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SF Masterworks Spotlight: The Word for World is Forest

30 April 2015

Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hugo Award-winning tale of colonisation and oppression.

 

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When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back . . .

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Welcome to the Gateway, Elizabeth Moon!

29 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 Nebula Award-winning author of Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon!

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Welcome to the Gateway, Jack McDevitt!

28 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 Nebula Award-winning author of The Engines of God and A Talent for War, Jack McDevitt!

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Published Today: The First Earthsea Trilogy!

27 April 2015

We are delighted to present the first three books in multi-award-winning Grand Master, Ursula K. Le Guin‘s acclaimed Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore.

This is the first time these beloved classics have been available as eBooks, and coincides with the first episode of the BBC Radio 4 adaptation.  Radio 4 has also recorded an interview with Ursula K. Le Guin and an adaptation of her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpiece, The Left Hand of Darkness.

We could go on at great length about Ursula K. Le Guin‘s wonderful books; about how she has mastered the genres of science fiction and fantasy, both; about how she ranks with the very best writers in and out of genre; about how many modern writers are influenced by her (whether they’re willing to admit it or not). But really . . . wouldn’t you rather be reading Earthsea than reading us talking about it?

Good choice.

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Happy Birthday, Paul McAuley!

23 April 2015

Today, it gives all of us at SF Gateway and Gollancz great pleasure to wish a happy birthday to one of modern SF’s great writers.

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, John W. Campbell, Theodore Sturgeon and British Fantasy Awards, Paul McAuley has been a mainstay of British SF for the last 25 years. Beginning his career as one of the ‘Interzone generation’, he has been at the forefront of New Space Opera, explored post-Cyberpunk themes of genetic engineering and nanotechnology, given us some of the genre’s best near-future thrillers, enthralled us with tales of parallel realities, and continues to produce some of the very best work modern SF has seen.

From Paul’s first novel, 400 Billion Stars, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award to his latest, In the Mouth of the Whale, he has continued to set the standard for modern hard SF. We wish him many happy returns and commend you to seek out his work at your earliest convenience. You won’t be disappointed.

His latest book is Something Coming Through (available in hardbacktrade paperback and eBook). You can find more of his work here, and read more about him in his entry at The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

Paul blogs at unlikelyworlds.blogspot.co.uk and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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Welcome to the Gateway, Gregory Maguire

22 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 Wicked, Gregory Maguire!

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Welcome to the Gateway, Ken MacLeod!

21 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 BSFA and Prometheus Award-winning author of such modern classics as The Fall Revolution sequence and Learning the World, Ken MacLeod!

It’s a particular pleasure to welcome Ken to the Gateway – not only is he a fantastic author and one of the nicest men in British SF, but he has also, over the last few years, written some wonderful introductions for our SF Masterworks. Seek out A Canticle for Leibowitz, A Case of Conscience, Double Star or The Word for World is Forest to see what we mean.

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Happy Birthday, Ian Watson!

20 April 2015

Today, Gateway wishes a very Happy Birthday to Ian Watson, a stalwart of British SF for over forty years. His work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he has twice won the BSFA Award – for best novel with The Jonah Kit, and for short fiction with ‘The Beloved Time of Their Lives’ (with Roberto Quaglia) – from seven nominations. His debut novel, The Embedding, won the Prix Apollo for the best SF novel published in French.

Readers with an interest in SF cinema will know that Ian Watson wrote screen story for Steven Speilberg‘s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (based on Brian W. Aldiss‘s short story ‘Super-Toys Last All Summer Long’). And – in genre that is often accused, by those who don’t understand it, of failing to accurately predict the future (spoiler: that’s not what it’s for) – he published a frighteningly prescient story in Interzone: ‘Hijack Holiday’, in which terrorists assume control of an aircraft and fly it into the Eiffel Tower. The date on that issue of Interzone? April 2001.

You can read more about Ian Watson in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. His work is available in eBook from Gateway but, while the Search function on the website is being repaired, it’s probably best to find them via the Orion website.

Happy Birthday, Ian!

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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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