Angry Robot

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Angry Robot
Parent company Watkins Media
Founded 2008
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Nottingham
Publication types books
Fiction genres Science Fiction and Fantasy
Official website

Angry Robot Books is a British-based publishing house dedicated to producing modern adult science fiction and fantasy, or as they call it “SF, F and WTF?!?”. The Nottingham-based company first released books in the UK in 2009, and since September 2010 has simultaneously been publishing its titles in the US as well, as a distributed client of Random House. All titles are released as paperbacks and eBooks.


Angry Robot Books was founded in August 2008, when Marc Gascoigne, previously publisher of Games Workshop’s Black Library and Solaris imprints, was hired by HarperCollins UK to create a new science fiction imprint. The intention was to create an experimental line that would complement the existing Voyager imprint, which focussed mainly on big-selling fantasy titles. Angry Robot would be able to trial some different business methods – buying world rights to allow co-publishing in the US and UK, issuing eBooks and potentially audiobooks as standard alongside print editions, and maximising online marketing through bloggers, Twitter and Facebook.[1][self-published source?]

Editor Lee Harris, previously best known for Hub,[2] an online short story magazine, was recruited at the start of 2009. The first titles published by the imprint, released in July of that year, were Slights by Kaaron Warren and Moxyland by Lauren Beukes. Both met with praise (Slights won the Australian Ditmar Award for best novel, and the Shadows Award for Best Fiction). The company continued to release two or three titles every month, but in April 2010, book production was temporarily halted when HarperCollins and the imprint parted.[citation needed]

Gascoigne purchased the imprint from HarperCollins for a nominal sum, in partnership with Oxford-based Osprey Publishing.[3] The imprint remained based in Nottingham. The monthly release of new titles resumed in September of that year, with titles publishing in the US as well as the UK for the first time.

Among the first titles in the new wave of release was Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City, which went on to win the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction book of the year in April 2011. The novel was also nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award (it came second, but its cover art – by Joey HiFi - won a separate BSFA Award) and a World Fantasy Award. Also notable was a reprint of K. W. Jeter’s pair of seminal steampunk novels, Morlock Night and Infernal Devices.

The imprint makes great capital out of its “Robot Army”, which is a street team of bloggers, reviewers and influential commentators from the science fiction world, who can access exclusive content and advance reading copies of Angry Robot’s novels. Angry Robot also uses its quirky branding to sell merchandise and eBooks (either singly or in multiples via ongoing subscriptions) direct to readers.[citation needed]

In October 2011, at the World Fantasy Convention, Marc Gascoigne won the World Fantasy Special Award (Professional) for Angry Robot.[citation needed]

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A[edit]

In November 2011, Angry Robot announced that they were planning a sister imprint, Strange Chemistry,[4][self-published source?] that would be devoted to Young Adult (teen) science fiction, fantasy and supernatural novels. Headed by blogger-turned-editor Amanda Rutter,[5] it was launched in September 2012.

A crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, was launched in 2014.[6][self-published source?]

In 2014, Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A were closed.[7]


In 2014 Angry Robot was sold by Osprey to Watkins Media, owned by Etan Ilfeld.[7]

Authors and books[edit]

Strange Chemistry[edit]

  • Rosie Best
    Rosie Best (October 2013). Skulk. 
  • Gwenda Bond
    Gwenda Bond (September 2012). Blackwood. 
    Gwenda Bond (September 2013). The Woken Gods. 
  • M. G. Buehrlen
    M. G. Buehrlen (March 2014). The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare. 
  • Cassandra Rose Clarke
    Cassandra Rose Clarke (October 2012). The Assassin’s Curse. 
    Cassandra Rose Clarke (June 2013). The Pirate’s Wish. 
    Cassandra Rose Clarke (May 2014). The Wizard’s Promise. 
  • T. L. Costa
    T. L. Costa (July 2013). Playing Tyler. 
  • Eliza Crewe
    Eliza Crewe (November 2013). Cracked. 
  • Sean Cummings
    Sean Cummings (October 2012). Poltergeeks. 
    Sean Cummings (September 2013). Student Bodies. 
  • Kim Curran
    Kim Curran (August 2013). Control. 
    Kim Curran (September 2012). Shift. 
  • Amalie Howard
    Amalie Howard (January 2014). The Almost Girl. 
  • Jonathan L. Howard
    Jonathan L. Howard (November 2012). Katya’s World. 
    Jonathan L. Howard (November 2013). Katya’s War. 
  • Danielle Jensen
    Danielle Jensen (April 2014). Stolen Songbird. 
  • Ingrid Jonach
    Ingrid Jonach (September 2013). When the World Was Flat (and we were in love). 
  • Laura Lam
    Laura Lam (February 2013). Pantomime. 
    Laura Lam (January 2014). Shadowplay. 
  • Rachel Neumeier
    Rachel Neumeier (February 2014). Black Dog. 
  • Lisa Ann O’Kane
    Lisa Ann O’Kane (June 2014). Essence. 
  • Bryony Pearce
    Bryony Pearce (August 2013). The Weight of Souls. 
  • Sarah Raughley
    Sarah Raughley (May 2014). Feather Bound. 
  • A. E. Rought
    A. E. Rought (January 2013). Broken. 
    A. E. Rought (October 2013). Tainted. 
  • Christian Schoon
    Christian Schoon (April 2014). Under Nameless Stars. 
    Christian Schoon (May 2013). Zenn Scarlett. 
  • Julianna Scott
    Julianna Scott (March 2013). The Holders. 
    Julianna Scott (February 2014). The Seers. 
  • Martha Wells
    Martha Wells (April 2013). Emilie and the Hollow World. 
    Martha Wells (March 2014). Emilie and the Sky World. 


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