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Month: January 2017

Same War, Different Enemy: A Guest Post by Greg Bear

TAKE BACK THE SKY is the final book in Greg Bear’s adrenaline-fueled military SF trilogy WAR DOGS and Greg has joined us to talk about the act of writing about war. Finishing a trilogy is nearly always an exhausting process. Bringing the characters we’ve followed for two books,  and grown attached to (I know I […]

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Cover Reveal: Silver Silence

Hello, is this the smouldering cover reveal you’ve been looking for? Yes, it’s the STUNNING cover for the latest title in Nalini Singh’s bestselling Psy-Changeling series, SILVER SILENCE. This title heralds a new era for this incredible, sexy series: The Psy-Changeling Trinity arc starts here. We are beyond thrilled with this sparkling cover, and (though […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – Good Behaviour

The first pick in the Virago Modern Classic book club was Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour.   Set in Molly’s native Ireland, the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1981 (the year that Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie was awarded the honour).  Good Behaviour has many fans – Hilary Mantel, Molly Keane and Maggie […]

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Gateway Essentials: Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950. She graduated from Purdue University in 1972, and has worked as an artist’s model, in computer programming, and for American Airlines. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording […]

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My Top 5 travel pieces by Lesley Blanch

  A Londoner by birth, Lesley Blanch spent the greater part of her life travelling about those remote areas her books record so vividly. She left England in 1946, never to return except as a visitor, and travelled across war-torn Europe to join her diplomat-novelist husband, Romain Gary, in Bulgaria. She died in the South […]

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Happy Birthday, Gregory Benford!

Gregory Albert Benford was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, in 1941. A leading writer of Hard SF, he received a BSc in physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by an MSc and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. His breakthrough novel, Timescape, won both the Nebula and John W. Campbell […]

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8 (Magical) Reasons To Visit Caraval

1. The canals were circular, like a long apple peel spread out around curving lantern-lit streets, full of pubs piping russet smoke, bakeries shaped like cupcakes, and shops wrapped in colors like birthday presents. Cerulean blue. Apricot Orange, Saffron yellow. Primrose pink. 2. A bayan tree grew in the heart of it, teeming with tiny […]

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Strange The Dreamer: extract reveal!

We are introduced to the problem plaguing the mysterious city of Weep for the very first time…

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How to be a modern-day spiritual goddess

For some people, the word ‘spiritual’ may sound a bit old- fashioned. Spirituality is a subject like no other; it has no real beginning or end, and is an ongoing learning process that can only ever be defined by ‘you’. Spirituality has always been uniquely different from one person to the next. Buddhist monks, for […]

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Discover Bradley Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings

We’re counting down to the publication of Blood Upon the Sand (in shops on the 9th February) with a look back at the first book in the Song of the Shattered Sands series. To celebrate we’re bringing you an extract from Twelve Kings, selected by the author, Bradley Beaulieu. Twelve Kings is an epic fantasy […]

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Jakob Douglas vs. the Rest of the World

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post. Gavin returns to the blog with a breakdown of his character Jakob Douglas from his debut novel Veteran. So anyway Veteran is to some people an outrageous all out action-fest (my editor continually describes it as the […]

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Friday Favourites: things we read and watched in January

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Almost a decade late, I finally made it past the first arc of the animated Star Wars spinoff series, The Clone Wars. There are many reasons I never got on with the series on previous attempts: the borderline cutesiness of the first batch of episodes; the protagonist Ahsoka’s thoroughly Disney […]

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