Happy Publication Day 20th April 2017!

It’s publication day! We’ve got an exciting new science fiction thriller featuring alien contact and a murder mystery, a classic new addition to the Masterworks list from Douglas Adams, and all the new paperbacks you can want from Joanne M. Harris, Jon Wallace and Tom Lloyd.   From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters FROM DARKEST SKIES is a high-concept science fiction thriller wrapped around a love story, a man’s search for the truth about his dead wife, and his relationship with the artificial intelligence he has built to replace her. Set in a future where the aliens came, waged war,…

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Here follows an announcement from the Department of Plugging Our Books and Looking Smug At the Same Time

This was originally posted on the SFGateway blog, but we thought it was too good not to cross-post here. Last November, we exhorted you all to vote in the Locus Poll of the best SFF of the 20th and 21st centuries. The results of the poll are now in, and, rather gratifyingly, SF Gateway and sister imprint Gollancz do quite well out of them. The top ten lists make for interesting reading and, no doubt, a few arguments. I imagine everyone will be having a broadly similar reaction – a mix of ‘quite right, too’ and ‘how on Earth did…

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Everything Unscrews

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Literature reflects events in the real world, and is influenced by them. Except for science fiction and fantasy, which have nothing to tell us about the human condition or the state of our culture. That’s the judgement of people who never read the stuff; the supercilious commentators, and the self-appointed arbiters of the dying Fourth Estate. Whereas those who do read and write in these genres know they are among the best interpreters, and always have been. Frankenstein, the point at which sf emerged as a discrete branch of fantasy, marked the beginning of the discord…

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