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Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013Want to nab yourself one of four signed Advanced Reading Copies (ooooh! collectable!) of the astounding new post-apocalyptic dark fantasy Black Feathers by the awesome Joseph D’Lacey? Of course you do!

You’ll need to be:

1) based in the UK or Ireland
2) a Goodreads member
3) signed in to your account

…and then you should head on over to Goodreads Giveaway page and click the ‘Enter to Win’ button. That’s all you need to do.

The Winners will be selected at random by the Goodreads web elves (or an algorythm… something behind-the-scenes-y anyhow) after the closing date of April 5th (this Friday!) and the Winners’ books will be posted out by us as soon as we can get around to it next week.

Good luck!

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013This year we’re publishing the first 3 books in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series, beginning with Between Two Thorns (next week in the US and the following week in the UK). The author describes the book as “Downton Abbey, but with mad sorcerers and evil faeries”.

Anyone who pre-orders a copy of the paperback or eBook of Between Two Thorns will be entered into a draw, the winner of which will have a character named after them in Book 3 – All Is Fair – to be published in October.

If you’re outside the UK
You can pre-order the book online from your favourite bookstore before Tuesday 26th February. Forward a copy of your pre-order confirmation email to If you pre-order from the Robot Trading Company you don’t need to forward your confirmation email, as we’ll already have your details.

If you’re in the UK
You can pre-order the book online from your favourite bookstore before Thursday 8th March. Forward a copy of your pre-order confirmation email to If you pre-order from the Robot Trading Company you don’t need to forward your confirmation email, as we’ll already have your details. Kindle owners in the UK won’t be able to pre-order the ebook, so we’ll extend the deadline until midnight on Thursday 8th March (publication date) for you.

Current Angry Robot Ebook Subscribers
We will automatically place you in the draw. You’re the ultimate pre-orderers!

SciFi Weekender
Anyone buying a copy of the book at the SciFi Weekender in early March will also be entered into the draw.

Buying from Forbidden Planet
If you pre-order from Forbidden Planet you’ll be automatically entered, and won’t need to email confirmation of your order. Your book will also be signed by the author! Win!

The Author - Emma NewmanForbidden Planet Launch – Extra Gift
For those of you who are able to attend the launch of the book at Forbidden Planet Bristol, or Forbidden Planet London (see below for details), you’ll get a draw entry, and there also is an extra-special gift for you.

Everyone who attends the launch will be given an envelope containing a signed, numbered, limited edition short story card. This card contains a new short story by Emma – Debt – set in the Split Worlds. It’s a deliciously wicked little tale, and you won’t be able to read this story anywhere else in print, or online. That’s right – the only place to get this story is at one of the two launches. This is sure to become a collectors’ item!

Additionally, one lucky attendee at each launch will find a Golden Ticket* in their envelope, winning them a copy of Book 2 – Any Other Name – weeks before it is published in June.

Those Launch Dates
Forbidden Planet Bristol Thursday 7th March, 6.00pm – 7.00pm (and for drinks, later)
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Forbidden Planet London Friday 8th March, 6.00pm – 7.00pm (and for drinks, later)
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If you are intending to come to one of the launches, it would be very useful if you could indicate that on the relevant Facebook page, or in the comments, below.


*Colour might vary from that described.

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No More Balloons

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341793_popped_balloon_3So, here’s the thing.

We had planned to have a balloon race to celebrate the launch of Emma Newman’s Between Two Thorns next month, with the winner of the race getting a character named after them in the third book in the series – All Is Fair – later this year.

We were all set to go – the balloons were ordered, the helium was booked, the special website was created and ready to go – when we received a few tweets about how bad for the environment these things were.

We’d specifically opted for biodegradable balloons and recycled card, with no string or ribbon, and we were assured by the balloon company that the balloons degraded as quickly as an oak leaf. An oak leaf! That’s good, right?

Wrong. That’s still a good 6 months of latex hanging around, causing problems to wildlife.

And so we’ve decided to cancel the race, and both Emma and Forbidden Planet are in complete agreement about this. It would be the wrong thing to do to go ahead with it.

We’re still going to have a competition to celebrate the launch of Between Two Thorns, though, and the winner will still have a character named after them – watch this space for details of what that competition is going to be…

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We’ve got it covered

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Blackbirds, by Chuck WendigWe’re quite proud of the standard and range of our covers, here at Angry Robot Mansions, so it’s always gratifying to hear that other folk feel the same way.

So far this year our covers have won two publicly-voted cover competitions in the “Best of 2012” category.

First up, over at Ranting Dragon, there was one enormous competition, which started with 64 of last year’s best titles pitted against each other – the winner of each round went through to the next stage in the competition, and voting began anew.

The overall winner was Joey HiFi‘s brilliant cover to Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.

More recently, The Qwillery took their favourite 12 covers of 2012 and asked their readers to vote on which was the best.

Angry Robot had 3 horses in the race – Chris McGrath‘s atmospheric cover to the Lee Collins debut, The Dead of Winter, Amazing15‘s brilliantly retro Dead Harvest (by Chris F Holm) and Joey HiFi’s now award-winning cover to Blackbirds.

1,189 votes were cast. Blackbirds received 492 votes, and Dead Harvest also received 492 – a dead heat! So, these 2 covers received 984 out of the 1,189 votes cast, with the other 205 votes split among the other 10 titles.

Congratulations to Joey HiFi and to Amazing15 for their superb work. Kudos also, to our very own Marc Gascoigne, who Art Directed both of these winning covers.

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Christmas Joke – winner announced

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On December 20th we launched a Christmas Joke Competition. We really should have known better, I suppose,

Anyway, we said we’d send an audiobook prize to the winner. And that winner is: Heike Harding-Reyland!

Heike sent in two jokes, and they are:

Q: What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
A: I don’t like Brussels sprouts!


Q: Why is Santa so jolly?
A: Because he knows where all the bad girls live.

There are plenty of others for you to look through, and they can be found in the comments, here. But if you pulled any Christmas crackers over the festive period, you’ve probably read most of them, anyway…

Congratulations, Heike! Your prize will be with you, soon.

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Christmas Audiobook Competition

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Now here’s a great competition for you! 30 hours of audiobook brilliance spread over 25 CDs!

Win Anne Lyle’s The Alchemist of Souls and The Merchant of Dreams on CD – both books read by the incomparable Michael Page for those fine folk at Brilliance Audio.

And what do I need to do to win these audible delights? I hear you ask? Well, that’s a very good question, we reply – thanks for joining in! Simply leave a Christmas joke* in the comments section, below. We’ll then use an arcane scoring system based on laugh-out-loudedness and god-did-they-really-type-thatedness and decide a winner! We might also just pick one at random – who knows?**

Note: If your joke does not show immediately, it might just be held in the moderation queue, awaiting approval, so don’t worry – it’ll get there…

The competition is open until midnight (wherever you live) on Sunday 23rd December. The winner will be notified by email. There may even be some runner-up prizes, depending on what we can find lying around the office.

The prizes will be sent out in the first week of January. There is no geographical restriction on entering***.


*”A Christmas joke” may be defined as “A joke that has some connection to Christmas”, or merely “A joke that you tell, and it’s pretty close to Christmas, so let’s just say it counts, eh?” We’re really not hung up over details…

** This is likely, to be honest.

**except for outer-space – the postage there is too restrictive, so only enter if you have a terrestrial mailing address.

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Miriam Black Cosplay – the results

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Last week we set up a cosplay competition based around Miriam Black – the unfortunate star of Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds and Mockingbird. Like iO9, we thought Miriam would not attract any cosplayers, and I (Angry Robot editor, Lee) was pretty certain I’d have to dress up as Miriam, just so we’d have something to post, here. Thankfully, the world has been spared that!

Photographer: Ashley Neuhaus aka @smash_is_nerdy

Chuck and I were so impressed by the quality of the photos we received that we have decided to award prizes to two entrants.

First up, Amber Love. Now, unbeknownst to us, Amber had already had a Miriam Black cosplay photoshoot earlier in the year – you can see the entire album here. The photo to the right is one of our favourites.

(And anyone who enters a Miriam Black competition and finishes the email with Now fuck off! deserves extra points for staying in character!)

Our second winner is Lena Griffin, whose co-winning entry is below.

Lena Griffin as Miriam Black. Photo by Mike Griffin.

Lena Griffin as Miriam Black. Photo by Mike Griffin.





A care package of Angry Robot goodies is on its way to both of you! Congratulations!


(Click on the images to biggify them and see them in greater detail)

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Miriam Black Cosplay?

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Chuck Wendig has been getting so many great reviews for his Miriam Black books – Blackbirds was published in May, with the sequel Mockingbird just two months ago.

In a recent review iO9 really enjoyed Mockingbird, but this final sentence caught our eye:

I doubt she’ll ever be the kind of character people cosplay at conventions, but she sticks in your brain all the same.

Well, you know how we can be… Challenge accepted!

We’d like you to send us a picture of you dressed as Miriam Black. The best* of the bunch will win some random Angry Robot goodies (and we have lots of goodies stashed around the office). You can see artist Joey HiFi’s interpretation on the book covers (right), but don’t feel you have to follow his lead (equally, don’t feel you shouldn’t).

Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig

You have until Sunday night (December 2nd) to get your entries to us. The entries will be judged by Chuck Wendig and Lee Harris.


Send your entries to:

Good luck!


*For the purposes of this competition, “best” is defined as “whatever made us snort with laughter / incredulity / admiration”. No purchase necessary. Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Your home may be at risk if you do not keep up payments on a mortgage or other loan secured on it. Competition open to men / women / pugs / goldfish** / whatever.


**Probably not the best idea.

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Criminal Element logo

Just a quick one to let you know that – as long as you’re based in the US of A – you currently have the opportunity to win a set of four of our bloody brilliant paranormal-crime-noir / historical-horror crossover titles:

Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
Carpathia by Matt Forbeck
Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner
Dead Harvest by Chris F Holm

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is visit before the closing date of April 17th and then do whatever the hell they tell you to do, okay? Register for the site, login, whatever. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. (Trust us. You don’t want to mess around with the Criminal Element people. We’re pretty sure they know where the bodies are buried.)

Good luck!

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Adam Christopher‘s Empire State is the 50th Angry Robot title to see the light of meat-space reality. To mark the occasion we’ve teamed up with top-notch UK sci-fi ‘zine SciFiNow to give away one of everything we’ve published so far – yes, all 50 titles – to one insanely fortunate UK or Ireland based competition entrant.

Here’s what you could win:

All 50 Angry Robot titles to January 2012

You want them all, don’t you? Oh, yes you do! (Click for a larger image and get your print-acquisition instincts all a-quiver…)

SciFiNow #63 - coverThe competition is being run by SciFiNow and to be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to visit the SciFiNow website and follow the entry instructions. Usual sort of thing: answer an easy-peasy Empire State themed question, hand over your name and email address, then cross your little fingers for all you’re worth. Nothing you meat-sacks can’t handle, we’re sure. And the competition closes on February 15th, so you’ve got a whole four weeks to get your act together.

Also in the latest issue of SciFiNow (number #63 – the one with the survivors of the Great Being Human Exodus of 2012 on the front) you’ll find (on page 90) a review for Empire State in which Dan Howdle says things like: “What [Adam] Christopher manages so successfully is to combine the fast-talking wit of the likes of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler with the frayed super has-beens of Alan Moore” and “Empire State is highly recommended to those who like their sci-fi dark, pacey and woven tight by multiple threads of intrigue”. This Dan Howdle fellow is clearly a meat-sack of excellent taste and fine judgement.


SF Crime Twitter Competition – results

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Dead Harvest, by Chris F. HolmThis morning we announced a quick Twitter competition for UK readers* – the winners of which would receive a copy of the ARC of Dead Harvest by Chris F Holms. We asked you to come up with an SF title based on an existing crime novel.

There were some great entries (and some not so great). Where there were multiple entries based on the same novel we chose not to take the first entry, but the one we thought funniest or closer to the tone of the original title.

So, the runners-up (who all receive a copy of the ARC):

  • @Pat_JG with A Scanner Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  • @debutdrmag with Murder on the Orion Express and The Maltese Millennium Falcon
  • @Stephenwest with Evil Under Twin Suns


  • @erik_lundqvist with Murder She Blogged (yes, it’s not SF, but we liked it, and it’s our competition, so shut it!)

and the winner (who will receive a copy of the ARC plus something else from the Angry Robot cupboard of cool):

  • @markhwilliams with The Girl with the Dragon Tatooine

Congratulations, everyone – your books should reach you before the weekend!


*Some international competitions, coming soon…

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Caption Competition Winner

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A couple of days ago, we ran this picture, expertly drawn by our very own Anne Lyle, and asked you to come up with a caption – the winner gets an ARC of Anne’s debut novel, The Alchemist of Souls, a full 3 months before the book’s on-sale date!

We asked Anne to choose the winner, herself.

And the winner is Psychomacologist with:
Too late, Christmas Tree realised her fairy lights were blinking “I want you inside me” in binary…

With honourable mentions to:

Alex with Angry Robot was confused by Traffic Light Tree’s mixed signals.
Ben Love with Red, yellow, green. You’re giving me mixed signals, baby.
Erin with You’re much fancier looking than the usual dead-tree editions.

A copy of the ARC will be winging its way to Psychomacologist (if that is your real name). Alex, Ben and Erin all win a consolatory grin.

A list of all the entries can be found in the comments, here.

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Rampant Robots

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Here’s your bumper round-up of all things Robot. (Cue annoying dee-dee-diddly-dee news anchor ident sting overlaid with anachronistic sound of typewriters…)

Lovely Aliette de Bodard went deep, deep into the world of Acatl as she discussed the final novel in the Obsidian & Blood trilogy, Master of the House of Darts, with the Faster Times.

Aaand she made this lovely trailer for this latest Acatl novel too. Studio roll VT:

Aaaaaaaaand she’s running a really cool Aztec-themed competition on her blog. Check it out and win win win, as apparently they say!

Lovely Trent Jamieson talked all things Roil with the nice folks at Ranting Dragon.

Ahead of the concluding volume, King’s War, lovely Maurice Broaddus took a long, hard look at the extraordinary world of his Knights of Breton Court series for the Pudge Factor.

Lovely Lauren Beukes, modestly not mentioning much about her massive, massive new book deal (me and her mother, Mrs Harris, are so damn proud), was interviewed by Bruce Sterling. Yes, that Bruce Sterling.

Anne Lyle was lovely enough to share some advance secrets from her upcoming magical Elizabethan fantasy The Alchemist of Souls with Fran Terminielo.

The lovely KW Jeter was Guest of Honor at Steamcon III recently. Check out the pics and a great write up from Steampunk News. We think all our authors should get an official convention photo done with a girl with a boat on her head. No, just because.

And finally, no skateboarding puppies this week, but instead the lovely Lavie Tidhar gave great podcast for the Skiffy & Fanty Show in this discussion of his new novel Osama. It’s not by us, but it’s bloody great so fair dues and all that.


Steampunk Competition results!

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It is International Steampunk Day today… and to commemorate that fact we have decided to release the much anticipated results of our competition to win a steampunked Kindle.

The competition was fierce – we received almost 200 entries to the competition, many of which were of the highest quality. We got beautiful line art, some Steampunk fashion drawings, a haiku or two, photos of you all dressed up in your gear, Steampunk conversions, tattoos…and even a photo of an Angry Robot decked out in a flying cap! Thanks to everyone who took part and who sent in pieces, I had great fun sifting through them all – you are very a talented bunch.

The judging team included Lee and I, as well as Roland (one of our UK sales team) and Sara and John (our US sales and marketing team) – and we had a very difficult job in front of us. After much debate we all went off into a corner and each selected our own top 5 list – which I then combined using complex algorithms (and an abacus) to work out who had won.

So without delay, here are the runners up – in no particular order – who will each receive a pack of our Steampunk books:

Darren – for his fabulous pictures of a very cool dirigible.

Aaron – for his pictures of two Steampunk weapons (a rifle and a pistol) along with some very ambitious concept art for his next couple of planned pieces.

Melanie – for her brilliantly constructed Steampunk guitar, shot in glorious detail, using a real guitar for a base and turning it into a fabulously realized piece of Steampunk rock!


And finally – drum roll please…..

The winner of a Steampunked Kindle is:

Michal – whose entry was a pop-up Steampunk birthday card. His entry melted the hearts of all the judges. It was cute, it was clever, it was unique and it was a brilliant idea. It stood out as a surprisingly minimalist entry when compared to the coils of copper and bolts that dominated some of the conversions. A Steampunked Kindle, pre-loaded with a bunch of our books is heading towards him now, on the fastest zeppelin in our arsenal! Congratulations Michal!

Over the next couple of days I will be posting up images of the winning entry and the three runners, so keep an eye out for some glorious Steampunk goodness!

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Win an ARC of Restoration or Hard Spell

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Ok, so here’s the deal.

We have a few ARCs of Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis and The World House: Restoration by Guy Adams left in the office.

Would you like one?

If so, here’s what we want you to do:

In the comments section of this thread, give us the URL of something robot-related. Could be an image, an article, a song, whatever.

The ones that meet our arbitrary guidelines for winning (which we will probably make up on the spot) will win. Along with your link, simply state which book you would prefer, should you win. You’ll need to put your email address in so we can contact you, but that won’t show up in the comments (unless you type it into the comments box itself, of course. Duh).

Because we realise that Restoration needs you to have read The World House before you can fully enjoy it, we’re going to throw in a copy of that, too.

Now go – find some ‘bots. Deadline is Monday 13th June, 8.00am (GMT, or BST, or whatever the hell it is at the moment – UK time, anyway).

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