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To celebrate today’s launch of Any Other Name, the second in the Split Worlds series, Emma Newman gives us an insight into what life as a narrator is like, but specifically what it’s like for an author to narrate his or her own characters. With praise for Between Two Thorns recently coming from The Guardian describing Emma as “J. K. Rowling meets Georgette Heyer”, we’re even more excited than normal for this fantastic release. 

Not only that, but Emma is running a competition to win the audio book of Any Other Name, details here:

Happy book birthday, Emma!

The Author - Emma Newman

Audio books, authors and readers – oh my!

I’ve been narrating audio books for a few years now and it’s something I enjoy immensely. Narrating a book is like climbing inside it; I feel I’ve really understood and explored a novel I’ve narrated on a much deeper level than one I’ve just enjoyed as a reader.

As a narrator, I feel just as responsible for a listener’s enjoyment of an audio book as the author – which is an odd thing to feel, especially as I’m an author too. If my performance is poor it could be a barrier to someone consuming the story so I do my best to deliver the narrative at the correct pace and in such a way as to stay interesting (i.e. no monotonous drone!) as well as delivering information in the correct way. Sentences can have their meanings altered just by a change in inflection and it’s my role to ensure my own interpretation isn’t contrary to what the author intends – something I, of course, have to guess from what I read.

Audio books don’t just change the medium of story delivery

When a person listens to an audiobook, they’re letting a third person into the relationship: writer, narrator and listener, rather than just writer and reader.

If you think about when you read a book, the character’s voices as well as the narration emerge from your consumption of the text. When a narrator gets involved everything changes; you hear what has emerged from the text for them first. I interpret how I think the characters would speak and deliver their words accordingly, thus having an influence on how a listener may feel about that character. Of course, that isn’t nearly as powerful as watching a film or TV adaptation that’s been through many, many people before reaching the screen, but it’s a factor nonetheless.

The hope is that the narrator enriches the experience, or at the very least, doesn’t get in the way!

Then I signed the Split Worlds deal with Angry Robot

After I’d calmed down a little (and asked Lee if he really had said what I thought he did) one of the first things I asked about was the audio book version. Specifically; would I be able to do it?

Brilliance Audio produces Angry Robot’s audio books and there was no guarantee they’d want me to narrate – they have lots of professional narrators to pick from. However, much to my delight, they listened to samples of my audio work online and offered the narration to me.

It’s different when it’s your own

I’ve narrated a collection of my own short stories before, for Iambik Audio, so it wasn’t the first time I’d narrated my own work, but working on the Split Worlds audio books was a whole new experience. For one thing I was in a studio working with a sound engineer and director. Such a joy! No more hours of editing and re-recording errors in my home office! However, I went from recording in half hour bursts to 5-6 hour stretches a day over a week or so and that demanded some stamina.

The other difference is that in a studio you wear headphones that play your own voice to you as you read. That is weird. You quickly get used to it, but your attention and concentration is split between producing verbal output and analysing aural input at the same time. With each line you’re focused on the best delivery and a beat later thinking “did that sound right?” so you get very tired by the end of the day. I do still love it though. There’s a joy in intense and deep concentration (can you tell I’m an introvert?) that the work provides in spades.

The thing about being the narrator and the author of the work is that the internal editor gets louder. I have many author friends who tell me they sometimes edit on the fly when performing readings at events – well, the urge to do that has to be squashed in the recording studio as your reading has to be text perfect. No matter how many times you edit your book, you’ll always find something to worry about when you next read it – and all the doubts and fears about how it will be received increase tenfold when you’re recording it! However, the good thing is that it catches those tiny typos that might have missed the proof reader’s eye if the book hasn’t gone to press yet.

The best thing about narrating the Split Worlds novels

When I wrote Between Two Thorns and Any Other Name (the first two novels in the series and the ones I’ve recorded to date), I spent a lot of time with those characters in my head. They’re still there actually, I’ve no idea when they’ll decide to leave. Anyway, I know what they sound like. As a narrator I don’t have to make as best a guess as I can – all I have to do is do my best to convey what is already in my head. The intonation, the inflection, the pause as a character struggles to say the right thing is all there already.

Being the author and the narrator means that relationship goes back from three to two people. It’s just me and you, surviving in the Split Worlds, and I like that. I hope you do too.

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. Coleman

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Ramez Naam’s Authors@Google Video

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Ramez Naam was invited to Google HQ recently as part of their Google Talks / Authors@Google programme. He talked to a group of Google People about many of the ideas behind Nexus, the history of brain-machine interface technology, and asked the question: “would you add Google to your brain?”

If you’re at all interested in trans-humanism, post-humanism, medical technology, neuro-enhancement or just the age-old question of where a science fiction author gets their ideas, you should definitely watch this one:

Rather fascinating stuff. Feel free to share your thoughts via the comments.

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Nekropolis – a fan trailer

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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…

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Cassandra Rose Clarke is already setting the imaginations of YA bloggers and reviewers aflame as her Strange Chemistry debut, The Assassin’s Curse starts shipping out to stores for its October launch. Here at Angry Robot we’re readying the second stage of her plans for world domination with a heartbreakingly wonderful novel of love, loss and robots, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter.

Set in a collapsing future America, the novel tells of Cat. When she is a young girl, her father brings an experimental android to their isolated home to serve as her tutor. Finn stays with her, becoming her constant companion and friend as she grows to adulthood. But then they take the relationship much further than anyone intended – which ultimately threatens to force them apart forever.

This unnerving but deeply sensitive mix of science fiction speculation and heartfelt emotion demanded a very different cover approach for us. As you can see, designer Stewart Larking came up with the goods in a lovely understated, almost melancholy style. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter will be published by Angry Robot in February 2013. We cannot wait for you to read it.

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Seven Wonders by Adam ChristopherAdam Christopher’s superior superhero adventure Seven Wonders is published later this month (August 28th in the US, September 6th in the UK – the eBook is published worldwide on August 28th). We asked him to tell us about his favourite 4-colour heroes…

See, here’s the thing: I love superheroes. I love the cheese, I love the colours, I love the spandex. I also love the heroism, the optimism, and the ideals. Since the late 1930s, superhero comics have given us some of the most imaginative and wonderful stories in every genre that exists – and I should say that “superhero” to me is a story type, much like horror or steampunk, not a genre in itself, which allows any kind of story to be told within a specific framework – stories like Seven Wonders, my superhero novel.

So here are my five favourite superheroes from the world of comics – five fictional characters that I love possibly more than any other, whether it be in comics or novels or films or TV. People might know I’m a DC fan, and in compiling this top five, they’ve all ended up coming from that publisher – but if I had gone beyond five, then rest assured some Marvel heroes would have made it, including Iron Man and Daredevil. For the purposes of this list, I’m considering these DC characters in their pre-New 52 iterations, simply because they are the characters I fell in love with.  Read More→

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Supporting Independent Booksellers

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Here in the UK this week it’s Independent Booksellers’ Week. Indie booksellers are the lifeblood of the community, and as an independent publisher, we’re committed to supporting our friends on the high street.

Welcome to the Angry Robot Clonefiles initiative.

We sometimes feel our customers are having to choose between a physical book and an e-format, when what probably suits them best is to have both in the same package, and so we are going to start giving away the digital version of each of our novels free with the physical paperback, in selected indie bookstores.

We’re partnering with Mostly Books of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in the first phase of the new Clonefiles programme. From July 4th, Customers who buy Angry Robot novels from Mostly Books will be sent the DRM-free eBook version (the Clonefile) of the book as part of the sale, allowing them to read the novel on paper, on their Kindle, or on their ePub-based eBook reader. This Clonefile means that customers at Mostly Books can buy Angry Robot’s books and enjoy them in whatever format they prefer, whether physical or electronic!

We’ve always been champions of DRM-free eBook publishing and have always been eager to experiment with new business and distribution models. A dual-format offering for Indies seems like a natural extension of our customer-first ethos and a great way for Angry Robot to show our love for the UK’s fantastic Indie bookshop scene.

Mark Thornton of Mostly Books said, “As an indie bookshop, we offer a great browsing experience and discoverability and it is difficult to see really innovative ways that we can offer our customers a really valuable service with ebooks. But this is a bold and brilliant idea we think our customers will get excited about. It really offers an imaginative solution that plays to all our strengths.”

Following this pilot phase, we will be opening up the scheme to other independent bookstores, who will be contacted over the coming weeks and months (though enquiries from interested stores are welcomed).

Bookstores wishing to enquire about taking part in the programme should contact Angry Robot’s UK Sales Manager, Roland Briscoe at: or visit our Clonefiles page.

These ARE the clones you’re looking for!

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The Copyeditor – what they do

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When we buy – or commission – a book from an author, there’s still a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes before you get to pick it up at your local indie or chain store – or download it from your favourite online retailer.

The book is assigned an editor, and the editor works with the author to make the book everything the author intended it to be. That’s a very vague statement, so we’ll come back to this in a future blog.

Once the author and editor are happy that the book is ready, it is then sent to a copyeditor. After a book has been copyedited, we then send it to a number of proofreaders, who check the typeset manuscript for typos, unusual punctuation, etc. But what does a copyeditor actually do? They’re an essential part of the editorial process, but they’re often overlooked.

I asked one of our copyeditors – the incomparable Anne Zanoni – to tell you a little about what she does… Read More→

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Free Samples of Every Angry Robot Book

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We don’t always blow our own trumpet, so having spent a few, slightly tedious hours on a very hot day assembling the latest batch of samplers of some upcoming Angry Robot titles, we thought it worth reminding all you deeply lovely AR readers that we do, as standard, offer a free excerpt from every single one of our books.

Ebooks, Arrrrrrr!There’s a lot of talk about eBook piracy at the moment. And there are all sorts of reasons. Some of them – “I like having stuff for free, so I’m going to take it; I’ll never get caught” – are a little hard to help with, short of some ghastly state surveillance program which nobody much wants. Others, though, we understand and we’re keen to help with if we can.

Ebooks are expensive – well, ours are always priced below their comparative physical fellows. We still have to pay for editing and proofreading, design and all that, but we’ve knocked off the cost of printing for you. (And don’t forget that at the moment, in the UK eBooks are subject to 20% VAT where print books aren’t.)

I can’t get them in my country – actually, you can buy our eBooks, DRM-free, from any country in the world. We also release our editions through all major eBook outlets, in as many countries as we can but notably across North America and Europe, in the same week.

I only wanted to read a sample, see if I liked it enough to buy it… – And here we are. That’s why we’re very happy to sit here on a sweltering day preparing more natty little 50-page selections from our upcoming releases for you.

Below the jump (or further down the screen if you’re not on our homepage at the moment) you’ll find a selection of our recent excerpts, each one inside a cute little app thing. Take them, host them on your own site if you like (it’s very easy, and makes your blog look grrrreat), send them to your mates, share them wherever. Then check out the individual book pages here on the site for samples of our entire range.

And if you like the free samples we give you, you might even want to buy our lovely books, which you can do over at The Robot Trading Company (our very own webstore) or your regular eBook or pBook retailer of choice.

[Image Credit: Rather fabulous pirate kindle blatantly nicked from – no accreditation given there, so if it’s yours, please let us know and we’ll either add in a credit link or take it down…]

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Cover art reveal – Crown Thief

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Some days a new piece of fantasy art comes in that is so lush, so lovely, so chock full of detail that we just have to look, and look, and look. We get a wistful, faraway look in our eyes, and occasionally a small gobbet of happy drool will emerge from our admiring mouths.

Such is the case here, a wonderful illustration by Angelo Rinaldi for David Tallerman‘s upcoming Easie Damasco novel, Crown Thief (October 2012). Look upon its manifold wonders and marvel. Also, click to get a better look at that insane detail. Then click again for even more.

Now if you’ll excuse, we need to go and make ourselves presentable again.

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In Chuck Wendig’s Angry Robot debut, Blackbirds (May 2012), Miriam Black knows how you will die. All it takes is a briefest moment of skin-on-skin contact and she’ll have a flash, a vision, of the exact time and method of your passing.

Skull & CrossbonesA couple of weeks ago, Chuck launched a Tumblr site, This is How You Die, a collaborative trans-media project intended to explore the themes of the novel by inviting readers to submit their own thoughts on death and dying.

Anyone is welcome to participate – instructions are on the site – and submissions (all of which are moderated and selected by Chuck) can take any form the contributor sees fit or feels most comfortable with. So far they’ve ranged from prose thought-pieces to literary quotations, photography, artwork, tweets, even songs. Methods of passing range from the peacefully mundane to the apocalyptic and the bizarre.

Challenging? Definitely. Thought-provoking? Certainly. Therapeutic? Possibly; as Chuck says: “This is a collaborative story and art Tumblr where readers are encouraged to confront their their fears and fantasies about death by submitting how they believe they will die.”

If you’re interested in submitting a thought-piece or anything else of your own, the place to start is:

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In July we’re publishing the first in Paul S Kemp’s exciting new fantasy series, The Hammer & the Blade. It tells of renowned treasure hunters and adventurers Egil (he’s the burly bastard priest with an uncanny way of getting believers to fall in line) and Nix (no lock unpicked, no treasure unsnaffled, no serving wench unfondled) and lo, here they are.

This stunning art is by the ever-lovely Richard Jones of Artist Partners. We were going to wait until it had some lettering on but frankly, we couldn’t contain ourselves.

You can read a great interview/live chat with Paul about the novel, plus an insight into his many bestselling Star Wars novels (skweeee!) over at

PS, Lots more upcoming art to wonder over shortly.

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Robot Round-Up, 16.12.11

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Welcome once again to our regular Friday round-up of all that’s new and interesting in the world of Angry Robot. This week we kick off with:

Our very own Lee Harris has been interviewed by Spooky Reads as part of a new series of interviews with UK genre publishing folk about the current state of and future prospects for the publishing industry.

Debris, by Jo AndertonJo Anderton‘s Debris has been named one of US periodical Library Journal‘s SF/Fantasy Books of the Year for 2011. Which deserves a cheer, we think: Yaaay!

Dan Abnett‘s Triumff is the latest AR title to feature in Red Rook Review’s “review every Angry Robot book, ever” series and here’s the verdict.

Justin Landon names Zoo City and Empire State in his best of 2011 list, part I (technically, Empire State is a January 2012 book even though it’s on-shelf date in the US is December 27th, but we feel it might be rude to quibble, so we won’t). Lavie Tidhar is one of the contributors to that piece as well.

Lauren Beukes has been asking her friends what they’d recommend by way of ideal reading gifts this holiday season (this is just part one, part two will follow at the end of the week). And Zoo City has been reviewed by TheUrbanEagle this week as well, who conclded: “I can’t imagine a young South African and/or a fan of fresh absurdities in Urban Fantasy not enjoying this book.”

Empire State by Adam ChristopherGail Carriger, author of the Parasol Portectorate series, has been chatting to a certain Mr Adam Christopher about such things as the Empire State drinking game, Adam’s writerly enivronment, his aberrant ice-cream preferences, Carrie Fisher c. 1977 and, of course, the vital importance of The Jacket. There’s all sorts of other weird and wonderful things thrown in for good measure. Go, read!

Adam has also posted details of where to find his Empire State playlist of tunes to accompany your reading of his superhero noir debut.

Guy Haley has some advice for writers and reviewers alike in a blog on reviewing and being reviewed entitled the agonies of criticism. Wise words from a self-confessed somewhat snarky former reviewer turned published writer and, therefore, review-receiver.

Liviu Suciu of Fantasy Book Critic is particularly looking forward to a number of titles in 2012, including Lavie Tidhar‘s The Great Game.

More advice for writers and would-be writers: Chuck Wendig‘s rather excellent “25 Things Writers Should Know About…” series continues with a sage and not-at-all-sweary piece on handling rejection. (Okay, we lied, it’s quite sweary. But still very, very good.)

And finally, the second in the apparently ongoing @KristalShaff Angry Robot Face Painting Series is a nifty bit of time-lapse artistry inspired by Andy Remic‘s Vampire Warlords:

That’s your lot for another week! Next week’s Robot Round-up might be posted on Thursday, might be posted on Friday, depending. The week after that we’ll all be taking a week off so there’ll be no Robot Round-up at all (please do try not to be too bitterly disappointed) and then we’ll be back on our regular schedule in 2012.

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Robot Round-Up, 09.12.11

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Hello, hello, hello and welcome to the latest Angry Robot Links round-up. It’s been another busy, busy week on the Interwebs, so without further palaver and to-do: have announced the shortlist for their SFBook of the Year 2011 poll and two of those titles are ours: Dan Abnett‘s Embedded and Maurice Broaddus‘s King’s War. Both brilliant books, of course, and both deserving of at least few hundred more votes, we reckon. >cough< You’re still here..?

Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero. by Dan AbnettMeanwhile, Mr. Abnett‘s Triumff was on the receiving end of what can really only be described as a rave review, courtesy of Red Rook Review’s “review every AR book, ever” strand. And his comics writing projects were featured in a Beyond the Bunker Practicioners piece this week.

Jo Anderton has posted a selection of pics from the Debris launch party at UNSW on her blog, with a more extensive set on Facebook (warning: includes images of chocolate robots and cake that some viewers may find delicious – no licking the screen…)

Lauren Beukes‘s Arthur C. Clarke Award-Winning Zoo City (you know, we just never get tired of saying that) has been reviewed by Kristy G. Stewart for LooseleafLeaflets.

Another couple of Maurice Broaddus mentions: firstly as the star of the hilarious 97th SF Signal Podcast and secondly, a blog post from Maurice with details of his 2012 convention appearances.

Empire State by Adam ChristopherAdam Christopher was the recipient of much love this week. First up (and the one that had Adam literally dancing around the room) was Billy (The Rocketeer) Campbell’s comments on Empire State, which went like this: “As it happens, I’m a sucker for hard-boiled retro sci-fi stories; rocket-powered superheroes, spunky dames, fedoras, Studebakers slewing round gritty Gotham street-corners on two wheels, and Adam Christopher sure knows his way around a tightly spun yarn – I was as happy as a pig in poop from page one! As they say: This story? She’s a real sweater-full, with a great pair’a getaway sticks… Watch out for this Adam kid, he’s nobody’s sap. He’s got a sharp nib and a sharper wit. He’d steal your last few hours before you could say ‘cat’s pajamas’, and you’d thank him for it.”

There was also a cracking review from ‘Bane of Kings’ at “…what I found in these pages blew me away … I think we may be looking at one of the best debut authors of 2012 already!”

Aliette de Bodard was interviewed by Jacob Topp-Mugglestone Drying Ink blog and talked about breaking genre expectations, world-building, Aztec civilisation, human sacrifice and much more. Aliette also posted an article on writing technique entitled ‘Playing To Your Strengths, Playing to Your Weaknesses’ at The Night Bazaar.

Matt Forbeck has been talking to legendary geek webcomic Dork Tower about his ’12 for 12′ Kickstarter project (and they snuck in a mention for Amortals as well). And Producer Paul has posted his review of Vegas Knights.

Roil, by Trent JamiesonTrent Jamieson‘s Roil was reviewed at Dragon Page by Laith Preston, who said things like: “Trent Jamieson’s Roil, the first book in The Nightbound Land duology, promises… and delivers.” Trent also runs through his Xmas book wishlist in a Book Corner Christmas Special (we’ll pass on the Cinzano thanks, Trent.)

Gary MacMahon‘s Dead Bad Things has been named on the Horror Book of the Year shortlist. Which is a Good Thing, we feel.

And there are a couple of early reviews in for Giant Thief (Feb 2012) by David Tallerman; first a mini-review from Publisher’s Weekly and also an elegantly minimalist review of the first line of the book from Mad Hatter’s Book Review: “This line did exactly what a first line should do: pull the reader in.”

Red Rook’s “review every AR book, ever” programme is back and this time it’s Lavie Tidhar‘s The Bookman that’s under review: “…an intelligent, clever book, that creates a wonderfully complex secondary world … as well-constructed as a Swiss cuckoo clock and as readable as any genre fiction being written today.”

And finally, that man Chuck Wendig has posted a few thoughts on the Seduction of Self-Publishing. Wise words from Chuck, there. Wise words.

Right, that’s all from AR HQ for this week! Have a great weekend. And remember: Be Good, and if you can’t Be Good, then Be Damn Sure They’re Not Going to Catch You.

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Robot Round-Up, 02.12.11

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Hello and welcome to our regular round-up of Angry Robot author activity from around the Internets. Without further ado, here’s this week’s selection:

Jo Anderton was interviewed by David Conyers on the subject of her short story ‘Out Hunting For Teeth’, which will be appearing in issue #6 of Midnight Echo, the Australian Horror Writers Association magazine.

Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes (UK Paperback)In the wake of this week’s announcement of the Zoo City TV/Movie rights deal, Lauren Beukes has been speaking to and The Mail and Guardian about the project.

An interview with Knights of Breton Court creator Maurice Broaddus was the main feature of the latest SpeculateSF podcast. Maurice also revealed the contents of his to-be-read book pile, including Chris F. Holm‘s forthcoming debut Dead Harvest (March 2012).

Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming debut novel, Empire State (January 2012) has been getting some attention this week, with reviews from and Livejournaller Gill Polack. Plus, a top-10 shortlist mention in Kirkus’ Science Fiction and Fantasy for December 2011 watch-list, and The Ranting Dragon’s 5 Most Anticipated December Releases as well. Meanwhile, Adam has been telling The Night Bazaar about his lifelong love of Doctor Who stories.

Peter Crowther‘s first Forever Twilight instalment, Darkness Falling, has been reviewed by David Marshall for his ‘Thinking About Books’ blog, by and Silver Thistle for ‘The Bookshelf Chronicles’ and by Mike Chinn for The British Fantasy Society.

Nathan McKnight has produced an Obsidian & Blood glossary for the Kindle, to help Aliette De Bodard readers keep track of all those Aztec names and their meanings. Aliette was also interviewed by Jeremy L. C. Jones for Clarkesworld Magazine.

Dead Harvest, by Chris F. HolmBack in November Chris F. Holm was interviewed by R Thomas Brown for Crime Fiction Lover about his love of crime fiction, his recent short fiction collection 8 Pounds and, of course, Dead Harvest (March 2012).

Paul S Kemp is posting a series of excerpts from his forthcoming (July 2012) fantasy saga The Hammer and The Blade (July 2012). He’s just posted the second one and the first is here if you missed it.

Over on her blog, Anne Lyle, author of The Alchemist of Souls (March 2012), reveals the cunning visual reference methodology with which she plots fight scenes (hey, I guess that’ll be the same bleeding-edge character animation software last seen in the truly epic Lord of the Rings movie battle sequences..? eh? What’s that? Not the fancy software? So what does she..? Playmobil figures? Cool..!)

A second round-up mention for reviewer Gill Polack; this time she’s posted her review of David Tallerman‘s forthcoming (February 2012) debut novel Giant Thief.

Matt Forbeck was interviewed by Rick Novy for his ‘Entropy Central’ blog, talking about writing, game design and his ongoing ’12 for 12′ Kickstarter project.

There’s much love for Chuck Wendig as Andrea Philips turns the Creative Spotlight on his projects past, present and, er, projected, for her ‘Deus Ex Machinatio’ blog.

And finally, a rollerskating duck. Oh, no, it’s our Marco, live and uncensored, in the Nottingham online magazine Left Lion.

…and that’s your lot for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Robot Round-Up, 25.11.11

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It’s been a busy, busy week in the Angry Robot themed bits of the Interwebs, so without further ado, here’s what we’ve spotted, bookmarked, earmarked or hypothetically scent-marked since our last round-up piece:

Debris, by Jo AndertonJo Anderton‘s Debris made it into Library Journal‘s Top 10 SF/F of 2011 list, along with the comment: “An accomplished debut reminiscent of the visionary works of China Miéville.”

Debris was also reviewed at, where reviewer Laith Preston said: “I would highly recommend Debris to any fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the Veiled World Trilogy, Suited“.

It’s been a particularly busy week for Lauren Beukes. First off, Lauren was was cited in an Independent on Sunday article on tghe subject of How women are winning sci-fi’s battle of the sexes. Lauren said: “The stuff I was reading in my teens were books like the Dragonlance Chronicles, and there were really strong female characters in those… There is more of a stage now for female writers.”

Next up, an article by Richard Bowker of the Dictionary Unit for South African English posted an article on the use of South African English and multilingual slang in Zoo City.

Lauren was also interviewed for Pakistan’s City FM 89 radio’s City Cast View show and for the If You’re Just Joining Us podcast.

And finally, Lauren reported for the Mail & Guardian Zoo City themed art exhibition called ‘Dark City’ that “explores themes of xenophobia, city life, suburbia and paranoia” as inspired by the novel.

Empire State by Adam ChristopherAdam Christopher was interviewed by The Qwillery on the subject of his forthcoming debut novel Empire State and the blending of science fiction and noir.

The Canadian podcast Squideye and The Bitter Guy talked to Matt Forbeck about his forthcoming Angry Robot title Carpathia and his 12 For Twelve Kickstarter project.

The new Paranormal Special Edition issue of SFX Magazine is on-sale now and features a short story by our very own Guy Haley.

Fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky posted an article on the resurgence of the thief-character in fantasy fiction and highlighted a certain dashing rogue by the name of Easie Damasco, star of David Tallerman‘s forthcoming Angry Robot debut, Giant Thief. turned their author spotlight on Lavie Tidhar, mainly to talk to him about the short story he wrote for them but also to ask after his current and forthcoming projects, which include the third part of his Bookman Histories, The Great Game

Lavie is also featured, along with Aliette de Bodard, in this week’s SF Signal podcast on the subject of recommended international authors.

There’s an in-depth interview with Gav Thorpe on Stefan Fergus’s Civilian Reader blog, which covers his current Crown of the Blood series for Angry Robot and his Warhammer novels, as well as his influences, writing practices and his opinion of the genre today.

Kaaron Warren contributed to article on Women Writing Horror by recommending a few of her favourite female horror writers.

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