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.
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.
Looks like an interesting Indie film (released in March). Do you recognise any of the characters…?
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.
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.
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!
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:
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… :-)
You 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!
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)
- • 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:
• 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)
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!)
To 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.
Every year, before announcing the shortlist (and from there, the winner), the organisers of the Arthur C Clarke Award traditionally release the full list of the books submitted to the judges for consideration.
This year, in order to highlight some of the fantastic fiction being written by women in the field* the ACCA administrators have started by listing all the books by women that have been submitted. It’s well worth a look, if only to lay waste to the myth that women don’t write science fiction**.
*In the field of science fiction, that is. We make no claims as to the location in which these books were written, be it Starbucks, a home office, or, indeed, a field.
As has now become customary, we’re listing below the books we published last year that are eligible for various awards. Being British, however, we’re doing it furtively, and we’re looking up every now and then to make sure no-one’s watching us.
As ever, this list is provided purely as an aide-mémoire, not as a list of recommendations – if you’ve read the works below and consider them to be award-worthy, the authors would be thrilled if you would consider nominating/voting for them. If you haven’t read them, they’re all available from your favourite offline or online store.
Here are the books we published in 2013* (covers are gathered together by artist, not by publication date – see artist list at the end of this blog post):
Wow! Look at what we made, ma! Read More→
We love Buzzfeed. Well, how could we not love a site with wtf as one of their menu options? And a couple of days ago they published their 19 Most Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy Books For 2014 list (no mere Best 10 for them, puny mortals!)
And we’re thrilled to see that Marianne de Pierre’s brilliant Peacemaker is on the list (alongside Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Jeff VanderMeer, Myke Cole to name but a few).
They say :
“it looks as though it’s set in a compelling future Earth”.
Oh, yes. You have no idea!
Peacemaker is out on April 29th in the US and Canada paperback, and worldwide ebook and on the 1st of May in paperback in the UK.
I’ve had a quick look at the submissions for our recent Open Door period, and thought I’d share some stats with you. I was primarily interested in the breakdown of genre and gender.
Note: For gender, I merely used the first name given, so a binary (m/f) breakdown is all that is possible – I am unable to state that these figures are correct with regard to how the authors self-identify.
Out of 524 submissions received, these were the results:
|Science Fiction||Urban Fantasy||General Fantasy||
*Either initials were used instead of a first name, the first name is often used by men and women, or the first name was unfamiliar to me.
** Defined in the submissions guidelines as anything other than science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy
The most popular genre for male authors was science fiction (40.1%).
The most popular genre for female authors was general fantasy (34.6%).
Fantasy as a whole (general + urban) was responsible for 52.9% of submissions by women, but only 38.9% of submissions by men.
The “wtf” category* attracted 21.1% of male authors’ submissions and 17.6% of female authors’ submissions.
Across all genders, science fiction accounted for 36.1% of submissions, urban fantasy 16%, general fantasy 27.3% (so 43.3% for fantasy) and wtf 20.6%.
Interestingly, out of a 2 month submission window, nearly a quarter of all submissions were sent during the last week, with 14% sent in the last 2 days. 3 were sent on Christmas Day.
This is, of course, a small sampling of data, and it would be foolish to try to extrapolate much from it. It doesn’t tell us that more men are writing science fiction than women, it just tells us that during this short window, more men submitted their novels to one publisher, than women. It tells us nothing of the quality of the prose, nor the number of books written by the authors who submitted. It will be interesting to get more data once the books have been read by the editors.
Due to the high volume of submissions (well over 100 in the last 3 days, alone!) we have reached the maximum number of submissions that can be sent via the online submission form. Instead – and only until midnight tonight – email your submissions to: incoming [AT] angryrobotbooks.com and mark the subject heading one of the following three subjects:
SUBMISSION – Science Fiction
SUBMISSION – Fantasy
SUBMISSION – Other cool stuff
Remember to read our guidelines on our Open Door Page first, though.