New trends in Fantasy and SciFi: A Guest Post by AJ Dalton

We are delighted to welcome the brilliant AJ Dalton author of the Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, back to the Gollancz Blog. Today AJ Dalton tackles the new trends in Fantasy and SciFi. The return of epic fantasy? I’ve received a couple of fan emails asking why there isn’t more ‘epic fantasy’ around at the mo. Added to that, several conventions this year have had panel discussions on the epic fantasy sub-genre. What’s going on? The ‘epic’ sub-genre of fantasy literature was the dominant sub-genre in the 80s and 90s. It was overtaken by the urban, dark and grimdark sub-genres…

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Scott Lynch in conversation at FantasyCon 2016 (Scarborough, UK)

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to FantasyCon last weekend we are thrilled to be able to share with you a summary of the brilliant in conversation between between Marcus Gipps (editor at Gollancz) and guest-of-honor Scott Lynch on 24 Sept 2016. The summary was put together by A J Dalton (Gollancz author), audience member.   Marcus Gipps [MG]: So, Scott, when did you start writing? And why fantasy? Scott Lynch [SL]: It was basically laziness. I wasn’t much of a fantasy reader early on in my life – I was reading scifi instead. From the…

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Advice for Writers from Writers- Part Four

Welcome to our final collection of amazing advice for authors, with contributions from Aliette de Bodard, Anna Caltabiano, Jon Wallace and AJ Dalton. The previous parts are here, here and here. We hope you’ve found something useful in this collection of sometimes contradictory advice, and look forward to seeing you at #gollanczfest!   Aliette de Bodard: Rules shouldn’t be broken–unless you do it with enthusiasm and burn things to the ground. Some writers write detailed outlines, some just let the story take them where it will. It’s useful to know which one you are, but it’s also useful to remember…

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Happy Publication Day: 12 February 2015

We’d like to wish a very happy Publication Day to all of our books out in bookshops and online today. This week we’ve got robot overlords, thrilling ends to two very different fantasy series and an exciting new edition to the fantasy masterworks series. You’ve got so many reasons to visit your bookshop, library or feed your e-reader.  The Last Dark by Stephen Donaldson– The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – one of the keynote works of…

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The Greater Fantasy- a guest post from A J Dalton

Gollancz is thrilled to welcome A.J. Dalton back to the blog. AJ Dalton looks at the greater fantasy and discusses the different mythos  behind many great fantasy epics. ‘Fantasy’s just made-up stuff, though, isn’t it.’ Ah, if only it were that simple, it would be far easier to write. Let’s think about it for a second. Did Tolkein simply make it all up? Or did he, as a Professor of Anglo-Saxon, manage to distill a lifetime of research and knowledge into an epic narrative that succeeded in speaking first to the English, then Europe, and then the entire world? For…

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