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Apr
14

Guest Post: Ferrett Steinmetz

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When I was fifteen, my parents dragged me to a book release party.  Not that I knew it was a book release party; I was, like every fifteen-year-old kid, self-centered to the point that I wore my colon as a hat.  It was at the Goldsteins’ house, so I assumed it was another party celebrating the fact that brave Mrs. Goldstein had survived yet another round of brain surgery. 

But no.  Mrs. Goldstein – a clear-eyed woman who walked with the help of a cane – pressed a hardcover book into my hand.

“I wrote this,” she told me.  “About my experiences, relearning how to walk and talk and write.  It’s a memoir.”  And though I’d read so many stories that I had ink permanently dotted on my nose from sticking it in books, it had never occurred to me that actual people wrote them.  Authors were Gods who lived in little editorial heavens, flinging down books from clouds up high.

But Mrs. Goldstein had written a book.  And taken it to the publishers in New York.  And gotten it published.  She told me all about how she wrote it, how you had to send it in a manila envelope to people, the letters of rejection you’d get, and slowly I came to understand that books – books! – were written by people like you and me.

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When I was fifteen, I vowed to publish a novel.
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When I was nineteen, I wrote my first novel: “Schemer and the Magician.”  It was about a nerdy college kid (basically me) and a wiseass college kid (also basically me) who got kidnapped by aliens and sucked into a galactic war OF INCONCIEVABLE CONSEQUENCES.

…It wasn’t very good.

I sent it to two agents, who wisely never responded.
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When I was twenty-three, I wrote my second novel: “A Cup of Sirusian Coffee.”  It was a Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy-style riff on the afterlife, where for all eternity you were forced to do whatever you did in life.  Were you a plumber?  Look forward to spending the next five Pleistocene epochs fixing pipes.

I wrote the first three chapters, handed them around to my college buddies, who thought it was hysterical.  So every day I cranked out another chapter, handing out printed manuscripts to a small group of fans who demanded to know what happened next, until eventually I snowballed a slim plot into a musical Ragnarok that shut the universe down.

This one I sent out to three agents, two of whom dutifully informed me that I was not quite as clever as I thought.
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When I was thirty, I wrote my third novel: “The Autonomist Agenda, Part I.”  Screw my own muse, I thought: this one would be commercial.  So I wrote the first book in a huge and complex fantasy series, complete with smoldering relationships guaranteed to appeal to the ‘shipper crowd, and prophecies that propelled a young boy on the inevitable journey to become a Big Damn Hero, and even a gay warrior because I was Just That Ahead Of The Curve.

(Not that it was revealed he was gay until Part II.  I had Plans, you see.  I’d sell all three books at once!)

I slipped a copy to my friend Catherynne Valente, who’d had some success at this writing gig.  She read part of it, then took me out to a sad lunch at Bob Evans to break the news.

“I guess you could get this published somewhere,” she told me.  “But is this really what you want your name on?”

I guess I didn’t.

But damn, I wanted my name on something.
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When I was thirty-two, I wrote my fourth novel: “On The Losing Side Of The Dragon.”  Sure, the knight eventually kills the dragon, but what about all those poor schmucks who get killed along the way?

I gave it to my wife.  She informed me she liked how it ended, really liked it, but the beginning was tedious.  She would never have gotten to the good stuff if she hadn’t been, you know, obligated to read my crap on account of our wedding vows consisting of the words “to love, honor, and beta-read.”

I locked myself in my room and cried all evening.  Thirteen years of effort, and I had not managed to write one single novel that anyone wanted to read.  I had not sold one story.

All I’d ever wanted to do was write novels, and I pretty much sucked at it.
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When I was thirty-five, I wrote my fifth novel: “A Cup Of Sirusian Coffee.”  Wrote the whole goddamned thing from scratch.  It was a funny idea, and my college buddies still asked about it, so clearly I just needed to go back to the drawing board.

This was novel #5 – and that was the toughest one.  See, Stephen King, my favorite Unca Stephen, had written five novels before he sold his first one.  He’d famously wadded up Carrie and thrown it in the trash, and his wife had rescued it, put his ass back in the seat, told him to keep going.  He did.  Fame and fortune resulted.

That meant this was my lucky novel.  This was the one I was guaranteed to publish.  After all, how many novels did you have to write before you got good?

After sending the new manuscript far and wide, I heard back from a publisher two years later.  They told me the opening paragraphs were “interesting” but then it “fell apart quickly… if the author could capture the style of those first paragraphs again, it might be worth it.”

But by then, I’d pretty much given up trying.
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When I was thirty-eight, Catherynne Valente yelled at me.  “Just send in the damn application,” she said.

“I’m not a good writer,” I told her.  “The Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop is for serious writers.  I’ve sold three stories in twenty years, for $15 total.  I’m never going to get in.”

She smiled.  “So send it in.  Just to shut me up.”

I did.

I got accepted.

I got scourged.

I got to learn that over the last twenty years, I’d accreted all kinds of bad habits – lazy dialogue, flabby prose, a reliance on recreating stereotypes instead of actually writing about people I knew.  Clarion taught me that I wasn’t a bad writer, I’d just been too overconfident in my raw abilities… and now that I had finally been forced to acknowledge all my weak spots, I could fix those and reinvent myself for the better.

Over the next three years, I sold fourteen stories, five of them at professional rates.  For which I still thank Catherynne.

But I wasn’t quite ready to write a novel.  Not yet.
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When I was forty-one, I finally got the courage back to work on my sixth novel: a sweeping science-fiction epic called “The Upterlife.”  I spent a year revising it, and – I shit you not – not two hours after I finished the final draft of that damn novel, Mary Robinette Kowal called me up to tell me that my novelette Sauerkraut Station had been nominated for the Nebula Award.

If that wasn’t a signal from God that I was ready to sell a damn novel, what was?  I sent that manuscript to all the best agents, with a killer query, telling them by way, I’m up for a Nebula this year and I just happen to have this novel for you.

They all rejected it.

Every.

Last.

One.
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When I was forty-three, I wrote my seventh novel.  It was Breaking Bad with magic, a desperate bureaucromancer turned to manufacturing enchanted drugs to save his burned daughter, and it was by far the best thing I’d ever written.  I polished that sucker until it shined.  It shined.

But I was two novels beyond Stephen King.  I’d been struggling to get a novel published for twenty-four years now, clawing at the walls of the Word Mines, and I had no hope of anything but oh God I couldn’t stop and I realized that I wasn’t going to stop, that the breath in my body would run out before I stopped writing tales and who the hell cared if I got published or not I was locked in.  I had to create.  I had to.
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And I sold it.
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Flex, by Ferrett Steinmetz.  The story of Paul Tsabo, bureaucromancer, his daughter Aliyah, and the kinky videogamemancer Valentine DiGriz, who I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love.  Published by Angry Robot books – the very publisher of whom I said to my wife, “If I could have any publisher take my first book, it’d be Angry Robot.”

Coming to bookstores on September 30th.
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I don’t care what novel you’re on.

Do not give up.

We are excited to announce Ferrett Steinmetz has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. Signed from Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency) the World English deal is for two books. The first of those, Flex, will be published in October, 2014. Ferrett is a Nebula-nominated author whose blog post “Dear Daughter: I Hope You Have Awesome Sex” went viral in 2013.

Angry Robot author Ferret SteinmetzFerrett Steinmetz: “When I was shopping this novel around, I told my wife ‘If I could pick any publisher, I’d choose Angry Robot.  They’re smart, I like their books, and they care about their authors.’  And lo!  I hit the jackpot.  And now I do the Snoopy dance of happiness.”

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Amanda Rutter: “I have always enjoyed fantastic urban fantasy and reading Ferrett’s book gave me a shiver because I knew this was a really exceptional example of the genre. It’s geeky, imaginative and just plain fun, with a nod and a wink to popular culture that made me grin as I read. I can’t wait for other people to explore his world.”

Flex: 

A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files 

FLEX. Distilled magic in crystal form.  The most dangerous drug in the world.  Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX:  The backlash from snorting Flex.  The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.  But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her.  Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

About Ferrett: After being bitten by a radioactive writing bug at the 2008 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, Ferrett Steinmetz unlocked the ability to scale previously impossible publishing walls. Since 2008, his work has appeared in Asimov’s, Apex, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Shimmer, and Escape Pod among many other publications, and in 2011 was nominated for a Nebula for his novelette, “Sauerkraut Station.” He lives in Cleveland with the best wife in the world, a small black dog of indeterminate origin, and a friendly ghost.  He blogs about puns, politics, and polyamory at his blog www.theferrett.com, and can be found Tweetering at @ferretthimself.

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SF Signal have exclusively revealed the brilliant cover of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life, wonderfully created by John Coulthart. They also have 3 copies (ebook or physical, winner’s choice!) of The Buried Life to give away; to enter, go to SF Signal for all the entry details.

 

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

 

TheBuriedLife-144dpiThe gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

US & Ebook: 29 July 2014

UK & ROW: 7 August 2014

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Apr
07

Awards Down Under

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It’s been a busy weekend for awards in Australia and New Zealand this past weekend

Firstly, at Conflux, the Aurealis Awards were presented. The Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Angry Robot’s very own Kaaron Warren and Jo Anderton were among the winners. Kaaron carried off the trophy for Best Science Fiction Short Story (for Air, Water and the Grove) and Jo won Best Collection for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

Meanwhile, across the Tasman Sea, the finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel awards are New Zealand-based fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields. Heartwood by Freya Robertson is one of 6 books shortlisted in the Best Novel category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and Jo, and the very best of luck to Freya!

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Apr
04

The Stalkers’ Guide to Angry Robot

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Angry Robot authors and staff are going to be out and about quite a lot, this year! These are some of our current Convention plans. Please note that not all of our authors are listed here, and all appearances are subject to change, of course:

The Authors

Guy Adams
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Mike Shevdon
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Madeline Ashby
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Ishbelle Bee
April 19, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK

Maurice Broaddus
May 2-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
June 13-15, Hypericon, Nashville, TN
July 14-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
September 19-21, Imagimarium, Louisville, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Adam Christopher
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Wesley Chu
May 1-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Cassandra Rose Clarke
April 17-20, NorwesCon, Seattle, WA
May 23-26, Comicpalooza, Houston, TX
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 25-27, Armadillocon, Austin, TX
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Lee Collins
June 13-15, Denver ComicCon, Denver, CO
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Craig Cormick
April 5, Conflux Writers Day, Canberra, Aus
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN

Peter Crowther
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matt Forbeck
June 19-22, Nexus Game Fair, Milwaukee, WI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
and possibly:
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
April 25-27, C2E2, Chicago, IL
August 22-24, Geek.Kon, Madison, WI
September 19-21, GrandCon, Grand Rapids, MI

Guy Haley
May 17-18, Horus Heresy Weekender, Nottingham, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matthew Hughes
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Kameron Hurley
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Anna Kashina
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November (dates tbc), Philcon, Philadelphia

Anne Lyle
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

James A Moore
July 17-20, NeCon, Portsmout, RI
August 29-September 1, DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Susan Murray
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Emma Newman
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Carrie Patel
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 17-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI

Jay Posey
June 6-7, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Chris Roberson
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Freya Robertson
April 26, Conclave 2, Auckland, New Zealand

David Tallerman
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
November 15-16, Thought Bubble, Leeds, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Tim Waggoner
May 8-11, World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
September 19-21, Imaginarium, Lexington, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Kaaron Warren
October 3-6, Conflux 10, Canberra, Aus

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The Staff

Mike Underwood (North American Sales & Marketing Manager, also an author)
May 23-26, BaltiCon, Baltimore, MD
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 26-28, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
October 9-12, New York ComicCon, New York, NY
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November 13-16, BoucherCon, Long Beach, CA

Lee Harris (Senior Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Amanda Rutter (Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
May 3-4, DFW Writers’ Conference, Hurst, TX
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
July 12-13, YALC @ London Film and ComicCon, London, UK
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Caroline Lambe (Publicity Manager)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Marc Gascoigne (Publisher)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

 

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We love a good cover reveal here at Angry Robot Books and we’re really excited about this one!

The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina is the second book in the Majat Code Series and the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire. We know there are a lot of you out there excited to read about the continuing adventures of Kara, so without further ado here is the cover!

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Beautifully created by Alejandro Colucci, we hope you love it as much as we do!

But we’re not the only people with something to say about the cover, Anna Kashina has written us an exclusive guest post on what she thinks about it!

Have a read below:

The Author, Anna-Kashina

Anna Kashina

I was delighted with Angry Robot’s choice to feature Mai on the cover of “The Guild of Assassins”. While he is not the point of view character, he is the focal point of the story, and his choices and actions drive the conflict and the plot. He is also my favorite character in the entire series, the one that makes the writing process so much fun. I could not be happier about the way the artist Alejandro Colucci picked on all these things in the cover image.

In the novel, Mai is initially described as “too good-looking to be trustworthy”, following on his descriptions from the “Blades of the Old Empire” as a man of iconic beauty, elegant and graceful. He is a superb fighter and a ruthless man. He has a dark side and not everyone in the story perceives him as a good guy. He also has a romantic side. All these contrasts are instrumental to the story. In the final cover image, the artist managed to relay all of that, and to add the extra down-to-earth touches that made this iconic man of my dreams look like a person in the flesh. He is handsome and elegant, but his clothes are also dusty and practical. His weapons are unique and beautifully crafted, but also heavy–and sharp. I love the way the artist relayed all of that.
Seeing this cover for the first time was thrilling. I felt as if my vision has been grounded into reality, the person in my mind acquiring substance. I believe this cover, showing movement and speed, featuring the central character everything revolves around, would create the right expectations for the readers, of a fantasy story with lots of action and romance (and hopefully, for some, a man to swoon over). This cover is also well in style with book I of the series and I can’t wait to see how well “Blades of the Old Empire” and “The Guild of Assassins” would look side by side.
So you’ve heard what we think, you’ve heard what Anna thinks, so now the only thing to do (apart from wait excitedly for the book’s release) is let us know what you think!
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Apr
03

SFX: Get Your Free AR ebooks!

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SFX247_cover_digi-610x783The lovely folks over at SFX have teamed up with us angrier people and together we’re delighted to bring you TWO free ebooks!

In case you didn’t notice with all our earlier celebrations, we’re pretty proud of reaching our 100th book release – Adam Christopher‘s Hang Wire, and we’re rounding this out with an exclusive offer for all SFX readers.

To get your free copy of Empire State by Adam Christopher and/or (hey, why not get both of them!) Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, follow the instructions in your copy of this month’s SFX.

And funny how I just happen to have some links to hand to help you pick up your copy of SFXPrint version and iPad version.

This free ebook offer is valid until 30th April, and is open to readers worldwide. The ebooks are available in epub and mobi formats.

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In all its glory (no, I won’t paste the redeeming instructions):

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ALL the award nominations. We want them ALL.

Ramez Naam Ramez Naam is certainly doing his best to bring them to us. We recently had Nexus  in The Golden Tentacle category at the Kitschies, and Nexus is also shortlisted for the soon-to-be-announced Arthur C. Clarke Award. We are delighted to now announce that both Nexus AND Crux have been shortlisted for the Prometheus Award for Best Novel.

Here’s the full shortlist:

Homeland, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
A Few Good Men, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
Crux, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Nexusby Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

The awards will be presented during Loncon 3, the 72nd annual World Science Fiction Convention August 14-18, 2014, in London.

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted, with a special great big WOOOOT to Ramez Naam!

Crux by Ramez NaamNexus, by Ramez Naam

 

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Mar
24

New Angry Robot Author: Susan Murray!

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Angry Robot Books is excited to announce our latest acquisition, World Rights from Sam Copeland (Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency) for Susan Murray’s The Waterborne Blade (October 2014), the opening volume of an intriguing medieval fantasy series for fans of Trudi Canavan, Karen Miller and Gail Z Martin.

Angry Robot Books is delighted to have obtained Susan’s wonderful debut novel, in which an exiled queen must protect her unborn child during a civil war by drawing on dark powers she can neither understand nor control. The as-yet untitled sequel will be released in summer of 2015.

Susan Murray: “I’m thrilled to find myself working with the dynamic team at Angry Robot. With so many talented authors on their list I imagined my novel’s chances of acceptance lay somewhere between slim and none. Never have I been more happy to be wrong.”

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.

Susan Murray photo 11 3 14About Susan: After spending her formative years falling off ponies Susan moved on to rock climbing, mountains proving marginally less unpredictable than horses. Along the way she acquired a rugby-playing husband, soon followed by two daughters and a succession of rundown houses. Cumulative wear and tear prompted her to return to study, settling unfinished business with an Open University Humanities degree. She lives with her family in rural Cumbria where she writes fantasy and science fiction with occasional forays into other genres.

Welcome Susan on Twitter: @pulpthorn

 

 

Rights Queries: Please contact Rights Executive Ellena Johnstone for all rights queries: ellena.johnstone@ospreypublishing.com

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This month we talk to Adam Christopher about Russian dopplegangers. As well as his new book, Hang Wire.

Hang Wire Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

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Mar
18

Arthur C Clarke Award – shortlist 2014

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Nexus by Ramez Naam

The shortlist of this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award was announced this evening in London, and we’re absolutely delighted to announce that – yet again – we have a book nominated.

NEXUS by Ramez Naam joins a very strong shortlist, which also includes God’s War by new Angry Robot author, Kameron Hurley.

The full shortlist is:

~ Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Orbit)
The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday May 1st at the Royal Society, London, and will be presented with a cheque for £2,014 (approx US$3,338) and the award itself, a commemorative bookend. But especially the cash.

Congratulations to all the finalists (especially Ramez and Kameron, of course).

It appears we have not lived and fought in vain!

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Back in February Andy Remic offered a free Wolf Pack to reviewers and bloggers who had reviewed his fantastic fantasy novel The Iron Wolves.

The pack included a lollypop, five bookmarks, a signed photo and an Iron Wolves t-shirt! (Modelled very impressively at the time by Mr Remic himself).

Wolf Pack Promo

Now the Wolf Pack has begun to return to their leader (with bloggers and reviewers receiving their t-shirts) and we can bring you first photo of one being worn by someone who didn’t write the book: Phil Witvliet of Grimdark reader with his dog Pluto!

Phil Witvliet & Pluto - wolf pack

Hopefully we’ll see more wolves returning home in the future so we can bring you photos of the entire pack, but for now we think Phil and Pluto set a high bar for the others!

*Once again we use the term “Modelled” in the broadest possible sense*

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Mar
12

Celebrating IWD: Anne Lyle

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Part Three of our celebration of International Women’s Day comes from Anne Lyle. Any Doctor Who fans out there are really going to enjoy this one!

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Anne Lyle

Last year we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the world’s longest-running SF TV show. We were also treated to a new Doctor in the shape of Peter Capaldi, whose costume and publicity photos owed more than a little to his 70s predecessor, Jon Pertwee. Perhaps because of this, and of course all the nostalgia-laden documentaries shown last year, I found myself looking back fondly at the Doctor Who of my youth.

Of course some of us have been around since the show’s earliest days, even if we were maybe a bit too young to watch it back when William Hartnell made the role his own. I guess I must have become a regular viewer late in Patrick Troughton’s stint, or early in Jon Pertwee’s, because I have vivid memories of hiding behind the sofa (or at least, my granny’s chair) during the opening credits with the rippling tiger-stripe pattern – I was more spooked by the music than by the show itself!

The first episode I actually recall seeing is “The Green Death” (1972), starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, but for me the definitive Doctor will always be Number Four, played by the incomparable Tom Baker. He was the longest in the role, and with his immensely long striped scarf remains the iconic image that even non-fans recognise.

Elisabeth-SladenHowever the element of the Fourth Doctor’s reign that stands out for me is his companions. First, of course, there was Sarah Jane Smith. As the companion of Number Three, she had fitted neatly into his predominantly Earth-based episodes in her role as an investigative journalist. The wider-ranging adventures of Number Four finally gave her a chance to venture further afield, but she remained a down-to-earth young woman who stood up to aliens as boldly as she had to rogue scientists. Sarah Jane was a great role model for girls of my generation, and it’s so cool that she eventually went on to have spin-off adventures of her own. Elizabeth Sladen is sorely missed.
Every companion’s time with the Doctor has to come to an end, though. In 1976, he left her in England when he was obliged to return to Gallifrey. He spent one adventure (“The Deadly Assassin”) alone, then in “The Face of Evil” he encountered a savage tribe, survivors of a shipwrecked survey team, and acquired a new companion, Leela.

Tom Baker Doctor WhoOn the face of it, Leela was clearly designed to appeal to the dads in the tea-time audience, with her skimpy leather tunic and long, long legs, but at the same time she resonated with young female viewers like me. Leela didn’t dress in frills and scream at aliens – she drew a knife and attacked them! She wasn’t just a dumb savage, either. Leela was intelligent and a fast learner, providing a strong foil to the Fourth Doctor’s eccentricities. I confess I was disappointed when the writers chose to end her story by marrying her off to a Gallifreyan guardsman, but at least she got to keep K9!

I’m currently rewatching the Tom Baker episodes from the beginning. Yes, they’re a bit stilted, and the shoestring budget makes for some rather comical moments, but they stand the test of time pretty well. I can only hope that the Doctor’s newest incarnation acquires companions who will serve him as well as Sarah Jane and Leela did.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a nine-foot-long scarf to knit…

The Prince of Lies, by Anne Lyle

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday the 8th of March we’ll be running a week of daily posts from our fantastic female authors. These posts will be a mix of their favourite female authors, characters or their views on the history of women in Sci-Fi. Tune in tomorrow for the first post from Anna Kashina, and keep an eye out for posts from Madeline Ashby, Ingrid Jonach and Marianne de Pierres amongst others! Everything starts tomorrow and keep an eye for some special posts on Strange Chemistry as well, until then check out the website and tell us what you’re doing to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Next Thursday (6th March) from 6.00-7.00pm Angry Robot and Titan/Tor author Adam Christopher will be at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore to sign his latest books:

  • ~ The Burning Dark – paperback (Titan)
  • Hang Wire – paperback (Angry Robot)
  • Hang Wire – limited edition hardback (Angry Robot)
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Hang Wire paperback (left) and limited edition hardback (right)

The limited edition hardbacks (our 100th book, folks!) arrived at Angry Robot Mansions, today (see right) and they’re fabulous with a variant cover by the Kitschies Award-winning designer, Will Staehle.

The hardbacks (a steal at just £20!) are exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and only 100 have been produced for sale, so get one while you can!

You can pick one up at the signing, or if you can’t get there, order one direct from Forbidden Planet.

More cool stuff!

The first 50 people at the signing will also get an exclusive Hang Wire fortune cookie (it ties in with the book – honest!), with up to 4 lucky readers winning an on-the-spot prize!

HANG WIRE

Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Tensile Strength | Dual Identities | The Greatest Show | Bandits ]

Praise for Hang Wire
“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
SFX Magazine.

“There’s a lot going in this genre-bender… Christopher fulfils our expectations and more. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.”
Booklist – starred review