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[UPDATED] Alastair Reynolds Lands Unprecedented 10-Year, 10-Book Deal with Gollancz

Guardian is reporting that science fiction author Alastair Reynolds has landed a scored an unprecedented 10-year, 10-book deal from Gollancz for his ‘mean line in alien cultures and technology’:

As banks struggle and businesses collapse, the science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds is making his own contribution to the flagging UK economy, signing an unprecedented ten-book deal with Gollancz worth £1m.

Reynolds, who has published eight novels with the Orion imprint Gollancz since his 2000 debut, Revelation Space, said he was “amazed and thrilled” to commit himself to the same publisher for the next decade. “It gives me a huge amount of security for the next ten years,” he said, “and writers don’t have a lot of security. Even at the best of times you’re worrying about the next deadline, the next contract. To have that in place is fantastic for me.”

He has always struggled to write when his future has been uncertain, he continued, so he’s delighted to be able to start “thinking strategically … not just thinking one book ahead, but ‘where do I want to be in four books?'”

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Congratulations, Al!

[via NextRead]

UPDATE: Guardian has an interview with Alastair Reynolds: “‘I don’t like a lot of what’s published as hard SF,’ he says. ‘Much of it is rightwing, reactionary crap.’ Hard SF’s insistence on abiding by the laws of contemporary physics is more than just a straitjacket, he continues – it’s also unrealistic.” [via Cheryl’s Mewsings]

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12 Comments on [UPDATED] Alastair Reynolds Lands Unprecedented 10-Year, 10-Book Deal with Gollancz

  1. Does he have to write series novels? Or can he do 10 standalones?





    I bet writers all over are drooling!

  3. retrocog // June 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm //

    Well deserved.   Reynolds is one of my favorite writers and he’s been very consistent with regard to delivering thoughtful, fun, and entertaining novels.   With regard to space opera, there are few doing it this well.

    I’m glad to see talent get rewarded.  I hope that AR doesn’t become crushed for deadlines on these books, and is able to continue to deliver at a high (award worthy) level.  He certainly has shown himself to be incredibly prolific.  I know I can’t keep up.

  4. I am currently incredibly jealous and incredibly happy for Al. Great news!


  5. Response to ces:


    I don’t speak for all writers, but I don’t think jealousy is the general feeling for this.


    #1 Hooray, one of us is getting a huge boost! You keep rockin’, space cowboy!


    #2 Hooray, they’ll have to promote the hell out of those books to bring profit on this contract, and bring new readers to the genre!


    #3 Hooray, my agent can ask for large sums of money, too!


    #4 Hooray, clearly the genre is doing well, on the whole, or they wouldn’t take this risk!


    You know, feelings like that, all beginning with “Hooray!”


    I don’t speak for all of us, but I doubt jealousy is the mood of the day. Writers making serious dough in genre is good news for everyone.

  6. Response to JMMcDermott:


    I didn’t say writers were jealous – I said QUOTE “I bet writers all over are drooling!” – DROOLING – not “are jealous.” DROOLING can mean many different things.

  7. I’m thinking J.M. intended his response to be aimed at Alan, who I further speculate meant “envious” instead of “jealous”.

  8. Thanks for the kind words, all.

    For better or worse I think of this as business as usual, rather than any big change in my writing habits. I’ve done 9 books and 3 collections with Orion in the last ten years, so it’s really more of the same. Obviously I hope to keep improving, working at the weaker elements in my writing, and trying new stuff. I don’t think I’ll have much trouble hitting a book a year, but if I do it’ll be the short fiction that goes first – although I hope it doesn’t come to that.

  9. Congratulations, Mr. Reynolds, from a fan in the US. Looking forward to reading House of Suns, and whatever you’ve got in store.

  10. Great news, something I’ll be looking forward to!

    (But I’d be interested in non-fiction from Reynolds–as well as more quotes from Yes lyrics . . . 😉

  11. joshua corning // June 27, 2009 at 4:25 am //

    ‘Much of it is rightwing, reactionary crap.’



    Ug…reactionary? really?


    Who says that?

  12. Congratulations Mr Reynolds. I heard that hard Sci Fi was not a massively popular genre at present, so I guess this deal knocks that idea on the head. 

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