Extract: Dark Age by Pierce Brown (Red Rising 5)
He broke the chains. Then broke the world… There’s less than two weeks to go before Pierce Brown’s explosive fifth novel in the Red Rising series is published. We can’t wait to read the next thrilling adventure, and we’re bloodydamn delighted to have a sneak-peek extract for all the Howlers out there… Click here to […]Read More
Epic SFF Reading Recommendations
Saturday 20th July marks the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The Moon continues to be a source of inspiration for some EPIC SFF novels. Including Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, Red Moon and David Wellington’s upcoming novel The Last Astronaut. Here are ten of our favourite EPIC SPACE OPERA novels. How many have […]Read More
Development of a Space Opera by Dominic Dulley
With Shattermoon about to come out in paperback, I thought I’d write a little something about my influences and how I set about writing the book. Shattermoon was the third novel I finished, and the first to get published. I’d always wanted to write a space opera, and my previous efforts in other SFF […]Read More
Gollancz acquires space opera Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
Rachel Winterbottom, Commissioning Editor at Gollancz, bought UK and Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights for Seven Devils, plus one sequel, by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens in association with Russell Galen at SGG. Book one of the duology, Seven Devils, will be published in summer 2019. North American rights were […]Read More
From the Archives: Greg Bear’s EON: A Review by Stephen Baxter
President of the BSFA and multi-award-winning author, Stephen Baxter, offers his thoughts on Greg Bear’s 1985 Big Dumb Object novel, Eon . . . In 2005, after the observation of a supernova-like burst of energy, an asteroid shows up in Earth orbit. Humanity is locked in a continuing Cold War between US and USSR, and […]Read More
Cover Reveal: Slow Bullets
We are thrilled to share with you the cover for Alastair Reynolds’ Slow Bullets. The cover art was designed by Thomas Canty with cover design by Elizabeth Story. From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself. A vast conflict, one that […]Read More
Gateway Essentials: E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith
E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith (1890-1965) It is, remarkably, more than 100 years since Edward Elmer Smith began writing The Skylark of Space, the first novel in the series which created and exemplified the term ‘space opera‘. Originally written with the help of a neighbour, Mrs Lee Hawkins Garby, who supplied feminine touches such as characterization, the […]Read More
Happy Publication Day 19th May 2016
It’s publication day again. And that means books! Like a dog chasing a car it’s impossible not to get excited every time one of these comes around. Especially when we have two such great books being published. One fantasy, one science fiction, both brilliant. You’ve heard of Arthur C. Clarke, right? In 1971, he wrote […]Read More
My Eastercon Schedule – Manucunicon 2016
So come the end of next week I shall be hying myself hence to fabled Manchester, in search of enlightenment and shantih in the company of wise souls and skilled sensei of the SF Way….which probably will come down sharing drinks with Jim Burns, John Jarrold, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Sales, amongst many, luminaries each and […]Read More
The Page 69 Test for ‘Ancestral Machines’
I was asked by Marshal Zeringue if I`d like to contribute to his ‘The Page 69 Test’ with regard to Ancestral Machines, where the idea is to open the book at page 69 and see how it relates to the rest of the book, whether its a reliable guide to the rest of the story. […]Read More
From the Archives: Why Should I Read Geodesica by Sean Williams & Shane Dix?
You need to read Geodesica because there’s only one thing better than a good romance, and that’s a good romance set in space. ‘But wait!’ you cry. ‘How about a good romance in space that lasts one million years?’ Well, you’re right. That is better! And that’s why you really need to read Geodesica. Williams […]Read More
From the Archives: Why Should I Read Orphans by Sean Williams & Shane Dix?
You need to read Orphans because you’re a fan of new space opera and you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. How many space operas start with a guy taking a bath? How many create an entirely new set of standard units of measurement? How many feature no less than ten versions […]Read More
From the Archives: Why Should I Read Evergence by Sean Williams & Shane Dix?
You need to read Evergence because you’re either a space opera fan or a Star Wars fan, or both (you can be both, it’s okay). Here’s a review in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction that explains why: George Lucas missed a sure bet when he chose to film his own Big-Dumb-Object-filled script for The Phantom Menace […]Read More
Read the first five chapters of The Medusa Chronicles!
We have a Christmas treat to for you. We are delighted to be able to share with you the first five chapters of The Medusa Chronicles, the brand new novel by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds. Inspired by Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s short story A Meeting with Medusa, this novel, with permission from the Clarke […]Read More