(Amazing covers for Angry Robot by master designer John Coulthart.)
I've been watching from afar as Angry Robot has published some great fiction in the British Commonwealth. Now, the Angry Robot imprint is invading North America, and I'm delighted to be among the first to welcome them to our shores--as well as provide an exclusive showcase for two amazing covers by John Coulthart for their 2011 reprints of K.W. Jeter's classic novels.
How does Angry Robot's publisher, Marc Gascoigne, describe the imprint? “It's post-YA,” for those of the Twilight and Harry Potter generation ready to graduate to more grown-up fare. An impressive eighteen new titles will be released in the U.S. between now and November. We'll be turnign the spotlight on several of them in the months to come, but for now, here's a quick look at the first six...
(A sighting of Angry Robot books in the wild. Reports that a friendly, helpful robot appears any time a reader possesses six or more Angry Robot titles cannot be confirmed...)
Triumff by Dan Abnett--The acclaimed author imagines a world where the Elizabethan age never ended. Alchemy and Magick flourished during the Renaissance, thus negating Europe’s Industrial Revolution. "A ribald, rollicking adventure in the tradition of Flashman...The concept is clever and creative, and magic, treason, and Spanish grandees make for an entertaining read." - Publishers Weekly
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes--An astonishing near-future SF debut reminiscent of Neal Stephenson that hinges on a techno-corporate conspiracy of epic proportions. "Moxyland does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it could be doing." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer
Winter Song by Colin Harvey--Wrapped in the trappings of traditional hard science fiction, this engrossing novel features rich characters with heart and personality, along with an epic scope. "Harvey paints a grimly convincing portrait of a subsistence existence on the inhospitable world. [The] novel depicts a fascinating universe of want and plenitude, to which he will hopefully return." - Eric Brown, The Guardian
Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic--The Quentin Tarantino of fantasy takes the heroic fantasy of genre darlings R.A. Salvatore and the late David Gemmell to the sick, twisted heights of extreme gamers. The action never stops and the blood freely flows, with no excuses given. "His staccato prose is punchy and he delivers in the action stakes" - Alasdair Morton, SciFi Now Magazine
Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon--This first novel re-imagines the faerie genre in the context of a modern London, with an unwitting everyman getting caught-up in a shadow world to save his daughter from an ominous power. "Mike Shevdon strikes sparks from the flinty core of English folklore, as a hero every reader can relate to finds he's part of an incredible and scarily believable parallel realm. If you've been thinking urban fantasy has nothing fresh to offer, think again." - Juliet E. McKenna
Slights by Kaaron Warren--The award-winning Warren has penned a tale of a young woman who, after a near death experience, finds herself in a room full of the spirits she’s maligned during her lifetime. Her curiosity over whether others experience the same thing when they pass leads to a horrific quest. "In the sickening blur of Stevie's narrative, what 'really' happens is both uncertain and obvious; the details she commands so confidently are infinitely mutable, but the gruesome consequences slowly become apparent. With outstanding control, Warren manipulates Stevie's voice to create a portrait of horror that in no way reads like a first novel." - Publishers Weekly, starred review