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READERCON: N S Dolkart

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ReaderCon is coming at you this weekend, bringing the very best in imaginative literature, and authors too, it seems. Not only will you be graced with amazing guests of honour Naomi Novik and Nnedi Okorafor, there’s also a robot in the room, as our very own N S Dolkart will be taking part in panels and readings throughout the weekend.

Here’s where our Noah will be:

 

Friday, July 14
12:00 PM
Back from the Dead
Judith Berman, John Crowley, N.S. Dolkart, Nicholas Kaufmann, Sioban Krzywicki (leader).There are many characters in SF/F who die in what appears to be a permanent fashion, only to be brought back from death. Examples, left intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, appear in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba books, and as far back as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books. How do the characters interact with resurrection (their own or someone else’s) and in some cases even prepare for it? When do readers feel like this works and is believable and satisfying, and when does it feel like a cheap trick or a cop-out? What is it like to read these stories while grieving, or keenly aware of one’s own mortality?
7:00 PMNoah Beit-Aharon
Race and Historical Accuracy in Cod-Medieval Fantasy Fiction.
Too often, we’ve heard the excuse of “historical accuracy” used to explain the lack of PoC in historical fiction. Yet their presence is profoundly felt throughout European history, including in the medieval era so often used or modified as a fantasy setting: Arabic numbers have been used in Western societies for centuries, philosopher Ibn Rushd preserved and notated the works of Aristotle, the Silk Road brought traders and diplomats from all over Asia, and Moors in Spain were credited with promoting astronomy, medicine, and literacy. This panel will discuss how to populate cod-medieval fantasy novels with characters of color who have dimension, depth, and humanity, while avoiding stereotypes of swarthy villains and uncouth sidekicks.

Saturday July 15

2:00 PM
Lines of Consent in Fiction
In science fiction and fantasy, consent is often handled in fuzzy, imprecise ways. Obvious scenarios of non-consent, such as the enslaved house elves in the Harry Potter books, are easily identified as problematic, but less is said about magical destiny that compels an ordinary person to become a hero; inherited magic, rank, or family feuds that empower or endanger a character without their consent; soul mates, who are forced to love and be attracted to each other; werewolves compelled to change shape under the full moon; and other strictures that are so common we’ve come to take them for granted. This panel will discuss work that either explicitly deals with consent or appears oblivious to its relevance, and will explore the writer’s responsibility when placing characters in a scenario (or plot) that hinges on questionable consent or non-consent. Content note: this panel may explicitly discuss violations of consent and their consequences. For the purposes of this panel, trigger warnings and content notes are assumed to be valuable tools that assist the reader.

Sunday July 16

12:30 PM
Reading: N S Dolkart.
N S Dolkart reads an interactive piece from a Bad Prose story The Maltese Pelican.
Are you going to be attending ReaderCon? Do stop and say a big howdy to Noah if you spot him, and, if you’re lucky enough to get to one of his panels make sure to take a photo and tweet it to us.
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Author Appearance

Author Events: Wendy N Wagner

AR Author Wendy N WagnerSo as if the summer couldn’t be any more chock-a-block with author’s out and about, this time our Wendy N Wagner takes a step out. Or a couple of steps, in fact. The author of the expansive corporate conspiracy thriller, An Oath of Dogswhich just happens to feature sentient dogs (yes that’s right – sentient dogs!) is out to sign some books and meet lovely lot!

Over the next few months you’ll be able to find Wendy at the various locations listed below, so go along, have a natter and grab a signed copy of your new favourite tome:

July 6.
7pm. University Bookstore, Seattle 

July 9.
2pm. Ledding Library, Milwaukie

July 10.
7.30pm. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Portland 

August 31.
7pm. Barnes & Noble, Eugene, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth.

September 1.
7pm. The Book Bin, Salem, OR. With Spencer Ellsworth. 

If you can’t wait till then (and why should you?) An Oath of Dogs is available now.

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Rights News, scifi

A Man of Shadows to Russia

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

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We have great news for all of our Russian fans! Jeff Noon‘s A Man of Shadows is going to be published in Russia by our good friends AST.

While there is no firm released date as of yet we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear. In the meantime please do imagine what wonders AST can do with the cover; we’re hoping for more Escheresque joy, or maybe something slightly pulpy? What would you like to see?

Check out Jeff’s interview with Russian magazine YoungSpace – which mentions AST’s deal – here. If you’re a Russian speaker do keep up with YoungSpace for more announcements about A Man of Shadows and other novels published by AST.

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Free, Free Excerpt

Born on the 4th of July – Start Reading Sungrazer by Jay Posey Today

Sungrazer by Jay PoseyNeed another hero? Meet Lincoln Suh and the Outriders – a crack team of near-immortal super soldiers engaged in spec ops in outer space! You’ll love Sungrazerthe standalone sequel to Jay Posey’s Outriders, and you can read the first two chapters on us, right now.

In a new Cold War between Earth and the colonies on Mars, when devastating weapons go missing, there’s only one team you can call – the Outriders. A crack force of highly specialised super-soldiers, their clone bodies are near-immortal. When a fully-autonomous vessel with orbital strike capabilities goes missing, it’s up to the Outriders to track the untrackable. But when the trail leads them to the influential Martian People’s Collective Republic, the operation gets a lot more complicated…

Intrigued? Then read the first two chapters here:

Sungrazer is available from 4 July (US/Can) and 6 July (UK/Commonwealth). Catch up with Outriders now.


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Cover Art, News

COVER REVEAL: NANOSHOCK

Listen up! We’ve got a new cover reveal, created by the one, the only Cody Tilson.

The cover is for K C Alexander’s forthcoming Nanoshock and it. is. badass.

If you’re patrons of K C’s Patreon then you will have already seen the cover, as it was first revealed to you lovely, lovely lot. Just one of a myriad of reasons to support authors with their own Patreon account – content, content, content, people.

Anyhow, we’ll leave you to gaze on the sunny visage of our favourite badass, Riko, but before we go, here’s the synopsis. Get ready, cos this book is going to be a WILD ride:

As Riko works to rebuild her shattered cred, following the events of Necrotech, she’s stuck fighting off every jerk looking to raise their standing on the streets. But when a corp with some serious influence ups the stakes, Riko’s going to have to take the fight to them, put this nonsense down for good. Nothing is what it seems when corp politics are in play, and another necro blight right where her answers are buried might very well be the end of the life she didn’t know she’d borrowed.

Now, to gaze upon the hardcore motherfucker adorning our cover:

Nanoshock by KC Alexander

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Cover Art

ICYMI: Cover Reveal – Skyfarer

Watch out world! We are in possession of an absolute treat for your brain… it’s the stupendous cover for Joseph Brassey’s Skyfarer.

Created by the truly excellent Ignacio Lazcanoit’s a visual delight that combines everything we love including magic, mages, and flaming swords!

Skyfarer is one part sorcery, one part space fantasy and one part of a vast new universe. Described as “One of those remarkable books that consists entirely of ‘the good parts'” byNeal Stephenson, we have to admit, we couldn’t agree more!

Want to see the cover in its full glory? Head over the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog which is showing off the cover AND the first chapter of the novel! Just click on the sneaky peak below to see the full reveal.

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Skyfarer will be available from retailers from September 5 (US/Can) / September 7 (UK/RoW)

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AR Authors, Conventions, CONvergence, Events

Convention Time: CONvergence 2017

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Are you ready for more convention news? Yes? No? Unsure?

Well I hope you ticked box one because this time, the Robot Overlords gave decreed an appearance at CONvergence 2017, from 6-9 July is in order.

We’re sending our very own Mike Underwood (sales & marketing wizard and author) who you’ll be able to find at #Space 15, where he’ll be hanging out, selling books and generally being awesome!

Mike will be joined by Patrick S. Tomlinson, author of the Children of a Dead Earth series, of which the third instalment Children of the Divide is out on 1 July (US/Can)/3 July (UK/Row). Plus the other novels in the series – The Ark and Trident’s Forge – have recently been re-released with super swanky SPACESHIP covers…

So come along, pledge your fealty, offer us your sword/axe/bow and get yourself some of the best SF, F and WTF books around!

The Ark (2017) by Patrick S Tomlinson  Trident's Forge (2017) by Patrick S Tomlinson   Children of the Divide by Patrick S Tomlinson

…. see… spaceships…

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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Book Announcement, New Robot Author

NEW SIGNING: Amber Royer

AR Author Amber RoyerGood news, fellow cybernetic beings!

If you’ve yet to hear we’ve signed the absolutely awesome Amber Royer!

Amber’s debut novel, Free Chocolate, will be hitting shelves in June 2018.

Hold up! I hear you cry. Free Chocolate? Yup, that’s the name, and the book is every bit as delicious as the name would suggest, full of delicious food, gorgeous aliens and cocoa pods. Here’s the synopsis:

Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from one of the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy.

Forces array against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways! Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.

Amber is no stranger to delicious things herself, being the author of two cookbooks, co-written with her husband. By day Amber teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing courses. You can find out more about Amber here.

Head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the official announcement and to read an article from Amber on space opera, soap opera and, uh, opera opera.

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Author Appearance, Events

Author Event: Rod Duncan at Leicester Writes Festival

More good news fellow robots!Angry Robot author Rod Duncan

The busy man that he is, Rod Duncan – author of the Gas-Lit Empire series and the forthcoming The Queen of All Crows is out and about again!

This time, he’ll be taking part in an event on June 30 from 6-7pm at Phoenix Square, Leicester as part of the Leicester Writes Festival. Here are the details:

Writing Science; Utopia or Dystopia?
Launch of the IOP Poetry and Flash-fiction competitions

An event to explore the role science can play for a writer in creating utopian and dystopian fiction. Two speakers will give their perspectives, followed by a Q&A. This event also launches the Institute of Physics’ poetry and flash fiction competitions. Attendees could pick up some ideas and use them to enter the competitions!

Dystopian and utopian narratives can be set in the future or in an alternative version of the present or past. A common thread that runs through most is the part science, or the absence of science, plays in creating and maintaining these realities. Siobhan Logan is a poet and story-teller who explores in poetry the wonder and beauty of scientific endeavour – most recently a series published by the European Space Agency on the Philae mission to land on a comet. Rod Duncan has written an alternative steampunk novels set in a world where scientific development is strictly controlled. Each has a wealth of experience in appealing to a wide readership and making such ideas into fine writing.

The event takes place at Phoneix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG between 6-7pm – plus there will be refreshments available from 5.30pm (does this mean we get biscuits?!). We’ve included a handy map below.

You will need to register for this event in advance but it is free to attend!

The Gas-Lit Empire Series, The Bullet Catcher’s DaughterUnseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels are on sale now!

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

ICYMI – COVER REVEAL: Under the Pendulum Sun

It was one of those beautiful moments in the office. We’d agreed to the purchase of Jeannette Ng’s amazing debut novel Under the Pendulum Sun and the discussion had turned to covers. Without thinking we, as one, uttered “John Coulthart”, because who could better bring to life the creepy gothic imagery Jeannette’s words painted? Happily John was onboard with our idea and the wonderful process of researching for the design began.

That’s not our tale to tell though. Head over to Fantasy Faction to hear what John had to say about the creative process, as well as Jeannette’s thoughts on the cover, and to see the beautiful artwork, of course!

Until then, here’s a very sneak peek:

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

If Then, What Now? – Bookbub for If Then Today

If Then by Matthew de Abaitua“This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else.” (Paul Di Filippo)

“If Then may be one of the most important works of British SF to appear in recent years. It is stunningly original and superbly well written.” (Nina Allen)

If, for some strange reason (excuses on a postcard), you haven’t read Matthew De Abaitua’s sumptuous and intriguing post-apocalyptic If Thenthen today is your lucky day!

June 25th in the UK and Canada, Bookbub has your back – so discover The Process for 99p/$1.99.

In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.

But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.

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Offers, Price Promotion, Strange Chemistry

Strange Chemistry Sale

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Looking for something for a younger reader, or just seeking a wonderful story for yourself? Look no further! We’ve knocked the price down on all of our Strange Chemistry books to just £2.99. Young adult fantasy and science-fiction for everyone!


 

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Free Excerpt

A New World Conspiracy – Free Excerpt of Wendy N Wagner’s An Oath of Dogs

Fancy some expansive, colony science fiction with some corporate intrigue and alien biology all mixed in? Then you’ll love Wendy N Wagner’s expansive, compelling and heartfelt new novel, An Oath of Dogs.An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N Wagner

Kate Standish has been on the forest-world of Huginn less than a week and she’s already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. But the little town of mill workers and farmers is more worried about eco-terrorism and a series of attacks by the bizarre, sentient dogs of this planet, than a death most people would like to believe is an accident. That is, until Kate’s investigation uncovers a conspiracy which threatens them all.

Plus as a little bonus, we’re doing something a little different in the run to the release! Because we are all a little bit in love with Hattie, Kate’s canine companion, we’re going to offer $1 to a service dog charity with each pre-order of An Oath of Dogs (up to 500 units). Our chosen charity is Freedom Service Dogs of America and you can read a bit more about them here. If you’d like to help us donate to a great cause, just send a copy of your pre-order receipt to penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com and we’ll do the rest.

And if you want to check the first two chapters, they’re below:

An Oath of Dogs will be available from July 4 (US/Can) and July 6 (UK/Commonwealth).

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Competitions, Cover Art

A Man of Bricks – Competition Time: Build Our Covers from Lego

A Man of Bricks with coverIt seems that our editorial assistant has too much time on his hands (we’ll fix that), and was inspired to recreate, in Lego, the cover for Jeff Noon’s new book A Man of Shadows, designed by master cover artist Will Staehle.

From Jeff:

“Seeing Nick’s fantastic Lego remix of the Man of Shadows cover reminded me that a novel is never quite finished: it exists in various forms, some more jagged than others, with rougher edges, and sharper corners. A hero could get damaged, a villain might trip and fall. A brick might fall off a building and hit a minor character on the head. It’s a revelation. The last time I clipped two bricks together, I was a child; now I’m a man, and my eyes have been opened! We need more Lego book covers.”

Now it’s your turn! We want you to build Lego versions of any of our covers, or characters from the books and send us a picture. If we love it, we’ll send you a copy of Jeff’s new novel! Deal? Deal.

If you’re really lucky, the cover artist might even say something as lovely as this:

“I’ve had my covers made into immersive projected experiences, carved wooden boxes, and even into an old-school arcade games, but this is certainly the first time that I’ve ever seen one of my covers as a Lego sculpture, and a quite excellent one at that too! Between the structure, and the lighting Nick totally nailed this build… It’s like if MC Esher grew up playing with Lego!” – artist Will Staehle

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Author Appearance, Events

Kameron Hurley at ALA Annual Conference

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And now for something a little different…

Fresh off the back of her Swedish tour, Kameron Hurley, writer extraordinaire of The Stars are Legion, The Worldbreaker Saga and the critical essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is attending the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.     The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The ALA (American Libraries Association) Annual Conference Librarians, runs from 22 – 27 June 2017 at McCormick Place Convention Center and is for authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students – anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and/or eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.

This year Kameron will be appearing alongside guests such as Bill Nye, Reshma Saujani and Gene Luen Yang delivering a talk as part of the LITA President’s Program. Here are the details:

Sunday 25 June 2017: 3 – 4pm – We are the Sum of our Stories.

In this thought-provoking talk, essayist and author Kameron Hurley will discuss how curated content is shaping not only the stories we tell about ourselves, but the realities we live in, and how librarians and other information professionals can help shape these narratives. She will discuss propaganda (“fake news”), the rise of far-right internet culture into the mainstream, and how cyber wars now rely more on hacking our narratives than our computers.

Registration is open now and you don’t need to be a member to attend. Plus, keep an eye out for The Broken Heavenscoming from Angry Robot Books (2 Jan US/Can, 4 Jun UK).

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

The Stars Are A Bargain – UK Bookbub for The Stars Are Legion Today

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Badass” (John Scalzi), “Grabs you like a gravity well and won’t let go,” (Chuck Wendig), “A ragged scream from the heart of a broken world” (B&N Sc-Fi & Fantasy Blog), “Gutsy in every sense” (James Lovegrove), “Beautiful, brutal as fuck, giant space opera. It is how Science fiction SHOULD BE DONE” (Shelf Inflicted)… need we go on?

It’s almost inconceivable that you haven’t yet added Kameron Hurley’s devastating, fantastical, feminist space opera The Stars Are Legion to your collection yet, but if you haven’t then today is your day.

June 8 in the UK, Bookbub has your back – join the legion for just £1.99 on Amazon and other choice vendors.

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion…


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