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Sci-fi books given a new lease of life

21st July 2011

Thousands of out-of-print science fiction titles by some of the world's most famous authors are to be given a new lease of life after publisher Gollancz announced they will be converted into eBooks.

Set to launch in September, the SF Gateway project will initially feature 1,000 digital titles by 100 science fiction authors including Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and Arthur C. Clarke and it will be expanded in the coming years.

Gollancz digital publisher Darren Nash, who will be in charge of the project, said it will solve the problem of science fiction fans being unable to read the back catalogues of their favourite writers by bringing little-known or out-of-print works back into focus.

The SF Gateway will be integrated with Gollancz's recently-launched Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction and will also feature blogs and forums to take part in.

Pat Cadigan, twice winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award, said the project will raise awareness of many hidden gems.

'I have always said that the eBook will not be the death of the physical book - the eBook will save so many wonderful books from being lost.'

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