Sci Fi Masterworks collection question
I own about half of the Millenium Sci Fi masterworks but for various reasons (mainly financial) I was not able to purchase the other half when they were readily available.
I'm looking to complete my collection however I noticed that they are now published by Gallancz publishers rather then millenium.
I've seen that the covers differ but I was wondering if the SPINE is differant mainly so when they are on my shelf they will be one big set.
As far as I'm aware, it's always been Gollancz. I've never seen a Millennium printing. There are two different designs from Gollancz, however. The original design has a black spine (or white for some of the hardbacks), and the new design has a yellow to white gradient on the spine.
I'll have to look into the white spines with black text tomorrow - I can't recall seeing any. I only know the old black jackets were the original MW style and they stopped numbering with the yellow repackage because they realised not everyone would want to buy every edition, making potential collectors annoyed if they had gaps in the numerical sequence. I asked the editor in charge of the MWs before posting my previous comment, so it's definitely accurate!
(Source: I work at Gollancz)
Just to expand on this, Millennium was the SFF imprint at the Orion Publishing Group before the Cassel & Co acquisition in 1999, which included Gollancz - the two imprints were then combined. The black spines are being phased out in favour of the new yellow-spined jackets, so you're probably best looking for second-hand copies if you want more of the original style.
Thanks, I'm after the black ones so that's perfect
There's an awful lot of PKD in that collection.
I actually prefer the new style but already own half of the old ones so I'll be sticking with those.
Although truth be told I'm not having much luck
I honestly don't know. Before I found that image online, the only hardbacks I'd seen had an inverse colour scheme on the spine: white with black text. The ones I have in hardback are numbered with Roman numerals, whereas my paperbacks from the collection have normal digits.
According to Wikipedia there are only ten Roman-numeral hardbacks, all released in 2001. Dune and Moon are on that list - maybe they had black spines in America but not the UK.
There's a further series of hardbacks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of certain books. Dune is on that list too, but Moon isn't.
In the old collection I see two hardcovers on the far right. Did all of those come out in HC originally, then SC later?
SF Masterworks are always published as paperbacks unless the paperback rights are unavailable (as in, they're held by another publishing house). If that's the case, they're published as a hardbacks.