On Friday 12th February at the superb Forbidden Planet Megastore in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, join John Meaney (aka Thomas Blackthorne) and Aliette de Bodard for a signing session. This is a rare opportunity to meet Aliette, who isn’t in the UK very often. She will be on hand to sign her already-acclaimed debut novel, Servant of the Underworld and John will
Lord Abnett of Englandshire moves into his second week blogging at Babel Clash, and some very fine insights there are, too. A must-read for all would-be authors, whether you want to write original fiction, or tie-in. His most recent blogs are looking at the transition from creating tie-in fiction into being master of his own universe, with the writing of his first original novel, the fabulous Triumff: His Majesty’s Hero:
In that second one he even talks
Dazed Rambling have a good write-up of J Robert King’s wonderful Angel of Death.
King manages to handle the characterization of our two main characters expertly. The Angel of Death experiences a lot throughout the novel and changes accordingly and though the change is sometimes radical, it cannot be said that they are unexpected or unwarranted. The same goes with Leland, who is pretty much put through the wringer in the novel and shows it more and more as the novel
Dan Abnett continues his quest for world domination over at Babel Clash (the Borders US genre blog). Yesterday he talked about writing in someone else’s universe, with his post Put Everything Back Where You Found It. Some really interesting stuff, there.
Yesterday we announced our latest signing – the not-at-all-scary-but-writes-really-scary-things Gary McMahon. We’d just received a great quote from Stephen Volk about Gary’s debut Angry Robot title, Pretty Little Dead Things, and put it up on Gary’s page. Pop over there in a mo. For now, here it is:
Thomas Usher is a great character treading a twilight world between Manhunter and Most Haunted; conflicted by grief, haunted by blame, a ‘magnet for
Babel Clash is the lively daily blog for all fans of SF & F (and maybe a bit of WTF if we’re lucky) from the American Borders bookstore chain. Starting today, and for the next two weeks, Dan Abnett is going to be providing some insights into his world(s) – and also into some of the worlds that he writes tie-in fiction for, such as Dr Who and Warhammer.
Along the way he’s also promising some
Sometimes we find authors and wonder how the hell everyone seems to have missed them. Gary McMahon is one such find. It’s not as if he’s been hiding away, either – he can always be found in the bar or on panels at FantasyCon, and other conventions, and is always writing. This man is a dynamo!
We’ve known of Gary for ages, of course, and have enjoyed his short fiction and novellas, so
As well as being a great storyteller, Lavie Tidhar (author of The Bookman – out now, fact-fans!) is one of the hardest-working bloggers around! In addition to writing guest posts for a whole bunch of other interesting folk, and for his own website, Lavie runs the World SF Blog.
Meanwhile, over at
Today sees the penultimate article written by Aliette de Bodard about the research she has conducted for her new book, Servant of the Underworld. Like the two feature before it, it’ a fascinating insight into the history of the Aztec culture, and it’s has some fabulous illustrations, too.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for the book itself, how about this review by Candyman:
This book is beautifully written and a pleasure to lose oneself in. I wasn’t familiar with de Bodard before but reading this book has
You know, we’re not ones for blowing our own trumpets, except on special occasions, such as when we’re awake and blogging, but I must say, the Angry Robot authors are a brilliant bunch. Funny, smart, interesting, and always worth reading, whether it’s their fiction or their non-fiction.
We’ve just received this photo of Andy Remic, all Christmasified, and peering out from behind his huge axe. Well, with a weapon that size, we just had to share it!
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You know Paul Cornell – as well as one of the best writers of Doctor Who, as well as one of Marvel’s more interesting scribes, and as well as being one of the nicest chaps in a profession replete with thoroughly nice people, he’s also a big genre fan, and absolutely devours genre TV, film and literature.
If you live anywhere near the Bedford area and you’ve been planning to pick up a copy of the superlative Sixty-One Nails (and if not, why not? oh, you have one already? that’s ok, then), Mike Shevdon will be signing at the Bedford branch of Waterstones, on Silver Street, between 10.00am and 3.00pm tomorrow (Saturday, 5th December).
A great book, a thoroughly nice chap,
Free as in “gratis”, for nowt, zilch, zero spondooliks. To get to the point, Apex are featuring a bloody fabulous short story by Maurice Broaddus, dashing and debonair author of King Maker, which is just the first of three volumes in his frankly brilliant Knights of Breton
There’s a great conversation posted over at Jeff Vandermeer’s site between Dan Abnett and fantasy author Mark Charan Newton (whose day job is in the Marketing team for Games Workshop’s Black Library range of Warhammer tie-in novels). As you may know, Dan has published over three dozen novels, though his recent book from Angry Robot – Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero – is his first non tie-in book.
Mark and Dan
Covent Garden is much older than people generally realise. The 4th Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell commissioned Inigo Jones to redesign the square in the 17th century, giving it the