A Tourist’s Guide to the Best (and Worst) Cities in Science-Fiction and Fantasy

We are delighted to welcome Jen Williams back to the Gollancz Blog to share a very special guest post with you. Looking for the perfect SFF location to while away the last weekend in February? Jen Williams has provided a handy guide for the best (and worst) places to stay while on an SFF vacation. If a traveller should be in possession of an adventurous heart, a pocketful of coin and a decent pair of boots, my own books contain a wealth of interesting holiday options. Place a few bets on the fighting pits in the Marrow Market, hike through…

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Den Patrick and Jen Williams in conversation

Last night we joined debut fantasy authors Den Patrick (The Boy with the Porcelain Blade) and Jen Williams (The Copper Promise) as they answered questions from Jared Shurin of Pornokitsch at a packed event at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Rd. Jared Shurin kicked off proceedings by promising the first-time writers a ground-breaking, original opening question… one that they’ve surely never been asked before: “What inspired you to write your first novel?” he asked with a smile. Following encouraging titters from the audience, we learnt the curious beginnings of both books. The Copper Promise by Jen Williams was born out of a period of immersion in fantasy…

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Friday Reads: a special guest review of The Boy With The Porcelain Blade

A lovely thing about working in the genre (perhaps the most lovely) is how supportive publishers and authors are of each other. There really is a sense of community, a shared love of great books whoever has published them or written them. If there is rivalry it’s nearly always very friendly and most often there is support. So just as Den Patrick looks around at the other authors in the genre and sees kindred spirits so do they. So today we’re delighted to feature a review of Den’s debut, The Boy With The Porcelain Blade, from the excellent Jen Williams…

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