The Genesis of Memorable Moments: A Guest Post by Tony Gonzales

We are delighted to welcome Tony Gonzales to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post about the influence and inspiration video games had on  his new book The Tabit Genesis.   In the gaming world, I guess I’m considered an old man. My first gaming system was an Intellivision, which my parents regretted immediately because of their inability to detach me from Space Battle. That was 1980, the same year they subscribed to cable television for $15 a month. I did not see Star Wars in theaters, but I watched it at least 40 times from home. I was…

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Friday Reads: The Last Wish

So, one of the benefits of working at Gollancz is that you get free books. Which is nice, although to be fair I’m not sure I actually need that many more books. But then, on the other hand, they’re so brilliant. Who needs room in their house anyway? One of the less frequent benefits is that we get sent other free stuff. Occasionally, if we publish a tie-in to a computer game, we get sent copies of the game when it’s released. Now, I’m not a big gamer. I only have an Xbox because, in a moment of madness, my…

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The Elder Scrolls vs The Witcher: a Guest Post by Chris Wooding

The Elder Scrolls or The Witcher series? Where do you stand? Are you the kind of player who likes to stand on a snowy mountainside at night and stare at a distant dragon silhouetted against the moons for an hour? Or do you want gritty moral choices and a story that reacts to them? Skyrim is the latest in a line of wonderfully detailed sandbox games that allow you to wander to your heart’s content, roaming beautiful daisy-filled mountain meadows, and occasionally having your face ripped off by a troll. In The Witcher, it is assumed that everyone’s face is…

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