Science Fiction Science: A Report From the Front Lines of SETI

We are thrilled to welcome Alex Lamb back to the Gollancz blog for a very special guest post. Alex is the author of the Robotoeer trilgoy (Roboteer, Nemesis, Exodus). Today, Alex takes us behind the scenes of the SETI project and talks about the real life science that influences his fiction. We science fiction writers speculate endlessly about life on other worlds. We dream up alien races and machine civilizations. We conjure interstellar technology out of hand-waved explanations. However, we seldom, if ever, get to actually contribute to the real-world search for such things. But this year, very unexpectedly, I…

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Happy Publication Day 18th May 2017!

It’s a very special publication day for us as we get to bring you a never-before-seen novel from the legendary David Gemmell! Not only that, we’ve got two excellent science fiction novels from Justina Robson and Alex Lamb out in trade along with two fantastic paperbacks from Alastair Reynolds and James Barclay.   Rhyming Rings by David Gemmell A stunning, never before published, supernatural crime novel from the legendary David Gemmell, with a new introduction by Conn Iggulden and afterword from Stan Nicholls David Gemmell was the UK’s number one fantasy and historical novelist until his death in 2006. A…

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Happy Publication Day 9th March 2017!

We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week. It’s paperback time, which means affordable and portable reading is at your fingertips! Even more so if you include our audio release! We’ve got multi-award-nominated short fiction, mind-expanding science fiction, and more of the fantasy series that inspired the mega hit game The Witcher!   Invisible Planets by Hannu Rajaniemi Mindblowingly inventive and beautifully written short stories from the most exciting new name in SF Hannu Rajaniemi exploded onto the SF scene in 2010 with the publication of his first novel The Quantum Thief. Acclaimed by fellow authors such…

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Cover Reveal: Exodus

We’re delighted to reveal the cover to EXODUS by Alex Lamb. The cover was illustrated by the hugely talented Sebastien Hue. EXODUS is the follow up to ROBOTEER and NEMESIS, this is the final stand-alone volume in Alex’s universe spanning series. The Photurians – a hivemind of sentient AIs and machines – were awakened by humanity as part of a complex political trap. But they broke free, evolved, and now the human race is almost finished. Once we spanned dozens of star systems; now only four remain, and Earth is being evacuated. But the Photes can infect us, and among…

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Advice for Writers from Writers – Part Three

For our third collection of #gollanczfest authors providing suggestions and advice on how to be a writer, we welcome Elizabeth Bear, Stan Nicholls, Alex Lamb and Joanne Harris. If you missed the first two parts, click here and here.   Elizabeth Bear: The editor is actually rooting for you to pull it off. Don’t disappoint her. And don’t treat her as an adversary, because she’s not. Get up and stretch and walk around every 50 minutes. Make sure your desk is low enough not to cause wrist and shoulder damage. Hydrate. Back up daily to a new file and two…

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