Dear Robot Legions, let me tell you a story about a young cyborg.
Years ago, before I was assimilated into the Angry Robot collective and fitted with the Sales-and-Marketing-o-Tron-9000 system, I was a mere gamer, spending evenings and weekends at my local game store, first as a regular, then as a cashwrap monkey.
Each summer, one thing loomed on the horizon and came to dominate every conversation:
For those that don’t know, GenCon is the largest gaming convention in the USA, and is the height of the gaming world’s season. But even if you know about GenCon, you might not know that it has its own con within a con, the Writers Symposium. And this year, several of our authors will be attending GenCon and most will be on programming at the Symposium.
But they will not be alone.
Next week, I will strap into a landing pod and blast down from Angry Robot Orbital HQ with books and posters in-tow to run an Angry Robot booth in Author’s Alley at GenCon, supporting our attending authors and selling other books from the AR list.
We will have a booth in the dealer hall – Table Z in Author’s Alley. I’ll have books from all of our attending authors as well as a selection of other titles. We have in-booth signings scheduled, and please swing by if you’re a dedicated Angry Robot fan – we want to meet you!
In-booth signings (Table Z – Author’s Alley):
4pm – Wesley Chu
1pm – Wesley Chu
3:30pm – Maurice Broaddus
2pm – Kameron Hurley
3pm – Jay Posey
4pm – Wesley Chu
9am – Writer’s Craft 101 – Room 245 (SEM1577055) (Mike)
9am – Business of Writing 101 – Room 244 (SEM1577108) (Kameron Hurley)
10am – Business of Writing: How to Talk About Your Book – Room 244 (SEM1577109) (Kameron Hurley)
11am – Business of Writing: Early Stage Writing Career —What to Expect – Room 244 (SEM1577110) (Kameron Hurley)
11am – Writer’s Craft: Where to Start the Story – Room 243 (SEM1577156) (Maurice Broaddus)
1pm – Business of Writing: Networking – Room 244 (SEM1577112) (Kameron Hurley)
3pm – Writer’s Craft: Action Scenes – Room 245 (SEM1577061) (Jay Posey)
3pm – Character Craft: Where to Start When Creating Characters – Room 243 (SEM1577160) (Maurice Broaddus)
3pm – Business of Writing: Professional Organizations (SFWA, IAMTW, & More) – Room 244 (SEM1577114 ) (Wesley Chu)
5pm – Business of Writing: Pitching Your Project – Room 244 (SEM1577116) (Patrick S. Tomlinson)
5-7pm – Once & Future Podcast MEGACAST – (SEM1578894) (Kameron Hurley, Wesley Chu, Mike)
7pm – Writer’s Craft – Novel Outlines & Synopses – Room 244 (SEM1577118) (Mike)
9am – Writer’s Craft 101 – Room 244 (SEM1577119) (Kameron Hurley)
12pm – Writer’s Craft: Description Through Dialogue – Room 245 (SEM1577074) (Wesley Chu)
2pm – Writer’s Life: Breaking Writer’s Block – Room 244 (SEM1577126) (Maurice Broaddus)
6pm – Writer’s Craft: Epiphanies & Defining Moments – Room 245 (SEM1577080) (Wesley Chu)
6pm – Worldbuilding: Mythology – Room 244 (SEM1577134) (Mike)
9am – Character Craft 101 – Room 245 (SEM1577084) (Kameron Hurley)
9am – Worldbuilding 101 – Room 244 (SEM1577136) (Jay Posey)
10am – Character Craft: Character Voice – Room 245 (SEM1577086) (Jay Posey & Kameron Hurley)
12pm – Character Craft: Heroic Pairs – Room 245 (SEM1577088) (Jay Posey)
1pm – Tor Presents: Gaming the Novel—How Tabletop Gaming Informs Worldbuilding – Room 243 (SEM1578855) (Wesley Chu)
3pm – Worldbuilding: Creating Languages – Room 244 (SEM1577142) (Mike)
3pm – Writer’s Craft: Magic and the Modern World – Room 243 (SEM1578856 ) (Maurice Broaddus, Patrick S. Tomlinson)
4pm – Worldbuilding: Creating Religions – Room 244 (SEM1577143) (Mike)
6pm – Character Craft: Writing the Other – Room 245 (SEM1577099) (Kameron Hurley & Wesley Chu)
9am – Read & Critique – Room 242 (WKS1578889) (Patrick S. Tomlinson)
See you there!
Many of you rushed to your digital stores to buy Wesley Chu’s phenomenal The Rebirths of Tao, concluding volume in his award-winning Tao Trilogy.
We noticed that there was a notable error in the ebook file that made it so the Quasing speech didn’t show up in italics the way it is supposed to. We fixed the problem overnight and sent in the corrected file to retailers immediately.
However, some retailers are easier than others when it comes to getting content updates. So I wanted to provide some resources for readers to be able to make sure their ereader app/device will supply the corrected file if it hasn’t already done so:
Go to https://www.amazon.com/mycd and find ‘The Rebirths of Tao’ in your list of books. There should be a tab that says ‘Update available’ on the right-hand side of the row for that book. If you click the update tab, it will give you directions to make sure you can keep your highlights/annotations/bookmarks, and will then update the file.
Barnes & Noble Nook:
Information about updating files is not forthcoming. Contact B&N for assistance.
Sign into your account on the Kobo website, delete the file from your account. Sync your account to remove the book from your library, then go to ‘My Library>Trash’ to un-delete the file. Then when you Sync again, the corrected file should appear.
If these instructions do not work for you, please feel free to reach out to us using the contact form and a helper robot will get back to you as soon as possible.
Dear Robot Readers!
We’re all eagerly anticipating Ramez Naam’s Apex, the conclusion of the fan favorite and critical darling Nexus Arc, due on May 5th in North America in Trade Paperback and ebook world-wide.
The ebook will be arriving as scheduled on May 5th, but due to the technological and literal heft of the novel, the North American trade paperback edition of Apex will be released on May 12th, one week later than anticipated. If you’ve already ordered the paperback, do not worry! All pre-orders will be honored and filled as soon as possible, and some bookstores may still receive the book by or on the 5th. With the production delay due to the book’s size, we just couldn’t guarantee that 100% of stores would receive the book in time to release on the 5th. Our most sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this delay – upgrading humanity’s potential is not always the easiest process to bring to fruition, as readers of the series well know.
But even better than an apology is a contest! Anyone and everyone who finds paperback copies of Apex in the wild should take a picture with the book and tweet it @Angryrobotbooks on Twitter or post the image here in the comments of this post. Any such picture sent by May 20th will be entered for the chance to win a free ebook copy of Apex to accompany the paperback edition. Have your camera phones and integrated retinal cameras at the ready.
N.B. The UK release date of 7th May is unchanged. European efficiency at its finest!
Yesterday was the return of Angry Robot Live!
I was joined by Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner for a discussion of Contemporary Fantasy. We talked about worldbuilding, casting your story, the inherent character of cities, and the ways that current events and issues manifest in Contemporary Fantasy, as well as answering some audience questions.
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us live.
Some of you might be saying, “But Mike! I couldn’t watch last night! I was reading my new favorite Angry Robot book and just couldn’t tear myself away!” or maybe “I’m in Britain, and it was nearly half-two in the morning when you all were gabbing!”
Well, Robo-friend, I’ve got you covered. We’ve archived the video here:
And remember that you can watch all of the past episodes with this handy-dandy playlist.
Stay tuned next month for another installment of Angry Robot Live!
That’s right folks, Angry Robot Live is back!
We’re resuming our series of live webcast panel discussions next week on Wednesday, April 15th at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT.
This time, we’ll be discussing Contemporary Fantasy, urban and otherwise. What kinds of stories can you tell in Contemporary Fantasy? Why is Contemporary Fantasy called Urban Fantasy now, and what is the difference? Where and how does Contemporary Fantasy overlap with Crime? Romance? Horror? How like or unlike the real world does Contemporary Fantasy need to be?
Our guests will be Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner.
Alyc Helms‘s short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and more. Her debut novel, The Dragons of Heaven, arrives June 2nd.
Ferrett Steinmetz is a Nebula-nominated writer, a prolific blogger, and author of Flex, which released on March 3rd, 2015. The sequel, The Flux, is coming October 6th.
Tim Waggoner is the author of over one hundred short stories and numerous novels, including the Nekropolis series. His new series The Shadow Watch, began with Night Terrors and continued with Dream Stalkers, released April 7th.
Join us on Wednesday the 15th for all of this and more. Remember that you can ask your questions live, in the comments for this post, or on Twitter with the hashtag #ARLive.
Say that three times fast.
The first book in the trilogy, the amazing Stolen Songbird (a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist) is on mega-discount right now, selling for just $.99 in ebook this week.
Pick up your copy of Stolen Songbird today, or if you already have a copy, grab a copy for a friend so you can both read Hidden Huntress together. And while you’re at it, you can pre-order Hidden Huntress and get it the second the book is available.
For months, the Angry Robots have been working in secret, engineering better, stronger, more powerful publishing schemes. We’ve been patient, turning uncertainty into dedication, conscripting world-class talent into the Robot Collective.
But now, the time has come to reveal our new plans for World Domination!
That’s right, Angry Robot’s back, with two debut novels and a Mass Market re-release of one of our most critically-lauded books, all on sale in the US and CAN today.
Hello, Robot Readers!
Yesterday, Angry Robot Consulting Editor Phil Jourdan and myself took to the wilds of Twitter to join in #MSWL, a recurring Twitter bonanza where editors, agents, and publishing professionals tweet their Wish-List – the kinds of books and stories they’d love to see in their submissions. Our Fearless Leader Marc Gascoigne sent me his wish-list as well, to convey while he worked on the calibrating the Orbital Book Distribution Laser Grid.
If you’re a writer looking for a place to send your book, or a reader interested in knowing what your friendly Angry Robots are looking for next to consider for the list, wait no longer! Take a gander at the list below and be inspired.
Angry Robot is not currently accepting unagented submissions, but if you have a story that fits our wish-list, keep an eye out for our next Open Door Period and you may have your chance.
Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the firs two volumes of the award-nominated Night’s Masque series from Anne Lyle: The Alchemist of Souls and The Merchant of Dreams, for just $1.99 each! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copies of this enchanting series.
Danielle L. Jensen‘s Stolen Songbird was one of our best-selling and most critically-acclaimed titles of 2014. So now we’re beyond thrilled to share the cover for Hidden Huntress, the second book in The Malediction Trilogy.
Warm up your Feels Capacitors and prepare for awesomeness:
Wow, right? Steve Stone at Artist Partners has outdone himself.
Here’s the cover copy for Hidden Huntress, coming June 2nd, 2015 in the US/CAN and ebook, June 4th in the UK:
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
And here are the covers for Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress, side-by-side. You may want to borrow Cécile’s fan if you are overcome by awesomeness:
And if you’re feeling lucky, the fine folks at YA Midnight Reads are hosting a giveaway for several copies of Stolen Songbird.
Our Robotic Overlord Marc Gascoigne is quite the music fan. But he’s not the only one of our cyber-chipped legion who bops his head to tunes while plotting global domination. Caroline and I both love a good showtune (in fact, I’ve been known to blast a Broadway channel on Spotify when no one else is around in the Angry Robot Orbital HQ).
So for today, I wanted to point out some wonderful science-fictional music for folks to enjoy. Maybe you like some techno while you re-read your copy of Prometheus-Award-winning Nexus, or you’d like some epic orchestral music while visiting Raisa in The Mirror Empire. Here are some tunes to accompany your SF, F, and WTF? life:
Two Steps From Hell:
Attention, Robot Army!
The playlist is also embedded here, for your viewing pleasure. Partake of all of the robotic wisdom and wisecracking from the comfort of your cubicle, cabana, or wireless-enabled mobile artillery platform.
Last night was our fourth Angry Robot Live! We talked about Scope and Scale in Fantasy.
If you missed the live show, you can watch the whole thing here. Please note that you’ll want to turn up the volume for the first 23 or so minutes, as Kameron’s audio was soft until she switched over to a different mic.
Much fun was had by all!
During the panel, Kameron mentioned Universe Sandbox.
And this is me waving goodbye to dozens of writers reading this as they disappear for two weeks.
Paul S. Kemp wasn’t able to make the panel, but he wrote at length via twitter on his thoughts about Scope and Scale. You can read them in a Storify here.
And last, but not least, I’ve included a couple of questions below that we weren’t able to answer during the panel.
From Paul Weimer:
How does individual character creation and development change (or not) in working in different scale sizes in Fantasy?
Do you find maps, glossaries, concordances a necessary evil or a joy to create (and have readers read) in secondary world fantasy?
Do you start or approach a novel idea differently depending on whether its S&S or Epic in its scales/stakes?
Please feel free to continue the conversation here in the comments. Until next time, Stay Angry.
It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!
This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.
The panel includes:
Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her The Mirror Empire drops on August 26th in the US/CAN.
Anna Kashina, author of the Majat Code (Blades of the Old Empire, and The Guild of Assassins, which releases on August 5th in the US and CAN).
Paul S. Kemp, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons novels, and the author of the Tales of Egil and Nix (The Hammer and the Blade, A Discourse in Steel).
James A Moore, author of over twenty novels, nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, and author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands.
The panel will be Tuesday, July 29th, at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT), and should run about an hour.
If you have any questions for our panelists, please feel free to post them here in the comments, tweet them with #ARLive, or join us to ask them yourself!
Tuesday 1 July marked 5 years from Angry Robot’s first books – Lauren Beukes‘ Moxyland and Kaaron Warren‘s Slights – and throughout this week we are celebrating with daily staff blog posts and giveaways! Author guest posts and other cool giveaways will be popping up on various sites so keep an eye out for our #AngryRobot5 on Twitter for new posts.
We’ve already had our Senior Editor, Lee Harris, with his Top 5 Reasons Angry Robot Rules, MD Marc Gascoigne with 5 lessons learned, and Publicity Manager Caroline Lambe with her 5 Favourite Angry Robot Characters. Next up is Mike Underwood, US Sales & Marketing Manager and his choice of giveaway is Empire State by Adam Christopher. Details of this giveaway, and why Mike chose Empire State are at the end of this post.
Hi Robot Army, Mike here.
It may not seem like it, but I wasn’t always an Angry Robot. I first discovered AR back in 2010, when my dad (a Random House sales rep), gave me a first run set of Angry Robot books as the list was launching in the US. And what I noticed, from the very beginning, were the covers and packaging. I grew up in a publishing household, and have been a SF/F reader for nearly my entire life, so I pay attention to these things.
One cover in particular stood out to me:
Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes, cover by Joey HiFi. The cover had a Cyberpunk sensibility, and the subtle but very smart design of the broken image files for the faces of the characters. It grabbed me right off and sent me to the back cover copy to find out more.
A few years later, I’d followed Angry Robot here and there, read a few books, and then I came across Empire State, by Adam Christopher (cover by Will Stahle):
Empire State was the novel I read on the plane out to interview for the job, and talked with Marc about the book, how it lent itself to the WorldBuilder program, and used that as a springboard to talk about possible future plans for Angry Robot.
Months later, when all of the surgical scars from my cybernetic sales & marketing implants were healed, we revealed this wild beauty of a cover for Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes, by Joey HiFi:
Like so much of Joey HiFi’s work, the cover for The Blue Blazes is nearly fractal in its detail. Scenes are piled on top of scenes, individual scenes building to a designed cohesive whole.
Also, meat cleaver.
Just last Autumn, we put out a Big Fat Fantasy by the name of:
Heartwood, which went on to win author Freya Robertson the Sir Julius Vogel award. The cover, by Alejandro Colucci, is a big, double-decker cheeseburger of FANTASY ART. You know what you’re getting here – knights, combat, and a grand sense of scale.
And last, but certainly not least, comes a cover that has already served me very well in my efforts to spread the word of Angry Robot across North America and beyond. It hung right above my head all through Book Expo America, allowing me to answer people’s question of “what do you have coming this fall” by pointing at this piece of amazing work by Richard Anderson for The Mirror Empire:
Five years into Angry Robot-ing, I’m so very happy that a look at the cover to Moxyland put me on the path to be here, working inside Angry Robot orbital headquarters, helping new authors, emerging stars, and genre veterans get their work out into the world.
For my giveaway, I’m picking Empire State (x 5 copies), which continues to be, in my mind, one of the most Angry Robot-y Angry Robot books we’ve done.
Comment below and tell us your favorite Angry Robot cover to enter. Winners will be picked at random. Entries will close tomorrow, Friday, at 12.01pm BST, when we will have Amanda’s post with another giveaway!
For brownie points, join in our #AngryRobot5 conversation on Twitter and tell us about your favourite Angry Robot book, or if you haven’t read one yet, which you would like to pick first! Don’t forget to include us: @angryrobotbooks