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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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Welcome to… Quietus

Oh, isn’t today a lovely day for a new book announcement? It’s getting a little colder outside, we’re all starting to close in for the winter and we need a little something to look forward to, once the sun starts to shine on the other side. And that sliver of light, folks, the one you see burning brightly on the other side has a name… Quietus. And it’s hitting shelves in March 2018.

Tristan Palmgren‘s debut novel, which features an anthropologist from another universe visit one of the darkest periods of human history in a bid to learn the cure for the plague sweeping her planet, is a unique take on medieval fiction that will ROCK. YOUR. WORLD. Imagine, if you will The Name of The Rose merging with The Left Hand of Darkness and you’re on your way there.

Now, to whet your whistle further we’ve got the cover, created by the very skilled Dominic Harmon, ready to go NOW and we’re showing it off over at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. Just click the teaser image below to be taken to the full reveal plus a brief post from Tristan – the actual guy who landed the trademark for ‘avuncular’ (we know!!) – on writing a debut novel.

Enjoy!

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Angry Robot Support Hurricane Relief Bookstore

To say it’s been a bit shit for those affected by the hurricanes is very much an understatement. But Hurricane Relief Bookstore (brainchild of Fireside Fiction Company) has come up with a bit of a novel (fnar) way for you to help those affected in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; donate money in return for a sparkly new book: an online bookstore.

Prices for your favourite title vary, but 100% of profits will be to charity. The list includes Angry Robot titles by wonderful authors such as Dan Abnett, Kameron Hurley, Wesley Chu, Jay Posey and Madeline Ashby. You can also get your hands on literary delights from Uncanny magazine, John Joseph Adams, Martha Wells and Lightspeed magazine.

So dig deep, friends and help people who need it right now while indulging in your passion.

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Cover Reveal: Fallen Gods

It’s here! It’s here!

Well, actually it’s not here yet. But soon Fallen Gods, the second title in James A Moore‘s The Tides of War series, will be hitting shelves near you! In fact, the drop will be happening in January, exactly a year from the release of first-in-series The Last Sacrifice.

While you pine for the next book we do have a little treat for you, we can now show off the amazing new cover. Big thanks to that man Alejandro Colucci for once more bestowing us with something so awesome. And if any cover should invoke a sense of awe, it’s this one, which features an actual dead god. We know, we know!

AND if that’s not enough, anyone unfamiliar with the Tides of War series can enter into the competition that accompanies the cover reveal over on Fantasy Faction, which could see you winning one of 10 copies of The Last Sacrifice!

Just click on the teaser image below to be taken through to the full article.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angry Robot Books: Now Available in Large Print and Braille

Good tidings!

We have a most excellent announcement straight from your Robot Overlords, circulating high on their orbital death platform: some of our lovely, lovely books are now available to those hard of sight, in both large print formate and braille.

Currently 36 of our favourite titles are available both in braille and large print (in a variety of text sizes/boldness) so we can spread more of our lovely books to the world.

The list currently includes books such as:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl

Drake and Dominion by Peter McLean

 Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel

United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

We’ll be adding more titles as time goes on, so worry not if you can’t find your favourite! Don’t forget, for those hard of hearing many of our books are also available through Audible and Brilliance.

For a full list and to purchase, please visit Read How You Want to find your next read.
(Available in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand).

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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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Bookbub bargain time for Canada: The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Bargain book alert! Canadian readers can snap up the witty and delightful fantasy The Copper Promise by Jen Williams. It’s only available today (May 10 2017) and it’s just $1.99! Head over to Amazon.ca to sate your bargain hunting needs.

What’s the book about? Excellent question:

Wydrin, The Copper Cat, takes a job to escort a noble into The Citadel – a forbidden and dangerous fortress – with the help of Sir Sebastian, her exile knight companion. There, they awaken an elder god, unleashing chaos on the nearby countryside. Why can’t it ever be a *simple* job?

The Copper Promise is near-perfect fantasy adventure fun and a breath of fresh air in a genre choking on its own grittiness. Read it and remind yourself what made you fall in love with fantasy books.”
– Starburst Magazine 10/10

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