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Will Staehle wins the Kitschies Inky Tentacle for THE AGE ATOMIC cover!

Wednesday night I trotted down to London to attend the Kitschies, which are rapidly becoming the coolest and most distinguished genre awards outside the Arthur C. Clarkes. As I posted when the shortlist went up, Will Staehle’s marvellous cover for The Age Atomic was in for the Inky Tentacle award for best cover art.

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And… it won!

Myself and Angry Robot senior editor Lee Harris accepted the award on Will’s behalf, and then we drank lots of prosecco afterwards. Alas, the prize – a handmade tentacle trophy, a bottle of The Kraken rum – were not mine to keep, so I spent most of the evening living vicariously through the talent of Will and looking after them for him before they were taken away to be shipped to the actual winner.

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But, I’m chuffed. The cover for The Age Atomic is one of my favourites that Will has done – and coincidentally it’s probably the favourite of the books I’ve written so far – so to have it honoured in this way is pretty gosh-darned cool. My thanks to Marc Gascoigne at Angry Robot for pairing me up with Will in the first place, and to Will himself for being a genius designer and a jolly nice fellow to work with.

And congratulations to the other winners! It was a fun night – details of the winners and some write ups of the event can be found here, here, here, here and here.

You can also hear a slightly drunken interview with me recorded during the after party over at Geek Syndicate’s AudioBoo page.

 

Will Staehle’s cover for THE AGE ATOMIC shortlisted for the Kitchies Inky Tentacle cover art award

Some super-duper news this morning.

The luminously green and wonderful cover for The Age Atomic, designed by the also luminous and wonderful Will Staehle, is on the shortlist for this year’s Inky Tentacle, the cover art award of the Kitchies.

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I’m over the moon that the cover has been recognised in this way. As I have blogged many, many times, I’m a huge fan of Will Staehle, and I consider myself to be supremely lucky that his work has graced the covers of, so far, all of my published novels, both at Angry Robot and at Tor. The Age Atomic is a particular favourite of mine, and the cover out of a selection of about five that I really, really wanted to have on the book. Stylistically, it matches the cover of Empire State, and the atomic green glow not only suits the story within, but really stands out on the shelf.

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The other amazing covers shortlisted can be found here.

The full list of Kitchies nominees can be found here. I’ll be accompanying Angry Robot editor Lee Harris to the award ceremony, which takes place in London on Wednesday, February 12th.

Best of luck to Will!

 

2014 award eligibility

It’s the time of year again. Nomination windows for various awards – the Hugos, Nebulas, BSFA, BFS, Sir Julius Vogel Awards, etc – are now open.

This post is going to be short, as I didn’t have much out in 2013!

My novel The Age Atomic, published by Angry Robot Books in April 2013, is eligible for Best Novel.

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Will Staehle, the cover artist, is eligible for Best Artist or Best Cover (as applicable).

My editor, Lee Harris, is eligible for Best Editor (Long Form).

I’m also in my second year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. I managed 12th place on the long list last year, so… you never know! I’ll be posting more about the Campbell Award later, as there are a lot of writers eligible for it, and lots of cool samples and content to try. You can see a sample of names over at Fran Wilde’s blog.

Likewise, I’m also in my second year of eligibility for Best New Talent in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

And… that’s it! I’ll have more in 2014, but 2013 was on the quiet side for me.

I’m going to keep this post updated with other eligibility announcements from friends and writers. So far, we’ve got (alphabetical by first letter):

And more to come!

Sir Julius Vogel Award shortlist 2013: EMPIRE STATE for Best Novel and Best New Talent nomination

I’m chuffed to bits to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year in two categories: Empire State is in the shortlist for Best New Novel, and I’m in the shortlist for Best New Talent.

The full list of nominations can be found here. My congratulations to everyone on the ballot!

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given out by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand; eligible voters are members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire, the NZ national science fiction convention, which is being held on 12-14th July in Wellington.

My thanks to everyone who nominated me! Not a bad way to start the day, really…

SFFWRTCHT transcript, new EMPIRE STATE review, and the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology

So there I was just a chapter away from finishing the latest edit on The Book Formerly Known As Shadow’s Call, and I get sick with a dose of the flu that knocks me out for a week. Good timing.

While I clamber back to normality, a couple of links:

If you hadn’t noticed, award season is upon us, and there are a couple of useful resources available:

Finally, just a reminder that I’m eligible for a slightly more obscure award – the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, handed out by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Nominations for these close on 31st March, and anyone can nominate. My list of eligible works (and qualifying categories) is here.

2012 leftovers, Angry Robot ebook sale, and the year ahead

Hello 2013! We’re back to an odd-numbered year, during which I will turn an odd-numbered age. I like odd numbers.

Anyway.

There are a few leftover bits and bobs from the end of 2012:

  • At WarpCoreSF, Empire State was named the Best Superhero Noir of 2012.
  • At The Founding Fields, Seven Wonders came in at number 9 of their best books of 2012.
  • Empire State came in at number 3 on Angel of Retribution’s list of best debuts of 2012, while Seven Wonders made it to number 3 on their Best of the Best list.
  • The Eloquent Page named The Age Atomic among their top ten books to look forward to in 2013
  • The Ranting Dragon have compiled a might list of 50 titles to look forward to in 2013, with The Age Atomic at number 19. Also featuring a shout-out to Hang Wire, although I’d argue whether one book is more important than the other!

Today is the last day of Angry Robot’s ebook sale, which features 25% off all their ebooks (including, of course, Empire State and Seven Wonders). You can find details of the sale here. All Angry Robot ebooks are DRM-free too!

Couple of award things – the BSFA Award nomination period is only open until January 11th (details here), and the Hugo Awards are now open for nominations until March 10th.

New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards are also open from now until March 31st.- notably, anyone can nominate for these, regardless of membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.

If anyone is so inclined, my list of eligible work is here.

And finally a quick update to my year ahead – actually, this is all likely to take me well into 2014. So my projects are: Shadow’s Call (to be renamed – now scheduled for publication in March 2014), Hang Wire (out in November 2013) Lucifer, Blackout 77, and an untitled urban fantasy project.

Um, yeah. That should keep me going! I should also have an update on my comic debut, The Sentinel, shortly. I’m looking forward to showing off some new art from that!

Award eligibility for 2013

It’s getting to that time when various awards start to call for suggestions and nominations – these include the Hugo, British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Society, Sir Julius Vogel, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and others. As a couple have opened already, I thought it a good time to post this aide-memoire on my work from 2012 that is eligible.

Now… some people get twitchy when an author posts stuff like this, but personally I’m grateful when they do – when it comes time to nominate something, I spend far too long just trying to remember what the heck I read in the last year, and in the past there have been plenty of books I would have nominated had they not slipped my mind completely. That is annoying.

So, onwards. Here’s a list of my 2012 work that is eligible for awards in 2013. It’s not a long list!

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Empire State - published 5th January 2012 (worldwide) by Angry Robot (paperback; science fiction/fantasy)

Seven Wonders – published 6th September 2012 (worldwide) by Angry Robot (paperback; science fiction/fantasy)

Note: Empire State was my debut novel and first professional sale, which makes me eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 2013 and 2014, and Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best New Talent category for 2013-2016. I’m eligible for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards generally as I am a New Zealand citizen.

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Will Staehle – for the Empire State and Seven Wonders covers.

And…that’s it!

Now to figure out what I read and enjoyed in 2012…

EMPIRE STATE is SciFiNow magazine’s book of the year 2012!

On the news stands today is issue 74 of SciFiNow magazine, featuring their 2012 end-of-year awards. And if you turn to page 52, you’ll find their run-down of the five best novels and five best comics of 2012. And at number 1 for books: my debut novel, Empire State!

Like, wow.

Rounding out the list of five best novels is The Game is Altered by Mez Packer (2), Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (3), The Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (4), and Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (5).

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to bits, and honoured to be even mentioned in the same list as those mighty authors.

Of Empire State, they said:

The smoky bars and ceiling fan intrigue of Raymond Chandler meets the neurotic, beer-gut superheroics of Alan Moore at his height (as opposed to his post-From Hell esotericism), Adam Christopher’s genre-merging debut swept skyward seemingly from nowhere, its cape trailing in the wind, and brought with it an incredible sense of wonder.

To celebrate, my publisher Angry Robot are running an ebook promotion – you can get 25% off both Empire State and Seven Wonders (DRM-free epub) at the Robot Trading Company from now until Monday 26th November by entering the code sfnow2012 at checkout.

Feel free to share the code around – tweet it, blog it, spread the word!

And don’t forget, the sequel to Empire State, The Age Atomic, is out in April next year, and is now available for pre-order.

Fantasy Bytes interview! EMPIRE STATE in Not The Booker Prize! SEVEN WONDERS at io9!

Some website maintenance today – a switch of fonts (how I love you, Helvetica neue!), an adjustment to the header, and some extra stuff in the side widgets. If anyone strikes a problem, so let me know, because by “maintenance” I mean “randomly hacking the CSS and praying nothing breaks”.

Yesterday I was interviewed over at Fantasy Bytes, where I had some things to say about Seven Wonders, writing, and gingernut biscuits. I am reliably informed that “dunking” biscuits has my US friends in hysterics. So, not a country of dunkers then! As I mentioned the other day, Fantasy Bytes also gave Seven Wonders a rather nice review, which you can see here (and some pre-review comments are here!).

Seven Wonders has also cropped up over at io9, where they list it alongside some fabulous others books as one of the science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss in August. Add that to the mention over at Kirkus (in their 11 not-to-miss science fiction and fantasy books for August) and Ranting Dragon (top 20 science fiction and fantasy releases of August), and it seems that things are hotting up!

The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize has reached the longlist stage, where readers can now vote for their chosen title. The longlist – which includes Empire State, and some other fabulous books – and voting instructions can be found here, so go knock yourself out.

And finally, I’m pleased to say I’ll be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October, taking part in a panel on superheroes and science fiction with David Hine, Samit Basu, and Justina Robson. The panel is part of the week-long festival, which is held near Leeds here in the UK, and will cost you £4 to attend – you can find links to buy  tickets on the event page.

And… one more thing: the obligatory reminder that you can still pre-order the limited hardcover collector’s edition of Seven Wonders from Forbidden Planet ahead of the official launch on Thursday 6th September. There are only 100 numbered copies of this, so get in while you can! And actually speaking of pre-orders, it seems the audiobook of Seven Wonders will be out at the same time as the print book, and is narrated by Nick Podehl, who I’m rather pleased with, and who also has read a lot of Patrick Rothfuss’s work. Details are here; I’ll update the order links when I get a moment.

Serenity now

You know what’s worse than a hard-to-hit deadline? How about one that actually shrinks the closer you get to it? That’s pretty much my situation for the next two weeks, so I’m afraid this blog is going to gather dust a little. But, I’ll try and at least post a pretty picture once a day until things settle down.

As they say, serenity now, serenity now…

Before I go, in the not-really-news department, the shortlist for the 2011 British Horror Fantasy Society awards is up and the two short stories of mine that made it to the longlist aren’t on it. That’s what I expected, but my heartfelt thanks to those who nominated them, and to those who voted. I really appreciate it! The announced shortlist is a pretty cool collection of creators and their works (Angry Robot gets into the Best Novel category with Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon) – I’d make (another) quip about the list being horror dominated again, but seeing as my two longlist-nominated stories were actually horror too, I shouldn’t really complain!

In fact, you can read my two stories for free here – The Nightmare of You and Death in the Room and The Unpopular Opinion of Reverend Tobias Thackery. Enjoy!

Update: The BFS shortlist is on their front page, as kindly pointed out by Jan in the comments! Thanks, I’ve updated the post!