Archive for AR Authors
It’s that time of the week again where you get to see the cold metal heart beneath our cold metal exterior with another Talk Tuesday To Us. This week we’ve interrogated the magnificent K C Alexander, debut author of Necrotech, a transhumanist sci fi called “a violent thrillride” by award-nominated noir urban fantasy author Stephen Blackmoore. Necrotech is set to hit all good bookstores this September, but until then, here’s K C:
One creative person you always wanted to be:
One influence you wish didn’t keep showing through:
The none-too- subtle demand that women pull their punches in life/fiction/work. (I am burning that out with gasoline and a blowtorch.)
Tell us a joke:
What’s the difference between a duck?
No, that’s it. Let me know if you ever find the answer.
What do you sing in the shower:
Whatever song I wake up with in my head. When I was a kid, I was afraid of the shower monsters, so I’d recite the entirety of The Little Mermaid, songs and all, until I was done. Never really made it past “Part of Your World”.
Still not a guppy.
First story you told?
I… uh… are there people who actually KNOW this? I don’t know, I’ve been telling stories forever. Uh…I’m sure it was a lie.
I was on the moon.
What do you say when people ask “Where do you get your ideas from?”
I cringe. And then I grab at my head and get wide-eyed and whisper, “They come from the dark. They’re everywhere. DON’T YOU HEAR THEM?” When they are staring at me in frozen uncertainty, I shrug and say normally, “Dunno, they don’t stop.”
And then people think I’m weird.
Do you have an unusual talent or skill?
I can belch like a mofo. I can run in high heels. I can pop my wrists and shoulders. I sometimes have prophetic dreams, which I assume is a glitch in the Matrix.
If you could share one recipe, what would it be?
One part Guinness, one part GOOD hard cider, drink.
What’s the view from your writing window?
My messy kitchen. …My messy messy living room. And if I turn all the way around, I can look out the sliding glass door at trees!
Complete this sentence: Rewriting is…
…the devil’s work.
Keep an eye out for the next instalment of Talk Tuesday To Us!
It’s time for another Talk Tuesday To Us! Excitingly this one is on the right day. Today we’re getting to know the lovely Paige Orwin, pictured lounging to the right. Her debut novel The Interminables, a genre defying superhero urban fantasy, is set for release on July 5 (North America) and July 7 (UK).
So without further delay, here’s what Paige had to say:
Complete this sentence: Rewriting is…
…my favorite. Rewriting means I’ve already gotten some work done, and now it’s just fine-tuning it. It’s much easier than pulling words out of nowhere.
Complete this sentence: Blogging is…
…something I need to do more of. I’m still trying to figure out this ‘public presence’ thing.
Got a nickname?
Snicklefritz. Thanks, Mom.
We’re buying… what’ll you have?
Do you plan in detail or set off hopefully?
I sort of write an outline. Then I sort of follow the outline. Sort of. It’s hard for me to account for all of the introduced variables in something so complicated ahead of time, and ideas change while I’m working, so I can’t lock myself into anything too strict.
First story you told?
A space opera co-written with three friends that, for some reason, had three alien protagonists: a cat-like princess of the absurdly aggressive and bureaucratic Kia Empire, a four-winged fourth-wall-breaking parrot with antennae, and a spiky dinosaur cyborg ambassador from a species that predated the current universe (guess which one was mine). They were all basically young upstarts who had to work together to get a spaceship running and go out to confront the Ghost Fleet, which was a menace controlled by an ancient four-winged parrot alien named Dunonendaine who had a grudge against the Empire for conquering her planet just as they were discovering spaceflight and denying them the right to the stars on their own terms.
Among other things, Imperial computing technology operated more like magical enchantment and required machines to be made of blocks of incredibly dense materials to store enough mojo for them to function. The capital planet got its power from MASSIVE LASERS shot through wormholes from generator complexes surrounding black holes, and consequently its atmosphere was an ionized stormy mess all the time and it needed huge evaporator bulkheads to keep mega-hurricanes from smashing all its cities. We called it “Star Quest” and it was awesome.
Panchito, my writing netbook! Panchito is tiny and old and slow and not good for much besides not taking up much space, playing music, and word-processing, which is why I purchased it. Panchito is too stupid to run video games. Panchito keeps me focused. Panchito runs Q-10, which is the most lightweight writing program I could find, so that means it usually displays nothing but green text on a black screen while I’m working and can make typewriter noises when I so desire.
Favourite building or structure?
There’s a building in downtown Valparaiso, in Chile, that has classical columns and white stonework and all the other hallmarks of a classy old building, and it’s about the same height as all the other classy old buildings near it. You don’t look twice at it, walking past. It fits in perfectly.
….and then you realize that the building is twice as tall as you thought it was because the architect hid the rest of it in the sky.
Incidentally, Valparaiso is the city that inspired my “neighborhood-fortress,” Barrio Libertad. It’s amazing. Look it up sometime
I’m also fond of this mecha and this bridge:
And basically architecture and big machinery are two of my most favorite things so I should stop before I go hunt down more pictures.
SPEAKING OF MECHA:
Would you rather fight one giant mecha or ten duck sized cyborgs?
The thing about giant mecha is that you always know where they are and they’re easier to hit than something the size of a duck. Ducks can hide anywhere. Ducks are bad news. I’ll take one baddie the size of a skyscraper that can be fought with love and teamwork over a swarm of terrors that could assault me without warning at my desk or in the shower, thanks.
Tell us a secret.
I go by “she” for the sake of convenience. I don’t really like being referred to as a woman (or even the alternative): gendered words have too many connotations that don’t feel accurate. I’m just a female-configured human, man, I don’t see why my model type should dictate how I’m supposed to think or feel or act.
If anyone asks, I’m a battleship. They go by “she,” too!
What’s the view from your writing window?
A patio littered with deck chairs, a bird feeder occupied by a half-size squirrel and the fattest wren in the world, a grassy yard with roses that isn’t mine but belongs to the back-door neighbor, madrona trees full of robins and sparrows and raccoons, and the curving grey arc of a bridge with streetlights cresting its back, traffic suspended over grey water and the view of distant pines and the Seattle ferry making its rounds.
It’s the kind of place where you look up and see an aircraft carrier gliding past like a bad CGI effect, blotting out the opposite shore and trailed by Coast Guard boats.
That window is the entire reason I live where I do.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Talk Tuesday To Us/Fresh Meat Mondays in the coming weeks!
This Thursday Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter will taking part in a Social Media and Writers Panel hosted by Leicester Writers’ Club. He’ll be talking about the role that blogging, social media and transmedia play in both his relationship with his fans and in society as a whole, with time for questions afterwards. As a lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University, Rod is no stranger to the stage, so this promises to be an entertaining and educational evening. Tickets are only £5, so join us on Thursday 19 May from 7pm at Phoenix Arts, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, for a great night out.
For more information visit the events page.
We’ve got a brand new feature for you over the summer months: Fresh Meat Mondays. (What’s that you say, it’s Tuesday? Well, um…. Oh look, the Goodyear blimp! *sound of metal feet running away*)
Aaanyway, every week we’ll be getting to know one the many lovely new authors we’ve picked up by forcing them to send us a funny pic and answer 10 random questions. First up is the delightful N S Dolkart, who you may remember signed with us last year. His début novel Silent Hall will be hitting all good book stores on June 2 in the UK and June 7 for our North American fans.
So without further ado, here’s Noah:
Mack the Knife. I even have footage of my daughter singing it with me when she was 2.
What do you sing in the shower?
Stormy Weather. If I sang Mack the Knife, it would get too loud.
Support a Team?
Like, financially? I went to a Red Sox game once.
Looking in the mirror and seeing that my hair was so blond, my eyebrows would have been invisible if they hadn’t been so shiny. It was brown long before I turned four though, so that must have been a very early memory.
What’s the view from your writing window?
I’m usually lying in bed with the curtain drawn, so, red curtain. If I were standing up and pulled back the curtain, it would be a parking lot for landscaping vehicles. That’s why the curtain’s drawn.
We’re buying…what’ll you have?
A dry gin martini, Bombay Sapphire, extra olives (but NOT a dirty martini – I want to taste that gin).
Would you write full-time if you could?
Oh, hell yes.
If you could ban one thing from the earth, what would it be?
Leaf blowers. They’re loud, smelly, and obnoxious, they contribute to air and especially sound pollution (which is a real and harmful thing, especially for kids), and they perform a task THAT A BREEZE WILL UNDO. And what dreadful consequences would befall us if they were banned forever? Large companies and rich folks would have to hire more people to rake their enormous lawns, which would be a good thing!
Got an irritating/bad habit?
If you ask me a question that has a short answer and a long, complex answer, I won’t give you the short one. I won’t even give you just the long one. I’ll give you both.
Who plays you in the movie?
Meryl Streep. That woman can do anything.
Stay tuned for more Fresh Meat Mondays the next time we remember to do it!
For a link to the cover, which we hope you’ll love just as much as us, plus an exclusive extract of the first chapter AND a blog post from Paige, keep reading. Firstly though, here’s the synopsis:
It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace.
Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan — the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost — have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts.
Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…
The Interminables will be released July 5 (US/Can) / July 7 (UK/R.o.W).
Like the sound of the book? Then pop over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog to read the first chapter of the novel.
To see the cover and read a blog post on Paige’s creation of Istvan the avatar of war, just the teaser image below to be taken to the article.
Our very own Matthew De Abaitua, author of If Then and The Destructives, will be giving a free talk this Thursday, April 21 at the University of Essex. He’ll be discussing the popularity of stories concerning the end of our civilization and the responsibility of science fiction writers in a catastrophic age. Not only an author, Matthew is also a lecturer at the university, compelling speaker and general all round super interesting guy. He will also be reading from his two books, so this event is a must for scholars and fans alike!
Once again, this event is completely free, so you should definitely come and join us on the first floor Special Collections Reading Room of the Albert Sloman Library from 19:00 to 21:00 for a night of fun.
For more information and to pick up your ticket, visit the event page.
As a mark of his great success with his three Tao novels for Angry Robot, that man Wesley Chu has been invited to pen a novella with a new story from that world for the prestigious Subterranean Press. At the end of April they will be issuing The Days of Tao in the USA as an exclusive limited edition.
However, we didn’t want UK and Australian fans to miss out, se we’ve arranged with Wes to offer the novella as an ebook through Angry Robot. For all readers in the UK and Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond), The Days of Tao will be available from 5th May in your favourite ebook store. Read More→
The name Jen Williams may already be known to UK-based Robots, as her fabulous fantasy series that started with The Copper Promise has been published over here to great acclaim by Headline. As big fans of the Copper Cat series, we were thoroughly delighted to snap up US and Canadian rights, and now we can announce that we will be publishing The Copper Promise there next summer, with The Iron Ghost to follow soon after.
Without even the suggestion of being introduced to a terrifying array of “devices”, Jen kindly said: Read More→
Hot on the heels of the news that Kameron Hurley is short-listed for this year’s Locus Fantasy Novel award with The Mirror Empire (see here for full details), we are delighted to announce Book 3 in the Worldbreaker Saga, The Broken Heavens.
In a World English deal, including translation, with Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Agency, The Broken Heavens is the epic conclusion to the Worldbreaker Saga which began with The Mirror Empire and continues with Empire Ascendant, out this October.
Kameron Hurley: “I’m thrilled to bring readers the third and final volume of the Worldbreaker Saga with Angry Robot Books. They’ve been eternal champions for The Mirror Empire and Empire Ascendant and I’m super pleased to bring the whole series to a suitably epic conclusion in The Broken Heavens. Get ready for the end of the world – Hurley style.” Read More→
We here at Angry Robot Books, home to Wesley Chu’s best-selling Lives of Tao series and forthcoming Rise of Io series, are delighted to announce that we have agreed a two-book deal for Wesley’s forthcoming Time Salvager series with Tor. We will be providing eager readers in the UK and Commonwealth with both physical and ebook copies, releasing on Thursday 9 July. For more info on this fast-paced time travel adventure, click through to the book’s page here.
“Time twisting action-adventure as only Wesley Chu could imagine it. I enjoyed it a lot. Read this book!” -Author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
“More than a compelling, innovative take on the perks and pitfalls of time travel – Time Salvager is a sharp study of how human nature might prove mankind’s salvation, or eventually doom us all. This is world-building that will make you fear for the future. In a good way.” -Author of Maplecroft, Cherie Priest
“Smart, fast, and fun.” -New York Times bestselling author of the Lightbringer series, Brent Weeks
Now we’ve captured a little bit more of Wesley‘s soul, he had this to say:
Our Marc Gascoigne says: “Wesley Chu came to use through our very first Open Door submissions programme. We’re delighted to see his talents and popularity grow with every book. While he’s developing his next Angry Robot series, The Rise of Io, we’re so happy to be bringing his new hard SF novels to the UK.”
We are very excited to announce our latest author, Megan E. O’Keefe, signed from Sam Morgan at JABberwocky and her trilogy, The Scorched Continent. The first in this series, Steal the Sky, will be released in January 2016 and in her breathless debut novel, Megan gives us The Lies of Locke Lamora on giant sand dunes with exploding airships!
Our Phil Jourdan led the charge for Megan’s book and here’s just a snippet of why he loved it: “I cannot be the only one to have a fondness for smart-alecky protagonists, airships, explosions, shape-shifting entities and exotic forms of capital punishment… right? The other thing worth saying about Megan’s novel is that it’s just damned good.”
Megan E. O’Keefe: “I’m delighted to be joining the Angry Robot army. Not only do they produce gorgeous, genre-expanding books, but I’m pretty sure this means I’ll be on the right side when the robot uprising comes. One step closer to world domination!”
Megan lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. (It’s only a little like Fight Club.) She has worked in arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, vol. 30. Steal the Sky is her first novel. Join us in welcoming Megan to the Robot Family on her Twitter page and check out her website: www.meganokeefe.com.
Steal the Sky:
Detan Honding is a conman on the run who thinks he’s got it made when an opportunity arises to steal a gorgeous new airship. Unluckily, the watch-captain whom he thought was in on the plan with him turns out to be an imposter. She’s a wily shape-shifting creature known as a doppel, and she’s wanted for murder.
With the doppel bringing more attention to his schemes than he’d like, Detan considers fleeing the city. But the doppel makes it clear she’ll harm his only friend if he bails on her – and so he’s forced to act. When his attempt to steal the ship backfires, he ends up in the hands of the empire that’s been chasing him, and must use a special power he’s always been afraid of to escape.
Following yesterday’s successful #RobotReboot with the publication of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life, Ferrett 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.”
Jay: “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: “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!!”
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.
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 Twitter. The 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
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: “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.
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.