Archive for Awards
The Aurealis Awards are the premier Australian awards, recognising the achievements of Australian SF.F and WTF writers. The 2013 finalists have just been announced, and – as ever – the shortlist is chock full of literary fabulosity.
Elsewhere, other Angry Robot authors fight the good fight:
Other AR authors’ nominations
Jo Anderton‘s Mah Song (shortlisted for Best YA Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s Fencelines (shortlisted for Best Horror Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s The Last Tiger (shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s Mah Song (also shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)
Jo Anderton’s The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (shortlisted for Best Collection)
Kaaron Warren‘s The Human Moth (shortlisted for Best Horror Short Fiction)
Kaaron Warren’s Air, Water and the Grove (shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Fiction)
Good luck to all of the nominees!
Last night saw the fifth Kitschies Awards at a packed venue in Covent Garden. The Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. Nexus by Ramez Naam was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle Award (debut novel). And Will Staehle’s brilliant cover to Adam Christopher’s The Age Atomic was shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle Award (cover art).
In a hugely-competitive shortlist, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice won the Golden Tentacle, but Will’s cover (right – click to biggerify it) won the Inky Tentacle! Both Will and Ramez will receive a bottle of Kraken Rum (*turns to face camera*: The Best Rum And No Mistake). As category winner, Mr Staehle will also receive a nice cheque (or check as he’s in the US) for £500.
You can find the full list of nominees and winners, at the Kitschies website.
And here’s the tentacle, held beautifully by a professional hand model, hired with no thought given to the cost, and not Angry Robot’s Lee, who apparently doesn’t know how to iron sleeves, no, not him at all:
After browsing the Kitschies Awards site, it appears that we are the only publisher to have ever won more than 2 Kitschies Awards (we’ve won one in each of the three main categories – Novel (Zoo City by Lauren Beukes), Debut (King Maker by Maurice Broaddus) and Cover Art (see above) – a feat unmatched by even the biggest publishers in the world). We’re also the only publisher to have more than 5 works shortlisted since the awards’ inception (and this includes the first year, when we couldn’t be shortlisted for anything, as we hadn’t started publishing at that point). That feels like a good reason for another shot of rum… :-)
It’s round up time again and this week we’re taking a look at all the fantastic awards and nominations our authors have been getting lately!
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
First up, we’re so excited that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award! What is it about this book that readers and critics love so much? Here are just a few of the many amazing reviews:
“You won’t be the same after you read The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, trust me. [...] Rich, complex, and delightfully-developed, The Madman’s Daughter opens up new worlds of possibility and does so with elegance and grace.”
-s.e. smith, at this ain’t livin’
“The characters are what drives this story, whether it’s Cat struggling through life, her mad yet grounded and caring father, the friends and lovers Cat meets throughout her life, or Finn, the android who doesn’t want to be human yet seems like the most perfect creation.”
- Katherine Stubbs, Shades of Sentience
“One of the most heart-clenching and gut-wrenching love stories I have ever read. I bet no-one reading this review has ever read an unrequited love story where the love is only unrequited because science has not made it possible, yet. Heart meet knife! Clarke’s exploration of human nature versus science versus faith versus the disingenuous youth are the reasons this book needs to be read and loved by everyone.”
– Vicki, Open Book Society
“I urge you to read this book, it will haunt you and stay with you for a long time. It is very hard to believe that this is only the author’s second novel – bravo Miss Clarke!”
- Wendy of the Geek Syndicate
“The twist is that the cool, rational Finn is a robot, and Cat’s love for him is unrequited because she ages while he does not, and he is not programmed to respond to her emotions. It’s a neat premise and Clark examines the ramifications with the precision of a poet”.
- Eric Brown, The Guardian
“It’s not a story of future heroism. It’s not even, really, a story about robots. It’s a story of live and failure and expectations. It is, perhaps, in its relentless examination of one woman’s life, one of the most realistic science fiction stories ever told.”
- Michael Ann Dobbs for IO9.com
“Cat is a finely etched character, difficult, distant, and living in denial of her true feelings for years … Cassandra Rose Clarke does a fine job of staying inside her protagonist’s head, and capturing what it’s like to drift through life without the will or the opportunity to make the best decisions.”
- Adam-Troy Castro, Sci Fi Magazine (print only)
“The Mad Scientist’s Daughter reminded me of a couple of books I haven’t read in years, books I loved dearly that still haunt me. It has the strange feel of Geoff Ryman’s The Child Garden, a terribly sad story that was ultimately so rewarding. It also sparked some of the same emotions I feel while reading anything by China Miéville.”
- Tammy Sparks, Books, Bones & Buffy
“This book is about LOVE mostly and family, betrayal, emotion and what happiness means, but so totally science fiction. It is an amazing book and I enjoyed so much that I will be looking for more books by Cassandra Rose Clarke.”
- Katie Turner, Turner’s Antics
“At it’s heart, it’s a beautifully written story, not only exploring the complexities between Cat and Finn, but also her changing relationships with her parents, and the other men who enter her life.”
- Michelle, BCF Book Reviews
“I read this book with a constant sense of impending doom…I expected disaster and drama around ever corner. But this isn’t one of those books. This book is more subtle, a much more realistic picture of an imagined world, and I loved it.”
- Leah at LeahRhyne.com
“Cassandra Rose Clarke has proven she can write with the best of them in this one and I expect this was just a taste of what is to come from her.”
- Liam, The Troubled Scribe
“this book is heavy on the romance side. The science fiction element is there but very subtle but not as much until it becomes superficial. Instead, it gives the story this otherworldly quality.”
- Zuleeza at **QWERTY**
Nexus by Ramez Naam
Second, the fantastic Nexus by Ramez Naam has been nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award in the Kitschies! Congratulations also to the wonderful Will Staehle, whose cover art for The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher has been nominated for the Inky Tentacle.
Here’s what just a few people have had to say about Nexus:
“Ramez Naam’s debut novel Nexus is a superbly plotted high-tension technothriller about a War-on-Drugs-style crackdown on brain/computer interfaces … full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity … excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology, making a hell of a read.”
- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
“It’s good. Scary good. Take a chance and stop reading now and have a great time reading a bleeding edge technical thriller that is full of surprises.”
- James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com’s GeekDad blog
“a fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You’ll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down.”
- Annalee Newitz, IO9.com
“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.”
- SFX Magazine
“the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing”
- Publishers Weekly
“Mr. Naam sees all the angles of future technology almost too imaginatively to keep up with … Nexus joins Paul McAuley’s Fairyland (1995) as a double-edged vision of the post-human.”
- Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal
“This sophisticated page-turning techno-thriller is one of my favorite stories of all time … Naam is remarkable in his ability to address deep philosophical concepts while keeping the story line light, fast, and action-packed.”
- Stephen L. Macknik, Scientific American Illusion Chasers blog
“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel … Naam has set himself a difficult challenge here: he’s telling a story in which much of the action and dialogue takes place inside the characters’ minds. But he succeeds admirably”.
- David Pitt, BookList
“a very readable book … deals with real world ramifications of next-generation technology in a believable, if somewhat scary, fashion. It’s accurate without being boring, and action-packed without being trite or vapid.”
- Matthew S. Dent, Interzone
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, which has not only been receiving amazing reviews but also made it into the top ten of the Goodreads Choice Awards science fiction novels of 2013, has now been given an Alex (ALA) Award for adult books that appeal to teens! Want a reminder of why Tao is getting so much love?
Since the moment I finished Wesley Chu’s debut novel, The Lives of Tao, I called reading it ‘the most fun I’ve had this year.’
- Staffer’s Book Review
Note to James Patterson fans: this is how to write a sci-fi page turner.
- Sci-Fi Bulletin
A sci-fi thriller this may be, but it has a lot of emotional depth to it.
- Fantasy Faction
Wesley Chu’s debut novel The Lives of Tao is a fun book that will appeal directly to those who enjoy Charles Stross’s Laundry novels (2004-).
- Strange Horizons
The Lives of Tao is a fun book with a lot of energy and it really worked for me. Full of action, adventure, martial arts, gunplay, and large quantities of geeky goodness. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something a lighter than the current swathe of serious sci-fi / fantasy.
– Fantasy Book Review
An exceptionally entertaining book, Chu’s writing is easy to consume and leaves you wanting more. Definitely one to read, and an author to watch.
– British Fantasy Society
…makes this book what it is: one of the freshest, most fun debuts I’ve read in quite a while!
- My Bookish Ways
I think this is one of the best amalgamations of SF, Thriller, buddy-stories, comedy and other genre assortments, which was even more impressive because it’s a debut and is funny as hell. The story is a nice one with a bit of everything to satisfy most readers, beginning with characterization.
- Fantasy Book Critic
We need to be able to identify with what’s going on, and while sci-fi has historically given us a vehicle to discuss some very serious things by using the unreality as a smokescreen (female officers on the Enterprise and whatnot) to tell a really compelling and interesting story in science fiction, the window dressing of future worlds and alien species needs to still allow reasonable suspension of disbelief and Chu absolutely nails it.
– Speculative Post
“Vividly entertaining, this is a book that looks past the lively and thrilling glamour of life as an international spy and also merges several genres together into a cohesive whole to tell a story that rocks from start to finish.”
– The Founding Fields (Shadowhawk)
“The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu is a very interesting book, and right from the start you will find yourself drawn into the strong narrative and the interesting characters.”
– The Founding Fields (Bane of Kings)
You guys, this book was just AWESOME. I literally don’t have a single complaint about it. It was an action-packed, fun-filled joy ride and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Roen and Tao.
– Sarah Says Read
It’s easy to forget about all of that science fiction stuff when you are busy laughing at and cheering for Roen Tan. And that, more than anything else, makes The Lives of Tao one of the best debuts I’ve read this year.
– The 52 Review
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Lastly, we wanted to mention one of our Strange Chemistry titles that has also been pulling in a lot of praise and awards nominations recently. Pantomime, a YA fantasy novel by Laura Lam, has been shortlisted in the 2014 NE Teen Book Award, nominated for the 2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List in the GLBTQ category and the 2014 Cybils Award, and has been announced in the final 2014 Rainbow List! Wow! So what makes Pantomime so special? Here is just a small selection of what people have been saying:
“Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.”
– Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy
“Ancient myths, vintage tech and living wonders abound in the riotous carnival of fancy which is Pantomime. Lam paints her world with greasepaint and stardust while exploring the notion of the circus ‘freak’ with subtle brilliance. A spectacular and brave debut!”
- Kim Lakin-Smith, author of Cyber Circus
“The atmosphere of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is everything that I have been missing in other circus reads of late . . . It’s a brave book and one that deserves to be read by a wide audience.”
- Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
“These characters are brilliant . . . You can’t help but fall in love with each of them in turn . . . A completely eye-opening, enthralling debut.”
- Joanne @ Once Upon a Bookcase
“Pantomime is a dark, gritty world where all the fun of the fair can turn sinister at any time.”
- Hannah @ My Book Journey
“A fantastic read, a stunning debut and a jaw dropping secret! I cannot wait for book two.”
- Kirsty @ The Overflowing Library
“If there’s ever a book that you need to rush out and pre-order this is it . . . Pantomime is quite possibly one of the best fantasies of its type I have read this year.”
- Raimy @ Readaraptor
“Read Pantomime and know what good fantasy can be: intricate, heartbreaking and heartwarming. The best new book I’ve read this year.”
- Andrew Hook
“Pantomime has all the magic and mystery of The Night Circus . . .”
- Maria M. Elmvang
“ I actually stayed up to the early hours of the morning because I just needed to know what was going to happen . . . Pantomime is a fascinating, exciting, thought provoking, colourful read.”
- Leanne @ District YA
You know that we love our books, and we know that you love our books (awwww, isn’t this sweet!). It’s also very gratifying when we’re told that awards committees also love our books.
The shortlists of the Kitschies Awards have just been announced, and Angry Robot are once again represented.
The Kitschies is an annual prize for books containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic” for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction” published in the previous year.
The shortlists are listed in full, below, but a shout-out to our nominees is in order, as this is our blog, and if you don’t like it we’ll just take our football and go home, and then where will you be? Huh? Huh? Huh?
Nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award is: Ramez Naam for Nexus - one of the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books published last year!
Good luck to Mez and Will. We’ll be at the ceremony on 12th February in London to cheer you on! Good luck, also, to the other nominees (especially in the Red Tentacle race, in which we don’t have a horse. Or, you know… a book).
The Red Tentacle (Novel) nominees, selected by judges Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:
- • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
- • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
- • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
- • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
- • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut) nominees, selected by the same panel of judges:
- • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
- • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
- • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
- • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) nominees, selected by judges Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli:
• Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
• The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
• Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
• Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
• Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi
Once again, congratulations to all the nominees. With over 230 books submitted by 57 imprints, it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted! (And how wonderful to see 3 regular Angry Robot cover artists and designers shortlisted for the Inky Award – Will, Amazing15 and Joey HiFi)
Angry Robot’s Kitschie Awards History
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (winner of the Red Tentacle)
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus (winner of the Golden Tentacle)
vN by Madeline Ashby (shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle)
Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes, Cover by Tom Gauld (shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle)
So that’s 6 books shortlisted in 5 years. We can live with that… :-)
(Well, 4 years if you consider the fact that we weren’t publishing for the first year of these awards!)
Every year, before announcing the shortlist (and from there, the winner), the organisers of the Arthur C Clarke Award traditionally release the full list of the books submitted to the judges for consideration.
This year, in order to highlight some of the fantastic fiction being written by women in the field* the ACCA administrators have started by listing all the books by women that have been submitted. It’s well worth a look, if only to lay waste to the myth that women don’t write science fiction**.
*In the field of science fiction, that is. We make no claims as to the location in which these books were written, be it Starbucks, a home office, or, indeed, a field.
As has now become customary, we’re listing below the books we published last year that are eligible for various awards. Being British, however, we’re doing it furtively, and we’re looking up every now and then to make sure no-one’s watching us.
As ever, this list is provided purely as an aide-mémoire, not as a list of recommendations – if you’ve read the works below and consider them to be award-worthy, the authors would be thrilled if you would consider nominating/voting for them. If you haven’t read them, they’re all available from your favourite offline or online store.
Here are the books we published in 2013* (covers are gathered together by artist, not by publication date – see artist list at the end of this blog post):
Wow! Look at what we made, ma! Read More→
Last night (well, last night in the UK – yesterday afternoon in the US) this year’s Locus Award finalists were announced, and we’re delighted to announce that Madeline Ashby’s vN has been shortlisted in the Best First Novel category, and Angry Robot author Aliette de Bodard has been shortlisted in both Best Novella and Best Short Story categories!
Not only that, but Angry Robot has been shortlisted for Best Publisher.
The competition in all of the categories is fierce, and the entire awards list highlights some of the amazing work being done in the SF & F genres today, and our congratulations go to Madeline and all of the other finalists. Except perhaps for those in the Best Publisher category – our cybernetic army lies in wait. Just sayin’…
This time the shortlistee is Mr Lee Battersby, whose debut novel The Corpse-Rat King is one of three books shortlisted for the 2012 Australian Shadows Award – awarded to “the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light” – in the Best Novel category.
Congratulations, too, to Kaaron Warren who has been shortlisted in three categories: Best Short Fiction (three times!), Best Long Fiction and Best Collection.
We’re not entirely sure when the winners will be announced (the Australian Horror Writers Association website may shed some light on the details in due course) but once again we’ve got all our mechadigits very firmly crossed, for however long they need to be.