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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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Author Appearance

Author Events: Wendy N Wagner

AR Author Wendy N WagnerSo as if the summer couldn’t be any more chock-a-block with author’s out and about, this time our Wendy N Wagner takes a step out. Or a couple of steps, in fact. The author of the expansive corporate conspiracy thriller, An Oath of Dogswhich just happens to feature sentient dogs (yes that’s right – sentient dogs!) is out to sign some books and meet lovely lot!

Over the next few months you’ll be able to find Wendy at the various locations listed below, so go along, have a natter and grab a signed copy of your new favourite tome:

July 6.
7pm. University Bookstore, Seattle 

July 9.
2pm. Ledding Library, Milwaukie

July 10.
7.30pm. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Portland 

August 31.
7pm. Barnes & Noble, Eugene, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth.

September 1.
7pm. The Book Bin, Salem, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth. 

If you can’t wait till then (and why should you?) An Oath of Dogs is available now.

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Rights News, scifi

A Man of Shadows to Russia

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

здравствуйте друзья!

We have great news for all of our Russian fans! Jeff Noon‘s A Man of Shadows is going to be published in Russia by our good friends AST.

While there is no firm released date as of yet we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear. In the meantime please do imagine what wonders AST can do with the cover; we’re hoping for more Escheresque joy, or maybe something slightly pulpy? What would you like to see?

Check out Jeff’s interview with Russian magazine YoungSpace – which mentions AST’s deal – here. If you’re a Russian speaker do keep up with YoungSpace for more announcements about A Man of Shadows and other novels published by AST.

Ваши друзья – роботы

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Free, Free Excerpt

Born on the 4th of July – Start Reading Sungrazer by Jay Posey Today

Sungrazer by Jay PoseyNeed another hero? Meet Lincoln Suh and the Outriders – a crack team of near-immortal super soldiers engaged in spec ops in outer space! You’ll love Sungrazerthe standalone sequel to Jay Posey’s Outriders, and you can read the first two chapters on us, right now.

In a new Cold War between Earth and the colonies on Mars, when devastating weapons go missing, there’s only one team you can call – the Outriders. A crack force of highly specialised super-soldiers, their clone bodies are near-immortal. When a fully-autonomous vessel with orbital strike capabilities goes missing, it’s up to the Outriders to track the untrackable. But when the trail leads them to the influential Martian People’s Collective Republic, the operation gets a lot more complicated…

Intrigued? Then read the first two chapters here:

Sungrazer is available from 4 July (US/Can) and 6 July (UK/Commonwealth). Catch up with Outriders now.


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Cover Art, News

COVER REVEAL: NANOSHOCK

Listen up! We’ve got a new cover reveal, created by the one, the only Cody Tilson.

The cover is for K C Alexander’s forthcoming Nanoshock and it. is. badass.

If you’re patrons of K C’s Patreon then you will have already seen the cover, as it was first revealed to you lovely, lovely lot. Just one of a myriad of reasons to support authors with their own Patreon account – content, content, content, people.

Anyhow, we’ll leave you to gaze on the sunny visage of our favourite badass, Riko, but before we go, here’s the synopsis. Get ready, cos this book is going to be a WILD ride:

As Riko works to rebuild her shattered cred, following the events of Necrotech, she’s stuck fighting off every jerk looking to raise their standing on the streets. But when a corp with some serious influence ups the stakes, Riko’s going to have to take the fight to them, put this nonsense down for good. Nothing is what it seems when corp politics are in play, and another necro blight right where her answers are buried might very well be the end of the life she didn’t know she’d borrowed.

Now, to gaze upon the hardcore motherfucker adorning our cover:

Nanoshock by KC Alexander

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Cover Art

ICYMI: Cover Reveal – Skyfarer

Watch out world! We are in possession of an absolute treat for your brain… it’s the stupendous cover for Joseph Brassey’s Skyfarer.

Created by the truly excellent Ignacio Lazcanoit’s a visual delight that combines everything we love including magic, mages, and flaming swords!

Skyfarer is one part sorcery, one part space fantasy and one part of a vast new universe. Described as “One of those remarkable books that consists entirely of ‘the good parts'” byNeal Stephenson, we have to admit, we couldn’t agree more!

Want to see the cover in its full glory? Head over the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog which is showing off the cover AND the first chapter of the novel! Just click on the sneaky peak below to see the full reveal.

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Skyfarer will be available from retailers from September 5 (US/Can) / September 7 (UK/RoW)

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AR Authors, Conventions, CONvergence, Events

Convention Time: CONvergence 2017

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Are you ready for more convention news? Yes? No? Unsure?

Well I hope you ticked box one because this time, the Robot Overlords gave decreed an appearance at CONvergence 2017, from 6-9 July is in order.

We’re sending our very own Mike Underwood (sales & marketing wizard and author) who you’ll be able to find at #Space 15, where he’ll be hanging out, selling books and generally being awesome!

Mike will be joined by Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of the Children of a Dead Earth series, of which the third instalment Children of the Divide is out on 1 July (US/Can)/3 July (UK/Row). Plus the other novels in the series – The Ark and Trident’s Forge – have recently been re-released with super swanky SPACESHIP covers…

So come along, pledge your fealty, offer us your sword/axe/bow and get yourself some of the best SF, F and WTF books around!

The Ark (2017) by Patrick S Tomlinson  Trident's Forge (2017) by Patrick S Tomlinson   Children of the Divide by Patrick S Tomlinson

…. see… spaceships…

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Book Announcement, New Robot Author

NEW SIGNING: Amber Royer

AR Author Amber RoyerGood news, fellow cybernetic beings!

If you’ve yet to hear we’ve signed the absolutely awesome Amber Royer!

Amber’s debut novel, Free Chocolate, will be hitting shelves in June 2018.

Hold up! I hear you cry. Free Chocolate? Yup, that’s the name, and the book is every bit as delicious as the name would suggest, full of delicious food, gorgeous aliens and cocoa pods. Here’s the synopsis:

Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from one of the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy.

Forces array against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways! Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.

Amber is no stranger to delicious things herself, being the author of two cookbooks, co-written with her husband. By day Amber teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing courses. You can find out more about Amber here.

Head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the official announcement and to read an article from Amber on space opera, soap opera and, uh, opera opera.

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Author Appearance, Events

Author Event: Rod Duncan at Leicester Writes Festival

More good news fellow robots!Angry Robot author Rod Duncan

The busy man that he is, Rod Duncan – author of the Gas-Lit Empire series and the forthcoming The Queen of All Crows is out and about again!

This time, he’ll be taking part in an event on June 30 from 6-7pm at Phoenix Square, Leicester as part of the Leicester Writes Festival. Here are the details:

Writing Science; Utopia or Dystopia?
Launch of the IOP Poetry and Flash-fiction competitions

An event to explore the role science can play for a writer in creating utopian and dystopian fiction. Two speakers will give their perspectives, followed by a Q&A. This event also launches the Institute of Physics’ poetry and flash fiction competitions. Attendees could pick up some ideas and use them to enter the competitions!

Dystopian and utopian narratives can be set in the future or in an alternative version of the present or past. A common thread that runs through most is the part science, or the absence of science, plays in creating and maintaining these realities. Siobhan Logan is a poet and story-teller who explores in poetry the wonder and beauty of scientific endeavour – most recently a series published by the European Space Agency on the Philae mission to land on a comet. Rod Duncan has written an alternative steampunk novels set in a world where scientific development is strictly controlled. Each has a wealth of experience in appealing to a wide readership and making such ideas into fine writing.

The event takes place at Phoneix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG between 6-7pm – plus there will be refreshments available from 5.30pm (does this mean we get biscuits?!). We’ve included a handy map below.

You will need to register for this event in advance but it is free to attend!

The Gas-Lit Empire Series, The Bullet Catcher’s DaughterUnseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels are on sale now!

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

ICYMI – COVER REVEAL: Under the Pendulum Sun

It was one of those beautiful moments in the office. We’d agreed to the purchase of Jeannette Ng’s amazing debut novel Under the Pendulum Sun and the discussion had turned to covers. Without thinking we, as one, uttered “John Coulthart”, because who could better bring to life the creepy gothic imagery Jeannette’s words painted? Happily John was onboard with our idea and the wonderful process of researching for the design began.

That’s not our tale to tell though. Head over to Fantasy Faction to hear what John had to say about the creative process, as well as Jeannette’s thoughts on the cover, and to see the beautiful artwork, of course!

Until then, here’s a very sneak peek:

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