Saturday, February 28, 2015

Live Long and Prosper


We lost Leonard Nimoy today. Bad day made even worse.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Matt Hill Joins Angry Robot




Matt Hill Joins Angry Robot

Hail Robot Army!

As you can tell, we're not only busy as we approach March and the re-appearance of brand new Angry Robot titles in your local bookshops, but also behind the scenes as we continue to build our Robot family. We're very excited to tell you about our latest acquisition, Matt Hill and his gritty SF book, Graft.

Matt's debut novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize and praised by none other than Stephen Fry, in his capacity as judge, for capturing "the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world."

We are delighted to have such a fantastic UK based SF title, where the city of Manchester itself becomes a strong character. Hopefully this appeals to our fans around the world!

Graft

Under the Skin
meets The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Fifth Elementwith extra limbs.

In Graft, the near future is bleak — especially in Manchester.

Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when his partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, the structures of Sol’s life begin to warp. Hidden in the stolen car’s boot is a three-armed woman with a strange tattoo on her throat. She is Y: rootless, amnesiac, and scheduled for delivery. What she reveals not only forces Sol to confront his own past, but sends him to the threshold of reality – and asks him to cross it.

A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag.

Matt Hill



Matt Hill: "I’m chuffed to bits that Graft has found a home at Angry Robot. They’ve published loads of amazingly written, brilliantly designed books, and I can’t wait to start working with the team."

Phil Jourdan: "Sometimes you get sent a book that ticks every single box for you — plot, character, prose, mood, originality, sheer madness — and you just think, ‘Am I actually ready to take this on?’ Well, the good news is we're ready. Graft is the perfect addition to Angry Robot’s catalogue: a truly unique science fiction book, dark and twisted but gorgeous all the way through."

Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. He now lives and works in London. His first novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.
http://matthewhillswebsite.co.uk/

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEBULA AWARD LIST IS POSTED-BORROWED FROM LOCUS

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the final ballot for the 2014 Nebula Awards.

Novel

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)
Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)

Novella

We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
‘‘The Regular’’, Ken Liu (Upgraded)
‘‘The Mothers of Voorhisville’’, Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
‘‘Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)

Novellette


‘‘Sleep Walking Now and Then’’, Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
‘‘The Magician and Laplace’s Demon’’, Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
‘‘A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i’’, Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
‘‘The Husband Stitch’’, Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
‘‘We Are the Cloud’’, Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
‘‘The Devil in America’’, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)

Short Story

‘‘The Breath of War’’, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless S6/14)
‘‘When It Ends, He Catches Her’’, Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
‘‘The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye’’, Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
‘‘The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family’’, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
‘‘A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide’’, Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
‘‘Jackalope Wives’’, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
‘‘The Fisher Queen’’, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)

Ray Bradbury Award

Birdman
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
The Lego Movie

Andre Norton Award


Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

James A. Moore Re-Signs with Angry Robot





James A. Moore Re-Signs with Angry Robot


Hail Robot Army!

We are delighted to have shared with you our recent re-signings and new author deals. There are two new author announcements to come very soon, but today we are thrilled to tell you that James A. Moore will be writing two more books in his Seven Forges series, following Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands. Not only that but the next installment, entitled City of Wonders, will be released this November, 2015. More details on City of Wonders below. James is a wonderful member of our Robot Family and we are excited to have his continued involvement with Angry Robot Books.

City of Wonders

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon and the growing masses of the lost and the desolate, on a mission of which he will not speak and looking for the faithful who will join him in his exodus.

In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.

War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.

Quotables



James A. Moore: “I am, of course, delighted to be working with my Robot Overlords once again. There have been rumors about them holding my family hostage through the negotiations and I want to make clear that nothing of the sort has happened. I am assured that the sudden disappearance of family members was merely a coincidence and not, as some AR authors have previously stated, a negotiating tool of any kind.

I have also been informed that so long as my manuscripts are delivered in a timely manner no more unexpected vacations to the “Lunar Gulag Wonderland” will be necessary.”

Marc Gascoigne: "I'm so pleased that Jim has agreed to write not one but two more Seven Forges books for us at Angry Robot. Clever, action-stuffed fantasy like his is why I became a fanatical fantasy fan in the first place."

More about James

James A Moore is the author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, Deeper, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels Blind Shadows as well as Seven Forges and the sequel The Blasted Lands.

He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association, first as Secretary and later as Vice President.

The author cut his teeth in the industry writing for Marvel Comics and authoring over twenty role-playing supplements for White Wolf Games, including Berlin by Night, Land of 1,000,000 Dreams and The Get of Fenris tribe. He also penned the White Wolf novels Vampire: House of Secrets and Werewolf: Hellstorm.

Moore’s first short story collection, Slices, sold out before ever seeing print.

He currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 Horror Titles from Gallery Books



WITHIN THESE WALLS by Ania Ahlborn (on-sale April 21st). From bestselling horror sensation Ania Ahlborn (one of the few female horror writers) comes a brand-new supernatural thriller that questions how far one would go for success.



DAWN OF THE DEAD
by George A. Romero (on-sale June 2nd). Nearly 40 years after its original publication, the novel based off the movie of the same name from the “Grandfather of Zombies” is back in print.



FIFTH HOUSE OF THE HEART
by Ben Tripp (on-sale July 28th). From the acclaimed horror author of The Accidental Highwayman and the Rise Again zombie series comes a chilling twist on vampire fiction in the bestselling tradition of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.



HIGHWAY TO HELL
by Max Brallier (on-sale August 18th). In the sequel to the “choose-your-own-path” adventure Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?, readers embark on a horrific and hilarious cross-country road trip with the objective of saving zomified America from utter collapse.



BROTHER
by Ania Ahlborn (on-sale September 8th). A brand new novel of terror from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn that follows a teenager determined to break from his West Virginian family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Latest VA News


Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status


Recommendation Made by VA Employee, 2013 SAVE Award Winner

Washington – Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy.

The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of the President’s 2013 Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. Siehr’s idea focused on the use of technology as a way to save money and improve the services VA provides to its patients.


“Our nation’s Veterans deserve a first-class pharmacy and quality customer service as a part of the exceptional health care available from VA,” said Siehr, the National Director for Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies. “It is an honor to be part of serving Veterans and to have been recognized for an idea that enhances our services to them.”


More than 57,000 Veterans are currently using the service through My HealtheVet, an online feature that allows Veterans to partner with their health care team. The number is expected to grow as VA starts to educate Veterans about the new feature. Later this month, the tracking feature will include images of the medication that dispensed. Over the next year, a secure messaging alert will be added so that Veterans know when a medication was placed in the mail.


“VA prescription refill online is an excellent example of how one employee looked at the process of VA prescription tracking through the eyes of our Veterans and came up with an idea that better serves Veterans,” said Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn M. Clancy. “This idea is both innovative and transformative, and it is certainly one, when put into action, improves customer service for America’s Veterans.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adam Rakunas Joins the Robot Author Ranks





Adam Rakunas Joins the Robot Author Ranks


Hail Robot Army!

We have a very happy announcement to make: we have assimilated one of your own. Step forward Adam Rakunas, Robot Army member of some years and who happened to tend the bar at Angry Robot's big launch party back in 2009 at Montreal's WorldCon!

Acquired from Sam Morgan at JABberwocky Literary Agency, Adam's debut, Windswept, is the first in a two-book deal and will be released in September 2015. The as-yet-untitled sequel will follow in 2016.

WIndswept

Windswept stars Padma Mehta, a long-time labor organizer who is on the verge of making the deal of her life when it all falls apart. Now, she has to rely on the neighbourhood scam artist and a handful of stowaways to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space — all before Happy Hour. With a host of well-crafted characters, Windswept is a part detective, part space operetta with snappy dialogue, adventure, and plenty of comedic timing.

Adam Rakunas



Adam Rakunas: “I’m stoked to join the assimilated masses at Angry Robot, especially after I was informed that the process no longer hurt as much as before. Some of my favorite books and authors have come from the digital mines of AR, and I’m honored that my little book about sex, violence, and labor relations will join them.”

Adam Rakunas has worked a variety of weird jobs. He’s been a virtual world developer, a parking lot attendant, a triathlon race director, a fast food cashier, and an online marketing consultant. Now a stay-at-home dad, Adam splits his non-parenting time between writing, playing the cello, and political rabble-rousing. His stories have appeared in Futurismic and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Windswept is his first novel.

Reach Adam online:

Join us in congratulating Adam; you can reach him through these various links:

Twitter: @rakdaddy
Facebook: Adam Rakunas Books
Tumbler: rakdaddy
Website: Giro.org

The good news is we have even more author announcements coming in the next fortnight or so; keep your eyes peeled to discover your next favourite book.