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Feb
27

Cover Reveal: The Rebirths of Tao

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The final instalment of Wesley Chu‘s Lives of Tao trilogy, The Rebirths of Tao, is weeks away from publication and we know how excited you are to see how this ends up for Roen and his family…as well as the planet. To whet your appetite, we’re delighted to be releasing the cover for this book – and keep an eye out for various reveals on your favourite SF blogs for their reveals, some with giveaways for the whole trilogy!

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chui

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We love how the covers complement each other, and Stewart Larking‘s cover for The Rebirths of Tao ties them all together.

 

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Who says good news isn’t released on a Friday? Conflux Inc., organisers of the 2014 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for this year’s awards and we are delighted to see Marianne de Pierres in the category for Best Science Fiction Novel with Peacemaker.

Judging Coordinator, Tehani Wessely, said that with over 750 entries across the twelve categories, the judges had a hugely challenging job.

“As is always the case, the judges agreed that entries were of a very high standard and the final decisions were subject to much debate among the panellists. The competition becomes stronger every year.”

The Aurealis Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 11 April in Canberra. Wishing Marianne, and all the other finalists, the very best of luck!

MariannePeacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

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Feb
26

Ferrett Steinmetz: Touching A Dream

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Behind every new book published is, not only a happy publisher but also, a delighted author. Some journeys to publication are longer than others, but no matter how long it takes the result is still the same: physical proof of what was once an idea, formed, created, and worked on, probably over and over again. As Ferrett Steinmetz approaches publication day (3 March) for his debut novel, Flex, yesterday Ferrett realised a dream: author copies of his very own book arrived. The wonderful moment was captured on video, but I do warn you…it has been known to induce some tears. Congratulations, Ferrett!

Ferrett has also written about this moment over on his blog: A Thing I Have Waited For, Literally, All My Life.

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To launch her debut novel, The Buried Life, Carrie Patel will be at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Saturday, March 7 at 2pm. This event will be held at Mysterious Galaxy’s new location: 5943 Balboa Ave, Ste. 100, San Diego.

If you’re interested in attending, there is an event page on Facebook with all details, and check out Mysterious Galaxy on TwitterThe Buried Life is the first in Carrie’s series and is set in the gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta. With a strong female lead, Inspector Liesl Malone, The Buried Life has been praised by Beth Cato and Cherie Priest, as well as receiving a starred review in Publishers Weekly, being listed as an anticipated read not only in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, but also on Buzzfeed.

WHAT: Carrie Patel signing copies of The Buried Life
WHERE: Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego
WHEN: Saturday, March 7 at 2pm

The Author, Carrie PatelThe Buried Life, by Carrie Patel

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We are thrilled to introduce you to both Matt Hill and his gritty new novel, Graft. Acquired from Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency, Graft – scheduled for early 2016 release – is an exciting novel brought to you from the runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.

Matt Hill small bwMatt Hill: “I’m chuffed to bits that Graft has found a home at Angry Robot. They’ve published loads of amazingly written, brilliantly designed books, and I can’t wait to start working with the team.”

Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. He now lives and works in London. His first novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Welcome Matt to the Angry Robot family on Twitter, and be sure to visit his site: http://matthewhillswebsite.co.uk/

Phil Jourdan: “Sometimes you get sent a book that ticks every single box for you — plot, character, prose, mood, originality, sheer madness — and you just think, ‘Am I actually ready to take this on?’ Well, the good news is we’re ready. Graft is the perfect addition to Angry Robot’s catalogue: a truly unique science fiction book, dark and twisted but gorgeous all the way through.”

Graft

Under the Skin meets The Handmaids Tale meets The Fifth Elementwith extra limbs.

In Graft, the near future is bleak — especially in Manchester.

Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when his partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, the structures of Sol’s life begin to warp. Hidden in the stolen car’s boot is a three-armed woman with a strange tattoo on her throat. She is Y: rootless, amnesiac, and scheduled for delivery. What she reveals not only forces Sol to confront his own past, but sends him to the threshold of reality – and asks him to cross it.

A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag.

Praise for Matt Hill:

“[The Folded Man] captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.” – Stephen Fry, Dundee International Book Prize judge 2012

“Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill’s unsettling novel [The Folded Man] is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.” – Publishers Weekly

“[The Folded Man is] a memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.” – Interzone

The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.” – The Skinny

“Some scenes [in The Folded Man] are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement . . . Matt Hill is one to watch out for.” – The List

“Reads like Coetzee with ADHD . . . [The Folded Man is] a stunning debut.” – Litro

 

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We are delighted to have shared with you our recent re-signings and new author deals. There are two new author announcements to come very soon, but today we are thrilled to tell you that James A. Moore will be writing two more books in his Seven Forges series, following Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands. Not only that but the next instalment, entitled City of Wonders, will be released this November, 2015. More details on City of Wonders below. James is a wonderful member of our Robot Family and we are excited to have his soul belong to continued involvement with Angry Robot Books.

James A Moore. He rocks!James A. Moore: “I am, of course, delighted to be working with my Robot Overlords once again. There have been rumors about them holding my family hostage through the negotiations and I want to make clear that nothing of the sort has happened. I am assured that the sudden disappearance of family members was merely a coincidence and not, as some AR authors have previously stated, a negotiating tool of any kind.

I have also been informed that so long as my manuscripts are delivered in a timely manner no more unexpected vacations to the “Lunar Gulag Wonderland” will be necessary.”

Marc Gascoigne: “I’m so pleased that Jim has agreed to write not one but two more Seven Forges books for us at Angry Robot. Clever, action-stuffed fantasy like his is why I became a fanatical fantasy fan in the first place.”

 

City of Wonders

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon and the growing masses of the lost and the desolate, on a mission of which he will not speak and looking for the faithful who will join him in his exodus.

In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.

War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.
Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

Seven Forges

The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore

The Blasted Lands

 

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From Forbidden Planet’s website:

PETER NEWMAN and EMMA NEWMAN will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Bristol Megastore on Thursday 30th April from 6 – 7pm!

In Peter’s debut novel, THE VAGRANT, years have passed since humanities destruction emerged from the Breach. The world and its inhabitants have been changed from what they once were. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

Emma’s BETWEEN TWO THORNS was shortlisted for the BFS and Best Newcomer awards. And something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the answer to the mystery. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

Together, Emma and Peter co-write the Hugo-nominated podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy'; Peter also voices the butler, Latimer, and Emma handles the interview and audio production. The podcast features interviews with creative people alongside tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens

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The shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2014 have gone live and we’re delighted that Richard Anderson‘s cover for The Mirror Empire has been included for Best Artwork. Richard produced a marvellous cover with his usually arresting artwork, and if you’d like to read more about the cover, here is the link to the cover reveal on A Dribble of Ink including an interview with Kameron Hurley. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted and here’s a reminder of this cover in all its glory:

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire 

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We are delighted to announce our latest robot recruit in Adam Rakunas with his debut novel, Windswept. Acquired from Sam Morgan at JABberwocky Literary Agency, Windswept is the first in a two-book deal and will be released in September 2015. The as-yet-untitled sequel will follow in 2016.

Windswept stars Padma Mehta, a long-time labor organizer who is on the verge of making the deal of her life when it all falls apart. Now, she has to rely on the neighbourhood scam artist and a handful of stowaways to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space — all before Happy Hour. With a host of well-crafted characters, Windswept is part detective story, part space operetta with snappy dialogue, futuristic adventure, and plenty of comedic timing.

AdamNewZealandAuthorPhotoAdam Rakunas: “I’m stoked to join the assimilated masses at Angry Robot, especially after I was informed that the process no longer hurt as much as before. Some of my favorite books and authors have come from the digital mines of AR, and I’m honored that my little book about sex, violence, and labor relations will join them.”

Phil Jourdan: “I was only a few pages into Windswept before I knew we had to take it on. Adam Rakunas has created one of the best ass-kicking protagonists around. He has mixed space travel with union politics and a deadly plague without ever sacrificing character and human warmth. He’s also annoyingly good at one-liners.”

Adam Rakunas has worked a variety of weird jobs. He’s been a virtual world developer, a parking lot attendant, a triathlon race director, a fast food cashier, and an online marketing consultant. Now a stay-at-home dad, Adam splits his non-parenting time between writing, playing the cello, and political rabble-rousing. His stories have appeared in Futurismic and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Windswept is his first novel.

Fun fact: Adam was the bartender for Angry Robot’s legendary robot-stuffed launch party back in 2009 at the Montreal WorldCon! Adam has been a member of our Robot Army for many years and it is extra special to celebrate this ladder-climbing step.

Join us in congratulating Adam; you can reach him online:

Twitter: @rakdaddy
Facebook: Adam Rakunas Books
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Website: Giro.org

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It’s all go at Angry Robot HQ as we gear up for March and our publishing reboot. We’re following yesterday’s cover reveal for Craig Cormick‘s The Floating City with the cover for the first in Susan Murray‘s intriguing medieval fantasy series, The Waterborne Blade (May 2015). If you’re a fan of Trudi Canavan, Karen Miller and Gail Z Martin, this epic fantasy title is for you, and you won’t have long to wait for the sequel as The Waterborne Exile follows in August of this year.

With a hat tip to Paul Young at Artist Partners for this fantastic cover, we present The Waterborne Blade (click to enlarge):

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The Waterborne Blade

The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

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Steve Stone (Artist Partners) has done it again; we’re delighted with the cover for The Floating City, the sequel to Craig Cormick’s dramatic The Shadow Master. You don’t have long to wait, The Floating City is released in ebook and paperback formats, in North America on 2nd June and UK / ROW on 4th June. Until then, here’s the magnificent cover (click to embiggen):

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The Floating City

The Floating City is in turmoil. The magical seers who protect it are being slain 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 with much ado about being able 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 as the plots and intrigues converge will he find that some things are beyond even his control?

Craig Cormick on The Floating City

“Writing the Floating City enabled me to both reveal more about the mysterious Shadow Master as well as throw in a few more secrets as well – so expect some more information, but some more mysteries. I also played with three of the original Italian stories and characters that Shakespeare adapted for his plays – and wove them into the story. This enabled me to have three very strong female protagonists – Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella. Look for them too, but don’t expect them to be quite like Shakespeare’s characters. And I also cast into the mix some references to contemporary politics, a ripping plot line, a dash of romance, a few murders, some magic and intrigue, some biting humour – and after letting it bake, sat it on the window sill until it had cooled just a little – and I hope you’ll find it now tastes just right.”

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2015 will be busy and exciting for Angry Robot as our publishing schedule is back under full steam in March, and we also still have some new authors to share with you. The first of these is Patrick S. Tomlinson with his debut novel, The Ark, acquired from Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency in a two-book deal with translation rights. Scheduled for November 2015, The Ark is a thrilling mystery set in deep space.

AURALBW-IMG_1134Patrick S. Tomlinson: “When my agent first told me I’d be working with an Angry Robot, I was skeptical. “Oh, no,” I said. “I’ve seen this movie and the whole human race gets eradicated.” But then I started to wonder why the robot was angry. And if it was angry, did that mean it had human emotions instead of cold, inflexible machine logic? If a robot can be angry, can it also learn to… love?

Oh, and I wrote a book set on a generation ship called THE ARK. It contains many words. Some of them are even in the right order.”

 

Angry Robot’s Consulting Editor, Phil Jourdan: “What a pleasure it will be to unleash this blend of mystery, action and Really Big Spaceship madness on the world. The Ark has one of those great, mega-satisfying endings that will make readers squeal with delight a little bit. Be warned.”

The Ark

Sherlock Holmes meets 2001: A Space Odyssey

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.

About Patrick: Patrick S. Tomlinson is the son of an ex-hippie psychologist and an ex-cowboy electrician. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Ford Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for performing stand-up comedy.

 Join us in offering Patrick a robotically warm welcome: @stealthygeek on Twitter, Facebook, and Patrick’s site, www.patrickstomlinson.com.

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We are delighted to announce that Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire has been sold to Talpress, the Czech publisher of George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, Steven Erickson, and Brandon Sanderson, amongst others.

Kameron’s gripping and ambitious novel has delighted readers since its September release, and we are thrilled that more readers will have the opportunity to read this epic fantasy tale. Publication is due for Spring 2016, and in the run-up to the London Book Fair, we hope to have more deals to announce in the near future.

Kameron Hurley’s reaction to the foreign rights deal: “I’m beyond pleased that The Mirror Empire will be reaching a wider audience in the capable hands of Talpress.”

Watkins Media’s Senior Rights Manager, Alex Thompson, had this to say: “I’m delighted that Talpress bought the Czech rights for The Mirror Empire so quickly – we’re looking forward to selling it in many more languages so that this fabulous book gets the global readership it deserves! The Watkins Rights team have been enjoying letting out their inner sci-fi geeks and reading through the AR backlist, and we can’t wait to start selling lots more foreign rights.”

For further rights enquiries to The Mirror Empire, or other Angry Robot titles, please contact Alex at alext@dbp.co.uk.

 

 

 

Dec
25

12 Days of Christmas: Recap

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For the last 12 days we’ve brought you 2014’s titles at the knock-down festive promotional price of only £1, or your current equivalent. If you missed any of the daily offers, fear not as the deal is available until 2 January, 2015. Here’s a handy list of all the books we included and also links to the posts; click through for extra treats from some of your favourite authors.

13 December: Andy Remic’s The Iron Wolves

14 December: Justin Gustainis’ Hard Spell, Evil Dark, and Known Devil

15 December: Matthew Hughes’ To Hell and Back omnibus and Joseph D’Lacey’s Black Feathers & The Book of the Crowman

16 December: Anna Kashina’s Blades of the Old Empire and Freya Robertson’s HeartwoodSunstone

17 December: Michael Boatman’s Last God Standing

18 December: Danielle L. Jensen’s Stolen Songbird

19 December: Jay Posey’s Three & Morningside Fall

20 December: Marianne de Pierres’ Peacemaker

21 December: Tim Waggoner’s Night Terrors

22 December: Andy Remic’s The White Towers

23 December: Craig Cormick’s The Shadow Master

24 December: James A. Moore’s Seven ForgesThe Blasted Lands and Anna Kashina’s The Guild of Assassins

25 December: Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire and Rod Duncan’s The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

Here’s how to take advantage of our £1 seasonal special offer:

1. Visit the Robot Trading Company at www.robottradingcompany.com
2. Add the book(s) you’d like to buy to your shopping basket
3. Add the magic word ‘mincepie’ to the ‘coupon/voucher’ box
4. Click the ‘update basket’ button and the discount will be applied

Wishing all our Robot Army, readers, fans, and friends a wonderful warm and merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Welcome to the final day of our 12 Days of Christmas, and let this post start with a Merry Christmas from everyone at Angry Robot HQ to you all.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our festive promotion, and picked up some bargains. If you missed any of the posts, click here for links to all the ebooks you can still get at only £1 – or your currency equivalent – until 2 January, 2015. For our final day, we bring you two fantastic titles, Kameron Hurley‘s epic fantasy The Mirror Empire and Rod Duncan‘s steampunk fantasy The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.

Here’s how to take advantage of our £1 seasonal special offer:

1. Visit the Robot Trading Company at www.robottradingcompany.com
2. Add the book(s) you’d like to buy to your shopping basket
3. Add the magic word ‘mincepie’ to the ‘coupon/voucher’ box
4. Click the ‘update basket’ button and the discount will be applied

For today’s festive bonus, here’s a special memory from Rod:

The Gift of Strangeness

 

December 25th 1991

The tea house was perched on top of a cliff. Sipping oolong from a cup little bigger than a thimble, I looked down to where a river licked the rocks far below. I could just make out turtles swimming in the green water. After two and a half years living in Taiwan, the scene had come to feel ordinary to me.

I can’t say that this was the precise moment when I started to write stories. It was certainly within a week or two either way. As with most turning points, it seemed inconsequential at the time. Not something worth noting in a diary, even if I’d kept one. But years of not writing were about to end. As a dyslexic, I’d done my best to avoid pens and paper. You’d have been more likely to find my efforts in FORTRAN than English prose.

Not that I had anything against stories. There were plenty of them chasing their tails in my head. Some I made up. Others I read in books – chiefly science fiction and fantasy, one of my favourite authors being Mervyn Peake.

Peake was born in Jiangxi province, China, a few hundred miles from Taiwan. That was in 1911, less than a year before the fall of the Qing Dynasty. I’d always assumed that his experience growing up in an exotic and intensely stratified society had given him the inspiration to write his masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy. The books describe a society bound within crumbling walls and a labyrinthine code of laws. The Forbidden City in Beijing is an easy comparison.

In a much smaller way, perhaps living on Taiwan and being immersed in an exotic culture had given me the push to start writing. Whatever the reason – I began tapping away on my computer, creating an eco-thriller based on the island, a landscape of vertiginous mountains dripping with tropical forest and gorges carved into white marble.

It was bad writing. With the benefit of 20 years hindsight, I can assure you it was terrible. Thankfully (and unsurprisingly) it didn’t get published. However, I had caught the writing bug. I was still at it when I returned to the UK.

Taiwan might have become normal to me. But I was surprised to discover that the UK, my old home, had become strange. Ordinary things had become extraordinary – the way people walked down the street, the assumptions they made about each other from dress and speech, the thousand inconsequential habits and gestures of everyday life.

It was then I started to think that perhaps Gormenghast owed as much to 20th century England as it did to Qing Dynasty China. How strange London must have seemed to him when he arrived in 1922. Its people bound in a rigid class structure and mysterious codes of social etiquette.

It doesn’t take long before the feeling of comfortable normality returns. But somehow, years after moving to England, Mervyn Peake was able to recreate that sense of strangeness. He lends us his eyes so that we can experience the same sense of bewildered awe as we gaze on Gormenghast.

This ability, I am convinced, is one of the keys to great writing. It is the facility to be able to look at something we have seen a thousand times and see it as if for the first time. In all the writing I’ve done since, up to and including my most recent novel The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter, that is what I have been trying to capture – the gift of strangeness.

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