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Angry Robot’s Summer Invasion of Forbidden Planet

Looking forward to this year’s World SciFi Convention (LonCon)? Or, can’t make LonCon and wish you could have an evening with some of your favourite authors before the con starts?

Well, we want to kick-start your LonCon experience with an Angry Robot Summer Invasion of Forbidden Planet, on Wednesday, 13 August at 6pm.

Meet the Authors

Not only will the lovely Anne LyleMike Shevdon and Adam Christopher be present, but come along for your chance to meet Wesley Chu and Madeline Ashby!

Join us for an evening of readings, signing, and robotic dance moves. Enjoy an informal evening of meeting some of your favourite authors and listening to some fantastic fiction!

RSVP

Forbidden Planet have an event page on their Facebook page on which you can RSVP, and I do encourage you to do so. Surprise, surprise, here’s a handy link to said Facebook page! You can also tweet us, @angryrobotbooks, or @forbiddenplanet. Please feel free to share with your friends, colleagues, enemies – hey, we don’t discriminate, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, 13 August!

Next week in Minneapolis, we’ll be at CONvergence – one of the finest genre conventions in the world!

This is where you can find us:

The bar.

If we’re not there, chances are, we’re on or at a panel. These are the fine folk who will be there, and the panels they’re on:

Kameron Hurley (The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendent)

Thursday 3 July
3.30pm – Good, Fast or Cheap
When does it make sense to work for exposure and when does that become exploitative? At what point do you need to insist on charging? What are the trade-offs when choosing between free and paid art? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Sharon Stiteler, Kameron Hurley, Michael Damian Thomas

7.00pm – Not Men or Women: Everyone Else in Fiction
Not all characters need to be male or female! Explore the gender binary and how it can be, and has been, subverted in fictional universes and in reality. We will discuss common tropes and ways gender could be explored better in all fictional media. Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Benny S, Kameron Hurley

Friday 4 July
7.00pm – Where’s the Magic?
Increasingly, writers feel the need to include a scientific (or pseudoscientific) explanation for strange events and objects, rather than simply having a fantastical or magical explanation. Why is this the case? Does it work? Panelists: Kameron Hurley, Kelly McCullough, Sean M. Murphy, Doug Hulick, Martha Wells

Saturday 5 July
12.30pm – Criticism and Empathy Online
When people abuse anonymity to give hurtful, damaging criticism, is this merely a failure of empathy, or is there something more there? How do you criticize people without triggering a flame war? Should you even TRY to avoid flame wars? Panelists: Miri Mogilevsky, Jason Thibeault, Wesley Chu, Kameron Hurley, Ted Meissner

Anne Lyle (The Night’s Masque trilogy)

Saturday 5 July
10.00pm – Loki Can Rule Me Any Day
Loki is very popular, even though he wasn’t the main character (or even necessarily a “good guy”). An exploration of side characters who have become fan favorites. Wolverine, Agent Coulson, Jayne, Connie Mk II – What makes us like them so much? Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Kamuran Paradis, Damarra Atkins, Todd Murray, Anne Lyle

11.30pm – Science of Sex
It’s a necessary biological function. What else can we say about it? Panelists: Bug Girl, Meghan Williams MA LMFT (mod), Anne Lyle, Heina Dadabhoy, Benny S

Wesley Chu (The Tao trilogy)

Friday 4 July
11.00am – Signing

Saturday 5 July
11.00am – Reading

12.30pm – Criticism and Empathy Online
When people abuse anonymity to give hurtful, damaging criticism, is this merely a failure of empathy, or is there something more there? How do you criticize people without triggering a flame war? Should you even TRY to avoid flame wars? Panelists: Miri Mogilevsky, Jason Thibeault, Wesley Chu, Kameron Hurley, Ted Meissner

Sunday 6 July
12.30pm – Writing Sequels – Deja vu or Level 2?
Sequels are usually considered the toughest books to tackle. Some series (Hunger Games) retread similar themes to give fans more of what made them love the first book. Others take the reader in new directions. What are the advantages and risks? Panelists: Wesley Chu, Scott Lynch, David Annandale, Kelly McCullough, C. Robert Cargill

Carrie Patel (The Buried Life, Cities & Thrones)

Thursday 3 July
2.00pm – Skiffy & Fanty Show – Live at CONvergence!
A live episode of the Skiffy & Fanty Show (skiffyandfanty.com) with guest authors CL Patel and Martha Wells. We’ll discuss influences on SF/F lit from gaming, comics, etc. with authors who write SF/F fiction but have experience writing for other formats. Panelists: Michael R. Underwood (mod), Carrie Patel, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer

Friday 4 July
9.30am – Hard SF Movies are Back!
With the recent releases of “Gravity” and “Ender’s Game,” hard SF movies are back. Will this trend last? Panelists: Romeo Azar, Mark McPherson, Dave Margosian, Carrie Patel

2.00pm – You Against the Game
Not all of us like competing against each other. What are good games that have the players work against the game? Lord of the Rings and Pandemic are two examples: there must be more. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Walter Sullivan, Michael Black, Dave Benhart, Carrie Patel

Sunday 6 July
9.30am – Oregon Trail… WITH ZOMBIES!
Bloods, brains, and dysentery! Come join us as we cross the zombie wasteland of Organ Trail, the zombie-based parody of Oregon Trail. Panelists: Michael Black, Karl Tingelstad, Sam Wroge, Carrie Patel

Craig Cormick (The Shadow Master, The Floating City)

Thursday 3 July
10.00m – Ultimate Evil Overlord 101
An interactive guide to becoming the ultimate evil overlord – with audience participation. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Brian Salisbury, Craig Cormick, Laura Thurston, Christoforo Pasquarette

Friday 4 July
9.30am – Can Sci-Fi Keep Up?
Is sci-fi able to keep up with technology? Snow Crash and Necromancer are already outdated, to give just a few examples. Does technology move faster than our imaginations? Panelists: Lee Harris, Craig Cormick, Pete Hautman, Tyler Tork, Eric Staggs

11.00am – Good Tech, Evil Tech
When in our stories did technology shift from being the answer to being the problem? Is it cyclical? We’ll discuss examples and trends in books, TV, and movies. Panelists: Emmy Jackson, Craig Cormick, Regan Wolfrom, Ozgur K. Sahin, Christoforo Pasquarette

Martha Wells (Emilie and the Hollow World, Emilie and the Sky World)

Thursday 3 July
2.00pm – Skiffy & Fanty Show – Live at CONvergence!
A live episode of the Skiffy & Fanty Show (skiffyandfanty.com) with guest authors CL Patel and Martha Wells. We’ll discuss influences on SF/F lit from gaming, comics, etc. with authors who write SF/F fiction but have experience writing for other formats. Panelists: Michael R. Underwood (mod), Carrie Patel, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer

5.00pm – Reading

Friday 4 July
7.00pm – Where’s the Magic?
Increasingly, writers feel the need to include a scientific (or pseudoscientific) explanation for strange events and objects, rather than simply having a fantastical or magical explanation. Why is this the case? Does it work? Panelists: Kameron Hurley, Kelly McCullough, Sean M. Murphy, Doug Hulick, Martha Wells

8.30pm – Signing

Saturday 5 July
11.00am – Once Upon a Story – Exploring Fairy Tales in Popular Culture
What do NBC’s Grimm, Willingham’s “Fables” and Disney have in common? They all propel fantastical stories of antiquity into modern times. Explore where we’ve come from and where we’re going in myth, fairytale, and folklore. Panelists: Dana Baird, Christine Norris, Emma Bull, Roy T Cook, Martha Wells

Sunday 6 July
2.00pm – Women in Genre Not Talking about Women in Genre
Panelists talk about everything EXCEPT what it’s like to be a woman working in genre! Which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek? What YA series will be made into a TV show next? Audience questions will be drawn randomly and answered by the panelists. Panelists: Martha Wells, Damarra Atkins, Lynne M. Thomas, Danielle Indovino, Naomi Kritzer

Mike Underwood (Angry Robot’s Sales & Marketing Manager, also l33t geek-novelist)

Thursday 3 July
12.30pm – Mainstreaming of Geekdom
Lots of popular movies are based on geek stuff. How do you handle being a geek hipster – or feeling like you don’t fit in? Many people were geeks before it was cool. Let’s stop feeling bad. Let’s celebrate that geeks are cool! Panelists: Jaqueline Stoner, Hal Bichel, Kara Redding, Michael R. Underwood, Holley McLellan

2.00pm – Skiffy & Fanty Show – Live at CONvergence!
A live episode of the Skiffy & Fanty Show (skiffyandfanty.com) with guest authors CL Patel and Martha Wells. We’ll discuss influences on SF/F lit from gaming, comics, etc. with authors who write SF/F fiction but have experience writing for other formats. Panelists: Michael R. Underwood (mod), Carrie Patel, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer

Saturday 5 July
2.00pm – Gender in Urban Fantasy
This genre tends to have more female protagonists and writers. Is it marketing, or something else? Panelists: Melissa Olson, Emma Bull, Paul Cornell, Laura Zats, Michael R. Underwood

5.00pm – Is There Life after “Dark and Gritty”?
How did we get from Adam West to the Dark Knight? Can we reboot a series and make it more optimistic? Panelists: Scott Lynch, Sarah Prentice, Michael R. Underwood, Tabitha Anderson, Michael Damian Thomas

Sunday 6 July
2.00pm – From Gaming to Writing
Many novels started life as roleplaying games. Are you a GM using a game to figure out the world for your novel? Or have you had such a great time running or playing in a game that you’re working on making it into a book? What are the perils and pitfalls? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, David Annandale, Ozgur K. Sahin, Michael R. Underwood, Emmy Jackson

Lee Harris (Angry Robot’s Senior Editor)

Thursday 3 July
10.00pm – Just a Minute
Paul Cornell will once again host his favorite game of talking and thinking at the same time. The combination is something most of us aren’t particularly used to. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Eryn Hildebrand, Dawn Krosnowski, Scott Lynch, C. Robert Cargill. Lee Harris keeps time.

Friday 4 July
9.30am – Can Sci-Fi Keep Up?

Is sci-fi able to keep up with technology? Snow Crash and Necromancer are already outdated, to give just a few examples. Does technology move faster than our imaginations? Panelists: Lee Harris, Craig Cormick, Pete Hautman, Tyler Tork, Eric Staggs

11.00am – Reading

5.00pm – Best Urban Fantasy Books
The genre is broad and contains a lot of different storytelling styles. What are some of your favorites? Panelists: Lee Harris, David Lenander, Robert Wagner, Renate Fiora (mod)

Saturday 5 July
3.30pm – Agents of SHIELD Fan Panel
Agent Coulson is alive – or is he? What are your hopes for season 2? How did season 1 stack up to the stable of Marvel movies currently overseen by Joss Whedon? Panelists: David Schwartz, Lee Harris, Derek Mahr, Scott Pearson, Daren Johnson

5.00pm – How to Structure a Novel
What are the required elements? How do you use your geeky experiences to fashion your characters, plot, and themes? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Kelly McCullough, David Annandale, Lee Harris

7.00pm – Cover Art for your Ebook
How to avoid the common mistakes of ebook cover art. Why it’s important and how to get free or low cost cover art that will help sell your ebook. Important points about art contracts and negotiating. Talk to professional writers, artists, and publishers. Panelists: John Garner, Adam Whitlatch, Lee Harris, Blake Hausladen, J Steven Young

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Jun
02

Adam Christopher Live!

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AdamChristopher ©DCSterneA typo while writing the subject of this blog post had me writing Adam Christopher Lives! which is the cry that emanated from the mad scientist who created Adam all those years ago, and possibly the subject of a different article.

This one, however, is to tell you of the next British Fantasy Society Open Night, in which Adam is the Guest Author. He will be interviewed by Gillian Redfearn, the Publishing Director of Gollancz. Don’t think we’re not keeping an eye on you, Gillian… :-)

You can meet Adam at the Phoenix Artists Club at 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU (just underneath the Phoenix Theatre – map here). The event is this coming Friday (6th June) and it starts at 7.00pm, but do feel free to get there earlier.

Also featured: DieGo Comics Publishing introduces Italy’s treasure chest of fantasy, science-fiction and steampunk graphic novels and literature to an international audience, translating and adapting new and existing Italian stories into English for the first time. DieGo was founded by Giuseppe and Marcella Pennestri.

Plus, the launch of the first Midnight Street anthology, Journeys Into Darkness, dedicated to the late Joel Lane. Contributors include Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Stephen Gallagher, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Gary Couzens, Simon Clark plus other excellent writers.

BFS Open Nights are informal social evenings with a literary element, open to all, including non-members and anyone with an interest in genre fiction. As well as our guest author interview there will be a prize draw and a stock clearance sale by Gollancz – great SF/F books going cheap, so bring cash and a strong carry-bag!

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Apr
04

The Stalkers’ Guide to Angry Robot

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Angry Robot authors and staff are going to be out and about quite a lot, this year! These are some of our current Convention plans. Please note that not all of our authors are listed here, and all appearances are subject to change, of course:

The Authors

Guy Adams
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Mike Shevdon
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Madeline Ashby
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Ishbelle Bee
April 19, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK

Maurice Broaddus
May 2-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
June 13-15, Hypericon, Nashville, TN
July 14-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
September 19-21, Imagimarium, Louisville, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Adam Christopher
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Wesley Chu
May 1-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Cassandra Rose Clarke
April 17-20, NorwesCon, Seattle, WA
May 23-26, Comicpalooza, Houston, TX
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 25-27, Armadillocon, Austin, TX
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Lee Collins
June 13-15, Denver ComicCon, Denver, CO
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Craig Cormick
April 5, Conflux Writers Day, Canberra, Aus
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN

Peter Crowther
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matt Forbeck
June 19-22, Nexus Game Fair, Milwaukee, WI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
and possibly:
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
April 25-27, C2E2, Chicago, IL
August 22-24, Geek.Kon, Madison, WI
September 19-21, GrandCon, Grand Rapids, MI

Guy Haley
May 17-18, Horus Heresy Weekender, Nottingham, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matthew Hughes
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Kameron Hurley
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Anna Kashina
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November (dates tbc), Philcon, Philadelphia

Anne Lyle
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

James A Moore
July 17-20, NeCon, Portsmout, RI
August 29-September 1, DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Susan Murray
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Emma Newman
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Carrie Patel
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 17-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI

Jay Posey
June 6-7, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Chris Roberson
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Freya Robertson
April 26, Conclave 2, Auckland, New Zealand

David Tallerman
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
November 15-16, Thought Bubble, Leeds, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Tim Waggoner
May 8-11, World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
September 19-21, Imaginarium, Lexington, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Kaaron Warren
October 3-6, Conflux 10, Canberra, Aus

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The Staff

Mike Underwood (North American Sales & Marketing Manager, also an author)
May 23-26, BaltiCon, Baltimore, MD
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 26-28, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
October 9-12, New York ComicCon, New York, NY
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November 13-16, BoucherCon, Long Beach, CA

Lee Harris (Senior Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Amanda Rutter (Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
May 3-4, DFW Writers’ Conference, Hurst, TX
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
July 12-13, YALC @ London Film and ComicCon, London, UK
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Caroline Lambe (Publicity Manager)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Marc Gascoigne (Publisher)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

 

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Next Thursday (6th March) from 6.00-7.00pm Angry Robot and Titan/Tor author Adam Christopher will be at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore to sign his latest books:

  • ~ The Burning Dark – paperback (Titan)
  • Hang Wire – paperback (Angry Robot)
  • Hang Wire – limited edition hardback (Angry Robot)
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Hang Wire paperback (left) and limited edition hardback (right)

The limited edition hardbacks (our 100th book, folks!) arrived at Angry Robot Mansions, today (see right) and they’re fabulous with a variant cover by the Kitschies Award-winning designer, Will Staehle.

The hardbacks (a steal at just £20!) are exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and only 100 have been produced for sale, so get one while you can!

You can pick one up at the signing, or if you can’t get there, order one direct from Forbidden Planet.

More cool stuff!

The first 50 people at the signing will also get an exclusive Hang Wire fortune cookie (it ties in with the book – honest!), with up to 4 lucky readers winning an on-the-spot prize!

HANG WIRE

Ted Kane is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Tensile Strength | Dual Identities | The Greatest Show | Bandits ]

Praise for Hang Wire
“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
SFX Magazine.

“There’s a lot going in this genre-bender… Christopher fulfils our expectations and more. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.”
Booklist – starred review

As most of you know, I don’t come from a scifi or fantasy publishing world; my previous role was in publicity for Irish non-fiction titles as well as crime fiction, and that oft-controversial term, literary fiction. I wasn’t utterly new to the terms SF / F / WTF (maybe I was to WTF!) as through my own personal reading, I’ve read – and loved –  Scott Lynch, Philip Pullman, and Eoin Colfer, and had the usual childhood favourites such as Narnia and Harry Potter. I love True Blood, Buffy, and Star Trek, amongst others but can’t quote you lines or tell you what happened in every episode. Ever. I joined the queues to see The Hunger Games, Snow White & the Huntsman, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Spiderman, Stardust, and a host of other movies, but because I really enjoyed them, not because they were genre specific.

But, since joining the Angry Robot team early this year, words like utopian, dystopian, steampunk, epic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, xenobiology, are now the norm, and it has been an exciting, occasionally-overwhelming, world to discover. I’ve been flung in all sorts of reading directions, mainly by Strange Chemistry’s reading guru Amanda, and was addicted to George R.R. Martin within about 3 pages; fell in love with John Green’s phenomenal YA story The Fault In Our Stars; am currently reading Kushiel’s Dart, and have read – and had varying reactions to – dozens of our Angry Robot and Strange Chemistry titles. I’ve learned that fantasy is more my own personal thing than scifi, although Wesley Chu‘s The Lives of Tao (Vote for him at Goodreads Choice Awards here!) and Ramez Naam‘s Nexus became some of my all-time favourite books, and that Chuck Wendig‘s books suit my crime-fiction-grotesque-scenes-loving-self.

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However, not any of the above made me feel fully qualified to attend last weekend’s World Fantasy Con in Brighton. I admit I had major preconceptions. I have met some terrific people over the course of the last six months, but also have discovered that genre world inhabitants can be, and I hasten to point out can be - not are, protective of their world. Sometimes, rightly so. One of the panels over the weekend discussed the issue of “The Mainstream and Us”, showing that the positioning of “genre fiction” is still an issue. I did fear that conversations would be way over my beginners-level head, and wondered that if many of the attendees knew each other from various cons, how open would they be to a newbie? I should never have worried. It was a great weekend, and I wanted to tell you a little about what it was like for a newbie:

The Bar

Before heading to Brighton, I had been told that this was a very “bar-friendly” convention. I was unsure as to the actual meaning of this – were people going to be sitting, drinking, at 11am? If so, I should have been into this world a long time ago. She jests. Kinda. But that does actually sum up the convivial nature of this convention: from any time of the day, people would gather in the lobby bars and drink coffee – at least, in the early stages of the day – and meet those faces they knew, but also those they did not. Hats off to the organisers for the “newbie” area of the bar, where those who didn’t know too many could congregate and meet fellow newcomers.

The Crowd

A lot of the talk I heard was about the size of the crowd – approx 1400 attendees – and how this allowed for a more open, warm, atmosphere. When I asked Lee for some reference point on this, he said WorldCon is akin to the London Book Fair; I see now that I had a nice, gentle, first convention experience! The layout of the hotel and the event halls was easy to navigate and all close together. This made for easy access if one was running from one panel to the next, or wanted to get to the dealers’ room to stock up before meeting an author. Any time I wandered from one room to the next, I saw friendly faces, and the “red coats” were ever-present ensuring that people know where they were going and were OK. Huge congratulations to them!

Aims

I had a couple of aims for the weekend: to meet our attending authors – and some for the first time!, to meet as many people from my online world as possible, to try and not fangirl if I saw Scott Lynch, to attend panels, and to generally get a better sense of the fantasy world. What I didn’t expect was to have so much fun whilst doing all of it!

Better Than I Ever Thought It Would Be

From the minute I arrived at the Hilton hotel and bumped into Lizzie and Claire from the Big Green Bookshop reading and writing groups, the weekend was one big friendly affair. I met old and new faces, chatted to strangers and made new friends; sat in on interesting panels that were open and encouraging; mingled at the mass signing; enjoyed the parties of Tor and Voyager; had long lunches with our authors – inventing futures for Mike Shevdon’s family members!; was made cry by Mike with a synopsis of the most haunting story he’s writing; laughed with Jonathan L. Howard over a pizza dinner; queued at the wrong hall with Wesley Chu before his own ninja reading; and of course, hung out with my colleagues outside the office.

As for me and conventions? Sign me right up. My advice: leave any preconceptions at the door, and throw yourself into this wonderful – and wacky – world. I’m not sure any other genre of writing could be so open and welcoming. To all the lovely bloggers and online friends that I met: Mieneke, Ellie, Vicky, Charlie Jane, Annalee; to our authors: James, Adam, Kim, Anne, Mike, Jonathan, LauraWes, Joseph, Emma, and all those that I didn’t get to meet; to Darren & Jo; to Lizzie & Claire; to the new friends, agents, and readers alike, that I met, thank you all so much for a fantastic first con, and I look forward to seeing you all again!

Now to get myself to the shop and buy up all the books I discovered, or else knew about and am now urged to buy their books because of their brilliant panels: Holly Black, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Garth Nix, Tanith Lee, Hal Duncan, Adrian Stone, Tad Williams, and many, many more, await!

PS: I completely fangirled when I met Scott Lynch. Oh well!

PPS: Sorry if there’s anyone I forgot to mention…

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Oct
31

Forbidden Planet, tonight at 6.00pm

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Don’t forget – at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore tonight, form 6.00pm-7.00pm, your opportunity to meet (and get books signed by):

Wesley Chu
The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao

Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls, The Merchant of Dreams, The Prince of Lies

Joseph D’Lacey
Black Feathers

James A Moore
Seven Forges

Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All Is Fair

David Tallerman
Giant Thief, Crown Thief, Prince Thief

Mike Shevdon
Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam, Strangeness & Charm, The Eighth Court

Adam Christopher
Empire State, The Age Atomic, Seven Wonders

Kaaron Warren
Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification

Some of these fine authors have travelled thousands of miles to be here this week. It’s be great to see you there, too!

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Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry will be out in force again at WorldCon (LoneStarCon3) next week (in San Antonio, Texas).

If you’re going and want to get your books signed, the following authors will be there (and some of them have signing slots, as detailed below):

  • Adam Christopher – Signing Friday, 11.00am
  • Chuck Wendig – Signing Monday, 2.00pm
  • Maurice Broaddus
  • Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Jay Posey
  • Martha Wells - Signing Thursday 4.00pm
  • Wesley Chu – Signing Saturday 11.00am
  • Madeline Ashby – Signing Thursday, 1.00pm
  • Ramez Naam – Reading, Sunday 10.00am
  • Emma Newman – Signing Saturday 4.15pm (in the Dealer Room)

Additionally, Mike Underwood (Angry Robot’s resident North American Sales & Marketing guru) and Lee Harris (Senior Editor) will be around. In the Dealer Room, at the bar.

Grab a book at the Angry Robot stand in the Dealer Room for your favourite author to sign. If you can’t find them we’ll get your book signed for you!

Special Deal: The first 5 people to buy a copy of one of Emma Newman’s Split Worlds books at her signing on the Saturday will get a copy of her superb short story collection – From Dark Places – absolutely free!

Aug
16

Taking over the Planet…

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Forbidden Planet, that is…

In the next stage of our quest for World Domination (bwahahahahahaaaaa), Angry Robot are taking over Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore on Thursday October 31st.

From 6.00pm until 7.00pm you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet the following authors – some of whom will be on a very rare visit to the UK.

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuWesley ChuThe Prince of Lies, by Anne Lyle
The Lives of Tao
The Deaths of Tao

Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls
The Merchant of Dreams
The Prince of Lies

Note: The Deaths of Tao and The Prince of Lies are officially published the following week, but will be available early, exclusively for the Forbidden Planet signing.

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013Joseph D’LaceyHell to Pay, by Matthew Hughes - design by Tom Gauld
Black Feathers

Matthew Hughes
The Damned Busters
Costume Not Included
Hell to Pay

James A Moore
Seven Forges

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro ColucciEmma NewmanAll is Fair by Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns
Any Other Name
All Is Fair

David Tallerman
Giant Thief
Crown Thief
Prince Thief

Mike Shevdon
Sixty-One Nails
Prince Thief, by David TallermanThe Road to BedlamThe Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon, cover art by John Coulthart
Strangeness and Charm
The Eighth Court

Adam Christopher
Empire State
Seven Wonders
The Age Atomic

The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will Staehle

Note: There are still a few limited edition hardbacks of all three of Adam’s novels, which are available exclusively through Forbidden Planet.

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Aug
15

One Year as an Angry Robot

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Today is my one-year anniversary of joining the Angry Robot team as the North American Sales & Marketing Manager. I came to Angry Robot from a job as a field sales representative, and while the surgical scars from the upgrades have faded, the amazing feeling of being directly in the action, championing authors, and supporting our incredible Random House sales team is fresh every day.

Some highlights from the year:

  • Attending my first WorldCon in Chicago all of three weeks into the job, learning the list on my feet, meeting fans and smart readers, editors Lee Harris and Amanda Rutter, as well as a huge swath of our authors. There was pizza, bowling, and much fun with book-wrangling.

WorldCon

 

With Senior Editor Lee Harris, practicing my Blue Steel.

  • My first trip to the United Kingdom, meeting the rest of the Angry Robot and Osprey team, learning the joys of British rail (US trains cannot hold a candle to the Midlands line), and wandering around in a Waterstones getting a crash course in UK cover culture from Managing Director Marc Gascoigne.
  • Slinging charcuterie at the launch event for Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes at Singularity & Company.

Charcuterie

 

Charcuterie, in honor of Mookie Pearl, star of The Blue Blazes, while the Man, The Myth, The Beard, Chuck Wendig chats with a reader.

  • Rolling a critical hit in title presentation, applying my experience in order to present Angry Robot titles to sales reps the way I’d want to hear about them as a rep.
  • Seeing incredible sales numbers roll in for several authors, working closely with the Random House reps to move quickly to maximize the success of breakout books like Ramez Naam’s Nexus, Cassandra Rose Clarke”s The Assassin’s Curse, Wesley Chu’s The Lives of Tao, and Sean Lynch’s Wounded Prey. As a writer myself, helping fellow authors succeed is one of the most satisfying parts of the job.

 

Huge thanks to the whole team for welcoming me with open arms, being generous with their knowledge and their passion, especially to Marc Gascoigne, the best Robot Overlord a guy could ask for.

It’s been a marvelous year, and this next year promises to be even bigger. I’m about to unleash a Massive Scheme on the North American marketplace, one that’s been in the works the whole first year. And after that, who knows?

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May
27

Robots & Rogues Bookstore

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Robots and  Rogues ExteriorEarlier this month we asked you to tell us about your favourite indie bookstore (go read this post for details – it’s ok, we’ll wait).

Brandon Stenger wrote to tell us about Robots & Rogues in Lafayette, IN (and what a great store name!)

In Brandon’s own words:

The owners, Tricia and Kevin, have been selling books for years. They’re always friendly and welcoming, and love to talk books. They will give recommendations, especially if you ask, but I’ve never felt like they’re pushing me to buy anything. They just love to read and want to clue people in to great reading experiences.

They don’t just sell books though, they’ve made incredible efforts to become part of the community since they opened the shop two years ago.

Robots and Rogues Interior

Robots & Rogues

They have SFF & drama book clubs that each meet once a month and they’ve made their store a hub for local gamers. There are several role-playing campaigns that meet there regularly and Munchkin & boardgame days usually monthly.

They’ve also opened their store to local and regional writers, hosting signings and selling their books, as well as playing host to the local writer’s group meetings every Friday evening.

It is a rare week that I’m not in the shop at least once, if not more. Tricia and Kevin have created a shining example of what an independent bookshop can be.

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Brandon has been sent some Angry Robot goodies for taking the time to share the wonders of his local store with us. You can do the same. And next time you’re in Lafayette, why not call into Robots & Rogues? It looks like a fabulous store!

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May
03

Support your local indie bookstore

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Image courtesy of Aleksa D at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Aleksa D at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We love chain bookstores, online bookstores, secondhand bookstores, bookstores that double up as coffee stores, bookstores with stationery in them, bookstores with DVDs in them, and bookstores with just books in them. Anywhere that sells books is a place we like to be.

As well as supporting the major High Street and online stores we have an ongoing love affair with the independents, and we know that many of you do, too.

So, to that end, we’d like to hear about your favourite independent store.

What to do
Write to us (details below) about your favourite indie bookstore. Tell us where it is (anywhere in the world), when they open, and if they have a website. Tell us what it is about this store that you love. Send us a photograph of the front of the store so others can recognise it. If you get permission, send us a photograph of the inside of the store, too. Ideally, we’d like 200-400 words on why this store is great! Feel free to ask the owner or staff for a quote. Or feel free to just gush from the heart.

What you get out of it
If we publish your recommendation on our blog we’ll send you some books to say thank you.

What the store gets out of it
Word of mouth and recommendations are the lifeblood of any local business. We’d like to help promote some deserving local stores.

What we get out of it
A warm, fuzzy feeling in our tums. We had that once before, and it turned out we’d eaten something out of date, but we’d really like to get a similar sensation for doing something nice.

Where to send your missives
Drop us an email at independents AT angryrobotbooks.com – don’t forget to include a photo or two, and try to give plenty of detail as to why your favourite store deserves some time in the limelight.

Deadline
We’d like to get your recommendations as soon as possible. Shall we say: no later than the end of May?
Yes. Apparently, we shall.

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The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will StaehleAs previously announced, Adam Christopher will be launching The Age Atomic at Forbidden Planet in London, this coming Thursday (4th April) at 6pm. Pick up a copy of the paperback, or treat yourself to the highly-collectible limited edition hardback (100 copies, only) of Empire State or The Age Atomic!

We hope to see you there!

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013The following evening (Friday 5th April), from 6.30pm at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, London, Joseph D’Lacey will be signing copies of his first Angry Robot book, Black Feathers.

Joseph had his first signing at Blackwells, Edinburgh, this last weekend, and it was standing room only! Be sure, then, to get to Big Green in plenty of time (and sample their other wares – they’re a fabulous indie book shop).

SFX says of Black Feathers:

It’s an involving, well-told tale… at the heart is a black, thin-feathered phantom with a legitimately frightening name: the Crowman.

If you can’t make the signing (and you should – Joseph’s a great reader, and excellent with a pen!) you can pre-order signed copies here.

Signed copies of Adam’s books can also be pre-ordered.
This link for The Age Atomic paperback, this for the limited edition hardback, and this for the Empire State limited edition hardback (ignore the incorrect date on the Empire State page).

And some other fine folk have said some great things about Black Feathers, too:

“Sometimes… a book captures your imagination in a way that it takes residence in your brain, and the more you think about it, the more special it becomes. That’s Black Feathers.”
And Then I Read a Book

“A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey. Two children embark on a search for meaning that is riddled with ambiguity about the nature of the saviour they seek and which, ultimately, provides a siren call to live in harmony with the land.”
Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season

Black Feathers is poetic and compelling. It’s a gripping story crafted around a deep core of eloquent anger. And it’s scary – it’s the scariest kind of fiction – the kind of fiction that rings true. D’Lacey has written a great book of and for our troubled times.”
– Tom Fletcher, author of The Leaping

“Dreadfully visionary. Appallingly inspired. One could wear out a thesaurus trying to articulate the singular fusion of qualities that has come to define Joseph D’Lacey’s work. Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) horrifying, mesmerizing, shocking, unsettling, and beautiful, and always deeply intelligent, it’s utterly unlike anything else I’m aware of. It’s also utterly wonderful.”
– Matt Cardin, author of To Rouse Leviathan and Dark Awakenings

“Spectacular is the word I’d use to describe [Black Feathers]. Nothing else can capture the reading experience.”
– Shadowhawk at The Founding Fields

“I really did love this book, as it had everything I was looking for and more, and really redefined the genres of fantasy and dystopian fiction. I know the two genres have been merged before, but this book just had that special un-put-down-able spark I couldn’t resist.”
– Rebecca at Book Chick City

“Read it. If, like me, you feel like you’ve read every post-apocalyptic book out there, you haven’t. Black Feathers is something different, with a new take on the end of the world.”
– Leanna at Leeanna.me

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Mar
27

Adam Christopher UK Launch Event

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The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will StaehleNext Thursday (4th April) sees the UK launch of Adam Christopher‘s The Age Atomic. This brilliant sequel tells the story of what happens after the events at the end of Empire State.

The book has already garnered some fantastic reviews –
CNN.com describes it as “a blast for sci-fi fans”, and Chuck Wendig says that it’s “a rare follow-up that’s better than its predecessor.”

Adam will be reading from – and signing copies of – The Age Atomic at the London Forbidden Planet Megastore from 6.00pm until 7.00pm on the day of publication.

But wait! There’s more!

Not only will you have the opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the paperback, you’ll also be able to pick up one of only 100 copies of a limited edition hardback, produced exclusively for Forbidden Planet! And at £20 for one of just 100 copies, that’s sure to become a collectors’ item! If you can’t make it to the launch event, you can pre-order a copy, here.

But wait! There’s even more!

“Surely not!” you say.
“Absolutely, yes!” we reply.
“Get on with it!” shouts a voice from the back, but we look around too slowly to see who it is…

Empire State limited edition

The Empire State Limited Edition variant cover. Look at the shiny… (click to embiggify)

In addition to the 100 copy limited edition hardback of The Age Atomic, we’ve also produced a 100 copy limited edition of the book that started it all – Empire State. Again, this is exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and you can pick up a copy on the night (you’ll also be able to pre-order from Forbidden Planet’s website, later today).

But wait! There’s even more news!

“Oh, now, Mr Ambassador, you are surely spoiling us!”

The 100 copy limited edition hardback of Empire State has a variant cover, by the original artist – the uber-talented Mr Will Staehle. So, grab a copy of an extremely limited edition run, of SciFi Now Magazine’s Best Book of 2012!

But wait!

“No. That’s enough, surely,” you opine.
“Oh, OK,” we agree.

For now...

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Check back tomorrow for details of Joseph D’Lacey‘s Scottish and English launch events for Black Feathers

Mar
26

EasterCon – Meet the authors

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This coming weekend is EasterCon weekend. It is also Easter weekend. A happy little coincidence, there.

You’ll find various Angry Robot folk at the convention, and when they’re not in the bar, they’ll be at the following panels/panel games (Angry Robot bods highlighted):

FRIDAY 29th March

4pm – 5pm – Superheroes on Film
Faster than a speeding bullet, superheroes have escaped from comics to films and found a whole new audience! How have they changed in moving to Hollywood – is there a formula, when is it worth breaking, and what should be done next? CE Murphy moderates a panel including Susan Booth and David Tallerman.

4pm – 5pm – Small Press Stories
What’s it like running a small SF/F Press? Editors from some of our local publishers share stories about their business. Colin Tate (Clarion Publishing) moderates Bob Neilson (Aeon Press), Peter Crowther (PS Publishing), Donna Scott (Immanion) and Ian Whates (Newcon Press).

5pm – 6pm – Games in Fiction
Whether it’s role-playing games, chess, or virtual realities, games are a popular element of SF and fantasy stories. Why are they so useful to authors? Or are they just fun? Lee Harris moderates Chris Hill, Adrian Faulkner, Sarah Newton and Walter Jon Williams.

5pm – 6pm – PS Publishing
Yorkshire’s very own specialist publisher gets Eastercon underway with an event to launch new books by five of the UK’s leading SF and Fantasy writers. “Universes” by Stephen Baxter. “Starship Seasons” by Eric Brown. A Very British History” by Paul McAuley. “Martian Sands” by Lavie Tidhar. “Growing Pains” by Ian Whates.

6pm – 7pm – The Magical British Countryside
How does the landscape of Britain affect stories set in it? Where does the magic lurk, and how does it inspire writers? Sue Mason moderates Tiffani Angus, Anne Sudworth, Mike Shevdon and Freda Warrington

7pm – 8pm – Genre Get-Together: Fantasy
Meet authors and get books signed! Anne Lyle, David Barnett, Francis Knight, John Lenahan, Anne Lyle, Juliet McKenna, Peadar O’Guilin, Liesel Schwartz, Gaie Sebold, Kari Sperring, David Tallerman will be signing.

9pm- 10pm – Underground London
Take one London. Add magical society hidden from most people. Mix in famous places from the city, and optionally garnish with police procedural. Why is this such a great recipe? With Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney, Anne Lyle and Simon Morden.

9pm – 10pm – Graphic Novel Selections
It’s easy to miss good comics these days, with so much going past. Our panel recommend some personal favourites from all areas of the medium. With Stephen Aryan, CE Murphy, Alys Sterling and David Tallerman.

SATURDAY 30th March

11am – 12.00 noon- The Stories in Games
Narrative games require stories to work, whether they are tabletop RPGs, LARPs or computer game. How do these stories differ from those in books and films? And how do you fix them when the encounter the enemy (or “player”)? Mike Cule moderates Ian McKenna, Emma Newman, Marcus Rowland and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

12 noon – 1pm – Non-Western SF and Fantasy
Anglophone writers and books by westerners still dominate the bookshelves, but Japan, China and India (to take three examples) also have thriving sff traditions. The panel look at the trends outside the Anglophone and western worlds. Rochita Loenen-Ruiz moderates Aliette de Bodard, Stephane Marsan, Sarah Newton and Gillian Redfearn.

12 noon – 1pm – Genre Get-Together: Fantasy
Meet authors and get books signed! Sarah Ash, Janine Ashbless, Paul Cornell, Roz Kaveney, Rochita Loenen Ruiz, CE Murphy, Mike Shevdon, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Sara Jayne Townsend

1pm – 2pm – Reinventing Urban Fantasy
There’s a lot more to urban fantasy than tattooed women hunting supernatural beings in the USA. Our panel explore the boundaries of the genre, and its metaphors. With Terry Jackman, Adrian Faulkner, Dave Gullen and Emma Newman.

5pm – 6pm Motherhood in SF and Fantasy
Where are the mothers in our depictions of future societies and fantasy worlds? Very often absent or ignored. Our panel looks at the depictions of motherhood and asks what more we can do. Terry Jackman moderates Aliette de Bodard, Chris Beckett, Mike Cobley and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.

7pm – 8pm – Genre Get-Together: Science Fiction
Meet authors and get books signed! Tony Ballantyne, Stephen Baxter, Chris Beckett, Aliette de Bodard, Mike Cobley, Cory Doctorow, Jaine Fenn, Gary Gibson, Simon Ings, Stephanie Saulter

SUNDAY 31st March

10am – 11am- Maiden, Mother, Who? Older women in genre fiction.
There are plenty of kick-ass young heroines these days, but their mentors are nearly always male. Where are the older women in genre fiction, and why aren’t they written about, or put on TV, more? Caroline Mullan moderates Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Ian Sales, David Tallerman and Freda Warrington.

11am – 12 noon – Why is the Future Drawn so White?
When the protagonist of Justine Larbalastier’s Liar was whitewashed in the cover art, both the author and the internet were outraged and the cover was eventually changed. Yet characters of colour are still all too often absent or elided. How can we work to challenge this and why does it happen? Caroline Hooton moderates Dev Agarwal, Aliette de Bodard, CE Murphy, Tajinder Singh Hayer and Stephanie Saulter.

12 noon – 1pm – Ready, Steady, Flash!
Lee Harris challenges authors to produce short themed fiction live, within 5 minutes, and then read it out, with the audience deciding the winner! Paul Cornell, Cory Doctorow, Roz Kaveney and Emma Newman scribble, and Donna Scott entertains while they write.

1pm – 2pm – Cityscapes
The great cities of fiction: Trantor, Cities in Flight, Ankh-Morpork. Who lives in them, how do they work, how do you write them? With Jaine Fenn, CE Murphy, Ian Whates and Walter Jon Williams.

1pm – 2pm – Advice for Writers: Settting
Practical experience and observations on writing believable and detailed environments. Darren Nash moderates Chris Beckett, Aliette de Bodard, Simon Morden and Gaie Sebold.

6pm – 7pm – Author Readings
Mike Shevdon and Emma Newman read from their recent work.