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The Fantasy Book Club interviews Andy Remic…

Yes! If you are bored, and wish to listen to me drivel for an hour to the poor devils known as Sam and James at the Square Groot, name-dropping the likes of Mark Gascoigne (Angry Robot Books), Lee Harris (Tor), interviewer Marie Vedat, and lots of dudes involved in my Spectrum Addict film, along with conversation about my early works (Spiral, Combat K, Kell’s Legend) and new and upcoming projects, then you need to listen to this as you a) mow the garden, b) pluck your nostrils, c) administer a much-needed enema to your stinky dog. Go listen. Or not. 🙂

Randy. x


Twilight of the Dragons. Out now, worldwide, published by Angry Robot Books. Go buy it. It’s good. Honest. I wrote it. 🙂

Thank you to Stan Nicholls for the cover quote, Marco for being patient, Lee Gibbons for awesome cover art, and MDV for the proofreading.


Twilight of the Dragons by Andy Remic


1000 free copies!

1000 free copies!

Hello! This is ANDY REMIC, author of KELL’S LEGEND. You want a FREE COPY of KELL’S LEGEND? Well, I’ve got some fab news, my friend. I’m taking part in the launch of a new app for smartphones called BOOSH, which is short for “Book Share” – because… well Hell, that’s what it does.
Here’s what happens. Boosh is an app designed to make reading a book on your phone as easy as smacking the locked-down village idiot with a stick of celery. It’s a bit like streaming a pay-per-view film, in that you “pay per read”. The read costs less, but you don’t keep it when you’re done. However, if you do want the book for your library, Boosh allows you to upgrade to the purchase of a physical copy.
But – but but! — the great thing is, you can also pass on a copy of your read to a friend – after you’ve read it, or even while you’re reading it if you want to read along together – who ALSO gets to read it FOR FREE!! Bargain. Cheap as chips. Etc.
It’s all done through Facebook, so you need a Facebook Mobile account. You also need the Boosh app. This will ask to access all your friends, as these things always do – it has to do that in order to allow the sharing thing to work. (Note, this is the Android version… the iOS 7 variety is coming soon).
To kick this all off, Angry Robot – bless their metal socks – are giving away 1,000 copies of Kell’s Legend (maybe the best fantasy book you’ll ever read, men with axes, invading armies, clockwork vampire enemies, super violent action)!! What you need to do is staggeringly simply: just click “LIKE” on the FACEBOOK page. If you’ve got Boosh, you’ll be able to download it right away. If not, head to Google Play and download Boosh from there. It’s all pretty painless (I have been assured; if not, you may throw rotten tomatoes at me in the stocks). You get my book to read for free, and after you, so does your friend. Cool, eh? Coolio. Cooler than Jools’s perm.
For the time being, it’s Android only in the UK and Ireland; but it’ll soon be on Android and iOS7 all over the globe. A HA HA HA!! (obligatory evil cackle).


 OK, so this is the deal. I’ve had a lot of emails recently either demanding a return of Carter/Kade from the original Spiral books, or screeching for the return of Keenan, Franco and Pippa for another Combat K mission.

Well here’s the thing. After finishing THE IRON WOLVES for Angry Robot and my comedy side-project THE BOBBIT, I’ve a bit of free time over the summer — and YOU THE READERS get to choose what I write next!! Because, y’know, Rem LOVES YOU ALL. xxx.

So, here’s the competition bit. Either email me, Andy Remic – jappoc [at] – or give me a tweet @andyremic with the subject line I WANT SPIRAL NEXT or I WANT COMBAT K NEXT, and a single sentence explaining WHY.

THE PRIZE: Well, not only do you choose in which universe I next write, but you’ll also get 1) a free copy of the finished book, both digital and paperback; 2) a marked-up original one-off paper manuscript of the work, with all corrections and everything; 3) the chance to hang out with Rem for the day; probably in a pub.

So what are you waiting for? Get tweeting, facebooking or emailing!!

Rem competition_500

I have a busy busy year in 2011. I have three new books out, CLONEWORLD, VAMPIRE WARLORDS and THEME PLANET (plus my secret HUSH HUSH EBOOK SECRET PROJECT!!) and thus will be doing a bit of promoting. Here are the first dates:

4th & 5th February – SFX Weekender 2 at Camber Sands.

12th March – Waterstones, Leeds – a joint signing with Gary McMahon, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Justina Robson, amongst others.

23rd April – A signing to coincide with my visit to Eastercon in Birmingham.


Thick skins (as opposed to heads) are as essential in this business as the acceptance that editors are an enigma (and I should know – in my spare time I am one).  I remember one prominent editor for a significant British SF magazine rejecting a story of mine on the basis that he didn’t consider it to be a story at all but rather a script for a TV drama.  The piece, “The Gift of Joy”, promptly sold elsewhere and was subsequently shortlisted for the BSFA Award for best short story.  No doubt about it, the thin margin between success and rejection is all down to perception and personal taste.

On reflection, maybe that editor (a tall, long-haired fellow with a prominent Dutch accent) had a point.  I mean, take my novel, The Noise Within.  I had great fun writing it and was able to throw in all sorts of things – intelligent guns, special ops raids, shimmer suits, AI/human gestalt, renegade spaceships, alien technology, assassin drones, a virtual bar where assassinations are touted on a message board, an exotic pleasure world where drugs hold sway… Yet, when it came to the really BIG scenes – space battles, shoot outs, car chase, mad dash through the crowded thoroughfares of a space station, etc – my imagination would forever picture them in cinematic detail, as if portrayed in Technicolor on the big screen (we’re not talking straight to DVD here). 

Maybe that’s why I envy that so-and-so Andy Remic (‘bastard’ seems far too harsh a word bearing in mind the circumstances).  I mean, not only is he a congenial, charming fellow who writes stonkingly good hang-onto-your-pants action-packed novels, he gets to play around with cameras as well. 

I’ve seen his clever films and trailers for novels and thought, “hey, I could have a go at that!”  But the truth is I couldn’t, because I wouldn’t know where to begin and don’t have the time or inclination to start learning the necessary skills right now.  Besides, I wouldn’t be happy unless I could try such a thing with a Hollywood studio and Cameron-esque budget to call upon (we’re talking the producer here as opposed to the politician).

So for now I’ll have to settle for offering green-tinged smiles as Andy’s filmic ventures grow ever more ambitious and skilled and be content with doing my damnedest to ensure that the images I paint in words are as vivid as I can make them.  If the characters are as real and the action scenes as clear to the reader as they are to me… yeah, I can live with that.

If you’re curious, check out reviews for the book here (written by folk I’ve never met… honest!):