Miska Corbin vs. the World

We are thrilled to welcome the brilliant Gavin Smith back to the Gollancz Blog. Today, Gavin will introduce us to the unforgettable Miska Corbin and we’ll get to see how she would fare against some of our favourite genre characters.  Seven years ago my first novel, Veteran, came out.  To help publicise it I wrote this blog comparing Jakob Douglas, the ne’er do well hero of Veteran with other fictional, so-called hard men like Snake Plissken, Takeshi Kovacs and Mad Max.  As I had set up the completely arbitrary ranking system, not surprisingly, my fictional creation scored quite well against…

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A new model of the hero – Steph Swainston talks Fair Rebel and the Castle books

We are thrilled to welcome Steph Swainston back to the Gollancz blog for a special guest post on heroes, Fair Rebel and the Castle series. These days, heroism isn’t hard to find. The cinemas abound with superheroes; a boy wizard is recognised around the globe, even the Jedi have returned again. These can be fun, exciting, uplifting. But the same thing links them all; their talent is intrinsic. They are born, products of hallowed bloodlines, or created by mysterious outside forces. In our fantasies, it seems, we yearn to discover we are special, chosen by nature or circumstance for something…

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Exclusive Interview with Nalini Singh

To celebrate the publication of the latest in Nalini Singh’s incredible Guild Hunter series, ARCHANGEL’S HEART, we chatted to Nalini about her book recommendations, writing and dragons (natch).   Who is your favourite author? I can’t pick just one! Instead I’ll give you the two authors I’ve been reading and loving the longest. Whether it’s new books or, in one case, rereads, I get just as much enjoyment from their books every time: Anne McCaffrey and JD Robb. What book do you most often recommend to friends? I tend to tailor my recommendations to the likes/dislikes of my friends. Since I’m…

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Exclusive Interview with Peter Higgins

We are delighted to welcome Peter Higgins back to the Gollancz Blog for a special interview. Peter Higgins is the author of the forthcoming Wolfhound Empire. Find out what books Peter has been reading recently, his favourite author, his writing rituals, most recommended book and much more! Who is your favourite author? David Bowie. Jack Kirby. Robert Holdstock. Hidetaka Miyazaki. Susan Cooper. Joan Aiken. Graham Sutherland. Peter Redgrove. Ted Hughes. T S Eliot. Dylan Thomas. Angela Carter. Joyce Carol Oates. Charles Dickens. Tolstoy. Ivon Hitchens. Scott Walker. That’s today’s list. Tomorrow’s might be different. At the moment, the current writers…

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‘How do I give these characters the ending they deserve?’ A Guest Post by Den Patrick

We are delighted to welcome Den Patrick back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post on his stunning fantasy trilogy The Erebus Sequence.  This is the end, my only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end – End of the Night by the Doors The paperback of The Girl on the Liar’s Throne is released this Thursday, 13th October, bringing an end to The Erebus Sequence. Endings are hard and for me as the author there is the acknowledgement that I may well never write any more stories set in Landfall.…

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