Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, we are home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through our long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, we have one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.
Mission: To publish the very best authors in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, to re-present the classics of the genre to a fresh audience and to discover the stars of tomorrow. To boldly go, dare we say it, where no publisher has gone before . . .
About Team Gollancz
Gillian is the Publishing Director. She joined the team in 2004 and isn’t sure she’s left the office since. She loves travel, challenges and good fantasy novels, hates being bored and is largely ambivalent about chocolate. When not working in the Gollancz Dungeons she reads, practises archery, knits, conducts a never-ending war against her garden and doesn’t spend enough time in the gym . . . You can follow her on twitter: @GillianRedfearn
Simon finds himself Associate Publisher of Gollancz with no clear idea of how he got here but fairly sure he enjoyed the journey. There was some college, a lot of bookselling and a bit of marketing along the way but that was a long time ago. He’s been editing since 1991. He’s always read SF, Fantasy and Horror but he always enjoyed reading other stuff as well. He’s published other stuff too but never had as much fun doing it as he’s had publishing genre books. He’s very happy doing what he’s doing; to the extent that he’s been comprehensively ruined for doing anything else. Anything else may have got off lightly. He’s definitely more Arthur Dent than Takeshi Kovacs. But then if anyone in publishing tells you they’re like Takeshi Kovacs they are LYING.
Darren is Gollancz’s Digital Publisher. People ask him what that means and, upon comparing answers, he finds that he’s told everyone something different. That’s because it’s the future and it’s changing all the time; at least, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it. When he’s not digitising thousands of classics for our fabulous SF Gateway project, he likes to bore people rigid about SF & Fantasy, comics, cricket, football and Belgian beer. This can only be prevented by bringing him drinks.
Marcus joined Gollancz as an Editor at the beginning of 2011, and is greatly enjoying the chance to work on the kind of books he’s always read. His shelves at home are groaning. Previously, he spent ten years as a bookseller for Blackwell’s, ending up as Sales Manager for their flagship London shop on Charing Cross Road. He lives with his partner, a historian and novelist, and their very small child, who is going to know more about SFF then anyone else at nursery. This may not be a good thing.
Charlie Panayiotou (try pronouncing that) works as Editorial Manager for Gollancz. Possibly the only person at Orion with a BSc, he spends too much money on CDs rather than just downloading everything and reads various Japanese comics. If you want to make friends with him, just tell him how much you hate The Big Bang Theory.
Emily is the most recent addition to the Gollancz team and assist with all things SF Gateway. As a graduate in English Literature and a long-time fan of SFF, she feels a bit like she cheated somewhere along the way by landing a job that she can honestly say she loves doing. When she’s not stuck in a book (a rare thing these days, indeed), she spends her time drawing digitally and has a particular fondness of manga and anime.
Jen works in the Gollancz/Indigo marketing teams. Originally from New York, she talks too loud (and far too fast). When not marketing books or devising evil genius plans (as she prefers to think of marketing) she reads too much, adventures as much as possible and is learning the difference between US and UK English (it’s a complex process). She has a weakness for brilliant genre and YA novels, fairytales, myths, chocolate tea and trashy American TV. She also has a pathological hatred of mayo. You can follow her on Twitter: @gennmcmenemy
Sophie joined Gollancz as Publicity Manager in the waning months of 2013. Following her degrees in Twentieth Century English Literature and brief flirtations with bookselling, Sophie became a dab hand at publicising SFF novels while handling the PR activity for Titan Books (2009 – 2013). Spending her formative years devouring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deep Space Nine and SG1, Sophie’s literary tastes have always gravitated towards the speculative and fantastical. When she’s not attending books events or cultivating killer blog tours, Sophie spends her time training for international marathons, canal boating in France, whipping up Asian-inspired feasts (she’s addicted to curries) and visiting her home town of Totnes; the patchouli scented Devonshire town once named as “the capital of new age chic” by Time Magazine.
Hannah is the newest member of the Marketing team. She is gently being coaxed in the world of SF by swapping geeking out at Arrested Development to knowing her Abercrombie from her Aaronovitch. Hannah can often be seen in the office eating other people’s snacks and asking Jen her 18th question of the day, whilst working on trying to make people love the books she has just fallen in love with through the power of social media, and trying to sneak terrible puns into copy. She loves breakfast foods above all things, and will aggressively justify why Mean Girls is in her top three films when questioned, leaving you to wish you’d never asked and/or for early death. You can follow her on Twitter: @hatkinson_. You cannot follow her in real life.
Mark is the Online Key Accounts Director at the Orion Publishing Group. He also writes and is currently working on a number of script projects, including OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS for director Jon Wright and Piers Tempest’s Tempo Productions. You can follow him on Twitter @markstay or or read his blog at: http://unusuallytallstories.wordpress.com
Paul S is the Audio & Digital Manager. After a childhood reading Terry Pratchett and Anne McCaffrey, Paul Stark fell into publishing following a Christmas selling books and eighteen months working in stripes in an American themed restaurant. After three years selling sub-rights he is now a member of the Orion audio and digital team. He lives in Blackheath in south east London, and his favourite authors are Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie and Téa Obreht. He also knows how to make balloon animals.