As mentioned earlier in the week, the SF Gateway Xmas Sale is entering the final stretch. Because of the way different retailers process information, it’s not quite possible to declare a cut-and-dried end point, but prices should certainly be returning to normal about now. We hope you enjoyed browsing the site and whether you were stocking up on old favourites or trying out new authors (‘new’ being a relative term on the Gateway!), we hope you found some gems.
And speaking of gems . . .
|SF Gateway Omnibus of the Week!
Mentored by Philip K. Dick, James P. Blaylock is best known for his Langdon St Ives sequence – one of which, Homunculus, won the Philip K. Dick Award – and, along with contemporaries Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter, is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Steampunk. All three of the novels collected in this omnibus were shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award: The Last Coin, The Paper Grail and All the Bells on Earth.
A regular contributor to Astounding Science Fiction throughout the influential John W. Campbell era, Simak produced a body of highly regarded work, winning the Nebula and multiple Hugo Awards, and is best known for his story suite of future histories, City. This omnibus collects three novels that explore his favoured theme of a depopulated future: Time is the Simplest Thing, A Choice of Gods and the Hugo Award-winning Way Station.
Robert Holdstock‘s Mythago Wood, winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, is regarded as the definitive treatment of the wildwood, and his Merlin Codex trilogy is one of the few truly original takes on the Arthurian legend. This omnibus contains two of his early SF novels: Earthwind and Where Time Winds Blow and a collection of his highly-acclaimed short fiction, In the Valley of the Statues.
An important voice in the New Wave movement, Sladek had stories published in Harlan Ellison‘s seminal anthology, Dangerous Visions, as well as in Michael Moorcock‘s ground-breaking New Worlds magazine. Perhaps best known for the ambitious robot tales Roderick and Roderick At Random, he is now recognized as one of SF’s most brilliant satirists. This omnibus collects novels The Reproductive System, The Muller-Fokker Effect and BSFA Award-winning Tik-Tok.