The lovely folk over at Nook are including some great Angry Robot titles in their First in Series promotion!
Below are the titles available. Just click on the titles to be taken to the B&N website. Each title will all be on sale for $1.99 from August 25th to the 31st.
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.
For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
The Dead of Winter, Lee Collins
Cora and her husband hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist.
When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.
It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.
It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.
In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?
After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul… which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing.
There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire. And thus the strangest superhero duo ever seen – in Hell or on Earth – is born!
Book one of the To Hell & Back saga is a riotous fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Henghis Hapthorn stories.
When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods – and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?
Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal Catlyn his soul.
If you’d like to check out the other Nook offers, just follow the link.
On Saturday night the Hugo Awards were held at Sasquan, and our authors were there to cheer on Wesley Chu, nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer(don’t forget kids, it’s not a Hugo).
As you may have seen, Wesley won the award this year and there’s now a shiny new trophy taking pride of place on his mantelpiece.
We grabbed Wes to hear what he had to say about his win. Apparently it’s preparing him well for presidency…”Please be on the lookout for the Wesley Chu Presidential Super PAC– Chupac. Contribute if you love freedom.”
Our Robot Overlord Marc: “Beginning as an Open Door author, Wes has gone from strength to strength in the past two years and looks to have a shining future ahead of him, especially with the upcoming releases of Time Siege and Rise of Io. We’re really happy the award fell to Wes this year, and hope that it’s the first of many awards to come.”
Wes was nominated for the same award last year, this year was the second and final year of eligibility for him.
Here’s a picture of Wes at George R.R Martin’s excellent Hugo Losers Party, wearing a conehead for losers to write insults on, as requested by the host.
Hai, I wun da campbell!! pic.twitter.com/VewvSO5ZWH
— Wesley Chu (@wes_chu) August 23, 2015
This week it’s WorldCon/Sasquan, and a whole heap of our authors are in attendance including Ramez Naam, Kameron Hurley, Wesley Chu, Adam Rakunas, Alyc Helms, Carrie Patel and Megan E. O’Keefe. If you’d like to check when and where they will be appearing make sure to take a look at our Sasquan round up.
Reviews for our September and October books are coming in thick and fast at the moment, and here are a few choice quotes:
“Steinmetz has done a wonderful job of blending superb battles between the ‘mancers and mundanes, with heart wrenching moments with Paul and his eight-year-old daughter Aliyah, while still walking the tightrope of creating a story about family, good vs evil, and trust.”
– Books, Cats and Caffeine on The Flux
“Read this book. Well, start with book one The Mirror Empire and then once you’ve been sucked into this ‘verse go read this one…I was totally immersed in this story.”
– Susan Hated Literature on Empire Ascendant
There’s going to be a lot more in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking our Twitter feed for all of the newest reviews.
If you want to check out Matthew De Abaitua‘s teen self, then head over to Dear Teen Me for his brilliant letter to his teenage years. It’s definitely worth a read, even if just to take a peek at his childhood photos!
We were really happy to see this great post on Tor.com about the enticing realism seen in Ramez Naam‘s Nexus. We’re not going to tell you our favourite bit of the review, in case you haven’t read the novel yet (there are some slight spoilers), but it’s good.
Yesterday, we had a great time at the Birmingham Forbidden Planet megastore with Matthew De Abaitua, Andy Remic, Susan Murray, Rod Duncan and Gav Thorpe. We’re continuing our invasion of Forbidden Planet next Thursday at the London megastore. Make sure to pop along if you’re around, the event is free and we have biscuits!
Finally, our Robot Overlord, Marc decided to chat with Nottingham-based culture magazine, LeftLion about life as a publisher and some of our up-and-coming books. Check it out and take a brief glimpse into the brain of a mastermind!
Marianne: “Joey HiFi has captured the essence of the MYTHMAKER story in his cover. The fox is a surprise spiritual guide to one of the characters, the urban background foreshadows trouble in Mystere, and the man on Virgin’s shirt is Papa Brise. It’s a brilliant interpretation of events. I think I like it even more that the Peacemaker cover.”
Here’s the synopsis for the new novel:
Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission).
Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head.
Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.
Mythmaker will be released 1 October (UK/R.o.W) / 6 October (US/Can).
Head on over to The Book Plank to see the full reveal, but in the meantime, here’s a little teaser…
Continuing our global quest to attend as many conventions as possible, Angry Robot is at Sasquan this week *waves*
If you’d like to come and see us and get your hands on our September titles before they hit the stores then pop over to the Angry Robot
Deathstar Booth, D15 in the Dealer’s Hall. There will be signings, too! See below:
14:00 – Carrie Patel
There are also Angry Robot authors at various panels, signings and Kafee Klatches throughout the con. We’ve made you a handy little guide below, but please remember appearances are subject to change so make sure to check your programmes before hauling ass over to see your favourite Angry Robot writer.
14:00: CC Hall B Autographing—Wesley Chu
12:00: CC Hall B Autographing – Megan E. O’Keefe
13:00: CC Bays 111C Understanding the Science Behind Computers – Ramez Naam
14:00: CC 303A PG-13: Violence, Sex, and Teen Readers – Wesley Chu
15:30: CC 303B Reading – Ramez Naam
16:00: DBT Spokane Falls Suite A/B Writing Diverse Characters – Kameron Hurley
10:00: CC Bays 111C Creative Bio-engineering – Ramez Naam
11:00: CC Bays 111C Writing About SF: Yesterday and Today – Kameron Hurley
13:00: CC 202A-KK1 Kafee Klatche – Wesley Chu (spaces limited to 10, requires advance sign up)
14:30: CC Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B Climate Change—Science and Fiction Ramez Naam
15:00: CC 303B Reading – Wesley Chu
19:00: CC 302AB The Wired Brain – Ramez Naam
13:00: CC 300C Diversity within YA & Middle Grade Fiction – Wesley Chu
16:00: CC 303A Self-publishing—How to Market Your Work – Kameron Hurley
11:00: CC Bays 111C Trends in Hardware, Software & Wetware Ramez Naam
12:00: CC Conference Theater 110 What New Pros Need to Know – Wesley Chu
And don’t forget the Hugo Awards are happening on Saturday night. Wesley Chu is up for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We have our fingers crossed and will tell you the result as soon as we hear it!
**Please note, Ferrett Steinmetz is no longer attending WorldCon, however is still in the printed programmes.
We’ve manned the death rays, calibrated our shielding devices and polished our carapaces, which can only mean one thing – Angry Robot is taking over Forbidden Planet!
Over the next two Thursdays a crack team of our finest British authors will be visiting both Forbidden Planet Birmingham and London for signings, readings and even a panel. The events are free, so just roll up and join in the
Different Worlds, Different Times – Forbidden Planet Megastore, Birmingham
Thursday 20 August
18:00 – 19:00
Come down to Forbidden Planet Birmingham to watch Angry Robot authors Matthew De Abaitua, Andy Remic, Susan Murray and Rod Duncan in a panel discussion on their different worlds and realities. There will be time for a Q&A afterwards, as well as signings from each of the authors.
74 Bull Street
Fierce Fiction – Forbidden Planet Megastore, London
Thursday 27 August
18:00 – 19:00
There will be readings from both If Then by Matthew De Abaitua and The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic before signings from authors including Rod Duncan, Susan Murray and Ishbelle Bee. Chatting to the authors, and photos are encouraged. They’re all very nice, honestly.
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
Books from each author will be available for purchase at both the London and Birmingham Forbidden Planets, so make sure to bring some cash and a sharpie for signings.
In preparation for September launch day (1 Sept (USA/Can) / 3 Sept (UK/R.o.W) we’re offering five copies of each of our September books as giveaways over at GoodReads.
Check the handy widgets further down the page to be taken through to the giveaways but first, here’s what you can win.
If Then, Matthew De Abaitua:
In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.
But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.
“If Then is a love story, the history of a marriage, a topical meditation on the end of capitalism; best of all, it is a bone-deep, blood-sweet British fantasy, naive and ingenious as William Morris and as warpedly nostalgic as Richard Jeffries’ After London. As disturbingly hyperreal as any Pre-Raphaelite painting, If Then imagines what the end of history really will really look like, what’s really at stake, and maybe, just maybe, what we can do about it.”
Simon Ings, author of Wolves
The Dragon Engine, Andy Remic:
Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract – to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens. There, it is written, there lies untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads, legendary jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them.
But the Dragon Heads aren’t what the adventurers think they are, and the world has not encountered their like in many, many generations!
“Andy brings together two of the great writers Tolkien and Martin. Like Tolkien and Martin, you are put right in the story like you are watching a movie, yet you feel the emotions as if they were your own. I love it when an author can make you see and feel. The flow of the story plot was perfect; the characters are complex, yet believable. Now Andy has me sitting one the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to come out.”
– Critique Corner
Windswept, Adam Rakunas:
Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out — against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies.
As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she’s just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she’s going to have to fight her way through the city’s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague.
“This melange of fast-paced action, character study, social study and witty dialogue makes up a thoroughly enjoyable narrative treat.”
– SF and F Reviews
As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it, so use the widgets below to enter each competition.
There’s nothing better to do on a dreary Friday at work than a little quiz. So grab yourself a coffee, settle in and take five minutes to answer seven quick questions to find our which character from Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire you most resemble.
Take the quiz here.
Here are the results from the Angry Robot Team:
Robot Overlord Marc/Publicity Manager Penny: Zezili Hasaria
Penny: “It’s like this quiz *knows* me! I love maiming and killing!”
You take no shit from anyone… except the Empress. You spend most days swinging between cocky confidence and debilitating self-hate that’s been eating you since you were a kid. But who gives a fuck about all that? What’s important is that you know how to get things done. If someone wants a thing maimed, killed, or cornered, you’re the person they call.
You value your possessions above all else, and jealously guard what’s yours, whether that’s young dogs, pretty boys, or a sprawling estate. Nobody messes with what you have, and for good reason – see the part about killing things.
Sales & Marketing Guru Mike: Ahkio Javia Garika
Mike: “This surprised absolutely no one.”
You’re a lover, not a fighter. You get your way through leveraging the power of personal relationships, and have a keen grasp of politics, law, taxes, and religious theory that’s served you well. It’s a mantle you took up grudgingly – you’d rather be making love than arguing – but somebody had to do it.
You have a strong code of ethics, and will not compromise it for anyone for anything. You intend to maintain your integrity no matter the consequences or the outcome, even if it means giving up something hard won – like your title.
So are you a lover or a fighter? Do you prefer strategy or do you just like to slice ’em and dice ’em? Let us know who you’re most like in the comments!
Head on over to Amazon tomorrow, as Marianne de Pierre‘s excellent Peacemaker is the Kindle Daily Deal for Wednesday 12 August, ahead of the publication of the second in the series, Mythmaker, due for release in October.
Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park – the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.
When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.
Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path…
Here’s what the critics had to say about it:
“Move over stale f/sf themes; enter: Peacemaker, a wholly original and thrilling fantasy adventure.”
– Looking for a Good Book
“Peacemaker rollicks along at a cracking pace, and I found myself holding my breath in anticipation at times, which is always a good sign! I got to the end of the book and flipped the last page in disappointment, because while the story ended well (albeit definitely set up for the next volume), I simply didn’t want it to stop. Bring on the next instalment!”
“This is the first novel by Marianne de Pierres I’ve read, and I hope to read more about Virgin Jackson and (perhaps) Nate Sixkiller. A fun romp that is much more than the parts which comprise it.”
“I liked a lot about this book. There were plenty of twists, turns, and double crosses…Peacemaker is a good SF mystery for people looking for something a little different. Four stars.”
– Dangerous Dan
“Peacemaker is definitely a cut above the standard for books of this type: intelligent, witty and with a good heart. If you’re looking for a fast read that surprises and engages, then look no further.”
– The Newtown Review of Books
The sequel to Peacemaker, Mythmaker will be out on 1 October (UK/R.o.W) / 6 October (US/Can).
We’re really, really excited for the release of Matthew De Abaitua’s If Then next month and it looks like we’re not the only ones. Simon Ings, author of Wolves has also shown his excitement with this great review:
“Matthew de Abaitua has written a novel about employment, about daily labour, about the dignity or otherwise of the working individual. If Then is a love story, the history of a marriage, a topical meditation on the end of capitalism; best of all, it is a bone-deep, blood-sweet British fantasy, naive and ingenious as William Morris and as warpedly nostalgic as Richard Jeffries’ After London. It is also the only intelligent book ever written about the technological singularity. As disturbingly hyperreal as any Pre-Raphaelite painting, If Then imagines what the end of history really will really look like, what’s really at stake, and maybe, just maybe, what we can do about it.”
If Then is released 1 Sept (US/Can) / 3 Sept (UK/R.o.W). If you’d like an exclusive look at the first chapter of the book prior to the release date you can get it from Apex Magazine.
After the joy of GenCon over in the States, it’s finally time for the UK to get a bite of the convention apple, as Nine Worlds is happening this weekend in London!
We’ll be sending down a crack team of Robots to
take over attend the con, set on chatting with you and reigning triumphant over every board game going.
Make sure to keep a keen eye out for publicity manager Penny and consultant editor Phil (both pictured), as we’ve hardwired their brains to respond to the phrase: ‘Hello, you are <enter name> and I’m plotting the overthrow of all mankind, too.’ Utter these words and they will reply with a 20% discount code for all ebooks* over at the Robot Trading Company website.
For context, the line is from our Angry Robot theme tune, which you can listen to below. WARNING: We can’t be held responsible the amount of time it takes you to stop humming it, for the thing is dangerously catchy.
10:00 – 11:15: Architecture of a Great Character: Adam Christoper – Room 38
11:45 – 13:00: You’re in Our World, Now – The Invention of Myths for a Modern Audience: Emma Newman – County C&D
13:30 – 14:45: Newbie Meetup: Emma Newman – County A
13:30 – 14:45: How to Break Into Comics – But Seriously, How?: David Tallerman – Room 11
17:00 – 18:15: Fear and Writing: Emma Newman – Royal A
9:00 – 9:45: What Makes Fantasy Fantastic?: Anne Lyle – County C&D
11:45 – 13:00: Collaborative Writing – How to Write With Others (and Stay Friends): Emma Newman – Royal A
13:30 – 14:45: Newbie Meetup: Emma Newman – Commonwealth East
16:00 – 16:45: Signing with Lavie Tidhar – Forbidden Planet Table, Commonwealth East
17:00 – 18:15: The Dead Will Rise Again – Resurgence of Gothic Literature: Lavie Tidhar – Room 38
10:00 – 11:15: The Books of Dr Who – Just How Many Are There, Anyway: Adam Christopher – Royal C&D
10:00 – 11:15: Can’t Stop the Signal – Taking Your Podcast to the Next Level: Emma Newman – Room 32
11:45 – 13:00: The Humanitarian Element: Superheroic Ethics – Heroism, Compromise & The Reality of Intervening Under Fire: David Tallerman – Room 11
13:00 – 14:00: Monsterclass – How To Really Write a Short Story: David Tallerman – Room 16
13:30 – 14:45: The Many Roads Into Comics – Four Creators Discuss Their Way Into Graphic Narrative: Adam Christopher – Connaught A
15:15 – 16:30: Writing the Other: Guy Haley and Emma Newman – Commonwealth West
17:00 – 18:15: The Top 5 Dr Who Stories – …Chosen to be Saved from Destruction: Adam Christopher – Royal C&D
We’ll all be hanging out at various events, ceremonies – Kameron Hurley is on the shortlist to win the Morningstar award at the Gemmell Awards – and bars. Keep one eye on our Twitter for updates throughout the con.
*This applies only to Angry Robot titles and does not include bundles or subscriptions.
When James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges series, came to us with a synopsis for a new trilogy we caught him in a holding device and threatened him until he promised to stay with us for The Tides of War. We’re happy to announce that James quickly caved from our various methods and The Last Tides, book number one in the trilogy, will be out in autumn 2016.
First though, James will be finishing his current Seven Forges trilogy, with the final book, City of Wonders, due for publication in November.
James: “After careful negotiations, Angry Robot has agreed to return my puppies unharmed. That is, the great folks over at Angry Robot Books have convinced me that my continuing to work with them in the publishing field would be mutually beneficial and has promised me many, many opportunities to speak with my family on the phone in exchange for my complete cooperation. I could not possibly be happier than I am at this moment, knowing that the three severed fingers were, in fact, merely props leftover from a movie and that no children were actually harmed in the course of our negotiations. Our Robot Overlords continue to ask only undying loyalty in exchange for the chance to serve, and really, what more could anyone want in this world? I’m delighted, of course, and look forward to seeing what other chaos we can generate together.’
Marc: “Jim Moore is one of the all-time good guys to work with. Already a master of sinister dark fantasy and horror, it turns out he’s really good at epic fantasy too. We’ve still got two more titles to publish in the Seven Forges sequence, but I’m so pleased we’ve been able to sign him up for this brand new series of everyday warriors caught up in empire-spanning events too.”
More details on the new series can be found over at Fantasy Faction.
If you’re not at GenCon and are in the UK, it’s just one week until the beginning of Nine Worlds. We’ll be there, will you? If you spot us come and say hi, we just love to chat with you guys!
It’s been a good week for podcasts this week, with Time Salvager and Lives of Tao author Wesley Chu chatting to Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy and author of The Worldbreaker Saga Kameron Hurley guesting with Diana Rowland on Tor.com’s Rocket Talk ahead of the release of Empire Ascendant in October. We love listening to a good podcast over our cereal of a morning, so that’s this weekend set for those of us not at GenCon.
This week Ishbelle Bee, author of The Contrary Tale of The Butterfly Girl, the second book in The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. has been chatting with various blogs, including Strange Alliances, Sci-Fi Bulletin and The Book Plank and Bellsie Books. Ishbelle really seems to have piqued people’s imaginations with her unique take on Victorian-era fairytales.
Carrie Patel is heading to Columbus GA tomorrow to sign copies of The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones at Barnes & Noble. You should probably also read the nice things Black Gate has to say about the Recoletta trilogy, too.
Finally, Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy has been praised again, this time by The Speculative Post, which is always lovely. Here’s a quick excerpt:
I really enjoyed how Naam focuses on the philosophical implications of what something like Nexus would mean. Broadcasting emotions, sharing data, while these things foster communication and understanding, they don’t come with a magical level of acceptance as well. Science Fiction often likes to suggest that telepathy would end violence and end war because having introspective access to somebody else’s mind would somehow make you unable to kill them because now you understand them at some magical level that would make it impossible, and that has always bothered me. Nothing about Nexus or any other method of mind-to-mind communication feels like it would automatically change minds. I think that it would just make it easier for hateful people to find the people they hate to hate them more effectively. There would eventually be no war or violence if by the simple expedient that there’d eventually be no more people, or few enough people that they could all go find their own place to be. The frank appraisal by Naam of humanity as ‘not likely to get much better because of this, at least, not right away’ seems pretty much spot on to me.
We couldn’t agree more. Pop over to The Speculative Post article to read more.
That’s all from us at the Angry Robot HQ today. Join us next time for more interviews, podcasts and great reviews!
Over and out.
You can register your interest in the event over on the Facebook page.
Carrie: “I’m pumped to hang out at the Columbus, GA Barnes & Noble this weekend! Stop by, say hello, and stay out of the heat!”
Turns out it’s a tax holiday in Georgia, too, so we can see no better way to celebrate than by buying a huge heap of books.
Here’s your handy little map with directions to get to the store:
The Prism Awards are handed out to published authors of novels and novellas for work that contains both romance and a paranormal element.
Anna was entered into the award for her novel The Guild of Assassins, the second book in the The Majat Code series, following on from Blades of the Old Empire. She received both the top prize in the fantasy category and the excellently named The Best of The Best – for, we can only presume, being the best.
For more on Anna’s win, please visit her blog.