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!
The stunningGraft by Matt Hill – a searing, gritty tale of a near future city where human trafficking and transhumanism go hand-in-hand – has been chosen as one of the six titles nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award!
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback in the US during the previous calendar year. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust.
The winner of the award will be announced at NorwesCon40, which takes place in Seattle 13 -16 April 2017.
To celebrate this frankly wonderful turn of events, for the next week we’re offering the ebook for just £1.99 / $2.45 through the website. Just click here to pick up your copy.
Sorry to report but the Robots are a little rust-tinged and creaky this morning, as we attempt to kickstart ailing battery packs back to life after a splendid weekend at the UK Fantasycon, organised by the British Fantasy Society. Held in the once-majestic shambolic splendour of the Grand Hotel in Scarborough, a combination of wonderful people, fine autumnal seaside weather and us winning the Best Independent Publisher 2016 award made for a brilliant time. Our faces are appropriately set in expressions of chrome delight. Read More
Who says good news isn’t released on a Friday? Conflux Inc., organisers of the 2014 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for this year’s awards and we are delighted to see Marianne de Pierres in the category for Best Science Fiction Novel with Peacemaker.
Judging Coordinator, Tehani Wessely, said that with over 750 entries across the twelve categories, the judges had a hugely challenging job.
“As is always the case, the judges agreed that entries were of a very high standard and the final decisions were subject to much debate among the panellists. The competition becomes stronger every year.”
The Aurealis Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 11 April in Canberra. Wishing Marianne, and all the other finalists, the very best of luck!
The shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2014 have gone live and we’re delighted that Richard Anderson‘s cover for The Mirror Empire has been included for Best Artwork. Richard produced a marvellous cover with his usually arresting artwork, and if you’d like to read more about the cover, here is the link to the cover reveal on A Dribble of Ink including an interview with Kameron Hurley. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted and here’s a reminder of this cover in all its glory:
When he’d come down from the ceiling, a joyous Rod Duncan said:
I had no idea that The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was even in the running, so discovering it on the shortlist was a complete surprise. If you’ll excuse the British slang – I was gobsmacked! To be standing alongside such wonderful writers and to be up for an award bearing the name of Philip K. Dick – it is a great honour. I feel hugely grateful.
The award’s winner will be announced at Norweson in Seattle, USA on 3 April this year. Further details of that lovely shortlist – really, you should just buy all of them! – and everything else you need to know are on the Philip K Dick Award website. Rod’s sequel Unseemly Science is fast approaching too – it hits stores in May 2015, with a third novel in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, The Custodian of Marvels, due Spring 2016.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that for every novel being written, an award acceptance speech is also being rehearsed. Novelists are, after all, professional fantasists.
“Me? Are you sure? I really didn’t expect this…”
There are a LOT of words in a novel. No matter how bad the story, the only way you can keep writing to the end is by deluding yourself that it is a gift to global culture. Punters will be grateful to hand over their hard earned cash for the privilege of owning a copy. These aren’t just words – they’re footprints in the sands of time. Of course you’re going to get an award.
“I’d like to thank my English teacher, who spurred me on by telling the class I wouldn’t amount to anything…”
The mind of the novelist is a paradoxical place. As well as being home to this almost pathological narcissism, it is a nest of venomous self-doubts. In the mid-watches of the night you wake with the conviction that all your pathetic scribblings are doomed to failure. Your prose is purple. That plot line at the core of your novel – you subconsciously copied it from an episode of Dr Who. And your grammar! You should have listened to your English teacher after all.
Or is that just me?
Nowhere is this impossible balance of opposite emotions more vividly experienced than at the awards ceremony, itself the focus of hopes and fears. Having consumed a sumptuous meal, which now lies curdling in your stomach, you silently contemplate your chances. It’s not going to be me. Though my book is really good. So it might be me. It should be me. Unless my book is bad and I hadn’t noticed. I’ve just realised that my book is terrible. It’s not going to be me. You continue with this neurosis spin-cycle until the moment arrives and you find yourself staring with a concrete smile at the envelope in the hands of the host.
“The winner is…”
…the other guy. At all costs don’t let the disappointment show. There are cameras pointing at you and everything is HD these days.
But if you do win, it is de rigueur to clutch hands to chest as if in surprise. Then humbly approach the microphone and deliver that acceptance speech you’ve been rehearsing since writing the opening lines of the novel X years ago.
In 2003, I was lucky enough to be shortlisted for the John Creasey Dagger – an international award given for the best debut crime novel in the English language. (Note: when an author says “lucky” in this context it means: “I worked damn hard for that and richly deserved it.”) I didn’t get the prize, though there were only three of us on the shortlist, so it felt like a podium finish.
I found myself in the running for another award that year, for the same novel. And at the second time of asking, I was lucky enough (sic) to win. The Norman King Award for Novel Writing was named in memory of a tutor who taught creative writing in the Adult Education College in Leicester back in the 1950s. Though it is a strictly local affair, the award is taken seriously. There is a meal, followed by speeches. And there is a trophy, resplendent on a wooden plinth. The engraved names of previous winners go back over 50 years, adding historical gravity to the honour.
Last Thursday, the Leicester award ceremony came around again. And I am delighted to report that I found myself being presented with the Norman King award once more – this time for my novel The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter.
As I lined up to have my photograph taken with winners of other prizes, it occurred to me that literary awards really do matter. Even the small ones. Because clutching that trophy, I found all the self-doubt and narcissism melting away. Having someone else say “I value your work” means that, for a time, neither extreme is needed.
Now, where did I put that speech? Ah yes. “I’d like to thank my publisher…”
Soooo, we can’t imagine that if you have any interest in the wider world of science fiction that you missed the winners of this year’s Hugo Awards, presented as the climax of the massive, and massively enjoyable, Worldcon here in England’s London, aka Loncon 3. But just in case, here’s a completely biased summary:
Kameron Hurley won TWO. As we said there in the hall, hell yeah! In fact, we screamed and whooped and screamed some more.
And that’s not all. We’re so, so proud of our writer friends and colleagues who placed well in the rankings, with nominations for:
Emma Newman, for her sensational Tea & Jeopardy podcast
Both Wesley Chu and Ramez Naam, up for the John W Campbell Award for best new writer (yeah yeah, OK, not strictly a Hugo yadda yadda) Aliette de Bodard, nominated for her lovely novelette, The Waiting Stars.
Our man Mike Underwood, up as part of the team behind the Skiffy & Fanty Podcast.
And our now-departed but still beloved Lee Harris, nominated for Best Editor (Long Form), a fitting end to his AR years as he heads off to pastures new.
Loads of other great people were justly celebrated too, of course, and you can read up on them, even see all of the breakdowns in how people voted if you like. It’s all been rather lovely. Roll on 2015.
Congratulations to everyone who was voted onto the recent Best Of lists from Locus, but a special celebration belongs to our very own Emma Newman as Between Two Thorns was included in the Best Fantasy Novel category! The first book in the Split Worlds, Between Two Thorns, has received widespread attention – including a shout-out from The Guardian as “JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer” – and it certainly belongs in the Top 25 of Best Fantasy Novels. If you have yet to read Between Two Thorns, get yourself to this book page for all the info and read an excerpt.
We are delighted to announce that Ramez Naam‘s Nexus has won the 2014 Prometheus Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society, tying with Cory Doctorow‘s brilliant Homeland!
Ramez was short-listed for both Nexus and its sequel Crux with Nexus described thusly in the awards announcement:
Nexus offers a gripping exploration of politics and new extremes of both freedom and tyranny in a near future where emerging technology opens up unprecedented possibilities for mind control or personal liberation and interpersonal connection.
Ramez Naam: “I’m absolutely honored and thrilled to be receiving the Prometheus Award for Best Novel, and even moreso to be sharing it with Cory Doctorow, a writer who exemplifies what it means to use the written word to fight to expand human freedoms. I wrote Nexus and Crux to explore the potential of neuroscience to link together and improve upon human minds. But I also wrote them to explore the roles of censorship, surveillance, prohibition, and extra-legal state use of force in a future not far from our own. Science and technology can be used to lift people up or to trod them underfoot. Making those abstract future possibilities real in the present is a core goal in my novels. I’m glad the selection committee saw that, and I’m very grateful to them for this award!”
Lee Harris: “With his three Nexus books (Nexus, Crux, and the forthcoming Apex), Ramez Naam has proved to be not only a master storyteller, but also a free thinker, whose writing encourages us – his readers – to think more critically about the world around us. I can’t think of a more fitting award for one of the finest new writers of our generation.”
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners.
For more than three decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace, prosperity, progress and justice.
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in all categories, visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty.
The 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award has been won by Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice.
Congratulations to the winner, and all the finalists – it’s been a great year for science fiction!
Here is the full list of nominees:
Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot) God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit) The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz) The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
To celebrate the nomination of Nexus we’re having a special offer on the ebook – head on over to the Robot Trading Company, where you can find a Kindle or ePub version of the book – and its sequel, Crux – for only £1.99! (approximately $2.65). This offer only lasts until Monday 5th of May, so grab your copy now!)
Freya was at the awards ceremony on Saturday, and was delighted to receive the award; read more from Freya on this win here at her blog. For those who have read – and loved Heartwood as much as the members of SFFANZ – Sunstone is now available!
On Saturday, the Angry Robot staff members were a happy mix of chocolate-face-stuffing, Easter-con-partying, and usual-weekend-shenanigans…and then, the Hugo Award finalists were announced, and our Easter weekends got even better!
This year we have had our best showing ever with eight nominations:
• and last but definitely not least, Best Editor – Lee Harris (the first *ever* Brit to be nominated as Best Editor in the 50+ years that this award has been running) and do check out Lee’s own blog post about his nomination here and the Angry Robot nominations here
Congratulations to all, and roll on the London Worldcon in August, when the results will be announced.
It’s been a busy weekend for awards in Australia and New Zealand this past weekend
Firstly, at Conflux, the Aurealis Awards were presented. The Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.
Angry Robot’s very own Kaaron Warren and Jo Anderton were among the winners. Kaaron carried off the trophy for Best Science Fiction Short Story (for Air, Water and the Grove) and Jo won Best Collection for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.
Meanwhile, across the Tasman Sea, the finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel awards are New Zealand-based fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields. Heartwood by Freya Robertson is one of 6 books shortlisted in the Best Novel category.
Congratulations to Kaaron and Jo, and the very best of luck to Freya!