Film Review: High Rise

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog. Jon Wallace’s new books Steeple is out now in paperback . Jon Wallace returns to the blog today with a not too spoilery review of the film High Rise. There’s a lot to like about Ben Wheatley’s High Rise. Adapting Ballard’s book is a natural fit for a filmmaker with an established interest in our latent capacity for bestial violence; in characters who toss away the moral compass to go sightseeing in the primal recesses of the mind, and indulge their basest urges. The adaptation, by Wheatley and…

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Can you pass Kenstibec’s Driving Test?

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog. Jon Wallace’s new books Steeple is out today in paperback and to celebrate we’ve got a special treat.  Join us as we find out what it takes to pass Kenstibec’s driving test  . . . Jon Wallace’s Kenstibec books are twisted, darkly humorous tales following antihero Kenstibec, a taxi driver working in the wasteland of a dystopian future Britain. He is a member of the ‘Ficial’ race – an engineered species of super intelligence and near invulnerable physical perfection. The Ficials were created to help people, but eventually…

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Happy Publication Day 10th March 2016

We’d like to wish a very happy publication day to three incredible paperbacks. Return to the stunning world of Radiant State, escape for another epic adventure with Kenstibec and get lost in the latest collection of Witcher tales. Wish lists at the ready, here’s your excuse to visit your favourite bookshop, library or eTailer. Steeple by Jon Wallace– The follow-up to the acclaimed Barricade  this a brilliant short, sharp and kinetic SF thriller. Kenstibec is a Ficial – a genetically engineered artificial life form; tough, skilled, hard to kill. Or at least he was. He’s lost the nanotech that constantly…

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Six Stand-out SciFi Skyscrapers of the Screen

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post on Stand-out SciFi Skyscrapers of the Screen. Jon Wallace’s new book Steeple is out in paperback on Thursday. The sequel to Barricade, Steeple, comes out in paperback this week. Set in the gloom of a dystopian future Britain, the story follows narrator, Kenstibec, on an insane mission to climb a gigantic, ruined skyscraper – a nightmare tower scarred by a thermonuclear explosion, inhabited by bloodthirsty tribes and rotting drones, pulsing with a mysterious, dormant artificial intelligence. To mark the publication, and to celebrate…

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Cover Reveal: Rig

We are delighted to reveal the cover for Jon Wallace’s enthralling new SF book, Rig, the final novel in the Kenstibec trilogy. The Kenstibec trilogy began with Barricade, which  introduced the artificial lifeform Kenstibec. Steeple saw him reduced to the level of humanity. Now Kenstibec must fight his way to the home of the man who created him and the other Ficials. The man who tipped the world into war and sealed humanity’s fate. Can Kenstibec win back a future for man? We are thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for the final book in the…

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