Now we’ve all had time to settle into 2016 we’ve taken some time compiling the ‘most-anticipated of 2016’ lists currently doing the rounds and containing praise of forthcoming Angry Robot titles. We think we’ve found most of them, but if you do spot any others, give us a shout and we’ll add them in.

United States of Japan by Peter TieryasThere has been a whole slew of ‘most-anticipated’ lists featuring Peter TieryasUnited States of Japan, which will be released March 1 (US/Can) / March 3 (UK/RoW). Firstly, the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, who had this to say:

Tieryas imagines a mech-patrolled future United States controlled by the Empire of Japan, victorious in World War II, in this “spiritual sequel” to Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle. And while we could claim we’re here for the highbrow literary allusions (Dick is considered literature now, right?), we’re really in the tank for the giant robots.” 

Well, United States of Japan definitely does have robots, but it also features rebel fighters, subversive videogames and an examination of an alternate reality, which is probably why United States of Japan crops up in Alternative History Weekly Update‘s most anticipated books of 2016, too. SF Signal’s Kristin Centorcelli mentioned USoJ in her On My Radar piece.

Publishers Weekly featured United States of Japan in its Top Ten SF, Fantasy and Horror for 2016. You’ll need a membership to view the link, so we’ve posted the mention below:

Tieryas follows Bald New World with another close examination of culture and unspoken assumptions. In this alternate history, the Axis won WWII and now, in the late 1980s, the Japanese Empire rules over the western U.S. But a game censor and an imperial government agent discover truths about the empire that make them question their loyalty.”

United States of Japan was mentioned in a cross-media sci-fi list by Popular Mechanics, which also includes TV shows, games and films. Here’s what they had to say about USJ:

 “The third novel from Peter Tieryas (aka Peter Tieryas Liu) bills itself as a “spiritual sequel” toThe Man in the High Castle, the Philip K. Dick book recently adapted into an Amazon miniseries. The United States of Japan takes place in alternate history America in which the Axis powers won, and is set sometime in the 1980s. But it’s more the cyberpunk dystopia William Gibson promised us than the actual 1980s we know, with giant mechs enforcing the law and police trying to squash an underground gaming success that lets players imagine what might’ve happened if the allied powers won World War II. It sounds like a perfect patchwork of multiple sci-fi and anime subgenres rolled into one novel.”

Finally, here’s Thomas M Wagner from SFF180/SFReviewsnet chatting about his most 16 anticipated books for 2016, which mentions, you guessed it, United States of Japan:

Out in February, Matt Hill’s Graft has been featured in NetGalley’s Best of February list. Here’s what they had to say:
“This slice of Mancunian neo-noir is both tense and thought-provoking, casting a light not only on what is to come, but what is actually already here.” SF Signal also posted a piece here, declaring themselves ‘really looking forward’ to some neo-noir from Mr Hill.

Danielle L Jensen’s Warrior Witch is featured in Star-Crossed Book Blog‘s Most Anticipated of 2016. Here’s what Jen over at the site has to say:

Warrior Witch is the final book in this beautifully intoxicating trilogy!  A heroine I love is paired with a sexy, infuriating, haughty and sarcastic troll (I ♥ Tristan!) in hopes that a prophecy will be fulfilled and the trolls will be set free from under their mountain.  The peril was through the roof intense and I can’t wait to see how their story ends.”

We’ve seen into the future Jen, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on how the trilogy ends! It’s going to be one heck of a ride, that’s for sure!

Wesley Chu‘s Time Siege gets a mention in this video, by Che Alexander – thanks, Che!

Twilight of the Dragons, the second in Andy Remic‘s The Blood Dragon Empire series is one of Beauty in Ruins‘ most-anticipated novels.

Thank to so much to everyone that featured Angry Robot authors in their 2016 lists. We’ll make sure to keep bringing you some of the best SF/F/WTF books this year and far beyond. To the future!

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There’s nothing more exciting for a publisher as the year comes to an end than reading Best Of lists and scouring for our titles. 2015 has been a particularly kind year with a hefty crop Angry Robot titles appearing in lists all over the internet. We’ve decided to collect some of them here for your pleasure – post in the comments if there are any other titles you’d add to your favourites of 2015 list!

Firstly Buzzfeed featured both The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu and Apex by Ramez Naam in their 24 Best Science Fiction Books of 2015.

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley ChuHere’s what they had to say about Rebirths of Tao:

“The Rebirths of Tao ends the Tao trilogy with a bang, raising the stakes until the fate of the world—and an alien people—hang in the balance. With humor, fun, and serious storytelling chops, Chu brings the stories of his characters to a satisfying and deeply moving conclusion. Once you finish, you’ll want to read the whole Tao trilogy all over again.”

And here’s their opinion of Apex:

“Apex marks the end of a trilogy of gripping books that explore the terrifying possibilities of technology in the near future. The mind-sharing technology Naam introduced in the first two books is amplified to a horrific global scale in the finale, and the Nexus technology is adopted and abused by governments, hackers, businesses, and even Buddhist monks. A truly chilling conclusion to a great series.”

The fine lot at Fantasy Faction penned an epic top 50 favourite novels of 2Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley015, which included Andy Remic‘s The Dragon Engine, Alyc HelmsThe Dragons of Heaven and Kameron Hurley’s Empire Ascendant. Here’s what they had to say about the latter, which weighed in at number 9:

“The first book in this series was different, difficult, wildly inventive, risky, and provocative. Well, Empire Ascent levels up on all counts! In classic book two fashion, Empire Ascendant introduces new threads, existing threads are twisted, earlier actions have consequences, and the bad guys are on the march. It’s all straight out of the Empire Strikes Back playbook. But whereas that movie ended with a bit of hope, this book never promises to end in a similar manner. Empire Ascendant is dark, brutal, and heartbreaking—grimdark pushed an extreme. The book reminded us of Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel: “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.” Which is all to say that Kameron has continued to push the envelope of epic and grimdark fantasy.”

Empire Ascendant was also mentioned here, in Borrowed Worlds’ best of 2015 list.

Another on the Fantasy Faction list, The Dragon Engine was also mentioned in The Speculative Herald‘s Under Appreciated of 2015 – take note, more people need to read this book!

Flex by Ferrett SteinmetzOver at The Book Plank, Ferrett Steinmetz got some love, with his debut novel Flex highlighted as one of its top five novels of the year:

“I am always on the look out for the next thing in fantasy and Ferrett Steinmetz’ Flex completely lives up to this promise. It’s fresh, it’s exciting and it’s a whole lot of fun to read. It could also be the pubilsher to be honest as the majority of the books that I read from Angry Robot fall into the category of genre pushing. In Flex Ferret Steinmetz introduces an flexible world (to a certain degree), some very well fleshed out characters and of course one of the coolest magical system that I have the pleasure of reading about. Highly recommended!”

Here’s Flex again, over at The Fictional Hangout, sharing space with Naomi Novik, Ann Leckie and Ken Liu. We’ll take that!

Patrick S Tomlinson was also given a shout out by Sci-Fi Chick, who included The Ark in her best of 2015 list.

Thank you to everyone that included our titles in their favourites of 2015. *wipes tear* You guys keep us doing what we do. Here’s to a great 2016 with plenty more favourites for your discerning eyes.

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Blades Of The Old Empire, by Anna KashinaExciting news, folks! We’re delighted to announce that Anna Kashina will be releasing the third title in her The Majat Code series through Angry Robot this summer.

The new novel, Assassin Queen follows on from Blades of the Old Empire and double Prism Award-winning The Guild of Assassins. Here’s the synopsis:

Defeated by the Majat forces, Nimos and the other Kaddim Brothers retreat to their secret fortress in the southern mountains. Nimos knows that the Majat’s victory is only temporary: during the flight, he managed to place a mark on Kara, one of the top-ranked Diamond Majat. His mind magic would now allow him to use this mark to confer her fighting skill to the Kaddim warriors and turn her loyalties to their side.

The new Majat Guildmaster, Mai, is planning a march against the Kaddim. His key ally, Prince Kyth Dorn, is instrumental in these plans: Kyth’s magic gift can protect the Majat against the Kaddim mind control powers. But Mai and Kyth are having trouble getting over their rivalry for Kara’s affections–even after they realize that this rivalry is the least of their worries, at least for the moment. Something about Kara is not right…
The Guild Of Assassins by Anna Kashina
To find the Kaddim’s secret fortress, the Majat must gain passage through the desert kingdom of Shayil Yara, a matriarchal society that despises men and the Majat ways. Fortunately, Kara is not only a top-ranked Majat, but also of the Olivian race, similar to the Shayil Yaran nobility. She seems ideally suited to lead the negotiation. But, with her Kaddim mark and seeming illness, can she be trusted?

Here’s what consultant editor Phil has to say about the new title:

Fans of Anna‘s The Majat Code saga are going to be thrilled by this new instalment! Expect epic twists, intense romance and the best character work in the series so far.

Pop over to The Speculative Herald to read what Anna has to say about Romance in Speculative Fiction and for the chance to win a copies of the first to books in The Majat Code series.

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The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog’s #RobotChristmas might be over now, however you can still catch a couple of great Nook Deals on selected Angry Robot titles. We just love to treat you guys!

Each of the below are now on offer over at Nook Books for $2.99 each:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne LyleThe Alchemist of Souls

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.

“With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
Publishers Weekly

“…gives Shakespeare’s London an alternate-history twist … A lively, readable debut.”
– David Langford, Telegraph.co.uk

A gem of a first novel…I felt as if I walked those smelly Tudor streets as strongly as I’ve felt it reading writers like Mantel or Peter Ackroyd…Anne Lyle has given us the Elizabethan London we know from reading history and Shakespeare; but she’s also created a London that has just enough strangeness in its shadows to keep us anticipating wonder.”
– Richard Kellum, Elf Machines From Hyperspace

The The Bookman - buy it now!Bookman

When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself…

“The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces.”
The Guardian

“The writing is beautiful and flows so well you’ll be farther along the journey than you realize when you finally come up for air.  Tidhar had me engaged throughout the book; from the set up during the first part, where he introduces us to his alternate Britain and its inhabitants, to the rollicking excitement of Orphan as he seeks out the Bookman and finally, to the climax where answers to mysteries are revealed and the whole grand design is wrapped up in a big, bodacious bow.”
Benito Corral Reviews

“…an intelligent, clever book, that creates a wonderfully complex secondary world … as well-constructed as a Swiss cuckoo clock and as readable as any genre fiction being written today.”
Red Rook Review

 

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

Seven Forges

Seven Forges

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.

As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

“James A. Moore dedicates Seven Forges in part ‘to the memory of Fritz Leiber and Robert E. Howard for the inspiration.’ That dedication sets the bar high, and caused me a bit of readerly apprehension, because so many writers have imitated badly those two greats of the sword and sorcery tradition. Moore is far more than an imitator, though. He does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”
Black Gate

Seven Forges is an excellent, enjoyable, and thoroughly entertaining fantasy debut into a new world of swords and sorcery, complete with romance, intrigue, and danger.”
Attack of the Books

Wow, that twist. In some ways I think I should have seen it coming, and I kind of did, butSeven Forges just lulled me into security and BAM! Craziness!”
– Anya, On Starships and Dragonwings

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In the true spirit of Christmas, we’ve been sharing all sorts of lovely things with you this month. Discounts, seasonal short stories, giveaways (details and links here)…we know how to do Christmas properly. As if that wasn’t enough, there are now sneak peeks available on Wattpad for Danielle Jensen‘s Stolen Songbird and Hidden Huntress! With the final instalment of the trilogy, Warrior Witch, releasing in May, this is the perfect time to revisit the series – or, if you (somehow) haven’t yet managed to read them, here’s your chance to see why we love it so much and join us as we prepare for the trilogy’s epic conclusion. Danielle’s Wattpad page can be found here, or you can look her up under dljensen.

The books:

Stolen SongbirdStolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

Praise for Stolen Songbird:

“Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whinny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince.  Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. It felt like I have been living inside its world throughout the entire time I’m reading this incredible book.”
The Nocturnal Fey

Stolen Songbird is an absolutely wonderful addition to the fantasy genre. The book is full of magic, adventure, outlandish creatures, and at its heart is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read… This novel takes a very old fairytale cliché, and turns it into a stunningly original and beautiful story… So obviously I really like this book and I am going to go ahead and give it a 9/10. This is the highest rating so far!”
Avid Reviews

“I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It’s a wonderful fantasy book filled with tons of magic that will leave you wanting more. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.”
The Nightly Book Owl

Hidden Huntress

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.Hidden Huntress by Danielle L Jensen

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Praise for Hidden Huntress:

“Love, adore, heart-to-freaking-pieces. This kind of book is why, why, why people need to look more closely at YA fantasy if they don’t already. Let Jensen show you how it’s done. ToppingStolen Songbird was always going to be a difficult task, but naturally Jensen manages it. The bar was set and so she vaulted over it, off into the sunset to a fanfare of praise.”
Jet Black Ink

“This is a wonderfully written story, and as the second novel in this series, it perhaps even supersedes the first as it morphs in to entirely new directions.”
Quirkathonic

“My heart soars and breaks at the same time just by thinking about this book. This awesome, stunning and wonderfully written book. Hidden Huntress was epic & such an exciting adventure into a world filled by magic so dark and beautiful. It made me smile, it made me grieve, it made my heart pump faster than ever before, and impossible as I thought it was, it made me fall harder and deeper in love with this series.”
The Writer & the Chef

 

 

 

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December is a time for joy, giving and Best Of lists. This year, our favourite list so far has been Buzzfeed Books’ The 24 Best Science Fiction Books of 2015. And we’re definitely not being biased, even if two of our titles are featured on the list!

That’s right, two!

Firstly, Buzzfeed gave praise to Wesley Chu‘s The Rebirths of Tao:

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu“The Rebirths of Tao ends the Tao trilogy with a bang, raising the stakes until the fate of the world—and an alien people—hang in the balance. With humor, fun, and serious storytelling chops, Chu brings the stories of his characters to a satisfying and deeply moving conclusion. Once you finish, you’ll want to read the whole Tao trilogy all over again.”

And you should, it’s a very good trilogy indeed. It’ll also set you up nicely for Rise of Io, Wesley’s new series, set in the same world as Tao and due for release in summer 2016.

Here’s some love for The Rebirths of Tao from other reviewers:

“The Rebirths of Tao is a suitably epic trilogy-capper in both scope and scale. This time, the battlefield is the whole world, with Roen once again at the center of things. If the first book is an action-adventure and the second a political thriller, the conclusion is something approaching dystopian guerrilla warfare. It still has that snarky sense of humor and the same frenetic action, but the focus has changed. In fact, it’s a book that explores change more than anything else.”
Barnes & Noble

“This third book was everything I’d hoped for, a wonderful end to a trilogy that has been a wildly entertaining ride from the get go. It’s funny, action-filled, and manages to tie up all the loose ends that count, while still leaving things open-ended enough for future stories set in this universe.”

The Bibliosanctum

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down and from the very first page, I felt like I had never left Roen and Tao for a minute. This is one of my favourite series of recent years, providing a nice blend of science fiction, spy thriller and comedy that I have yet to find anywhere else.”
Fantasy Faction

Apex by Ramez Naam (May 2015)The second title to appear on the list is Apex, the third title in Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy:

“Apex marks the end of a trilogy of gripping books that explore the terrifying possibilities of technology in the near future. The mind-sharing technology Naam introduced in the first two books is amplified to a horrific global scale in the finale, and the Nexus technology is adopted and abused by governments, hackers, businesses, and even Buddhist monks. A truly chilling conclusion to a great series.”

Apex has also been spotted on the GoodReads Choice Awards’ 25 Best Science Fiction list, as voted for by readers. We’re so proud!

Here’s some more praise, lavished on Apex by fans:

“From next-generation protest techniques to warfare in the age of autonomous weaponry to the nature of human rights in a world of transhumanism, Apex has ideas, eyeball kicks, and rollercoaster thrills to spare.”
Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“The best books are often the hardest to review, because it’s at those times that I just want to throw my usual attempts at objectivity out the window and reduce my review to, “Holy crap, you guys, you all need to be reading this series right now!” That’s Nexus, Crux, and Apex in a nutshell. It’s wonderfully intelligent, it speculates on amazing advances in technology that we’re already seeing the early stages of in the real world, and it’s all written by a master of the craft. It’s a phenomenal exploration of humanity, one that could pave the way for a new future in sci-fi. 5/5”
Bibliotropic

“I think the Nexus trilogy will become a classic in much the same way the Dune series and other great science fiction series have before it. It’s the kind of series you carry with you after you’ve read the last page and find you have to discuss with other readers because its implications are too profound to keep to yourself. Do I recommend it – if you’re a sci-fi fan, or want an edge-of-your-seat smart-as-hell ride, definitely!”
Popcorn Reads

We couldn’t be happier at the news and have agreed that Buzzfeed definitely has the best taste in books. So thanks, Buzzfeed, you’re definitely at the top of our Christmas card list.

If you want to check out the other titles to make the list, just click here.

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Angry Robot books on DangdangA message comes in from a distant frontier… Robot forces are advancing on all fronts. As of today, the Chinese censors has finished poring through all our files for subversive messages, and we’re very pleased to announce that the Angry Robot list is now available on the Chinese ebook platform Dangdang.

Cue a billion hats thrown into the air as one, as discordant electronic choirs lead the singing of the Angry Robot theme tune, cunningly rearranged for erhu and qinqin. Onwards, onwards!
 
 

Xmas_AngstromHo, ho, ho! Merry (almost) Christmas!

Although for eleven months of the year we are angry, seething robots, threatening to overthrow earth’s puny leaders and instil some cybernetic terror from our orbital death platform, we’re actually pretty merry when it comes to the holidays.

I mean, look at Angstrom’s excellent Santa hat. Nothing screams ‘Joyeux Noël’ like a robot wearing a jolly hat, eh?

Do you know what else gets us in the holiday mood? Offering you guys something a little bit different. Which is why we’ve teamed up with the B&N Sci-Fi &Fantasy blog to offer you a little slice of holiday joy each (work) day, in the run-up to Christmas.

From today (Dec 3rd) until 18th December we’re going to be bringing you a short seasonal story each day from some of our top writers. Even more exciting, we’re going to be offering a discount on selected Angry Robot titles by the authors themselves over at Nook. There’ll also be a competition each day over on Twitter, to win the day’s author’s book in physical form.

Phew. Now don’t you dare say we’re too angry for seasonal cheer!

Below is our line up of yuletide elves, who have all been diligently scribbling to bring you some festive flash fic. Following the grid from top left, click each author to be taken through to their festive story, like your own little Christmas advent. The links will be updated each day.

Here are the books on offer for just $2.99 throughout the period:

The Ark 
Graft (pre-order)
The Blasted Lands (Bonus: Seven Forges is $2.99 in a separate Nook Deal)
Steal the Sky (pre-order)
Windswept
Peacemaker
Drake (pre-order)
The Buried Life
Flex
United States of Japan (pre-order)
The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
If Then

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If you haven’t heard already, from 9am GMT today, Wednesday 2 December, Angry Robot will be taking part in Reddit’s r/sciencefiction AMA.

For those who don’t know what an AMA is, it stands for Ask Me Anything and we’re wanting you to do just that, over on the r/sciencefiction page.

So whether you’ve always wondered what a day in our office is like, or want to ask us about our Open Door submission period – or even if you want to ask us something general about SF/F or WTF?! then now’s the time to do it. We’re super excited to hear from you, so don’t be shy, ask away.

Our session starts now and will continue until the end of the day, EST, so there’s a big old window for you to get your questions in. We’ll endeavour to answer whatever you ask of us (within reason) and will be checking periodically throughout the day.

See you over at the AMA.

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It’s time. Yes, the Open Door period is now here, and we want you to submit your novel proposal to us. Yay!

To re-read the guidelines one last time, go here:

Open Door guidelines

And then, once you are ready, submit your book here:

https://angryrobot.submittable.com

A reminder: Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, post them in the Comments on this page and the Robots will answer here or privately.

By the way, the Robots will be on Reddit doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd), taking your questions about the Open Door and anything else you feel like asking us about, as long as it’s Robot business.

Wishing you the very best of luck!

Peter Tieryas offers a fresh novel set in an alternative post-war world…with robots. The United States of Japan won’t hit bookstores until March 2016, but maybe the cover, designed by the wonderful John Liberto, will help fill the gap. It’s a perfect match for the book and we’re absolutely delighted with it. Here it is!

 

United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons — a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something…kind of. He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.

Released: 1st March (US) and 3rd March 2016 (UK)

Here’s what Richard Thomas, author of Breaker and Disintegration, had to say about the novel:
United States of Japan is a powerful book, unsettling at times – surreal and hypnotic. There’s a bit of Philip K. Dick in here, and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but Peter Tieryas is his own voice, a talented author, somebody to keep an eye on for sure. I loved his last book, bald New World, and I loved this one, too.”

The cover was initially released at the Barnes & Noble Science Fiction and Fantasy blog here, and Peter is just as thrilled at the cover as we are; he talks a bit more about his book and the cover in a guest post here.

Peter’s first novel, Bald New World, was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Best Science Fiction Books of 2014.

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Time Salvager by Wesley ChuTime Siegethe second in Wesley Chu‘s Time Salvager series, is set to hit all good bookstores in July 2016. However in an exciting turn of events, we’re able to share the UK cover with you today! First, though, a look at the synopsis:

Having been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future.

Earth is a toxic, sparsely inhabited wasteland – the perfect hiding place for a fugitive ex-chronman to hide from the authorities.

James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries: Elise Kim, who believes she can renew Earth, given time; Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.

James also has enemies. They include the full military might of benighted solar system ruled by corporate greed and a desperate fear of what James will do next. At the forefront of their efforts to stop him is Kuo, the ruthless security head, who wants James’s head on a pike and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

The amazing illustration was created by Richard Anderson who also did a wonderful job with the artwork for Time Salvager (as you can see above, right). As we’re sure you’ll agree, the cover is just as impressive for this next instalment. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. So, without further ado, here it is!

Time Siege 144dpi

Here’s what the critics have to say about Time Salvager, the first novel in the series:

“Time twisting action-adventure as only Wesley Chu could imagine it. I enjoyed it a lot. Read this book!”
Ann Leckie, Author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ancillary Justice

Chu creates a fascinating world, strange and familiar, infused with humor, sorrow, courage, greed, and sacrifice. This page-turner is a riveting, gratifying read.”
– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“From its early pages, Time Salvager establishes itself as an utterly captivating time-travel adventure. To put it simply, Chu’s worldbuilding is extraordinary. There’s a grim believability in his vision of a decaying Earth, and the comm/atmos/exo bands make for vivid, easy-to-imagine tech. Plus, Chu neatly (and humorously) avoids getting bogged down in explanations of the physics of time travel. But even beyond all this, Chu explores the emotional truth of the pain and regret that haunts James as he gives the past — and its people — up for lost.”
– Regina Small of RT Book Reviews

“A powerful and compelling search of the past for redemption in the present, by turns thrilling and sweet and gut-wrenching.”
– Kevin Hearne, New York Times best selling author of Iron Druid

Both Time Salvager and Time Siege are available from us in the UK, and Macmillan if you’re in the US.

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You might remember a book we released back in September, by the master of gory epic fantasy, Andy Remic. We loved the cover for The Dragon Engine, created by Lee Gibbons, so much so that we asked him to work his magic on the second book in the Blood Dragon Empire series. And work magic, he has.

Take a look at this absolutely stunning cover:

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Twilight of the Dragons will be released 2 August (US/Can) and 4 August (UK/R.o.W).

Here’s the synopsis:

During a recent dwarf civil-war deep under the Karamakkos Mountains, the magick-enslaved dragonlords have broken free from centuries of imprisonment and slaughtered tens of thousands throughout the Five Havens before exploding from the mountain and heading in fire and vengeance for the lands of Vagandrak.

Two once-noble war heroes of Vagandrak – Dakeroth and his wife Jonti Tal, an archer and scholar, the Axeman, the White Witch and a Kaalesh combat expert find themselves in a unique position: for they have discovered the ancient dragon city of Wyrmblood, and a thousand unhatched dragon eggs.

Dakeroth and his companions must work with their enemies, Skalg and the Church of Hate, in order to bring down the dragonlords and save the world of men and dwarves. But there is no bartering with these ancient dragons; for they seek to hatch their eggs and rebuild the cruel Wyrmblood Empire of legend.

Here’s what the critics had to say about The Dragon Engine, the first in the series:

“The author brings his A-grade storytelling skills to bear and unveils a pacy, action driven plot that is easy to get completely engrossed in. I could wax lyrical about Andy Remic’s writing all day. It’s not difficult to waffle appreciatively about an author whose work you really enjoy. If you’ve never experienced Mr Remic’s work before, and you aren’t adverse to the odd beheading or two twelve, then I urge you to give this book a try. Hell, let’s be honest here, I’d say that for any book he’s written.”
The Eloquent Page

“The story is wonderfully vibrant and detailed, even to the point that during some battle scenes I felt compelled to wince and look away.”
Two Nerds Talking

“This book dug its claws into me on so many levels it is hard to isolate what exactly made it a 4 star novel. Perhaps it was the complex but flawed heroes. Maybe the familiar Hobbit-esque quest morphing into a grimdark nightmare did it. The wonderfully paced story and realistic action definitely entertained. No matter the ingredients though, Remic casted a spell with this one, and if you haven’t experienced his take on grimdark, you really should give this one a try.”
Bookwraiths

“Remic is clearly a writer right at the top of his game.”
BrainFluff

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Heads up, USA!

Ramez Naam‘s Nexus and Crux are on offer for just$1.99 today, thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal.

Make sure you head on over and pick them both up. If you need any reason to justify the (very cheap) purchase, then just take a look at some of the praise for the first two books in the Nexus trilogy, below.

NNexus by Ramez Naam (May 2015 re-issue)exus

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, 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 – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

“Ramez Naam’s debut novel Nexus is a superbly plotted high-tension technothriller about a War-on-Drugs-style crackdown on brain/computer interfaces … full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity”
– Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“It’s good. Scary good. Take a chance and stop reading now and have a great time reading a bleeding edge technical thriller that is full of surprises.”
– James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com’s GeekDad blog

“A fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You’ll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down.”
– Annalee Newitz, IO9.com

Crux by Ramez Naam (May 2015 re-issue)Crux

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place.

In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies.

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck

Sublime. This book is speculative fiction at its finest. Mr Naam masterfully mobilizes the zeitgeist of contemporary political and tech culture … Tempts readers with equal parts dread and optimism. This is not a book to be missed.”
Page of Reviews

Highly recommended for preparation of the future revolution.”
– Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America

Crux is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure … in the same league as Michael Crichton and Daniel Suarez. Put it at the top of your summer reading list!”
– Scientific American

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Ark Attack Competition!

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What do you do once you’ve finished reading a much loved novel? Keep it in a bookshelf and gaze at it each day? Store it by your bed so you can re-read it each night before you disappear into dreamland? Or do you bury it in the garden?

The last one sounds a little odd, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re readers of Patrick S Tomlinson‘s The Ark it might not be so strange. In the spirit of Pat’s other job – as a stand up comedian – his friends have taken to social media to express their love for his novel by placing their copies of The Ark in a variety of weird settings.

Here are a couple of examples:

 

At first we felt terribly bad for Pat but then…well it’s kind of funny…so we thought we’d invite you all to jump on the bandwagon and share your Ark Attack photos.

Just tweet us your photos using the hashtag #ArtAttack and in one week’s time (Thursday 19 November) we’ll pick the best photo. The winner will receive a big old box of books from yours truly.

So get snapping, the meaner the better. And don’t worry, Patrick can take it (we think)!

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