Jul
27

#HHArtComp Winners!

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To celebrate the release of Danielle L. Jensen‘s Hidden Huntress, we decided to do something a little different. Using the hashtag #HHArtComp we asked fans of the Malediction trilogy – which comprises of Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and the forthcoming Warrior Witch – to come up with artwork for one of four topics, trolls, witches, humans and architecture.

We had some really, really lovely entries, proving that our Malediction trilogy readers are definitely artists in the making.

However, not everyone could win – as much as we’d have liked that – so Danielle made the difficult decision and picked three runner-ups and an overall winner.

The winner receives a trophy, personal Skype chat with Danielle, a signed manuscript of Hidden Huntress and an advance eARC of Warrior Witch, the third and final book in the Malediction trilogy. The runners up each win a trophy and eARC.

Here’s Danielle herself, to give the announcement:

Our hearty thanks go to The Social PotatoThe QwilleryBookCatPin and The Reader & The Chef for help running this competition. You guys are the best!

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Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire, and the soon-to-be-published Empire Ascendant is making her presence known at Gen Con, held 30 July – 2 Aug, by simply ATTENDING ALL OF THE PANELS.

As you can see below, Kameron will be here, there and everywhere during the three days she’s at the event, so make sure to catch her speaking in at least one panel. As always, schedules are subject to change, so please check on the day to ensure you’re not disappointed.

Kameron HurleyThursday, July 30

09:00 : Business of Writing 101

10:00 :The Business of Writing: How to Talk About Your Book

11:00 : Early Stage Writing Career: What to Expect

13:00 : The Business of Writing: Networking

14:00 : Writing Craft: High Fantasy Without the Cliches

Friday July 31

9:00 : Writer’s Craft 101

16:00 : Signing Indy Reads books booth (Kameron asks you bring friends and whisky)

Saturday, August 1

9:00 : Character Craft 101

10:00 : Character Craft: Character Voice

18:00 : Character Craft: Writing the Other

All of Kameron’s book will be available to purchase, so make sure to bring your coffers. If you ask nicely, she might just sign them, too.

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You may have seen it on the Barnes & Noble sci-fi blog, but the long-awaited cover for Kameron Hurley‘s Empire Ascendant – the second in the Worldbreaker Saga – is here.

The artwork, by Richard Anderson is so gorgeous that we didn’t only want to reveal the front cover but the entire wrap, too.

Click on the image to be taken through to the reveal article, complete with quotes from Kameron and Richard and the full image.

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We’ve got another cover reveal to shout about! They’re all coming out at the moment.

This time it’s the excellent cover for If Then,  the new literary sci-fi novel from the acclaimed author of The Red Men, Matthew De Abaitua.

Here’s the full book synopsis:

In 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.

The cover art was created by Raid 71, who has also worked with Little White Lies, NME, Mercedes, Marvel and Lego.

The full cover reveal is over at Sci-Fi Bulletin. Click on the image below to be taken to the full article:

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Yeah, it’s Friday afternoon in the Angry Robot office (YMMV), so it was inevitable that we were going to goof about for an hour or two, and run some of our recent and upcoming book covers through Deep Dream.

Do you know it – Google’s new software algorithm that attempts to mimic what happens in the human subconscious during dream states? It’s a bit limited at the moment: it really only draws on images of dogs and eyeballs right now – but it’s still damn freaky and we had a blast revealing the Cthulhu-esque subliminals lurking just behind our cover art.

Here are some of our favourites. If you’re eating something a bit icky, or have recently ingested a heavy dose of hallucinogenic pharmaceuticals, you may care to skip this post. If you’re up for it, you can click on each to see a much larger version. What’s your favourite?

If Then (Deep Dream Dawnbreaker (deep dream) Empire Ascendant (deep dream)

Butterfly Girl (deep dream) The Ark (deep dream) The Buried Life (deep dream)

The Dragon Engine (deep dream) Unseemly Science (deep dream) Windswept (deep dream)

Want to have a go yourself? Check out the Dream Scope online app. Don’t have nightmares.

Years ago, when Jay Posey started down the path of his The Legends of the Duskwalker series, he was joined by two mighty allies: Ramez Naam – brilliant technologist and author of the Nexus trilogy – and Wesley Chu – martial arts master and author of the Tao trilogy. Together they embarked upon a quest to produce three books each, all epic in their own way, and all set to take over the world of sci-fi.

On August 4 (USA/Can) / August 6 (UK/R.o.W) the release of Jay’s Dawnbreaker will mark the end of the journey of the Trilogy of Trilogies. *sob* As the final book of the three trilogies, Jay has decided to hold a competition to win all nine books.

Each of the volumes will be signed by its respective author and will be deposited at your door by glorious winged beasts*.

To enter the competition, just head over to Jay’s website. You have just under a week to enter, so no dilly-dallying.

*the mailperson

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Jul
22

Carrie Patel: Reddit AMA

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reddit-logo1We love a good Ask Me Anything, so were delighted when the lovely folks over at Reddit asked if Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life and Cities And Thrones would take part in her very own AMA.

Starting this Thursday (23 July) at 8pm Central Time, Carrie will be “looking forward to talking about books, writing, games, and horse-sized ducks with r/fantasy”.

Make sure to get your questions in asap! You can join in the conversation here.

Carrie isn’t our first Angry Robot to foray into the wonderful world of the AMA. Below are a couple from other ‘bots for you to look through while you wait for Carrie’s to begin.

Wesley Chu

Ramez Naam

Kameron Hurley

Angry Robot Team 

Lauren Beukes

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Head on over to My Bookish Ways for a cover reveal AND excerpt of Adam Rakunas‘ new novel, Windswept – a brilliant romp through space, filled to the brim with a kick-ass heroine and lashings of rum, too.

Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.

Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out — against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies.

As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she’s just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she’s going to have to fight her way through the city’s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague.

If the gorgeous cover by Jessica Smith isn’t enough to tempt you to to pick up the novel as soon as it comes out on 1 September (USA/Can) / 3 September (UK/R.o.W), then the excerpt sure will be.

Click on the picture to be taken through to the full reveal.

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Jul
17

Introducing Peter Tieryas

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The Author, Peter TieryasHail Roboteers!

As you may have seen, we have a brand new, fresh-off-the-production-line, shiny new robot, in the form of Peter Tieryas. *Does happy robot dance*

Due for release in March 2016, Peter’s forthcoming novel, United States of Japan – billed as the spiritual sequel to Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle – is set in a gripping alternate history where the Japanese Empire rules over America with huge robots.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons — a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something…kind of. He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.

Peter’s previous novel, Bald New World (Perfect Edge) was listed as one of Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Science Fiction Books of 2014.

When not writing, Peter is a character artist and has worked on films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

If you want to say hi to Peter, you can find him on Twitter here. Peter’s website can be found here.

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Do you love an ass-kicking dragon that could beat Smaug in a fight any day? How about an ass-kicking dragon that could beat Smaug and appear to be made from metal? Well, in that case you’re going to love the new cover for Andy Remic‘s forthcoming novel, The Dragon Enginewhich features the most excellent metal bodied, red eyed, fiery mouthed giant lizard around. The cover was designed by the brilliant Lee Gibbons. You can see more of Lee’s work over at his blog.

Here’s what you can expect from the book, which is released on 1 Sept (US/Can) 3 Sept (UK/R.o.W).

Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract – to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens. There, it is written, there lies untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads, legendary jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them.

But the Dragon Heads aren’t what the adventurers think they are, and the world has not encountered their like in generations!

The lovely folks over at Fantasy Faction have done the honours and written up a great cover reveal post, which will give you the full cover image. Just click on the dragon’s face to view.

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A dispatch from our own Robot-at-Large, Mike Underwood:

 

“The first week of July, Phil Jourdan and I strapped into our Robot Rockets and hurtled through the sky toward the Twin Cities for CONvergence, an excellent fan-run convention totalling around 7000 fabulous fans. But we were far from alone. Seven of our intrepid authors joined us for a weekend of spreading the word about All Things Angry and Robotic.

Anne Lyle, Alyc Helms, Carrie Patel, Craig Cormick, Ishbelle Bee, Patrick S Tomlinson, and Wesley Chu (a CONvergence Guest of Honor!) formed our Angry Robot author detachment for the weekend, speaking on panels about Reinventing Shakespeare, Colonizing Space, and many more.

Anne, Carrie, and Patrick carried out a Robot Invasion with a group reading on Sunday of the convention, yielding some excellent photographic opportunities.

 

Thanks to the staff of CONvergence, our hosts at the various hotels, and everyone who came up to meet us throughout the weekend. See you next year!”

-Mike

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The Author, Wesley ChuOn 15 July at 8pm (PDT), Wesley Chu and Ramez Naam will be visiting Elliott Bay Book Company, for a joint Angry Robot invasion event.

Wesley will be reading from his latest book, Time Salvager, while Ramez will be treating guests to a reading from the final instalment in his Nexus trilogy, Apex. They will also both be happy to answer questions and sign things, too.

Time Salvager: In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key to maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman – a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On his final mission, James meets scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.

Ramez Naam Apex: Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here.

Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet’s electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.

A new Apex species is here. The world will never be the same.

More details of the event can be found over on the Facebook page.

We’ve created you a handy little map, below, so you can be sure to be in the right place on the evening.

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Folks, there’s going to be a treble bill down at Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego on Sunday night (July 12), and you should definitely be there.

Wesley Chu, Carrie Patel and New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler will be all be reading from their respective books, signing copies and generally answering any questions you may want to ask.

Cities and Thrones by Carrie PatelCarrie Patel, Cities & Thrones: In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recoletta, oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy.

Cities And Thrones is the second novel in the Recoletta series, and follows on from The Buried Life.

Time Salvager by Wesley ChuWesley Chu, Time Salvager: In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key to maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman – a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On his final mission, James meets scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.

ALV-HC-680Scott Sigler, Alive: A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge.

She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other. Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come.

Or, maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

For more details of the event and to register your interest, visit the Facebook page, here.

Below is a handy little map to show you the location of Mysterious Galaxy, should you need it.

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Time Salvager by Wesley ChuIn good time for its release in the UK on 9 July, Wesley Chu‘s Time Salvager has been getting some well-deserved attention.

Firstly, check out io9’s top books in July, which – as you’ve probably guessed – features Time Salvager. There’s an excerpt from the first chapter here, if you’d like to see a hint of what io9 are talking about.

At the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, we are told of four very good reasons that Time Salvager will make a great Michael Bay movie. Seeing as it’s already been optioned for a film directed by the man himself, we’re sure fans won’t be disappointed.

Not content with being a book good enough to be turned into a blockbuster, Time Salvager has also been gathering some great reviews. Here are a few of our favourite:

“This is a rocket of a novel.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

Time Salvager feels like the sort of science fiction I’ve been yearning for.To me, it is on par with greats such as Hyperion and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It’s clever, it’s fast, it’s action-packed, but it also carries a message.”
– Rinn Reads

“Time Salvager is a fantastic book and one I would highly recommend. The story is fantastic, the characters are really well fleshed out and the dystopian future is so realistic that it’s scary.”
Two Nerds Talking

This book does a fantastic job setting up for a fast-paced sci-fi thriller series that is brimming with potential, and you really can’t ask for much more.”
Bibliosanctum

“This page-turner is a riveting, gratifying read.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Wes himself has been getting around the internet too, chatting to the Tor/Forge blog about the Trauma of Time Travel and telling John Scalzi The Big Idea. If you’d like to see Wes in person, get your best sharpie to Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego for a signing on 12 July with Carrie Patel and Scott Sigler. Wes will also be appearing with Ramez Naam for a signing at the Elliott Bay Book Store on 15 July.

You can buy Time Salvager from all good bookstores in the UK/R.o.W from July 9. If you happen to live in the US, you can buy Time Salvager here from today.

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Jul
04

Robot Round-Up 4/7/15

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Cities and Thrones by Carrie PatelHappy 4th July!

Not only are we celebrating one of America’s favourite holidays this weekend, we’re also toasting our authors, who are out in force at the moment taking part in interviews here, hosting round tables there and writing blog posts everywhere!

Cities & Thrones, the second in the Recoletta series, is out this month, so Carrie Patel has been discussing her inspiration for the world of Recoletta over at My Bookish Ways. In an interview over at Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews Carrie talks her favourite characters and inspirations for Recoletta. Inspirations on the novel were also on the agenda in Carrie’s blog post for the The A P Book Club.

Craig Cormick, author of The Floating City, which is also out this month talks bringing historical figures into fantasy over at Books, Bones & Buffy. There are 5 copies of the book up for grabs on the blog, but hurry as it closes on Sunday night.

The Floating City by Craig CormickAt The Book Plank Craig wrote about creating and recreating Italy, the setting for The Floating City. Constructing alternative realities is something that reflects in Craig’s work, which he also discusses over at SFF World.

Another author that graced SFF World with their presence was Jay Posey, who took part in a brilliant round table with fellow authors Alexes Razevich, Brian Staveley and Mark Lawrence earlier this week. Jay’s Dawnbreaker, the third in the Legends of the Duskwalker series, is out in August.

Also make sure to check out Alyc Helms on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, taking about her Favourite Bit of Dragons of Heaven, which was released on June 30.

Finally, as you might have seen, a whole bunch of our authors will also be appearing at CONvergence this weekend, so if you see one standing around do say hi. Approach with caution though, their lasers are set to ‘stun’.

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