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Classic Science Fiction being released
« on: September 14, 2011, 08:44:43 am »
Looks like the Gollancz project to release classic SF books is a go. They have over 300 ebooks listed as being released on 29 Sep 2011 on Amazon. There are a lot of British author represented in the lot.

I saw Fredric Brown, L. Sprague de Camp, Hal Clement, Ian Watson, E. C. Tubb (looks like most of the Dumarest series), Bob Shaw (hooray!), John Brunner, Mack Reynolds, Philip High, and others.

I've already preordered several, at quite reasonable prices. You can probably search on "Gollancz" to find them, I discovered them when I went to the Coming Soon page (hard to find).

No info on formatting quality at the moment. I'll post when I get the pre-orders.

Mike
not connected with Gollancz, but is a classic SF fan
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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 01:11:52 pm »
    Hal Clement!  Yippee!  thanks jmiked. 

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 01:57:18 pm »
    Thanks for the heads-up. I'd heard about this and then forgotten. I decided it was worth a quick blogging, if for no other reason than to remind myself. :)

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 08:22:19 pm »
    Good news! I like SF. Thank you!


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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 08:41:28 pm »
    Good news! I like SF. Thank you!

    These might not be to your taste (or to most contemporary readers). The Classic SF stories were mostly short on characterization and long on story, compared to current fashion.

    Mike

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 09:06:11 pm »
    Is this what we talked about back in July/August? "Golancze" (sp) doesnt sound familiar.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #6 on: September 14, 2011, 09:59:05 pm »
    It was talked about a month or two ago here when Gollancz made the announcement.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011, 10:09:55 pm »
    It was talked about a month or two ago here when Gollancz made the announcement.

    Mike

    Is there a link? I dont have it anymore.

    Thanks

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 10:41:10 pm »
    No idea. I think the thread linked to the announcement without mentioning Gollancz, so a search wouldn't find it.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 11:05:03 pm »
    NogDog's post above links to his blog entry discussing the releases, where you'll find links to the original press release and Gollancz's SF Gateway site.  If you're after the link to the earlier thread re: the Gollancz releases, I think this might be what you wanted:

    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,77267.0.html

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #10 on: September 15, 2011, 12:48:43 am »
    Thanks Tony!

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #11 on: October 01, 2011, 09:05:14 am »
    I purchased two of these: Martians, Go Home, by Fredric Brown, and L. Sprague De Camp's autobiography.

    I finished the Fredric Brown work, and am halfway into the De Camp one, and I'm pleased to report that the formatting is very good on these, much better than your average ebook (in my experience). The only things I recall that jumped out were a missing quote mark and a extraneous hyphen or two that probably leaked through the HTML to mobi conversion.

    I'll certainly be in the market for more of these.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #12 on: October 01, 2011, 02:29:51 pm »
    I purchased two of these: Martians, Go Home, by Fredric Brown, and L. Sprague De Camp's autobiography.

    I finished the Fredric Brown work, and am halfway into the De Camp one, and I'm pleased to report that the formatting is very good on these, much better than your average ebook (in my experience). The only things I recall that jumped out were a missing quote mark and a extraneous hyphen or two that probably leaked through the HTML to mobi conversion.

    I'll certainly be in the market for more of these.

    Mike

    What site or link did you use? I went to the site and it didnt have anything much but a link to still sign up to be notified.

    And I did that awhile ago and didnt receive notification yet.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #13 on: October 01, 2011, 03:35:20 pm »
    What site or link did you use?

    They are on the Amazon Kindle store. You can get a listing of all of them if you do a search on "Gollancz".

    Interestingly, I searched for several of the Gollancz books on Barnes and Noble Nook pages and came up empty. No conclusions drawn. I've bought several old SF ePubs from B&N that are still not available on the Kindle store.


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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011, 04:55:30 pm »
    I've picked up Brown's The Lights in the Sky Are Stars and about half a dozen of the Barry Malzbergs, with a lot more sitting in the wish list right now (the rest of the Browns and Malzbergs), and I'm thinking about some of the John Brunner, Bob Shaw, Josephine Saxton, and L. Sprague de Camp titles.  Looks like they've done a nice job on the formatting.  Now if they'll release the Edgar Pangborn and Algis Budrys titles in the US as well as the UK, this boy will be one happy camper.
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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #15 on: October 01, 2011, 04:59:26 pm »
    I purchased two of these: Martians, Go Home, by Fredric Brown, and L. Sprague De Camp's autobiography.

    I finished the Fredric Brown work, and am halfway into the De Camp one, and I'm pleased to report that the formatting is very good on these, much better than your average ebook (in my experience). The only things I recall that jumped out were a missing quote mark and a extraneous hyphen or two that probably leaked through the HTML to mobi conversion.

    I'll certainly be in the market for more of these.

    Mike

    Thanks for the update, and for the reminder that I now have a potential list of dozens of more books to add to my reading list.  ::)

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #16 on: October 01, 2011, 09:38:32 pm »
    They are on the Amazon Kindle store. You can get a listing of all of them if you do a search on "Gollancz".

    Interestingly, I searched for several of the Gollancz books on Barnes and Noble Nook pages and came up empty. No conclusions drawn. I've bought several old SF ePubs from B&N that are still not available on the Kindle store.


    Mike

    Thanks, I'm waiting on them announcing that the Gateway site is ready, with the library of SF books they advertised a couple of months ago....I'm on a mailing list for notification, but when I read your post, I thought you had gotten your books there.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #17 on: October 02, 2011, 08:45:13 am »
    Some real gems in this collection. Haldeman's 'Mindbridge' caught my eye (never read it), and quite a few new-to-me Arthur C. Clarke books. Nothing better than discovering classic SF.
    Robert Appleton - Adventures in Science Fiction

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #18 on: October 02, 2011, 08:47:13 am »
    Thanks, I'm waiting on them announcing that the Gateway site is ready, with the library of SF books they advertised a couple of months ago....I'm on a mailing list for notification, but when I read your post, I thought you had gotten your books there.

    As I understand it, the Gateway site will have links to places to purchase the books, they won't be selling them from that site, per the quote below:

    "the Gateway will provide easy access to eBook editions, for sale through all major online retailers"

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #19 on: October 02, 2011, 10:47:41 am »
    Searching the Gollancz offerings at Amazon UK shows a number of gems that are unavailable through the US site.  Theodore Sturgeon's work, Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers, books by Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight, Clifford Simak, James Blish...

    It's almost enough to make a guy want to move to the UK.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #20 on: October 02, 2011, 02:41:19 pm »
    Searching the Gollancz offerings at Amazon UK shows a number of gems that are unavailable through the US site.  Theodore Sturgeon's work, Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers, books by Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight, Clifford Simak, James Blish...

    It's almost enough to make a guy want to move to the UK.


    That this list of names is coming back into circulation is just wonderful news. Grew up reading these guys. People who knock Kindle tend to forget that it has the potential for reviving old classics and introducing them to a new audience like nothing else quite does.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #21 on: October 02, 2011, 03:40:22 pm »
    That this list of names is coming back into circulation is just wonderful news. Grew up reading these guys. People who knock Kindle tend to forget that it has the potential for reviving old classics and introducing them to a new audience like nothing else quite does.

    I picked up an old favorite last week... Jack Williamson's Dragon's Island. I had to get it from the Nook store, it's one of a number of things that are there but not on the Kindle yet. I'm glad to see these older works showing up.

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    Re: Classic Science Fiction being released
    « Reply #22 on: October 02, 2011, 11:27:16 pm »
    As I understand it, the Gateway site will have links to places to purchase the books, they won't be selling them from that site, per the quote below:

    "the Gateway will provide easy access to eBook editions, for sale through all major online retailers"

    Mike

    Ah...well I visited their site...and  missed the 'easy access to eBook editions.' Do you have a link to the page offering this easy access?

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