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Apr
15

Miriam Black, rendered in ink and flesh

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Cam's Miriam Black tattoo - click to see it in all its glory!

Cam’s Miriam Black tattoo – click to see it in all its glory!

There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:

We asked her: why?

Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-FiSurprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!

I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady! 

I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.

Thanks, Cam!

The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.

An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!

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Apr
07

Awards Down Under

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It’s been a busy weekend for awards in Australia and New Zealand this past weekend

Firstly, at Conflux, the Aurealis Awards were presented. The Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Angry Robot’s very own Kaaron Warren and Jo Anderton were among the winners. Kaaron carried off the trophy for Best Science Fiction Short Story (for Air, Water and the Grove) and Jo won Best Collection for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

Meanwhile, across the Tasman Sea, the finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel awards are New Zealand-based fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields. Heartwood by Freya Robertson is one of 6 books shortlisted in the Best Novel category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and Jo, and the very best of luck to Freya!

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Apr
04

The Stalkers’ Guide to Angry Robot

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Angry Robot authors and staff are going to be out and about quite a lot, this year! These are some of our current Convention plans. Please note that not all of our authors are listed here, and all appearances are subject to change, of course:

The Authors

Guy Adams
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Mike Shevdon
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Madeline Ashby
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Ishbelle Bee
April 19, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK

Maurice Broaddus
May 2-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
June 13-15, Hypericon, Nashville, TN
July 14-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
September 19-21, Imagimarium, Louisville, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Adam Christopher
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Wesley Chu
May 1-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Cassandra Rose Clarke
April 17-20, NorwesCon, Seattle, WA
May 23-26, Comicpalooza, Houston, TX
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 25-27, Armadillocon, Austin, TX
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Lee Collins
June 13-15, Denver ComicCon, Denver, CO
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Craig Cormick
April 5, Conflux Writers Day, Canberra, Aus
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN

Peter Crowther
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matt Forbeck
June 19-22, Nexus Game Fair, Milwaukee, WI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
and possibly:
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
April 25-27, C2E2, Chicago, IL
August 22-24, Geek.Kon, Madison, WI
September 19-21, GrandCon, Grand Rapids, MI

Guy Haley
May 17-18, Horus Heresy Weekender, Nottingham, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matthew Hughes
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Kameron Hurley
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Anna Kashina
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November (dates tbc), Philcon, Philadelphia

Anne Lyle
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

James A Moore
July 17-20, NeCon, Portsmout, RI
August 29-September 1, DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Susan Murray
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Emma Newman
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Carrie Patel
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 17-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI

Jay Posey
June 6-7, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Chris Roberson
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Freya Robertson
April 26, Conclave 2, Auckland, New Zealand

David Tallerman
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
November 15-16, Thought Bubble, Leeds, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Tim Waggoner
May 8-11, World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
September 19-21, Imaginarium, Lexington, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Kaaron Warren
October 3-6, Conflux 10, Canberra, Aus

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The Staff

Mike Underwood (North American Sales & Marketing Manager, also an author)
May 23-26, BaltiCon, Baltimore, MD
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 26-28, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
October 9-12, New York ComicCon, New York, NY
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November 13-16, BoucherCon, Long Beach, CA

Lee Harris (Senior Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Amanda Rutter (Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
May 3-4, DFW Writers’ Conference, Hurst, TX
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
July 12-13, YALC @ London Film and ComicCon, London, UK
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Caroline Lambe (Publicity Manager)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Marc Gascoigne (Publisher)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

 

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Angry Robot is delighted – nay, thrilled – to announce another amazing project, which is destined to pave the way forward for publishing from now until…

Oh, you know… Whatever. It’s April 1st. Let’s just assume we’ve come up with an Oh My God Most Amazing, Yah prank, and posted it here, and that you fell for it for about 6 seconds before glancing at the date in the top left of this post, and mentally kicking yourself, before saying, “Oh, those most angry of robots – what a wacky crew! They sure done got me!”

panda cubs

And then we’ll all have a laugh and sail off into the sunset on our hover chairs.

Have a picture of some panda cubs.

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Mar
25

Nexus and Crux ebooks – half price!

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Nexus, by Ramez Naam
We already knew that Nexus by Ramez Naam was shortlisted for the Kistchies Red Tentacle Award.

Last week we discovered that Nexus was is also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

And this morning, we were told that both Nexus and its sequel Crux have been shortlisted for the Prometheus Award!

Come on, Ramez – give some other folk a chance!

Anyway, to celebrate the awesomeness that is both Nexus and Crux, we have decided to have a time-limited HALF-PRICE offer on the ebooks.

Crux by Ramez Naam

From now until the end of the month:
Kindle readers in the UK can pick up a copy of Nexus and Crux at Amazon.co.uk for just £2.74 per book! (List price is £5.49).

Kindle readers everywhere else, and those who use non-Kindle ebook readers can pick up a copy of Nexus and/or Crux for the same price at the Robot Trading Company.

(£2.74 at the Robot Trading company equates to approximately US$3.70, so not quite half price, but pretty darned close!)

Go get them now, while the price is low!

 

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Mar
22

Angry Robot Squares Game

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squares

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month or so, you’ll have seen variations on the 2048 squares game.

Here, then is the Angry Robot version. Click on the image to play this at usvst3m.com.

HOW TO PLAY: Use your arrow keys to move the tiles. When two identical tiles touch, they merge and become the next level of tile. Get a tile to the eleventh level to win.

Enjoy… :-)

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Mar
18

Arthur C Clarke Award – shortlist 2014

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Nexus by Ramez Naam

The shortlist of this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award was announced this evening in London, and we’re absolutely delighted to announce that – yet again – we have a book nominated.

NEXUS by Ramez Naam joins a very strong shortlist, which also includes God’s War by new Angry Robot author, Kameron Hurley.

The full shortlist is:

~ Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Orbit)
The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday May 1st at the Royal Society, London, and will be presented with a cheque for £2,014 (approx US$3,338) and the award itself, a commemorative bookend. But especially the cash.

Congratulations to all the finalists (especially Ramez and Kameron, of course).

It appears we have not lived and fought in vain!

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WIN 100 EBOOKS!

Earlier this month we published Angry Robot’s 100th book (Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire), and we’ve had lots of special offers and competitions with various online and offline partners. Today we’re running our last competition.

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This competition is not open to residents of the US and Canada (though residents of Quebec may enter)*, but if you live anywhere else in the world you may enter.

The prize? Each of the first 100 Angry Robot ebooks on a shiny robot USB stick (click here for the full list).

How To Enter

Simply leave your favourite joke in the comments section, below, and once you’ve done it copy and Tweet the following:

Happy 100th Book to Angry Robot. Read my favourite joke at http://tinyurl.com/Angry100 #AR100

You get one entry for leaving your joke, and one extra entry for Tweeting. If you don’t have a Twitter account, don’t worry, you can still enter – you just get one name in the hat, instead of two.

Competition is open until we get into the office around 8.00am GMT on Monday 3rd March. We’ll announce the winner soon after.

*The magnificent folk at the equally magnificent Tor.com ran a similar competition (with the same prize) for residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), so we thought it fair to let everyone else have a turn.

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Next Thursday (6th March) from 6.00-7.00pm Angry Robot and Titan/Tor author Adam Christopher will be at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore to sign his latest books:

  • ~ The Burning Dark – paperback (Titan)
  • Hang Wire – paperback (Angry Robot)
  • Hang Wire – limited edition hardback (Angry Robot)
hang wire limited edition

Hang Wire paperback (left) and limited edition hardback (right)

The limited edition hardbacks (our 100th book, folks!) arrived at Angry Robot Mansions, today (see right) and they’re fabulous with a variant cover by the Kitschies Award-winning designer, Will Staehle.

The hardbacks (a steal at just £20!) are exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and only 100 have been produced for sale, so get one while you can!

You can pick one up at the signing, or if you can’t get there, order one direct from Forbidden Planet.

More cool stuff!

The first 50 people at the signing will also get an exclusive Hang Wire fortune cookie (it ties in with the book – honest!), with up to 4 lucky readers winning an on-the-spot prize!

HANG WIRE

Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Tensile Strength | Dual Identities | The Greatest Show | Bandits ]

Praise for Hang Wire
“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
SFX Magazine.

“There’s a lot going in this genre-bender… Christopher fulfils our expectations and more. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.”
Booklist – starred review

Feb
26

Authors Anonymous

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Looks like an interesting Indie film (released in March). Do you recognise any of the characters…?

 

Feb
26

Read our Reddit

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Last night (10pm-midnight GMT, 5pm-7pm EST) Angry Robot’s North American Sales & Marketing Manager, Mike Underwood, joined forces with Senior Editor Lee Harris to answer questions at r/Fantasy over at Reddit about Angry Robot, publishing in general, and socks*. There were lots of excellent questions, and very few rubbish ones.

Head on over to reddit.com/r/fantasy to read some of the responses…

 

*That one’s a lie.

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Feb
17

The Aurealis Awards

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The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby, April 2013

The Aurealis Awards are the premier Australian awards, recognising the achievements of Australian SF.F and WTF writers. The 2013 finalists have just been announced, and – as ever – the shortlist is chock full of literary fabulosity.

In the Best Horror Novel category, Lee Battersby‘s The Marching Dead is part of a very strong shortlist.

Elsewhere, other Angry Robot authors fight the good fight:

Other AR authors’ nominations
Jo Anderton‘s Mah Song (shortlisted for Best YA Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s Fencelines (shortlisted for Best Horror Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s The Last Tiger (shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s Mah Song (also shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (shortlisted for Best Collection)
Kaaron Warren‘s The Human Moth (shortlisted for Best Horror Short Fiction)
Kaaron Warren’s Air, Water and the Grove (shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)

Good luck to all of the nominees!

See the full list of nominations, here.

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Feb
13

We won a tentacle!

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The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will StaehleAnd that’s not something you get to type every day!

Last night saw the fifth Kitschies Awards at a packed venue in Covent Garden. The Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. Nexus by Ramez Naam was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle Award (debut novel). And Will Staehle’s brilliant cover to Adam Christopher’s The Age Atomic was shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle Award (cover art).

In a hugely-competitive shortlist, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice won the Golden Tentacle, but Will’s cover (right – click to biggerify it) won the Inky Tentacle! Both Will and Ramez will receive a bottle of Kraken Rum (*turns to face camera*: The Best Rum And No Mistake). As category winner, Mr Staehle will also receive a nice cheque (or check as he’s in the US) for £500.

You can find the full list of nominees and winners, at the Kitschies website.

And here’s the tentacle, held beautifully by a professional hand model, hired with no thought given to the cost, and not Angry Robot’s Lee, who apparently doesn’t know how to iron sleeves, no, not him at all:

golden tentacleUPDATE:
After browsing the Kitschies Awards site, it appears that we are the only publisher to have ever won more than 2 Kitschies Awards (we’ve won one in each of the three main categories – Novel (Zoo City by Lauren Beukes), Debut (King Maker by Maurice Broaddus) and Cover Art (see above) – a feat unmatched by even the biggest publishers in the world). We’re also the only publisher to have more than 5 works shortlisted since the awards’ inception (and this includes the first year, when we couldn’t be shortlisted for anything, as we hadn’t started publishing at that point). That feels like a good reason for another shot of rum… :-)

 

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Jan
23

More Awards Love at the Kitschies

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tumblr_static_kraken_galleon-100pxYou know that we love our books, and we know that you love our books (awwww, isn’t this sweet!). It’s also very gratifying when we’re told that awards committees also love our books.

The shortlists of the Kitschies Awards have just been announced, and Angry Robot are once again represented.

The Kitschies is an annual prize for books containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic” for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction” published in the previous year.

The shortlists are listed in full, below, but a shout-out to our nominees is in order, as this is our blog, and if you don’t like it we’ll just take our football and go home, and then where will you be? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award is: Ramez Naam for Nexus - one of the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books published last year!

Nominated for the Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) is Will Staehle for his cover to The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.

Good luck to Mez and Will. We’ll be at the ceremony on 12th February in London to cheer you on! Good luck, also, to the other nominees (especially in the Red Tentacle race, in which we don’t have a horse. Or, you know… a book).

The Red Tentacle (Novel) nominees, selected by judges Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:

  • • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
  • • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut) nominees, selected by the same panel of judges:

  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
  • • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) nominees, selected by judges Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli:

The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will Staehle

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• Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi

Once again, congratulations to all the nominees. With over 230 books submitted by 57 imprints, it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted! (And how wonderful to see 3 regular Angry Robot cover artists and designers shortlisted for the Inky Award – Will, Amazing15 and Joey HiFi)

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Angry Robot’s Kitschie Awards History

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (winner of the Red Tentacle)
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus (winner of the Golden Tentacle)
vN by Madeline Ashby (shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle)
Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes, Cover by Tom Gauld (shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle)

So that’s 6 books shortlisted in 5 years. We can live with that… :-)
(Well, 4 years if you consider the fact that we weren’t publishing for the first year of these awards!)

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Jan
22

Our 100th Book Sweepstakes!

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Hang Wire by Adam ChristopherTo celebrate the publication of our 100th book in a week or so (Hang Wire by Adam Christopher), readers of Tor.com in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) can win a flash USB drive containing all 100 books (plus a few extra surprises).

For readers everywhere else who are not eligible to enter, we’ll have something for you very soon. Oh, yes.

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