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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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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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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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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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Book Announcement, New Robot Author, Writers

New Author Announcement: Jasmine Gower

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Listen up you ritzy lot; do we  have some sockdollager news for you! Robot HQ has a new author in its midst: Jasmine Gower

Jasmine hails from Portland, Oregon and was drawn toward writing years before amidst a childhood of fantasy novels and 90s video games! Plus she has a passion for exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and disability through the conventions of speculative fiction and fantasy worldbuilding.

We’re very excited to be publishing Jasmine’s hotsy-totsy debut novel Moonshine in Feb 2018. It’s an alternative world Prohibition fantasy where magic, not alcohol, is the banned substance and when our protagonist Daisy starts her new life in the big city her magic – inherited in heirlooms from her grandma – cause her more trouble than she ever thought possible.AR author Jasmine Gower

Here’s the synopsis:

Daisy’s starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image.

In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City, progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl – stylish, educated and independent – keen to establish herself in the city but reluctant to give up the taboo magic inherited from her grandmother.

Her new job takes her to unexpected places, and she gets more attention than she had hoped for… When bounty hunters start combing the city for magicians, Daisy must decide whether to stay with her new employer – even if it means revealing the grim source of her occult powers.

Can’t wait to read it? Breeze over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full announcement and words from Jasmine on how a volcano inspired Moonshine.

Bump gums with Jasmine on Twitter here.

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Author Appearance

Author Event: Eric Scott Fischl is at MisCon 2017

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Eric Scott Fischl, the author of the dark, historical fantasy, Dr Potter’s Medicine Showwhich tells the story of a disgraced civil war doctor, a drunken dentist, and two accidental outlaws who fates are all bound up with the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, is escaping to MisCon: Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention from 26-29 May 2017.

Eric will be taking part in a variety of panels and signings across the weekend, plus he’s very hard at work putting together his latest novel, The Trials of Solomon Parker (coming from Angry Robot October 2017), so you never know… he may be able to tell you a little more!

Here are all the details: Angry Robot author Eric Scott Fischl

Friday May 26:

2 – 2.50pm. Book Signing: General Session.
This signing is moderated and has a strict 3 item maximum per person. 

3 -.3.50pm. Meet & Greet/Signings
Eric Scott Fischl, Alyson Peterson

Saturday May 27:

4 – 4.50pm.
Author Readings.
David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Eric Scott Fischl.
Join the authors as they read from their latest works.

5 – 5.50pm. Raiding the Stakes without Violence. (Panel)
Eric Scott Fischl, Elliott Kay, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. PittsDr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl
Sure you can raise the stakes by placing your character in physical danger, but what are some other ways you can raise the stakes? What about internal, interpersonal, and familial stakes?

Sunday May 28:

3 – 3.50pm. Writing Alternative Histories (Panel)
Jill Bowers, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson
How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where’s the line between enough and trying too hard?

6 – 6.50pm. Writing Montana (Panel)
M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Eric Scott Fischl, Danica Winters
Many of our authors live in or write about Montana. What are the pros and cons of doing so? How can you capture the essence of this great state while writing genre? What can Montana offer writers of all levels?

The convention is being held at:
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
200 South Pattee Street
Missoula, MT 59802
(Check out the handy map below)

Tickets are available now and start at $25 for one day pass (on the door only).

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is available now from all good retailers as well as in eBook format.

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Danielle L. Jensen, Fan stuff, Free, Giveaways

Discover The City of Trollus from Danielle L. Jensen’s The Broken Ones

It’s only a couple more weeks before the release of The Broken Ones, the gorgeous prequel to Danielle L. Jensen‘s Malediction Trilogy is released into the world. If you’ve been keeping an eye on Danielle’s social media you’ll have seen all the amazing original character portraits she’s been revealing, including favourites such as Tristan and Cécile *SWOON*. But now we have one more treat for you…

Author and artist Elise Kova has designed this beautiful map of Trollus – the underground dwelling of the trolls – featuring so many of the places that we know and love including the Library, the River Road Gate and the Glass Gardens!

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If you’d love to get a yourself a copy of the map then you’re in luck, because Danielle will be including a postcard sized version in her pre-order campaign – which you can find all the details for here – so head on over now and get your hands on a fabulous swag pack!

Plus if you still haven’t read the Malediction trilogy and want to catch up asap (why wouldn’t you?) you can grab Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch now. They’re currently on sale on Amazon through May (US/Canada only) – what more could you want?!

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Free Excerpt

Explore the Past – Free Sample of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen

The Broken Ones by Jen WilliamsDanielle L. Jensen returns this June with her stunning prequel to the Malediction trilogy, The Broken Ones, which chronicles the ill-fated love affair between Marc and Pénélope as they struggle to navigate the complex political world of Trollus.

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader.  His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

We can’t wait to read more about Marc and Pénélope – two of our favourite characters from the Malediction trilogy – and how their doomed love casts shadows over future events.

You either? Well read the first two chapters right here, for FREE:

The Broken Ones is released June 1 (US/Can) and June 6 (UK/Commonwealth). Plus catch up with the rest of the Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witchright now!

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Author Appearance

K W Jeter Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium

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We’re incredibly excited here at Robot HQ because 2017 marks 30 Years of Steampunk!

Back in April 1987, the amazing K W Jeter was the first person the coin the phrase ‘Steampunk’ and this weekend he will be the Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio (28-30 May).  Angry Robot author KW Jeter

Not only will he be Guest of Honour, he’ll be taking part in the K W Jeter Feature Hour on Sunday; talking about his life and work, including the amazing George Dower Trilogy; Infernal Devices, Fiendish Schemes and Grim Expectations (coming from Angry Robot in June 2017).

The Symposium is a mission for the promotion and preservation of all things Steampunk and it plays a vital part in its dedication to the Steampunk Community. Plus it’s also a jolly good time where you are likely to find several friends whom you have yet to meet!

Here are all the details you might need:

Location: Crowne Plaza Blue Ash – 5901 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Tickets are available now and start at $15 for Saturday or Sunday Daytime. Weekend and Evening tickets are also available.

The full schedule is available now and take note! It includes Umbrella Fencing, High Tea, Nerf Duels and, of course:

K W Jeter Feature Hour: May 30th at 1.30pm.
Moderated by Leanna Renee Hieber

So grab your best clothes, polish off your spectacles and cogs and make your way over for a jolly good time!

And, if by chance, you have not read any of Mr Jeter’s fabulous work, Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes available now and Grim Expectations will be available from June 2017.

Infernal Devices (2017) by K W Jeter  Fiendish Schemes by K W Jeter  Grim Expectations by K W Jeter

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Conventions

Norwescon 40: April 13–16, 2017

Beware Seattle – the robots are coming!

That’s right, this weekend we’re dusting off the old droid transportation device and teleporting to Seattle’s DoubleTree by Hilton to celebrate Norwescon 40: Over the Hills and Far Away,the 40th year of one of the best conventions around!

Not only do we have a whole heap of Robot authors in attendance, but Mike our sales & marketing guru and MD Marc will be around, too. All will be taking part in various panels, readings and workshops across the weekend. We’ve detailed who’s where from the Robot team below, but you can also check the full schedule of events right here. Remember, as always, programmes are subject to change.

Do keep checking our Twitter account to keep up-to-date with all of the latest action, japes, pub locations and whatnot, as we’ll be posting there sporadically. But now, without further ado, our timetable of events!

Joseph Brassey:The author, Joseph Brassey

Friday<

11:00 — 12:00
Cascade 5&6
Worldbuilding: Geography Meets Story
The setting in fantasy can often play as much a part of the story as the characters. Join our panelists as they discuss fantasy geography and what kinds of specifics create a compelling setting.

Django Wexler (M), Carol Berg, Alex C. Renwick, Kay Kenyon, Joseph Brassey

14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 5&6
A Call to Action by Any Other Name Remains the Same
A discussion regarding a character’s core call to action, regardless of race, gender, and orientation. What kinds of common motivations can unite diverse characters and make them relatable to all?

G.R. Theron (M), Peter Orullian, Joseph Malik, Joseph Brassey

15:00 — 16:00
Cascade 9
The Psychology of Single Combat
Why does the person who is supposed to win sometimes lose? What can turn a journeyman into a champion? What could make a champion just give up? When the match seems even, what makes the difference that allows someone to win? Will include examples from modern sports.

Mark Chapman (M), Joseph Malik, Bart Kemper, Norman K. Moss, Joseph Brassey

20:00 — 21:00
Cascade 5&6
Conflict and Cost: Fantasy Edition
Join our panelists as they create conflict and costs for different, audience-generated characters across diverse fantasy settings. This is a great opportunity to see the kinds of things professionals consider when creating tension for characters.

John (J.A.) Pitts, Sonia Orin Lyris, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Joseph Brassey

Saturday
14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 11
Toxic Masculinity as Villain
Masculine tropes are commonly used in the depiction of heroes, but toxic masculinity is increasingly being explored as well. What is toxic masculinity, and how does it lend itself to the writing of villainy and evil?

Joseph Brassey (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Elliott Kay, Marta Murvosh

15:00 — 15:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Joseph Brassey

Skyfarer. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path!

Angry Robot Author Bruce R CordellBruce Cordell:

Friday

16:00 — 16:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Bruce R. Cordell

Chapter 1: Recursion from Myth of the Maker. The disaster that nearly wiped out the planet began in our VR lab on Tuesday morning. Earth survived, if you’re reading this. But if someone else gets too clever with math like the six of us did, the same thing could happen all over again. And there’s almost nothing anyone can do to stop it. I’m really sorry about that, by the way. Rated PG

Saturday

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As below)

ar-marcoMarc Gascoigne:

Thursday

16:00 – 17:00pm
Cascade 7&8
Navigating the New Publishing Landscape
Mark Teppo (M), Raven Oak, Shannon Page, Marc Gascoigne

17:00 – 18:30
Grand 2
GOH Banquet
Nancy Kress (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Catska Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Cory Ench

19:00 – 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

17:00 – 19:00
Lifetime Members’ Dinner
Grand 2
Catska Ench, Claudia Casper, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Gordon Van Gelder, Kristy Acevedo, Marc Gascoigne, Matt Hill, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Susan diRende, Ian McDonald

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K Dick Awards

21:00 — 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

14:00 – 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. C hen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo, Claudia Casper.

15:00 — 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Hayley Stone, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, Patrick S Tomlinson, Shanna Germain.

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

21:00 — 00:00
Presidential Suite 1360
Spotlight Publisher Party – in Honor of Angry Robot

Sunday

16:00 – 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

The Author, Shanna GermainShanna Germain:

Saturday

31:00 — 13:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Shanna Germain
The Poison Eater The Poison Eater is the first novel in the Numenera line. Talia was once one of the twelve martyrs of the forgotten compass, a prisoner of the unhuman creatures known only as the vordcha. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact. Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city’s protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She’s been here long enough that Enthait is her home now, these are her people. She loves them and they her. But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die. Rated G

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Angry Robot author Matt HillMatt Hill:

Friday

12:00 – 13:00
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Awards
Presented annually at Norwescon, with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust, for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
***NOTE: Matt’s novel Graft is one of the titles shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award***

Saturday

19:00 — 20:00
Evergreen 1&2
The Year is 2067
From the tablet to cell phones, we live in an era forecast long ago in science fiction. Our panelists look ahead 50 years and extrapolate on what the current stories of today may forecast for tomorrow.

Adam Rakunas:Angry Robot author Adam Rakunas

Thursday

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 13
Beat Writer’s Block
Stuck in a story? Writers lead a series of quick exercises that have helped them get past obstacles. Bring pen, paper, laptop, or whatever you need to write.
James C. Glass (M), Adam Rakunas, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marta Murvosh

18:00 — 19:00
Cascade 3&4
SFWA: What Is It, Where Is It Going, and Why Should You Care?
Panelists will discuss the origin and history of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), what the organization does for professional F&SF writers and the genre, and what its direction will be in coming years.
Cat Rambo (M), Django Wexler, Adam Rakunas, John Walters

Friday

13:00 — 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

15:30– 16:00
Cascade 2
Reading: Adam Rakunas
The Throne Oath. Six student magicians lead a revolution against their government. It does not go as planned. Rated PG.
Adam Rakunas (M)

The Author, Patrick S. TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson:

Friday

17:00 — 17:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Patrick S. Tomlinson
Patrick S. Tomlinson reads a novel excerpt. Rated PG

Saturday

10:00 — 11:00
Cascade 5&6
How to Get an Agent
How do you get a literary agent anyway? What are the best practices for querying? Our panel of professionals will discuss the query process and how to keep plowing forward despite rejection, as well as what agents do for authors and why you probably want one.
Patrick Tomlinson (M), James C. Glass, Jack Skillingstead, Tina Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Mike newMike Underwood:

Thursday

19:00 — 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

11:00 – 12:00
Cascade 9
The Geek Life
It’s a hard Geek Life for me. Let’s examine geek culture in the 21st century and why it’s good to be a geek now.
Shannon (M), Shubzilla, Mike Underwood, Jason Bourget

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Saturday

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above)

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

19:00 – 20:00
Cascade 9
The Evolution of Star Wars
Let’s look at Star Wars over the last 40 years and what is in store for the future. Movies, comic books, TV, and books.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Dylan Templar, David Fooden, Mike Underwood, Rob Stewart

Sunday
16:00 — 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

Wendy N Wagner:AR Author Wendy N Wagner

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Poolside1
Worldbuilding: Coin of the Realm

“Coin of the realm” is a metaphor for how the economic structure of your world operates. Do your characters hunt or farm, barter or buy? Do they use currency? Where are goods manufactured? How are they paid for? Come discuss how this one layer of detail can inform your entire story, regardless of its plot.

Laura Anne Gilman (M), Nancy Kress, Renee Stern, Wendy N. Wagner

14:30 – 15:30
Olympic 1
Art and Craft Open Time (kids programming)
Drop by for crafts and activities for young members.

Wendy N. Wagner, Adia, Raven J. Demers

17:00 — 18:00
Pro Suite
Koffee Klatsch: Wendy N. Wagner
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.

18:00 – 19:00
Olympic 1

Dress-up RPG/Intro to RPG (Kids Programming)

19:00 – 20:00
Baker
Writers’ Workshop – Olivia Baxter Hudson

Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), Erik Scott de Bie, James C. Glass, Wendy N. Wagner

21:00 – 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.

Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

12:30 — 13:00
Cascade 2

Reading:  Wendy N. Wagner

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 9
First Page Idol
Feeling brave? Want to see how your first page holds up in a cold read? Send the first page of your manuscript to idol@norwescon.org to have it anonymously read aloud and critiqued by a panel of pros.

Curtis C. Chen (M), Wendy N. Wagner, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

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Conventions, Free Excerpt, Sneak Peek

Investigate a Destructive for Free – Free Sample from The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua

Step into a future of humanity with a free sample from Mattew De Abaitua’s distinctive and thoughtful novel, The Destructives

Matthew will be at Innominate in Birmingham this coming weekend, where he’ll be taking part in various panels and holding a reading, so, if you have a membership be sure to pop along to the Salisbury Room of the Metropole Saturday night at 7PM to hear his dulcet tones.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Destructives by Matthew de Abaitua

Theodore Drown is a destructive. A recovering addict to weirdcore, he’s keeping his head down lecturing at the university of the Moon. Twenty years after the appearance of the first artificial intelligence, and humanity is stuck. The AIs or, as they preferred to be called, emergences, have left Earth and reside beyond the orbit of Mercury in a Stapledon Sphere known as the university of the sun.

The emergences were our future but they chose exile. All except one. Dr Easy remains, researching a single human life from beginning to end. Theodore’s life. One day, Theodore is approached by freelance executive Patricia to investigate an archive of data retrieved from just before the appearance of the first emergence. The secret living in that archive will take him on an adventure through a stunted future of asylum malls, corporate bloodrooms and a secret off-world colony where Theodore must choose between creating a new future for humanity or staying true to his nature, and destroying it.

Read the sample here: 

Grab it for yourself now through all forms of booksellers or get the ebook for RRP £5.49 / US$6.99

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Conventions, Events, Out and About, Robots at large

Innominate: Eastercon 2017

The Robots are descending on Innominate – the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention!

Known as Eastercon, this year it’s being held across 14 to 17 April 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. And it’s the best place to share in your love of science fiction, fantasy, horror and other geeky things with authors, artists, publishers and other fans too!

Amongst the outstanding guests you’ll find our authors Matthew De Abaitua and Jeannette Ng as well as the robot publicity manager, Penny Reeve. We’ll also be in Angry Robot author Matthew de Abaituathe Dealer’s Hall, stand DR124, so come along, say hi and chat with us about some awesome sci-fi and fantasy goodness.

Here’s our bit of the program, but you can check out the full thing here (as always, subject to change).

Matthew De Abaitua
Friday 14 April
20:30 – 21:30
Climate Fiction in the 21st Century (Panel)

Saturday 15 April
14:30 – 15:30
Timeless Speculative Technology. Or Not. (Panel)
19:00 – 20:00
Author Reading with Matthew and Dr Justin Newland. (Reading)


Jeannette Ng
Friday 14 April
14:00 – 15:00
Harry Potter – Not An Appreciation Panel. (Panel)
Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng
Sunday 16 April 
16:00 – 17:00
You Want A Revolution? I Want A Revelation! (Panel)

Monday 17 April 
11.30 – 12:30
Hugo Nominations – Film and Television. (Panel)
13:00 – 14:00
Hair Braiding Workshop. (Workshop)

Penny Reeve
Saturday 15 April
13:00 – 14:00
*punk. (Panel)

Sunday 16 April
13:00 – 14:00
Expanding Artificial Intelligence. (Panel)

You can register online right now but they’ll also have a range of tickets available on the door should you fancy joining us on a whim.  Plus you can book a hotel room, should you be so inclined.

Check out the map below to see where we are for the weekend.

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Free Excerpt

Judgement is Coming – Free Excerpt of Dominion by Peter McLean

Our favourite foul-mouthed demon-botherer Don Drake is back in the second of Peter McLean’s Burned Man series, Dominion – A dark neo noir set beneath London, written with all the charm of your favourite British gangster movies. As the sequel to Drake and followed by the upcoming (just under a month, folks!) Damnationthere’s plenty more of this gritty urban fantasy to explore. Dominion by Peter McLean

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, drunken diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

When Don learns that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. The fiend is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and his ever-annoying patron the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

Get stuck into the world of Don Drake now: 

Dominion is available now from your favourite retailer, or you can get the ebook for RRP £5.49 / US$6.99 / CAN $7.99.

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