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Roll Up! Roll Up! Excerpt of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show

Dr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott FischlLadies, Gentlemen and Robots! Step up and discover the strange and powerful elixir that is Dr Potter’s Medicine Show.

Here is your chance to discover more of Eric Scott Fischl’s darkly fantastical twist on historical fiction, described as “Dirty, dank, and dangerous. Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is the missing season of Carnivàle you didn’t know you needed until now.” by Adam Rakunas, Philip K Dick Award-nominated author of Windswept.

Here is the synopsis:

Dr. Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now huckster and seller of snake-oil, travels the wet roads of the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, illusionists, fortunetellers, and musical whores. Under the quiet command of the mysterious, merciless, and murderous Lyman Rhoades, they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual… although, for a few unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.

For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.

Intrigued? Read the first 3 chapters below:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is available now from all reputable and non-reputable retailers, including right here.

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Author Appearance, Events

Author Events: Rod Duncan

Angry Robot author Rod DuncanAs you know, our author’s are great at getting out and about and sharing their best writing advice!

The amazing Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter,  Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels, will be out and about at the following events over the next few months, so go along and get some tips and tricks from an industry expert.

21st February. 6.30pm. A Journey to the Gas-Lit  EmpireLoughborough Library
Tickets £3. For further information telephone 0116 3052420 for details.

25th March.  The Writers Conference: Workshop on Creating Narrative Drive in Fiction. University of Nottingham.
This is a sold out event, but there is a waiting list. Get more details and sign up for the waiting list here.
 
25th April (First Session)Novel Writing Workshop Course, in association with Writing School Leicester. Secular Hall, Leicester.
More details available here.

So why not sign up to one (or more) of these events and find out more! Plus if you want to check out more of Rod’s work, you can find them below.
The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan  Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan  TheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpi
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Cover Art

Cover Reveal: A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

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It’s time to step into the shadows with the electrifying new novel A Man of Shadows, from the very talented Jeff Noon, author of the award winning novel Vurt.

Here’s the synopsis:

Below the neon skies of Dayzone – where the lights never go out, and night has been banished – lowly private eye John Nyquist takes on a teenage runaway case. His quest takes him from Dayzone into the permanent dark of Nocturna.

As the vicious, seemingly invisible serial killer known only as Quicksilver haunts the streets, Nyquist starts to suspect that the runaway girl holds within her the key to the city’s fate. In the end, there’s only one place left to search: the shadow-choked zone known as Dusk.

And we’re super excited to be able to show you the amazing cover art from Will Staehle and you can see the full thing, in all its glory, in the exclusive reveal on Tor.com. Just follow the link in the teaser at the top!

A Man of Shadows will be available from all reputable and non-reputable bookstores from August 2 (US/Can) / August 4 (UK/RoW).

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Daily Deal, Offers

StoryBundle: The Steampunk Bundle

All Covers Large

Dearest robot pals, how would you like to get your hands on some of the best steampunk novels around? You would, would you? Well, the chance is upon you with StoryBundle‘s steampunk offer!

Curated by author Cat Rambo, the bundle is a collection of eleven fine novels from some of the genre’s most beloved authors, including our very own Lavie Tidhar. The bundle offer is available now and lasts for the next 22 days.

Here’s what Cat had to say on the deal:

“I have always loved steampunk, even before anyone knew it by that name, back when I first encountered a television show, The Wild Wild West, featuring clockwork assassins and mad scientists, and the two brave agents fighting them as they traveled across the country in their custom railroad car. So when I got a chance to curate a bundle for StoryBundle, my first thought was, of course, to use that as my organizing principle, particularly since it gave me a chance to showcase some of my particular favorites.

This bundle includes both steampunk set in our own world as well as some set in secondary worlds. I used it as an excuse to talk to some of my favorite indie writers, like Lindsay Buroker and Frank Tuttle, who’d produced two series I loved and thought showed steampunk at its most imaginative. I got to pull in some of the writers that I’d published work from while editing Fantasy Magazine, such as Genevieve Valentine and Lavie Tidhar. Every book in the bundle is a solid read, presenting books that I hope you enjoy as much as I did. I’ve tried to include some series as well, so you’ve got something to explore even after you’re done with these books. And I’ve included a few anthologies, samplers of even more writers whose work you can pursue.

Many of these books to me seem to justify the “punk” in steampunk. They’re works that question established norms and turn them on their heads, works that look at issues of industrialization and how they intersect with race, class, and gender in interesting and often entertaining ways, works that take history as their launching point and spin an alternate reality. That’s something I’ve tried to do with my steampunk stories, providing protagonists who are black, Native American, trans, bisexual, on the spectrum, and additional “others” and this bundle lives up to that vision.

And StoryBundle’s a cool form of alternative publishing, letting indie and small press authors join together to present bundles that pack a whole lot of reading into a price that you choose (as long as it’s $5 or above). For that $5 you get the basic bundle of five books in any eBook format. $15 (or more if you want to support the writers even further) gets you the bonus books as well.”

So, by parting with your monies to support indie and small press authors you can get some or all of these titles:

The Alchemy of Stone – Ekaterina Sedia
The Bookman – Lavie Tidhar
City of the Saints – D J Butler
Altered America:Steampunk Stories – Cat Rambo
All The Paths of Shadow – Frank Tuttle
The Emperor’s Edge series: Books 1 – 3 – Lindsay Buroker
Ghost in the Cogs – edited by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski
Blood Ties – Quincy J Allen
Mechanique – Genevieve Valentine
The SEA is Ours – Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng
Best of Penny Dread Tales – edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Quincy J. Allen

Pretty good, right? So strap on your cogs and prepare to take flight! The link is right here.

 

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Free Excerpt

Free Bullets In the Head: Excerpt from A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory

A Perfect Machine by Brett SavoryImagine a city where each night you get pumped full of lead, over and over until something changes inside deep you…

You can go there right now, for free! Experience the first two chapters of Brett Savory’s extraordinary, dark SF thriller A Perfect Machine.

Check out the synopsis:

Henry Kyllo is a member of a secret society called the Inferne Cutis. A Runner whose goal is to achieve full-body lead content. He is chased through the city every day by Hunters whose goal is to shoot the Runners — with the threat to both sides that if they do not participate, through a mysterious force no one understands, one of their loved ones will simply vanish from the face of the earth.

Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves “ascension”, but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure.

Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time, to Henry Kyllo.

Start running now:

A Perfect Machine is available wherever books are sold, including right here, from 2nd February 2017.

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Angry Robot

VISCERAL READING: The Stars Are Legion Sample Chapters

9780857666628Want to read a sample of Kameron Hurley’s epic and thrilling The Stars Are Legion? Of course you do!

As Andrew Liptak at The Verge says, The Stars Are Legion is ‘a beautiful work of fiction, a wholly original novel that pops and crackles with big ideas’. It’s also been called Badass’  by John Scalzi, bestselling author of Old Man’s War.

Here’s the synopsis:

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world. Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation.

Now check it out for yourself below:

Read it? Loved it? You know what to do next!

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Monthly Deal, Price Promotion

Kindle Monthly Deal February 2017: All of the Tao & Io books by Wesley Chu

Tao and Io novels by Wesley ChuIt has never been a better time to jam an alien in your head, get superpowers and fight for humanity’s future!

Amazon.com’s Kindle Monthly Deals has knocked down all of Wesley Chu’s Tao books to just $1.99 each – that’s The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao, The Rebirths of Tao and The Rise of IoBecause we love you (and Tao), we’re doing the same thing right here on our website for everyone!

It’s the definitive collection about people with aliens in their heads giving them mad skills.

Peter V Brett, bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, on The Rise of Io: “Years after a killer debut, Wesley Chu keeps leveling up. Storytelling that seems so effortless you never see the punches coming.”

Tao and Io novels by Wesley Chu Read More

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Cover Art, Free Excerpt

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Myth of The Maker

Continuing our tie-in novel situation, Angry Robot are super excited to be publishing Bruce R Cordell‘s Myth of The Maker, a novel based on the RPG The Strange, which was co-created by Monte Cook Games and Bruce himself.

If you’re not familiar with The Strange RPG, it’s a world set on modern day Earth which allows GMs to take players through different ‘recursions’ based on literary creations. Yes, it’s our type of thing.

Here’s the synopsis for Myth of The Maker:

Carter Morrison didn’t want to kill his friends, or himself, but he had a good reason. It was either them, or the end of all life on the planet: their sacrifice saved the world.

Not that anyone knew it, until Katherine Manners stumbled over a melting man in a computer room clutching a message of doom from another world.

Now, we’re super excited to be bringing you both the cover for this amazing book AND chapter excerpt, ahead of its release date in April.

Just click on the teaser image below to be taken through to the full reveal and excerpt over on the KnifesEdge blog:

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Reviewers: review copies are available on NetGalley now.

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AR Authors, WTF

UNEARTHED! Rare documentation of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show

Hark! What’s this? EricFrischl31

In 1878 a travelling show caused PANIC! FEAR! and TERROR! across the plains of the US!

Now it seems previously undiscovered tintypes of one of history’s most infamous travelling act, Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, have been sent over to the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog by some mysterious tipster.

Discover for the first time these rare pictures and read an EXCLUSIVE account of the strange goings on by following the link here. But be warned! What you read may damage both your health and bank account.

 

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Cover Art

Cover Reveal: Inherit the Flame

New cover alert! It’s a brilliant one too, as you’d expect from the amazingly talented artist, Kim Sokol.

The exciting cover is for Inherit the Flame, the 3rd novel in Megan E O’Keefe’s Scorched Continent series, following on from Steal the Sky, – described as having ‘witty banter, realpolitik, elusive and wonderful magic’ by Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews – and Break the Chains, which left Fantasy Fictioneagerly anticipating the follow up.’

The full cover can be seen in all its glory on the B&N SF & Fantasy Blog, as well as an exclusive excerpt of chapters one and two. Just click on the teaser below to be taken to the full reveal:

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Inherit the Flame will be released April 4 (US/Can) / April 6 (UK/RoW).

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Book Announcement

Sungrazer’s Coming For You

Angry Robot author Jay PoseySungrazer, the sequel to Jay Posey’s Outriders is on its way!

That’s right, your favourite military SF novel of 2016 is getting a sequel, ready to smash its way into your cerebral cortex via your eyeballs this July!

Here’s the synopsis:

In a new Cold War between Earth and Mars, when devastating weapons go missing, there’s only one team you can call – the Outriders. When a fully-autonomous vessel with orbital strike capabilities goes missing, it’s up to the Outriders to track the untrackable. And when the trail leads them to the influential Martian People’s Collective Republic, the operation gets a lot more complicated. Lincoln and his team are forced to rely on the help of an intelligence officer they aren’t sure they can trust, in a place where one wrong move could lead to catastrophe.

If you’ve yet to read Outriders, a book where – spoiler – the main character dies on the first page, then you really need to jump into this amazing mashup of military sci-fi and space opera. Here’s a couple of reviews to get you fired up for some otherworld action:

Outriders by Jay Posey“At the heart of Outriders is a thriller with bursts of action and a book you begin to read and realise you’ve become so engrossed in that a whole day has passed by without you noticing.”
Strange Alliances

“It is a military science fiction adventure story with a twisty plot and a complex political landscape. It focuses on a very small unit of people with character development as a centerpiece but the plot gods are also appeased. A great read for lovers of science fiction adventure!”
Bull Spec

“This book should have come with a warning – Attention! Once started this book cannot be put down. An amazing blending of military action & SF. I have rarely encountered a book that I HAD to finish; it kept me up all night. But it was worth it.”
A Book Drunkard

With endorsements like that, if you’re yet to pick up this series, well then, you better get reading and prepare yourself for the second instalment of your new favourite special ops team!

Sungrazer will be available from all good outlets July 4 (US/Can) / July 6 (UK/Commonwealth).

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Book Announcement, New Robot Author

New Signing: Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars

Angry Robot author Tim PrattAs you may have seen over on the Barnes & Noble SF & F Blog we’ve announced a bit of exciting news… that we’ve signed Hugo Award-winning author Tim Pratt for a bloody wonderful new space opera, The Wrong Stars.

Here’s the synopsis:

A ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity… or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy.

The close-knit crew of the White Raven run freight, salvage, and (sometimes) security at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from its intended destination and revive its sole occupant, who wakes with news of First Contact. When the crew break it to her that humanity has alien friends already, she reveals that these are very different extra-terrestrials… And the technology they left her with threatens to unleash a terrible existential threat to all intelligent life in the galaxy—but also opens up unprecedented opportunities to explore the larger universe.

Sounds amazing, right? Vast universes, ancient evil, aliens and future-tech – The Wrong Stars has it all, and we’re so excited to be publishing it in November 2017.

Click here to be taken to the full announcement on the Barnes & Noble SF & F blog, plus words from Tim on his secret love for space opera and decision to write a sci-fi novel.

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WTF

Kawaii! We’ve Meitu’d Our Heroes

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Not how Larry Rostant intended…

Awww so cute! We don’t often seen the characters in our books as cute and shimmery – they’re usually too busy punching or shooting something. Maybe the shimmer of a forcefield or the haze of alcohol… Until today. We’re sure you’ve been plunging into the gaggingly sweet depths of Meitu, and so have we.

We’re a bit upset that robots and masks don’t count as faces in the app (surely some kind of discrimination…) but a few of our cover stars have worked rather well, or at least now have a gentle soft focus, weird blue eyes and shrunken chins. It certainly paints them in a fresh light… apologies to our wonderful cover artists!

Cute or terrifying?

Watch out for Meitu’s insidious permission demands though (we used our Publicity Manager’s phone, sshh, don’t tell her.)

The Ark – Patrick S Tomlinson
Hunger Makes the Wolf – Alex Wells
The Guild of Assassins – Anna Kashina
The Alchemist of Souls – Anne Lyle
Necrotech – K C Alexander
vN – Madeline Ashby

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Awards, Hell Yes

Graft Shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award

FUCK YES DO WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!

*Blows klaxon*

The stunning Graft by Matt Hill – a searing, gritty tale of a near future city where human trafficking and transhumanism go hand-in-hand – has been chosen as one of the six titles nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award!

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback in the US during the previous calendar year. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust.

The winner of the award will be announced at NorwesCon40, which takes place in Seattle 13 -16 April 2017.

To celebrate this frankly wonderful turn of events, for the next week we’re offering the ebook for just £1.99 / $2.45 through the website. Just click here to pick up your copy.


Graft isn’t the first Angry Robot title to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Last year Windswept by Adam Rakunas and was won by another Angry Robot, Ramez Naam, for Apex. Previous nominations include Rod Duncan and Cassandra Rose Clark.

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Author Appearance, Conventions

We’re At ConFusion!

Yey! We’re here! And by here, we mean at the 43rd ConFusion SF/F Convention in Detroit!

Our crack team of Robots will be out and about all weekend signing, reading, talking and doing their very best to win at BarCon.

Below you’ll find a rundown of where everyone will be and when. Come say hi if you see us!


Angry Robot author Wesley ChuWesley Chu

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Charlevoix
Plotter’s Rule! (Or So They Tell Me)
Meticulous plotting for the win! Writing from a detailed outline is the best, most effective writing strategy. Well… at least for some writers. What are the strengths and weaknesses, and what might be some alternatives, other than just making it up as you go along?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Isle Royale
Writing is Fundamental

Some of the fundamentals of prose storytelling have evolved over time, and some vary wildly between genres. What has changed since the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres came to be as we know them, and how have genres like mystery, romance, and YA diverged?


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Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
Keweenaw
Rail Guns, Power Armor and Killer Robots
How close are we to the military technology heralded in SciFi books? Experts will talk about what is on the horizon.


Angry Robot author Adam RakunasAdam Rakunas

Friday

17:00 – 17:50 
Manitou
The Expanse
Open, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show.

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Petoskey
The Dynasty of Deep Space Nine 
Deep Space Nine: Great Trek, or the Greatest Trek? The newest incarnation of  Star Trek will launch in 2017, but, really, what’s the point when Deep Space Nine has already happened? Our panelists will discuss what made DS9 not just great Trek, but the greatest Trek ever.

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

10:00 – 10:50
Leelanau
Fantasy & SF All-Stars
Panelists draft players for their team from across the science fiction and fantasy multiverse, right before your eyes, to confront an existential threat! Who will they choose, who will they ignore, and who will end up with the best team? The audience decides the winner!


Angry Robot author Ferrett SteinmetzFerrett Steinmetz

Friday

20:00 – 20:50
Eating the Future
Keweenaw
Juicy nuggets of forward facing cuisine. Find out what your children will be eating on their way to Mars, create menu’s for offworld diners or cash in on the next food craze.

21:00 – 21:50
Erotica: More Than Sex?
Keweenaw
Panelists discuss character, plot, and yes, sex scenes in erotica. What makes a sex scene hot? How do you use sex to drive the plot? When do the erotic elements cross into objectification? How do authors approach sex and erotica in het and queer romance?

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

15:00 – 15:50
Leelanau
How To Author Your Persona

How do you develop who you are as an author for your fans while keeping your private life semi-private?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing


Angry Robot author Patrick S TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Saugatuck
Interstellar Colonies: A Hubristic Fantasy?
Novels like Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora suggests that extrasolar colonies are unlikely to succeed, even if we can overcome the challenge of “getting there.” Is this pessimism justified by the science? Is it worth trying anyway? Or do we need to accept the Solar System as our one and only home?

14:00 – 14:50
Keweenaw
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Last ConFusion, our panelists tackled driverless cars and their implications. But, with technology moving as fast it is, this ConFusion we’ll tackle it all. What technologies are on the horizon and what kinds of stories can we tell in their wake?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
St. Clair
Here’s What They Did to My Baby! 
No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade. How the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens. And by it, we mean publishing a book. Authors tell the tale of the publishing process from their perspective. Copyedits! Title changes! Other mad alchemy!


Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...Michael Underwood

(Our sales and marketing guru Mike will be attending as an author in his own right but if you see him, please do pop over and say hello!)

Friday

17:00 – 17:50
Isle Royale
Worldbuilding 101: From Rocks to Civilizations to Gods
Genre fiction, in all its many forms, relies on the author’s ability to invest their reader in a world other than their own. What are the key tenets of building a world that will hold up under scrutiny? How do you begin that construction process?

19:00 – 19:50
St. Clair
Self Publishing For Fun & Profit
Self-publishing has undergone massive changes in the past ten years. Authors and audiences have more opportunities to create and find the stories they want, niche genres and subgenres are finding new life, and voices that have been ignored by traditional publishing are taking successful advantage of the direct-to-consumer approach. Where might self-publishing go in the next ten years?

Saturday

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

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Cover Art, Giveaways

Cover Reveal: The Broken Ones

A couple of months ago we announced that Danielle L. Jensen hadn’t quite finished with her Malediction trilogy and is returning to the series with a prequel, The Broken Ones, focusing on the story of much-loved character Marc and wife Pénélope.

We’re well on the way to its June publication date now and, as such, it’s time to reveal the cover! Our thanks to Steve Stone for yet another beautiful image, which will look absolutely wonderful next to those of Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch.

Head over to Danielle’s blog for the full reveal plus worldwide giveaway! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of Marc and Pénélope to titillate you:

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