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Really exciting news from Angry Robot Books

Angry Robot books just sent me the following news;


Kameron Hurley, Angry Robot Author!

Hail the Robot Army!

Following yesterday’s Rod Duncan acquisition news, we did say we had another author announcement due. The interwebs have been abuzz with mutterings and rumours aplenty, but here’s the news-blast on our signing of Kameron Hurley:

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The Deal

Angry Robot is excited to announce the signing of Kameron Hurley –  the award-winning author ofGod’s War – for at least two books in the Worldbreaker Saga. Book 1, The Mirror Empire, will be published worldwide in September this year, with the sequel to follow a year later. The worldwide rights deal was negotiated between Senior Editor, Lee Harris and Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.

On the eve of a catastrophic event, three unlikely champions must unite a fractured world to avert its extinction.


About: The Mirror Empire

From the award-winning author of God’s War comes a stunning new series…

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.



Kameron Hurley: “Super stoked to be part of the Angry Robot team. They’re a great group of folks publishing an astonishing range of exceptional fiction. Best of all, being among the crazy bunch of authors I see on their list makes me feel right at home. Can’t wait to see The Mirror Empire join the fray.”

Lee Harris: “I’m tremendously excited to be able to welcome Kameron to the Angry Robot conclave. She’s one of the most exciting and talented authors working in the fantasy genre, today, and a great fit for our list.”


About: Kameron Hurley


Kameron Hurley is an award-winning author, advertising copywriter, and online scribe. Hurley grew up in Washington State, and has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Durban, South Africa; and Chicago. She has degrees in historical studies from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, specializing in the history of South African resistance movements.

Hurley is the author of God’s War, Infidel, andRapture, a science-fantasy noir series which earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award. Her work has also been included on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed,EscapePod, and Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as The Lowest Heaven and Year’s Best SF. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West.


So, what do you think?

Join us online and share your thoughts with us! And, do welcome Kameron to the Angry Robot Team:

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Space Is Just a Starry Night short fiction by Tanith Lee (short review)
Space Is Just a Starry Night short fiction by Tanith Lee

This work combines; horror with science fiction, urban fantasy and speculative fiction, vampires and aliens, Werewolves with space stations, modernity with ancient traditions; all conjured into being by the use of wonderfully descriptive prose. Myths are deconstructed, and normalised.  Vampires work as carnival techs. Werewolves survive on the moon, observed by Robots.  In doing this, Lee encourages the reader to  examine our  earth based myths and starry stories. Lee uses scientific\futuristic scenes as a backdrop for humanistic stories.  Less stories allow us to explore; fantasy, identity,  narrative and the future.  In Lee’s world, man didn’t leave his myths behind him when traveling into  space. They took them  along in their emotional baggage.

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New Years Resolutions

Going purely by the calendar, this post is a little late. But, since this is my first day back at my desk, this is a timely post to start my working year.  My first goal is to blog and read more this year. I, also, plan on reading fewer new books. I must get around to reading more books from; my physical reading shelves, my kindle hard drive, the samples I have downloaded from Amazon, and those books dying on my Amazon wishlist and Goodreads tbr lists. When I read new books they will be; for a reading group, for a podcast that I am Reading along with, for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, from one of those writers who I wish to read their back catalogue (see future posts for future details), a classic, or a book from the history of science fiction or fantasy. In addition, I am reading the Lord Peter Wimsey books in chronological order.


These are the rules for 2014. Before I read a new book, I must read three books from my physical, or kindle, reading shelves. After I have read from my store, I can then by a book from my stock of samples. I must read three of these books before I can read a book from my Goodreads tbr list or Amazon wish list. I must read three books from this list before I read a completely new book. That book must be from  one of the above categories.


Beowulf (reading group Facebook)

Beowulf (Caitlin R Kiernan)

Haroun and the Sea of Stories  Salman Rushdie.

Artful, Ali Smith

Under My Hat


I am, mainly,  going to focus on longer reviews. But, I will try and review every book I read. Some of these, will be essay length , others may simply be one word but they will receive a review. I will supplement these with personal and publishing news. I will also give you brief updates on my reading even when there will be nothing to review.

Next book Review _ Shadowplay (Pantomime #2)

What are your goals for 2014?