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Jun
10

Book Signing: N S Dolkart

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Angry Robot Author, N. S. DolkartN S Dolkart, debut author of the epic fantasy Silent Hall, will be holding a book signing on June 15 at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA to celebrate its upcoming release. Why not learn a little about Dolkart before the day by checking out our recent interview with the man himself?

For those who haven’t yet had a chance to see it, here’s the synopsis of Silent Hall:

Five bedraggled refugees and a sinister wizard awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods.

All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world.

How hard could it be?

For more information visit the event page.

 

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Jun
02

Open Door update

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Poor buried robotWe thought we’d better give you an update on our progress working through the (virtual) mountain of submissions from the recent Open Door period.

As you may recall, by the closing date at the end of January we had received an unexpected 1,118 novel proposals. Yes, that’s an absolute fuck-ton, but unexpected, you say? Well, yeah – last time we had pulled in a little over 600, so to be honest we were probably expecting around the same again. As a result, well, while the Robots have been reading tirelessly, as you may imagine it’s been taking longer than we anticipated.

We’ve managed to work through around two-thirds of the initial submissions. We have rejected plenty, some quite easily (we still don’t publish non-fiction, or books for the under-fives, for example) but others only after a lot of argument. We’ve also called in a fair number of full manuscripts – and yes, these also now need reading. Did someone mention Sisyphus?

So, if you haven’t had a note from us yet, but did get an email when you originally submitted, we’ve not forgotten you. We’ve just not got to your proposal yet. If you need or wish to Withdraw your book for whatever reason, or send it out to other publishers at the same time, by all means do so, we won’t stand in your way. Just keep us in the loop and if necessary log in to the Submittable page in the usual way.

And wish us luck, as we continue to read… read… read…

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The ink’s not even dry but we had to tell you this RIGHT NOW!

Angry Robot has just completed a deal to publish Peter Tieryas’ sensational alt-history novel United States of Japan in the land of the rising sun. Noted publishing house Hayakawa, famed for their strong science fiction list, will publish the novel in translation in early 2017.

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Feb
22

New Wesley Chu novella

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The Days of Tao (ebook cover)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→

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Dec
01

The Open Door is… open

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It’s time. Yes, the Open Door period is now here, and we want you to submit your novel proposal to us. Yay!

To re-read the guidelines one last time, go here:

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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.

Jen WilliamsWithout even the suggestion of being introduced to a terrifying array of “devices”, Jen kindly said: Read More→

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May
28

Worldwide Hidden Huntress Giveaway

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The countdown is on for the release of Danielle L. Jensen‘s Hidden Huntress, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Stolen Songbird. With only a few days to go, we’re celebrating with a WORLDWIDE giveaway for Hidden Huntress. For your chance to win 1 of 10 copies, follow the below link to Goodreads. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Hidden Huntress

by Danielle L. Jensen

Giveaway ends June 26, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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May
05

More Kameron Hurley from Angry Robot Books

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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.”  Read More→

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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.

Flex by Ferrett SteinmetzThe Buried Life by Carrie PatelNexus MMPB by Ramez Naam

 

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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!

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Feb
04

Adam Rakunas, Welcome to the Robot Ranks

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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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