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Angry Robot

Don’t Suffer in Silence – Bookbub for Silent Hall Today

Silent Hall by N. S. Dolkart“A lush world of magics and peoples, gods, and dragons.” (Women of Badassery) and “An epic fantasy adventure that explores new ground with a reluctant band of adventurers” (Looking for a Good Book).

Readers of Canada and Australia, N. S. Dolkart’s excellent fantasy debut novel, Silent Hall is available on Bookbub for today (24th August) only!

So, if you haven’t already settled down and immersed yourself in this wonderful world, now is you chance for only $1.99 (Can) / $0.99 (Aus).

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?


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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

Time for a dose of weirdcore – The Destructives – Kindle Daily Deal

The Destructives by Matthew de Abaitua

Kindle Daily Deals just keep getting better – today (August 22) it’s time for ingenious, insightful cyberpunk: The Destructives by Matthew de Abaitua. On August 22 it’s just $1.99 at Amazon US. Not bad for delving into the heart of the human condition!

The one human deemed interesting enough for emergent AI to study is recruited to investigate a dangerous secret which could re-define humanity…or bring about its destruction.

“Matthew De Abaitua has the knack of delivering the most complex of concepts and diabolical leaps of imagination in a way that first entices then completely draws the reader in. A thrilling book.”
– Strange Alliances


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Angry Robot

Jeff Noon & Matthew De Abaitua do the BSFA Meet Up!

Angry Robot author Jeff NoonOn Wednesday August 23rd two of our most fantastically cerebral authors will meet minds, bodies and literary learnings at the BSFA meet up in London.

Matthew de Abaitua, author of The Destructives, If Then, and the The Red Men (which we’ll be releasing in the US in November!) will be interviewing Jeff Noon, the multi-award winning author whose latest book, A Man of Shadows, which was released at the start of the month, about everything from inspiration to writing processes to weird drugs and future speculation. The event is free, and starts from 6PM (with the main event starting around 7PM) at The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London.

Bring your smart pants and your notebook, and watch as these two brilliant minds meld and blow your fucking socks off.

Here’s yer handy little map to The Artillery Arms, should you need it:

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Daily Deal

Bag a binary bargain today – Binary Storm on Kindle Daily Deal

Binary Storm by Christopher Hinz

Engrossing SF action with genetically twinned assassins for just $1.99 today (12 August) only at Kindle USBinary Storm by Christopher Hinz.

Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. 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, to secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries.

“This is a fast-paced future thriller that delivers on the promise of its high-concept premise.”
– The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog


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Price Promotion

US and Canada – Magical Bookbubmancy Time for You

“Flex is a real gem – sharp, weird, and wildly innovative. It zigs when you think it’ll zag, then tricks you into Flex by Ferrett Steinmetzscreaming when you’re ready to laugh out loud.”
(Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker, winner of the Locus Award for Best Novel and the PNBA Award)

“Do you like magic? Do you like drugs? Donut-based psychological theories? Video games? Do you like PAPERWORK!? Read this book!”
(Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards)

US and Canada, we have a treat for you! Today, August 7thyou can get your hands on Ferrett Steinmetz’s mind bending, Flex, the first novel from the ‘Mancer series for just $0.99 (US)/$1.99 (Can).

Simple head over to Bookbub and grab it now!

A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

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Cover Art

Cover Reveal: The Trials of Solomon Parker

Good day fellow Robots.

It’s time to feast your eyes on the cover of another spectacular tale from the old west from our very own Eric Scott FischlIf you’ve read Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, you’ll already be familiar with loveable buffoon Solomon Parker and now he’s back, as an old man who’s made one bad gamble too many, in the marvellous mix of fantasy and spirits that is The Trials of Solomon Parker.

We have a rather mysterious and gorgeous cover to go with it – courtesy of Steven Meyer-Rassow – which you can see over at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, along with a wonderful piece from Eric on gods and why bad things happen to good people.

Want to know more about the novel? Here’s the synopsis to further whet your appetite!

1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He’s always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protégé, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true. The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he’s bringing his dice…

The Trials of Solomon Parker will be unleashed on October 3 (US/Can) / October 5 (UK/RoW) and if you haven’t yet but want to get to know Solomon a little, check out Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, available now!

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Conventions, Robots at large

Angry Robot Invade WorldCon!

Whirr, buzz and whoop, it’s convention time again!

We’re at the 75th Worldcon in Helsiniki for a global scale invasion!

Our invasion force will be infiltrating the convention, signing, reading, talking and briefing the Robot Army ready for the takeover!

Below is the mission statement of which members of the Army to report to and when you are briefed. (Assuming nobody foils our plots and forces us to change our schemes, these things can be subject to change, you know.)

As well as our bevy of authors Publicity Manager Penny and Editorial Assistant Nick will be wandering around incognito as well so don’t be shy, come and say hi! We’ll be the ones with the robot lanyards and we just love to chat, especially if it’s your first convention and you’re feeling a little nervous. We’ll be keeping people up-to-date with our whereabouts on Twitter, so if you want to join in the fun just @ us.


Angry Robot author Anne Lyle

Anne Lyle

Thursday

Autograph Signing:
13:00-14:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

Friday

Invented Languages
16:00 – 17:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Many fantasy worlds contain their own languages. Are they any good? Can the quality of a fantasy world be measured by its language?


Angry Robot author Alex WellsAlex Wells (Acks)

Wednesday

Global Warming and the Gaia Concept. Is Global Consciousness Already Here, and Doesn’t have a Clue?

5:00 – 16:00, 205 (Messukeskus)

Is there global self-regulation? Could the world as a whole, in some ways, be considered to have thought processes, emotions and/or intentions? Where does humanity come in to all of this? Has our kind of consciousness and thinking ruined a perfectly good setup? We examine the validity of the Gaia concept (a version of which is central to Asimov’s later Foundation novels) and its relation to man-made global warming.

Thursday

In Defense of the Unlikeable Heroine

10:00 – 11:00, 101a&b (Messukeskus)

Far too often female protagonists need to be pretty and nice. But are they all – are all women pretty and nice and is that a stereotype that needs to be highlighted? The panelists defend their unlikable heroines in fiction!

Friday

Signing: Alex Acks

13:00 – 14:00, Signing area (Messukeskus)

Alex Acks (katsuhiro@gmail.com)

Saturday

Built Upon the Shoulders of Giants

14:00 – 15:00, Hall 3 (Messukeskus)

You know how to build an imaginary world, and you know which authors have constructed your favourites. But what do publishers do when they are inundated with speculative fiction novels full of great worlds. What are the defining elements that set a novel (and the world it’s built in) apart from the crowd? Our panel of publishers, editors and authors will tell all on exactly what type of world building makes them squeal with delight.


The Author, Craig Cormick

Craig Cormick

Thursday

Kalevala – Finland’s own superheroes!
12:00 – 13:00
203a (Messukeskus)
An overview of the heroic themes of the Kalevala (and their comparisons with modern super heroes), aimed mainly at those who are not familiar with the Finnish folk epic.

 

How I Would Destroy the World with Science
14:00 – 15:00
203a (Messukeskus)
Destruction by science is a common theme in dystopian fiction. Now it’s our turn. Join our panel of evil scientists as they describe how they would destroy the world with science.


Angry Robot Author, Eric Scott FischlEric Scott Fischl

Sunday

Autograph Signing
11:00-12:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

Writing About Plants, Landscapes, and Nature
14:00-15:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Landscapes and nature can make or break a story! How to write plants and nature realistically – even if the world is not real?


Kameron Hurley

Thursday

In Defense of the Unlikeable Heroine
10:00-11:00
101a&b (Messukeskus)
Far too often female protagonists need to be pretty and nice. But are they all – are all women pretty and nice and is that a stereotype that needs to be highlighted? The panelists defend their unlikable heroines in fiction!

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue
21:00-22:00
102 (Messukeskus)
The classic British radio gameshow – basically an excuse for 4 panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour.

Friday

Building Resistance
11:00-12:00
Hall 3 (Messukeskus)
From the Mockingjay to the Rebel Alliance, resistance forces are a staple of speculative fiction. What does resistance in the real world look like? How do various forms of resistance organize in this reality and what what lessons can be used in creating fiction?

Autograph Signing
16:00 – 17:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)


Angry Robot Author, N. S. DolkartN S Dolkart

Wednesday

Ready, Steady, Flash!
21:00-22:00
204 (Messukeskus)
Writers are given a theme, or phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have FIVE MINUTES in which to write it. At the end of each round the stories are read out, and the audience votes on the best.

Thursday

Second Book Problems
14:00-15:00
101a&b (Messukeskus)
Discussing/troubleshooting common problems in plotting & writing sequels!

Positive Disability in SFF
17:00-18:00
203a (Messukeskus)
While SFF is beginning to tackle issues of race and gender in complex and sensitive ways, disability remains a largely taboo subject. Worse, disability is often used negatively as an explanation for a character’s cruelty/plotting/outsider status (for example Tyrion Lannister, Glokta in the First Law trilogy, Yovi in Half a King), or is something that a character has to heroically fight to overcome. Technology and magic also present problematic issues around ‘curing’ disability issues. Instead, we need to think about how we might more positively and normally represent disability. Why not a barbarian warlord in a scythed wheelchair? A paladin who just happens to be austistic? A jedi knight with down’s syndrome? How can we write such characters, and what traps should we avoid?  


Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...

Michael R. Underwood

Wednesday

Invented Mythologies
13:00-14:00
206 (Messukeskus)
Tolkien did it first and so any decent fantasy world has its own mythology! The panel discusses the pros and pitfalls of creating one’s own mythology and share their favorite mythologies from fiction.

Thursday

Darkness at the Heart of Original Folktales
16:00-17:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Folk tales have recently got fairly dark retellings, but of course they were very dark originally as well. The panel discusses the dark origins of folktales.

Friday

Game Tie-in Novels
15:00-16:00
203a (Messukeskus)
Game tie-in novels have existed for many years. Our panelists admit to reading them or even writing them! What’s the appeal?

Saturday

Folklore and Myth in the Fantastic
16:00-17:00
101d (Messukeskus)
Folklore and myth are often the building blocks of fantastic literature – but how about folklore and myths within the fantasy worlds themselves? How do you create credible folklore?


Carrie Patel

Thursday

Style of the Gaming Studios
11:00-12:00
205 (Messukeskus)
The style of the gaming studios and what’s popular varies a lot between countries. Starcraft style is popular in Korea, while massive sandboxes are the thing in Sweden. The panel discusses both the style of gaming studios around the world as well as what’s popular where.

Friday

Writing for Video Games
16:00-17:00
208 (Messukeskus)
Writing for video games differs from writing linear fiction. The panelists discuss their experiences in successful video game writing.

Saturday

Autograph Signing
13:00-14:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

On the Care and Feeding of Secondary Characters
18:00-19:00
205 (Messukeskus)
Your protagonists are fully fleshed out and fully realized but your other characters could use some work. How do you bring life to the rest of the people in your story without taking the spotlight from your main characters?

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Monthly Deal, Price Promotion

Monthly Kindle Deals for August: Dying, Punching and Rising Again

US Kindle Monthly deals is the place to be for summer book-loading. For the whole of August, they’ve got three brilliant titles waiting for you, and of course, we’re matching those prices right here too.


The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

The war between the Prophus and the Genjix escalates as the battle to leave Earth enters a deadly new heights in this sci-fi thriller sequel to The Lives of Tao. “The Deaths of Tao is as funny, loveable and entertaining as the first book, and adds even more depth to the characters, story and themes.” – Fantasy Faction

Amazon US $2.99


NecrotechNecrotech by K. C. Alexander by KC Alexander

Street thug Riko has some serious issues: memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fueled zombie…Necrotech is a speed freak rush down mean streets of the digital, the modified, and the just plain crazy. It’s like razors for your brain.” – Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series

Amazon US $1.99


Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley

As the convergence between the two worlds strengthens, alliances are made and broken, magic and mayhem abound, and before it’s all done, at least one world will be shattered and broken. Book two of the Worldbreaker Saga. “It’s epic in the truest sense of the world, and fantastic in a completely original and inventive way.” – Ysabeau Wilce for Locus

Amazon US $1.99


 

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Price Promotion

Hire a Hitman – UK and Canada Bookbub for Drake

“A gritty, grungy, funny, sweary noir thriller with added demons. Don Drake is a wonderful creation.” (Dave Drake by Peter McLeanHutchinson)

“Snarky, pacy and hellishly fun. Drake is just the sort of hero, with just the sort of life, to make you feel good about yourself. Dark and delightful, like a naughty treat, this is a rollicking story.” (Francis Knight)

We’re assuming that if you haven’t been introduced to Peter McLean’s darkurban fantasy Drake – complete with black magic, demons and foul-mouthed protagonist – it’s because you have been living under a rock. Well fear not, because today if your lucky day.

On 1 August in UK and Canada, Bookbub are riding to the rescue with Drake available for 99p/$1.99.

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.


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Angry Robot, Awards

United States of Japan Wins a Seiun!

Well, do we have good news for you!

Peter Tieryas’ Under States of Japan has won Japan’s most prestigious science fiction award, the Seiun!

The award, which was given for ‘best translated novel’, fought off stiff competition from the likes of Ken Liu and Ann Leckie. Congratulations to all, with extra special party poppers pointed in the direction of translator Naoya Nakahara, for his incredible translation work.

Onwards with the uprising!

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Cover Art, Extracts

Cover Reveal: Immortal Architects

Good news – Edmund Templeton and Istvan Czernin are back!

This time, our heroes are under siege as they struggle to establish a new order in Paige Orwin’s Immortal Architectsthe vivid sequel to The Interminables.

Intrigued? Excited? Then read the synopsis below:

Edmund Templeton, a time-manipulating sorcerer, and Istvan Czernin, the deathless spirit of WWI, are the most powerful agents of the magical cabal now ruling the US East Coast. Their struggle to establish a new order in the wake of magical catastrophe is under siege: cults flourish and  armies clash on their borders. Perhaps worst of all the meteoric rise of a technological fortress-state threatens their efforts to keep the peace.

As if that weren’t enough, a desperate call has come in from the west. A superstorm capable of tearing rock from mountains is on its way, and it acting unlike any storm ever seen before. Who better to investigate than two old friends with the sudden need to prove themselves?

Today we’re celebrating the reveal of the stunning new cover art from Amazing15 – who’ve captured the beauty and struggle of this new novel in gorgeous detail. Head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog to check out the full image and take a sneak peek at the first chapter! Happy reading!

Immortal Architects will be available from retailers from September 5 (US/Can) / September 7 (UK/RoW), and you can pre-order the ebook right now.


Don’t forget you can see (and download!) all of our covers forever and ever on our Pinterest board – The SF, F & WTF world of Angry Robot Books.

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Angry Robot, News, Robot Business

Pre-Orders Now Available Through Our Website

It’s time to celebrate and re-pledge your fealty to the metallic Overlords!

“Why?” we hear you cry!

Well, let us lay this mind-numbingly amazing good news at your feet. YOU CAN NOW PRE-ORDER ALL OF OUR RELEASES DIRECTLY FROM THE WEBSITE!

*confetti canon explodes*

So now you don’t need to go anywhere else to get your hands/paws/claws on some of the best F, SF and WTF fiction around – not that you’d want to anyway…

Why not celebrate by pre-ordering some of our fantastic new upcoming titles such as Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows, Patrick S Tomlinson’s Children Of The Divide, Joseph Brassey’s Skyfarer or Jeanette Ng’s Under The Pendulum Sun?

Go, get ’em while they’re hot!

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AR Authors, Awards, Hell Yes

Megan E O’Keefe wins the Morningstar award!

Glad tidings from Derby! This weekend, at a wonderful ceremony during the EdgeLit literary festival, the Gemmell Award for Fantasy 2016 winners were announced. We’ve got to tell you, we were absolutely delighted!

Firstly, our Megan E O’Keefe, author of Steal the Sky (part of the Scorched Continent series, which also includes Break the Chains and Inherit the Flame) won the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut! *Throws glitter* Alas, Megan couldn’t make the ceremony, what with living in California AND spending the weekend celebrating her birthday but the wonderful Matt Dovey collected on her behalf (see picture below). Thanks for everything Matt!

Secondly long time Robot, Gav Thorpe won the Legend award for best novel for Warbeast (Black Library). See, we always knew you were a legend, Gav and now you’ve the trophy to prove it! Luckily, as a local, Gav was around to collect the award and wandered off at the end of the night looking a bit shady clasping four foot axe.

Congratulations to both on such wonderful wins!

Now, to get this Morningstar Award in the post. *Searches for bubblewrap*

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions

Author Appearance: Jeannette Ng at Nine Worlds

Righto, more news for you!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

The busy bee that is Jeannette Ng, author of the forthcoming, gorgeously gothic Under The Pendulum Sun, is out and about once again this summer. This time she’s heading along to Nine Worlds Geekfest to chat about writing, characterisation and to unleash her hair braiding magic upon the world (sign us up now!).

Nine Worlds is being held from 4-6 August 2017 at Novotel London West and gives you the chance to explore cosplay, crafts, sciences, humanities and the culture and creativity behind them! Tickets are available now

Here are all the details of where you can find Jeannette:

Saturday 5 August. 

Representing Your Race in SFF. (Panel) 10am.
A panel of writers discuss the many issues surrounding diverse racial representation of human characters in science fiction and fantasy.
Dolly Garland, Taran Matharu, Joseph Adetifa, Jeannette Ng, Lulu Kadhim

Fantasy Hair Braiding Workshop. 11.45am. 
Intricate and exotic hair braiding has become a fixture of many costumes for fantasy and historical TV and film. This workshop will teach you to braid hair like in Game of Thrones, Reign, and Vikings. Or if you have long flowing locks Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng(or even just shoulder-skimming length hair) and fancy a Medieval hair makeover, come along and be a guinea pig for exciting styles! Beginners welcome!
Jeannette Ng

Creating Characterisation in LARP. (Panel). 5pm. 
Our panellists discuss and provide advice on creating memorable and three-dimensional player and non-player characters in Live Action RolePlay (LARP). How do you make your rugged fighter more believable? How do you make your evil dark lord more sympathetic? This panel is here to help!
Ben Cain, Jeannette Ng, Simon Potthast, Judith Taylor, Cat Tobin.

 

Sunday 6 August

Nine Worlds Podcast Live. 11.45am. 
A live recording of the official Nine Worlds podcast! Join hosts Misha and Matt, alongside special guests Jeannette Ng and Mike Brooks, as they have a good ol’ geeky chat about whatever topic they’ve decided upon in a panic at the last minute! 
Misha Anker, Matt Dillon, Jeannette Ng, Mike Brooks

 

Need a map to help you on your way? Lucky for you, we thought of that to!

Under The Pendulum Sun will be available from 3 October (US/Can) and 5 October (UK/RoW).

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Author Appearance, Interviews

Ask Jeff Noon ANYTHING!

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

Have you ever had the urge to ask Jeff Noon – the godfather of avant garde, cerebral, speculative fiction – a question?

If you have, August 15 is a good time to do so, as Jeff will be taking part in a Reddit AMA over on r/books.

In case you’ve not heard of Jeff, he’s an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for genre defying Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. So you could say he knows his stuff. Jeff has also been noted as inspiration for authors such as Warren Ellis, Nick Harkaway and Lauren Beukes.

Make sure to get the date in your diary on on the morning of August 15 head over to r/books to chat with Jeff. We’ll be running the AMA from 11AM GMT onwards, so there’s plenty of time to post questions.

Get your thinking hats on, as we have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be very interesting.

You can see the schedule for all upcoming AMAs at r/books here.

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Out and About

READERCON: N S Dolkart

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ReaderCon is coming at you this weekend, bringing the very best in imaginative literature, and authors too, it seems. Not only will you be graced with amazing guests of honour Naomi Novik and Nnedi Okorafor, there’s also a robot in the room, as our very own N S Dolkart will be taking part in panels and readings throughout the weekend.

Here’s where our Noah will be:

 

Friday, July 14
12:00 PM
Back from the Dead
Judith Berman, John Crowley, N.S. Dolkart, Nicholas Kaufmann, Sioban Krzywicki (leader).There are many characters in SF/F who die in what appears to be a permanent fashion, only to be brought back from death. Examples, left intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, appear in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba books, and as far back as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. How do the characters interact with resurrection (their own or someone else’s) and in some cases even prepare for it? When do readers feel like this works and is believable and satisfying, and when does it feel like a cheap trick or a cop-out? What is it like to read these stories while grieving, or keenly aware of one’s own mortality?
7:00 PMNoah Beit-Aharon
Race and Historical Accuracy in Cod-Medieval Fantasy Fiction.
Too often, we’ve heard the excuse of “historical accuracy” used to explain the lack of PoC in historical fiction. Yet their presence is profoundly felt throughout European history, including in the medieval era so often used or modified as a fantasy setting: Arabic numbers have been used in Western societies for centuries, philosopher Ibn Rushd preserved and notated the works of Aristotle, the Silk Road brought traders and diplomats from all over Asia, and Moors in Spain were credited with promoting astronomy, medicine, and literacy. This panel will discuss how to populate cod-medieval fantasy novels with characters of color who have dimension, depth, and humanity, while avoiding stereotypes of swarthy villains and uncouth sidekicks.

Saturday July 15

2:00 PM
Lines of Consent in Fiction
In science fiction and fantasy, consent is often handled in fuzzy, imprecise ways. Obvious scenarios of non-consent, such as the enslaved house elves in the Harry Potter books, are easily identified as problematic, but less is said about magical destiny that compels an ordinary person to become a hero; inherited magic, rank, or family feuds that empower or endanger a character without their consent; soul mates, who are forced to love and be attracted to each other; werewolves compelled to change shape under the full moon; and other strictures that are so common we’ve come to take them for granted. This panel will discuss work that either explicitly deals with consent or appears oblivious to its relevance, and will explore the writer’s responsibility when placing characters in a scenario (or plot) that hinges on questionable consent or non-consent. Content note: this panel may explicitly discuss violations of consent and their consequences. For the purposes of this panel, trigger warnings and content notes are assumed to be valuable tools that assist the reader.

Sunday July 16

12:30 PM
Reading: N S Dolkart.
N S Dolkart reads an interactive piece from a Bad Prose story The Maltese Pelican.
Are you going to be attending ReaderCon? Do stop and say a big howdy to Noah if you spot him, and, if you’re lucky enough to get to one of his panels make sure to take a photo and tweet it to us.
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