Author: Penny Reeve

Conventions, Robots at large

Angry Robot Invade WorldCon!

Whirr, buzz and whoop, it’s convention time again!

We’re at the 75th Worldcon in Helsiniki for a global scale invasion!

Our invasion force will be infiltrating the convention, signing, reading, talking and briefing the Robot Army ready for the takeover!

Below is the mission statement of which members of the Army to report to and when you are briefed. (Assuming nobody foils our plots and forces us to change our schemes, these things can be subject to change, you know.)

As well as our bevy of authors Publicity Manager Penny and Editorial Assistant Nick will be wandering around incognito as well so don’t be shy, come and say hi! We’ll be the ones with the robot lanyards and we just love to chat, especially if it’s your first convention and you’re feeling a little nervous. We’ll be keeping people up-to-date with our whereabouts on Twitter, so if you want to join in the fun just @ us.


Angry Robot author Anne Lyle

Anne Lyle

Thursday

Autograph Signing:
13:00-14:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

Friday

Invented Languages
16:00 – 17:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Many fantasy worlds contain their own languages. Are they any good? Can the quality of a fantasy world be measured by its language?


Angry Robot author Alex WellsAlex Wells (Acks)

Wednesday

Global Warming and the Gaia Concept. Is Global Consciousness Already Here, and Doesn’t have a Clue?

5:00 – 16:00, 205 (Messukeskus)

Is there global self-regulation? Could the world as a whole, in some ways, be considered to have thought processes, emotions and/or intentions? Where does humanity come in to all of this? Has our kind of consciousness and thinking ruined a perfectly good setup? We examine the validity of the Gaia concept (a version of which is central to Asimov’s later Foundation novels) and its relation to man-made global warming.

Thursday

In Defense of the Unlikeable Heroine

10:00 – 11:00, 101a&b (Messukeskus)

Far too often female protagonists need to be pretty and nice. But are they all – are all women pretty and nice and is that a stereotype that needs to be highlighted? The panelists defend their unlikable heroines in fiction!

Friday

Signing: Alex Acks

13:00 – 14:00, Signing area (Messukeskus)

Alex Acks (katsuhiro@gmail.com)

Saturday

Built Upon the Shoulders of Giants

14:00 – 15:00, Hall 3 (Messukeskus)

You know how to build an imaginary world, and you know which authors have constructed your favourites. But what do publishers do when they are inundated with speculative fiction novels full of great worlds. What are the defining elements that set a novel (and the world it’s built in) apart from the crowd? Our panel of publishers, editors and authors will tell all on exactly what type of world building makes them squeal with delight.


The Author, Craig Cormick

Craig Cormick

Thursday

Kalevala – Finland’s own superheroes!
12:00 – 13:00
203a (Messukeskus)
An overview of the heroic themes of the Kalevala (and their comparisons with modern super heroes), aimed mainly at those who are not familiar with the Finnish folk epic.

 

How I Would Destroy the World with Science
14:00 – 15:00
203a (Messukeskus)
Destruction by science is a common theme in dystopian fiction. Now it’s our turn. Join our panel of evil scientists as they describe how they would destroy the world with science.


Angry Robot Author, Eric Scott FischlEric Scott Fischl

Sunday

Autograph Signing
11:00-12:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

Writing About Plants, Landscapes, and Nature
14:00-15:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Landscapes and nature can make or break a story! How to write plants and nature realistically – even if the world is not real?


Kameron Hurley

Thursday

In Defense of the Unlikeable Heroine
10:00-11:00
101a&b (Messukeskus)
Far too often female protagonists need to be pretty and nice. But are they all – are all women pretty and nice and is that a stereotype that needs to be highlighted? The panelists defend their unlikable heroines in fiction!

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue
21:00-22:00
102 (Messukeskus)
The classic British radio gameshow – basically an excuse for 4 panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour.

Friday

Building Resistance
11:00-12:00
Hall 3 (Messukeskus)
From the Mockingjay to the Rebel Alliance, resistance forces are a staple of speculative fiction. What does resistance in the real world look like? How do various forms of resistance organize in this reality and what what lessons can be used in creating fiction?

Autograph Signing
16:00 – 17:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)


Angry Robot Author, N. S. DolkartN S Dolkart

Wednesday

Ready, Steady, Flash!
21:00-22:00
204 (Messukeskus)
Writers are given a theme, or phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have FIVE MINUTES in which to write it. At the end of each round the stories are read out, and the audience votes on the best.

Thursday

Second Book Problems
14:00-15:00
101a&b (Messukeskus)
Discussing/troubleshooting common problems in plotting & writing sequels!

Positive Disability in SFF
17:00-18:00
203a (Messukeskus)
While SFF is beginning to tackle issues of race and gender in complex and sensitive ways, disability remains a largely taboo subject. Worse, disability is often used negatively as an explanation for a character’s cruelty/plotting/outsider status (for example Tyrion Lannister, Glokta in the First Law trilogy, Yovi in Half a King), or is something that a character has to heroically fight to overcome. Technology and magic also present problematic issues around ‘curing’ disability issues. Instead, we need to think about how we might more positively and normally represent disability. Why not a barbarian warlord in a scythed wheelchair? A paladin who just happens to be austistic? A jedi knight with down’s syndrome? How can we write such characters, and what traps should we avoid?  


Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...

Michael R. Underwood

Wednesday

Invented Mythologies
13:00-14:00
206 (Messukeskus)
Tolkien did it first and so any decent fantasy world has its own mythology! The panel discusses the pros and pitfalls of creating one’s own mythology and share their favorite mythologies from fiction.

Thursday

Darkness at the Heart of Original Folktales
16:00-17:00
216 (Messukeskus)
Folk tales have recently got fairly dark retellings, but of course they were very dark originally as well. The panel discusses the dark origins of folktales.

Friday

Game Tie-in Novels
15:00-16:00
203a (Messukeskus)
Game tie-in novels have existed for many years. Our panelists admit to reading them or even writing them! What’s the appeal?

Saturday

Folklore and Myth in the Fantastic
16:00-17:00
101d (Messukeskus)
Folklore and myth are often the building blocks of fantastic literature – but how about folklore and myths within the fantasy worlds themselves? How do you create credible folklore?


Carrie Patel

Thursday

Style of the Gaming Studios
11:00-12:00
205 (Messukeskus)
The style of the gaming studios and what’s popular varies a lot between countries. Starcraft style is popular in Korea, while massive sandboxes are the thing in Sweden. The panel discusses both the style of gaming studios around the world as well as what’s popular where.

Friday

Writing for Video Games
16:00-17:00
208 (Messukeskus)
Writing for video games differs from writing linear fiction. The panelists discuss their experiences in successful video game writing.

Saturday

Autograph Signing
13:00-14:00
Signing Area (Messukeskus)

On the Care and Feeding of Secondary Characters
18:00-19:00
205 (Messukeskus)
Your protagonists are fully fleshed out and fully realized but your other characters could use some work. How do you bring life to the rest of the people in your story without taking the spotlight from your main characters?

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Angry Robot, Awards

United States of Japan Wins a Seiun!

Well, do we have good news for you!

Peter Tieryas’ Under States of Japan has won Japan’s most prestigious science fiction award, the Seiun!

The award, which was given for ‘best translated novel’, fought off stiff competition from the likes of Ken Liu and Ann Leckie. Congratulations to all, with extra special party poppers pointed in the direction of translator Naoya Nakahara, for his incredible translation work.

Onwards with the uprising!

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AR Authors, Awards, Hell Yes

Megan E O’Keefe wins the Morningstar award!

Glad tidings from Derby! This weekend, at a wonderful ceremony during the EdgeLit literary festival, the Gemmell Award for Fantasy 2016 winners were announced. We’ve got to tell you, we were absolutely delighted!

Firstly, our Megan E O’Keefe, author of Steal the Sky (part of the Scorched Continent series, which also includes Break the Chains and Inherit the Flame) won the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut! *Throws glitter* Alas, Megan couldn’t make the ceremony, what with living in California AND spending the weekend celebrating her birthday but the wonderful Matt Dovey collected on her behalf (see picture below). Thanks for everything Matt!

Secondly long time Robot, Gav Thorpe won the Legend award for best novel for Warbeast (Black Library). See, we always knew you were a legend, Gav and now you’ve the trophy to prove it! Luckily, as a local, Gav was around to collect the award and wandered off at the end of the night looking a bit shady clasping four foot axe.

Congratulations to both on such wonderful wins!

Now, to get this Morningstar Award in the post. *Searches for bubblewrap*

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Author Appearance, Interviews

Ask Jeff Noon ANYTHING!

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

Have you ever had the urge to ask Jeff Noon – the godfather of avant garde, cerebral, speculative fiction – a question?

If you have, August 15 is a good time to do so, as Jeff will be taking part in a Reddit AMA over on r/books.

In case you’ve not heard of Jeff, he’s an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for genre defying Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. So you could say he knows his stuff. Jeff has also been noted as inspiration for authors such as Warren Ellis, Nick Harkaway and Lauren Beukes.

Make sure to get the date in your diary on on the morning of August 15 head over to r/books to chat with Jeff. We’ll be running the AMA from 11AM GMT onwards, so there’s plenty of time to post questions.

Get your thinking hats on, as we have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be very interesting.

You can see the schedule for all upcoming AMAs at r/books here.

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Out and About

READERCON: N S Dolkart

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ReaderCon is coming at you this weekend, bringing the very best in imaginative literature, and authors too, it seems. Not only will you be graced with amazing guests of honour Naomi Novik and Nnedi Okorafor, there’s also a robot in the room, as our very own N S Dolkart will be taking part in panels and readings throughout the weekend.

Here’s where our Noah will be:

 

Friday, July 14
12:00 PM
Back from the Dead
Judith Berman, John Crowley, N.S. Dolkart, Nicholas Kaufmann, Sioban Krzywicki (leader).There are many characters in SF/F who die in what appears to be a permanent fashion, only to be brought back from death. Examples, left intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, appear in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba books, and as far back as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. How do the characters interact with resurrection (their own or someone else’s) and in some cases even prepare for it? When do readers feel like this works and is believable and satisfying, and when does it feel like a cheap trick or a cop-out? What is it like to read these stories while grieving, or keenly aware of one’s own mortality?
7:00 PMNoah Beit-Aharon
Race and Historical Accuracy in Cod-Medieval Fantasy Fiction.
Too often, we’ve heard the excuse of “historical accuracy” used to explain the lack of PoC in historical fiction. Yet their presence is profoundly felt throughout European history, including in the medieval era so often used or modified as a fantasy setting: Arabic numbers have been used in Western societies for centuries, philosopher Ibn Rushd preserved and notated the works of Aristotle, the Silk Road brought traders and diplomats from all over Asia, and Moors in Spain were credited with promoting astronomy, medicine, and literacy. This panel will discuss how to populate cod-medieval fantasy novels with characters of color who have dimension, depth, and humanity, while avoiding stereotypes of swarthy villains and uncouth sidekicks.

Saturday July 15

2:00 PM
Lines of Consent in Fiction
In science fiction and fantasy, consent is often handled in fuzzy, imprecise ways. Obvious scenarios of non-consent, such as the enslaved house elves in the Harry Potter books, are easily identified as problematic, but less is said about magical destiny that compels an ordinary person to become a hero; inherited magic, rank, or family feuds that empower or endanger a character without their consent; soul mates, who are forced to love and be attracted to each other; werewolves compelled to change shape under the full moon; and other strictures that are so common we’ve come to take them for granted. This panel will discuss work that either explicitly deals with consent or appears oblivious to its relevance, and will explore the writer’s responsibility when placing characters in a scenario (or plot) that hinges on questionable consent or non-consent. Content note: this panel may explicitly discuss violations of consent and their consequences. For the purposes of this panel, trigger warnings and content notes are assumed to be valuable tools that assist the reader.

Sunday July 16

12:30 PM
Reading: N S Dolkart.
N S Dolkart reads an interactive piece from a Bad Prose story The Maltese Pelican.
Are you going to be attending ReaderCon? Do stop and say a big howdy to Noah if you spot him, and, if you’re lucky enough to get to one of his panels make sure to take a photo and tweet it to us.
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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Rights News, scifi

A Man of Shadows to Russia

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

здравствуйте друзья!

We have great news for all of our Russian fans! Jeff Noon‘s A Man of Shadows is going to be published in Russia by our good friends AST.

While there is no firm released date as of yet we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear. In the meantime please do imagine what wonders AST can do with the cover; we’re hoping for more Escheresque joy, or maybe something slightly pulpy? What would you like to see?

Check out Jeff’s interview with Russian magazine YoungSpace – which mentions AST’s deal – here. If you’re a Russian speaker do keep up with YoungSpace for more announcements about A Man of Shadows and other novels published by AST.

Ваши друзья – роботы

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Cover Art, News

COVER REVEAL: NANOSHOCK

Listen up! We’ve got a new cover reveal, created by the one, the only Cody Tilson.

The cover is for K C Alexander’s forthcoming Nanoshock and it. is. badass.

If you’re patrons of K C’s Patreon then you will have already seen the cover, as it was first revealed to you lovely, lovely lot. Just one of a myriad of reasons to support authors with their own Patreon account – content, content, content, people.

Anyhow, we’ll leave you to gaze on the sunny visage of our favourite badass, Riko, but before we go, here’s the synopsis. Get ready, cos this book is going to be a WILD ride:

As Riko works to rebuild her shattered cred, following the events of Necrotech, she’s stuck fighting off every jerk looking to raise their standing on the streets. But when a corp with some serious influence ups the stakes, Riko’s going to have to take the fight to them, put this nonsense down for good. Nothing is what it seems when corp politics are in play, and another necro blight right where her answers are buried might very well be the end of the life she didn’t know she’d borrowed.

Now, to gaze upon the hardcore motherfucker adorning our cover:

Nanoshock by KC Alexander

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Book Announcement, New Robot Author

NEW SIGNING: Amber Royer

AR Author Amber RoyerGood news, fellow cybernetic beings!

If you’ve yet to hear we’ve signed the absolutely awesome Amber Royer!

Amber’s debut novel, Free Chocolate, will be hitting shelves in June 2018.

Hold up! I hear you cry. Free Chocolate? Yup, that’s the name, and the book is every bit as delicious as the name would suggest, full of delicious food, gorgeous aliens and cocoa pods. Here’s the synopsis:

Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from one of the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy.

Forces array against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways! Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.

Amber is no stranger to delicious things herself, being the author of two cookbooks, co-written with her husband. By day Amber teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing courses. You can find out more about Amber here.

Head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the official announcement and to read an article from Amber on space opera, soap opera and, uh, opera opera.

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

ICYMI – COVER REVEAL: Under the Pendulum Sun

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!

Until then, here’s a very sneak peek:

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COVER REVEAL: The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

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.

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, News, Robots at large

Kameron Hurley’s Tour of Sweden

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Hallå, Swedish fans!

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.

Here are the events:

Wednesday May 24 @ 11:00: 
Kameron will be attending Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Stockholm. Check out the event on the store’s Facebook page.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:00:
Same chain, different city. Kameron will be 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.

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Audio, News

Silent Hall on Audible

Silent Hall by N. S. Dolkart

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.

Silent Hall joins other Angry Robot novels on Audible, such as Jay Posey’s Duskwalker series, Wesley Chu‘s Tao series, K W Jeter‘s George Dower series, Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy and Rod Duncan‘s Gas-Lit Empire series.

Here’s the synopsis:

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.

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Robots at large

Author Appearance: Matthew De Abaitua to WoW

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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. InAngry Robot author Matthew de Abaitua 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
11am-12:30pm 

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.

 

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Angry Robot, Competitions, Fan stuff, Short Fiction, Sneak Peek

WIN: A Signed ARC of Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

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:

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 penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com, 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!

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Awards, News

Steal the Sky Shortlisted for Gemmell Morningstar Award

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeHave you heard the good news?

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!

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Cover Art

Children Of A Dead Earth series: New, Shiny Covers

ChildrenOfTheDivide_144dpiTo celebrate the release of Children of the Divide, the third title in the Children of a Dead Earth series, we’ve decided to repackage Patrick S Tomlinson‘s books.

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 stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

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.

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