SF Masterworks

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SF Masterworks is a series of science fiction books started by Millennium and currently published by Victor Gollancz Ltd (both being imprints of the UK based Orion Publishing Group).

It began in 1999 and comprises selected pieces of science-fiction literature from 1950 onwards (with a few exceptions). The list was compiled by the managing director of Orion Books, Malcolm Edwards, with the help of "leading SF writers and editors" and the goal of bringing important books back into print.[1] The list was described by science fiction author Iain M. Banks as "amazing" and "genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF".[2]

It has a companion series in the Fantasy Masterworks line. A separate Future Classics[3] line has also started featuring eight science fiction novels from the last few decades.

Gollancz officially relaunched the series in March 2010 beginning with reissues of the first ten titles. These titles have new cover designs (no longer featuring numbers) and introductions, and other existing titles are planned to be reprinted. Gollancz also added new titles to the series beginning in April 2010.[4]

Numbered paperback series (1999-2009)[edit]

* Also published in the 2001 SF Masterworks numbered hardcover series.

** Possibly due to a printing error, The Man in the High Castle (number 73) has 72 printed on its cover.

Unpublished titles[edit]

The following were announced for publication in 2006, but were not published.

Title Author Originally Published ISBN
Camp Concentration Thomas Disch 1968 0-575-07877-4
334 Thomas Disch 1972 0-575-07897-9

Hardcover titles[edit]

The following were all printed in 2001, and featured a dust jacket numbered by Roman numerals.

Number Title Author Originally Published ISBN
I Dune Frank Herbert 1965 0-575-07334-9
II The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin 1969 0-575-07219-9
III The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick 1962 0-575-07335-7
IV The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester 1956 0-575-07337-3
V A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr. 1960 0-575-07220-2
VI Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke 1953 0-575-07263-6
VII The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein 1966 0-575-07336-5
VIII Ringworld Larry Niven 1970 0-575-07339-X
IX The Forever War Joe Haldeman 1974 0-575-07318-7
X The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham 1951 0-575-07338-1

New design[edit]

Title Author Originally Published ISBN Masterworks Published
The Forever War * Joe Haldeman 1974 978-0-575-09414-7 2010
I Am Legend * Richard Matheson 1954 978-0-575-09416-1 2010
Cities in Flight * James Blish 1950–1962 978-0-575-09417-8 2010
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? * Philip K. Dick 1968 978-0-575-09418-5 2010
The Stars My Destination * Alfred Bester 1956 978-0-575-09419-2 2010
Babel-17 * Samuel R. Delany 1966 978-0-575-09420-8 2010
Lord of Light * Roger Zelazny 1967 978-0-575-09421-5 2010
The Fifth Head of Cerberus * Gene Wolfe 1972 978-0-575-09422-2 2010
Gateway * Frederik Pohl 1977 978-0-575-09423-9 2010
The Rediscovery of Man * Cordwainer Smith 1950–1966 978-0-575-09424-6 2010
Inverted World Christopher Priest 1974 978-0-575-08210-6 2010
Cat's Cradle ** Kurt Vonnegut 1963 978-0-575-08195-6 2010
Childhood's End ** Arthur C. Clarke 1953 978-0-575-08235-9 2010
The Island of Doctor Moreau ** H. G. Wells 1896 978-0-575-09516-8 2010
Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany 1974 978-0-575-09099-6 2010
The Time Machine * ** H. G. Wells 1895 978-0-575-09517-5 2010
Helliconia Brian Aldiss 1982–1985 978-0-575-08615-9 2010
The Food of the Gods ** H. G. Wells 1904 978-0-575-09518-2 2010
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney 1955 978-0-575-08531-2 2010
The Female Man Joanna Russ 1975 978-0-575-09499-4 2010
Arslan M. J. Engh 1976 978-0-575-09501-4 2010
The Difference Engine William Gibson and Bruce Sterling 1990 978-0-575-09940-1 2011
The Prestige Christopher Priest 1995 978-0-575-09941-8 2011
Greybeard Brian Aldiss 1964 978-0-575-07113-1 2011
Sirius Olaf Stapledon 1944 978-0-575-09942-5 2011
Hyperion Dan Simmons 1989 978-0-575-09943-2 2011
City Clifford D. Simak 1952 978-0-575-10523-2 2011
Hellstrom's Hive Frank Herbert 1973 978-0-575-10108-1 2011
Of Men and Monsters William Tenn 1968 978-0-575-09944-9 2011
R.U.R. and War with the Newts Karel Čapek 1921 & 1936 978-0-575-09945-6 2011
The Affirmation Christopher Priest 1981 978-0-575-09946-3 2011
Floating Worlds Cecelia Holland 1975 978-0-575-10823-3 2011
Rogue Moon Algis Budrys 1960 978-0-575-10800-4 2012
Dangerous Visions Harlan Ellison 1967 978-0-575-10802-8 2012
Odd John Olaf Stapledon 1935 978-0-575-07224-4 2012
The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons 1990 978-0-575-09948-7 2012
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ** Douglas Adams 1979 978-0-575-11534-7 2012
The War of the Worlds * ** H. G. Wells 1898 978-0-575-11535-4 2012
Synners Pat Cadigan 1991 978-0-575-11954-3 2012
Sarah Canary Karen Joy Fowler 1991 978-0-575-13136-1 2012
Ammonite Nicola Griffith 1992 978-0-575-11823-2 2012
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe D. G. Compton 1973 978-0-575-11831-7 2012
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 1818 978-0-575-09960-9 2012
Roadside Picnic * Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 1972 978-0-575-09313-3 2012
Riddley Walker ** Russell Hoban 1980 978-0-575-11951-2 2012
Doomsday Book Connie Willis 1992 978-0-575-13109-5 2012
Unquenchable Fire Rachel Pollack 1988 978-0-575-11854-6 2012
The Caltraps of Time David I. Masson 1968 978-0-575-11828-7 2012
Engine Summer John Crowley 1979 978-0-575-08281-6 2013
Take Back Plenty Colin Greenland 1990 978-0-575-11952-9 2013
Slow River Nicola Griffith 1995 978-0-575-11825-6 2013
The Gate to Women's Country Sheri S. Tepper 1988 978-0-575-13104-0 2013
The Sea and Summer George Turner 1987 978-0-575-11869-0 2013
The Invisible Man * ** H. G. Wells 1897 978-0-575-11537-8 2013
A Canticle for Leibowitz ** Walter M. Miller 1960 978-0-575-07357-9 2013
Wasp Eric Frank Russell 1957 978-0-575-12904-7 2013
To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis 1997 978-0-575-11312-1 2013
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov 1972 978-0-575-12905-4 2013
This Is the Way the World Ends James Morrow 1985 978-0-575-08118-5 2013
The First Men in the Moon * ** H. G. Wells 1901 978-0-575-11538-5 2013
The Deep John Crowley 1975 978-0-575-08264-9 2013
Time is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis Connie Willis 2013 978-0-575-13114-9 2013
No Enemy But Time Michael Bishop 1982 978-0-575-09311-9 2013
Double Star Robert A. Heinlein 1956 978-0-575-12203-1 2013
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds 2000 978-0-575-12906-1 2013
Random Acts of Senseless Violence Jack Womack 1995 978-0-575-13230-6 2013
Transfigurations Michael Bishop 1979 978-0-575-09309-6 2013
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ** Douglas Adams 1980 978-1-473-20066-1 2013
The Door Into Summer Robert A. Heinlein 1957 978-0-575-12072-3 2013
Life, the Universe and Everything ** Douglas Adams 1982 978-1-473-20067-8 2013
Dr. Bloodmoney * Philip K. Dick 1965 978-1-473-20168-2 2014
Half Past Human T. J. Bass 1971 978-0-575-12962-7 2014
The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett 1955 978-0-575-13156-9 2014
The Godwhale T. J. Bass 1974 978-0-575-12993-1 2014
Jem * Frederik Pohl 1980 978-1-473-20170-5 2014
The Shrinking Man * Richard Matheson 1956 978-1-473-20169-9 2014
A Case of Conscience * James Blish 1958 978-1-473-20543-7 2014
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree, Jr 1990 978-1-473-20324-2 2014
Stand on Zanzibar * John Brunner 1968 978-1-473-20637-3 2014
Mission of Gravity * Hal Clement 1954 978-1-473-20638-0 2014
The Word for World Is Forest Ursula K. Le Guin 1976 978-1-473-20578-9 2015
Downward to the Earth * Robert Silverberg 1970 978-1-473-21192-6 2015
Hard to Be a God Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 1964 978-1-473-20829-2 2015
Night Lamp Jack Vance 1996 978-1-473-20892-6 2015
Life During Wartime * Lucius Shepard 1987 978-1-473-21193-3 2015
Nova * Samuel R. Delany 1968 978-1-473-21191-9 2015
Monday Begins on Saturday Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 1965 978-1-473-20221-4 2015

* Also published in the SF Masterworks numbered paperback series.

** Published as hardcover, possibly due to licensing issue.

2011 50th Anniversary Hardcover titles[edit]

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gollancz imprint, in 2011 the "top ten" titles were chosen based on a readers' vote[5] (from a Gollancz selected longlist). They were published in the iconic yellow covers, and included new introductions from recent authors.

Number Title Author Originally Published ISBN
1 The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe 1980-1983 0-575-11673-0
2 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 1968 0-575-11676-5
3 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 1966 0-575-11674-9
4 I Am Legend Richard Matheson 1955 0-575-11670-6
5 Dune Frank Herbert 1965 0-575-11678-1
6 The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch 2006 0-575-11672-2
7 Eric Terry Pratchett 1990 0-575-11669-2
8 Hyperion Dan Simmons 1989 0-575-11677-3
9 The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss 2007 0-575-11671-4
10 The Time Machine H. G. Wells 1895 0-575-11675-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Locus Online: Malcolm Edwards interview excerpts
  2. ^ http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/promotions/gollancz-sf-masterworks Orion Books Masterworks Website
  3. ^ Gollancz editor Simon Spanton on the Future Classics promotion[dead link]
  4. ^ Gollancz Science Fiction and Fantasy New Books Catalogue: Jan-July 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2011/10/celebrating-50-years-of-gollancz/

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