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!
We love how the covers complement each other, and Stewart Larking‘s cover for The Rebirths of Tao ties them all together.
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!
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 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.”
Under the Skin meets The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Fifth Element… with 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
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:
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):
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.
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):
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.”
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
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
Here’s how to take advantage of our £1 seasonal special offer:
Wishing all our Robot Army, readers, fans, and friends a wonderful warm and merry Christmas and a happy new year.
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.com2. Add the book(s) you’d like to buy to your shopping basket3. Add the magic word ‘mincepie’ to the ‘coupon/voucher’ box4. 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.