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AR Authors, Awards, Hell Yes

Megan E O’Keefe wins the Morningstar award!

Glad tidings from Derby! This weekend, at a wonderful ceremony during the EdgeLit literary festival, the Gemmell Award for Fantasy 2016 winners were announced. We’ve got to tell you, we were absolutely delighted!

Firstly, our Megan E O’Keefe, author of Steal the Sky (part of the Scorched Continent series, which also includes Break the Chains and Inherit the Flame) won the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut! *Throws glitter* Alas, Megan couldn’t make the ceremony, what with living in California AND spending the weekend celebrating her birthday but the wonderful Matt Dovey collected on her behalf (see picture below). Thanks for everything Matt!

Secondly long time Robot, Gav Thorpe won the Legend award for best novel for Warbeast (Black Library). See, we always knew you were a legend, Gav and now you’ve the trophy to prove it! Luckily, as a local, Gav was around to collect the award and wandered off at the end of the night looking a bit shady clasping four foot axe.

Congratulations to both on such wonderful wins!

Now, to get this Morningstar Award in the post. *Searches for bubblewrap*

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Angry Robot at FantasyCon 2015

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This weekend the now sold out FantasyCon2015 comes to Nottingham, and as it’s on Angry Robot’s home turf we don’t even have to fire up our teleportation devices to attend!

We have a vast array of UK-based Angry Robot authors coming along to the convention all cleaned, oiled and ready to mingle – we’ve ordered them to be on their best behaviour. If you’d like to say hi then make sure to pop along to one of the below panels or catch us in the bar afterwards for a chat and a pint. Our Overlord Marc is even running the disco on Friday night, so if you have any specific music requests let us know.

As always with these things schedules are subject to change, so do check your programme prior to any panel you wish to attend.

David Tallerman:
Saturday, 11am: Is It Legit?: Crime in Fantasy, Horror and SF – Conference Theatre
Saturday 7.40pm: Reading – The Reading Room

Anne Lyle:
Friday, 5pm: Stealing from the Past: Fantasy in History – Suite 2

Foz Meadows:
Friday, 8pm: Doing ‘It’ Right: Love, Romance & Sexy Times – Conference Theatre
Saturday, 9pm: Reading – The Reading Room
Sunday, 11am: The Future of the Future – Suite 1

Gav Thorpe:
Friday, 8.20pm: Reading – The Reading Room
Saturday, 2pm: War: What Is It Good For? Martial Conflict in SFF – Conference Theatre

Peter McLean:
Friday, 4pm: The World As We Know It: Modern-Day Fantastic – Conference Theatre
Saturday, 6.20pm: Reading – The Reading Room

Jen Williams:
Saturday, 4pm: Here Be Dragons: How Can Epic Fantasy Reinvent Itself? – Conference Theatre
Saturday, 7pm: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club – Suite 2

Emma Newman:
Friday, 4pm: Fear & Writing Workshop – Suite 2
Friday 6pm: Fae-Fi, Folk-Fum: Faerie & Folktale – Suite 1
Friday, 9pm: The Atrocity Exhibition – Conference Theatre
Saturday, 6pm: Tea & Jeopardy – Conference Theatre
Sunday, 10am: Sounds Like a Great Story: The Science and Psychology of Audio Fiction – Suite 2

Guy Adams:
Friday, 7pm: Wanted, Dead or Alive: The Weird Western – Suite 2
Saturday, 9pm: Performed Reading: One For The Road – Suite 1
Saturday, 10pm: FantasyCon 2015 DISCO – Conference Theatre

Marc Gascoigne:
Saturday, 5pm: Genre Publishing in the C21st – Conference Theatre
Saturday, 9pm: FantasyCon 2015 DISCO – Conference Theatre

Susan Murray:
Sunday, 10am: By the Gods! Religion & Beliefs in Fantasy – Suite 1

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Angry Robot Invades Forbidden Planet

We’ve manned the death rays, calibrated our shielding devices and polished our carapaces, which can only mean one thing – Angry Robot is taking over Forbidden Planet!

Over the next two Thursdays a crack team of our finest British authors will be visiting both Forbidden Planet Birmingham and London for signings, readings and even a panel. The events are free, so just roll up and join in the invasion fun.

Different Worlds, Different Times – Forbidden Planet Megastore, Birmingham
Thursday 20 August
18:00 – 19:00

Come down to Forbidden Planet Birmingham to watch Angry Robot authors Matthew De Abaitua, Andy Remic, Susan Murray and Rod Duncan in a panel discussion on their different worlds and realities. There will be time for a Q&A afterwards, as well as signings from each of the authors.

74 Bull Street
Birmingham
B4 6AD

Fierce Fiction – Forbidden Planet Megastore, London
Thursday 27 August
18:00 – 19:00
There will be readings from both If Then by Matthew De Abaitua and The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic before signings from authors including Rod Duncan, Susan Murray and Ishbelle Bee. Chatting to the authors, and photos are encouraged. They’re all very nice, honestly.

179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8JR

Gav Thorpe will be joining both events, to sign both Angry Robot and Black Library titles.

Books from each author will be available for purchase at both the London and Birmingham Forbidden Planets, so make sure to bring some cash and a sharpie for signings.

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Angry Robot at Nine Worlds

After the joy of GenCon over in the States, it’s finally time for the UK to get a bite of the convention apple, as Nine Worlds is happening this weekend in London!

We’ll be sending down a crack team of Robots to take over attend the con, set on chatting with you and reigning triumphant over every board game going.

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 12.01.37FullSizeRenderMake sure to keep a keen eye out for publicity manager Penny and consultant editor Phil (both pictured), as we’ve hardwired their brains to respond to the phrase: ‘Hello, you are <enter name> and I’m plotting the overthrow of all mankind, too.’ Utter these words and they will reply with a 20% discount code for all ebooks* over at the Robot Trading Company website.

For context, the line is from our Angry Robot theme tune, which you can listen to below. WARNING: We can’t be held responsible the amount of time it takes you to stop humming it, for the thing is dangerously catchy.

Also attending Nine Worlds are a host of our authors including Lavie TidharAdam Christopher, Anne Lyle, Emma Newman and David Tallerman. Make sure to catch them at one of the panels below:

Friday:
10:00 – 11:15: Architecture of a Great Character: Adam Christoper – Room 38

11:45 – 13:00: You’re in Our World, Now – The Invention of Myths for a Modern Audience: Emma Newman – County C&D

13:30 – 14:45: Newbie Meetup: Emma Newman – County A

13:30 – 14:45: How to Break Into Comics – But Seriously, How?: David Tallerman – Room 11

17:00 – 18:15: Fear and Writing: Emma Newman – Royal A

Saturday
9:00 – 9:45: What Makes Fantasy Fantastic?: Anne Lyle – County C&D

11:45 – 13:00: Collaborative Writing – How to Write With Others (and Stay Friends): Emma Newman – Royal A

13:30 – 14:45: Newbie Meetup: Emma Newman – Commonwealth East

16:00 – 16:45: Signing with Lavie Tidhar – Forbidden Planet Table, Commonwealth East

17:00 – 18:15: The Dead Will Rise Again – Resurgence of Gothic Literature: Lavie Tidhar – Room 38

Sunday:
10:00 – 11:15:
The Books of Dr Who – Just How Many Are There, Anyway: Adam Christopher – Royal C&D

10:00 – 11:15: Can’t Stop the Signal – Taking Your Podcast to the Next Level: Emma Newman – Room 32

11:45 – 13:00: 
The Humanitarian Element: Superheroic Ethics – Heroism, Compromise & The Reality of Intervening Under Fire: David Tallerman – Room 11

13:00 – 14:00:
 Monsterclass – How To Really Write a Short Story: David Tallerman – Room 16

13:30 – 14:45: The Many Roads Into Comics – Four Creators Discuss Their Way Into Graphic Narrative: Adam Christopher – Connaught A

15:15 – 16:30: Writing the Other: Guy Haley and Emma Newman – Commonwealth West

17:00 – 18:15: The Top 5 Dr Who Stories – …Chosen to be Saved from Destruction: Adam Christopher – Royal C&D

We’ll all be hanging out at various events, ceremonies – Kameron Hurley is on the shortlist to win the Morningstar award at the Gemmell Awards – and bars. Keep one eye on our Twitter for updates throughout the con.

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Angry Robot Authors: Where to Find them in 2015

If there’s one thing that the Angry Robot horde love to do, it’s to crawl out of our writing holes and have a chat. Partially it’s because we need to see the light of day and socialise after a hard few months of writing, but also it’s because we love you guys. You keep us doing what we do.

So that’s why we’re all over the place this year at various conventions, exhibitions and festivals. Below is a list of where the we’ll be throughout 2015, so if you want to pop down and say hi, or you’re in the area, we’d love to catch up with you.

The list isn’t quite exhaustive – yet – and of course all dates are subject to change, so make sure to check back before you cross the globe for your favourite author. We don’t refund plane tickets.

Craig Cormick:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Danielle L. Jensen:

When Worlds Collide, Calgary, CA  14-16 Aug

Ishbelle Bee:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Rod Duncan:

Norwescon, Washington, USA  2 – 5 April

Edge Lit, Derby, UK  July 11

Marianne de Pierres:

Supanova, Gold Coast, Australia  April 17 – 19

Genre Con, Brisbane, Australia  30 Oct – 1 Nov

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Kameron Hurley:

BEA/Bookcon, New York, USA  May  27 – 29

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July  30 – 2 Aug

WorldCon, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

Carrie Patel:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Comicpalooza, Houston, USA  22 – 25 May

WorldCon, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Jay Posey:

Comicon, Phoenix, USA  28-31 May

ConGregate, North Carolina, USA  11-12 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 28 – 2 Aug

Susan Murray:

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK  23 – 25 Oct

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Gav Thorpe:

Derby Book Festival, Derby, UK  31 May – 7 June

Edge Lit 4, Derby, UK  11 July

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Fantasycon, Nottingham, UK  23 – 25 Oct

David Tallerman:

EasterCon, Heathrow, UK 3 – 6 April

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK 23 – 25 Oct

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Maurice Broaddus:

Mo*Con, Indianapolis, USA  May 1-3

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Mike Underwood:

BaltiCon, Baltimore, USA  22 – 25 May

BEA/BookCon New York, NY  27 – 31 May

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Alyc Helms:

Emerald City ComiCon, Seattle, USA  27 – 29 Mar

Norwescon, Washington, USA  2 – 5 April

WisCon, Madison WI, USA  22 – 25 May

Comicon, Phoenix, USA  28-31 May

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

Dragon Con, Atlanta USA  4 – 7 Sept

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Guy Haley:

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Anne Lyle:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

BristolCon, Bristol, UK  26 Sept

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK 23 – 25 Oct

Peter McLean

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK 23 – 25 Oct

Adam Rakunas

WorldCon, Washington, USA  19 – 23 Aug

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Jay Posey:

GenCon, Indianapolis, USA  July 30 – 2 Aug

ConGregate, North Carolina, USA  July 11th

Phil Jourdan:

Convergence, Minneapolis, USA  2-5 July

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

Marc Gascoigne: 

FantasyCon, Nottingham, UK 23 – 25 Oct

World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY, USA  5 – 8 Nov

Adam Christopher

Nine Worlds, London, UK  7 – 9 August

 

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October Book Birthdays!

October has a mammoth amount of Book Birthday’s to celebrate. We have some wonderful releases which will keep you occupied for Halloween; who needs pumpkins when you have books? There are four book birthdays this month:

Prince Thief by David Tallerman

 

Prince Thief, by David TallermanAltapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is under siege by its own King.

Far to the north, rebels have set a bastard prince up as a figurehead.

Yet again, Easie Damasco finds himself roped into a desperate scheme to preserve the Castoval, And kidnapping the Prince seemed like such a good idea at the time…

 •  ’With action, humour, adventures, and giants, The Tales of Easie Damasco is an enjoyable series which fans of fantasy and heist stories are sure to enjoy.’ The Arched Doorway

 UK Print & Ebook

Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca |BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

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 Prince Thief is the third in Tallerman’s Tales of Easie Damasco series. 

 

All is Fair by Emma Newman

’Newman’s complex magical world is as inventive as it is charming, and this latest “Split Worlds” story contains deceit, deception and intrigue in all the right places.’ Kirkus Reviews 

In love and war nothing is safe.All is Fair by Emma Newman

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

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 All is Fair is the third in Emma Newman’s The Split Worlds series.

 

Seven Forges by James A. Moore

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.

As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

‘This is fantasy on the scale of Terry Brooks or Brandon Sanderson… If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ll definitely want to check out SEVEN FORGES. It is a solid, well-written addition to the genre, and I’m looking forward to see what Moore does next.’ Shattered Ravings

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

DRM-Free Epub Ebook
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Empire of the Blood by Gav Thorpe

“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting … This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually … his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”
– Pornokitsch

The Empire of the Blood, by Gav Thorpe

A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.

Collecting all three books in the Empire of the Blood saga in to a single omnibus edition.

North American Print & Ebook

Amazon.com | Amazon.ca |
BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

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That’s our brilliant books for this month, I hope you all enjoy them!

Champagne bottle ready for celebration

 

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Robot Round-Up 22.02.13

Hello and welcome to the latest Robot Round-Up, bringing you all the very best in Angry Robot themed link action from around the Interwebs.

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013We’re going to kick things off this week with a fresh selection of reviews of Emma Newman‘s Between Two Thorns – the first volume of her Split Worlds series, which we’re publishing next Tuesday in US/CAN print and Ebook, with the UK print edition to follow on Thursday March 7th. Reviews we’ve spotted this week include:

• Sarah at SF Crowsnest: “This novel draws you in from the very first, tempting you with magical creatures set against present day Bath. I tried only reading one chapter just to test the writing style, etc but found myself, a few hours later, having read a vast amount of the book … It sits beautifully within my favourite type of fantasy novel, fairy tale within the present day.”
• Christal at Badass Book Reviews: “The world-building in this novel was very strong and was what transformed this novel into something distinctive.”
• Momo the Mome Rath at Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe: “Between Two Thorns had good prose, great characters, and was a well done mystery. I recommend it to anyone who loves faeries, high society related books, and/or a good mystery.”

Emma has also posted her 50th Split Worlds short story, over on Matt Forbeck‘s website. Only a couple more to go now, and you’ll be able to read, and listen to, the whole set.

Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was reviewed by Lisa at Starmetal Oak Reviews: “I was impressed with the quality of writing and the flow of the story. I was absorbed for the entirety of the book and found myself emotionally involved with all the characters.” And by Tahlia Newland: “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the most extreme story of unrequited love that I have ever read.”

Cassandra was interviewed by Carl V. Anderson for SF Signal, and talked about The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, her Strange Chemistry books and the nature of love.

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013Joseph D’Lacey‘s Black Feathers won’t be with us until early April, but early reviews continue to come in. Shadowhawk at The Founding Fields said: “Spectacular is the word I’d use to describe [Black Feathers]. Nothing else can capture the reading experience.” And Vicky at Vicky Thinks thought aloud: “With memorable settings, vivid writing and important themes, Black Feathers is an extremely atmospheric and thought-provoking read.”

Ramez Naam‘s Nexus was reviewed this week by Ed at Starburst Magazine, who said: “Nexus is a strong debut novel; its central premise is interesting and Naam draws us into a highly detailed and technologically literate world. Fans of The Matrix, Strange Days or Wild Palms will find this an interesting read which will make you want to learn more about the issues raised.” And Paul at SF Signal: “Ramez Naam presents an interesting world and characters 30 years hence strongly grounded in the real life research and speculation he was hitherto best known for … An interesting and intriguing fiction debut from a non fiction pioneer in bio-technological issues.”

Chuck Wendig‘s second Miriam Black book, Mockingbird was reviewed in the latest issue Geek Syndicate Quarterly (link to a big ol’ pdf file there, folks, or you can read it on issuu.com), wherein it was said: “This is an earthy book, descriptive and dark, with black comedy at the oddest places. Miriam is a hardboiled heroine, who doesn’t pull her punches or her speech. For fans of horror and paranormal, this is well worth the read.”

Paul S. Kemp has posted a snippet from A Discourse in Steel, the first of several that he will be revealing over the course of the next few months in the run-up to publication.

Stories by Chuck Wendig and Matt Forbeck are included in the current Bundle of Holding, a package of fiction ebooks written by games writers, on a pay-what-you-want basis (bearing in mind that the more you pay, the more bonus material you get…)

Jo Anderton‘s new short fiction collection The Bone Chime Song and other stories is now available to pre-order from FableCroft.

Gav Thorpe is the latest guest of Abhinav Jain’s Names: A New Perspective blog post series and talks about the geography of names.

We’ve donated some ARCs to the current Con or Bust drive to raise funds to help fans of colour attend SF conventions. Between now and Sunday you can bid on rare print ARCs of either Black Feathers or The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and help the Con or Bust folks reach their target.

Our Robot Overlord Marc has been talking to Publishing Perspectives about what it takes to build a publishing house from scratch.

And finally: Want to write a novel? Chuck Wendig Tells You How. (Warning: just a tad sweary…)

That’s your lot for this week, folks. Have a good weekend. See you next time.

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Robot Round-Up, 14.12.12

Hello, hello and welcome to what could, quite possibly, depending on how next week goes, be the last Robot Round-Up of 2012. If that does indeed turn out to be the case then rest assured that our compiler-bots we’ll save everything that comes in between now and the start of January for a bumper holiday season Round-Up early in the New Year. But right now, on with the links!

Nexus by Ramez NaamThe plaudits for Ramez Naam’s debut science fiction thriller Nexus – officially published in January, but likely to be available in US/CAN bookstores and in ebook edition from next Tuesday – are starting to pour in and to those we can add a few new ones:
• Frishawn at WTF Are You Reading? said: “One is never quite sure who the good guys are in [Nexus] and the web of intrigue, lies, secrets and tech just gets more complex as the story goes on … [the] writing style is perfect for the nonstop action and minute to minute plot twists”.
• Sammy at Open Book Society said: “This story is for anyone that enjoys a action packed sci-fi thriller with things that could be possible in the near future.”
• Trevor at Flickering Myth said: “Naam has a visual style with his words which leads to one experiencing cinematic scenes rather than being swamped with textbook exposition.”

And Ramez explains the science of Nexus over at SF Signal. And don’t forget you can still get a free ebook copy of Ramez’s non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement if you pre-order (or, after December 18th in the US/CAN or on ebook, order) Nexus before December 31st. Details on Ramez’s blog.

Anne Lyle‘s second Night’s Masque novel of alt-historical-fantastical Elizabethan intrigue, The Merchant of Dreams, is also out next month / next week (depending…) and the book was reviewed by Jessica at Sci-Fi Fan Letter, who said: “Where Lyle excels is with the amount of accurate historical detail she peppers the book with. She’s careful about using period expressions and terminology, making the book feel authentic.”

The Merchant of Dreams, by Anne LyleAnne has also been interviewed by Dominick for Fantastical Imaginations, with questions and answers on Mal Catlyn, Anne’s future plans, and the required levels of accuracy in historical fantasy. And Anne’s flash fiction tale ‘Christmas Market’, also set in the Night’s Masque milieu, will be going live at Literary Escapism sometime today…

Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s forthcoming tale of deepest love, heart-rending loss and artificial intelligence, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was reviewed by Jamie at The Title Page, who said: “This novel is a beautifully written, incomparably powerful love story. I loved and hated it for how it made me feel. My heart broke (along with Cat’s) multiple times.”

Madeline Ashby‘s debut science fiction novel vN was reviewed in most pleasing depth and detail by Lauren at Violin in a Void, who said, among many other things: “the more I think about it, the more impressed I am with its story and ideas, and all the interesting questions it raises, both for the characters and as a serious consideration of the possibility of AI in human society.”

Chuck Wendig‘s Blackbirds was named by Dave Barnett as one of the Independent on Sunday Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Books of the Year. And Blackbirds was reviewed by Book Monkey, who may have experienced something of an urban fantasy awakening: “There is often something about urban fantasy series that don’t pull me in enough to make me want to read more. But Blackbirds is definitely the exception, and I literally can’t wait to read the next instalment Mockingbird.”

Chuck has also posted a suggested list of 25 gifts for writers, just in case you were stuck for seasonal prezzie inspiration for the penmonkey in your life. And everyone could do with more of numbers 1, 2 and 3, surely? And 6, and 12…

The Wrong Goodbye, by Chris F. HolmMeanwhile, Chuck and Chris F. Holm own the urban fantasy section of The Snobbery’s Best of 2012 list, with Blackbirds, Mockingbird, Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye all making the grade. Three cheers for Snobbery!

Speaking of all things Chris F. Holm, The Qwillery is featuring the recently-revealed artwork for the third Collector series novel, The Big Reap, and is also running a giveaway to win the first two books in the series (which ends on December 26th).

Paul S. Kemp was a guest on the December 4th episode of Dungeon Crawlers Radio, talking about a great many things including, of course, Egil and Nix of The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel (July 2013!) fame.

Admiral.Ironbombs at Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased reviewed Lauren Beukes‘s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Zoo City, saying: “I loved reading this book. Beukes combines fantastic writing with impressive creativity to create an excellent novel. The world is alive with depth and flavor; the characters are superb, sympathetic, and complex”.

Gav Thorpe‘s Empire of the Blood series-opener The Crown of the Blood was reviewed by Liam at The Troubled Scribe, who said: “If this has been one of those books you are on the edge about getting, don’t think twice about grabbing a copy the next time you see it on a shelf, you won’t be disappointed.”

Aliette de Bodard’s Obsidian and Blood omnibus was talked about by John at Black Gate.

World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar‘s The Bookman was reveiewed by Brandon at Every Read Thing, who said: “There’s a lot to like about this book … Tidhar’s world building is top-notch and you really feel a part of this universe he’s created.” And speaking of Mr Tidhar, do you fancy a free ebook from the man himself? Of course you do. How’s about a novelette by the name of Strigoi?

David Tallerman – author of the Easie Damasco novels Giant Thief and Crown Thief, with Prince Thief completing the trilogy in 2013 – has a new chapbook out this month’ ‘The Way of the Leaves’ from Spectral Press. Check out David’s blog for details.

Emma Newman‘s latest Split Worlds short story, ‘A Fair Exchange’ is now online at The Eloquent Page

And finally…

Our man Michael R. Underwood – Angry Robot sales droid for the North of the Americas and also a published author-type in his own right – has been talking to Chuck Wendig at Terribleminds.com about his bookish activities.

And our man Darren was a guest on this week’s episode of The Readers podcast, talking about one of his favourite non-AR authors, Graham Joyce and his latest novel Some Kind of Fairy Tale.

Okay, that’s it for this week. If it does turn out to be the last round-up of the year, then we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy end to the year, whatever holidays or traditions you choose to observe.

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Quick Reminder: Four Angry Robot Authors at Sheffield Central Library tomorrow

Got any plans for the weekend yet? If not, here’s a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon, Angry Robot style:

Anne Lyle, Mike Shevdon, David Tallerman and Gav Thorpe will be appearing in a Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers Day, from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday November 17th, as part of Sheffield Central Library’s Meet the Author programme. They’ll be reading from their work, answering questions, signing stuff… all the usual shenanigans.

There will also be a session of ‘how to get published’ advice from Angry Robot’s Editor Lee Harris and Marketing Guy Darren Turpin, so any would-be authors who’d be interested in finding out what we look for in a potential Angry Robot Author could do a lot worse than coming along to see what we have to say for ourselves.

Tickets for the event are free (as are cake and refreshments!) but you will need to confirm your in attendance in advance so the Library can keep track of numbers.

Where and When: Saturday 17th November 2012, 1pm-4pm in the Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield

To Book Tickets: tel: 0114 273 4727 or email: centrallending.library@sheffield.gov.uk

And here’s a Google Map to help you find your way:


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See you tomorrow!

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Four Angry Robot Authors at Sheffield Central Library, Saturday November 17th

Angry Robot Authors! Git yer Angry Robot Authors!

The fabulous people at Sheffield Libraries have very kindly invited no fewer than five four (Update: 06.11.12 Unfortunately, Adam Christopher won’t be able to make it to this event after all) of our fantastic authors along to a Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers Day, from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday November 17th, as part of their rolling Meet the Author programme.

Tickets for the event are free (as are cake and refreshments!) but you will need to confirm your in attendance in advance so the Library can keep track of numbers.

This is a great opportunity to hear readings by, ask questions of, say hello to and solicit signatures (ideally on books, but hey, pretty much anything goes) from the following Angry Robot scribes:

Anne Lyle – author of the Night’s Masque series: The Alchemist of Souls, The Merchant of Dreams and (forthcoming) The Prince of Lies.

Mike Shevdon – author of the Courts of the Feyre series: Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam, Strangeness and Charm and (forthcoming) The Eighth Court.

David Tallerman – author of the Tales of Easie Damasco: Giant Thief, Crown Thief and (forthcoming) Prince Thief.

Gav Thorpe – author of the Crown of the Blood trilogy: The Crown of the Blood, The Crown of the Conqueror and The Crown of the Usurper.

There will also be a session of ‘how to get published’ advice from Angry Robot Editor Lee Harris and Marketing Guy Darren Turpin, so any would-be authors who’d be interested in finding out what we look for in a potential Angry Robot Author could do a lot worse than coming along to see what Lee and Darren have to say for themselves.

Where and When: Saturday 17th November 2012, 1pm-4pm in the Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield

To Book Tickets: tel: 0114 273 4727 or email: centrallending.library@sheffield.gov.uk

And here’s the usual spot of Google Mappage to help you find your way:


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See you on the 17th!

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Robot Round-Up, 10.08.12

Hello, hello and welcome to your regular dose of rounded-up Angry Robot online goodness. With a scorching weekend in prospect here at AR’s UK HQ we’re all eager to be off out into the sunshine (or, more likely, down the pub for a cold one) so without further faff, here’s this week’s panoply of links to peruse.

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikThe reviews of vN (Out Now!), Madeline Ashby‘s astonishing debut novel of robot sentience, techo-evolution and family drama are really starting to flow:

• In a piece for the Guardian blog on Women Authors in Hard SF, Damien G. Walter said: “In Ashby’s expert hands vN cuts a painful incision into the emotional complexity of oppression in our society, and the way love can feed the worst kinds of hate. vN is a powerful novel and a fine exemplar of exactly the perspectives chauvinist SF so often stifles.”
• Adrienne Martini, writing for Locus Magazine said: “The world that Ashby has created is an interesting one, as is her construction of this tightly plotted story. Her real skill is in capturing those ineffable, emotional moments when Amy juggles her longing for her parents and her newfound freedoms.”
• Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions mused: “The ideas presented in vN are fascinating. Could this be where we are headed?” Guess we’ll all have to wait and see…
• Matt at The Fiction Stroker enjoyed the character development in the novel: “Amy is a very complex character. Tuned in to detail rather than emotion, she grows throughout the story. Pairing her with the unsympathetic Javier is an interesting move as the duo bring out different qualities within each other.”

There’s an interview with Madeline by Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions as well, and a book giveaway too. Go, check them out!

If you fancy reading a chunk of Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming superhero extravaganza Seven Wonders – which is out at the end of this month (US/CAN) and early next month (UK/EU) – head on over to Tor.com. Adam has been interviewed by Zoe at Fantasy Bytes. He’s also written a tourist’s guide to San Ventura, the setting for Seven Wonders for All Things Urban Fantasy’s Deadly Destinations series and you can enter their giveaway to win a copy of the book there as well.

Chuck Wendig has started posting snippets from his soon-to-be-released second Miriam Black novel, Mockingbird, over on his This is How You Die Tumblr site. And there’s a hugely enthusiastic review of Mockingbird over at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews, where Graeme gives it a Nine and a Half out of 10 score and says Mockingbird is: “…nothing short of compelling reading, a book that eclipses Blackbirds in its determination to head to new depths for the sake of a good story. Wendig knows that his readers deserve nothing less. If you’re waiting for MockingbirdMockingbird, well… you should be.” Over at Seeking the New Earth, Jon has taken a look as well and concluded: “I greatly appreciated the deepening of the supernatural aspects of the setting. Miriam is getting in touch with her abilities, and this opens up a whole can of worms – including new threats that are not of this world.”

Jo Anderton‘s Debris, the first part of the Veiled Worlds series, has been reviewed by Shadowhawk at The Founding Fields, who called it: “Fun and original … one of the most refreshing sci-fi novels I’ve read this year.” And the second Veiled Worlds book, Suited, was reviewed by Ros at Warpcore SF, who greatly enjoyed Jo’s characterisation skills and said: “It’s a fantasy that talks the language of science, with programmers and awful experiments and portals that seem to be full of something like antimatter, but the reason I really like this series is that it’s rooted in the psychological truth of how people with physical and mental difficulties experience life.”

Aliette de Bodard‘s Obsidian and Blood omnibus has been reviewed by Theresa at Terror Tree: “This is top notch fantasy with moments of horror and lots of action. A must have for fantasy fans, and a bargain to boot!”

Chris F. Holm‘s Dead Harvest was reviewed by Trent at Pulp 300, who said: “[W]hat I enjoyed most were not the slam-bang escapist thrills but Sam’s flashbacks that leaked his history throughout the novel, teasing the reader along, whetting your appetite for the ending’s big reveal.”

More giveaway action! Gav Thorpe is running a competition over on his blog, to win a set of all three Crown of the Blood books by naming a hypothetical fourth in the series. You’ve got until August 17th to add your suggestion in the comments on that post.

Another giveaway! US-based readers can win a copy of Anne Lyle‘s fantastic debut The Alchemist of Souls over at Anne’s blog, personalised and signed, too.

And another! Stefan Raets, who reviewed Madeline Ahsby‘s debut vN last week for Tor.com, is giving away two copies of the book via his own blog, Far Beyond Reality.

Anne Lyle and Adam Christopher took part in a Mind Meld at SFSignal.com talking about the important of Point of View; Anne’s in Part 1 and Adam’s in Part Two.

Matt Forbeck and Maurice Broaddus will both be attending Gencon this year and have posted their busy schedules: here’s Matt’s and here’s Maurice’s.

Tabitha's Robot PlushiesAnd finally: robot plushies! Okay, they’re not particularly angry robots, but you could probably play croquet or bash someone over the head with their feet, and apparently their heads spin round. Which is nice. Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions made these for her imminently-arriving sproglet in an effort to make his life as surreal as possible from day one.

That’s an Etsy career waiting to happen, surely? Also: very best of luck with the whole motherhood thing Tabitha! 🙂

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A Very Happy Publication Week to Madeline Ashby and Gav Thorpe!

We have two brand new books officially published this week. And for once the usual quirks in the US vs UK distribution systems have almost coincided, which means that the official US/CAN print and Worldwide Ebook publication day (today!) is only 48 hours in advance of the official UK/EU print publication day (Thursday!)

The two brand new books in question are (drumroll please!)

 

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikvN: The First Machine Dynasty

by Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Von Neumann Sisters | Fail Safe Fail | The Squid & the Swarm | Robot Nation ]

More Info, Reviews and an Extract here

Buy the DRM-Free ePub edition at The Robot Trading Company

 

The Crown of the Usurper, by Gav ThorpeThe Crown of the Usurper

by Gav Thorpe

The stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood trilogy.

Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will.

Yet even as another king bows before him, there are those who would wrench his empire from beneath him. He must risk losing the lands he has conquered to confront a foe far more powerful than any he has faced before.

As alliances shift and old enemies return, will he save the empire he has given his life to, or let it fall to ruin?

File Under: Epic Fantasy [ A Time to Decide | Field of Honour | Grandstanding | Demons and Kings ]

More Info, Reviews and an Extract here

Buy the DRM-Free ePub edition at The Robot Trading Company

You can also grab yourself a 3-For-2 Bundle deal and get the whole trilogy for just £8.98, or the first volume of the saga, The Crown of the Blood for just £1.99 between now and August 20th!

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New Extracts: The Hammer and The Blade, Suited, vN, The Crown of the Usurper

Here’s another batch of sample extracts for you to read and enjoy.

Suited by Jo Anderton, art by Dominic Harman   The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S Kemp   The Crown of the Usurper, by Gav Thorpe   vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/Spyroteknik

Suited is the second book in Jo Anderton‘s Veiled Worlds series and is the sequel to Debris, for which Jo recently won the Best New Talent Ditmar Award.

The Hammer and the Blade is the first book in a brand new sword and sorcery saga – the Tales of Egil and Nix – by renowned Star Wars and Forgotten Realms author Paul S. Kemp.

The Crown of the Usurper is the stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood trilogy by esteemed Warhammer author Gav Thorpe.

vN is the hugely accomplished debut science fiction novel by Madeline Ashby; an author we guarantee you’ll be hearing a whole lot more about…

The first two books in this fine selection are our July releases and will be available in US/CAN paperback and ebook formats from Tuesday, June 26th, with UK/EU paperback editions following on Thursday, July 5th. The second two are our August books and will be published on Tuesday July 31st (US/CAN & ebook) and Thursday August 1st (UK/EU). Pre-orders can of course be placed with all good indie, online and major high-street bookstores right now

The reader applets below can be embedded on your own website and the link to them spread far and wide via your regular social media channels. Right-click on the ‘issuu’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of each, then click ‘Share This Publication’ for options. You can also download the pdf versions to read offline if you prefer.

 

Suited

by Jo Anderton

The Veiled Worlds, Vol II

Tanyana has chosen to help the Keeper, to stand against the Puppet Men, who continue to force the Debris into unnatural creations.

And when even her own suit becomes aggressive against her, Tanyana must weigh some very personal issues against her determination to serve the greater good.

Read / download at Issuu.com

 

The Hammer and The Blade

by Paul S. Kemp

A Tale of Egil and Nix

Kill the demon. Steal the treasure. Retire to a life of luxury. Sounds easy when you put it like that.

Unfortunately for Egil and Nix, when the demon they kill has friends in high places, retirement is not an option.

Read / download at Issuu.com

 

The Crown of the Usurper

by Gav Thorpe

The stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood trilogy.

Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will.

Yet even as another king bows before him, there are those who would wrench his empire from beneath him. He must risk losing the lands he has conquered to confront a foe far more powerful than any he has faced before.

As alliances shift and old enemies return, will he save the empire he has given his life to, or let it fall to ruin?

Read / download at issuu.com

 

vN

by Madeline Ashby

Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

Read / download at issuu.com

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Robot Round-Up, 25.11.11

It’s been a busy, busy week in the Angry Robot themed bits of the Interwebs, so without further ado, here’s what we’ve spotted, bookmarked, earmarked or hypothetically scent-marked since our last round-up piece:

Debris, by Jo AndertonJo Anderton‘s Debris made it into Library Journal‘s Top 10 SF/F of 2011 list, along with the comment: “An accomplished debut reminiscent of the visionary works of China Miéville.”

Debris was also reviewed at Dragonpage.com, where reviewer Laith Preston said: “I would highly recommend Debris to any fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the Veiled World Trilogy, Suited“.

It’s been a particularly busy week for Lauren Beukes. First off, Lauren was was cited in an Independent on Sunday article on tghe subject of How women are winning sci-fi’s battle of the sexes. Lauren said: “The stuff I was reading in my teens were books like the Dragonlance Chronicles, and there were really strong female characters in those… There is more of a stage now for female writers.”

Next up, an article by Richard Bowker of the Dictionary Unit for South African English posted an article on the use of South African English and multilingual slang in Zoo City.

Lauren was also interviewed for Pakistan’s City FM 89 radio’s City Cast View show and for the If You’re Just Joining Us podcast.

And finally, Lauren reported for the Mail & Guardian Zoo City themed art exhibition called ‘Dark City’ that “explores themes of xenophobia, city life, suburbia and paranoia” as inspired by the novel.

Empire State by Adam ChristopherAdam Christopher was interviewed by The Qwillery on the subject of his forthcoming debut novel Empire State and the blending of science fiction and noir.

The Canadian podcast Squideye and The Bitter Guy talked to Matt Forbeck about his forthcoming Angry Robot title Carpathia and his 12 For Twelve Kickstarter project.

The new Paranormal Special Edition issue of SFX Magazine is on-sale now and features a short story by our very own Guy Haley.

Fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky posted an article on the resurgence of the thief-character in fantasy fiction and highlighted a certain dashing rogue by the name of Easie Damasco, star of David Tallerman‘s forthcoming Angry Robot debut, Giant Thief.

Fantasy-Magazine.com turned their author spotlight on Lavie Tidhar, mainly to talk to him about the short story he wrote for them but also to ask after his current and forthcoming projects, which include the third part of his Bookman Histories, The Great Game

Lavie is also featured, along with Aliette de Bodard, in this week’s SF Signal podcast on the subject of recommended international authors.

There’s an in-depth interview with Gav Thorpe on Stefan Fergus’s Civilian Reader blog, which covers his current Crown of the Blood series for Angry Robot and his Warhammer novels, as well as his influences, writing practices and his opinion of the genre today.

Kaaron Warren contributed to Sinescope.org article on Women Writing Horror by recommending a few of her favourite female horror writers.

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Robot Round-Up 11.11.11

Welcome to our latest round-up of what’s been happening in the online world of Angry Robot:

Another six Angry Robot Authors have been announced as attendees at next February’s SFX Weekender. Anne Lyle, Peter Crowther, Andy Remic, Gav Thorpe, Lavie Tidhar and David Tallerman, will be joining Dan Abnett, Adam Christopher and Guy Haley, who have already confirmed their attendance. Ticket information for what promises to be a cracking get-together at Prestatyn Sands, is available via www.sfxweekender.com/tickets.

Debris, by Jo AndertonJo Anderton managed to grab an interview with Tanyana Vladha, leading lady of Debris, the first book in her Veiled Worlds series. And Debris has been reviewed by Cheryl Morgan over at Cheryl’s Mewsings, who concluded: “There’s lot of promise here, and I look forward to finding out where the series goes.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter has been talking to Aztec afficianado Aliette de Bodard (and in case you missed it, here’s another recent interview / chat with thefastertimes.com). Plus, Aliette’s trilogy-finalé Master of the House of Darts was reviewed by Jacob at Drying Ink, who says: “This is an eclectic urban fantasy written with verve and style … if you’re looking to read outside the typical, this is an excellent choice.”

Maurice Broaddus has been talking urban fantasy, Arthurian legend, writing methodology and his future plans for the Knights of Breton Court universe with interviewer Bryan Thomas Schmidt, over at Grasping for the Wind.

Reviewer Bob Reiss has taken a listen to the brand new audiobook edition of Peter Crowther‘s Darkness Falling, [out now from Brilliance Audio on CD, MP3 CD and WMA Download] for The Guilded Earlobe: “…a novel with a fascinating Apocalyptic scenario, full of interesting characters and offering a lot of spine tingling creepiness…”

Empire State by Adam ChristopherBack to Jacob at Drying Ink, who posted the first review (so far) of Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming (Jan 2012) noir-steampunk-superhero novel Empire State: “…a fast, likeable novel which aims not only to surprise, but frequently to confound – with intrigue, superheroic subversion, and a few robots playing into the mix!”

Guy Haley‘s Reality 36 has been reviewed by Stephen Theaker, who says things like: “The action sequences are exciting, the mysteries intriguing, the characters people whose conversations I enjoy, people I’d like to read more about.” We also spotted a second review, from blogger Kate Sherrod, who sums things up rather neatly: “It’s all very complicated and glorious.”

Morlock Night and Infernal Devices author, the legendary K.W. Jeter, took part in a World Fantasy Convention panel – dubbed, alternately, “Founders of Steampunk”, “Grand Old Men of Steampunk” or, as panel moderator Mr John Berlyne suggested: “Steampunk: It’s All Your Fault” – alongside the equally legendary Tim Powers and James P. Blaylock:

 

Reviewer Ross Warren has taken a good, hard look at Gary McMahon’s Dead Bad Things for readhorror.co.uk: “The story may be unremittingly bleak and darker than pitch but it is never less than gripping.”

Giant Thief by David TallermanSoon-to-be-published (Giant Thief, Feb 2012) Angry Robot author David Tallerman was part of a team who entered the 10th annual Two Days Later short horror film competition. As David recounts on his blog, their entry, ‘Match‘ won in four of the thirteen available prize categories: Best Sound, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Audience Vote. Congrats to David and his fellow film-makers!

And finally, if you’re anywhere near Nottingham this weekend, be sure to pop by Novacon, the most venerable of the UK’s science fiction conventions. The frankly scary Thomas Blackthorne (aka John Meaney) is guest of honour and that nice Mr Ian Whates is going to be there too.

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