Category Archives: Commentary

When I’m 64: The Hugo Awards

According to the inexhaustible fount of knowledge that is The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the venerable Hugo Awards were first presented sixty-four years ago, today, at at Philcon II (the second Philadelphia Worldcon). The Guest of Honour was Willy Ley … Continue reading

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Brian W Aldiss: an Appreciation by Malcolm Edwards

I first met Brian Aldiss in 1969, when I was still an undergraduate.  He’d come to give a talk at my university.  I was travelling down to London the next day, and spotted him on the station platform.  After the … Continue reading

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: August 2017

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov     Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature … Continue reading

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Something in the Water: Robert Holdstock and Ken MacLeod

What are the odds of two of Britain’s finest voices in modern speculative fiction being born on the same day?** There must have been sometihng in the water . . . Today is the birthday or two writers very close … Continue reading

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Into the Unknown: A Reading Guide

We hope you all know about the Barbican’s new Science Fiction exhibition, Into the Unknown?  It’s an excellent journey charting the history SF through its art, design, film and literature – and, needless to say, many Gollancz titles feature in the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Julius Schwartz

On this day in 1915, Julius Schwartz was born in the Bronx, New York City. Throughout his long life, he was a fan, an editor, a literary agent and a giant in the field of comics. If DC Comics had … Continue reading

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Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: June 2017

    ‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’ Isaac Asimov     Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature … Continue reading

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On This Day: Virginia Kidd

Mildred Virginia Kidd was born on this day in 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An author, editor and literary agent, Kidd was a science fiction fan from childhood and a member of the influential fan group the Futurians. She was married … Continue reading

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Title Spotlight: Rocannon’s World

As you’ll know, our great joy at having the brilliant The Left Hand of Darkness join the SF Masterworks series has led us to undertake a celebration of the works of the peerless Ursula K. Le Guin. And one of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin

We are, over the next few weeks, going to be celebrating the great Ursula K. Le Guin. Why?  Well, why not? She is a giant of modern literature – both within genre and without – and she’s won a staggering … Continue reading

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