Angry Robot at Forbidden Planet - Archieved Post

August 25, 2015 - 7:32 am No Comments

I was delighted last Thu to attend a multi-book signing by Angry Robot authors at the new and improved Forbidden Planet Birmingham.

First off, as well as there being books! There were biscuits and for us poor souks on Slimming World, bananas 😫

There was a great level of bantering going on, an interesting panel item on world building and the like hosted by Penny Reeve, chatting to the four authors in attendance, in no particular order; Andy Remic, Rod Duncan, Susan Murray and Matthew De Abaitua. We also had a bonus arrival of Gav Thorpe. It was great to meet old friends like Gav and Andy and meet new friends such as Penny, Susan, Matthew and Rod (who is a guest at a convention I help to organise. Novacon 45 held in Nottingham at the Park In 13 – 15 Nov.)

Here is a little bit about the books they were talking about;

The Dragon Engine: Andy Remic

Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract – to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens. There, it is written, there lies untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads, legendary jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them.
But the Dragon Heads aren’t what the adventurers think they are, and the world has not encountered their like in many, many generations!

If Then: Matthew De Abaitua

In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.
But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.

The Waterborne Exile: Susan Murray

A nameless priestess will stop at nothing to get revenge on the killers of her lover.
In a world of turmoil, following the king’s death, the traitor Vasic is struggling to secure his rule over the combined Peninsular Kingdoms whilst the exiled queen, Alwenna, has taken refuge with a freemerchant community whose elders fear her dark power.
Mistrust rules the day with bribery, drugs, trafficking of children, and murder rife throughout the kingdom.
As the priestess’ plot for revenge continues, Alwenna leaves to seek the outcast group of loyal kinsman. Marten attempts to restore Alwenna to the throne but as the priestess closes in, will he succeed?

Unseemly Science: Rod Duncan

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life – as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw theBullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy!
There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world…

It was great to hear about various methods used including editing styles, use of tools such as Dragon Dictate, gender politics in The Waterborne Exile and the engorged cock in Andy’s book, which pretty much sold it to me!

Anyway, as always, Forbidden Planet were great hosts and the staff are well informed and great to chat to. Make sure you attend one of their signings soon!

Penny Reeve
Fiction Publicity Manager
Angry Robot Books

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