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Award News
Unveiling The Rift Walker
Interviews and Audio
The Falling Machine

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May 16, 2011


May brings more award nominations, more of our authors around the web, and more books!  Andrew Mayer's The Falling Machine introduces a team of superheroes in Victorian New York with a murder mystery to solve.
Award News

Locus has announced the finalists for the 2011 LocusDervish House awards.  We are delighted to see that Ian McDonald's The Dervish House is a finalist in the Science fiction Novel category.

Congratulations as well to James Enge! The French translation of Blood of Ambrose, Le Sang Des Ambrose, is up for the Prix Imaginale.  
The Rift Walker Revealed
The Rift WalkerOn May 10th, several sites around the web participated in an online cover reveal for The Rift

Walker, the highly anticipated second book in the Vampire Empire trilogy. Check out the art by Chris McGrath and the comments at the Vampire Empire Facebook page, Marjorie M. Liu's blog, Mad Scientist Steampunkery and Book Review, VampChix, and  All Things Urban Fantasy.  


And in other Vampire Empire news, the series will have an audiobook version, courtesy of Buzzy Multimedia.  

Interviews and Audio
 Strange Affair of Spring Heeled JackMark Hodder, author of the PKD Award-winning The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, joins Jeff VanderMeer at Amazon's Omnivoracious blog to talk about steampunk, writing, and Michael Moorcock.

Jon Sprunk (Shadow's Lure, forthcoming) interviews Editorial Director Lou Anders on his blog, Fear of the Dark, about editing, art direction, and the future of publishing. 
The Scar-Crow Men

Have you read Mark Chadbourn's
The Silver Skull and The Scar-Crow Men? If not, now is a perfect time to get a taste of the series.  Elizabethan spy Will Swyfte comes to Audio in the short story "Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast," out now from Dark Fiction.  Check it out, then check out the novels!  

Steam-powered Superheroes

Visit a New York that never was in Andrew Mayer's The Falling The Falling MachineMachine (The Society of Steam, Book One.)

In 1880 women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime...

But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.

The Falling Machine takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.

"The Falling Machine is quite simply, the coolest Steampunk Superhero book I've ever read...Imagine if Gangs of New York had been directed by Jules Verne, instead of Martin Scorsese."-Portland Book Review

"Overall, The Falling Machine by Andrew Mayer can certainly be put very firmly in the 'win' category. It had mystery, cool gadgets, and charming characters. I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend The Falling Machine by Andrew Mayer to anybody on the market for a great story." -Literary Escapism

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Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr

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