Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the signing of Danielle L. Jensen from Strange Chemistry Books.

Signed from Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc), Danielle’s Malediction Trilogy was Strange Chemistry’s biggest success story and Angry Robot Books is excited to bring Cécile, Tristan and the world of Trollus not only to a new audience but also back to its enthusiastic fans.

Stolen Songbird will be reissued as an Angry Robot title in the coming weeks and Hidden Huntress, the second title in the Malediction Trilogy, will be published in June 2015.

Stolen Songbird is currently in the final for the Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2014 – to vote, click here – and to read an extract of Stolen Songbird, click here.

The Author, Danielle L. JensenDanielle L. Jensen: “I am so pleased to be able to continue working with the team who helped Stolen Songbird achieve its success. Behind the scenes, everyone has already plunged back into the world of the trolls – edits are happening, covers are in the works, and I can’t wait for existing and new fans of Cécile and Tristan to read Hidden Huntress in June.”

Mike Underwood: “We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing Danielle’s Malediction Trilogy over to Angry Robot. The first novel, Stolen Songbird, shattered all of our sales expectations and has achieved so much in the months since its release. And with the well-oiled machine of Angry Robot behind the series, even more readers will be able to fall in love with Cécile and her world.”

About Danielle L. Jensen: Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Reach Danielle on Twitter: @dljensen_ and her website: http://danielleljensen.com

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. JensenStolen Songbird

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

 

 

Hidden Huntress

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

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Nov
18

And the winner is…

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Guest Post: Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, on what winning an award – no matter the size – means to him.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that for every novel being written, an award acceptance speech is also being rehearsed. Novelists are, after all, professional fantasists.

“Me? Are you sure? I really didn’t expect this…”

There are a LOT of words in a novel. No matter how bad the story, the only way you can keep writing to the end is by deluding yourself that it is a gift to global culture. Punters will be grateful to hand over their hard earned cash for the privilege of owning a copy. These aren’t just words – they’re footprints in the sands of time. Of course you’re going to get an award.

“I’d like to thank my English teacher, who spurred me on by telling the class I wouldn’t amount to anything…”

The mind of the novelist is a paradoxical place. As well as being home to this almost pathological narcissism, it is a nest of venomous self-doubts. In the mid-watches of the night you wake with the conviction that all your pathetic scribblings are doomed to failure. Your prose is purple. That plot line at the core of your novel – you subconsciously copied it from an episode of Dr Who. And your grammar! You should have listened to your English teacher after all.

Or is that just me?

Nowhere is this impossible balance of opposite emotions more vividly experienced than at the awards ceremony, itself the focus of hopes and fears. Having consumed a sumptuous meal, which now lies curdling in your stomach, you silently contemplate your chances. It’s not going to be me. Though my book is really good. So it might be me. It should be me. Unless my book is bad and I hadn’t noticed. I’ve just realised that my book is terrible. It’s not going to be me. You continue with this neurosis spin-cycle until the moment arrives and you find yourself staring with a concrete smile at the envelope in the hands of the host.

“The winner is…”

…the other guy. At all costs don’t let the disappointment show. There are cameras pointing at you and everything is HD these days.

But if you do win, it is de rigueur to clutch hands to chest as if in surprise. Then humbly approach the microphone and deliver that acceptance speech you’ve been rehearsing since writing the opening lines of the novel X years ago.

In 2003, I was lucky enough to be shortlisted for the John Creasey Dagger – an international award given for the best debut crime novel in the English language. (Note: when an author says “lucky” in this context it means: “I worked damn hard for that and richly deserved it.”) I didn’t get the prize, though there were only three of us on the shortlist, so it felt like a podium finish.

I found myself in the running for another award that year, for the same novel. And at the second time of asking, I was lucky enough (sic) to win. The Norman King Award for Novel Writing was named in memory of a tutor who taught creative writing in the Adult Education College in Leicester back in the 1950s. Though it is a strictly local affair, the award is taken seriously. There is a meal, followed by speeches. And there is a trophy, resplendent on a wooden plinth. The engraved names of previous winners go back over 50 years, adding historical gravity to the honour.

Last Thursday, the Leicester award ceremony came around again. And I am delighted to report that I found myself being presented with the Norman King award once more – this time for my novel The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter.

As I lined up to have my photograph taken with winners of other prizes, it occurred to me that literary awards really do matter. Even the small ones. Because clutching that trophy, I found all the self-doubt and narcissism melting away. Having someone else say “I value your work” means that, for a time, neither extreme is needed.

Now, where did I put that speech? Ah yes. “I’d like to thank my publisher…”

With thanks to Jacob Ross for the photos!

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We are delighted to announce that Wesley Chu, author of the award-winning Lives of Tao series, has signed on for three new science fiction novels in an Angry Robot Books record six-figure deal.

The World English deal, signed with agent Russell Galen, is for Wesley’s new standalone series starting with The Rise of Io, publishing in August 2016. Although The Rise of Io is set in the same warring Genjix and Prophus universe as the Lives of Tao books, this brand new series will open the Quasing world to new readers as well as fans of the hugely successful Lives of Tao books.

The new trilogy picks up eight years on from the events of The Rebirths of Tao, the conclusion of Chu’s current series, which will be published by Angry Robot in April 2015. For more detailed information on The Rise of Io, click through to the book’s page here.

WesleyChuFINAL-9559 copyWesley Chu: “Batteries recharged. OS upgraded. Sharks with frigging lasers fed. It’s time to kick some ass! When I first made my strategic alliance with the metal overlords to take over the world, I didn’t think humanity stood a chance. Now with Watkins Media joining the team, victory is inevitable! Still dibs on New Zealand!”

Marc Gascoigne: “Wesley Chu’s Tao series has been a runaway success for Angry Robot, and we’re delighted that he has re-signed for us for this brand new trilogy of novels. He manages to combine lofty science fiction themes with pure Hollywood pacing, and quite frankly his novels just rock. With Angry Robot recently moving to new owners, Watkins Media Ltd, we’re delighted to have the resources to take Wes’ sales to a whole new level. His world domination is now only a matter of time.”

About Wesley Chu: Wesley Chu’s best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog, Eva, who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago. In 2014, Wesley Chu was shortlisted for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award. His debut, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao. Chu has two books scheduled for 2015: The Rebirths of Tao from Angry Robot plus Time Salvager from Tor.

Wes took the time to talk further about the deal with Aidan Moher over at A Dribble of Ink.

Reach Wesley Chu on Twitter: @wes_chu and his website: www.chuforthought.com

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Yesterday we announced the exciting news that we have signed Alyc Helms as an Angry Robot author, with her debut novel – The Dragons of Heaven – due for publication in Spring of 2015. Alyc has written an insightful piece on her blog about her journey to publication which we have extracted here. For the full piece, click through to this page. Over to Alyc…

The exciting news that I’ve been sitting on since early January is that Angry Robot offered for my novel The Dragons of Heaven and an as-yet unnamed sequel, to be published in April 2015 and 2016. The initial muppet-flailing has quieted to a Fluttershy ‘yay,’ but my enthusiasm is not lessened for all of that. I’ve been riding this high for months, and I don’t think it’s going away.

However, I look at all the hard work and revision and rejection and depression and revision and rejection and depression and revision and and and… And I have to admit to myself: I got lucky.

Here’s what luck looks like to a writer:

I’ve always loved books, and I scribbled stories and poems starting when I was a kid and continuing well into my twenties: band-fic and blood-soaked vampire odes, re-hashed fairy tales and snarky swordswomen. I finished three stories, sent them out to Realms of Fantasy, got rejected, and moved on to other things. Becoming an author seemed impossible, something that had been done long ago by people I admired but not something I could ever do. I returned to school in my late twenties with the plan to become a research anthropologist, childhood dreams of being a fantasy novelist packed away alongside the Prima Ballerina thing.

I met Marie Brennan at a field school in Wales. In the evenings, when I wasn’t running a cobbled-together Changeling game for her and a few other women, Marie was writing the first draft of the book that would eventually become her first novel sale. I had met authors before, but this was the first time I met a peer who was serious about writing. Even then, and over the years as we solidified our friendship, I had no question that Marie would someday succeed as an author. It was inevitable.

Seeing her determination changed me. I had a reference point. A template. My academic work was in representation and identity, so I recognized why that was so important. If you see someone like you achieving something you thought was impossible, it renders that thing possible for you.

Becoming friends with Marie was my first lucky break. I started noodling around with fiction again. At this point, I was in grad school for anthropology and folklore. I’d spent several years thinking about the structure of stories, about representation, about cultures and cultural relativism and worldbuilding, about the intersections between gender, race, economics, and politics. I had THINGS TO SAY. I was crap at saying them, but I had some solid material to start from.

Some friends and I formed a writing group. Scat Hardcore included Marie, Mike Underwood, Darja Malcolm-Clarke,Siobhan Carroll, Emily Dare, and Ryan Markle, all of us still figuring out who the hell we were as writers and what the hell we were doing. We helped each other learn about writing, but also about the business of writing: networking, submission, rejection, markets, publication, conferences, workshops, etc. We learned how to take the craft and our dedication to it seriously. Scat Hardcore was my second lucky break. I can’t emphasize enough the value of a solid and serious writing community filled with people who are just slightly more talented, more dedicated, or more professionally focused than you.

At that time, I was still concentrating on my academic work and only writing short stories. I wrote a couple stories–I had learned from my academic writing about this thing called revision, and it turns out it can make your writing better!–but I didn’t really grok short stories. I still don’t think I’ve quite cracked how to write a good short story, even though I’ve managed to sell a few. Novels are my thing. Novels I grok. Novels are where my heart is.

Novels are a hell of a lot longer than short stories.

In 2006 I was playing in a supers tabletop game run by my friend Jason Pisano. I wanted to make a shift in the character I was playing–a legacy pulp hero with a lot of heart and no heroing experience–so I asked Jason if she could go to China to train with the ancient dragon who’d trained her grandfather. He said sure. I asked him to fill in the details for me. He looked at his stable of ten other players waiting for him to adjudicate things and told me to write it up myself and submit it for XP.

That was my next bit of luck. Along around the time my ‘little side-adventure write-up’ hit 40k words, I realized I had the longest thing I’d ever written, the seed of a novel, and I still wasn’t bored. Of course, it was a character fic. It wasn’t novel-shaped at all. Missy was unfocused as a character, and the story was based in a world owned by a large corporate gaming company. But at this point, I’d seen Marie take a seed from a gaming experience and turn it into a series of amazing novels–her Onyx Court books. I knew I could reshape The Dragons of Heaven. Read More→

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We, here at Angry Robot HQ, are simply delighted to announce Alyc Helms has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. In a two-book, World English, deal, Alyc was signed from Lindsay Ribar and Stefanie Diaz (Greenburger Assocs) and Anna Carmichael (Abner Stein). The first title, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published in April 2015.

alychelms-authorphoto1Alyc Helms: “I feel so lucky to join the Angry Robot family–The covers! The inside-the-covers! The authors! The staff!–I’m completely chuffed. I get to say chuffed now. It’s one of the perks.”

Marc Gascoigne: I do like it when the team bring in a novel proposal and we all devour it at a single sitting. Such was the case with the delicious The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, which we all love and cannot wait to present to you, our devoted readers. It’s another in a long line of wonderful Angry Robot books that defies categorisation without resorting to a hell of a lot of hyphens. Alright, if you insist: it’s a sort of superhero-pulp-kung fu-magician-fantasy-mystery-adventure. See what I mean?”

The Dragons of Heaven

Drawing on the legacy of Indiana Jones, Jack Burton, and The Shadow, Missy Masters is an adventure heroine for the 21st century.

“A tough, witty young woman who inherited her superhero grandfather’s powers barrels through a rollicking ‘Big Trouble in Little China’-esque tale filled with magic, monsters and wisecracks. I loved it.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver, on The Dragons of Heaven 

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather; she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr. Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

Would you deal with the devil to save the world?

About Alyc Helms: Alyc Helms fled her PhD program in anthropology and folklore when she realized she preferred fiction to academic writing. She lives above a dive bar in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a project manager for Macmillan, a freelance editor, and a volunteer copyeditor for Nightmare Magazine. In addition to writing, she dabbles in corsetry and costuming, dances Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, rants about social justice issues, and games in all forms of media. She sometimes refers to her work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is just a fancy way to say that she is obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Crossed Genres and will be appearing in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 Join us in welcoming Alyc to our motley crew: @alychelms and check out her website: http://www.alychelms.com

 

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Oct
19

So, Farewell Miriam

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FarewellIf you’ve not seen the announcement elsewhere yet, the lovely Chuck Wendig has sold three new Miriam Black books to the gang over at Saga (Simon & Schuster), and the first three volumes will be joining them over there too.

This happens pretty frequently in publishing, where books change publisher, and new books in the series are released in different packaging along with the backlist, but we’ll be especially sad to see Miriam go. Back in the spring, Chuck suggested the new books for Angry Robot… just as our then-owners, Osprey Group, hit some difficulties that eventually led to the company being broken up and sold. We wanted to offer on them, oh how we pined for them, but we had strict orders from above: no new proposals could be bought at that time. Worse, the owners had also put a block on reprints of physical books, so paperback copies of Blackbirds ran out. With massive regret, and if we’re being honest deeply frustrated by the whole situation, we had to let Miriam leave the Angry Robot label that first brought her to you all.

The Miriam books remain in our catalogue until the end of the year, so obviously we’d love you to snap up copies if you haven’t yet, and do look out for those incredible new adventures from Saga – we’ve only read the synopses but they already rule. And we have to add: although we didn’t move to our fabulously supportive new owners in time to keep Miriam on our label, the dark times are now receding in our rear-view mirror. We are pressing the Big Reprint Button for those few AR books that have slipped out of stock. Just as excitingly, we are preparing offers for a delicious clutch of new books from several of our favourite Angry Robot authors, and are about to introduce you to several new writers as well… Can’t wait to tell you all about them soon.

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Kameron HurleyThe Mirror Empire for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

The Mirror Empire

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Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Jourdan as
Consultant Editor.

Phil is co-founder of LitReactor – a creative writing workshop and literary magazine where professional novelists, graphic novelists and agents host regular classes – worked for Zero Books, and ran the small fiction press, Perfect Edge Books. A Portuguese author and translator, based in the UK, Phil has also fronted the rock band, Paris and the Hiltons, winners of an Independent Music Award, since 2007.

AR picturePhil: “I am excited and pleased to join the clan of fearless warriors at Angry Robot. It’s a strong press with a very devoted following, the kind of off-beat venture that you can’t ignore. I always have special respect for presses that manage consistently to do something as risky as blending genres and exploring big philosophical questions in popular fiction. To be working with them is a great honour. I am looking forward to catching up on the fantastic agented submissions as well as the last of the Open Door entries.”

Marco: “Phil Jourdan scares me. He’s a great technical editor, with a keen eye for promising new authors, and he’s already achieved way too much in publishing for someone so young. Obviously he’s perfect for the reborn Angry Robot, but I see I’m going to have to keep my eye on him….”

Phil can be contacted at phil.jourdan@angryrobotbooks.com and please join us in welcoming him to our motley crew: @philjourdan on Twitter.

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Michael BoatmanLast God Standing for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

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Oct
07

Robot Round-Up 07.10.14

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Welcome to this week’s Robot Round-Up celebrating our September titles, Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire and Rod Duncan‘s  The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter!

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanRod Duncan is a man of many talents: he’s written crime novels – including one shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, had screenplays produced, and has now written The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, a steampunk novel with one epic heroine that readers and reviewers alike are loving. You can listen to an interview with Rod here on Starburst, and here are a taste of the reviews:

• “Elizabeth and her alter-ego illusion of a brother drive The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter quite well. I was completely caught up in her adventure and her plight. I think steampunk readers and fantasy/sci-fi readers will enjoy this one, so I’m recommending it for them even though (and to some extent because) its use of steampunk is a bit different. I found it to be a refreshing change from more formulaic steampunk novels.” Popcorn Reads

• “Not only is this a fine stand-alone mystery, Duncan has done some remarkably adept world-building, which holds forth promise for the rest of the series. He’s subtle and avoids unnecessary exposition, letting the alternate history emerge organically from the story. For fans of light steampunk, alternate history and supernatural mysteries, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter will be just what the gunsmith ordered.” LitRant

• “a clever, enjoyable refreshment of a book … and any fan of adventure, intrigue, steampunk or all three should certainly give it a try. I’m definitely glad I did, and I’ll be happy to return to the series for book two. Huzzah!” Over the Effing Rainbow

• “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is a fantastic story, complete with a richly detailed world, colorful characters, and interesting contraptions. The writing is wonderfully done and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Unseemly Science…More, please!” Badass Book Reviews

• “Far from all style, or just another mystery yarn, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is an immersive read that takes the best of many genres and weaves them together. Fans of everything from historical fiction to fantasy, to detective novels and spy versus spy thrillers will find something to love in Duncan’s latest, which at turns evokes the likes of Geek Love, Sherlock Holmes and Firefly. If you’ve a taste for quirks and style with your substance, give this novel a try.” Examiner.com

• “The nitty-gritty: A rollicking steampunk adventure, filled with intricate twists and turns, top-notch world building, and a heroine that quickly became one of my favorites ever.” Books, Bones & Buffy

• “With its unique setting and premise, this book embodies the essence of what I’ve come to expect from Angry Robot over the years…a well-written novel, the story fantastically put together with elements of alternate history and steampunk, topped off with a strong, resourceful heroine. You can’t help but be drawn to Elizabeth Barnabus. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing her adventures in the sequel.” Bibliosanctum

• “There are a few gadgets, but the spirit of the world created by Rod Duncan strongly reminded me of Planesrunner by Ian McDonald. If you don’t mind a steady pace, less dashing heroines and very little gadgetry in lieu of alternative history exploration, this book is for you. Recommended!” Nocturnal Book Reviews

The Mirror Empire by Kameron HurleyBook Riot have declared Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire an “absolute buy” and who is to argue with them! They’re not the one people excited about this epic fantasy – and there are 250 very happy readers who purchased early from Barnes and Noble to receive free copies of Book Two next year – and here’s a collection of some of the reasons why you need to be excited about this book, as well:

• “Hurley manages to balance plot, worldbuilding and character, while exploring issues of gender, race, class, violence and more, in organic and eye-opening ways. She also explores and subverts character tropes, resulting in new takes on old archetypes: the young chosen one, the bitter, old mentor, the young person thrust into power. All of these and more are turned on their head to wonderful results. Hurley plays it fast and loose in many parts, and while that can sometimes cause a little whiplash, it pales in comparison to how powerful this book is.” Book Riot

• “I highly recommend this book for all fans of good quality secondary world fantasy. Readers who — like me — prefer not to read unoriginal and trope-filled fantasy will be pleased with this book. And of course, anyone hoping to find more fantasy with female characters who are a) central and b) not marginalised need look no further. The gender-flip aspect (for lack of a better term) really is fascinating.” Tsana Rads and Reviews

• “there is no denying that The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley, is one of the most important books of 2014.” Sense of Wonder

• “The world building in The Mirror Empire is so detailed and complete that I could see it coming to life before my eyes. Yet exposition is held to a minimum, exactly the way I like it. Even some of the plant life is sentient, including walking trees. Magic is everywhere and just taken for granted. Each gifted person pulls their strength and power from a particular moon or planet (I’ve called them all moons above) and, when it is ascendant, their power becomes amazing – for better or worse. Some societies are power hungry and others, like the Dhai, have chosen a path of learning and peace, having learned what happens when power corrupts a society. Assassins, mystics, sentient plants, political intrigue and worlds on a metaphorical collision course. Bottom line? The Mirror Empire features fascinating worlds, nail-biting action adventure, and makes for one hell of a read! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intelligently written epic fantasy novels that come alive!” Popcorn Reads

• “This is world-building at its finest—an imaginative and fantastical world that is unrelenting in its immersiveness. And oh boy is it DARK. If George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Matthew Woodring Stover, and Mark Lawrence are sitting around a table muttering and laughing maniacally to themselves while they torture characters, Kameron is sitting to the side, chiding them with a whispered “oh, my sweet summer child… The Mirror Empire takes a look at the epic fantasy patriarchy and gives it a firm kick in the balls.” Ristea’s Reads

• “this is what a truly epic fantasy should be. The Mirror Empire is the best fantasy I’ve read this year and one of the best of recent years. This is also an epic fantasy for people who have grown to hate what passes for epic fantasies in today’s marketplace. The Mirror Empire is highly recommended and will be on my award shortlists. I suggest people check it out.” Jason Sanford, Nebula-award finalist and BSFA and British Fantasy Award nominee

• “The Mirror Empire requires keen attention, but ultimately proves worth it, and will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next volume.” Shelf Awareness

• “It’s deep, and confusing, and deliciously thought provoking. This isn’t just a fantasy novel. This is the kind of book that will make you sit back and look at the world around you in a completely different way. The Mirror Empire is the first book in what is promising to be an epic saga that will redefine epic fantasy. I sincerely hope it does, because this is the kind of epic fantasy I am hungry to read.” Bookworm Blues

• “an incredibly ambitious and wonderful epic fantasy that throws out every rulebook trope of the genre to create a truly magical experience.” On Starships and Dragonwings

• “The Mirror Empire is polished and well executed.  The multiple narratives serve one another and the larger plot.  The reader learns about a profoundly unusual setting along with the characters within it.  The balance of youth and experience is no accident, here.  Broad vistas collapse into intimate moments in order to personify crises and resolutions. I was left with substantial questions and an incredible desire for more.  So much so that I bought a second copy to get the second installment just a little early. Recommended for fans of portal fiction, leaps of faith, and the promise of speculative imagination.” The Dinglehopper

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Oct
06

Meet the new boss…

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Etan IlfeldThe great machineries of Business have churned and Angry Robot has new owners, in the shape of Etan Ilfeld and his company Watkins Media Ltd. We thought you might like to get to know him a little better so we cheekily sent him a few devious and revealing questions.

1) What made you pick up Angry Robot to add to your ever-expanding media empire?

I love everything that Angry Robot stands for. It’s innovative, disruptive, and dedicated to nurturing the best sci-fi authors.

2) Do you have big plans for Angry Robot or is it business as usual?

I plan that the AR team continue to publish more great books of course, both physical and ebooks, and also develop other media elements. I have an MA in interactive media, and I bought Angry Robot because I’m interested in the future of entertainment in all its many forms. I also have a second MA in Film from the University of Southern California, and have produced movies in my time, so I intend to expand the programme of developing film, TV and video games from Angry Robot titles.

3) Who is your favourite angry robot from movies, books, comics or wherever?

Is it ok to say that I love Arnold in the first Terminator film?

4) You are known, among many other things, as the pioneer of underwater chess. If you could play a game against one favourite character from history or fiction who would it be?

Isaac Asimov was a chess player and incorporated chess into several of his novels – he’d make a great adversary. Also, I’d love to take on Marcel Duchamp; as well as a surrealist artist and Dadaist, he was a great chess player and competed internationally.

5) Star Wars or Star Trek?

I like ‘em both – but I frak’ing love Battlestar Galactica!

Sounds just like our sort of guy.

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Sep
30

Angry Robot News

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On Thursday, 25 September 2014, American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot Books, as well as Watkins Publishing (mind, body and spirit books), Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks),  from administration. In addition to saving the jobs of all the employees, Ilfeld is intent on combining these imprints to form a diverse media company, Watkins Media Limited, which includes magazine publishing, a flagship retail store and mobile apps.

As a die-hard sci-fi fan, Ilfeld is “thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot”, delight which Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot MD, shares:

Marc: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share this great news. There were several companies in the running to buy Angry Robot, but we’re so pleased that our new owner is someone who shares our vision for the imprint, and modern, innovate science fiction publishing. After the brief hiatus while we change hands, we look forward to Angry Robot resuming publication from March of next year, bring you new books from many familiar names and of course some amazing new talent too.”

This purchase reunites Watkins Books and Watkins Publishing after they were split two decades ago. Ilfeld bought Watkins Books from administration in 2010, and has followed suit by acquiring Watkins Publishing last week. Both the Watkins bookshop and publishing imprint were founded by John Watkins in 1893, and as award-winning publishers of award-winning books, Angry Robot Books looks forward to this next chapter in our own rich history.

For more information, contact Caroline Lambe, Angry Robot Books’ Publicity Manager: caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com

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Sep
18

Robot Tunes

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Our Robotic Overlord Marc Gascoigne is quite the music fan. But he’s not the only one of our cyber-chipped legion who bops his head to tunes while plotting global domination. Caroline and I both love a good showtune (in fact, I’ve been known to blast a Broadway channel on Spotify when no one else is around in the Angry Robot Orbital HQ).

So for today, I wanted to point out some wonderful science-fictional music for folks to enjoy. Maybe you like some techno while you re-read your copy of Prometheus-Award-winning Nexus, or you’d like some epic orchestral music while visiting Raisa in The Mirror Empire. Here are some tunes to accompany your SF, F, and WTF? life:

 

Janelle Monae:

 

Two Steps From Hell:

 

Bastion:

 

Jonathan Coulton:

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Moxyland by Lauren Beukes, new cover art

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Sep
09

Angry Robot in 2015

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Angry Robot Books in 2015

2014 has brought some changes for Angry Robot Books and also fantastic, award-winning, fiction. From Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Philip K Dick award short-lis, a whole heap of other award nominations and acclaimed book covers, to (double Hugo winner!!) Kameron Hurley’s breathtaking new series, this year has brought the Angry Robot team much success.

With business changes happening behind the scenes, we are as always focused on putting each book out with as much support as possible. In order to do best by these books, some of our exciting Winter 2014 titles are being moved to Spring 2015, though in many cases only by a month or two.

With books including the second Mookie Pearl from Chuck Wendig, a brand new SF thriller by Madeline Ashby, and the third Tao from Wesley Chu, as well as thrilling new debuts from Ferret Steinmetz, Susan Murray, Ishbelle Bee, the much-anticipated Carrie Patel novel, and a second Shadow Watch title from Tim Waggoner, there are many titles to await… patiently or not!

We look forward to bringing these books to you, to your continued excitement for these titles, and for the rest of our packed 2015 list, which will be announced soon too.

For any review and publicity queries, please contact Caroline.Lambe@angryrobotbooks.com and for any sales enquiries, please contact Mike.Underwood@angryrobotbooks.com

MARCH 2015

US & Ebook 3 MarchUK & ROW 5 March 

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig

APRIL 2015

US & Ebook 6 AprilUK & ROW 2 April 

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu

MAY 2015

US & Ebook 5 MayUK & ROW 7 May 

The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

JUNE 2015

US & Ebook 2 JuneUK & ROW 4 June

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

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