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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.
We’ve got some fantastic news for all you fans of Adam Christopher‘s Empire State (and we know there are lots of you out there): we’ve signed him up for another two titles, including the sequel to Empire State.
Adam will be revisiting the world of the Empire State in The Age Atomic – which we’ll be publishing in May 2013 – with Hang Wire – a tale of ancient gods and serial killers – to follow within a year.
The deal was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and Adam’s agent, Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Agency.
Adam said (in a press release quote stylee): “I’m delighted to be back for another visit to the Empire State! Rad Bradley is a character close to my heart, and as soon as he reappeared on the page and started throwing punches, I felt like an old friend had returned… albeit one I’m obliged to put through the wringer again! Angry Robot continue to impress with a kick-ass roster of authors and titles, and I’m thrilled that The Age Atomic and Hang Wire will be part of it.”
Our Lee added: “I couldn’t be happier to have more of Adam’s books on our list. Adam joins a very exclusive club – he is now one of only three authors to have placed four books with Angry Robot. His membership card is already being laminated.”
Don’t forget, you’ve still got Adam’s second novel Seven Wonders – to look forward to in September 2012 as well.
And check out a new interview with Adam over at Erik Lundqvist’s I Will Read Books blog for lots more inside info on both The Age Atomic and Hang Wire.
Is it the weekend already? Phew! So here’s the plan: tomorrow, bright and early, get yourself to a bookstore. Find that great section at the back or up the right side where those extra-lovely books are… and buy some books. Could be ours, could be other peoples’ – but you know you want them, you know you need them. Make them yours, bring them home, job done.
So anyway, you may just have noticed that the damn righteous Dead Harvest is due out any moment. Meet the man behind it as Angry Robot’s Chuck Wendig talks to Angry Robot’s Chris F Holm at Terribleminds.com (we really do get everywhere). Meanwhile, Chris also talked to Elizabeth A. White about how he found his inspiration for the book’s protagonist in Hell and offered some sage advice for would-be Thriller writers over at the ITW’s The Thrill Begins blog.
On SFFWorld.com, Mark Yon took a good, long look at Dead Harvest and declared it highly recommendable: “In a crowded world of Urban Fantasy, it’s difficult to make an impression amongst the many, many tales out there. However, as far as urban fantasy goes, this is one of the most assured debuts I’ve read since first reading Jim Butcher’s first Dresden.”
Dead Harvest was also reviewed over at sheneverslept.com, where it scored a perfect five out of five tentacles: “Dead Harvest grabbed and held me from beginning to end. Chris F. Holm has crafted a nicely dark urban fantasy with a truly unique protagonist”. Likewise, blogger Elizabeth A. White was suitably impressed, saying: “Holm takes a pinch of fantasy, a little supernatural, a dash of hardboiled crime fiction, and blends them into a pitch-perfect adventure in a way that is nothing short of authorial alchemy.”
Plus, Dead Harvest was profiled by Eric Beetner for CriminalElement.com‘s Fresh Meat files and reviewed by blogger Stephen West. And the frankly rather awesome cover art triumphed in the February Cover Wars over at The Qwillery (and we know that Chris wanted that one, badly).
The very friendly David Tallerman was interviewed by Sci-Fi Fan Letter and also talked to SFSignal.com about the not-so-secret ingredient in Giant Thief. And you can have a go at winning a copy of Giant Thief, courtesy of Fantasy Book Review.
Upcoming Titanic/30 Days of Night mash-up sensation Carpathia by the superb Matt Forbeck was reviewed by lovevampires.com, Starburst magazine and Adventures Fantastic. And just as this round-up was going to press… um, screen, the chaps on Lightsaber Ratting were so taken with it they suggested “there is no way that this book doesn’t become a movie”, and the venerable Starburst said “Fans of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula will find a lot to love here, as will anyone who prefers their horror with a hint of claustrophobia.”
And even fuuuurther out, Mister Mike Shevdon gave his first interview for a while to SFF World, looking at the Courts of the Feyre series so far and previewing this June’s upcoming Strangeness & Charm – together with a review of book one in the series, Sixty-One Nails.
Gav Thorpe talked to The Shell Case about his work in the Warhammer universe, as well as the forthcoming conclusion to his Crown of the Blood saga: The Crown of the Usurperand his plans for the future. He also did valuable service on his own blog, crunching the numbers on classic fantasy tropes: http://mechanicalhamster.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/elf-preservation-part-one/
And finally, over at fellow imprint Strange Chemistry, chatterbox and editor Amanda Rutter revealed some of the science and much of the art of reading submissions. She also talked all things Strange and Chemical over at the Intergalactic Academy.
So much going on! You might as well give away your TV and your Xbox, you know. Books are the past, the present and definitely the future!
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.