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Amber Royer at FenCon 2017!

FenCon

We’re hyped to bring you yet more Convention news!

We have a new android author that The Central Computer has authorized for a field test at FenCon 2017, September 22nd-224th

Amber Royer, whose debut Space Opera, Free Chocolate, is coming out next year will be speaking on several panels, though not all at once.

Catch up with Amber at the Irving Lecture Hall on Friday at 12PM for But it’s Funny!, again at 2PM for The Villain is the Hero and once more at 3PM for Invasion of the Podcast People.

On Saturday Amber will be talking in Chinaberry at 11AM on 50 Ways to Leave your Blocker and then in Trinity VI at 1PM to answer the question: Puns – Can they be stopped?

Finally on Sunday she will be in Pecan at 12:30 for Reading with Amber Royer!

So come along, meet our awesome author and give her all of your support! If you’re lucky she might even give you some of those free chocolates she’s been mentioning on Twitter.

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Find The Bookman on Bookbub Today

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar“Literary figures emerge from the swirling fog, automatons patrol the streets, space probes head for Mars and giant lizards rule over Victorian England. A potent and atmospheric steampunk adventure.” (Chris Wooding)

Just in case you haven’t read Lavie Tidhar’s highly enjoyable, steampunk gem The Bookman, then help is at hand for readers in the UK and Canada.

On 28 August, you can pick it up from from Bookbub (just click on the ‘Buy Book’ to get to the bargain retailer of your choice) for just 99p/$1.99:

So what are you waiting for?

When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself…

New 2016 edition includes the novelette ‘Murder in the Cathedral’. Discover, truthfully, what actually happened when Orphan visited Paris.


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A World Run By The Dead: Free Excerpt of The Uploaded

The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz, art by Amazing15

Ever wondered what would happen if we uploaded everyone’s minds at the point of death?

Well in his brand new novel, The Uploaded, Ferrett Steinmetz has done just that and it turns out it might not be so fun for the living…

Life sucks and then you die…

In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

Want to give it a try? (Stupid question: of course you do!) Then check out the first chapters below:

The Uploaded will be within your grasp on 5 September (US/Can) and 7 September (UK/Commonwealth).

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Don’t Suffer in Silence – Bookbub for Silent Hall Today

Silent Hall by N. S. Dolkart“A lush world of magics and peoples, gods, and dragons.” (Women of Badassery) and “An epic fantasy adventure that explores new ground with a reluctant band of adventurers” (Looking for a Good Book).

Readers of Canada and Australia, N. S. Dolkart’s excellent fantasy debut novel, Silent Hall is available on Bookbub for today (24th August) only!

So, if you haven’t already settled down and immersed yourself in this wonderful world, now is you chance for only $1.99 (Can) / $0.99 (Aus).

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?


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Jeff Noon & Matthew De Abaitua do the BSFA Meet Up!

Angry Robot author Jeff NoonOn Wednesday August 23rd two of our most fantastically cerebral authors will meet minds, bodies and literary learnings at the BSFA meet up in London.

Matthew de Abaitua, author of The Destructives, If Then, and the The Red Men (which we’ll be releasing in the US in November!) will be interviewing Jeff Noon, the multi-award winning author whose latest book, A Man of Shadows, which was released at the start of the month, about everything from inspiration to writing processes to weird drugs and future speculation. The event is free, and starts from 6PM (with the main event starting around 7PM) at The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London.

Bring your smart pants and your notebook, and watch as these two brilliant minds meld and blow your fucking socks off.

Here’s yer handy little map to The Artillery Arms, should you need it:

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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 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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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 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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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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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.

Skyfarer cropped

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 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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