Thursday, July 1, 2010
Welcome to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Masterworks Review, a group blog dedicated to reading and reviewing Gollancz's series of genre classics in its entirety.
The goal of this project is simply to read and review each and every one of these 100+ books. In doing this we hope to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the foundations of the genre literature we enjoy today. We also hope that the small spotlight we place on these books can inspire a reader or two to revisit a title they might not have been aware of before.
A few years back, UK publisher Orion decided to republish a selection of definitive genre titles that they felt deserved to stay in print. Deemed "Masterworks", these titles were released on a less-than-regular-basis. Several years later there are now over one hundred and twenty five titles split into science fiction and fantasy subcategories. While there are some classic books that are glaring omissions from the list, the twin Masterworks lines are about as close to a definitive genre canon as you are going to get considering the restrictions of copyright law.
Sadly though, just because the classics are readily available doesn't mean people are reading and appreciating them. All too often, readers pay attention only to what's new and what's next. Book reviewers and bloggers are especially guilty as they put off the books they've always meant to read in an endless quest to discover the next genre classic.
Many of the reviewers participating in this project have confessed (myself included) that they have read a shamefully small number of these seminal works. By taking on this project, we hope to change that. There are currently 11 reviewers participating in this effort although it's not too late to join in and become a contributor yourself. You can see the latest roster of insane bloggers here.
If you are interested in contributing or even just reading along, you can find the full list of science fiction titles here and the corresponding fantasy list here. These lists will be updated as the books are read and our reviews published. We encourage you to dust off that classic tome that you've always meant to read but haven't and join in the fun.
But enough with the flowery crap, welcome again and we hope you come back often! The first reviews will begin later this week.
Posted by Patrick at 2:01 AM