Author: Lee Sibbald

Gazetteer of the Taiytakei Realm

Dragon Queen cover

To commemorate the paperback publication of Dragon Queen, which marks the beginning of a brand new series by acclaimed author Stephen Deas, we are honoured to feature a piece on the history of the Taiytakei, the dominant culture in the Dragon Queen series. Read and enjoy. Introduction As I noted in my first essay of […]

Help celebrate International Sir Terry Pratchett Day

Sir Terry Pratchett

To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair’s (LBF) Author of the Day on Tuesday 8 April, the International Authors Forum, in association with LBF, has designated Tuesday 8 April International Sir Terry Pratchett Day, to mark his phenomenal international publishing success. To launch the day, authors from around the world will be […]

Frontier & Gollancz announce authors for Elite: Dangerous tie-ins

A screenshot showing a Cobra spaceship fomr the new Elite: Dangerous game

Frontier Developments and Gollancz have announced the authors who will be writing their three tie-in novels set in the world of Elite: Dangerous, the ground-breaking Kickstarted sequel to best-selling computer game Elite. Frontier received crowd-sourced funding for Elite: Dangerous via a hugely successful campaign on the Kickstarter website, and now has over 45,000 backers. Gollancz […]

Winners of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award announced

The Hans Christian Andersen Award

The Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named Nahoko Uehashi from Japan winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, Roger Mello from Brazil winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award. The Hans Christian Andersen Award #IBBYHCA, the most prestigious in international […]

2014 Book Illustration Competition long-list announced

A Sean McSorley illustration

The House of Illustration and The Folio Society have announced the 25 long-listed entries for the Book Illustration Competition 2014. There were entries from 30 countries. A gallery of the top 25 entries can be seen on the House of Illustration website. This year’s book is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which first appeared […]

Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury announces 2014 shortlist

The Hans Christian Andersen award

Six authors and six illustrators have been selected from 58 candidates submitted by 33 national sections of IBBY for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, launched in 1958, is considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature. It is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to an author […]

Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars read by Simon Vance

River of Stars audio-book cover

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars, a return to the world and setting of his critically acclaimed Under Heaven, narrated by Simon Vance and first released in July 2013. This was not my first experience of a collaboration between author Guy Gavriel Kay and narrator […]

Gollancz to reduce eBook editions of 2014 debuts to £1.99

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade cover

Gollancz, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, has decided to reduce the price of the eBook editions of debut novels to £1.99 for the week of publication. Gollancz have over the years launched the careers of authors including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Elspeth Cooper, Elizabeth May, Suzanne McLeod, Hannu Rajaniemi […]

Sequel to classic Wastelands anthology due out 2015

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2008’s Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse was an anthology of post-apocalyptic and dystopian short stories written by a collection of the world’s finest authors. I read it whilst on holiday the summer just gone and I absolutely loved it, every story was good while some of them were wonderful, amongst the best I have read […]

A discussion on speculative fiction, cosy-catastrophe and sci-fi

J. G. Ballard

By Cat Fitzpatrick The driving force behind Science Fiction is the exploration of possible futures. Are we becoming ensnared by too much repetition of well-worn themes or is there still scope for speculative thinking? Cat Fitzpatrick reports on a discussion between authors Simon Ings, Christopher Priest, Nina Allan and Joanna Kavenna on whether there is […]

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