Malcolm Edwards, the chair of Gollancz and consultant publisher at Orion, is leaving the company on May 31, 2019.
Edwards started at Gollancz in 1976, rising to publishing director before joining HarperCollins in 1989, where he was fiction publishing director. He went to Orion in 1998 as managing director; Gollancz became part of Orion shortly thereafter. He was promoted to deputy CEO and publisher in 2003. In 2015 he stepped down from those roles to become consultant publisher at Orion and chair of Gollancz.
In his 43-year career in publishing, Edwards has worked with authors including Brian Aldiss, Octavia E. Butler, Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Frank Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and other major figures. He edited the Science Fiction Masterworks series and co-edited the Fantasy Masterworks series with Jo Fletcher. Edwards has also edited Vector, Foundation, and Interzone, served as the administrator of the Science Fiction Foundation, and was president of World SF. In 1995 he received the British Book Award for editor of the year. His short story “After-Images” won a BSFA Award.
Edwards said. “I feel privileged to have worked with so many great authors, editors and other colleagues across all the imprints at Orion. I can’t omit mentioning what an honor it was to work for more than 15 years alongside George Weidenfeld… and I’d particularly like to thank Arnaud Nourry and Tim Hely-Hutchinson for their years of support.”
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