We hope you’ll forgive the slightly formal nature of this news item. In brief, we’re making some changes that will bring great benefits to readers and bookshops in Australia and New Zealand – because we have reached a deal for the mighty Simon & Schuster Australia to distribute our books in those lovely countries.
Stock of our books already there has transferred over, and the first container ship full of spanking new Angry Robot novels is steaming towards the southern oceans as we speak. We’re very grateful to everyone there who has helped set this up. This should all mean an enhanced service to bookshops, more copies out there for readers, and more regular stock for conventions and author appearances. Result!
Yeah, it’s Friday afternoon in the Angry Robot office (YMMV), so it was inevitable that we were going to goof about for an hour or two, and run some of our recent and upcoming book covers through Deep Dream.
Do you know it – Google’s new software algorithm that attempts to mimic what happens in the human subconscious during dream states? It’s a bit limited at the moment: it really only draws on images of dogs and eyeballs right now – but it’s still damn freaky and we had a blast revealing the Cthulhu-esque subliminals lurking just behind our cover art. Read More→
It’s something of a bittersweet day here on the otherwise empty flight deck of our orbital leviathan. Our lovely colleague Caroline Lambe (right) is leaving us, if only temporarily, to have her first baby. We shall miss both her massively capable wrangling of AR’s promotions and publicity campaigns, and her occasional intimations that Ireland truly is the best country on earth, with equal sorrow. We love her and we’ll miss her. Read More→
Congratulations to Anna Kashina who has made the finals of the Prism Awards – from Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers – with The Guild of Assassins. The sequel to Blades of the Old Empire, The Guild of Assassins is up against The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy and The Stones of Kaldaar by Tameri Etherton in the Fantasy category.
Well done Anna, and best of luck for the Awards Ceremony which takes place July 23 at 8pm EST.
The countdown is on for the release of Danielle L. Jensen‘s Hidden Huntress, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Stolen Songbird. With only a few days to go, we’re celebrating with a WORLDWIDE giveaway for Hidden Huntress. For your chance to win 1 of 10 copies, follow the below link to Goodreads. Good luck!
Hot on the heels of last week’s cover reveal for James A. Moore‘s City of Wonders, today we have the wonderful cover of Susan Murray‘s Waterborne Exile for you, courtesy of Paul Young at Artist Partners. If you head over to Book Swoon and Fantasy Faction, they’re hosting the reveal as well as running a giveaway for the first title in the series, The Waterborne Blade. Enter for your chance to get a free start at this fantastic series.
And for those who can’t wait to hop over, here’s the cover in all its glory:
With a hip hip hooray, today we are celebrating the US & digital book birthdays of Susan Murray, Rod Duncan, and Ramez Naam. Whether it’s a brand new title, the continuation of an award-winning series, or the explosive conclusion of (yet another of our) award-winning series, our May titles have something for everyone. Fear not, UK & ROW readers, your copies will be released this Thursday.
Piqued your interest? Here’s the titles we’re releasing today with all important buy links:
Some of our more eagle-eyed readers may have already spotted the name, Penny, floating around on blog posts; Penny has been interning with us since February but I am delighted to introduce her now as our newest team member.
Starting immediately for a handover period, Penny has joined as maternity cover for my role as Publicity Manager. I will be finishing up on Friday, 29 May, but until then Penny and I will be promoting all that is strange and wonderful about Angry Robot Books, our authors, and, of course, books!
Penny comes to us from a public relations background and is also the community editor for LeftLion magazine, a Nottingham culture magazine. She has wonderful experience with all things publicity and I’ve no doubt will be a great addition to our team.
Her official bio reads thusly:
Penny started her working life dealing with criminals but quickly realised that the novels of Tom Robbins suited her tastes, rather than those of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, so she left to spend the next few years roaming the world teaching children and Tibetan monks the English language.
On returning to the UK, Penny took up a public relations job and worked for used cooking oil, potatoes and retail. However the lure of the Robot Overlords was too much for her and, pulled in by their gravitational force Penny took up an internship. The rest, as they say, is history.
Reach her through Twitter here and at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Thursday of every month brings great joy to the Angry Robot UK office*: publication day! Today we are celebrating instalments from two of our best series: the second Shadow Watch book from Tim Waggoner, Dream Stalkers, and the stunning conclusion to the Lives of Tao series, The Rebirths of Tao, by Wesley Chu. Here’s where you can get your hands on these fantastic books:
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If you’re wondering why exactly you should read these great books, have a look at this handy Robot Round-Up of just some of the great reviews they’ve received. Congratulations Wesley and Tim; happy book birthday day!
*First Tuesday of the month for US readers.
In spring, like so many people, one’s thoughts turn to tidying up a bit, i.e. spring cleaning. Our bristling orbital death platform has been looking a bit dusty and ramshackle of late – books and body parts everywhere, of course, but also crates of a less identifiable nature.
Right at the bottom of the most distant stack, in a wooden chest marked in a font of a distinctly pre-millenial variety (how you get Comic Sans on the side of an oak case I’ve no idea), we made a delighted discovery. In short, we found mint copies of some of Angry Robot’s releases from the very earliest days of the imprint. Very collectible, and we know we aren’t the only readers who have hung onto these original editions, even though copies are very scarce out there. It’s fascinating to see how our cover design styles have changed over the decades [ click to enlarge ]:
From the left: one of our short-lived but very collectable series of AR Doubles, from 1966 (Guy Haley’s Reality 36 on the other side, as we’re sure you remember); the first appearance of that sleeper hit Nexus, from 1974; and an example of the first Jim Moore complete repackaging programme, from 1976.
From left: powerful swords & sorcery imagery that screams 1979, also the inspiration behind Hawkwind’s concept album, released the following year; and a chance to compare and contrast UK and US packaging approaches, both from 1985.
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.
London-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!”
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.
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: