On Saturday we held our official UK launch at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London. Marc Gascoigne and myself were joined by a bunch important people (Angry Robot authors), a bunch of other important people (Liz and Mark from My Favourite Books – watch out for an exclusive Angry Robot competition on their site, soon),
Angry Robot will be making an appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th October in the shape of Chris Michaels.
On Tuesday, Chris will be speaking at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference as part of the Pecha Kucha session hosted by Hachette’s George Walkley. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where speakers shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. So it’s fast, concise and to the point … and Chris’ point is on “The globalisation of the
Don’t forget, if you’re anywhere near London (England) this Saturday, 10th October, call into the Forbidden Planet London Megastore between 12:30 and 14:00 and meet one of our many and talented authors, or just chew the fat with teh Angry Robot crew!
Come along – meet the team, ask questions, buy books, get free posters. It’s going to be fun!
Christmas comes a little early today. Well, it came this week, because as usual some of our lovely bookstores have been sticking them on shelves the moment they got them, and who can blame them when the books are as desirable as these, mm?
In the fantasy corner, TRIUMFF: HER MAJESTY’S HERO by that outstanding gentleman and wit, Dan Abnett esq. How the hell to describe this one… get
Next week sees the publication of Colin Harvey‘s Winter Song and Dan Abnett’s Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero. To celebrate the launch of the former, we’ve arranged for copies to be distributed at BristolCon tomorrow – if you’re one of the first 40 people to pop along to see Colin, you can pick up a free copy and get it signed at the same time!
If you’re number 41 or more,
one of the stand-outs for me this year was Sixty One Nails by Mike Shevdon, coming out through Angry Robot… Mike read the first chapter at the Convention and the novel’s combination of pace, invention and that unique, quintessentially English quality that takes in everything from the Green Man to the bizarre, and true, history of London looks set to make it a hit.
We agree, but then, we
Well, how much fun was that? I’ll tell you: lots.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere how much FantasyCon means to me, so I won’t go into it again, here. Suffice to say, it was as enjoyable as ever, and it was gratifying to see (and hear) so much Robot love.*
This weekend sees the (frankly quite fabulous) annual FantasyCon, again in the historic city of Nottingham, and Angry Robot will be out in force!
Angry Robot, of course, is based in Nottingham (or, as we’re campaigning to have it renamed, Robottingham), so it was inevitable that the robot commanders Marc Gascoigne and Lee Harris would make an appearance.
We like to think we do things differently from other publishers – the way we acquire titles, the way we promote our authors, and the way we dance around the office when we think nobody else is watching.
We apply the same approach to our imprint launch events. Last month – a full half year or so before our books reach Canada and the US – we held our Canada/US launch at WorldCon. Next month – a good 3 months after our first books hit the UK shelves – we’re having our official UK launch event.
You know, for a science fiction convention, there has been a distinct lack of robots at WorldCon. Good job, then, that we decided to bring our own.
Angstrom the Angry Robot has had his anger chip removed, though as part of a mad experiment, and we have installed a gigolo chip installed, instead. This is him chatting with author Lauren Beukes at the tremendous Angry Robot party at WorldCon in Montreal last night.
Lauren left the party early, and coincidentally, Angstrom left a discreet 10 minutes later. No insinuations – just sayin’…
Yes, we’re at Anticipation, the fabulous 2009 Science Fiction Worldcon, held in the convention centre here in the sunny city of Montreal, Canada. The Angry Robot crew are here in force – as well as Lee and yrs trly, we have Kaaron Warren, Lauren Beukes, Colin Harvey and latest signing Aliette de Bodard. And also, it seems, a legion of admiring followers. Thanks to everyone who has made us so welcome here already.
Here’s your invite for the Angry Robot party at Worldcon. Come along and celebrate both our recent British and Australian launch, and look forward to our upcoming US/Canadian launch. Meet our large, metallic and decidedly miffed companion. Rub up against a selection of gorgeous writers who are rather more famous than you are. Or just come by and drink all our beer as you drift from one party to the
Next Thursday Marco and I will be heading off to Montreal for Anticipation – the 67th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon).
While we’re there, we’re hosting an Angry Robot Launch Party on the Friday night, and at some time between 7.00pm and 8.00pm, the mighty Neil Gaiman will be dropping by to give a little talk to our guests, along with an additional, mystery guest! Believe me, if you’re at WorldCon next weekend, you won’t want to miss this one!
It’s hard to believe after all this time that we’re so close to launch. Yes, good people of the United Kingdom and Australia, Angry Robot will be in all good bookshops near you just six weeks from today!
Still plenty of things for us all to be getting on with here at Angry Robot HQ, though – final cover designs, review copies, interviews and assorted promotional gubbins…
Good job none of us are going away on holiday, then, really… 🙂
So – July 1st. Do make sure it’s in your diaries, won’t you?
Well, that was an experience and a half! I love conventions, and usually I love curry (but not necessarily this time!)
For more inside information on my EasterCon 2009 experience, head on over to the SFX Website where those lovely magazine types have uploaded my blog of the weekend.
It’s convention time again, which means that after today there’ll be no-one in the Angry Robot office until after Easter, so if you’re waiting for an email from us, it’s probably going to be after Tuesday 14th.
Marco and I will both be at EasterCon for the entire event, sitting on panels, and sitting on stools. Please come over and say “Hi”.
If you’re an author it’s an absolute categorical truth that we can’t be bought with beer and wine. Honestly.