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The name Jen Williams may already be known to UK-based Robots, as her fabulous fantasy series that started with The Copper Promise has been published over here to great acclaim by Headline. As big fans of the Copper Cat series, we were thoroughly delighted to snap up US and Canadian rights, and now we can announce that we will be publishing The Copper Promise there next summer, with The Iron Ghost to follow soon after.

Jen WilliamsWithout even the suggestion of being introduced to a terrifying array of “devices”, Jen kindly said:

“I am thrilled and excited that Angry Robot will be publishing The Copper Promise and The Iron Ghost in the US. It’s a whole new world for my characters to explore, and I can’t wait for this new part of their journey. Of course, when it was revealed to me that as part of my contract I would have to travel into the past to prevent the human rebellion against the inevitable robot uprising, I was a little taken aback – I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear and I tend to get travel sick – but all in all I am in favor of our robotic future. It’s very tidy, very shiny, and the wi-fi is excellent. Of course, our Awesome Metallic Overlords mostly regard humans as especially squishy portable batteries, but the main thing is, I get to spread the word of Sword and Sorcery. It’s all good.”

Here’s more about The Copper Promise:

There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods. Wydrin of Crosshaven, known as the Copper Cat, has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumors.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure… if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over. These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumor. Sometimes a story can save your life.

Many thanks to Jen and her agent, Juliet Mushens, for making this happen. Lots more to tell about these wonderfully entertaining books over the next few months, but for now file this one under Can’t. Bloody. Wait.

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We hope you’ll forgive the slightly formal nature of this news item. In brief, we’re making some changes that will bring great benefits to readers and bookshops in Australia and New Zealand – because we have reached a deal for the mighty Simon & Schuster Australia to distribute our books in those lovely countries.

Stock of our books already there has transferred over, and the first container ship full of spanking new Angry Robot novels is steaming towards the southern oceans as we speak. We’re very grateful to everyone there who has helped set this up. This should all mean an enhanced service to bookshops, more copies out there for readers, and more regular stock for conventions and author appearances. Result!

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The Robots are replicating!

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Bye, lovely CarolineIt’s something of a bittersweet day here on the otherwise empty flight deck of our orbital leviathan. Our lovely colleague Caroline Lambe (right) is leaving us, if only temporarily, to have her first baby. We shall miss both her massively capable wrangling of AR’s promotions and publicity campaigns, and her occasional intimations that Ireland truly is the best country on earth, with equal sorrow. We love her and we’ll miss her.

Obviously, even at this late stage we have attempted to encourage her and Will to name their firstborn after us, and she has at least pretended that they will consider Angstrom as a middle name. We live in hope.

We did the whole lunch and pressies thing on Tuesday, as the Robot crew – including the ever-smiling Penny (left), now handling all our promotions needs – are now scattered to the four corners, but today is our Caroline’s last day for a year. So join us please as we bid her farewell, if only for a year, and wish her every happiness in the amazing adventure on which she’s about to embark.

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Hot on the heels of the news that Kameron Hurley is short-listed for this year’s Locus Fantasy Novel award with The Mirror Empire (see here for full details), we are delighted to announce Book 3 in the Worldbreaker SagaThe Broken Heavens. 

In a World English deal, including translation, with Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Agency, The Broken Heavens is the epic conclusion to the Worldbreaker Saga which began with The Mirror Empire and continues with Empire Ascendant, out this October. 

Kameron Hurley: “I’m thrilled to bring readers the third and final volume of the Worldbreaker Saga with Angry Robot Books. They’ve been eternal champions for The Mirror Empire and Empire Ascendant and I’m super pleased to bring the whole series to a suitably epic conclusion in The Broken Heavens. Get ready for the end of the world – Hurley style.” 

Marc Gascoigne, Robot Overlord & Publisher, added: “What is there left to say about Kameron Hurley that hasn’t already been captured in the swathes of rave reviews, Hugo Award acceptance speeches, think pieces and blog posts? Well, this: The Mirror Empire saw her burst from the gates as a fully-formed A-list fantasy author. Empire Ascendant, as readers will soon discover for themselves, shows her relaxing into her powers, utterly in command of her characters and their world. Now it’s time to see what she does by way of a third act and I, along with her many fans, cannot wait.” 

The Broken Heavens: 

The promised collision of worlds is tearing reality apart. War has fractured the land, and the heavens themselves are falling. In this battle of worlds as old as time itself, who will live, and who will perish? It all comes down to this final chapter.”
 The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
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Following yesterday’s successful #RobotReboot with the publication of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried LifeFerrett Steinmetz‘s Flex, and a slick MM re-issue of Ramez Naam‘s Nexus, we are delighted to pass on some more good news: we have signed up both Jay Posey and Andy Remic for more fantastic books.

Jay Posey will finish out his acclaimed Duskwalker trilogy, with Dawnbreaker, in August 2015 and will release Outriders, a military SF novel, in 2016.

Andy Remic’s titles, The Dragon Engine and Twilight of the Dragons, are set in the same world as his Rage of King series, and will start with The Dragon Engine‘s release in September 2015.  

Here’s what our Robot Overlord, Marc, has to say: “Angry Robot has won a variety of awards for innovation, packaging and so on – but one of our core strengths is great storytelling. Jay Posey is a natural, and a flavour of his day job working on PC games definite seeps into his writing. As for Andy Remic… he’s a one-off, a writer of singular power and violence, where (to deliberately steal a line from Spinal Tap) everything goes up to 11. It’s great to have them both working on new series for us.”

The Author, Jay PoseyJay: “Angry Robot authors like to make a lot of jokes about the Robot Overlords implanting us with brain chips and threatening to destroy us with angry robot laser eye, but the truth of the matter is, the folks at AR are genuinely some of the finest in the business.  I’m delighted to be working with them again.  And even though they wouldn’t agree to let me visit their orbital weapons platform, they *did* allow me to select two targets, so I really couldn’t be happier.”

Andy RemicAndy: “I am once again thrilled to be working with Angry Robot on my next two hardcore violent fantasy novels, The Dragon Engine and Twilight of the Dragons. Both novels are set in the same world as The Iron Wolves and The White Towers, and feature  a group of honourable heroes who go in search of wealth and immortality… but find a whole barrel-load of trouble instead. These books will hit new levels in fantasy violence and anti-heroic depravity… Game of Thrones? Pffft. Game of Marshmallows compared to what I’m writing now!!”

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We are thrilled to introduce you to both Matt Hill and his gritty new novel, Graft. Acquired from Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency, Graft – scheduled for early 2016 release – is an exciting novel brought to you from the runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.

Matt Hill small bwMatt Hill: “I’m chuffed to bits that Graft has found a home at Angry Robot. They’ve published loads of amazingly written, brilliantly designed books, and I can’t wait to start working with the team.”

Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. He now lives and works in London. His first novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Welcome Matt to the Angry Robot family on Twitter, and be sure to visit his site:

Phil Jourdan: “Sometimes you get sent a book that ticks every single box for you — plot, character, prose, mood, originality, sheer madness — and you just think, ‘Am I actually ready to take this on?’ Well, the good news is we’re ready. Graft is the perfect addition to Angry Robot’s catalogue: a truly unique science fiction book, dark and twisted but gorgeous all the way through.”


Under the Skin meets The Handmaids Tale meets The Fifth Elementwith extra limbs.

In Graft, the near future is bleak — especially in Manchester.

Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when his partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, the structures of Sol’s life begin to warp. Hidden in the stolen car’s boot is a three-armed woman with a strange tattoo on her throat. She is Y: rootless, amnesiac, and scheduled for delivery. What she reveals not only forces Sol to confront his own past, but sends him to the threshold of reality – and asks him to cross it.

A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag.

Praise for Matt Hill:

“[The Folded Man] captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.” – Stephen Fry, Dundee International Book Prize judge 2012

“Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill’s unsettling novel [The Folded Man] is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.” – Publishers Weekly

“[The Folded Man is] a memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.” – Interzone

The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.” – The Skinny

“Some scenes [in The Folded Man] are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement . . . Matt Hill is one to watch out for.” – The List

“Reads like Coetzee with ADHD . . . [The Folded Man is] a stunning debut.” – Litro


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We are delighted to have shared with you our recent re-signings and new author deals. There are two new author announcements to come very soon, but today we are thrilled to tell you that James A. Moore will be writing two more books in his Seven Forges series, following Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands. Not only that but the next instalment, entitled City of Wonders, will be released this November, 2015. More details on City of Wonders below. James is a wonderful member of our Robot Family and we are excited to have his soul belong to continued involvement with Angry Robot Books.

James A Moore. He rocks!James A. Moore: “I am, of course, delighted to be working with my Robot Overlords once again. There have been rumors about them holding my family hostage through the negotiations and I want to make clear that nothing of the sort has happened. I am assured that the sudden disappearance of family members was merely a coincidence and not, as some AR authors have previously stated, a negotiating tool of any kind.

I have also been informed that so long as my manuscripts are delivered in a timely manner no more unexpected vacations to the “Lunar Gulag Wonderland” will be necessary.”

Marc Gascoigne: “I’m so pleased that Jim has agreed to write not one but two more Seven Forges books for us at Angry Robot. Clever, action-stuffed fantasy like his is why I became a fanatical fantasy fan in the first place.”


City of Wonders

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon and the growing masses of the lost and the desolate, on a mission of which he will not speak and looking for the faithful who will join him in his exodus.

In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.

War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.
Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

Seven Forges

The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore

The Blasted Lands


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2015 will be busy and exciting for Angry Robot as our publishing schedule is back under full steam in March, and we also still have some new authors to share with you. The first of these is Patrick S. Tomlinson with his debut novel, The Ark, acquired from Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency in a two-book deal with translation rights. Scheduled for November 2015, The Ark is a thrilling mystery set in deep space.

AURALBW-IMG_1134Patrick S. Tomlinson: “When my agent first told me I’d be working with an Angry Robot, I was skeptical. “Oh, no,” I said. “I’ve seen this movie and the whole human race gets eradicated.” But then I started to wonder why the robot was angry. And if it was angry, did that mean it had human emotions instead of cold, inflexible machine logic? If a robot can be angry, can it also learn to… love?

Oh, and I wrote a book set on a generation ship called THE ARK. It contains many words. Some of them are even in the right order.”


Angry Robot’s Consulting Editor, Phil Jourdan: “What a pleasure it will be to unleash this blend of mystery, action and Really Big Spaceship madness on the world. The Ark has one of those great, mega-satisfying endings that will make readers squeal with delight a little bit. Be warned.”

The Ark

Sherlock Holmes meets 2001: A Space Odyssey

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

About Patrick: Patrick S. Tomlinson is the son of an ex-hippie psychologist and an ex-cowboy electrician. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Ford Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for performing stand-up comedy.

 Join us in offering Patrick a robotically warm welcome: @stealthygeek on Twitter, Facebook, and Patrick’s site,

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The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanWe’re absolutely delighted to start 2015 with some awards news. Rod Duncan’s superlative alternate history The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter has made the six-book shortlist for the Philip K Dick Award 2014.

When he’d come down from the ceiling, a joyous Rod Duncan said:

I had no idea that The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was even in the running, so discovering it on the shortlist was a complete surprise. If you’ll excuse the British slang – I was gobsmacked! To be standing alongside such wonderful writers and to be up for an award bearing the name of Philip K. Dick – it is a great honour. I feel hugely grateful.

The award’s winner will be announced at Norweson in Seattle, USA on 3 April this year. Further details of that lovely shortlist – really, you should just buy all of them! – and everything else you need to know are on the Philip K Dick Award website. Rod’s sequel Unseemly Science is fast approaching too – it hits stores in May 2015, with a third novel in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, The Custodian of Marvels, due Spring 2016.

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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):

Nexus (March 15) Crux (April 15) Apex (May 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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The Buried Life in Japan

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We are delighted to announce that Carrie Patel‘s sci-fi mystery The Buried Life has been sold to Japanese publisher, Tokyo Sogensha. The Buried Life has been reviewed and featured by many in most-anticipated lists and we are looking forward to its Japanese release in Spring 2016; English-language readers, The Buried Life will be with you in March of next year.

This is our second Japanese deal, after Madeline Ashby’s vN whilst agents have also sold Lavie Tidhar and Lauren Beuekes’ books to Japan. Thanks to our Rights Manager, Alex, at Watkins Media who is off to a great start with this deal with Japanese agent Tuttle Mori. As 2014 ends on a high note for Angry Robot Books with acquisitions, rights sales, and world domination plans afoot, we’re looking forward to a wonderful 2015.

vN Japan


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The Bookman


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Camera Obscura

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Zoo City


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We, here at Angry Robot HQ, are simply delighted to announce Alyc Helms has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. In a two-book, World English, deal, Alyc was signed from Lindsay Ribar and Stefanie Diaz (Greenburger Assocs) and Anna Carmichael (Abner Stein). The first title, The Dragons of Heaven, will be published in April 2015.

alychelms-authorphoto1Alyc Helms: “I feel so lucky to join the Angry Robot family–The covers! The inside-the-covers! The authors! The staff!–I’m completely chuffed. I get to say chuffed now. It’s one of the perks.”

Marc Gascoigne: I do like it when the team bring in a novel proposal and we all devour it at a single sitting. Such was the case with the delicious The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms, which we all love and cannot wait to present to you, our devoted readers. It’s another in a long line of wonderful Angry Robot books that defies categorisation without resorting to a hell of a lot of hyphens. Alright, if you insist: it’s a sort of superhero-pulp-kung fu-magician-fantasy-mystery-adventure. See what I mean?”

The Dragons of Heaven

Drawing on the legacy of Indiana Jones, Jack Burton, and The Shadow, Missy Masters is an adventure heroine for the 21st century.

“A tough, witty young woman who inherited her superhero grandfather’s powers barrels through a rollicking ‘Big Trouble in Little China’-esque tale filled with magic, monsters and wisecracks. I loved it.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver, on The Dragons of Heaven 

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather; she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr. Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

Would you deal with the devil to save the world?

About Alyc Helms: Alyc Helms fled her PhD program in anthropology and folklore when she realized she preferred fiction to academic writing. She lives above a dive bar in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a project manager for Macmillan, a freelance editor, and a volunteer copyeditor for Nightmare Magazine. In addition to writing, she dabbles in corsetry and costuming, dances Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, rants about social justice issues, and games in all forms of media. She sometimes refers to her work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is just a fancy way to say that she is obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. She’s a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Crossed Genres and will be appearing in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 Join us in welcoming Alyc to our motley crew: @alychelms and check out her website:


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Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Jourdan as
Consultant Editor.

Phil is co-founder of LitReactor – a creative writing workshop and literary magazine where professional novelists, graphic novelists and agents host regular classes – worked for Zero Books, and ran the small fiction press, Perfect Edge Books. A Portuguese author and translator, based in the UK, Phil has also fronted the rock band, Paris and the Hiltons, winners of an Independent Music Award, since 2007.

AR picturePhil: “I am excited and pleased to join the clan of fearless warriors at Angry Robot. It’s a strong press with a very devoted following, the kind of off-beat venture that you can’t ignore. I always have special respect for presses that manage consistently to do something as risky as blending genres and exploring big philosophical questions in popular fiction. To be working with them is a great honour. I am looking forward to catching up on the fantastic agented submissions as well as the last of the Open Door entries.”

Marco: “Phil Jourdan scares me. He’s a great technical editor, with a keen eye for promising new authors, and he’s already achieved way too much in publishing for someone so young. Obviously he’s perfect for the reborn Angry Robot, but I see I’m going to have to keep my eye on him….”

Phil can be contacted at and please join us in welcoming him to our motley crew: @philjourdan on Twitter.

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Robots love Hugos

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The Hugo AwardsSoooo, we can’t imagine that if you have any interest in the wider world of science fiction that you missed the winners of this year’s Hugo Awards, presented as the climax of the massive, and massively enjoyable, Worldcon here in England’s London, aka Loncon 3. But just in case, here’s a completely biased summary:

Kameron Hurley won TWO. As we said there in the hall, hell yeah! In fact, we screamed and whooped and screamed some more.

And that’s not all. We’re so, so proud of our writer friends and colleagues who placed well in the rankings, with nominations for:

Emma Newman, for her sensational Tea & Jeopardy podcast
Both Wesley Chu and Ramez Naam, up for the John W Campbell Award for best new writer (yeah yeah, OK, not strictly a Hugo yadda yadda)
Aliette de Bodard, nominated for her lovely novelette, The Waiting Stars.
Our man Mike Underwood, up as part of the team behind the Skiffy & Fanty Podcast.
And our now-departed but still beloved Lee Harris, nominated for Best Editor (Long Form), a fitting end to his AR years as he heads off to pastures new.

Loads of other great people were justly celebrated too, of course, and you can read up on them, even see all of the breakdowns in how people voted if you like. It’s all been rather lovely. Roll on 2015.

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Peacemaker Makes a Novel Game

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Congratulations to Marianne de Pierres, whose Peacemaker series has been optioned for adaptation as an interactive game by Stirfire Studios! The full PR is below, but please do join us in congratulating Marianne, here or on Twitter!

Peacemaker Makes a Novel Game:
West Australian creative entrepreneurs combine forces

Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresBestselling Australian science fiction author Marianne de Pierres announced today that Stirfire Studios has optioned her PEACEMAKER series for adaptation as an interactive game.  The novels are published by Angry Robot books.

De Pierres’ books include the award-winning Sentients of Orion, Parrish Plessis, and Night Creatures series. ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Stirfire Studios on this project. They combine creative flair with technical excellence and a passion for what they do. Their most recent game, Freedom Fall, has been a spectacular success.’

Stirfire Studios, created in 2010, has elevated the status of indie-game development in Western Australia. The Studio won the first ever Western Australian Screen Award and was shortlisted in the Australian Game Development Awards with their title Freedom Fall. Stirfire creates visually beautiful games with lush gameplay and exciting new twists on familiar elements.

Stirfire Studios director, Garth Pendergrast, says that the company has a strong vision for the Peacemaker game. ‘We want to create an interactive novel focusing on story and character, imagined with our trademark rich artwork but with no trade-off in the game play. While we are inspired by recent games in the genre, we are designing a new engine to help the player tell their own story.’

Publicity enquiries: and Stirfire Studios

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