The Geomancer


Podcast: James Enge on AISFP

James Enge, author of A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows, Book 1), is a guest of Adventures in SciFi Publishing as part of an indepth, two part interview. Here is Part One and Part Two (and the episodes are available for download on iTunes).

They discuss Jack Vance, writing political fiction without pushing political agendas, how his University colleagues view his novels, writing “Philosophical romance shot through with elements of horror and morbidity,” the potentially negative impact of higher education on imagination, writing for popular appeal and much more.


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Earth Girl

Cover Illustration (C) Himitsuhana
Cover Design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht

Just because she’s confined to the planet, doesn’t mean she can’t reach for the stars.

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an “ape,” a “throwback” . . . but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.
Jarra crafts a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.

Coming March 2013


For Your Consideration: 2012 Output

Here, for your enjoyment and edification, is a list of all the Pyr novels published in 2012 for which I, Lou Anders, served as editorial director, editor, and art director. Also included is a list of each work's respective cover artist. Please don't forget to carefully consider illustration and illustrators when you are voting in the various awards and best of the year polls. Our illustrators are an incredible and unique asset of science fiction and fantasy publishing and we should celebrate them. ASFA members please also consider these works when it comes time to nominate for the Chesley Awards.


Mark Hodder, (Burton & Swinburne in) Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon
Art by Jon Sullivan

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Boneyards
Art by Dave Seeley

  • 2012 Endeavor Award, winner

Ian McDonald, The Dervish House(trade paperback after hardcover)
Art by Stephan Martiniere

  • 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for Best Novel
  • 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel, nominee
Ari Marmell, Thief's Covenant (A Widdershins Adventure)
Art by Jason Chan


Jon Sprunk, Shadow's Master
Art by Michael Komarck

Mark Chadbourn, Jack of Ravens (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 1)
Art by John Picacio

EC Myers, Fair Coin
Art by Sam Weber


Mark Chadbourn, Burning Man (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 2)
Art by John Picacio

Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions
Art by Stephan Martiniere

Erin Hoffman, Lance of Earth and Sky (The Chaos Knight, Book Two)
Art by Dehong He


Mark Chadbourn, Destroyer of Worlds (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 3)
Art by John Picacio

John Kessel & James Patrick Kelly, Nebula Awards Showcase 2012
Art by Michael Whelan


Ari Marmell, False Covenant (A Widdershins Adventure)
Art by Jason Chan

Sean Williams, The Devoured Earth (Books of the Cataclysm: Four)
(ebook only)
Art by Greg Bridges


Philippa Ballantine, Hunter and Fox (A Shifted World Novel)
Art by Cynthia Sheppard

David Freer, Cuttlefish
Art by Paul Young


K.D. McEntire, Reaper
Art by Sam Weber

James Enge, A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows, Book 1)
Art by Steve Stone


Clay and Susan Griffith, The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire, Book 3)
Art by Chris McGrath

  • 2012 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards, steampunk nominee
Sam Sykes, The Skybound Sea (The Aeons' Gate, Book 3)
Art by Paul Young

Ian McDonald, Be My Enemy
Art by John Picacio


E.C. Myers, Quantum Coin
Art by Sam Weber

Tim Lebbon, London Eye (Toxic City Book One)
Art by Steve Stone

  • In development by Alex Proyas for ABC Studios

Brenda Cooper, The Creative Fire (Book One of Ruby's Song)
Art by John Picacio

Tom Lloyd, The Dusk Watchman (The Twilight Reign, Book Five)
Art by Todd Lockwood

Allen Steele, Apollo's Outcasts
Art by Paul Young

Paul Crilley, SThe Lazarus Machine: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure
Art by Cliff Nielsen


Mike Resnick, The Doctor and the Rough Rider (Weird West Tales)
Art by J. Seamas Gallagher

David Freer, The Steam Mole
Art by Paul Young

Mark Hodder, A Red Sun Also Rises
Art by Lee Moyer

And that's it. Quite a year if I do say so myself.