Robot Round-Up 4/7/15

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Cities and Thrones by Carrie PatelHappy 4th July!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Well do we have a treat for you this glorious Friday afternoon! If you head over to SF Signal right now you’ll have the chance to see not just one, but two, brand new covers designed by Larry Rostant at Artist Partners.

Both covers are for our shiny new ‘bot Patrick S. Tomlinson, whose debut novel The Ark  – a must for lovers of hard sci-fi – will be released this November. The Ark will be followed by the second in the The Dead Earth Series, Trident’s Forge in May 2016.

Here’s a flavour of what you can expect from Patrick’s first novel:

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

Below is a little peek of the cover for The Ark. Click on the image to be taken through to SF Signal for comments from both Patrick and Larry and images of both of the covers in full.

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Hooray! Today marks the UK/R.o.W release of Craig Cormick‘s The Floating City, the second novel in The Shadow Master Series.

Described as Romeo & Juliet by way of Scott Lynch, you will definitely spy influences of the famous Bard running throughout the novel. As a famous plagiariser of the works of others, we thought we’d interview our old chum Will, to see how he feels about Craig taking inspiration from his work.

So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, William Shakespeare!

ANGRY ROBOT: Will – can I call you Will? – I wanted to begin by asking you abScreen Shot 2015-06-25 at 13.47.31out your influences.

SHAKESPEARE: What influences? All things are ready, if our mind be so.

ANGRY ROBOT: Ah, yes, but there has been some talk about copyright breaches in your work.

SHAKESPEARE: Are they a new fashion in pants?

ANGRY ROBOT: No. Breaches. As in once more unto the breach dear friends. Accusations that you have copied most of your stories and characters.

SHAKESPEARE: Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you know. I can’t remember who said that originally. It might have been me.

ANGRY ROBOT: I think it was actually the author Charles Colton.

SHAKESPEARE: Oh. But anyway, I think it more helpful if you consider me having improved on those works.

ANGRY ROBOT: I see. So I wanted to know what you thought of our new release, The Floating City, as it uses the original Italian stories that you – uh – improved into three of your plays. They are Luigi da Porto’s Giulietta e Romeo of 1530, Giraldi Cinthio’s Hecatommithi of 1565 – that you adapted into Othello, and Ser Giovanni’s Il Pecorone of 1558, that you adapted into the Merchant of Venice.

SHAKESPEARE: Yes. Not a novel idea for a novel, of course, since I’ve done it already.

ANGRY ROBOT: But most people adapt your plays and characters rather than go back to the originals. So what do you think it shows us about your own work?

SHAKESPEARE: I think it shows just how brilliant it is. Though I do like this author’s idea of combining the three different stories together, and I do like the way he’s treated Desdemona – or Disdemona using the original name. I always had a soft spot for her.

ANGRY ROBOT: What about the treatment of Romeo and Giulietta, as a pair of spoiled, rich brats?

SHAKESPEARE: It was not as poignant as my own characterisation, of course, but it worked well in the story.

ANGRY ROBOT: Anything else that you thought worked well for you?

SHAKESPEARE: I did like the scribe character. Somebody I could relate to, telling the story behind the action.

ANGRY ROBOT: And the Shadow Master figure?

SHAKESPEARE: I felt it was a rip-off of Prospero. With a mix of Macbeth, Henry V and Hamlet. Maybe a bit of Oberon thrown in there as well.TheFloatingCity-300dpi-2

ANGRY ROBOT: So you’re saying that the character is a rip-off from your own work?

SHAKESPEARE: You said that, not me.

ANGRY ROBOT: Hmm. Okay. So what are you working on now?

SHAKESPEARE: I’m working on a new play. I call it, Much Ado about the City that Floats.

ANGRY ROBOT: What’s it about?

SHAKESPEARE: I don’t like to talk too much about work in progress.

ANGRY ROBOT: Just an outline then?

SHAKESPEARE: No, no. I really don’t like to talk about it.

ANGRY ROBOT: It wouldn’t be about three sisters in a Venice-like city that is besieged by fearful Othmen invaders would it?

SHAKESPEARE: Well, yes, something like that.

ANGRY ROBOT: And it wouldn’t have four sets of magical seers who protect the city, but are being killed by fearsome Djinn that rise out of the canals at night? Nor assassins killing the members of the city’s ruling Council? Nor would it have a mysterious and deadly figure, with a name something like the Shadow Master, who seems to be directing everyone like players in a game, until he finds the game might be beyond even his control?

SHAKESPEARE: Well, again, yes perhaps some of that.

ANGRY ROBOT: So basically it’s a rip-off of the plot of the Floating City?

SHAKESPEARE: A rip-off? No, no, no. I prefer to call it sampling. But let’s not make too much ado about it. It is, after all, just a conflaburation.


SHAKESPEARE: A conflaburation. A work that is so fantastical that no author can lay claim to owning it.

ANGRY ROBOT: Did you just make that word up?

SHAKESPEARE: Of course. If there isn’t a good word when you need one, then you make one up. Like worsted-stocking knave. That’s one of my favourites. Or amazement, assassination, castigate, countless, submerge, dwindle, frugal, impartial, majestic, pious, suspicious and critic. They are all mine. And you don’t hear me whining about breaches of copyright when people use them do you?

ANGRY ROBOT: I think single words might be different.

SHAKESPEARE: What about phrases then. Do any of these sound familiar? Wyrd Sisters, Time Out of Joint, Infinite Jest, The Dogs of War, The Gods Themselves, The Way to a Dusty Death, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Sound and the Fury, The Seeds of Time, Brave New World, In Cold Blood, Fools of Fortune, The Darling Buds of May, Remembrance of Things Past. – They were all mine, and people ripped them off for their book titles!

ANGRY ROBOT: You’ve been collecting those and saving them up for a moment like this, haven’t you?

SHAKESPEARE: What makes you say that?

ANGRY ROBOT: Just a hunch. Well any last comments , as we are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.

SHAKESPEARE: Hang on, that’s one of mine, isn’t it! You’re not going to use that without my permission are you?

ANGRY ROBOT: It’s okay. I’m just sampling. I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.

SHAKESPEARE: That’s one of mine too!

ANGRY ROBOT: Don’t be such a worsted-stocking knave.

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It’s with sadness that we must announce Craig Cormick is having to fly home to Australia with immediate effect and will, therefore, have to miss CONvergence from Friday.

However, at times like these Team Robot gathers together with a rallying battle cry, and helps out where it can. This means that some of Craig’s panels will be covered by other authors, as outlined below:

14:00 Dealing with Difficult People in Publishing, DoubleTree Bloomington – Carrie Patel will take Craig’s place

Colonizing Space, DoubleTree Edina – Patrick S. Tomlinson will take Craig’s place

12:30 Reading – Angry Robot Invasion, DoubleTree 2201 – Patrick S. Tomlinson will take Craig’s place

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Apex by Ramez Naam (May 2015)There are few things the Robot Overlords like more than waking up in the morning, sitting bleary eyed in front of the computer screen and seeing an e-mail from Amazon telling us that one of our books is flying high in its list of the ‘Best Books of the Year So Far’.

Apex, the third in Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy is just that book. It is currently sitting comfortably alongside Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novak and Joe Abercrombie in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy section and with an impressive 4.5/5 star rating, no less.

Here’s a little taste of what the critics think to Apex:

“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″

“If the events of Nexus and Crux seem intense and complex, Apex takes them up to and over the edge.”
Geeky Library

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

“Apex is a great ending to a great trilogy, and I’ve been very happy to read all of it.”
– I, Fat Robot

They seem to love it, Amazon love it and we definitely love it. So, if you’ve not had the chance to pick up your copy yet, we – and Amazon – recommend you do so.

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SFFWorld Roundtable

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Jay Posey, author of The Legends of the Duskwalker series (Three, Morningside Fall and the forthcoming Dawnbreaker) is taking part in SFFWorld’s Roundtable today, alongside authors Alexes Razevich, Brian Staveley and Mark Lawrence.

The roundtable, which sees the authors primed and ready to answer anything you’ve been wanting to ask, is happening now, so click here to pose your questions to Mr. Posey (sorry).

If you’re in need of a little inspiration as to what you could possibly ask our Jay, then take a look at his previous chats with SFFWorld.

SFFWorld interviews Jay
Finding Inspiration for a SF Novel – blog post by Jay


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#Trollus Chat

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On Friday night Danielle L. Jensen, author of Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress, took to Twitter once more, to answer all of her fans’ burning questions about the Malediction trilogy. Using the hashtag #Trollus fans were able to ask Danielle anything their hearts desired. Of course, there were some great comments and questions, which spurred on some wonderful discussions. There were also a couple of sneak peeks of entries into the #HHArtComp – we’re really excited to see who wins the competition now!

We’ve listed a couple of our favourite tweets below, but just search for #Trollus on Twitter if you’d like to catch up with the whole chat.

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It’s almost CONvergence time! On 2 – 5 July, a happy bunch of Robots will be descending on CONvergence in Bloomington MN, to take part in a whole host of fun activities including panels, signings, readings, catching up with friends and saying howdy to fans.

We know from experience that, between watching hordes of cosplay fans rushing to a couture show and checking out that wonderful panel discussion you’ve been hearing about, it can be easy to be distracted and miss things. Of course, we don’t want you to miss seeing a favourite Angry Robot author, so we decided to make you a handy little list to enable you to find, at-a-glance, where all of our attending Angry Robot authors will be each day. Of course, the list is subject to change, so keep your official programme to hand.

As we mentioned in our previous post, there is also a gaming event with authors Carrie Patel, Craig Cormick and Angry Robot’s Mike Underwood at Source Comics & Games. You can find out more here.

WESLEY CHU:The Author, Wesley Chu

Can You Ever Leave a Universe Behind, DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00 Communication in Society, DoubleTree Atrium 4
12:30 Long and Short of Storytelling, DoubleTree Plaza 1
14:00 Dealing with Difficult People in Publishing, DoubleTree Bloomington
15:30 Diversity in Casting, DoubleTree Atrium 4

Adding Humour to Your Writing, DoubleTree Atrium 4
12:30 Psychological Survival for Writers, DoubleTree Bloomington
14:00 Creating a Dystopian Society in Your Writing, DoubleTree Atrium 7
15.30 Art of the Plot Twist, DoubleTree Atrium 7 
17:00 Signing, DoubleTree Autograph Table B

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14:00Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing, Double Tree Edina
15:30 One on One with Wesley Chu, Double Tree Plaza 1

ANNE LYLE:Anne Lyle author photo

Reinventing Shakespeare, DoubleTree Atrium 2
14:00 Can You Ever Leave a Universe Behind, DoubleTree Atrium 4
17:00 Avengers: Age of Ultron, DoubleTree Atrium 6

Grimm Fan Panel, DoubleTree Atrium 7

Whedon and Dystopias, DoubleTree Edina
12:30 Reading – Angry Robot Invasion, DoubleTree 2201


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14:00 Dealing with Difficult People in Publishing, DoubleTree Bloomington

14:00 Creating a Dystopian Society in Your Writing, DoubleTree Atrium 7
15.30 Art of the Plot Twist, DoubleTree Atrium 7 
17:00 Ready! Steady, Flash!, DoubleTree Atrium 4

Becoming a Game Designer, DoubleTree Atrium 7

PATRICK S. TOMLINSON:The Author, Patrick S. Tomlinson

14:00 Can You Ever Leave a Universe Behind, DoubleTree Atrium 4

Writing Media Tie-Ins, DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00 Adding Humour to Your Writing, DoubleTree Atrium 4
14:00 Colonizing Space, DoubleTree Edina

12:30 Reading – Angry Robot Invasion, DoubleTree 2201

MICHAEL UNDERWOOD (as Angry Robot marketing/sales guy and as auMike Underwood looks like this. For now...thor in his own right):

The Smurfette principle in marketing, DoubleTree Atrium 6
15:30 E-Books and the marketplace, Double Tree Atrium 7

Storytelling in Comics vs. TV, DoubleTree Plaza 3

The Skiffy & Fanty Show Live: Space Travel and Its Discontents, Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O


11:00 Communication in Society, DoubleTree Atrium 4
Building Worlds for Fiction, DoubleTree Plaza 3

Group Signing, DoubleTree Garden Court – Southwest

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Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 11.03.03If you love Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress and have, like us, a whole heap of questions about Cecile, Tristan and Trollus then this Friday, 26 June at 9pm (EST) will give you the chance to ask them.

Danielle L. Jensen, author of the Malediction trilogy, will be taking to Twitter to answer all of your burning questions and maybe impart a little bit of knowledge about the third book in the series, Warrior Witch.

The chat will be moderated by Melissa (@StolenSongbird). The hashtag will be #Trollus.

Prior to the chat, you might want to head over to GoodReads, where Danielle has just posted a deleted scene from Hidden Huntress! It involves Tristan, and will quite possibly make you love him even more.

If you want to join in the Twitter chat but aren’t sure what to ask Danielle, then maybe some of these interviews and blog posts from the woman herself will inspire you:

Interview with My Bookish Ways (June 2015)
with Addicted Readers (June 2015)
Guest post
on Leanna.me (May 2015)
with A Fantastical Librarian (May 2015)
Guest post
at Books, Bones & Buffy (May 2015)
Interview with Bookish Whimsy (May 2015)
Guest post on Fantasy Cafe (April 2015)

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Yes it is indeed the Pacman boardgame - we can't always be playing Thurn & Taxis or Kings of Tokyo, you know!

Are you heading to CONvergence? Do you like playing games? Do you like playing games WITH awesome sci-fi and fantasy authors? Well we have just the event for you!

The lovely people over at Red Sofa Literary have arranged for a group of CONvergence’s favourite authors to visit Source Comics & Games – the Twin Cities’ biggest and best games store – on 2 July from 7pm – 9pm to take you all on in an epic game-a-thon.

Authors attending will include Carrie Patel, Anne Lyle, Craig Cormick, and Mike Underwood from Angry Robot, together with the lovely Tex Thompson and Jamie Wyman.

Books will be available for signing from each of the authors, so once you’ve played until you can’t roll one more dice, make sure that you grab those signatures.

More details of the event can be found here.

Here’s a little map to show you where to head on the day:

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The Author, Craig CormickCraig Cormick, one of our lovely Australian authors, is hopping across the pond to the USA this summer.

Craig will be attending at a few different events in his travels and first on the list will see Craig stopping by Cambridge MA, so if you’re in the area, take note! 

On June 25 at 7pm Craig will be making a special stop off at New England’s premier science fiction and fantasy bookstore, Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, to do a reading from his new book The Floating City – the second in the Shadow Master series  –  and will be sticking around for a signing right after. 

If you aren’t in the area but still want to catch up with Craig, then fear not, he will be at CONvergence from 2 – 5 July, where he’ll be hanging around with a whole host of our other authors including Wesley Chu, Ishbelle Bee and Anne Lyle.

Craig:“I am looking forward to enjoying some converging at Pandemonium Books and some pandemonium at Convergence, with my American friends – both those I know and those I just haven’t met yet.”

Following on from The Shadow Master, which was released in July 2014, here’s a taste of what you can expect from The Floating City:

The Floating City by Craig CormickThe Floating City is in turmoil. The magical seers who protect it are being killed by fearsome Djinn that rise out of the canals at night. Members of the city’s Council of Ten are being assassinated by masked fanatics. Refugee ships are arriving, bringing plague. Othmen spies are infiltrating everywhere. New power blocks are battling for control of the city.

And the three Montecchi daughters, Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella, are struggling with love and loss – and trying to write their own destinies. And moving amongst them all is the mysterious and deadly Shadow Master, who seems to be directing everyone like players in a game. But some things in this game may be beyond even his control.

The Floating City will be released 2 July (UK/R.o.W) and 7 July (US/Can). Copies of the book will be available at both Pandemonium and CONvergence.

Please see below for a handy Google map to guide you to Pandemonium Books. If you can’t make the event but want to show the bookstore some love, you can find them on Twitter here.


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Hidden Huntress, book two of the Malediction Trilogy, was released on 2 June, and now you’ve all had a chance to read it, we’re really, really excited to share with you our new fan art competition!Hidden Huntress by Danielle L Jensen

We all have a vision in our head of the Malediction world, but what does it look like to you? Can you imagine Tristan, in all of his handsome glory? Or how about the gorgeous glass gardens hidden away in Trollus? We’d like you to put pen to paper and show us your idea of Danielle L. Jensen’s rich and beautiful world.

The competition will be hosted by four lovely blogs and will cover four different topics:

The Social Potato – Humans

The Qwillery – Architecture (Trollus, Trianon, the castle and the opera house)

BookCatPin – Witches (including Cecile)

The Reader & The Chef – Trolls

There is no limit to how many times you enter the competition, so if you fancy trying your hand at, say, both Marc and the opera house, then submit two entries to the relevant blog. They will both count.

Danielle:”I am insanely excited about The Malediction Trilogy art contest! There is no greater compliment than knowing my stories have inspired someone’s artwork, and I LOVE when people share those images with me. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.”

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Does this look like Anais to you?

If you do enter the competition, use the hashtag #HHArtComp and chat to other artists about their inspiration.

The winner will receive a signed copy of the completed Hidden Huntress manuscript, a personal Skype chat with Danielle L. Jensen and a shiny Robot trophy for their shelf!

Three runners up – one from each of the other blogs – will win a robot trophy. All winners will be entitled to a free ebook ARC copy of the third book in the trilogy before it is published in 2016.

Good luck to all! We can’t wait to see your works of art!

*Disclaimer: Artwork may be used in promotional activity / there are no restrictions to how many times you may enter / any artwork deemed offensive will be disqualified from the competition.

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The Author, Jay Posey

Jay Posey

The cover of Dawnbreaker, the third in Jay Posey‘s Legends of the Duskwalker series has been fully revealed over the The Book Plank, which is also giving away two copies of the first two books in the series.

All credit for the cover goes to Steven Meyer-Rassow, who also created the brilliant covers for the other two titles in the trilogy, Three and Morningside Fall.

Dawnbreaker will be available from 4 August in the US, and 6 August in the UK and R.o.W.

Here’s a smattering of reviews from the first two books in the series to whet your appetite:

“Three is a post-apocalyptic adventure tale in the vein of The Road Warrior, only with fewer vehicles and a higher tech level and body count…Posey knows how to pour on the tension. 4.5 stars. Now I’ll twiddle my thumbs until the next Legends of the Duskwalker book comes out.”
Shelf Inflicted

Three will unplug you! This powerhouse of an apocalyptic read cannot and will not be denied!”
My Shelf Confessions

“I got hooked on Three within the first few pages and could not put down this thrill ride until I finished it in one hell of a marathon read…Three moves like lightning and it kept me spellbound the entire time. At the same time, characters and the world are beautifully developed, if beautiful can be applied to a deadly, desolate post-apocalyptic world where fighting for your life is a daily occurrence. I am literally counting the minutes until Book #2 is published! In case you haven’t guessed, I highly recommend Three!”
Popcorn Reads

“One of the best examples of world building I’ve seen in quite some time, gorgeously written, with a finely paced plot and characters that will break your heart. Once in a while, a book comes along that deserves more than five stars. These special few are awarded my Crystal Chandelier Award of AwesomeThree is only the second book to receive this award…so far!”
Books, Bones & Buffy

“You never know whether book #2 will be as good as book #1. Rest easy – although Morningside Fall has to take a different tone because of story development I feel its every bit as good as Three and it makes me anxious to read book #3! Mr Posey, I’m ready for the next installment!”
Popcorn Reads

“Posey has constructed a really unique world, one that steps to the side of the usual zombie tropes and provides an apocalypse that’s at once unfathomable, but also believable. That’s no mean feat.”
SF Crow’s Nest

“This is the follow-up to the book Three, which was by far one of my best reads of last year, and this one is taking its spot as my favourite read for this year.”
Krazy Kiwi


Below is a quick teaser image of the new cover, but you’ll have to visit The Book Plank for the full cover. Just click on the image to be taken through the The Book Plank’s website.

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Click on image to go to full reveal.

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Head on over to the Barnes & Noble SFF blog, for the exclusive cover reveal of The Contrary Tale of The Butterfly Girl, the second book from Ishbelle Bee. Contrary Tale follows on from the magnificent Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath.

All thanks must go to the wonderful John Coulthart for the great image. You can see more of his work over at his blog.

The cover has caused quite a stir already, with blog blackteaandmilk68 exclaiming:

I really need this book, I want to float away again to some weird and wonderful world, please robot books, give it to meee!!!!

Well, fret not, as The Contrary Tale of The Butterfly Girl will be available to all from early August.

Here’s a little teaser of the cover for you. Click on the image to be taken through to the Barnes & Noble article:

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Robot Round-Up 04/06/15

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Howdy Roboteers,

We have lots to tell you about this week, including a movie deal, award shortlist and tour! 

Rod Duncan Mini-Tour

Rod Duncan is not one to sit on his laurels after the publication of Unseemly Science last month. Over the next couple of months he has a plethora of appearances around the midlands, of which you can see here:

Tuesday 16 June: ChesterfieldUnseemly Science by Rod Duncan
Rod will be holding a workshop for local group, the Open Book Writers.

Thursday 18 June, 7.30pm: West Bridgford Library, Nottingham
After his nomination for the East Midlands Book Award, Rod will be attending a showcase evening with the other shortlisted nominees to talk about Unseemly Science.

Saturday 27 June, 10.45am: Phoenix Square, Leicester
Leicester Writer’s Festival have invited Rod to deliver a keynote speech reflecting on his writing and sharing insights into a writer’s life.

Saturday 27 June, 3-4pm: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdhan
Enticingly entitled, ‘Steampunk Time with Rod Duncan’, Rod will be talking about Unseemly Science and the book’s alternate history and Steampunk leanings.

Tuesday 30 June: Bromley House Library, Nottingham
Rod will be attending the sparkling East Midlands Book Award ceremony to (hopefully) claim his prize. Or at least enjoy himself at the buffet.

Saturday 11 July: The Quad, Derby
Rod will be at Edge Lit Festival in Derby. The programme hasn’t been finalised for appearances at the time of posting this article, so please keep up with all of the information here.

It’s always good to support your local author, so if you’re in the area make sure to pop along to one, or more, of these great events and say hello to the man himself!

If you haven’t managed to catch up with the second novel in the Fall of the Gas Lit Empire series, then here’s a flavour of what the critics have been saying:“It’s darker and creepier than the first novel, a little less straight up action-adventure and a little more gradually building tension, but that worked. A thoroughly worthy sequel.”
– Lulu’s Bookshelf

“Every element in Unseemly Science make this book a terrific addition to The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series. With Unseemly Science Rod Duncan ventures into a new direction when it comes to the setting of the book, it is darker it is grimmer and I think that with the third book it might become even more so, as the world that Elizabeth lives in, is on the brink of a change, of a revolution. The world that Rod Duncan showed in the first book is is greatly built upon and explored further. Just as with the world, Rod Duncan neatly keeps on developing his characters to the fullest and makes them even more lovable. Rod Duncan is definitely on the right track with this series.”
– The Book Plank

“Rod Duncan weaves a fascinating tale. The plot is complex, but the various threads of the story can be followed, though their conclusion can’t be guessed.”
– Geeky Library

5 out of 5 stars with a high recommendation to anyone who has read the first book of the series.  If not, I would definitely recommend they be read in order. Great for fans of Steampunk, character and plot-driven stories, alternate history, mystery, or a well-written adventure tale.”
– Yvette at Bookworlder

“If you’re looking for a female character with spunk, you can’t find any better than Elizabeth.”
Books, Bones & Buffy

“I didn’t predict the twists that Unseemly Science threw at me. Not only is this book much darker than its predecessor, it also keeps you in more suspense, which is a feat considering I compared The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter to a spy novel. 4.5 of 5 Stars for a sequel that takes a macabre turn!”
– Victorian Soul Critiques

The Mirror Empire Shortlisted for a Gemmell Award

You *might* have heard us mention that The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley has been nominated for the Morningstar Award at the Gemmell’s. Forgive us; we’re just really excited!

TheMirrorEmpire-144dpi (1)If you’d like to vote for Kameron you can vote right here, with just a simple click. Then tell all of your friends, family and that guy down the street to vote, too.

Need convincing? You can read an excerpt of the The Mirror Empirehere.

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

“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. Readers will blaze through this opening instalment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”
– Publishers Weekly

“This is a hugely ambitious work, bloody and violent, with interestingly gender-flipped politics and a host of factions to keep straight, as points of view switch often. Although it is a challenging read, the strong narrative thread in this new series from Hurley (God’s War) pulls readers through the imaginative tangle of multiple worlds and histories colliding.”
– Library Journal

“In the two worlds of The Mirror Empire, we get Deadly Plants, Blood Magic, and yes, Brutal Women. The Mirror Empire is both a chance for fantasy fans to get to know Hurley’s writing, and for previous fans of her work to see what she can do in a new vein. And for readers new to her work, this is in many ways the best place to start. 4.5****/5.”
– Paul Weimer, SF Signal

“With her new epic fantasy series, Hurley has shown that she is no one trick pony. The Mirror Empire is a freshvigorous, and gripping entrant into the epic fantasy genre, able to stand toe-to-toe with any of the heavyweight series out there.”
– SF Revu

The Mirror Empire is the most original fantasy I’ve read in a long time, set in a world full of new ideas, expanding the horizons of the genre. A complex and intricate book full of elegant ideas and finely-drawn characters.”
– Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of The Shadows of the Apt series and finalist for the 2014 Gemmell Legend Award

Time Salvager Movie Deal

Before even hitting the shelves, Wesley Chu‘s Time Salvager has been optioned for a movie! And who will be directing, we hear you ask? Only one of the biggest names in the big-budget action flick genre, Michael Bay – yes, he of Transformers, Armageddon and Pearl Harbour fame!

We’re really excited for both the movie and the release of the book, which will be timesalvageravailable to UK/Commonwealth from 9 July. If you fancy a sneak peak at chapter one, just click here.

We’re sure you’re all itching to read the book after that, but we’ll give you some reviews too, as we’re nice like that:

“Chu creates a fascinating world, strange and familiar, infused with humor, sorrow, courage, greed, and sacrifice. This page-turner is a riveting, gratifying read.”
– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“More than a compelling, innovative take on the perks and pitfalls of time travel – Time Salvager is a sharp study of how human nature might prove mankind’s salvation, or eventually doom us all. This is world-building that will make you fear for the future. In a good way.”
– Cherie Priest, author of Maplecroft

“From its early pages, Time Salvager establishes itself as an utterly captivating time-travel adventure. To put it simply, Chu’s worldbuilding is extraordinary. There’s a grim believability in his vision of a decaying Earth, and the comm/atmos/exo bands make for vivid, easy-to-imagine tech. Plus, Chu neatly (and humorously) avoids getting bogged down in explanations of the physics of time travel. But even beyond all this, Chu explores the emotional truth of the pain and regret that haunts James as he gives the past — and its people — up for lost.”
– Regina Small of RT Book Reviews

“A fast-paced ride that offers a fresh spin on time travel, combines it with a high-stakes plot and genuinely innovative action, and spices the blend with a healthy dose of irreverent humor.”
– Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Dart

That’s all for this week, folks! Tune in next time for more info on some of the best SF, F and WTF?! books around.


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