Angry Robot has been sold. The publisher reports on its website that American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot along with two other publishers, Watkins Publishing and Nourish, from “administration”. I think that’s British for bankruptcy, but I could be wrong.
Regardless, I find this to be concerning. Earlier this year, Angry Robot canceled their YA line (Strange Chemistry) and their mystery/crime line (Exhibit A) with little warning. When that happened I was afraid something like this would follow. Angry Robot has been one of the top publishers in the field IMO. They’ve certainly published some new and innovative voices and brought a number of authors from outside the US and England to the attention of a wider readership. Their titles show much more variety than those of some of the bigger publishers.
According to Mike Underwood, Angry Robot will resume publishing in March. I hope so, but I’m skeptical. Things can happen. The new owner plans to form a new media company. I hope it works out for him. And I especially hope it works out for the Angry Robot authors.