It was one of those beautiful moments in the office. We’d agreed to the purchase of Jeannette Ng’s amazing debut novel Under the Pendulum Sun and the discussion had turned to covers. Without thinking we, as one, uttered “John Coulthart”, because who could better bring to life the creepy gothic imagery Jeannette’s words painted? Happily John was onboard with our idea and the wonderful process of researching for the design began.
That’s not our tale to tell though. Head over to Fantasy Faction to hear what John had to say about the creative process, as well as Jeannette’s thoughts on the cover, and to see the beautiful artwork, of course!
You guys may know by now that Ferrett Steinmetz is a writing genius. After his Flex trilogy concluded in September last year we were bereft, but happily Ferrett came to us with a brand new cyberpunk standalone The Uploaded. Needless to say, we loved it. But rather than us waxing lyrical about the great characters, incredible worldbuilding and super fun plot we’ll share the official synopsis right here:
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…
Now that we’ve whet your whistle with that we’ve got something else, too; the absolutely stunning new cover. Big props to super genius Joey HiFi for the incredible artwork, as per usual.
Just head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full reveal PLUS exclusive excerpt of the first two chapters of the novel.
The Uploaded will available to all in September 2017.
Hope you’re all well and excited for KONTUR, the annual Swedish SFF convention. Do you know who else is excited? Kameron Hurley, that’s who. Kameron will be attending the convention as Guest of Honour alongside Ann Leckie and Siri Pettersen.
Though fear not, Kameron fans in Stockholm and Göteborg! Kameron will be swinging by the Science Fiction Bokhandelns in your cities, too.
Thursday, May 25 @ 11:00: Same chain, different city. Kameron willbe signing books at Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Göteborg. Be sure to pop in and say hello if you’re around!
Friday, May 26 @ 16:00:
Kameron will, by now, have arrived in Uppsala and will be signing at The English Bookshop with Ann Leckie and Katherine Arden. You can find the details at their Facebook event. The bookshop has chosen The Stars Are Legion as their book of the month, so there will be plenty of copies around for signing.
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28: SweCon, Uppsala.
For more information on Kameron’s appearances at the event, click here.
We hope you get the chance to say hi to Kameron and if you do, grab us a quick snap and send it over to our Twitter account.
Good news, those who love audiobooks! N S Dolkart‘s Silent Hall is now available through Audible. Narrated by Adam Sims (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World / World War Z) aural story lovers can expect an epic fantasy of breathtaking scope full to the brim with wizards, angry gods and dragons.
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?
To grab your very own audio version of Silent Hall, just click here.
Matthew De Abaitua will be heading up to Liverpool Saturday (May 13) to take part in a panel as part of the Writing On the Wall festival.
The event is called Tax the Robots and… well the festival programmers can do a much better job of explaining the day than we can, so without further ado:
The term “robot” was coined by Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Capek in 1920 — “robota” being a Czech word for tedious labor. Today, robots assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual laborers, while more than 8 million U.S. airline flights a year are scheduled, guided and flown with the superhuman assistance of advanced software.
Recent reports in the UK suggest that ‘robots’, or software programmes, could replace up to 250,000 white collar jobs in the next few years; a Japanese insurance company recently laid off 80 staff and replaced them with robots. 02 in the UK are considering doing the same. In Liverpool, Merseyrail staff are stringing to prevent their own jobs being outsourced to autonomous colleagues.
The response of some during the industrial revolution was to smash up the machines; should we too become ‘luddites’ or is there another way? Head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is just one voice calling for us to tax the robots as a way to smoothen the transition to an autonomous work force and ensuring that the payments from human workers into tax and national insurance, the bedrock of health and social care, are not lost. Employers, ever intent on cutting overheads, are eyeing up robots as a way of driving down labour costs. But weren’t robots, and tech generally, meant to free us, give us more leisure time and take the heavy load from us?
To discuss the implications of tech and robots and explore new ways of living, we have writers, trade unionists, activists, workers, commentators, etc., taking part in a series of panels and activities, including writing creative responses to explore and discuss the impact of technologies on our lives now and in the future.
Here’s Matthew’s panel:
Your Robots and You
Have you ever wondered what the future will look like, or wanted to help program a robot? Join Liverpool University’s Will Slocombe, writer Matthew de Abaitua, and computer scientist Louise Dennis, to consider our future with robots. You will get to consider the ways robots might change our lives, get to devise your own stories and graphics, and take part in deciding how a robot should act. Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool.
The event will be taking place on Saturday May 13 at Toxeth Library. For more information on WoWFest and to book your tickets, please visit the website.
In case you’ve yet to hear, we’re publishing Jeff Noon’s highly anticipated new novel A Man of Shadows this August.
Now, we don’t often do physical advanced reading copies (ARCs) of our novels but, as a special treat, we did arrange for a limited run of physical ARCs for the novel. These were snapped up in record time, but we did manage to wrestle a single copy from the grasp of a desperate, ravenous reader. We’ve been told they’re recovering and managing well without their arms, which is lucky, as we were loathe to give up our fancy new office ornaments.
Our question is, do you want the ARC signed by Jeff (possibly (but probably not) in his own blood)?
If so, we’re going to run a competition over the next week. Here’s how you can enter:
Jeff is known for his novels Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel Sk1n, Pollen and a whole host more, but also known for his amazing Twitter feed full of strange, dreamlike tweets that read like stories in themselves. For example:
I was adopted by the moon. I lived in shadowy rooms, under pale silver lamps. At the age of 15, I ran away. But even now, sunlight pains me.
What we want you to do, dear Robot horde, is to create your own dreamlike story in 100 – 140 characters and tweet it to us (or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you don’t have love for Twitter). We’ll pick the winner – and by that we mean the author of the strangest, weirdest and smartest story – next Thursday at 12 noon, UK time.
What are you still reading this for? Better get crafting that story!
The brilliant Steal the Sky, written by the equally brilliant Megan E O’Keefe has been shortlisted for the Morningstar Award in one of the most respected fantasy awards around, the Gemmells!!!
You can vote for Megan right here. Voting is open now until June 2.
The Gemmell Awards are presented each year for outstanding contributions to fantasy and are so named after the late, great master of fantasy himself, David Gemmell.
The award ceremony will be held at the Edge-Lit Festival in Derby on Saturday, July 15. For more info on the festival, please click here.
Right now Steal the Sky is on offer on our website, at just £1.55. The third book in Megan’s Scorched Continent series, Inherit the Flame, was released just this month too, so make sure to pick up the set!
Featuring the generation ships, the covers now SCREAM SPACE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR FACE, and for that, we love them.
Our thanks, as always, to Lee Gibbons for the brilliant cover art.
Children of the Divide will be available from all good bookstores August 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth), Children of a Dead Earth fans. For those that have yet to embark on an amazing hard SF series with mystery elements, fancy starting the series pre-release of the third novel? Here’s what some wonderful people have had to say about it thus far:
“The Ark is an extremely fast page turner, to both unspool the mystery, and immerse oneself in the main character and his plight.”
– Skiffy & Fanty
“Another amazing story with all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Patrick S. Tomlinson. With a great mix of science fiction, action and mystery it is wonderfully written and it’s not “world” building but as the author said it’s ‘race building’, so don’t miss out on the turbulent ups and downs that had me undeniably hooked throughout the entire thing.”
– Books in Brogan
“The writing is excellent, the pace superb and it’s one of those books that feels like a quick read until you look out the window and see the sun rise, realising you’ve been reading for several hours.”
– The British Fantasy Society
“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”
– Popcorn Reads
Just for your visual pleasure here the cover are, altogether for the first time. Aren’t they beeeeaaaauuuutiful? They’d look pretty good on your bookshelf, we think.
It’s almost here! Jay Posey‘s Sungrazer, the second in our very popular ‘A-Team in space’ series, and sequel to Outriders, will be hitting all good stores in July!
And now we’re showing off the cover, an awe-inspiring space scene featuring the surface of Mars and one of our kick-ass outriders in their special suits. But why are the suits special, you ask? Better read Outriders to find out!
Our thanks, as always, go to glorious cover artist, Larry Rostant.
Click on the link below to visit the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog and see the full cover reveal, and read more about the novel.
It was a cold Tuesday morning when the Angry Robot team got into a car together to take a trip down south.
We were off to the printers for the day!
The journey was long and arduous, through freezing fog, until we emerged to glorious sunshine in Southend. Penny slept through the entire thing.
Now, our reason for the visit was simple. Two out of the three day-to-day Nottingham gang (Penny and Nick) hadn’t been to see our books being printed before. Oh, they’d heard all about paper thickness and book sizing but they hadn’t actually had the pleasure of seeing a novel transition from words in an online document into something tangible.
Our wonderful UK printing company, 4edge, is located in Essex and happily, they’ve just moved into new, bigger premises to deal with the recent increase in demand for their services. Once we’d arrived and after a quick cuppa in the office we were taken to the factory floor to see what all of the fuss was about.
First, we were shown how the typeset manuscripts that we and 4edge’s other clients send over are checked for correct sizing and scanned for any other possible errors in printing, for example page numbers. The first enormous machine we came to printed the covers, with various checks for colour bleed and automatic calibration to stop the colours drifting from the intended range. They have vast stacks of paper (we have our very own shelf!) on which four copies of a book are printed at once, which are guillotined apart by a man and terrifying machine (working at a speed which would have cost Nick many fingers). From there the books are manually sorted and prepared for binding.
Binding involves glue… Apparently 4edge uses two main types of glue, one for general printing and one super strength formula for larger books and those that need extra secure binding. There was a lot to be said about watching the precise nature of the gluing machine and the skill of the man running it. Watching the cover be fixed and then the whole book be chopped down into its final form was deeply satisfying.
I think the general consensus was that the cutting machine (see video) and printing machines *with clear viewing panels* – imagine how we stared at those reams of paper whizzing by! – were our favourites. There’s a great combination of manual work along with the automatic machines – you could say it was human and machine working in perfect harmony… Asimov would be so proud.
Excitingly, on the way around we got to see Bruce R Cordell’sThe Strange: Myth of the Maker being printed, the second print of Kameron Hurley’sThe Stars Are Legion AND the limited edition physical ARC print run of Jeff Noon’sA Man of Shadowsincluding watching the cover come off the line. In fact, there were Angry Robot titles spotted on shelves, in cupboards and in the mailing room. We also spotted a couple of titles by our parent company, Watkins.
Finally, after a very tasty lunch, we were off on the drive home again. Penny slept through the whole journey.
Our thanks go to Dave and Carl who gave up their time to show a bunch of overexcited bookish people around. We really did have a top day!
We’ll leave you with this very pleasing video of a book being, quite literally, cut down to size (sorry about the hand reflection).
We’re super excited and delighted to announce a new signing, author Micah Yongo! *Crowd goes wild*
Micah is an author from Manchester, UK. You can find him over on his blog, The Mancophile, or on Twitter.
Micah’s debut novel, Lost Gods, will be hitting bookshelves in April 2018. We can’t wait to share with you this wonderful epic fantasy, steeped in African folklore and featuring a young assassin hunted by his own brotherhood while he struggles to uncover a supernatural conspiracy.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Neythan is one of five adolescents trained and raised together by a mysterious brotherhood of assassins known as the Shedaím. When Neythan is framed for the murder of his closest friend, he pursues his betrayer, and in so doing learns there’s far more to the Brotherhood, and even the world itself, than he’d ever thought possible.
Head on over to Fantasy Faction to see the full announcement post, along with a piece from Micah on his inspirations for Lost Gods.
Rights for fantastic post-apocalyptic SF novel The Interminables has been sold to La Corte Editore of Italy. The novel will be available across the country in early 2018.
Here’s the synopsis:
It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace. Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan – the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost – have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts.
Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…
Here’s what some people had to say about the novel:
“If you’re looking for an entertaining piece of dystopian fiction, with magic and heroes and..er..a cat, then this will suit you very well indeed.”
– SF & F Reviews
“It will reward you with a world of wonders and horrors, alongside a tale of deep and desperate friendship: a thief and a war, trying to save as many lives and they can.”
– SFX magazine
It’s Friday, and it’s cover reveal time! This one is for Wendy N Wagner’sfantastic, and super characterful novelAn Oath of Dogs.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.
Now, before we direct you to the full cover we want to make mention of something…
We were so taken by Hattie, Kate’s canine companion in the book, that we’ve decided to do something a little bit different in the run up to release (July 4 US/Can / July 6 UK/Commonwealth) and give a little something back to our darling doggos. So, with each pre-order of An Oath of Dogs (up to 500 units), we’re going to offer $1 to a service dog charity. 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 email@example.com and we’ll do the rest.
Thanks to Joey Hi-Fi for what we think you’ll agree is an absolutely spectacular cover, with one of the best uses of negative space in we’ve seen in a while.
Head over to Tor.com to see the artwork in full and hear how Wendy’s An Oath of Dogs is in part a thank you to all working dogs.
Do we have a treat for you today! It’s Steve Stone‘s brand new cover for Nik Korpon‘s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, a sci-fi noir that puts us in mind of Inception by way of Blade Runner and the Easter Uprising of 1916. Yes, we know that definitely propels it into the WTF part of our remit and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonder to you in early June.
As a bonus feature, not only are our friends at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog showing off the cover they’re also sharing the first chapter of The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, just so you can get your whet your whistle, pre-release. Click on the image below to take a peek at the full reveal and read the excerpt.
The spectacular The Last Sacrifice, released this past January, is securing James A Moore as an outstanding voice in the grimdark fantasy subgenre. It’s pretty easy to see why, too. For all of the great worldbuilding and interesting socio-political interactions between characters a big chunk of The Last Sacrifice loves to cause terrible harm and trauma to our dubious heroes. It’s not just them either, the bad guys get their fair share of pain and torture – and the innocent bystanders, too. All of this works to our Jim’s credit though, and is building him a legion of fantasy fans.
For those yet to take the plunge into the world of the Grakhul – or for those eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, Fallen Gods, heading your way early 2018 – you can treat yourself to a new, FREE, short story from James, set in the same world.
The story, entitled The Sixth Kingdom, gives a little history into the Five Kingdoms as told by King Bron, whose task it is to capture our protagonist Brogan after he angers the gods. And honestly, those gods aren’t very nice at all.
To read The Sixth Kingdom head on over to MightyThorJRS blog RIGHT NOW. A cup of tea/tankard of mead to accompany is recommended.
It’s only 3 months until The Broken Ones, the prequel to the beautiful Malediction trilogy, arrives and we are very excited to go back in time to learn all about Marc and Pénélope’s story!
To celebrate its release, super lovely author Danielle L. Jensen is helping thank everyone who pre-orders the novel by offering up some super swanky swag packs*!
As an exciting addition to the swag, Danielle has teamed up artist and blogger, The Nocturnal Fey (also known as Erika), to create some gorgeous original portraits of some of our favourite characters from the Malediction trilogy, which are being printed out as trading cards and you’ll find a couple included in each pack!
So, want to get your hands on this awesome bundle?
Well, all you have to do is this:
First, pre-order The Broken Ones (obviously), then email your proof of purchase (photo, email forward or a scanned images are all good) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then you need to COMPLETE THIS FORM! This is super important: the form gives you a little bit of choice on what you receive and we tend to find that people forget to include necessary information… like a postal address.
So to be clear – no form and no email = no swag pack and you don’t want that.
This campaign is open internationally and Danielle will be mailing the swag packs out from May. You can take part in the offer until June 5 2017, or until supplies run out.