Welcome to our latest round-up of what’s been happening in the online world of Angry Robot:
Another six Angry Robot Authors have been announced as attendees at next February’s SFX Weekender. Anne Lyle, Peter Crowther, Andy Remic, Gav Thorpe, Lavie Tidhar and David Tallerman, will be joining Dan Abnett, Adam Christopher and Guy Haley, who have already confirmed their attendance. Ticket information for what promises to be a cracking get-together at Prestatyn Sands, is available via www.sfxweekender.com/tickets.
Jo Anderton managed to grab an interview with Tanyana Vladha, leading lady of Debris, the first book in her Veiled Worlds series. And Debris has been reviewed by Cheryl Morgan over at Cheryl’s Mewsings, who concluded: “There’s lot of promise here, and I look forward to finding out where the series goes.”
Sci-Fi Fan Letter has been talking to Aztec afficianado Aliette de Bodard (and in case you missed it, here’s another recent interview / chat with thefastertimes.com). Plus, Aliette’s trilogy-finalé Master of the House of Darts was reviewed by Jacob at Drying Ink, who says: “This is an eclectic urban fantasy written with verve and style … if you’re looking to read outside the typical, this is an excellent choice.”
Maurice Broaddus has been talking urban fantasy, Arthurian legend, writing methodology and his future plans for the Knights of Breton Court universe with interviewer Bryan Thomas Schmidt, over at Grasping for the Wind.
Reviewer Bob Reiss has taken a listen to the brand new audiobook edition of Peter Crowther‘s Darkness Falling, [out now from Brilliance Audio on CD, MP3 CD and WMA Download] for The Guilded Earlobe: “…a novel with a fascinating Apocalyptic scenario, full of interesting characters and offering a lot of spine tingling creepiness…”
Back to Jacob at Drying Ink, who posted the first review (so far) of Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming (Jan 2012) noir-steampunk-superhero novel Empire State: “…a fast, likeable novel which aims not only to surprise, but frequently to confound – with intrigue, superheroic subversion, and a few robots playing into the mix!”
Guy Haley‘s Reality 36 has been reviewed by Stephen Theaker, who says things like: “The action sequences are exciting, the mysteries intriguing, the characters people whose conversations I enjoy, people I’d like to read more about.” We also spotted a second review, from blogger Kate Sherrod, who sums things up rather neatly: “It’s all very complicated and glorious.”
Morlock Night and Infernal Devices author, the legendary K.W. Jeter, took part in a World Fantasy Convention panel – dubbed, alternately, “Founders of Steampunk”, “Grand Old Men of Steampunk” or, as panel moderator Mr John Berlyne suggested: “Steampunk: It’s All Your Fault” – alongside the equally legendary Tim Powers and James P. Blaylock:
Reviewer Ross Warren has taken a good, hard look at Gary McMahon’s Dead Bad Things for readhorror.co.uk: “The story may be unremittingly bleak and darker than pitch but it is never less than gripping.”
Soon-to-be-published (Giant Thief, Feb 2012) Angry Robot author David Tallerman was part of a team who entered the 10th annual Two Days Later short horror film competition. As David recounts on his blog, their entry, ‘Match‘ won in four of the thirteen available prize categories: Best Sound, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Audience Vote. Congrats to David and his fellow film-makers!
And finally, if you’re anywhere near Nottingham this weekend, be sure to pop by Novacon, the most venerable of the UK’s science fiction conventions. The frankly scary Thomas Blackthorne (aka John Meaney) is guest of honour and that nice Mr Ian Whates is going to be there too.