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The Restoration Game

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September 1, 2011


We've got exciting news this month.  Editorial Director Lou Anders received recognition for work well done; Ken MacLeod's The Restoration Game and K. V. Johansen's Blackdog come to shelves near you; and Pyr authors are coming en masse to Atlanta for Dragon*Con over Labor Day Weekend. So let's get started!
Lou Anders Wins Hugo


Lou Anders Hugo
Photo by Stu Segal 



Congratulations are due to Editorial Director Lou Anders! At the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada, he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor-Long Form.

The Hugos are international, fan-voted awards. All members of the World Science Fiction Society are eligible to vote.

This was the fifth consecutive nomination and the first win for Anders in the category.

When Gods Walk...

The gods walk in K. V. Johansen's Blackdog--sometimes against their will.

Long ago, in the days of the first kings in the north, there Blackdogwere seven devils...

And long ago, in the days of the first kings in the north, the seven devils, who had deceived and possessed seven of the greatest wizards of the world, were defeated and bound with the help of the Old Great Gods...

And perhaps some of the devils are free in the world, and perhaps some are working to free themselves still...

In a land where gods walk on the hills and goddesses rise from river, lake, and spring, the caravan-guard Holla-Sayan, escaping the bloody conquest of a lakeside town, stops to help an abandoned child and a dying dog. The girl, though, is the incarnation of Attalissa, goddess of Lissavakail, and the dog a shape-changing guardian spirit whose origins have been forgotten. Possessed and nearly driven mad by the Blackdog, Holla-Sayan flees to the desert road, taking the powerless avatar with him.

Necromancy, treachery, massacres, rebellions, and gods dead or lost or mad follow hard on the their heels. But it is Attalissa herself who may be the Blackdog's--and Holla-Sayan's--doom.

"Johansen's characters project believability, and her world is full of rich and vivid detail. High fantasy for lovers of mythology and of powerful beings in human form, this adult fantasy debut should appeal to fans of Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series." -Library Journal 


"I'm hooked. The mix of magic, Tibetan-style religion, and Harold Lamb-style adventure is pretty addicting." -James Enge, World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Blood of Ambrose and The Wolf Age      


"Interesting and absorbing; Blackdog takes as its heart, and its strength, a subject that most fantasy writers shy away from-the Gods themselves." -Tom Lloyd, author of The Twilight Reign series     


War Games

Ken MacLeod combines international intrigue with cutting-edge philosophical speculation, romance with adventure, and online gaming with real-life consequence in The Restoration Game.

There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know-she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother, Amanda, who studied there in the 1980s. Lucy knows Amanda is a spook. She knows her great-grandmother Eugenie also visited the country in the '30s, and met the man who originally collected Krassnian folklore and who perished in Stalin's terror. As Lucy digs up details about her birthplace to slot into the game, she finds the open secrets of her family's past, the darker secrets of Krassnia's past-and hints about the crucial role she is destined to play in The Restoration Game. . . .

The Restoration Game delivers as science fiction and as a sharp take on our present world from the viewpoint of a complex, engaging heroine who has to fight her way through a maze of political and family manipulation to take control of her own life.

"[O]ne of our best exponents of near-future thrillers. . . . MacLeod is terrific at what he clearly knows well; the collision of the SF and political worlds over the past few decades and, especially, the sense of paranoia which underlay the unraveling of the USSR and its satellites. . . . A good science fiction novel is a simulation machine for changing the world, and this may be what Ken MacLeod is reminding us." -Strange Horizons


"You don't need to change everything to make our current reality appear exotic. Whether other writers can duplicate his trick while also aping MacLeod's mix of sly humour, deftly drawn characters, and intricate plotting is, of course, entirely another matter-this is a writer at the peak of his powers." - SFX

Pyr at Dragon*Con
Pyr BoothDragon*Con attendees! Pyr will be in the Marriott's Marquis Ballroom exhibit hall during Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA) Friday 9/2 - Monday 9/5.

Visit booth 709/711, where you'll find lots of books available for sale at a great discount (cash or credit card only) and many Pyr authors on hand to sign your purchases too. Once again, we will have a limited quantity sampler book for con attendees, this time featuring not just new and forthcoming titles, but excerpts from some of our hottest books of the past few years.

To aid in your planning, here is a schedule of our in-booth author signings (subject to last minute change, of course.) If there's someone you want to see but you can't make the time that's here, stop by the booth just to check and inquire - many of these authors will make impromptu visits at other times, especially on Sunday and Monday.

Friday, September 2

2:00 - 3:00 pm ANDREW MAYER (The Falling Machine)
3:00 - 4:00 pm ARI MARMELL (The Goblin Corps)
3:30 - 4:30 pm CLAY and SUSAN GRIFFITH (The Rift Walker; The Greyfriar)
4:00 - 5:00 pm MIKE RESNICK (The Buntline Special; others)
4:00 - 5:00 pm SAM SYKES (Black Halo; Tome of the Undergates)

Saturday, September 3

11:00 - Noon JAMES ENGE (The Wolf Age; others)
Noon - 1 pm JON SPRUNK (Shadow's Lure; Shadow's Son)
1:00 - 2:00 pm ERIN HOFFMAN (Sword of Fire and Sea)
1:30 - 2:30 pm ANDREW MAYER
2:00 - 3:00 pm JAMES ENGE
3:00 - 4:00 pm ARI MARMELL
4:00 - 5:00 pm MIKE RESNICK
5:00 - 6:00 pm CLAY and SUSAN GRIFFITH
6:00 - 7:00 pm SAM SYKES

Sunday, September 4:

Noon - 1 pm JON SPRUNK
1:00 - 2:00 ERIN HOFFMAN

Booth hours are Friday 1:00 - 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; and Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. We hope to see you there!
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,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr

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Hugo Award-winning Editorial Director Lou Anders is also a noted anthologist. For this month only, check out Fast Forward 2 for half price!  




When Fast Forward 1 debuted in February 2007, it marked the first major all- original, all-SF anthology series to appear in some time - and it was met with a huge outpouring of excitement and approbation from the science fiction community. No less than seven stories from Fast Forward 1 were chosen to be reprinted a total of nine times in the four major "Best of the Year" retrospective anthologies, a wonderful testament to the quality of contributions in our inaugural book. What's more, Fast Forward 1 was hailed repeatedly as leading the charge in a return of original, unthemed anthologies series (several more have since appeared in our wake). Now the critically-acclaimed, groundbreaking series continues, featuring all new stories from:

  • Paul Cornell
  • Kay Kenyon
  • Chris Nakashima-Brown
  • Nancy Kress
  • Jack Skillingstead
  • Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum (Hear the podcast.)
  • Jack McDevitt
  • Paul McAuley
  • Mike Resnick and Pat Cadigan
  • Ian McDonald
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Karl Schroeder and Tobias S. Buckell
  • Jeff Carlson
  • Paolo Bacigalupi


"The reason I took so long to review this anthology is that I wanted to read it at least twice so I could review all of their stories the way they deserved to be reviewed. Lou Anders has outdone himself as an editor, and all that I have to say is that Im looking forward to FF 3." -Fantasy Book Critic



"In 2007 Lou Anders edited Fast Forward 1, one of the strongest original anthologies that science fiction has seen-so strong, in fact, that after one closed the book one wondered if Anders would be able to match both the quality and the ambition of that volume in his next. After all, the anthology's very title indicated that Anders wanted to actually incorporate the Campbellian vision into a genre that, for all of its rhetoric about being a literature of the future, too often looks fondly over its shoulder at the trails blazed in the past. Even Dangerous Visions fought to bring the genre up to the speed of the present more than chart a path to the future. But Anders did it; Fast Forward not only met the challenge to look forward, but succeeded. And with Fast Forward 2, his follow-up anthology, Anders not only continues to forge ahead and actually push science fiction into the future, but also position himself as one of the genre's most dynamic and influential editors. A reader looking for the best in contemporary science fiction will find not a wasted story in Fast Forward 2's pages. This is the Stuff." -SF Site


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