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Victor Gollancz Anniversary

Victor Gollancz has been among the leading publishers of science fiction and fantasy in the United Kingdom for the past fifty years. Their "yellow books" ... er, "distinctive golden dustjackets" ... have been a part of the British scene for most of my career.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, they're having a special promotion.

From Gollancz:

"This year Gollancz celebrates 50 years of bringing you the very best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, from classic novels through to modern-day bestsellers.

We've chosen 50 titles published under the Gollancz imprint over the past 50 years. Now we want you to tell us your favourites! Simply visit the website www.gollancz50.com and select one science fiction title and one fantasy title to cast your vote.

We'll announce the winners in September and then publish the top-five Science Fiction and top-five Fantasy titles in a fantastic collectable retro-look edition to celebrate!"

Congratulations, Gollancz. Keep up the good work. We want fifty more years, at least.



Apr. 21st, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Time 100
And a big congrats to you Mr. Martin on being named onto the Time 100 Most influential people of 2011 list!!! That is some nice company to be sharing good sir!
Apr. 21st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes George, congrats to YOU ser!
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Gollancz is the class of the UK, no doubt.
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Is it just me or is there a distinctive lack of female writers on their list?
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I went to see the throne at 30th street station in Philly and they convinced me there to check out the first episode at the local multiplex, and i went, got a free soda and popcorn and won an iPad -- so thank you George, for my cool throne photo, the awesome movie, the popcorn, and the iPad!
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
That list is terrible!
Their best 50 science fiction does not include one book by Asimov, not one book by Heinlein. They may not have publishing rights to those authors, but without those authors, their list is sadly lacking.

Same goes for fantasy. No Tolkien, no list.

Apr. 21st, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: That list is terrible!
Uh...Tolkien was published by Allen & Unwin.

The world, and the UK, has more than one publisher.

Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: That list is terrible!
I had more than enough trouble picking one of each from what was on offer. Just because your favourite author isn't included isn't a sin. Between classic science fiction authors like James Blish, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson and H. G. Wells, and some of the more contemporary ones, how can you be complaining about people missing?
The same goes for the list of fantasy authors. I was impressed they were able to get so many onto it.
The 'egregious' omission of some authors is only to be expected. You can't fit everybody onto the winner's podium.

All that aside, I was really happy to be reminded of one of the first sci-fi stories ever suggested to me by my father - Last And First Men by Olaf Stapledon.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: That list is terrible!
Ok, I understand both your point and Mr. Martins, I simply forget about who publishes who and want to see what these guys have decided to put on their list and then I inevitably feel gypped (jipped???). I'll shut up now and read more books.
Apr. 21st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I loved searching out the yellow jackets in the library.
Mathew Folwell
Apr. 21st, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Off-topic, but...
Hello Mr Martin,

Now the Dance With Dragons release is on the horizon, I was wondering about how it fits together with Feast For Crows. I've not gotten around to reading Feast yet, so my question is: have the two volumes evolved to the point that reading Feast then Dance is the way to go, or would the ideal be to switch back and forth from chapter to chapter? And in the case of the latter, is there any chance of providing a chapter order when Dance is released?

Matt Dobson
Apr. 21st, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
I voted for Fevre Dream, and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Then i added a lot of books to my 'to read' list.
Apr. 21st, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
On the subject of publishing...
Are you having all the Wild Cards books re-published? I know you only edited them but I assume you would know if this is the case? I recently picked up Wild Cards: I and love it so far.
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I loved those covers when I was a kid! It made finding quality SF&F books in my local library so easy. Those yellow jackets almost glowed :-D
Carl Anderson
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Congrads; How about now considering "A Song for Lya" for a summer sci fi blockbuster Movie?
Dear George,

Congratulations on you HBO success (you have earned it! I am still haunted by "A Song for Lya" the first story I read by you in Analog (still have the yellowed copy). It seems to me it would make a excellent summer blockbuster. I know most of the action is internal but I'll bet it could be a real tear jerker with great CGI of the Shkeen...roll an opening text like "The Cities of the Shkeen are old, far older than man's...." Maybe sell the movie as a return to old classic's like forbidden planet..animation? Special effects to make the fusion with the Greeshka. Its a story with a lot to say to our modern world. Just a thought.

Congratulations again!

Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I must be lacking since I haven't read much of the listed books, but, I found it so heart warming to see nothing about it being limited to the UK.

This Israelie fan is very happy :)


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