This January has seen Channel 4 up their game with some great new shows to fill those hour long slots left empty by Fresh Meat and Homeland. Utopia is absolutely no exception, and is what we’ve been yearning for – the nation was crying out for a modern, innovative and thought-provoking British drama with, let’s face it, a superb marketing campaign, some hot young tings, and absolutely no period costumes involved.
I’m reluctant to reveal too much of the plot, … More
I remember getting an email from my colleague Simon Spanton some years ago. It was a simple message, ‘You’ll like this.’ Attached to the email was a file with the first few chapters of a book he wanted to buy for Gollancz called The Blade Itself. I opened the attachment and started to read.
He wasn’t wrong; the combination of black humour, violence and dental torture appealed to me very much. I wanted to read more and I’m happy … More
I’m not the editor responsible for bringing Brandon Sanderson to Gollancz. Simon Spanton, Deputy Publishing Director of Gollancz and the person most frequently behind @Gollancz (and entirely behind @SimonGuy64) on twitter, is. Of course the team is involved in acquisition decisions – but that doesn’t mean that we all always have the time to read projects in their entirety before agreeing. And, to be honest, if Simon says something is good, it’s good.
So it wasn’t until this … More