Like the 1960s, the 1970s proved to be a fruitful decade for Gateway authors at the Hugo Awards. We publish eight of the total 10 winners, with seven of those also part of our SF Masterworks series. Our Hugo eBook promotion continues, but only for a limited time: grab any of the eBook editions of the below titles for £2.99 until August 17th!
1971 Ringworld, Larry Niven (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
Also the winner of the 1971 Nebula Award, Ringworld is the most important novel in Niven’s seminal future history, Tales of Known Space. Ringworld is the most stunning artefact in known space: a circular ribbon of matter six hundred million miles long and ninety million miles in radius. The aliens who discovered it are understandably wary of encountering the builders of such an immense structure…
1972 To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José Farmer (SF Gateway eBook)
The first novel in the acclaimed Riverworld sequence, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is a planetary romance set within a pocket universe, on a planet where a god-like race has resurrected the whole of humanity along a multi-million-mile river. It features a whole host of historical figures, such as Sir Richard Burton (1821–90), who are trying to understand, in any way possible, this astonishing new world they find themselves in.
1973 The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
After a lengthy period dedicated to writing nonfiction and popular science, Asimov’s The Gods Themselves marked the return of a giant to the SF world. A complex tale involving potentially catastrophic energy transfers between alternate universes, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes it as Asimov’s “single finest creation”.
1974 Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Rendezvous with Rama, a hard SF novel in which a vast alien ship flying through the solar system presents Mankind with its first opportunity to interact with alien life and technology, is the only novel to have scooped all the major SF awards, winning the Nebula, BSFA and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards along with the 1974 Hugo.
1975 The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
One of the central works of Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle, The Dispossessed is widely regarded as the most richly textured of Le Guin’s SF work. It tells the story of a brilliant physicist whose new mathematics leads to the invention of the an instantaneous communication device, something necessary for the League of All Worlds – the galactic network central to the Hainish Cycle – to come into being.
1976 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Cementing Joe Haldeman’s reputation as one of SF’s major writers, The Forever War is a military SF that makes clever use of relativistic phenomena to highlight the absurdity of engaging in interstellar warfare. Like much of his writing, The Forever War is influenced greatly by the Haldeman’s time in Vietnam, where he won a Purple Heart.
1977 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is one of the most influential SF novels about cloning ever written. Also nominated for a Nebula Award, Wilhelm’s novel explores the issues of human cloning long before Dolly the sheep ever came into being whilst also tackling issues of environment with a focus on the negative effects that human manipulation can have.
1978 Gateway, Frederik Pohl (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
The Gateway is an abandoned asteroid filled with hundreds of ships capable of interstellar travel. Seemingly perfect for the intrepid galactic explorer, right? The only catch is that the ships have pre-programmed courses and it’s impossible to tell whether your journey will end in riches and glory, or death. Written nearly 40 years into Frederik Pohl’s 50 year career as an SF writer, Gateway also won the Nebula and John W. Campbell Awards.
So the ’70s was even more fruitful than the ’60s. What will the 1980s bring . . . ?
[Please note that it is only the eBook editions of the above that we are able to discount for this promotion; print editions will remain at their regular price. This is a UK-only promotion.]