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Gateway Omnibus Spotlight: Patricia A. McKillip (Vol. 2)

17 April 2015

From the vaults of the SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to the lyrical work of two-time World Fantasy Award-winning author, Patricia A. McKillip, one of modern fantasy’s most impressive and sophisticated voices.


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Patricia A. McKillip is the author of a number of hugely acclaimed fantasies, including The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Ombria in Shadow, both of which won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, and The Riddle-Master of Hed and its sequels, which have been compared to Gene Wolfe‘s epic Book of the New Sun. She has won the Mythopoeic Award three times and in 2008 was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. This omnibus collects three of her later works: Song for the Basilisk, Nebula-nominee The Tower at Stony Wood and the World Fantasy Award-shortlisted Od Magic.


You can read more about Patricia McKillip in her entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.


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SF Masterworks Spotlight: Hard to be a God

16 April 2015

Another SF Masterwork from the giants of Soviet science fiction, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, authors of the cult classic Roadside Picnic, filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker.

Anton is an undercover operative from future Earth, who travels to an alien world whose culture has not progressed beyond the Middle Ages, with instructions to observe but not interfere. Masquerading as the arrogant nobleman, dueler and brawler, Don Rumata, Anton is never defeated, but can never kill. With his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a local girl named Kira, he wants to save the kingdom from the machinations of Don Reba, the first minister to the king. But given his orders, what role can he play?

Although in possession of far more advanced knowledge than the society around him, he is forbidden to interfere with the natural progress of history. His place is to observe rather than interfere – but can he remain aloof in the face of so much cruelty and injustice …?

Now in a new translation by Olena Bormashenko, acclaimed translator of the latest edition of the Strugatskys’ Roadside Picnic, and with an introduction by award-winning author Ken MacLeod, Hard to be a God is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and a Gateway eBook.

You can read more about Arkady & Boris Strugatsky in their entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

 

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Welcome to the Gateway, Richard Laymon!

15 April 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome Bram Stoker Award-winner, Richard Laymon!

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Welcome to the Gateway, Robert Jordan!

14 April 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the author of the best-selling Wheel of Time sequence, Robert Jordan!


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Gateway & Gollancz Announce Ursula K. Le Guin Deal

13 April 2015

We are thrilled to announce a far-reaching new publishing project for Ursula K. Le Guin. We have acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights to five significant novels, two short story collections, a volume of selected non-fiction, as well as eBook rights to twelve widely-acclaimed novels including A Wizard of Earthsea and The Dispossessed amongst others.

Our announcement coincides with the initial broadcast of a BBC Radio 4 Ursula K. Le Guin documentary (today, 11.30am, BBC Radio 4) where Naomi Alderman talks to Ursula K. Le Guin about her life and work and hears from literary fans such as David Mitchell. The documentary will be followed by two BBC Radio 4 dramatizations of Left Hand of Darkness (starts 12 April, BBC Radio 4) and Earthsea (starts 27 April, BBC Radio 4 Extra)

Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director of Gollancz, said: ‘Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the world’s finest writers, in or out of genre, and we’re delighted to have concluded this deal to add more of her novels to our SF Masterworks list and to publish eBooks of so many of her great SF and Fantasy works. It’s particularly pleasing to welcome the Earthsea books back to Gollancz, where we first published them in hardback over four decades ago.’

The deal includes rights to publish Hugo Award-winner The Word for World is Forest and the ground-breaking Always Coming Home in paperback and eBook.

We will also publish a paperback omnibus edition of the early “Hainish” novels – Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile, and City of Illusionsand an omnibus volume of selected non-fiction to be compiled by the author and drawn from previous ground-breaking works including The Language of the Night, The Wave in the Mind and Dancing at the End of the World.

Two important short story collections, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters and The Compass Rose, will also be published in a paperback omnibus.

The “Hainish” novels, non-fiction titles and short story collections mentioned above will also be published individually as eBooks.

Most excitingly, Gollancz will also publish eBooks of the widely acclaimed Earthsea series, comprising A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales From Earthsea and The Other Wind. Other titles to be published as eBooks include A Very Long Way from Anywhere Else, The Eye of the Heron and Unlocking the Air, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The eBooks will be published as part of an on-going programme over the coming years.

The books will be published as part of our popular SF Masterworks and Fantasy Masterworks list that aims to showcase landmark works of science fiction and fantasy from the 20th century. Current SF Masterworks By Ursula K. Le Guin – The Dispossessed and The Lathe of Heaven – will also receive eBook editions for the first time in the UK.

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Happy Birthday, Vincent Chong!

9 April 2015

Today Gateway wishes a very Happy Birthday to artist extraordinaire, Vincent Chong. Vincent’s covers have graced many a fine work of SF and Fantasy over the years, and we’re delighted to count some SF Masterworks among that number:



Wonderful stuff, we’re sure you’ll agree. Happy Birthday, Vinny!


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Welcome to the Gateway, Tom Holt!

31 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the master of mirth, Tom Holt!


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Welcome to the Gateway, David Gemmell!

30 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the late, great King of Heroic Fantasy, David Gemmell!


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Gateway Omnibus Spotlight: Edgar Pangborn

27 March 2015

From the vaults of The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to the fantastic work of Edgar Pangborn.

 

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Edgar Pangborn studied music at Harvard when just 15 years old, eventually turned his back on it to focus on his writing. He flourished in the early ’50s, producing a string of highly-regarded stories for the likes of Galaxy, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His work helped establish a new ‘humanist’ school of science fiction, and has been cited as an influence by Ursula Le Guin. This omnibus contains the Hugo-shortlisted Davy, International Fantasy Award-winner A Mirror for Observers and story collection Good Neighbours and Other Strangers.

You can read more about Edgar Pangborn in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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Welcome to the Gateway: Celia Friedman!

25 March 2015

Continuing our series of spotlights on authors who have joined us following our recent integration of classic SFF titles from across the Hachette Group of publishers, Gateway is delighted to welcome the bestselling author of the Coldfire Trilogy, Celia Friedman!


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