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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 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
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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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Angry Robot, Author Appearance

Author Events – N. S. Dolkart

Angry Robot Author, N. S. DolkartWe have released the lovely N. S. Dolkart – author of the Godserfs series, an epic fantasy that begins with Silent Hall and is followed by the upcoming Among the Fallen – from writing for the next few months so he can get out and about to meet you!

Here’s the full list of appearances: 

April 4th. 7pm. Book launch at Wellesley Books – Wellesley, MA.

April 6th. 7pm. Reading and book signing at Books on the Square – Providence, RI

April 13th. 7pm. Reading and signing at Bluestockings Bookstore – New York, NY

Among the Fallen by N S DolkartApril 19th. 7pm. Reading and signing at Harvard Coop – Cambridge, MA

April 23rd. 1pm. Reading and book signing at Barnes & Noble – Nashua, NH

May 1st. 7:30pm. Evening Presentation at Temple Emanu-El – Providence, RI

If you’re in the area pop along to one (or more) of these events, find out more and get your books signed!

Plus, tune in to WBAI New York‘s Hour of the Wolf on Thursday 30th March between 1-3am EDT (6-8am GMT) to hear Noah do an interactive reading of his story ‘The Maltese Pelican’ . Tune in from the start of the show to hear the rules of the game and hear him chat about Among the Fallen. Callers from friendlier time zones would be appreciated!

 

 

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Events

Author Signing: Danielle Jensen

Angry Robot author Danielle L JensenDanielle L. Jensen, author of the beautiful Malediction trilogy – a story of love, trolls and magic – will be taking part in an Author Event with Elise Kova, author of the Air Awakens and Loom Sagas on Saturday 11th March 2017. 

Danielle and Elise will be appearing at Barnes & Noble Northgate, Seattle, WA at 2pm, so why not head along and meet the authors and get your books signed.

If you haven’t read Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch yet then you are definitely missing out. Plus Danielle’s newest novel, The Broken Ones, a prequel to the Malediction trilogy, will be arriving in June 2017. 

Here’s the synopsis:

 Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its lThe Broken Ones by Jen Williamseader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angouleme. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

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 might be the greatest risk of all.

As always, you can find a handy map below, to guide you to your destination! We hope to see lots of you lovely people there.

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New Robot Author

New Author Alert! Jeannette Ng

Good News Robots!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

We have ensared, signed another new author: the wonderful Jeannette Ng.

Jeannette is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. Her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fed into an interest in medieval and missionary theology, which in turn spawned her love for writing gothic fantasy with a theological twist. And that’s just what she did with Under the Pendulum Sun, a dark gothic fantasy that interweaves a stunning fairyland, theology and forbidden desires.

Head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full announcement and to read Jeannette’s blog on literary representations of Fae.

We can’t wait to reveal more details so keep an eye out for more over the next few months. Until then, make a note in your calendars as Under The Pendulum Sun will be hitting shelves in October 2017.

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Free Excerpt

A Simple Quest? Free Sample of Jen William’s The Iron Ghost

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Join the heroes of Baneswatch for The Iron Ghost the second part of Jen William’s vibrant, high fantasy series the Copper Cat.

This epic and action filled adventure was described as “The highly anticipated sequel to the entertaining The Copper Promise, which featured appealing leads with a tendency to put self-interest ahead of heroism.” by The Guardian. 

Here’s the synopsis:

Beware the dawning of a new mage…

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking…

So, I know you want to know more… luckily for you we have a couple of chapters for you to dive into so check them out below!

Has that piqued your interest? The Iron Ghost is available now, so go get it! 

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Free Excerpt

Time is Ticking: Read an excerpt from Infernal Devices

Infernal Devices (2017) by K W JeterThis timeless novel is a gorgeous steampunk classic. A masterclass from the father of the genre himself: K W Jeter

Infernal Devices is a classic tale of time travel, clockwork and sexual intrigue and it’s also the first book in the George Dower Trilogy, so it’s definitely worth your time to peruse the first two chapters we’ve included below.

Here’s a brief synopsis to entice you in further:

When George’s father died he left George his watchmaker’s shop – and more.

But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices. When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue.

Infernal Devices is available now, so what are you waiting for?

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Roll Up! Roll Up! Excerpt of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show

Dr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott FischlLadies, Gentlemen and Robots! Step up and discover the strange and powerful elixir that is Dr Potter’s Medicine Show.

Here is your chance to discover more of Eric Scott Fischl’s darkly fantastical twist on historical fiction, described as “Dirty, dank, and dangerous. Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is the missing season of Carnivàle you didn’t know you needed until now.” by Adam Rakunas, Philip K Dick Award-nominated author of Windswept.

Here is the synopsis:

Dr. Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now huckster and seller of snake-oil, travels the wet roads of the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, illusionists, fortunetellers, and musical whores. Under the quiet command of the mysterious, merciless, and murderous Lyman Rhoades, they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual… although, for a few unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.

For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.

Intrigued? Read the first 3 chapters below:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is available now from all reputable and non-reputable retailers, including right here.

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Author Appearance, Events

Author Events: Rod Duncan

Angry Robot author Rod DuncanAs you know, our author’s are great at getting out and about and sharing their best writing advice!

The amazing Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter,  Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels, will be out and about at the following events over the next few months, so go along and get some tips and tricks from an industry expert.

21st February. 6.30pm. A Journey to the Gas-Lit  EmpireLoughborough Library
Tickets £3. For further information telephone 0116 3052420 for details.

25th March.  The Writers Conference: Workshop on Creating Narrative Drive in Fiction. University of Nottingham.
This is a sold out event, but there is a waiting list. Get more details and sign up for the waiting list here.
 
25th April (First Session)Novel Writing Workshop Course, in association with Writing School Leicester. Secular Hall, Leicester.
More details available here.

So why not sign up to one (or more) of these events and find out more! Plus if you want to check out more of Rod’s work, you can find them below.
The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan  Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan  TheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpi
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