On the flight of bats | Does Writing Style Matter When It Comes To Fantasy? by MD Lachlan

How does a bat move? I had an interesting discussion with one famous fantasy writer recently when I said no decent writer should describe a bat as ‘flitting’. ‘Why?’ he said. ‘Bats do flit.’ Yup, they do and, were I sitting in a pub garden watching a bat fly overhead I might think ‘There flits a bat’. However, when we come to writing, more is required. Anyone can say a bat flits. A writer has to be more inventive. So I set my mind to it – and came up with this, which pleased me greatly. ‘A bat, bouncing on…

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Gollancz at Eastercon – Satellite 4 is go!

It’s the Easter weekend, which means all right-minded people are off work and spending time trapped in ridiculous travel delays. Not Gollancz, though – no, we’re in Glasgow for Eastercon, the annual four-day celebration of all things SF (and beer!). Don’t forget to vote for the BSFA awards if you’re here! Attending from Gollancz are Gillian Redfearn, Sophie Calder and Marcus Gipps. Do come and say hello if you see us pottering around. So, here’s a list of where Gollancz and our authors are this weekend. But first, two things, both involving free books (and beer!). Firstly, we’ve bought up…

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2014: The Continuing Series

In the last of our series of sneak peeks at Gollancz’s 2014 schedule, our focus turns to ongoing series. We’re thrilled as always to have so many authors and series returning, and the books below are all eagerly awaited by their fans. If you haven’t tried any of these series yet, you’re missing out! Metro 2034 Metro 2033 – the novel on which the best-selling computer game was based – has been a sleeper hit for us, reaching more and more people each year. We’re thrilled to be publishing the sequel, another hard-hitting tale set in the ruins of the…

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Friday Reads: Son of the Morning

We’ll be talking about Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (M.D. Lachlan) a lot more later in the year. But the book is fresh in my mind now so I thought I’d pass on a little of the excitement I felt when reading it. Mark Alder is the pen-name of M.D. Lachlan. M.D. Lachlan is writing a dark and involved multi-volume series about werewolves, Vikings and Mad Gods. Mark Alder is writing a vast, multi-volume, boisterous and intelligent historical fantasy that will tell the story of the Hundred Years War between France and England as if played out in…

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MD Lachlan on the particular perils of historical fantasy

MD Lachlan is an unlikely Viking, an unlikely 15th century Princess, a possibly even more unlikely werewolf. He’s a loquacious, good humoured journalist and stand-up comedian. Actually, come to think about it the last two require research. Perhaps that’s why he’s the perfect man to write historical fantasy. Here he writes about the delights and dilemmas of researching your novel. You might want to read Wolfsangel by MD Lachlan. Or you could wait for the mystery new project. Or you could follow him on twitter at @mdlachlan. That’s where the stand-up loquaciousness comes in. Most of his tweets are certainly…

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