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Jan
09

Robot Round Up: Best of 2013

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Happy New Year everyone!

It’s our first round up of 2014, so we thought we’d take a look at your favourites from last year. What got everyone talking in 2013?

 

Your Best of 2013

 

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuFirst off, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu has made it into a few of your favourites piles, and was even voted into the top ten science fiction books in the Goodreads Choice Awards! Badass Book Reviews included it on their Best Science Fiction of 2013 list. My Bookish Ways and Staffer’s Book Review both also named it a top debut of 2013. Justin of Staffer’s Book Review says:

8 months ago I called The Lives of Tao ‘the most fun I’ve had this year.’ Fast forward to today and it’s still true. He [Chu] succeeds because he’s got a clever voice, full of subtle wit and kinetic pacing.” (Staffer’s Book Review)

The reviews for this book have been phenomenal, so it’s definitely one series to catch up with if you missed it!

Three by Jay Posey is another favourite. Jasper of Book Plank says: It is not only the world that makes Three interesting, the characters are spot on and only further help make this story a winner, and Tabitha of My Shelf Confessions says: You seriously do NOT want to miss this debut! We agree!

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15Next up is The Big Reap by Chris HolmThe Founding Fields and My Bookish Ways both included it in their top books of 2013 lists, and both bloggers, S.J. and Heather, over at Snobbery picked it to top their list as one of their two Super Best Books of 2013! Wow!

Now, let’s just talk for a moment about Between Two Thorns and the Split Worlds series by Emma NewmanBetween Two Thorns was a hit with so many of you, and not only that, but it was also listed in NetGalley’s Top Ten of the Year! The Founding Fields, My Bookish Ways, and A Fantastical Librarian are just a few of the blogs that included it in their best of lists. Justin at Staffer’s Book Review also gave the gorgeous cover by Sarah J. Coleman a mention in his Best Cover Art post.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke also receives some great mentions in your best of lists, with characters that are “vibrant and real” (Badass Book Reviews). Mieneke of A Fantastic Librarian saying this about it:

“The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is stunning. A gorgeous exploration of love, the ability to feel it and other emotions, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to attain happiness that probes the border between human and AI to see how far they stretch.” (A Fantastical LibrarianRead More→

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Jan
03

Peacemaker – Most Anticipated

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Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresWe love Buzzfeed. Well, how could we not love a site with wtf as one of their menu options? And a couple of days ago they published their 19 Most Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy Books For 2014 list (no mere Best 10 for them, puny mortals!)

And we’re thrilled to see that Marianne de Pierre’s brilliant Peacemaker is on the list (alongside Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Jeff VanderMeer, Myke Cole to name but a few).

They say :

“it looks as though it’s set in a compelling future Earth”.

Oh, yes. You have no idea!

Peacemaker is out on April 29th in the US and Canada paperback, and worldwide ebook and on the 1st of May in paperback in the UK.

Be there.

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Dec
16

Festive Competition: The Winners

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Happy Monday, one and all!

Last week we ran a competition asking you to change our titles into something a bit more festive, and this was no challenge for you lot! We had quite the range of answers, some made us laugh and others groan with the cheese factor, but we did enjoy reading them. It was no easy decision but there must be a winner…but before that, here’s a reminder of the prize:

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And for closer inspection…for those of you who think it’s the tree you’re winning…

Read More→

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Dec
06

Robot Round-Up 06/12/13

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Hey folks, today’s Robot Round-Up is a celebration of January 2014’s coming titles, and we have two exciting books to share with you! First up, the much anticipated The Cormorant, the third in Chuck Wendig’s fantastic Miriam Black series. Readers of the first two books loved the dark, punchy style (“fast, ferocious, sharp as a switchblade and fucking fantastic” – Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls) and I can’t wait to see what you all think of the third book. Read More→

Dec
03

New NetGalley ARCs Available

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Hi folks,

Delighted to introduce you to our two February 2014 Angry Robot titles, which are now on NetGalley!

We have a stand alone novel by Adam Christopher for you, and also the third in the Occult Investigations Series by Justin Gustainis. Known Devil is available to download immediately with no request needed! Read More→

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Nov
28

Team Robot Blogger Award

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As most of you are probably aware, we here at Robot HQ adore our blogs, bloggers, readers of blogs, and all things related. We really appreciate everything they do to help us promote our books, authors, and indeed Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry, and Exhibit A. With today being Thanksgiving, we thought it was the perfect time to announce our Team Robot Blogger Award. We want to give back to those bloggers who work tirelessly, for no financial gain, and in their own free time, to read more books than we can even publish, and spread the word to the reading – and buying – public. Read More→

Nov
13

Cover Reveal: Last God Standing

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Creator. Ruler. Stand-up Comic…

 

We’ve been super excited about Michael Boatman‘s Last God Standing since we first read it in acquisitions, and even more so after we were able to shout loud and proud about our latest author, but the excitement levels are pretty high now with this cover. Last God Standing is the “ultimate in divine comedy” and we’re eagerly awaiting its release next year! But less of me, and more of the cover:

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Cover: Chris Moore

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Last God Standing

When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose.

Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.

Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.

How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods Behaving Badly | Power Struggle | The Way He Tells ’Em | Simply Devine ]

The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…

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Michael Boatman

 

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.

He’s acted in television shows; China BeachSpin CityARLI$$Anger ManagementInstant Mom,The Good Wife, films; Hamburger HillThe Glass ShieldBad Parents, and Broadway plays.

After many years in his chosen profession he’s decided to chuck it all and seek his fortune as a writer. (Just kidding. He secretly dreams of changing the world as a talkative mime.)

Michael Boatman Online:
www.michaelboatman.us |
@MichaelBoatman on Twitter |
Facebook |
IMDB.com

 

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Book Info

UK Print
Date: 3rd April 2014
ISBN: 9780857663948
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

 

 

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Oct
31

Forbidden Planet, tonight at 6.00pm

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Don’t forget – at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore tonight, form 6.00pm-7.00pm, your opportunity to meet (and get books signed by):

Wesley Chu
The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao

Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls, The Merchant of Dreams, The Prince of Lies

Joseph D’Lacey
Black Feathers

James A Moore
Seven Forges

Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All Is Fair

David Tallerman
Giant Thief, Crown Thief, Prince Thief

Mike Shevdon
Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam, Strangeness & Charm, The Eighth Court

Adam Christopher
Empire State, The Age Atomic, Seven Wonders

Kaaron Warren
Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification

Some of these fine authors have travelled thousands of miles to be here this week. It’s be great to see you there, too!

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At 1.00pm this Saturday 26th October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London (UK), three giants of steampunk are gathering. Come along, and get some books to be signed.

Infernal Devices - Large

First up, KW Jeter. KW is the author who originally coined the term “steampunk” and he’ll be there to sign copies of all of his books, including Limited Edition Hardbacks (limited to 100 copies for sale) of his classic works, Morlock Night and Infernal Devices (published by Angry Robot). The books are exclusive to Forbidden Planet and are already selling fast! Paperback versions are also available. KW will also be signing copies of his latest novel, Fiendish Schemes.

Morlock Night - LargeAlso signing, will be Tim Powers (signing Hide Me Among the Graves as well as his other works) and James P Blaylock (signing The Aylesford Skull).

Full details at the Forbidden Planet site, here. And if you can’t get to the event, you can buy signed copies of all these books at Forbidden Planet, online.

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Oct
23

Angry Robot – Open Door 2013

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We write 'em, you sell 'emWell, we said we’d do it!

We are about to open our doors to unagented submissions, again. We’ve been gazing across the office in awe of the quality of open submissions that have been flying across the Strange Chemistry desk, and quite frankly, we want some of that in our inboxes, thank-you very much!

So, from the end of this week through to the end of the year we will be accepting submissions from authors without agents (authors with agents are also still welcome, of course!)

QTWTWBFAIWHAAT*

What sort of books will you be looking for?
SF, F and WTF.

What does that mean?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and What the Fuck?

That’s what it stands for, not what it means.
OK, grumpy-boots. We’re after good stories told either in science fiction or fantasy settings, or with SF or fantasy flavours. You can mix in other genres if you like – we’ve had fantasy westerns, science fiction romance, urban fantasy crime, horror musicals (actually, we haven’t had that last one, but how cool would that be?) and many more variations. If it contains SF and F we’d love to see it.

You’re open until the end of the year, huh? Cool – I’ll send you my Nanowrimo book.
Hmmm.

Why the “Hmmm”? Are you anti-Nanowrimo?
Not in the slightest. It’s a fabulous way to kick-start the creative juices, but it’s unlikely you’ll start and finish a novel of sufficient quality (and length) in time, if you’re starting to write on November 1st.

I might…
Yes, you might. And if you do, great.

What do you mean by “sufficient length”?
Oo-err. We can be a bit flexible, but a guideline of 75-110,000 words for SF and 95-140,000 words for fantasy is realistic.

You’ve published books longer than that.
That’s not a question.

OK – what if I have a book that’s longer than that? Will you still look at it?
Yes.

What if it’s much shorter?
If it’s much shorter than 75,000 words, then probably not, no. If it’s a bit shorter, then yes.

Define “a bit shorter”.
No.

Anything else you can tell me?
Check back later this week for more information. Everything you need to know will be on this site by Friday night.

What if I have any questions before then?
We admire your enthusiasm, but please don’t send them. Everything will be made clear later this week.

 

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*Questions that we think would be frequently asked if we hadn’t already addressed them.
(We can’t mark them as FAQ yet, as we’ve not had any Qs)

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Oct
22

Book Cover Fun – A Competition

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We love our authors, dearly. Especially when they do weird and wonderful things like this:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

Alchemist_playmobil_lettered

(And no, we’re not sure why the covers are staggered like that – let’s just pretend it’s a deliberate design choice, and forget all about it).

Anne has recreated all three of her Night’s Masque books using Playmobil toys. See the full set here.

So we’ve decided to steal the idea honour her genius and run a competition.

What we’d like you to do:

Choose any Angry Robot book cover (they’re all there – over to the right and down a bit) and make your own version of it in the same way as Anne. You can use toys, people, masks, animals, trees, fish fingers – whatever you like. We’ll feature the winners on this page.

Stuff you need to know:
1) The cover should be a recognisable recreation of one of our covers.
2) Send your cover to us on a CD at the following address: Yeah, right! Email your image as a .jpg or .gif (RGB, not CMYK, please. If you don’t know what that means, just send it – it’ll be fine) to: INCOMING @ ANGRYROBOTBOOKS.COM
3) Closing date for entries: Midnight (wherever you are) on Wednesday, 30th October.
4) Q: “Do you mean midnight going into Wednesday, or midnight at the other end?”
A: Ah, you, know – whatevs.
5) Q: “No, I really need to know…”
A: {insert big, dramatic sigh} “OK, then – you can have until midnight coming out of Wednesday, and into Thursday.”
6) Anyone can enter, from anywhere in the world. Even if you’re a member of the Angry Robot team, or if you’re an Angry Robot author (though you probably won’t win), or if you’re a badger.

The Prizes.
Dunno, yet – we only just thought of the competition. Stuff from around the office, probably (books, audiobooks, stuff like that). The prize is hardly the point, is it? I mean, come on! Some people – sheesh!

 

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Due to our history of innovation we’re often contacted by start-up companies in the publishing realm (I love the word “realm”, don’t you? realm, realm, realm…) *ahem* Sometimes these companies bring us pie-in-the-sky ideas, or rehashes of things that exist elsewhere, but sometimes, just sometimes, we hear from someone with a really interesting idea.

Evanidus was one such company.Boosh

Evanidus are in the process of launching a new service called Boosh – it stands for Booshare, and it’s a way to spread the love of an ebook you’ve enjoyed by sharing it with your friends through social media networks. The books are shared on mobile phones. And the best bit? The first X number of people to download the app and the books get the books for free!

The pilot of this service will run in the UK and Ireland only, at first. You can download the Android app right now, but the iOS app has been delayed slightly due to the recent launch of iOS7 – expect this within 2-3 weeks or so…

Angry Robot will be the first SF/F publisher involved in the programme, and a whole host of our authors have signed up for it, already. We’ll bring you information about them over the coming weeks.

TheAlchemistOfSoulsFirst our of the gate is Anne Lyle, with the first in her Night’s Masque trilogy, The Alchemist of Souls.

If you live in the UK and have an Android phone you can test out the system right away and download Anne’s book! And if (“if”! when) you discover how much you love it, you can share it with a friend! Simply head to Anne’s Facebook page (facebook.com/AnneLyle.author) and hit the LIKE button, grab the Boosh app from the Google Play store, and settle down for a great read!

Sep
13

WIN STUFF: Friday 13th Giveaway

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Not that I am in anyway superstitious (only when it comes to the order of which I put on my football gear. Oh, and magpies. And not putting new shoes on a table. And fairy forts, or single trees in fields, and it just makes sense to cross a river if you’re being chased by evil spirits – of course they can’t reach you then) BUT IF I WAS, Friday 13th might not be my favourite day.

So how’s about Angry Robot make Friday 13th a lucky day? To win 13 of our titles, all you have to do is like our Facebook page and share it with your friends – couldn’t really be any easier, could it?  If you already have liked our page, you can enter by posting on our Facebook wall telling us why you love Angry Robot!

Deadline is 10pm BST today, and I’ll get in touch with the winner afterwards to arrange delivery of 13 amazing, angry, books! The winner will be picked randomly, as will the 13 titles*. Lucky dip making Friday 13th even luckier. Sorted.

Now, where’d I put my four-leaf clover?

*If you’re really lucky, I may even add some rare, brand spanking new, ARCs. But, only if you’re really lucky.

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Sep
03

Introducing : Clonefiles USA

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This past weekend at The World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas, we announced the launch of Clonefiles in the USA.

Clonefiles is a programme where you buy the paperback from a participating independent bookstore, and get the ebook absolutely free!

This was trialled in the UK last year, and the success of the pilot has encouraged us to do the same in the USA.

It’s also gratifying to see that the giants still follow where Angry Robot innovates:-D

More details of the US Clonefiles initiative to follow, very soon…

Angry Robot Signs Marianne de Pierres in Two-Book Deal

Angry Robot is thrilled to announce the acquisition of two genre-busting books from Marianne de Pierres.  The World English and Translation rights deal was negotiated by Senior Editor Lee Harris and Curtis Brown’s Tara Wynne. The first of this two-book series, Peacemaker, will be released in May 2014, and the as-yet-untitled sequel will follow in 2015.

 A true crossover, Peacemaker is a cracking combination scifi, fantasy, western, and crime.

MarianneMarianne de Pierres: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Angry Robot team with the Peacemaker series as I truly admire the kind of books they publish. Not to mention that Trent Jamieson, Kaaron Warren, Lee Battersby and Jo Anderton are some of my favourite Australian speculative fiction authors. It will also be great to work with Lee Harris again, who I first met as editor of Hub Magazine when he published one of my Glitter Rose stories. Angry Robot’s thinking is modern and explorative and a blast of pure oxygen in speculative fiction publishing.”

Peacemaker: In the future, a ranger protects the last remaining piece of parkland in the shadow of a sprawling mega-metropolis.

Lee Harris: “I’ve been a great admirer of Marianne’s work, ever since I started reading her brilliant Sentients of Orion series back in 2007. I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome her to the Angry Robot family and I can’t wait for you all to read Peacemaker.”

Tara Wynne: “Marianne’s Peacemaker series and Angry Robot seem a perfect match. I look forward to nurturing this new relationship and to the books’ success.”

About Marianne: Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game. She’s also the author of a bestselling teen dark fantasy series entitled Night Creatures. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Marianne writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt

 www.mariannedepierres.com             www.tarasharp.com

www.burnbright.com.au                     @mdepierres

About Angry Robot: Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot Ltd is part of Osprey Group.

Contact:

Translation enquiries, contact Rights Executive Suzannah Brooksbank: SBrooksbank@ospreypublishing.com

 Publicity enquiries, contact Publicity Manager Caroline Lambe: caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com

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