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Silent Hall on Audible

Silent Hall by N. S. Dolkart

Good news, those who love audiobooks! N S Dolkart‘s Silent Hall is now available through Audible. Narrated by Adam Sims (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World / World War Z) aural story lovers can expect an epic fantasy of breathtaking scope full to the brim with wizards, angry gods and dragons.

Silent Hall joins other Angry Robot novels on Audible, such as Jay Posey’s Duskwalker series, Wesley Chu‘s Tao series, K W Jeter‘s George Dower series, Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy and Rod Duncan‘s Gas-Lit Empire series.

Here’s the synopsis:

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything ‘ and anyone ‘ to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves ‘ and Psander’s library ‘ from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

To grab your very own audio version of Silent Hall, just click here.

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Danielle L. Jensen, Fan stuff, Free, Giveaways

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, the River Road Gate and the Glass Gardens!

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If you’d love to get a yourself a copy of the map then you’re in luck, because Danielle will be including a postcard sized version in her pre-order campaign – which you can find all the details for here – so head on over now and get your hands on a fabulous swag pack!

Plus if you still haven’t read the Malediction trilogy and want to catch up asap (why wouldn’t you?) you can grab Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch now. They’re currently on sale on Amazon through May (US/Canada only) – what more could you want?!

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Free Excerpt

Step Into a New World with a Free Excerpt from A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows

A Tyranny of Queens by Foz MeadowsAlmost a year ago we uncovered the extraordinary Manifold Worlds in Foz MeadowsAn Accident of Stars and now it’s time to return to Kena with the sequel A Tyranny of Queens, out now.

Saffron Coulter is back on Earth, but even so, nothing is easy. Struggling with the victimising expectations of her friends and family and threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she’s outgrown, or pit herself against everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by Leoden’s absence and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what happens when Leoden returns?

Dive into the first two chapters now, it’s the world you’ve been waiting for:

Go through the portal… A Tyranny of Queens is available everywhere that books are found from 2 May (US/ebook) / 4 May (UK).

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Angry Robot

Bookbub bargain time for Canada: The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Bargain book alert! Canadian readers can snap up the witty and delightful fantasy The Copper Promise by Jen Williams. It’s only available today (May 10 2017) and it’s just $1.99! Head over to Amazon.ca to sate your bargain hunting needs.

What’s the book about? Excellent question:

Wydrin, The Copper Cat, takes a job to escort a noble into The Citadel – a forbidden and dangerous fortress – with the help of Sir Sebastian, her exile knight companion. There, they awaken an elder god, unleashing chaos on the nearby countryside. Why can’t it ever be a *simple* job?

The Copper Promise is near-perfect fantasy adventure fun and a breath of fresh air in a genre choking on its own grittiness. Read it and remind yourself what made you fall in love with fantasy books.”
– Starburst Magazine 10/10

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Robots at large

Author Appearance: Matthew De Abaitua to WoW

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Matthew De Abaitua will be heading up to Liverpool Saturday (May 13) to take part in a panel as part of the Writing On the Wall festival.

The event is called Tax the Robots and… well the festival programmers can do a much better job of explaining the day than we can, so without further ado:

The term “robot” was coined by Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Capek in 1920 — “robota” being a Czech word for tedious labor. Today, robots assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual laborers, while more than 8 million U.S. airline flights a year are scheduled, guided and flown with the superhuman assistance of advanced software.

Recent reports in the UK suggest that ‘robots’, or software programmes, could replace up to 250,000 white collar jobs in the next few years; a Japanese insurance company recently laid off 80 staff and replaced them with robots. 02 in the UK are considering doing the same. InAngry Robot author Matthew de Abaitua Liverpool, Merseyrail staff are stringing to prevent their own jobs being outsourced to autonomous colleagues.
The response of some during the industrial revolution was to smash up the machines; should we too become ‘luddites’ or is there another way? Head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is just one voice calling for us to tax the robots as a way to smoothen the transition to an autonomous work force and ensuring that the payments from human workers into tax and national insurance, the bedrock of health and social care, are not lost. Employers, ever intent on cutting overheads, are eyeing up robots as a way of driving down labour costs. But weren’t robots, and tech generally, meant to free us, give us more leisure time and take the heavy load from us?

To discuss the implications of tech and robots and explore new ways of living, we have writers, trade unionists, activists, workers, commentators, etc., taking part in a series of panels and activities, including writing creative responses to explore and discuss the impact of technologies on our lives now and in the future.

Here’s Matthew’s panel:
Your Robots and You
11am-12:30pm 

Have you ever wondered what the future will look like, or wanted to help program a robot? Join Liverpool University’s Will Slocombe, writer Matthew de Abaitua, and computer scientist Louise Dennis, to consider our future with robots. You will get to consider the ways robots might change our lives, get to devise your own stories and graphics, and take part in deciding how a robot should act. Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool.

The event will be taking place on Saturday May 13 at Toxeth Library. For more information on WoWFest and to book your tickets, please visit the website.

 

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Free Excerpt

Explore the Past – Free Sample of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen

The Broken Ones by Jen WilliamsDanielle L. Jensen returns this June with her stunning prequel to the Malediction trilogy, The Broken Ones, which chronicles the ill-fated love affair between Marc and Pénélope as they struggle to navigate the complex political world of Trollus.

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader.  His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

We can’t wait to read more about Marc and Pénélope – two of our favourite characters from the Malediction trilogy – and how their doomed love casts shadows over future events.

You either? Well read the first two chapters right here, for FREE:

The Broken Ones is released June 1 (US/Can) and June 6 (UK/Commonwealth). Plus catch up with the rest of the Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witchright now!

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

Read the Malediction Trilogy in Time for The Broken Ones!

Malediction Trilogy 2We have only one month before the secrets of the Malediction trilogy are revealed in The Broken OnesIt’s just enough time to catch up on the glorious feels of the series, and Amazon are helping us all out by reducing each of the Malediction books to just $1.99 in US & Canada for the whole of May.

Stolen Songbird – Amazon US / Amazon CA
When Cécile is kidnapped and sold to trolls, she believes she is destined for the cookpot. But she learns her preconceived ideas of those who hold her prisoner are false… and finds a life that she can love.

Hidden Huntress – Amazon US / Amazon CA
Cecile searches for a counter-spell for the curse which imprisons the Trolls, while the King of Trollus tightens his grip on the imprisoned populace.

Warrior Witch – Amazon US / Amazon CA
After killing the witch Anushka, Cecile and Tristan must negotiate a tenuous political situation and find a way to forge a life once their struggles come to an end.

SO GOOD. I am drowning in feels. If you haven’t read the Malediction Trilogy then I seriously implore for you to do it before this one comes out. This series is AMAZING. And it has an amazing book boyfriend (who is MINE) and excellent supporting characters. For me, it is Fantasy at its best!
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Angry Robot, Competitions, Fan stuff, Short Fiction, Sneak Peek

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 a single copy from the grasp of a desperate, ravenous reader. We’ve been told they’re recovering and managing well without their arms, which is lucky, as we were loathe to give up our fancy new office ornaments.

Our question is, do you want the ARC signed by Jeff (possibly (but probably not) in his own blood)?

If so, we’re going to run a competition over the next week. Here’s how you can enter:

Jeff is known for his novels Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel Sk1n, Pollen and a whole host more, but also known for his amazing Twitter feed full of strange, dreamlike tweets that read like stories in themselves. For example:

What we want you to do, dear Robot horde, is to create your own dreamlike story in 100 – 140 characters and tweet it to us (or email penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com, if you don’t have love for Twitter). We’ll pick the winner – and by that we mean the author of the strangest, weirdest and smartest story – next Thursday at 12 noon, UK time.

What are you still reading this for? Better get crafting that story!

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Author Appearance

K W Jeter Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium

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We’re incredibly excited here at Robot HQ because 2017 marks 30 Years of Steampunk!

Back in April 1987, the amazing K W Jeter was the first person the coin the phrase ‘Steampunk’ and this weekend he will be the Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio (28-30 May).  Angry Robot author KW Jeter

Not only will he be Guest of Honour, he’ll be taking part in the K W Jeter Feature Hour on Sunday; talking about his life and work, including the amazing George Dower Trilogy; Infernal Devices, Fiendish Schemes and Grim Expectations (coming from Angry Robot in June 2017).

The Symposium is a mission for the promotion and preservation of all things Steampunk and it plays a vital part in its dedication to the Steampunk Community. Plus it’s also a jolly good time where you are likely to find several friends whom you have yet to meet!

Here are all the details you might need:

Location: Crowne Plaza Blue Ash – 5901 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Tickets are available now and start at $15 for Saturday or Sunday Daytime. Weekend and Evening tickets are also available.

The full schedule is available now and take note! It includes Umbrella Fencing, High Tea, Nerf Duels and, of course:

K W Jeter Feature Hour: May 30th at 1.30pm.
Moderated by Leanna Renee Hieber

So grab your best clothes, polish off your spectacles and cogs and make your way over for a jolly good time!

And, if by chance, you have not read any of Mr Jeter’s fabulous work, Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes available now and Grim Expectations will be available from June 2017.

Infernal Devices (2017) by K W Jeter  Fiendish Schemes by K W Jeter  Grim Expectations by K W Jeter

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Awards, News

Steal the Sky Shortlisted for Gemmell Morningstar Award

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeHave you heard the good news?

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!

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Price Promotion

Load Your Nook with Awesome Books for Under $5

Nook Under 5 April 2017That ace gang at Barnes & Noble are at it again, knocking a tonne of ebooks down to under five bucks! The sale runs from 25 April to 1 May and it’s the perfect time to snap up these beauties for $1.99 apiece.

Direct links to the Nook sale:


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Price Promotion

Start Superb Series Sale with Nook

Nook Start A Series April 2017Spring: a time for new beginnings, new worlds and new stories. To celebrate the return of sunshine Barnes & Noble are slashing these fine series’ starts to just $2.99 from 18 – 24 April as ebooks!

Use the links below to load up your Nook and start reading:


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Cover Art

Children Of A Dead Earth series: New, Shiny Covers

ChildrenOfTheDivide_144dpiTo celebrate the release of Children of the Divide, the third title in the Children of a Dead Earth series, we’ve decided to repackage Patrick S Tomlinson‘s books.

Featuring the generation ships, the covers now SCREAM SPACE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR FACE, and for that, we love them.

Our thanks, as always, to Lee Gibbons for the brilliant cover art.

Children of the Divide will be available from all good bookstores August 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth), Children of a Dead Earth fans. For those that have yet to embark on an amazing hard SF series with mystery elements, fancy starting the series pre-release of the third novel? Here’s what some wonderful people have had to say about it thus far:

“The stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Ark is an extremely fast page turner, to both unspool the mystery, and immerse oneself in the main character and his plight.”
Skiffy & Fanty

“Another amazing story with all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Patrick S. Tomlinson.  With a great mix of science fiction, action and mystery it is wonderfully written and it’s not “world” building but as the author said it’s ‘race building’,  so don’t miss out on the turbulent ups and downs that had me undeniably hooked throughout the entire thing.”
Books in Brogan

“The writing is excellent, the pace superb and it’s one of those books that feels like a quick read until you look out the window and see the sun rise, realising you’ve been reading for several hours.”
The British Fantasy Society

“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”
– Popcorn Reads

Just for your visual pleasure here the cover are, altogether for the first time. Aren’t they beeeeaaaauuuutiful? They’d look pretty good on your bookshelf, we think.

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Daily Deal, Offers

Drop Everything and Read Day

Drop Everything and ReadWe’ve partnered up with Amazon.com for a flash sale on 12 April for Drop Everything and Read Day – a great day to sit down and read a book, or at least grab a book so you can read it later.

The amazing books below will be knocked down to $2.50 for the paperback edition, click the titles and covers to find them on Amazon.com. Snap ’em up before they run out, and don’t forget: drop everything!

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeSeven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro ColucciThe Blasted Lands by James A. MooreNecrotech by K. C. AlexanderKojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

The Deaths Of Tao by Wesley ChuThe Buried Life, by Carrie PatelThe Copper Promise by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Unseemly Science by Rod DuncanBlades Of The Old Empire, by Anna Kashina

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Angry Robot, Cover Art

Cover Reveal: Sungrazer

It’s almost here! Jay Posey‘s Sungrazer, the second in our very popular ‘A-Team in space’ series, and sequel to Outriders, will be hitting all good stores in July!

And now we’re showing off the cover, an awe-inspiring space scene featuring the surface of Mars and one of our kick-ass outriders in their special suits. But why are the suits special, you ask? Better read Outriders to find out!

Our thanks, as always, go to glorious cover artist, Larry Rostant.

Click on the link below to visit the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog and see the full cover reveal, and read more about the novel.

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Conventions

Norwescon 40: April 13–16, 2017

Beware Seattle – the robots are coming!

That’s right, this weekend we’re dusting off the old droid transportation device and teleporting to Seattle’s DoubleTree by Hilton to celebrate Norwescon 40: Over the Hills and Far Away,the 40th year of one of the best conventions around!

Not only do we have a whole heap of Robot authors in attendance, but Mike our sales & marketing guru and MD Marc will be around, too. All will be taking part in various panels, readings and workshops across the weekend. We’ve detailed who’s where from the Robot team below, but you can also check the full schedule of events right here. Remember, as always, programmes are subject to change.

Do keep checking our Twitter account to keep up-to-date with all of the latest action, japes, pub locations and whatnot, as we’ll be posting there sporadically. But now, without further ado, our timetable of events!

Joseph Brassey:The author, Joseph Brassey

Friday<

11:00 — 12:00
Cascade 5&6
Worldbuilding: Geography Meets Story
The setting in fantasy can often play as much a part of the story as the characters. Join our panelists as they discuss fantasy geography and what kinds of specifics create a compelling setting.

Django Wexler (M), Carol Berg, Alex C. Renwick, Kay Kenyon, Joseph Brassey

14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 5&6
A Call to Action by Any Other Name Remains the Same
A discussion regarding a character’s core call to action, regardless of race, gender, and orientation. What kinds of common motivations can unite diverse characters and make them relatable to all?

G.R. Theron (M), Peter Orullian, Joseph Malik, Joseph Brassey

15:00 — 16:00
Cascade 9
The Psychology of Single Combat
Why does the person who is supposed to win sometimes lose? What can turn a journeyman into a champion? What could make a champion just give up? When the match seems even, what makes the difference that allows someone to win? Will include examples from modern sports.

Mark Chapman (M), Joseph Malik, Bart Kemper, Norman K. Moss, Joseph Brassey

20:00 — 21:00
Cascade 5&6
Conflict and Cost: Fantasy Edition
Join our panelists as they create conflict and costs for different, audience-generated characters across diverse fantasy settings. This is a great opportunity to see the kinds of things professionals consider when creating tension for characters.

John (J.A.) Pitts, Sonia Orin Lyris, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Joseph Brassey

Saturday
14:00 — 15:00
Cascade 11
Toxic Masculinity as Villain
Masculine tropes are commonly used in the depiction of heroes, but toxic masculinity is increasingly being explored as well. What is toxic masculinity, and how does it lend itself to the writing of villainy and evil?

Joseph Brassey (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Elliott Kay, Marta Murvosh

15:00 — 15:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Joseph Brassey

Skyfarer. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path!

Angry Robot Author Bruce R CordellBruce Cordell:

Friday

16:00 — 16:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Bruce R. Cordell

Chapter 1: Recursion from Myth of the Maker. The disaster that nearly wiped out the planet began in our VR lab on Tuesday morning. Earth survived, if you’re reading this. But if someone else gets too clever with math like the six of us did, the same thing could happen all over again. And there’s almost nothing anyone can do to stop it. I’m really sorry about that, by the way. Rated PG

Saturday

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As below)

ar-marcoMarc Gascoigne:

Thursday

16:00 – 17:00pm
Cascade 7&8
Navigating the New Publishing Landscape
Mark Teppo (M), Raven Oak, Shannon Page, Marc Gascoigne

17:00 – 18:30
Grand 2
GOH Banquet
Nancy Kress (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Catska Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Cory Ench

19:00 – 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

17:00 – 19:00
Lifetime Members’ Dinner
Grand 2
Catska Ench, Claudia Casper, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Gordon Van Gelder, Kristy Acevedo, Marc Gascoigne, Matt Hill, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Susan diRende, Ian McDonald

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K Dick Awards

21:00 — 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

14:00 – 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. C hen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo, Claudia Casper.

15:00 — 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Hayley Stone, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, Patrick S Tomlinson, Shanna Germain.

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

21:00 — 00:00
Presidential Suite 1360
Spotlight Publisher Party – in Honor of Angry Robot

Sunday

16:00 – 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

The Author, Shanna GermainShanna Germain:

Saturday

31:00 — 13:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Shanna Germain
The Poison Eater The Poison Eater is the first novel in the Numenera line. Talia was once one of the twelve martyrs of the forgotten compass, a prisoner of the unhuman creatures known only as the vordcha. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact. Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city’s protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She’s been here long enough that Enthait is her home now, these are her people. She loves them and they her. But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die. Rated G

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Angry Robot author Matt HillMatt Hill:

Friday

12:00 – 13:00
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.

19:00 – 20:30
Grand 2
Philip K. Dick Awards
Presented annually at Norwescon, with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust, for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
***NOTE: Matt’s novel Graft is one of the titles shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award***

Saturday

19:00 — 20:00
Evergreen 1&2
The Year is 2067
From the tablet to cell phones, we live in an era forecast long ago in science fiction. Our panelists look ahead 50 years and extrapolate on what the current stories of today may forecast for tomorrow.

Adam Rakunas:Angry Robot author Adam Rakunas

Thursday

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 13
Beat Writer’s Block
Stuck in a story? Writers lead a series of quick exercises that have helped them get past obstacles. Bring pen, paper, laptop, or whatever you need to write.
James C. Glass (M), Adam Rakunas, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marta Murvosh

18:00 — 19:00
Cascade 3&4
SFWA: What Is It, Where Is It Going, and Why Should You Care?
Panelists will discuss the origin and history of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), what the organization does for professional F&SF writers and the genre, and what its direction will be in coming years.
Cat Rambo (M), Django Wexler, Adam Rakunas, John Walters

Friday

13:00 — 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

15:30– 16:00
Cascade 2
Reading: Adam Rakunas
The Throne Oath. Six student magicians lead a revolution against their government. It does not go as planned. Rated PG.
Adam Rakunas (M)

The Author, Patrick S. TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson:

Friday

17:00 — 17:30
Cascade 2
Reading: Patrick S. Tomlinson
Patrick S. Tomlinson reads a novel excerpt. Rated PG

Saturday

10:00 — 11:00
Cascade 5&6
How to Get an Agent
How do you get a literary agent anyway? What are the best practices for querying? Our panel of professionals will discuss the query process and how to keep plowing forward despite rejection, as well as what agents do for authors and why you probably want one.
Patrick Tomlinson (M), James C. Glass, Jack Skillingstead, Tina Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above)

Mike newMike Underwood:

Thursday

19:00 — 20:00
Grand 3 and Grand 2
Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Kress (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Friday

11:00 – 12:00
Cascade 9
The Geek Life
It’s a hard Geek Life for me. Let’s examine geek culture in the 21st century and why it’s good to be a geek now.
Shannon (M), Shubzilla, Mike Underwood, Jason Bourget

13:00 – 14:00
Grand 2
Interview and Q&A with Angry Robot
Adam Rakunas (M), Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

Saturday

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above)

15:00 – 16:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Evergreen 1&2
What’s New at Angry Robot
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood

19:00 – 20:00
Cascade 9
The Evolution of Star Wars
Let’s look at Star Wars over the last 40 years and what is in store for the future. Movies, comic books, TV, and books.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Dylan Templar, David Fooden, Mike Underwood, Rob Stewart

Sunday
16:00 — 17:00
Evergreen 3&4
Closing Ceremonies
Rob Stewart (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress

Wendy N Wagner:AR Author Wendy N Wagner

Friday

13:00 – 14:00
Poolside1
Worldbuilding: Coin of the Realm

“Coin of the realm” is a metaphor for how the economic structure of your world operates. Do your characters hunt or farm, barter or buy? Do they use currency? Where are goods manufactured? How are they paid for? Come discuss how this one layer of detail can inform your entire story, regardless of its plot.

Laura Anne Gilman (M), Nancy Kress, Renee Stern, Wendy N. Wagner

14:30 – 15:30
Olympic 1
Art and Craft Open Time (kids programming)
Drop by for crafts and activities for young members.

Wendy N. Wagner, Adia, Raven J. Demers

17:00 — 18:00
Pro Suite
Koffee Klatsch: Wendy N. Wagner
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.

18:00 – 19:00
Olympic 1

Dress-up RPG/Intro to RPG (Kids Programming)

19:00 – 20:00
Baker
Writers’ Workshop – Olivia Baxter Hudson

Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), Erik Scott de Bie, James C. Glass, Wendy N. Wagner

21:00 – 22:00
Cascade 10
Grounded Sci-Fi
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.

Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne

Saturday

11:00 — 12:00
Evergreen 3&4
Why Editors Pass
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page

12:30 — 13:00
Cascade 2

Reading:  Wendy N. Wagner

14:00 — 15:00
Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
(As above) 

17:00 — 18:00
Cascade 9
First Page Idol
Feeling brave? Want to see how your first page holds up in a cold read? Send the first page of your manuscript to idol@norwescon.org to have it anonymously read aloud and critiqued by a panel of pros.

Curtis C. Chen (M), Wendy N. Wagner, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

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