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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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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A pre-Hallowe’en treat from AJ Dalton

As a Hallowe’en treat and to celebrate World Fantasy Con in Brighton next week, AJ Dalton – author of Gollancz books EMPIRE OF THE SAVIOURS and GATEWAY OF THE SAVIOURS – is giving away a novella, Knight of Ages, for the next 10 days. Get your free download here! Adam says: “If you want, tell your friends, post the link everywhere, whatever. Happy days and I hope you enjoy it!”

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Friday Reads: Empire of the Saviours and more

So I’m editing the third of AJ Dalton’s fantasy trilogy at the moment (it’s very very good) and, as always, I had a quick skim through the first two books beforehand, to make sure I remembered who everyone was and where they’d been and so on. Now, let’s be honest here – I commissioned the books (they were one of the first two things I bought for Gollancz) – so I’m unlikely to suddenly turn around and say I don’t like them. But, honestly, I was reminded of just how good they are, and why I made the offer to…

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