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Jul
08

Cover Reveal: Break The Chains

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Howdy folks!

We have a gorgeous new cover to show off! It’s for the second book in Megan E O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent series: Break The Chains – continuing the capers of Detan and Tibs that we first saw in Steal the Sky.

We’ve been lucky enough to have Kim Sokol continue the series covers with this stunning and rather vertiginous illustration. You can feel the wind in your hair!

In keeping with her books’ lovable thief and scoundrel duo, Megan has written a blog about friendships in fantasy for you to enjoy and have fuzzy feels about. Our pals at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog  have been kind enough to share it with the world.

Break The Chains comes out October 4 (US/Can) / October 6 (UK/RoW).

Click on the teaser below to be taken to the full lush cover and Megan’s excellent words. Can you see what they see?

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We’re excited to reveal the cover for Nebula nominated author Ferrett Steinmetz’s final instalment in the ‘Mancer trilogy, Fix. The talented Steven Meyer-Rassow has brought protagonist Paul Tsabo to life through his gorgeous illustration. As we’re sure you will agree, this cover is the perfect accompaniment to the thrilling conclusion of the series.

Here’s the synopsis: Read More→

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Hot on the heels of last week’s cover reveal for James A. Moore‘s City of Wonders, today we have the wonderful cover of Susan Murray‘s Waterborne Exile for you, courtesy of Paul Young at Artist Partners. If you head over to Book Swoon and Fantasy Faction, they’re hosting the reveal as well as running a giveaway for the first title in the series, The Waterborne Blade. Enter for your chance to get a free start at this fantastic series.

And for those who can’t wait to hop over, here’s the cover in all its glory:

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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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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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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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Nov
26

Cover Reveal: Ferrett Steinmetz’s Flex

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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!

Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

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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