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Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

News of the death, at 88, of Ursula Le Guin, has been extensively reported in the media today. She had been in poor health for a while. Ursula joined the Gollancz list in 1971, and has been with us ever since, making her our longest serving author by some distance, and we are proud to […]

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RIP Sheri S. Tepper

We were saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Sheri S. Tepper. Born in 1929, her career followed an unusual path; after publishing several SF poems including ‘Lullaby, 1990’ in Galaxy in 1963, she published nothing else until the 1980s, when her literary output suddenly exploded. Her first novel, King’s Blood Four, was published […]

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RIP David Hartwell

What a horrible way to start the day. As announced by Patrick Nielsen Hayden on Making Light, and subsequently reported by Locus, legendary Tor editor David Hartwell has passed away. I won’t attempt to summarise his incredible career – that is better left to Locus and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (and, no doubt, scores […]

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Author Spotlight: Tanith Lee

A pall was cast over last week with the news that Tanith Lee had passed away. An extraordinary writer, in terms of  both the breadth and quality of her work, Tanith Lee was a World and British Fantasy Award-winner, a World Horror Grandmaster and recipient of the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards for life […]

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RIP Tanith Lee

We were saddened to learn yesterday that beloved fantasy author, Tanith Lee has passed away.  A World Horror Grandmaster, winner of the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards for lifetime achievement, she was also the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award, in 1980, for Death’s Master, the second of her Flat Earth novels. […]

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Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

There is an old Vulcan proverb: ‘Only Nixon could go to China’ Last Friday afternoon (GMT), the news broke across the internet that we had lost one of the great actors and personalities of the SF world. Leonard Simon Nimoy, who gained fame across the world for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock, in […]

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R.I.P. Daniel Keyes

All of us at Gollancz and SF Gateway were saddened to learn of the death of Daniel Keyes. Although never a prolific author, he made an indelible mark on science fiction – and the literary world at large – with the incredibly moving masterpiece Flowers for Algernon. A Nebula Award-winning novel expanded from a Hugo […]

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Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013)

We are saddened by the news that Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing passed away, yesterday, at the age of 94.  During a glittering career – which spanned over half a century and garnered her many awards culminating, of course, in the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature – Doris Lessing produced more than two dozen novels as […]

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Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

All of us at Gollancz and SF Gateway are saddened to learn of the death yesterday of Frederik Pohl: author, editor, literary agent and fan. Pohl was a member of the influential SF group The Futurians, along with such major SF figures as Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Damon Knight, C.M. Kornbluth, Judith Merril and Donald […]

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Jack Vance (1916 – 2013)

SF Gateway was saddened to learn of the recent death of Jack Vance. A published writer since 1945, he was responsible for some of modern SF’s most enduring tropes, from the ‘Big Planet’ space opera setting to the ‘Dying Earth‘ tales, which have influenced so many who came after him. During his long and glittering […]

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