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December 5, 2011


December brings the second of our YA titles, Ian McDonald's Planesrunner, which has been getting some wonderful reviews. We also have a round up of author interviews, a look at what's coming up in December, and some gift ideas for the holidays.


Planesrunner"Planesrunner is chock-full of awesome. Ian McDonald's steampunk London blazes on a vast scale with eye-popping towers, gritty streets, and larger-than-life characters who aren't afraid to fight for each other. The kind of airship-dueling, guns-blazing fantasy that makes me wish I could pop through to the next reality over, join the Airish, and take to the skie.s"
-Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker 


"What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts... In his debut for teens, established science-fiction writer McDonald builds a world just different enough to charm readers into believing... Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out."
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review  


"McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Add nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building, and this first volume of the Everness series is a winner."- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Smashing adventure fiction that spans the multiverse without ever losing its cool or its sense of style. Ian McDonald is one of the greats of science fiction and his young adult debut is everything you could hope for: romantic, action-packed, wildly imaginative, and full of heart."- Cory Doctorow, For the Win

"[I]t's world is as sharply imagined and inventive as we've come to expect from McDonald. And it also may be the first steam-free steampunk novel... first-rate adventure writing... by the cliffhanger ending we're ready to follow [Everett] into whatever new universes McDonald can concoct, and the next one already looks interesting. Planesrunner is not only excellent YA SF in terms of its likeable characters and well-executed setpieces, but is simply good SF ina way which almost reinvents, and possibly makes addictive, the old parallel universe trope. It's fun."- Locus 


There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among billions of parallel earths.

When Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse-the Infundibulum-the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They've got power, authority, the might of ten planets-some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth-at their fingertips. He's got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking.

To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate that his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner's going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.


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Pyr Around the Web

Sandra Wickham interviews Editorial Director Lou Anders over at the Inkpunks, where they talk about what it takes to get published, and how to pitch a novel.

Ari Marmell (The Goblin Corps) has a guest post at Parking Lot Goblin CorpsConfessional on the benefits of working with your editor. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Chat also interviews Ari at Grasping for the Wind, where he talks about how he writes a novel, his interest in role playing games, and his influences.

Patrick Hester and John Anealio interview K. V. Johansen about Blackdog in a podcast at The Functional Nerds.

Andrew P. Mayer (Hearts of Smoke and Steam) joins Mary Robinette Kowal for a podcast at Writing Excuses to discuss writing over-the-top concepts in realistic ways.


Coming Soon

When multiple Hugo Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch decided to put her stamp on classic space opera, readers wanted more. Now Rusch's popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she's never seen before. Boneyards is space opera the way it was meant to be: exciting, fast moving, and filled with passion.

"[Rusch's] feminist sensibilities will endear this book to readers looking for a light, quick space adventure with strong female protagonists." -Publishers Weekly

In The Doctor and the Kid, Mike Resnick continues his weird taleThe Doc and the Kid of the Wild West. Doc Holiday, Billy the Kid, Geronimo, Thomas Edison, and other familiar historical figures interact in an imaginative retelling of the Old West that is fascinating, unpredictable, and highly entertaining.

"A mad mixture of steampunk and magic set in an alternate Wild West, this is hugely entertaining and should please fans of sf and westerns."-Booklist, starred review



Get Started on the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching, and we have some suggestions for the book lover on your list. Whether your readers prefer fiction or non-fiction, there's something for everyone in our November Holiday Gift Guide, which includes titles from both Pyr and Prometheus Books. Another guide with more great gift suggestions is coming soon.

Also check out Kirkus' Top Ten SF&F Books for December, as well as io9's Gift Guide. You might recognize some titles!
That's it for this issue. As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr

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