Memories from Eastercon 2007

We are delighted to welcome Mark Stay back to the Gollancz Blog. Mark is part of the Gollancz sales team. Today he shares his memories of his very first Eastercon. Ten years ago I enjoyed/suffered/endured my first ever Eastercon as part of the Gollancz team. Looking back at my diary it’s interesting just how little of the actual conference I chronicled — mostly because I was away filming authors — but I must have liked it, as I’ve been back for more several times since. It’s generally a slicker affair these days, but some of that ramshackle charm remains. I…

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WIN Robot Overlords!

Absolutely thrilled that today sees the big reveal of the ROBOT OVERLORDS collectors’ film poster over at Empire Online. Director Jon Wright and I wanted to capture the feel of those classic ‘80s Amblin movies with our film and this poster does exactly that. It’s by renowned artist Brian Taylor (aka Candykiller) and if you pop over to his store, you’ll find we’re in very good company with every poster you could want for the film fan in your life this Christmas (I’ll have the Blade Runner one, please!). Keep watching this space for more news on release dates soon……

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ELITE A GUIDE FOR THE UNINITIATED

I was delighted to hear that classic game ELITE was making a comeback this year, and even more delighted when I learned that Gollancz would be publishing a trio of tie-in novels. But what is thing you call ELITE, you cry? You mean you don’t know?! Well, I had a similar reaction from some of m’learned (or not) sales colleagues, so I put together the following to help them sell it in… Morning all, It has come to my attention that some of you are struggling to get your heads around the Elite books, so here’s a quick guide for…

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Our Robot Overlords

Now that Gillian Anderson has spilled the beans, I guess I can talk a little more about OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS, the script I’ve been working for the better part of the last two years. So let’s if I can do this without dropping any mahoosive spoilers or enraging the producers. Director Jon Wright and I have a straightforward method of working: I plough ahead and make a complete mess with the first draft, then Jon comes along behind me and tidies up, then I do another pass and tidy his stuff, and so on and so on until, about 18…

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Oh, Prometheus

Aww, remember this? Remember how excited you were…? And then you saw the movie. Some have been scathing of Prometheus, but I rather enjoyed it. No, it wasn’t Alien or Aliens, but it looked jaw-droppingly stunning, and there were great performances. But something wasn’t quite right, and it was largely the screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof who came in for a kicking. Spaihts has already spoken in some detail about what was in his original draft, and then this week it was released free-to-read online for a few days (though it now seems to have disappeared from the Prometheus…

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