Panicking because there's only, what, about three days left to finish your Christmas shopping? Put down the "#1 Dad!" mug and get him what he really wants this year, a fast-paced ride on a renegade airship or an epic battle of swords and magic.
Head out to the nearest bookstore now! Then pat yourself on the back for finishing early this year.
The bird is off the table, which means the holiday season is officially in full swing. Just because some stores have been playing Jingle Bells since Halloween doesn't mean we're all on the crazy train to Christmas...
But now it is time to start thinking about those you love, those you pretend to like, and those you are stuck with no matter what (uh...your family). If you know someone who likes sword fights, intergalactic battles, and heroes with more than a few flaws, then we've got you covered this holiday season! Check out the most recent issue of the Pyr-a-Zine to find the perfect gifts for the fantasy and science fiction-lovers on your holiday lists.
As I get ready to fly up to Buffalo to meet the Prometheus
Books team in person, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you, the
readers and fans of Pyr.
I have the greatest respect for what Lou Anders and the
people at Prometheus Books have done with Pyr over the past nearly ten years and
am proud to be a part of continuing to bring our readers high-quality genre
fiction. Growing up, I almost always had a book in my hands, and it was usually
science fiction and fantasy. I cut my teeth on Narnia, but truly got the SFF
bug when I was gifted Ursula LeGuin's A
Wizard of Earthsea for my twelfth birthday. In the decades since then, I
have continued to read across all manner of genres, but most voraciously in SFF.
I also have a lifelong appreciation for art, and paint and work with textiles
myself. I have a masters degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of
Art and Design, and look forward to coordinating cover art with the talented designers at Prometheus
I began working with Lou in 2010 as his editorial assistant,
reading unsolicited manuscripts. As time passed, my duties expanded to include
proofreading and copyediting, as well as assisting with promotional efforts,
including working on Pyr-a-zine, our e-newsletter. I traveled to Atlanta for
DragonCon, enjoying the chance to connect with our readers, talk about books,
and then do a lot of matchmaking, connecting readers with books I knew they’d
love. As someone who has been part of the Prometheus family for several years,
I'm honored to be a part of Pyr's next phase and to shepherd fantastic and
engrossing books you have come to expect from us from manuscript to shelf. I hope
to pop in periodically on this blog and Pyr social media when I find myself
with news to share, questions to ask, or just to say hi.
On April 19, 2004, Prometheus Books announced it was launching
Pyr, a science fiction and fantasy imprint that would publish its first title
the following spring. At that time, Prometheus was entering its thirty-fifth
year as an independent publisher of nonfiction, with popular science being one
of its core categories. The company felt that there would be a natural
connection to this genre, noting the long history of mutual inspiration and
admiration between science nonfiction and speculative fiction.
Lou Anders was hired as Pyr’s editorial director. Guided by
his vision, and charting new waters for the parent press, the Pyr imprint achieved
many successes but was not immune to misses, either. Over the years, there were
many award-winning moments and sales successes—and some missteps and
disappointments, too. Anders embraced an additional role as the face, and often,
spokesperson, of Pyr—a role at which he excelled. But from day one, many people
worked to build the Pyr brand. Every book Anders acquired (just as those
acquired by our nonfiction and later, crime fiction, editors) became the
responsibility of the entire Prometheus Books team. Many dedicated marketers,
editors, publicists, designers, typesetters, and production and sales staff
contributed creativity, ideas, and hard work to each Pyr book and series we
As all parents of ten year-olds will recognize, young tweens
have a powerful desire to separate from the direction a caretaker has always
provided and want nothing more than to blaze their own trail regardless of any stumbles
that may occur in doing so. With Lou
Anders’s departure, it would be a mistake to assume that Pyr, at age ten,
cannot potentially benefit from some fresh independence and room to be guided
by other voices.
Rene Sears has been part of our professional family for
quite some time and is uniquely qualified to shepherd Pyr projects through this
time of transition and growth. (She has
such familiarity with our list and the genre as a whole that she’s been a
valuable information-font at our DragonCon booths. We missed her there this
year!) Prometheus Books is so happy to welcome her into this role and we have
already had encouraging discussions on cover direction, author and agent
relationships, manuscript readiness, and other matters. We are quite confident in her abilities to
help our ten-year-old imprint navigate this separation and become even more
self-sufficient and strong.
Pyr’s goal from day one was to seek to provide books of a
consistently high quality. Looking ahead we have many titles that excite,
including next week’s release of FALLING SKY by Rajan Khanna, April’s SUPERPOSITIONby David Walton, and BLACK HEART: THE BARROW, BOOK TWO by Mark Smylie in
We’ve recently heard from independent booksellers that their
customers are hungry for science fiction again, despite the predominance of
fantasy over these last several years. That’s
encouraging. National retailers have indicated they see a resurgence in space
opera—a category in which we’ve not only published before but one in which we
have a new series starting in December with THE FORTRESS IN ORION(Dead
Enders, Book One) by Mike Resnick. Also, good news.
Our 2004 press release announcing the Pyr launch included
this aim: "With Pyr, we’ll be looking to create science fiction for the
Next Age.” After ten years of proudly bearing Anders's personal stamp, Pyr is
ready for its next age. We thank all our readers, and authors, for their
GRUDGEBEARER - is the first of a new epic fantasy trilogy (that includes, among its attributes, carnivorous elves—need we say more?) BUY IT AT DRAGON*CON BEFORE IT HITS STORES on Sept. 2nd and get it signed by author J.F. Lewis!
BOOKSIGNINGS @ PYR BOOTH# 424, 425
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Friday, August 29, 2014
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Impromptu author signings – stop by our booth and meet our authors!
Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real -- but bought at a terrible price. A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence. In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety. To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic.
Kholster is the first born of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. Unable to break an oath without breaking their connection with each other, the Aern served the Eldrennai faithfully for thousands of years until the Sundering. Now, the Aern, Vael, and Eldrennai meet every hundred years for a Grand Conjunction to renew their tenuous peace. While the tortures of slavery remain fresh in Kholster's mind, most of the rest of the world has moved on. Almost six hundred years after the Sundering, an Eldrennai prince carelessly breaks the truce by setting up a surprise museum exhibit containing sentient suits of Aernese armor left behind, never to be touched, lest Kholster kill every last Eldrennai. Through their still-existing connection with their ancient armor, the Aern know instantly, and Kholster must find a way to keep his oaths, even those made in haste and anger. While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor Rae'en, his troops travel by sea, heading for war.
Since you so nicely stayed around until the end of this post (and read every single word...right?) we're going to offer you one more chance to win one of these books! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which b
ook you'd like to win in the subject line, "[Grudgebearer OR Sword of the Bright Lady] ARC giveaway" by Thursday August 14 and you'll be entered to win. The winners will be contacted on Friday August 15.
You know it, we know it, and thousands of fantasy fans know it: The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie is one epic piece of awesomeness. But when the New York Timestriesto appease George R. R. Martin fans by suggesting some winning series to hold them over until The Winds of Winter finally hits shelves and they feature our books first and foremost, we can't help but get a little giddy. Ok, totally giddy because it's the NEW YORK TIMES people! And no we're not lying, here's the article online.
So who else do they suggest alongside Abercrombie for fans of George R. R. Martin? Scott Lynch, Richard K. Morgan, and Brandon Sanderson. This killer list will also be printed in this Sunday's edition of the New York Times.