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Angry Robot has signed debut novelist, Ramez Naam for two books in a new science fiction series. The first title – Nexus – will be Angry Robot’s lead title in January 2013, with the sequel, Crux, to follow later in the year.
In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.
How awesome does that sound? No need to answer that - we’ll tell you: very!
The deal was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris, and Naam’s agent Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.
Seattle-based Naam, a computer scientist who helped build Internet Explorer, Outlook and Bing for Microsoft is the HG Wells Award winning author of the non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Of his signing to Angry Robot, he said, “I’m ecstatic to be part of the Angry Robot family and to get my novels Nexus and Crux out to readers.”
But, of course.
Editor, Lee Harris stated “Every now and then I come across a submission that completely blows me away. Nexus is one such book – an intelligent science fiction novel written by one of the most exciting debut novelists I’ve had the pleasure to read.”
This coming weekend, Angry Robot authors and Overlords will be strutting their funky stuff (Oh, no!) to the musical stylings of Mr Craig Charles as well as lounging in various bars and appearing on panels and signing books – you know the drill.
Dan Abnett, Adam Christopher, Anne Lyle, Andy Remic, David Tallerman, Lavie Tidhar, Guy Haley and Ian Whates
And the Angry Robot office crew:
Marc Gascoigne, Lee Harris, Darren Turpin, and Amanda Rutter
These are the various panels/signings we’ll be taking part in (Angry Robots are listed in bold):
12.00pm – The Bar is Open
3.00pm – Elf Preservation
Gav Thorpe, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Graham McNeill, Juliet McKenna and Joe Abercrombie ponder if it’s really fantasy if it doesn’t have magic and monsters. Jared Shurin hosts.
3.00pm – Signing: Dan Abnett and Adam Christopher
4.00pm – Using History
Adam Christopher, Paul Cornell, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pat Kelleher and Maria Dahvana Headley talk about how the past can help your fiction. Hosted by Sandy Auden.
5.00pm – How do you put the Punk into Steampunk?
Lavie Tidhar, Stephen Hunt and Robert Rankin talk to Jonathan Green.
5.00pm – Signing: Guy Haley and Gav Thorpe
6.00pm – How to get Published
Anne Lyle, Anne Clarke and others. Guy Haley hosts the discussion.
6.00pm – Signing: Andy Remic and Lavie Tidhar
12.00pm – Space Opera
Dan Abnett, Peter F Hamilton, Jaine Fenn, Michael Cobley and Aaron Dembski-Bowden ask if books are the only medium flying the flag for spaceships. Alastair Reynolds hosts.
1.00pm – Ready, Steady, Flash!
Lee Harris challenges Paul Cornell, Stacia Kane, Tony Lee and Juliet E McKenna to write short stories in just five minutes.
4.00pm – It’s not a Story – It’s a Map!
David Tallerman, Ian Whates, China Miéville and Gaie Sebold wonder: does fantasy place world-building over character? Juliet E McKenna hosts.
5.00pm – Signing: David Tallerman and Ian Whates
*Disclaimer: Applicable only to people near Prestatyn, Wales.
Last year we relaxed our submissions guidelines, and opened the door to unagented authors who had written novels they thought would interest us. Throughout March we received an average of 32 submissions a day! And that’s in addition to all the great work we had being submitted through the usual channels!
So far we’ve contracted three authors (a minimum of six books) from that process:
Cassandra Rose Clarke (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, The Assassin’s Curse)
Lee Collins (The Dead of Winter, She Returns From War)
Lee Battersby (The Corpse-Rat King, Marching Dead)
and we’re not quite finished, yet!
This year, we’re going to narrow the focus, somewhat. Angry Robot are specifically looking for classic fantasy (high, epic, medieval, magical, etc etc), and Strange Chemistry (our YA imprint) will be looking for all forms of sf and fantasy YA. The doors will be open from April 16th through April 30th.
Huge congratulations to Angry Robot author Matthew Hughes! His novel, The Other (published by Underland Press), was recently announced as one of the shortlisted titles for this year’s Philip K Dick Award.
The novel stars one of Matt’s most popular recurring characters – Luff Imbry (Old Earth’s foremost thief).
Luff has been around for a while, and Matt has written a whole bunch of great short stories starring this quite brilliant character, and to celebrate the novel’s shortlisting, Matt has given us some stories to make available in our eBook store.
There are 7 of Matt’s Luff Imbry short stories there, plus stories by many of our other authors. (Click on “Short Fiction” on the left-hand menu, or search for an author).
They’re only 59p each (or approximately US$0.79), but if you buy 10, you get them for just £3.49! (Approximately US$4.65) What a great deal!
What are you still doing here? Go, browse, download!
The launch for Adam’s Empire State at Forbidden Planet on Thursday last week was a great success. We’re still waiting for the firm numbers to come in, but FP have told us that it is one of the most successful launch/signings they have ever held there.
Which is nice.
A good time was had by all, and after reading a tantalising excerpt from the novel, Adam was kept extremely busy by the long queue of eager readers.
And if you missed the news at the weekend, the Financial Times said this of Empire State:
Suffused with a love for noir fiction and the golden age of American comic books, Christopher’s Empire State is something of a tour de force. If, somehow, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick had collaborated on a Superman story, they might well have produced this novel.
New Yorkers – don’t forget Adam’s signing at the Mid-Manhattan Library tomorrow evening from 6.30-7.30pm. (Details here, or click the image to the right).
Empire State is out now in paperback and eBook formats. Order a copy from your favourite indie, chain or online retailer.
Adam will be signing and reading from the novel, and it’s a great chance to meet him and get hold of a copy of one of the most exciting debuts of the year from one of the most exciting debut novelists of the year.
For all you UK peeps:
A reading/signing at Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
This Thursday (5th January) from 6.00pm-7.00pm.
For New Yorkers:
A reading/signing at the Mid-Manhattan Library
Tuesday January 10th, from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
“Adam Christopher’s debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero
story… a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns
that hearken to other plot turns. It’s often fascinating, as captivating as a
kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”
- Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother
It’s that time of year again, when members of the World Science Fiction Society decide on their nominations for the Hugo Awards. If you were a supporting or attending member of Renovation (last year’s WorldCon) or if you sign up as a member of Chicon 7 (this year’s WorldCon) or if you’re a member of LoneStarCon 3 (next year’s WorldCon) you are able to nominate works for this year’s Hugo Awards (nominations must be received by January 31st).
As is traditional, we’ve listed below all the works we have published that are eligible for consideration. If you have read any of them, and if you consider those that you have read to be Hugo-worthy, the instructions for nominating can be found here.
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes*
- Death’s Disciples by J. Robert King
- Point by Thomas Blackthorne (John Meaney)
- Amortals by Matt Forbeck*
- Vegas Knights by Matt Forbeck
- City of Hope and Despair by Ian Whates
- Embedded by Dan Abnett
- Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar
- The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes
- Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic
- Dead Streets by Tim Waggoner*
- Dark War by Tim Waggoner
- Walking the Tree by Kaaron Warren*
- Mistification by Kaaron Warren
- The World House by Guy Adams*
- The World House: Restoration by Guy Adams
- Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
- Reality 36 by Guy Haley
- The Crown of the Conqueror by Gav Thorpe*
- Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon*
- Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon
- Roil by Trent Jamieson
- Debris by Jo Anderton
- Darkness Falling by Peter Crowther
- Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard
- Master of the House of Darts by Aliette de Bodard
- King’s Justice by Maurice Broaddus
- King’s War by Maurice Broaddus
- Trent Jamieson
- Jo Anderton
- Guy Haley.
- John Picacio (US cover of Zoo City)
- Spring London (Amortals, Vegas Knights, Point, Harbinger of the Storm, Master of the House of Darts, US cover of Death’s Disciples)
- Steve Stone (King’s Justice, King’s War)
- Greg Bridges (City of Hope & Despair, Walking the Tree)
- Larry Rostant (Embedded)
- David Frankland (Camera Obscura)
- John Coulthart (Infernal Devices, Morlock Night)
- Tom Gauld (The Damned Busters)
- Adrian Smith (Vampire Warlords)
- Vincent Chong (Dead Streets, Dark War, Darkness Falling)
- Timothy Lantz (Hard Spell)
- Richard Jones (Reality 36)
- Paul Young (The Crown of the Conqueror)
- Angelo Rinaldi (Roil)
- Dominic Harman (Debris)
It’s become a bit of an Angry Robot tradition that we celebrate Christmas with a series of guest posts from our authors. This year we’ve invited all those authors who have their first Angry Robot book out next year (note: not necessarily their first book, just the first one with us).
Today we begin our 12 Days of Christmas series. And yes, we know that the 12 Days starts on Christmas Day, but our blog, our rules, so nyarr!
Starting us off today, Madeline Ashby (author of “vN”, August 2012) entertains us with one of the least jolly Christmas tales you will read this year. Cracking stuff!
The Education of Junior Number 12
By Madeline Ashby
“You’re a self-replicating humanoid. vN.”
Javier always spoke Spanish the first few days. It was his clade’s default setting. “You have polymer-doped memristors in your skin, transmitting signal to the aerogel in your muscles from the graphene coral inside your skeleton. That part’s titanium. You with me, so far?”
Junior nodded. He plucked curiously at the clothes Javier had stolen from the balcony of a nearby condo. It took Javier three jumps, but eventually his fingers and toes learned how to grip the grey water piping. He’d take Junior there for practise, after the kid ate more and grew into the clothes. He was only toddler-sized, today. They’d holed up in a swank bamboo tree house positioned over an infinity pool outside La Jolla, and its floor was now littered with the remnants of an old GPS device that Javier had stripped off its plastic. His son sucked on the chipset.
“Your name is Junior,” Javier said. “When you grow up, you can call yourself whatever you want. You can name your own iterations however you want.”
“Babies. It happens if we eat too much. Buggy self-repair cycle – like cancer.”
Not for the first time, Javier felt grateful that his children were all born with an extensive vocabulary.
“You’re gonna spend the next couple of weeks with me, and I’ll show you how to get what you need. I’ve done this with all your brothers.”
“How many brothers?”
“Where are they now?”
Javier shrugged. “Around. I started in Nicaragua.”
“They look like you?”
“Exactly like me. Exactly like you.”
“If I see someone like you but he isn’t you, he’s my brother?”
“Maybe.” Javier opened up the last foil packet of vN electrolytes and held it out for Junior. Dutifully, his son began slurping. “There are lots of vN shells, and we all use the same operating system, but the API was distributed differently for each clade. So you’ll meet other vN who look like you, but that doesn’t mean they’re family. They won’t have our clade’s arboreal plugin.”
“You mean the jumping trick?”
“I mean the jumping trick. And this trick, too.”
Javier stretched one arm outside the treehouse. His skin fizzed pleasantly. He nodded at Junior to try. Soon his son was grinning and stretching his whole torso out the window and into the light, sticking out his tongue like Javier had seen human kids do with snow during cartoon Christmas specials.
“It’s called photosynthesis,” Javier told him a moment later. “Only our clade can do it.”
Junior nodded. He slowly withdrew the chipset from between his tiny lips. Gold smeared across them; his digestive fluids had made short work of the hardware. Javier would have to find more, soon.
“Why are we here?”
“In this treehouse?”
Junior shook his head. “Here.” He frowned. He was only two days old, and finding the right words for more nuanced concepts was still hard. “Alive.”
“Why do we exist?”
Junior nodded emphatically.
“Well, our clade was developed to-”
“No!” His son looked surprised at the vehemence of his own voice. He pushed on anyway. “vN. Why do vN exist at all?”
This latest iteration was definitely an improvement on the others. His other boys usually didn’t get to that question until at least a week went by. Javier almost wished this boy were the same. He’d have more time to come up with a better answer. After twelve children, he should have crafted the perfect response. He could have told his son that it was his own job to figure that out. He could have said it was different for everybody. He could have talked about the church, or the lawsuits, or even the failsafe. But the real answer was that they existed for the same reasons all technologies existed. To be used.
“Some very sick people thought the world was going to end,” Javier said. “We were supposed to help the humans left behind.”
Another win for the Angry Robot Open Door Month!
We’ve just signed debut novelist, Lee Battersby for two books in a new fantasy series. The first title – The Corpse-Rat King – will be published in the autumn of next year, with the second to follow in 2013. The deal included world English rights in physical and electronic formats.
In the highly imaginative The Corpse-Rat King, readers are introduced to Marius Helles as he plunders the bodies of the dead after a major battle – a crime punishable by death. The dead tell Marius that they need a King – the King is God’s representative, and they need someone to speak to God and remind him where they are, thank you very much! He doesn’t actually want the job, but when the alternative is to deny a legion of angry corpses, it’s that or find a suitable compromise – and quickly: the dead aren’t known for their patience…
The deal was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris, and Battersby’s agent Richard Henshaw of the Richard Henshaw Group, after The Corpse-Rat King came to Angry Robot’s attention during their first Open Door Month open submission period, in March this year.
British-born Battersby, who now lives in Australia, said: “To publish a novel has been a long-held dream. To achieve it with such a progressive and forward-thinking publisher, based in the town of my birth, just makes it all the more special. Angry Robot think about speculative fiction the same way I do – that it is a warped and twisted fabric that should be used to pervert the minds of the young and the innocent.”
Editor, Lee Harris stated: “Lee’s twisted worldview is ideal for Angry Robot’s many followers. The Corpse-Rat King is a great read – funny, exciting and very, very addictive – and by making sure Lee is busy writing, we’re keeping him away from decent folk!”
Note on the next Open Door submission period
Following the success of this year’s Open Door Month (we’ve signed three authors from it, so far), we’re likely to run it again in the spring. We’ve not yet decided exactly when, or what format it will take. Keep your eyes peeled for more info, though, as details will be posted here, closer to the time. In the meantime, our standard submissions policy applies.
Like most successful publishers, Angry Robot only accepts submissions through literary agencies. Earlier this year, however, we ran a pilot programme to see how many unpublished – but talented – authors there were without representation. During March, we invited all unagented authors to submit completed manuscripts as part of an “Open Door Month”. We received over 990 novels during that period – or 30 per day! That’s a lot of reading!
Today, we are absolutely delighted to announce the first acquisitions to come through that process. Two new authors, each with deal for at least two novels, have now joined the Angry Robot family. And there will be more to announce in the weeks to come.
Cassandra Rose Clarke is an important and versatile new talent. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist. Her other book for Angry Robot is The Assassin’s Curse – a fantastical romp, starring Ananna, a no-nonsense lady pirate, born into pirate royalty. Cassandra stated, “I’m beyond excited to have Angry Robot publishing my first-ever novel, and not only because of the delightful coincidence that my novel involves a robot who is, on occasion, angry. Angry Robot’s reputation is stellar and their author list incredibly impressive – I’m humbled to be included amongst their ranks!”
Eagle-eyed followers of Angry Robot may have noticed a couple of months ago that AR Editor, Lee Harris, tweeted about a book he was reading on the train – a book that so moved him that on reaching his destination, he had to finish it, sitting on the railway platform in the rain. That book was The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. But contrary to eye-witness statements, those were not tears rolling down his face. Just rain. OK? Just rain. Anyway… see the game last night? <note to self: insert other manly things here, before this post goes live>
We take a somewhat darker turn with an astonishing pair of books from Lee Collins – The Dead of Winter and She Returns From War. Both novels follow Cora Oglesby, a bounty hunter with a reputation for working supernatural cases, and for always getting her man… creature… whatever. Lee said, “Having been steeped in science fiction and fantasy since infancy, I’m perfectly comfortable with the idea of joining an army of robots in their rampage across the globe. Still, as excited as I am at the prospect of rubbing shoulders with Angry Robot’s outstanding authors (among whom I will surely feel like the tag-along kid brother), publication was really a secondary goal of my submitting to them. My primary reason was the hope, however slim, of cybernetic augmentation.”
Both authors’ debut novels will be published by Angry Robot in autumn 2012, with their second books scheduled for spring 2013.
And what of the next Open Door Month? Will there be one?
A good question – we’re glad you asked. Following the success of the project, we expect to run a similar Open Door period in spring 2012, details of which are to be confirmed at a later date. So don’t ask us about it yet, because we don’t know the details. When we do, we’ll be shouting it from the rooftops. Or perhaps opening a window and shouting it through there, instead – it can get quite windy on those rooftops, you know!