We’re delighted to announce that British author and anthologist IAN WHATES is the latest signing to Angry Robot.

He will be writing a series of novels set in one of the most extraordinary fantasy settings since Gormenghast – the vertical city of Thaiburley. From its towering palatial heights to the dregs who dwell in The City Below, it’s an incredible creation. When Tom, a teenage street thief from the depths, ventures into the uppermost levels to impress a girl, the last thing he expects to do is witness a murder. Accused of the crime, he must use all of his knowledge of the ancient city to flee certain death.

The first novel, City of Dreams & Nightmare, will appear from the new HarperCollins imprint in March 2010, with a sequel City of Hope & Despair to follow in late autumn of the same year. The deal was arranged with Marc Gascoigne, publishing director of Angry Robot.

Mr Ian WhatesIan Whates is currently the chairman of the British Science Fiction Society and a director of the Science Fiction Writers of America. In 2006 he launched Newcon Press, publisher of several acclaimed anthologies, and he helps organise the regular Newcon science fiction conventions.

Ian had this to say: “I’m delighted to be involved with Angry Robot – a vigorous new voice in genre publishing which is already having quite an impact. It’s a pleasure to work with people who combine knowledge and experience with such a clear vision of where publishing is going, and I can’t wait to progress and develop my books with them. Should be quite a ride!”


  1. Wow! Congratulations Ian!
    I look forward to reading ‘City of Dreams an Nightmares’- loved your short stories in ‘Gift of Joy’so something full-length will be a treat indeed…

  2. Congratulations, Ian. This proves that talent and persistance do work. Having been treated to a mouth-watering taster, I look forward to gorging on the completed manuscript.

  3. Congratulations on signing up with AR, Ian. I look forward to a taste of vertically-orientated fantasy in March.

    Great to see another fine author under the banner of the apoplectic android.

  4. Well done, Ian. Glad to hear that thing we were talking about at Eastercon was resolved in the end…

  5. been on my wish list for a while- well chosen RB!

  6. Thanks, D, Tom and Shaun. Your kind words are much appreciated!

    Have to have a word with that Lauren Beukes character… This ‘Whatesy’ thing is spreading…!

  7. Wow, great news Ian – congratulations, you deserve it!

  8. Great signing Team Robot! Have been hearing a lot about this one, really like Ian’s short stories, and good to know a deals been struck for his novel work too

  9. Thanks, Lauren and Dave! What a nice place this is.

  10. This is fantastic news!

    Three cheers for Angry Robot and Whatesy! Heck – have as many cheers as you like!

  11. Excellent news, congrats to Ian and AR! 🙂 Sounds awesome, makes me think of Nights of Villjamur. 🙂

  12. And so the Robot Army grows! Mightier! Verticaller! More Whatesy!

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