New Signing: Foz Meadows

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We’re so delighted to share with you the signing of our newest author, Foz Meadows!

A two book deal (World: English) was acquired through Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary by our consulting editor Phil Jourdan. An Accident of Stars, the first in the series, which is described by Foz as ‘a portal fantasy with the safeties off’, will be published in summer 2016, with a second novel to follow.

You might know of Australian born, Aberdeen-based Foz through her Hugo-nominated blog, Shattersnipe, or from her many articles on The Huffington Post, Strange Horizons, or the sadly now closed A Dribble of Ink. Foz has also written two previous books, Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt.

Foz Meadows: “After years of quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) obsessing over magic portals, feminism and adventuring ladies, I’m delighted to announce that Angry Robot has decided to enable me in these endeavours. An Accident of Stars is the book I desperately wanted to read, but couldn’t possibly have written, at sixteen – and, as you may have guessed, it features (among a great many other things) magic portals, feminism and adventuring ladies. I’m immensely excited to share it with you, and I look forward to collaborating in its production with our glorious Robot Overlords, who only asked in exchange a very small blood sacrifice and part ownership of my soul.”


Angry Robot Consulting Editor, Phil Jourdan: “Hooray! Bringing Foz onboard has made the Angry Robot family very happy indeed. I love the edge she’s brought to the portal genre. Readers in different universes will appreciate this.”


Here’s the synopsis for An Accident of Stars:

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.

There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.

Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.

Can one girl – an accidental worldwalker – really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?

Head over to The Bookseller for the official announcement.

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Alyc HelmsIt’s cover reveal time!

Alyc Helms, author of the fantastic Dragons of Heaven is set to release the second novel in the series, The Conclave of Shadow, in February 2016.

Here’s the synopsis:

Missy Masters — aka the legendary superhero Mr Mystic — owes a lot of people favours after the events in The Dragons of Heaven. And these aren’t easy favours to pay back. So when one of the Argent Aces, Abby Trent, asks for her help in retrieving a Shadow Realms artefact, she figures this will help her pay down at least one of her debts.

The problem: Abby is just as good at getting into trouble as Missy, and before they can recover the artefact, it’s stolen by Abby’s arch-nemesis (and half-sister), the djinni Asha.

They follow Asha to the Divan of the Djinn, a twilight court of Shadow Realms exiles and freedom fighters on the border between Pakistan and India… and Missy and Abby are not welcome there. Missy has to navigate the arcane network of enmities and raise her own status among the Shadow hierarchy to gain allies against Asha and her masters.

After all, friends don’t let friends fight their arch-nemesis alone.

We know that all great new novels need a great cover, so we enlisted the help of Amazing 15, who produced a beautiful cover that really captures the spirit of the book.

Click the teaser image below to be taken to the full reveal over at The Qwillery.


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Windswept by Adam RakunasDo you like labor politics, rum and good comedy? How about swag? And signings? Well, Adam Rakunas, author of Windswept is offering all of those things and more, with his new giveaways and book tour.

Firstly, the swag. To be in with a chance to win tattoos, t-shirts, bookmarks and stainless steel flasks just choose one or more of the easy ways to enter Adam’s competition, as outlined below.

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK: Add a fist, a la Jessica Smith‘s amazing Union logo – created especially for Windswept – to your cheek like the unionists in the book, and send a snapshot over to Adam (link via website, below). Or you can print out a logo and make your own temporary tattoo. Whatever you do, take a picture of your face adorned with a Union fist and send it to Adam.

JUDGE A RUM BY ITS LABEL: Make yourself an Old Windswept rum label and send it in, using the contest form. If you’d like a peek at what Adam envisions for the label, read a quick extract here. Adam’s vision of the logo doesn’t have to be the same as what you draw, so get those creative juices flowing.

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL: Make some union art. It can be anything from graffiti tags to murals to posters, anything you want. let your imagination run wild!

BUY THE BOOK: When the book is released (that’s 1 September (US/Can) /  3 September (UK/R.o.W)) just send a copy of your receipt to Adam and get swag. As the man himself says, it’s better to purchase multiple books, so you can be in with multiple chances of winning. Like buying Lottery lines.

To enter and possibly win, head over to Adam’s website to complete a short entry form.

If you want to have the chance to win a copy of the book but aren’t very arty, there’s a competition over at GoodReads. Be quick though, there’s only a couple of days left to enter!


Official Windswept Union logo by Jessica Smith

Adam will also be giving away more swag on his book tour, as well as chatting with friends new and old and of course, signing books. Just remember, if you see Adam on tour and say the magic phrase ‘Padma Mehta sent me’ you’ll get a free Windswept tattoo.

Here are the locations of the tour (all events are free):

September 6, 3-6pm, Culver City, CA: The official launch will be held at Sunny Blue. Our lovely friends over at Mysterious Galaxy Books will be providing the books for the launch.

September 13, 5-7pm, Seattle, WA: There will be a reading at local rum bar, Rumba, and Adam promises to get in the first round of empanadas and daiquiris, so make sure to RSVP by September 6 to the event to ensure yours don’t get eaten. Windswept will be on sale, so get your signed copies in.

September 19, 2-3pm, San Diego, CA: Three writers for the price (free) of one! Mysterious Galaxy are holding a signing event with Adam, Greg Van Eekhout and Fran Wilde. There will be Tecate and tacos, and more copies of Windswept.

November 5-8, Saratoga Springs, NY: Although not there to speak, Adam will be at the World Fantasy Convention, and you can probably find him in the bar. There will be snacks and swag. Just don’t forget the magic words.

‘Padma Mehta sent me.’

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New Signing: N.S Dolkart

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Noah Beit-AharonThe orbital death station is full of party poppers and balloons this week, as we welcome our newest author into our phalanx, Noah Beit-Aharon.

Noah was signed with us for a two book deal (World: English). His debut novel, Silent Hall is an epic fantasy for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia and Dungeons & Dragons.

Silent Hall will be Noah’s first novel and is due for publication in June 2016 to be followed by a second novel. Noah will be writing under the pseudonym N.S Dolkart.

Here’s the synopsis for Silent Hall: 

Five bedraggled refugees and a sinister wizard awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

Angry Robot Consultant Editor, Phil Jourdan: “You’ve got to love a fantasy writer who’s so focused on bringing amazing characters to life. N.S. Dolkart’s created a beautiful world, with an epic mythology, that still manages to feel low-key and personal. I look forward to getting this fine novel into the hands of our readers!”

N.S. Dolkart: “I am dangerously excited to be publishing with Angry Robot. If I get any more excited, they may have to terminate me. I feel like I’ve won an Oscar, and if I don’t restrain myself I’ll end up thanking God and my parents and every friend I have until my time runs out and they play me off. I am so glad to have the robot army at my back so that now, together, we may continue our inexorable march to glory.”

Head on over to SFF World to read an interview with the newest member of our team.

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The Mirror Empire by Kameron HurleyAhead of the release of Kameron Hurley‘s Empire Ascendant those super folk over at BookBub have a special offer on Kameron’s first novel, The Mirror Empire, yours for just $1.99.

The book has been described as “a complex and intricate book full of elegant ideas and finely-drawn characters” (Adrian Tchaikovsky), “epic” (Brian Staveley), and “extraordinary” (Alasdair Stuart).

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

Head over to BookBub to purchase your $1.99 copy.


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The lovely folk over at Nook are including some great Angry Robot titles in their First in Series promotion!

Below are the titles available. Just click on the titles to be taken to the B&N website. Each title will all be on sale for $1.99 from August 25th to the 31st.

vN - click for insane detail!vN, Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

The Dead of Winter - Nov 12The Dead of Winter, Lee Collins

Cora and her husband hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist.

When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013Black Feathers, Joseph D’Lacey

It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?

The Damned Busters, Matthew HughesThe Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes

After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul… which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing.

There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire. And thus the strangest superhero duo ever seen – in Hell or on Earth – is born!

Book one of the To Hell & Back saga is a riotous fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Henghis Hapthorn stories.

When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods – and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?

Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal Catlyn his soul.

If you’d like to check out the other Nook offers, just follow the link.

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WesleyChuFINAL-9559 copyOn Saturday night the Hugo Awards were held at Sasquan, and our authors were there to cheer on Wesley Chu, nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer(don’t forget kids, it’s not a Hugo).

As you may have seen, Wesley won the award this year and there’s now a shiny new trophy taking pride of place on his mantelpiece.

We grabbed Wes to hear what he had to say about his win. Apparently it’s preparing him well for presidency…”Please be on the lookout for the Wesley Chu Presidential Super PAC– Chupac. Contribute if you love freedom.”

Our Robot Overlord Marc: “Beginning as an Open Door author, Wes has gone from strength to strength in the past two years and looks to have a shining future ahead of him, especially with the upcoming releases of Time Siege and Rise of Io. We’re really happy the award fell to Wes this year, and hope that it’s the first of many awards to come.”

Wes was nominated for the same award last year, this year was the second and final year of eligibility for him.

Here’s a picture of Wes at George R.R Martin’s excellent Hugo Losers Party, wearing a conehead for losers to write insults on, as requested by the host.


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This week it’s WorldCon/Sasquan, and a whole heap of our authors are in attendance including Ramez Naam, Kameron Hurley, Wesley Chu, Adam Rakunas, Alyc Helms, Carrie Patel and Megan E. O’Keefe. If you’d like to check when and where they will be appearing make sure to take a look at our Sasquan round up.

Reviews for our September and October books are coming in thick and fast at the moment, and here are a few choice quotes:

“Steinmetz has done a wonderful job of blending superb battles between the ‘mancers and mundanes, with heart wrenching moments with Paul and his eight-year-old daughter Aliyah, while still walking the tightrope of creating a story about family, good vs evil, and trust.”
Books, Cats and Caffeine on The Flux

This melange of fast-paced action, character study, social study and witty dialogue makes up a thoroughly enjoyable narrative treat.”
SF and F Reviews on Windswept

“Read this book. Well, start with book one The Mirror Empire and then once you’ve been sucked into this ‘verse go read this one…I was totally immersed in this story.”
Susan Hated Literature on Empire Ascendant

There’s going to be a lot more in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking our Twitter feed for all of the newest reviews.

If you want to check out Matthew De Abaitua‘s teen self, then head over to Dear Teen Me for his brilliant letter to his teenage years. It’s definitely worth a read, even if just to take a peek at his childhood photos!

We were really happy to see this great post on about the enticing realism seen in Ramez Naam‘s Nexus. We’re not going to tell you our favourite bit of the review, in case you haven’t read the novel yet (there are some slight spoilers), but it’s good.

Yesterday, we had a great time at the Birmingham Forbidden Planet megastore with Matthew De Abaitua, Andy Remic, Susan Murray, Rod Duncan and Gav Thorpe. We’re continuing our invasion of Forbidden Planet next Thursday at the London megastore. Make sure to pop along if you’re around, the event is free and we have biscuits!

Finally, our Robot Overlord, Marc decided to chat with Nottingham-based culture magazine, LeftLion about life as a publisher and some of our up-and-coming books. Check it out and take a brief glimpse into the brain of a mastermind!


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Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresWe are super excited to be able to show you the new cover for Marianne de PierresMythmaker, the second in her Peacemaker series, which is revealed in its full glory over at The Book Plank.

The cover was created by the marvellous Joey Hi-Fi, who was also the man behind the Peacemaker cover, which you can see over to the right.

Marianne: “Joey HiFi has captured the essence of the MYTHMAKER story in his cover. The fox is a surprise spiritual guide to one of the characters, the urban background foreshadows trouble in Mystere, and the man on Virgin’s shirt is Papa Brise. It’s a brilliant interpretation of events. I think I like it even more that the Peacemaker cover.”

Here’s the synopsis for the new novel:

Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission).

Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head.

Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.

Mythmaker will be released 1 October (UK/R.o.W) / 6 October (US/Can).

Head on over to The Book Plank to see the full reveal, but in the meantime, here’s a little teaser…

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Angry Robot at Sasquan

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SasquanContinuing our global quest to attend as many conventions as possible, Angry Robot is at Sasquan this week *waves*

If you’d like to come and see us and get your hands on our September titles before they hit the stores then pop over to the Angry Robot Deathstar Booth, D15 in the Dealer’s Hall. There will be signings, too! See below:


14:00 – Carrie Patel


13:00 – Adam Rakunas
16:00 – Alyc Helms

There are also Angry Robot authors at various panels, signings and Kafee Klatches throughout the con. We’ve made you a handy little guide below, but please remember appearances are subject to change so make sure to check your programmes before hauling ass over to see your favourite Angry Robot writer.


14:00: CC Hall B Autographing—Wesley Chu


12:00: CC Hall B Autographing – Megan E. O’Keefe

13:00: CC Bays 111C Understanding the Science Behind Computers – Ramez Naam

14:00: CC 303A PG-13: Violence, Sex, and Teen Readers – Wesley Chu

15:30: CC 303B Reading – Ramez Naam

16:00: DBT Spokane Falls Suite A/B Writing Diverse Characters – Kameron Hurley


10:00: CC Bays 111C Creative Bio-engineering – Ramez Naam

11:00: CC Bays 111C Writing About SF: Yesterday and Today – Kameron Hurley

13:00: CC 202A-KK1 Kafee Klatche – Wesley Chu (spaces limited to 10, requires advance sign up)

14:30: CC Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B Climate Change—Science and Fiction Ramez Naam

15:00: CC 303B Reading – Wesley Chu

19:00: CC 302AB The Wired Brain – Ramez Naam


13:00: CC 300C Diversity within YA & Middle Grade Fiction – Wesley Chu

16:00: CC 303A Self-publishing—How to Market Your Work – Kameron Hurley


11:00: CC Bays 111C Trends in Hardware, Software & Wetware Ramez Naam

12:00: CC Conference Theater 110 What New Pros Need to Know – Wesley Chu

And don’t forget the Hugo Awards are happening on Saturday night. Wesley Chu is up for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We have our fingers crossed and will tell you the result as soon as we hear it!

**Please note, Ferrett Steinmetz is no longer attending WorldCon, however is still in the printed programmes.


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We’ve manned the death rays, calibrated our shielding devices and polished our carapaces, which can only mean one thing – Angry Robot is taking over Forbidden Planet!

Over the next two Thursdays a crack team of our finest British authors will be visiting both Forbidden Planet Birmingham and London for signings, readings and even a panel. The events are free, so just roll up and join in the invasion fun.

Different Worlds, Different Times – Forbidden Planet Megastore, Birmingham
Thursday 20 August
18:00 – 19:00

Come down to Forbidden Planet Birmingham to watch Angry Robot authors Matthew De Abaitua, Andy Remic, Susan Murray and Rod Duncan in a panel discussion on their different worlds and realities. There will be time for a Q&A afterwards, as well as signings from each of the authors.

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Fierce Fiction – Forbidden Planet Megastore, London
Thursday 27 August
18:00 – 19:00
There will be readings from both If Then by Matthew De Abaitua and The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic before signings from authors including Rod Duncan, Susan Murray and Ishbelle Bee. Chatting to the authors, and photos are encouraged. They’re all very nice, honestly.

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Gav Thorpe will be joining both events, to sign both Angry Robot and Black Library titles.

Books from each author will be available for purchase at both the London and Birmingham Forbidden Planets, so make sure to bring some cash and a sharpie for signings.

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GoodReads Giveaways

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In preparation for September launch day (1 Sept (USA/Can) / 3 Sept (UK/R.o.W) we’re offering five copies of each of our September books as giveaways over at GoodReads.

Check the handy widgets further down the page to be taken through to the giveaways but first, here’s what you can win.

If Then by Matthew de AbaituaIf Then, Matthew De Abaitua:

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.

If Then is a love story, the history of a marriage, a topical meditation on the end of capitalism; best of all, it is a bone-deep, blood-sweet British fantasy, naive and ingenious as William Morris and as warpedly nostalgic as Richard Jeffries’ After London. As disturbingly hyperreal as any Pre-Raphaelite painting, If Then imagines what the end of history really will really look like, what’s really at stake, and maybe, just maybe, what we can do about it.”
Simon Ings, author of Wolves

The Dragon Engine by Andy RemicThe Dragon Engine, Andy Remic: 

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 many, many generations!

“Andy brings together two of the great writers Tolkien and Martin. Like Tolkien and Martin, you are put right in the story like you are watching a movie, yet you feel the emotions as if they were your own. I love it when an author can make you see and feel. The flow of the story plot was perfect; the characters are complex, yet believable. Now Andy has me sitting one the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to come out.”
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Windswept by Adam RakunasWindswept, Adam Rakunas: 

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.

“This melange of fast-paced action, character study, social study and witty dialogue makes up a thoroughly enjoyable narrative treat.”
SF and F Reviews

As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it, so use the widgets below to enter each competition.

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The Mirror Empire by Kameron HurleyThere’s nothing better to do on a dreary Friday at work than a little quiz. So grab yourself a coffee, settle in and take five minutes to answer seven quick questions to find our which character from Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire you most resemble.

Take the quiz here.

Here are the results from the Angry Robot Team:

Robot Overlord Marc/Publicity Manager Penny: Zezili Hasaria

Penny: “It’s like this quiz *knows* me! I love maiming and killing!”

You take no shit from anyone… except the Empress. You spend most days swinging between cocky confidence and debilitating self-hate that’s been eating you since you were a kid. But who gives a fuck about all that? What’s important is that you know how to get things done. If someone wants a thing maimed, killed, or cornered, you’re the person they call.
You value your possessions above all else, and jealously guard what’s yours, whether that’s young dogs, pretty boys, or a sprawling estate. Nobody messes with what you have, and for good reason – see the part about killing things.

Sales & Marketing Guru Mike: Ahkio Javia Garika

Mike: “This surprised absolutely no one.”

You’re a lover, not a fighter. You get your way through leveraging the power of personal relationships, and have a keen grasp of politics, law, taxes, and religious theory that’s served you well. It’s a mantle you took up grudgingly – you’d rather be making love than arguing – but somebody had to do it.
You have a strong code of ethics, and will not compromise it for anyone for anything. You intend to maintain your integrity no matter the consequences or the outcome, even if it means giving up something hard won – like your title.

So are you a lover or a fighter? Do you prefer strategy or do you just like to slice ’em and dice ’em? Let us know who you’re most like in the comments!

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Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresHead on over to Amazon tomorrow, as Marianne de Pierre‘s excellent Peacemaker is the Kindle Daily Deal for Wednesday 12 August, ahead of the publication of the second in the series, Mythmaker, due for release in October.

Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park – the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.

When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.

Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path…

Here’s what the critics had to say about it:

“Move over stale f/sf themes; enter: Peacemaker, a wholly original and thrilling fantasy adventure.”
Looking for a Good Book

Peacemaker rollicks along at a cracking pace, and I found myself holding my breath in anticipation at times, which is always a good sign! I got to the end of the book and flipped the last page in disappointment, because while the story ended well (albeit definitely set up for the next volume), I simply didn’t want it to stop. Bring on the next instalment!

“This is the first novel by Marianne de Pierres I’ve read, and I hope to read more about Virgin Jackson and (perhaps) Nate Sixkiller. A fun romp that is much more than the parts which comprise it.”

“I liked a lot about this book. There were plenty of twists, turns, and double crossesPeacemaker is a good SF mystery for people looking for something a little different. Four stars.”
Dangerous Dan

Peacemaker is definitely a cut above the standard for books of this type: intelligent, witty and with a good heart. If you’re looking for a fast read that surprises and engages, then look no further.”
The Newtown Review of Books

The sequel to Peacemaker, Mythmaker will be out on 1 October (UK/R.o.W) / 6 October (US/Can).

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If Then by Matthew de AbaituaWe’re really, really excited for the release of Matthew De Abaitua’s If Then next month and it looks like we’re not the only ones. Simon Ings, author of Wolves has also shown his excitement with this great review:

“Matthew de Abaitua has written a novel about employment, about daily labour, about the dignity or otherwise of the working individual. If Then is a love story, the history of a marriage, a topical meditation on the end of capitalism; best of all, it is a bone-deep, blood-sweet British fantasy, naive and ingenious as William Morris and as warpedly nostalgic as Richard Jeffries’ After London. It is also the only intelligent book ever written about the technological singularity. As disturbingly hyperreal as any Pre-Raphaelite painting, If Then imagines what the end of history really will really look like, what’s really at stake, and maybe, just maybe, what we can do about it.”

If Then is released 1 Sept (US/Can) / 3 Sept (UK/R.o.W). If you’d like an exclusive look at the first chapter of the book prior to the release date you can get it from Apex Magazine.

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