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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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Head over to the B&N SciFi and Fantasy Blog where they have the exclusive cover reveal for Ishbelle Bee‘s wonderfully dark fairytale, The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath.

Here’s a teaser image from their post, with thanks to John Coulthart for this fantastic over:

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Click on image to go to full reveal

 

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You know how much we love working with fantastic designers and producing good covers here at Angry Robot HQ (and if you like our covers as much as we do, be sure to check out our Pinterest page here), and revealing our latest covers is always a thrill. Today I am delighted to present the cover for The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, by Amazing15. The lovely crowd at Fantasy Faction had the exclusive reveal earlier today, and will also be posting a special blog from Alyc tomorrow on oriental-ism and non-white exploitation. Not to be missed!

Without further ado, here is the cover for The Dragons of Heaven, June 2015:

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Click to see in full screen

 

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Feb
27

Cover Reveal: The Rebirths of Tao

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The final instalment of Wesley Chu‘s Lives of Tao trilogy, The Rebirths of Tao, is weeks away from publication and we know how excited you are to see how this ends up for Roen and his family…as well as the planet. To whet your appetite, we’re delighted to be releasing the cover for this book – and keep an eye out for various reveals on your favourite SF blogs for their reveals, some with giveaways for the whole trilogy!

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chui

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We love how the covers complement each other, and Stewart Larking‘s cover for The Rebirths of Tao ties them all together.

 

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The shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2014 have gone live and we’re delighted that Richard Anderson‘s cover for The Mirror Empire has been included for Best Artwork. Richard produced a marvellous cover with his usually arresting artwork, and if you’d like to read more about the cover, here is the link to the cover reveal on A Dribble of Ink including an interview with Kameron Hurley. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted and here’s a reminder of this cover in all its glory:

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire 

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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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As we prepare for our Spring relaunch there’s one series above all that has had Angry Roboteers clamouring for information about. Today we are delighted to reveal that Ramez Naam‘s Apex, a novel that has added whole new layers of meaning to the phrase “eagerly awaited” – will be with you on May 5th next year.

All very well, you shout, but what does it look like? Well for this new beast of a book as well as giving it an amazing cover, we have also redesigned the previous two novels as they are going to be reissued in handy mass-market format in North America in the run-up to Apex‘s release. So ladies, gentlemen and robots, here is the trade paperback of Apex, together with its equally smart if somewhat diminutive siblings, Nexus (March 15) and Crux (April 15):

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The unified design for all three has been created by one of our favourite designers, Steven Meyer-Rassow. And if you were wondering yes, we will switch the UK/RoW paperback editions to these new covers the next time we reprint them as well. Smart!

Nexus (US/Canada mass-market reissue) March 2015
Crux (US/Canada mass-market reissue) April 2015
Apex (trade paperback) May 2015

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When our publishing schedule picks up again in March 2015, we kick off with some fantastic books: Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life and Ferrett Steinmetz‘s Flex.

Today, we’re excited to be releasing the cover of Flex, or more specifically to have the fantastic SF Signal do the honours.

Head over to SF Signal and not only will you see this great cover – by Steven Meyer-Rassow – but you can also enter to win one of five ebooks of Flex. I’ll leave you now with this teaser…

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Tor.com have exclusively revealed Rod Duncan‘s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter cover today, with a design process piece from artist Will Staehle, as well as alternative covers! Jump over to Tor.com to see the full article, but for now, here’s the cover!

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

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Apr
23

Cover Reveal(ed): Company Town

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Yesterday, io9 exclusively revealed the cover for Madeline Ashby‘s forthcoming (October 2014) standalone novel, Company Town. io9’s reveal also features an opinion piece by Madeline about the book, and it’s certainly worth a read – click right here to head straight to io9. But enough from me, and here is Erik Mohr’s fantastic cover for Company Town:

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

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Greetings loyal robotic readers!

It is a big day in the Angry Robot office today because we are bringing you a brand new cover! Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner is the second book in the Shadow Watch series and its predecessor, Night Terrors, has already claimed an army of fans.

If you loved Night Terrors check out the cover below and get commenting to let us know what you think!

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DreamStalkers-144dpiA new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.

Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.

UK Print
Date: 6th November 2014

North American Print and Ebook
Date: 28th October 2014

Credit to amazing15 for another incredible cover!

We’d like to thank the following sites for taking part in our reveal, they’re all running Night Terrors giveaways so make to get yourselves entered!

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Apr
15

Miriam Black, rendered in ink and flesh

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Cam's Miriam Black tattoo - click to see it in all its glory!

Cam’s Miriam Black tattoo – click to see it in all its glory!

There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:

We asked her: why?

Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-FiSurprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!

I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady! 

I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.

Thanks, Cam!

The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.

An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!

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SF Signal have exclusively revealed the brilliant cover of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life, wonderfully created by John Coulthart. They also have 3 copies (ebook or physical, winner’s choice!) of The Buried Life to give away; to enter, go to SF Signal for all the entry details.

 

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

 

TheBuriedLife-144dpiThe gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

US & Ebook: 29 July 2014

UK & ROW: 7 August 2014

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We love a good cover reveal here at Angry Robot Books and we’re really excited about this one!

The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina is the second book in the Majat Code Series and the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire. We know there are a lot of you out there excited to read about the continuing adventures of Kara, so without further ado here is the cover!

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Beautifully created by Alejandro Colucci, we hope you love it as much as we do!

But we’re not the only people with something to say about the cover, Anna Kashina has written us an exclusive guest post on what she thinks about it!

Have a read below:

The Author, Anna-Kashina

Anna Kashina

I was delighted with Angry Robot’s choice to feature Mai on the cover of “The Guild of Assassins”. While he is not the point of view character, he is the focal point of the story, and his choices and actions drive the conflict and the plot. He is also my favorite character in the entire series, the one that makes the writing process so much fun. I could not be happier about the way the artist Alejandro Colucci picked on all these things in the cover image.

In the novel, Mai is initially described as “too good-looking to be trustworthy”, following on his descriptions from the “Blades of the Old Empire” as a man of iconic beauty, elegant and graceful. He is a superb fighter and a ruthless man. He has a dark side and not everyone in the story perceives him as a good guy. He also has a romantic side. All these contrasts are instrumental to the story. In the final cover image, the artist managed to relay all of that, and to add the extra down-to-earth touches that made this iconic man of my dreams look like a person in the flesh. He is handsome and elegant, but his clothes are also dusty and practical. His weapons are unique and beautifully crafted, but also heavy–and sharp. I love the way the artist relayed all of that.
Seeing this cover for the first time was thrilling. I felt as if my vision has been grounded into reality, the person in my mind acquiring substance. I believe this cover, showing movement and speed, featuring the central character everything revolves around, would create the right expectations for the readers, of a fantasy story with lots of action and romance (and hopefully, for some, a man to swoon over). This cover is also well in style with book I of the series and I can’t wait to see how well “Blades of the Old Empire” and “The Guild of Assassins” would look side by side.
So you’ve heard what we think, you’ve heard what Anna thinks, so now the only thing to do (apart from wait excitedly for the book’s release) is let us know what you think!
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