Victor Gollancz Ltd

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Victor Gollancz Ltd
Victor Gollancz
Parent company Orion Publishing Group
Founded 1927
Founder Victor Gollancz
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Publication types Books
Fiction genres science fiction, fantasy, horror
Official website www.gollancz.co.uk
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. Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, ownership passed to his daughter, Livia, who sold it to Houghton Mifflin in 1989. Three years later, in October 1992, Houghton Mifflin sold Gollancz to the publishing house Cassell & Co. In December 1998 the Orion Publishing Group acquired Cassell & Co and turned Gollancz into its science fiction/fantasy imprint.

Origins as a political house[edit]

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. He also published works by German exiles, such as Hilde Meisel.

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[edit]

In 1998 Gollancz was developed into a science fiction and fantasy imprint Gollancz Science Fiction after it was acquired by Orion Publishing Group. Gollancz then proceeded to manage the SF Masterworks series, previously overseen by Orion sister-imprint Millenium. Gollancz has published award-winning and award-nominated books by, among others:[1]:

Expansion into manga[edit]

In 2005 Gollancz set up a manga publishing arm, Gollancz Manga, which published UK editions of various Viz Media properties. As of 2014, Gollancz no longer publish manga and Viz Media have re-released the publisher's series.

The following titles have been published:

Case Closed (Detective Conan) volumes 1–15
Dragon Ball volumes 1–16
Dragon Ball Z volumes 1–4
Fushigi Yūgi volumes 1–17
Flame of Recca volumes 1–10
Maison Ikkoku volumes 1–15
One Piece volumes 1–12
Rurouni Kenshin volumes 1–16
Yu-Gi-Oh! volumes 1–7
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist volumes 1–15

SF Gateway website[edit]

In 2011, Gollancz launched the SF Gateway website, an online library that features out-of-print science fiction books republished as e-books. Gollancz aims to make 5,000 or more books available by 2014 and the website will be integrated with the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.[1]

Accolades[edit]

In March 2104, Gollancz is listed as the top publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction in regard to nominations and awards. The imprint has published 418 novels, written by 169 authors, that have received 331 nominations and 97 awards.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worlds Without End Science Fiction and Fantasy publishers". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  1. ^ Neill, Graeme (20 July 2011). "Gollancz opens sci-fi Gateway to e-books". The Bookseller. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Top SF/F/H Publishers". Worlds Without End. March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Edwards, Ruth Dudley. Victor Gollancz: A Biography. London: V. Gollancz, 1987. ISBN 0-575-03175-1.
  • Hodges, Sheila. Gollancz: The Story of a Publishing House, 1928–1978. London: V. Gollancz, 1978. ISBN 0-575-02447-X.

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