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The Victor Gollancz SF Collectors' Editions are a range of paperback reproductions of science fiction novels, many of which had previously been out of print for many years. While the range is not as consistently good as the Millennium Books SF Masterworks series, there are still some superb novels here.

The books are ordered here by authors' surnames.

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Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Tau Zero - Poul Anderson

Tau Zero - Poul Anderson

The epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine will take her and her fifty-strong crew to a planet some thrity light-years distant. But, because the ship will accelerate to close to the spped of light, for those on board subjective time will slow and the journey will be of only a few years' duration. Then a buffeting by an interstellar dustcloud changes everything. The ship's deceleration system is damaged irreperably and soon she is gaining velocity. When she attains light-speed, tau zero itself, the disparity between ship-time and external time becomes almost impossibly great. Eons and galaxies hurtle by, and the crew of the Leonora Christine speeds into the unknown.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov

The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a man whose job it is to range through past and present centuries, monitoring and, where necessary, altering time's myriad cause-and-effect relationships. But when he falls in love with a non-Eternal woman, he must use his powers to twist time to his own purposes.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - No Enemy But Time - Michael Bishop

No Enemy But Time - Michael Bishop

Joshua Kampa, the illegitimate son of a mute Spanish whore and a black serviceman, has always dreamed of Africa. But his dreams are of an Africa far in the past and are so vivid and in such hallucinatory detail that he is able to question the understanding of eminent palaeontologists. As a result, Joshua is invited to join a most unusual time travel project and is transported millions of years into the past of his dreams. In early Pleistocene Africa, living among the prehuman species Homo habilis, experiencing the same hardships and the same intense pleasures, Joshua finds, for the first time in his troubled life, not only contentment but real love - a love that transcends almost everything. Intelligent, thoughtful and deeply moving, No Enemy But Time brilliantly evokes the remote past and, at the same time, presents a powerful and convincing portrayal of a relationship surmounting even the most daunting barriers. It is a challenging and highly original novel exploring the nature a nd origins of humankind.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Seedling Stars - James Blish

The Seedling Stars - James Blish

You didn't make an Adapted Man with just a wave of the wand. It involved an elaborate constellation of techniques, known collectively as pantropy, that changed the human pattern in a man's shape and chemistry before he was born. And the pantropists didn't stop there. Education, thoughts, ancestors and the world itself were changed, because the Adapted Men were produced to live and thrive in the alien environments found only in space. They were crucial to a daring plan to colonize the universe.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Wild Seed - Octavia Butler

Wild Seed - Octavia Butler

Doro has been alive for almost 4,000 years. He has great power and influence and yet he is alone. He has watched generation after generation of his children die. But he still dreams of breeding a new race of immortal telepaths in his own image. When he encounters Anyanwu, the shape-changer and healer, he knows that he has met his true mate. Although only 300 years old, he is Doro's equal, perhaps the only other one of their kind on Earth. But she has sprung from wild seed, beyond his control, and she is Doro's implacable enemy.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Jagged Orbit - John Brunner

The Jagged Orbit - John Brunner

Matthew Flamen, the last of the networks' spoolpigeons, is desperate for a big story. There's no shortage of possibilities, but then into his lap falls the story that the respected director of the New York State Mental Hospital is a charlatan.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Mindplayers - Pat Cadigan

Mindplayers - Pat Cadigan

Allie Haas only did it for a dare - the kind of dare you know is a mistake but you do it anyway because it's Mistake Yime. But putting on the madcap that Jerry Wirerammer has 'borrowed' was a very big mistake. The psychosis itself was quite conventional, a few paranoid delusions, but it didn't go away when she took the madcap off. Jerry did the decent thing and left her at an emergency room for dry-cleaning but then the Brain Police took over. Straightened out by a professional mindplayer, Allie thinks she's left mind games behind for good but then comes the fazer: she can either go to jail as mind criminal or she can train as a mindplayer herself

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement

Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement

Mesklin is a vast, inhospitable, disc-shaped planet, so cold that its oceans are liquid methane and its snows are frozen ammonia. It is a world spinning dizzyingly, a world where gravity can be a crushing 700 times greater than Earth's, a world too hostile for human explorers. But the planet holds secrets of inestimable value, and an unmanned probe that has crashed close to one of its poles must be recovered. Only the Mesklinites, the small creatures so bizarrely adapted to their harsh environment, can help. And so Barlennan, the resourceful and courageous captain of the Mesklinite ship Bree, sets out on an heroic and appalling journey into the terrible unknown. For him and his people, the prize to be gained is as great as that for mankind.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Beasts - John Crowley

Beasts - John Crowley

Painter is a leo - part man, part lion - the result of one of man's genetic experiments, a powerful, beautiful, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be be hunted down. But Painter has two advantages in this world of small bickering nation states and political accommodation and compromise: his own strength and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, another of man's experiments, a subtle and potent intriguer, a king-maker...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Jewels of Aptor - Samuel R. Delany

The Jewels of Aptor - Samuel R. Delany

When Argo, the White Goddess, orders it, Geo, the itinerant poet, and his three disparate companions journey to the island of Aptor to seize a jewel from the dark god, Hama, and return it to Argo so that she may defeat the malign forces ranged against her and the land of Leptar. But, as the four press deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor and the easy distinctions between good and evil blur, their mission no longer seems so straightforward. For Argo already controls two of the precious stones, and possession of the third would make her power absolute. And the four friends have learned that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Dark Universe - Daniel F. Galouye

Dark Universe - Daniel F. Galouye

The survivors live underground, as far from the Original World as possible and protected from the ultimate evil, Radiation. Then terrible monsters, who bring with them a screaming silence, are seen and people start to disappear. One young man realises he must question the nature of Darkness itself.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Mindbridge - Joe Haldeman

Mindbridge - Joe Haldeman

Jacque Le Favre is a tamer, a member of one of the exploration teams that humankind has been able to send to the stars. His first world is the second planet out from Groombridge 1618, a rather unpromising place until they encounter the alien L'vrai, with its awesome and appalling gift of telepathy.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Worlds - Joe Haldeman

Worlds - Joe Haldeman

Towards the end of the twenty-first century 41 Worlds, small satellites with a total population of half a million, orbit the Earth, which has seen many changes, not least of which is a second revolution in America. Marianne O'Hara, a brilliant political sciences student, is from New New York, a hollowed out asteroid and the largest of the Worlds, but is to spend a year on Earth as a postgraduate student. Because the political relationship between the Worlds and Earth is complex and voltatile, Marianne unwittingly finds herself caught up with a group of fanatics determined on a third revolution in America - even if such a revolution could lead to the destruction of the Earth...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! - Harry Harrison

A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! - Harry Harrison

A metal highway under the sea is no longer a dream. Captain Augustine Washington and his team of navvies are already driving the tunnel under the Atlantic in an heroic feat of construction. For Gus, a descendant of the infamous George Washington, executed as a traitor after the Battle of Lexington, this is the opportunity to redeem the family name. But his beautiful fiancee has been forced to end their engagement, and there is a ruthless and sinister plot to destroy the tunnel - and Gus himself...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Door Into Summer - Robert Heinlein

The Door Into Summer - Robert Heinlein

When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tom cat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up thirty years later in the twenty-first century. He discovers that the robot household appliances he invented, far from having been stolen from him, have, mysteriously, been patented in his name. There's only thing for it. Dan has to, somehow, travel back in time to investigate...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Orphans of the Sky - Robert Heinlein

Orphans of the Sky - Robert Heinlein

Imagine a distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and deadly enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world? Their names include Brahma, Kali, Krishna and also he who was called Buddha, the Lord of Light, but who now prefers to be known simply as Sam. The gradual unfolding of the story -- how the colonization of another planet became a re-enactment of Eastern mythology -- is one of the great imaginative feats of modern science fiction.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Floating Worlds - Cecelia Holland

Floating Worlds - Cecelia Holland

The Styths, a powerful and aggressive race from Uranus and Saturn, have been launching pirate raids on ships from Mars. Earth has been asked to mediate and the task has fallen on Paula Menoza. Her initial meetings with the Styth warlord don't go well until she adopts an unconventional approach.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Fury - Henry Knuttner

Fury - Henry Knuttner

The Earth is long dead, blasted apart, and the human survivors who settled on Venus live in huge citadels beneath the Venusian seas in an atrophying, class-ridden society ruled by the Immortals - genetic mutations who live a thousand years or more. Sam Reed was born an immortal, born to rule those with a normal life-span, but his deranged father had him mutilated as a baby so that he wouldn't know of his heritage. And Sam grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and the law, thinking of the Immortals as his enemies. Then he reached the age of eighty, understood what had happened to him and went looking for revenge - and changed his decaying world forever.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - City of Illusions - Ursula Le Guin

City of Illusions - Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin has been recognized for more than thirty years as one of the most important writers in the sf field and her readership has extended far beyond the readership of the genre. This was her first collection of short stories and her best. It brings together almost all of her early short fiction and includes such poised and enduring masterpieces as the Hugo-winning 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas', the Nebula-winning 'The Day before the Revolution' and seminal works like 'Winter's King', 'Vaster than Empires and More Slow' and 'Nine Lives'. The range, strength and beauty of the stories is breathtaking.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula Le Guin

The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula Le Guin

Imagine a distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and deadly enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world? Their names include Brahma, Kali, Krishna and also he who was called Buddha, the Lord of Light, but who now prefers to be known simply as Sam. The gradual unfolding of the story -- how the colonization of another planet became a re-enactment of Eastern mythology -- is one of the great imaginative feats of modern science fiction.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Wanderer - Fritz Leiber

The Wanderer - Fritz Leiber

All eyes were watching the eclipse of the Moon when the Wanderer came. Only a few scientists had even suspected its presence, and then, suddenly, it was there, dwarfing and threatening the Moon and wreaking havoc with Earth's tides and weather. The huge, garishly coloured artificial world has only stopped in the Solar system to refuel but its mere presence is a catastrophe for the inhabitants of Earth, who all struggle in their different ways to survive the climatic chaos it unleashes. A brilliant description of the of the days of chaos as total destruction threatens the Earth.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Eye of the Queen - Phillip Mann

The Eye of the Queen - Phillip Mann

Set in the not-so-distant future, the earth has explored most of its neighboring star systems. A surprise comes when the earth is suddenly visited by the first extra terrestrial species that posesses superior technology. Marius Thorndyke and Tomas Mnaba, contact linguists from earth, travel to the planet of the super race and encounter answers to the ultimate questions of mankind.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Best of Walter M. Miller Jr. - Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Best of Walter M. Miller Jr. - Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr is best remembered as the author of A Canticle for Leibowitz, universally recognized as one of the greatest novels of modern SF. But as well as writing that deeply felt and eloquent book, he produced many shorter works of fiction of stunning originality and power. His profound interest in religion and his innate literary gifts combined perfectly in the production of such works as 'The Darfstellar', for which he won a Hugo in 1955, 'Conditionally Human', 'I, Dreamer' and 'The Big Hunger', all of which are included in this brilliant and essential collection.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - This is the Way the World Ends - James Morrow

This is the Way the World Ends - James Morrow

When George Paxman, a contented tombstone engraver in a sleepy Massachusetts town, is offered a bargain, he doesn't hesitate long. The deal is that his beloved daughter gets an otherwise unaffordable scopas suit to protect her from radioactive fall-out and all George has to do is sign a document admitting that, as a passive citizen who did nothing to stop it, he has a degree of guilt for any nuclear war that breaks out. George signs on the dotted line. And then the unthinkable happens. The world and everyone in it (scopas suit or no scopas suit) is destroyed in nuclear Armageddon. Except for George and five others who must now face prosecution from the great mass of humanity who will now never be born. And George Paxman stands accused in the name of all the people who stood by and never raised a finger to stop the horror of nuclear war.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Wolfbane - Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

Wolfbane - Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

The Earth has been torn away from the Sun, kidnapped by a runaway planet , whose inhabitants - enigmatic, utterly alien Pyramids - have their own plans for Earth's resources. And humankind, depending for warmth on a constantly renewed but woefully inadequate Moon, wracked by hunger and ruled by a slavish conformity to tradition, is dying out. But there are those who defy convention and refuse to give in. Feared and persecuted by by the ordinary citizens, these 'Wolves' are preparing to fight back against the Pyramids.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Wasp - Eric Frank Russell

Wasp - Eric Frank Russell

The war had been going on for nearly a year and the Sirian Empire had a huge advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge. Which was where James Mowry came in. If a small insect buzzing around in a car could so distract the driver as to cause that vehicle to crash, think what havoc one properly trained operative could wreak on an unsuspecting enemy. Intensively trained, his appearance surgically altered, James Mowry is landed on Jaimec, the ninety-fourth planet of the Sirian Empire. His mission is simple: sap morale, cause mayhem, tie up resources, wage a one-man war on a planet of eighty million. In short, be a wasp.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Next of Kin - Eric Frank Russell

Next of Kin - Eric Frank Russell

Scout-Officer John Leeming knew from the very start that his reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory was likely to be a one-way trip. But when his ship finally let him down and he crashed on a far-distant planet and was captured by tough and ruthless aliens, he knew he wasn't just going to give up. Armed with a piece of wood, a coil of copper-like wire, his quick wits and an imaginary ally called Eustace, Leeming embarked on a brilliant campaign to gain his freedom - and coincidentally undermined the entire alien war effort!

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Witches of Karres - James H. Schmitz

The Witches of Karres - James H. Schmitz

Captain Pausert, master of the old pirate-chaser Venture has finally found his niche. Unlucky in love and unsuccessful in business on his home planet, he seems to have a knack for selling job-lot cargoes around the fringes of the Empire. In fact, he's so far ahead of the game that he even finds time for the occasional heroic act. Like rescuing three poor child-slaves from their abusive masters. And then discovers he's broke again, wanted by the authorities and at odds with the most malevolent force in all of space. For Pausert hasn't rescued any ordinary put-upon juvenile slaves but three of the legendary witches of Karres complete with awesome psi powers...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Orbitsville - Bob Shaw

Orbitsville - Bob Shaw

When the young son of Elizabeth Lindstrom, the autocratic president of Starflight, falls to his death, Vance Garamond, a flickerwing commander, is the obvious target for Elizabeth's grief and anger. Which, since Elizabeth is not a forgiving employer, leaves Garamond little choice but to flee. And fleeing Elizabeth's wrath means leaving the Solar System far behind, for ever, and hiding somewhere in deep space. Pursued remorselessly by Earth's space fleet, the somewhere that Garamond finds is an unimaginably vast, alien-built, spherical structure which could just change the destiny of the human race...

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - A Wreath of Stars - Bob Shaw

A Wreath of Stars - Bob Shaw

Ironically, for Gilbert Snook - who considered himself the human equivalent of a neutrino, a particle able to travel through the Earth without disturbing any other particle - it all started with the panic that followed the sighting of the anti-neutrino planet as it approached Earth. Earth was unaffected but Snook ended up in a small African Republic teaching English to diamond miners. Then the miners started seeing ghosts and Snook found himself at the centre of a bizarre and far-reaching scientific discovery - and in the middle of some very dirty political infighting.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Stochastic Man - Robert Silverberg

The Stochastic Man - Robert Silverberg

Lew Nichols is in the business of stochastic prediction, which is a mixture of sophisticated analysis and inspired guesswork, it is the nearest man can get to predicting the future. And Nichols is very good at it. So good that he is soon indispensable to Paul Quinn, the ambitious and charismatic mayor of New York whose sights are firmly set on the presidency. But there is nothing paranormal about stochastic prediction: Nichols can't actually see the future. However, Martin Carvajal apparently can and he offers to help Nichols do so too. It's an offer Nichols can't resist, even though he can clearly see the devastating impact that knowing in advance every act of his life has on Carvajal. For Carvajal has even seen his own death.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Thorns - Robert Silverberg

Thorns - Robert Silverberg

Duncan Chalk is a monstrous media mogul with a vast appetite for other people's pain. He feeds off it, and carefully nurtures it in order to feed it to the public. It is inevitable that Chalk should home in on Minner Burris, a space traveller whose body was taken apart by alien surgeons and then put back together again - differently. Burris' pain is constant. And so is that of Lona Kelvin, used by scientists to supply eggs for 100 children and then ruthlessly discarded. Only an emotional vampire like Chalk can see the huge audience eager to watch a relationship develop between these two damaged people. And only Chalk can make it happen.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Tower of Glass - Robert Silverberg

Tower of Glass - Robert Silverberg

Simeon Krug is a man with a vision, and he has the vast wealth necessary to bring it into being. For Krug wishes to communicate with the stars, to answer signals from deep space. The colossal glass tower that he is building for the purpose soars high above the Arctic tundra, a sparkling monument to his determination and obsession. The androids who are working on it are perfect synthetic creations, created by Krug's own process in Krug's own factories, and their commitment to the project and their loyalty to Krug are beyond question. For they have made him their god and believe that through him they will become flesh and blood. But Krug is not a god, and when the androids learn the bitter truth their anger is terrible and uncontrollable and threatens much more than Krug's tower.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Way Station - Clifford D. Simak

Way Station - Clifford D. Simak

Enoch Wallace survived the carnage of Gettysburg and lived through the rest of the Civil War to make it home to his parents' farm in south-west Wisconsin. But his mother was already dead and his father soon joined her in the tiny family cemetery. It was then that Enoch met the being he called Ulysses and the farm became a way station for space travellers. Now, nearly a hundred years later, the US government is taking an interest in the seemingly immortal Enoch, and the Galactic Council, which set up the way station is threatening to tear itself apart.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Reproductive System - John Sladek

The Reproductive System - John Sladek

Wompler's Walking Babies once put Millford, Utah, on the map. But they aren't selling like they used to. In fact, they aren't selling at all and the only alternative to winding the company up is to tap the government for a research grant. And so Wompler Research Laboratories and Project 32 come into being. The plan is tp produce self-replicating mechanisms; identical cells equipped to repair intracellular breakdowns, convert power from their environment and create new cells. But suddenly the nondescript grey metal boxes start crawling about the laboratory, feeding voraciously on any metal... and multiplying at an alarming rate.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Tik-Tok - John Sladek

Tik-Tok - John Sladek

Something has gone very seriously wrong with Tik-Toks "asimov circuits". They should keep him on the straight and narrow, following Asimovs First Law of Robotics: "a robot shall not injure a human being, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm." But they dont. While maintaining the outward appearance of a mild-mannered robot, albeit one with artistic tendencies and sympathy for the robot rights movement, Tik-Toks real agenda is murderously different. He seems intent on injuring - preferably fatally - as people as possible. Almost inevitably, a successful career in crime and general mayhem leads to a move into politics and Tik-Tok becomes the first robot candidate for Vice President of the United States.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith

Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith

The discovery of stroon, a drug that confers near immortality on humans, has made Old North Australia rich, so rich that, when Rod McBan has to flee the planet because someone wants him dead, he buys the Earth.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Sirius - Olaf Stapledon

Sirius - Olaf Stapledon

Sirius is Thomas Trelone's great experiment, a dog with the brain and intelligence of a human, raised and educated in Trelone's family alongside his daughter Plaxy. But Sirius isn't human and the conflicts and inner turmoil that torture him cannot be resolved.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Roadside Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those strange misfits who are compelled by some unknown force to venture illegally into the Zone and, in spite of the extreme danger, collect the mysterious artefacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the Zone and the thriving black market in the alien products. Even the nature of his daughter has been determined by the Zone. And it is for her that Red makes his last, tragic foray into the hazardous and hostile depths.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Dreaming Jewels - Theodore Sturgeon

The Dreaming Jewels - Theodore Sturgeon

Horty Bluett is eight when he runs away from home. He'd been cruelly punished: Junky, the ugly old toy with the jewel-like eyes, the only thing that really belonged to him, had been deliberately smashed. And that hurt even more than having three fingers accidentally severed. Horty finds a new home among the freaks of a travelling carnival, protected by the beautiful midget, Zena. For Zena knows the truth about Junky and the jewels. She knows that Horty is one of the 'jewel people', and she knows what others would do to him if they found out that the jewels are living, thinking alien crystals from outer space.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Of Men and Monsters - William Tenn

Of Men and Monsters - William Tenn

Giant, technologically superior aliens have conquered Earth, but humankind survives - even flourishes in a way. Men and women live like mice in burrows in the massive walls of the huge homes of the aliens, scurrying about under their feet, stealing from them. A complex social and religious order has evolved, with women preserving knowledge and working as healers, and men serving as warriors and thieves. For the aliens, men and women are just a nuisance, neither civilized nor intelligent, and certainly not a worthy adversary. In fact, they are regarded as vermin, to be exterminated. Which, ironically, may just be humankind's strength and point the way forward.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - Big Planet - Jack Vance

Big Planet - Jack Vance

Charley Lysidder, the Bajarnum of Beaujolais, was ruthlessly expanding his empire on the Big Planet. The objective of the mission from Earth was to ensure that the whole world didn't fall under the domination of the tyrant. But, when sabotage brought down the spacecraft carrying the mission, the priority changed. The survivors of the crash faced an epic 40,000 mile trek to deftly, across the vast and unknown surface of the planet, harassed by monsters and the native people, and by each other.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Embedding - Ian Watson

The Embedding - Ian Watson

Ian Watson's brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British sf in the 1970s. Intellectually bracing and grippingly written, it is the story of three experiments in linguistics, and is driven by a searching analysis of the nature of communication. Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, it immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision, and is now recognized as a modern classic.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - The Jonah Kit - Ian Watson

The Jonah Kit - Ian Watson

A young Russian boy, accompanied by his devoted minder, turns up in Japan and presents a problem to the American security officials who take on his case. For the boy appears to be part of a sophisticated Soviet experiment and to have the mind of a dead astronaut imperfectly imprinted on his own. If the boy is to be believed, then the experiment has been extended to a whale... And in Mexico, ground-breaking research by Nobel Prize winner Paul Hammond and his disparate team has shown that what we perceive as the Universe is no more than the ghost of the real thing. Signals received by his radio telescope show that the Universe God created no longer exists. Then the whales start singing their death-yantra throughout the oceans of the world.

 

Gollancz SF Collectors' Edition - This Immortal - Roger Zelazny

This Immortal - Roger Zelazny

Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about and a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a tour around a shattered post-nuclear war Earth is not something he relishes, especially when he becomes central to an intrigue determining Earth's future.