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Angry Robot, Fan stuff

Under the Pendulum Sun Reading Group Discussion Notes

Well, after a busy Nine Worlds and a fancy new award, or should we say the Subjective Chaos *Kind of Award*, to her name it’s great to see that Jeannette Ng and Under the Pendulum Sun are still riding high in your hearts.

In fact we’re delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we’ve created an Under the Pendulum Sun reading group discussion guide. Including questions such as ‘how would you categorise the book in terms of genre’ and ‘in what way does Arcadia reflect our own society?’ the guide is a wonderful accompaniment for any reading group that

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Author Appearances, Fan stuff, Hell Yes

NEWCASTLE: Cameron Johnston and RJ Barker in Conversation

Newcastle, listen up! Cameron Johnston, author of -just-this-month-released novel The Traitor God, and RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins and sequel Blood of Assassins will be in conversation at Forbidden Planet Newcastle THIS THURSDAY from 6 – 7PM.

The pair will be chatting about their writing processes and their journey to published authors, epic fantasy, grimdark, magic, gods, fighting and anything else that takes their fancy. This will be accompanied by short readings from both parties and followed by a signing session.

For more details about the event just head on over to the Forbidden Planet

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Author Appearances, Fan stuff

Patrice Sarath at ArmadilloCon

AR Author Patrice Sarath

Folks close to Austin, Texas! Our wonderful Patrice Sarath will be signing copies of her sororal alternate fantasy, The Sisters Mederos, on Wednesday May 9 from 7PM at Book People!

For those who are yet to read Patrice’s incredible novel about vengeful sisters, family ties and magic, here’s the synopsis:

House Mederos was once the wealthiest merchant family in Port Saint  Frey. Now the family is disgraced, impoverished, and humbled by the  powerful

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Cover Art, Fan stuff, General skiffy bollocks

Announcing the Jeff Noon’s Nyquist Mysteries LEGO sets!

Lego Nyquist MysteriesOK, fine, maybe not official LEGO sets, but they’re made with Lego bricks…

Last year our editorial assistant, Nick, had too much free time (an error swiftly corrected) and built a scale model of the incredible Will Staehle designed cover of A Man of Shadows. Somehow he’s found time to re-create Amazing 15‘s mindblowing The Body Library cover!

The Body Library - LEGOMore →

Angry Robot, Author Appearances, Conventions, Fan stuff, Hell Yes, Out and About

We’re at ECCC!

THE ROBOTS ARE INVADING! 

You heard us, we’re swarming in on Emerald City Comic Con with a whole orbital-death-platform-load of authors, and we’re going to be bringing the FIRE!!!*

You can catch the Robot team at booth #1816 throughout the whole shebang. However, we’ve individual authors at panels all weekend. Below is a list of who’s going to be in attendance, with links to their schedules, where possible:

Adam Rakunas (Windswept / Like

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12 Days, Christmas, Fan stuff, Kill Em All!, WTF

Festive Angstroms for All

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the base
Not a creature was stirring…

…Except for our Nick that is, who was running around stringing up festive entrails disguised as decorations. Alas, the smell got a bit too much for bipedal carbon-based marketing manager Mike, who demanded that we string up something that hadn’t in a former life been, well… strung up.

Never ones to upset others over the festive period we decided to heed Mike’s

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Fan stuff, Freebies

Discover The City of Trollus from Danielle L. Jensen’s The Broken Ones

It’s only a couple more weeks before the release of The Broken Ones, the gorgeous prequel to Danielle L. Jensen‘s Malediction Trilogy is released into the world. If you’ve been keeping an eye on Danielle’s social media you’ll have seen all the amazing original character portraits she’s been revealing, including favourites such as Tristan and Cécile *SWOON*. But now we have one more treat for you…

Author and artist Elise Kova has designed this beautiful map of Trollus – the underground dwelling of the trolls – featuring so many of the places that we know and love including the Library,

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Angry Robot, Competitions, Fan stuff, Short Fiction

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

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Angry Robot, Cover Art, Fan stuff

Miriam Black, rendered in ink and flesh

Cam's Miriam Black tattoo - click to see it in all its glory!
Cam’s Miriam Black tattoo – click to see it in all its glory!

There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:

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Competitions, Cover Art, Fan stuff

Book Cover Fun – the winners!

About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.

The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here. (more…)

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Fan stuff

The Best of All Possible ‘Hate’ Mail

A friend shared this rant by Ben Babcock, and I have to say that if we got hate mail like this every week, our digital morale would never waver, even amidst minefields of super-magnets and EMP grenades.

I despise Angry Robot. Because of them, I have a massive backlog of DRM-free ebooks in my Dropbox, which I can read anywhere from my phone or tablet. Because of their stupid subscription model, where I can pay in advance and download their new titles every month, I have reliable, consistent exposure to new voices in SF/fantasy and fascinating new novels. Because

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Author Appearances, Awards, Fan stuff, General skiffy bollocks

Atwood, Hamilton, Scalzi AND WESLEY CHU: Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees

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Well, well, post-WFC slump, we laugh in your face! Because we came back to work to the wonderful news that Wesley Chu‘s The Lives of Tao has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 for Best SciFi! Wes is amongst some of the finest writers including Margaret Atwood, Peter F. Hamilton, John Scalzi, and Orson Scott Card, and damn, does he deserve to be there.

Here’s how Goodreads select their nominees:

“We

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Fan stuff, Interesting Stuff, Other people's business

Diverse Worlds Grant Fundraiser

Two of the publicists at Little, Brown are running a marathon to fund a new grant that will support diversity in science fiction and fantasy literature.

Ellen B Wright and Faye Bi are aiming to raise $5,000 between them, but come on – I think we can help them do much better than that, don’t you? Their total currently stands (at the time of writing this blog) at $1,380.

You can find the full details (and donate) here, but in their own words:

We’ve created this marathon fundraiser on

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Angry Robot, Author Appearances, Books, Fan stuff, Guest Posts, Interviews, Podcast, Reviews, Robot Round-Up

Robot Round-Up 28.06.13

What a busy few weeks it’s been here at Robot HQ; so busy in fact, that I’ve been shamefully slow since my last Round-Up! But what better to cheer up a rainy Friday (in Nottingham, at least) than a good look back over our recent highlights:

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York
© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Let’s start with yesterday’s exciting news that Michael Boatman has become the

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Books, Fan stuff, Interesting Stuff

Nekropolis – a fan trailer

On our bi-weekly stalk of our authors’ Facebook pages, blogs and Twitter streams, we came across this little gem – a fan-made trailer for Tim Waggoner‘s brilliant urban fantasy Nekropolis. A lot of thought and care went into making this, and we’re duly impressed. It’s quite short, so click on PLAY and have a look.

And for those of you aching for more words from that nice Mr Waggoner, well, we just might have some news for you, soon…

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