NEW AND UPCOMING BOOKS

Offers, Strange Chemistry

Strange Chemistry Sale!

Listen up readers of the world!strange chemistry

We have reduced the price of loads of our Strange Chemistry books down to £2.99 (approx. $3.82) so that you can discover something new from our YA back catalogue and not feel at all guilty for spending money!

These books are a great selection of young adult fantasy and science fiction and include titles like Feather Bound, Under Nameless Stars and Skulk but there are 8 to choose from so take your pick!

So what are you waiting for… grab one now!

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Competitions, Cover Art

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

A Man of Bricks CoverIt seems that our editorial assistant has too much time on his hands (don’t worry, we’re working on 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.

Here’s what Will had to say about the newly revamped artwork: “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!”

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

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.”

Maybe we’ll have to make this a regular occurrence…

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

NEW SIGNING: Free Chocolate by Amber Royer!

AR Author Amber Royer

Dreaming of a book full to the brim with chocolate, love, espionage and all the drama you can handle? We have just that book, our new signing Free Chocolate!

The novel, written by the brilliant Amber Royer – ex youth librarian and now creative writing tutor and cookbook author (so you know the food descriptions in Free Chocolate will be mouth-watering) – follows the adventures of Bo Benitez, a culinary arts student who becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod – Earth’s sole valuable export – from a heavily-defended plantation.

Escaping as a stowaway on a ship filled with human-eating aliens Bo must contend with threats to both the earth and more importantly, her love life, and discovers a newly-discovered threat to our planet may be bigger than first thought!

Free Chocolate is written in the grand tradition of tele novelas and will be absolutely perfect as your favourite summer read of 2018 which, coincidentally, is when it’s due to be published!

Head on over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full rundown of the deal, plus a blog post from Amber on her love of operatic stories.

Sweet.

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Daily Deal

Oh Canada, The Lives of Tao is $1.99 Today!

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Good morning Canada! Great news, the superbly entertaining aliens-in-your-brain SF action novel, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu is a Bookbub daily deal today (12 June 2017), buy it now at Amazon.ca for $1.99!

One day an overweight slacker named Roen wakes up with a strange voice in his head. He soon comes to learn that the voice is a disembodied alien who crashed to earth millions of years ago. The alien, called Tao, is part of a cohort of aliens called Quasing that crash landed together. Since the fall of the Roman empire, the aliens have been waging a war to decide the best means to get home–the pragmatic Genjix do not care if their methods destory humankind while the more gentile people of Tao’s tribe are prepared to take a less destructive approach.

Take a peek, and then read the rest:


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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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Angry Reboot, Angry Robot, AR Authors, Interesting Stuff, Other people's business, Robot Business

RED HOT NEWS: The Red Men to US/Canada

Angry Robot author Matthew de AbaituaLive in the US/Canada? Fan of the wonderfully erudite Matthew De Abaitua? GUTTED that The Red Men – first in the very loose trilogy that also includes If Then and The Destructives isn’t available in your country? Well, fret no more because The Red Men is finally heading your way! We’re even chatting with the peerless Raid71 to get a cover that matches the rest of the set!

The Arthur C Clarke nominated novel will be released November 7 in the US in physical mass market form and in ebook in both the US and Canada. Interestingly, 2017 coincides with the 10 year anniversary of The Red Men‘s original UK release with Snow Books.

On its original release The Red Men was heralded as “sumptuously written, with prose that glitters with a dark lustre like a Damien Hirst fly collage” (Will Self) and “a breathtaking novel of ideas, and a sharp antidote to those shiny magical “upload your consciousness into cyberspace wheee” novels” (Charlie Jane Anders). And with endorsements like that you know it’s got to be an amazing slice of weird, cerebal sci-fi. You should probably put it to the top of your TBR pile now.

For more information on the new release, and to watch a short film adaptation of The Red Men by Shynola just head over to SFF World. In the meantime, we’ll leave you to get thirsty with the synopsis:

Once, Nelson was a radical journalist, but now he works for Monad, who make the Dr Easys, the androids which police London’s streets. They also make the Red Men – entirely virtual corporate workers – and they’re looking to expand the programme.

Nelson is put in charge of Redtown: a virtual city, inhabited by copies of real people, where humanity can be studied in perfect simulation. But the project’s goals are increasingly authoritarian and potentially catastrophic. As the boundaries between Redtown and the real world break down and revolution against the Red Men is imminent, Nelson is forced to choose between community and the corporation.

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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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Free Excerpt

Solve the Puzzle: First Chapter of K W Jeter’s Grim Expectations

Grim Expectations by K W JeterTo celebrate 30 years of Steampunk, read the third in K W Jeter’s iconic steampunk triology, Grim Expectationsthe thrilling sequel to Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes.

Some time after the events of Fiendish Schemes, George Dower finds himself a widower, of sorts. On her deathbed, Miss McThane entrusts Dower with a small, ticking clockwork box. The box is mysteriously linked to her.

When she breathes her last, the box stops ticking and Dower is able to open it, to find hundreds of letters – written in an unknown hand, signed only with the initial S. They’re not love letters, but refer instead to the letter-writer’s ongoing search for some other person. The last is a simple note, reading “Found him”…

Unlock Chapter One: 

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Monthly Deal

June 2017 Deals: Find A New Favourite

Just in time for summer we’re running a new deal through Amazon US and our website to offer you the following lovely books on sale throughout the whole of June! Perfect for your holiday reading list.

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanThe Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter: Rod Duncan. Amazon: $1.99
First in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

 

Unseemly Science: Rod Duncan. Amazon $1.99Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan
Second in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life – as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy!

There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world…

TheCustodianOfMarvels-144dpiThe Custodian of Marvels: Rod Duncan. Amazon $2.99
Third in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire.

All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels. 

 

United States of JapanPeter Tieryas. Amazon $1.99United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washington’s – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something’ He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.

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Author Appearance

Author Appearance: Jeannette Ng At Nerd East

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Good news Robots of North East England!Angry Robot Author Jeannette Ng

Our lovely author, Jeannette Ngof the forthcoming amazing gothic fantasy Under the Pendulum Sun is off to NerdEast.

Taking place on Saturday 3rd June 2017, Nerd East in the north east’s original Roleplay and Gaming Mini-Convention AND Kit Fair complete with talks, traders and games!

While the full schedule is yet to be announced, Jeannette will most likely have a stall offering free nail art (sign us up please!) and may also be selling costumes. Plus she’s also going be appearing on a panel to discuss roleplay and fantasy writing.

Nerd East 2017 will be held at Durham Student’s Union, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AN. If you’re not sure where you’re headed, then check out our handy map below.

Jeannette’s debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun will be released in October 2017.

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Angry Robot, Interesting Stuff, News

Angry Robot Books: Now Available in Large Print and Braille

Good tidings!

We have a most excellent announcement straight from your Robot Overlords, circulating high on their orbital death platform: some of our lovely, lovely books are now available to those hard of sight, in both large print formate and braille.

Currently 36 of our favourite titles are available both in braille and large print (in a variety of text sizes/boldness) so we can spread more of our lovely books to the world.

The list currently includes books such as:

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl

Drake and Dominion by Peter McLean

 Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel

United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

We’ll be adding more titles as time goes on, so worry not if you can’t find your favourite! Don’t forget, for those hard of hearing many of our books are also available through Audible and Brilliance.

For a full list and to purchase, please visit Read How You Want to find your next read.
(Available in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand).

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Angry Robot, Cover Art, Free Excerpt

COVER REVEAL: The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

You guys may know by now that Ferrett Steinmetz is a writing genius. After his Flex trilogy concluded in September last year we were bereft, but happily Ferrett came to us with a brand new cyberpunk standalone The Uploaded. Needless to say, we loved it. But rather than us waxing lyrical about the great characters, incredible worldbuilding and super fun plot we’ll share the official synopsis right here:

Life sucks and then you die…

In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

Now that we’ve whet your whistle with that we’ve got something else, too; the absolutely stunning new cover. Big props to super genius Joey HiFi for the incredible artwork, as per usual.

Just head over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full reveal PLUS exclusive excerpt of the first two chapters of the novel.

The Uploaded will available to all in September 2017.

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, News, Robots at large

Kameron Hurley’s Tour of Sweden

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Hallå, Swedish fans!

Hope you’re all well and excited for KONTUR, the annual Swedish SFF convention. Do you know who else is excited? Kameron Hurley, that’s who. Kameron will be attending the convention as Guest of Honour alongside Ann Leckie and Siri Pettersen.

Though fear not, Kameron fans in Stockholm and Göteborg! Kameron will be swinging by the Science Fiction Bokhandelns in your cities, too.

Here are the events:

Wednesday May 24 @ 11:00: 
Kameron will be attending Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Stockholm. Check out the event on the store’s Facebook page.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:00:
Same chain, different city. Kameron will be signing books at Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Göteborg. Be sure to pop in and say hello if you’re around!

Friday, May 26 @ 16:00: 
Kameron will, by now, have arrived in Uppsala and will be signing at The English Bookshop with Ann Leckie and Katherine Arden. You can find the details at their Facebook event. The bookshop has chosen The Stars Are Legion as their book of the month, so there will be plenty of copies around for signing.

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28: 
SweCon, Uppsala.
For more information on Kameron’s appearances at the event, click here.

We hope you get the chance to say hi to Kameron and if you do, grab us a quick snap and send it over to our Twitter account.

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Free Excerpt

Enter the Ark with a free sample from Patrick S. Tomlinson

TheArk_rev2017_144dpiFancy a fast paced murder mystery combined with a science fiction thriller? Then check out the first book in Patrick S Tomlinson’s Children of a Dead Earth series, The Ark.

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

We’re reissuing The Ark and second-in-series Trident’s Forge over the next couple of months with some very fancy new packaging (see above). Then, Aug 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth) will see publication of the third instalment, Children of The Divide being released for the very first time. So really, there’s never been a better time to discover your new favourite series.

Read the first three chapters here: 

Like it? Why not snap up the ebook right now! Find it here for £5.49 / US$6.99.

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Book Announcement, New Robot Author, Writers

New Author Announcement: Jasmine Gower

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Listen up you ritzy lot; do we  have some sockdollager news for you! Robot HQ has a new author in its midst: Jasmine Gower

Jasmine hails from Portland, Oregon and was drawn toward writing years before amidst a childhood of fantasy novels and 90s video games! Plus she has a passion for exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and disability through the conventions of speculative fiction and fantasy worldbuilding.

We’re very excited to be publishing Jasmine’s hotsy-totsy debut novel Moonshine in Feb 2018. It’s an alternative world Prohibition fantasy where magic, not alcohol, is the banned substance and when our protagonist Daisy starts her new life in the big city her magic – inherited in heirlooms from her grandma – cause her more trouble than she ever thought possible.AR author Jasmine Gower

Here’s the synopsis:

Daisy’s starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image.

In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City, progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl – stylish, educated and independent – keen to establish herself in the city but reluctant to give up the taboo magic inherited from her grandmother.

Her new job takes her to unexpected places, and she gets more attention than she had hoped for… When bounty hunters start combing the city for magicians, Daisy must decide whether to stay with her new employer – even if it means revealing the grim source of her occult powers.

Can’t wait to read it? Breeze over to the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog for the full announcement and words from Jasmine on how a volcano inspired Moonshine.

Bump gums with Jasmine on Twitter here.

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