Simon Spanton has been a publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as mainstream fiction, for 25 years, the last 19 years of which has been as Associate Publisher at the prestigious publisher, Gollancz. In that time he published authors such as Ben Aaronovitch, Peter F. Hamilton, Scott Lynch, Richard Morgan and Brandon Sanderson. Prior to that he was a bookseller.
He’s always believed the genres of SF and Fantasy should be home to bestsellers with the widest possible appeal as well niche titles. They should be about a sense of wonder and strangeness conveyed by gripping stories, peopled by empathetic characters and told in satisfying prose. That thought process will be at the core of his selections each month for Lovereading. As well as reading he’s likely to be watching a film, walking or cycling. Although not at the same time.