Quelle: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/ju ... pound-dealScience fiction author lands £1m book deal
Space opera supremo Alastair Reynolds scores 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 10-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 10 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?'" (...)
Reynolds himself was unconcerned by any pressure the new contract might bring. "I just let that wash over me," he said. With its first three books already mapped out – an African-inflected trilogy charting how humanity might go on to conquer the solar system and the galaxy – he's also confident that he'll be able to come up with the goods. "Hopefully over the last ten years I've demonstrated an ability to deliver books on time," he said.
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