Calgary in Canada – which is where I am right now – is a looong way from the UK, so many hours behind that it feels like the con’s only just started while it’s actually day three already. So why come all this way? Because World Fantasy is possibly the best con around, at least for us publishing types. It’s fairly compact – maybe 1200 folks, and well over half of these are writers, artists and editors. It’s
As Marc’s been looking towards our first batch of acquisitions (news coming soon!), it’s been very clear there’s a brewing trend for a next wave of horror writers out there. It’s something that mills around in publishing circles, where we keep on waiting for the great resurgence of commercially successful horror writing after the halcyon days of the 80s. And we keep on talking about it, but still it doesn’t come back!
And here we are, of course on the one day per year when everyone’s thinking horrific thoughts in the glorious pagan-capitalist tradition that is Halloween.
Not that Boss – though I love a listen to Born to Run pretty much anytime.
OUR boss: Victoria Barnsley, HarperCollins UK and International CEO and Publisher.
She’s at the London School of Economics next Tuesday talking about exactly the business context that led Angry Robot to come into existence: the
There’s lots of scope for change in the world of SF&F publishing – lots of new things to do, lots of new ways of operating.
But when it comes to the big decisions, basically there’s only two things you can do in business (and publishing is a business, for better or worse) – diversify or rationalise. Angry Robot is a product of a decision to diversify – creating a parallel space to HarperCollins‘ Voyager imprint, and the individual publishing of Tolkien, in which to work with different publishing and business models.
And if we think diversification is the way
I love Newgrounds, the user-generated casual gaming and viral site – it’s a smart business, and finds a whole bunch of great content. Not least this super-dumb, super-fun Futurama-goes-Death-Wish vignette. Check it out.
Nowt to do with us, but the merch world is already nicely replete with Angry Robot goods.
Check out the cool consumer-generated stuff over on Zazzle – we’ll be hitting the world with our own branding sometime in the not-too-distant (but not right now!) future. The Robot-man cometh…
We’ve talked about Yeasayer, and we’ve talked about Joe Meek, but what about a whole band made up of Robots?
These guys rock, and their rider’s just a can of WD40 and two spare nuts:
No, we’re not announcing our first acquisition. And although he might be looking for a job if the polls are to be believed come mid-November, we’re not announcing a new member of staff either.
the candidate I saw looked like an angry rusty robot
What are they worth, these words we’re going to publish?
Without getting too theoretical, one of the things I want to know with this business is what the value of the formats we’ll be putting our words out in really is. Sure, we kinda know a UK paperback is worth somewhere between £6.99 and £7.99, and we kinda know a hardback
Are such things the inevitable middle-class outcomes of the soft-side of the MMO world, where “relationships” spring-up in instants, and can be thrown away just as easily. The woman in this case may be facing a 5 grand fine, but better this than the more deeply worrying gold farming black economy that have developed in MMO culture?
A great post over at Private Sector Development Blog takes a different view –
I admit it, I’ve watched Ghost in the Shell too many times.
I was never a BladeRunner fan – something about it always made me want to fall asleep, though that may have been perpetually watching it half-cut at 3am when I was younger. But Ghost in the Shell? That got me, with it’s “past man, past machine” schtick. But when you see the prosaic reality underneath the philosophising, it’s both deeply disappointing and MORE disturbing than any movie. This Actroid female robot is like some kinda botox freak out of LaLaland done as only Japan can –
It’s rare at the moment to read a debate about science fiction and agree so wholeheartedly with most of it, but SF Signal’s current mind-meld on “The Future of Written Science Fiction” had me nodding so vigorously I almost sued myself for whiplash injuries. The question of what happens to the literature of the future when the future actually arrives seems to be exercising some writers and editors rather a lot at the moment. For some, that means writing SF gets harder (Charles Stross recently opined that for him it now verges on the impossible); for others, that
Once upon a time there was a respected traditional book publisher who really, really got the concept of ebooks, they said. Who decided they would be the market leader in ebooks, would offer all their new titles in the various ebook formats as standard, right now.
Only… where a book was only available in hardcover, they priced their ebook equivalent to the hardcover, and only when the book came out in mass-market did they lower the price to the same as the paperback edition.
Perhaps they thought no one would notice. I don’t mean notice that they are giving every
S&S in the UK announced via theBookseller today that they’ve acquired Alexey Pehov’s Chronicles of Siala trilogy for,
a pre-emptive six figure sum
The emerging BRIC economies should be fertile territory for genre – there’s stuff taking place in the wildfire of those hyperspeed capitalist environments Western writers have barely dreamed of. And it needs telling, or re-telling into amazing parables of the future or the mythic past.
Peter Molyneux is one of the games industry auteurs people have been slowly been learning to think of in the same way we think about Film boys like Spielberg: commercial geniuses whose talent comes in large part from organising and enabling other peoples creativity as much as expressing their own. So when Molyneux, who these days runs Lionhead, turns to Fantasy themes to place his games, we should be interested (and are! Well, I am anyways…).
There’s a big wide world of Angry Robots out there – just check em out on Flickr. But there’s something about this one I really like.