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A Gollancz edition of The Door Into Summer, displaying the distinctive yellow dust jacket style.

Victor Gollancz Ltd was a major British book publishing house of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1927 by Victor Gollancz (1893–1967) and specialised in the publication of high quality literature, nonfiction and popular fiction, including science fiction.


Origins as a political house

Gollancz was left-inclined in politics and a supporter of socialist movements. This is reflected in some of the books he published. Victor Gollancz commissioned George Orwell to write about the urban working class in the North of England, the result was The Road to Wigan Pier. His break with Orwell came when he declined to publish Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War Homage to Catalonia; the pair having drifted apart on political grounds. He did publish The Red Army Moves by Geoffrey Cox on the Winter War which was critical of the Soviet attack on Finland, but also foresaw that the Red Army would defeat the Germans.

Gollancz was the original publisher of a number of famous authors and their books including:

Many of Gollancz's books were published in one of their familiar house dust jackets, of which the most famous was bright yellow, with the title and author rendered in a vibrant, bold typography.

Transition to science fiction and fantasy genres

Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, his daughter, Livia, became controlling director. She sold it to Houghton Mifflin in 1989. Three years later, in October 1992, Houghton Mifflin sold Gollancz to Cassell. In 1998, the Orion Publishing Group purchased Gollancz from Cassell and turned it into its science fiction and fantasy imprint, Gollancz Science Fiction. To date, Gollanz has published 38 award winning and nominated books by the following authors[1]:

  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Mark Chadbourn
  • Gwyneth Jones
  • William Gibson
  • Jon Grimwood
  • Ian McDonald
  • Paul McAuley
  • Michael Harrison
  • Mary Gentle
  • Graham Joyce
  • Jonathan Carroll
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Robert Shaw
  • James Lovegrove
  • Richard Morgan
  • Geoff Ryman
  • Keith Roberts
  • John Sladek
  • James Ballard
  • Dan Simmons
  • Gregory Bear
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Thomas Disch
  • Ian Watson
  • Christopher Priest
  • Stephen Donaldson
  • Joe Hill
  • Robert Cormier
  • Robert Holdstock
  • Scott Lynch
  • Michael Coney
  • Christopher Evans
  • Roger Levy
  • Arthur Clarke
  • Alison Sinclair
  • Peter Delacorte
  • Adam Roberts

To date, Gollanz published novels have been nominated for 134 science fiction and fantasy awards, and have won 28 of them [2].

Expansion into Manga

In 2005 Gollancz set up a manga publishing arm, Gollancz Manga, which publishes UK editions of various Viz Media properties.

The following titles have been published:

See also


  1. ^  "Worlds Without End Science Fiction and Fantasy publishers". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-04-01.  
  2. ^  "Worlds Without End publisher rankings". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-04-01.  

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