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Oct
23

Alyc Helms: Achievement Unlocked

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Yesterday we announced the exciting news that we have signed Alyc Helms as an Angry Robot author, with her debut novel – The Dragons of Heaven – due for publication in Spring of 2015. Alyc has written an insightful piece on her blog about her journey to publication which we have extracted here. For the full piece, click through to this page. Over to Alyc…

The exciting news that I’ve been sitting on since early January is that Angry Robot offered for my novel The Dragons of Heaven and an as-yet unnamed sequel, to be published in April 2015 and 2016. The initial muppet-flailing has quieted to a Fluttershy ‘yay,’ but my enthusiasm is not lessened for all of that. I’ve been riding this high for months, and I don’t think it’s going away.

However, I look at all the hard work and revision and rejection and depression and revision and rejection and depression and revision and and and… And I have to admit to myself: I got lucky.

Here’s what luck looks like to a writer:

I’ve always loved books, and I scribbled stories and poems starting when I was a kid and continuing well into my twenties: band-fic and blood-soaked vampire odes, re-hashed fairy tales and snarky swordswomen. I finished three stories, sent them out to Realms of Fantasy, got rejected, and moved on to other things. Becoming an author seemed impossible, something that had been done long ago by people I admired but not something I could ever do. I returned to school in my late twenties with the plan to become a research anthropologist, childhood dreams of being a fantasy novelist packed away alongside the Prima Ballerina thing.

I met Marie Brennan at a field school in Wales. In the evenings, when I wasn’t running a cobbled-together Changeling game for her and a few other women, Marie was writing the first draft of the book that would eventually become her first novel sale. I had met authors before, but this was the first time I met a peer who was serious about writing. Even then, and over the years as we solidified our friendship, I had no question that Marie would someday succeed as an author. It was inevitable.

Seeing her determination changed me. I had a reference point. A template. My academic work was in representation and identity, so I recognized why that was so important. If you see someone like you achieving something you thought was impossible, it renders that thing possible for you.

Becoming friends with Marie was my first lucky break. I started noodling around with fiction again. At this point, I was in grad school for anthropology and folklore. I’d spent several years thinking about the structure of stories, about representation, about cultures and cultural relativism and worldbuilding, about the intersections between gender, race, economics, and politics. I had THINGS TO SAY. I was crap at saying them, but I had some solid material to start from.

Some friends and I formed a writing group. Scat Hardcore included Marie, Mike Underwood, Darja Malcolm-Clarke,Siobhan Carroll, Emily Dare, and Ryan Markle, all of us still figuring out who the hell we were as writers and what the hell we were doing. We helped each other learn about writing, but also about the business of writing: networking, submission, rejection, markets, publication, conferences, workshops, etc. We learned how to take the craft and our dedication to it seriously. Scat Hardcore was my second lucky break. I can’t emphasize enough the value of a solid and serious writing community filled with people who are just slightly more talented, more dedicated, or more professionally focused than you.

At that time, I was still concentrating on my academic work and only writing short stories. I wrote a couple stories–I had learned from my academic writing about this thing called revision, and it turns out it can make your writing better!–but I didn’t really grok short stories. I still don’t think I’ve quite cracked how to write a good short story, even though I’ve managed to sell a few. Novels are my thing. Novels I grok. Novels are where my heart is.

Novels are a hell of a lot longer than short stories.

In 2006 I was playing in a supers tabletop game run by my friend Jason Pisano. I wanted to make a shift in the character I was playing–a legacy pulp hero with a lot of heart and no heroing experience–so I asked Jason if she could go to China to train with the ancient dragon who’d trained her grandfather. He said sure. I asked him to fill in the details for me. He looked at his stable of ten other players waiting for him to adjudicate things and told me to write it up myself and submit it for XP.

That was my next bit of luck. Along around the time my ‘little side-adventure write-up’ hit 40k words, I realized I had the longest thing I’d ever written, the seed of a novel, and I still wasn’t bored. Of course, it was a character fic. It wasn’t novel-shaped at all. Missy was unfocused as a character, and the story was based in a world owned by a large corporate gaming company. But at this point, I’d seen Marie take a seed from a gaming experience and turn it into a series of amazing novels–her Onyx Court books. I knew I could reshape The Dragons of Heaven. Read More→

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We, here at Angry Robot HQ, are simply delighted to announce Alyc Helms has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. In a two-book, World English, deal, Alyc was signed from Lindsay Ribar and Stefanie Diaz (Greenburger Assocs) and Anna Carmichael (Abner Stein). The first title, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published in April 2015.

alychelms-authorphoto1Alyc Helms: “I feel so lucky to join the Angry Robot family–The covers! The inside-the-covers! The authors! The staff!–I’m completely chuffed. I get to say chuffed now. It’s one of the perks.”

Marc Gascoigne: I do like it when the team bring in a novel proposal and we all devour it at a single sitting. Such was the case with the delicious The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, which we all love and cannot wait to present to you, our devoted readers. It’s another in a long line of wonderful Angry Robot books that defies categorisation without resorting to a hell of a lot of hyphens. Alright, if you insist: it’s a sort of superhero-pulp-kung fu-magician-fantasy-mystery-adventure. See what I mean?”

The Dragons of Heaven

Drawing on the legacy of Indiana Jones, Jack Burton, and The Shadow, Missy Masters is an adventure heroine for the 21st century.

“A tough, witty young woman who inherited her superhero grandfather’s powers barrels through a rollicking ‘Big Trouble in Little China’-esque tale filled with magic, monsters and wisecracks. I loved it.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver, on The Dragons of Heaven 

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather; she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr. Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

Would you deal with the devil to save the world?

About Alyc Helms: Alyc Helms fled her PhD program in anthropology and folklore when she realized she preferred fiction to academic writing. She lives above a dive bar in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a project manager for Macmillan, a freelance editor, and a volunteer copyeditor for Nightmare Magazine. In addition to writing, she dabbles in corsetry and costuming, dances Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, rants about social justice issues, and games in all forms of media. She sometimes refers to her work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is just a fancy way to say that she is obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Crossed Genres and will be appearing in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 Join us in welcoming Alyc to our motley crew: @alychelms and check out her website: http://www.alychelms.com

 

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Kameron HurleyThe Mirror Empire for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

The Mirror Empire

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Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Jourdan as
Consultant Editor.

Phil is co-founder of LitReactor – a creative writing workshop and literary magazine where professional novelists, graphic novelists and agents host regular classes – worked for Zero Books, and ran the small fiction press, Perfect Edge Books. A Portuguese author and translator, based in the UK, Phil has also fronted the rock band, Paris and the Hiltons, winners of an Independent Music Award, since 2007.

AR picturePhil: “I am excited and pleased to join the clan of fearless warriors at Angry Robot. It’s a strong press with a very devoted following, the kind of off-beat venture that you can’t ignore. I always have special respect for presses that manage consistently to do something as risky as blending genres and exploring big philosophical questions in popular fiction. To be working with them is a great honour. I am looking forward to catching up on the fantastic agented submissions as well as the last of the Open Door entries.”

Marco: “Phil Jourdan scares me. He’s a great technical editor, with a keen eye for promising new authors, and he’s already achieved way too much in publishing for someone so young. Obviously he’s perfect for the reborn Angry Robot, but I see I’m going to have to keep my eye on him….”

Phil can be contacted at phil.jourdan@angryrobotbooks.com and please join us in welcoming him to our motley crew: @philjourdan on Twitter.

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Michael BoatmanLast God Standing for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

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Oct
07

Robot Round-Up 07.10.14

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Welcome to this week’s Robot Round-Up celebrating our September titles, Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire and Rod Duncan‘s  The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter!

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanRod Duncan is a man of many talents: he’s written crime novels – including one shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, had screenplays produced, and has now written The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, a steampunk novel with one epic heroine that readers and reviewers alike are loving. You can listen to an interview with Rod here on Starburst, and here are a taste of the reviews:

• “Elizabeth and her alter-ego illusion of a brother drive The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter quite well. I was completely caught up in her adventure and her plight. I think steampunk readers and fantasy/sci-fi readers will enjoy this one, so I’m recommending it for them even though (and to some extent because) its use of steampunk is a bit different. I found it to be a refreshing change from more formulaic steampunk novels.” Popcorn Reads

• “Not only is this a fine stand-alone mystery, Duncan has done some remarkably adept world-building, which holds forth promise for the rest of the series. He’s subtle and avoids unnecessary exposition, letting the alternate history emerge organically from the story. For fans of light steampunk, alternate history and supernatural mysteries, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter will be just what the gunsmith ordered.” LitRant

• “a clever, enjoyable refreshment of a book … and any fan of adventure, intrigue, steampunk or all three should certainly give it a try. I’m definitely glad I did, and I’ll be happy to return to the series for book two. Huzzah!” Over the Effing Rainbow

• “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is a fantastic story, complete with a richly detailed world, colorful characters, and interesting contraptions. The writing is wonderfully done and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Unseemly Science…More, please!” Badass Book Reviews

• “Far from all style, or just another mystery yarn, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is an immersive read that takes the best of many genres and weaves them together. Fans of everything from historical fiction to fantasy, to detective novels and spy versus spy thrillers will find something to love in Duncan’s latest, which at turns evokes the likes of Geek Love, Sherlock Holmes and Firefly. If you’ve a taste for quirks and style with your substance, give this novel a try.” Examiner.com

• “The nitty-gritty: A rollicking steampunk adventure, filled with intricate twists and turns, top-notch world building, and a heroine that quickly became one of my favorites ever.” Books, Bones & Buffy

• “With its unique setting and premise, this book embodies the essence of what I’ve come to expect from Angry Robot over the years…a well-written novel, the story fantastically put together with elements of alternate history and steampunk, topped off with a strong, resourceful heroine. You can’t help but be drawn to Elizabeth Barnabus. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing her adventures in the sequel.” Bibliosanctum

• “There are a few gadgets, but the spirit of the world created by Rod Duncan strongly reminded me of Planesrunner by Ian McDonald. If you don’t mind a steady pace, less dashing heroines and very little gadgetry in lieu of alternative history exploration, this book is for you. Recommended!” Nocturnal Book Reviews

The Mirror Empire by Kameron HurleyBook Riot have declared Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire an “absolute buy” and who is to argue with them! They’re not the one people excited about this epic fantasy – and there are 250 very happy readers who purchased early from Barnes and Noble to receive free copies of Book Two next year – and here’s a collection of some of the reasons why you need to be excited about this book, as well:

• “Hurley manages to balance plot, worldbuilding and character, while exploring issues of gender, race, class, violence and more, in organic and eye-opening ways. She also explores and subverts character tropes, resulting in new takes on old archetypes: the young chosen one, the bitter, old mentor, the young person thrust into power. All of these and more are turned on their head to wonderful results. Hurley plays it fast and loose in many parts, and while that can sometimes cause a little whiplash, it pales in comparison to how powerful this book is.” Book Riot

• “I highly recommend this book for all fans of good quality secondary world fantasy. Readers who — like me — prefer not to read unoriginal and trope-filled fantasy will be pleased with this book. And of course, anyone hoping to find more fantasy with female characters who are a) central and b) not marginalised need look no further. The gender-flip aspect (for lack of a better term) really is fascinating.” Tsana Rads and Reviews

• “there is no denying that The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley, is one of the most important books of 2014.” Sense of Wonder

• “The world building in The Mirror Empire is so detailed and complete that I could see it coming to life before my eyes. Yet exposition is held to a minimum, exactly the way I like it. Even some of the plant life is sentient, including walking trees. Magic is everywhere and just taken for granted. Each gifted person pulls their strength and power from a particular moon or planet (I’ve called them all moons above) and, when it is ascendant, their power becomes amazing – for better or worse. Some societies are power hungry and others, like the Dhai, have chosen a path of learning and peace, having learned what happens when power corrupts a society. Assassins, mystics, sentient plants, political intrigue and worlds on a metaphorical collision course. Bottom line? The Mirror Empire features fascinating worlds, nail-biting action adventure, and makes for one hell of a read! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intelligently written epic fantasy novels that come alive!” Popcorn Reads

• “This is world-building at its finest—an imaginative and fantastical world that is unrelenting in its immersiveness. And oh boy is it DARK. If George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Matthew Woodring Stover, and Mark Lawrence are sitting around a table muttering and laughing maniacally to themselves while they torture characters, Kameron is sitting to the side, chiding them with a whispered “oh, my sweet summer child… The Mirror Empire takes a look at the epic fantasy patriarchy and gives it a firm kick in the balls.” Ristea’s Reads

• “this is what a truly epic fantasy should be. The Mirror Empire is the best fantasy I’ve read this year and one of the best of recent years. This is also an epic fantasy for people who have grown to hate what passes for epic fantasies in today’s marketplace. The Mirror Empire is highly recommended and will be on my award shortlists. I suggest people check it out.” Jason Sanford, Nebula-award finalist and BSFA and British Fantasy Award nominee

• “The Mirror Empire requires keen attention, but ultimately proves worth it, and will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next volume.” Shelf Awareness

• “It’s deep, and confusing, and deliciously thought provoking. This isn’t just a fantasy novel. This is the kind of book that will make you sit back and look at the world around you in a completely different way. The Mirror Empire is the first book in what is promising to be an epic saga that will redefine epic fantasy. I sincerely hope it does, because this is the kind of epic fantasy I am hungry to read.” Bookworm Blues

• “an incredibly ambitious and wonderful epic fantasy that throws out every rulebook trope of the genre to create a truly magical experience.” On Starships and Dragonwings

• “The Mirror Empire is polished and well executed.  The multiple narratives serve one another and the larger plot.  The reader learns about a profoundly unusual setting along with the characters within it.  The balance of youth and experience is no accident, here.  Broad vistas collapse into intimate moments in order to personify crises and resolutions. I was left with substantial questions and an incredible desire for more.  So much so that I bought a second copy to get the second installment just a little early. Recommended for fans of portal fiction, leaps of faith, and the promise of speculative imagination.” The Dinglehopper

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Sep
30

Angry Robot News

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On Thursday, 25 September 2014, American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot Books, as well as Watkins Publishing (mind, body and spirit books), Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks),  from administration. In addition to saving the jobs of all the employees, Ilfeld is intent on combining these imprints to form a diverse media company, Watkins Media Limited, which includes magazine publishing, a flagship retail store and mobile apps.

As a die-hard sci-fi fan, Ilfeld is “thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot”, delight which Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot MD, shares:

Marc: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share this great news. There were several companies in the running to buy Angry Robot, but we’re so pleased that our new owner is someone who shares our vision for the imprint, and modern, innovate science fiction publishing. After the brief hiatus while we change hands, we look forward to Angry Robot resuming publication from March of next year, bring you new books from many familiar names and of course some amazing new talent too.”

This purchase reunites Watkins Books and Watkins Publishing after they were split two decades ago. Ilfeld bought Watkins Books from administration in 2010, and has followed suit by acquiring Watkins Publishing last week. Both the Watkins bookshop and publishing imprint were founded by John Watkins in 1893, and as award-winning publishers of award-winning books, Angry Robot Books looks forward to this next chapter in our own rich history.

For more information, contact Caroline Lambe, Angry Robot Books’ Publicity Manager: caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the award-winning Moxyland by Lauren Beukes for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes, new cover art

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Sep
09

Angry Robot in 2015

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Angry Robot Books in 2015

2014 has brought some changes for Angry Robot Books and also fantastic, award-winning, fiction. From Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Philip K Dick award short-lis, a whole heap of other award nominations and acclaimed book covers, to (double Hugo winner!!) Kameron Hurley’s breathtaking new series, this year has brought the Angry Robot team much success.

With business changes happening behind the scenes, we are as always focused on putting each book out with as much support as possible. In order to do best by these books, some of our exciting Winter 2014 titles are being moved to Spring 2015, though in many cases only by a month or two.

With books including the second Mookie Pearl from Chuck Wendig, a brand new SF thriller by Madeline Ashby, and the third Tao from Wesley Chu, as well as thrilling new debuts from Ferret Steinmetz, Susan Murray, Ishbelle Bee, the much-anticipated Carrie Patel novel, and a second Shadow Watch title from Tim Waggoner, there are many titles to await… patiently or not!

We look forward to bringing these books to you, to your continued excitement for these titles, and for the rest of our packed 2015 list, which will be announced soon too.

For any review and publicity queries, please contact Caroline.Lambe@angryrobotbooks.com and for any sales enquiries, please contact Mike.Underwood@angryrobotbooks.com

MARCH 2015

US & Ebook 3 MarchUK & ROW 5 March 

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig

APRIL 2015

US & Ebook 6 AprilUK & ROW 2 April 

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu

MAY 2015

US & Ebook 5 MayUK & ROW 7 May 

The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

JUNE 2015

US & Ebook 2 JuneUK & ROW 4 June

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

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Sep
02

Angry Robot at FantasyCon

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TheBulletCatchersDaughter-72dpiThis weekend’s FantasyCon takes place in the beautiful city (or so I’ve heard, never actually visited) of York. Events take place in the Royal York Hotel, and here’s a handy list of where you’ll find some Angry Robot folk, starting with the launch of Rod Duncan‘s The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter and definitely finished by the legendary disco on Saturday night:

THE BULLET-CATCHER’S DAUGHTER LAUNCH!

SATURDAY 6.00pm – Angry Robot The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter – Rod Duncan

FRIDAY 5th

7.00pm – Larry Rostant in Conversation Marc Gascoigne interviews our Artist Guest of Honour.

7.00pm – Podcasting for beginners What makes a really good podcast? Which are the ones you should be listening to? How can you make your own? Peter Newman (m), Alasdair Stuart, Emma Newman, Stephen Aryan

SATURDAY 6th

10.00am – But Does It Make Sense?
Economics of fantasy systems. If Smaug holds all the gold and it gets liberated, what does that do to the economy?
Leila Abu el Hawa (m), Kari Sperring, Kate Elliott, Tom Pollock, Anne Lyle

11.00am – It’s the End of the World as we Know It – And I Feel Unsurprised
Does the popularity of dystopia in YA reflect a generation’s expectation of living in a nightmarish future?
Guy Adams (m), Janet Edwards, Leila Abu el Hawa, Jonathan Oliver, Laura Lam

12.00 Noon – Dead Parents, Burned Homesteads and Wicked Stepmothers
Is it essential to write out the parents before youthful characters can head out on adventures? Are adult figures always unhelpful or malign? Should writers search for ways to keep parents around — or do fantasies of a world without parents fulfil a real need?
Marc Gascoigne (m), Edward Cox, Emma Newman, Sophia McDougall, Glenda Larke, Laura Lam

6.00pm – We’ve Got It Covered
What are the elements of great cover design? From artwork and design, through to cover copy and author blurbs.
Larry Rostant, Jim Pitts, Marc Gascoigne, Helen Marshall, Adele Wearing (m)

6.30pm – Mass Signing
Your favourite authors are here, ready to sign your books!

7.00pm – Tea and Jeopardy with Toby Whithouse
Join the Hugo-shortlisted podcast team of Emma Newman and her butler Latimer, as they grill Guest of Honour, Toby Whithouse. Warning: Contains mild peril!
Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Toby Whithouse

9.00pm – Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
Super Relaxed Fantasy Club is a gathering of like-minded SFF fans, getting together for an extremely informal chat about our favourite things. With an emphasis on parity and inclusivity, we have readings and Q&A sessions with writers from a wide range of genres, punctuated by a lot of catching up and gossip. It’s as simple and as relaxed as that. Readings by Laura Lam, Edward Cox, Emma Newman and Niel Bushnell. We’re also thrilled to announce we have a short interview with Simon Spanton from Gollancz, with James Barclay.

FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE, CLICK HERE but here’s one Saturday event you shouldn’t miss…

8.30 – The FantasyCon Disco, sponsored by Gollancz. Dedicated to Hajnalka Bata Strut your funky stuff, oh no. (We’re probably serious about the “oh no”.) With your verrrry special guest DJs… Guy “Funky World House” Adams and your very own Robot overlord, Marc Gascoigne.

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Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the award-winning Zoo City by Lauren Beukes for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

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Aug
22

Robot Round-Up: September Titles

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With the US and ebook release dates for our September titles – The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley and The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan – fast approaching, what better time to recap the wonderful and exciting things that are being said about these two fantastic books.

The Mirror Empire‘s release follows hot on the heels of Kameron‘s TWO Hugo awards at LonCon, and is certainly making waves in the fantasy circles. We are very excited for it be unleashed on the general public, and look forward to seeing and hearing reader reactions. For the full list of Kameron’s blog tour, check out her blog post here. For now, here are just some of the rave reviews The Mirror Empire has received, thus far:

The Mirror EmpireSTARRED REVIEW: “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

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

“Hurley intelligently tackles issues of culture and gender, while also throwing in plenty of bloodthirsty action and well-rounded characters. This is a fresh, exciting fantasy epic that’s looking to the future and asking important questions. 4****/5″
SFX magazine

The Mirror Empire is a fresh, vigorous, and gripping entrant into the epic fantasy genre, able to stand toe-to-toe with any of the heavyweight series out there. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.”
– SF Revu

The Mirror Empire is epic in every sense of the word. Hurley has built a world – no, worlds – in which cosmology and magic, history and religion, politics and prejudice all play crucial roles. Prepare yourself for sentient plants, rifts in the fabric of reality, and remarkable powers that wax and wane with the stars themselves. Forget all about tentative, conventional fantasy; there’s so much great material in here that Hurley needs more than one universe in order to fit it all in.”
– Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades

“Taking epic fantasy down challenging and original paths. Thoughtful and thought-provoking with every twist and turn.”
– Juliet E. McKenna

“For me [The Mirror Empire] did all the things a fantasy should do — holding our own societies up to the light by reflecting off worlds that are very different. Add in a magic system where the users are only powerful some of the time, and semi sentient vegetation that is possibly more of a threat than the magic users, and I happily sank into this book with a satisfied sigh.”
– Francis Knight

“Bold, merciless, and wildly inventive, Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire begins an epic tale of worlds at war that will linger long in readers’ imaginations.  If you’re looking for original and challenging fantasy, this is definitely the series for you.”
– Courtney Schafer, author of The Whitefire Crossing

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 Gemmel Legend Award

“There’s a powerful yet elegant brutality in The Mirror Empire that serves notice to traditional epic fantasy: move over, make way, an intoxicating new blend of storytelling has arrived. These are pages that will command your attention.”
– Bradley Beaulieu, author of The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy

“With vividly inventive world building and a fast-paced plot, The Mirror Empire opens a smart, brutal, and ambitious epic fantasy series. Book two is already on my must-read list.”
Kate Elliott , author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy

The Mirror Empire takes look at epic fantasy patriarchy & gives it a firm kick in the balls…[it] will be the most important book you read this year.”
Alex RisteaRistea’s Reads

“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 WeimerSF Signal

“One of the most stunning epic fantasies I’ve read this year. The setting is unique and plays a major role in the story. A spectacular novel.”
– Books Without Any Pictures

“I can’t even tell you how much I liked this book. It was long, yes, but I didn’t mind it because there was just so much awesome happening. I classify it as a fantasy, but it could also be considered science fiction, what with the parallel universes and binary star system and all.”
– In Case of Survival

“At its best this novel is as good as anything I have read this year. Expect to hear ‘ambitious’ a lot; I couldn’t imagine the mental and physical mapping it would take to hold all these pieces together but hold together they do. The world is alive, the world is unique, and the world is actually built rather than borrowed.”
– Fantasy Review Barn

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanNot content with releasing The Mirror Empire in September, we also have the award-winning author Rod Duncan with The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, a riotous novel of alternate history, set in a divided England. The cover is the first thing to catch everyone’s attention, and rightly so. This beautiful creation is by the fantastically talented Will Staehle, and visit Tor.com for Will’s exclusive post on his design process. The first book in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire has certainly struck a cord with readers, and here’s some of the reasons why reviewers are loving Elizabeth Barnabus and her story:

“Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series…Strategically placed steampunk tropes inform but do not overwhelm Elizabeth’s headlong quest to find a missing aristocrat sought by the Patent Office, which is fixated on both achieving perfection and eliminating “unseemly science.” A hazardous border crossing into the permissively corrupt Kingdom of England and Southern Wales provides ample excitement, and a glossary at the novel’s conclusion hints enticingly at a much more involved story to come.”
– Publishers Weekly

A “detective story with a difference…Chapters begin with quotes from the legendary Bullet-Catcher’s Handbook, phrases that introduce not only the idea of illusion that pervades the novel, but also the author’s sly humour. [Duncan's misdirection is] subtly and well done, all the way through the book, right to a neat little twist at the end, a play on the title that had me nodding in approval. Each [character] is vividly portrayed, lively enough to feel like the heroes of their own stories, all with distinctive voices; it’s always a good sign when you find yourself reading dialogue out loud, rolling your lips and tongue around the words.

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

“It’s all steampunk and circus wonder as we follow the adventures of Elizabeth Barnabas.The double crosses along the way keep the plot tight and fun, and the conclusion sets us up nicely for book two.”
– The Washington Post, Best New Science Fiction and Steampunk

“If I had a bowler hat, I’d take it off to the author of this beautifully crafted steampunk novel.”
– Chris D’Lacey, author of The Last Dragon Chronicles

“Rod Duncan’s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is a magic box pulsating with energy. Compulsive reading from the get-go, the blend of steampunk alternate history wrapped in the enigma of a chase makes for first-rate entertainment in this finely crafted novel.”
– Graham Joyce, author of Year of the Ladybird

“The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is off to a solid start. Rod Duncan has created a wonderful setting in The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter taking in account the big as well as the small things that are needed to make a world go round. He has struck a perfect balance between both highlighting the characters, from our main protagonist Elizabeth Barnabus down to the secondary characters, and the world itself, using bits and pieces of exisiting history spinning it in his own way by adding enough fantasy influences to make it one-of-a-kind. It is with these kind of books that make sure the fantasy genre is kept fresh. If you are looking for something new and refreshing make sure you read The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, it’s is everything you want and much more!”
– The Book Plank

Looking for a good book?  Mystery, duplicity, secret societies, alchemy, romance, action … The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan has it all and promises to be the talked-about/must-read book for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts this year!”
Looking For A Good Read

Really, a fine and well crafted novel. As per the glossary, Elizabeth plays a key role in the fall of the Gas-lit empire. Cheers to that as she is a captivating character. Angry Robot has picked a winner.”
- Koeur’s Book Reviews

“Steampunk at its best. Engaging characters, spectacular settings and snappy dialogue.”
- Cayocosta72 Book Reviews

“I was immediately hooked by the world Duncan created. What would the world look like if the Industrial Revolution had been halted, even reverse? What really made this book for me was Elizabeth Barnabas. Her unusual upbringing in a traveling circus and her five years of forced independence have made her clever and strong. She’s a wonderful character and it was a treat to watch her work through the challenges the cropped up as she find out why everyone wants to get their hands on the Duchess’s missing brother.

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is the opening book in a series and I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment of Elizabeth’s adventures.”
– Summer Reading Project

The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is an entertaining book that has some genuine, original touches combined with a clever story and even cleverer characters.”
– SF Book Reviews

“Rod Duncan has successfully written an absorbing tale from the perspective of a woman in the early nineteenth century.  This is science-fiction with the sub genre of Steampunk, so technology is unorthodox and fascinating. A cracking read.”
Fancy Pans Cafe

“Duncan has crafted a credible and intriguing world where the twists of a society founded on very different ideals are perhaps even more important than the technology. That makes this novel, while solidly a steampunk offering, feel very fresh and engaging. The backdrop of the circus and the surprising way Elizabeth manages to make a living give the whole story real depth. This is the first in a planned series of novels entitled The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire: I’m certainly looking forward to the next installments. Fabulous.”
- Geek in Sydney

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Both books are released in the US and on ebook next Tuesday, 26 August with UK and ROW releasing Thursday, 4 September. Happy reading!

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Aug
19

Backlist Boost

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ATTENTION: Bloggers, Podcasters, Interviewers:

Is there a burning question that you wish you’d asked an author when their book first came out?

Did you read an interview or blog post – after your post – which brought more questions or ideas to you?

Or did you simply not have time to chat with a certain author and would now like to?

Too often those wonderful books which precede new title releases are relegated to ‘backlist’ and get less attention than they deserve. So today I want to bring your attention to our many fantastic authors that we’ve published, PRE-2014!

I want to know which of our authors you would like to interview, or have a blog post from, but they must have published pre-2014. This doesn’t exclude authors, that have published with us pre-2014 and throughout this year, but have a think and let me know who you’d like to get in touch with.

Our full list of authors can be found at this link and I’m looking forward to hearing from you with your author selections! Feel free to pick more than one, and I’m sure I can arrange some special giveaways for this Backlist Boost.

Simply get in touch with me, caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com, and I’ll set up any interviews etc. Please note that not all authors will be available but do let me know your ideal author to talk to, and I’ll do my best!

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Aug
13

Angry Robot at LonCon

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Wondering where our Angry Robot authors are going to be over the next few days? Here’s a handy Angry Robot Guide to LonCon!

Madeline Ashby:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

The Anime Canon: From the Classics to the Defining Works of Today
Capital Suite 3 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Friday 15 August

Reading
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 5:30pm – 6pm

Saturday 16 August

The Philosophical Mecha
London Suite 3 (Level 0), 3pm – 4:30pm

50 Years After: Asimov Predicts 2014 World’s Fair
Capital Suite 15 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

I Can’t Do That, Dave: Artificial Intelligence, Imagination, and Fear
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Adam Christopher:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 6pm – 6:30pm

Friday 15 August

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

Sunday 17 August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Detectives in SF
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Wesley Chu:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 5pm – 5.30pm

Saturday 16 August

The Road Goes Ever On and On: the Wheel of Time
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Agent Hunting
South Gallery 33, 2pm – 3pm

Reading the Other
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 2pm – 3pm

Matthew Hughes:

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Anne Lyle:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Reading
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4pm – 4:30pm

Friday 15 August

Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?
Capital Suite 11 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 4pm – 5pm

Sunday 17 August

Imagining London: History and Fantasy
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 3pm – 4:30pm

Ramez Naam:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Internet Privacy 101
Capital Suit 13 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Friday 15 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 4:30pm – 6pm

SF: What It Is, What It Could Be
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Sunday 17 August

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 1pm – 1:30pm

The Wrong Apocalypse
Capital Suite 5 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Emma Newman:

Thursday 14 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 10pm – 11pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Medieval Languages and Distant Vistas: Using The Past in Games
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Saturday 16 August

Fear and Writing
South Gallery 33, 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 1:30pm – 3pm

So You Want To Be A Podcaster
Capital Suite 8+11 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 11am – 11:30am

Writing Roleplaying Games
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Mike Shevdon:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Liechester Square: Getting London Wrong
Capital Suite 9 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Friday 15 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 10am – 11am

The Art and Science of Armour
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 4 (Level 0), 7pm – 8pm

And not forgetting, our own Michael R. Underwood:

Thursday 14 August

Tolkien Society Presents: The Unpayable Debt?
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Diversity in Comic Books: The Good, The Bad, and the Missing
Capital Suite 8 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Cities: Where, Who, Why?
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Saturday 16 August

Literary Beer
The Bar (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Sunday 17 August

The Fantastic Now
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

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Looking for the best way to kickstart your LonCon experience? Get yourself to Forbidden Planet tonight at 6pm to meet a host of wonderful authors!

Joining us in the London Megastore tonight from 6 – 7pm, are:

• Chris Achilleos
• Madeline Ashby
• Gregory Benford
• Adam Christopher
• Wesley Chu
• Cory Doctorow
• Phil & Kaja Foglio
• Anne Lyle
• Ramez Naam
• Kim Newman
• V. E. Schwab
• Charles Stross
• Mike Shevdon
• Danie Ware

Come along, grab yourself a signed book or two and enjoy the evening – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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