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Gavin G. Smith

Gavin Smith was born in Dundee in the same year that Iron Butterfly recorded Inna-Gadda-da-Vida. He has also lived in Camberley, Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Hull, Leamington Spa and is currently living a near feral existence in Leicester (if you see him in the streets he will write science fiction for sweeties). Anyone who has been to any of these places will understand why his fiction is like it is.

He has a degree in writing for film and a Masters in medieval history. Veteran is his first novel but he is patiently waiting for one of the 2.5 scripts that have been optioned to be turned into films.

He likes to travel and dive when he can afford it and in his free time he enjoys getting the s**t kicked out of him whilst practicing Silat. He is hoping that his books does well so he can buy a motorbike.

For more information visit Gavin’s website.


Jupiter Ascending is better than Star Wars

The Gollancz Blog is delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the blog. As you can see from the title of this post, Gavin is about to explain to you why he belives Jupiter Ascending is better than Star Wars. 

So now that I have your attention… I enjoy baiting Star Wars fans.  Part of it is their oh-so earnest fervour; part of it is I enjoy being booed at conventions; (it makes me … More

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Why our alien invasion story is better than all the others

The Gollancz Blog is delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the blog with a special guest post on alien invasion stories. 

(Optimus Deas, as my co-author Stephen Deas is now insisting on being addressed, begged me not to call it this.)

(Warning: there will be exclamation mark abuse. There will, however, be no discussion of the Transformers movies because there aren’t enough exclamation marks!)

It started with Star Wars. So you make a massive world destroying … More

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Exclusive Cover Reveal- EMPIRES: INFILTRATION and EMPIRES: EXTRACTION!

Gollancz are thrilled to reveal the covers for two very different books coming later this year – EMPIRES: INFILTRATION and EMPIRES: EXTRACTION. Written by Gavin Deas (a cunning pseudonym for the writing team of GAVIN Smith and Stephen DEAS), the two books cover the same period of time from two different viewpoints.

Two alien races have fought a long and bitter war among the stars. And now their conflict has bought them to … More

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Hannu Rajaniemi Is Not A Real Man And I Can Prove It!

Gollancz welcomes Gavin G. Smith back for a very special guest post in which he attempts to prove his rather spectacular theory about fellow author (and “arch-nemesis”) Hannu Rajaniemi.

(Most of this is true.)

My Story:

So Veteran, my first novel, was published in 2010.  There was something of a buzz about it beforehand.  I was one of two SF debuts from Gollancz that year.  Like most first time authors I was incredibly excited and looking forward to seeing the … More

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Happy Publication Day to ELITE: DANGEROUS!

Today sees the release in e-format of three books I’m very excited about – Gollancz’s three official tie-ins to forthcoming blockbuster computer game ELITE: DANGEROUS.

But wait! If you’re the sort of person who would never read a game-related tie-in, please let me try and convince you why these are worth your time.

For a start, there is no real plot to the ELITE games – they’re a sandbox, a world in which the player truly makes his own decisions. Apart from … More

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