Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Kameron Hurley, The Mirror Empire for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.
Angry Robot Books is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Jourdan as
Phil is co-founder of LitReactor – a creative writing workshop and literary magazine where professional novelists, graphic novelists and agents host regular classes – worked for Zero Books, and ran the small fiction press, Perfect Edge Books. A Portuguese author and translator, based in the UK, Phil has also fronted the rock band, Paris and the Hiltons, winners of an Independent Music Award, since 2007.
Phil: “I am excited and pleased to join the clan of fearless warriors at Angry Robot. It’s a strong press with a very devoted following, the kind of off-beat venture that you can’t ignore. I always have special respect for presses that manage consistently to do something as risky as blending genres and exploring big philosophical questions in popular fiction. To be working with them is a great honour. I am looking forward to catching up on the fantastic agented submissions as well as the last of the Open Door entries.”
Marco: “Phil Jourdan scares me. He’s a great technical editor, with a keen eye for promising new authors, and he’s already achieved way too much in publishing for someone so young. Obviously he’s perfect for the reborn Angry Robot, but I see I’m going to have to keep my eye on him….”
Phil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and please join us in welcoming him to our motley crew: @philjourdan on Twitter.
Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the fantastic new title from Michael Boatman, Last God Standing for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.
Rod Duncan is a man of many talents: he’s written crime novels – including one shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, had screenplays produced, and has now written The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, a steampunk novel with one epic heroine that readers and reviewers alike are loving. You can listen to an interview with Rod here on Starburst, and here are a taste of the reviews:
• “Elizabeth and her alter-ego illusion of a brother drive The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter quite well. I was completely caught up in her adventure and her plight. I think steampunk readers and fantasy/sci-fi readers will enjoy this one, so I’m recommending it for them even though (and to some extent because) its use of steampunk is a bit different. I found it to be a refreshing change from more formulaic steampunk novels.” Popcorn Reads
• “Not only is this a fine stand-alone mystery, Duncan has done some remarkably adept world-building, which holds forth promise for the rest of the series. He’s subtle and avoids unnecessary exposition, letting the alternate history emerge organically from the story. For fans of light steampunk, alternate history and supernatural mysteries, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter will be just what the gunsmith ordered.” LitRant
• “a clever, enjoyable refreshment of a book … and any fan of adventure, intrigue, steampunk or all three should certainly give it a try. I’m definitely glad I did, and I’ll be happy to return to the series for book two. Huzzah!” Over the Effing Rainbow
• “The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is a fantastic story, complete with a richly detailed world, colorful characters, and interesting contraptions. The writing is wonderfully done and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Unseemly Science…More, please!” Badass Book Reviews
• “Far from all style, or just another mystery yarn, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is an immersive read that takes the best of many genres and weaves them together. Fans of everything from historical fiction to fantasy, to detective novels and spy versus spy thrillers will find something to love in Duncan’s latest, which at turns evokes the likes of Geek Love, Sherlock Holmes and Firefly. If you’ve a taste for quirks and style with your substance, give this novel a try.” Examiner.com
• “The nitty-gritty: A rollicking steampunk adventure, filled with intricate twists and turns, top-notch world building, and a heroine that quickly became one of my favorites ever.” Books, Bones & Buffy
• “With its unique setting and premise, this book embodies the essence of what I’ve come to expect from Angry Robot over the years…a well-written novel, the story fantastically put together with elements of alternate history and steampunk, topped off with a strong, resourceful heroine. You can’t help but be drawn to Elizabeth Barnabus. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing her adventures in the sequel.” Bibliosanctum
• “There are a few gadgets, but the spirit of the world created by Rod Duncan strongly reminded me of Planesrunner by Ian McDonald. If you don’t mind a steady pace, less dashing heroines and very little gadgetry in lieu of alternative history exploration, this book is for you. Recommended!” Nocturnal Book Reviews
Book Riot have declared Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire an “absolute buy” and who is to argue with them! They’re not the one people excited about this epic fantasy – and there are 250 very happy readers who purchased early from Barnes and Noble to receive free copies of Book Two next year – and here’s a collection of some of the reasons why you need to be excited about this book, as well:
• “Hurley manages to balance plot, worldbuilding and character, while exploring issues of gender, race, class, violence and more, in organic and eye-opening ways. She also explores and subverts character tropes, resulting in new takes on old archetypes: the young chosen one, the bitter, old mentor, the young person thrust into power. All of these and more are turned on their head to wonderful results. Hurley plays it fast and loose in many parts, and while that can sometimes cause a little whiplash, it pales in comparison to how powerful this book is.” Book Riot
• “I highly recommend this book for all fans of good quality secondary world fantasy. Readers who — like me — prefer not to read unoriginal and trope-filled fantasy will be pleased with this book. And of course, anyone hoping to find more fantasy with female characters who are a) central and b) not marginalised need look no further. The gender-flip aspect (for lack of a better term) really is fascinating.” Tsana Rads and Reviews
• “there is no denying that The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley, is one of the most important books of 2014.” Sense of Wonder
• “The world building in The Mirror Empire is so detailed and complete that I could see it coming to life before my eyes. Yet exposition is held to a minimum, exactly the way I like it. Even some of the plant life is sentient, including walking trees. Magic is everywhere and just taken for granted. Each gifted person pulls their strength and power from a particular moon or planet (I’ve called them all moons above) and, when it is ascendant, their power becomes amazing – for better or worse. Some societies are power hungry and others, like the Dhai, have chosen a path of learning and peace, having learned what happens when power corrupts a society. Assassins, mystics, sentient plants, political intrigue and worlds on a metaphorical collision course. Bottom line? The Mirror Empire features fascinating worlds, nail-biting action adventure, and makes for one hell of a read! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes intelligently written epic fantasy novels that come alive!” Popcorn Reads
• “This is world-building at its finest—an imaginative and fantastical world that is unrelenting in its immersiveness. And oh boy is it DARK. If George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Matthew Woodring Stover, and Mark Lawrence are sitting around a table muttering and laughing maniacally to themselves while they torture characters, Kameron is sitting to the side, chiding them with a whispered “oh, my sweet summer child… The Mirror Empire takes a look at the epic fantasy patriarchy and gives it a firm kick in the balls.” Ristea’s Reads
• “this is what a truly epic fantasy should be. The Mirror Empire is the best fantasy I’ve read this year and one of the best of recent years. This is also an epic fantasy for people who have grown to hate what passes for epic fantasies in today’s marketplace. The Mirror Empire is highly recommended and will be on my award shortlists. I suggest people check it out.” Jason Sanford, Nebula-award finalist and BSFA and British Fantasy Award nominee
• “The Mirror Empire requires keen attention, but ultimately proves worth it, and will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next volume.” Shelf Awareness
• “It’s deep, and confusing, and deliciously thought provoking. This isn’t just a fantasy novel. This is the kind of book that will make you sit back and look at the world around you in a completely different way. The Mirror Empire is the first book in what is promising to be an epic saga that will redefine epic fantasy. I sincerely hope it does, because this is the kind of epic fantasy I am hungry to read.” Bookworm Blues
• “an incredibly ambitious and wonderful epic fantasy that throws out every rulebook trope of the genre to create a truly magical experience.” On Starships and Dragonwings
• “The Mirror Empire is polished and well executed. The multiple narratives serve one another and the larger plot. The reader learns about a profoundly unusual setting along with the characters within it. The balance of youth and experience is no accident, here. Broad vistas collapse into intimate moments in order to personify crises and resolutions. I was left with substantial questions and an incredible desire for more. So much so that I bought a second copy to get the second installment just a little early. Recommended for fans of portal fiction, leaps of faith, and the promise of speculative imagination.” The Dinglehopper
The great machineries of Business have churned and Angry Robot has new owners, in the shape of Etan Ilfeld and his company Watkins Media Ltd. We thought you might like to get to know him a little better so we cheekily sent him a few devious and revealing questions.
1) What made you pick up Angry Robot to add to your ever-expanding media empire?
I love everything that Angry Robot stands for. It’s innovative, disruptive, and dedicated to nurturing the best sci-fi authors.
2) Do you have big plans for Angry Robot or is it business as usual?
I plan that the AR team continue to publish more great books of course, both physical and ebooks, and also develop other media elements. I have an MA in interactive media, and I bought Angry Robot because I’m interested in the future of entertainment in all its many forms. I also have a second MA in Film from the University of Southern California, and have produced movies in my time, so I intend to expand the programme of developing film, TV and video games from Angry Robot titles.
3) Who is your favourite angry robot from movies, books, comics or wherever?
Is it ok to say that I love Arnold in the first Terminator film?
4) You are known, among many other things, as the pioneer of underwater chess. If you could play a game against one favourite character from history or fiction who would it be?
Isaac Asimov was a chess player and incorporated chess into several of his novels – he’d make a great adversary. Also, I’d love to take on Marcel Duchamp; as well as a surrealist artist and Dadaist, he was a great chess player and competed internationally.
5) Star Wars or Star Trek?
I like ‘em both – but I frak’ing love Battlestar Galactica!
Sounds just like our sort of guy.
On Thursday, 25 September 2014, American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot Books, as well as Watkins Publishing (mind, body and spirit books), Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks), from administration. In addition to saving the jobs of all the employees, Ilfeld is intent on combining these imprints to form a diverse media company, Watkins Media Limited, which includes magazine publishing, a flagship retail store and mobile apps.
As a die-hard sci-fi fan, Ilfeld is “thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot”, delight which Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot MD, shares:
Marc: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share this great news. There were several companies in the running to buy Angry Robot, but we’re so pleased that our new owner is someone who shares our vision for the imprint, and modern, innovate science fiction publishing. After the brief hiatus while we change hands, we look forward to Angry Robot resuming publication from March of next year, bring you new books from many familiar names and of course some amazing new talent too.”
This purchase reunites Watkins Books and Watkins Publishing after they were split two decades ago. Ilfeld bought Watkins Books from administration in 2010, and has followed suit by acquiring Watkins Publishing last week. Both the Watkins bookshop and publishing imprint were founded by John Watkins in 1893, and as award-winning publishers of award-winning books, Angry Robot Books looks forward to this next chapter in our own rich history.
For more information, contact Caroline Lambe, Angry Robot Books’ Publicity Manager: email@example.com
Our Robotic Overlord Marc Gascoigne is quite the music fan. But he’s not the only one of our cyber-chipped legion who bops his head to tunes while plotting global domination. Caroline and I both love a good showtune (in fact, I’ve been known to blast a Broadway channel on Spotify when no one else is around in the Angry Robot Orbital HQ).
So for today, I wanted to point out some wonderful science-fictional music for folks to enjoy. Maybe you like some techno while you re-read your copy of Prometheus-Award-winning Nexus, or you’d like some epic orchestral music while visiting Raisa in The Mirror Empire. Here are some tunes to accompany your SF, F, and WTF? life:
Two Steps From Hell:
Calling US and Canadian Kindle users: for one day only, you can get the award-winning Moxyland by Lauren Beukes for just $1.99! Head over to the Daily Deal store to pick up your copy of this stunning novel.
Angry Robot Books in 2015
2014 has brought some changes for Angry Robot Books and also fantastic, award-winning, fiction. From Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Philip K Dick award short-lis, a whole heap of other award nominations and acclaimed book covers, to (double Hugo winner!!) Kameron Hurley’s breathtaking new series, this year has brought the Angry Robot team much success.
With business changes happening behind the scenes, we are as always focused on putting each book out with as much support as possible. In order to do best by these books, some of our exciting Winter 2014 titles are being moved to Spring 2015, though in many cases only by a month or two.
With books including the second Mookie Pearl from Chuck Wendig, a brand new SF thriller by Madeline Ashby, and the third Tao from Wesley Chu, as well as thrilling new debuts from Ferret Steinmetz, Susan Murray, Ishbelle Bee, the much-anticipated Carrie Patel novel, and a second Shadow Watch title from Tim Waggoner, there are many titles to await… patiently or not!
We look forward to bringing these books to you, to your continued excitement for these titles, and for the rest of our packed 2015 list, which will be announced soon too.
US & Ebook 3 March • UK & ROW 5 March
Company Town by Madeline Ashby
The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig
US & Ebook 6 April • UK & ROW 2 April
Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
US & Ebook 5 May • UK & ROW 7 May
The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
The Buried Life by Carrie Patel
US & Ebook 2 June • UK & ROW 4 June
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner