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Gollancz acquire 2 books by Victor Pelevin & sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s A Meeting with Medusa, by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter


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Gollancz has acquired two “controversial, postmodern satirical” novels by Victor Pelevin

Gollancz has acquired two “controversial, postmodern satirical” novels by Victor Pelevin, who won the Russian Little Booker Prize, which is awarded to genre writing, in 1993 for his short-story collection The Blue Lantern.

Publishing director Gillian Redfearn bought world English rights to S.N.U.F.F. and Empire V from the AN&N Group, through Sveta Payne of Matteo Publishing, in a five-figure deal. S.N.U.F.F. is a “stunning post-apocalyptic take on war and the media . . . exploring the conflict between the nation of Ukraine and the city ‘Big Byz’ [which is located] above.”

S.N.U.F.F. will be available in bookshops and online on the 18th June 2015 in hardback and eBook.

Empire V is a postmodern satire about a young man who involuntarily joins an arcane cult.


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 of an experimental airship and crash survivor who leads an expedition to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere. Picking up Clarke’s themes of space exploration and the nature of humanity, this loose sequel will be a true sense-of-wonder story that will delight fans of classic science-fiction as well as both authors’ existing readerships.

Stephen Baxter said: “A Meeting with Medusa was arguably Clarke’s last great work of short fiction, and, we discovered, inspired us both when we were younger. Today the science of the story still holds up, and its encapsulation of a great theme – humanity vs. the machine – in the dilemma of a single individual remains very effective, and full of story potential. For me, working with Al on this project has been like working with Clarke himself, one more time.”

Alastair Reynolds said: “A Meeting with Medusa has always been a touchstone text for me, one of the very first SF stories that I ever read, and with a resonance that has haunted me across the ensuing forty years. I could not have hoped for a better partner in this collaboration than Steve, and I hope our joint effort reflects our deep admiration and respect for the boundless imagination and essential good-natured optimism of Arthur C Clarke.”



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