We’re super, super excited to announce that this summer we’ll be reissuing Lavie Tidhar‘s The Bookman trilogy, which comprises of The Bookman (June), Camera Obscura (July) and The Great Game (August).

Of course, a reissue means that we get to have some fun with new covers, and fun we had! The three new covers were designed by the fabulous Sarah Anne Langton. To read what Sarah has to say about the creative process behind the cover images, take a look at her great blog post for Tor.com here.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the covers. If you click on each one, you’ll be able to see them in their full, spectacular, glory.

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Warrior Witch by Danielle L. JensenWarrior Witch, the much-anticipated conclusion to Danielle L Jensen‘s The Malediction Trilogy, will be hitting all good bookshops in May. Now, because we know this is a bit of wait, and because even we can’t always be grumpy, we have a couple of treats in store for you to help fill the time.

On 10th February the first two chapters of Warrior Witch will be hosted over at fabulous book blog Alexa Loves Books. For those you dying to dive back into Cécile and Tristan’s world, we’ve got you covered.

Then, on 11th February, Danielle will be starting her read-along of Stolen Songbird which will take place on GoodReads. Whether you haven’t yet had a chance to start the trilogy (what have you been doing?) or you want to revisit it, this is the perfect opportunity. Discussions, bonus content, prizes – we’ve got nothing but the best for you. You can find out a bit more about the read-along here, but stay tuned for more details.

We’re so excited our circuits can’t handle it.

 

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Graft by Matt Hill - UK Paperback EditionTheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpiDue to the actions of enemy forces (printers, warehouses, dead men walking all of them), we’re sorry to say that the UK paperback editions of Graft, by Matt Hill and The Custodian of Marvels, by Rod Duncan will be delayed by one week. Release date is now Thursday 11 February. Ebooks are unaffected, US copies are unaffected.

Now to plot the imminent and excruciating demise of all those who stand between us and total wo… um, back to your scheduled business. As you were, meat things, as you were.

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Decisions decisions!Well, the happy little robot doorkeeper of destiny has flipped the sign on this year’s Open Door from OPEN to CLOSED. The two months for submissions are at an end.

We guess it’s human nature, but there were a hella lot of last-minute submissions. And, alas, some folk tried to submit after midnight GMT because it was a different time where they were, or were flapping around on minor details rather than submitting the darn thing. But in the main, we thought that the whole process has gone very smoothly.

The final tally was 1,118 proposals, which is more than double what I (Marc) had predicted, so thanks for making me look a fool :-) So, lots to reading in our immediate future and if there are some gems in there it will be well worth the effort. The Robot gang have already been reading and rating the earliest arrivals, but we haven’t as yet rejected anything. That will start this week. It will take a while to get through them all, however, so don’t panic.

While you are waiting, the splendidly useful Absolute Write website (full of advice for writers old and new, so you should have that bookmarked already) has a thread on its forums dedicated to this Open Door. Angry Robot author Pete McLean, discovered in the last Open Door, is a regular poster and other AR authors have been known to pop by, but note that we stay away except in an emergency. Anyway, you may find it helps ease the anxiety of waiting, just sayin’.

And finally for now… if you sent the wrong thing, spotted a spelling mistake, realised you put your one-line summary after the synopsis, don’t worry, leave it be. We will work with what you sent in. Only contact us if you change email address, sell a book for $$$s and need to withdraw it, or something equally drastic – and do that via the Contact page.

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit. We truly appreciate your effort just in getting all of that together just to get to this stage. We know the waiting is stressful, so we shall be as quick as we can, while still being thorough. Be seeing you!

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Jan
22

ConFusion Schedule

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ConFusion is this weekend and a whole swarm of robots will be around and about taking part in panels, readings, cookie making classes and of course, parties.

Take a look below for the most up-to-date list of author appearances. As always, programmes are subject to change.

We hope to see you there!

WesleyChuFINAL-9559 copyWesley Chu

Friday
6:00 PM – Ballroom A&B
SFF Debates 2016!
Six of your favorite SFF personalities debate the issues of our time in this live debate, moderated by Robert Jackson Bennett.

Diana Rowland, John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Delilah S. Dawson, Robert Jackson Bennett, Mark Oshiro, Brent Weeks

9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday 

4:00 PM – Ballroom A&B
Interview: Cameron McClure
Agent extraordinaire and Subterranean Special Guest, Cameron McClure is interviewed by science fiction author, Wesley Chu.

Wesley Chu (M), Cameron McClure

6:00 PM – Manitou
Cover Art: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF

No genre places more emphasis on stunning cover art than science fiction and fantasy. It often goes right, but not always. With powerful visual projection, the panelists will observe a series of good, bad, and WTF covers from science fiction and fantasy, provide commentary, both in praise and… not.

Jim C. Hines, Susan Dennard, Wesley Chu, Justin Landon (M), Megan E. O’Keefe

Sunday

10:00 AM – Isle Royale
Singularity for the Rest of Us
Is post-humanism really as straight, white, and Western as it often seems? How can science fiction talk about post-body identities without diminishing or dismissing embodied identity and experience? This panel will discuss the stories out there that complicate the uploaded experience.

Wesley Chu, Jason Sanford, Tom Doyle (M), Andrea Phillips, Cameron McClure

A doodle of The Author, Kameron HurleyKameron Hurley

Friday

9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday

10:00 AM – Leelanau
The Fiction of Political SFF

Most “political” science fiction doesn’t really deal with politics, it deals with the setting out of ideologies. In other words, it tells stories that have little to do with running a government. The result is a debate of ideas where the political is described by greed and corruption, but never the merely bureaucratic. Why are these tropes recycled time and again? How can politics be approached in a more authentic way and remain interesting to readers?

Kameron Hurley, Patrick Tomlinson, Justin Landon (M), Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

12:00 NOON -Petoskey
Lionizing the Status Quo
Genre novels are often about restoring the status quo. Repel the aliens! Defeat the Dark One! Frodo just wants to go back to the Shire and get high. How have these kinds of narratives impacted the way we relate to the world? Should we be more concerned with narratives that do the opposite and seek to overturn the traditional order of the world?

Elizabeth Shack, Douglas Hulick, Ferrett Steinmetz (M), Kameron Hurley, Brigid Collins

4:00 PM – St. Clair
Autograph Session: One

Kelley Armstrong, Ann Leckie, Scott H. Andrews, Robert Jackson Bennett, Aimee Carter, Brigid Collins, Delilah S. Dawson, Susan Dennard, Max Gladstone, Jim C. Hines, Kameron Hurley, Marko Kloos, Stina Leicht, Megan E. O’Keefe, Melissa F. Olson, Diana Rowland, Sunil, Kentaro Toyama

6:00 PM – Leelanau
It’s the Economy Stupid
National economies are complicated. Far more complicated than Dark Lords and Evil Queens. Nevertheless, books like James SA Corey’s The Expanse series and Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor manage to use economic pressures to create compelling motivations and narrative tension. What are the essential parts for a story built around economics? What’s appealing about these kinds of stories and do the resonate more today than they did a decade ago?

Carl Engle-Laird (M), Max Gladstone, Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, Brent Weeks

7:00 PM – Keweenaw
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
Novels of invasion and colonization often end with the glorious liberation. But what happens next? How deep does the impact of colonization go–culturally, politically, economically, socially–and how long does it really take to recover from its consequences? In what ways is the colonizer, too, changed by the experience? In a larger sense, are science fiction and fantasy beginning to repudiate colonialist narratives?

Stina Leicht, Kameron Hurley, Tobias S. Buckell (M), DongWon Song, Matt Pearson

Sunday

12 NOON – Incterlochen
The Business of Rejection
Writing is a business built around rejection. Almost every writer in the industry has experienced it at some point, and many experience it constantly. Come learn how working writers deal with rejection, move past it, and embrace it for what it is.

Amy Sundberg, Kameron Hurley, Greg van Eekhout, Gwenda Bond, Dave Robison (M)

Angry Robot Author Megan O'Keefe

Megan E O’Keefe

Friday

9:00 PM – Keweenaw
Who Threw Away My Monster Compendium?
When was the last time a zeitgeist novel had a bugbear or a cockatrice? How long is it since someone fought a giant, flesh-eating beast instead of pikeman? Where did all the monsters go? With quest plots out of fashion, deus ex machina ditched, treasure-hunting too economically dull, and stories about ethics, is the monster still relevant in today’s fiction?

Douglas Hulick, Devi Pillai, Sam Sykes (M), Marko Kloos, Megan E. O’Keefe

10:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday

10:00 AM – Saugatuck
The Business of Art and the Business of Craft
Artists and craftsmen talk about finding outlets for selling their wares – stores, online, fairs, cons. How do you become known and develop a following?

Matt Feazell, Jen Talley, Megan E. O’Keefe, Michael Kucharski (M)

11:00 AM – Leelanau
So grim. Much serious. Wow.
Humor and light-hearted adventures have a storied history in science fiction and fantasy. Yet it seems modern work is focused on the darker elements of story telling. Is genre too po-faced outside the work of certain specifically ‘comedy’ writers? Why do so many writers steer clear of overt fun?

Cameron McClure, Megan E. O’Keefe, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jim C. Hines (M), Sam Sykes

2:00 PM – Keweenaw
Seeing the World Through Different Eyes
Fiction should imagine the entire breadth of human experience. Too often though, it only embraces neurotypical characters. Not every brain works the same. What is neurodiversity? How does it impact story? Who’s doing it well?

Megan E. O’Keefe, Adam Rakunas, Lawrence Schoen, Mari Brighe (M), Stina Leicht

3:00 PM – ConSuite
Galaxy Cookie Decorating

Hands-on workshop to create fantastic galaxy designs on sugar cookies. And then eat them!

Megan E. O’Keefe

4:00 PM – St. Clair
Autograph Session: One

Kelley Armstrong, Ann Leckie, Scott H. Andrews, Robert Jackson Bennett, Aimee Carter, Brigid Collins, Delilah S. Dawson, Susan Dennard, Max Gladstone, Jim C. Hines, Kameron Hurley, Marko Kloos, Stina Leicht, Megan E. O’Keefe, Melissa F. Olson, Diana Rowland, Sunil, Kentaro Toyama

6:00 PM – Manitou
Cover Art: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF

No genre places more emphasis on stunning cover art than science fiction and fantasy. It often goes right, but not always. With powerful visual projection, the panelists will observe a series of good, bad, and WTF covers from science fiction and fantasy, provide commentary, both in praise and… not.

Jim C. Hines, Susan Dennard, Wesley Chu, Justin Landon (M), Megan E. O’Keefe

The Author, Adam Rakunas

Adam Rakunas

Friday

5:00 PM – LeeLanau
“How Many Genders?
What does “gender” mean in today’s LGBTQ community – politically, biologically, socially? Now stretch your imagination—ever since Amok Time” we’ve dreamed about the sex lives of SF characters. With alien biologies, what genders might we encounter among the stars?

Mari Brighe, Julie Lesnik, Sean Martin (M), Stina Leicht, Adam Rakunas

9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday

2:00 PM – Keweenaw
Seeing the World Through Different Eyes
Fiction should imagine the entire breadth of human experience. Too often though, it only embraces neurotypical characters. Not every brain works the same. What is neurodiversity? How does it impact story? Who’s doing it well?

Megan E. O’Keefe, Adam Rakunas, Lawrence Schoen, Mari Brighe (M), Stina Leicht

5:00 PM – Keweenaw
LOLCats, Wols, and Watch Me: Pop Culture in SFF?
Pop-culture is ever evolving and fiction often hides behind a desire to be “timeless”. However, pop-culture is an increasing influence on our lives, particularly among young people. How can these modern phenomena be used to make science fiction and fantasy more relevant to today’s readers? Why don’t we see more created popular culture within invented worlds?

Ferrett Steinmetz, Amy Sundberg, Michael Damian Thomas, Sunil Patel, Adam Rakunas

Sunday 

12 NOON – Isle Royale
Repudiating the Replicator
Driven, perhaps, by Star Trek’s replicator and the utilitarian mush of NASA space travel, food in a science fictional setting has been criminally overlooked and underdeveloped. Why has this become the dominant narrative? How should food be used to world build a science fiction story? What stories have used food effectively?

Lawrence Schoen, Elizabeth Shack (M), Alaya Dawn Johnson, Ann Leckie, Adam Rakunas

Angry Robot author Ferret Steinmetz

Ferrett Steinmetz

Friday

9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday

12:00 NOON -Petoskey
Lionizing the Status Quo
Genre novels are often about restoring the status quo. Repel the aliens! Defeat the Dark One! Frodo just wants to go back to the Shire and get high. How have these kinds of narratives impacted the way we relate to the world? Should we be more concerned with narratives that do the opposite and seek to overturn the traditional order of the world?

Elizabeth Shack, Douglas Hulick, Ferrett Steinmetz (M), Kameron Hurley, Brigid Collins

5:00 PM – Keweenaw
LOLCats, Wols, and Watch Me: Pop Culture in SFF?
Pop-culture is ever evolving and fiction often hides behind a desire to be “timeless”. However, pop-culture is an increasing influence on our lives, particularly among young people. How can these modern phenomena be used to make science fiction and fantasy more relevant to today’s readers? Why don’t we see more created popular culture within invented worlds?

Ferrett Steinmetz, Amy Sundberg, Michael Damian Thomas, Sunil Patel, Adam Rakunas

6:00 PM – Charlevoix
Hell Hath No Fury: Ways To Motivate, Impede, and Change Female Characters
Women in fiction are often defined by their relation to the men around them. Robbing women of their own agency has led to a dearth of women in the forefront of the genres most beloved stories. How has this pattern impacted readers? How do we change it?

Catherine Shaffer, Jen Haeger, Melissa F. Olson (M), Sunil Patel, Ferrett Steinmetz

Sunday 

11:00 AM – Interlochen
Formative Fiction: The Books That Hooked You
Every one remembers the book that turned them into a reader for life. The panel will discuss the books that were formative in their reading lives. What makes a piece of fiction formative?  How does formative fiction evolve with time? Is this work different for today’s new readers than it was for the previous generation or, even, the one before that?

Ferrett Steinmetz, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Mur Lafferty, Sarah Gibbons. Marko Kloos

The Author, Patrick S. Tomlinson

Patrick S Tomlinson

Friday

9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday

10:00 AM – Leelanau
The Fiction of Political SFF

Most “political” science fiction doesn’t really deal with politics, it deals with the setting out of ideologies. In other words, it tells stories that have little to do with running a government. The result is a debate of ideas where the political is described by greed and corruption, but never the merely bureaucratic. Why are these tropes recycled time and again? How can politics be approached in a more authentic way and remain interesting to readers?

Kameron Hurley, Patrick Tomlinson, Justin Landon (M), Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

1:00 PM – Leelanau
Food Science in Science Fiction
Agriculture and terraforming in extreme environments or small domes. Sustainable food production in space station environments. What’s Martian taters, precious?

Patrick Tomlinson, Julie Lesnik, Elizabeth Shack, Daniel Dugan (M)

3:00 PM – Keweenaw
Gettin’ Punny With It
Piers Anthony and Adam Roberts can’t help themselves. And neither can these panelists. Come watch these punsters compete against one another for the title of ConFusion Punmaster, while discussing whether or not the pun can be used without irony.

Patrick Tomlinson (M), Cherie Priest, Delilah S. Dawson, Dave Robison, Sunil Patel

4:00 PM – Leelanau
Power Armor and Rail Guns: The Science of Future Wars
Military technology in science fiction settings: Who wore the powersuit better?

David Klecha (M), Patrick Tomlinson, Marko Kloos, Matt Pearson

Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...Mike Underwood

Friday
9:00 PM – Charlevoix
Party with Angry Robots!

Saturday 
1:00 PM – Charlevoix
Adapting Science Fiction and Fantasy

Adapting beloved (and not so beloved) genre into other mediums (adapting books to screen, comics based on TV and media properties (Dr. Who, the new Star Wars comics, Mad Max, novelizations of films and tie-in novels)

David M. Stein, Michael R. Underwood (M), Lynne M. Thomas, Matt Pearson

5:00 PM – Manitou
Vigilante Justice in Urban Fantasy

The Urban Fantasy genre is built, in many ways, around glorifying extra-judicial violence. In this way, they might have more in common with the Western than the modern crime novel. Given the huge challenges in the United States with gun violence and criminal justice, should we be more concerned about the narrative shape of these novels?

Diana Rowland, Michael R. Underwood (M), Delilah S. Dawson, Jeannie Szarama, Melissa F. Olson

6:00 PM – Interlochen
The Fallacy of Commercial Fiction

Literary culture often derides the idea of commercial work, suggesting that marketability signals a lack of refinement. What exactly is commercial fiction and why is it snubbed? Furthermore, are science fiction, fantasy, and horror equally burdened by this dichotomy?

Devi Pillai, Laura Resnick, DongWon Song, Michael R. Underwood, Marko Kloos

Sunday
11:00 AM – Manitou
Fantasy Fantasy: Live Draft

Fantasy sports has become an international phenomenon. It’s time for the ultimate conclusion: Fantasy Fantasy. Come watch the panelists conduct a live draft of their Adventuring Party from a pool of the most famous characters in genre history. The winner will be selected by the audience and then showered with confetti.

Tom Doyle, Douglas Hulick, Kristine Smith, Michael R. Underwood, Steve Drew (M), Cherie Priest

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If you’re at ConFusion this weekend, we want *you* to come and party with us!

Come and meet Wesley Chu, Kameron Hurley, Megan E O’Keefe, Adam Rakunas, Ferrett Steinmetz, Patrick S Tomlinson aaaaand Mike Underwood in the Charlevoix room from 9pm – 1am on Friday 22 Jan.

There will be prizes, there will be signed books, there will be demands made that you surrender your being to us of course be some partying!

Here’s what Twitter has to say about the upcoming night of fun:

It’s going to be so much fun, you guys!

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You know, sometimes we get things wrong, and we’re not too big and proud and metallic to say so.

Who Wants to be the Prince of DarknessAt the end of last week, we showed off the cover for Michael Boatman‘s dark, diabolic, deeply satirical novel Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness?. Some peeps, bless them, went “Hooray, love it.” Mostly, though, you folks, our lovely Robot pals, kind of looked at it with your heads tilted sideways and went “Umm, is that one a YA novel? Looks kinda young for something that’s meant to be fun, but dark…”

Nobody really likes being told they kinda messed up, and sometimes one has to make certain that a bit of minor grumbling on the internet isn’t just that, but this time we knew we’d not got it right. We realised that although we’d captured the demon-stuffed fun of Michael’s novel, we’d gone too far down that line and packaged it like something Darren Shan would write. Luckily, we have an alternate version that on reflection suits the novel’s tone more than that first design, and that’s what we’re going with. Here it is.

That’s Abby D, by the way. Yes, she may look like your average African-American girl wielding a flaming sword longer than she is tall like she was born to it, but there’s a little more to her that you should really discover for yourself.

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Jan
19

Upgrade your Apex audiobook

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ApexAudioOur Robot pals over at Audible have issued an update to their audiobook edition of Apex by Ramez Naam, and have asked us to pass on the news.

If you have already downloaded the audiobook of Apex from the Audible site, you can now upgrade it in the following way: delete the existing file from your library, then download Apex again from your cloud. This will provide them with the up-to-date version, for no extra charge. If you get into any difficulties, Audible’s customer service folks will assist you.

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We were thoroughly delighted to hear the announcement that not one but TWO Angry Robot titles had been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award this year.

The full list of nominees can be seen here. We’d like to extend our hearty congratulations to everyone nominated for the award, but especially to our fabulous robots Adam Rakunas and Ramez Naam. We’re so proud! *Wipes leaky oil from eyes*

If you’ve not yet managed to grab a copy of Apex or Windswept, then there’s absolutely no time like the present, and with a discount on both ebooks to $4.98/£3.45 until Sunday over at the Robot Trading Company you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not picking them up!

Synopses for both are below, as are a few choice quotes from fans of the novels.

Apex by Ramez Naam (May 2015)Apex

The Explosive Conclusion to the trilogy that began with Nexus and Crux.

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.

“As with the first two volumes, Apex is a fat book that reads like a skinny one, racing through its well-turned plot to a conclusion that ties together every loose thread of every one of the trilogy’s cast of thousands. From next-generation protest techniques to warfare in the age of autonomous weaponry to the nature of human rights in a world of transhumanism, Apex has ideas, eyeball kicks, and rollercoaster thrills to spare.”
Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“An excellent trans-humanist novel, raising questions of humanity and morality, and maybe the next evolution of humankind.”
Libromancer’s Apprentice

“I think the Nexus trilogy will become a classic in much the same way the Dune series and other great science fiction series have before it. It’s the kind of series you carry with you after you’ve read the last page and find you have to discuss with other readers because its implications are too profound to keep to yourself. Do I recommend it – if you’re a sci-fi fan, or want an edge-of-your-seat smart-as-hell ride, definitely!”
Popcorn Reads

Windswept by Adam RakunasWindswept

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.

“The book was a very fun thrill ride through a future that looks like no other I’ve ever seen. A worthy debut, and I shall watch for future works from Mr. Rakunas.”
Manhattan Review of Books

“This grunge world science fiction adventure is one of the best debut SF adventure novels Your Humble Reviewers have read recently.”
Bull Spec

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

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Heads up, drones! The lovely folk over at Nook are running a ‘first in series’ promotion and are featuring eight Angry Robot titles! Please check below for titles and prices.

Each will be on sale from January 12 (today) until January 18.

Stolen SongbirdStolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

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…

I devoured this novel. Loved the action/adventure, the political intrigue, the interpersonal dynamics, and I could hardly wait to share it with you.”
Popcorn Reads

Price: $2.99

The Mirror Empire by Kameron HurleyThe Mirror Empire

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.

STARRED REVIEW: “Hurley (Rapture) reuses old tropes to excellent effect, interweaving them with original elements to create a world that will fascinate and delight her established fans and appeal to newcomers.”
Publishers Weekly

Price: $1.99

Flex by Ferrett SteinmetzFlex

A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

“This one-of-a-kind series (which saw two installments released this year) is what might result if you put Breaking Bad and Reddit in a blender and hit “frappe.””
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog

Price: $2.99

The Waterborne Blade by Susan MurrayThe Waterborne Blade 

The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

“This is a well-paced, enjoyable read with characters that feel rounded and real…the writing shines.”
– Rian Drinkwater, SFX Magazine

Price: $2.99

The Dragon Engine by Andy RemicThe Dragon Engine

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!

“The story is wonderfully vibrant and detailed, even to the point that during some battle scenes I felt compelled to wince and look away.”
Two Nerds Talking

Price: $2.99

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanThe Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

“Rod Duncan’s talent has combined inventive plot and characterisation to create a smart, amusing and fascinating tale that had me reading long into the night.”
– Fantasy Faction

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Blades of the Old Empire Blades Of The Old Empire, by Anna Kashina
When Prince Kythar falls under attack in his own castle, he has no idea that his enemies are none other than the ancient Kaddim Brotherhood plotting to destroy his royal line. His inborn ability to control the elements is the only power that can stop this plot, but there is one problem. Kyth’s fighting skills are no match for the Kaddim, leaving him no time to put his magic to work.

To defeat the Kaddim, Kyth must rely on his bodyguard Kara, a beautiful Diamond-ranked assassin from the elite Majat Guild. But his enemies develop an elaborate plan to remove her from their way. Acting through treachery and scheming, they pitch Kara against the Majat, marking her as a target for the only warrior who can defeat her in battle. With the deadly assassin on their trail, Kythar and Kara must face impossible odds to save the kingdom and their lives.

 
“Escape Rating A- Blades of the Old Empire is the start of a damn fine epic fantasy series…it was pretty damn awesome.”
Reading Reality

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Three, by Jay Posey, artwork by Stephen Mayer-RassowThree

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

Three feels like the result of tossing Mad Max, Neuromancer and Metal Gear Solid into a blender. If you don’t find that combination appealing, then I do not understand you as a human being.”
– Anthony Burch, writer for Borderlands 2 and Hey Ash Whatcha Playin

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Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeNow that Megan E O’Keefe‘s Steal the Sky is out in all good bookshops, Megan has decided to take a trip around some of her favourite bookstores to promote what Beth Cato has described as “like an epic steampunk Firefly”.

Below are the dates and times of Megan’s appearances, we hope you can make it along to one!

If you’re yet to familiarise yourself with Megan’s debut novel, here’s the synopsis:

Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

Steal the Sky will be available at each location, so if you haven’t done already make sure to pick up a copy.

First up, Megan will be at Borderlands Books tomorrow, January 8th, at 3pm PST for a meet, greet and book signing.

Check out the event info here.

Below is a handy little Google map to help you find Borderlands:

Next weekend, Saturday January 16th Megan will be heading to Barnes & Noble Anitoch for a book signing.

For more information, please visit the B&N events page, here.

And here’s your helpful map:

ConFusion kicks off the start of 2016’s conventions this year, over in Novi, MI and Megan will be there with bells on (no promises on the bells). Check out the website link for more information on special guests, events and programming.

The fine folk at Avid Reader Books in Davis, CA will be hosting Megan from 7.30pm PST on January 29th for a reading. Megan has vowed to stay until they kick her out, so make sure to pop down with snacks and plenty of books for signing.

Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Here’s the location:

From there it’s on to The Book Shop in Hayward, CA on February 13 for an event from 1-3pm PST.

Here’s your handy map:

Finally, on Saturday March 19th, Megan will be at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma. Make sure to pop along from 1pm PST for a meet ‘n’ greet.

Of course, we prepared you a little map for this event too:

If you don’t get a chance to see Megan while she’s on her book tour, fret not. Just have a look below for a selection of interviews and blog posts she’s been doing recently. For the latest on Megan’s publicity tour, make sure to follow her over at Twitter.

Guest post on Alex Shvartsman’s Speculative Fiction (Jan 16) 
Guest post
on Eating Authors (Jan 16)
Interview
 with SF Signal (Dec 15)
Guest post at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape (Dec 15)
Interview with Debra Jess (Dec 16)

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Now we’ve all had time to settle into 2016 we’ve taken some time compiling the ‘most-anticipated of 2016’ lists currently doing the rounds and containing praise of forthcoming Angry Robot titles. We think we’ve found most of them, but if you do spot any others, give us a shout and we’ll add them in.

United States of Japan by Peter TieryasThere has been a whole slew of ‘most-anticipated’ lists featuring Peter TieryasUnited States of Japan, which will be released March 1 (US/Can) / March 3 (UK/RoW). Firstly, the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, who had this to say:

Tieryas imagines a mech-patrolled future United States controlled by the Empire of Japan, victorious in World War II, in this “spiritual sequel” to Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle. And while we could claim we’re here for the highbrow literary allusions (Dick is considered literature now, right?), we’re really in the tank for the giant robots.” 

Well, United States of Japan definitely does have robots, but it also features rebel fighters, subversive videogames and an examination of an alternate reality, which is probably why United States of Japan crops up in Alternative History Weekly Update‘s most anticipated books of 2016, too. SF Signal’s Kristin Centorcelli mentioned USoJ in her On My Radar piece.

Publishers Weekly featured United States of Japan in its Top Ten SF, Fantasy and Horror for 2016. You’ll need a membership to view the link, so we’ve posted the mention below:

Tieryas follows Bald New World with another close examination of culture and unspoken assumptions. In this alternate history, the Axis won WWII and now, in the late 1980s, the Japanese Empire rules over the western U.S. But a game censor and an imperial government agent discover truths about the empire that make them question their loyalty.”

United States of Japan was mentioned in a cross-media sci-fi list by Popular Mechanics, which also includes TV shows, games and films. Here’s what they had to say about USJ:

 “The third novel from Peter Tieryas (aka Peter Tieryas Liu) bills itself as a “spiritual sequel” toThe Man in the High Castle, the Philip K. Dick book recently adapted into an Amazon miniseries. The United States of Japan takes place in alternate history America in which the Axis powers won, and is set sometime in the 1980s. But it’s more the cyberpunk dystopia William Gibson promised us than the actual 1980s we know, with giant mechs enforcing the law and police trying to squash an underground gaming success that lets players imagine what might’ve happened if the allied powers won World War II. It sounds like a perfect patchwork of multiple sci-fi and anime subgenres rolled into one novel.”

Finally, here’s Thomas M Wagner from SFF180/SFReviewsnet chatting about his most 16 anticipated books for 2016, which mentions, you guessed it, United States of Japan:

Out in February, Matt Hill’s Graft has been featured in NetGalley’s Best of February list. Here’s what they had to say:
“This slice of Mancunian neo-noir is both tense and thought-provoking, casting a light not only on what is to come, but what is actually already here.” SF Signal also posted a piece here, declaring themselves ‘really looking forward’ to some neo-noir from Mr Hill.

Danielle L Jensen’s Warrior Witch is featured in Star-Crossed Book Blog‘s Most Anticipated of 2016. Here’s what Jen over at the site has to say:

Warrior Witch is the final book in this beautifully intoxicating trilogy!  A heroine I love is paired with a sexy, infuriating, haughty and sarcastic troll (I ♥ Tristan!) in hopes that a prophecy will be fulfilled and the trolls will be set free from under their mountain.  The peril was through the roof intense and I can’t wait to see how their story ends.”

We’ve seen into the future Jen, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on how the trilogy ends! It’s going to be one heck of a ride, that’s for sure!

Wesley Chu‘s Time Siege gets a mention in this video, by Che Alexander – thanks, Che!

Twilight of the Dragons, the second in Andy Remic‘s The Blood Dragon Empire series is one of Beauty in Ruins‘ most-anticipated novels.

Thank to so much to everyone that featured Angry Robot authors in their 2016 lists. We’ll make sure to keep bringing you some of the best SF/F/WTF books this year and far beyond. To the future!

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There’s nothing more exciting for a publisher as the year comes to an end than reading Best Of lists and scouring for our titles. 2015 has been a particularly kind year with a hefty crop Angry Robot titles appearing in lists all over the internet. We’ve decided to collect some of them here for your pleasure – post in the comments if there are any other titles you’d add to your favourites of 2015 list!

Firstly Buzzfeed featured both The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu and Apex by Ramez Naam in their 24 Best Science Fiction Books of 2015.

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley ChuHere’s what they had to say about Rebirths of Tao:

“The Rebirths of Tao ends the Tao trilogy with a bang, raising the stakes until the fate of the world—and an alien people—hang in the balance. With humor, fun, and serious storytelling chops, Chu brings the stories of his characters to a satisfying and deeply moving conclusion. Once you finish, you’ll want to read the whole Tao trilogy all over again.”

And here’s their opinion of Apex:

“Apex marks the end of a trilogy of gripping books that explore the terrifying possibilities of technology in the near future. The mind-sharing technology Naam introduced in the first two books is amplified to a horrific global scale in the finale, and the Nexus technology is adopted and abused by governments, hackers, businesses, and even Buddhist monks. A truly chilling conclusion to a great series.”

The fine lot at Fantasy Faction penned an epic top 50 favourite novels of 2Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley015, which included Andy Remic‘s The Dragon Engine, Alyc HelmsThe Dragons of Heaven and Kameron Hurley’s Empire Ascendant. Here’s what they had to say about the latter, which weighed in at number 9:

“The first book in this series was different, difficult, wildly inventive, risky, and provocative. Well, Empire Ascent levels up on all counts! In classic book two fashion, Empire Ascendant introduces new threads, existing threads are twisted, earlier actions have consequences, and the bad guys are on the march. It’s all straight out of the Empire Strikes Back playbook. But whereas that movie ended with a bit of hope, this book never promises to end in a similar manner. Empire Ascendant is dark, brutal, and heartbreaking—grimdark pushed an extreme. The book reminded us of Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel: “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.” Which is all to say that Kameron has continued to push the envelope of epic and grimdark fantasy.”

Empire Ascendant was also mentioned here, in Borrowed Worlds’ best of 2015 list.

Another on the Fantasy Faction list, The Dragon Engine was also mentioned in The Speculative Herald‘s Under Appreciated of 2015 – take note, more people need to read this book!

Flex by Ferrett SteinmetzOver at The Book Plank, Ferrett Steinmetz got some love, with his debut novel Flex highlighted as one of its top five novels of the year:

“I am always on the look out for the next thing in fantasy and Ferrett Steinmetz’ Flex completely lives up to this promise. It’s fresh, it’s exciting and it’s a whole lot of fun to read. It could also be the pubilsher to be honest as the majority of the books that I read from Angry Robot fall into the category of genre pushing. In Flex Ferret Steinmetz introduces an flexible world (to a certain degree), some very well fleshed out characters and of course one of the coolest magical system that I have the pleasure of reading about. Highly recommended!”

Here’s Flex again, over at The Fictional Hangout, sharing space with Naomi Novik, Ann Leckie and Ken Liu. We’ll take that!

Patrick S Tomlinson was also given a shout out by Sci-Fi Chick, who included The Ark in her best of 2015 list.

Thank you to everyone that included our titles in their favourites of 2015. *wipes tear* You guys keep us doing what we do. Here’s to a great 2016 with plenty more favourites for your discerning eyes.

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Blades Of The Old Empire, by Anna KashinaExciting news, folks! We’re delighted to announce that Anna Kashina will be releasing the third title in her The Majat Code series through Angry Robot this summer.

The new novel, Assassin Queen follows on from Blades of the Old Empire and double Prism Award-winning The Guild of Assassins. Here’s the synopsis:

Defeated by the Majat forces, Nimos and the other Kaddim Brothers retreat to their secret fortress in the southern mountains. Nimos knows that the Majat’s victory is only temporary: during the flight, he managed to place a mark on Kara, one of the top-ranked Diamond Majat. His mind magic would now allow him to use this mark to confer her fighting skill to the Kaddim warriors and turn her loyalties to their side.

The new Majat Guildmaster, Mai, is planning a march against the Kaddim. His key ally, Prince Kyth Dorn, is instrumental in these plans: Kyth’s magic gift can protect the Majat against the Kaddim mind control powers. But Mai and Kyth are having trouble getting over their rivalry for Kara’s affections–even after they realize that this rivalry is the least of their worries, at least for the moment. Something about Kara is not right…
The Guild Of Assassins by Anna Kashina
To find the Kaddim’s secret fortress, the Majat must gain passage through the desert kingdom of Shayil Yara, a matriarchal society that despises men and the Majat ways. Fortunately, Kara is not only a top-ranked Majat, but also of the Olivian race, similar to the Shayil Yaran nobility. She seems ideally suited to lead the negotiation. But, with her Kaddim mark and seeming illness, can she be trusted?

Here’s what consultant editor Phil has to say about the new title:

Fans of Anna‘s The Majat Code saga are going to be thrilled by this new instalment! Expect epic twists, intense romance and the best character work in the series so far.

Pop over to The Speculative Herald to read what Anna has to say about Romance in Speculative Fiction and for the chance to win a copies of the first to books in The Majat Code series.

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The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog’s #RobotChristmas might be over now, however you can still catch a couple of great Nook Deals on selected Angry Robot titles. We just love to treat you guys!

Each of the below are now on offer over at Nook Books for $2.99 each:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne LyleThe Alchemist of Souls

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.

“With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
Publishers Weekly

“…gives Shakespeare’s London an alternate-history twist … A lively, readable debut.”
– David Langford, Telegraph.co.uk

A gem of a first novel…I felt as if I walked those smelly Tudor streets as strongly as I’ve felt it reading writers like Mantel or Peter Ackroyd…Anne Lyle has given us the Elizabethan London we know from reading history and Shakespeare; but she’s also created a London that has just enough strangeness in its shadows to keep us anticipating wonder.”
– Richard Kellum, Elf Machines From Hyperspace

The The Bookman - buy it now!Bookman

When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself…

“The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces.”
The Guardian

“The writing is beautiful and flows so well you’ll be farther along the journey than you realize when you finally come up for air.  Tidhar had me engaged throughout the book; from the set up during the first part, where he introduces us to his alternate Britain and its inhabitants, to the rollicking excitement of Orphan as he seeks out the Bookman and finally, to the climax where answers to mysteries are revealed and the whole grand design is wrapped up in a big, bodacious bow.”
Benito Corral Reviews

“…an intelligent, clever book, that creates a wonderfully complex secondary world … as well-constructed as a Swiss cuckoo clock and as readable as any genre fiction being written today.”
Red Rook Review

 

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

Seven Forges

Seven Forges

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

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.

As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

“James A. Moore dedicates Seven Forges in part ‘to the memory of Fritz Leiber and Robert E. Howard for the inspiration.’ That dedication sets the bar high, and caused me a bit of readerly apprehension, because so many writers have imitated badly those two greats of the sword and sorcery tradition. Moore is far more than an imitator, though. He does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”
Black Gate

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

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

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