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Happy Publication Day 20th April 2017!

It’s publication day! We’ve got an exciting new science fiction thriller featuring alien contact and a murder mystery, a classic new addition to the Masterworks list from Douglas Adams, and all the new paperbacks you can want from Joanne M. Harris, Jon Wallace and Tom Lloyd.   From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters FROM DARKEST […]

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From the Archives: SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches […]

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On This Day: Douglas Adams was Born

Has it been a year already?  We posted this passage last year as a birthday tribute to the man affectionately known to millions of fans around the world as ‘Bop Ad’. But you know what?  It’s very funny and it perfectly sums up the glorious absurdity of the funniest book ever written, so we’re going […]

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On This Day: Fredric Brown

On this day in 1906, Fredric William Brown was born. Fredric Brown was an Edgar-winning crime writer who was also, to quote the indispensible Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: highly regarded for his sf, which is noted for its elegance and Humour, and for a polished slickness not generally found in the field in 1941, the […]

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On This Day: Douglas Adams

‘So this is it,’ said Arthur, ‘we are going to die.’ ‘Yes,’ said Ford, ‘except . . . no! Wait a minute!’ He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur’s line of vision. ‘What’s this switch?’ he cried. ‘What? Where?’ cried Arthur, twisting round. ‘No, I was only fooling,’ said Ford, ‘we are […]

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Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Marcus

As we move into the festive period and its seasonal agony of indecision over what gifts to give our loved ones, we thought we’d offer to help by inviting the Gollancz editorial team to tell us about their favourite SF or Fantasy Masterworks. First up: Marcus Gipps . . . Riddley Walker is one of […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Life, the Universe and Everything

‘Oh Deep Thought Computer,’ he said, ‘the task we have designed you to perform is this. We want you to tell us . . .’ he paused ‘. . . the Answer!’ ‘The Answer?’ said Deep Thought. ‘The Answer to what?’ ‘Life!’ urged Fook. ‘The Universe!’ said Lunkwill. ‘Everything!’ they said in chorus. Most of […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Most writers would struggle to follow the huge success of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But most writers aren’t Douglas Adams. There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more […]

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Readers Choice Winner for November

The Readers’ Choice submissions for November were a fascinating cross-section of SF & fantasy. From the always-excellent Pat Cadigan we had R. A. MacAvoy‘s Tea with the Black Dragon – shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards! – while Gateway forum stalwart Starman Dave chose John Crowley‘s 1975 debut The […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

DON’T PANIC! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is our SF Masterwork of the Week!   Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little […]

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Here follows an announcement from the Department of Plugging Our Books and Looking Smug At the Same Time

This was originally posted on the SFGateway blog, but we thought it was too good not to cross-post here. Last November, we exhorted you all to vote in the Locus Poll of the best SFF of the 20th and 21st centuries. The results of the poll are now in, and, rather gratifyingly, SF Gateway and […]

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Locus Poll Results

Here follows an announcement from the Department of Plugging Our Books and Looking Smug At the Same Time: Last November, we exhorted you all to vote in the Locus Poll of the best SFF of the 20th and 21st centuries. The results of the poll are now in, and, rather gratifyingly, SF Gateway and sister […]

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Everything Unscrews

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Literature reflects events in the real world, and is influenced by them. Except for science fiction and fantasy, which have nothing to tell us about the human condition or the state of our culture. That’s the judgement of people who never read the stuff; the supercilious commentators, and the self-appointed arbiters […]

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