Meet Our New Senior Editor, Rachel Winterbottom

Hi, I’m Rachel and I’m the new senior editor here at Gollancz. In my previous roles I’ve commissioned academic books for a university press and worked on Voyager’s SFF list. I’ve also been an editorial assistant for a newspaper aimed at people who attend cat shows, during which time I wrote a regular column that was unfortunately called ‘Through the Cat Flap with Rachel Winterbottom’ (it was very Sex and the City). I’m originally from Manchester and moved to London last year, but I’ve also lived in exotic locations such as Pudsey and Wakefield. Before making the move to the…

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The Island and the Monster – Tim Clare

We’re thrilled to welcome poet and author Tim Clare to the Gollancz blog. His debut novel, THE HONOURS, has just been published by Canongate and is well worth picking up. Over to Tim… I remember when, at the age of 13, I first destroyed the world. We were on a family holiday in Swansea. I had got hold of a friend’s Gameboy and, over several hunched, hermetic days I played through Link’s Awakening. In the game you’re Link, perpetual hero of the Zelda series, who wakes up after a shipwreck on mysterious Koholint Island. You quickly discover that the island…

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Welcome to The Great Zoo of China

This week, our brethren at Orion Fiction are excited to publish The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. A best seller both here and abroad, his new book comes with the simplest, may microphone dropping, pitch a publisher (and reader) could ask for: Jurassic Park… with Dragons! Prepare for blurbness… It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group…

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#WeirdLondon- Celebrating Favourite London Based Novels

London, any city in fact, is a coming together of many, many stories. Writers of the fantastic have long been fascinated by the potential of cities as locales for their stories but London, with its unique combination of great age, many cultures and continuing significance, has been the setting for perhaps more than its fair share of stories of the strange, surreal and fantastic. From tales of other Londons existing alongside the city we know, to ghost stories, to metaphysical horror, to thrilling stories of modern-day gods; from the literary and the surreal to the comic and the bawdy we…

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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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