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January 1, 2011


Happy New Year, and welcome to our newsletter! We're ringing in 2011 with a new name-- Pyr-a-Zine. In this issue, we look back at 2010, and look forward to a year of great new releases. Let's get started!
Where Angels Fear to Tread

Cowboy Angels Cover

Paul McAuley's Cowboy Angels comes to bookstores in January. In 1963, the first Turing Gate is built; in 1966, the first man steps into an alternate universe, and an empire is born.

For fifteen years, the version of America that calls itself the Real has used its Turing gate technology to infiltrate a wide variety of alternate Americas, rebuilding those wrecked by nuclear war, fomenting revolutions and waging war to free others from communist or fascist rule, and establishing a Pan-American Alliance. Then a nation exhausted by endless strife elects Jimmy Carter on a reconstruction and reconciliation ticket, the CIA's covert operations wind down, and the Real begins to wage peace rather than war.

But some people believe that it is the Real's manifest destiny to impose its idea of truth, justice, and the American way in every known alternate history, and they're prepared to do anything to reverse Carter's peacenik doctrine. When Adam Stone, a former CIA field officer, one of the Cowboy Angels who worked covertly in other histories, volunteers for reactivation after an old friend begins a killing spree across alternate histories, his mission uncovers a startling secret about the operation of the Turing gates and leads him into the heart of an audacious conspiracy to change the history of every America in the multiverse-including our own.

Cowboy Angels is a vivid, helter-skelter thriller in which one version of America discovers the true cost of empire building, and one man discovers that an individual really can make a difference.

"... one of the most exciting SF adventures of the year." -SFF World

"It's a clever book, and McAuley deals with his themes intelligently and with spark. Even just as an entertaining story, this is a captivating read, depicting realistic action, unsettling events, complex characters, and great pacing. A must read." -Dreamwatch Total Sci-Fi

"One of the best SF novels of the year." -Locus

"Hard-hitting and brutal.... A gripping, page-turning thriller that is also a timely reminder of the dangers of imperialism." -The Guardian

"Few writers conjure futures as convincingly as McAuley: his latest novel deftly combines bold characterisation, a thorough understanding of political complexity, and excellent science." -The Guardian

"A brainy, inventive, gung-ho technothriller." -Telegraph

Pyr and the Best of 2010

We're pleased to begin 2011 on a number of Best of 2010 lists.
Dervish House
Bookgasm has just posted their 5 Best SciFi Books of 2010 and we're thrilled to see Ian McDonald's The Dervish House at #1 and David Louis Edelman's Geosynchron at #5. Meanwhile, Stephan Martiniere is their choice for Best Cover Artist, with his covers for The Dervish House, Geosynchron, and Ares Express called out.

Four Pyr titles make Pat's Fantasy Hotlist's Top 10 Speculative Fiction Titles of 2010. Ian McDonald's The Dervish House ties with Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven for the top spot, with David Louis Edelman's Geosynchron at # 4, Kay Kenyon's Prince of Storms at # 5, and Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent - which Bantam released in the UK in 2010 and we will release in February - at # 10.

Forbidden Planet International includes James Enge's The Wolf The Wolf AgeAge on a list chosen by writer/editor/blogger John Freeman that includes movies and graphic novels. He calls the book "a knockout" in his Best of the Year.

Barnes and Noble's Explorations blog, run by Paul Goat Allen, has put out several Best of 2010 lists, broken up by subgenre. First up, they named Clay and Susan Griffith's The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1) as the #2 book in "The Best Vampire Releases of 2010" and Jasper Kent's Twelve as #10.

Explorations' next list, The Best Steampunk Releases of 2010, includes Tim Akers' The Horns of Ruin at #7, Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack at #10, and Mike Resnick's The Buntline Special at #13 (in a list of 13).

Finally, Explorations' The Best Fantasy Releases of 2010 includes Adrian Tchaikovsky's Empire in Black and Gold at #10.

The Library Journal included James Barclay's Elfsorrow on their "LJ Best Books 2010: Genre Fiction." They write:
"The mercenaries of the Raven journey to the heart of the elven continent of Calaius to save the land from dying in a superbly visualized fantasy adventure reminiscent of Glen Cook's classic Black Company tales."

VampChix has chosen Clay and Susan Griffith's The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1) their "Best Vamp Novel of 2010." They The Greyfriarwrite:
"Just the absolute best vampire novel VampChix has read all year. Simple enough? I've been touting the winner since October..."
 Reading on the Dark Side also included The Greyfriar in it's Top Ten-Paranormal Romance list.

LEC Book reviews have posted their "2010 in Review & Anticipation of 2011" list. It's chock full of Pyr titles. Their top ten features Tome of the Undergates andThe Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, as well as the UK versions of books Pyr will be releasing in the States in 2011--Wolfsangel, The Scarab Path, Thirteen Years Later. (Also pleased to see Editorial Director Lou Anders' co-edited Eos anthology, Swords & Dark Magic.) Meanwhile, they award their "Best SFF Publisher/Imprint" jointly to Pyr and Tor UK/Pan Macmillan. Speaking of Pyr, they say:

"If you haven't given Pyr releases a look, you really should. The Buntline SpecialTheir output, under the editorial hand of Lou Anders, is nothing short of amazing. By this I mean the number of releases of theirs that are consistently good. I had the chance to read a large number of their releases, particularly in the back half of the year (in fact I'm devouring Mike Resnick's The Buntline Special as we speak), and most were good while some were simply outstanding. "

The Erudite Ogre has posted a Top Ten List for works read in 2010. These include the 2009 books Blood of Ambrose and This Crooked Way. The Ogre writes:
"I discovered James Enge through his story in the Swords & Dark Magic anthology, and I am so glad that I did. His work has rekindled my love for sword & sorcery through its combination of vigorous action, depth of character, and crisp prose...He takes the basic heroic mode of sword & sorcery and expands upon it even as he plays with it. His books have a classical heft to them, but are neither stiff nor dated. He refreshes the genre by taking old roads and then suddenly going off into the misty woods beyond, making new paths that wind in and out of our expectations. Really top-notch stuff!"

The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf and Book Review posted the "Best Books of 2010 (That I've Read)" list.  Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack wins for Best Steampunk novel, while Clay and Susan Griffith's The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1) is the runner-up for Best Vampire novel. Also worth noting, Lou's aforementioned anthology, Swords & Dark Magic, done for Eos and co-edited with Jonathan Strahan, makes Best Anthology. While not a Pyr book, several Pyr-related authors appear inside, including the James Enge story "The Singing Spear," which is scoring well with reviewers and turning many readers on to his novel length work.  

Also, Stainless Steel Droppings The Best: 2010 in Review includes Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving into the Wreck and Ian Diving Into the Wreck CoverMcDonald's Cyberabad Days as among the best works they read this past year.  They write of Diving into the Wreck

"Diving into the Wreck is an intense, introspective, character-driven adventure that has moved to the top of my list of books to recommend to those who either have never tried science fiction, or are of the belief that science fiction isn't for them.
Boss is a fully realized character....You cannot help but get to know Boss in a deep and personal way which makes for a very satisfying reading experience."

And of Cyberabad Days:

"Cyberabad Days is a return to the world of Ian McDonald's Cyberabad DaysBSFA-winning novel River of Gods. Like an exotic dish, this collection of seven stories (6 previously published, 1 new), is flavored with spices from the old world and the new. I savored hints of Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick amidst what I might have initially thought was an incongruous mixture: a Britain born son of Irish and Scottish parents writing stories set in a future India, steeped in that nation's rich cultural heritage. Cyberabad Days was a new and exciting literary experience, blending familiar science fiction ideas of future tech and artificial intelligence with a language and heritage that is far removed from my everyday experience. Ian McDonald brings the history of the Indian people, albeit a 'history' viewed from a time three plus decades in the future, in a way that sparks an interest in this diverse and storied nation."

Fantasy Literature has just posted their FanLit's Favorite Books of 2010 list. Joel Shepherd's Tracato and Jasper Kent's Thirteen Years Later make the list. Ian McDonald's The Dervish House makes the separate Science Fiction list. (And Swords & Dark Magic again makes the anthology list.)

You can check out excerpts from many of these books at our Sample Chapter page.  We're thrilled that so many readers and reviewers appreciate our 2010 releases.

The Raven So Far

James Barclay first wrote about his mercenary group Demonstorm CoverThe Raven in the Chronicles of the Raven (Dawnthief, Noonshade, and Nightchild.)  The Raven have returned in the Legends of the Raven. In Elfsorrow, The Raven traveled to a new continent.  In  Shadowheart, they became entangled in war.  The third book, Demonstorm, in bookstores now, brings them face to face with an old enemy.  But can even The Raven prevail, faced with the end of the world?  Look for Ravensoul, the fourth volume in the Legends of the Raven, in 2011.

"With The Raven, Barclay has created one of the more memorable casts of heroes in recent memory, supporting them within a world of magic based upon constructs entirely his own. While action may dominate the pages of his narratives, this has not taken place in the absence of increasingly strong characterization or a secondary world imaginatively and freshly developed. ...certainly a writer to watch, both for immediate enjoyment as well as future development." -SFSite

That's it for this issue. Don't forget our coupon below! As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr
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