Welcome to the Gateway
In the last years of the twentieth century (as H. G. Wells might
have put it), Gollancz, Britain's oldest and most distinguished
science fiction imprint, created the SF and Fantasy Masterworks
series. Dedicated to re-publishing the English language's finest
works of SF and Fantasy, most of which were languishing out of
print at the time, they were - and remain - landmark lists,
consummately fulfilling the original mission statement: to form a
library of the greatest fantastic fiction ever written, and to show
that genuinely innovative SF and Fantasy is as exciting and
relevant today as when it was first written.
In a publishing landscape that can be very unforgiving of modest
sales, we are proud to have kept such important works of literature
in print. But it occurred to us as we considered the lists, with
the benefit of over a decade's hindsight, that what we had achieved
was only the tip of the iceberg. Many of these authors had
backlists of dozens - even hundreds - of books, built up over the
many years of their distinguished careers; viewed from that
perspective, we had only a tiny fraction of their work in print. It
was obvious that the economics of commercial publishing were such
that vast troves of classic SF & Fantasy were almost certainly
destined never again to see print. This seemed a great shame, but
what to do about it?
The answer arrived - in pleasingly science fictional fashion -
in the form of new technology: digital publishing. Prior to the
widespread take-up of the eBook, anyone interested in reading any
of these books would have been confined to scouring second-hand
bookshops. But now, the technology existed to enable us to make
available, for the first time, the entire backlists of an
incredibly wide range of classic and modern SF and fantasy authors.
We realised that we could make use of this new technology to
build on the success of the SF and Fantasy Masterworks series and
to publish even deeper into these great authors' backlists. On that
day, the SF Gateway was born.
Our ambition is to build the most comprehensive electronic
catalogue of classic SFF titles ever assembled, and to provide a
place for readers to talk about them. Working closely, but
independently, with the Encyclopedia of Science
Fiction, we hope we can build a destination site for anyone who
is interested in reading, discussing and learning about science
fiction. Imagine your perfect specialist bookshop; it stocks not
just the highlights from your favourite authors' careers, but every
book they ever wrote - and the people who run the shop have an
encyclopaedic knowledge of SF. That's what we're trying to build
So, welcome to what we hope will become the new home of Science
Fiction & Fantasy on the net.
Welcome to the Gateway.