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Angry Robot’s Open Door – our occasional unagented submission system – has brought some wonderful authors to our stable such as Wesley Chu, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Lee Battersby. Today, we are delighted to announce that we have a new Angry Robot author, Peter McLean, who has come to us through these very doors.

Peter’s Drake – the first title in the Burned Man series – centres on a demon-summoning hit-man and a murderous, chain-smoking angel who must battle Furies and the Devil himself in a search for redemption. Set in modern-day London, Drake is a tale of spell casting and shot guns, where Guy Ritchie meets Jim Butcher, and will be published in January 2016.

Peter McLean 1-p19goripnm6vk2q3c3rufj1pdvLondon-born Peter grew up in the Norwich alternative scene, alternating dingy nightclubs with studying martial arts and practical magic. He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and is married to Diane and is still making up stories.

Peter McLean: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Drake will be coming out from Angry Robot. I am now living proof that the legendary Open Door is a real thing and not just a mean trick that angry robots like to play on aspiring writers. Oh, and any editor you first speak to in a Twitter discussion about Ministry is a guy I can’t wait to work with.”

Phil Jourdan: “Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new favourite slightly drunk and foul-mouthed dark magic-summoning hero with a conscience. We love taking chances on new authors and it’s manuscripts like Drake that get us all excited. Onward!”

Drake

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself. Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice The Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician. Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.

Gather around and welcome Peter to our motley crew, here on Twitter or Facebook, and check out his website, Talonwraith.

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Head over to the B&N SciFi and Fantasy Blog where they have the exclusive cover reveal for Ishbelle Bee‘s wonderfully dark fairytale, The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath.

Here’s a teaser image from their post, with thanks to John Coulthart for this fantastic over:

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You know how much we love working with fantastic designers and producing good covers here at Angry Robot HQ (and if you like our covers as much as we do, be sure to check out our Pinterest page here), and revealing our latest covers is always a thrill. Today I am delighted to present the cover for The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, by Amazing15. The lovely crowd at Fantasy Faction had the exclusive reveal earlier today, and will also be posting a special blog from Alyc tomorrow on oriental-ism and non-white exploitation. Not to be missed!

Without further ado, here is the cover for The Dragons of Heaven, June 2015:

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If there’s one thing that the Angry Robot horde love to do, it’s to crawl out of our writing holes and have a chat. Partially it’s because we need to see the light of day and socialise after a hard few months of writing, but also it’s because we love you guys. You keep us doing what we do.

So that’s why we’re all over the place this year at various conventions, exhibitions and festivals. Below is a list of where the we’ll be throughout 2015, so if you want to pop down and say hi, or you’re in the area, we’d love to catch up with you.

The list isn’t quite exhaustive – yet – and of course all dates are subject to change, so make sure to check back before you cross the globe for your favourite author. We don’t refund plane tickets.

Craig Cormick:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Ishbelle Bee:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Rod Duncan:

Norwescon, Washington, USA  2 – 5 April

Edge Lit, Derby, UK  July 11

Marianne de Pierres:

Genre Con, Brisbane, Australia  30 Oct – 1 Nov

Supanova, Gold Coast, Australia  April 17 - 19

Kameron Hurley:

BEA/Bookcon, New York, USA  May  27 – 29

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July  30 – 2 Aug

WorldCon, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

Carrie Patel:

CONvergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Comicpalooza, Houston, USA  22 – 25 May

WorldCon, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Jay Posey:

Comicon, Phoenix, USA  28-31 May

ConGregate, North Carolina, USA  11-12 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 28 – 2 Aug

Susan Murray:

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK  23 – 25 Oct

Gav Thorpe:

Derby Book Festival, Derby, UK  31 May – 7 June

Edge Lit 4, Derby, UK  11 July

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Fantasycon, Nottingham, UK  23 – 25 Oct

David Tallerman:

EasterCon, Heathrow, UK 3 – 6 April

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK 23 – 25 Oct

Maurice Broaddus:

Mo*Con, Indianapolis, USA  May 1-3

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Mike Underwood:

BaltiCon, Baltimore, USA  22 – 25 May

BEA/BookCon New York, NY  27 – 31 May

CONvergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Alyc Helms:

CONvergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Dragon Con, Atlanta USA  4 – 7 Sept

Emerald City ComiCon, Seattle, USA  27 – 29 Mar

Norwescon, Washington, USA  2 – 5 April

WisCon, Madison WI, USA  22 – 25 May

Comicon, Phoenix, USA  28-31 May

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Following yesterday’s successful #RobotReboot with the publication of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried LifeFerrett Steinmetz‘s Flex, and a slick MM re-issue of Ramez Naam‘s Nexus, we are delighted to pass on some more good news: we have signed up both Jay Posey and Andy Remic for more fantastic books.

Jay Posey will finish out his acclaimed Duskwalker trilogy, with Dawnbreaker, in August 2015 and will release Outriders, a military SF novel, in 2016.

Andy Remic’s titles, The Dragon Engine and Twilight of the Dragons, are set in the same world as his Rage of King series, and will start with The Dragon Engine‘s release in September 2015.  

Here’s what our Robot Overlord, Marc, has to say: “Angry Robot has won a variety of awards for innovation, packaging and so on – but one of our core strengths is great storytelling. Jay Posey is a natural, and a flavour of his day job working on PC games definite seeps into his writing. As for Andy Remic… he’s a one-off, a writer of singular power and violence, where (to deliberately steal a line from Spinal Tap) everything goes up to 11. It’s great to have them both working on new series for us.”

The Author, Jay PoseyJay: “Angry Robot authors like to make a lot of jokes about the Robot Overlords implanting us with brain chips and threatening to destroy us with angry robot laser eye, but the truth of the matter is, the folks at AR are genuinely some of the finest in the business.  I’m delighted to be working with them again.  And even though they wouldn’t agree to let me visit their orbital weapons platform, they *did* allow me to select two targets, so I really couldn’t be happier.”

Andy RemicAndy: “I am once again thrilled to be working with Angry Robot on my next two hardcore violent fantasy novels, The Dragon Engine and Twilight of the Dragons. Both novels are set in the same world as The Iron Wolves and The White Towers, and feature  a group of honourable heroes who go in search of wealth and immortality… but find a whole barrel-load of trouble instead. These books will hit new levels in fantasy violence and anti-heroic depravity… Game of Thrones? Pffft. Game of Marshmallows compared to what I’m writing now!!”

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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!

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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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