Author: Penny Reeve

Angry Robot, Competitions, Fan stuff, Short Fiction, Sneak Peek

WIN: A Signed ARC of Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

In case you’ve yet to hear, we’re publishing Jeff Noon’s highly anticipated new novel A Man of Shadows this August.

Now, we don’t often do physical advanced reading copies (ARCs) of our novels but, as a special treat, we did arrange for a limited run of physical ARCs for the novel. These were snapped up in record time, but we did manage to wrestle a single copy from the grasp of a desperate, ravenous reader. We’ve been told they’re recovering and managing well without their arms, which is lucky, as we were loathe to give up our fancy new office ornaments.

Our question is, do you want the ARC signed by Jeff (possibly (but probably not) in his own blood)?

If so, we’re going to run a competition over the next week. Here’s how you can enter:

Jeff is known for his novels Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel Sk1n, Pollen and a whole host more, but also known for his amazing Twitter feed full of strange, dreamlike tweets that read like stories in themselves. For example:

What we want you to do, dear Robot horde, is to create your own dreamlike story in 100 – 140 characters and tweet it to us (or email penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com, if you don’t have love for Twitter). We’ll pick the winner – and by that we mean the author of the strangest, weirdest and smartest story – next Thursday at 12 noon, UK time.

What are you still reading this for? Better get crafting that story!

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Awards, News

Steal the Sky Shortlisted for Gemmell Morningstar Award

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeHave you heard the good news?

The brilliant Steal the Sky, written by the equally brilliant Megan E O’Keefe has been shortlisted for the Morningstar Award in one of the most respected fantasy awards around, the Gemmells!!!

You can vote for Megan right here. Voting is open now until June 2.

The Gemmell Awards are presented each year for outstanding contributions to fantasy and are so named after the late, great master of fantasy himself, David Gemmell.

The award ceremony will be held at the Edge-Lit Festival in Derby on Saturday, July 15. For more info on the festival, please click here.

Right now Steal the Sky is on offer on our  website, at just £1.55. The third book in Megan’s Scorched Continent series, Inherit the Flame, was released just this month too, so make sure to pick up the set!

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Cover Art

Children Of A Dead Earth series: New, Shiny Covers

ChildrenOfTheDivide_144dpiTo celebrate the release of Children of the Divide, the third title in the Children of a Dead Earth series, we’ve decided to repackage Patrick S Tomlinson‘s books.

Featuring the generation ships, the covers now SCREAM SPACE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR FACE, and for that, we love them.

Our thanks, as always, to Lee Gibbons for the brilliant cover art.

Children of the Divide will be available from all good bookstores August 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth), Children of a Dead Earth fans. For those that have yet to embark on an amazing hard SF series with mystery elements, fancy starting the series pre-release of the third novel? Here’s what some wonderful people have had to say about it thus far:

“The stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Ark is an extremely fast page turner, to both unspool the mystery, and immerse oneself in the main character and his plight.”
Skiffy & Fanty

“Another amazing story with all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Patrick S. Tomlinson.  With a great mix of science fiction, action and mystery it is wonderfully written and it’s not “world” building but as the author said it’s ‘race building’,  so don’t miss out on the turbulent ups and downs that had me undeniably hooked throughout the entire thing.”
Books in Brogan

“The writing is excellent, the pace superb and it’s one of those books that feels like a quick read until you look out the window and see the sun rise, realising you’ve been reading for several hours.”
The British Fantasy Society

“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!”
– Popcorn Reads

Just for your visual pleasure here the cover are, altogether for the first time. Aren’t they beeeeaaaauuuutiful? They’d look pretty good on your bookshelf, we think.

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

Cover Reveal: Sungrazer

It’s almost here! Jay Posey‘s Sungrazer, the second in our very popular ‘A-Team in space’ series, and sequel to Outriders, will be hitting all good stores in July!

And now we’re showing off the cover, an awe-inspiring space scene featuring the surface of Mars and one of our kick-ass outriders in their special suits. But why are the suits special, you ask? Better read Outriders to find out!

Our thanks, as always, go to glorious cover artist, Larry Rostant.

Click on the link below to visit the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog and see the full cover reveal, and read more about the novel.

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Out and About, Robots at large, Sneak Peek

When Angry Robot Went to The Printers

Penny + the galley covers of A Man of Shadows
Penny + the galley covers of A Man of Shadows

It was a cold Tuesday morning when the Angry Robot team got into a car together to take a trip down south.

We were off to the printers for the day!

The journey was long and arduous, through freezing fog, until we emerged to glorious sunshine in Southend. Penny slept through the entire thing.

Now, our reason for the visit was simple. Two out of the three day-to-day Nottingham gang (Penny and Nick) hadn’t been to see our books being printed before. Oh, they’d heard all about paper thickness and book sizing but they hadn’t actually had the pleasure of seeing a novel transition from words in an online document into something tangible.

Our wonderful UK printing company, 4edge, is located in Essex and happily, they’ve just moved into new, bigger premises to deal with the recent increase in demand for their services. Once we’d arrived and after a quick cuppa in the office we were taken to the factory floor to see what all of the fuss was about.

A Man of ShadowsFirst, we were shown how the typeset manuscripts that we and 4edge’s other clients send over are checked for correct sizing and scanned for any other possible errors in printing, for example page numbers. The first enormous machine we came to printed the covers, with various checks for colour bleed and automatic calibration to stop the colours drifting from the intended range. They have vast stacks of paper (we have our very own shelf!) on which four copies of a book are printed at once, which are guillotined apart by a man and terrifying machine (working at a speed which would have cost Nick many fingers). From there the books are manually sorted and prepared for binding.

Binding involves glue… Apparently 4edge uses two main types of glue, one for general printing and one super strength formula for larger books and those that need extra secure binding. There was a lot to be said about watching the precise nature of the gluing machine and the skill of the man running it. Watching the cover be fixed and then the whole book be chopped down into its final form was deeply satisfying.

I think the general consensus was that the cutting machine (see video) and printing machines *with clear viewing panels* – imagine how we stared at those reams of paper whizzing by! – were our favourites. There’s a great combination of manual work along with the automatic machines – you could say it was human and machine working in perfect harmony… Asimov would be so proud.

Myth of the Maker freshly guillotined and sorted
Myth of the Maker freshly guillotined and sorted

Excitingly, on the way around we got to see Bruce R Cordell’s The Strange: Myth of the Maker being printed, the second print of Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion AND the limited edition physical ARC print run of Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows including watching the cover come off the line. In fact, there were Angry Robot titles spotted on shelves, in cupboards and in the mailing room. We also spotted a couple of titles by our parent company, Watkins.

Finally, after a very tasty lunch, we were off on the drive home again. Penny slept through the whole journey.

Our thanks go to Dave and Carl who gave up their time to show a bunch of overexcited bookish people around. We really did have a top day!

We’ll leave you with this very pleasing video of a book being, quite literally, cut down to size (sorry about the hand reflection).

 

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AR Authors, Book Announcement, Guest Posts, New Robot Author, Writers

New Author: Micah Yongo

We’re super excited and delighted to announce a new signing, author Micah YongoAR author Micah Yongo! *Crowd goes wild*
*Robot dance*

Micah is an author from Manchester, UK. You can find him over on his blog, The Mancophile, or on Twitter.

Micah’s debut novel, Lost Gods, will be hitting bookshelves in April 2018. We can’t wait to share with you this wonderful epic fantasy, steeped in African folklore and featuring a young assassin hunted by his own brotherhood while he struggles to uncover a supernatural conspiracy.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Neythan is one of five adolescents trained and raised together by a mysterious brotherhood of assassins known as the Shedaím. When Neythan is framed for the murder of his closest friend, he pursues his betrayer, and in so doing learns there’s far more to the Brotherhood, and even the world itself, than he’d ever thought possible.

 

Head on over to Fantasy Faction to see the full announcement post, along with a piece from Micah on his inspirations for Lost Gods.

 

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Rights News

Italy Imbibes The Interminables

The Interminables by Paige OrwinWonderful news, Paige Orwin fans!

Rights for fantastic post-apocalyptic SF novel The Interminables has been sold to La Corte Editore of Italy. The novel will be available across the country in early 2018.

Here’s the synopsis:

It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace. Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan – the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost – have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts.

Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…

Here’s what some people had to say about the novel:

“If you’re looking for an entertaining piece of dystopian fiction, with magic and heroes and..er..a cat, then this will suit you very well indeed.”
SF & F Reviews

“It will reward you with a world of wonders and horrors, alongside a tale of deep and desperate friendship: a thief and a war, trying to save as many lives and they can.”
SFX magazine

“An interesting and unique read.”
Vampire Book Club

“A dark, depressive, but beautifully imagined urban fantasy/alternate universe. Perhaps one of the most interesting, intriguing, and rich books I’ve read this year.”
Online Eccentric Librarian

So keep your eyes peeled, and send us snaps of The Interminables as it makes its way across Italy!

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Cover Art

COVER REVEAL: An Oath of Dogs

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 12.36.18It’s Friday, and it’s cover reveal time! This one is for Wendy N Wagner’s  fantastic, and super characterful novel An Oath of Dogs

Here’s the synopsis:

Kate Standish has been on the forest-world of Huginn less than a week and she’s already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. But the little town of mill workers and farmers is more worried about eco-terrorism and a series of attacks by the bizarre, sentient dogs of this planet, than a death most people would like to believe is an accident. That is, until Kate’s investigation uncovers a conspiracy which threatens them all.

Now, before we direct you to the full cover we want to make mention of something…

We were so taken by Hattie, Kate’s canine companion in the book, that we’ve decided to do something a little bit different in the run up to release (July 4 US/Can / July 6 UK/Commonwealth) and give a little something back to our darling doggos. So, with each pre-order of An Oath of Dogs (up to 500 units), we’re going to offer $1 to a service dog charity. Our chosen charity is Freedom Service Dogs of America and you can read a bit more about them here. If you’d like to help us donate to a great cause, just send a copy of your pre-order receipt to penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com and we’ll do the rest.

Thanks to Joey Hi-Fi for what we think you’ll agree is an absolutely spectacular cover, with one of the best uses of negative space in we’ve seen in a while.

Head over to Tor.com to see the artwork in full and hear how Wendy’s An Oath of Dogs is in part a thank you to all working dogs.

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

COVER REVEAL: The Rebellion’s Last Traitor

Well met, good robots.

Do we have a treat for you today! It’s Steve Stone‘s brand new cover for Nik Korpon‘s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, a sci-fi noir that puts us in mind of Inception by way of Blade Runner and the Easter Uprising of 1916. Yes, we know that definitely propels it into the WTF part of our remit and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonder to you in early June.

As a bonus feature, not only are our friends at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog showing off the cover they’re also sharing the first chapter of The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, just so you can get your whet your whistle, pre-release. Click on the image below to take a peek at the full reveal and read the excerpt.

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AR Authors, Free

FREE SHORT STORY! The Sixth Kingdom by James A Moore

The Last Sacrifice, by James A. Moore

The spectacular The Last Sacrifice, released this past January, is securing James A Moore as an outstanding voice in the grimdark fantasy subgenre. It’s pretty easy to see why, too. For all of the great worldbuilding and interesting socio-political interactions between characters a big chunk of The Last Sacrifice loves to cause terrible harm and trauma to our dubious heroes. It’s not just them either, the bad guys get their fair share of pain and torture – and the innocent bystanders, too. All of this works to our Jim’s credit though, and is building him a legion of fantasy fans.

For those yet to take the plunge into the world of the Grakhul – or for those eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, Fallen Gods, heading your way early 2018 – you can treat yourself to a new, FREE, short story from James, set in the same world.

The story, entitled The Sixth Kingdom, gives a little history into the Five Kingdoms as told by King Bron, whose task it is to capture our protagonist Brogan after he angers the gods. And honestly, those gods aren’t very nice at all.

To read The Sixth Kingdom head on over to MightyThorJRS blog RIGHT NOW. A cup of tea/tankard of mead to accompany is recommended.

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Giveaways

The Broken Ones: Pre-Order for SWAG!

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It’s only 3 months until The Broken Ones, the prequel to the beautiful Malediction trilogy, arrives and we are very excited to go back in time to learn all about Marc and Pénélope’s story!

To celebrate its release, super lovely author Danielle L. Jensen is helping thank everyone who pre-orders the novel by offering up some super swanky swag packs*!

As an exciting addition to the swag, Danielle has teamed up artist and blogger, The Nocturnal Fey (also known as Erika), to create some gorgeous original portraits of some of our favourite characters from the Malediction trilogy, which are being printed out as trading cards and you’ll find a couple included in each pack!

So, want to get your hands on this awesome bundle?

Well, all you have to do is this:

First, pre-order The Broken Ones (obviously), then email your proof of purchase (photo, email forward or a scanned images are all good) to authordanielleljensen@gmail.com. Then you need to COMPLETE THIS FORM! This is super important: the form gives you a little bit of choice on what you receive and we tend to find that people forget to include necessary information… like a postal address.

So to be clear – no form and no email = no swag pack and you don’t want that.

This campaign is open internationally and Danielle will be mailing the swag packs out from May. You can take part in the offer until June 5 2017, or until supplies run out.

The Broken Ones will be available from June 1 (US/Can) and June 6 (UK/Commonwealth). The other novels in the Malediction trilogy – Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch – are available now.

Make sure to keep a close eye on Danielle’s social media for sneaky reveal of the character cards and teasers from the novel. You can find Danielle on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 *while stocks last
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Angry Robot

COVER REVEAL: The Broken Heavens by Kameron Hurley

It seems like Kameron Hurley‘s name is everywhere at the moment, doesn’t it? Which is probably because it is, and with good reason, too! After gaining critical acclaim with The Geek Feminist Revolution last year, and the February release of hard sci-fi novel The Stars Are Legion which received so much fanfare and glitter – visceral, bloody, disgusting glitter – Kameron is just now putting the finishing touches on the final novel in her Worldbreaker saga, The Broken Heavens, due out this October, too. And now, robot fans, we have the cover for you.

Huge robot high fives to Richard Anderson, who has once more pulled out all the stops to create an utterly gorgeous cover for us.

Just click on the teaser image to be taken through to the full reveal at the B & N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog: Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 16.20.52

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Angry Robot

International Women’s Day

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 09.51.32❤️️ We want to smash the patriarchy with you ❤️️

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

Can you believe that some jerks think the best SFF is only written by men? Us either! Angry Robot offers a big FUCK YOU to that particular sentiment, in fact.

So, in order to celebrate the very nature of diversity, inclusivity and unity in fighting the powers that be, we invite you to feast your eyes on a selection of diverse books, which will be just £1 (that’s $1.22 to you Yanks) all day.

Go get ’em, tiger. The link is right here.

PS: It’s November 19, if you really want to know.

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Angry Robot

Angry Robot at Emerald City ComiCon

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That’s right, Angry Robot is going to be at Emerald City ComiCon, this weekend Mar 2 – 5! *Waves flag, does dance*

There shall be a whole merry horde of Angry Robot authors around for the event, including:
Adam Rakunas
K C Alexander
Joseph Brassey
Bruce Cordell
Eric Scott Fischl
Shanna Germain
Patrick S Tomlinson
Mike Underwood (our sales & marketing wizard, and author in his own right)
Wendy N Wagner
Alex Wells

You’ll be able to find us at booth 1816, where we’ll be hanging out, selling books, holding signings and generally making nuisances of ourselves. Be sure to pop over and say hi, offer us your weapons and pick up some of the best SF, F & WTF novels around.

If workshops are your thing, we’ll be running the Build-a-World workshop in WSCC603, Thursday from 15:00 – 16:00. Here’s what you’ll get:
A panel of professional authors will build a science fiction and/or fantasy world right before your eyes, taking tropes, themes, and ideas from audience suggestions and developing a setting as well as brainstorming stories one could write in that setting. A great hands-on workshop for learning how to take your setting from the kernel of an idea into something that can inspire a larger creative work.
 We’ll be keeping you all up-to-date with our activities over on Twitter, so do make sure to check in with us there! Have a great con!
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Book Announcement, Cover Art

Cover Reveal: The Song of The Dead

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Watch out: we have an absinthe-soaked, illuminati-tinged, steampunk dream for your visual cortex!

We absolutely love the first two covers in Carrie Patel‘s Recoletta series – the spectacular fantasy-whodunit set in an underground city where the classes are at war and intrigue and deceit lie around every corner.

Now, we’re incredibly happy to show off the beautiful cover for the gripping third title in the series, The Song of The Dead, created by the peerless John Coulthart.

The Song of The Dead will be released May 2 (US/Can) / May 4 (UK/Commonwealth). That means, if you’ve yet to read the first two books in the series, The Buried Life and Cities & Thrones you have some time. And you know what,  because we’re nice like that, we’re offering both ebooks for just $1.99 on the website for the next week.

Here are some reviews of the series, to whet your appetite further:

“The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel.”

– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Buried Life excels on many levels, quite apart from its presentation of strong female characters: it’s a cracking whodunnit with sufficient twists and turns to make Agatha Christie proud, a vivid portrayal of a vibrant multicultural society, and an intriguing love story.”
The Guardian

“Her writing exudes an engaging confidence that makes The Buried Life hard to put down. Patel also shows a gift for pithy dialogue, and her two female leads are both resilient although in different ways”.
SciFi Now

The Buried Life artfully sets a who-dunit murder mystery in a dystopian underground city filled with dark politics and foul secrets. It’s a gripping read from start to finish, with two clever female leads and a delightfully colorful cast. More, please!”
Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

“Carrie Patel has created a world that’s so rich, so full, and so well-developed, that it’s incredibly easy to get lost in it. There are layers to the characters and layers to the world itself. It’s incredibly thought out and developed, and it’s so well-done. I’d revisit this world again for sure.”
In Case of Survival

“I was on the edge of my proverbial seat.”
The Qwillery

Now, take a look at all of the covers together. A fine trilogy to show off on your bookcase!

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions

Jeff Noon Announced as Guest of Honour at EdgeLit 6

A Man of Shadows by Jeff NoonEeeek, we have wonderful news!  Mind bending sci-fi wizard Jeff Noon has been announced as one of the Guests of Honour at the EdgeLit 6 festival in July.

The festival, beloved by the UK writing community, is a one day event in Derby full to the brim with panels, interviews, workshops and a now legendary raffle. This year EdgeLit 6 will also be host of the Gemmell Awards for outstanding fantasy.

Jeff will be in very good company, with other Guests of Honour including Peter Newman (The Malice and The Vagrant), Stephen Baxter (Obelisk, The Long Earth series) and Joanne Harris (The Gospel of Loki, Chocolat). He will be taking part in a variety of events throughout the day and talking about his forthcoming novel A Man of Shadows, which is published in early August.

EdgeLit will take place on July 15 (10AM – late) and tickets are £30. To purchase, or for more information click this here.

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