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Space Opera

Cover Reveal: The Medusa Chronicles

We are thrilled to be able to share the cover for one of the most anticipated SF books of 2016 – Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynold’s The Medusa Chronicles. Inspired by Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s short story A Meeting with Medusa, this novel, with permission from the Clarke Estate, continues the story of Commander Howard […]

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Enter the world of Poseidon’s Wake

Looking for something to read over the Bank Holiday Weekend? Discover the brand new novel Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds (out now bookshops and online) . Regardless of the weather this weekend, Poseidon’s Wake is a book we know you’ll want to read either in the sunshine or indoors hiding from the rain. But don’t […]

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Related Categories: Alastair Reynolds

Gollancz acquires sequel to Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s A Meeting with Medusa, written by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter

Gollancz is delighted to have acquired World Rights to The Medusa Chronicles; a science fiction adventure written in a unique collaboration between two high profile science-fiction authors: Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds. The Medusa Chronicles is inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s influential short story A Meeting with Medusa, following the story of Howard Falcon, captain […]

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Cover Reveal: Poseidon’s Wake

We are thrilled to reveal the cover for the brand new novel by Alastair Reynolds, Poseidon’s Wake. This stunning stand-alone novel follows two extraordinary characters as they begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Completing the informal trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, this is a powerful ending […]

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Gollancz delights in the rich visuals of a stunning space opera debut

Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, is delighted to announce the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights to a wholly originally series by an extraordinarily talented 27 year old first-time writer with a degree in fine art, Thomas N. Toner. THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD is a stunning feat of imagination – set […]

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On the Steel Breeze – Chapter 2

It’s time to share chapter two of Alastair Reynolds’ brilliant new SF novel, On the Steel Breeze. This is an absolute must-read for fans of epic SF, particularly if you are prepared to have your mind blown – we’re confident that this could redefine Space Opera. If you missed out on chapter one, fear not, […]

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Related Categories: Alastair Reynolds, Extract

Happy Birthday, E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith!

Edward Elmer Smith was born on this day, 123 years ago. His first novel, The Skylark of Space, although written between 1915 and 1920, did not see print until eight years later, when it was serialised in Amazing Stories – whose editor, the legendary Hugo Gernsback (after whom the Hugo Awards are named) who added […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Commentary

Why Should I Read GEODESICA by Sean Williams and Shane Dix?

You need to read Geodesica because there’s only one thing better than a good romance, and that’s a good romance set in space. ‘But wait!’ you cry. ‘How about a good romance in space that lasts one million years?’ Well, you’re right. That is better! And that’s why you really need to read Geodesica. Williams […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Reviews

Why Should I Read ORPHANS by Sean Williams and Shane Dix?

You need to read Orphans because you’re a fan of new space opera and you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. How many space operas start with a guy taking a bath? How many create an entirely new set of standard units of measurement? How many feature no less than ten versions […]

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Related Categories: Authors, SF Gateway Guest Post

Why Should I Read EVERGENCE by Sean Williams and Shane Dix?

You need to read Evergence because you’re either a space opera fan or a Star Wars fan, or both (you can be both, it’s okay). Here’s a review in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction that explains why: George Lucas missed a sure bet when he chose to film his own Big-Dumb-Object-filled script for The Phantom Menace […]

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Greg Bear’s EON: A Review by Stephen Baxter

President of the BSFA and multi-award-winning author, Stephen Baxter, offers his thoughts on Greg Bear’s 1985 Big Dumb Object novel, Eon . . . In 2005, after the observation of a supernova-like burst of energy, an asteroid shows up in Earth orbit. Humanity is locked in a continuing Cold War between US and USSR, and […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Reviews, SF Gateway Guest Post

Humanity’s Fire Vol 3: The Ascendant Stars – Interim Report

Blog posts, you may find, are becoming scarcer of late. Simple reason being that I am engaged in the furious ongoing writing of The Ascendant Stars, 3rd part of the Humanitys Fire trilogy. Plenty happening, of course, now that the story threads are drawer closer together and the dramatic clashes grow more frequent and more […]

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My Favourite Space Operas Over At SF Signal

Says it all really – was asked to contribute my faves to SF Signal’s regular Mind Meld feature. So get ye hence and scroll to the bottom for my pronunciamentos:

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HYPERION by Dan Simmons: Space Opera Deluxe

I`ve been reading space opera since I was practically able to read, and before I hit puberty I was already mainlining on stuff like Tom Swift, Doc Smith and Perry Rhodan. All the furniture of it, the extravagant, powertrip technology, the drama and melodrama, the scale and sheer wild proliferation of life, science and worlds […]

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Related Categories: Michael Cobley Posts, Uncategorized

Seeds Of Earth – fantabulous cover by Steve Stone!

Steve Stone is The Man – it was he who created the covers for my Shadowkings books, three wonderful images that I`ll treasure forever, and now he’s done it again for my new book, SEEDS OF EARTH, due out in March next year from Orbit UK. What you’re seeing are the three colonyships which flee […]

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Related Categories: Michael Cobley Posts, my publications

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