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Month: July 2014

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Simon Spanton tells us why we should all go and buy The Republic of Thieves paperback, and why B format is his personal favourite… Hearty congratulations to Scott Lynch on the mass market paperback publication of his awesome Gentleman Bastard novel The Republic of Thieves. Here’s your chance to catch up on the adventures of […]

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Two Weeks to LonCon!

LonCon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention starts two weeks today! Running from Thursday 14th until Monday 18th August, at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands, this is THE event in the science fiction calendar. The great and good of the SF world will converge on London for this five-day celebration of science fiction, with […]

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Imagining the Truth with Adam Roberts, Jasper Fforde and Mike Figgis

Can imagination lead us to truths hidden from the rational mind, or is this romantic hogswash? Check out this debate on fantasy to see Gollanz author Adam Roberts waging war against Jasper Fforde and director Mike Figgis. From the Institute of Art and Ideas.   Watch more videos on Follow the Institute of Ideas […]

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How big do your photos need to be?

The seemingly inexorable rise of digital cameras’ megapixel counts might be fabulous for cramming more detail into our images, but the truth is that our photos don’t always need to be enormous. It might seem like a tragic waste of pixels, but when it comes to sharing on the web, you will be doing yourself […]

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Exclusive Murder Room Crossover: Peter Higgins Reviews Red Winter

In an exchange placement with our crime-loving cousins at the Murder Room, Wolfhound Century author Peter Higgins slipped into the world of historical thriller fiction to read Dan Smith’s new paperback Red Winter. This is what he discovered…  A man on horseback emerges from the edge of a dark forest, crosses a shallow icy river […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Centauri Device

This week’s SF Masterwork of the Week is M. John Harrison’s The Centauri Device – the book credited with kick-starting the New Space Opera movement.  To introduce you to this extraordinary work, we’re delighted that our good friends at SFX, the UK’s premier SF entertainment magazine, have kindly allowed us to republish this article from […]

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From the Archive II

The publisher Victor Gollancz was renowned for throwing fantastic parties as well as publishing exceptional novels, and we have always tried to uphold both glorious traditions. This photographic evidence of our success comes from a 1988 party held at Two Brydges Place, to celebrate the publication of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters and Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss. Scroll […]

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Toeing the line: from infinity points to leading lines in your photos

While it might feel a bit peculiar or contrived to search for lines to insert into your photographic compositions, they’re an important design element that you shouldn’t overlook or dismiss. Lines have the potential to ground your photo with a solid composition, but they can also be used to give your image a dynamic edge. […]

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On This Day: Cyrano de Bergerac

On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris.  Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, among film aficionados, as the inspiration for the Steve Martin film Roxanne – Cyrano de Bergerac is a figure of […]

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Team Gollancz Friday Reads

Check out Team Gollancz’s stack of Friday Reads for this week… Blood Music by Greg Bear The House of War and Witness by Mike Carey, Linda Carey and Louise Carey Beauty by Sarah Pinborough The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage by Tim Robinson Terra’s World by Mitch Benn How to […]

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Appropriate behaviour: the cultural sensitivities of street photography

Depending on where we are and what we’re doing, we change how we behave. These aren’t affectations, but rather it’s about behaving appropriately. For example, when you’re in a library, you wouldn’t shout or run. It’s similar when you practise street photography: you need to be sensitive to your environment and adapt your behaviour accordingly. […]

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SF Gateway Omnibus of the Week: Frank Herbert (Redux)

Once again, we’re revisiting some old favourites while we wait for new SF Gateway Omnibuses to release.  ‘New’ being a relative term when applied to SF Gateway, obviously! This week: Frank Herbert . . .   From groundbreaking digital initiative, The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes […]

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