Archive for Fan stuff
About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.
The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here.
But probably not.
So, with no further ado, here are the top three entries in reverse order (click ‘em to embiggen ‘em):
Straight in at number 3, a recreation of Madeline Ashby’s vN made with words from the book, rather than discarded household objects, but we still think it’s pretty groovy:
At number 2 we have a recreation of the Joey HiFi cover of Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City, by Ellie Warren!
And the winner?
Well, somewhat controversially, the winner is also by Carol Riggs! It’s a version of The Prince of Lies (one of the books that started this whole thing!) and it’s a bloody good recreation using an Etch-A-Sketch! The time and skill it will have taken to create this is impressive! Seriously – click on this one!
Goody-bags are on their way, Carl and Ellie! Congratulations to both of you!
A friend shared this rant by Ben Babcock, and I have to say that if we got hate mail like this every week, our digital morale would never waver, even amidst minefields of super-magnets and EMP grenades.
I despise Angry Robot. Because of them, I have a massive backlog of DRM-free ebooks in my Dropbox, which I can read anywhere from my phone or tablet. Because of their stupid subscription model, where I can pay in advance and download their new titles every month, I have reliable, consistent exposure to new voices in SF/fantasy and fascinating new novels. Because of their terrible habit of actually responding me to me as a person, not just a consumer, their customer support has always been responsive and satisfactory—they always seem to reply to me on Twitter, and in emails they are courteous and helpful. I seldom have this experience with any other company, and so, naturally, this made me angry.
Also, they lie. Never once have I interacted with a robot instead of a real person, and even if I did, it certainly wasn’t very angry. This is false advertising in the worst possible way.
That’s why when they started their Strange Chemistry imprint, I immediately bought a subscription for that as well. I hate them that much, that I needed to use my wallet to make sure they heard my vocal displeasure with their business model.
In short, Angry Robot is doing an awful job emulating the bigger publishing houses. They have ruined my life by making available more books than I can possibly read in any reasonable amount of time. I’m sure that my eyesight will eventually go from staring at my tablet screen for so long, and when it does, I will blame them.
Don’t make the same mistake I did, people. Don’t fall into the Angry Robot’s trap. If you buy from them, you will soon drown in books, go blind, and be immensely satisfied.
So thank you, Ben. Your hate makes us strong. We hope to enrage you with our business practices for many years to come.
Two of the publicists at Little, Brown are running a marathon to fund a new grant that will support diversity in science fiction and fantasy literature.
Ellen B Wright and Faye Bi are aiming to raise $5,000 between them, but come on – I think we can help them do much better than that, don’t you? Their total currently stands (at the time of writing this blog) at $1,380.
You can find the full details (and donate) here, but in their own words:
We’ve created this marathon fundraiser on Crowdrise to support the Speculative Literature Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes science fiction and fantasy and encourages new writers of both adult and children’s genre literature. They’ve agreed to use the funds we raise to create a new grant called the Diverse Worlds grant, which will help writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing. As good science fiction and fantasy worlds should, this grant will welcome all kinds of diversity: gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability level, religion, etc.
Let’s show everyone what we already know – that SF and F fans are the most supportive fans in the world!
On our bi-weekly stalk of our authors’ Facebook pages, blogs and Twitter streams, we came across this little gem – a fan-made trailer for Tim Waggoner‘s brilliant urban fantasy Nekropolis. A lot of thought and care went into making this, and we’re duly impressed. It’s quite short, so click on PLAY and have a look.
And for those of you aching for more words from that nice Mr Waggoner, well, we just might have some news for you, soon…