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From the Attic X: Travel Light

Imagine a world where a 1950s fantasy novel became first a cult classic and then a global bestseller setting trends for decades to come and spawning blockbuster movies. The year was 1952 and the novel was Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison.  As with many other epic fantasy writers, Mitchison rooted her work in classical myths, […]

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: February 2015

  ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov     Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large. This month: One-Hit Wonders The history of science fiction is marked […]

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Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Emily

And so, into the home stretch, our final piece by the Gollancz editors comes from Emily and features Philip K. Dick Award-winner, The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers . . .   The Anubis Gates appeared on my radar when I was a poor, sunlight-deprived student, desperately searching for a way to avoid my Essay […]

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Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Mark

The trouble with the SF Masterworks list is you take once glance at it and you begin to realise just how little SF you’ve actually read. Well… I do, I expect there are plenty of you out there who’ve read the lot, but please spare a thought for those of us still exploring its treasures. […]

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Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Simon

And so we move on to Simon’s selection of favourite Masterworks and, like Marcus, there’s too much classicy goodness there for him to restrict himself to just one choice . . . Fantasy Masterwork: Viriconium by M. John Harrison Why Viriconium? Well I could just say that, sentence for sentence, there is no better writer […]

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Gollancz Editors’ Favourite Masterworks: Gillian

As noted yesterday, we’re doing our best to help you choose the best in classic SF or Fantasy to give your loved ones, this Christmas. Today, it’s the turn of Gollancz’s publishing director, Gillian Redfearn whose choice is a book we’ve written much about over the last few weeks – and here’s further proof that […]

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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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December’s Science Fiction Theatre: GODZILLA!

If we don’t defend ourselves from Godzilla now, what will become of us? In 1954, a legend was born. Well, technically it was resurrected, but we’ll get on to that later. Directed by Ishiro Honda, and costing ten times as much as the average feature film, Gojira (Godzilla to us) was Japan’s first attempt at […]

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From the Attic IX: This Map IS The Territory

Rereading the stories of Karen Joy Fowler I am made aware of some things I already knew.  That is not entirely the paradox it seems.   In her collection Black Glass almost every story appears to incorporate an early statement asserting some degree of unreliability. “One day Lily decided to be somebody else” (Lily Red) “even […]

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November’s Science Fiction Theatre: Outland

“You’re supposed to protect us! You’re the police! It’s your job! Where are your men?” Director Peter Hyams wanted to make a Western. But he was told that the genre was dead, that nobody would make one, and nobody wanted to see one. His ingenious solution in the face of such adversity – transport the […]

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October’s Sci-Fi Theatre: Seconds

“This may hurt a little” Seconds is just one of those films. Those who like, it love it. Those who don’t, well, they probably have no idea the film exists. The former spend a lot of time recommending the film to the latter. In it, directionless/depressed/disappointed/disappointing Arthur Hamilton is given the chance to be ‘reborn’ […]

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August’s Sci-Fi Theatre: Fahrenheit 451

Linda, you’re absolutely fantastic   We’re showing Fahrenheit 451 this week. Francois Truffaut’s 1966 version of Ray Bradbury’s seminal book. It’s a strange film this. Tends to divide opinion. Critics see it as a rather tame imagining of Bradbury’s impassioned tale, while fans are quite taken by what Time labelled a ‘weirdly gay little picture’. […]

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From the Attic VIII: Short Stories From the ’80s & ’90s (Mostly)

Two things: 1. SFF has seemed to me to be the one place where it is as easy to discover new writers in short forms as at length. 2. I love short fiction but it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. There are not many novels that turn somehow on a single line the […]

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July’s Sci-Fi Theatre: Rollerball

Last year, we met the excellent Graham Ainsley and learned of his labour of love, The Space Merchants: an online shop selling secondhand copies of classic SF books, magazines, artwork, etc.  You should go there and check it out. Now. Don’t worry, we’ll wait until you get back. All done?  Nice. So, it turns out […]

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SF Masterwork of the Week: Childhood’s End

As we may have mentioned once or twice, our good friends at SFX having kindly agreed to allow us to republish articles from their excellent Book Club that cover our SF Masterworks and/or SF Gateway titles. As our current SF Masterwork of the Week has an insightful Book Club piece by June’s Author of the […]

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