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Angry Robot at LonCon

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Wondering where our Angry Robot authors are going to be over the next few days? Here’s a handy Angry Robot Guide to LonCon!

Madeline Ashby:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

The Anime Canon: From the Classics to the Defining Works of Today
Capital Suite 3 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Friday 15 August

Reading
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 5:30pm – 6pm

Saturday 16 August

The Philosophical Mecha
London Suite 3 (Level 0), 3pm – 4:30pm

50 Years After: Asimov Predicts 2014 World’s Fair
Capital Suite 15 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

I Can’t Do That, Dave: Artificial Intelligence, Imagination, and Fear
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Adam Christopher:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 6pm – 6:30pm

Friday 15 August

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

Sunday 17 August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Detectives in SF
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Wesley Chu:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 5pm – 5.30pm

Saturday 16 August

The Road Goes Ever On and On: the Wheel of Time
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Agent Hunting
South Gallery 33, 2pm – 3pm

Reading the Other
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 2pm – 3pm

Matthew Hughes:

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Anne Lyle:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Reading
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4pm – 4:30pm

Friday 15 August

Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?
Capital Suite 11 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 4pm – 5pm

Sunday 17 August

Imagining London: History and Fantasy
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 3pm – 4:30pm

Ramez Naam:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Internet Privacy 101
Capital Suit 13 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Friday 15 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 4:30pm – 6pm

SF: What It Is, What It Could Be
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Sunday 17 August

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 1pm – 1:30pm

The Wrong Apocalypse
Capital Suite 5 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Emma Newman:

Thursday 14 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 10pm – 11pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Medieval Languages and Distant Vistas: Using The Past in Games
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Saturday 16 August

Fear and Writing
South Gallery 33, 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 1:30pm – 3pm

So You Want To Be A Podcaster
Capital Suite 8+11 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 11am – 11:30am

Writing Roleplaying Games
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Mike Shevdon:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Liechester Square: Getting London Wrong
Capital Suite 9 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Friday 15 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 10am – 11am

The Art and Science of Armour
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 4 (Level 0), 7pm – 8pm

And not forgetting, our own Michael R. Underwood:

Thursday 14 August

Tolkien Society Presents: The Unpayable Debt?
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Diversity in Comic Books: The Good, The Bad, and the Missing
Capital Suite 8 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Cities: Where, Who, Why?
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Saturday 16 August

Literary Beer
The Bar (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Sunday 17 August

The Fantastic Now
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

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Looking for the best way to kickstart your LonCon experience? Get yourself to Forbidden Planet tonight at 6pm to meet a host of wonderful authors!

Joining us in the London Megastore tonight from 6 – 7pm, are:

• Chris Achilleos
• Madeline Ashby
• Gregory Benford
• Adam Christopher
• Wesley Chu
• Cory Doctorow
• Phil & Kaja Foglio
• Anne Lyle
• Ramez Naam
• Kim Newman
• V. E. Schwab
• Charles Stross
• Mike Shevdon
• Danie Ware

Come along, grab yourself a signed book or two and enjoy the evening – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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At the time of writing this opening sentence, it has been 5 years 7 months, 5 days and 6 hours since I started work for Angry Robot. When I joined, I knew about genre, and I knew a bit about books, and I knew about putting together a weekly short fiction ezine, and (as a very early adopter) I knew about ebooks, but I knew very little about the business of publishing.

I’ve learned a huge amount in my time at Angry Robot, and it is only because of the mentorship of my friend and publisher Marc Gascoigne, that I have progressed as far as I have. Five years ago I would not have dreamed that I would not only be heading up the team of a new imprint for Tor.com, but find myself nominated for a Hugo award. And I couldn’t have done it without Marc’s leadership, and the support of the various fine folk who I have been proud to call my colleagues at Angry Robot.

I’m on the train, now, heading home from Angry Robot Towers for the last time, so I thought it worth mentioning a few of my highlights of the last five years and change.

Day 1
Heading into the office on January 3, 2009 for my first proper job in publishing. Treated with more professional courtesy than my newbie status probably warranted.

July 1, 2009
Our first books hit the shelves – Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland and Kaaron Warren’s Slights. Two books that even now feature highly on my Favourite Angry Robot Books list.

YALC
Amanda Rutter, the editor of our erstwhile YA imprint, said one day, “You know – there really should be a YA convention in the UK.” Marc and I both said, “Well, why don’t you go make one, then?” so Amanda contacted lots of fine folk at lots of other fine publishers, and YALC was born. Though Strange Chemistry stopped publishing before YALC happened, it happened because of Amanda, and I’m proud that Angry Robot had a part in its conception. Amanda does not get enough credit for her part in this.

The Hugo Nomination
Not only was I stunned to find myself shortlisted for Best Editor (Long Form) this year, but I was more stunned when I discovered that no British editor has ever been nominated in the past. There are plenty of other fine folk in the UK who deserve this, and I will probably blog about them at some point over the next few weeks.

Discovering New Talent
I mentioned this in the recent 5-year Celebration blog post, but it has been an absolute delight and privilege to help some of the genre’s best new authors publish their first books.

New Friends and New Family
Despite a few dirty uncles sitting in the corner, loudly drooling into their bowls, our genre has provided me with the sort of family and friendship I never experienced in any previous occupation. The quantity of alcohol consumed at conventions might have something to do with this, but that’s only part of it.

So, thank-you Marc, Mike, John, Mike 2, Amanda, Emlyn, Caroline, Bryon, Abi, Steve, Chris and all the support staff at Osprey HQ. I’m not going to say “goodbye” to Angry Robot. I was there from the start, and it will always be my baby. I will continue to follow AR with keen interest, and cheer it on from the sidelines.

As should you – it really is the best independent publisher in the world, you know!

Over and Out,

Lee

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Attention, Robot Army!

I have collected all four of the Angry Robot Live! panels so far into a YouTube Playlist, which you can find here.

 

The playlist is also embedded here, for your viewing pleasure. Partake of all of the robotic wisdom and wisecracking from the comfort of your cubicle, cabana, or wireless-enabled mobile artillery platform.

 

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We’re delighted to announce that Titan Books are joining us for our Forbidden Planet evening! Not only can you meet some of our authors, but also a host of greats from Titan.

Taking place in the London Megastore on Wednesday 13 August from 6 – 7pm, join us to meet the following authors:

• Chris Achilleos
• Madeline Ashby
• Gregory Benford
• Adam Christopher
• Wesley Chu
• Cory Doctorow
• Phil & Kaja Foglio
• Anne Lyle
• Ramez Naam
• Kim Newman
• V. E. Schwab
• Charles Stross
• Mike Shevdon
• Danie Ware

Come along, grab yourself a signed book or two and enjoy the evening – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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Aug
01

Robot Round-Up 01.08.14

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We’re welcoming in the month of August with a round-up of some of the latest reviews and activity from our authors.

The Mirror EmpireFirst up, the much-anticipated Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire, September 2014.

• Publishers Weekly rewarded Kameron’s epic fantasy novel with a starred review: “Hurley reuses old tropes to excellent effect, interweaving them with original elements to create a world that will fascinate and delight her established fans and appeal to newcomers. Readers will blaze through this opening installment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”

• It’s hard to choose just one or two great lines from Alex Ristea‘s review but here’s a taster of why he loved it so much:  “This is world-building at its finest—an imaginative and fantastical world that is unrelenting in its immersiveness…The Mirror Empire takes a look at the epic fantasy patriarchy and gives it a firm kick in the balls.” Alex ends his rave review by saying, The Mirror Empire “will be the most important book you read this year.”

• When the most a reviewer dislikes about a book is the wait for its sequel, it’s safe to say we’re pretty happy. Thus was the case when In Case of Survival read The Mirror Empire: “I can’t even tell you how much I liked this book…I cannot wait to come back to the Worldbreaker universe and find out what the characters are up to.”

• Fantasy Review Barn awards with 4 stars: “The Mirror Empire will make your head hurt in a very good way. I couldn’t imagine the mental and physical mapping it would take to hold all these pieces together but hold together they do. This book deals with gendered expectations on every page yet could be read for the story alone; different conventions and expectations are ingrained into the societies portrayed so naturally that they shouldn’t even raise a brow. The world is alive, the world is unique, and the world is actually built rather than borrowed.”

• Can’t wait for The Mirror Empire‘s release? Check out Tor.com‘s excerpt, and lastly, here’s a hat tip to Amanda Rutter, former Strange Chemistry editor, who worked on The Mirror Empire and has been blogging about it on Floor to Ceiling Books.

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanRod Duncan‘s The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, September 2014, charmed Publishers Weekly early on, “Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series.”

• Alister at Fantasy Faction is blaming TBCD for some late nights and tired mornings: “It’s fair to say I was smitten by The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter. Rod Duncan’s talent has combined inventive plot and characterisation to create a smart, amusing and fascinating tale that had me reading long into the night.”

• Annie over on the Summer Reading Project “was immediately hooked by the world Duncan created.” Eagerly awaiting the next instalment, what made this book for Annie “was Elizabeth Barnabas. Her unusual upbringing in a traveling circus and her five years of forced independence have made her clever and strong. She’s a wonderful character and it was a treat to watch her work through the challenges the cropped up as she find out why everyone wants to get their hands on the Duchess’s missing brother.”

• I’m glad to see Looking For A Good Book trusted us with an unknown author: “There wasn’t a single moment that I felt bored or wanted to skip ahead a little.  I was mesmerized early and the story and characters blossomed before me with precision…Looking for a good book?  Mystery, duplicity, secret societies, alchemy, romance, action … The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan has it all and promises to be the talked-about/must-read book for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts this year!”

SF Book: “The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is an entertaining book that has some genuine, original touches combined with a clever story and even cleverer characters.”

The Shadow Master by Craig CormickThe Shadow Master by Craig Cormick, July 2014, has been instigating a lot of online chat and Craig himself has been busy with interviews on the Qwillery and Donna Maree Hanson, amongst many others.

• While Avid Fantasy Reviews thinks The Shadow Master is one of the strangest books we here at Angry Robot Books have published, it seems that works as it’s rated 8.5 / 10 and one of the best books she’s read all year!

• Upcoming4.me have Craig’s Story Behind his Story, and for more details on Craig’s inspiration for The Shadow Master, click here

• Craig has also been on Tor.com for his Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe.

 

The Guild Of Assassins by Anna KashinaAnna Kashina is celebrating the release of her second novel, The Guild of Assassins, August 2014, the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire and is enjoying dual promotion!

• The Blogger Girls “loved, loved, loved the world and the characters” of Blades of the Old Empire, and I’m sure are looking forward to The Guild of Assasins!

• Anna is on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog talking about her Favourite Bit of The Guild of Assassins

• On August 4 Anna starts a Blog Tour with full details here, with a chance to win both Blades of the Old Empire and The Guild of Assassins as well this banner, courtesy of Tasty Book Tours:

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Last night was our fourth Angry Robot Live! We talked about Scope and Scale in Fantasy.

Our panelists were Kameron Hurley and Anna Kashina.

 

If you missed the live show, you can watch the whole thing here. Please note that you’ll want to turn up the volume for the first 23 or so minutes, as Kameron’s audio was soft until she switched over to a different mic.

Much fun was had by all!

 

During the panel, Kameron mentioned Universe Sandbox.

And this is me waving goodbye to dozens of writers reading this as they disappear for two weeks.

 

Gatsby wave goodbye

 

Paul S. Kemp wasn’t able to make the panel, but he wrote at length via twitter on his thoughts about Scope and Scale. You can read them in a Storify here.

 

And last, but not least, I’ve included a couple of questions below that we weren’t able to answer during the panel.

From Paul Weimer:

How does individual character creation and development change (or not) in working in different scale sizes in Fantasy?

Do you find maps, glossaries, concordances a necessary evil or a joy to create (and have readers read) in secondary world fantasy?

Do you start or approach a novel idea differently depending on whether its S&S or Epic in its scales/stakes?

 

Please feel free to continue the conversation here in the comments. Until next time, Stay Angry.

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We’ve been spoiling you lately with great Kindle US Daily Deals, and we are back today with another one: both vN and iD by Madeline Ashby are available at only $1.99 each! Get your grandma-eating characters at bargain prices, for one day only.

iD by Madeline AshbyvN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/Spyroteknik

 

 

 

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It’s been very busy at Angry Robot HQ lately, and not just because of the fantastic titles we’ve been publishing! I know some of you have noticed I’ve been quieter, and out of the office a few days, but I’m back…and just about in one piece.

10441372_10152241483255642_8836419488324112199_nI play Gaelic Football for Roger Casements GAA Club and just last week we had a very exciting game…the Warwickshire Championship Final. This is one of three competitions we play in throughout the year and, as the county final, it was a big day for the players and the club. These big games require everyone to put their all in, and as I’m captain of the team I expect myself to give even more. However, breaking my foot 10 minutes into a 60 minute game – and continuing to play for the rest of the game – is maybe a bit more than I would usually expect. In my defence, I did think I’d ‘only’ broken my toe or something smaller than my fifth metatarsal!

As our Robot Leader, Marc, declared, we’re tough cookies here at Angry Robot Books!

Unfortunately this fancy shoe I’m wearing does mean I can’t drive and thus won’t be in the office until it’s off, so it’s best to reach me via email for the time being. If you need to have a chat, email me for my mobile number.

Let this be a lesson: don’t mess with the Robot Team…we don’t ever give up!

For anyone interested, here’s a YouTube video* that’ll give you the gist of the national sport of Ireland!

*This video displays the general rules of playing Gaelic Football but not all apply to Ladies Football e.g. we can carry for 5 steps – not 4, and we’re not allowed shoulder-to-shoulder tackles.
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It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!

This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.

The panel includes:

Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her The Mirror Empire drops on August 26th in the US/CAN.
Anna Kashina, author of the Majat Code (Blades of the Old Empire, and The Guild of Assassins, which releases on August 5th in the US and CAN).
Paul S. Kemp, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons novels, and the author of the Tales of Egil and Nix (The Hammer and the Blade, A Discourse in Steel).
James A Moore, author of over twenty novels, nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, and author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands.

 

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The panel will be Tuesday, July 29th, at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT), and should run about an hour.

If you have any questions for our panelists, please feel free to post them here in the comments, tweet them with #ARLive, or join us to ask them yourself!

RSVP for the event here.

Nexus by Ramez NaamRamez Naam is unstoppable!

Not only is Nexus Angry Robot’s top-selling book of all time, it’s been translated into more languages than any other, and has garnered more award nominations than any other, too.

And they just keep coming!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Nexus has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Endeavour Award!

So, that makes its award record:

  • ~ 2014 Prometheus Award – WINNER (tied with Homeland by Cory Doctorow)
  • Arthur C Clarke Award – SHORTLISTED
  • Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award – SHORTLISTED
  • Endeavour Award – SHORTLISTED
  • ~ An NPR Best Book of the Year

Author headshot Ramez NaamAnd Mez himself is, of course, currently SHORTLISTED for the John W Campbell (Not a Hugo) Award for Best New Writer!

Come on, Mez – let some other writers have a chance! :-)

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Congratulations to everyone who was voted onto the recent Best Of lists from Locus, but a special celebration belongs to our very own Emma Newman as Between Two Thorns was included in the Best Fantasy Novel category! The first book in the Split WorldsBetween Two Thorns, has received widespread attention – including a shout-out from The Guardian as “JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer” – and it certainly belongs in the Top 25 of Best Fantasy Novels. If you have yet to read Between Two Thorns, get yourself to this book page for all the info and read an excerpt.

Well done, Emma!

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013

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Jul
16

Word Crimes

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“Weird Al” Yankovic gives us the best song about grammar, ever written!

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We are delighted to announce that Ramez Naam‘s Nexus has won the 2014 Prometheus Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society, tying with Cory Doctorow‘s brilliant Homeland!

Ramez was short-listed for both Nexus and its sequel Crux with Nexus described thusly in the awards announcement:

Nexus offers a gripping exploration of politics and new extremes of both freedom and tyranny in a near future where emerging technology opens up unprecedented possibilities for mind control or personal liberation and interpersonal connection.

Ramez Naam: “I’m absolutely honored and thrilled to be receiving the Prometheus Award for Best Novel, and even moreso to be sharing it with Cory Doctorow, a writer who exemplifies what it means to use the written word to fight to expand human freedoms. I wrote Nexus and Crux to explore the potential of neuroscience to link together and improve upon human minds. But I also wrote them to explore the roles of censorship, surveillance, prohibition, and extra-legal state use of force in a future not far from our own. Science and technology can be used to lift people up or to trod them underfoot. Making those abstract future possibilities real in the present is a core goal in my novels. I’m glad the selection committee saw that, and I’m very grateful to them for this award!”

Lee Harris:With his three Nexus books (NexusCrux, and the forthcoming Apex), Ramez Naam has proved to be not only a master storyteller, but also a free thinker, whose writing encourages us – his readers – to think more critically about the world around us. I can’t think of a more fitting award for one of the finest new writers of our generation.”

Ramez will be at Worldcon in London next month to happily receive his award, and if you’d like to see him before this, come along to our Angry Robot Summer Invasion of Forbidden Planet on Wednesday 13 August!

Join us in congratulating Ramez on Twitter!

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About the awards

The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners.

For more than three decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace, prosperity, progress and justice.

For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in all categories, visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty.

More information is available at http://lfs.org.