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Last night (well, last night in the UK – yesterday afternoon in the US) this year’s Locus Award finalists were announced, and we’re delighted to announce that Madeline Ashby’s vN has been shortlisted in the Best First Novel category, and Angry Robot author Aliette de Bodard has been shortlisted in both Best Novella and Best Short Story categories!
Not only that, but Angry Robot has been shortlisted for Best Publisher.
The competition in all of the categories is fierce, and the entire awards list highlights some of the amazing work being done in the SF & F genres today, and our congratulations go to Madeline and all of the other finalists. Except perhaps for those in the Best Publisher category – our cybernetic army lies in wait. Just sayin’…
As 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!
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
This Saturday at the Quad in Derby, the first Edge-Lit Festival/Convention takes place. Angry Robot will be there (of course), so do come say “Hi.” Or even better, come say “Hi. I just found this £50 note – is it yours?”
Yes. Yes, it is.
You can find the full schedule of events here, but these are the panels and workshops with an Angry Robot or two in attendance (Angry Robot peeps in bold):
The Writer and the Internet
Anne Lyle, Emma Newman, Mark Yon (mod)
Are We Still Afraid of Monsters?
Emma Newman, Niki Valentine, Paul Kane, Ian Culbard, Simon Bestwick (mod)
Lee Harris (mod), Christian Dunn, John Jarrold, Sarah Pinborough
Reading – Anne Lyle, Mike Shevdon
Breaking Into Writing
Anne Lyle, Lee Harris (mod), Rod Rees, Gaie Sebold
Workshop – on Dialogue
Reading – Emma Newman, Gaie Sebold
Does Fantasy Need Archtypes?
Anne Lyle, MD Lachlan, Gaie Sebold, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mark Yon (mod)
Ray Bradbury – A Retrospective
Emma Newman, Christopher Fowler, Graham Joyce, Sarah Pinborough, Mark Yon (mod)
The Edge Raffle
Hosted by Lee Harris and Sarah Pinborough
We’ve just concluded a deal with Emma Newman (via her fabulous agent, Jennifer Udden at the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York) for three books in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, and the first one – Between Two Thorns – will be published in March next year, and we couldn’t be more delighted. The series is fabulous, but you probably already guessed that.
Emma’s reaction to the deal was “I still can’t believe this is happening – in fact, I think that’s all I’ve been saying since I got the magical phone call! The Split Worlds series is the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on, and I am thrilled I have the opportunity to work with Angry Robot to develop it to its full potential. I’ve been a fan of Angry Robot’s list for a long time now, and am very excited my books will become part of it.”
Emma Newman was born in a tiny coastal village in Cornwall during one of the hottest summers on record. Four years later she started to write stories and never stopped until she penned a short story that secured her a place at Oxford University to read Experimental Psychology.
In 2011 Emma embarked on an ambitious project to write and distribute one short story per week – all of them set in her Split Worlds milieu – completely free to her mailing list subscribers.
A debut short-story collection, From Dark Places, was published in 2011 and her debut post-apocalyptic novel for young adults, 20 Years Later, was published just one year later – presumably Emma didn’t want to wait another nineteen… Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator.
She now lives in Somerset with her husband, son and far too many books.
About the series
The Split Worlds is an urban fantasy setting with gritty noir, fantastical magic, evil faeries and people just trying to drink their tea in peace.
Dynastic families feud across the ages, furthering the agendas of their powerful supernatural patrons. Opposing secret courts wage clandestine wars to establish their control over humanity. Innocents are protected by monsters and the beautiful ones are seldom what they seem…
In the first book in the series, Between Two Thorns, something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
This is going to be so cool!
Emma has already guest-blogged with our very own Adam Christopher, and tells a little more about how the deal came about, so go read…
So, it’s EasterCon weekend. Huzzah! And it’s Easter. Huzzah! But it only lasts a few days. Boo!
If you’re booked into the convention, this is the updated list of what the Angry Robot mob are up to:
3pm – Archery in Fantasy, TV and Film
Mike Shevdon (who tells us, “I guarantee that if you see archery in a fantasy film after [this], you will not see it in the same light again. It’s a promise”.) Mike will also be getting his weapon out on stage. o_O
3pm – Before Watchmen
Adam Christopher, with James Bacon, Kim Curran, Gaspode and Steve K
6pm – What is I?
Aliette de Bodard, with Dr Bob, John Dallman and Damien Walter
8pm – Beyond Red Mars
Ian Whates, with Geoffrey A Landis, Paul McAuley, Gareth L Powell and Mary A Turzillo
11am – How Pseudo Do You Like Your Medieval?
Anne Lyle, with George RR Martin, Jacey Bedford, Anne C Perry and Kari Sperring
11am – Non-Anglophone SF
Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar, with Myra Caakan, Vincent Docherty and Nir Yaniv
1pm – Reading
Anne Lyle (followed by a signing at the Angry Robot stand in the Dealer Room)
5pm – The War on Terror (How Ten Years of Conflict has Shaped SF)
Lavie Tidhar, with Cory Doctorow, Farah and Paul Kincaid
7pm – WorldBuilding (When, How and How Much?)
Anne Lyle, with Suzanne Macleod, Robert VS Redick, Simon Spanton and Chris Wooding
11am – The Fantasy of William Shakespeare
Anne Lyle, with Claire Brialey, Jennifer A McGowan, Arianrhod o Gymru, Erin Horakova and Grant Watson
12pm – Wench! Fetch Yon Tankard Here…
David Tallerman, with Joe Abercrombie, Jaine Fenn and Bella Pagan
1pm – Youth and Youthfulness in SF
Aliette de Bodard, with Janet Edwards, Farah, Tom Pollock and Tricia Sullivan
4.30pm – Reading
6pm – The BSFA Awards
Hosted by John Meaney and Donna Scott (AR author Lavie Tidhar nominated for Best Novel for Osama, published by PS Publishing)
8pm – Death of the Author
Adam Christopher and Ian Whates, with Tanya Brown, Roz Kaveney and Ian Watson
9pm – Multicultural Steampunk
Lavie Tidhar with Gail Carriger, Jared Shurin, Kim Lakin-Smith and Genevieve Valentine
11am – What TV Shows Would We Like to See?
Aliette de Bodard, with Stevie Carroll, Michael Cule and Lexin
1pm – Dystopian YA
Amanda Rutter, with Cory Doctorow, Caroline Hooton, Emma Newman and Tom Pollock
2pm – The Data Deluge and the End of Science
Aliette de Bodard, with Liz Batty, John Bray, David L Clements, Lesley Hall and Nicholas Jackson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
All of us – One or more of the hotel bars.
You can also meet some of Strange Chemistry’s authors there, too.