As you may have heard, Strange Chemistry, the little sister and young adult publishing arm of Angry Robot Books, has closed its doors. It makes me sad to think of all the books that won’t be published by Strange Chemistry, but I’m very happy to say that in the past year and a half, I have read and reviewed ten of their titles. Some I liked more than others, and some I downright loved (and I’m bemoaning the fact that their unpublished sequels are now at the mercy of the Publishing Gods), but they all pushed young adult science fiction and fantasy to new levels.
I’m also sad that people who worked for Strange Chemistry have lost their jobs, and I wish them all well and good luck in securing other employment. I’m relieved that Angry Robot isn’t going anywhere, because I have had some amazing reading experiences with many of their books, and again, that sequel thing. When you fall in love with a series and there is a chance that the entire thing might never be published, it’s depressing, to say the least. And that’s me speaking as a reader, of course.
Here are the Strange Chemistry books I’ve had the pleasure of reading:
There are a bunch more that I didn’t have a chance to read, and you can see the entire list at this link. Rather than linking them all up, you can actually find all the buy links on the Strange Chemistry website (above link), as well as detailed author information, including author websites, Twitter links, etc. If you have ever thought about reading a Strange Chemistry book, now is your chance to show some support. There’s a lot of talent in this bunch of writers, and I wish them all good luck in finding new publishing homes.
Finally, I want to give a special shout-out to Caroline Lambe, the publicity manager for both Strange Chemistry and Angry Robot. She’s been the most friendly, upbeat and charming publicist I’ve had the pleasure of working with as a blogger. Caroline always approved my requests for ARCs and invited me to participate in blog tours and other bookish internet events. Luckily, she will continue on in her post at Angry Robot (thank goodness!).
Have you read any Strange Chemistry titles? Let me know in the comments!