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October 3, 2011


Michaele Jordan's Mirror Maze brings a ghost story just in time for Halloween. Ian McDonald's Hugo-nominated The Dervish House comes to paperback. And we have a slew of interviews and podcasts to point to, so let's get started!
Ghosts and Mirrors


Michaele Jordan's Mirror Maze is an erotic Victorian tale of ghosts and curses.

Jacob Aldridge is still utterly devastated by the death of his Mirror Mazefiancée when he suddenly encounters her doppelganger. Livia Aram's uncanny resemblance to the late Rhoda Carothers so transcends coincidence that Jacob becomes obsessed with her. The intensity of his passion terrifies her until her compassion is roused by his desperate plight. A demon is stalking him, a succubus-like entity that feeds on human pain and desire. With the help of Jacob's sister, Cecily, and Livia's guardian, the mysterious Dr. Chang, they overcome the demon.  Or so it appears. . . .

Jacob, Livia, and Cecily are all victims of a single curse, a curse which entrapped and destroyed their parents before them. Now fate has drawn their descendants together again, and the curse is playing out. Nothing can help them, until Cecily's husband returns from abroad. Colonel Beckford has been missing for years; he has seen strange things and acquired strange powers in his absence.  Now he will do whatever it takes to free his wife and eliminate the demon and its curse once and for all.

"More maze than mirror, Jordan's Victorian fantasy debut is an exciting and well-conceived story of demon possession, generations of betrayal and intrigue, and magical worlds... Jordan's magic is well imagined, and her Victorian London is brilliantly drawn, complete with charming historical endnotes." -Publisher's Weekly

"Michaele Jordan is one of the better up-and-coming writers, who broke in two years ago with a fine novel and has now written an even better one." -Mike Resnick, author of The Doctor and the Kid (forthcoming, December)   



The Dervish House Now in Paperback!

Ian McDonald's Hugo-nominated The Dervish House is now available in paperback! 


Dervish HouseIt begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone it seems is after a piece of Turkey. But the shock waves from this random act of twenty-first-century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square.

Welcome to the world of The Dervish House-the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union, a Europe that now runs from the Arran Islands to Ararat. With a population pushing one hundred million, and Istanbul alone swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the EU, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. It's a boom economy, the sweatshop of Europe, the bazaar of central Asia, the key to the immense gas wealth of Russia and central Asia.

The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, three interconnected story strands, one central common core-the eponymous dervish house, a character in itself-that pins all these players together in a weave of intrigue, conflict, drama, and a ticking clock of a thriller.


"To read McDonald is to fall in love with a place and to become drunk with it....If you've never read him, you're in for a treat. If you're a fan like me, you'll be delighted anew. What a wonderful, wonderful book."-Boing Boing

"McDonald creates a magnificent knot of intrigue, thrills, and daring adventures, with the flair for character and setting that makes his tales so satisfying to indulge in." -Booklist

"The Dervish House is an audacious look at the shift in the power centers of the world and an intense vision of one possible future." -New York Times

Podcasts, Interviews, and More

Haven't read the Vampire Empire books yet? Here's a chance to win both The Greyfriar and The Rift Walker! I Swim For Oceans is giving away a set of the books. The contest is open internationally until October 15. Refracted Light features an interview with authors Clay and Susan Griffith. For those in New York, the Griffiths will be reading in the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings at the SoHo Gallery of Digital Art at 7 p.m.

The Ranting Dragon interviews M.D. Lachlan (Fenrir) about writing under a pen name, Norse history, and the evolution of the books.

Patrick Hester interviews Ian McDonald on the SF Signal Podcast.

Editorial Director Lou Anders met with the Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing crew at Worldcon to discuss pitching to editors, the state of the publishing industry, and more.  He also talked to Mur Lafferty of I Should Be Writing about Blackdog, the problem of superheros, and where the Matrix movies went wrong.  


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Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr
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Lovers of hardback editions rejoice! For this month only, Ian McDonald's River of Gods  is available for half-price.



As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business - a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj - the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet - when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden.

In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation.

River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures - one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods. Ian McDonald has written the great Indian novel of the new millennium, in which a war is fought, a love betrayed, a message from a different world decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.

"That River of Gods deserves your attention goes without saying. Since Ian McDonald won the John W. Campbell award for best new writer back in the mid eighties, he's won a Locus award...a Philip K. Dick award...and won or been nominated for a host of other awards. River of Gods itself won the British Science Fiction Association's Best Novel award in 2004. So take it as a given that if you haven't read River of Gods, you should have already, and what are you waiting for? ...River of Gods is a complex, architectonic novel of great complexity....what McDonald has done, and what creates the meaning and importance of the novel is this: River of Gods is a work of mature science fiction, presented in a new context....[It] takes ideas introduced elsewhere and develops them to a rich and logical extent....The result is a layered, philosophical work. Read it. Enjoy it. Visit River of Gods."
                            -The New York Review of Science Fiction  

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