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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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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

If Then, What Now? – Bookbub for If Then Today

If Then by Matthew de Abaitua“This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else.” (Paul Di Filippo)

“If Then may be one of the most important works of British SF to appear in recent years. It is stunningly original and superbly well written.” (Nina Allen)

If, for some strange reason (excuses on a postcard), you haven’t read Matthew De Abaitua’s sumptuous and intriguing post-apocalyptic If Thenthen today is your lucky day!

June 25th in the UK and Canada, Bookbub has your back – so discover The Process for 99p/$1.99.

In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.

But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.

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Offers, Price Promotion, Strange Chemistry

Strange Chemistry Sale

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Looking for something for a younger reader, or just seeking a wonderful story for yourself? Look no further! We’ve knocked the price down on all of our Strange Chemistry books to just £2.99. Young adult fantasy and science-fiction for everyone!


 

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Free Excerpt

A New World Conspiracy – Free Excerpt of Wendy N Wagner’s An Oath of Dogs

Fancy some expansive, colony science fiction with some corporate intrigue and alien biology all mixed in? Then you’ll love Wendy N Wagner’s expansive, compelling and heartfelt new novel, An Oath of Dogs.An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N Wagner

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.

Plus as a little bonus, we’re doing something a little different in the run to the release! Because we are all a little bit in love with Hattie, Kate’s canine companion, we’re going to offer $1 to a service dog charity with each pre-order of An Oath of Dogs (up to 500 units). 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.

And if you want to check the first two chapters, they’re below:

An Oath of Dogs will be available from July 4 (US/Can) and July 6 (UK/Commonwealth).

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Competitions, Cover Art

A Man of Bricks – Competition Time: Build Our Covers from Lego

A Man of Bricks with coverIt seems that our editorial assistant has too much time on his hands (we’ll fix that), and was inspired to recreate, in Lego, the cover for Jeff Noon’s new book A Man of Shadows, designed by master cover artist Will Staehle.

From Jeff:

“Seeing Nick’s fantastic Lego remix of the Man of Shadows cover reminded me that a novel is never quite finished: it exists in various forms, some more jagged than others, with rougher edges, and sharper corners. A hero could get damaged, a villain might trip and fall. A brick might fall off a building and hit a minor character on the head. It’s a revelation. The last time I clipped two bricks together, I was a child; now I’m a man, and my eyes have been opened! We need more Lego book covers.”

Now it’s your turn! We want you to build Lego versions of any of our covers, or characters from the books and send us a picture. If we love it, we’ll send you a copy of Jeff’s new novel! Deal? Deal.

If you’re really lucky, the cover artist might even say something as lovely as this:

“I’ve had my covers made into immersive projected experiences, carved wooden boxes, and even into an old-school arcade games, but this is certainly the first time that I’ve ever seen one of my covers as a Lego sculpture, and a quite excellent one at that too! Between the structure, and the lighting Nick totally nailed this build… It’s like if MC Esher grew up playing with Lego!” – artist Will Staehle

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Author Appearance, Events

Kameron Hurley at ALA Annual Conference

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And now for something a little different…

Fresh off the back of her Swedish tour, Kameron Hurley, writer extraordinaire of The Stars are Legion, The Worldbreaker Saga and the critical essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is attending the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.     The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The ALA (American Libraries Association) Annual Conference Librarians, runs from 22 – 27 June 2017 at McCormick Place Convention Center and is for authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students – anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and/or eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.

This year Kameron will be appearing alongside guests such as Bill Nye, Reshma Saujani and Gene Luen Yang delivering a talk as part of the LITA President’s Program. Here are the details:

Sunday 25 June 2017: 3 – 4pm – We are the Sum of our Stories.

In this thought-provoking talk, essayist and author Kameron Hurley will discuss how curated content is shaping not only the stories we tell about ourselves, but the realities we live in, and how librarians and other information professionals can help shape these narratives. She will discuss propaganda (“fake news”), the rise of far-right internet culture into the mainstream, and how cyber wars now rely more on hacking our narratives than our computers.

Registration is open now and you don’t need to be a member to attend. Plus, keep an eye out for The Broken Heavenscoming from Angry Robot Books (2 Jan US/Can, 4 Jun UK).

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

The Stars Are A Bargain – UK Bookbub for The Stars Are Legion Today

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Badass” (John Scalzi), “Grabs you like a gravity well and won’t let go,” (Chuck Wendig), “A ragged scream from the heart of a broken world” (B&N Sc-Fi & Fantasy Blog), “Gutsy in every sense” (James Lovegrove), “Beautiful, brutal as fuck, giant space opera. It is how Science fiction SHOULD BE DONE” (Shelf Inflicted)… need we go on?

It’s almost inconceivable that you haven’t yet added Kameron Hurley’s devastating, fantastical, feminist space opera The Stars Are Legion to your collection yet, but if you haven’t then today is your day.

June 8 in the UK, Bookbub has your back – join the legion for just £1.99 on Amazon and other choice vendors.

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…


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Free Excerpt

Solve the Puzzle: First Chapter of K W Jeter’s Grim Expectations

Grim Expectations by K W JeterTo celebrate 30 years of Steampunk, read the third in K W Jeter’s iconic steampunk triology, Grim Expectationsthe thrilling sequel to Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes.

Some time after the events of Fiendish Schemes, George Dower finds himself a widower, of sorts. On her deathbed, Miss McThane entrusts Dower with a small, ticking clockwork box. The box is mysteriously linked to her.

When she breathes her last, the box stops ticking and Dower is able to open it, to find hundreds of letters – written in an unknown hand, signed only with the initial S. They’re not love letters, but refer instead to the letter-writer’s ongoing search for some other person. The last is a simple note, reading “Found him”…

Unlock Chapter One: 

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Monthly Deal

June 2017 Deals: Find A New Favourite

Just in time for summer we’re running a new deal through Amazon US and our website to offer you the following lovely books on sale throughout the whole of June! Perfect for your holiday reading list.

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanThe Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter: Rod Duncan. Amazon: $1.99
First in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

 

Unseemly Science: Rod Duncan. Amazon $1.99Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan
Second in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life – as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy!

There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world…

TheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpiThe Custodian of Marvels: Rod Duncan. Amazon $2.99
Third in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire.

All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels. 

 

United States of JapanPeter Tieryas. Amazon $1.99United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washington’s – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something’ He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.

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Author Appearance

Author Appearance: Jeannette Ng At Nerd East

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Good news Robots of North East England!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

Our lovely author, Jeannette Ngof the forthcoming amazing gothic fantasy Under the Pendulum Sun is off to NerdEast.

Taking place on Saturday 3rd June 2017, Nerd East in the north east’s original Roleplay and Gaming Mini-Convention AND Kit Fair complete with talks, traders and games!

While the full schedule is yet to be announced, Jeannette will most likely have a stall offering free nail art (sign us up please!) and may also be selling costumes. Plus she’s also going be appearing on a panel to discuss roleplay and fantasy writing.

Nerd East 2017 will be held at Durham Student’s Union, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AN. If you’re not sure where you’re headed, then check out our handy map below.

Jeannette’s debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun will be released in October 2017.

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Angry Robot, Interesting Stuff, News

Angry Robot Books: Now Available in Large Print and Braille

Good tidings!

We have a most excellent announcement straight from your Robot Overlords, circulating high on their orbital death platform: some of our lovely, lovely books are now available to those hard of sight, in both large print formate and braille.

Currently 36 of our favourite titles are available both in braille and large print (in a variety of text sizes/boldness) so we can spread more of our lovely books to the world.

The list currently includes books such as:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl

Drake and Dominion by Peter McLean

 Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel

United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

We’ll be adding more titles as time goes on, so worry not if you can’t find your favourite! Don’t forget, for those hard of hearing many of our books are also available through Audible and Brilliance.

For a full list and to purchase, please visit Read How You Want to find your next read.
(Available in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand).

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Angry Robot, Cover Art, Free Excerpt

COVER REVEAL: The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

You guys may know by now that Ferrett Steinmetz is a writing genius. After his Flex trilogy concluded in September last year we were bereft, but happily Ferrett came to us with a brand new cyberpunk standalone The Uploaded. Needless to say, we loved it. But rather than us waxing lyrical about the great characters, incredible worldbuilding and super fun plot we’ll share the official synopsis right here:

Life sucks and then you die…

In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

Now that we’ve whet your whistle with that we’ve got something else, too; the absolutely stunning new cover. Big props to super genius Joey HiFi for the incredible artwork, as per usual.

Just head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full reveal PLUS exclusive excerpt of the first two chapters of the novel.

The Uploaded will available to all in September 2017.

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, News, Robots at large

Kameron Hurley’s Tour of Sweden

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Hallå, Swedish fans!

Hope you’re all well and excited for KONTUR, the annual Swedish SFF convention. Do you know who else is excited? Kameron Hurley, that’s who. Kameron will be attending the convention as Guest of Honour alongside Ann Leckie and Siri Pettersen.

Though fear not, Kameron fans in Stockholm and Göteborg! Kameron will be swinging by the Science Fiction Bokhandelns in your cities, too.

Here are the events:

Wednesday May 24 @ 11:00: 
Kameron will be attending Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Stockholm. Check out the event on the store’s Facebook page.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:00:
Same chain, different city. Kameron will be signing books at Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Göteborg. Be sure to pop in and say hello if you’re around!

Friday, May 26 @ 16:00: 
Kameron will, by now, have arrived in Uppsala and will be signing at The English Bookshop with Ann Leckie and Katherine Arden. You can find the details at their Facebook event. The bookshop has chosen The Stars Are Legion as their book of the month, so there will be plenty of copies around for signing.

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28: 
SweCon, Uppsala.
For more information on Kameron’s appearances at the event, click here.

We hope you get the chance to say hi to Kameron and if you do, grab us a quick snap and send it over to our Twitter account.

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Free Excerpt

Enter the Ark with a free sample from Patrick S. Tomlinson

TheArk_rev2017_144dpiFancy a fast paced murder mystery combined with a science fiction thriller? Then check out the first book in Patrick S Tomlinson’s Children of a Dead Earth series, The Ark.

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

We’re reissuing The Ark and second-in-series Trident’s Forge over the next couple of months with some very fancy new packaging (see above). Then, Aug 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth) will see publication of the third instalment, Children of The Divide being released for the very first time. So really, there’s never been a better time to discover your new favourite series.

Read the first three chapters here: 

Like it? Why not snap up the ebook right now! Find it here for £5.49 / US$6.99.

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