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Of course there is an Obama robot… November 5, 2008

Posted by chrismichaels in General, News, Robots at large.
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Obama won the US election - thanks in part to a Robot

Obama won the US election - thanks in part to a Robot

So good morning Mr. President…

After a relatively sleepless night watching the votes come in, it’s heartening to know that some super-university geeks contributed to Obama’s cause by building a Robot version of him:

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New author? Why not try Authonomy.com? November 3, 2008

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Authonomy - the online community for new authors

Authonomy - the online community for new authors

At Angry Robot we want to publish the best new titles for the future of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and all points in-between.

That means in practise that Marco needs to read a lot of manuscripts, digging up the nuggets from (more…)

Here comes Halloween October 31, 2008

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As Marc’s been looking towards our first batch of acquisitions (news coming soon!), it’s been very clear there’s a brewing trend for a next wave of horror writers out there. It’s something that mills around in publishing circles, where we keep on waiting for the great resurgence of commercially successful horror writing after the halcyon days of the 80s. And we keep on talking about it, but still it doesn’t come back!

And here we are, of course on the one day per year when everyone’s thinking horrific thoughts in the glorious pagan-capitalist tradition that is Halloween.

So where are the books?

Well, if anyone out there hasn’t read Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box yet, then get busy – Stephen King’s son is the real deal: contemporary, accessible, thrilling and psychologically astute. He could really go on to be something special.

But why not go back to his dad for some ghoulish kicks?
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Nods head repeatedly and cries “Yes yes yes” October 23, 2008

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It’s rare at the moment to read a debate about science fiction and agree so wholeheartedly with most of it, but SF Signal’s current mind-meld on “The Future of Written Science Fiction” had me nodding so vigorously I almost sued myself for whiplash injuries. The question of what happens to the literature of the future when the future actually arrives seems to be exercising some writers and editors rather a lot at the moment. For some, that means writing SF gets harder (Charles Stross recently opined that for him it now verges on the impossible); for others, that one’s vistas just have to go out further.

Personally, I think it is the calling of SF writers, and possibly even their duty, to go that bit further out, to imagine a future based on current concepts, not those of five/ten/twenty years ago, to boldy blow our minds once more.

Simon & Schuster head east for genre kicks October 22, 2008

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pehov

pehov

S&S in the UK announced via theBookseller today that they’ve acquired Alexey Pehov’s Chronicles of Siala trilogy for,

a pre-emptive six figure sum

The emerging BRIC economies should be fertile territory for genre – there’s stuff taking place in the wildfire of those hyperspeed capitalist environments Western writers have barely dreamed of. And it needs telling, or re-telling into amazing parables of the future or the mythic past.

I can’t work out if Pehov is the man to do that for Russia – and if you can work it out from his website, well, your Russian’s better than mine. But I hope he’s the sign of great things to come both from the BRIC countries, and all across the (to us at least) uncharted global territories of genre publishing.

Got something amazing? We’re looking.

What is the sound of an Angry Robot? October 21, 2008

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It’s important to set a context for the trip ahead, and whilst this business is all about words, it still needs a soundtrack.

So what would an Angry Robot listen to? We know that just plain ol’Robots dig Kraftwerk, the man-machine metronomes. And we can assume that self-hating Robot’s Rage Against the Machine. But if I was an Angry Robot right now, I’d be optimistic, and excited about the trip ahead, channeling the Angry-ness – so who better than the mighty, wide-eyed and wonderful Yeasayer to set the tone?  

I saw this on Pitchfork this morning, and as we start thinking about the first Angry Robot releases in Summer 2009, this is a hell of an anthem.

Push the button! October 6, 2008

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So yeah, here we are. All a bit new around here at the moment – a lot of Angry Robot is still cellophane-wrapped for your protection. Protection from what, though, we’re not sure yet…

Until we have some books to announce formally, we’re going to use the blog format for our website. That should mean we can rattle away about the various headline topics that come up as we turn Angry Robot from a crazy idea that might just work… into stark, terrifying reality.

A few of our friends have asked if we can show at least some of the inner workings of setting up a book imprint, and we’re certainly going to try. There’ll be some secret stuff, or at least some stuff that we can’t talk about until contracts are signed, that sort of thing, but we’ll endeavour to give a good glimpse of what we’re up to, and just as importantly, why. If you have questions for us, feel free to use the comments function and we’ll do what we can to tell you how we see it.