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. The list was described by science fiction author Iain M. Banks as "amazing" and "genuinely the best novels from sixty years of SF".
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.
Numbered paperback series (1999-2009)
* 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.
The following were announced for publication in 2006, but were not published.
|Camp Concentration||Thomas Disch||1968||0-575-07877-4|
The following were all printed in 2001, and featured a dust jacket numbered by Roman numerals.
|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|
* Also published in the 1999-2009 SF Masterworks numbered paperback series.
** Also published in the current (since 2010) SF Masterworks new design series.
The new designs sport yellow/white spines, with the SF Masterworks logo written vertically down the left hand side of the cover. 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, but was partly tinted green when republished in the new series.
* Also published in the SF Masterworks numbered paperback series.
** Published as hardcover, possibly due to licensing issue. Some have been subsequently published in paperback.
The following are currently listed for future publication on the Orion Books website.
|Title||Author||Originally Published||ISBN||Masterworks Scheduled|
|Native Tongue||Suzette Haden Elgin||1984||978-1-473-22756-9||August 2019|
|The Snail on the Slope||Arkady and Boris Strugatsky||1972||978-1-473-22828-3||October 2019|
|The Shockwave Rider||John Brunner||1975||978-1-473-22830-6||January 2020 |
The following have at some point been listed for future publication, but appear to have been cancelled.
|Title||Author||Originally Published||ISBN||Masterworks Scheduled||Comments/references|
|The Long Loud Silence||Wilson Tucker||1952||February 2015||SF Gateway forum posts by Malcolm Edwards; cover image on artist's site|
|The Forge of God||Greg Bear||1987||978-1-473-22266-3||September 2017/February 2018||Listed in Orion Publishing July 2017-January 2018 catalogue and on Amazon, including cover image.|
|The Iron Dream||Norman Spinrad||1972||978-1-473-22264-9||November 2017||Listed in Orion Publishing July 2017-January 2018 catalogue.|
Golden Age Masterworks
To celebrate 20 years of the original SF Masterworks series, Gollancz announced a series of Golden Age Masterworks beginning in 2019.
|Title||Author||Originally Published||ISBN||Masterworks Published|
|Doomsday Morning||C. L. Moore||1957||978-1-473-22326-4||10 January 2019|
|Galactic Patrol||E. E. 'Doc' Smith||1937||978-1-473-22470-4||10 January 2019|
|Fury||Henry Kuttner||1947||978-1-473-22255-7||10 January 2019|
|The Sands of Mars||Arthur C. Clarke||1951||978-1-473-22236-6||10 January 2019|
|Grey Lensman||E. E. 'Doc' Smith||1940||978-1-473-22471-1||7 February 2019|
|Earthlight||Arthur C. Clarke||1955||978-1-473-22237-3||7 February 2019|
|Second Stage Lensman||E. E. 'Doc' Smith||1942||978-1-473-22472-8||7 March 2019|
|Northwest of Earth||C. L. Moore||1954||978-1-473-22254-0||7 March 2019|
|Children of the Lens||E. E. 'Doc' Smith||1947||978-1-473-22473-5||4 April 2019|
|Jirel of Joiry||C. L. Moore||1934||978-1-473-22252-6||4 April 2019|
|Against the Fall of Night||Arthur C. Clarke||1953||978-1-473-22234-2||2 May 2019|
|Judgement Night: A Selection of Science Fiction||C. L. Moore||1952||978-1-473-22253-3||13 June 2019|
2011 50th Anniversary Hardcover titles
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gollancz imprint, in 2011 the "top ten" titles were chosen based on a readers' vote (from a Gollancz selected longlist). They were published in the iconic yellow covers, and included new introductions from recent authors.
|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|
|6||The Lies of Locke Lamora||Scott Lynch||2006||0-575-11672-2|
|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|
- Locus Online: Malcolm Edwards interview excerpts
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2012-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Orion Books Masterworks Website
- Gollancz editor Simon Spanton on the Future Classics promotion Archived September 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Gollancz Science Fiction and Fantasy New Books Catalogue: Jan-July 2010.