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US and Canada – Magical Bookbubmancy Time for You

“Flex is a real gem – sharp, weird, and wildly innovative. It zigs when you think it’ll zag, then tricks you into Flex by Ferrett Steinmetzscreaming when you’re ready to laugh out loud.”
(Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker, winner of the Locus Award for Best Novel and the PNBA Award)

“Do you like magic? Do you like drugs? Donut-based psychological theories? Video games? Do you like PAPERWORK!? Read this book!”
(Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards)

US and Canada, we have a treat for you! Today, August 7thyou can get your hands on Ferrett Steinmetz’s mind bending, Flex, the first novel from the ‘Mancer series for just $0.99 (US)/$1.99 (Can).

Simple head over to Bookbub and grab it now!

A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

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Cover Reveal: The Trials of Solomon Parker

Good day fellow Robots.

It’s time to feast your eyes on the cover of another spectacular tale from the old west from our very own Eric Scott FischlIf you’ve read Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, you’ll already be familiar with loveable buffoon Solomon Parker and now he’s back, as an old man who’s made one bad gamble too many, in the marvellous mix of fantasy and spirits that is The Trials of Solomon Parker.

We have a rather mysterious and gorgeous cover to go with it – courtesy of Steven Meyer-Rassow – which you can see over at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, along with a wonderful piece from Eric on gods and why bad things happen to good people.

Want to know more about the novel? Here’s the synopsis to further whet your appetite!

1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He’s always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protégé, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true. The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he’s bringing his dice…

The Trials of Solomon Parker will be unleashed on October 3 (US/Can) / October 5 (UK/RoW) and if you haven’t yet but want to get to know Solomon a little, check out Dr Potter’s Medicine Show, available now!

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Hire a Hitman – UK and Canada Bookbub for Drake

“A gritty, grungy, funny, sweary noir thriller with added demons. Don Drake is a wonderful creation.” (Dave Drake by Peter McLeanHutchinson)

“Snarky, pacy and hellishly fun. Drake is just the sort of hero, with just the sort of life, to make you feel good about yourself. Dark and delightful, like a naughty treat, this is a rollicking story.” (Francis Knight)

We’re assuming that if you haven’t been introduced to Peter McLean’s darkurban fantasy Drake – complete with black magic, demons and foul-mouthed protagonist – it’s because you have been living under a rock. Well fear not, because today if your lucky day.

On 1 August in UK and Canada, Bookbub are riding to the rescue with Drake available for 99p/$1.99.

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.


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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, 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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