Happy Publication Day 19th October!

Publication day 19th October

It’s publication day! And we’ve got something for everyone: fast-paced, action-packed military SF, a lyrical modern fairy tale, a scarily prescient take on climate change, the epic conclusion to a long-running fantasy series and a new addition to the seminal SF Masterworks collection. The Bastard Legion: Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith A ‘Dirty Dozen’ or ‘Suicide Squad’ for lovers of ‘Aliens’, THE BASTARD LEGION series is a down and dirty military SF set in a world of mercenary actions and covert operations.  In FRIENDLY FIRE, the Bastard Legion are hired to pull off a daring power-armoured heist of propriety tech.…

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Miska Corbin vs. the World

We are thrilled to welcome the brilliant Gavin Smith back to the Gollancz Blog. Today, Gavin will introduce us to the unforgettable Miska Corbin and we’ll get to see how she would fare against some of our favourite genre characters.  Seven years ago my first novel, Veteran, came out.  To help publicise it I wrote this blog comparing Jakob Douglas, the ne’er do well hero of Veteran with other fictional, so-called hard men like Snake Plissken, Takeshi Kovacs and Mad Max.  As I had set up the completely arbitrary ranking system, not surprisingly, my fictional creation scored quite well against…

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (A Review by Gavin Deas)

Today we welcome Gavin Deas the author of the stunning Empires: The First Battle back to the blog for a **SPOILER FILLED** review of The Force Awakens. You have been warned.  The two-headed monster that is Gavin Deas has been fighting again. This time, however, they’re not arguing over the colour of lasers, or who’d win a fight between a dragon and mech. No, this time it’s serious. This time they’ve both been to see Star Wars: the Force Awakens. First up, representing the Dark Side of the Farce, Gavin Smith: So my opinions on the Star Wars franchise are…

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Exclusive interview with Gavin Deas author(s) of Elite: Wanted

So Elite: Wanted by Gavin Deas is out on the 15th of May. Gavin Deas is the cunning pseudonym of fantasy author Stephen Deas (The Adamantine Palace, The Black Mausoleum, Dragon Queen et. al.) and science fiction author Gavin Smith (Veteran, War In Heaven, Age of Scorpio and Crysis: Escalation). To better understand the process behind writing a collaborative novel Stephen and Gavin decided to interview each other. The results were not terribly helpful: Stephen:  So, Gavin, what interested you in working on Elite: Wanted? Was it really just because you wanted to write about space pirates? Gavin:  SPACE-PIRATES! Well…

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ELITE A GUIDE FOR THE UNINITIATED

I was delighted to hear that classic game ELITE was making a comeback this year, and even more delighted when I learned that Gollancz would be publishing a trio of tie-in novels. But what is thing you call ELITE, you cry? You mean you don’t know?! Well, I had a similar reaction from some of m’learned (or not) sales colleagues, so I put together the following to help them sell it in… Morning all, It has come to my attention that some of you are struggling to get your heads around the Elite books, so here’s a quick guide for…

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