SF Masterworks

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S.F. Masterworks
SF Masterworks collection.jpg
Every published SF Masterworks title, as of October 2021.

CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction
Publisher
Published1999–present
Media typePrint (Hardcover / Paperback) Ebook
No. of books184
Websitesfgateway.com

S.F. Masterworks is a series of science fiction novel reprints published by UK-based company Orion Publishing Group. The series is intended for the United Kingdom and Australian markets, but many editions are distributed to the United States and Canada by Hachette. As of September 2021, there are 184 unique titles in the series, 182 of which have been printed in the relaunched series. Approximately 230 volumes, including hardcover and revised editions, have been published in total.

Superseding the earlier series Gollancz Classic SF (1986-1987) and VGSF Classics (1988-1990),[1] the SF Masterworks series began publication in 1999. Developed to feature important and out of print science fiction novels, the selections were described by science fiction author Iain M. Banks as "amazing" and "genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF".[2] Many of the selections had been out of print in the United Kingdom for many years.

Its companion series include Fantasy Masterworks and Gateway Essentials.

Numbered series[edit]

Softcover editions (1999–2007)[edit]

  • ‡ Hardcover editions only. Orion Publishing did not have the rights to paperback editions.
  • * Some printings do not include a number stamp, or the incorrect number stamp appears on the cover.

Hardcover editions (2001)[edit]

Not all printings include a volume number stamp. Printings distributed to the United States do not include any markings to indicate they are part of a series.

Relaunch series[edit]

A selection of titles from the series on display at a London bookshop.

Softcover editions (2010–present)[edit]

The new designs sport yellow/white spines, with the SF Masterworks logo written vertically on the cover. The original 10 numbered titles were re-issued first. For titles that were previously issued in the original series, generally the cover artwork is tinted in a different colour from the original version. For example; The Dispossessed cover artwork is primarily red in the original release, and was tinted green when reprinted as part of the relaunch.

Only 2 titles from the numbered series have not yet been reprinted in the relaunch series; The Drowned World and Now Wait for Last Year. Since these are also the only entries missing from the 'Complete List' of titles published by Gollancz in 2016,[3] the delay in reprinting both titles is likely a publisher oversight.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
The Forever War Joe Haldeman 29 March 2010[3] 978-0-575-09414-7
I Am Legend Richard Matheson 978-0-575-09416-1
Cities in Flight James Blish 978-0-575-09417-8
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 978-0-575-09418-5
The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester 978-0-575-09419-2
Babel-17 Samuel R. Delany 978-0-575-09420-8
Lord of Light Roger Zelazny 978-0-575-09421-5
The Fifth Head of Cerberus Gene Wolfe 978-0-575-09422-2
Gateway Frederik Pohl 978-0-575-09423-9
The Rediscovery of Man Cordwainer Smith 978-0-575-09424-6
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick 1 April 2010[3] 978-0-575-07480-4
Ubik 978-1-857-98853-6
Inverted World Christopher Priest 13 May 2010[3] 978-0-575-08210-6
The Simulacra Philip K. Dick 14 May 2010[3] 978-0-575-07460-6
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said 978-1-857-98341-8
Time Out of Joint 978-0-575-07458-3
VALIS 978-1-857-98339-5
Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore 14 June 2010[3] 978-1-857-98764-5
Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany 22 July 2010[3] 978-0-575-09099-6
Helliconia Brian Aldiss 12 August 2010[3] 978-0-575-08615-9
The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin 19 August 2010[3] 978-1-857-98951-9
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney 14 October 2010[3] 978-0-575-08531-2
The Female Man Joanna Russ 11 November 2010[3] 978-0-575-09499-4
The Complete Roderick John Sladek 978-1-857-98340-1
Arslan M. J. Engh 9 December 2010[3] 978-0-575-09501-4
Tau Zero Poul Anderson 30 December 2010[3] 978-0-575-07732-4
The Centauri Device M. John Harrison 978-1-857-98997-7
The Difference Engine William Gibson and Bruce Sterling 13 January 2011[3] 978-0-575-09940-1
The Prestige Christopher Priest 10 February 2011[3] 978-0-575-09941-8
Greybeard Brian Aldiss 18 March 2011[3] 978-0-575-07113-1
Martian Time-Slip Philip K. Dick 24 March 2011[3] 978-1-857-98837-6
Sirius Olaf Stapledon 14 April 2011[3] 978-0-575-09942-5
Hyperion Dan Simmons 12 May 2011[3][4] 978-0-575-09943-2
Non-Stop Brian Aldiss 978-1-857-98998-4
The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke 2 June 2011[3] 978-1-857-98763-8
City Clifford D. Simak 9 June 2011[3] 978-0-575-10523-2
Hellstrom's Hive Frank Herbert 14 July 2011[3] 978-0-575-10108-1
Of Men and Monsters William Tenn 11 August 2011[3] 978-0-575-09944-9
Pavane Keith Roberts 29 September 2011[3] 978-1-857-98937-3
Timescape Gregory Benford 978-1-857-98935-9
Dying Inside Robert Silverberg 978-0-575-07525-2
Grass Sheri S. Tepper 978-1-857-98798-0
More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon 978-1-857-98852-9
The Affirmation Christopher Priest 13 October 2011[3] 978-0-575-09946-3
R.U.R. and War with the Newts Karel Čapek 978-0-575-09945-6
Emphyrio Jack Vance 14 November 2011[3] 978-1-857-98885-7
Star Maker Olaf Stapledon 978-1-857-98807-9
The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg 978-1-857-98914-4
Floating Worlds Cecelia Holland 8 December 2011[3] 978-0-575-10823-3
Blood Music Greg Bear 12 December 2011 978-1-857-98762-1
Rogue Moon Algis Budrys 12 January 2012[3] 978-0-575-10800-4
Dangerous Visions Harlan Ellison 9 February 2012[3] 978-0-575-10802-8
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke 5 March 2012[3] 978-0-575-07733-1
Eon Greg Bear 978-0-575-07316-6
Odd John Olaf Stapledon 8 March 2012[3] 978-0-575-07224-4
The Fountains of Paradise Arthur C. Clarke 19 March 2012[3] 978-1-857-98721-8
Last and First Men Olaf Stapledon 978-1-857-98806-2
The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons 12 April 2012[3] 978-0-575-09948-7
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm 14 June 2012[3] 978-0-575-07914-4
Roadside Picnic (new translation) Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 12 July 2012[3] 978-0-575-09313-3
Synners Pat Cadigan 9 August 2012[3] 978-0-575-11954-3
Sarah Canary Karen Joy Fowler 13 September 2012[3] 978-0-575-13136-1
Ammonite Nicola Griffith 978-0-575-11823-2
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe D. G. Compton 11 October 2012[3] 978-0-575-11831-7
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 978-0-575-09960-9
Doomsday Book Connie Willis 8 November 2012[3] 978-0-575-13109-5
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 15 November 2012[3] 978-1-857-98938-0
Unquenchable Fire Rachel Pollack 13 December 2012[3] 978-0-575-11854-6
The Caltraps of Time David I. Masson 978-0-575-11828-7
Engine Summer John Crowley 10 January 2013[3] 978-0-575-08281-6
Take Back Plenty Colin Greenland 978-0-575-11952-9
Slow River Nicola Griffith 14 February 2013[3] 978-0-575-11825-6
The Gate to Women's Country Sheri S. Tepper 14 March 2013[3] 978-0-575-13104-0
The Sea and Summer George Turner 978-0-575-11869-0
Wasp Eric Frank Russell 9 May 2013[3] 978-0-575-12904-7
To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis 978-0-575-11312-1
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov 13 June 2013[3] 978-0-575-12905-4
This Is the Way the World Ends James Morrow 978-0-575-08118-5
The Deep John Crowley 11 July 2013[3] 978-0-575-08264-9
Time is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis Connie Willis 8 August 2013[3] 978-0-575-13114-9
No Enemy But Time Michael Bishop 978-0-575-09311-9
Double Star Robert A. Heinlein 12 September 2013[3] 978-0-575-12203-1
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds 978-0-575-12906-1
A Fall of Moondust Arthur C. Clarke 16 September 2013[3] 978-0-575-07317-3
A Maze of Death Philip K. Dick 978-0-575-07461-3
The Penultimate Truth 978-0-575-07481-1
Random Acts of Senseless Violence Jack Womack 10 October 2013[3] 978-0-575-13230-6
Transfigurations Michael Bishop 14 November 2013[3] 978-0-575-09309-6
The Door Into Summer Robert A. Heinlein 12 December 2013[3] 978-0-575-12072-3
Dr. Bloodmoney Philip K. Dick 9 January 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0168-2
Half Past Human T. J. Bass 30 January 2014[3] 978-0-575-12962-7
The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett 13 February 2014[3] 978-0-575-13156-9
The Godwhale T. J. Bass 13 March 2014[3] 978-0-575-12993-1
Jem Frederik Pohl 10 April 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0170-5
The Shrinking Man Richard Matheson 978-1-4732-0169-9
A Case of Conscience James Blish 15 May 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0543-7
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree Jr 10 July 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0324-2
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick 28 August 2014[3] 978-1-857-98847-5
Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner 11 September 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0637-3
The Child Garden Geoff Ryman 27 November 2014[5] 978-0-575-07690-7
Mission of Gravity Hal Clement 11 December 2014[3] 978-1-4732-0638-0
Mockingbird Walter Tevis 27 February 2015[6] 978-1-4732-1310-4
The Word for World Is Forest Ursula K. Le Guin 26 March 2015[3] 978-1-4732-0578-9
Downward to the Earth Robert Silverberg 9 April 2015[3] 978-1-4732-1192-6
Hard to Be a God Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 978-1-4732-0829-2
Night Lamp Jack Vance 14 May 2015[3] 978-1-4732-0892-6
Life During Wartime Lucius Shepard 11 June 2015[3] 978-1-4732-1193-3
Earth Abides George R. Stewart 30 June 2015[7] 978-1-4732-1433-0
Dark Benediction Walter M. Miller 13 August 2015[3] 978-1-4732-1194-0
The Wind's Twelve Quarters
  and The Compass Rose
Ursula K. Le Guin 978-1-4732-0576-5
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin 10 September 2015[3] 978-1-4732-1252-7
The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin 30 September 2015[8] 978-1-4732-0606-9
Nova Samuel R. Delany 12 November 2015[3] 978-1-4732-1191-9
The Man Who Fell to Earth Walter Tevis 978-1-4732-1311-1
A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge 7 January 2016[3] 978-1-4732-1195-7
Norstrilia Cordwainer Smith 11 February 2016[9] 978-1-4732-1253-4
Monday Begins on Saturday Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 14 April 2016[10] 978-1-4732-0221-4
Fairyland Paul J. McAuley 12 May 2016[10] 978-1-4732-1516-0
Always Coming Home Ursula K. Le Guin 14 July 2016[10] 978-1-4732-0580-2
A Deepness in the Sky Vernor Vinge 978-1-4732-1196-4
Swastika Night Murray Constantine 11 August 2016[10] 978-1-4732-1466-8
China Mountain Zhang Maureen F. McHugh 13 October 2016[10] 978-1-4732-1462-0
Shadow and Claw
  (The Book of the New Sun, Vol. 1)
Gene Wolfe 10 November 2016[10] 978-1-4732-1649-5
Sword and Citadel
  (The Book of the New Sun, Vol. 2)
978-1-4732-1200-8
Limbo Bernard Wolfe 15 December 2016[11] 978-1-4732-1247-3
The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells 12 January 2017[10] 978-1-4732-1799-7
The Invisible Man 978-1-4732-1798-0
The Shape of Things to Come 978-1-4732-2165-9
The Food of the Gods 978-1-4732-1801-7
The First Men in the Moon 978-1-4732-1800-0
The War of the Worlds 978-1-4732-1802-4
The Time Machine 978-1-4732-1797-3
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin 12 April 2017[10] 978-1-4732-2162-8
The Doomed City Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 13 July 2017[10] 978-1-4732-2228-1
Raising the Stones Sheri S. Tepper 10 August 2017[10] 978-1-4732-2265-6
The Embedding Ian Watson 7 September 2017[10] 978-1-4732-2267-0
Cryptozoic Brian Aldiss 30 November 2017[10] 978-1-4732-2273-1
Land Under England Joseph O'Neill 26 June 2018[10] 978-1-4732-2406-3
Raft Stephen Baxter 10 July 2018[10] 978-1-4732-2405-6
Dreaming in Smoke Tricia Sullivan 23 August 2018[10] 978-1-4732-2474-2
Fools Pat Cadigan 7 March 2019[10] 978-1-4732-2602-9
The Best of R. A. Lafferty R. A. Lafferty 4 April 2019[10] 978-1-4732-1344-9
Light M. John Harrison 11 July 2019[10] 978-1-4732-2767-5
Native Tongue Suzette Haden Elgin 22 August 2019[10] 978-1-4732-2756-9
Snail on the Slope Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 17 October 2019[10] 978-1-4732-2828-3
The Shockwave Rider John Brunner 9 January 2020[10] 978-1-4732-2830-6
Lord Valentine's Castle Robert Silverberg 6 February 2020[10] 978-1-4732-2922-8
River of Gods Ian McDonald 19 March 2020[10] 978-1-4732-2950-1
A Time of Changes Robert Silverberg 20 August 2020[10] 978-1-4732-2923-5
The Andromeda Anthology Fred Hoyle and John Elliot 29 October 2020[10] 978-1-4732-3011-8
Worlds of Exile and Illusion Ursula K. Le Guin 15 October 2020[10] 978-1-4732-3098-9
Bold as Love Gwyneth Jones 12 November 2020[10] 978-1-4732-3019-4
Desolation Road Ian McDonald 10 December 2020[10] 978-1-4732-3099-6
Castles Made of Sand Gwyneth Jones 21 January 2021[10] 978-1-4732-3020-0
The Best of Greg Egan Greg Egan 18 March 2021[10] 978-1-4732-3229-7
The Inhabited Island (new translation) Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 15 April 2021[10] 978-1-4732-3244-0
The Separation Christopher Priest 13 May 2021[10] 978-1-4732-3305-8
Needle in a Timestack Robert Silverberg 10 June 2021[10] 978-1-4732-2920-4
White Queen Gwyneth Jones 2 September 2021[10] 978-1-4732-3465-9
The Demolished Man Alfred Bester Unknown 978-1-857-98822-2
The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut 978-1-857-98884-0
Behold the Man Michael Moorcock 978-1-857-98848-2
Man Plus Frederik Pohl 978-1-857-98946-5
Dancers at the End of Time Michael Moorcock 978-0-575-07476-7
The Space Merchants Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbuth 978-0-575-07528-3
Ringworld Larry Niven 978-0-575-07702-7

‡ Reprinted version of a title from the numbered series

Hardcover editions (2010–2017)[edit]

‡ Reprinted version of a title from the numbered series

§ Later reprinted in a paperback edition

Forthcoming[edit]

Unpublished editions[edit]

The following editions were announced, but appear to have been withdrawn:

Related series[edit]

Gollancz 50th Anniversary (2011)[edit]

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gollancz imprint, Orion published ten fan-chosen editions. Each novel featured Gollancz's red-on-yellow cover design. The series was initially marketed as part the S.F. Masterworks series.

Golden Age Masterworks (2019–present)[edit]

Initially marketed as part the S.F. Masterworks series.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gollancz Classic SF - 1986-1987 - SFandFantasy.co.uk".
  2. ^ "Locus Online: Malcolm Edwards interview excerpts". www.locusmag.com. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce "The SF Masterworks: A Complete List". 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ Aldiss, Brian (12 July 2018). Non-Stop. ISBN 9780575109049.
  5. ^ Ryman, Geoff (2018-07-13). The Child Garden. ISBN 9781473212138.
  6. ^ "Title: Mockingbird". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  7. ^ "Title: Earth Abides". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  8. ^ "Title: The Dispossessed". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  9. ^ "Title: Norstrilia". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao "Publication Series: Gollancz SF Masterworks (II)".
  11. ^ Wolfe, Bernard (2018-07-13). Limbo. ISBN 9781473212473.
  12. ^ "Title: Dune". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  13. ^ Jones, Gwyneth (10 May 2021). Kairos by Gwyneth Jones. sfgateway.com. ISBN 9781473230316. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  14. ^ Orwell, George (8 April 2021). Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. sfgateway.com. ISBN 9781473234819. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  15. ^ Jones, Gwyneth (16 August 2021). Life. ISBN 9781473234673.
  16. ^ https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Up-Weightless-John-Ford/dp/1473232821
  17. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forge-God-S-F-MASTERWORKS/dp/1473222664
  18. ^ "Stories of Mars : Edgar Rice Burroughs : 9781473234826". www.bookdepository.com. Retrieved 2021-09-19.

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