When we asked Brett Savory if he had an idea for a cover artist for his forthcoming novel A Perfect Machine we heard nothing but some indistinct garbled noises, before a scream of “ERIK MOHR!!” ripped forth from his throat. Whether pre-programmed to say that or not, the decision was made.
What resulted was a truly disturbing and brilliant cover that definitely captures the essence of A Perfect Machine.
We always like to hear a bit about the inspirations from an artist and so asked Erik if he could write us a little something about the evolution of his work for Tor.com, who kindly took the reveal.
Just click on the teaser image below to be taken to the full article. Brace yourself, it’s a little…dark.
We were really, really excited to read an early draft of Kameron Hurley‘s forthcoming The Stars Are Legion, so much so that when we heard it didn’t yet have a publisher in the UK/Commonwealth we knew just had to have it for ourselves.
Luckily, Kameron and her agent Hannah Bowman were happy to comply and we’ll be bringing The Stars Are Legion to you in January 2017.
The novel is being published in the US/Can by Saga Press, so for all US publishing enquiries, do give them a shout.
Head over to SFF World for more information on the announcement, plus synopsis.
Guys! Exciting news, if you hadn’t heard already! Wesley Chu is back with a whole new series. Now the new cover, designed by the marvellous Tommy Arnold, has been revealed over on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog.
The Rise of Io is an exciting thrills and spills ride full of all the humour you’ve come to expect from Wes, and centres on a woman called Ella, who gets herself into some real trouble thanks to some pesky, snarky aliens. Here’s the synopsis:
Ella Patel – thief, con-artist and smuggler – is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.
With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can’t trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?
But wait! Doesn’t it sound a lot like The Lives of Tao series? Well! You’d be right. Kind of. The Rise of Io is a whole new series set but it’s still set in the Quasing world. Fret not, if you’ve yet to read a Tao book *stares* this series is a standalone, so will appeal to both current and future fans of Wes’ work.
Just click on the teaser image below to be taken to the full cover reveal, plus interview with Wes.
Author of 80s cult classic Liege-Killer and its forthcoming prequel Binary Storm Christopher Hinz will be heading over to Reddit tomorrow (June 8) to take part in an author AMA.
For those who don’t know what an AMA is, it stands for Ask Me Anything and is a chance for fans to ask their favourite authors absolutely anything they’d like…within reason, obviously.
Christopher will be online tomorrow (June 8) from 6-8pm EST. Head on over to r/books to post your questions for him.
Christopher found critical acclaim – and the Compton Crook Award – with Liege-Killer, a sci-fi novel about The Paratwa, genetically-modified telepathically linked twins in a post apocalyptic world. The book was later made into a trilogy and in February Christopher signed with us to publish the series’ prequel, Binary Storm, which will hit shelves in November.
Here’s the synopsis for the new book:
Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies (tways), binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste.
Nick Smith, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together both romantically and professionally, they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries.
But there’s a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste’s cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.
Serving as both a stand-alone novel and prequel to Liege-Killer, Binary Storm is a futuristic tale of bold characters pushed to the brink in a dangerous world. Startling action, political intrigue and powerful themes that echo our contemporary era are fused into a plot brimming with twists and surprises.
Excited? We most definitely are! Until then, head over to the AMA!
Well met, meatbags!
It’s our favourite* time of the week again! That’s right, Talk Tuesday To Us is back and this week you can feast your eyes on our most fantastic Eric Scott Fischl and his totes hipster bicycle, resplendent in blue (the bicycle, not Eric). Now, you might be asking yourself if those are assless chaps Eric is sporting and…well…yes, yes they are.
After that visual explosion of an introduction, please read on to find out more about the man they call ‘the author of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, out February 2017′.
What do you say when people ask “where do you get your ideas from?”
What? How did you people get in here? How do you keep finding me? Listen, it’s weird and creepy. And you’re replacing that door. Which, I might add, was brand new.
Do you have an unusual talent or skill?
I suffer from very mild face blindness. If I meet you, and then you get a haircut or something, there’s a fair chance I will be confused and just pass right on by when next we meet. Or perhaps I just didn’t want to talk right then. I know, right? Incredible.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Probably just a man shuffling around his house, muttering to himself.
Got an irritating/bad habit?
Absolutely none. I’m just a delight to be around, always. What? Why are you looking at me like that? That isn’t irritating at all.
Who plays you in the movie?
Get Don Knotts on the horn immediately. What do you mean, he’s dead? That’s not my problem, is it? I’m hearing a lot of excuses, Angry Robot, and not a lot of solutions. OK, fine, if Knotts won’t do it, get that werewolf guy all the chicks like. Or that huge dude with all the muscles. You know, that guy. With the eyes! That guy. Or better yet: Dame Helen Mirren, who is amazing. Just get it done.
Seriously, you people make me question why I even agreed to this film in the first place. First Kurosawa is “unavailable” and now this bullshit.
We’re buying…what’ll you have?
I’m a simple man. I’ll take a gold-plated supersonic rocket jetpack fueled by expensive, small-batch bourbon. And keep them coming. I’ve got a long flight ahead of me.
My childlike sense of wonder. Also I just got a really nice red pen.
What‘s the view from your writing window?
Oh man, I’m lucky enough to stare off across acres of pines and the Bitterroot Valley here in Montana, with the Sapphire Mountains on the far side. If I turn slightly the other way, it’s thousands and thousands of acres of the Bitterroot National Forest. It’s lovely, and a wonder I get any work done at all.
What are you going to do now that you’ve finished this ordeal?
I’m going to go pick up my bourbon-fueled gold-plated jetpack, which has been just been contractually promised to me by you people at Angry Robot per this interview, which I’m almost certain is legally-binding. Ha-ha, suckers. Now who got thrown out of law school?
Well, there you are, that is our Eric! Join us next week for another instalment of Talk Tuesday To Us!
*Our favourite time of the week is actually the bit where there’s cake but that’s not as regular as this feature is turning out to be. You can remedy that, if you live near Nottingham. Come on and pay us a visit. Bring cake.
Like proud parents, every time a new book cover is delivered into the world we get a little thrill. None more so than with the new cover for Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi, which will be in all good bookstores come August. The cover was designed by the brilliant Thomas Walker, who does a lot of work in the achingly trending collectable poster scene. We absolutely love how well the cover has turned out, and hope that you do, too!
Head over to Fantasy Faction for the full cover, synopsis for Kojiki and exclusive excerpt, but in the meantime here’s a sneak peak. Look at Keiko, just walking down a Tokyo street…but what’s that to her right?! Uh-oh.
As you may recall, by the closing date at the end of January we had received an unexpected 1,118 novel proposals. Yes, that’s an absolute fuck-ton, but unexpected, you say? Well, yeah – last time we had pulled in a little over 600, so to be honest we were probably expecting around the same again. As a result, well, while the Robots have been reading tirelessly, as you may imagine it’s been taking longer than we anticipated.
We’ve managed to work through around two-thirds of the initial submissions. We have rejected plenty, some quite easily (we still don’t publish non-fiction, or books for the under-fives, for example) but others only after a lot of argument. We’ve also called in a fair number of full manuscripts – and yes, these also now need reading. Did someone mention Sisyphus?
So, if you haven’t had a note from us yet, but did get an email when you originally submitted, we’ve not forgotten you. We’ve just not got to your proposal yet. If you need or wish to Withdraw your book for whatever reason, or send it out to other publishers at the same time, by all means do so, we won’t stand in your way. Just keep us in the loop and if necessary log in to the Submittable page in the usual way.
And wish us luck, as we continue to read… read… read…
In what is becoming our favourite (okay, only) weekly feature on the Angry Robot site, Talk Tuesday To Us has yet another amazing author ready to tell you a little bit more about themselves. This week Keith Yatsuhashi, author of the forthcoming Kojiki tells all.
Your favourite book?
One book to burn?
What’s your karaoke song?
The theme from Family Guy.
Who plays you in the movie?
And what’s the pivotal scene?
When I realize I live in 2016, not feudal Japan.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
One creative person you’ve always wanted to be?
Jordan Speith. Hey, a golfer needs to be creative!
The last time you cried?
Each time one of my kids was born.
Last dream of note?
I was an elf in Santa’s workshop.
Complete this sentence: Rewriting is…
What makes a book good.
Kojiki will be in all good bookstores this August.
Join us next time, for more Talk Tuesday To Us!
It’s round up time again and this week we’ve received some excellent reviews on upcoming novels and old favourites alike. Starting with our newest release, Trident’s Forge by Patrick S. Tomlinson, Popcorn Reads had this to say:
“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”
And Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews reminded us how brilliant the entire series is:
“Benson is an entertaining protagonist, and he’s surrounded by an interesting world, with an intriguing investigation, the occasional gunfight, and a supporting cast who have enough depth to feel human. If you’ve not tried The Ark, I’d start there first – but come back to this one, it’ll reward your effort.”
“If Then is by any measure an extremely fine work which stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best for several reasons. The overall concept is complex and original and is handled with complete confidence. The characters are fully formed and the sheer quality of both the vivid descriptive passages and the believable dialogue makes the book a complete cerebral and visceral three-dimensional experience.”
They went on to say of the The Destructives:
“Again the story contains the DNA references of past writers in the genre – strains of William Gibson, J.G. Ballard and Samuel R. Delaney. I don’t mean that it’s derivative rather that it draws strength and lineage from these other works but stands out on it’s own, a distinctive and grand work of the imagination. You don’t need a VR headset to appreciate this work of art, just eyes and a brain.”
“One thing that I have learned from Danielle L. Jensen, is that she will make me laugh in one moment, only to break my heart later, and she totally did that with this book; I was totally expecting my heart to be broken and she managed to do that in the most beautiful and flawless way possible.”
“The series has everything that makes for a scifi classic – a richly imagined world, a plot that is thrilling and thought provoking while successfully commenting on current issues, a diverse well developed cast of characters, and that touch of magic that comes from an author gifted with eloquence and imagination.”
And last but by no means least, over on The Conversationalist we received this lovely review for Steal the Sky, which was released back in January:
“I’m really looking forward to the next book! If you enjoyed ‘Firefly’, like steampunk in your fantasy, or like adventure stories, heist stories, or stories about loyalty then this is well worth your time.”
Fans of Carrie Patel, good news!
We’re super excited to announce that we’re bringing you book three in Carrie’s Recoletta series so you can delve into the underground world of Recoletta and the inhabitants we love so much from The Buried Life and Cities & Thrones. Book three, named The Song of the Dead, will be released at, oooh, about this time next year.
Carrie: “I’m thrilled to be working on The Song of the Dead, which not only continues the story of Jane, Malone, and Roman, but also answers a lot of questions about the world they live in and how it came to be.”
Our Phil: “I am truly delighted that Angry Robot will be releasing the third instalment in Carrie’s wonderful series. Her books are some of my personal favourites in our catalogue and I think anyone reading this announcement should go read them or re-read them.”
If you’ve not yet started the Recoletta series you can grab The Buried Life for just $2.99 on Nook until May 25.
As you can see from the below tweet, the venue was pretty packed out. Danielle’s mum even made blue cupcakes in theme with the Warrior Witch cover…reports are that they were delicious and disappeared very quickly indeed.
For those of you not yet familiar with the Malediction trilogy, here’s what a couple of fans had to say about it:
“Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whiny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince. Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. ”
– The Nocturnal Fey
Howdy there, folks!
We just wanted to let you know that we have four – yep, count them – books on a US Nook promotion this month. All of these books will be available for just $2.99 until 25 May.
Links to the books on Nook are available beneath each title.
Seven Forges by James A Moore
Buy Seven Forges on Nook
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.
“Moore 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
Buy The Buried Life on Nook
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.
When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…
“The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel.”
– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
Buy The Ark on Nook
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.
But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.
“The stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Buy The Mirror Empire on Nook
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
STARRED REVIEW: “Hurley (Rapture) 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 instalment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”
– Publishers Weekly