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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 SagaThe 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.” 

Marc Gascoigne, Robot Overlord & Publisher, added: “What is there left to say about Kameron Hurley that hasn’t already been captured in the swathes of rave reviews, Hugo Award acceptance speeches, think pieces and blog posts? Well, this: The Mirror Empire saw her burst from the gates as a fully-formed A-list fantasy author. Empire Ascendant, as readers will soon discover for themselves, shows her relaxing into her powers, utterly in command of her characters and their world. Now it’s time to see what she does by way of a third act and I, along with her many fans, cannot wait.” 

The Broken Heavens: 

The promised collision of worlds is tearing reality apart. War has fractured the land, and the heavens themselves are falling. In this battle of worlds as old as time itself, who will live, and who will perish? It all comes down to this final chapter.”
 The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
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Apr
30

Rebirths of Tao File Update

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Hi folks!

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:

Amazon Kindle:

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.

Kobo:

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.

iTunes/iBooks:

Visit this page on iTunes help for instructions.

 

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.

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Apr
20

Apex US/CAN Paperback Update

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Apex by Ramez Naam (May 2015)

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!

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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.

timesalvagerIn case you’ve missed the Time Salvager buzz so far, here’s a taste of what just some of the early reviews are saying:

“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:

The Author, Wesley Chu“Just when you think you think it’s over, Earthlings, here we come again. I am flat-out pumped that Time Salvager has found a place in the hallow pantheon of the Angry Robot shelf. This unholy alliance between ill-tempered automatons and I is a marriage made in world-dominating Heaven.”

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.”

 

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Apr
01

Look what we found in the AR archive

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In spring, like so many people, one’s thoughts turn to tidying up a bit, i.e. spring cleaning. Our bristling orbital death platform has been looking a bit dusty and ramshackle of late – books and body parts everywhere, of course, but also crates of a less identifiable nature.

Right at the bottom of the most distant stack, in a wooden chest marked in a font of a distinctly pre-millenial variety (how you get Comic Sans on the side of an oak case I’ve no idea), we made a delighted discovery. In short, we found mint copies of some of Angry Robot’s releases from the very earliest days of the imprint. Very collectible, and we know we aren’t the only readers who have hung onto these original editions, even though copies are very scarce out there. It’s fascinating to see how our cover design styles have changed over the decades [ click to enlarge ]:

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From the left: one of our short-lived but very collectable series of AR Doubles, from 1966 (Guy Haley’s Reality 36 on the other side, as we’re sure you remember); the first appearance of that sleeper hit Nexus, from 1974; and an example of the first Jim Moore complete repackaging programme, from 1976.

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From left: powerful swords & sorcery imagery that screams 1979, also the inspiration behind Hawkwind’s concept album, released the following year; and a chance to compare and contrast UK and US packaging approaches, both from 1985.

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Mar
03

Angry Reboot – All Systems Go!

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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.

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Who says good news isn’t released on a Friday? Conflux Inc., organisers of the 2014 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for this year’s awards and we are delighted to see Marianne de Pierres in the category for Best Science Fiction Novel with Peacemaker.

Judging Coordinator, Tehani Wessely, said that with over 750 entries across the twelve categories, the judges had a hugely challenging job.

“As is always the case, the judges agreed that entries were of a very high standard and the final decisions were subject to much debate among the panellists. The competition becomes stronger every year.”

The Aurealis Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 11 April in Canberra. Wishing Marianne, and all the other finalists, the very best of luck!

MariannePeacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

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We are delighted to announce our latest robot recruit in Adam Rakunas with his debut novel, Windswept. Acquired from Sam Morgan at JABberwocky Literary Agency, Windswept is the first in a two-book deal and will be released in September 2015. The as-yet-untitled sequel will follow in 2016.

Windswept stars Padma Mehta, a long-time labor organizer who is on the verge of making the deal of her life when it all falls apart. Now, she has to rely on the neighbourhood scam artist and a handful of stowaways to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space — all before Happy Hour. With a host of well-crafted characters, Windswept is part detective story, part space operetta with snappy dialogue, futuristic adventure, and plenty of comedic timing.

AdamNewZealandAuthorPhotoAdam Rakunas: “I’m stoked to join the assimilated masses at Angry Robot, especially after I was informed that the process no longer hurt as much as before. Some of my favorite books and authors have come from the digital mines of AR, and I’m honored that my little book about sex, violence, and labor relations will join them.”

Phil Jourdan: “I was only a few pages into Windswept before I knew we had to take it on. Adam Rakunas has created one of the best ass-kicking protagonists around. He has mixed space travel with union politics and a deadly plague without ever sacrificing character and human warmth. He’s also annoyingly good at one-liners.”

Adam Rakunas has worked a variety of weird jobs. He’s been a virtual world developer, a parking lot attendant, a triathlon race director, a fast food cashier, and an online marketing consultant. Now a stay-at-home dad, Adam splits his non-parenting time between writing, playing the cello, and political rabble-rousing. His stories have appeared in Futurismic and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Windswept is his first novel.

Fun fact: Adam was the bartender for Angry Robot’s legendary robot-stuffed launch party back in 2009 at the Montreal WorldCon! Adam has been a member of our Robot Army for many years and it is extra special to celebrate this ladder-climbing step.

Join us in congratulating Adam; you can reach him online:

Twitter: @rakdaddy
Facebook: Adam Rakunas Books
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Website: Giro.org

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It’s all go at Angry Robot HQ as we gear up for March and our publishing reboot. We’re following yesterday’s cover reveal for Craig Cormick‘s The Floating City with the cover for the first in Susan Murray‘s intriguing medieval fantasy series, The Waterborne Blade (May 2015). If you’re a fan of Trudi Canavan, Karen Miller and Gail Z Martin, this epic fantasy title is for you, and you won’t have long to wait for the sequel as The Waterborne Exile follows in August of this year.

With a hat tip to Paul Young at Artist Partners for this fantastic cover, we present The Waterborne Blade (click to enlarge):

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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.

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Steve Stone (Artist Partners) has done it again; we’re delighted with the cover for The Floating City, the sequel to Craig Cormick’s dramatic The Shadow Master. You don’t have long to wait, The Floating City is released in ebook and paperback formats, in North America on 2nd June and UK / ROW on 4th June. Until then, here’s the magnificent cover (click to embiggen):

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The Floating City

The Floating City is in turmoil. The magical seers who protect it are being slain by fearsome Djinn that rise out of the canals at night. Members of the city’s Council of Ten are being assassinated by masked fanatics. Refugee ships are arriving, bringing plague. Othmen spies are infiltrating everywhere. New power blocks are battling for control of the city.

And the three Montecchi daughters, Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella, are struggling with love and loss,  and with much ado about being able to write their own destinies. And moving amongst them all is the mysterious and deadly Shadow Master, who seems to be directing everyone like players in a game. But as the plots and intrigues converge will he find that some things are beyond even his control?

Craig Cormick on The Floating City

“Writing the Floating City enabled me to both reveal more about the mysterious Shadow Master as well as throw in a few more secrets as well – so expect some more information, but some more mysteries. I also played with three of the original Italian stories and characters that Shakespeare adapted for his plays – and wove them into the story. This enabled me to have three very strong female protagonists – Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella. Look for them too, but don’t expect them to be quite like Shakespeare’s characters. And I also cast into the mix some references to contemporary politics, a ripping plot line, a dash of romance, a few murders, some magic and intrigue, some biting humour – and after letting it bake, sat it on the window sill until it had cooled just a little – and I hope you’ll find it now tastes just right.”

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2015 will be busy and exciting for Angry Robot as our publishing schedule is back under full steam in March, and we also still have some new authors to share with you. The first of these is Patrick S. Tomlinson with his debut novel, The Ark, acquired from Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency in a two-book deal with translation rights. Scheduled for November 2015, The Ark is a thrilling mystery set in deep space.

AURALBW-IMG_1134Patrick S. Tomlinson: “When my agent first told me I’d be working with an Angry Robot, I was skeptical. “Oh, no,” I said. “I’ve seen this movie and the whole human race gets eradicated.” But then I started to wonder why the robot was angry. And if it was angry, did that mean it had human emotions instead of cold, inflexible machine logic? If a robot can be angry, can it also learn to… love?

Oh, and I wrote a book set on a generation ship called THE ARK. It contains many words. Some of them are even in the right order.”

 

Angry Robot’s Consulting Editor, Phil Jourdan: “What a pleasure it will be to unleash this blend of mystery, action and Really Big Spaceship madness on the world. The Ark has one of those great, mega-satisfying endings that will make readers squeal with delight a little bit. Be warned.”

The Ark

Sherlock Holmes meets 2001: A Space Odyssey

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

About Patrick: Patrick S. Tomlinson is the son of an ex-hippie psychologist and an ex-cowboy electrician. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Ford Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for performing stand-up comedy.

 Join us in offering Patrick a robotically warm welcome: @stealthygeek on Twitter, Facebook, and Patrick’s site, www.patrickstomlinson.com.

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Dec
18

The Buried Life in Japan

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We are delighted to announce that Carrie Patel‘s sci-fi mystery The Buried Life has been sold to Japanese publisher, Tokyo Sogensha. The Buried Life has been reviewed and featured by many in most-anticipated lists and we are looking forward to its Japanese release in Spring 2016; English-language readers, The Buried Life will be with you in March of next year.

This is our second Japanese deal, after Madeline Ashby’s vN whilst agents have also sold Lavie Tidhar and Lauren Beuekes’ books to Japan. Thanks to our Rights Manager, Alex, at Watkins Media who is off to a great start with this deal with Japanese agent Tuttle Mori. As 2014 ends on a high note for Angry Robot Books with acquisitions, rights sales, and world domination plans afoot, we’re looking forward to a wonderful 2015.

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Not only do we have a third Gas-Lit Empire book to tell you about, but we also have an exclusive Cover Reveal for the second, Unseemly Science, over on Tor.com right now! Click here to see the cover, and below for all the new title news.

Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the re-signing of Rod Duncan for a third book in the Gas-Lit Empire series, The Custodian of Marvels (April 2016), acquired from Ed Wilson of Johnson & Alcock.

The first in the series, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, was released in September 2014 and has won the Leicester Writers’ Norman King Award as well as receiving rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Unseemly Science, the much anticipated second in the series, will be published in May 2015.

Rod Duncan: “Being part of the Angry Robot family has been a joy, so I am delighted to be signing up with them for the third novel in the series. Significant secrets will be revealed in this book. I can also promise a daring crime. But this time it’s Elizabeth, our protagonist, who’s going to be committing it.”

Marc Gascoigne: “In Elizabeth Barnabus, as readers of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter have already discovered, Rod Duncan has created a wonderfully engaging and resourceful heroine, and in the Gas-Lit Empire a tremendous alternative version of English history. Angry Robot has Unseemly Science, its miraculous sequel, on our list for Spring 15 but we couldn’t leave the story there, so I’m delighted to have snapped up another installment, The Custodian of Marvels.

The Custodian of Marvels
(The Gas-Lit Empire #3)

Elizabeth Barnabus is in hiding, outside the borders of the Gas-Lit Empire. Her late father’s nemesis, the Duke of Northampton, is using all his influence to have her arrested and ragged back to the Kingdom. To fight back against him, Elizabeth will have to put her trust in that most dangerous of men, John Farthing, agent of the dreaded Patent Office.

Praise for Rod Duncan

Chris D’Lacey: “If I had a bowler hat, I’d take it off to the author of this beautifully crafted steampunk novel.”

Graham Joyce: “Rod Duncan’s The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is itself a magic box pulsating with energy. Compulsive reading from the get-go, the blend of steampunk alternate history wrapped in the enigma of a chase makes for first-rate entertainment in this finely crafted novel. A superb book.”

SFX Magazine: “a breath of fresh air is the setting… It does what the very best steampunk does: it creates an alternate reality with a firm grounding in history… set against such a strikingly different, well-crafted background it’s really engaging.”

Publisher’s Weekly: “Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series.”

Washington Post: “It’s all steampunk and circus wonder as we follow the adventures of Elizabeth Barnabas… The double crosses along the way keep the plot tight and fun, and the conclusion sets us up nicely for book two.”

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Oct
23

Alyc Helms: Achievement Unlocked

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Yesterday we announced the exciting news that we have signed Alyc Helms as an Angry Robot author, with her debut novel – The Dragons of Heaven – due for publication in Spring of 2015. Alyc has written an insightful piece on her blog about her journey to publication which we have extracted here. For the full piece, click through to this page. Over to Alyc…

The exciting news that I’ve been sitting on since early January is that Angry Robot offered for my novel The Dragons of Heaven and an as-yet unnamed sequel, to be published in April 2015 and 2016. The initial muppet-flailing has quieted to a Fluttershy ‘yay,’ but my enthusiasm is not lessened for all of that. I’ve been riding this high for months, and I don’t think it’s going away.

However, I look at all the hard work and revision and rejection and depression and revision and rejection and depression and revision and and and… And I have to admit to myself: I got lucky.

Here’s what luck looks like to a writer:

I’ve always loved books, and I scribbled stories and poems starting when I was a kid and continuing well into my twenties: band-fic and blood-soaked vampire odes, re-hashed fairy tales and snarky swordswomen. I finished three stories, sent them out to Realms of Fantasy, got rejected, and moved on to other things. Becoming an author seemed impossible, something that had been done long ago by people I admired but not something I could ever do. I returned to school in my late twenties with the plan to become a research anthropologist, childhood dreams of being a fantasy novelist packed away alongside the Prima Ballerina thing.

I met Marie Brennan at a field school in Wales. In the evenings, when I wasn’t running a cobbled-together Changeling game for her and a few other women, Marie was writing the first draft of the book that would eventually become her first novel sale. I had met authors before, but this was the first time I met a peer who was serious about writing. Even then, and over the years as we solidified our friendship, I had no question that Marie would someday succeed as an author. It was inevitable.

Seeing her determination changed me. I had a reference point. A template. My academic work was in representation and identity, so I recognized why that was so important. If you see someone like you achieving something you thought was impossible, it renders that thing possible for you.

Becoming friends with Marie was my first lucky break. I started noodling around with fiction again. At this point, I was in grad school for anthropology and folklore. I’d spent several years thinking about the structure of stories, about representation, about cultures and cultural relativism and worldbuilding, about the intersections between gender, race, economics, and politics. I had THINGS TO SAY. I was crap at saying them, but I had some solid material to start from.

Some friends and I formed a writing group. Scat Hardcore included Marie, Mike Underwood, Darja Malcolm-Clarke,Siobhan Carroll, Emily Dare, and Ryan Markle, all of us still figuring out who the hell we were as writers and what the hell we were doing. We helped each other learn about writing, but also about the business of writing: networking, submission, rejection, markets, publication, conferences, workshops, etc. We learned how to take the craft and our dedication to it seriously. Scat Hardcore was my second lucky break. I can’t emphasize enough the value of a solid and serious writing community filled with people who are just slightly more talented, more dedicated, or more professionally focused than you.

At that time, I was still concentrating on my academic work and only writing short stories. I wrote a couple stories–I had learned from my academic writing about this thing called revision, and it turns out it can make your writing better!–but I didn’t really grok short stories. I still don’t think I’ve quite cracked how to write a good short story, even though I’ve managed to sell a few. Novels are my thing. Novels I grok. Novels are where my heart is.

Novels are a hell of a lot longer than short stories.

In 2006 I was playing in a supers tabletop game run by my friend Jason Pisano. I wanted to make a shift in the character I was playing–a legacy pulp hero with a lot of heart and no heroing experience–so I asked Jason if she could go to China to train with the ancient dragon who’d trained her grandfather. He said sure. I asked him to fill in the details for me. He looked at his stable of ten other players waiting for him to adjudicate things and told me to write it up myself and submit it for XP.

That was my next bit of luck. Along around the time my ‘little side-adventure write-up’ hit 40k words, I realized I had the longest thing I’d ever written, the seed of a novel, and I still wasn’t bored. Of course, it was a character fic. It wasn’t novel-shaped at all. Missy was unfocused as a character, and the story was based in a world owned by a large corporate gaming company. But at this point, I’d seen Marie take a seed from a gaming experience and turn it into a series of amazing novels–her Onyx Court books. I knew I could reshape The Dragons of Heaven. Read More→

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We, here at Angry Robot HQ, are simply delighted to announce Alyc Helms has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. In a two-book, World English, deal, Alyc was signed from Lindsay Ribar and Stefanie Diaz (Greenburger Assocs) and Anna Carmichael (Abner Stein). The first title, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published in April 2015.

alychelms-authorphoto1Alyc Helms: “I feel so lucky to join the Angry Robot family–The covers! The inside-the-covers! The authors! The staff!–I’m completely chuffed. I get to say chuffed now. It’s one of the perks.”

Marc Gascoigne: I do like it when the team bring in a novel proposal and we all devour it at a single sitting. Such was the case with the delicious The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, which we all love and cannot wait to present to you, our devoted readers. It’s another in a long line of wonderful Angry Robot books that defies categorisation without resorting to a hell of a lot of hyphens. Alright, if you insist: it’s a sort of superhero-pulp-kung fu-magician-fantasy-mystery-adventure. See what I mean?”

The Dragons of Heaven

Drawing on the legacy of Indiana Jones, Jack Burton, and The Shadow, Missy Masters is an adventure heroine for the 21st century.

“A tough, witty young woman who inherited her superhero grandfather’s powers barrels through a rollicking ‘Big Trouble in Little China’-esque tale filled with magic, monsters and wisecracks. I loved it.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver, on The Dragons of Heaven 

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather; she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr. Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

Would you deal with the devil to save the world?

About Alyc Helms: Alyc Helms fled her PhD program in anthropology and folklore when she realized she preferred fiction to academic writing. She lives above a dive bar in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a project manager for Macmillan, a freelance editor, and a volunteer copyeditor for Nightmare Magazine. In addition to writing, she dabbles in corsetry and costuming, dances Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, rants about social justice issues, and games in all forms of media. She sometimes refers to her work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is just a fancy way to say that she is obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Crossed Genres and will be appearing in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 Join us in welcoming Alyc to our motley crew: @alychelms and check out her website: http://www.alychelms.com

 

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