Dune! Some thoughts from Malcolm Edwards

My first encounter with Dune was the opening sentence of Part Two, Muad’Dib: “Now Harkonnen shall kill Harkonnen,” Paul whispered. Dune wasn’t even a novel at that time – it was a pair of magazine serials, published in one of the leading magazines, Analog, still under the legendary editorship of John W. Campbell Jr. The first section, “Dune World” (“Dune” in the novel), appeared in three parts between December 1963 and February 1964. Readers then had to wait almost a year for the second section, “The Prophet of Dune”, which was a five-part serial commencing in January 1965. In the…

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On the sixth day of Christmas…

The 30th of December. It’s somehow not quite Christmas any more, it’s not quite the New Year either, so it seems a marvellous day to look back at the year 2011 . . . and it’s been quite a year for Gollancz! So here are six of our highlights from the past twelve months . . . 1) Our 50th birthday party – it’s extraordinary to think that the Gollancz SF list is 50 years old! In that time the list has published some amazing authors, including Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Terry Pratchett, Alastair Reynolds, George Orwell, Gene Wolfe…

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Gollancz 50th: The Time Machine

‘I seemed to see a ghostly, indistinct figure sitting in a whirling mass of black and brass for a moment – a figure so transparent that the bend behind with its sheets of drawings was absolutely distinct; but this phantasm vanished as I rubbed my eyes. The Time Machine had gone . . . The Time Traveller vanished three years ago. And, as everybody knows now, he has never returned.’ The Time Machine is a curious little novel. It’s an engaging, smart and thoughtful read which packs a tremendous number of ideas into a remarkably compact space, all the while…

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