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Update below.

via Facebook and SFX, today we learned the sad news that Iain M. Banks has late-stage gall bladder cancer.

Iain has written a letter to his fans and readers that you can see here.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with Iain and those near and dear to him.

In happier news –

Angry Robot Signs James A. Moore’s Epic Fantasy Seven Forges in Two Book Deal

Angry Robot, the publisher of cutting-edge SF, F and WTF?! fiction, is delighted to announce the acquisition of the worldwide rights to two epic fantasy novels by James A. Moore, the first of which, Seven Forges, will be published in October.

The deal for Worldwide English rights in books, ebooks and audiobooks was concluded by Angry Robot Managing Director Marc Gascoigne and Donald Morhaim in New York.

About James A. Moore

The author, James A. Moore

James A. Moore cut his teeth in the industry writing for Marvel Comics and authoring over twenty role-playing supplements for White Wolf Games. He also penned the White Wolf novels Vampire: House of Secrets and Werewolf: Hellstorm. Moore’s first short story collection, Slices, sold out before ever seeing print.

He is currently working on three new novels: Congregations of the Dead, the as-yet unnamed sequel to Seven Forges, and Boom Town, and he recently completed his latest Jonathan Crowley novel, Cherry Hill.  He lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

You can find James online at as well as on Twitter @JamesAMoore and Facebook.

About Seven Forges

The Seven Forges are a range of impassable mountains, far to the north of the settled lands of Fellein. From time to time explorers venture up beyond the Blasted Lands in search of a way over them and the promise of legendary riches, but without success.

Now Captain Merros Dulver has found a path, and encountered, at last, the half-forgotten people who dwell there. And it would appear they were expecting him.

Quotable Quotes

Angry Robot’s Managing Director Marc Gascoigne said: “Sometimes you read just the first few pages of a manuscript and know that you have to have it for your list. So it was with Seven Forges. Over the last fifteen years or so, James has made quite a name for himself with a whole catalogue of acclaimed horror and dark fantasy titles, and earned himself a couple of Stoker Award nominations along the way. Now he’s set his sights on something more widescreen, and we’re delighted to bring it to you.”

James A. Moore said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Angry Robot Books and the amazing team they’ve assembled. They’ve been enthusiastic, caring and attentive, and now that the contracts have been signed I’m happy to report to the entire team that their loved ones will be returned home safely in the very near future, most of them no worse for the wear.”

More Info

Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot Ltd is part of Osprey Group.

For more information, review copies, interview and feature requests, contact Marc Gascoigne at or by phone on +44 (0) 115 933 8456 [UK Office Hours].
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