Author: Mike Underwood

Angry Robot, Competitions

Robots vs. Aliens

Hi, Robot Legions. Sales-and-Marketing-9000 Mike here.

Alien invasions are having a resurgence. But we at Angry Robot want the earth all to ourselves. So we’ve assembled a crack squadron of Angry Robot protagonists to strike back at the alien invaders.

So why not make a contest of it?

 

Study this screenshot from my game of X-Com 2:

 

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Angry Robot, Conventions, Out and About

Angry Robot at GenCon

Dear Robot Legions, let me tell you a story about a young cyborg.

Years ago, before I was assimilated into the Angry Robot collective and fitted with the Sales-and-Marketing-o-Tron-9000 system, I was a mere gamer, spending evenings and weekends at my local game store, first as a regular, then as a cashwrap monkey.

Each summer, one thing loomed on the horizon and came to dominate every conversation:

GenCon

For those that don’t know, GenCon is the largest gaming convention in the USA, and is the height of the gaming world’s season. But even if you know about GenCon, you might

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Books

Rebirths of Tao File Update

Hi folks!

Many of you rushed to your digital stores to buy Wesley Chu’s phenomenal The Rebirths of Tao, concluding volume in his award-winning Tao Trilogy.

We noticed that there was a notable error in the ebook file that made it so the Quasing speech didn’t show up in italics the way it is supposed to. We fixed the problem overnight and sent in the corrected file to retailers immediately.

However, some retailers are easier than others when it comes to getting content updates. So I wanted to provide some resources for readers to be able to make sure their

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Books

Apex US/CAN Paperback Update

Apex by Ramez Naam (May 2015)

Dear Robot Readers!

We’re all eagerly anticipating Ramez Naam’s Apex, the conclusion of the fan favorite and critical darling Nexus Arc, due on May 5th in North America in Trade Paperback and ebook world-wide.

The ebook will be arriving as scheduled on May 5th, but due to the technological and literal heft of the novel, the North American trade paperback edition of Apex will be released on May 12th, one week later than anticipated. If

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Author Appearances

Angry Robot Live! #5 Recap

Yesterday was the return of Angry Robot Live!

I was joined by Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner for a discussion of Contemporary Fantasy. We talked about worldbuilding, casting your story, the inherent character of cities, and the ways that current events and issues manifest in Contemporary Fantasy, as well as answering some audience questions.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us live.

Some of you might be saying, “But Mike! I couldn’t watch last night! I was reading my new favorite Angry Robot book and just couldn’t tear myself away!” or maybe “I’m in

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Angry Robot, Author Appearances

Angry Robot Live Returns!

That’s right folks, Angry Robot Live is back!

We’re resuming our series of live webcast panel discussions next week on Wednesday, April 15th at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT.

This time, we’ll be discussing Contemporary Fantasy, urban and otherwise. What kinds of stories can you tell in Contemporary Fantasy? Why is Contemporary Fantasy called Urban Fantasy now, and what is the difference? Where and how does Contemporary Fantasy overlap with Crime? Romance? Horror? How like or unlike the real world does Contemporary Fantasy need to be?

Our guests will be Alyc Helms, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Tim Waggoner.

Alyc Helms‘s short fiction has appeared in

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Angry Robot, On Sale

Stolen Songbird Sale!

Say that three times fast.

Here at Angry Robot headquarters, we’re busily preparing for the release of Hidden Huntress, the second book in The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen, coming this June.

The first book in the trilogy, the amazing Stolen Songbird (a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist) is on mega-discount right now, selling for just $.99 in ebook this week.

Pick up your copy of Stolen Songbird today, or if you already have a copy, grab a copy for a friend so you can both read Hidden Huntress together. And while you’re at it, you can pre-order Hidden

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Angry Robot, Book Announcements, Books

Angry Reboot – All Systems Go!

For months, the Angry Robots have been working in secret, engineering better, stronger, more powerful publishing schemes. We’ve been patient, turning uncertainty into dedication, conscripting world-class talent into the Robot Collective.

But now, the time has come to reveal our new plans for World Domination!

That’s right, Angry Robot’s back, with two debut novels and a Mass Market re-release of one of our most critically-lauded books, all on sale in the US and CAN today.

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz

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Angry Robot, Submissions

Angry Robot’s Manuscript Wish List

Hello, Robot Readers!

Yesterday, Angry Robot Consulting Editor Phil Jourdan and myself took to the wilds of Twitter to join in #MSWL, a recurring Twitter bonanza where editors, agents, and publishing professionals tweet their Wish-List – the kinds of books and stories they’d love to see in their submissions. Our Fearless Leader Marc Gascoigne sent me his wish-list as well, to convey while he worked on the calibrating the Orbital Book Distribution Laser Grid.

If you’re a writer looking for a place to send your book, or a reader interested in knowing what your friendly Angry Robots are looking for next

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Angry Robot

Cover Reveal: Danielle L. Jensen’s Hidden Huntress

Danielle L. Jensen‘s Stolen Songbird was one of our best-selling and most critically-acclaimed titles of 2014. So now we’re beyond thrilled to share the cover for Hidden Huntress, the second book in The Malediction Trilogy.

Warm up your Feels Capacitors and prepare for awesomeness:

 

 

 

 

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Wow, right? Steve Stone at Artist Partners has outdone himself.

 

Here’s the cover copy for Hidden Huntress, coming June 2nd, 2015 in the

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General skiffy bollocks

Robot Tunes

Our Robotic Overlord Marc Gascoigne is quite the music fan. But he’s not the only one of our cyber-chipped legion who bops his head to tunes while plotting global domination. Caroline and I both love a good showtune (in fact, I’ve been known to blast a Broadway channel on Spotify when no one else is around in the Angry Robot Orbital HQ).

So for today, I wanted to point out some wonderful science-fictional music for folks to enjoy. Maybe you like some techno while you re-read your copy of Prometheus-Award-winning Nexus, or you’d like some epic orchestral music while

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Author Appearances, Robots at large

Angry Robot Live! #4 Recap

Last night was our fourth Angry Robot Live! We talked about Scope and Scale in Fantasy.

Our panelists were Kameron Hurley and Anna Kashina.

 

If you missed the live show, you can watch the whole thing here. Please note that you’ll want to turn up the volume for the first 23 or so minutes, as Kameron’s audio was soft until she switched over to a different mic.

Much fun was had by all!

 

During the panel, Kameron mentioned Universe Sandbox.

And this is me waving goodbye to dozens of

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Author Appearances, Robots at large

Angry Robot Live #4 – Scope and Scale in Fantasy

It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!

This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.

The panel includes:

Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus

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5th Birthday, Angry Robot

Angry Robot 5: Mike’s Top 5 Favorite Angry Robot Covers

Tuesday 1 July marked 5 years from Angry Robot’s first books – Lauren Beukes‘ Moxyland and Kaaron Warren‘s Slights – and throughout this week we are celebrating with daily staff blog posts and giveaways! Author guest posts and other cool giveaways will be popping up on various sites so keep an eye out for our #AngryRobot5 on Twitter for new posts.

We’ve already had our Senior Editor, Lee Harris, with his Top 5 Reasons Angry Robot Rules, MD Marc Gascoigne with 5 lessons learned, and Publicity Manager Caroline Lambe with her 5 Favourite Angry Robot Characters. Next up is Mike Underwood,

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Author Appearances

Angry Robot Live! #3 Recap

Greetings, Robot Army!

Yesterday I assembled four amazing authors to the Angry Robot orbital platform for a discussion of long-term world domination planning.

*receives memo*

Oh, how silly of me. That was the other meeting. What I meant to say is that we were talking about Series Writing  – how to do it, why so many writers work in series, and how to make each work in a series stand on its own and/or build a larger story.

The panelists were Adam Christopher, Anne Lyle, Carrie Patel, and Chuck Wendig.

 

You can watch (or re-watch) the video

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