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. [...]

  272. [...] Free Excerpt: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie (Chapter 2). [...]

  273. Upcoming4.me says:

    I’ve read bits of it and it doesn’t look half bad even though a tad predictable

  274. [...] Blog: “Chapter Three: The Best of Us” from The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie [...]

  275. [...] author of Moonglow – Dark Faerie TalesMarcus Sedgwick, author of Midwinterblood – GollanczNalini Singh, author of Tangle of Need – Answers Questions on her BlogRachel Ward, author of [...]

  276. [...] Marcus Sedgwick on his new book Midwinterblood, a book written entirely without spaces(kidding, kidding)! “The inspiration for the book is a painting, and I’d first seen this painting 5 years before [writing it]….It depicts a scene, from Norse Sagas, of the sacrifice of King Domaldr during a time of famine and infertility. It’s a masterpiece, and it’s huge. 14 metres wide, you have to crick your neck to gaze at it, far above your head in Stockholm’s National Museet. The central trio of figures are bigger than life-size, and capture the true genius of the painting, that what it shows is not the violence of the sacrifice itself, but the moment just before that violence. The first time I saw it, I knew it told a story and I knew I wanted to write a book inspired by it. But because I didn’t just want to retell what I saw going on in the painting, it took me those five years to wait for the right approach.” [...]

  277. [...] first heard about Empire of the Saviours reading the Gollancz blog. You can find the thread here. The discussion about the cover art was interesting, mainly because we generally do not hear enough [...]

  278. EbjImmano says:

    And then this summer, Gollancz will publish Times of Contempt, and we will rejoice for I won’t have to try and read it in German or Polish. ^^

  279. [...] A.J. Dalton of Empire of the Saviours chats with the Gollancz [...]

  280. Rachel S says:

    **sob** she doesn’t give anything away! Patience….

  281. [...] A.J. Dalton of Empire of the Saviours chats with the Gollancz [...]

  282. [...] of DestinyQuest: The Legion of Shadow. If you want to hear about my characters, and how I play, go read. While you’re at it, go read the interviews with other fans and their tips and tricks for the [...]

  283. “Write the story that speaks to you”

    Sound, sage advice!

  284. mia says:

    Fun interview! And yes, we may wait forever for a new book, but each one is totally worth the wait. I just adore this series so much.

    Also, i got linked here from your livejournal and it would be great to be able to comment over there on the stuff you post, but you’ve disabled comments.

  285. [...] they’re using to draw a little attention to the fact that I’ve been shortlisted for the David Gemmel award this year. (Voting ends May [...]

  286. Blue Kae says:

    Looks fantastic! November can’t get here soon enough.

  287. [...] Gollancz has a brief Q&A with Elspeth Cooper and Patrick [...]

  288. Stuart Lloyd says:

    You literally couldn’t fit any more awesome into that cover.

  289. [...] Gollancz has a brief Q&A with Elspeth Cooper, author of Songs of the Earth, and Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller [...]

  290. [...] an excerpt of The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie [Chapter 2, 3, 4] at [...]

  291. Al R says:

    That looks cracking, Marcus. I’ve no recollection of it but I imagine it was the sort of thing which might have been re-run on BBC1 in the mid 70s during school holiday mornings, just before “Holiday Star Trek”.

  292. Matt says:

    All the best to Scott I hope he is feeling better soon – love your gentlemen bastard sequence and the amazing twists in plots and scams have blown me away every time – will wait as long as it takes for the next episode to discover what Locke and Jean are up to.
    All the best
    PS Waterstones Booksellers UK also have the release date as September 2013

  293. [...] Gollancz blog on Gollancz Goes Inside Game Of Thrones. [...]

  294. edd writer says:

    Does anyone know the name of a short story where cars take over the world? I know there’s “Trucks” by Stephen King, but I think there was another one as well.

  295. edd writer says:

    I need an idea for a short story, ( about animals)

  296. Wonderful website. Plenty of useful information here. I am sending it to several pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!

  297. Celia West says:

    Answer = 4 times

  298. layne says:

    I love these covers! Actually I’d like to buy them all (and give my current paperback collection to my sister) but I’m having a hard time finding them all. I live in France and I managed to get the last 2 (Dead Reckoning and Deadlocked) in hardcover with these covers when they went out but I don’t know how to get the previous ones. Can you help me please? Thanks!

  299. Bea says:

    Video seems to be blocked.

  300. [...] http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/06/exclusive-interview-with-a-j-dalton/#comments Share this:StumbleUponTwitterRedditFacebookDiggEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]

  301. [...] Gollancz interviews A J Dalton of Empire of the [...]

  302. Gary McCoy says:

    I’m a huge fan of both Light and Nova Swing and have handed my copy to many a person and recently mentioned it at Project Hieroglyph (http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/discussion.html?id=674). Definitely one of my favorites over the last decade.

    Looking forward to Empty Space a great deal. I can only imagine where I’ll be taken and how I’ll be taken there!

  303. [...] an excerpt of Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh at Gollancz [...]

  304. [...] Gollancz (Myke Cole) on The Rules of Writing. [...]

  305. [...] Gollancz (UK) Sticks and Stones: My Approach to World [...]

  306. Beatriz says:

    This is great :)

  307. [...] Gollancz acquires new Brandon Sanderson series – STEELHEART is coming! [...]

  308. [...] Gollancz (Leigh Bardugo) on Sticks and Stones: My Approach to World Building. [...]

  309. [...] Bardugo gives us a slim post on world-building, which nevertheless points out some very valuable questions that need to be asked when constructing [...]

  310. [...] New Sanderson Book Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has signed a publishing deal with Gollancz books in partnership with Delacorte Press in the US to release his first young adult book in a new series. The first book will be called Steelheart, with a planned release date of August 2013. [...]

  311. Allan says:

    The problem with having a buffy movie is you’d have to ignore the official season 8 & 9 comic books which is the continuation of the series. They really did something horrible at the end of season 8, which would make it nearly impossible for the movie to go on.

  312. Mr Whedon says:


  313. Irastev says:

    What is it with people wanting artists to endlessly recycle their own work? No wonder Hollywood is stuck in the sequel-reboot mode.

    So, I say, Mr Whedon, please keep working on your new ideas.

  314. Ghost999 says:

    Master Whedon is in charge of both worlds. I believe he can accomodate. He transformed Comic to FILM. He can transform TV to COMIC to FILM

  315. Mike Lizzi says:

    I’d like to see the season 8 and 9 comic books turned into movies. I’m sure the geeks who read them would still pay to see the movies. A person like myself who only read summaries would pay. And for those who lost contact with Buffy’s life after TV, it would be all new.

  316. Sathena says:

    To be honest, I don’t think there’s any way Whedon could/would do a Buffy movie that would sell. For all the reasons laid out here, he would have to abandon the mythology, and I just don’t think he’d be willing to do that, not with all the work he’s put in in Seasons 8 & 9. What he could do, however, is a new work in the Buffyverse… The end of season 7 made every Potential on earth a Slayer, so he could easily make a movie featuring one of them. Some of the Scoobies et al could possibly cameo or even be major characters (I’d LOVE to see, say Illyria guiding a fresh young slayer) and it could be a Buffy (or, Muffy, perchance) for a new generation.

  317. LTS says:

    As much as I would love seeing Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar work on a Buffy project together I would also rather not. The show ended beautifully and the comics carry the show on in a way that only Whedon and Buffy writers can. The thing with your story isn’t that it isn’t a good story its just that it isn’t Buffy. As much as she would love to be normal she will never be and although she struggles with that she has come to accept it. Whedon would never write a happy Buffy. I think the best thing to do is let Whedon create the amazing things he so naturally does, as much as I love BtVS I want to see what else can come out of Whedon’s crazy little head. We musn’t focus on the past but look to the future. Yay Avengers! But that doesn’t mean that now Whedon has to redo everything he’s done for Hollywood. That is why he is so unique, he will bring to hollywood what it hasn’t seen before.

  318. [...] here’s an interesting list of writing rules from Myke Cole.  Some will find it frustratingly contradictory.  I think it’s perfect just [...]

  319. Steve says:

    Joss has said that he’d gladly jettison the comic’s continuity for more TV/Movie Buffy.

    Now to rain on the parade. The Kazuis own Buffy, I can’t see them giving the rights back to Joss and I can’t see Joss ever working under their auspices again. The original cast is getting too old.

    A new property post-Buffy might be viable. Fray, for example.

  320. Veiriti says:

    I want to see Buffy movie with Spike. I loved Buffy’s relationship with Spike and their dynamic between. Spike is my most favorite character in the show and I wouldn’t be interested of a Buffy’s movie without Spike.

  321. Diana says:

    We would love to see a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie or more seasons of the show featuring the original cast. We would love to see Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander, Oz, Cordelia, Wesley, Spike, Faith, Tara, Anya, Angel, Drucilla, Harmony, Clem, maybe even Dawn just not paired up romantically with Xander, Joyce, and Ethan Rayne. What we do not want to see is Kennedy and any more potentials.

  322. Diana says:

    We disagree that the cast is too old. They can now have different storylines that they could not do before. The should have allowed Xander to marry Anya. Buffy could now become a Mrs. and have a baby. Would the baby be Angel’s or Spike’s? Would she become a slayer? What about Willow? There are many more possiblities. What about Faith would she have to take over for Buffy? What about Giles becoming the head of the Watcher’s Council? What about Ethan Rayne causing more trouble?

  323. Just Jen says:

    They should use this as the blueprint for a comeback movie.

  324. Andrew C says:

    You might be interested in reading “Carpe Demon – Adventures Of A Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom” by Julie Kenner. Her protagonist too lives in a coastal town in Southern California. Vampires have been changed to demons, the Watchers’ Council to the Catholic church and so on, and it is easy to imagine the story might originally have been Buffy fanfic or a spec novel for Pocket Books’ BtVS series: what would Buffy do after she retired and married, and how would she cope if the supernatural forces re-entered her life?

  325. [...] Dawson writes about why it’s the right time for a Joss Whedon Buffy movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and what it might [...]

  326. Apes. Kolchak: The Night Stalker. UFO. And, of course, more recent shows

  327. VictoriaH says:

    “This much is true though: When I get stuck writing, I always think WWJWD – What Would Joss Whedon Do? Whatever he did, he’d do it well.”

    “This metaphor is something I used in my debut novel Hollow Pike – the ‘change’ into ‘witches’ is really a big puberty message.”

    I read this, and went straight to the Waterstones site to buy your book! You are so right about Buffy and about the metaphor being what makes it so powerful. I’m such a HUGE Buffy and Whedon fan. Whenever I’m watching a TV series and something isn’t handled as well as it could be, I always end up comparing it to something in Buffy and pointing out how much better Joss Whedon would have done it! An author who uses WWJWD as their guide? Yep, I’m sold :-)

    I would love to see a Buffy film. I’m not sure about the picket fence (I feel Buffy is cooler than that – no offence to owners of white picket fences), though the symbol of holding a bit of that fence as a stake is nice. I also think Buffy has grown enough and is too proud of who she is to hide that aspect of herself from her husband. But I LOVE the idea of the Cullen-esque family of vamps preying on teens. There’s a Supernatural episode that skirts a bit close to that but they could make it different enough (not to mention much better. I like Supernatural but it’s one of those programmes that constantly gets compared unfavourably to Buffy in my head. If Buffy can do emotional, angsty and serious issues without being whiny, then so can Supernatural).

    I wonder if other members of the cast would be on board? Don’t mind leaving out Spike, Faith, etc, but Xander must be there!

    Anyway, interesting thoughts :-)

  328. [...] an excerpt of “Some Kind of Fairy Tale” by Graham Joyce at [...]

  329. [...] Gollancz plans to publish the first novel in a simultaneous publication programme with the American publishers, Delacorte Press. [...]

  330. Scriptopus says:

    Having once upon a time dwelt in the Holly Wood, and chanced upon a fair few such protuberant princesses (and princes), I can vouch for the veracity of the young fellow’s account.

  331. [...] http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/06/love-charing-cross-road-festival/ Share this:StumbleUponTwitterRedditFacebookDiggEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. [...]

  332. [...] a bit more on the book, the Gollancz blog has an excellent post.I can’t help thinking that the recent Prince of Thorns owes more than a little to the shadow [...]

  333. I agree, such a sad state of affairs. I live in Cheshire, and there are only 2 independent bookshops that I can name within a 10 mile radius. If I was free this weekend I would very much have liked to be involved with the festival, even though London scares me somewhat…!

  334. Mary says:

    I agree with Rachel & Mia, totally worth the wait…..I’ve got the whole neighbourhood hanging on her every book, can’t wait for the next…

  335. Excellent little story.

    I lived in London a while back and the first time I heard foxes I thought it was a woman screaming… so the story got me from the start.

  336. [...] the cover, this article from Gollancz gives some very interesting insight into the cover process http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/03/empire-of-the-saviours-cover-reveal-and-competition/ ) , they will also simply throw their arms in the air in mock / feigned and sometimes real disgust [...]

  337. helen_ka says:

    if u guys love Sci-Fi, u must’ve heard about famous film Metropolis by Fritz Lang. It is one of THE foundational classics of the sci-fi genre. In its day it was a influential as Star Wars was from the late 70s onward. And now u can watch it in UK at metropolismovie.co.uk!! isnt it great? Except this time its gonna be a 1984 remake of Metropolis with bunch of cool soundtracks that features artists like Loverboy, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant and more great tracks. So go ahead and get familiar with a sci-fi ancestor! its worth ur attention.

  338. Emma says:

    Thanks for the opporunity to meet a new to me genre

  339. Tina Smith says:

    Great blog Adam. The whole thing sounds terrifying to me – and I spent 10 years in marketing. Believe me its different when you’re selling someone else’s product, there’s no personal involvement. I’m not at this stage yet but am hoping that I can mentally prepare myself so that by the time (if it ever comes) when i publish something, I’ll have some idea how I’ll handle such situations.

  340. Excellent post thank you! I have experienced the long, quiet Saturdays in my local Waterstones stores, and it did get a bit soul destroying on those first few occasions. Still, I am going back again to promote my second book and I am still chasing that elusive book deal and/or agent… Maybe it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps us coming back for more?

  341. Greenery says:

    Godspeed young pendennis, Godspeed!

  342. SciFi – Fantasy books…

    [...]The Sound of Whispers Under Ground | Gollancz blog[...]…

  343. Urban Fantasy Books…

    [...]Gollancz acquires new Brandon Sanderson series – STEELHEART is coming! | Gollancz blog[...]…

  344. Fictional books Blog…

    [...]Gollancz Acquires Three Fairy Tale Novellas from Sarah Pinborough | Gollancz blog[...]…

  345. Den says:

    Why is not Arthur C. Clarke included in the list of authors? And Jack Vance?

    • Marcus Marcus says:

      Hi Den

      When the site was launched, we hadn’t received signed contracts back from all of the authors we hoped to begin with. Both Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Jack Vance are now included on the site, and more of their books will be going live over the next months.


  346. [...] an excerpt of Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Chapters 2, 3, [...]

  347. [...] Gollancz, on the subject of my writing process, if you can call it that.  Today, monday, a piece on planning has appeared, tomorrow, the subject shall be writing (the first draft, specifically), on wednesday I shall [...]

  348. Linda Adams says:

    I’m the opposite — I’m an pantser. I have to physically write the story itself to figure out what it’s about. But when I try to do an outline, it’s like I’m mechanically filling it in because I’m supposed to, but I can’t connect my creativity to it.

  349. A-drain says:

    So, do you also plan your short stories (Fool Jobs)? Or, do you just sit down and go?

  350. A-drain says:

    I read a ton of writing advice and ect. I’m always interested in the word count people shoot for. Scalzi had a good bit about how he feels when he has achieved a certertain word count. Your word count goals and his are about the same.

    I feel good if I can just get 300 words down.

    How do you jump start yourself on a day when you’re not producing a lot? Like, do you go for a walk? Do you listen to music that sets the scene? Do you play RDR?

  351. Congrats to Mr. Cameron, and congrats to Gollancz!

    I am also inspired (yes, inspired) to see that six-figure book deals are still being made for debut fantasy books.

  352. Weedypants says:

    Motivated by jealousy, I despise anyone who can write more than 1000 good words per day.

    Like A-Drain, I’m happy if I get 300 quality words down. But okay, okay, that’ll be because I’m a novice and not the author of five (soon six) magnum opi (or, ahem, opuses).

    Generally, Joe, the observations you make are applicable and useful for any writer, novice or experienced.


  353. [...] an excerpt of The Renegade Hunter by Lysany Sands at [...]

  354. Jordan says:

    Thanks for this blog series! Always great to hear from the pros on the process. Joe, you’re amazing–keep the books coming!

  355. Amazing chapter this. Looking forward to the other extracts and the book itself.

  356. Liz says:

    Are these covers only for the UK copies? When are they available?

  357. [...] Wednesday 6/13               UK Blog Tour Stop: http://www.gollancz.co.uk [...]

  358. [...] Gollancz UK  have put up this short little vid during which Charlaine answers some fan questions about the final Sookie book, Dead Ever After. [...]

  359. [...] Harris answered some fan questions in a video from Gollancz Books UK. In this video, she revealed some mild teasers from “Dead Ever After” – the final [...]

  360. [...] to complete the trifecta, Joe Abercrombie offers an overview of planning, something I’m going through at the moment with a similar process to this: I’ll know the [...]

  361. Anne Lyle says:

    It is a tricky balancing act, and sometimes I deal with it by, well, not really dealing with it. For example, you won’t see any of my Elizabethan characters visiting a bear-baiting, because it’s not something I’m comfortable writing about and I’m sure most of my readers wouldn’t want to read about it in any detail either. I don’t ignore it altogether – it’s mentioned in passing several times – but I feel it’s up to me to select the parts of the setting to focus on, not throw stuff in regardless and justify it as verisimilitude. When it comes down to it, we’re writing entertainment, not non-fiction!

  362. blodeuedd says:

    And now I keep thinking about how people tied their shoes ;)

  363. Bea says:

    A physicist, astronaut, engineer, mathematician, researcher… will always be much more of a hero for me than a sportsperson :)

  364. [...] s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })();Gollancz has posted the first chapter to Chloe Neill’s Biting Cold, which came out on Tuesday.Suvudu has posted the second chapter [...]

  365. Mihai A. says:

    Sounds interesting. And I love the cover, it is excellent :)

  366. Doug Smith says:

    This is my most anticipated debut of the year. Really can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  367. T.C. says:


    Inspirational stuff – Thank you.

    I, not so long ago, asked you a question on your personal blog, relating to editing and revising and your response was very helpful. I’m just three weeks into writing my first novel, (up until now, I’ve been dealing in pieces of 10,000 words or less.) and it’s weighing heavily on me already, being a time-shifting, multi-POV piece. It’s good to know that, even writers such as yourself, feel the ebb and flow, just as complete novices like myself do. Is there any worse feeling than rushing home from work with a head full of ideas, only to find oneself sitting, at one o’clock in the morning, still staring at an empty screen?

    I’ve promised myself, if I’m a good girl and stick to my 1,000 good words a day target, a little break come October. Call it the proverbial carrot in front of the donkey’s nose.

    The suspense is killing me.

  368. Simon says:

    Can’t dispute the brilliance of the Stainless Steel Rat series which I adored as a teenager but I think the first of his I picked up was “Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers”, not only a fabulous title but a great pastiche of/homage to classic space opera of the time full of professorial jocks who could cobble together FTL drives and spaceships quicker than the A-team can build a monster tank!And girls who’s sole purpose was to get into distress and scream a lot! LMAO RIP Harry you will be sorely missed :)

  369. Stuart Mayne says:

    So much of the work of Harry Harrison was golden. Such sad news, thanks for the memories,

  370. [...] UPDATED: Harry Harrison, 87, Whose “Make Room! Make Room!” Inspired Soylent Green And – Harrison On How His Novel Was People! [...]

  371. Rachael says:

    Hi Gillian,
    Just wondering if you could update on the HBO cover being released for Deadlocked. Really don’t want to buy the book without it (keep the collection all the same).

  372. Rachael says:

    Hi Gillian,
    Just wondering when the HBO true blood cover will be released for Deadlocked.
    I’m holding off buying deadlocked until it has this cover so my collection stays the same (which you indicated to “Jen” on the 30th March).
    With thanks

  373. Shawn says:

    I didn’t know he redid the original trilogy. I’ve never seen them before, where can I get them??

  374. Isaac says:

    Are these only being released in the UK?

  375. Closed Unsink says:

    Yes, I’m curious…will these be released on the 23rd in the USA as well?

  376. Marcus Marcus says:

    Hi all

    We don’t publish James in the US, I’m afraid, so it’s up to his publishers there. I don’t believe, at the moment, that they have plans to use the new covers on the first three books. Perhaps drop them a line and let them know you’d be interested!


  377. Tink says:

    Don’t be afraid, how could the coming book ever disappoint us fans? We ARE fans, you know! ;-) )
    Have a great evening tonight. I’m celebrating the full moon with a small group in the dunes nearby. The blue moon will connect us!

  378. Penny says:

    Your books never fail to inspire, Kit. Rest assured, Shaman, will exceed all expectations and I can’t wait to turn that first page.

  379. Aurora Butterfly Moon says:

    They are the best series of books I’ve ever read and waiting for Shaman is both exciting and sad as it is the final installment. The Community on Stonewylde has forged friendships round the country which will last for ever. All this has been brought together by these wonderful books which never fail to thrill the readers who become lifelong fans. Thank you Kit.

  380. Sarah Taz White says:

    Kit, you could never disappoint any of us…….with each book the magick has grown and become more tangible in the lives of those of us that Stonewylde has brought together.
    You have crafted more than ‘just’ (superb!) books, you have created a community of people who genuinely care about each other…..no mean feat in this cynical age!
    There are those who have felt inspired to follow their own creative dreams as a direct result of what I like to call ‘the Stonewylde Effect, those who have made friendships, those who have found love and those who feel like they are part of a family thanks to Stonewylde.
    ‘Just’ books……? Not when it comes to Stonewylde!! For means so many, many others, Stonewylde has been life changing…….Kit, thank you for sharing your dream with us.

  381. Rosie Crafter says:

    Kit, we all love you and the Stonewylde series, yes it’s sad that the fifth book is the last in the series, but they are soooo good a read!
    Despite camping and me not gelling, I loved the gathering at the Stone circle last night (Friday), would do it again but, only with creature comforts LOL!
    A BIG Thank you for your talent.

  382. Jackie says:

    Kit we love you and we love Stonewylde! They are so much more than just stories in books and have brought together a wonderful community. I’ve made some lifelong friends through the Stonewylde community and even with the last book that is not going to change.

    Was lovely to see you and Mr B again for the blue moon, hope to see you again soon xx

  383. Willow says:

    oh Kit…. how could you (or anyone) think that Stonewylde is ‘just’ a series of books. Stonewylde has come to life. we all believe that these are real people leading real lives somewhere in a community hidden away. we love these characters, they have taken on a life of their own, and although Shaman is the last book in the series those Stonewylders will live on and continue their lives without you writing another word :-)

  384. Willow says:

    the blue moon gathering at the stone circle was amazing (as all the gatherings are) but it wouldn’t really matter where we met as the real magic is in the people, from all walks of life and the whole range of ages from 13 to 80+, who are attracted to the Stonewylde books and the Stonewylde ethos. thank you Kit for inventing characters and bringing them to life.

    may the spirit of Stonewylde live on…… forever!

  385. Hawthorn says:

    What a truly magical night it was too, the Stonewylde effect was well and truly present that night. The moment you began reading Shaman to us it sent shivers down my back and we all heard the owls screech their approval. Now the last book has been written a chapter comes to an end, but as one thing ends another must begin and now Stonewylde enters another chapter in its existence. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth is symbolised by the yew tree, a tree that never dies but sinks its branches into the earth and forms a ring of brand new trees, and those present at the circle were able to choose a new wand of yew, marking the end of the series of five books but the birth of something new.

  386. Phil Norris says:

    Hell Yeah!!

    “we have to be realistic”… oxen called Scale & Calder… so many hints, so much speculation, is Joe pulling a fast one?

  387. Pooper says:

    Will Gollancz also be publishing Volume 2? It would be good to buy this if the entire set is matched on the shelf

  388. Darren Darren Nash says:

    We do publish the second volume, it’s subtitled Sword and Citadel but is not available in the same cover style. This was a one-off celebration of 50 years of great SF publishing, so the ‘set’ is actually, the Top Ten books we published at the end of last year, rather than other books in the same series. I hope that makes sense – it did in my head!

  389. Pooper says:

    Oh that’s a shame. Ah well I have already ordered the Top Ten version of Shadow and Claw… I suppose it doesn’t matter too much if the second volume is just a paperback

  390. [...] Add the Teletubbies to the list of shows that are actually about a dystopian future where everything is nightmarishly [...]

  391. Lizzie Fae says:

    It was a magical night and the owl hooting as you started to read Shaman was incredible.We all think the world of you Kit and you are the key, your heart and soul went into the books and they have come to life and changed our lives in a way no one probably thought possible.A real community has formed I cant imagine my life without my Stonewylde friends people I think of as family.Although Shaman is the last in the series it leaves to door open for many new adventures in your writing and you have so many people who will be there on that journey as well.Blessings x

  392. Jim Ryan says:

    I remember watching an episode or two within 36 hours of running across John Boorman’s ZARDOZ on TV again, and noting how similar the two settings seem:

    * Both have enclaves surrounded by bucolic countryside

    * Both enclaves contain enhanced individuals that were raised well beyond us on a number of levels

    * Both sets of individuals seem engaged in pointless activity for its own sake

    * The lighting of each set piece by the respective directors is almost identical

    * You walk away from watching both wondering why you bothered

    I have always maintained that the Teletubbies are an effort to bring ZARDOZ to the preschool set, and am glad that someone else has potentially considered this as well…

  393. [...] Time for Teletubbies: Radical Utopian Fiction [...]

  394. Chris Fowler says:

    This is very good news for readers around the world. Michael Moorcock’s work is very varied and immensely influential. It will be good to see all of it in print and e-book form in revised editions. There are probably few other people in the sf/fantasy field whose work, both as an author and as an editor, have been as important for the development of the field – and, frankly, for developments much more widely in fiction and the wider culture – as Michael Moorcock. As editor of New Worlds, he had a huge beneficial and, indeed, radicalising, effect on many people, particularly those of us who “came of age” in the sixties. What he did then, and since, remains just as relevant and essential today. Bravo Gollancz, and Bravo Michael Moorcock!

  395. Phil Norris says:

    I so can’t wait for October, been follow Joe’s progress on his blog with interest. I love westerns, love Deadwood, more and more this sounds up my street.

  396. That was quite the interesting article.

  397. Stefan says:

    Hooray! :) )

  398. Phil Norris says:

    This is very interesting and extremely exciting. I saw the announcement from Voyager yesterday and had a tweet saying that Gollancz already accepted manuscripts from unagented writers. I didn’t know you did, I’d looked around the site and could only find guidelines for subs from agents.

    I like have targets to aim for, this has given me one.

  399. Michelle says:

    Hi, I’ve only just found this page and would just like to ask why you keep changing the covers? I’ve the whole set of paperbacks from the beginning, which started to incorporate the tv series characters lately…bad enough as half the tv characters either aren’t in the books or have been changed beyond recognition (ie Tara) and now it seems like my collection is going to go even further off the mark with these bright coloured new ones. Is there no chance of a bit of consideration for those of us who have been reading these books since before the advent of the tv series? Don’t want to sound like a complete gripe but it is a bit irritating when you have a series of books on the shelf that suddenly no longer look like a set….some of us do still like to buy the books to keep and reread rather than download or borrow. I’m sure I can’t be the only person that feels this way? Is there no chance of completing the series as is/was and then reprinting with the new covers….. Please?

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m sorry you’re not a fan of the new cover looks, but we have bourne collectors in mind and are publishing both the HBO editions (with the cast members and relevant HBO season artwork) and these new, brightly coloured editions, side by side. You can choose the look you prefer, and collect the entire set. Your local bookseller should be able to help you order the version you want.

      Best wishes,

  400. Ben says:

    Do you have any guidelines for submitting art/illustrations for covers?

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Ben,

      You would need to be in touch with our art department, and there are guidelines on our website: http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/about-orion/faqs#submission.

      “I am an artist/designer and am interested in having my work used as illustrations/cover designs in/on Orion books. How should I proceed?
      Before submitting artwork, please carefully study our current list to see whether or not it would be appropriate – in subject, style and quality – for Orion. Samples may be sent to The Design Department, The Orion Publishing Group, Orion House, 5 Upper Saint Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EA. Send photocopies or printed samples, rather than originals, in case your work gets lost in the post. Do not send work as email attachments. Also send a covering letter indicating how, where and why your work might be suitable for Orion’s publications. If you would like your work returned, you must send return postage and suitable packaging.

      Alternatively, drop off on Tuesdays (any Tuesday – you do not have to telephone before or afterwards), at 2.00pm and pick-up after 5.00pm. The Art Director will take your work into the department meeting, look through it and discuss it.”

      I hope that helps!

  401. Adam Dalton says:

    Of course, since I wrote the item above, the Waterstones policy around book signings has changed. You can find out more on the Bookseller website if you want the details.

  402. NotACat says:

    You’ll be happy to know that I’m fixing the Wikipedia page now: that “autumn 2013″ is claimed to have been sourced from this very article, so I have no compunction about correcting it ;-)

    Obviously if there’s a better source, particularly now that we are kind of bumping up against “autumn 2012″, that would be appreciated!

  403. You say nothing about already published. If you own the rights, will you accept already indie published or does it have to be unseen?

    • Gillian Gillian says:

      Hi Morgan,

      If you already have a publisher for your novel then it’s difficult for us to consider that work. If it has previously been published and you have since reclaimed the rights to your work then that’s different – but we would need that legal situation to be very clearly understood by both parties. We also have to be careful (as would you) about things like ‘competing works’ and ‘first option’ clauses in any contract you might already have. I hope that clarifies the situation for you, and an agent would be able to advise you in more detail.

      Best wishes,

      • I have complete control over my own work. Therefore I will assume you mean that’s okay as far as you are concerned.

        Put it like this. If you say yes, I can yes with no middle man or gray territory between.

        Complete control, 100% percent, is mine until the moment I give it to you.


  404. Paulina says:

    I have this book. I love this book. So my words of wisdom to you all; Enter. The. Contest. The Tales of the Ketty Jay Series is great. (Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books, they’re designed to stand alone).

  405. Simon Simon says:

    Goes on my ‘to buy’ pile.

  406. Luke brown says:

    The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

  407. dc says:

    the shining?

  408. Long Pham says:

    Dead Ever After

  409. Chris says:

    NOS4A2 by Joe Hill?

  410. Clementina says:

    The Culling (The Torch Keeper)

  411. Brian Stabler says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  412. Katy malkin says:

    Dead ever after :-)

  413. Peter Gilby says:

    Blood on the Highway

  414. Cathy Gordon says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  415. Phil Darling says:

    Dead Ever After

  416. Steve Thomas says:

    Dead Ever After

  417. Rik Line says:

    Doctor Sleep?

  418. Heidi says:

    Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

  419. beverley thwaites says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  420. Neil Molyneux says:

    Devil on the road

  421. steve says:

    dead ever after

  422. Claire B says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  423. LARRY GERRIE says:

    “Dead Ever After (southern vampire mysteries)

  424. is it a yet to b released pic from dead ever after

  425. Liz Simpson says:


  426. June Munday says:

    Charlaine Harris : Dead Ever After

  427. Phil says:

    Dead ever after

  428. Graeme says:

    Dead Ever After

  429. amanda smith says:

    Charlaine Harris : Dead Ever After

  430. sand henderson says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  431. Jaseos Harpos says:

    Dead Ever After

  432. [...] by Marcus Gipps and won an intriguingly titled book called Throne of the Crescent Moon, written by Saladin Ahmed whose name I’m scared to speak out loud for fear of insulting him and his ancestors with my [...]

  433. Deborah Nicholas says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  434. Kelly Hooper says:

    Dead Ever After

  435. Solange says:

    Dead Ever After

  436. tamalyn roberts says:

    charlene harrsi – dead ever after

  437. Georgia McAllister says:

    Dead Ever After, by Charlaine Harris

  438. Natasha Corder says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  439. vidhya ramasubramaniam says:

    Dead Ever After

  440. Henry Szabranski says:


  441. san says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After ?

  442. Michael C. says:


  443. merryl cain-o'grady says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  444. Jenny says:

    Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

  445. JoC says:

    Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris

  446. Rudy Roversi says:

    Dead Ever After

  447. Rhydian P says:

    Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After

  448. Natalie Henderson says:

    Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After

  449. Nicole says:

    Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

  450. Sarah Parker says:

    Dead ever after

  451. Justin says:

    dead ever after

  452. Alison says:

    Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris

  453. Phil Norris says:

    Sarah Pinborough’s Fairy Tale novellas? Don’t think they got a title yet?

  454. Joanne grugel says:

    I hope it’s Charlene harris’. Read ever after. I can’t wait for its release

  455. esme mccrubb says:

    dead ever after by Charlene harris

  456. June Jowers says:

    Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

  457. Paul Witney says:

    Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After

  458. Kim Allen says:

    Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Fingers Crossed it’s this, I cant wait for it!)

  459. Sarah Hodge says:

    NOS4A by Joe Hill

  460. Sarah Hodge says:

    NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

  461. Helen Tyler says:

    Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris

  462. Sara says:

    Vampires. Nosferatu. Right?

  463. Adrian Brennan says:

    Nosferatu is a word most associated with vampires, so I’d assume it has something to do with that.

    Can’t wait for this. joe Hill is my favorite author, & I love his two previous books.

  464. Andrew says:

    NOS4A2 by Joe Hill: his longest novel yet, a story that branch over into comics with art by Gabriel Rodriguez.

  465. Phil Norris says:

    Refers to vampires, Noepheratu right? Interesting I looked up 1931 (the date on the plate) and it’s when the original version of Dracula staring Bela Lugosi was released. Can’t find anything important happening in Ohio that year though?

  466. Mihai A. says:

    That is one excellent cover! I love it! And I can’t wait to learn more about the new Joe Hill novel. Not only that, but I can’t wait to read it either. :)

  467. steveshark says:

    Amazon says July 2013…so, not quite autumn 2013, but not all that far off.

    • Tim says:

      Yeah, well now Amazon says May 2014. The book will be ready when it’s ready. I just wish there’d be a new update or blog post every 6 months, even if it just said: “Nothing new to report.”

  468. Willow says:

    oooh was lovely reading about Mother Heggy casting her spell (unable to see the book of shadows but knowing it in her heart)… it just conjoured up such an amazing scene. getting me even more excited for Shaman being launched :-)

  469. Rachael says:

    G’day Gillian,
    Thank you for the update and I’m looking forward to November 1st! Excellent news!!!
    Thank you for making both covers available to us readers to satisfy our own personal and individual preferences!
    Thank you for your consideration and no trouble regarding the timing of the reply.
    Have a great day!
    Cheers, Rachael

  470. Phil Norris says:

    Pre-order on Amazon Kindle and it’s £0.99.

  471. gary says:

    such a shame its been cancelled

  472. kenneth mcpetrie says:

    bon chance

  473. [...] You don’t? It’s the UK based contest. The one where I did a promotional interview after drinking too much coffee and talked about how I wanted to be Spider-Man? [...]

  474. [...] The Yule Lord, due out on the 30th.Gollancz has an exclusive short story by Stephen Deas titled, The Thief’s Blade, now available.Kelly Meding has posted an excerpt of her next MetaWars novel, Tempest, which is due [...]

  475. Fred Lomax says:

    another great book.lok foward to reading it.one of my faverite authers-ever

  476. [...] also a freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice. I’ll put a PDF up here [...]

  477. Em says:

    “We have to be realistic….”


  478. Eep! Fantastic stuff. Cannot wait for a chance to win! :-)

  479. Dave says:

    Not cancelled only the hardback. Found this on authors site:


  480. [...] from upcoming novels: Are you a huge Joe Abercrombie fan? Get a sneak peek of the first chapter of Red Country, his new book, available November [...]

  481. [...] Red Country is out TODAY! To celebrate, the guys at Gollancz are giving you the third chapter of the book to read for free. [...]

  482. [...] you’ve had your fill of Chapter One and Chapter Two, you can sit patiently on your hands, waiting for Red Country to release on [...]

  483. [...] you’ve had your fill of Chapter One, Chapter Two, and Chapter Three, you can sit patiently on your hands, waiting for Red Country to release on [...]

  484. [...] by readers as one of the best five fantasies published by Gollancz over its 50-year history as a regular SF publisher, The Book of the New Sun is, in our opinion, essential reading for anyone [...]

  485. [...] is giving us a sneak peak into Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country by sharing chapters one, two and three, which will be out November 13th.Ilona Andrews has posted the first part of Chapter 4 for [...]

  486. [...] is giving us a sneak peak into Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country by sharing chapters one, two and three, which will be out November 13th.Ilona Andrews has posted the first part of Chapter [...]

  487. [...] some more of Berren then. . . then read the book. All of it. Right to the end. There’s still  a freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice. I’ll put a PDF up here [...]

  488. John says:

    So having read this awesome chapter, now I have to wait almost a whole month before the US release. This sucks.

  489. ~gloria says:

    I’ve tried many times to write a review for this incredible book, and every time I give up. Words always fail me, partly because it is Hoban’s acrobatics with words that so makes this book such a rarefied thing.

    Your review comes closest to what I want to say about Riddley Walker. Thanks for that.

    Yes, pity the poor proofreader indeed. However, his/her agony, our ecstasy.

  490. [...] the best five fantasies published by Gollancz over its 50-year history as a regular SF publisher, The Book of the New Sun is, in our opinion, essential reading for anyone serious about modern genre fiction. But [...]

  491. Naqish says:

    any news of an audio version?

  492. Kate Adams says:

    The captain’s name is Nilus Rose

  493. [...] primu’ capitol din Red Country, cea mai recenta carte scrisa de Joe [...]

  494. Evie says:

    Sookie books are usually out on the first Tuesday in May.
    Amazon are saying 7th May.
    Please don’t say we will be getting it in the UK a week after everyone else?
    It’s torture waiting :)

  495. [...] Gollancz. Thanks to our good friend Kristin for giving us a heads [...]

  496. Hi Evie,

    The 7th May is the international publication date for DEAD EVER AFTER, sowe’ll be simultaneous with the US. We promise not to make you wait!!

    All best,

  497. Jessica Rice says:

    The answer is: Alina


  498. [...] or Treat? Definitely a treat. GollanzUK has revealed their cover for the final Sookie Stackhouse book, and it’s not too hard to see [...]

  499. [...] REVEAL! Gollancz have officially revealed the cover to the forthcoming Charlain Harris novel, Dead Ever After due out 07.05.2013. If you’re a fan of Sookie Stackhouse then it’s time to start getting [...]

  500. Rose Playle says:

    So, its Nov 1st! The new cover hasn’t appeared on Amazon yet, (at least not that I can see- the one that has the Nov 1st date on has the same cover) is it still due out now, or do we have to wait a little longer? Or has amazon just not put the right cover on? I can’t wait to read it!! (Hence my impatience of asking now :’) )

    Rose Playle

  501. [...] some more of Berren then. . . then read the book. All of it. Right to the end. There’s still  a freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice. I’ll put a PDF up here [...]

  502. Kevin says:

    And Chris Roberts is using kickstarter to create a new version of Wing Commander (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cig/star-citizen). Then there’s another project to follow in the footsteps of Baldur’s Gate (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity).

    Good times!

  503. RJ Barker says:

    I really wish I still had my copy of dark wheel. I think it fell to bits in the end.

  504. [...] EXTRACT & WIN! Gollancz have given us a sneaky extract from The Red Knight and also give you the chance to win one of ten copies. Get yourself over there to get involved.  [...]

  505. My Desert Island book is probably still Silverlock, by John Myers Myers. With its wealth of allusions to characters and settings across literature, it is endlessly fresh and new to me, and sparks my imagination.

    That, or maybe The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Gibbon. Endlessly fascinating history.

    Or maybe the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.

    Or maybe the Lord of the Rings.

    Or maybe…

  506. Phil Norris says:

    I’d have to go to a collection of the very first stories I ever read. The Complete Chronicles Of Conan: Centenary Edition.

  507. I agree that it is very difficult to chose just one.

    For me, there is a book that I have read multiple times. A book that has a central thread running through it with a series of short stories (so that I could read one, go shark fishing, read one, build a shower etc.)
    . A book that celebrates humanity in many different forms.

    For me, that would be Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”.

  508. RJ Barker says:

    I think I would choose The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe. Though I know it’s more than the book itself it and it would have to be my particular copy that was my Mum’s first. People may witter on about it being a Christian allegory but I don’t really care because MAGICAL LION. And as a child I read Aslan as the spirit of summer, the renewal of the cycle. To be quite frank if you don’t weep when he’s reborn and breathing life back into the statues then you are probably some sort of monster who murders puppies for fun.
    But more than that, it’s the idea of the wardrobe. For a kid growing up in the suburbs, where everything was normal and dull that wardrobe was amazing. It was the metaphor for the books I devoured to escape a remarkably normal life. I am still searching for my own wardrobe to pass through. Though the journey is generally exceedingly pleasurable.

  509. Ricky Bobby says:

    Balor for president 2016.

  510. [...] anyway) will return in Dragon Queen. And in case I haven’t mentioned it, there’s still  a freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice.PDF here. One day. Probably. Yes, I am [...]

  511. Anjin says:

    Why do I have to be at work, miles away from my book? Aaargh!

  512. Mike says:

    I submitted my entry a couple hours ago!

  513. Wiedzmin says:

    Of interest – when is the planned date for The Time Of Contempt? I believe I saw a december 27th on here a while back and then it was taken off? (the August date is long gone)

    Also, I have noticed another company (orbit books) will be publishing on dec12th – how is this going to be working?

  514. Blue Kae says:

    Took me a bit before I realized it was probably a UK 80s show.

  515. kingfede says:

    Sent my email, I hope there’s still a copy for me there! Honestly I hadn’t found out this reference to the tv show until I read this post, but now I hope I correctly understood… :)

  516. Muskanuss says:

    I found it yesterday, but like the previous posts, at first I looked to all the american shows with thoose letters. I’m French and thus I didn’t know this show, but I assume it was awesome.

  517. noodleboy says:

    I figured out the answerbefore even seen the word.hopefully winners announced soon.

  518. kingfede says:

    Any announce? Feed us with free DQ 2 copies! :)

  519. Justin P says:

    Indeed a most superb film and easily one of the top five sc-fi movies ever made…however…it doesn’t even come close to the brilliance of Alien!

  520. [...] Did anyone see the SF Masterworks appear on University Challenge this week? To celebrate, Gollancz have thought up their own Masterworks quiz and offer you the chance to win a whole bunch of Masterworks titles. More info here! [...]

  521. Simon Simon says:

    Which, by an odd coincidence I am blogging about next week :-)

  522. Hélène says:

    That is a fine review. Thanks! Now, I just have to find the book – which might prove difficult.

  523. [...] piece of the latest Discworld compendium – Turtle Recall – and promise that come Friday we’ll be given a competition too. Now that sounds like an offer not even CMOT Dibbler could [...]

  524. Intriguing and mysterious, thanks for sharing an extract.

  525. Paul says:

    Still no announcement on this?

    • Marcus Marcus says:

      Hi Paul

      I’ve spoken to the person running the competition email, and they’ve had a technical issue with their mailbox – they should be contacting winners (and unlucky applicants) tomorrow morning.


  526. Muskatnuss says:

    Thank you Marcus,

    I received the winning message this morning. I am so glad!

  527. Jared says:

    I totally agree with Charlie. Especially on point 3 – I think this is a laugh at the losers show, and that burns.

    Bonus fun – watch it without the laugh track! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKS3MGriZcs)

    • Uhoh says:

      The thing is that TBBT was never created to be without laughter like programmes such as M*A*S*H (early episodes)
      TBBT is a dumbed down comedy. Sheldon character has to explain everything then overplays it. Not funny enough? The final airing includes added laughter.

      TBBT is not & has never intended to be an intellectual comedy despite it’s theme.

  528. [...] WIN - Christmas is coming and we’re all looking for some great gifts to give to our nearest and dearest without making your purse cry any more than it probably is already. The answer to this is competitions and luckily enough those great people over at Gollancz are running one! They are offering you the chance to win a copy of The Demonologist by Andre Pyper .  [...]

  529. [...] It’s set in the Venice-esque world of Camorr, and follows the adventures of Locke Lamora and his band of thieves, the Gentleman Bastards. I found it funny, dark and thrilling, passed it on to tons of people, enjoyed the followup Red Seas Under Red Skies, and am – along with many others – eagerly awaiting the third, The Republic of Thieves (there have been a number of delays). [...]

  530. [...] It’s set in the Venice-esque world of Camorr, and follows the adventures of Locke Lamora and his band of thieves, the Gentleman Bastards. I found it funny, dark and thrilling, passed it on to tons of people, enjoyed the followup Red Seas Under Red Skies, and am – along with many others – eagerly awaiting the third, The Republic of Thieves (there have been a number of delays). [...]

  531. Callum says:

    How dare you insult BNL? They have two Billboard awards to your zero!

    They were the most celebrated Canadian Alt-Rock group of the mid-90s!

    Are YOU triple platinum?

  532. [...] The Soddit! - Gollancz have treated us this week to not one but two whole chapters from A.R.R.R.Roberts’s spoof on the book of what some movie is like based on this week or summit. Chapter one here and the rest via the site itself.  [...]

  533. NullApostle says:

    Point 2 is no longer valid. Point 6 is severely outdated.

    Community is goind to get cancelled after season 5 – the new showrunners having run it into the ground.

    What are the ratings of Community again? Right … insignificant.

    • Charlie says:

      Because a TV show’s ratings are indicative of how good it is. Presumably Two and a Half Men is one of the greatest shows of recent years then.

      And if Community does get cancelled soon, it’ll still have had at least three great seasons, which is three more than The Big Bang Theory.

      • zazus says:

        I beg to differ. before I watched community I had never seen a good comedy in my life. I had been watching big bang theory wondering how they could get away with making me watch all of them being so utterly predictable and lame to the point my relatives were more interesting. and now since community, with not one character acting stupid pretty much all the time, with no laff track, I am ruined. I can only watch community reruns over and over and over, that and the comedy stylings of Zen Warrior princess. when will the world ever catch up with me. sigh. im totally not kidding, and anyone who disses me is just a simple ass.

        • zazus says:

          I meant to say I beg to differ with all who don’t understand how Community was 1000 times better than anything before it or anything on now. I meant to say I totally agree with everyone who agrees that Community was as close to pure genius you can get with a show that must be cranked out weekly year after year. that the producer would call his own genius trash tells me how messed up people are that they can’t even admit they like their own creations, even when they are incredible. truly tragic. and blows… my mind. somebody wake me up when television comedy gets an inkling of a clue again. if that can happen. they say if it happened once it could happen again… I hope so. but not holding my breath in this world.

    • DrVagary says:

      If there’s anything thing that Arrested Development has taught us, it’s that show with low ratings are always bad.

    • Buttsoup says:

      yess. because ratings tell you how good a show is, not the actual writing and development of character. Season 4 of Community is not at par with the previous seasons, but it has its reasons. And hell, it is still better than the best season of TBBT which I can’t recall because all of them sucks.

    • Bobbbbbbbbbbbbbb says:

      See the Big Bang theory is for common
      Idiots like you. Honestly you where probably never a nerd because really the show makes fun of nerds and of course Sheldon who clearly has Asperger’s syndrome and they just treat him like some sort of pesky dick (which he is portrayed as) when he needs help. And yes the show is racist , sexist and homo phobic

      • zazus says:

        bobbbbb, you are so right, bbt is so lame you can’t even notice it at first. but so are all the other shows that everyone seems to like so much. never forget that the most popular websites are pornographic. don’t believe me just google. this is the kind of people we live amongst . ok im totally depressed now. I have to stop.

        ok Bee, I read your comment, now I feel new hope, thank you!
        and Hannah, the article author, thank you for writing all I was ever thinking so eloquently. sp

    • fcku says:

      Cancelled after season 5? hahahaha fuck you

  534. Stephanie says:

    That is the kind of cover that would make me buy a book about which I knew nothing, by an author I’d never heard of.

  535. Uhoh says:

    Episode on: 13/12/12 – The proper way of stating the date.

    This episode was one of the worst, if not the worst. It was full of cheese from beginning to end. The moment I see that actress that plays Rachel …… er …….. I mean Penny I know it will be a dud. I got it spot on.

    Why do I watch it if it’s so bad? Because I have watched it from the beginning & want it to be good.
    Alas, TBBT has lost the plot & has merged with every other Lorre programme. Good news though! There’s enough easily pleased Americans to make a handsome profit for him, the production crew & actors for years to come – YaY! (Rachel … er …. I mean Penny voice)

  536. Bea says:

    If you need bookends it’s because you don’t have enough books :)
    My shelves are completely packed as it is, there’s no room for bookends – space better used by buying more books, hehe!

  537. Tumbletick says:

    Thank you for this interesting blog. The joys of introducing much loved films to a son is something I just adore now. Mine are 10 and 8 and I agree with the whole 18 certificate rating. Nowadays I kind of think even the Evil Dead might only get a 12! Aliens remains one of my favourite films of ALL time and my sons are SO eager to watch it due to the enthusiasm I show for it, the T-shirts I wear, the constant quotes from our subset of film Geeks that they sometimes mix with. I am sure that Aliens will stack up for your son. Then there is all the tension of the Alien 3 debate (I ADORE IT) and then telling them that Resurrection has moments of genius to be ruined by the worst alien/monster of all time. Thanks again.

  538. Simon simon says:

    Thank you! Aliens does indeed rock. Suspect my youngest would enjoy it more in fact but he’s only 11 so will have to wait a little longer…

    Alien 3? Yep, I quite like that one. Fincher never less than interesting even when he fails.

    Alien 4? Shudder. Bambi alien at the end. Complete bloody disaster.

  539. I know the feeling.

    My stepson is 19, and has always (well the 6.5 years I’ve known him) said that he was into Star Wars.

    I found out that he had only seen the three latest movies. We sat down to watch “Episode IV : A New Hope” and he hated it!

    He’s too old to send out for adoption…

  540. Becky Black says:

    This is something I’ve noticed too, the longer scenes and slower pace of older movies and TV shows, even those considered “fast-moving” back in their day. I can watch something now and think “this scene would have big chunks chopped off the start and end, and very little in the way of establishing shots.” You’d get twice as much story into the same time period as you did then.

    When I reviewed Star Trek 2009 I called it Twitter Trek and I referred to Heroes once as Haiku storytelling. There’s no messing around. We take in that bit of the story and move on. Like in Star Trek, Spock says “get him off the ship” and the very next shot is Kirk popping out of a capsule thingy on a snowy planet. We don’t need anything inbetween; we get it without it being shown.

    All that said, I wated Aliens recently and it still moves along at a pretty good lick. I also say that nothing about it has dated. It doesn’t show its age at all. You could put that out as a new movie now and it would work just as well. (And in its portralay of women characters it’s well ahead of some of today’s movies.)

  541. Simon simon says:

    Dennis: LOL.

    Becky: Aliens? Absolutely. It really does stand the test of time (even with the 80s computer and communications tech). Mainly because the characters stay real (I’ve blogged about Aliens on here should you be misguided enough to be interested…).

    Ripley is one of the very best strong female characters to come from Hollywood.

  542. Gary Moore says:

    I know TOR released hardbacks of the Mistborn series but did Gollancz release UK hardback editions?

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  544. avante says:

    great news

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  548. [...] Moon – Gollancz have got chapters up on their site for you to read for free. Here’s the link to chapter one with the other links via the Gollancz home [...]

  549. [...] premii pe care le poţi găsi în lumea F&SF-ului (şi nu sunt puţine). The Kitschies spun că “lucrările de science-fiction şi fantasy sunt literatură”, şi le judecă ca atare, după toate criteriile care definesc literatura de calitate. Şi privind [...]

  550. [...] Gavin Smith Opinions. There's a short story of his here http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2012/06/tr…gavin-g-smith/ which might help you to decide if you like his style enough. (there is a spoler warning, [...]

  551. Dyan Taylor says:


    Is there a dead line for submissions? I am close to finishing a manuscript, and do not want to miss out on this opportunity if I miss happen to miss the deadline before I finish.

    Also, I currently reside in Melbourne, Australia – does your team have an Australian ‘branch’? Or, if not, would it still be possible for me to send in my manuscript once it’s completed; even though I reside outside of London and the United Kingdom?

    Your answers would be greatly appreciated!

  552. Marcus Marcus says:

    Hi Dyan

    No, no deadline. If we ever decide to halt our open submission policy, we will announce it here. Although, as always, it may take some time to get to your submission.

    As long as they’ve followed the guidelines in this post, we welcome authors from anywhere in the world.

    We look forward to receiving your book!


  553. [...] Gollancz editor extaordinaire Gillian Redfearn gives an interesting insight in to her take on the world of getting published [...]

  554. [...] And Gollancz do the same but for their books, here! [...]

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  556. [...] never read a Joe Abercrombie book (though they’re on my list to try one day), but this new cover for his fantasy BEST SERVED COLD caught my eye – it’s what I would picture a Kate Daniels cover to be, not quite what George RR Martin [...]

  557. [...] Somewhere, Over the Rainbow by Gillian Redfearn – Gollancz [...]

  558. [...] this week I’m going to mention the old news of the freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice. PDF here later this week. Or maybe next. But [...]

  559. I expect you to be in a smoking jacket with a pipe and a snifter of brandy when I visit Bath next month.

  560. I’m more of a whisky man, but otherwise you’ve got it pretty much exactly right…

  561. [...] and if that requires time, so be it. You can read more of Abercrombie’s thoughts on the Gollancz blog. viaJoe Abercrombie tagsFantasyGollanczJoe AbercrombieOrbit BooksRed CountryThe First LawThe [...]

  562. [...] This week Gollancz have also announced that the gorgeous US covers to The Heroes and Best Served Cold are to be released in the UK. [...]

  563. Hot and dangerously determined woman with a gun, with a fire in the background. Sold!

  564. Ooh! Steamy and uber tough! I like it! :)

  565. Lori M. Lee says:

    Wow! That’s gorgeous and intense. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since the deal was announced. Can’t wait to read it!

  566. Ooo! I love it! This is my kind of book!

  567. Very good cover to fit a very good book! GO ELIZABETH!!! :D

  568. Lauren says:

    Fierce and fiery cover! Can’t wait to read.

  569. Yahong says:

    Great image, but what really sold me is the title font! Normally calligraphic fonts don’t work out too well, but here it’s perfect.

  570. Sel says:

    This is breathtaking! I love it :) This girl looks fierce, definitely a cover eye candy that I will buy for my shelf of pretty books!

  571. Wow!!! That is a LOVELY cover!!!

  572. [...] is the author of The Wild Hunt epic fantasy series published by Gollancz, and I recently read the first two novels currently published:  Songs of the Earth and Trinity [...]

  573. kara-karina says:

    I was dying to read it without this gorgeous cover when I first heard about The Falconer last year, but OMG! Mollica has outdone himself. I am speechless :) Elizabeth must be chuffed to bits…

  574. Jamie says:

    Nice cover, but why not give credit to the artist?

  575. Mik says:

    First of all please forgive me my deficient english skills – I’m from germany :)


    I just read both of your books Veteran and War in Heaven. I was totally blown away. I read both books in under a week. I was quite sad at the end but life does not always has a happy ending, does it? I just hoped that Jake would be returning in the end, as a complete alien or something. Will there be any other books about Morag and Jake? :) It was fun to read both books – I hope there will be more in the Veteran universe.

    kind regards


  576. Hi Mik,

    Thanks for your response and your English reads better than my average first draft (and it’s a lot better than my non-existent German.) Thanks for reading both books and I’m very pleased you enjoyed them.

    To answer your question: it is my intention to return to the Veteran universe, and when I re-visit there will definitely be some familiar faces. At the moment I have ideas for two more stories in the same universe.

    That said, Age of Scorpio, my next novel will be set in a new universe with new characters that I’m very excited about.

    If you’re interested in what I’m up to then check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gavin-G-Smith/126776624001262

    Thanks again for the interest.


  577. June says:

    I’m glad you are taking a break. Shoot, any sane person would need one just after Best Served Cold. Plus, it works for me. I need to catch up, still haven’t been able to afford The Heroes or Red Country. Furthermore, I don’t have my copies of First Law Trilogy or Best Served Cold to reread beforehand, as I loved them so much I can’t help sharing them.

    In short, Best Served Cold is in my top ten books of all time, and I read a lot. Take whatever time you need to make the next trilogy as awesome. My gamertag for Xbox even has Monza in it.

  578. Naqish Ghulam says:

    before i join, just a quick question.

    would the books be electronic or not?

    i can’t read paper based books, due to being disabled, but electronic books would go down just fine

  579. Jen Jen says:

    Hi Naqish,

    At the moment we aren’t able to send out electronic books. However, we hope to be able to look into doing this in the future. We will be able to send out chapter samplers on occasion as well but not full electronic books.

    All the best,

  580. andy angel says:

    This sounds like it could be really promising.

  581. [...] getting your hands on the latest SFF without paying a penny or facing the wrath of Wendig? Well, this week Gollancz have announced Gollancz Geeks which is calling for all SFF fans to come sign up, get free books and other goodies and then tell [...]

  582. Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s excellent The Fallen Blade reaffirming my love of all things Italian and spare, polished prose.

    You have my attention with that, sir. :)

  583. Annabelle H says:

    These are all gorgeous! I love them!

  584. Mihai A. says:

    The covers look fabulous! I can’t wait to read the stories too :)

  585. Phil Norris says:

    Very nice, looking forward to these.

  586. Annabelle H says:

    Thanks for the awesome competition! I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  587. John says:

    C’mon guys,300×225 resolution for full cover spreads ? i can’t see any details in the covers.Pity.

  588. Cam M says:

    You spoil us!!! Very much looking forward to all 3 of these books!!!

  589. [...] week marked the launch of a new project by top book publisher Gollancz: their Gollancz Geeks programme. The aim? Give dedicated readers the chance to see new books first and give their [...]

  590. Darren says:

    I’m putting together a submission pack for Marcus but my one-page synopsis reads like the plot of Halloween 4D. It’s literary genre, and I feel I wouldn’t be representing the novel accurately on the one page. Would Marcus be kind enough to grant me two and a half pages?

    • Marcus Marcus says:

      Hi Darren

      I’m happy to take a look at two and a half pages, and thank you for asking in advance!

      That said, we say a page for a reason. If you can’t get it down to that, are you including too much detail? But do send it in.



  591. Tim says:

    Like now. February 13, 2013. Nothing new to report.

  592. Darren says:

    Thank you, Marcus. I’ll work on the one-pager over the weekend and see how it looks, but appreciate the extended page count.


  593. Karen says:

    I agree with you… But I sometimes think the genre categories are too rigid… I tend to like stories with an element of adventure and romance, or a main character having to overcome a thorny life problem… I end up reading all sorts of books that seem to promise that kind of story from horror to stream of consciousness to humour to crime… I actively seek books out but a lot of potential readers may miss things because they think, say sci-fi, is nothing but aliens and ray guns.

  594. Tom Hunter says:

    Great article, thanks Simon

    Speaking as the representative of an SF award (The Arthur C. Clarke) I’m going to say that this pretty much sums up what I see as being the main challenge for the award in the next few years (that and ebooks anyway) and indeed I’m working on some immediate answers right now, so look out for me announcing stuff over the next few weeks.

    In the meantime, a few points to contribute to the conversation started here:

    SF awards don’t increase sales (part 1). Unless I’m being fed false info this isn’t entirely true for us, not for the past few years anyway. Granted this isn’t true for every winning and shortlisted title, it does take a confluence of events to really shift the needle still, and certainly I’m not in any way content with our results to date, but still this statement is a little too broad I’d say.

    SF awards don’t increase sales (part 2). How do you know? I’ve had many conversations with publishers of all sizes about reader insight, and basically there doesn’t seem to be any – publishers seem to know less about their audiences any any other comparable cultural organisation (theatre, gallery, museums etc) So basically unless an award announcement results in an immediate sales spike how are you tracking this?
    I’m not accusing by the way, in fact that’s one of the areas where an independent organisation like the Clarke can help. We recently started the first stages of a reader study with some fascinating results. For example we were seeing readers regularly both buying and reading over 50 titles a year. Sounds great, but when asked how many were publishes in that year the answer both times was less than 5, so the rest is all basically longtail sales. I can correlate some of this and claim at least some of those Gollancz sales coming directly from the Clarke because we track affiliate purchases via our website. It’s a small but consistent accumulation, but then we don’t really spike on site visitors anyway during the quiet periods, but some of those recent sales of Yellow Blue Tibia or The Quiet War, that was me :-)
    I’m thinking there’s a lot of opportunity for the Clarke, and other awards, to help with this kind insight going forward, so it’s great to see the issue being raised here.

    One more thing: I’d definitely agree with the idea that there’s lots of talking to ourselves, but I do think stories are starting to break out more and more consistently and the reach of the dialogue is broader than we might think form inside the echo chamber.

    Taking one of my favourite recent examples, Chris Priest’s comments on last year’s Clarke Award shortlist, I watched the conversation on this from beginning to end, and this story was tweeted and retweeted globally once a minute or more for four whole days after it hit the national press.

    While seemingly negative at the time, award’s are hardly strangers to having their shortlists attached, and actually I’ve noted an extremely positive after effect for the award in terms of engagement with what I’ll call mainstream publishing ever since. Not only is it much easier to get my calls returned, I’m not actually having to call at all and both the enthusiasm and number of submissions for this years award have increased substantially. I take it as a very positive sign that there’s an increasing industry willingness to embrace the SFnal content in their own lists.

    Finally, what’s also struck me about the SF readerships is its relative affluence and willingness to spend – 50 books a year is both a time and a financial commitment after all . If it’s impossible to get meaningful reader data from the clutches of Amazon’s databanks, is it possible instead for publishers to think more creatively around additional products linked to their lists that might enhance their ability to connect more directly with readers via their own sites and social media channels rather than relying on third party shopping sites?

    I think this is going to be the main theme of my own conversations in the pub and elsewhere this year, and thanks again for putting together a lot of my own thoughts far more articulately than I’d ever have managed.

  595. Awards will help the sales of books in two ways.

    Firstly, if there is controversy unrelated to the books themselves. The Booker Prize began as a dull award for worthy literary novels, but in its third year it was dramatically politicized when the winner, John Berger, announced he was giving half his prize money to the Black Panthers. (This was because of the commercial activities of the sponsoring Booker McConnell company.) After that, everyone had heard of the Booker Prize and it began to have an impact on sales of books.

    There were later Booker controversies, but most of them were to do with the books themselves, or with the behaviour of their authors. These made the “conversation” more interesting but don’t appear to have had any effect on sales. Anthony Burgess refused to attend the award ceremony in 1980 unless he was told in advance he had won – this was said to reflect on Burgess’s presumed arrogance and petulance, and in being personalized made it less interesting. In 1984 Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, a novel of manners, won against J. G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun – something that still has the power to strike incredulity into the hearts and minds of anyone who takes literature seriously. Although now recognized as one of the major writers of the 20th century, Ballard was barely known at the time outside the SF genre, while Anita Brookner was an established literary author. Empire of the Sun remains a classic, but I wonder if Hotel du Lac is even in print these days. And in 2011, the Booker went to Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, a feeble and undeserving novel of English manners and misunderstandings, which made Dr Brookner’s effort look like, well, a bit of a classic.

    There is a much better literary award than the Booker, one which is fairly well recognized in the trade but which is almost entirely unknown to the general public. That is the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, which since 1919 has been making awards to the best fiction and non-fiction of its year. If you look back at the list, the most striking feature is the choice of the books which have won each year. These are usually not at all the obvious books of that period, nor even of the authors, yet which we can see with hindsight are actually good and imaginative choices. But the Tait goes quietly about its business and does not invite or incur controversy, but it does little to publicize itself, its shortlist or its winners. It rarely makes headlines and has almost no impact on sales in the bookstores.

    Tom Hunter kindly (I assume kindly) cites my essay Hull 0, Scunthorpe 3 as stirring up controversy over last year’s Clarke Award, but in fact I can’t imagine it made much difference to sales because my argument was about the quality of the judging, the unimaginative shortlist and the omission of so many other titles which would have put a bit of bottle into the award that year. Although this did provoke some discussion of the books, such is the nature of the internet that most of the apparently endless discussion that followed was made less interesting by being focused on me, my presumed motives, my imagined personal attacks and my supposedly bad tempered ranting (etc etc). Much, but not all, of the point seemed to me to be lost. A year later, while we await the release of this year’s Clarke shortlist, we are left with the residual hope that the Clarke judges (some of them the same as last year’s panel) deservedly feel a bit nervous about what they are expected to do, and will therefore be on their mettle. They might well feel they are being watched.

    But there is a second way of making an award have an impact on sales, and in the case of the Clarke Award it’s something Tom Hunter himself can do.

    What is the reason the “longlist” of submitted titles is held in secrecy for so long? Here we are at the moment, coming up to the end of February, and still no one knows which books are in contention this year. There is nothing judgmental about the longlist: it is merely a note of the titles which have been submitted by publishers. How long does it take Tom to type that out? It should, in fact, be released every year, promptly on January 1st, indicating not only that submissions are now closed, but that the choices of the judges will be drawn from this publicly announced list.

    As for the shortlist, this too is announced far too late, far too close to the final ceremony. Last year, the Clarke shortlist was announced a scant five weeks before the ceremony itself. That’s not long enough. There should be at least two months for best effect. Having the shortlist out in the open as soon as possible is the easiest way of working up a public interest in the award. Not only does it give interested parties time to read the final six titles, it gives the publishers time to publicize their books, bookstores can order in copies and put up display cards, perhaps arrange events – signings, interviews, etc – with the authors and publishers, get material into the press, and in general work up a bit of publicity not only for the authors but for the award and for the genre itself. And, who knows, maybe there would then also be time for a bit of a Berger-type scandal to arise, and make the award not only interesting but a bit sexy too.

  596. Tom Hunter says:

    Lots to unpack in Chris’s post above, and thanks again to Simon for starting this.

    Focusing on the issue of announcement timings for the moment though, I’m not adverse to anything Chris suggests but here’s some counter reasons and behind the scenes insights – some simply practical, others more down to my approach

    I’ve only been publishing the full submissions list for the Clarke Award for the past few years, and for me it’s still an experiment as to whether this adds value. I think it definitely does, but to be clear its not something with decades of historical precedent behind it.

    We don’t publish the list on 1st Jan because books come in right up to the last minute and we go through a checking process after the official close. This doesn’t mean that people can submit after the 31st Dec deadline, but we do want to check we’ve got everything we were expecting.

    In terms of the shortlist and announcement deadline, I’d happily look to vary that, and in fact we have.

    In fact my first year as award director we announced the shortlist itself in Jan, with the winner announced at the end of April. Rather than this giving the conversation longer to grow my experience was that interest died away completely and we needed to start from scratch for the winner announcement. I’m entirely open to looking at this again, things change, but actually it wasn’t that great 1st time around.

    The other issue with when we announce our shortlist is the practical one of actually being able to give due diligence to every book submitted, which naturally affects when we can announce. Other factors we might consider include the dates of other award announcements and the publishing schedules of our media partners.

    The announcing of the winner itself has been linked to our festival partners, Sci-Fi-London, and given they provide the venue where we’ve made the announcement (for the years I’ve been director at least) we’re kind of limited to when we get to choose that date. Not that i feel limited by being partnered with SFL you understand, they don’t just give us a venue (and wine, and ice cream) they also give us access to their audience, featuring us and the shortlist in their programme for example which goes out all across London. Simon’s original post was about taking the conversation to new readerships, so I’m going to assume we all agree that this is a good thing.

    These are just some of the reasons that currently affect the Clarke Award timings. I can’t really speak for other awards but I guess they have similar issues to face. The BSFA for example necessarily has to announce whenever Easter and Eastercon falls for example, which obviously moves every year.

    Coming back to the comments I made in my original answer to Simon, I hope I’ve given some insight into the reasoning behind the Clarke Award timings in our ‘on season’ as it were. I’m also very interested in what an organisation like the Clarke can do to help address the broader issues Simon identified when we’re in the down phase of the award cycle and can help contribute to the promotion of SF as a whole, not only our personal corner of it.

  597. On awards not generating sales, I’ll say that my impression (not scientifically based) is that they do; this question has been raised in years past and there does seem to be a perceptual difference based upon which side of the pond you’re buying your books from. I was informed several years ago that UK publishers had stopped touting awards on their book covers, while here in the states I can find any number of “Hugo Winning Novels”.

    On (mis)appropriation of our genre. Sorry, Argument NOT Closed: Atwood is not “one of us”. She borrows, but in an ignorant way, has demonstrated repeatedly that she doesn’t want to be known as a writer of squidly space tales and has gone so far as to try and craft her own definition(s) that maintain the literary-vs-genre divide, herself clearly on the right and proper side.

    Many others getting the star treatment outside of genre circles (for works that arguably fit our own definitions) seem genuinely ignorant of the field. So much so that they create their own genres (lablit); no doubt some of it engendered by marketing types who still fear the genre tar-brush.

    Engaging with successful works from outside the genre in order to increase readership and exposure is a losing game; those authors seem to have been schooled in distancing themselves from their roots (witness Atwood) and will do anything BUT reference their literary antecedents or clearly-labelled contemporary genre fair (if they are even aware of them).

    Desiring to broaden the appeal of genre works is a good thing – everyone in the field could use a bigger paycheck and a bit more popularity, a bit more ‘respect’, but I think the way to go about it is to work on the marketing side. Once the folks doing the selling come to realize that the vast majority of readers in the (English speaking) world today have already engaged with SF, Fantasy and Horror through film, television and gaming. they’ll eventually come around to understanding that the market for self-proclaimed genre is the market they should have been developing all along. When they figure out how to tie things together, authors like Atwood will be wishing they’d kept their criticisms to themselves.

  598. Simon Simon Spanton says:

    Thanks for contributing everyone. My expertise does not cover awards administration so I shall pause before responding to Tom.

    Steve, thanks for commenting. On the sales issue Bookscan suggests that genre awards have very little, if any, impact on sales. Any boost is certainly within the parameters of other successes within the compass of the genre.

    The literary vs genre divide is, I think, exactly the sort of divide that we need to move beyond. The willingness of genre readers to be snooty about the efforts of literary writers quite matches the willingness of literary readers to be snooty about genre writers. Quite apart from anything else the ‘us and them’ argument exists within the genre too. SF is a fabulously broad church and there are few writers or readers who identify with all of it. And if they do, what exactly are they identifying with? Genre labels are a marketing tool. An odd thing to be loyal to. I’d rather be loyal to fantastic books however marketed, however labelled. I could care less whether Atwood was sought to distance herself from talking-squid, or has mislabelled the genre as being all about talking squid in an interview; she has also written The Handmaid’s Tale. How anyone could describe The Handmaid’s Tale as an ignorant borrowing from the genre is beyond me. Labelling Atwood as anti-genre achieves nothing other than discouraging genre fans from reading The Handmaid’s Tale. How does that help anyone?
    And for every incautious description of genre by one one literary writer there is a Kazuo Ishiguro happily attending a Clarke Award, a Hari Kunzru extolling the qualities of Michael Moorcock across two pages of a major national newspaper.
    You talk disparagingly about the genre tar-brush while vigorously applying your own brush to the literary world.
    I’m not a genre Uncle Tom saying we should be grateful for any crumb of comfort thrown to us by the decent literary folks. Critical walls can be maintained by people on both sides and do neither any good.
    We should grab any good book (whether it is aware of its antecedants or not, whether it steals or not) with both hands. I want people to read brilliant SF not just the brilliant SF we own and approve of. For every badly handled SF trope in a work of literary fiction I can point you to four or five badly handled SF tropes in works of genre fiction.

  599. Simon Simon Spanton says:

    And the marketing issue. Who are these marketing folks you speak of? Generally they are people who love books as fiercely as you or I (precious few other reasons for working in publishing) and often they love genre books as fiercely as you or I. There is not an opposition in publishing between saintly editorial folk and evil sales and marketing folk. We are all in this together. And our colleagues in marketing have long been aware of the mis-match between those who go to see SF films and those who read SF and have worked on that for as long as SF and Fantasy have been marketed. If only it were as simple as that. After all who can forget the slew of the boxing fiction that swept the West on the back of the Rocky movies? Look at all those shelves of Westerns filling the shops on the back of True Grit and Django Unchained…

  600. Zoo City was about to go out of print in South Africa when I won the Clarke Award. It’s now in its fourth reprinting.

    I’ve certainly seen a spike in sales in the UK and SA although it’s still not huge numbers, and in South Africa it has a lot to do with the local-girl-done-good factor. But still a significant uptick.

    More significantly, the Clarke win has lead directly to other opportunities, from Zoo City being included in the Humble Bundle e-book bundle, curated by Cory Doctorow, which sold 80 000 copies (eclipsing all my other sales put together), sales in other foreign territories and, critically, putting me on editors’ radars as my agent and I prepared to pitch The Shining Girls.

    From my very limited experience, it’s amazing and humbling to be recognized for your work.

    Awards are also an opportunity, a spotlight that shines on you brightly but also briefly and it’s up to you to use the stage as best you can in that moment.

  601. Ian Sales says:

    Surely it’s not the awards themselves that affects sales, but the exposure that awards (sometimes) give titles?

    From my own tiny corner of the genre market, I can track osales f my books quite accurately, and the single biggest uptick in sales I’ve experienced was a direct result of being mentioned by the Guardian newspaper in its book blog. If there has been any effect resulting from being shortlisted for the BSFA Award, it may have been lost in the backwash from the Guardian mention. But I suspect not. BSFA members will expect to see the book for free, anyway, in the booklet produced each year of the shortlisted short fiction. And the people who follow the BSFA award form much of the audience of my personal “platform”.

  602. Simon Simon Spanton says:

    Hi Lauren,

    Delighted to hear about those upturns that came as a result of the Clarke. It shows that one can be focused too closely on UK sales :-)

    And, yes absolutely, the winning of an award can be an emphatic tick in the box that can have a profound indirect affect on an author’s career. This is why we argue over awards shortlists so vociferously :-)

  603. Simon Simon Spanton says:


    Exposure? Yes I think so, that being Lauren’s point I think. What would be fantastic would be if we could find ways to increase that exposure, to broaden the appeal of an Award’s brand beyond that of the already interested parties. While also keeping the appeal to the core audience. I’m just asking awards to juggle with two megaphones while keeping balanced with feet in different baths and not throwing the baby out. Easy really… :-)

  604. David H says:


    “We should grab any good book (whether it is aware of its antecedants or not, whether it steals or not) with both hands. I want people to read brilliant SF not just the brilliant SF we own and approve of. For every badly handled SF trope in a work of literary fiction I can point you to four or five badly handled SF tropes in works of genre fiction.”

    …is absolutely right – and thank you, Simon, for saying it. From the last few years, I can point to books I’ve enjoyed by Adrian Barnes, Nick Harkaway, Liz Jensen, Jane Rogers, Marcel Theroux, Sam Thompson, Katie Ward, Charles Yu and others – all published outside the genre, all drawing from the science fiction toolkit in their different ways. I don’t know what background knowledge these authors have of sf, nor does it concern me. What does matter to me is the quality of the books they’ve written – and those are some of my favourites of recent times.

    The Clarke Award in particular does a great job of championing sf beyond the community, and also of challenging us to think about our own conceptions of sf – and the more these things happen, the better, as far as I’m concerned. The broader our horizons, the richer sf will be.

  605. [...] items from the Amazing Stories blog piqued my interest today.  The first is a link to a story on the blog of venerable British publisher Gollancz, which advocates the embrace of mainstream [...]

  606. Simon Morden says:

    I can certainly point to an upswing in sales when I won the PKD award – and, more importantly, three other effects.

    Firstly, the Petrovitch books continue to sell. Not masses, but steadily, and it’s been two years since they were published. Because they won the PKD.

    Secondly, they’re starting to pick up translation deals. None of which are worth much, but cumulatively do count, and increase the readership beyond Anglophonia. Because they won the PKD.

    Thirdly, it gives me more creative freedom at the publishers. Because, etc.

    Given a choice between selling a shedload of copies or winning the Clarke? I’d argue that it was a false dilemma. Lauren is proof of this, I think.

  607. Justina Robson says:

    This has been an interesting thread. The part that struck me the most because it’s at the top of my mental list of musings is : how do we get more readers for all these great SFF books? Prizes make one notable, and more credible. They flag you for attention. But that’s only to people paying attention.

    I think part of the ‘answer’ lies in observing what SFF books have sold outside the usual demographics and noticing their features. Yes, you can all groan now, of course I am going to mention Twilight and The Hunger Games, and I can point to all the genre tropes from our woods that have cross pollinated every aspect of the gaming and movie industries too. Games, comic books and movies are different forms of entertainment and aren’t suitable comparisons for books in sales respects. They aren’t in competition with each other directly as forms, although they are in terms of leisure time pursuits, but their wanton strategy of stealing, borrowing and copying out of the SFF literature with which the creators grew up is worth a second look.

    Yes, we often moan about how poorly our pets are treated outside the fold. Yes, they are sometimes snatched just because they look good or do neat tricks and aren’t treated with the full respect they deserve. However, what that tells you is that they are hugely desirable things and more than welcome on the appreciation banquet laid out for mass audiences.

    The most commonly observed reaction to SFF in its natural state is that for a mass audience it is simply too much like learning a new skill – the piano, the bicycle – it’s too immediately unfriendly. The manner in which it likes to plunge headlong towards the innovative, odd, weird and unthinkable is way too fast for mainstream consumption. You can groom yourself happy with your superiority in noting what an elitist dude you are for loving it, and you can disdain those who don’t get the attraction but that’s no help. So you love a niche market. Big deal. Nobody will ever stop you loving, appreciating and glorying in the hard stuff. Go right ahead. It’s all yours. You love it and I love it.

    Politically and personally you’ll probably be disturbed and alarmed if that niche became mainstream – your identity might start to judder like the hull of the Enterprise under Klingon assault. You might have to bail out in horror at your own normativity. But don’t worry, even though The Big Bang Theory’s regular viewing figures demonstrate how utterly mainstream SF appreciation is most people still don’t want to read the books. Nothing will alter this, it’s just how humans are. If people wanted a nonstop diet of hard SF, art films and science lectures they’d be buying it already.

    So if you really want to open the farm up to the public your pedigree beasts will have to stand back while you fill the front of house with miniature goats, lamb feeding, fancy chickens and horseback rides. Or, to escape the hideous metaphorical nonsense, you take _their_ stuff and sell it back to them. They will never want your pedigree shorthorn. They will only ever want the petting zoo. Darn, there goes that half-term induced metaphor again.

    Adopt their best bits as your own; their settings, their pacing norms, their story turns, their distinctive and desirable features. Above all go live in their emotional heartland – the places from which they are telling tales that grip sufficiently to move a million hearts because those shift a million books and create a hunger for six million more books quite similar. Keep all the things you like, but make them secondary, not primary; enticement, not preaching. And be lucky.

    I’m not saying all SF should go down this road and I’m definitely not suggesting this cynically. Go wholeheartedly and with love because you naturally want to go there, or don’t go at all. I’m just proposing it as the way of getting more eyes to check out the stall. It’s not just your material and what you’re saying, it’s how you tell it and who to and why.

    The reason Why is because you want to give your audience a great time, whatever kind of time that is – and that time is not defined by the writer, it’s defined by the reader you want to please. If you please them, they will come. And they will absorb huge amounts of other stuff you might be peddling along the way but most of them will STILL NEVER WANT THAT PRIZE COW.

    At least you can still breed prize shorthorns with your money from the petting zoo. And anyway, how cute are pygmy goats? They’re adorable.

  608. DudeImHungry says:

    You must have only seen a few episodes if you say that raj is arrogant for many of the early seasons he can’t even speak to girls. Also this show makes many references that only geeks will get such as many star wars jokes. Many people have the ability to joke about themselves which also seems to have been forgotten in this article. However I have not seen some of the latest seasons as I live in the UK. So maybe it does get worse.

  609. [...] Richard Matheson just celebrated his 87th birthday, I thought it’d be fitting to read another one of his early noir novels. I’ve always [...]

  610. james dixon says:

    I love md Lachlans books! I can’t wait for this one to arrive.

  611. Marcus Marcus says:

    And all of us here at Gollancz are insanely pleased for Mark.

    Film tie-in novelisation, anyone?

  612. [...] note: This was originally blogged over at the Gollancz blog. Be sure to visit them often for all your SF&F [...]

  613. [...] Sarah Pinborough, author of A Matter of Blood – Gollancz’s Blog [...]

  614. Kit Berry says:

    Congratulations, Mark! So pleased for you and I can’t wait to see the film. You must be so excited!

  615. MuckkRaker says:

    Utter crap. It’s everywhere in syndication too. A televsion nightmare. How I Met YourMother and Two and a Half Men suck as well. I hate all that Cbs crap. Dreadful BS.

  616. jonathan says:

    I was left wanting to help them – yet run away from every dog I ve come across! This man,s got talent and had me wanting more from this story. Fabulously descriptive. I must narrate it for you!

  617. Brian Turner says:

    Amazon is saying July 13th again. Is this a confirmed date, or should I presume Amazon is simply auto-updating with random numbers? I’m presuming it’s not an official date, otherwise there would be great cheers of delight and this blog would be on fire. :)

  618. Louise says:

    I’m so sorry for posting here, but I couldn’t find another link to where to send this to… I’m having some trouble trying to find Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris in the True Blood HBO cover. I can see on Amazon UK that it’s unavailable, but it shows the book to be in a large sized paperback… my other Sookie Stackhouse novels with the HBO covers are in the regular sized paperback (not the mass market,the one bigger) will Deadlocked not be available in the regular size with the HBO cover?

  619. bee says:

    wow, you guys like Community! I’m subscribing.

    TV ratings suck, just like the general population, we all know that.

  620. Emily says:

    Thank you for posting this! I’m featured in one of the photos – thank you for the book! – would it be possible to have the photos forwarded to me?! :D

  621. Dianthus says:

    No Spike, no deal. Sorry. William the (Bloody) Vampire Slayer, OTOH….I’d be all over that.

  622. James M says:

    Please credit the cover artist/ designer!

  623. [...] If you want to read how Sarah Pinborough came up with the idea, you can find it here: http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/02/once-upon-a-time-a-valentines-day-post-from-sarah-pinborough/ [...]

  624. [...] few weeks ago, in the interests of SCIENCE, I signed up for the Gollancz Geeks mailing list. (Note: the contact form asks for gender information in a binary configuration. Despite the [...]

  625. [...] March 8: Gollancz has clarified their position in a blogpost whose content would’ve been helpful in their promo [...]

  626. Katharine (@ThiefofCamorr) says:

    Woo! What excellent news :) Yes, there were delays, but other books have taken longer. The main thing is that Mister Lynch is happy with the book. We know it’ll be worth the wait, and Sabetha deserves the very best of anticipated, bated breath.

  627. Den Patrick says:

    Just the best news. Congrats to Scott.

  628. [...] the release of the Republic of Thieves, people. As announced by Lynch himself on his Twitter: And more details here [...]

  629. Redhead says:

    the countdown has begun!

    thank you Mr. Lynch!!

  630. Brilliant! This has made my week, just need Stover to let the darkness take him for my next Cain fix and my year is complete!

  631. [...] On being published A nice piece from the Gollanz blog that tells the publishing tale from the other side – and especially cautions about author expectations on getting published: http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/01/so…r-the-rainbow/ [...]

  632. [...] Och så idag kom nyheterna att Scott Lynch har levererat ett manus till tredje delen om The Gentlemen Bastards – The Republic of Thieves – och att publikationsdatum är satt. I år! I oktober! [...]

  633. [...] the proofing process and such). I can’t say much more than that for now, but if you head over to Gollancz’s blog, (after 1:00pm) you’ll be able to read all about it and see that all important release [...]

  634. Just saw this, great news to end the day! Am very very happy for Scott … Not to mention the rest of us …

  635. JesC says:

    So glad to hear the news! Good to hear things are brightening up for you too! Welcome back! I hope you make a million! (Dollars that is)

  636. Sunita says:

    I agree with most of what you said. This show leaves in horror of the American education system that laughs at academically inclined individuals. I like the references to comic books, sci-fi, etc. But disagree with your view that raj is arrogant- how is being unable to talk to women unless drunk, getting drunk talking to women & coming across as obnoxious- arrogant? And then there’s the disgusting eating lobster naked & running the streets in his undies— yep that did it in for TBBT & me.

    • Johnny Mav says:

      Please he is totally arrogant the second he gets a girl to actually acknowledge his existence. I mean he gives a speech at a comic book store about it being ok to be alone and when he gets a chance to leave with a girl, he calls them all losers. That’s one of many examples. It is a total give an inch, take a mile thing.

      Personally I cant stand Penny and Leonard. The writers are obviously damaged people who know nothing about how real relationships work. I wont comment on Bern and Howard, pure fantasy land.

  637. Tom Murphy says:

    The production of Macbeth currently on at the Trafalgar Studios in London (starring James McAvoy) is set in the late 21st century, in the wake of an environmental catastrophe. The programme includes notes on the set-up, plus dystopian fiction more generally, but I only saw the play last night and haven’t read it yet.

  638. Scott says:

    Fantastic news! I have to find a place to pre-order this asap.

  639. This week the Guardian asked me to write an obituary of Mr Herbert, but I declined. I had reviewed his first novel, The Rats, for the Oxford Mail (not cowering under a pseudonym, like Young Mr Amis). In the years that followed I heard many stories about Herbert’s incorruptible self-belief (as Malcolm experienced), but nothing on Earth would make me try another of his novels. I wish him no ill-will, but did not feel up to an obit just yet. Too soon, too soon.

  640. [...] The Republic of Thieves, a treia parte a seriei The Gentleman Bastard de Scott Lynch, apare pe 8 octombrie (USA), respectiv 10 octombrie [...]

  641. Tim says:


    Is there room for manoeuvre about your 80,000 word restriction – would you take a look at my 66,000 YA crossover novel?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Hi Tim,

      If you want to send it in, as per the guidelines above, then we will take a look and get back to you. It’s a little shorter than our ideal length, but that doesn’t mean we’ll reject your manuscript out of hand. Thank you for asking the question rather than just sending something in – we appreciate it.

      Best wishes,

      • Erik says:

        Dear Gillian,

        I’m devastated! I’ve got a thrilling horror manuscript that I’m sure you would like. There’s just one problem. I’ve done some hard serious editing work on the manuscript for some years now and while advised by some professional literary counselors (authors, journalists and teachers), I ended up cutting down large parts of my manuscript (just to make the story and the flow go faster). I’m from Sweden, and I don’t know about UK, but here they love to “cut, cut and cut”, so I’m getting used to that now. Here’s the problem, my manuscript isn’t more than just 28 000 words (about 60 A4-pages, single space), which is WAY below your limit. I’ve read your answers above, where you’re flexible about minus 10 000 words. But even if it’s a great manuscript that I promise you, would 28 000 words still be a “No, no”?

        Thousands of thanks for any answer!

        Yours sincerely,


  642. [...] book got my attention when Gollancz announced it almost a year and half ago. That press-release had an inordinate amount of “hype” [...]

  643. [...] Tuesday 28 May at 6:30pm and you can get tickets from the store’s website. There’s more about Joe Hill’s UK book tour at the Gollancz [...]

  644. Dear Gillian

    I have self published a fantasy Trilogy, Just a bit different as the whole premise of the book/books is that there is no magic: only laws. Therefore the protagonist must win through – which he does – by courage, perseverance and ingenuity. I own the rights and can retrieve the permission to publish when I want or need. Each book runs to 120,000 words. Would you and the Team be interested if I sent 50 pages and synopsis of the first book?

    • Hi Angela,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’d be happy to take a look, and that does sound like a different premise – thank you for being clear that you own the rights! If you can follow the guidelines above and you’re happy that we’ll recycle the manuscript when it’s been read, then one of the team will read your work as soon as we have a moment.

      Thank you for asking,and best wishes,

  645. David Murray says:

    Yay, three mentions of Hemel Hempstead, my home from 1966-1999. Thanks, Mike – are you a resident?

  646. Katharine (@ThiefofCamorr) says:

    Oooooh, lookit the shiny!

  647. [...] Tales of the Seven Djinni  Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten) has collaborated with his wife and daughter and published a new novel, Tales of the Seven Djinni. [...]

  648. Chris W says:

    Please Mr Sanderson I am already a few book of yours behind, dont slow your writing but maybe let me catch up a bit. It looks nice non the less.

  649. Threatened says:

    That’s really really phallic.

  650. [...] of Brandon’s recent novellas, LEGION and THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, will be released by Gollancz as a hardcover omnibus in the summer. If you can’t wait for the omnibus (and who could blame [...]

  651. [...] GOLLANCZ: Paul Williams died yesterday, aged 64.  I don’t expect this means anything to most people who visit this blog, but you should honour his memory for various reasons. In the wider realm of popular culture, you should honour him as the founding father of rock journalism.  The magazine he founded as a 17-year-old college student in 1966, Crawdaddy!, was the first publication to focus on serious writing about the then-new music.  It launched the career of writers such as Jon Landau (who went on to become Bruce Springsteen’s manager), Sandy Pearlman, and Richard Meltzer.  It was the inspiration for subsequent magazines, notably Rolling Stone.  Paul wrote many books about music, and particularly about Bob Dylan. As an sf reader, which I assume you probably are, you should honour him as one of the two principal figures who kept the name of Philip K. Dick alive in the decades following his death.  Paul was a close friend of Dick’s, and his 1975 Rolling Stone article “The True Stories of Philip K. Dick” was the most significant piece of writing about him published during his lifetime.  (It later formed the basis of a book, Only Apparently Real, which was in turn the first book about Dick.)  When Dick died in 1982, Paul was named his Literary Executor, and he worked tirelessly in conjunction with Dick’s long-time literary agent Russ Galen (the other hero of this story) to keep his name alive.  Paul founded and ran the Philip K. Dick Society, which attracted hundreds of members in scores of countries.  The small publishing company he ran together with David Hartwell published Dick’s novel Confessions of a Crap Artist – the first time any of Dick’s non-sf novels from the 1950s saw the light of day. Dick’s reputation is now so secure that it’s hard to remember that it wasn’t always so, particularly – perhaps – in the USA. MORE [...]

  652. Steve Simels says:

    I never met Paul, but I read every issue he ever did of Crawdaddy in the 60s, and without realizing it at the time, the experience changed my ultimate career choice and the rest of my life. Rest well, pal.

  653. Michael Bradley says:

    How very, very sad. Paul was one of the great inspirations of my mid-teen years in West Virginia. His collection “Outlaw Blues,” especially its spot-on appreciation of Jefferson Airplane’s third album, “After Bathing at Baxter’s,” opened my eyes to something outlet that allowed me to combine my creative writing with my intense love for the music of that era. And then there was a little suggestion at the back of the book along the lines of, hey, if you like this stuff, you may like a nascent publication called “Rolling Stone.”

    Lord, I’d hate to imagine how miserable I’d be today if I’d never encountered Paul Williams.

    His body may be lifeless, but his spirit is still very much with me.

    • James Proffitt says:

      I don’t leave comments as a rule but I have to say how much his writing meant to me over the years. I’m a half-generation behind him but grew up with Crawdaddy in the 70s.
      However, it was 1993 when the Dylan bug bit me bad. I’ve never read commentary that had the power of immediacy like Paul Williams could express. The best Dylan performances have this end-of-times, in the moment, creative destruction quality. Mr. Williams could feel and describe those one-off experiences beautifully. I don’t know if it’s possible or desirable to revisit such places but thanks just the same.

  654. kevin orkney says:

    I have read all your novels and think everyone is brilliant.Since then I have tried to find books of a similar ilk but you are unique.I have tried ericcson,weeks and the black company series.In comparison to your efforts found them at best boring.
    Enjoy your break but dont take to long please.

  655. Eric M. Van says:

    I met Paul in 1983 after volunteering to help with the PKDS newsletter, and he remained a good friend. It’s so good to see a story that recognizes his contributions to both rock music and sf.

    At the 1990 sf convention Sercon in San Francisco, Paul introduced me and my buddy Bob Colby to another PKDS volunteer, a young writer who had published just a handful of stories. Paul assured us that he would become a major literary figure. He was Jonathan Lethem. (Paul was gifted not only with unerring taste, but the ability to communicate his enthusiasm to others in a way that made you *get it.*) Bob and I ended up donating all the profits of the 2010 edition of the sf con Bob founded (with my help), Readercon, to Paul’s medical expenses. We’re the only sf con to have ever been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and I think it’s fair to say that it may have never happened that way were it not for Paul’s influence on me (and for the ongoing support of Paul’s good friend and PKD’s editor, David G. Hartwell).

    Oh, and I think that _The Map: Rediscovering Rock ‘n’ Roll — A Journey_ is the best book of rock ‘criticism ever written. (Yes, it’s hard to do justice to a life this interesting and influential without rambling!)

  656. [...] can read an interview with Phillip Mann on the Gollancz website, and I hope that I will be able to bring you a review here [...]

  657. Pete says:

    Will Scott still be writing the series as a 7-book collection as was initially planned? Just wondering if the circumstances behind the delay has led Mr. Lynch to change his original plans?

  658. [...] full chapter from THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES. (SPOILER NOTE: It’s a flashback chapter). The publication of THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES, the third instalment in Scott Lynch’s popular fantasy series that [...]

  659. tomo says:

    so frustrating when people bring up ratings to argue against a show, arrested development my favourite comedy of all time imdb rate it a 9.2 out of 10 was cancelled only after 3 seasons, people are lazy with tv, the big bang theory, 2 broke girls and two and a half men are the most poorly written shows on tv, and they are the most popular, these shows have no heart, no witty jokes no originality they are just completely dull shows for the mindless drones who cant be bothered to change the channel.

  660. [...] Find out what she said about the book and the characters in this video – thanks to Gollancz Books. [...]

  661. [...] C. Robert Cargill. Freebie, first read. I was sent a copy of this book because I signed up to be a Gollancz Geek (and answered an email quickly). I need to write a review for Gollancz (by the end of the week, [...]

  662. Mark Hodder says:

    Confused. “The new versions will be particularly important to fans as they will present the Elric stories in a consistent internal chronological order … ” Yet DAUGHTER OF DREAMS is published first and is very obviously not the debut Elric adventure (in it, he references past novels, such as THE FORTRESS OF THE PEARL).

    • Marcus Marcus says:

      Ah, yes. It’s always hard to put all of the complicated bits in an announcement. The three Elric novels which are out now will be collected as the 7th Elric omnibus towards the end of the programme. So the 7 Elric volumes will then contain everything. But as they hadn’t been properly published in the UK before, Mike wanted to make them available here as individual books.

      Hope that makes sense!

  663. Susan Mitchell Scott says:

    I met Paul in 1969-1970 when my brother, Don Mitchell, and I helped to collate one of the early issues of Crawdaddy during the one year that Paul was at Swarthmore. We spread it out on the carpeted floor of one of the fancier lounge areas open to students. I happened to be visiting my brother for the weekend, who was also studying at Swarthmore and was a friend of Paul. I still have a copy of that particular issue, saved all those years, perhaps cause I sensed it was something groundbreaking.

  664. [...] I want to finish with the following thought, bringing it back to a guest Gollancz post on gender parity at Cons: [...]

  665. I hope this will be available across the pound come June! Congratulations to Ed and to Gollancz for snagging one of my favorite writers!

  666. Anjin says:

    I am constantly amused with myself that the first thing I think about when reading about a free online comic is “Are they going to let me give them money to get a hard copy?” Works on me every time.

    Can’t wait to read this!

  667. Mike Hunt says:

    You see, Ed, all that coffee, all those cigarettes and years of sleep deprivation are finally paying off! I can’t wait to see TRG in hardback! Do NOT kill off my favourite characters!

  668. Mairi says:

    Two words regarding the audio rights for this: Tom Hiddleston

  669. Neil says:


    Great to see a major player willing to take scripts direct from authors. I have a couple of questions;
    Is the one page synopsis a strict limit? I am finding it difficult to say all I need in a reasonable font.
    There are many sites and books that give guidance on what to include in a covering letter, is there a particular format which makes life easier for you?

    Thank you for your time.


    • Hi Neil,

      It’s not a strict limit – we won’t reject anything because the synopsis is longer than that. It’s just meant as a guideline for you.
      Do bear in mind that we don’t need every intricacy of the plot or characterisation mapped out in the synopsis either. You can focus on presenting the big picture. I hope that helps.
      The most important thing your cover letter should do is present the elevator pitch for your novel, and any useful information (previous writing experience, for example). But there’s no need to worry about a specific format. Readable. That’s about it!


  670. Gavin Smith says:

    One of my favorite series of books growing up.

  671. [...] You can read the official press release at the Gollancz blog here. [...]

  672. ediFanoB says:

    THE INCORRUPTIBLES sounds promising. I added the series to my 2014 check list.

  673. James M says:

    I liked ‘The Expendables’ too.

  674. [...] I was sent a copy of this book to review by Gollancz, from joining their cute little Gollancz Geeks programme. I sent them back this review; no idea if they’re going to use it themselves [...]

  675. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving writer. Hopefully he will now be able to afford to import Oscar Meyer bacon [that's an inside joke. He stayed with us for a couple weeks about two years ago, and fell in love with such Colonial items as O-M bacon, bear claws -- a sort of pastry here -- and breakfasts at Waffle House]. Oh, and I want a signed copy. Up Irons!

  676. Juan says:


    When will we have the results of the competition?

  677. Adam Dalton says:

    Woohoo! Don’t talk about books possibly being your last, Tom! Don’t you dare. Great cover. Great Title. Great writer. Really looking forward to reading the God Tattoo. And get started on the next one… at once!

  678. Tom Lloyd says:

    ;0) don’t worry, certainly not going to be my last! The next one is done and being edited, am working on the follow-up now.

  679. Casey says:

    This is certainly one of my favorites of the series. Here’s hoping the last book has the same kind of impact.

  680. Bea says:

    Can’t wait to read it!
    (on a side note, just to let you know I’ve left Goodreads and moved to LibraryThing – less Amazon-controlled hehe)


  681. Casey says:

    LOL at “in my opinion” since it is the only one that counts.

    Sookie does what she must.

  682. Kelly Hooper says:

    A: Jewels

  683. Mitch Benn says:

    The one thing I’d dispute is that Dredd DOES undergo what by his standards is a “personal transformation” in that he literally Budges An Inch On Something.


    At the beginning of Anderson’s assessment Dredd is of the opinion that she’s already patently unfit for duty and seems to be regarding this “training day” as a foregone conclusion. By the end of it he’s actually bending the rules in her favour by overlooking her loss of her Lawgiver (“an automatic fail”) and passing her anyway.

    It’s not just Anderson’s wide-eyed idealism he’s responding to; it’s the run-in with the quartet of bent Judges. Lex’s little speech (“this city’s a fucking meat grinder; all we do is turn the handle”) hits Dredd quite hard… He realises his own weary resignation (“It’s ALL the deep end”) isn’t too far away from Lex’s abject cynicism. Wide-eyed idealist though Anderson is, by the end of the movie Dredd realises that maybe a bit of idealism is what the force needs…

    So not a “personal journey” such as the average movie protagonist undergoes, but that’s not the kind of guy Dredd is (when he’s not being played by Sly Stallone anyway). The fact that Urban conveys all this with slight variations on Dredd’s default scowl is a tribute to his work.

    Agree it’s a shame that it looks like there’ll be no sequel but in many ways Dredd would be more at home on HBO anyway… Maybe we should lobby for that instead.

    M x

  684. Adam Roberts says:

    I agree this is a great film, and a great version of Dredd. I disagree in one small particular, though, with your excellent account of the movie — to my mind, Dredd himself has too much of a character arc (after all, he — SPOILER — forgives Anderson her failure on the training day. Me, I’d have preferred an even stonier, blanker portrayal of the lead. That’s just me, though.)

    Sequel: yes, not hopeful. Garland has said he’s negotiating for a Dredd TV series. I’d watch that.

  685. [...] Gollancz a achizitionat drepturile de publicare ale romanului The Relic Guild, debutul lui Edward Cox si începutul unei [...]

  686. Mark Yon says:

    One of my favourite Clarkes, for the reasons you describe, Marcus: thanks for sharing!

  687. etrb says:

    Hi. I was just in the bookshop the other day and noticed that some of your titles are now available in a new smaller size with a glossy cover, instead of a matte one.

    I really enjoy the series and the quality to which the books were previously produced, and so I was just wondering if this would be a permanent change for the series, or if the books will continue to be printed with the matte covers as well as the glossy ones?

    (note: I’m not talking about the cover designs themselves, just the finish.)

  688. Ceili says:

    Hi. Rather than land yet another manuscript in your laps perhaps you could mosey over to my new website in your own time and check out the premise and excerpts available there, freely and easily. The work is epic (250 000+), strange, dark and diverse. Cover art sorted, text formatted etc.


    Hope this suits.

    • Dear Ceili,

      I’m afraid we only consider manscripts via the post, as above, because it’s our most efficient system for reading submissions. If you’d like to send a few chapters in we’d be happy to take a look.


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  690. Kim Allen says:

    I’m really conflicted over this book, I cant wait to read it to find out what happens next but I’m sad too as it’s the last one. I know it’ll be worth it (all the books are amazing so it will be) which means I want to dive right in and absorb it as quickly as possible but knowing there wont be any more after this makes me not want to rush it, I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens when I actually have my copy in my hands :-D

  691. karen d says:

    cannot wait to read this

  692. Justine Hughes says:

    Sad this series is coming to an end but I can’t wait to read it.

  693. I’ll be very to see the last of Sookie, but I’m looking forward to whatever project Charlaine Harris works on next!

  694. Rachel Barton says:

    I cannot wait to read this

  695. andy angel says:

    Fingers crossed. It’ll be strange to know it’s all over but all good things must come to an end.

  696. amy christian says:

    i’ve been a fan of these books for soooo long, i think when i first read the first one the second hadn’t come out yet. its not secret that some of the books have been a little dissapointing, and maybe would have been better smushed together. some of the shorter stories have been better, like sams sisters wedding, and dracula night. but i fell in love with bon temps and love is unconditional good times, bad times, sookie, bill, eric, sam, merlotts are always there, and i will always be looking forward to reading and rereading them.

  697. Julia says:

    Cant wait to read it! I will so miss them !

  698. Louise says:

    I am very intregued after how the last one ended how the series will be drawn to a conclusion. I have loved every one of the books and since read Charlaine’s entire back catalogue.

  699. Rebecca Roberts-Higgins says:

    So gutted this is coming to an end. Not that it will stop my reading – the Sookie Stackhouse are easily the most read books i’ve ever owned. I’m even on my second set – one for reading, one for keeping ‘nice’!!!

  700. Geraldine says:

    I am so looking forward to reading this book. I really don’t want the series to be over. Sookie don’t go!!!!

  701. Kirsten Barthy says:

    I can’t believe it’s coming to an end but I can’t wait to read how its ending

  702. Karen Kazerella says:

    It’ll be sad to see Sookie go, but at least she’s had a good run.

    Can’t wait to find out how it’ll all end. Hope there’s a nice surprise!

  703. Lacey M says:

    I’m really excited the book is soon to be released but also kinda sad at the same time! I’ve read and followed all the Sookie Stackhouse books and will be sad to see them come to an end :( Can’t wait to read the last in the series and would love to win a copy!!

  704. Thea Wilson says:

    It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the characters but I am crazy anxious to find out how it’s all going to end though!

  705. Michelle Quinn says:

    An end of an era! I cant wait to read the last book but will be sad to see the end of this fabulous series. I look forward to charlaines next work.

  706. Emma Langley says:

    Very gutted about the series coming to an end, but like they say, all good things must come to an end! Very excited to see how it will end, and what will happen to Sookie. Got so many ideas, but only one way to find out! Role on next Tuesday!

  707. Tara ritchie says:

    So love all of charlines work books are excellent so sad to see the end of this series thanks tara

  708. Yvonne Ferguson says:

    Can’t wait to read this last book. However i’m also sad that this is gonna be the last i’m ginna read about any more antics with sookie and her friends xx

  709. Carly Chambers says:

    I’m very excited for this, but I’m a little nervous. I actually don’t know how I would like it to play out yet. I’m sure Charlaine will end things wonderfully no matter which way it all pans out *sniff*. I have lived and loved this world and characters for such a long time now – but all good things must come to an end! Would LOVE to win soooo much!! Thanks for the chance.. I hope everyone loves reading this final book! :)

  710. Jennifer Ovens says:

    I love this author! I can’t wait until this book comes out!

  711. Andrew says:

    Only just started dipping in and out of this series but this looks like a very bittersweet book. I hope everyone who loves the series enjoys this farewell…!

  712. Gemma says:

    I’m really conflicted over the final book. I like when a series ends, but i also will mourn he end of the series as you become so attached to the characters.

  713. Nikki Hayes says:

    I’m looking forward to the last book but have a sinking feeling Sookie might end up with Sam, this would be a massive letdown after them being mostly uninterested in a romance with each other through the whole series. I’d like to see her end up with Bill, he is the only one of the three who really loves her ;o)

  714. jodi says:

    Not sure how to feel about this book, on one hand I am sooooo excited I could pee!!!! lol!! on the other hand its sooooo sad that its the final and there will be no more. Hope there will be some happy ever afters though. Oh well am sure I can manage to read the books from the start over and over again.

  715. Kirsten Murphy says:

    I want to reread the whole series from the start knowing that I have this sitting there waiting on me to end with

  716. Ranjit Matharu says:

    My wife loves all the books so i would live to win this for her :-)

  717. sarah Knightley says:

    Can’t wait to read this, worth the wait.

  718. Amanda Gregory says:

    Can’t wait to read this book, love all the books and just can’t put them down once I start.

  719. Casey Scout says:

    Um, yeah, no thanks. My enthusiam for this book has come to a Dead End.

  720. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    Gutted there won’t be anymore after Dead Ever After, might start reading them again!

  721. Sue Carroll says:

    does anyone else hate picking up a book that is the final in a series – maybe they’ll do something bad to a favourite character and there won’t be another book to make it all better!!!
    But I’m really looking forward to this book.

  722. Ronne says:

    Do you only accept works from UK residents? I know its weird, but a lot of publishing houses insist that people try sending their works to regional publishers rather than those abroad. They say if the work is good enough they’ll pick if up for Europe/UK rights. Just wondering if you guys follow the same policy.

  723. Jackie Bayley says:

    Love the shirt!

  724. Phil Pierce says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one!!

  725. JO JONES says:

    Looks a great read

  726. Liz Simpson says:

    I can’t wait to see how the Sookie saga ends!

  727. Kieran says:

    enter me please

  728. steve stewart says:

    The wife can’t wait, so fingers crossed.

  729. Samantha Holbrook says:

    This looks really nice, looking forward to it.

  730. Catherine Owen says:

    It feels like i have been waiting for this last book for ages, cannot believe its almost time for publication! So looking forward to reading it, hope it lives up to the earlier books and Sookie has the end we all want for her.

  731. Andrew Kent says:

    Long awaited indeed!

  732. [...] Gollancz plans to publish the first novel in a simultaneous publication programme with the American publishers, Delacorte Press. [...]

  733. Graeme says:

    Looks like a great read.

  734. David Jonas says:

    I’m looking forward to the last Sookie Stackhouse novel. I can’t wait to read it!

  735. June Munday says:

    Sounds a good read.

  736. JWhitehouse says:

    Looking forward to this, can’t believe it’s the last one

  737. Victoria says:

    Can’t wait. I’m so excited!

  738. Fi Clark says:

    When I first read the Sookie books they were the US editions and weren’t available here. Seems incredible that we’re about to read the last one after so long! I have my fingers crossed that things go the way we all want them to with Sookie but as it’s the last book who knows what’s going to happen!

  739. Michael M says:

    A final Sookie Stackhouse book? This cannot be! Ah well, I’m hoping this’ll make for a grand finale then. It’s nearly goodbye, Bon Temps.

  740. keith says:

    the end of an era but good things come to those who wait as they say!

  741. Justin Kemp says:

    Ooooh…..LOOKS GREAT! Can’t wait…! Can it come sooner please!

  742. Victoria Gooch says:

    Can’t wait to read this book. I love the books more than the tv series.

  743. David Walker says:

    Looks great

  744. Catherine Reynolds says:

    After reading Some sort of Fariy tale and Dreams and Shadows, I am now looking for my new read. Reading Harry Potter til I find it :)

  745. Michelle says:

    Really looking forward to the last book, I can’t wait to read it!

  746. Jim Milligan says:

    I’m Dead Ever After

  747. Victoria Davis says:

    I’m a big fan of the books, much better than the tv show, I hope she has a great ending lined up for Sookie and the people of Bon Temps xx

  748. Samina says:

    The end of this series will be bitter sweet. It’s time to say goodbye to Sookie and Bon Temps.

  749. Rebecca Shelton says:

    so sad its the last ,gonna have to re read the whole series from the beginning, end of an era.

  750. Emma says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading the book. I’m so sad that it is going to be the last in the series. It has been an amazing journey.

  751. JoC says:

    The Sookie Stackhouse series has been absolutely brilliant. I completely trust Charlaine to come up with a suitable memorable ending to the story. It’s sad ‘all things must come to an end’, but we can treasure these books for ever more so in a way Sookie will always be immortal. :)

  752. jim mcleod says:

    Can’t wait until the 31st. I’ll be the one interviewing him during the event

  753. diane findlay says:

    these books are treasures to keep on the family book shelf , always entertaining and engrossing , true modern classics , i cant wait to read this next thrilling installment

  754. Brian says:

    Can’t wait to read this. Hopefully it’ll have a memorable ending.

  755. rosie says:

    yay a new book to read before i read this i need to reread the set :)

  756. [...] Publisher: Gollancz Genre: science fiction, alternative history fantasy, thriller Source: Gollancz Geeks Rating: [...]

  757. Lauren says:

    Cannot believe the end is almost here! Ive loved reading the books im sad this is the last one but hopefully sookie’s story will have a happy ending like she deserves

  758. Samantha Thompsom says:

    Omg I did not even there was a blog. I was looking through gollancz dark fantasy page which I have not seen posted in my news feed for a while & wanted the latest gossip. There is a blog… I’m not sure what I am most excited about, the blog or book. Gonna bookmark the blog lol

  759. Lynn Blakeman says:

    This is one of those books that I can’t wait to read but really don’t want to finish. I have loved Sukie from the start, Charlaine makes her so real. The t short is so cool and would be wonderful to show off my love for True Blood!

  760. Welsa says:

    I agree with most of your facts however, raj was never arrogant.

  761. Nefir says:

    I have to admit I’ve never read any of these books, but judging by the enthusiasm from alot of people, I think I’ll check them out :)

  762. Sara Cooper says:


    Anyone else hoping for a spin off?

  763. Mary Withrow says:

    Would love to win a copy for my daughter in law. Thank you so much for the chance! Mary

  764. andrea miles says:

    can’t wait for this

  765. Jay Hill says:

    Can’t wait to read this

  766. Caroline Toner says:

    Awaiting with interest, curiosity with a tinge of sadness – such great storytelling

  767. Leigh Wareing says:

    I can’t believe this will be the last Sookie Stackhouse novel. I cant wait to read it.


    Sad this series is coming to an end but can’t wait to read this book

  769. Jo Spink says:

    I love this series and only managed to read them when the majority had been published, which was great for me, but not so great for my housework and social life as I spent every minute I could reading these fabulous books. Its sad that this will be the last but thank you getting me back into reading books. x

  770. Claire Butler says:

    LOVE TRUE BLOOD /sookie stackhouse looks fab

  771. Clare Perquin says:

    Great comp and looks like a great read, thanks!

  772. Helen Aiken says:

    Really looking forward to reading the book, but so wish that it wasn’t the last one.

  773. Celia West says:

    Can’t wait to read this!

  774. leng jay says:

    I’m excited.

  775. Heather Haigh says:

    Can’t wait to read this but don’t want it all to end.

  776. Cathy Gordon says:

    Great intro to the book, definatley made me want to read it and I must confess I am not an avid book worm but this has got me hooked.
    Well done Charlaine Harris for the intro to what sounds like a fantastic book x

  777. Rhydian P says:

    Really looking forward to reading this.

  778. Chantal says:

    Although I’m really excited to read this I can’t believe its the last book :(

  779. Lani Nash says:

    I cannot wait to read this and find out how it turns out!

  780. Mickie Bull says:

    Awesome Giveaway!

  781. kristy brown says:

    Such a shame the series is ending, but I can’t wait to read it!

  782. Andrea K says:

    would love to win

  783. Norma McGill says:

    I have enjoyed all of the other books and of course the TV series – I.m sure there will be a twist in the ending and cant wait to read the final chapter!!

  784. Alisa Moore says:

    would love to win

  785. [...] current one, October this year seems to be [...]

  786. teresa jones says:

    Can’t wait to see how it ends…

  787. Lese Adkins says:

    Oooo would love to win this…please, pretty please pick me! Seriously though I’m so sad this series is coming to an end…I’ve read/listened (on audio book) to them all and thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope Sookie has a happy ending, she deserves it after all she has gone through and would love her to end up with either Sam or Bill. If she stays alive I hope its Sam but if she becomes a vamp, then I hope it will be Bill. It will be so hard reading the last one knowing there will never be another one…I’m quite sad about that….sniff sniff.