Just wanted to give a quick update on the Open Door programme. In brief, we’re down to the last hundred submissions (from a total of close on 1,200!). While a great many have been declined, we have called in over a dozen full manuscripts and a similar number are tagged waiting for a final decision about whether to do likewise.
If you’ve submitted and not yet had an official Yes/No (and somehow missed our regular updates both here and on Twitter *coff*) rest assured that we will get to you as soon as we are able. It’s notable that close on 20% of our submissions were sent in on the very last day of the two month window for entries. We’ve been trying as best we can to review in date order, seemed only fair. If you do wish to remove your proposal at any point before we get to it, just log on in the same way that you submitted, and follow the simple steps to Withdraw Submission.
Once we’re done, we do then have to read the entire manuscripts of those we’ve called in. At some point, I suspect we’ll want to write up some notes covering what people did right or wrong when submitting, so look out for that.
Ramez Naam‘s Apex is on offer for a mere $1.99 today on Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal.
It’s an explosive and unmissable read – here’s some encouragement:
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.
“Nexus and Crux are a devastating probe into the political consequences of transhumanism; a sharp, chilling look at our likely future.”
– Charles Stross, author of the Halting State and Laundry Files series
“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
“The best books are often the hardest to review, because it’s at those times that I just want to throw my usual attempts at objectivity out the window and reduce my review to, “Holy crap, you guys, you all need to be reading this series right now!” That’s Nexus, Crux, and Apex in a nutshell. It’s wonderfully intelligent, it speculates on amazing advances in technology that we’re already seeing the early stages of in the real world, and it’s all written by a master of the craft. It’s a phenomenal exploration of humanity, one that could pave the way for a new future in sci-fi. 5/5”
Good news, Patrick S Tomlinson fans! We’ve got an exciting announcement, we’ve just acquired book three in the Children of a Dead Earth series.
Children of the Divide will be released in September 2017, and the whole series is going to be sporting some fancy new packaging for you to feast your eyes on.
Here’s the synopsis:
Earth is dead and empty. A new generation is coming of age in the aftermath of the human’s arrival on Gaia eighteen years earlier. But threats from both within and outside their Trident threaten everything they’ve built.
In the skies above, a still-working alien installation is found buried inside Gaia’s moon, while on Gaia the 15th First Contact Day parade celebrations are rocked by explosions.
Benson and Jian must work together to defend their people from terrorism and the potential threats of the self-repairing alien installation. Either danger could destroy the fragile society of Gaia, and with it, all that remains of the human race.
“There is so much good stuff wrapped inside The Ark: a locked-room murder mystery, bare-knuckle action, and the kind of hard-boiled science fiction that will make your brain pop. Climb aboard.”
“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”
We do, too, and we just can’t wait to bring you more!
Or, here’s how we signed up Jeff Noon’s amazing A Man of Shadows through the magical power of Twitter…
Picture the scene: it was March 3rd, a perfectly ordinary Thursday here on planet Earth. All of a sudden there was a ping on my Twitter feed, as a tweet mentioning my name turned in my notifications. This is what it said:
Good news – it’s Tuesday again! That means it’s time for us to implant electrodes in our authors’ brains and make them Talk Tuesday To Us.
A Perfect Machine was described as “an inventive, disturbing, and unforgettable thrill ride” by Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep. A Perfect Machine is released in February 2017.
Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi.
Wonderful news for fans of Peter Tieryas!
The author of the super-successful United States of Japan is back with another action-packed science fiction novel. Come May 2017 you’ll be able to delve into Malleable Realities. It’s an amazing time-mashing novel written in parts, and you can expect all of Peter’s wit and brilliance to illuminate those pages.
Welcome to Tuesday! It’s time for Talk Tuesday To Us, when we mechanically extract nuggets of our authors’ lives for your edification.
This week we bring you mind words of the awesome Foz Meadows, author of the outstanding portal fantasy An Accident of Stars, described as “an epic adventure unlike any I’ve read before” by Andre Norton award winning and Nebula-nominated author Fran Wilde. If you’re in the US, you lucky devils can read it right now – An Accident of Stars is released in the US today, and in the UK on Thursday.
Hello, you folks!
We have some rather exciting news to share with you. Jeff Noon, that master of reality-bending science fiction has signed a deal with us for not one but TWO books, the first being A Man of Shadows due for release in August 2017.
Matthew will be chatting with Andy Sawyer (Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool), as well as giving a short reading and signing books. The evening will last from 6:30PM – 8:30PM.
PHEW! It’s our second new signing of the week, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have another
meat shield valued member of the team.
We’re more than delighted to spread the news that Nik Korpon is joining the Angry Robot team with his new novel The Rebellion’s Last Traitor. You might know Nik from previous crime books such as Stay God, Sweet Angel and Old Ghosts. When we heard that Nik was making a move from hard crime to a more SFF bent we just had to have him, so had our finest team of crack cyborgs round both him and his wonderful family up and transport them to our base.
Hey guys! Push your eyes towards GoodReads – we’ve got two amazing book giveaways – hit the widgets below for a chance to win your favourite August release. Just click on the widgets below to enter each giveaway (location-based restrictions apply). Each book will hit shelves August 2 (US/Can) / August 4 (UK/R.o.W).
Woooo! It’s new announcement time!
We’re overjoyed to report that the wonderful Wendy N Wagner has pledged fealty to the Robot Overlords. In even better news, Wendy was very compliant as our nanochip was inserted into her cerebral cortex and no serious, longterm damage was done.
We’ve been waiting with baited breath for the new cover of Necrotech, K C Alexander’s hard hitting, take-no-prisoners new cyberpunk novel and we’re overjoyed to be able to share it with you now.
We absolutely love the depiction of kickass heroine Riko, created by the awesome Cody Tilson. You most definitely wouldn’t want to meet her down a dark alley. She’d take your stuff and kick you in the teeth for good measure.
Here’s the synopsis for Necrotech, which is due out Sept 1 (UK/R.o.W) / Sept 6 (US/Can):
Street thug Riko has some serious issues — memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie. And the only people who can help are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over.
In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course of the human condition forever. With corporate meatheads on her ass and a necro-tech blight between her and salvation, Riko is going to have to fight meaner, work smarter, and push harder than she’s ever had to. And that’s just to make it through the day.
Just click on the teaser image below to visit the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog who kindly helped us to reveal the cover. There’s also an EXCLUSIVE peek at the first chapter of the Necrotech for you to enjoy (be warned, there are swears).