Read an exclusive extract from Dhonielle Clayton’s THE BELLES

We are thrilled to welcome Dhonielle Clayton to the Gollancz Blog. Today, Dhonielle shares with us the inspiration behind her new novel The Belles as well as an exciting extract. The Belles will be available in shops and online on the 8th February 2018. You can pre-order your copy here. I started The Belles eight years ago, but it’s a story that’s been living inside me since I was about twelve years old; long before I had dreams of being a writer. When I was a pimply, puffy-haired preteen, I overheard a conversation at my local suburban mall between several…

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IT’S THEIR WORLD NOW a Guest Post by C. Robert Cargill

Or at least, it might be soon . . . We extend a warm, human welcome to C. Robert Cargill, whose book SEA OF RUST is out today. A post-apocalyptic robot Western that is action-packed, adrenaline-fueled science fiction, and far timelier than we realized . . .  I didn’t set out to write a timely novel, really I didn’t. When the idea for SEA OF RUST came to me several years ago, the goal was to write a fun, pulpy yarn about robots set after the fall of mankind, with a post-apocalyptic flair and plenty of Robot PEW-PEW. But as…

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Ed McDonald on The Writing Process

  We are thrilled to welcome Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing to the Gollancz Blog. Ed McDonald’s debut novel, Blackwing is the gritty tale of Galharrow and his Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy . . .  So begins one of the most exciting fantasy novels you’ll read this year. You can read the opening chapter here. Join Ed as he discusses writing, his writing process, world building, spreadsheets and shares advice for how to get started.   The…

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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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Five Great Ocean SciFi Scenes: A Guest Post by Jon Wallace

 We are thrilled to welcome back Jon Wallace to the Gollancz Blog. Jon Wallace shares with us a guest blog post about his new novel Rig. The third installment in the Kenstibec series, Rig, is set largely at sea – specifically the Arctic Ocean. Rig is available now in trade paperback and ebook. To celebrate the occasion, here Jon picks five great moments in sea-borne science fiction.  Oceanic – alone with God  Greg Eagen plunges the reader into a frightening religious rite as our narrator, ten-year-old Martin, is bound, weighted down and lowered into the depths of the ocean by…

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