Monday, May 4, 2009

Angry Robot Books

Angry Robot Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, is going to be a big deal. This new publisher of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror is just in its fledgling stages, yet already it has signed many big names, including Chris Roberson, J. Robert King, and Dan Abnett. The first few books they release will hit shelves in the UK in July, but for those of us in America, they arrive in September. However, eventually the release dates will even out, giving everyone access to the new books at the same time. A complete list of the books currently on the slab to be published is up on their website, but as a low down for the first four books they plan to release, simply keep reading!

In July, Lauren Beukes' novel Moxyland arrives. Early reviews are comparing it to Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, and if it is half as influential as that novel, it will certainly not be a book to miss. Also out will be Slights by Kaaron Warren. A horror novel about what comes after death. It is time for a little retribution. This one looks intense; I can't wait for the September US release date.

In August two other books are released. Chris Roberson tells what appears to be the next secret history thriller, in the likes of the Da Vinci Code, but with a F/SF twist. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Roberson's novels, but based on his short stories, especially his latest in Asimov's Science Fiction, Book of Secrets will be a novel I will search the shelves for. Finally, the book I am most looking forward to (and of course through a fluke must wait the longest to be published in the US) is Tim Waggoner's Nekropolis. A horror/urban fantasy/mystery novel, we follow Matt Richter, private eye of the undead. I can't wait to find out how all of this works out.

Anyways, for those of you on the prowl for new, fresh genre fiction, look no further. I think we can all expect great things from Angry Robot.

2 comments:

  1. Mark Louis BaumgartAugust 24, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    If you are interested in Tim Waggoner's "Necropolis" (original title) check out my review of it on Amazon. I thought it a bit disappointing as Waggoner didn't really try to do the world that he created justice. He's just coasting here, the novel is really just by the numbers.

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  2. I never did manage to get around to reading Waggoner's novel, it seemed the idea went from seeming really neat to me, to losing a bit of steam. Your review seems to agree with that thought. It is too bad, because it could be a neat setting for his story.

    Of the opening bunch from Angry Robot, it seems Beukes (whose novel I didn't read, after not enjoying the opening chapter posted online) and Warren, whose novel was simply brilliant, were the gems. After getting tied up in having their imprint sold, it’s good to see Angry Robot back in the realm of actively publishing.

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