On Something Coming Through A Guest Post From Paul McAuley

We are delighted to welcome the brilliant Paul McAuley back to the Gollancz Blog with a special guest post on his brand new book Something Coming Through. The first glimmer came in a short story, ‘Dust’, written for an anthology celebrating the classic science-fiction film Forbidden Planet. Like the film, my story was about the powers and perils of ancient alien technology, and somewhere in the background was a hint that people were able to explore other planets because of the help of a bunch of aliens who called themselves the Jackaroo. Extraterrestrial intelligence is a serious scientific and philosophical…

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Behind the Event: A look at the Behind the Sofa Signing.

Last night Gollancz was overjoyed to host, at Forbidden Planet London, a signing for our collection of celebrity memories of Doctor Who, Behind The Sofa. We’ve already shared a few extracts over the last couple of weeks, and if you have any interest in Doctor Who, urge you to pick it up. It’s all for a good cause, as all royalties go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Joining us at Forbidden Planet were Katy Manning and Sophie Aldred, both companions in the classic series, and modern Who was represented by Madame De Pompadour herself, Sophia Myles. Ben Aaronovitch waved the flag…

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A signing for the ages . . .

Last night we hosted a magnificent signing at Forbidden Planet London with our bestselling and very cuddly authors Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch. We knew it was going to be big, but we didn’t know how big… We arrived at around 5.15 to sign some preorders and meet with the staff. It should have been a sign of how many people wanted to come that there was already a queue of forty or so, but we weren’t prepared for what would greet us when we came out of the back office twenty minutes later. The queue snaked all around the…

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Joe Haldeman signing

World Fantasy Con 2013 in Brighton is almost upon us, and the great and the good of the genre are on their way to the UK. Which means signings! Lots and lots of signings. We’ll give you some more information about who’s where when in the next few days, but first I wanted to flag up one particular event which I think will be of interest to London-based readers of this blog. Joe Haldeman’s THE FOREVER WAR was chosen, way back in 1999, to be the first SF Masterwork, a remarkable series which is still going strong today. The fact…

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