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On Tuesday 27 Sept, as part of Liverpool’s Biennial celebrations, Matthew De Abaitua will be appearing at the Bluecoat in Liverpool to chat about his novel If Then, Wirral-born Olaf Stapledon and Matthew’s love for his home city.

Matthew will be doing a short reading and following will be having a natter with Liverpool Biennial artist Dennis McNulty.

If you’re yet to read If Then, it’s a wonderful literary sci-fi tale described by Nina Allan “as one of the most important works of British SF to appear in recent years”.

Here’s the synopsis:

If Then by Matthew de AbaituaIn the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.

But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.

To find out a bit more about the event, visit the Bluecoat website, here. Tickets are £3/£2. The event will begin at 6PM GMT.

As always here’s a lovely little map to help guide you to the venue:

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Fix by Ferrett SteinmetzToday folks, our Ferrett Steinmetz will be commandeering the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog‘s Twitter account to offer you – YES YOU – the chance to win a signed trilogy of his ‘Mancer series.

As you may have gathered from Flex and The Flux, Ferrett just loves his pop culture references. In fact, in Fix there are a whole lot of chapter title references to movies, books and TV. We’ve picked five of those titles and we want you to tell us what the reference is.

From 10:30AM EST you will have a new chapter title to guess the reference. There will be five titles, over five hours, so that’s FIVE chances to win!

To enter follow the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Twitter account here and Ferrett’s account, here for updates. You can also follow the hashtag #FlexFluxFix. Some of the references will be easy and some super hard but either way, good luck to you!

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Ferrett’s wife, Gina and Ferrett Himself (heh heh) in a Rocky suit, because it’s the best picture we’ve seen in a while.

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Sep
22

Ferrett On Tour

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Our man Ferrett Steinmetz, author of the extraordinary sci-fi ‘Mancer trilogy, is on the road signing and reading from his brand new instalment Fix which has only just come out.

See the man himself, hear him read from Fix, sign your books, snort back some Flex and bask in his glow. There are only three dates left on his cross-country mission – don’t miss out!

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Friday September 23rd 7.30pm

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego

Ferrett teams up with fellow sci-fi author J Patrick Black (author of Ninth City Burning) for an evening of fine entertainment.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Avenue #100, San Diego, CA 92111 – map


Tuesday September 27th 7pm

Powell’s Books – Portland, OR

Ferrett and KC Alexander, author of Necrotech combine to form an Angry Robot reading and signing of prodigious proportions.

Powell’s Books, Inc., 2720 NW 29th Ave., Portland, OR 97210 – map


Thursday September 29th 7pm

University Book Store – Seattle WA

Catch Ferrett’s solo set – all the more ‘Mancer time for everyone!

University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 – map


Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz

 

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Angry Robot Author Christopher HinzTuesday has arrived again, and with it another insight into the minds of our authors: Talk Tuesday To Us (sometimes under the coercive influence of torture, or in today’s case, an ice cream scoop).

This week we crack open the cranium of Christopher Hinz, author of the fast-paced, action filled SF Binary Storm, sequel to his 1980’s classic Liege-Killer. With the scoop in hand, we can proceed.

What’s the view from your writing window?
Trees, more trees and wandering critters. Mostly herbivores although I do believe that a black bear ripped into my recycling container a few months ago.

The biggest influence on your writing:
My first memorable book as a child, Stand by for Mars. It slammed consciousness and broke gravitational bounds. I haven’t been the same ever since.

What do you say when people ask “Where do you get your ideas from?”
If it’s a young person full of genuine curiosity, I might explain how ideas can erupt from everything we see, hear, touch and dream. If it’s an adult with ambitions to write science fiction, I try to gently break the news that they’ve probably chosen the wrong pursuit. (If that fails to impress, there’s always the old Harlan Ellison standby: a mail-order house in Schenectady.)

Support a team?
Philadelphia Eagles. Sooner or later, they’re going to get that elusive Super Bowl win.

Ideal dinner party guests:
Frank Herbert and J.R.R. Tolkien. A farseeing conversation would be enhanced by daring glimpses into a palantír and by a leisurely meal of mélange-infused lembas bread. Afterward, we’d summon a worm and surf the wild sands.

dsc_7248Any notable pets?
Avo, domestic cat. She’s indoor-outdoor, so “domestic” might be a bit of a stretch.

Earliest memory:
From a muddle of early images, playing with a set of wooden building blocks. There’s a lineage from that to creating stories although I’ve yet to deconstruct it.

The last time you cried?
I’m a sucker for “Stand up and cheer” movie endings. The most recent one that ignited a few pleasurable tears was The Martian, when Matt Damon’s character is finally rescued.

Tell us a joke…
It’s Paratwa-centric but here goes. A female binary (a person who exists simultaneously in two human bodies known as tways) is having lunch in a restaurant. One of the tways,who strongly resembles Meg Ryan from the film When Harry Met Sally, is at a table with a male friend; the other tway sits alone at a nearby table. The Meg Ryan tway pretends, rather loudly, to be experiencing a marvellous orgasm. The other tway, approached by a server, says, “I’ll have what I’m having.”

Do you have an unusual talent or skill?
I can build a decent model railroad diorama.

Tell us a secret.
Way back when the world was young and chief among its foes was the dreaded witch king of… Whoa! Wrong universe! Let me reboot before I do irrevocable damage to Tolkien’s prose. What I was going to say is that way back when, I played rhythm guitar in a teenage rock band.

We’re buying… what’ll you have?

A fully functional Robby the Robot from 1950s classic flick Forbidden Planet. If that’s not doable, how about a dinner of baked haddock spiced with curry, basil and thyme, and enough alcoholic beverages to fluidize conversation.

Cheers Christopher! We’ll absolutely get those brain scoops back in your head in the right order…

Binary Storm is released on November 1st (US/Can) and November 3rd (UK).

If you’re a Netgalley reader, Binary Storm is available to request right now!

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Good news on Amazon.com!

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals has The Silent Army, the final book in James A. Moore’s epic Seven Forges series for the bargain price of $2.99. It’s time to finish the adventure.

The Silent Army:

The Silent Army by James A. Moore

The City of Wonders has been saved by nearly miraculous forces and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost.

The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the very entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has finally come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein. The Sa’ba Taalor continue their domination over each country and people they encounter, but the final conflict is coming: The Great Wave of the Sa’ba Taalor stands to destroy an empire and the Silent Army prepares to stop them in their tracks.

Caught in the middle is the Fellein Empire and the people who have gathered together on the final battlefield. The faithful and the godless, the soldiers and killers alike all stand or fall as old gods and new bring their war to a world-changing end.

Some struggles are eternal. Some conflicts never cease. The Gods of War are here and they are determined to win.


“James A. Moore keeps getting better. The cast of characters expands.  Moore juggles them with ease, giving each one some background so that they don’t all run together. And the battle scenes, whether it’s individual combat or armies clashing, are riveting.  Plus the intrigue keeps on getting more complex. This is one is highly recommended.”
Adventures Fantastic

“The prose is sharp, the pace wonderfully timed with great action tempered with some wonderful lulls to allow you to get your breath back. Back this up with some great characters alongside a world that is delightfully designed all round makes this a series that continues to go from strength to strength. Finally, and this is the clincher for me, Moore gives the characters a depth with their dialogue that not only shows their devotions but also gives them a roundedness that allows you to become fully immersed. Cracking.”
Falcata Times

“The Silent Army is a book that improves on every facet that made its predecessors great. This feels like a satisfying conclusion to the first arc of a much bigger story, because this book ends a bunch of plot threads that began right back at the start of the first book, but it leaves some big threads wide open begging for more. I need more stories set in this world. Please indulge me, Mr Moore.”
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Are you guys excited about Wesley Chu‘s The Rise of Io, his new novel set in the Tao universe? We certainly are!

The novel is due out October 4 (US/Can) / October 6 (UK/R.o.W) but head over to the Tor.com website to read an exclusive excerpt of the first chapter.

Just click on the image to be taken through to the site.

The Rise of Io, by Wesley Chu

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AFerrett highresGSre you in San Francisco this weekend? Do you like excellent urban fantasy novels with heart? Do you love doughnuts? Then you’ll probably want to head over to Ferrett Steinmetz‘s signing at Borderlands Books.

Ferrett will be signing copies of his ‘Mancer series – Flex, The Flux and Fix –  from 15:00 (PST) on Saturday. We’re sure there will also be a short reading and did we mention the doughnuts?

If you’re yet to read the ‘Mancer series, here’s what you’re missing:

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz“This world is amazing – just the idea that an obsession can bend reality enough to create magic is a brilliant one…The idea on its own brings something fresh to urban fantasy, and was enough on its own to draw me into the book. Steinmetz brings something new and fresh to the genre.”
Stephanie Gunn, writer for ASIF and judge of the Australian Shadows Awards

“All the thumbs up and all the stars checked.”
I, Fat Robot

“I don’t have any criticisms. In fact I can’t conceive of anybody not liking it. I want more”.The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
Lynn’s Book Blog

“I started reading it, and I couldn’t stop. The writing is excellent, the premise unique, and the action feels almost non-stop.”
Sci-Fi & Scary Book Reviews

Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz“This one-of-a-kind series is what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit “frappe.””
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog

“If you’re interested in stories about magic in the real world, a father who’d give the world to save his daughter, video game magic, and restoring the world, this is a great series to pick up.”
Blogger’s Bookshelf

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Danielle JensenAuthor of the Malediction Trilogy – Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch –  Danielle L Jensen will be signing books for you this weekend!

Danielle will be appearing at Chapters, Red Deer on Saturday from 13:0016:00. We’re sure there will be time for a reading and of course some swag, too, so make sure to drop by if you’re in the area.

Yet to read the Malediction trilogy? Here’s what some lovely people had to say about it:

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. JensenAmazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whiny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince.  Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. It felt like I have been living inside its world throughout the entire time I’m reading this incredible book.”
The Nocturnal Fey

“This book felt like a roller coaster to me, in the best way possible. I loved how Jensen managed to throw me off still by revealing aspects about certain characters. How she managed to change my mind on characters I felt very stronglHidden Huntress by Danielle L Jenseny about. In my opinion, this is a great example of a final book done right.”
The Fictional Reader

“If you like fantasy, intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense with a slightly feudal touch then I suspect you’re going to love this series as much as I have.”
Popcorn Reads

Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen“All I can say is, please, read this series. It’s addicting and so very consuming. The world that Jensen created is so vivid and detailed.”
Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

“This is a series you NEED to read.”
A Thousand Words, A Million Books

The bar was set and so she vaulted over it, off into the sunset to a fanfare of praise.”
Jet Black Ink

As always, here is your handy map, just in case you need help locating the store. We hope to see you there!

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As you may remember, we’re publishing Christopher Hinz‘s Binary Storm – the prequel to his 1980s classic Liege-Killer – this September.

Here’s the synopsis:

Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies (tways), binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste.

Nick Guerra, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together both romantically and professionally, they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries.

But there’s a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste’s cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.

Serving as both a stand-alone novel and prequel to Liege-Killer, Binary Storm is a futuristic tale of bold characters pushed to the brink in a dangerous world. Startling action, political intrigue and powerful themes that echo our contemporary era are fused into a plot brimming with twists and surprises.

Now, we’re delighted to share the glorious cover, created by the incredible Larry Rostant, with you. Well, a teaser of it at least. If you’d like to see the whole shebang head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog to view it in all of its glory, alongside an exclusive preview of the first chapter.

 

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Sep
14

The Robots Invade FantasyCon

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It’s almost FantasyCon time! WHOOOOOT!!!!

We’re super excited for the return of one of our favourite UK conventions and can’t wait to catch up with you all in sunny (fingers crossed) Scarborough for some great panels, excellent discussions and most importantly, a pint.

If you’re new to conventions, or feeling a little shy, remember we’ve all been there. The Angry Robot team pride ourselves on chatting with both newbies and established con veterans, so please do come and speak to us. We promise we won’t try to take your souls in return for you pledging fealty to the robot cause. Honest.

Below is a list of our attending authors and where they will be throughout the convention. Chances are that if not on a panel you will find them in the bar, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Oh yeah, and you know, if we’re around, we’re kind of nominated for “Best Independent Publisher” at the British Fantasy Awards, so you know, we’ll maybe poke our heads around the door or something *squees*

As always the programme is subject to change, so please do double check all panels during the weekend, to avoid any disappointment.

The Author, Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua

Rocket Man 
Friday, Sept 23 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm
17:00 – 18:00 
Palm Court Ballroom (The Grand)
After Years of Space Opera Domination, Is It Time To Bring Sci-Fi Back to Earth? with Nina Allan, Jacey Bedford (Chair), Gareth L Powell, Al Robertson, Matthew De Abaitua

Reading: Matthew De Abaitua & Guy Haley
Friday, Sept 23
21:00 – 21:30 
Cocktail Bar (The Grand)

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Reading: Matthew De Abaitua & Guy Haley
Friday, Sept 23
21:00 – 21:30 
Cocktail Bar (The Grand)


Matt Hill

The Author, Matt HillMatt’s going to be patronising the bar and generally causing so much mischief he won’t have time for any panels or signings. Hunt him down for a chat though, he’s a pretty cool guy.


Peter McLean

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Friday, Sept 23
15:00 – 16:00
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
Magic in Fantasy Fiction – Do You Need It At All, And How Do You Use It Well? with Sue Tingey, Irene Soldatos, James Bennett, Peter Newman, Peter McLean, Lucy Hounsom (Chair)


Susan MurrayAngry Robot Author Susan Murray

Another One Bites the Dust
Saturday, Sept 24
14:00 – 15:00 
Royal Ballroom (The Royal)
Should We Really Be Killing Off Our Main Characters? with Terry Jackman (Chair), Susan Murray, Stephen Aryan, Jen Williams, Ian Whates, Steve McHugh

 

Andy Remic, and friendAndy Remic

Andy’s not making any appearances, per se, but if you see him in the bar and ask him nicely he might get his axe out for you.

Gav Thorpe

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16:00 – 17:00
Palm Court Ballroom (The Grand)
Are Writers Under Pressure to ‘Sell Out’ To Make a Living? with Gav Thorpe (Chair), Meg Davis, Mark Morris, Scott Andrews, Penny Reeve

 

As well as our fabulous authors, 80% of the Angry Robot team will be at the convention too. UK sales guru Jared and editorial assistant Nick will be hanging around, as will Penny the publicity manager and MD & publisher Marc who both have a couple of panels:

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Meet the Editor Sessions – Marc Gascoigne
Saturday, Sept 24
16:00 – 17:00 
Cocktail Bar (The Grand)
Limited numbers – sign up to get all the goss from the boss, notoriously loose-lipped after a couple of shandies…

Gold!
Sunday, Sept 25
12:00 – 13:00
Palm Court Ballroom (The Grand)
The Value of Genre Awards with Andrew Hook, Marc Gascoigne (Chair), Stan Nicholls, Donna Scott, Margret Helgadottir

PennyARWPenny:

Slave to the Wage
Friday, Sept 23
16:00 – 17:00
Palm Court Ballroom (The Grand)
Are Writers Under Pressure to ‘Sell Out’ To Make a Living? with Gav Thorpe (Chair), Meg Davis, Mark Morris, Scott Andrews, Penny Reeve

Bright Lights
Saturday, Sept 24
12:00 – 13:00
Royal Ballroom (The Royal)
Who Should We Be Looking Out For As Future Award Winners? with Penny Reeve (Chair), Liz De Jager, Donna Scott, Kit Power, James Everington

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Welcome back to Tuesday. It’s the day of the week when we inject nanomites into our authors’ spines and activate their speech centres. The result – Talk Tuesday To Us – all of the answers those little tykes could squeeze out.

The Author, Wendy N. WagnerThis week the impressively chipper Wendy N Wagner, author of dark SF mystery An Oath of Dogs, gets our nanoquiz treatment.

One film:
The Twin Peaks box set! That might be cheating, but everything I need in life is in Twin Peaks. (Except real coffee and pie.) I love the mystery, and the weirdness, and the people who live in the town are so quirky and wonderful. Read More→

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There is no better time to start a new series than when your ereader proposes it to you.

From the 13-19 September you can get the first book in the massive epic fantasy series Seven Forges by James A Moore for just $1.99. Start something new here: Nook Start a New Series

Seven Forges:

Seven ForgesThe people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.


Seven Forges is an excellent, enjoyable, and thoroughly entertaining fantasy debut into a new world of swords and sorcery, complete with romance, intrigue, and danger.”
Attack of the Books

“Wow, that twist. In some ways I think I should have seen it coming, and I kind of did, butSeven Forges just lulled me into security and BAM! Craziness!”
– Anya, On Starships and Dragonwings

Seven Forges is a well written fantasy adventure with a very interesting premise and a big world to explore. ”
Celticfrogreviews

“I thoroughly enjoyed Seven Forges although I was left speechless by the ending and left wondering for days whether there was to be another book in the series. There were so many threads of stories left open that I need to know what happens next.”
The Bookish Outsider

 

 

 

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Seven Forges

It’s getting to that time of year where the leaves change colour, the air gets colder and all you want to do is snuggle down on the sofa and read a good book.

Heh, who are we kidding, we always want to snuggle down and read a good book, but that’s by-the-by. New books are brilliant and Nook know this, which is why they’re holding a ‘start-a-series’ promotion on our lovely James A Moore’s Seven Forges, which will be available for just $1.99.

The promotion will be on from Sept 13 – 17 (inclusive) so make sure to swing by and grab yourself a copy of the book described as “an excellent, enjoyable, and thoroughly entertaining fantasy debut.

 

 

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RiseOfIo_hardcover_144dpiListen up, Wesley Chu fans of America! You, yes you, can purchase your very own limited edition hardcover of The Rise of Io full of exciting extras, thanks to our pals Barnes & Noble.

Firstly, each hardback will be signed by Wes himself. In fact, right now he’s been flown to the Barnes & Noble ultra secret bookbase, somewhere deep beneath the earth’s crust. He’s been working out for this and his bionic arm is at the ready to sign each and every one of them.

The hardcover books will also have a curious deleted scene and commentary from Wes on just why the it had to be cut from the final version of the novel. Trust us, you’ll want to know why…

There will only be 500 copies of the hardcover book, so if you want one, you should move quickly. The books are available for $17.49 in pre-order on the B&N website right now and will go on sale on October 4 for $24.99.

Go get em, Quasing fans.

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Ferrett highresGSFerrett Steinmetz is embarking on a bit of tour to promote his new novel, Fix, the third in his ‘Mancer trilogy. Described by the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog as “what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit ‘frappe’” this is a series that needs to be consumed.

Here’s the synopsis:

“America’s long sent its best SMASH agents overseas to deal with the European crisis. As of today, they decided dismantling your operation was more important than containing the Bastogne Broach. Now you’re dealing with the real professionals.”

Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Political activist. Loving father. His efforts to decriminalize magic have made him the government’s #1 enemy – and his fugitive existence has robbed his daughter of a normal life. Read More→

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