Open and Shut a short story by Alastair Reynolds

Have we got a treat for you! We are thrilled to share Open and Shut, an exclusive short story by Alastair Reynolds, today. Step into the futuristic world of Prefect Dreyfus for a fast paced new SF crime story. This is your new SF obsession. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday . . . and unless the cause can be found – and stopped – within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on . .   Open and Shut  Not many months…

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Who Killed Woodbine Scab? A Short Story by Gavin G. Smith

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post. Gavin returns to the blog with the exclusive short story: Who Killed Woodbine Scab?   You know how deeply unsatisfying those stories that end with ‘it was all a dream’ are? Well let me say right off the bat that this was all a hallucination. The only bit that I’m reasonably sure was real was the raid on the lab. Before we start there’s something you should know about me: I’m a slave. I don’t quite mean that in a literal sense,…

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THE TROUBLE WITH HIRING SKIPS a Short Story by Edward Cox

We’ve got a special treat for you this afternoon. Just in time for Halloween we’ve got a for a dark and creepy exclusive short story from Edward Cox. Make sure you read this story with all the lights on.   The Trouble with Hiring Skips Norman knew that hiring skips was a risky business. It was said that once the lease forms were signed, and a container was placed outside one’s home, a curious and ancient lore of nature was invoked. Mysteriously, magically, always during the cover of darkness, an old and tatty mattress was destined to appear in the…

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Listen to Champion of Dead Time

We have some incredibly exciting news for you. In need of an engrossing new audio short story? We’ve got the brilliant standalone short story Champion of Dead Time, set in between The Relic Guild and The Cathedral of Known Things available to download now for free. In the heart of the Retrospective, a demon is awakened from never-ending war with a terrible new purpose…. We caught up with Edward Cox who said: “Champion of Dead Time is a short story designed to fit neatly between The Relic Guild and The Cathedral of Known Things. I like to think of it…

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Rich People a short story by Gavin G. Smith

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post. Gavin returns to the blog with the thrilling Rich People, a  companion short story to Poor People Parts I and II.   It’s been a good long time since I wrote Rich People so I’m struggling to remember what it was all about.  It was the second ever fictional outing for the unpleasant Woodbine Scab, ex-serial killer, cult leader, and Elite, turned bounty killer, and his long suffering humanophile insect partner/captive Vic Matto.  The first fictional outing being Poor People parts I…

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